Friday, September 27, 2013
Leonard "L'A Capone" Anderson, an up-and-coming rapper and friend of Def Jam Recording's Lil Durk, was shot and killed Thursday evening leaving a South Shore recording studio, his mother said. The 17-year-old rapper was walking through an alley near 70th Street and Stony Island Avenue around 6:25 p.m. when shots rang out and he was hit in his right thigh and lower back, said Amina Greer, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130927/south-shore-below-79th/la-capone-rapper-friend-of-lil-durk-shot-killed-outside-studio
Nine members of a violent street gang known as the Hobos were charged today in a federal racketeering case that involves narcotics trafficking, robberies and murders, including the 2006 slaying of a federal informant in the case. The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges five murders, solicitation of a sixth murder, four attempted murders, three robberies and the operation of “drug spots” and “drug lines” on the city’s South Side among a pattern of criminal activity between 2004 and 2009 “Law enforcement has identified the Hobos as a tight-knit, violent crew that originated in the former Robert Taylor Homes and banded together from factions of the much larger Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples street gangs,” prosecutors said in a news release. “They allegedly targeted drug dealers and high-value targets to rob and relied upon each other to protect their drug territory, retaliate against rival gangs, and prevent witnesses from cooperating with law enforcement.” (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-26/news/chi-feds-9-charged-in-gang-conspiracy-including-5-murders-20130926_1_federal-informant-four-attempted-murders-law-enforcement
Thursday, September 26, 2013
To celebrate the launch of Derrick Rose's new signature shoe, the D Rose 4, Adidas teamed up with Derrick, Big Sean and the Bulls to welcome D Rose back to Chicago after meeting fans all over the globe on his world tour.
In The New Music World Where Most New Music Is Debuted On The Internet 1st, Having A Active Viral Presence Is Key. In 2012 A New Director Of Music Videos Emerged On The Scene And Helped Launch And Bring To Attention A Whole New Wave Of Artists In Chicago. The Now Famed DGainz Gives Back To Indie Artists Tonight With A Special Chance To Work With Him.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Rising Chicago emcee Chance The Rapper grabbed a lot of attention this year with the release of his critically acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap. The 20-year-old indie artist later appeared on Lil Wayne’s “You Song” off Dedication 5 and “Lonely Thoughts” from Rapsody’s She Got Game. Now Chance is ready to embark on the 34-city “Social Experiment Tour” that travels from Europe to North America.
BMI reported its highest collections in the year, taking in $944 for the year ended June 30, 2013. That represented a 5% increase over the nearly $899 million collected in the prior year. Moreover, the company paid out royalty distributions of $814 million to its publishers affiliates, songwriters and composers, which represented an 8.5% increase over the $750 million paid out in the prior year. In a statement, BMI noted that the results represented both its largest revenue collection and royalty distribution ever in the company's 74-year history. (link below) http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/5719396/bmi-reports-record-annual-collections-distributions
Monday, September 23, 2013
This commercial takes on an appropriately different tone from the ones that proceeded it. Instead of a buzzing United Center and bro hugs with his brother Reggie, we find an isolated D. Rose standing in a dark room asking himself a series of existential questions.
