- Created on 03 June 2013
A Gwinnett County man took a test drive recently that he’ll never forget.
Jon-Christopher Sowells went shopping for a BMW and decided to take the car for a test drive. What happened next was disturbing. The cops pulled him over and cuffed him for obstruction, according to the GA Daily News.
It all started when Sowells drove a BMW out of Philips Motors in Snellville for a test run. He drove onto a highway and was stopped by police officers soon after. According to Sowells, the officer said he didn’t have any tags on the car....
- Created on 03 June 2013
At 2:15 p.m. on Saturday a 55-year-old woman drowned in the Shoal Creek area of Lake Lanier, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.
The department said the woman drowned after the tube she was on flipped and she went under the water.
The three children that were also on the tube were all wearing life vests but the woman was not, according to Rick Lavender, a DNR spokesman.
The tube was being pulled by a pontoon boat when it flipped. The woman tried to assist the three children but itflipped and carried her underwater.
There is no indication that alcohol was involved in the accident, Lavender said. Authorities have yet to release her name to the public.
- Created on 03 June 2013
(CNN) -- Supporters of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused in the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, have adopted the phrase: "I am Bradley Manning."
But who is Manning? A whistle-blower? Or someone who aided the enemy in the midst of war?
Those and other questions go to trial Monday as Manning's court-martial is scheduled to begin at Maryland's Fort Meade.
In February, Manning, 25, pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him and faces up to two decades in jail.
He did not plead guilty to the most serious charge -- that of aiding the United States' enemies, which carries the potential for a life sentence.
During the proceeding, Manning spent more than an hour reading a statement that detailed why and how he sent classified material to WikiLeaks, a group that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website.
Manning said he passed on information that "upset" or "disturbed" him but didn't give WikiLeaks anything he thought would harm the United States if it were made public.
"I believed if the public was aware of the data, it would start a public debate of the wars," he told the court.
The U.S. military first detained Manning in May 2010 for leaking U.S. combat video -- including a U.S. helicopter gunship attack posted on WikiLeaks -- and classified State Department cables.
Manning was turned in by Adrian Lamo, a former hacker, whom Manning allegedly told about leaking the classified records.
In his statement to the court, Manning said he initially contacted The Washington Post and The New York Times to provide information.
He said he either wasn't taken seriously or got voice mail, so he gave the material to WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks has never confirmed that Manning was the source of its information.
On Saturday, Manning's supporters rallied outside Fort Meade.
"People came from great distances to stand with a true American hero," said Jeff Paterson, director of the Bradley Manning Support Network.
"From Bradley's demeanor in court, it's clear he takes strength from the outpouring of support."
Manning was formally charged in February 2012.
On the eve of the court-martial, his lawyer, David Coombs, issued a rare public statement through his website.
He thanked those who raised money and awareness over the past three years, bringing "worldwide attention to this important case."
CNN's Carol Cratty, Larry Shaughnessy and Mark Morgenstein contributed to this report.
- Created on 03 June 2013
Atlanta's first responders are planning to continue their campaign for a larger pay raise with another rally Monday.
Leaders of the city's unions representing first responders met with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed last week and the parties are expected to sit down again this week. Reed has promised to meet with city union leaders to discuss pay raises.
Last week the group, made up of of City of Atlanta police, firefighters, dispatchers and civilian employees campaigned for a pay raise by advertising their message on a billboard in northwest Atlanta, which read "First to respond, last to get paid."
The sign also noted the city council received a 52 percent pay increase.
Reed presented the city of Atlanta police and firefighters with a 1 percent pay increase in May, but the group is looking for at least a 5 percent pay increase.
Reed announced a proposal to increase the salaries of all city classified employees by 3 percent in the fiscal year 2014 budget. Reed's recommendation calls for a 1 percent salary increase for all city employees making less than $60,000 a year.
The city workers, including police and firefighters, who CBS Atlanta notes haven't had a raise in a long time, plan to march outside of Atlanta City Hall. Monday's rally is slated for 4 p.m.
Atlanta police Officer Joe Layman talked to the network about the planned march.
"We're not asking for $100,000. We're asking for fairness," said Layman.
Over recent days first responders and their families have held a few rallies and paid to put up billboards reminding City Council that they too want a pay raise. The goal, according to organizers, is to keep the topic fresh in the minds of City Council and the general public.
"There is dialogue. But we want to keep the pressure. We don't want it to be, 'Oh, what that happened a week ago, two weeks ago? What was that?'" said Layman.
The group plans to hold peaceful marches until a decision is made.
The city's new budget starts July 1.
- Created on 02 June 2013
How can five simple numbers affect the longevity of your life? When it comes to your socioeconomic status, a lot, studies have shown.
According to Professor and author Dr. Henrie Treadwell and her new book, Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White: How Everyday Leaders Can Build Healthier Opportunities for African American Boys and Men, zip codes in struggling and low-income communities contribute to the decline of mental and physical health in a number of ways: reduced socioeconomic status, diminished access to desirable resources, and poor living conditions, less likely to have access to physical activity settings and commercial physical activity-related facilities to name a few.
"The unrelenting effects of this type of self-defeat is the poisonous snake coiled in the bosom of our collective failure to lead our communities out of the cycle crime, disease and early death," says Dr. Treadwell. "So long as our leaders fail to acknowledge the long-term effects of generation after generation being beaten down by oppression, the psychic injury of seeing one's parents rise up only to see their children beaten down again, then our piece-meal attempts at intervention continue to fail."
The number of people in high poverty neighborhoods has increased by nearly 5 million, from 18.4 million to 22.3 million in the past decade, according to a report issued by the Urban Institute for the Joint Center on Political and Economic Studies. This increase is a "significant setback" compared with progress in the 1990s.
Interestingly, the study also reveals that the population in high poverty neighborhoods is more diverse than it's ever been, showing an increase in the number on non-Hispanic whites over the last decade. Where African Americans made up the majority population (59 percent) in 1970; today they account for one-third of the population living in high poverty tracks, according to the findings. Hispanics have risen from 17 percent to 32 percent, while non-Hispanic whites account for 28 percent of the residents in these tracts—up significantly from 23 percent in 2000, the study notes.
These neighborhoods are most likely to be in "food deserts" with limited access to nutrient rich foods; to be located near toxic waste sites and other pollution hazards; to have easier access to liquor stores, fast food and crack cocaine; and offer fewer health facilities and fully stocked pharmacies, according to a second study from Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The results are higher infant mortality rates and a greater proportion of health problems for the African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans who disproportionately live in high poverty or extreme poverty neighborhoods, according to the reports.
For more information on how "Place Matters" visit www.jointcenter.org/hpi/pages/place-matters