It’s one thing to ban smoking from bars and restaurants, as Kansas City did in 2008 following years of fierce debate. It’s quite another to say people can’t smoke in their own homes and yards — yet that’s precisely what the Kansas City Housing Authority is preparing to do. The agency’s board has approved a policy to go completely smoke-free at all its publicly owned developments, indoors and even on outdoor grounds. The move affects more than 1,700 residential units and about 5,000 adults and children living in Kansas City public housing. Read more.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is offering law enforcement assistance to help rescue more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a senior Justice Department source told The Huffington Post on Monday. Holder has also ordered an intelligence assessment of Boko Haram, which the United States designated as a terrorist organization in November 2013. The group, whose name means “Western education is sin,” receives training from al Qaeda and its affiliates.
“Let me be clear,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes.” Read more.
A Missouri judge ordered the state on Monday to set free a man who was convicted of robbery in 2000 but was never sent to prison until a clerical mistake was discovered last year. Cornealious “Mike” Anderson was 23 when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the robbery of a fast-food restaurant’s assistant manager. He told The Associated Press last month that he waited, and even asked about going to prison, but the order never came. In the years since his conviction, Anderson started his own construction-related businesses, married and had children. He also coached youth football and volunteered at his church in Webster Groves, Missouri. Read more.
In short, Spike Lee is teaming up with Showtime to develop a half-hour TV series based on his cherished, though problematic feature film debut, She’s Gotta Have It. This was the film that essentially introduced Spike Lee to the world (Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads aside, which won the Student Academy Award and got Spike an agent); a film that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. Read more.
Emails from 2011 show officials in Oklahoma once joked about trading lethal injection drugs for football tickets. The jokes came in response to a January 2011 email sent by Texas Assistant Attorney General Laura Grant Turbin, who asked for assistance in arguing for the use of a substitute lethal injection drug “should it be necessary” since “sodium thiopental is quite scarce now.” Assistant Attorney General Seth Branham forwarded the email to some colleagues, joking that help should be given in exchange for money or football tickets. Read more.
This Sunday, Sherwood Brown and his son, Sherwood Jr., shared the same stage for their graduation from Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry. The younger Brown received a bachelor’s in business management, while his father, who earned a bachelor’s from FAMU in 1989, received an MBA from the school’s online degree program. The Browns are a FAMU family through and through: Sherwood Jr.’s mother Rebecca met the elder Sherwood at the university when they were both undergraduates. Read more.