dailyphoto090730‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Adds New Face
Why would an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and single mother want to tack reality TV star onto her long list of accomplishments? For Kandi Burruss, the newest member of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the answer is simple: “I was a fan last year. I love the show.” The second season of Bravo’s hit show is set to premier on Thursday with Burruss replacing cast member DeShawn Snow. Burruss is well-known in the music industry as a former member of the platinum-selling R&B girl group Xscape and co-writer of such hits as Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and TLC’s “No Scrubs,” for which she won a Grammy. (Continue Reading…)

Arizona Girl’s Attack Sheds Light on Rape in Liberia
The allegation is shocking: an 8-year-old girl lured to a storage shed with the promise of chewing gum, pinned down and sexually assaulted by four boys, none of them older than 14. The response from the girl’s family sent a second and equally stunning shockwave through their Phoenix, Arizona, community: “The parents felt that they had been shamed or embarrassed by their child,” reported Phoenix police Sgt. Andy Hill. As a result, the girl was taken into custody by Arizona’s child welfare agency. (Continue Reading…)

Caller in Gates Case Says She’d Do It Again
In her first public appearance, the woman who made the 911 call that led to the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Wednesday she would make the call again if placed in the same situation. The arrest and its aftermath have sparked accusations of racial profiling, and even President Obama has become involved. He plans to meet Thursday with Gates and the arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley, at the White House. Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct July 16 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after he had shown Crowley that the home he was suspected of breaking into was his. The charge was later dropped. “If you’re a concerned citizen, you should do the right thing if you’re seeing something that seems suspicious. I would do the same thing,” Lucia Whalen said. (Continue Reading…)

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