Remember way back in the era of dial-up and phones that didn’t have apps when the internet was like a new thing? Youtube was Ebaumsworld, and if you needed a question answered you would have to Ask Jeeves. Oh and of course, before Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Twitter, there was only one social media platform; Myspace. While the commercial, which packs some of musics biggest names and promising up-and-comers in, is only a few months old, it feels like it was years ago. The premise was noble: revamp the site using a few of music’s new faces - Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Riff Raff - as the poster children to get a new, younger audience in. Unfortunately it is just too little too late. Take Chance The Rapper, who is one of the more prominent, new Myspacers. On Myspace, Chance has about 4,400 people “connected to” (AKA following) him. That number is dwarfed by his 194,000 Twitter followers and on Facebook he has 57,000 likes. It’s seems like Myspace just doesn’t have anything original to make it marketable. Now, you need some hook or edge that another site can not give you. Look at Vine, no other site lets you upload videos like Vine and, with an original concept, they linked it to other social media and have become a new force. The new Myspace isn’t new, it's a sloppy rehash of Twitter and Facebook with no edge. What made Myspace great a decade ago was the fact that there was no other website like it, but now, thanks to its innovation there are bigger, more powerful sites just like it; the teacher became the student. (link below) http://www.refinedhype.com/hyped/entry/new-myspace-failing
Social Media Week first came to Chicago back in 2011 and seems to get bigger and better each year, making this year’s lineup among the best. With over 180 events (and still counting!) it’s understandable that navigating a city-wide, week-long series of awesome panels, discussions, and parties (link below) http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Hip Hop artist and actor Common is speaking out against the overwhelming violence that has consumed his hometown of Chicago. Speaking with the Associated Press, Common suggests that a “peace summit” with fellow Chi-town rapper Chief Keef is a necessary first step to curb the violent crimes happening in the city. Chief Keef has become one of the public faces to the Chicago violence in the mainstream press because of the references to gun violence in his music and his several run-ins with the law. Common makes the points that rap music is not the root cause of the violence, but the music does impact the minds of young people. “To decide to take someone’s life, I don’t think they let a rap song determine that,” said Common, but then adds that the youth are “influenced by that energy and take it the wrong way.” I started the Common Ground Foundation because I wanted to help. Most of all help people to help themselves. (link below) http://allhiphop.com/2013/09/21/common-wants-hip-hop-artists-to-help-stop-chicago-violence/
Kari Lydersen's new book explains how Emanuel earned the nickname "Mayor 1 Percent." By this time we've seen enough of Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago to know how he does business—that is, how he says he's investing in public education as he guts it, or how he claims to be cleaning up the city's books as he hands out corporate subsidies and puts public assets on the auction block. Most of his political battles foretell his fights as mayor. It's pretty obvious that Emanuel concluded early in his career that since progressives were probably going to vote for Democrats no matter what, he really didn't have to pay any attention to them. And he didn't, as he cut deal after deal with the right. (link below) http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/kari-lydersens-new-book-profiles-mayor-emanuel/Content?oid=10979151
The folks at Firehouse 51 will be fighting more than fires on Season 2 of NBC's "Chicago Fire." "There's an outside threat to the firehouse—more than one actually. One is physical and one is mental," executive producer Derek Haas said during a Wednesday conference call with reporters. "Every week it's something new and crazy when the bells go off, so we have not hurt at all for storylines or for action or escapes," Brandt told me during the same call. "If anything, it's such an abundance of material we have to figure out thematically how do we tie some of these really crazy events and response calls to what's going on storywise." Here are 10 teases about the new season (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/tv/redeye-chicago-fire-10-things-to-expect-in-season-2-20130920,0,6656350.story
