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Despite competing news from a heat wave and the discovery of possible debris from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared last year, the indictment of a University of Cincinnati police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black man commanded prime real estate on the three major broadcast networks' evening news programs Wednesday.
The development led the ABC "World News Tonight" and was in the first news block on "NBC Nightly News" and the "CBS Evening News."
The programs showed a damning body-camera video of the exchange between University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing and motorist Samuel DuBose that began as a routine traffic stop and ended with a single, fatal gunshot.
"It's an absolute tragedy that anyone would behave in this manner," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who publicly released the video, said as cameras rolled. "It was senseless. It's just horrible.
"He purposefully killed him."
NBC included a follow-up story by Miguel Almaguer on body cameras. Anchor Lester Holt introduced it by saying that in previous years, "chances are the officer's word would be the end of the story."
As Kevin Williams, Wesley Lowery and Mark Berman reported for the Washington Post, "Police officers are rarely charged for fatally shooting people in the line of duty. Of 558 fatal shootings by police so far this year, according to a Washington Post database tracking such shootings, the death of [DuBose] is only the fourth to result in criminal charges against the officer.
"Of the others, two also involved white officers shooting black men; the third victim was white. All three were captured on video.
"On Wednesday, Tensing surrendered to police and was taken into custody as university officials announced his firing. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday. His indictment by a grand jury comes just 10 days after [DuBose's] death — and almost exactly one year after the killing of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., which sparked protests and energized a national civil rights movement."
"Before the indictment was announced, Tensing’s attorney, Stew Matthews, seemed to anticipate that outcome, blaming 'the political climate here and nationally.'
"Afterward, Matthews told WCPO, an Ohio TV station, that Tensing 'was thrown under the bus by everyone in this city.' Matthews did not respond to further requests for comment.
"Some local officials and activists complained that officials had not released the body-camera footage sooner, especially since it contradicted the version of events police released immediately after the shooting.
" 'There was no transparency, no grace towards the family,' said Iris Roley, a leader of the Cincinnati Black United Front, a civil rights group.
"But at a news conference, Audrey [DuBose], the mother of the slain driver, expressed relief — and forgiveness. . . ."
Williams, Lowery and Berman also noted that the video contradicted the officer. "At first, Tensing said he was forced to shoot [DuBose] because he was being dragged by the car and nearly run over, according to the initial police report. But Deters said that didn't happen, and Tensing was wearing a body camera that captured the incident. . . ."
Michael McCarter has been the Cincinnati Enquirer's interim editor since the departure of Carolyn Washburn in May. Peter Bhatia, former editor of the Oregonian in Portland, has been named the new editor and vice president of audience engagement at Enquirer Media, which publishes the Enquirer, but has not yet begun his duties.
"It's a huge story in Cincinnati," McCarter told Journal-isms by telephone Wednesday night. He said that people who have been following the story worldwide and have a full picture of the events "are outraged at what happened." He said protests are peaceful, but that the newspaper was "prepared for everything" after violent protests in 2001.
"I would have to applaud how the prosecutor's office handled this," McCarter said. "He was here in 2001 when it wasn't handled" well. Deters waited for the indictment "and said, 'We are going to prosecute.' That went a long way," McCarter said.
Sharon Coolidge, Kevin Grasha and Dan Horn reported for the Enquirer, "Tensing shot and killed DuBose, who is black, after stopping his car at Rice and Valencia streets in Mount Auburn for having a missing front license plate. Although Tensing works for UC, the university's officers are permitted to patrol and make traffic stops in areas where many students live off campus.
"The video shows some back-and-forth between Tensing and DuBose over whether he has a suspended driver's license before the officer asks DuBose to take off his seat belt.
"At that point, DuBose tells the officer, 'I didn't even do nothing.' nothing.' He then starts the car and Tensing reaches inside the vehicle.
"The shot is fired seconds later.
"Deters, whose office reviews all shootings involving police officers, said he's never seen a case of such poor policing. Even if DuBose was attempting to drive off, he said, Tensing should have let him go. . . ."
Byron McCauley, a member of the Enquirer editorial board who is African American, wrote, "I fought back tears as I watched the video of the incident. Tears because DuBose reminded me of one of my favorite uncles from Louisiana, the one who I'm told prayed for my life when I arrived home as a 4.6 pound preemie – tenderhearted but rough about the edges, loved by his friends and doted on by his family.
"He had been pulled over often. He had been arrested. He even served a little time. He and his friends spoke of harassment by police, but there were no cameras back then.
"Tears for every African-American man with a story like DuBose's that was not recorded. . . ."
The Enquirer editorial board wrote, "Tragedy can divide a community, or it can become a source of strength.
"This incident — and the national attention, scrutiny and potentially divisive elements that will follow — undoubtedly is a painful one. But if Cincinnati loses its hope and its pledge to bridge the differences that occasionally separate us, that would be the true tragedy. . . ."
"About a half-dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Houston Chronicle building on Tuesday to protest a controversial Washington Post editorial cartoon related to the death of Sandra Bland published Sunday in the Chronicle's opinion section," Dylan Baddour reported Tuesday for the Chronicle.
