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The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson Police Officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

 

Ed Magee, the spokesman for county prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, said they received the information from a “Twitter user” Wednesday morning.

 

“We are looking into the matter,” he said.

 

An account of possible jury misconduct surfaced Wednesday morning on Twitter, when several users sent messages about one juror who may have discussed evidence in the case with a friend.

 

In one of those messages, a person tweeted that they are friends with a member of the jury who doesn’t believe there is enough evidence to warrant an arrest of the officer, Darren Wilson.

 

The same person who tweeted about being friends with a member of the jury has also tweeted messages of support for Wilson.

 

Magee confirmed that the Twitter user and feed came from an activist, Shaun King.

 

Within seconds of posting this, her friends told her to delete it and she did. It was screenshotted first. pic.twitter.com/b6kTf9p40h

 

The jury has been weighing evidence on the case since Aug. 20, within days of the Aug. 9 shooting. McCulloch told The Washington Post last week that both the FBI and county police’s investigations into the shooting are “pretty much done.” He also said that jurors should be done hearing all the evidence by later this month, but they could meet through mid-November.

 

Grand jury proceedings are confidential and if there has been a breach, the prosecutor’s office may have to start over with a newly empaneled group.

Fighting the Good Fight

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It’s serious now.  The U.S. is officially at war and Islamic terror groups are beheading innocent civilians for sport.  If there was ever a time to join the fight, the time is now.

 

One thing the president has consistently repeated is that American allies must take their place and be prepared to defend their own people.  The days are over when the U.S does all the heavy lifting while smaller countries stand by, watch and cheer from the sidelines.

 

This war could take years to end.  It may go on for decades.  It will not only depend on the ability of UN partners to come up with winning strategies and use their weapons effectively.  It will depend on our ability to effectively confront the hatred in the hearts of our enemies. This is the toughest job of all.

 

What makes terrorism so hard to fight is that we are fighting an enemy that does not mind dying.  An enemy which, in fact, welcomes death.  It goes against our Western thought of self-preservation.

 

But it is this very idea of preservation that must be used to gain victory.  The instinct to preserve our lives and personal liberty has to be stronger than what appears on television.  Else, we are all doomed

 

Watching the latest developments in the Middle East would make one want to throw up their hands.  The whole world is being overrun by terrorists. What’s the use in being positive?

 

When I think of everything that is going on with ISIS, air strikes, and Islamic extremist groups popping up everywhere, I must also think of what is right in the world to keep my mind in balance. 

 

What comes to mind, are all the times we have been kept safe.  And I am not just talking about foreign threats.  There is so much happening now that is beyond our control.  The only thing we can do is count our blessings and do the best we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

 

With all the injustice that we see in the U.S., the homelessness, violence and demoralization of our youth, we can still appreciate living in a free society.  Many jobs have disappeared and salaries have gone down.  Still, we are blessed to have ways to make ends meet.

 

When you go to bed at night, you rest fairly easily knowing there are police patrolling your neighborhood.  You don’t think twice about walking to the store and being blown up while you’re there.

 

We need to train ourselves to fight with faith, hope, love and kindness.  Gaining control over fear may be the one thing that gets you through. There are tough times ahead.  So let’s get behind President Obama, Congress and our military.  It’s time to squash our differences, put on a layer of hope and join the fight.

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary Clinton wants to be president.  That’s obvious.  So, why doesn’t she say so?

 

 She and husband Bill Clinton were in Iowa Sept. 14 for a steak fry hosted by retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. But anyone who follows politics knows that’s where folks go when they’re seriously considering the presidency.  But okay, we’ll let her have her fun.

 

“Well, it is true, I am thinking about it,” she told a crowd in Des Moines.  “But, for today, that is not why I am here.  I’m here for the steak.”

 

The event which attracted scores of Hilary supporters also drew “Ready for Warren” folks.  Seems there are some who think Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren could give Hilary a run for her money.  Some think the former First Lady and Secretary of State is too mainstream of a Democrat.  They want someone more liberal.  Someone like Warren.  Others want the women to team up and run together. 

 

There are more than 2 years to go before the 2016 General Election, but it’s never too soon for Hilary to get out ahead of her opponents.  And why shouldn’t she? Polls indicate there is a lot of love left for the woman who almost became the “second” President Clinton in 2008. 

 

It has taken Hilary 7 years (and a whole lot of swallowing pride) to return to Iowa after being defeated there by then-candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards. Yet, she has done it with the same strength she used to endorse Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  If she’s anything, she is a team player.

 

For all her toughness, though, Hilary cannot resist playing a round of cat and mouse. Like Michelle Obama said, “Politics is a sport.”

 

A frustrated Joe Scarsborough (who likes Hilary, but not her game-playing) said in a 4-minute rant Monday on MSNBCs “Morning Joe,” 

 

“This is why Americans hate politics.  You want people to ask you to run for president, so you say ‘we’re not running for president’...You’re either running or you’re not running.  There are enough things going on in the world right now—enough crisis—that maybe we need a politician who doesn’t just sit back and act like a robot. She’s playing it safe, writing a book, doing absolutely nothing…telling us absolutely nothing, going to Iowa and just begging people to beg her to run for President of the United States or not, while people are getting their heads carved off.

 

 “This is not a game!  Hilary, I don’t want to see you eating steak, I want to see you talk about how we’re going to solve ISIS.”

 

Joe also had a few choice words for Jeb Bush, whom he said plays the same silly game:

 

“Jeb, if you’re going to run, run and if you’re not going to run, just tell us that you want people to talk about you so you can make more money giving speeches, or having people pay attention to you…If you’re the savior of the Republican party, then get out there.  Or listen to your mom and just stay home.”

 

 Couldn’t have said it better myself.   

 

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Inglewood hosted the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Crozer Middle School. The event was hosted by Hot 92.3's very own, Josefa Salinas. The festival was riddled with entertainment, fun areas for kids, information booths, and a spectacular raffle, offering tickets to see Demi Lovato, Legends a Bad boy, and tickets to Knott’s Scary Farm.

 

Performing at the event were some of the hottest local talent in Southern California such as, Grupo Folklorico Macias, Predrito Regoso, The Reel Band, Sinsoles, Fantasia Dance Ensemble, and El Pichon and Maria Carmen of Michoacan.

 

To give opening remarks, Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council welcomed residents and guests, and reminded folks of the many important contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American history.  That said, it is important that we celebrate those accomplishments.

 

To find out more about what the City of Inglewood is doing throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, visit www.cityofinglewood.org 

 

 

 

In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 25, 2014

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. 

 

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.  Councilman Eloy Morales says “I am proud to have been raised in the City of Inglewood and the influence it has had on my life.  As a city, we should continue to acknowledge our youth as they reach greatness.”

 

 Tomorrow’s Hero

 

 Rafael Solorzano is a rising star in Morales’ District 3.  The high school sophomore is a medal- winning cyclist who recently placed second in the Jr. Track National Championships of the USA Cycling Foundation.  He now has his eye on the 2020 Summer Olympics. 

 

Introduced to cycling by his uncle, young Rafael took to the sport like a duck to water.  “After a while of training I was actually pretty good, I started to beat kids who had been doing that for a few years already when I only had a few months of experience!”

 

Now, nearly 4 years into the sport, Rafael trains up to 8 hours a week from the VELO Sports Center in Carson to the hills of Palos Verdes.  But his heart is in Inglewood.

 

“I want to make Inglewood look great and restore this city of champs, and put it at the top to be what it’s known for,” Rafael said. 

 

 

 

 

 

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