[Graphic Content] Child Abuse Murder Case Of Boy, 8, Tortured By Mother And Stepfather Continues In Los Angeles

(SL) – There’s a special place in hell for these two. His name was Gabriel Fernandez and the system 100 percent failed him.

The Daily Mail Reports,  An eight-year-old boy, who was ‘tortured to death by his mother and stepfather had BB pellets lodged in his groin and lungs, a cracked skull, two missing teeth, burns to his body and three broken ribs’ when he died, according to a nurse.

Registered Nurse Alison Segal witnessed the moment Gabriel Fernandez was rushed into the Antelope Valley Hospital on May 22, 2013, after he was found unresponsive at his mother’s home in Palmdale.

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Segal revealed the child’s horrific injuries in her testimony on Friday.  Gabriel died in 2013 after allegedly suffering eight months of abuse at the hands of his mother Pearl Fernandez, 31, and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, 37, at their Los Angeles home.

Segal said that night she was required to provide service to the hospital for patients who had been victims of abuse, according to ABC 7.

‘There were abrasions. There were open wounds. There was bruising. There was swelling. There was marks on the legs. There was skin missing off the top of the neck, so there were multiple injuries on Gabriel…head to toe,’ she said

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In court, the emotional nurse testified that she was asked to assess Gabriel when he was brought into the hospital, but his condition was so critical she could not do a comprehensive assessment. He was later rushed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

She said Gabriel’s chart that night said the child had fallen in the shower, but Segal said she knew that wasn’t the case.

Segal said Gabriel was on a ventilator and his heart had stopped at least twice.

‘They had to resuscitate him with extreme measures,’ she said, according to ABC. Segal said Gabriel was only 88 degrees, which is a low temperature for a child.

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Justin Timberlake Will Headline Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show On NBC

(SL) – Global superstar JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, it was confirmed tonight.

A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he rapidly became a highly respected musician, winning two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award® for the song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS for which he won his 10th Grammy.

Justin TimberlakeA gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, SHREK THE THIRD and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film WONDER WHEEL, which opens later this year.

This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

This announcement is just the beginning. Leading up to Super Bowl LII, fans may visit Pepsi.com for behind-the-scenes looks into Timberlake’s journey to the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, as well as other surprises along the way.

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Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

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Fox Signed O’Reilly To New Contract After Sexual Harassment Settlement

(SL) –  The parent company of Fox News is admitting they knew Bill O’Reilly
settled a sexual harassment case shortly before signing the commentator to a new contract. “The New York Times” reports O’Reilly agreed to a 32-million-dollar settlement with former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl in January.

A month later, 21st Century Fox signed the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” to a contract extension. An email statement from a company spokesman said O’Reilly informed Fox of the settlement.

O’Reilly was forced to resign in April after reports of multiple sexual harassment settlements made by O’Reilly or Fox caused advertisers to flee his program.

[Warning] Graphic Ken’neka Jenkins Death Images Raise More Questions As Chicago Police Mark The Case Closed

(SL) –  Chicago police released their files on Ken’neka Jenkins (the teenager found dead in a motel freezer last month) and it raises even more questions about how she really died.

Warning: the images are graphic but after taking one look at them one has to ask  what really happened? Who cut the freezer on? The freezer is littered with trash and dirt so it’s doubtful that it was operating at the time when she entered it.

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The Chicago Tribune reports, As part of a release of documents and videos related to the case, Rosemont officials on Friday posted on their website dozens of postmortem photographs of Jenkins taken while her body was still in the hotel freezer where she was found dead.

Police showed the photographs to Jenkins’ family on Thursday, and Sam Adam Jr., a lawyer for Jenkins’ mother Tereasa Martin, called them “graphic and disturbing images (that) inexplicably show portions of Kenneka’s body exposed.”

The release from Adam and Martin’s other attorney, Larry Rogers Jr., said the photos were “of a personal, private and indecent nature.”