"Community activist Quanell X and former Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones said the drawing made light of a serious matter, was disrespectful and highlighted cultural insensitivity.
"The cartoon showed a Texas police officer pulling over Bland's funeral hearse for an illegal lane change and informing the driver her body would be returned to jail.
"Bland, 28, died in her Waller County jail cell on July 13, three days after a state trooper pulled her over for failing to signal a lane change. She was arrested on a charge of assaulting an officer.
" 'To use a cartoon with a hearse with her name on the back window on the day of her funeral is poor timing,' Quanell X said.
"He said he and others had put out calls on social media for followers to complain to the Chronicle, which has received hundreds of phone calls and emails about the cartoon since Sunday. . . ."
The cartoon, by Tom Toles of the Washington Post, appeared in the Post on Friday, but its timing — running in the Chronicle on Sunday, the day of the funeral — was not the main reason it offended, Jones, a lawyer, told Journal-isms by telephone.
"When I saw the cartoon, I did not realize the funeral had taken place. It was flat-out offensive. If you have to explain the satire, it's not funny. The characters looked like they were in a game. This is not a game." Jones compared the actions toward Bland with the drawing and quartering of black men during slavery, conducted as a warning to other blacks.
"In a statement, the Chronicle editorial board said the cartoon was meant as satire," Baddour's story continued.
" 'In publishing it, we certainly did not intend to make light of her death. In fact, in an editorial published Thursday, we also expressed our outrage about the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop,' the board said. 'The op-ed pages are a space for an exchange of views. Sometimes those views are provocative, as with this cartoon. We're sorry that it offended some readers.' . . . "
In a column Tuesday, the Chronicle's Lisa Falkenberg wrote, "I emailed Toles, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., who is white, to see what he had to say. He passed along a response he had sent to many who had written him personally.
" 'I am sorry that you found the cartoon offensive. It was not intended to be read in a lighthearted way,' the email read in part. 'The cartoon was intended to portray the outrageous level of pointless harassment of Sandra Bland by the police officer.' "
The Chronicle newsroom is 7.3 percent black and 14 percent Hispanic, according to figures released Tuesday by the American Society of News Editors. Harris County, which includes Houston, is 19.5 percent black and 41.6 percent Hispanic, according to 2013 figures from the Census Bureau.
Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: The Queen City waits for a videotape.
Mike Cavender, Radio Television Digital News Association: Police video released: The right decision (July 22)
Cincinnati Enquirer: See front pages of Sam DuBose, Ray Tensing news (July 30)
Editorial, Baltimore Sun: Lessons unlearned from the riots (July 21)
Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed: Three Other Black Men Have Died In Altercations With University Of Cincinnati Police
Alex Landau, NPR "Code Switch": 'Almost Another Dead Black Male': Remembering A Traffic Stop That Got Ugly
Sarah Sunshine Manning, Indian Country Today Media Network: Sarah Lee Circle Bear Died While in Police Custody; Family Seeks Justice
Benjamin Mueller, "Lens" blog, New York Times: One Year Later, Remembering Eric Garner (July 17)
Edwin Torres for DailyMail.com, text special to ProPublica: State of Emergency (photos of Baltimore unrest)
Nick Wing, Huffington Post: When Cops Get Caught Sanitizing And Flat-Out Lying About Brutality
"Renee Chenault-Fattah, wife of the indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), wasn't charged by federal authorities Wednesday — but the longtime NBC-10 anchor did not escape the U.S. Attorney's charging document," Chris Palmer reported Thursday for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Labeled as 'Person E' throughout the 85-page indictment, Chenault-Fattah, one of the station's most visible personalities and currently the anchor of the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts, is portrayed as a participant in a scheme to falsely report the sale of her 1989 Porsche Carrera convertible to a lobbyist for $18,000.
"The Fattahs used the cash to help buy a $425,000 vacation house in the Poconos, the indictment says, but Chenault-Fattah kept the Porsche — and even renewed its registration and took it to an auto shop months after signing the title over to the lobbyist, Herbert Vederman. . . ."
Jeremy Roebuck, Mark Fazlollah and Chris Brennan reported for the Inquirer, "Federal prosecutors Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid and to line the pockets of family members and close political allies. . . ."
Palmer also wrote of the anchor, "Chenault-Fattah started with NBC10 in 1991, according to her biography on the station's website.
"In the late 1990s she broadcast segments on her own pregnancy, which was achieved through anonymous artificial insemination. She has anchored each of the network's prime-time newscasts, including the 11 p.m. news, which she hosted with Larry Mendte from 1997 to 2003.
"A lawyer before she became a journalist, Chenault-Fattah is said to earn a substantial salary from NBC10. But she fought to keep the figure private during her husband's mayoral run in 2007, and his federal financial disclosure reports do not specify how much she earns."
"Last week, the internet exploded after an episode of the WTF! Podcast with Marc Maron went online," Gene Demby wrote Wednesday for NPR's "Code Switch."
"The guest was the comedian Wyatt Cenac, who talked about being a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show for several years. He recalled getting into a heated argument with Jon Stewart, the show's host, over Stewart's impression of Herman Cain, which Cenac had found troubling . . ."
