Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 9/26
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Great news for Marissa Alexander and those in our community whose hearts went out to her, especially in the wake of all this stand-your-ground controversy. The Florida mother accused of firing a gun at her husband has been granted a retrial. As you may recall, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 after she fired a warning shot during a domestic dispute with her husband back in 2010. She was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon because the couple’s pre-teen sons were in the room as well.
Darnell D. Hamilton, 17, brought a gun to school because of gang threats. On Tuesday, someone saw the gun and reported it to the principal, who called the police, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hamilton was charged as an adult with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm in school and his bail was set at $75,000.
(AP) In the final months of his life, Aaron Alexis complained of hearing voices talking to him through a wall and of microwave vibrations that he said entered his body and prevented him from sleeping. His delusional belief that he was being bombarded by extremely low-frequency radio waves escalated to the point that, before embarking on a murderous rampage that killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, he left behind this note: “Ultra-low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this,” read an electronic document FBI agents recovered after the shooting.
(AP) Shellie Zimmerman said Thursday that she hasn’t been able to find her estranged husband to serve him divorce papers and that she doesn’t know what he’s capable of because he has changed since he was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Shellie Zimmerman said on NBC’s “Today” Show on Thursday that she is conflicted over her George Zimmerman’s assertion that he killed the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense. But she said she believes the evidence and respects the jury’s verdict.
(AP) After a bitterly fought five-month trial, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against his concert promoter was placed in the hands of a jury Thursday after a final plea by a Jackson lawyer to punish the company he portrayed as a heartless, money-making machine. Attorney Brian Panish, who represents Katherine Jackson, urged the six women and six men on the jury to find that defendant AEG Live LLC and Jackson shared responsibility for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician whose treatments killed the superstar.
Congratulations to our former cover girl, Venus Williams, who advanced to the Pan Pacific Open semifinals for the first time on Thursday! The tennis star beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard. She will face either will face either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Petra Kvitova in the semis in Tokyo, according to the Associated Press.
Former NFL player Paul Oliver, 29, has committed suicide. The San Diego chargers defensive back was found dead this week from a self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to CNN. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Oliver played with the Chargers from 2007 to 2011.
Newark mayor Cory Booker has been caught tweeting a stripper, but it’s not as scandalous as you may think, i.e. no Weinergate here. A spokesman for the mayor told CNN, “It is obviously pretty innocuous and quite frankly there is nothing there.” The exchange began when Lynsie Lee tweeted Booker: “if you’re ever POTUS I call dibs on First Lady.” The two began a private conversation and he said: “And the East Coast loves you and by the East Coast, I mean me.”
Well, that didn’t take long. A woman by the name of Jan Brown has started a Change.org petition after G.O.O.D. Music artist Teyana Taylor put an image of Rihanna’s battered face in a boxing ring on her Twitter profile. Taylor and Rihanna got into a Twitter battle earlier this week, but more than 1,000 petitioners felt as though Taylor took it too far and are calling for her to lose her Adidas-Reebok endorsements.
Since Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs, numerous companies cut off all ties with her. Wal-Mart made the announcement in July that they were ending their relationship with Deen; however, after sifting through their stock, they’ve now decided to keep her products on the shelf through the end of the year with some items going at clearance prices.
Feeling we’re becoming a society who accepts mediocrity, Samuel L. Jackson, in an interview with Playboy’s Stephen Rebello, says Obama needs to “Stop trying to relate, be a leader. Be f—king presidential.” Although he’s an Obama supporter, Jackson is not fond of the president consciously dropping the ‘g’ in words to sound more like the average person.
The “Blurred Lines” singer will open up to Oprah on an upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Thicke is expected to discuss the controversy surrounding his summer hit, as well as that VMA performance with Miley Cyrus. The episode airs Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.