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  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    She means well but should quit it with the wordplay and help fight inequality for women—especially those who are underprivileged—by using her money not her mouth. More »

  • Michael Dunn Faces Retrial for Florida Shooting of Jordan Davis
    Michael Dunn Faces Retrial for Florida Shooting of Jordan Davis Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    A Florida man convicted of the attempted murder of an African-American teenager following a confrontation over loud rap music will be given a retrial. Jurors were deadlocked last month on the first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn, 47, over the shooting of 17-year Jordan Davis outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2012. A Duval County judge ruled on Friday that Dunn's retrial will start on 5 May. He could face a maximum of 60 years in prison for the charges on which he has already been convicted. Dunn had been scheduled to be sentenced this month for attempted murder and firing into a vehicle, but his lawyer was concerned that statements Dunn may have made at a sentencing hearing could have been used against him at his second trial. More »

  • Zimmerman's parents sue Barr over Twitter post Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    George Zimmerman's parents are suing actress Roseanne Barr in Florida, claiming a Twitter post she made listing their address and telephone number forced them to flee their home. Robert and Gladys Zimmerman ... More »

  • George Zimmerman's divorce attorneys release video
    George Zimmerman's divorce attorneys release video Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, said in an interview released Wednesday that he's trying to be a good person and he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through. More »

  • Zimmerman says he's trying to be a good person Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin says in an interview that he's trying to be a good person and that he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through. More »

  • Why Protest ‘Stand Your Ground?’
    Why Protest ‘Stand Your Ground?’ Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were tragic, but Florida’s controversial law wasn’t used in the defense of their alleged murderers. More »

  • Trayvon Martin Killer George Zimmerman Signs Autographs at Colorado Gun Sho …
    Trayvon Martin Killer George Zimmerman Signs Autographs at Colorado Gun Sho … Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    A gun show in Colorado had to be relocated after controversy due to the presence of firearms aficionado and killer George Zimmerman, who was its guest of honour. Gun show organiser Mike Piwowarski told local reporters that staff at host venue, the Majestic "were getting phone calls and backlash, and didn't want that kind of person there." The gun shop posted on Facebook: "Come on out and meet George Z! He's here a few more hours. More »

  • Sharpton leads march over 'stand your ground' law
    Sharpton leads march over 'stand your ground' law Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton led hundreds of people on a march Monday to the state Capitol, where they rallied against Florida's "stand your ground" law. More »

  • Black Twitter flexing muscles on and offline
    Black Twitter flexing muscles on and offline Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Dunn's conviction of attempted murder — but not actual murder — in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis prompted the creation of hashtag #dangerousblackkids on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a car full of teens at a convenience store. More »

  • Black Twitter growing into online force
    Black Twitter growing into online force Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The hashtag gave it away. More »

  • Obama’s Message for Minority Kids
    Obama’s Message for Minority Kids Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    It’s a worthwhile effort to reach out to young black men. But fundamental change will only happen if Americans—not just politicians—want it to happen. More »

  • Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys
    Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In strong, often personal terms, President Barack Obama on Thursday called for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males. He also cautioned young minority men not to repeat his own youthful mistakes in an unforgiving world. More »

  • Fla. stand your ground law focus of March rally Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The parents of slain teen Jordan Davis say they will join the parents of slaying victim Trayvon Martin and the widow of a man shot to death in a Florida movie theater to talk with legislators in Tallahassee about the state's so-called stand your ground law. More »

  • Goodman Theatre tackles Trayvon Martin killing
    Goodman Theatre tackles Trayvon Martin killing Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    The Goodman Theatre is the latest company to join a national push to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin. The Goodman will present six 10-minute works by Marcus Gardley, Tala ... More »

  • George Zimmerman Hoarded Shotguns, Rifles and 100 Rounds of Ammunition [PHO …
    George Zimmerman Hoarded Shotguns, Rifles and 100 Rounds of Ammunition [PHO … Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    George Zimmerman, the Florida neighbourhood watch leader who was acquitted of murdering the teenager Trayvon Martin last year, has been revealed to have a large arsenal of guns. Information about Zimmerman's gun collection has now been released. More »

  • Two-Man Bobsled and Stray-Dog Stew
    Two-Man Bobsled and Stray-Dog Stew Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    It was a week of surprises: the other secret stash Assad is keeping, a really unlikely place to get help with Obamacare, and the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ winner who’s now running Italy. More »

  • Fight lawsuit tossed against Nick Saban's daughter Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge cited Alabama's "stand your ground" law Wednesday in throwing out a lawsuit against University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban's daughter, who was being sued by her sorority sister over a fight. More »