Demby also wrote, "Much of the ensuing hullabaloo over Cenac's recounting of this incident focused on the fact that Stewart, a reliably liberal skewerer of the racial missteps of Washington's powerful, appeared to have badly mishandled a conversation about race with one of his own staffers.
"But less attention was paid to what Cenac had to say about being the only black writer in the room, torn between speaking up or saying nothing and keeping the peace. (Full disclosure: Cenac is a personal friend.)
" 'I gotta be honest if something seems questionable,' he told Maron, 'because if not, then I don't want to be in a position where I am being untrue not just to myself but to my culture, because that's exploitative. I'm just allowing something to continue if I'm just going to go along with it. And sadly, I think that's the burden a lot of people have to have when you are 'the one.' You represent something bigger than yourself whether you want to or not.
"The Stewart/Cenac exchange illustrates what those of us who are often The Only One In The Room tend to know: it sucks.
"But it turns out that being The Only One isn't simply burdensome and annoying on an individual level. There's evidence that when people feel like they're The Only One in a group, even a group that professes to care about diversity in its ranks, it actually gets in the way of everything said diversity was supposed to achieve in the first place. . . ."
Mark Joyella, TVNewser: Trevor Noah: Daily Show Will Focus Less on Fox News
Sally Lehrman, Society of Professional Journalists: Unconscious stereotypes slow newsroom diversity
Darren Samuelsohn, Politico: Jon Stewart's secret White House visits
Tanzina Vega, CNN Money: #MediaDiversity: Why newsrooms are so white
Shan Wang, NiemanLab: The #mediadiversity conversation highlights newsrooms' continued lack of diversity
Gillian B. White, the Atlantic: Where Are All the Minority Journalists?
"This spring, everyone who knew of Adeola Akinremi's plans to travel to northeast Nigeria to report on the tens of thousands displaced by Boko Haram told him to be extremely careful," Cora Henry reported Tuesday for the International Press Institute. "Some urged him not to go at all. But Akinremi, features editor of the independent daily ThisDay, was set on telling the victims' stories and he set out for Adamawa state the first week of May.
"'The displaced people have suffered in silence for too long,' Akinremi explained to IPI in a recent interview. 'All I wanted to do was to get the government to hear their voices through my writing and put pressure on the government to clamp down on the insurgents as quickly as possible.'
"After returning to southern Nigeria, Akinremi published 'Why Boko Haram don't deserve our amnesty,' describing the anguish sown by members of the terrorist group. Two days later, on May 10, he received an email containing threats from Boko Haram. 'You will die like other infidels that we captured,' the email read. 'You're now a walking dead and a prey to the Lions of Islam from the bullet of a passing car or a nearby rooftop.'
"Akinremi is far from the first reporter Boko Haram has targeted. While the group arguably poses a threat to the safety of all Nigerians, journalists who write about Boko Haram can find themselves specifically targeted. Boko Haram militants have killed journalists in the past — TV journalist Eneche Akogwu in 2012 and cameraman Alhaji Zakariyya Isa in 2011 — and the group bombed ThisDay's offices in 2012, apparently because it did not approve of the way the paper covered its activities. . . ."
Mary Hudetz, a former Associated Press journalist who stepped down this month as president of the Native American Journalists Association, will return to the AP in August to become the news cooperative's law enforcement reporter in Albuquerque," the AP reported Wednesday.
Hudetz is editor of Native Peoples Magazine in Phoenix. She told Journal-isms by email, "I am assisting with bringing on a replacement for me. Based on key candidates identified, I have immense confidence that the new editor will be stellar, and I expect an announcement will come fairly quickly. It's been a great honor to lead on editorial at such an important publication for Native peoples and cultures."
The AP announcement said, "Hudetz, 35, began her journalism career as an AP news intern in Denver in 2008, then became a reporter that year for the AP in Portland, Oregon. While there, she produced breaking news and feature stories as she reported on unemployment and homelessness in the state during the peak of the recession. She also reported on local politics, crime and courts.
"In 2009, she joined the AP’s West regional editing desk in Phoenix . . ."
The announcement also said, "Her nearly two-year stint as editor of the bimonthly Native Peoples Magazine began in November 2013 and elevated the publication’s focus on Native American youth, the environment and tribal language preservation, while continuing its culture and arts coverage from Alaska to Maine to the Southwest.
"A member of the Crow Tribe in Montana, where she grew up, Hudetz served as president of the Native American Journalists Association from 2013 to 2015. . ."
"Bill Cosby might be able to read women, as he testified in 2006, but Andrea Constand's attorneys say he couldn't read her Joe Brandt reported Wednesday for the Philadelphia Daily News.
"In court filings yesterday in Constand's case against the comedian in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, attorneys Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz revealed that Constand is a lesbian.
" 'Despite [Cosby's] talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize [Constand] was gay until police told him,' the lawyers wrote in a memorandum. . . ."
Brandt also wrote that Monique Pressley, Cosby's newest lawyer, "has said on national TV and to the New York Times that the release of the deposition is good for Cosby because all it reveals is that he had consensual sex."