The mixed drink combination known as "lean", is normally the color purple, due the added ingredient sizzurp, which is originally a dark purple syrup. There are other colors of sizzurp which can be added to create lean, but the purple is the true sizurp Lean does not contain ANY form of alcohol, crushed pills, or other liquids in general. Gucci Mane’s previously deactivated Twitter account came back to life this afternoon and the tweets that followed were puzzling, shocking and slightly predictable all at the same time. As previously reported, Guwop had a very bad seven day stretch starting September 8 with a Twitter tirade of the ages, continuing with him getting dropped from his label and ending with him being arrested for threatening the police. Today, the rapper came clean about what sparked his bizarre week, apologizing for his behavior to some of the insulted parties and admitting his addiction to codeine and promethazine came to a head with him wildin’ all week. “Woke up the other day out this hospital bed & I’m so embarrassed & ashamed of my behavior that was brought to my attention,” the first tweet read. “I just wanna man up right now & take this time to apologize to my family, friends, the industry & most of all my fans. I’m SORRY!” (link below) http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/09/gucci-mane-apologizes-behavior-lean-destroyed-heading-rehab-addiction/
Friday, September 20, 2013
Authorities in Chicago say 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, were injured when a gunman opened fire in a park in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood. (link below) http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/boy-3-among-13-injured-in-chicago-park-shooting?stay=1
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Now, at 65, officially a senior citizen, Daley wanted an elective office as a capstone to his career. So he announced that he was going to challenge Pat Quinn and perhaps Lisa Madigan for the democratic nomination. But after reconfiguring the race by entering it, he decided that the work required to get the job, stay in it, win reelection, was just too grueling. He explained that when he looked ahead at the next five to nine years, the work required to put Illinois on a sound financial footing—with its soaring unemployment, sinking credit rating, $100 million pension mess, towering pile of unpaid bills totaling $7.5 billion—just didn’t seem like something he cared to do. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/September-2013/Bill-Daley/
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Chicago rapper Lil Herb opens up about his new mixtape "Fazoland," and explains the meaning behind the name, who's featured on the project, and which producers he'll be working with. Herb also speaks about the violence in Chicago and the impact Chief Keef has on the city.
Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works. Drug enforcement experts estimate, conservatively, that the cartel’s annual revenues exceed $3 billion: more than those of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group. In Chicago, the cartel has a near monopoly. “I’d say 70 to 80 percent of the narcotics here are controlled by Sinaloa and Chapo Guzmán,” says Jack Riley, director of the DEA’s Chicago office. “Virtually all of our major investigations at some point lead back to other investigations tied to Sinaloa.” In August 2009, five months after Zambada’s capture, a federal grand jury in Chicago indicted him and 45 others tied to a Sinaloa-led drug ring in the city. Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney at the time, called the indictments “the most significant drug importation conspiracies ever charged in Chicago,” claiming that the cartel imported and distributed nearly $6 billion worth of illegal narcotics mostly to the Chicago area between 1990 and 2008. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2013/Sinaloa-Cartel/
Here's some motivation to clean out the inside of your car every now and again. When a west suburban Chicago man discovered a forgotten lottery ticket he purchased on the Fourth of July in his car's glove compartment two weeks ago, he took it in to have it scanned at a gas station. Shortly thereafter, Giuseppe Anelli, of Addison, Ill., learned he had won $1 million. Anelli, who purchased the ticket at a Citgo at 1740 W. Army Trail Rd. in Addison, plans to use the money to pay off the house he and his wife own and to invest toward college for their three children, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Addison gas station also received a bonus -- of $10,000 -- for selling the ticket, according to My Suburban Life. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/18/giuseppe-anelli-addison_n_3948458.html
Monday, September 16, 2013
AS THE MMG CREW GETS SET TO RELEASE THEIR SELF MADE 3 PROJECT, HERE IS A NEW VISUAL FROM CHICAGO'S OWN ROCKIE FRESH
DEE BROWN, SHERON COLLINS, WILL BYNUM, MARTELL BAILEY, AND NOW TYLER ULIS. CHICAGO UNDER 6 FOOT POINT GUARDS. Ulis announced he had chosen UK over Michigan State and Iowa. The Wildcats made a late, successful push in recruiting him after Dallas playmaker Emmanuel Mudiay decided to stay home and attend SMU. (link below) http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2013-09-13/tyler-ulis-decision-picks-kentucky-recruiting-2014-john-calipari-michigan-state
