Scores of mourners gathered at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem on Monday to say their final farewells to award-winning journalist Michael J. Feeney. Feeney died on Jan. 31 after battling a staph infection in his kidneys. The pews in the Harlem church were filled with Feeney’s loved ones, fellow journalists, educators, and local leaders. Rev. Al Sharpton shared compassionate words with the crowd about Feeney’s legacy. “Michael lived and left a proud legacy and never forgot who he was,” said Rev. Sharpton. “And whatever byline he had, it wasn’t the story of his life.” Feeney provided coverage for the New York Daily News; he also served as the former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists. President Obama penned a heartfelt letter to Feeney’s family, writing, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your son, Michael. My heartfelt condolences are with you as you reflect upon his life. May cherished memories of your time together help temper your grief, and may you find comfort in the support of loved ones. Please know you are in my thoughts.” Feeney was slated to take on a new role as an entertainment reporter for CNN.com in Atlanta. He was 32. Read more.
Beyoncé Posts Facebook Photo of Her Airbnb Digs
Beyoncé is handing out free endorsements left and right. Just days after she released her surprise single “Formation” and mentioned the seafood franchise Red Lobster, she took to Facebook to post a photo of the Super Bowl digs she stayed at through house-sharing service Airbnb. The singer posted a photo of herself curled up on a couch with the caption, “It was a Super weekend Airbnb.” The post got over 600,000 likes and over 7,000 shares. The estate, located in Los Altos Hills, was reportedly rented for $10,000 a night. Airbnb took advantage of the shout-out and reposted the photo on their Facebook page with the caption, “Airbn-bey.” Read more.
O.J. Simpson’s Famed White Bronco Resurfaces
O.J. Simpson‘s infamous getaway vehicle has been found. The unidentified owner said he kept the white Ford Bronco in his garage in pristine condition. “It’s iconic,” he said. He claims he hasn’t put more than 20 miles on it and is treating the car as if it were a piece of memorabilia. The vehicle’s rise to fame came in 1994 after Simpson fled the police while driving 40 mph on a highway. It was the country’s first televised police chase. Two years after the incident, the car retailer decided to discontinue the model. Simpson’s car was reportedly sold for $200,000 in 1996, but has since been transferred to different owners. Read more.
President Obama Wants $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus
President Obama will submit his final budget proposal to Congress on Tuesday and one of his most pressing issues is allocating funds to overcome the Zika virus. “What we now know is that there appears to be some significant risk for pregnant women and women who are thinking about having a baby,” said President Obama during an interview on Monday. He hopes the money will speed up finding a vaccine and facilitate research surrounding the purportedly related birth defect microcephaly. Experts believe the Zika virus will not largely affect our country. “For the average American, this is not something that will change our day-to-day life,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Our focus is on protecting pregnant women and trying to control the mosquito.” Read more.
FBI Investigates Hillary Clinton’s Emails
The FBI has delved deeper into the email scandal surrounding Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. They’ve decided to launch their probe now since Clinton doesn’t have “outside political influence.” According to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the FBI investigation is being overseen by career lawyers. In a statement, FBI general counsel James Baker said the FBI will refrain from commenting on the investigation. Clinton’s Republican opponents have repeatedly used the scandal to attack Clinton’s character. Read more.
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