  • When Crist Stood His Ground
    When Crist Stood His Ground Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    If one-time Republican governor Charlie Crist hopes to flip-flop without too much of a bang, he’ll have to rethink his pro-gun tendencies. More »

  • Nugent: Prez Is 'Subhuman Mongrel'
    Nugent: Prez Is 'Subhuman Mongrel' Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    The raging, aging rock star's recent slur against Obama is just one among many of his linguistic stylings. More »

  • George Zimmerman Flees Miami after $10,000 Bounty is Offered For His Head
    George Zimmerman Flees Miami after $10,000 Bounty is Offered For His Head Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    George Zimmerman has reportedly fled Miami after being told there was a £10,000 bounty on his head. The unconvicted killer of black teenager Trayvon Martin was enjoying a family break with his girlfriend and her kids recently when he started receiving death threats, TMZ reports. Angry passerbys are said to have recognised the former neighbourhood watchman - who confronted and shot Martin as he walked through a gated community in Miami, Florida in February 2012 - and started harassing him. Fearing for his life, he retreated to the hotel only to be followed by the mob, who was seeking justice for Martin's death. More »

  • Verdict in Florida again raises self-defense issue
    Verdict in Florida again raises self-defense issue Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin. More »

  • Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting
    Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say they may retry a Florida man on first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager after an argument over loud music. More »

  • Mistrial Declared for White Man Who Killed Unarmed Black Teen in Florida
    Mistrial Declared for White Man Who Killed Unarmed Black Teen in Florida Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    Michael Dunn, 47, still faces life in jail after being found guilty of three counts of second degree attempted murder and one of firing a deadly weapon, after he became involved in an argument with a group of teenagers, and fired two rounds into their vehicle. In a case that has drawn comparison with that of George Zimmerman, acquitted of the murder of Travyon Martin seven months ago, the jury failed to reach a verdict on the most serious charge: the first degree murder of Jordan Davis, 17. Other have declared the result an injustice that exposes the US's racial fault lines and the absurdity of Florida's gun laws. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon's parents, said in a statement: "The killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis is yet another reminder that in Florida, racial profiling and stereotypes may serve as the basis for imaginary fear and the shooting and killing of young teenagers. More »

  • US jury deadlocks on murder in racially tinged loud music case
    US jury deadlocks on murder in racially tinged loud music case Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    A Florida jury, deadlocked on whether a white man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teen in an argument over loud music, was guilty of murder. More »

  • Partial verdict in Florida loud-music killing
    Partial verdict in Florida loud-music killing Sun, Feb 16, 2014

    Jury in trial of man who shot teenager to death in row over loud music deadlocked over charge of first degree murder. More »

  • Trayvon's parents support slain Fla. teen's family Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Trayvon Martin's parents have expressed their support for the parents of a 17-year-old fatally shot in Florida after an argument over loud music. More »

  • Day 3 with no verdict in Fla. loud music killing Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors deciding the fate of a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a teen after an argument over loud music asked a judge Friday if they can reach a verdict on some counts but not others. More »

  • Jury deliberates Fla. loud music killing case Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors deciding the fate of a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a teen after an argument over loud music asked a judge Friday if they can reach a verdict on some counts but not others. More »

  • Loud music killing jury ends day 2 of deliberation
    Loud music killing jury ends day 2 of deliberation Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his trial. More »

  • Loud music killing jury deliberates for second day
    Loud music killing jury deliberates for second day Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his trial. More »

  • George Zimmerman responds to wife in divorce case Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman has filed a countersuit against his wife in their on-going divorce proceeding. More »

  • Fla. loud music killing jurors can't see mannequin
    Fla. loud music killing jurors can't see mannequin Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his murder trial. More »

  • Fla. loud music killing defendant awaits verdict
    Fla. loud music killing defendant awaits verdict Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors deliberating whether a Florida man committed murder when he fatally shot a teen after an argument over loud music have asked a second question. More »

  • Michael Dunn Defends Shooting Jordan Davis
    Michael Dunn Defends Shooting Jordan Davis Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    A man who shot dead a black teenager in Florida in a dispute over loud music has defended himself in court during a racially-charged trial. Michael Dunn is charged with the murder of Jordan Davis, 17, at a petrol station car park. More »

  • George Zimmerman Celebrity Boxing Match With Rapper DMX Cancelled
    George Zimmerman Celebrity Boxing Match With Rapper DMX Cancelled Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    George Zimmerman will no longer be expecting a pounding from rapper DMX after his celebrity boxing match was cancelled. The unconvinced killer of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was scheduled to step into the ring with the 43-year-old hip hop star for the epic showdown on 1 March. But Damon Feldman, the controversial promoter behind the bout, revealed that he was forced to call off the highly-anticipated event following a wave of criticism. More »