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October 2007

Why Did I Get Married Debuts in the Top Spot at the Box Office

As to be expected, Tyler Perry's movie, Why Did I Get Married was tops at the box office over the weekend. Perry has done amazingly well with his formulaic yet always uplifting products.

Those that are fans of his gospel plays enjoy an advantage of knowledge of storyline over the wider audience Perry's movies reach. The secret of the popularity of urban theatre brought to the movie screen has proved successful for Perry more than other filmmakers.

Why Did I Get Married tanked Game Plan the number one movie from the previous week. Let's see if Perry can hold on to the top spot in week two.


The Butterfly Effect

I was amazed upon receiving the following message from someone I don't know. First of all, November 11 is my birthday (and Veteran's Day) and secondly, my name --- Vanessa, means butterfly. That's too much of a coincidence for me to ignore.

I ask you to join in the celebration and participate in the wave of positive energy. Even if you can't participate for an hour, do join in. Thanks.

~Vanessa

United together in Song, Prayer and Meditation









To all who yearn for peace, love & healing on our planet.


Spread the word about Nov. 11 @ 11:11am. We will continue the Energy Wave that Shelley Yates and the Light Beings had us start w/ Fire the Grid.








The Butterfly Effect

The flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can set off a storm in Texas. Isn't that an amazing statement? Physicists call this theory "The Butterfly Effect" to explain how the breeze produced by a butterfly's wings could set off a series of reverberations that over time have a tremendous affect on weather patterns thousands of miles away. Now imagine the impact of millions of butterflies...

Currently on earth there is a “quickening” where more and more people are realizing there is much more to reality than meets the eye and are beginning to explore their consciousness. As we open up to the higher consciousness, we allow in a powerful energetic force which guides our individual evolutionary journey if we allow it to.


~ Wave 11:11 ~


When it is 11:11 am in your own time zone (no converter clocks) on November 11th, 2007, we are going to unite together in Song, Prayer and Meditation for one complete hour, creating a wave as each time zone prays one after the other. Search your heart and you will intuitively know the intentions in your role in healing the planet.

Straddling the equator and bordering the International Date Line to the east, the people of the Republic of Kiribati will start ~ Wave 11:11~ and it will be passed around the planet until the final destination of the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the full day of wave energy flow will be completed.



Share this with
everyone you know!
Join us in creating the butterflies wave.


United together in
Song, Prayer & Meditation



~ Wave 11:11 ~
11/ 11 @ 11:11 am


* if you'd like an email version of this so you can share with family, friends, business associates, etc. just email: wave1111@gmail.com simply put in subject line: send E-version ~ The Wave


Florida Boot Camp Verdict Sparks Outrage

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Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, right, talks to a crowd protesting the verdict in the Martin Lee Anderson case, Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

Tense Moments After Boot Camp Acquittal

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Tensions ran high after eight former boot camp workers were acquitted of manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old inmate who was videotaped being punched and kicked.

The case sparked outrage and spelled the end of Florida's system of juvenile boot camps, but it took a jury just 90 minutes Friday to decide that the death of Martin Lee Anderson was not a crime.

Anger over the verdict was obvious outside the courtroom, where bystanders screamed "murderer" at former guard Henry Dickens as he described his relief at the verdict.

"I am truly, truly sorry this happened. Myself, I love kids," said Dickens, 60. He said Anderson "wasn't beaten. Those techniques were taught to us and used for a purpose."

Anderson died a day after being hit and kicked by Dickens and six other guards as a nurse watched, a 30-minute confrontation that drew protests in the state capital.

The defendants testified they followed the rules at a get-tough facility where young offenders often feigned illness to avoid exercise. Their attorneys said that Anderson died not from rough treatment, but from a previously undiagnosed blood disorder.

The boy's mother, Gina Jones, stormed out of the courtroom. "I cannot see my son no more. Everybody see their family members. It's wrong," she said.

Anderson's family repeatedly sat through the painful video as it played during testimony. They had long sought a trial, claiming local officials tried to cover up the case. The conservative Florida Panhandle county is surrounded by military bases and residents are known for their respect for law and order.

"You kill a dog, you go to jail," said Gina Jones' lawyer, Benjamin Crump, outside court. "You kill a little black boy and nothing happens."

The guards, who are white, black and Asian, stood quietly as the judge read the verdicts. The all-white jury was escorted away from the courthouse and did not comment.

Special prosecutor Mark Ober said in a statement he was "extremely disappointed."

"In spite of these verdicts, Martin Lee Anderson did not die in vain," the statement read. "This case brought needed attention and reform to our juvenile justice system."

The defendants faced up to 30 years in prison had they been convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child. The jury also decided against convicting them of lesser charges, including child neglect and culpable negligence.

Officials from the Department of Justice in Washington and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida announced they were reviewing the state's prosecution. Defense attorneys, however, said they considered a federal civil-rights case to be unlikely.

