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CNN’s Don Lemon responds to online criticism: ‘Attack the problem, not the messenger’

CNN anchor Don Lemon responded to some of the criticism surrounding his July 2013 remarks regarding young African-American men and their wardrobe choices on Saturday — specifically an open letter from entrepreneur Russell Simmons. “It shouldn’t matter if someone is Black, white, brown, purple, green, Democrat or Republican,” Lemon said.…

61-year-old man questioned in ‘road rage’ death of Chicago man

A 61-year-old man is expected to be charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Chicago man nearly 40 years younger over a traffic dispute. WGN-TV reported on Friday that the victim, 23-year-old Montrell Moss, encountered the unidentified man in nearby Hammond, Indiana, on Thursday. The man…

Arpaio arms deputies with assault rifles following officer’s shooting death

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has instructed his deputies to carry AR-15 assault rifles at all times following a local detention officer’s shooting death on Thursday, KPHO-TV reported. “Should any off-duty deputy come across a crime being committed, it is the policy of this office for that deputy to take the…

Florida policemen accused of forcing women into sex and groin-punching during traffic stop

Two Lauderhill, Florida police officers were arrested Friday and charged with simple battery and unlawful compensation for allegedly forcing a woman into having sex with one of them and ordering one to punch the other in the groin, to avoid arrest. KTVJ-TV reported that 33-year-old Franklin Hartley and 34-year-old Thomas…

Up to 6 people feared dead in Connecticut plane crash

Federal officials said on Friday that up to four more people may be dead in the Connecticut plane crash blamed for the deaths of two children, NBC News reported. “The plane struck two houses,” National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator Robert Gretz said at a press conference. “One of the…

Miami cops defend actions after immigrant artist dies following arrest

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez defended his department’s actions amid growing outrage over the death of an immigrant artist who was Tasered by one of his officers. “They had an encounter,” Martinez said to WSVN-TV on Friday regarding the death of Israel Hernández-Llach Tuesday morning. “They were gonna place…

Montana Attorney General blames reporters for online threats against them

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R) suggested that Associated Press reporters who were threatened after their personal information was leaked online brought it upon themselves, Mother Jones reported on Friday. “Whether or not there is a chilling effect I guess the media, the journalistic profession needs to contemplate when they…

Bryan Fischer plays doctor: ‘Concealed sin can cause physical illness’

Christian radio host Bryan Fischer dispensed some medical advice on Thursday, advising a caller that confessing one’s sins could take care of physical ailments. “This is really preventive medicine here,” Fischer told the caller. “You want to be healed, you want to be physically strong, then pray for one another…

Young atheist calls out Texas Republican amid hostile town hall crowd

The audience at a town hall event held by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Thursday was none too responsive to a young atheist blogger’s questions for Burgess regarding atheist military chaplains. Video posted by Daniel Moran, who goes by the name The Barking Atheist online, shows that when he pushed…

Texas man sues GOP lawmaker and husband over months of workplace Tasings

A 45-year-old Texas man is suing a Republican state lawmaker and her husband over what he calls months of attacks with a Taser while working for them that left him paranoid in his private life. “I was constantly looking behind my shoulder, distracted, couldn’t sleep,” Bradley Jones told KHOU-TV. “I…

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