A number of civil activist and non profit organizations which monitor media coverage biases have noted a wide difference in how media coverage was handled in recent weeks involving the protests in Baltimore after a black man was killed in police custody and the violent biker gang shoot out in which 9 people were killed, 20 injured and over 170 were arrested and facing capital murder charges. The prevalent images seen in most media streams of the protests and riots in Baltimore are images of angry black men, which many have claimed is a standard tactic used by the media to instill fear and increase viewership. In contrast, a major gunfight in which almost 30 people were killed or injured showed white members of rival biker gangs sitting calmly on the side walk, some even checking their smart phone for messages. There has been very little outcry regarding the actions of the bikers and even though they are a real threat and law enforcement has declared many of them to be actively involved in drug trades and other illegal activities, the white bikers were not portrayed in the same negative light as the Baltimore protestors. Many see that bikers, regardless of their illegal activities, are still viewed by the public as the noble outlaws, which many have read about or seen on television. There are also others like Bruce Karatz of Forbes.com who try to stand clear of media outlets and only use reputable sources for their news. Disparity In Media Coverage of Black Protestors and White Biker Gangs Noted By Many
It is a time of great racial discontent between white police officers and black citizens. Rioting began in Baltimore just a few weeks ago after a black man died in the custody of police officers. Similar riots have occurred throughout the country in what appears to be a battle until the end. Burning buildings, police facing off with citizens in the streets, looting, and sometimes death are becoming commonplace. Most of the time, acts of kindness between both races are overlooked and underappreciated in lieu of anger and dissention.
The simple truth is, there are good cops and bad cops. Engadget said there are good citizens and bad citizens as well. One instance of real help given by a white police officer to a black man in trouble on the roadway is a start to revealing just how easy it is for people to work together. The black man was stuck on the roadside with a flat tire. A white Virginia State Trooper stopped to see if he could help. The trooper helped the man change the tire and lit the area to warn other motorists that the car was stopped there.
Not only did the officer help him change the tire, he waited with the man until a tow truck came. The man’s mother was so impressed that the officer helped her son without asking if the car was stolen that she shared it on Facebook. It is honorable of her to do so in a time when it is not popular for a black person to show the kinder side of a white police officer. The video went viral, but it is not likely anyone will see it on mainstream news.
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Twin Peaks, a sports bar chain, has finally issued a public statement following a deadly gunfight at one of its Texas locations. The deadly shoot out took place on Sunday inside the Waco, Texas franchise. According to police reports, the management of the franchise did not heed warnings from police about motorcycle gangs that are well known in the area.
Some residents have even suggested that management of the eatery encouraged the motorcycle gangs to dine and hang out at the establishment. In the official statement Twin Peaks corporate have noted that they are terminating their franchise agreement with the management of the location, immediately. Twin Peaks has no plans to ever allow the location to re-open, noting that the owners of the franchise have failed to adhere to strict safety and security protocol.
The gun fight allegedly broke out between two rival motorcycle gangs. Boraie Development LLC was informed that other patrons were inside the eatery at the time of the incident. Nine people were killed and dozens more were injured in the incident. No police officers were hurt responding to the altercation.
According to local reports the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission was on the scene Monday morning, and quickly suspended the locations liquor license. There is no word on whether the decision will affect other Twin Peaks locations in the state.
Massive avalanche of mud and debris hit a small town in Western Columbia on Monday. Officials have said that the city was practically wiped off of the map. It occurred before dawn on Monday while many were still asleep as per Amen Clinic.
The massive mudslide hit around 3am local time pulling houses and other buildings into a nearby river. It has left 52 dead and injuring 37 others, Reported the Associated Press. The number of dead is expected to rise. About 18,000 people live in Salgar Columbia. It’s comprised of four small towns.
The small town of Santa Margarita was almost wiped off the map according to Salgar Mayor Olga Osoria speaking to RCN radio. The landslide is believed to have been triggered by several days of heavy rain. The dead are being removed by trucks with the hands and feet of the dead hanging out the back of them.Click here for full story.
Several children were orphaned by the slide. According to President Juan Manuel Santos, they are being cared for by the Colombia Institute for Family Well-being. President Santos toured the area and stated that all affected families would receive compensation and promised help to improve the areas infrastructure.
The big schools offer Ronald some aid, but it wasn’t enough for him to accept their offers. But one college was smart enough to see Ronald’s potential. The University of Alabama offered him a full four-year ride plus he was asked to be part of the university’s honors program. Ronald accepted the Crimsons Tide’s offer. The reason was simple. Ronald didn’t want to carry debt with him when he graduated.