Police shot and killed a 24-year-old man who ran toward them in what they believed to be a threatening manner. The man was actually unarmed, and seeking medical help after being in a car accident. Three officers responded to a breaking and entering call in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday. A woman had called 911 to report a man who wouldn’t leave her front porch and kept knocking on the door. When the officers arrived, the man ran toward them. One of the officers fired a stun gun “unsuccessfully,” according to CNN. It was then that officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed the approaching man, Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University. Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help. "It was a pretty serious accident," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN affiliate WSOC. The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, affiliate WBTV reported. He ran to the closest house for help. The woman inside thought it was her husband. "To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize," Monroe told WBTV. "She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911." (link below) http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/justice/north-carolina-police-shooting/index.html
According to NBC, 12 people have been shot (eight wounded and four dead) and the gunman has been taken down. A gunman opened fire Monday at a Navy facility in Washington, wounding at least seven people, authorities said. SWAT officers swarmed the facility, the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard. Authorities were trying to assess the casualties in the chaos that followed, but one source told NBC News that at least four people had been killed and eight wounded, and that the shooter was also wounded. A naval security guard was among those shot and was hit in both legs, U.S. military officials said. Washington city police told WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, that one of their officers was also among those shot. It was not clear how many of the others shot were civilian and how many were military. About 3,000 people work in the Navy building, the Navy said. They were ordered to stay in place. WRC video showed a medical helicopter lifting someone off a roof. The Naval Sea Systems Command builds, buys and maintains ships and submarines and their combat systems. The Navy Yard is along the Anacostia River in Washington, near the headquarters of the Department of Transportation and the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. (link below) http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/16/20522196-gunman-opens-fire-at-navy-yard-in-washington-several-wounded-officials-say?lite
JAY Z: Magna Carter World Tour United Center, Chicago, IL Thu, Jan 9, 2014 08:00 PM (link below) http://www.ticketmaster.com/jay-z-magna-carter-world-tour-chicago-illinois-01-09-2014/event/04004B0FB5115182?artistid=781009&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=3
Complex Magazine’s October/November 2013 issue. Chance The Rapper isn’t a full-blown star yet, but he’s well on his way, and we’re willing to bet that he soon will be. He first hit the scene with his mixtape 10 Day in 2012, and while it garnered considerable buzz (enough to get him on our list of 10 Chicago Rappers To Watch For before it even dropped) it wasn’t enough to make him pop off on rap blogs. 10 Day did set the stage for his second tape, this year’s excellent Acid Rap—a mixtape so good that we named it the second best album of 2013 so far, second only to Kanye West’s Yeezus. Not only was Acid Rapcritically praised, it launched Chance’s career in a major way, sparking interest from just about every major label. We know a star when we see one, and as with Kid Cudi and A$AP Rocky before him, Chance shows all the signs. So we decided to take a chance on Chance and give him the first major magazine cover of his budding career. We sent staff writer (and fellow Chicago native) David Drake on the road with Chance as he toured the country in a used RV.
With 16 seconds remaining in regulation and the Vikings clinging to a six-point lead, Cutler took a shotgun snap on 3rd and 10 and dropped back to the 25-yard line. With tight end Martellus Bennett in single coverage on his left side, Cutler threw a pass toward the pylon. Bennett turned his body, reached up to catch it and fell into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/15/martellus-bennett-touchdown-jay-cutler-bears-vikings_n_3931462.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the Ulis family. Tyler Ulis — one of John Calipari's top recruiting targets — and his father took an official visit to Iowa two weekends ago. On Friday, James Ulis drove his son from their Chicago-area home to East Lansing, Mich., for an official visit to Michigan State. After two days there, the Ulises hit the road to Lexington for an official visit to UK. Tyler Ulis — a 5-foot-8 point guard from the Class of 2014 — was making his second visit to Lexington in less than a month. The four-star prospect was in town last month for an unofficial visit. He received a scholarship offer from Calipari during that trip. (link below) http://www.kentucky.com/2013/09/10/2814913/point-guard-prospect-ulis-impressed.html
