Defense releases George Zimmerman police interview

The defense team of George Zimmerman, facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has released some of its evidence, including videotaped police interviews. While Zimmerman mainly butttesses his claim of self-defense, there is a key statement we haven’t heard before. Zimmerman said he was reaching into his pocket when Martin hit him. Here’s the link.

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Police Chief in Trayvon Martin case has been fired

CNN has confirmed previous reports: Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee, who drew criticism for his department’s actions in the Trayvon Martin case, was fired Wednesday, his spokeswoman said. Spokeswoman Sara Brady said Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte made the decision. Lee had submitted a resignation letter in April that said he was stepping down, but city commissioners voted not to accept it. Read more.    

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Southern Baptist Convention makes history with first black president

The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in Augusta, Georgia in 1845 due to schism between North and South over slavery. The SBC continued on its peculiar path after the Civil War, and the nation’s largest Protestant denomination became a bulwark of white supremacy and segregation. In 1995,  the organization finally renounced its racist origin and subsequent practices. Since then, minority membership in the SBC has increased dramatically. On Monday, 167 years after its founding, a historic change occurred. By acclamation, the convention selected African-American minister Fred Luter Jr. of New Orleans as its first black president. The New Orleans Times-Picayune coverage includes background on Luter, who built a tiny congregation into a massive one and was forced to rebuild it again after Hurricane Katrina: Although Luter acknowledged that his election was…

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Brambleman now available at Cumming Barnes and Noble

I knew that they’d ordered it, but I just got word that Brambleman is on the shelf at the Barnes and Noble in Cumming, Georgia.  The book is getting rave reviews; its average rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars. Forsyth County folks, what are you waiting for? Go on in and pick up a copy! Barnes and Noble The Avenue Forsyth 410 Peachtree Pkwy Cumming, GA 30041 770-781-0867

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LA beating victim Rodney King has died

Rodney King, famous victim of Los Angeles police brutality in 1991 has died, apparently drowning in a swimming pool.  He was 47.   His beating by officers was videorecorded, and when police were acquitted of charges against them in the case, riots erupted.  King publicly called for peace, asking, “Can’t we all just get along?”  That issue remains in doubt. Read more and watch the video. For a bio of King, click here.    

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