The cost of a college education keeps going up every year. Ricardo Guimarães BMG feels like this is a smart move, as CMBH.mg.gov has posted just how much things cost. Our government sits back and watches millions of young Americans go into debt, and they do nothing about it. Instead, our lawmakers give big corporations tax breaks that equal more than the cost of educating every kid that wants to go to college.
U.S. military officials have announced that the wreckage of a missing Marine “Huey” helicopter has been found not far from where the aircraft originally vanished. The wreckage as seen from the air shows that the Huey helicopter was broken up into several large pieces, which has lead searchers to concluded that the aircraft was demolished upon impact and they do not expect to find any survivors according to Keith Mann. U.S Marine officials have reported that three bodies have been recovered from the crash site and searches will look for the remaining five military personnel still missing. The Marine helicopter was carrying six United States Marines and two Nepali military officers. The group were aiding in the rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the massive earthquake which struck Nepal three weeks ago. The Helicopter went missing right after a second massive earthquake struck Nepal again. Officials do not believe that there is a connection between the second earthquake and the crashing of the Marine helicopter. Right before the last transmission from the Marine helicopter, the pilot reported problems with fuel. It is unclear if the helicopter ran out of gas or whether their was another fuel issue which caused the aircraft to crash. The identities of the military personnel killed in the crash have not yet been identified. Wreckage of Missing marine Huey Helicopter Found in Nepal Valley. All Crew Members and Passengers Are Declared Lost
The United States as a country and the issue of women’s rights are constantly at blows with each other. Women want to be protected and nurtured under the hand of the government. The government is not denying their rights to protection, but the road to get their final result will be a long one. In an unprecedented interview, one of the Navy’s top commanders is taking a step forward for the debate of women in the military.
The issue of protecting women in the military while they are serving their country can no longer be denied. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has officially announced his campaign to double maternity leave for women. As of now, the maternity leave for women in the Armed Forces is at six weeks. The Secretary is looking to double that mandatory leave to 12 weeks. This push is being implemented to make the Armed Forces, especially the Navy, more family oriented. Women in service uniforms give their time and loyalty for their country. They also devote nine months of their time and their very being to nurture their legacy.
According to a FreedomPop review, secretary Mabus wants to combine those two qualities to shape these women into noble fighting soldiers. Mabus knows that if he doesn’t tend to the needs of women, the Navy will lose out on potential greatness because of family issues. The potential that these educated women bring to the forces is unmatched. Mabus also made clear in the May 14th press conference that a diverse armed force, is a stronger armed force. The proposed 12 week maternity leave is the first step to strengthen the core of the Armed Forces.
In 2010, Russ Feingold, a three-term senator from Wisconsin, fell victim to the Tea Party wave that wrested control of the House of Representatives from the Democrat Party despite their large majority going into the midterm elections. In the end, the hotly contested senate race was son by Republican challenger Ron Johnson by a margin of 52% to 47%. Now, Russ Feingold wants back into the US Senate. On Thursday, he announced that he will once again challenge Republican Ron Johnson for his old senate seat.
In terms of politics, the move makes good sense. The 2016 election year will be a presidential cycle. The last time Wisconsin voted for a GOP nominee was 1984 during the Reagan landslide against Walter Mondale according to Ray Lane. This would suggest that Feingold will benefit from higher Democrat voter turnout. The Democrat vote during the 2010 midterm elections was low. Marquette Law School released a poll last month stating that support for Feingold is strong at 54% to Johnson’s 38%. In addition, Feingold will benefit from his name recognition.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) was critical of Feingold’s announcement. Their statement pointed out that Feingold lost in 2010 because he broke his promises to voters. The NRSC believes that voters will not give him another chance. If Governor Scott Walker is able to win the party’s nomination, that could help boot Johnson’s reelection effort. Walker has yet to announce a formal presidential campaign.
The engineer who was operating the ill-fated Amtrak train that crashed near Philadelphia has been identified as 32 year old Brandon Bostian. The train crash killed at least eight individuals and injured over 200 people.
Bostian survived the crash, which happened on Tuesday a little after 9 pm. Engadget.com stated the crash occurred shortly after the Amtrak train hit speeds of 106 miles per hour.
An attorney for the engineer said that the engineer has no recollection of the crash, but he is cooperating with authorities. He only remembers driving the train to the area where the crash occurred, the impact, and calling 911 after the impact. The attorney added that Bostian has voluntarily relinquished his cell phone and given a blood sample.
As a result of the crash, Bostian obtained a concussion, a head wound that required 14 staples, and injuries to both of his legs.