It’s been a little under a year since Katie Got Bandz released her first mixtape Bandz And Hittaz. In that span of time, the South Side Chicago-bred 19-year-old has made a name for herself nationwide through the streets and on the web via a handful of viral videos. One of the key figures of the burgeoning drill scene, it’s no surprise that Katie wants to separate herself from her peers. She certainly has the confidence to do it. “My sound, my image and my voice are different. You know, a lot female rappers tend to sound alike,” she says. “They talk about a lot of sex to sell themselves, but I’m talking about something different. It’s hard being a female in this industry regardless, but you have to be able to stay humble and grind hard.” (link below) http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/come-up/2013/07/the-come-up-katie-got-bandz/
Last week excerpts from Dave Chappelle’s comeback show in Chicago hit the internet revealing his opening jokes dissing Hartford, Connecticut. Audio of the entire routine is now available via YouTube, and Chappelle spends 42 minutes giving his comedic take on everything from Paula Deen to the book The Secret to rappers Lil Wayne and Kanye West.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Jabari Parker led his Chicago public high school Simeon Career Academy to 4 consecutive Illinois State titles. Before heading to Duke University as one of the most celebrated Chicago high school athletes of all time, Jabari Parker put on a show in front of family, friends and fans including Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose (Simeon Class of 2007) at the Nike Jordan Chi League Pro Am at Whitney Young High School.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Common’s upcoming EP is set to follow his last effort, The Dreamer/The Believer, which was released in 2011. That album featured "Ghetto Dreams" featuring Nas and "Sweet," a song that fueled a rivalry with Drake. (link below) http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25365/title.common-promises-ep-details-vince-staples-collaboration
George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation in Florida almost two years ago, has been placed in police custody for reportedly threatening his wife with a firearm. Central Florida’s WKMG News reports that Zimmerman was apprehended on Monday after police were dispatched to a Lake Mary, FL home to respond to a call involving an alleged threat. The Associated Press says that home belongs to Zimmerman’s father-in-law, and authorities were told that the former neighborhood watch volunteer threatened her with a gun. Speaking to CNN, police said Zimmerman was in “investigative custody” following the incident. Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson told WKMG that officers are "trying to determine what exactly happened,” but preliminary reports suggest law enforcement apprehended Zimmerman after being called to investigate an altercation between two people. The network says the incident involved a threat and a gun, but failed to elaborate further. The news comes only days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce, and less than two months after a jury acquitted her husband of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges brought by officials after the February 2012 death of Martin.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield has been busy the past few years investigating a variety of fraud schemes involving state grants. Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty. Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama’s longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois’ public health chief. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/22212263-761/watchdogs-tally-in-illinois-grant-fraud-probe-so-far-13-charged-16m-embezzled.html
15th Annual World Music Festival Chicago Returns The World Music Festival starts Thursday, Sep 12-22! More than 70 concerts, 20 venues, 34 countries over 11 days! Highlights include five concerts in Millennium Park, all night Indian classical music celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center and Mali Caravan of Peace! Grab your passport! (link below) http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/world_music_festival.html
"I'll start out by really thanking our fans for really amping it up in the second half and helping our football team," Trestman said. "It was a great win for the City of Chicago and the Chicago Bears. "It was a very good team win. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. I think it tested us and our backbone because it didn't go the way we wanted it to go certainly in the first half. But the guys hung in there, they got together. At halftime they pulled themselves together. The team went out and played every play, and we were able to come out on top." (link below) http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-rally-for-two-TDs-to-stun-Bengals-in-opener/8417c44c-3b6f-4324-9432-95d3dd744942
Saturday, September 7, 2013
If you want an accurate portrait of Chicago’s modern gang culture, look no further than its "drill music" scene. YouTube is littered with hundreds, if not thousands, of videos with young men and women rapping about violence, representing their sets, smoking high-grade weed, and acquiring “foreign” or imported designer clothing and cars. Drill was primarily a local phenomenon until Chief Keef, then a 16-year-old man-child with an extensive rap sheet including charges of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer, marauded onto the national scene with his 2012 drill anthem “I Don’t Like.” The song was remixed by Kanye West and Keef eventually signed a three album deal that could pay more than six million dollars over three years with Interscope Records. Here, they catch up with King L (formerly King Louie), fresh off the only rap appearance on West’s latest offering Yeezus, Katie Got Bandz, the first lady of drill whose name has graced Rolling Stone and Billboard, and Azae Productions, arguably the most prolific video director to emerge from the scene. (link below) http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/enough-chicago-drill-stars-talk-music-violence-453#axzz2eFBps200
