ap_klan_costume1_080414_mn.jpgOhio Troopers Canned for KKK Prank
It was just a joke, they said, a prank modeled on a black comedian’s skit the day before a black civil rights icon’s holiday. But the two officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol involved in a camera-phone photo shoot in which one posed with a crude KKK-costume over his uniform while the other snapped away are out of work after a governor-ordered investigation. The highway patrol announced Monday night that Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky, who appeared in Columbus last weekend at hearings in front of superior officers, have been fired for the photo. It features Franklin holding a piece of paper with holes punched out for eyes in front of his face like a mask, and wearing a makeshift robe and paper cone on his head. The photo was taken on Jan. 20, the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Continue Reading…)

Prince working on first book as he turns 50
Prince has been known by various names, including an unpronounceable symbol and The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. But as he turns 50 this year, the recording star adds one more to the list — debut author. Publisher Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said the U.S. singer was working on a book called “21 Nights,” a multi-media volume based on his 21 consecutive sold-out concerts at London’s O2 arena in the summer of 2007. (Continue Reading…)

Video Shows Philadelphia Cops Beating Suspects
The actions of some Philadelphia police officers are being scrutinized in the days following Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski’s killing. It’s all because of video shot by a news helicopter as police arrested three men Monday night. Several officers can be seen beating the suspects as they apprehend them. Police chased the car down just after 10 p.m. Monday. The men inside were suspected in a shooting. But what happened outside the vehicle had some outraged Tuesday, NBC 10’s Harry Hairston reported. “I just burst out and cried. I was appalled at it,” said Shirley Hopkins, the mother of one suspect. (Continue Reading…)

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