Jenkins, 19, was found dead in a Rosemont hotel freezer Sept. 10, about 21 hours after she went missing following a party she attended in a ninth-floor room.

According to Rosemont police reports, she was found on her side, face down, with her left arm underneath her, her right shoe off , hair matted and a small cut on her right foot.

The photographs show that Jenkins was still wearing the jeans and jean jacket shown in surveillance videos of her walking through the hotel before her death, but the bra/shirt beneath her jacket “was pulled up exposing her breasts,” a police report said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office had already classified Jenkins’ death as accidental and caused by hypothermia, with alcohol intoxication listed as a contributing factor.

Rosemont police also said in their release Friday that the hotel room where the party took place was booked with a fraudulent credit card and that they believe they have identified two perpetrators who booked the room. Police said they are “affiliated with a gang on the West Side of Chicago whose operations rely heavily on the use of fraudulent credit cards.”

Police said that case is still ongoing.

The HBCU Power Awards Honor Jada Pinkett Smith During Spelman-Morehouse-Clark Atlanta Homecoming

(SL) – Several celebs including ‘Girls Trip’ producer Will Packer, actor Michael Jai White and TV and Radio host Gary ‘With The Tea’ Hayes were on hand to watch Jada Pinkette Smith be honored at the HBCU Power Awards.  The actress, singer-songwriter, director and philanthropist received the “Icon Award” at Morehouse College Friday night.
Smith began her acting career as the feisty “Lena” from the 80s sitcom “A Different World,” a show that brought HBCU life to tv screens across the country 30 years ago. Since then, Smith has curated a successful career in film and music while giving back to the community through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.
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Additionally, actor/choreographer Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (Morehouse c/o ’96) supermodel Jessica White and actor/comedian Deon Cole co-hosted the show and kept the audience laughing.
Coltrane Curtis gave an emotional tribute to his late father and Jada Pinkett Smith’s words on the dynamics of power and the responsibility we all have to manage it wisely were moving.
Co-founded by Watkins along with event producer Jash’d Kambui Belcher (Morehouse c/o ’99) and Wall Street executive Roderick Hardamon (Morehouse c/o ’98), the HBCU Power Awards honors the achievements and accomplishments of HBCU alumni and supporters who are making innovative and leading-­edge achievements in business, sports, philanthropy, media, music, technology, TV, film, politics, civil service and fashion.
“We created the HBCU Power Awards to serve as a platform to celebrate black excellence and to highlight the importance of HBCUs in our communities,” says Belcher. “Our honorees embody the spirit of success and commitment to community that HBCUs have instilled in students for decades.”
Adds Watkins: “In a time when the existence of our HBCUs is being threatened, the Power Awards is a shining reminder of the genius and innovation that black colleges generate every year.”
Smith joined an impressive list of honorees, including:  Coltrane Curtis (founder, Team Epiphany), Kyle Hagler (president, Next Management), Nzinga Shaw (Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks), Keinon Johnson (VP, Urban Promotions, Interscope Records), Phylicia Fant(SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros Records), Beverly Anderson (EVP, Cards & Retail Services, Wells Fargo) and Rob Rumley (Chair, Atlanta Housing Authority).
Sponsors of the 2017 HBCU Power Awards include Morehouse College, the Atlanta HawksRadio One, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Experience Grands Rapids and the Lowman Group/ dba the Athletes Foot.

An Army Wife’s Grief, Myesha Johnson Photo Melts Hearts Around The World

(SL) – The photo of Army wife Myesha Johnson collasping on the casket of her husband Sgt. La David Johnson is heartbreaking. Even more devastating is the fact that they have two kids and one on the way.  Donald Trump’s insensitive remark saying “he knew what he signed up for” was like twisting a knife.

Their children 6-year-old Ah’leeysa and toddler Ladavid Johnson Jr. — will never see their father again and his unborn child will never get to meet his soldier dad. It’s sad.

