1. State of Maryland fails HBCUs again
The State of Maryland was found liable in federal court for inadequately funding its Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The court order to perform the latter was refused by the Maryland’s higher education system. For 12 years this case has been in flux and has no end in sight since the mediation between Maryland and HBCU advocates has failed once again. Read more on this story here.
2. Cesar Sayoc sentenced to 20 years for mailed pipe bombs to Democratic leaders and donors
Cesar Sayoc has pled guilty to mailing inoperative pipe bombs last October to Democratic leaders and donors. Sayoc was handed a 20 year sentence accompanied by five years of probation. Lawyers pleaded for leniency for their “regretful” client. See exactly what the defense had to say here.
3. New "Red Flag" gun legislation receives bipartisan support
We are accustomed to hearing legislators and the gun lobby offer “thoughts and prayers” for those who were killed in mass shootings. Finally, Congress has bipartisan support for a “Red-Flag” proposal that would provide federal grants for states to enact and implement these red-flag laws. The proposal has not been formally introduced but sources are saying it could come soon. More here.
4. Nine-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis calls Trump a "racist and misogynist"
Nine-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis advocates for women athletes to have “fair and equal pay” for their talents. He also weaved in a couple of jabs at Trump calling him a “racist and misogynist” at a 2019 conference in Lima. For more the full story on what he said, go here.
5. Queen Latifah is stars as Ursula in ABC's Little Mermaid Live
Queen Latifah is on the move again with her latest role in ABC’s Little Mermaid Live event. Latifah is showing off her professional dexterity, and we are loving it. From investing millions of dollars in Newark, NJ to Cover Girl all the way to being casted as Ursula. We see you! For more on this story, go here.
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