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Watch: Man Brutally Beaten by Bus Driver For Merely Asking a Question

A Lincoln, Nebraska man was brutally beaten and thrown off a bus for merely asking the bus driver a question about the bus route. Surveillance video, released by the City of Lincoln, shows the man asking the bus driver a simple question. After the question, the bus driver gets up and yells at the man and then begins beating him, ...

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26 People Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend

A warm weekend in Chicago has left 4 people dead and 22 people wounded.  As one of the warmest days of spring arrived in Chicago, so did the violence, with multiple shootings over the weekend. DNAinfo Chicago reports that five people were shot on Sunday afternoon alone, including a 17-year-old boy. At least six people were shot Saturday night and ...

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’42’ Lands Number One Spot, Rakes In $23.7 Million

Film director Brian Helgeland’s “42″ made its grand debut this weekend with raving reviews. The intriguing film shares the life story of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s history-making signing with Major League Baseball (MLB) during a time of segregation and overt discrimination against African-Americans. The film proved to be a grand slam and took in $27.3 million to claim the weekend ...

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Another Shooting During the Filming of a Rap Video

Rap video shoots have become something akin to war zones as of late. Seven people were injured when at least three gunmen opened fire at a Chicago nightclub in March. According to police, three men pulled out guns both outside and inside  of Mr. G’s Supper Club and Entertainment Center on the South Side  Chicago and opened fire.  And now ...

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YBW Exclusive: “Duets” Winner on Starring as Michael Jackson, Upcoming Concert, Being Open About Religion & More (Video)

Not many aspiring music artists can say they earned THE CALL from The X Factor, Duets, and The Voice all in the same week, but J Rome can. This is but a small portion of the proof the world has that J Rome is far from aspiring but has arrived. Choosing to compete in ABC Network’s Duets almost a year ago — ...

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KKK Christians Seek to Rebrand, and Say that they are Misunderstood

by Nigel Boys The Ku Klux Klan has attempted to change its image in Iowa and has contacted residents to join them. This has drawn the anger of those in the area, who have no interest in being a part of what they represent.  The local group, although tracing its ancestry back to the KKK of old has a new focus, so it says. According to the group’s leadership, they are now concentrating on being more patriotic and showing their faith in Christ.  The group is distributing flyers that are consistent with their new public image. However, Reverend Wendy Abrahamson, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mason City doesn’t agree. She says that Jesus never supported any form of separatism and that the rules of the KKK are not compatible with Bible teachings. Abrahamson continues that if the KKK local group is trying to show a new image to the general public, they should start by getting rid of their violent reputation and maybe choose a new name. She states that people will always associate the KKK with violence and racism. The Ku Klux Klan goes back to 1865 after the end of the Civil War, and the local group in Iowa has started to promote their “new image” by distributing flyers weighed down with rocks beneath mailboxes in Van Buren County. Van Buren County Shefiff, Dan Tedrow, stated that he has received numerous complaints about the placing of the fliers. Rep. Curt Hansen, said that he was appalled that this hate organization was trying to work its way into Iowa. He stated that it was not a good thing for the county. The distribution of the fliers was authorized by Frank Ancona, who is an “Imperial Wizard” of the KKK. He said that it was aimed at showing the general public the goals of the local group and its policies. Acona, who’s group now calls itself the “Traditionalist American Knights,” said that he has been “Imperial Wizard” for over five years. He recently appeared on a Discovery Channel documentary entitled “KKK: Beneath the Hood.” Ancona said that he promised that if he became Imperial Wizard, he would make changes to his group. He also says that he group is working hard to recruit new members and continues to grow.

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Adjunct Professors Referred to as “Indentured Servants”: Low Pay, No Benefits

The increase in the number of adjunct professors at many American universities has been aligned with the decline in the nation’s economic fortunes.  Since 2008, 40% of university faculty jobs have been eliminated, and many of these jobs were replaced with adjunct positions.  Most of the nation doesn’t know the difference, but adjunct professors are not paid nearly as much as full-time faculty, and are often denied health benefits. Sarah Kendzior  at Al-Jazeera recently wrote about the plight of the nation’s adjunct professors.  She says that while tenured faculty earn as much as $160,000 or more, adjuncts are usually paid $2,700 per class and get no benefits to go with the position.   She says that many of these professors are either on welfare or homeless, they are not allowed into faculty meetings, and typically don’t have an office.  It’s hardly the life of a charmed professor. When asked why “brilliant” and well-educated people could commit themselves to such a lifestyle, the answers typically vary.  The more regular explanations relate to “path dependence” and “sunk costs.”  Basically, the argument is that academicians have invested so much time and money into their current career paths that they can hardly change course at this stage in their lives.  Therefore, they become highly dependent on whatever their current industry provides, since they have very few options. Kendzior says that the crisis with adjuncts has at least two components: The adjunct plight is indicative of a two-fold crisis in education and in the American economy. On one hand, we have the degradation of education in general and higher education in particular. It is no surprise that when 76 percent of professors are viewed as so disposable and indistinguishable that they are listed in course catalogues as  “Professor Staff” , administrators view  computers which grade essays as a viable replacement. Those who promote inhumane treatment tend to not favour the human.   Going deeper into the issue, Kendzior describes graduate school as a “cult,” where abuses take place that lead to self-degradation of scholars. This reduction in self-worth, she says, can often lead scholars to accept abysmal working conditions without seeking to improve their plights.   She notes the words of Thomas A Benton, who asked if graduate school is a cult.   She says that the answer is “yes,” since many cults do not allow members to question the motives of their leaders, and also see information provided by outsiders to be tainted or misinformed.  In most PhD programs, there is a very strong bubble and indoctrination of young students that takes place upon entry.  The “real world” is often minimized in relevance, and scholars who integrate with the real world are typically frowned upon.  Also, questioning the motives of department heads or faculty supervisors will often lead to the dismissal of even the brightest students.  So, maybe she has a point.  To read more, visit this link.   