Richard Horgan, FishbowlNY: Cosby Attorney Downgrades New York Magazine Cover Story
Janis Ian, Facebook: Thank you all for the response to my "Cosby memory"
Andrea Mandell, USA Today: Lawyer: Cosby to be deposed by Sept. 30
Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute: The decisions behind the New York Magazine’s Cosby cover
"A recent report finds that a group of national media and telecommunications companies are contributing funds to anti-immigrant policy makers, while limiting news access and public affairs issues programming for Latino media consumers," the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language daily La Opinión reported on Tuesday.
"The report, 'Beyond Trump the Immigration Stalemate,' was written by UCLA professor Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda.
"According to the study, in 2014 companies such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Cox, Time Warner and Dish Network contributed more than $7.8 million to the Republican Party and its candidates.
"In an interview with La Opinión, Hinojosa-Ojeda said the purpose of the report was to expose what he calls 'two-faced' corporations that say they support Latinos and fund Hispanic organizations and politicians, but then contribute large sums of money to anti-immigrant and anti-Latino campaigns.
"In the report's recommendations, Hinojosa-Ojeda called on Latino advocacy groups to stop supporting companies that donate to the electoral campaigns of anti-immigrant politicians. . . ."
Ruben Navarrette Jr., USA Today: Trump on track to win GOP Hispanic vote
"Andre Trevigne, the longtime New Orleans television and radio broadcaster, whose career included a legendary stint as co-anchor of WWL-TV's Eyewitness Morning News, died Monday. She was 66," Dominic Massa reported Tuesday for WWL-TV.
"Trevigne's son, Bruce Fowler Jr., said his mother died at a hospice after a long illness.
"Trevigne's decade-long stint at WWL-TV in the 1980s and 1990s included her anchoring alongside anchors John Quaintance and Eric Paulsen on Channel 4's morning newscast.
"When she and Paulsen were first teamed together in 1985, they won over fans and earned ratings higher than the network morning shows for their newscast and sometimes acerbic on-air banter.
" 'Trevigne was a TV personality without compare, a hard-edged anchor-reporter who paired with Eric Paulsen to redefine morning news in New Orleans,' wrote The Times-Picayune in 1998. 'Eric and Andre were the "Moonlighting" Dave-and-Maddie of TV news, a couple of strong heads whose sometimes pointed on-air exchanges left viewers wondering if they were bantering or battling. . . ."
Massa also wrote, "Trevigne left WWL in 1992 and endured personal tragedy in 1993 when her son, Morris Smith, was murdered. In 1994, Trevigne joined WDSU-TV as a reporter, then turned her personal tragedy into a crusade to help fight crime and highlight the plight of victims, as host of a crime show on WGNO-TV. She was also the station's first news anchor when it switched its network affiliation to ABC. . . "
Trevigne later hosted radio talk shows on WWL-AM and WRNO-FM.
"It took Jessica Garrison and Ken Bensinger nearly five months of full-time reporting, 80 interviews, and thousands of public records to research their sweeping investigative story on temporary foreign workers, 'The New American Slavery,' published Friday on BuzzFeed News," Jack Murtha reported Tuesday for Columbia Journalism Review. "The 8,000-word report . . . is a harrowing glimpse into the severe mistreatment of migrants, which usually isn't labeled a US problem outside of sex trafficking. . . ."
Jason Miccolo Johnson, a Washington-based photographer whose work has appeared in 30 books, more than 60 magazines and numerous national newspapers, is joining the Journalism and Mass Communications faculty at Savannah State University for the 2015-2016 academic year starting Aug. 10, department chair Wanda Lloyd told Journal-isms. Johnson told Journal-isms that he would teach photojournalism and commercial photography. Since 1990, Johnson has been the official annual convention photographer for the National Association of Black Journalists. He is author of "Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience," with a foreword by Gordon Parks. "He first visited our campus in February, when he set up his exhibit 'Yours Naturally: Beauty that Grows on You,' Lloyd messaged. "So when we had an opportunity to bring a visiting lecturer of photography to campus, I first reached out to many colleagues and also to members of the National Association of Black Journalists and Jason quickly raised his hand to say he would be willing to return."
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists plans to honor the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, edited by former NAHJ President Gilbert Bailon, with the NAHJ Presidential Award of Excellence. The Post-Dispatch is being praised for its coverage of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the tumultuous aftermath, said Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ president. NAHJ is giving the NPR show "LatinoUSA" the NAHJ Presidential Award of Excellence for its "Gangs, Murder and Migration in Honduras" episode, Medina said in a separate announcement. The awards take place at the Noche de Periodistas NAHJ Journalism Awards Gala in Orlando on Sept. 20.
New York Times managers Tuesday rebutted a blog post by former Times reporter Richard Bernstein criticizing "Unvarnished," a reporting project from last spring about poor working conditions and the illegally low pay of nail salon workers in New York. Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday, "In my view, Mr. Bernstein makes some points worth considering, but they are minor ones that do not mar the overall quality of the project."
"The nation's population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse — and so are many of its religious groups, both at the congregational level and among broader Christian traditions," Michael Lipka reported Monday for the Pew Research Center. "But a new analysis of data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study also finds that these levels of diversity vary widely within U.S. religious groups. . . ."