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Johnson is one of four that was killed in Niger — along with Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

Donald Trump’s comments have raised questions about his behavior and MSN.com called it to a tee. Does it matter whether or not the President said something that offended Mrs. Johnson? Absolutely it does. And if he did, he ought to be man enough to admit it and apologize. As a matter of fact, regardless of what he said, he should still apologize to the members of the Johnson family, who are now, sadly, a Gold Star family. And one of those family members — Sgt. Johnson’s mother — backed up Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s claim that the conversation upset Myeisha.

That should be all the “proof” Mr. Trump needs.

If there’s one thing — one damn thing, for goodness sake — we should all be able to agree on, it’s our responsibility to show respect for the families of our fallen troops.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Wednesday that White House chief of staff John Kelly is “disgusted by the way this has been politicized and that the focus has come on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost.”

Kelly is right, of course. He knows all too well the pain the Johnsons and the Blacks and the Wrights and the Johnsons are feeling right now. Nobody so close to Trump is more credible on the issue.

Here’s hoping he made those same points to his boss.

Cops Arrest Men Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ Before Firing Shot After Spencer Speech In Gainesville, FL

(SL) – MSN.com reports  Police in Gainesville have arrested three Texas men accused of shouting “Heil Hitler” and other chants before firing a shot at two people shortly after white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida Thursday, reports CBS affiliate WGFL.

Gainesville Police charged 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink and brothers Colton and William Fears with attempted homicide.

Watch: Protests erupt during white nationalist’s speech at university campus

Tenbrink, who police say admitted to firing the shot, is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say the incident happened about 5:30 p.m., about an hour after Spencer’s speech, which had attracted thousands of protesters, ended. Police say the victims were at a bus stop not far from the event, when a Jeep with four men inside pulled up and started yelling at them.

A report released Friday says one of the victims hit the Jeep’s rear window with a baton. Police say the Jeep drove about 10 feet and stopped. The report says both Colton and William Fears threatened to kill the victims and told Tenbrink to shoot.

They say Tenbrink fired one shot, hitting the building behind the victim.

Police say that one of the victims was able to get the Jeep’s license plate number and later that evening an off-duty sheriff’s deputy pulled the car over about 20 miles north of Gainesville.

Police say at least two of the men have connections to extremist groups but didn’t immediately identify which ones.

Tenbrink is being held on $3 million bond. Colton and William Fears are being held on $1 million bond.

Fears Of Violence As Richard Spencer Brings Racist Movement To Gainesville, FL

(SL) USA Today reports, As the clock ticked closer to white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, the campus was on edge amid concerns over potential violence between supporters and counter-protesters.

Students and faculty expressed fear and worry about Spencer’s Thursday appearance and the increased security presence.

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“The students are scared, especially our students who are from minority communities,” said Vincent Adejumo, a lecturer in African-American studies. “Many of them have already left town. Parents have great concern.

“It’s basically a powder keg right now.”

Sophomore Rachel Guttman said her Jewish sorority advised its members against wearing their letters on Thursday. “Honestly, everyone’s kind of scared right now and we don’t know what to expect,” she said.

But there were signs of a unifying response and a desire to rebut hate speech and racism.

Painted sheets hang from the facades of fraternities and sororities at the University of Florida repeating “Love not hate #TogetherUF.”

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University President W. Kent Fuchs said officials have been preparing for the controversial alt-right leader’s visit for the past few weeks and have banned an extensive list of items including torches, masks, umbrellas and shields.

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Some students are surprised that they cannot ban hate speech from a public university.

UF, the state’s second-largest university with more than 52,000 students, initially denied Spencer’s request to speak here in September, but in a letter to the UF community, president Kent Fuchs said the First Amendment required the university to allow the event.

The National Policy Institute, which Spencer runs, paid $10,564 to rent the 1,700-seat Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. No UF organization invited Spencer, the university said.

