dailyphoto0807234.jpgNas Joining March Against Fox News
Nas will join activists from MoveOn.org and ColorOfChange.org today as they march on Fox News headquarters in Manhattan demanding that the conservative network end what protesters call a “pattern of racist attacks against Black Americans including presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.” Nas will help deliver a petition bearing 600,000 signatures to the Fox News offices at 2:00 this afternoon. The groups criticize Fox’s overall approach to news but singled out a few specific examples including: a reference to Michelle Obama as “Obama’s baby mama,” saying that Barack and Michelle’s fist pound had been called a “terrorist fist jab,” a commentator confusing “Obama” with “Osama” and then joking about assassinating both and Bill O’Reilly using the term “lynch party” while criticizing Michelle Obama for comments she made about being proud of America. (Continue Reading…)

UN says 14 million in Africa’s Horn need food aid
Dahir Abdi Salah used to feed his children three meals a day — pancakes for breakfast, spaghetti for lunch and beans for dinner. Now, due to a global food crisis that is hitting this impoverished country especially hard, the family eats one meal a day. Other times they drink tea or water to ward off the inevitable hunger pangs. “They eat porridge once a day,” Salah said of his children, ages 2, 5 and 6, who live on the outskirts of Somalia’s shattered capital, Mogadishu. “A kilogram (2 pounds) of beans used to cost a few cents — now it’s a dollar. You can imagine the difference and how it has affected our lives.” More than 14 million people across the Horn of Africa are relying on food aid and other assistance to survive a devastating drought and rising food prices, aid officials said Tuesday. The crisis is especially dire in Ethiopia and Somalia, two of the poorest countries in the world. (Continue Reading…)

‘Family Wants Justice’ in Taser Death
A police officer shocked a handcuffed Baron “Scooter” Pikes nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge. He stopped twitching after seven, according to a coroner’s report. Soon afterward, Pikes was dead. Now the officer, since fired, could end up facing criminal charges in Pikes’ January death after medical examiners ruled it a homicide. Dr. Randolph Williams, the Winn Parish coroner, told CNN the 21-year-old sawmill worker was jolted so many times by the 50,000-volt Taser that he might have been dead before the last two shocks were delivered. Williams ruled Pikes’ death a homicide in June after extensive study. Winn Parish District Attorney Christopher Nevils said he will decide on any charges against the ex-officer, Scott Nugent, once a Louisiana State Police report on the case is complete. (Continue Reading…)

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