"The Department of Justice has yet another opportunity, unfortunately, to demonstrate to America's minority populations that law enforcement officials acting outside the laws of this nation will be held accountable, that the misdeeds of a few rogue officers won't be allowed to tarnish the good work of the vast majority and that any guilty officers' conduct will be strongly scrutinized and met with remedial action rather than a wink and a nod," said NAACP Interim President & CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes.

"With a 90-minute verdict after a three-week trial (in the state case), it would be the same result," said attorney Bob Sombathy, who represents ex-guard Patrick Garrett.

Aside from hitting Anderson, the guards dragged him around the military-style camp's exercise yard and forced him to inhale ammonia capsules in what they said was an attempt to revive him. The nurse stood by watching.

Defense attorneys argued that the guards properly handled what they thought was a juvenile offender faking illness to avoid exercising on his first day in the camp. He was brought there for violating probation for stealing his grandmother's car and trespassing at a school.

The defense said Anderson's death was unavoidable because he had undiagnosed sickle cell trait, a usually harmless blood disorder that can hinder blood cells' ability to carry oxygen during physical stress.

Prosecutors said the eight defendants neglected the boy's medical needs after he collapsed while running laps. They said the defendants suffocated Anderson by covering his mouth and forcing him to inhale ammonia.

Anderson died Jan. 6, 2006, when he was taken off life support, a day after the altercation. The case quickly grew and shook up the state's boot camp and law enforcement system amid the boy's family alleging a cover-up.

An initial autopsy by Dr. Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County, found Anderson died of natural causes from sickle cell trait. A second autopsy was ordered and another doctor concluded that the guards suffocated Anderson through their repeated use of ammonia capsules and by covering his mouth.

Anderson's death led to the resignation of Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Guy Tunnell, who established the camp when he was Bay County sheriff.

Then-Gov. Jeb Bush had been a strong supporter of the juvenile boot camps, but after Anderson's death he backed the Legislature's move to shut down the system and put more money into a less militaristic program.

The Legislature agreed to pay Anderson's family $5 million earlier this year to settle civil claims.


Mychal Bell Jailed Again

The Jena 6 situation is getting uglier and uglier.

Louisiana State District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. sentenced Bell to 18 months in the juvenile facility for four previous offenses, including two counts of simple battery and two pertaining to criminal destruction of property that occurred before the beating of classmate Justin Barker, according to The Associated Press.

This is yet another shameful move that continues to show the terror under which Blacks live in, not just in Jena, but the entire United States of America. Nooses being hung on college campuses on on job sites, it's way past time for this madness to stop.

Just so there's an accurate picture of the judge's decision, Bell has been placed in a juvenile detention facility. It's not an adult prison but he's still incarcerated.

In response to the latest decision, here's John Mellencamp's video, Jena.


The first IKEA in Florida

The first IKEA store in Florida is set to open in less than a week in Sunrise, about 20 minutes from my home. Just typing that gives me chills which means I must work extra hard to control myself. I have been an IKEA fan since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy aired about four years ago. Those guys did some wonderful designs using the furniture and accessories from that store.

My first purchase will be storage solutions for my home. I'll likely NOT go the store's grand opening on Wednesday but I will check it out over the weekend. I know that shopping can be a serious threat to my financial well-being so my first visit to the store will be limited to checking out their offerings and taking measurements of the pieces in which I'm interested. I intend to make my visit to IKEA very methodical and unemotional. Please pray for me.


That was Easy!

The last week or so at work has been more stressful that normal. I'm taking my Staples Easy button to help me cope with the stress. Yep, each time I finish a project or answer a question, I'm gonna press it.

Will folks think I've lost my mind? Perhaps, but I don't really care. I'm willing to bet that a few of them will use it also. Anyhoo, it's all in fun and hopefully will help my co-workers relax also.

We're all under stress but I'm going to manage to the stress, not let it manage me. If acting a little silly gets me through the day and allows me to be more productive, so be it.


Money Saving Tips for College

 

By Lisa Rogers-Cherry

Heading off to college can be an exciting time for both students and parents. It can also be a very expensive time if you aren't careful. I sat down and tried to think of ten ideas to help you to go to school without going broke.

