Beyonce Given Complete Control Over Vogue Cover, Hires First-Ever Black Photographer

(SL) – Vogue will be using its first-ever black photographer thanks to Beyonce. The pop star was given complete control of her September cover issue. She hired a 23-year-old artist named Tyler Mitchell from Atlanta, Georgia to shoot the issue.20170126_ig_atl7Beyonce also makes history by being the first celebrity to have complete creative control over their issue. She and husband Jay-Z are currently on the North American leg of their On The Run Two tour.

Sheriff Defends Stand Your Ground Investigation

(Clearwater, FL) — A Florida sheriff is defending his decision not to arrest the man who pulled the trigger in the latest “Stand Your Ground” shooting death. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters today “I do not do what people want because of outrage,” but added the investigation is ongoing and he will turn the case over to the State Attorney’s office “shortly.”

His comments come nearly two weeks after Michael Drejka  and Markeis McGlockton got into an argument over whether McGlockton’s girlfriend should have been parked in the handicapped space at a convenience store in Clearwater.

Video shows McGlockton shoving Drejka to the ground, which prompted Drejka to pull a gun and shoot McGlockton in the chest. Sheriff Gualtieri said a person claiming Stand Your Ground can’t be arrested unless there’s clear evidence that they’ve committing a crime. He implored lawmakers to change the law if

Jay-Z’s Trayvon Martin Docuseries Premieres

(SL) – Jay-Z’s documentary about the death of teenager Trayvon Martin premieres Monday night. The six-part series called Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story airs on the Paramount Network.

Seventeen-year-old Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, but was acquitted in 2013. Martin’s death sparked the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.

Duck Boat Operator Sued For $100M

(Branson, MO) — The operators of the Duck Boat that sank on July 19th in Branson, Missouri killing 17 people is facing a 100-million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit.

Attorney Bob Mongeluzzi said the claim states the canopy of the boat trapped those on board and dragged them to the bottom of the lake. Multiple companies are named in the lawsuit of being aware of the dangers of the vehicles yet doing nothing about it.

Families of the victims who died filed the lawsuit yesterday in the U.S. District Court. The vessel had 31 people on board when it left the shore on Table Rock Lake before a severe thunderstorm caused the boat to capsize and sink.

Man Killed By Police In Aurora Home Invasion Was Armed Homeowner

(Aurora, CO) — Police in Aurora, Colorado say a man shot and killed by officers this morning during a home invasion was an armed homeowner who had just killed an intruder. Officers were called to the home just after 1 a.m. Police say the officers heard gunshots as they arrived on scene and shot the homeowner moments after he had shot the man who had broken into his home.

Alcohol In Breast Milk May Cause Lower Cognitive Skills In Children

(SL) – New mothers are being encouraged to think twice before drinking. A study published today in the journal Pediatrics says children who are exposed to alcohol through breast milk may experience a drop in their cognitive abilities.

Researchers at the University of Australia followed the development of more than five-thousand infants since 2004. The researchers found an increased consumption of alcohol aligned with lower nonverbal reasoning in children who were breastfed by the time they were six and seven years old.

The good news is they discovered when those children were ten and eleven years old they did not notice the lower cognitive ability.

Thieves Steal Shark From San Antonio Aquarium By Sneaking It Out In a Stroller

(San Antonio, TX) – Officials with the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas say a trio of thieves stole a shark and smuggled it out of the aquarium in a stroller. A spokeswoman for the aquarium said a suspect is in custody and the shark is alive and well, despite the traumatic experience.

Video surveillance shows the thieves walking through the aquarium on Saturday before driving off with the 16-inch horn shark. They apparently snagged the shark from the interactive “touch pool,” threw it into a bucket and then into the stroller.

Staff eventually caught up to the thieves.

Someone Was In Control Of Malaysian Air Flight When It Veered Off Course

(SL) – There is still a lot Malaysian authorities don’t know about what happened in 2014 to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But, they do know one thing: Someone was in control of the plane when it veered off course.

They said the disappearance of the plane with 239 passengers was not caused by mechanical or computer malfunction. Authorities said they have no way of knowing who that person was. Australian Transport Safety Bureau officials said it was likely all of the people on the plane were unconscious when it ran out of fuel and plunged into the Indian Ocean.

North Korean Building New ICBMs

(Washington, DC) – North Korea may still be building new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads. The Washington Post reports that U.S. intelligence agencies have seen evidence that the North was recently working on one or two intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The construction is reportedly taking place at a factory where North Korea has previously made missiles that can reach the East Coast of the U.S. The U.S. and North Korea are currently working on plans for the possibility of North

More Than Just An Athlete: LA-Bound LeBron Leaves Lasting Gift, Akron ‘Always Home’

(Akron, OH) – LeBron James stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces. He felt connected to every one of them.While his 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, played at his feet, James watched as his mother, Gloria, raised a flag in front of a school that is perhaps his greatest triumph.His incredible life. Full circle.Before leaving for Los Angeles, James gave his hometown quite a gift.
James, who ended his second stint with Cleveland earlier this month by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, on Monday opened his I Promise School, a year-around learning center devoted to some of the city’s most challenged youngsters – ones just like him. For James, who recalled missing 82 days of school as a fourth grader while he and his mom ”looked for stability,” the opening culminated years of planning by his family foundation. ”This means everything,” James told The Associated Press in an interview before the public event. ”I think this is the greatest accomplishment for me because it’s not just me. A championship is for a team, that’s for an organization and a city. But these kids, this is for generation after generation after generation and it’s for these kids, so it means everything.”
It was an emotional day for James, who also made his first comments since signing the $154 million deal with the Lakers – a move still causing tremors across in the NBA.James recalled beating the odds of his youth when life was a daily struggle for him and his mom. Nothing was easy as the pair constantly moved and it was only with the help of others than James found structure.Now, he’s giving kids with the same problems a path.”There is no way I could have imagined this,” he said. ”I remember our foundation having a bike-a-thon, and I never thought a five-mile bike ride would turn into a school. This is something I’m at a loss of words for.”
As far as basketball, the 33-year-old superstar said the decision to leave Cleveland again was difficult, but he didn’t rule out a second homecoming with the Cavaliers.”Listen, I don’t close the chapter on anything or close the book on anything,” James said when asked if he would return to Cleveland to end his career. ”But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that’s for sure.”​
James left his hometown Cavaliers for the second time by signing a four-year contract with the Lakers earlier this month. He also revealed he considered the 76ers and Rockets along with Cleveland before deciding to sign with Los Angeles.