United States Representative, John Carney, Democrat Congressman from Delaware, has a son who is oen of five defendants in two lawsuits that are seeking $50 million after the death of a Clemson University fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge. The wrongful death lawsuits were filed Monday after Tucker Hipps, 19, fell off a bridge into shallow water. Hipps was ordered by fraternity brothers to bring breakfast to the house the morning he disappeared and it is alleged that he was confronted by one of the brothers. SAE brothers at Clemson might feel the repercussions and pledges are often pushed over the edge of the bridge at Lake Hartwell near campus and encouraged to swim ashore.
Mumia Abu-Jmal has been hospitalized for treatment of diabetes and according to family members, is not doing well. Abu-Jamal, 60, was removed from the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution to a nearby medical center when his blood sugar was elevated to 779 and remains higher than 300 (average is approximately 100). He is serving life for the ’81 murder of white Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner.
“Shake it Off” as Taylor Swift took home the song of the year from the IHeartRadio sponsored music awards. Numerous other songs and artists were also awarded in the weekend’s awards show voted on by fans. Swift also won artist of the year.
In an effort to sell the brand to consumers, Tidal’s Hi-Fi Music Service, which is owned by music artists, turned Twitter blue yesterday after unveiling the new subscription service as a ‘new way to hear music.’
After Indiana released the new religious objections law, the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball coach, Kevin Ollie, is foregoing a visit to the Final Four due to a travel ban ordered by the governor of Connecticut.
When a Jorge Azucena, 26, died of an asthma attack while in police custody after being arrested for running a red light in 2013, he had told police he was having trouble breathing. The city of Los Angeles will be paying $1.35 million to Azucena’s mother after she sued the city. Azucena’s children are also suing.
Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, died in California at the age of 95. The group was an elite group of fighter pilots in the Air Corps who were African-American who helped break the race barrier during World War II. He received the Congressional Gold Medal from George W. Bush in 2007.
In California, when a woman and her boyfriend kidnapped a woman in the middle of the night to hold her for ransom and then released her two days later, there has been some cynicism about the incident. Aaron Quinn, 30, called to report his girlfriend missing from their home on the afternoon of March 23. Denise Huskins, 29, was then supposedly abducted and the kidnappers demanded $8,500. While Quinn prepared payment, Huskins reappeared at her parents’ house on March 25 just before it was due. Quinn and Huskins hold true to their story but there is a lot of skepticism that it may have been a hoax.
When Richard Lapointe was convicted of killing his wife’s 88-year-old grandmother in 1987, the Connecticut Supreme Court has now ordered a retrial. Lapointe is considered to be brain-damaged and his prior sentence was life in prison. It is believed that the 69-year-old was denied a fair trial due to prosecution failure to acknowledge he might have an alibi.
After hearing just four witnesses in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial, the defense team for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, rested its case. The prosecution team has 92 witnesses and it seems unquestionable that Tsarnaev was in fact a participant in the bombing in 2013 which killed three people and injured at least 260.
In order to repair relations with Egypt, President Obama lifted an arms freeze that was imposed against Egypt when the country’s government was overthrown two years ago. This will allow for aircraft, tankers, and missiles to be used in Egypt if needed. It was put into effect in 2013 for the interest of national security in America.
Rather than attending an event in Chicago, the top two quarterbacks expected to be picked up early in the NFL draft will be staying home instead. This includes expected early draft picks Oregon quarterback, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, of Florida State.
After a lot of backlash and criticism after a religious freedom law was passed that could allow for Christian conservatives to provide services to gay couples, there has been a wave of boycotts. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has now decided that he would come up with a fix.
On Tuesday, two men who were dressed as women were shot at by National Security Agent police when they ignored orders at a guarded gate when they stole a car. Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, died and the passenger was injured. Somehow the two ended up in a restricted area in Fort Meade, Maryland. Both had lengthy criminal records.
In order to keep regular household items keeping stocked, Amazon has released the Dash button which allows consumers to stock their shelves with a simple press of the button.
To try to boost Cairo’s abilities to combat threats from extremists, President Obama released military aid to Egypt that was previously suspended when the government was overthrown in 2013.
The Democrats could be in a hot feud as two Senators stated their loyalty to another as Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and New York Senator Chuck Schumer discussed the Whip position. Durbin said he would stand behind Schumer for Democratic Leader and Schumer said he would return the favor in support of Durbin to stay the Minority Whip.
A man found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills has been identified as 47-year-old Andrew Getty. He was J. Paul Getty’s grandson and an heir to the Getty oil fortune.
While talks of nuclear weaponry are still under discussion between Iran and the United States, it seems the two countries are having a harder time hearing each other to find common ground.
Arkansas passed a bill March 31 similar to a religious freedom bill passed in Indiana that could serve as an avenue for discrimination against gay couples.