The only non-white jury member in George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin speaks to Lisa Bloom about the experience. An excerpt from Bloom’s just published “Suspicion Nation.”
The Sixth Juror Maddy had had it. The trial wasn’t over, but she was out of there. Rules or no rules, she was leaving. “If they had to put me in jail for going home, then put me in jail.” Three weeks of sequestration with five white women who didn’t understand the first thing about her, who demeaned and mocked and trivialized her, was more than enough. As the only minority juror in the nation’s most watched and most racially charged case in decades, she was done.
The six prominent conservatives who still urged Governor Jan Brewer to sign SB 1062 even though much of the GOP had turned on the measure.
Arizona Senate Bill 1062, the controversial anti-gay measure that was passed by the state legislature last week and vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday, drew vocal opposition within the GOP. The party’s past two presidential nominees, Mitt Romney and John McCain, come out against the bill, along with several state senators who voted for the bill and most of the Grand Canyon State’s business community. But while Governor Jan Brewer was still pondering whether to sign or veto the legislation, which would have allowed businesses to refuse to serve customers for religious reasons, there were still some people urging Brewer to sign the legislation.
The authors of the top 50 list explain how a well-meaning idea got out of control.
If we’ve ever watched how a well-intentioned concept can generate unintended consequences, it’s the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 50 Rabbis list.Conceived in 2007, it was done simply because we were genuinely curious about which rabbis were considered leading lights and why. It evolved over the years into a more reported piece, as we tried to showcase the broad diversity of pacesetters, speakers, teachers, authors, activists, and congregational leaders.
In the wake of his arrest, El Chapo leaves behind a wife that now joins a long list of Mexican beauty queens whose fairytales were cut short by their law-breaking lovers.
When the Mexican marines burst into El Chapo’s apartment, the biggest drug dealer on earth was making breakfast for his beauty queen wife and their two-year-old twin girls, who had joined daddy and mommy on the lam with little pink suitcases.Although El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, is an undeniable beauty, some may question the legitimacy of her crown. She was voted the local Coffee and Guava Queen in 2007 over four other contenders only after hundreds of black-clad gunmen on motorcycles flooded the town and El Chapo himself flew in with even more gunmen to host a lavish party to announce his intention to marry her.
When the ‘Marine Corps Times’ disappeared from its prime retail location in December, editors at the paper cried foul play in what seemed like a clear case of commandant censorship.
I spent the early days of my 20-year army career working on newspapers that were read by soldiers, families and military retirees. “Command information,” we called it—which, broadly translated, meant “all the news the commanding general sees fit to print.” Our small staff worked long hours each week writing and editing stories about field training exercises, new uniform policies, and the latest pick for the officers’ wives book club. We were charmingly earnest about our job and burned gallons of the proverbial midnight oil each Tuesday night before the paper “went to bed,” en route to the printer.
Now that a Danish study has associated maternal use of acetaminophen with ADHD, mothers are likely to panic. But Dr. Ken Sepkowitz says it’s just “half-baked” information that’s bound to cause more unnecessary angst than relief.
A newly published study conducted in Denmark has suggested an association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and maternal use of acetaminophen (including Tylenol™) during pregnancy. It follows a US study done last year associating use of acetaminophen with development of autism and further confuses an already muddied understanding of just what causes ADHD, which affects up to 15 percent of all kids. Denmark is famous in epidemiologic circles for its remarkable long-term studies of large populations followed for development of a wide array of conditions and diseases so it’s no wonder the investigator’s conclusions are causing serious pause.
Ian Barber tweeted naked photos of his girlfriend—and got away with it, giving New York all the more reason to follow in the footsteps of California and New Jersey by implanting adequate revenge porn legislation.
Ian Barber failed his girlfriend’s trust and then New York State failed to protect her. She has been made to suffer twice. The first was on July 26, 2013, when Barber decided to tweet naked photos of her and to share those photos with her sister and her employer. The second was on Feb. 19 when a New York judge dismissed all criminal charges against Barber.In New York’s first revenge porn case, Judge Steven M. Statsinger ruled that Barber’s behavior “while reprehensible, does not violate any of the criminal statues under which he is charged.
Jack Burkman’s gay-banning bill for the NFL is based on nothing but his own political agenda and anonymous Republicans looking for Tea Party cover.
A bill that could ban gays from playing in the NFL is possibly unconstitutional, being pushed for entirely cynical political reasons and is not based on any empirical evidence . . . and that’s according to the lobbyist promoting the bill.Jack Burkman is a Washington lobbyist who announced via his PR firm on Monday that he would “block gays from the NFL.” The announcement comes in the aftermath of NFL draft prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay earlier in February and Jason Collins making his debut for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday as the first openly gay player in a major professional sport.
Larry King and former CNN President Jonathan Klein speak exclusively to The Daily Beast about the cancellation of Piers Morgan’s prime-time show.
Several months ago, backstage at a concert in Central Park, Larry King ran into CNN's former U.S. president Jonathan Klein, the executive who ended King’s 25-year prime-time reign to enthrone a pugnacious Brit who’d starred in a couple of reality shows.“So you’re the guy who hired Piers Morgan, huh?” the then-80-year-old King teased the erstwhile cable news executive.“He had no comment,” King told The Daily Beast on Sunday night, as news broke of his 48-year-old successor’s cancellation after three rocky years hosting Piers Morgan Live.
After being outed for her work in pornography, a student is explaining her professional choice, but not abandoning it. Her words reveal our own unfounded stigmatization of sex workers.
“That a woman could be intelligent, educated and CHOOSE to be a sex worker is almost unfathomable.”With those words in her essay last week for XOJane.com, “Lauren,” the Duke University freshman who is fast gaining notoriety outside of Durham for her porn career, caused the internet to drop its proverbial jaw.Since coming back to Duke after her Christmas break, Lauren has been gossiped about on campus and, with greater and more threatening vitriol, online.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.