"Scott Nishimura is executive editor of FW Inc., a business magazine launching in Fort Worth, Texas next week," Chris Roush wrote July 21 in a question-and-answer session for Talking Biz News. "FW Inc. will publish quarterly for local entrepreneurs and C-level executives. . . ." Roush also wrote, "Nishimura joined the magazine in May after spending two years with the Fort Worth Business Press, which recently launched its own business magazine. Before that, Nishimura spent nearly 30 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he was a staff writer and the business editor. . . ."
"Just days shy of its 3rd year anniversary, MundoFox is no more," Veronica Villafañe reported Monday for her Media Moves site. "The network, now fully owned by Colombia's RCN Televisión, has switched names to MundoMax. The network also cancelled 'Noticias MundoFox,' the national newscast that aired at 5:30 and 10:30 pm PT/ET, laying off its entire staff. About 35 news personnel lost their jobs, including the show's reporters, producers, editors and news management. Anchor Rolando Nichols, who is under contract, was saved from the cuts. It’s unknown at this time in what his future role will be. . ."
"Al Roker announced that he will launch scheduled, programmed shows via Meerkat in partnership with Plated, just weeks after launching his own Periscope and Meerkat ratings metric," Karen Fratti reported Tuesday for Lost Remote. "The new shows will focus heavily on cooking, streaming either at 1 pm ET or 4 pm ET. The shows will last about fifteen minutes. It’s a good fit for Roker, says Sima Sistani, vice president of media, Meerkat. . . ."
In St. Louis, "Julian Johnson, a reporter/sometimes anchor at KMOV (Channel 4), is leaving the station soon, general manager Mike Murphy said," Joe Holleman reported Tuesday for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Last week, 40-year veteran Robin Smith, 16-year vet Craig Cheatham and rising reporter Brittany Noble-Jones all announced they were leaving the station. Anchor Sharon Reed got the departure ball rolling in May, when she left KMOV to become a main anchor at the CBS affiliate in Atlanta. . . ."
"A Houston hip-hop and R&B station is investigating how an offensive word was broadcast to digital radio displays across the city," khou.com reported on Monday. "Listeners tweeted images Sunday night that showed KBXX 97.9 The Box broadcasting the N-word on radio displays where song info is typically shown. The audio portion of the broadcast was apparently not affected. The station later confirmed [its] system was somehow hacked, tweeting that the incident was under investigation . . ."
"Emmy-Award-winning producer Brandon Benavides is saying goodbye to Washington, D.C., where he has worked the past 5 years," Veronica Villafañe reported Monday for her Media Moves site. "His last day as Content Producer at NBC News4 is Friday, August 7. He’ll be moving back to his hometown and starting a new job as Executive Producer of 'Good Morning San Antonio,' managing KSAT's early morning show from 1 to 9 am Monday through Friday. . . ." Benavides is past president of the D.C. chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
"African Americans were shut out of the Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame inaugural class" Herbert L. White reported Monday for the Charlotte (N.C.) Post. "The initial list of 11 inductees announced on July 23 included no blacks — an oversight a committee member acknowledged as 'unintentional misstep.' As a result, the process will be reworked and the number of inductees expanded. . . ."
Reporter Rick Boone of Fox's WTTG-TV in Washington wrote to then-Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts asking for an interview, according to newly released emails, Erik Wemple reported for the Washington Post. "It would be cool to get another positive story out on the department from the inside," Boone wrote. "Talk to you, discuss training, and how recruitment is an on-going process. My story WILL NOT discuss Freddie Gray or the officers named in the investigation. . . ." "When asked whether it's WTTG policy to promise positive stories, spokeswoman Claudia Russo responded, 'No.' She confirmed that Boone is no longer with the station. . . ." Boone's social media pages say he is working in New York for WPIX-TV and NY1 News.
"Media General's CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis (DMA 27) is once again home to Phil Sanchez who is returning as weekend evening anchor," Mark K. Miller reported Tuesday for TVNewsCheck. "Sanchez rejoins the 24-Hour News 8 team after spending the last four years anchoring and reporting for WISH’s sister station, WNCN Raleigh, N.C. . . ."
"Since 1907, New Mexico State University students from across the academic spectrum have had a chance to have their byline published in the student-produced newspaper, The Round Up. That will change soon," Anthony Albidrez reported Tuesday for the Las Cruces Sun-News. "The executive director of The Round Up has decided to eliminate the weekly newspaper, and replace it with Oncore magazine, a monthly publication that will start in August. . . ."
"I was disappointed with President Obama's weak responses to questions about Ethiopia's repressive government during his visit to the African nation this week," Harold Jackson, editorial page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote in a column Monday. He also wrote, "Ethiopian journalists have been imprisoned for criticizing the government, including columnist Reeyot Alimu, who was among six editors, freelancers, and bloggers freed in the days before Obama's visit Monday to Addis Ababa, although the Ethiopian government said the events were not related. Alimu was freed after spending four years in prison on terrorism charges, but at least 11 other Ethiopian journalists remain in prison based on similar allegations. . . ."
