Daily Archive: July 19, 2013



6 current football players join suit against NCAA

In this Sept. 18, 2010 photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Six current college football players were added as plaintiffs Thursday to a high-profile anti-trust lawsuit that claims the NCAA owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used without compensation. The players are: Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham; Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson; linebacker Jake Fischer and kicker Jake Smith from Arizona; and tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise of Minnesota.



Obama: Martin ‘could have been me’ 35 years ago

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama grappled with the Trayvon Martin case in the most personal of terms on Friday, telling Americans that the slain youth “could have been me 35 years ago” and urging them to do some soul searching about their attitudes on race.



Complete text of Obama statement on Trayvon Martin verdict

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the death of Trevyon Martin at the beginning of the daily White House briefing in the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Text of President Barack Obama’s statement Friday following the acquittal last weekend of George Zimmerman by a Florida jury in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, as transcribed by Federal News Service. ___ Well, I – I wanted to come out here first of all to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is – is very much looking forward to the session. Second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks there are going to obviously be a whole range of issues – immigration, economics, et cetera – we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions. The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave an – a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.



News coverage of Zimmerman verdict joined entertainment shows on Top 25 chart

Anderson Cooper arrives at CNN Heroes at The Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. Cooper hosts a CNN special, “Self-Defense Or Murder?” regarding the trial of George Zimmerman Trial that began June 24. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File) Black Cable TV Ratings for Week July 8 – 14 When the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was announced Saturday, July 13, Black households rushed to the all-news cable channels for details. CNN was the primary beneficiary, with 1.1 million watching continuous, in-depth programming on what most thought was a surprising and disappointing outcome. HLN also attracted news seekers, but MSNBC didn’t make the Top 25 for the week.



‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies set for 100 cities

Jajuan Kelley, of Atlanta, wears a Skittles wrapper over his mouth during a rally in Atlanta in memory of slain unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, who was killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., while returning from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) ATLANTA (AP) — One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people began to gather for nationwide rallies to press for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.