Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

4 found dead after arson at $4.5M mansion near vice president’s residence

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Local police are investigating a deadly fire in one of Washington’s poshest neighborhoods on Thursday that killed four people near the vice president’s residence and Embassy Row.

he three-story, $4.5 million-dollar house was allegedly set ablaze, killing a couple — Savvas Savopoulos, 46, and his wife Amy Savopoulos, 47; their son, Philip, 10; and one of the family’s housekeepers, Veralicia Figueroa, 47, according to police.

Three of the four victims were found to have suffered from blunt force trauma, causing authorities to rule the fire arson and police are investigating what they call a quadruple homicide.

The victims were found inside a Woodland Drive home after fire crews arrived to put out a house fire there about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Source: 4 found dead after arson at $4.5M mansion near vice president’s residence

Obama Announces US and Cuba Will Resume Relations

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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United States President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the US is initiating plans to rebuild its relationship with Cuba following decades of disputes between the two nations.

Speaking from the White House in Washington, DC, Pres. Obama said Wednesday that the US is seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and soon plans to open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.

“Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba,” Obama said as he offered to “extend a hand of friendship” while unveiling what he called “the most significant changes in our policy in more than 50 years.”

“We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interest,” Obama said.

Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Berry Dies At Age 78

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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Marion Barry, the longtime mayor of the District of Columbia who staged a remarkable political comeback after a 1990 FBI sting videotaped him smoking crack cocaine, died early Sunday. He was 78.

The D.C. City Council issued a statement confirming Barry’s death. Barry’s family said the former mayor died shortly after midnight Sunday at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital the previous day. No cause of death was immediately specified. Barry had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.

The statement said Barry’s family requested that their privacy be respected, and further details would be forthcoming.

Barry had served as a member of the city council since 2005, winning re-election twice. He was often still referred to in his Ward 8 constituency as “Mayor Barry” despite not having held the office since 1999.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Barry was first elected mayor in 1978 after building a political career as an official of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and a local activist in Washington. Re-elected in 1982 and 1986, he was dubbed “Mayor For Life.”

“I want to take the boards off of houses and put people in them,” he said shortly after being sworn in in 1979. “I want to provide minimal care for all people, regardless of their financial situation. And I want to live out (Dr. Martin Luther) King’s legacy of peace, brotherhood and survival.”

But he gained international notoriety when he was filmed smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted of a single count of drug possession — jurors had deadlocked on most counts — and sentenced to six months in prison.

Despite the embarrassment, Barry’s political career was far from over. In 1992, he made it back to city government, winning a council seat representing the poorest of the city’s eight wards. That victory helped propel him to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994.

“Marion Barry changed America with his unmitigated gall to stand up in the ashes of where he had fallen and come back to win,” poet Maya Angelou said in 1999.

But his 1994 vote was divided sharply along racial lines and his political revival drew criticism from many. Congress moved to strip Barry of much of his mayoral authority in 1995 as the city flirted with bankruptcy.

Congress installed a financial control board, and Barry decided not to seek a fifth term. He held authority over little more than the city’s parks, libraries and community access cable TV station in his last years as mayor.

“Marion Barry sadly turned the capital city into a national joke,” then-Sen. Lauch Faircloth, R-N.C., said in May 1998.

In his later years on the council, Barry played the role of elder statesman, but he sometimes exasperated his colleagues with his wavering attention at meetings and frequent, rambling references to his tenure as mayor.

He also battled legal problems, including tax as well as drug charges. Even as he was fighting kidney disease in early 2009, prosecutors were seeking to revoke probation in a tax case, saying he had not kept a promise to file annual returns. The council also censured him twice for ethical violations.

Barry was born March 6, 1936, to Marion and Mattie Barry, in the small Mississippi delta town of Itta Bena, and was raised in Memphis, Tenn., after the death of his father, a sharecropper.

While an undergraduate at LeMoyne College (now LeMoyne-Owen College), Barry picked up the nickname “Shep” in reference to Soviet propagandist Dmitri Shepilov for his ardent support of the civil rights movement. Barry began using Shepilov as his middle name.

Barry did graduate work in chemistry at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., earning a master’s degree. He left school short of a doctorate to work in the civil rights movement.

His political rise began in 1960, when he became the first national chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which sent young people into the South to register black voters and became known as one of the most militant civil rights groups of that era.

Barry’s work with the committee brought him to Washington, where he became immersed in local issues, joining boycotts of the bus system and leading rallies in support of the city’s fledgling home rule efforts.

In 1970, The Washington Post wrote: “Four years ago widely considered a young Black Power Militant with almost no constituency, (Barry) has become a man who is listened to — if not fully accepted — on all sides.”

Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday.

Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.

Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

The hospital planned to release further details later Monday.

Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and a legal U.S. resident, was living in Sierra Leone and working at a hospital when he was diagnosed last week. The Ebola outbreak, the worst in recorded history, has killed more than 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Salia has a wife and two children who live in the Washington suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland. A son, Maada, told NBC News last week that Salia knew the risk of working in West Africa but wanted to do his part.

“Even though he knows the sickness is already out, he decided to still go and help his people because he wanted to show that he loves his people,” the son said. “He’s really, really a hero to me.

ISLAMIC STATE GROUP BEHEADS US AID WORKER

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released a video Sunday of a masked, black-clad militant standing over a severed head it claimed is American aid worker Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger, as well as the mass beheadings of a dozen Syrian soldiers.

The White House confirmed the authenticity of the video. In a statement issued as he flew back to Washington after a trip to the Asia Pacific region, President Barack Obama said the group “revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction.”

With Kassig’s death, the Islamic State group has killed five Westerners it was holding. Britons David Haines, a former Air Force engineer, and Alan Henning, a taxi driver from northwest England, were beheaded, as was U.S. reporter James Foley and American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff.

Unlike previous videos of slain Western hostages, the footage released Sunday did not show the purported decapitation of the American or the moments leading up to his death.

VIDEO: CITIZEN PULLS COP OVER FOR “DRIVING AN ILLEGAL VEHICLE”

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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A man filmed himself flagging over a police officer for driving an unmarked vehicle in Grant County, Washington. While the officer takes a defensive attitude when being asked for his ID, the citizen continues to assert his civil authority until the officer complies. The video has stirred up some controversy, and amassed over 1.1 million views in the past few days. Take a look below

Jay Z ventures into boxing with Roc Nation Sports

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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The rapper-turned-sports agent Jay Z is a boxing fan who’s occasionally slipped on the gloves as part of his fitness routine at Chelsea Piers.
Now the multi-tasking mogul is making a push into boxing on the corporate side with Roc Nation Sports, the agency he created, conceiving a boxing division and hiring longtime fight executive Dave Itskowitch to run it, according to ESPN.com.

The plan is to promote cards and also to turn boxers into celebrities, transforming them into cultural figures similar to the athletes the agency represents, such as Kevin Durant, CC Sabathia and Victor Cruz. The agency has yet to sign any fighters but has obtained licenses to promote in New York and Washington, D.C., the story said.

“This is an opportunity for us to change the game,” Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation who is also the twin brother of Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark told ESPN. “Jay Z has an incredible passion for boxing. We want to take the platform we’ve created and bring that to the boxing industry. We want to bring more money and visibility to the sport and give the boxers opportunities outside the ring.”

Happy Founders Day to all the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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On January 15, 1908 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

If you are on social media and not a member I am sure some are wondering what is the big deal. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the FIRST sorority created for African American women. Our history through the past 106 years is rich and runs deep in the organizations mission to be of “Service to all Mankind” From the Great Migration to the civil rights movement to the issues plaguing our communities today Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been and will continue to work in the trenches of our communities educating and making life better for all mankind.

To have the desire, go through the process, and have the privilege of joining the sisterhood is something to be proud of. So just let the AKAs have this day!!

Happy Founders Day Sorors!!

O.J. Simpson Has Brain Cancer, Begs Obama for Early Release

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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Former NFL great turned criminal, O.J. Simpson, has issued a plea for clemency to President Obama, claiming he may have brain cancer and should be allowed to leave his Nevada jail cell and go free. The 66-year-old is currently serving a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and robbery.

But he’s being tested for a tumor on his brain to determine whether he has cancer and he’s convinced that he’s due to die any day now, Huffington Post reports. “A source close to” Simpson who said, “He put off the doctors for weeks after he first started experiencing the symptoms because he was afraid of what they would find.”

The Washington Times reports that Simpson’s health has been deteriorating for years. “He’s gained weight since his imprisonment, and also suffers from blurred vision, stuttering and failing hearing,” according to the paper.

Simpson, who was jailed in 2008, would be eligible for parole in 2017.

Chris Brown Has Probation Revoked in Rihanna Case

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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Bad news for Chris Brown on the legal front. The judge in the case against him for assaulting Rihanna has revoked the singer’s probation because of the assault charges filed in Washington, D.C. Brown was hit with a misdemeanor assault charge back in October over a fight outside a hotel in D.C.

The judge felt the fresh assault charge was evidence that Brown did not obey all laws — a requirement of his probation.

However, the judge decided against having the singer taken into custody, as he was impressed by Breezy’s progress in his anger management rehab. He’ll be holding a hearing in February, and it’s still possible Brown may spend some time behind bars.

Brown has also been ordered to abstain from using medical marijuana.