"In today's bonus edition of 'The History of American Slavery,' a Slate Academy, special guest Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. joins hosts Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion to discuss slave narratives: what they've taught us, how they've influenced contemporary black literature, and why scholars used to ignore them. While Slate Academy is normally available only to Slate Plus subscribers, today's special episode is free to all: http://goo.gl/VFXnv6," a Slate publicist announced on Tuesday. This episode and "Inside the Slave Ship: The Atlantic slave trade during its heyday and the remarkable life of Olaudah Equiano," by Bouie and Onion, are to be free indefinitely.
In Bolivia, Reporters Without Borders said Monday it "calls for the [immediate] release of Juan Carlos Paco, a journalist with Radio Líder FM 107.1 who was arrested during a demonstration in La Paz on 22 July by protesters from the southern city of Potosí. . . ."
"The notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in The Gambia is holding Abdoulie Ceesay, journalist and managing director of Taranga FM, a community radio station in The Gambia," the Media Foundation for West Africa reported. "Ceesay was released from NIA custody following his June 2 detention by the NIA. He was held for 12 days before being abducted on again July 17. . . ."
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7 Mistakes You're Probably Making On Your Online Dating Profile
Having no luck getting a decent guy or woman to message you on online dating sites? We hate to say it, but it may be because the profile you've created is unremarkable. (Hey, you've been in a relationship for years -- possibly even decades; there was no need to master the art of the perfect Match.com profile.)
To help you land a date, we asked a handful of dating experts and coaches to weigh in with the most common mistakes they see divorcées making in their profiles.
Read what they had to say -- and their advice on how to write a better profile -- below:
1. Your profile picture is less than flattering.
Online daters wade through hundreds and hundreds profiles to find one person worth meeting for coffee. Of course they're making snap judgments about you based solely on your profile photo. That grainy, low-res photo you uploaded from Facebook isn't doing you any favors -- and don't even think about posting a pic from five years ago.
"Every photo sends a message," said dating and relationship expert Damona Hoffman. "Don't think you need to post a photo from back in the day that's overly sexy to get a date. With clever cropping and your best angle, you can direct people's eyes to exactly what you want them to notice about you."
To get casual, totally flattering profile photos, Jeffrey Platts -- a dating expert and men's coach based in L.A. -- recommends having a friend snap photos of you any time you're feeling "sexy, confident and well-dressed" while hanging out.
"It just takes 30 seconds and you'll be adding to your collection of great photos to choose from," he said.
2. You're boring people to tears in your "about me" section.
Your front-facing, model status profile pic may be what draws people in, but a compelling "about me" section that shows off your personality is what will land you a date. Describing yourself as a "laid-back guy who loves the beach and getting drinks" is the meh-est of meh descriptions.
"That pretty much describes 99 percent of singles," said Platts. "If I tell you I'm going to buy you any smartphone you want, you wouldn't just say 'Thanks, just get me one that makes calls and can surf the web.' No, you'd tell me get the a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in white. You want someone to want you because of you, not simply because you're a warm-bodied male or female."
To spice up your profile, Platt suggests injecting some humor and personality into it: "Then people who share similar values, interests and lifestyles will gravitate toward you."
3. Mentioning your ex -- or any other failed relationships.
This should go without saying: Don't bring up your ex or other low-points in your romantic history. Divorce may have taught you what you categorically don't want in a new partner, but don't waste valuable space in your profile listing out negative traits you don't want in your life. Surprisingly, it's something Laurie Davis, founder of online dating concierge service eFlirt, said she sees all the time while doctoring the dating profiles of divorcées.
"It sets a negative tone for your profile -- not the most attractive quality to lead with!" she said, "It's best to keep your last relationship, and all the baggage that came with it, out of your first impression."
4. Your word count is out of control.
Adopt the Goldilocks principle when considering the length of your profile: Not too short, not too long, but just right. You want to tell a story about yourself that's intriguing but leave the whole story for the dates to come.
"Say just enough in your profile to get them to want to meet in person and reveal the rest there," said Hoffman.
5. Your username is forgettable.
Sorry, SexyLady432 and Soccerfan1973, but you may want to rethink that username. What you call yourself won't likely be a deal-breaker for most but it's worth taking the time to come up with something original and more grown-up than the examples above, said Platt.
"Look, I know that as more and more people sign up for online dating sites, the good usernames get swapped up but there's still room for creativity and personality," he said. "Test out several variations until you come up with one that you like and is available. You can always try lumberjackyogi and crossfitqueen."
6. You post pics of your kids or talk endlessly about being a parent.
Your kids may be adorable, Honor Roll-making angels but that doesn't mean they should be the stars of your dating profile. While it's natural to include details about your kids or life as a parent in your profile, you don't want to overdo it -- and you definitely don't want to include pics of the kids, Davis said.
"Even if the photos with the kids are simply the most flattering, I've' found that what works best is to keep the focus on you, and you alone, in your photos," she said. "Crop out the others around you, in particular children."
7. You send an awkward first message.
You now have the tools to write a profile that hits all the right marks, but remember: all the hard work you put into your profile can be upended if you send inappropriate messages to people you're interested in. A mere "hi" or "hey baby" aren't likely to go over well.
To ensure you're sending an initial message that won't offend or bore people, Platt recommends putting it through a "would I ever say this in real life?" litmus test.