The university president estimates that it is going to cost $600,000 for the extra security and other expenses.

Tire Flies Off Truck Strikes Another Car Kills Driver

(SL) – A freak accident claimed the life of a woman this morning in Atlanta.  A truck traveling NB on the GA 400 at Pitts Rd lost its tire.  The tire flew across the highway median hitting a car traveling SB, striking the windshield and the roof.

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Tyisha Fernandes of WSB spoke with the driver following the incident. He said he was on his way to work, not speeding and in no way impaired when the tired popped off his truck and flew across the highway.  He went on to say that it was a brand new tire and he didn’t expect it come off.

“I was on the way to my job,” Jorge Herrera told Channel 2. “I’m not drunk. I’m not driving fast. It was like a normal (day) trying to get to my job.”

The driver says he feels horrible and sent his apologies to the family of the victim. Police have identified the victim but haven’t released her name.

Trouble Continues For Married Baseball Star Miguel Cabrera As He Could Be Hit With $100,000 Monthly For Child Support After Orlando Woman Files Paternity Suit

(SL) – Scandalous! Of course we love the babies but….my goodness..what are they eating white truffles and caviar??  MSN reports,  After the toughest on-field season of his career, star Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is in more hot water.

The burly slugger is facing legal trouble after failing to pay child support for two children he allegedly fathered to Belkis Rodriguez. Rodriguez alleges that Cabrera fathered her children in 2013 and 2015.

That’s, of course, at least two separate visits to Rodriguez, meaning Cabrera certainly considered this a relationship of sorts or he was just incredibly careless.

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This is the nearly $1 million house Miguel Cabrera helped pay for in Orlando.

Cabrera was paying Rodriguez child support until he bought her a house, at which time Cabrera started decreasing the amount of money he was paying out to raise these children. However, the tone has changed lately; Cabrera claims that Rodriguez is extorting him, and he recently demanded a paternity test.

Cabrera’s side has tried to get the case thrown out, but he is scheduled to appear in Miami for a deposition later this week.

Detroit news gives the background: 

The allegations are contained in court records obtained by The Detroit News that chronicle a public fight over money and offer insight into the personal life of a married, intensely private, baseball player who has three children with his wife of 15 years, Rosangel.

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Cabrera with wife Rosangel and their three kids.

Belkis Mariela Rodriguez, 35, of Orlando, sued Cabrera in Florida in August after the Tigers first baseman allegedly slashed child-support payments, a move that coincided with the Tigers veteran helping her buy a nearly $1 million home earlier this year.

Cabrera is one of the world’s wealthiest athletes, earning more than $30 million a year, but is fighting over how much money the children should receive.

Cabrera, 34, wants paternity tests conducted on the children, born in 2013 and 2015, and has accused Rodriguez of extorting him, according to court records. It’s unclear if those tests have been administered. Cabrera currently is paying her more than $6,200 a month.

Rodriguez, a florist, has custody of both children, though Cabrera has visitation rights and a say in all “major” decisions involving the children, per court documents. Cabrera is named as the father on both birth certificates, Rodriguez says in the court documents.

Cabrera’s legal team has accused Rodriguez of “embarking on a mission to extort additional moneys to be used for her benefit under the guise of child support,” according to court records filed in Orange County, Florida.

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Cabrera is scheduled to be questioned under oath by the woman’s lawyers during a videotaped deposition Thursday in Orlando. Rodriguez was scheduled to begin her deposition Friday.

A message left Friday night with Rodriguez wasn’t immediately returned. Cabrera’s lead attorney, Benjamin Hodas, didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday. The Tigers didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

A lawyer for Rodriguez, who owns Lake Eola Florist in Orlando, declined comment.

“For professional reasons and in order to protect the privacy of the affected persons, it is our general policy and practice not to comment on ongoing matters,” her lawyer, Terry Young, wrote in an email to The News on Thursday.

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