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‘Stealthing’ Could Become a Form of Felony Sexual Battery in California

Cristina Garcia

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Images)

In May, Calif., Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill that would define ‘stealthing’ as a form of sexual assault, and on Tuesday, the state Senate Public Safety Committee advanced the bill, while acknowledging it was unclear whether or how such a law would be enforced.

Read “‘Stealthing’ One Step Closer to Being a Form of Sexual Assault in Calif.

Airport Worker Strike Suspended as Contract Negotiations Resume

Jet Blue

Passengers check in at the Jet Blue terminal at JFK airport in New York on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. PrimeFlight subcontracts employees to Jet Blue and other major airlines (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

 The airport worker strike that began with a mass walk off at three New York area airports Tuesday night has been suspended while contract talks continue.

Read “New York Airport Workers’ Strike Suspended as Contract Negotiations Continue

#Impeachment – The Process Begins

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

For months the nation’s collective breath has been held waiting for something, anything, that the president has done to be held against him and used to get him out of office, and it appears that time has finally come, so we can all exhale: a California congressman has filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Read “#Impeachment: 2 Democratic Congressmen Take the First Step to Get Donald Trump Out of Office

700 Airport Workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Walk Off the Job

Jet Blue

Passengers check in at the Jet Blue terminal at JFK airport in New York on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. PrimeFlight Inc., subcontracts ground and terminal service employees to Jet Blue.  (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

Transportation problems in New York City and surrounding areas just got a bit more complicated. On the heels of subway woes and the official beginning of the “summer of hell,” hundreds of airport workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark walked off their jobs in a labor dispute at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Read “New York’s ‘Summer of Hell’ Just Got Worse: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport Employees Walk Off Job in Labor Dispute

Lawyer Tries to Crowdfund Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter, YouCaring Says ‘Nah’

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Black Lives Matter Protest (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

A personal injury attorney representing Baton Rouge police officers in two separate lawsuits against Black Lives Matter attempted to raise $20,000 for her cases through a crowdfunding website, but her campaign was taken down on Sunday not being within the “community guidelines around promoting harmony.”

Read “Anti-Black Lives Matter Crowdfunding Page Banned By YouCaring

California Bill Proposes Making Release of Police Body Camera Footage Mandatory

Police Body Camera

Nick Ut/AP Images

A California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would create greater transparency by requiring law enforcement agencies to release body camera video and recordings of police shootings and other significant incidents, something that has been at the center of a longstanding national debate.

Read “California Bill Seeks to Make Releasing Body Camera Mandatory For Police Shootings

Philando Castile’s Killer Reaches Separation Agreement with City

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Just three weeks after he was acquitted of all charges connected to the shooting death of Philando Castile, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez signed a separation agreement with the city Monday to leave the department in exchange for $48,500.

Read “#PhilandoCastile: Killer Cop Receives $48,500 Buyout To Leave St. Anthony Police Department

James Harden is the $228 Million Dollar Man

James Harden

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

James Harden, the bearded dynamo guard for the Houston Rockets, signed a 4-year extension with his team on Saturday that will net him a total of $228 million over the next six years. Do you think Khloe Kardashian has hit him up with that “hey big head” message yet? Because I know I did.

Read “James Harden Signs 4-Year, $228,000,000 Extension With The Houston Rockets, Will He Lead Their Super Team?

Barry Jenkins to Adapt James Baldwin Novel For the Screen

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins speaks onstage at Oscars Feb. 26, 2017. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning feature film Moonlight, has plans to bring more Black excellence to the screen in the form of a screen adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk, a novel by celebrated Black author James Baldwin.

Read “‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins to Write, Direct Film Version of James Baldwin Novel

Black Lives Matter LA Issues Demand to NRA

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Black Lives Matter LA (YouTube screenshot)

Last week the NRA reposted a controversial propaganda video disguised as a recruitment ad that takes aim at the Black Lives Matter movement and uses lies in order to whip its supporters into a frenzy and encourage them to take up arms to protect themselves from a supposed enemy. Friday, a Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles shot back with a video of its own.

Read “Black Lives Matter Demands NRA Remove ‘Dangerous Propaganda’ Videos

Date Set For Bill Cosby Retrial in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Case

Bill Cosby

Matt Rourke/AP Images

Bill Cosby’s legal troubles stemming from the multiple allegations of sexual assault against him are far from over. On the heels of the announcement last week that he would go on trial in California in June 2018, his Philadelphia trial will get a do over in November.

Read “Bill Cosby Will Be Retried in November For Sexual Assault Against Andrea Constand 

Minnesota’s Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Does this seem like the right thing to do?

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Philando Castile’s shooting death at the hands of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton marked the occasion by recommending the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Board be named after Castile.

Read “Minn., Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

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