"Imagine going up to someone at a bar, saying 'hi' and just standing there silently. You wouldn't, so why do the same thing virtually? And women (and men) get literally hundreds of these messages. I've yet to meet a woman who has written back to an initial one-word message."
To knock it out of the park with your first message, Platt said to "Write something that shows you actually read their profile. And the easiest way to do that is directly mention something that he or she wrote about and ask them a genuinely curious question about it."
In a sea of "hi" and "hey babys," Platt said you're sure to stand out.
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Officers Involved In Samuel DuBose Shooting Were Sued In Earlier Death Of Unarmed Black Man
Two University of Cincinnati police officers involved in a colleague's recent fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose also were on hand for a 2010 struggle with a psychiatric patient who later died.
Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd were among seven University of Cincinnati police officers and other officials named in a lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mentally ill university hospital patient. Hospital staff summoned officers to help subdue Brinson, who became agitated when put in seclusion, according to court documents first reported by The Guardian. Kidd and Weibel gave written statements that they restrained Brinson, while another officer used a Taser stun gun on him.
Brinson went into cardiac arrest and died days later, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Hamilton County coroner ruled Brinson died from natural causes. His family settled the lawsuit for $638,000.
Documents from the Brinson lawsuit are available online.
Both officers also were involved in the July 19 traffic stop that led to the death of DuBose. Kidd gave statements to investigators that he saw DuBose, 43, drive away and drag Officer Ray Tensing before Tensing shot the motorist. Weibel wrote in a report that Tensing's uniform looked like he'd been dragged.
Footage from Tensing's body camera, however, appeared to show that DuBose wasn't driving away when the officer shot him, as Tensing and Kidd had claimed.
Kidd and another officer who testified before a grand jury in the DuBose investigation are on administrative leave while the probe continues. Weibel didn't claim to witness the shooting, and the department hasn't announced any discipline against him.
Tensing, 25, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. He claims he fired his gun because he feared for his life.
In addition to Brinson and DuBose, two other black men have died in altercations with the university's police force since 1997.
Neither university police nor a lawyer for Brinson's family responded to HuffPost's inquiries.
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Black Activists Pressure Obama To Defend Stateless Dominicans
NEW YORK -- Black activists and immigrant groups across the country are pressing the Obama administration to take a stronger stand on what they call a human rights crisis for Haitian migrants and stateless people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic.
Groups from New York, Philadelphia, Miami and other U.S. cities have banded together in a loose coalition called #Rights4AllInDR, holding sit-ins and organizing protests ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline for those without papers in the Dominican Republic to finish registering as foreigners with the government. The groups plan to hold a march toward the White House on Saturday.
The most controversial issue driving the protests is the Dominican government’s decision to revoke citizenship from the children of undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom are of Haitian descent and black, fueling charges that racism played a role in creating the policy.
While the organizations agree that the international community should respond, they don’t necessarily agree on tactics. Opal Tometi, the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said the Dominican government was using Haitians and Haitian descendants as a “scapegoat for poor economic policy,” and called on Americans to withhold their tourist dollars unless the island’s government changed course.
“It’s important that people of conscience in the international community put pressure on the Dominican Republic,” Tometi told The Huffington Post in an email. “We are supporting a tourism boycott of the Dominican Republic and encouraging others to stand with Dominicans of Haitian descent who are fighting for their lives and their rights. We in the U.S. will continue to rise up until Black lives matter here and around the globe.”
Not all groups in the coalition, however, endorse the tourism boycott. France François, a spokeswoman for the Association of Haitian Professionals, said her organization pins its hopes instead on pressuring U.S. officials.
“Boycotts are really difficult because they require a lot of people to put together,” François told HuffPost. “Our approach is really holding the U.S. government accountable. Just last week, Obama was in Ethiopia discussing their human rights record. And yet, there’s a human rights crisis right in his backyard and the U.S. is turning a blind eye toward it. As the Dominican Republic’s No. 1 trading partner, the United States should be taking more of a stand on this.”
A series of legal changes since 2004 has eliminated the concept of birthright citizenship in the Dominican Republic, a standard that was enshrined in the Constitution of 2010 and applied retroactively by a 2013 decision by the Constitutional Court. Human rights organizations estimate that as many as 200,000 Dominican-born people of Haitian descent, including some 60,000 children, were left stateless by the changes.
Facing widespread international criticism, the Dominican government launched an ambitious program to restore citizenship to those who lost it and to register undocumented immigrants.
Critics say the process did little to fix the situation. The Dominican government restored citizenship to roughly 56,000 people who possessed passports or other documents proving their citizenship. But though the plan allowed people born to undocumented parents who never obtained such documents to register as foreigners with an expedited pathway to citizenship, only 9,000 people in that situation did so before the deadline passed in February — well below the estimated 200,000 who may have qualified. Many cited problems securing documents or said they were confused about the process.
The final deadline for undocumented immigrants to register with the government for a temporary visa passed on June 17. Those who register must submit the accompanying paperwork by Aug. 1. Those approved receive a temporary visa. Those who are not approved will face the threat of deportation.