  1. Prior to purchasing textbooks, check to see if someone will lend you the book that you need, if not try to get to the bookstore early to get a used book that is in good condition. Make sure that the pages have not been torn out.
  2. Find out if you can participate in an on campus work-study program. If so, try to get a job where you can bring your books and do homework while you are actually making some extra money.
  3. Learn how to eat affordably. Items like Ramen noodles, tuna, and peanut butter taste really good late at night after the cafeteria has closed. Buy snacks in bulk from wholesale or discount stores so that you don't have to buy high priced snacks from the vending machines.
  4. Get to know the staff in the Financial Aid Office. That way you can find out about scholarships that you may qualify for based on your GPA, where you're from, and/or what your major is. From time to time, when alumni pass away, scholarships become available based on specific qualifications.
  5. Stay away from drinking sodas and stop paying high prices for bottled water. Drink tap water or invest in an inexpensive water filter if you don't like the taste.
  6. Make sure that you take care of your personal belongings. Everyone isn't as honest as you are. Therefore take the time to lock up your expensive things when you leave your room. Check to see if you can get renters insurance. Trust me, it's much cheaper than having to replace your laptop.
  7. Check your local newspaper for free events around town. You'd be surprised at how many concerts and cultural events you can attend without spending a dime.
  8. Learn where the local consignment and thrift stores are located. When you need an outfit for a special occasion, you don't have to spend a lot to look stunning. 
  9. Remember what you are going to school for. If you concentrate on academics and school activities then there shouldn't be too much extra time to get distracted by events or items to spend money on. 
  10. Last but certainly not least, I suggest that you steer clear of credit cards. On most college campuses, representatives from credit card companies will offer you a credit card. If you don't have any additional money to pay off a credit card within 30 days, I strongly suggest that you let the credit card company keep their card and whatever gift they are offering you to sign up. I know thousands of people who ruined their credit while in college. Don't become a statistic by ruining your credit before graduating from college. 

Lisa Rogers-Cherry is the author of Lifting the Burdens of Debt: A Helpful Guide to Getting Your Debts Paid and Your Life Back on Track (2005; $14.95). If you have a question or for more information go to www.redpenpress.com, e-mail her at Lisa@redpenpress.com, or write Lisa Rogers-Cherry, Red Pen Press, P. O. Box 1196, Dania Beach, FL 33004. 

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Nailah Franklin's former boyfriend arrested on unrelated charges

Chicago-based news media reports that former boyfriend of Nailah Franklin, Reginald Potts, has been arrested on unrelated charges. Potts has been very defensive in posts on the internet. He has a criminal history but has not been arrested in connection with Nailah's death.

Nailah Franklin's Former Boyfriend Gets Charged With Misdemeanor Battery

Last Edited: Saturday, 06 Oct 2007, 4:06 PM CDT

Created: Saturday, 06 Oct 2007, 4:06 PM CDT

Chicago, IL. -- Reginald Potts, 30, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly threatened a gas station attendant in the South Loop, police said.

Potts, of the 1400 block of South Wabash, was arrested around 11 a.m. in the 800 block of South Wabash and was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, police said.

Potts was arrested during a phone conversation with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter, who could hear the conversation between him and the officers.

Officers first asked Potts for an ID, and he asked, "Why?"

They responded by telling him, "You look like someone.''

And he said, "Who is that? . . . I'm Reginald Potts."

Later in the arrest, Potts was heard telling officers he believed they were harassing him.

"You want to know the same thing . . . you guys are stopping me . . . coming and talking to me two days in the row,'' he said. "Keep doing what you are doing. . . . Plenty of money, buddy, plenty of money.''

Nailah Franklin, a rep for Eli Lilly and Co., was last seen Sept. 16. Two days later, three text messages were sent from her phone to a friend, her boyfriend and her boss. The following day, after missing an important meeting, she was reported missing by her family.

The cause of death has not been released, pending the police investigation. But sources said no trauma was found on her body.

Sources close to the investigation and the family of Franklin have said a former boyfriend made threatening phone calls to her the week before she disappeared and that she reported this to police.

Monique Bond, a Police Department spokeswoman, said, "The department has not named a suspect'' in the investigation of the death of Franklin. "The investigation continues."

--Sun-Times


What’s your blogging style?

OK, I'm not bored but I definitely needed to take a break from my projects. I took one of those cute blog quizzes over at blogthings.com. The site has quizzes on all kinds of topics. Some topics are just plain old weird but it's all in fun.

The latest quiz I took was on blogging style. Here's what it revealed about me.

Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful
You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.
Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.
A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.
You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!

You know what? It's eerie but the last two sentences are definitely on point. I'm really working on the rewriting bit. LOL Take the quiz, see how accurate it is about you and do share.


More Beef Patties Recalled Because of E. Coli

Cargill, Inc. is recalling more than 800,000 pounds of frozen beef patties due to an e. coli scare. The beef patties were carried by Sam's Club a subsidiary of Wal-mart Stores. Four cases, all involving children, were reported in the Minnesota area.

The extent of the contamination in this situation is unknown. Is it just me or does anyone NOT sense urgency on the part of our government to crack down on food safety? As other meat processing companies are highlighted because of e. coli, it's reasonable to me that it's just a matter of time until contaminated chickens are reported also.

Factory farming coupled with a disregard of proper processing procedures and lax monitoring are some of the reasons why we find ourselves with these growing food contamination scares. Some of the local news stations have begun reporting health violations in restaurants and even some of our schools.

How much more of this can we take until there is a collapse of the meat processing industry?