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#FreeBresha: Bresha Meadows is Happy With Her Plea Deal

Bresha Meadows (WFMJ screenshot)

15-year-old Bresha Meadows accepted a plea deal at her court date on Monday which could see her home with her family in early 2018.

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Roger Moore, Popular For His Portrayal of British Spy James Bond, Dead at 89

Roger Moore in Octopussy

The Hollywood Reporter screenshot

Roger Moore, the handsome British actor who portrayed James Bond on film seven times, has died at the age of 89.

Moore’s children took to his official Twitter account on Tuesday to announce the death, saying, “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

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In Case You Missed It, Your President is Horribly Corrupt

US President Donald Trump Meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

The Washington Post is reporting that in his capacity as president, Donald Trump reportedly asked two high-ranking national intelligence officials in March to help him push back against the FBI investigation into possible connections between his presidential campaign and the Russian government.

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Today was good and productive, and brought along with it inspiration to keep motivated and moving along my path.

I love it when it feels like this.

I got things done, and I continue to get things done, and my need and desire to get even more things done propels me forward.

I keep reminding myself that I built this life, that I asked for it, that I spoke it into existence, and that I can sustain it by continuing to do what I do.

The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are doing what you love with a purpose.

It’s so important, and not everyone has that opportunity.

I promise to keep taking care of it.

19 Dead, 50 Injured in Explosion at UK Ariana Grande Concert, Police Treating It As a Terror Incident

AP Images

Police in England said 19 people are confirmed dead and 50 others were injured after an explosion occurred during an Ariana Grande concert Monday night at Manchester Arena.

ABC News reports that a representative from Grande’s record label confirmed that the 23-year-old singer was not injured in the incident.

Greater Manchester Police said on their official Twitter account, “This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”
From ABC:

Other social media accounts said at least one sudden loud noise was heard about 10:35 p.m. near bars at the arena where Grande was performing.

“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”

According to ABC, the cause of the explosion is unknown, but social media posts showed people fleeing the from the venue.

 

I have so much going on right now.

This is a good thing.

I’ve been on back-to-back phone interviews since early this morning. The original reporting game is picking up for me.

It is amazing having wonderful and valued sources who keep feeding me tips on good stories. My portfolio and profile are growing, and it’s thanks to the many good people who trust me to tell their stories and the stories that are important to them.

This afternoon, I will be doing more phone interviews, writing news buzzes for The Root, finishing up a commentary piece and updating some of the stories I’ve already worked on.

This writer’s life is such a blessing of abundance. I cannot say it enough.

I am forever grateful that I was brave enough to make the choice to leave my day job last summer.

The investment in myself is paying off ten-fold.

 

Justice Department Appoints Special Counsel for Russia Probe

Robert Mueller, Former FBI Director

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year’s conference. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed an order Wednesday appointing former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into whether or not Trump associates and Russian officials coordinated last year to interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election.

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Mama’s Day is For the Mama’s Who Get Left Out of the Traditional Holiday

Breena Nuñez Forward Together Mama's Day Card

Breena Nuñez for Forward Together/Mamas Day

Today as people all over the country celebrate Mother’s Day the way it was popularized and capitalized on by Hallmark, there are many women who will unfairly be left out of the card and gift giving because they don’t fit the “traditional” idealized image of motherhood.

Mamas Day was created in 2011 by Forward Together to celebrate those women and include those who represent mamahood whether they gave birth to us or not.

“The Mamas Day campaign has always been about celebrating all the mamas in our lives … and motherhood broadly defined … our biological mamas, our chosen mamas.”

Read about Mamas Day on The Root.

Trump’s Staff Can’t Keep Their Stories Straight, So He Wants To End Press Briefings

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On Friday, your president threw a temper tantrum and threatened to end all White House press briefings for good because his staff has a hard time keeping their stories straight.

Trump made his comments after the reasons he gave for firing FBI Director James Comey during an NBC interview on Thursday were directly contradicted by statements made by others in the White House including Vice President Mike Pence, meaning the various explanations were at best misleading, and at worst, flat out lies.

Let’s be honest: no one really believes anything coming out of the mouths of this administration any longer. We are all just sitting around waiting for it to self-destruct.

Read  Trump Threatens to End White House Press Briefings Because His Staff Can’t Keep Their Stories Straight on The Root.

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Obstructing Federal Investigation

This is the end of an era. Lee Baca is going to prison.

Baca initially struck a deal with prosecutors last year, agreeing to serve six months in prison for lying about his role in a plot to obstruct an FBI probe into abuses at Los Angeles County Jails, and in exchange he would avoid facing more serious charges at a trial with the possibility of even more time behind bars. That deal eventually fell apart, and Baca ended up losing the trial he had hoped to avoid.

Baca, who is 74 years old and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, received his sentence in the same courtroom where he was found guilty in March of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and the same lying charge he was ready to cop to in order to avoid doing serious time in jail.

Source: Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Obstructing Federal Investigation

Today’s focus is on writing and organizing my ongoing writing projects.

I have interview notes to transcribe, research to gather and outline, news buzzes to write, and deadlines to meet.

I remain grateful for the opportunities before me, and I am committed to protecting this life and not taking it for granted.

That means giving it my all even when I am sleepy, or uninspired, or experiencing distractions.

Nobody can do this for me but me; I’m all I got.

If this is what I truly want for myself, then it is up to me to keep making it happen.

My life is by my own design.

I am the protagonist in my life’s story, and I refuse to let anyone else write the book.

#NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational

The Dakota Access Pipeline is not yet fully operational and it has already had a leak. This is why people were protesting the construction of the pipeline. This is why no one wanted it.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which was the subject of international protests because of the threat it posed to both the environment and the indigenous people living along the Missouri River, has already had a leak more than a month before it’s scheduled to be fully operational.The April 6 leak spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, and although state officials said the leak was contained and quickly cleaned, The Guardian reports that critics of the pipeline say the spill raises new concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.

Source: #NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational

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Donald Trump Was Planning to Visit FBI Headquarters, But the FBI Was Like ‘Nah, Stay Home’

This is hilarious.

After firing James Comey on Tuesday, Donald Trump figured he would crawl go down to FBI headquarters for a visit. Too bad the FBI was like, that’s OK, Donald. We cool. You don’t have to come.

Administration officials said that idea was dropped later Thursday after the FBI told the White House “the optics would not be good,” according to NBC. Apparently, no one at the FBI was ready to make fake smiles and cheers for a photo opp with the man who had just “unceremoniously sacked a very popular director.”

Source: Donald Trump Was Planning to Visit FBI Headquarters, But the FBI Was Like ‘Nah, Stay Home’

LAPD Officers Will Not Be Charged in Fatal 2015 Shooting of Woman They Say Had a Knife

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has got to go.

Although the Los Angeles Police Commission found fault with the way LAPD Officers Samuel Briggs and Antonio McNeely handled themselves in the shooting of Norma Guzman, the prosecutors will not be filing criminal charges against the two officers.

This is disgraceful.

A memo from the district attorney’s office that was made public Wednesday outlines the facts of the case and concludes that Police Officers Samuel Briggs and Antonio McNeely had reason to fear for their lives and “acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others.”

Source: LAPD Officers Will Not Be Charged in Fatal 2015 Shooting of Woman They Say Had a Knife

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