Daily Archive: October 23, 2012

National

1st defendant sentenced in FAMU hazing case

by Kyle Hightower ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—The first of a dozen defendants to be sentenced in last year’s hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major avoided jail time when he received his punishment Monday, but he will spend more than two years under close supervision. NO BAND–Hip-Hop artist DJ Demp performs during halftime of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Tallahassee, Fla. The FAMU Marching 100 band did not play at halftime, because of their indefinite suspension last fall following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. (AP Photo/Phil Sears) Brian Jones was given six months of community control, which strictly limits his freedom with measures including an ankle monitor and frequent check-ins with probation officials. Following that, the 23-year-old from Parrish, Fla., will serve another two years of probation. He’s also required to perform 200 hours of community service.

National

Foreign policy fireworks: Face-off before election

by David Espo BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP)—President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, accusing him of “wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map.” The Republican coolly responded, “Attacking me is not an agenda” for dealing with a dangerous world. SAYING GOODBYE–President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they walk off stage as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann, say goodbye to the crowd before departing after the third presidential debate on Monday, Oct. 22, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

National

Wisconsin shooting brings call for new law on guns

by Ginesh Ramde MILWAUKEE (AP)—Two Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing legislation to tighten the enforcement of gun rules in domestic violence cases, prompted by a fatal shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa. SHOOTER–This photo provided by the Brookfield Police Dept. shows Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wis. (AP Photo/Brookfield Police Dept) Radcliffe Haughton, 45, bought a handgun just two days after his beleaguered wife obtained a restraining order against him. He used that weapon to kill her and two other women Sunday at the salon where she worked, before fatally shooting himself.

National

Domestic violence: What’s love got to do with it?

by Maya Rhodan WASHINGTON (NNPA)—When Brittny Henderson was 16, she thought she was in love. The target of her affection was popular and on the football team. She was young and excited. “It was really wonderful at first,” Henderson said. “It was normal.” They spent every waking moment together. In the morning he would pick her up for school, text her all day and come to her house after football practice. When he left her house at night, he would call her and they would talk before bed. Kimmi Herring, director of the Brooklyn Community Program at Safe Horizons But after a while, “normal” became abnormal.

National

Company is taking down Ohio voter billboards

CLEVELAND (AP)—An outdoor advertising company says it is pulling down voter-fraud messages on billboards in the swing states of Ohio and Wisconsin after complaints that they were meant to intimidate voters. A group of civil rights attorneys and a Cleveland city councilwoman had charged that the billboards discouraged lawful voting, especially by blacks. Polls have shown that black voters heavily support Democratic President Barack Obama.