President Barack Obama's pursuit of a military strike in Syria has put congressional Democrats and party leaders around the country in a tough spot. They face loud opposition from war-weary constituents at home and are wary of being pulled into another foreign conflict. But they also are confronted with grim images from Syria of gassed children and the pleas of a president from their own political party to consider the consequences of inaction. Breaking from Democrats' long history of being the party typically opposed to military conflict, Obama is pushing for a limited military strike in Syria in response to President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/07/democrats-syria-strike_n_3885713.html?ir=Chicago
First it was quagga mussels and all those invasive species. Then a hefty coating of tiny plastics. And, now prescription drugs are the newest unpleasant thing to pop up in Lake Michigan's waters. A new study conducted in the lake two miles out from Milwaukee’s sewage outfalls looked for 54 chemicals used in drugs and personal care products in water and sediment. A stunning half of them were found sloshing around at detectable levels, putting into question long-held assumptions that the Great Lakes were diluting the compounds. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/09/07/is_lake_michigan_dosing_you.php
Friday, September 6, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
This video of phenom Duke freshman Jabari Parker might actually do a decent job of getting you ready for the season. It's got some platitudes and slow-mo shots of Parker walking about, taking jumpers, etc., but at this point -- the slowest dip of the college basketball offseason -- just about anything will get me jonesing for college ball. Parker's had a quiet offseason. His arrival to Durham didn't come with the hoopla that Andrew Wiggins descent into Lawrence, Kan., did. But lest you forget, before Wiggins reclassified to be a 2013 graduate, it was Parker who was No. 1 in his class; who was put on the cover of Sports Illustrated and deemed the Best Player Since LeBron. A lot of that hype, nationally, has faded since, but Parker remains a near-consensus top-10 2014 draft pick as of now. He'll be a focal point on a Duke team that'll be top-five in the preseason and yet again a legit national title contender.
Johnny May Cash has been busy killing hooks for some of your favorite artists, but he finally took some time to craft and release his solo project — Paranoid. The project includes ten new tracks from May Cash and was produced entirely by his blood brother, Young Chop. 8TMG’s Rampage, Lil Dave and YB also show up to contribute.
Chicago has been compared to a warzone so many times in recent memory, it just might make you ask: is it becoming true? While speaking about Syria on The Colbert Report last night (September 3rd), satirist Stephen Colbert decided to use Chicago as one of his punchlines. “The United States has no choice but to attack Syria, because Dictator Bashar al-Assad is killing his own people with chemical weapons. Before he was just killing them with bullets,” Colbert said, before continuing. “If America cared about shooting people, we’d be invading Chicago.” (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/04/colbert-on-syria-if-america-cared-about-shooting-people-wed-be-invading-chicago/
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found dead on Tuesday evening, 19 Action News reported. He was 53. On Aug. 1, Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison for kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, and holding them captive in his Cleveland home for more than a decade. He pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping, in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table, CNN reported. During the sentencing, Castro denied being abusive and insisted that most of the sex was consensual. 'I'm not a violent person," Castro said. "I simply kept them there without them being able to leave." The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004. They escaped on May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that same night. According to JoEllen Smith of the Ohio Department of Corrections, Castro was found hanging in his prison cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. Although prison medical staff performed lifesaving measures, he was later pronounced dead at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. At the time of his death, Castro was isolated from other inmates for his own protection. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/ariel-castro-dead-cleveland-kidnapper_n_3863597.html