An Atlanta teen used a rope to climb 15 feet down a storm drain to rescue a 3-year-old boy who had fallen in. Duntrey Murray, 14, had been playing basketball nearby with pal Ransom McCain in northwest Atlanta when neighbors heard the cries of Jaylin Willis, reports area news outlet WSB-TV. Jaylin had plummeted down the uncovered sewer while chasing a ball. Read more.
District Suspends White Teacher Over Blackface Lesson
A Michigan community is rallying behind a teacher who was suspended after showing a video of white entertainers in blackface during an African-American history lesson, according to the Monroe News. The white teacher, Alan Barron, 59, showed his Monroe Middle School eighth-grade class a video of how white people used blackface to imitate African Americans during so-called entertainment in the 1800s, the report says. But an assistant principal halted the lesson, calling it “offensive and racist,” the report says. Read more.
Justin Bieber Tells N-Word Joke on Video
TMZ on Sunday posted a video of a 15-year-old Justin Bieber, who is now 20, telling a racist joke to friends. “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” he asks in the video that first surfaced Sunday on a British pay site, TMZ reports. His punchline: “Run n–ger,” repeatedly saying the n-word while laughing. Read more.
Mississippi Will Use Its New Voter ID Law For Tuesday’s Primary
Mississippi is preparing to use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression. People will be required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during Tuesday’s party primaries for U.S. House and Senate. The secretary of state’s office says about 1,000 people who lacked an acceptable form of photo ID have received a free one from local election clerks. Read more.
Obama Eyes New York as His Post-Presidency Home
Several pages into a lengthy story on the state of Obama’s presidency, Politico reveals that during the trip the president remarked that he missed being on streets of New York, and weeks later he was still talking about it. Obama’s associates believe Chicago will win the battle for his presidential library, but the president would like to settle in New York, where he attended Columbia University, after leaving office. Friend and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning said Obama mentioned Hawaii as another possibility,”But the one thing that stood out more than anything else was New York.” “What he cherishes and misses is the serendipity — you don’t know who you’re going to bump into or what they’re going to say,” senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said following the Gap excursion. “He hungers for that.” Read more.
Two Children Stabbed, One Fatally, in Brooklyn Elevator
Best friends Mikayla Capers, 7, and Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, were playing on Sunday night in the Brooklyn housing project where they live, when they became the victims of a horrific and seemingly random attack. The pair were on their way to get Icees just before 6 p.m. when a man followed them into an elevator in the Boulevard Houses on Schenck Avenue in East New York. While riding between the fourth and first floors, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed both children after telling them to “shut up,” police sources told the Daily News. The boy, known as P.J., was found dead in the elevator. Mikayla, who was stabbed more than 15 times, managed to stumble out into the hallway. A neighbor told the New York Times that as Mikayla rode in the ambulance she asked, “Did P.J. die?” and, “Why did this man hurt me?” Read more.