Buoyed by a popular nationalist sentiment, Dominican officials have bristled against criticism from abroad. Apparently anticipating criticism, President Danilo Medina contracted the Washington public relations firm Stephoe and Johnson to defend the decision before members of the U.S. Congress, according to documents filed with the U.S. government under the requirements of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The documents, which were posted online this month by the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research, show the Dominican government paid the D.C. firm more than $800,000 for eight months of work.
But despite posturing from Dominican officials and daily outrage from nationalists on the island who resent foreigners criticizing their immigration and nationality policies, the Obama administration has offered little public criticism of the country’s efforts to expel Haitians or their undocumented, Dominican-born children. Dominican nationalists often point out that the Obama administration has built a reputation for mass deportations, including of Haitians.
The U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James Brewster, praised the country’s deportation efforts last month during a visit to a holding center for processing deportees outside Santo Domingo, according to Dominican daily Listín Diario. “Everything’s in very good order,” Brewster said during the visit, in comments published by the paper in Spanish. “I hope that when people arrive here they’ll be treated well. I don’t have any doubt that they will.”
Despite the lack of public criticism, a State Department spokesperson wrote to HuffPost by email last month saying that the Obama administration has asked Dominican authorities to abide by international standards in carrying out deportations.
“The United States has consistently urged Dominican authorities to address the issues faced by persons at risk of statelessness in a manner that respects their human rights and is consistent with the Dominican Republic’s international commitments and human rights obligations,” the statement said.
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- Black Actor Lands Iconic Broadway Role In 'Les...
Black Actor Lands Iconic Broadway Role In 'Les Miz' And Makes History
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, is the youngest and the first black actor to step into the iconic role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of "Les Misberables." The musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel premiered on Broadway 30 years ago, and it is the longest running musical in the world.
"Audiences are being forced to look at an iconic story through the eyes of a character with a different perspective because of the color of his skin," Baptiste told the Huffington Post.
"I had always wanted to play Valjean when I was younger, but never thought it possible on Broadway because I'm black," Baptiste said. "Now that I've done the role, I've realized how this news can inspire."
Baptiste recently graduated from Baldwin Wallace University and also attended the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
"The success I am experiencing is humbling," Baptiste said. "It is a constant reminder that I got into my position by working hard, and I have to keep working hard to stay here."
Baptiste said he's always had a love for theater and credits his family as a source for his motivation. He added that he also looks to the achievements of his fellow black thespians to reaffirm his belief that black actors belong everywhere, including Broadway.
In the past year, several roles that were traditionally cast with white actors are receiving new treatment on Broadway. Taye Diggs will be the first black Hedwig in the rock 'n' roll musical "Hedwig and The Angry Inch" in August. Earlier this year, Grammy award-winning singer Brandy became the third black actress to play the lead role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago," following Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams in 2010 and Robin Givens in 2006.
"We need to see these efforts in theater because it exposes and humanizes everyone," Baptiste said. "The more we see different people telling stories we can all relate to, the more we understand we are all human with a lot in common."
Baptiste will portray the role of Valjean in August on specific dates.
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A University of California at Berkeley student called out NBC News on Twitter on Wednesday for its poor choice of photos in a tweet about Sam DuBose, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.
NBC’s headline announced that the officer, Ray Tensing, had been indicted for murder in Dubose’s death. However, the network’s photo choice -- a smiling shot of Tensing in uniform and an old mug shot of Dubose from a charge totally unrelated to his death -- implied that Dubose was more of a “criminal” than Tensing.
“Hey @NBCNews, I went ahead and fixed this one for you. Do Better,” Rigel Robinson tweeted, along with a split image of a regular photo of Dubose alongside Tensing’s mugshot.
“How we tell these narratives is important,” Robinson, 19, told The Huffington Post. “Digging up an old mugshot for the black man that got shot instead of the officer that was just indicted for killing him does a disservice to the memory of Mr. Dubose, it does a disservice to journalism, and frankly, it's just racist.”
Robinson was far from the only person to criticize NBC’s photo choice, but his visually striking commentary garnered more than 10,000 retweets.
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Nicki Minaj put her ex-boyfriend on blast after he claimed he ghostwrote some of the lyrics off her "Pinkprint" album.
In his new song "Lifeline," her ex Safaree Samuels raps: "This n****r bent outta shape with a gorilla face / My bars on The Pinkprint no one will ever match / My dick print, little n****r, you can never match."
In an uncensored video (below) of her performance in Toronto on Tuesday, Minaj made it clear she writes her own lyrics while talking to the crowd from the stage.
"'Til this day, I never stopped," she said. "See a bitch ass n****r can't write my raps. You know why? You don't have the heart, or the mind frame, or the motherf**king intellect, bitch n****r. Don't even know how [to] pronounce these motherf**king words in my motherf**king rap, bitch."
Samuels' only credit on "The Pinkprint" is for Artists & Repertoire, or talent scouting and artist development.
For his part, Samuels maintained he wrote the raps when he ran into TMZ at LAX, and said he isn't keeping quiet anymore.
"One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it's something I've kept very private," she told Rolling Stone last year. "I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone. I struggled with, 'Do I express these feelings?' And I decided there's no reason for me to hide. I'm a vulnerable woman, and I'm proud of that."
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