aleqm5jfymcnoq3gm5xv2yllzj3z1zvbva.jpgSerena Williams Injures Knee; Retires in Semifinal
Top-seeded Serena Williams injured her left knee and pulled out of the Bank of the West Classic on Saturday, becoming the third singles player on the U.S. Olympic women’s tennis team with a knee injury. She retired while trailing during the second set of her semifinal match against qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak. Williams’ sister Venus and Lindsay Davenport, the other U.S. Olympic singles players, have already pulled out of next week’s East West Bank Classic in Carson, Calif., with right knee injuries. Serena Williams struggled from the start against the 85th-ranked Wozniak and first called for the trainer when trailing 5-2 in the first set. She got the knee heavily taped by the trainer and came out to finish the set, but appeared to struggle to plant on her injured leg. (Continue Reading…)

It’s the Law: No Sagging Pants in Chicago Suburb
Be careful if you have saggy pants in the south Chicago suburb of Lynwood. Village leaders have passed an ordinance that would levy $25 fines against anyone showing three inches or more of their underwear in public. Eugene Williams is the mayor of Lynwood. He says young men walk around town half-dressed, keeping major retailers and economic development away. He calls the new law a hot topic. The American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinance targets young men of color. (Continue Reading…)

Mumia Abu-Jamal Demands Retrial
Black Panther-turned human rights campaigner Mumia Abu-Jamal has requested a retrial on his conviction of murdering a police officer, after his death sentence was overturned in March, his lawyer said Sunday. A three-member Philadelphia appeals court on March 27 voted two-to-one to overturn the former radio journalist’s death sentence, while upholding his conviction for the 1981 murder of Daniel Faulkner. The court said Abu-Jamal, 54, should face a new sentencing hearing or have his sentence commuted to life in jail. Abu-Jamal, 54, has always claimed his innocence while on death row for 25 years. While in jail, he became a leading campaigner against the death penalty. (Continue Reading…)

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