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Lauryn Hill Leaves Prison Early, Releases New Single All In 24 Hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by By VERONICA LINARES   
Friday, 04 October 2013 22:19

Lauryn Hill has been released from prison after serving a three month sentence for tax evasion.

The former Fugees singer left the the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on Friday. According to the Bureau of Prisons, Hill was released a few days early for good behavior.

Her attorney told TMZ, Hill will now be confined to her home for three months as part of her 1-year probation period.

Hill turned herself in on July 8 after being convicted for failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million in income she earned between 2005 and 2007.

According to TMZ, she served her time in the same prison in which the hit Netflix show "Orange Is the New Black" takes place.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/10/04/Lauryn-Hill-released-from-prison-early/4171380913889/#ixzz2gpG68edL
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 07:45
 
Frank Alexander, Tupac Shakur's Former Bodyguard, Found Dead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 02:42

"Big Frank," the former body guard of late rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, was found dead in his California home Sunday night.

Frank Alexander, 54, was pronounced dead by Murrieta, Calif. officials after police responded to a 911 call regarding a possible suicide, the Murrieta Patch reported. Police said they could not release the identity of the caller.

Alexander was found with a gunshot wound to the head, Murrieta Police Lt. Tony Conrad told The Huffington Post in an email. The death is being investigated as a suicide.

"It does appear to be a suicide but the Riverside County Coroner's Office will make the final determination," Conrad said.

On his website, Alexander said that he worked as Tupac's "handpicked personal bodyguard" during the last year of the rapper's life. In June, 1998, he wrote "Got Your Back: The Life of a Bodyguard in the Hardcore World of Gangsta Rap."

 

Read more:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/03/frank-alexander-tupac-bodyguard-dead_n_3209856.html

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:29
 
NJ trooper's killer named a most wanted terrorist (Assata Shakur) PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID PORTER | Associated Press   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:33

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The reward for the capture and return of a fugitive member of a black militant group convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper was doubled to $2 million on Thursday, the 40th anniversary of the bloody gunbattle.

The FBI also announced it has made Joanne Chesimard, now living in Cuba as Assata Shakur, the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorists.

"She continues to flaunt her freedom in the face of this horrific crime," State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said at a news conference Thursday. Fuentes called the case "an open wound" for troopers in New Jersey and around the country.

The Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to her capture. The additional money is being put up by the state of New Jersey through civil and criminal forfeiture funds and won't fall on taxpayers, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said.

Chesimard, a member of the violent Black Liberation Army, was convicted of the 1973 murder of state trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop. The BLA was responsible for killing more than a dozen police officers in the 1970s and '80s, said agent Aaron Ford of the FBI's Newark division.

According to Fuentes, Foerster and his partner stopped a car carrying Chesimard and two cohorts on the New Jersey Turnpike for a broken tail light. When the troopers approached the car, a gunfight ensued and both troopers were injured. Chesimard then took Foerster's gun and shot him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

She was convicted in 1977 but escaped from prison in New Jersey in November 1979 with the help of accomplices. She spent the next few years living in safe houses, two of which were in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, before surfacing in Cuba in 1984, Fuentes said.

In Cuba, Chesimard has continued to espouse her anti-U.S. views in speeches advocating "revolution and terrorism" and may have connections to other international terrorist organizations, Ford said.

"She is a domestic terrorist who murdered a law enforcement officer execution style," he said. "And while we can't right the wrongs of the past, we can and will continue to pursue justice no matter how long it takes."

Chesimard is believed to be one of dozens of American fugitives living in Cuba, many of them one-time members of U.S. militant groups. Cuba doesn't haven an extradition agreement with the U.S. because of the chilly relations between the two countries over the last five decades, but the climate appears to be slowly changing.

In recent years, Cuba has deported some fugitives back to the U.S., including one man convicted of mail fraud and another sought on child pornography charges. This month, the country returned a Florida couple accused in a custody dispute of kidnapping their two children and sailing to Cuba.

The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Thursday's announcement. This week, the State Department said it has no plans to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism that also includes Iran, Syria and Sudan. Cuba has denied links to terrorism.

Authorities didn't specify Thursday how they thought the increased reward would surmount the issues between the two countries, but they said they hoped the increased attention would help persuade someone to come forward.

"Our resolve to capture Joanne Chesimard does not diminish with the passage of time," Chiesa said. "Instead, it grows stronger with the knowledge that this killer continues to be free. Our hope is the augmented reward will spur action that will bring Joanne Chesimard back to face the justice she has evaded for far too long."

 
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon renew vows at Disneyland — elaborately PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nardine Saad   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:41

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon lived out a fairy-tale "Fantasy" wedding Tuesday at the Disneyland Resort where they marked their fifth wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows and celebrated their twins' second birthday.

 

"On our way to renew our vows," Carey tweeted beforehand. "I love you @Nick Cannon."

Carey and Cannon married in the Bahamas on April 30, 2008, and exactly three years later welcomed "dem babies." The couple renew their vows every year in a full, over-the-top ceremony -- last year at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Oh, to have an disposable income.

 

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-mariah-carey-nick-cannon-renew-vows-disneyland-20130501,0,77194.story

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:43
 
Que Viva el Sal Castro - Latino activist PDF Print E-mail
Written by Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog   
Friday, 26 April 2013 01:07

Thank you Sal Castro, on behalf of all the hundreds of thousands of students who benefited from your life’s work. You taught students to stand up for their rights and that it was beautiful to be Chicano.

Words from Community Leaders

Paula Crisostomo, 1968 Walkout Student Leader

“Sal had a personality and presence that lit up the room, he had this uncanny capability of connecting with young Chicano Latino students. You could have been one in a room of hundreds and he made you feel as if he were speaking directly to you. He had a great sense of humor and he used that humor to engage and educate.”

Dr. Robin Avelar-LaSalle

“We still think our teacher is a rock star! We cannot forget to teach the younger brothers and sisters coming up about Mr. Castro and the Chicano movement and struggles that we had and still fight for today.”

Justice Carlos Moreno

“Sal was a great man, a true force of nature, a man on a mission. His mission was to always improve the educational opportunities for Chicano students, beginning with his early days as a playground director to going to college himself and becoming one of the greatest teachers in history. He really is a true vindication and social icon, not just for Latinos in Los Angeles and California, but really a national hero.”

Maria Elena Yepes, Director, East Los Angeles Community College

“Sal Castro awakened the consciousness of many Chicanos and Chicanas. His legacy lives on in those who believe it and continue to fight for educational justice. We owe Sal an incredible debt of gratitude. Que viva Sal Castro!”

Congressman Esteban E. Torres (Ret.)

“I was impressed from the first time I met him in 1968. As a Garfield High School graduate, I supported Sal. It’s a proud moment for me to be here today with his family, followers, and students. This is a part of history.”

Dr. Carlos Haro

“He is the major reformer in education of our era, he really touched a generation– the Chicano generations of the 60′s and 70′s. He helped us establish an identity and motivated us to continue our education and to become professionals. It was a creation of a new class, never seen before in the Mexican-American community. We have to continue the struggle, he lived the life of struggle and it was all with the intention of serving his community, especially the young people who lived and attended the schools he fought for.”

Dr. Daniel Solorzano

“His commitment to the Latino community, especially on issues of educational equity and leadership, are the issues that will stand the test of time. He will be remembered for his legacy and the many leaders he helped develop, frame, encourage, and support. He is an amazing person.”

Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog/index.php/2013/04/que-viva-sal-castro/

Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 01:10
 
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