By George E. Curry—But more than any other famous “hilarious black neighbor” Internet sensation, the coverage of Ramsey—and his criminal past—raises serious questions about how we treat a hero with a troubled past and, yes, how blacks and whites look at the same event through different prisms of race.
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 4:23 p.m., May 16, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 3200 block of Oliver Street in reference to a shooting investigation. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced the victim, later identified as 20-year-old Shane Jamal Stephens, as deceased.
FORT WAYNE—On May 13, former Master Sergeant Kenneth W. Hayden will be recognized as having lost his life in the line of duty and his name will be inscribed at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
Dear Gwendolyn: Four years ago, I met my fiancé at church. He has proven to be the perfect man, but married. I did not hesitate dating because he immediately explained the mental state of his wife. This is the problem: His wife is in a state that does not allow divorce when the spouse is not in sound mind.
by James Washington—It is no secret that my favorite passage in the Bible is Matthew 4: 1-11. To me it’s good versus evil, up close and personal. On one side, the devil incarnate; on the other Jesus the Christ. When I read this I am reminded that God’s plan is pretty precise and more than obvious to those willing to seek Him first.
By the Rev. Arsben D. Jennings—Mayor Tom Henry: The reason why I didn’t as a Christian come to your prayer meeting is because you invited people to come and pray who don’t believe in God period. Hindus, Muslims, Buddhist, Sikhism, Unitarians, and Universalists do not believe in the God of the Holy Bible and neither do they believe in the existence of Jesus Christ.
By Lee A. Daniels, NNPA Columnist—For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments—when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate—Clarence Thomas’s out-of-court comments are extraordinarily revealing.
STRANGE THOUGHTS by D.L. Russell—When I was a kid, there was a big metal slide at McMillin Park. This slide, at the time seemed as tall as a four-story building to my childhood eyes. For years, I was afraid of that slide. I can remember making excuses each time my brother or one of my cousins tried to coax me down from the top. You see, I had no problem going up the slide’s ladder, but boy-oh-boy did I have a problem going down that shiny, sheet metal ramp.
Years ago, I can recall my mom and her friends talking about taking Epsom salts and grapefruit juice to lower blood pressure…Of course, this is no way to treat elevated blood pressure and I am certainly not advising you to follow this form of treatment.
Two separate drowning incidents investigated—FORT WAYNE—On April 30, the Fort Wayne Police Department, in cooperation with the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources began to search the area of the St. Joseph River along 6401 St. Joe Road in the Shoaff Park area in connection with a missing person investigation.
Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Celia Reed and I’d like to share with you about my daughter, Ta’Bria Neosha Collier…
she’s going to accomplish one of the biggest achievements ever, not only for herself, but also for a lot of children that were diagnosed with SMA.”
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THE HACKLEY REPORT By Eric Hackley—The following is the second part of a two-part interview with Bob Hawkins, owner of Bob Hawkins House of Fish restaurant at 2619 Weisser Park Ave., at the Corner of Pontiac Street, where he has been in business since 1974. The following is a continuation of Brother Hawkins’ story in his own words:
On April 27, 2013 at approximately 1549 hours officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department attempted to stop a red SUV in a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Gaywood Drive. The two occupants of the suspect vehicle fled the traffic stop on foot. Police officers gave chase. The driver of the vehicle was able to evade police on foot and remains at large at this time. The passenger of the vehicle fled the scene and led officers on a short foot pursuit through the neighborhood. During the pursuit the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Tavontae Jamar Haney, confronted police and was fatally shot. There was a firearm located in close proximity to the suspect’s body where he fell.
FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Urban Farmers and Maplewood School Garden Angels are scheduled to host a Community Recycling Event/Garage Sale/Southern Cuisine Sampler from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 18 at Lafayette Bait Store, 3511 S. Lafayette St.
By George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist—When Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress comrades were plotting to overthrow the white minority-rule apartheid regime in South Africa, Lilies Farm in Rivonia, just north of Johannesburg, served as their secret hideout.