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Man Says His Belt Buckle Saved Him from a Stray Bullet

Sometimes, it can be the littlest things that make all the difference.  A man in Philadelphia is learning this lesson after seeing that his belt buckle saved him from sure injury and perhaps even death. Bienvenido Reynoso,  who worked at the 8 Brothers Supermarket, says that a stray bullet came through the window.  His belt buckle caught the bullet, allowing the man to live another day to tell the story.  “It saved my life,” Reynoso said. “I keep it for (my) whole life now.” The 38-year old man said that he was loading a truck outside the market and heard the gunshots.   He hit the floor, unharmed.  A man was shooting his gun from a bike, hitting another person in the abdomen.   The victim is currently in the hospital in critical condition. Violence if Philadelphia continues to be a serious problem.   Officers recently investigated   three murders that occurred in a six hour period earlier this week.  Mayor Michael Nutter, due to budgetary constraints, has had to close many facilities designed to keep youth off the streets.  So, it appears that with the easy availability of guns, the violence will only continue.  Reynoso, who thanks his lucky stars that he was able to survive, took a picture of his ruptured belt buckle with his iPhone for all the world to see.  He is blessed and fortunate to have gotten out of this one alive.

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Jane Fonda’s Black Daughter Tells Her Story

Did you know that Jane Fonda had a black daughter?  Most people don’t.  But she does, Mary Williams.  Jane adopted Mary as a child, who grew up alongside her two biological children.   In a new book, “The Lost Daughter,” Mary talks about her relationship with Jane and how it grew from friendship to full-fledged adoption. Mary met Jane at a summer camp that was run by she and her ex-husband Tom Hayden.   Fonda says that she knew Mary was special from the very beginning. “When she showed up at camp … you could tell that she was a special person. And she came back for several years.  And then she didn’t come back …,” Fonda said on “Good Morning America.” Williams lived in Oakland, in a tough neighborhood. She was the victim of s-xual assault at the age of 14, which led Fonda to make an offer for her to come and live with her.  But there was a condition, she had to get her grades up. “Her grades were failing.  I mean … this is a hugely smart person, but she was failing. I said, ‘If you bring your grades up … by the end of the year and your mother permits you, you come down and live with us in Santa Monica,’” Fonda, 75,  said. Mary says that the move saved her life, for she felt that she was dying from the conditions around her. “I literally felt like I was dying.  I really did,” she said. “And when I saw that opportunity, I ran. I ran for it.” Mary says that she didn’t know what life would be like living in the household of a Hollywood legend.   Jane says that she didn’t know what she would be in for as well. “I had no idea that, at the time, I was going to end up married to Ted Turner, and my black daughter was going to end up sitting at a table in a southern plantation, you know, being served by black people, the only black person at the table,” Fonda said. Mary says that her tough past made it difficult for her to connect with others.  She says that her anger led to alienation from those she loved. “I  was slowly realizing I was alienating myself from people. … And the fact that I did it to the person who I love the most in the whole wide world made me realize that I was really in crisis, you know, and something was really out of whack,” she said. Jane also says that there was an awkward moment where she met up with Mary’s mother to talk out some differences.  Mary also says that she had to spend years working through the resentment she had toward her mom. “Three of us went to lunch … You know, me, white, privileged, movie star.  And this woman who’s had a really rough life, she didn’t seem to be angry, she didn’t seem to be resentful.  She has a good sense of humor,” she said. The relationship between Jane and Mary seems to be strong.  Mary got a good education and even biked across the country.  She says that this experience was a long way from the challenges of living in Oakland.

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For Every Available Job 3 Americans Are Unemployed

By Staff Blogger According to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report, on the last day of February, there were a total of 3.9 million job openings. The figure is the highest posting of jobs from employers in America since the end of the recession in June 2009, according to the report. This figure translates to about 3.1 unemployed workers for every job opening if you take into account the 12 million unemployed Americans last February. This figure is a vast improvement when you look at the figures for 2009, where almost 7 unemployed Americans were fighting for every job opening. Although this is good news the unemployment ratio to job openings is higher than that of 2007, before the recession, where there were only 1.5 unemployed Americans to every job opening. However, these figures have dropped again in March. According to a separate monthly report, a monthly survey of employer’s payrolls by the Labor Department, shows that there were strong gains in employment during the month of February but a decline in March. According to the payrolls report, employers added 268,000 jobs in February but only employed a new 88,000 in March. However, this figure won’t be shown in the JOLTS report until next month. The question that needs to be answered now is, why when there is an increase of job openings is there a decline in the actual fulfillment of those jobs? Employers seem to be in no hurry to fill the vacant positions. Experts say that maybe one of the reasons is that the skills that the employers want are lacking in the unemployed workers. Another reason is that maybe the employers are not giving enough financial reward for the positions available to attract prospective employees. According to Kim First, CEO of The Agency Worldwide, a recruitment firm for the pharmaceutical and biotech companies, it is because of the country’s monetary situation. Employers may not be willing to take a risk in employing someone who isn’t exactly suited to the position they are offering. “They are really reluctant to make that leap of faith,” First states. She goes on to say that companies, “need someone to come in and hit the ground running.”

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