On September 17, 1849 Harriet Tubman fled enslavement in Maryland for freedom and dedicated her life to being a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Less known is her role during the Civil War when she led the Union army in the Raid at Combahee Ferry that freed more than 700 people from slavery. This was the only Civil War military operation led by a woman and it was extremely successful.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has revealed that it treated four cases of respiratory infection that turned out to be the enterovirus that’s been spreading across the country.
A CHOP spokesperson says the hospital sent to the US Centers for Disease Control five sample from patients suffering respiratory illness, and has just received results showing four of them were suffering from enterovirus D68, a strain of the virus that’s been galloping eastward from the midwest since it was identified about a month ago.
The CDC says cases of D68 have been confirmed in 130 children in twelve states since mid-August, but it’s likely many more were infected.
The virus causes fever, body aches, coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing, especially in children with asthma.
CHOP says the patients all were discharged after staying in the hospital four to six days.
There’s no vaccine and no specific treatment for the virus. The CDC recommends normal preventive steps such as frequent and thorough handwashing.
Paris (AFP) - Paris police have arrested a convicted anti-Semite and radical black power activist after he arrived in France to promote a new book, a police source told AFP Sunday.
Kemi Seba, head of the French branch of the New Black Panther Party, was detained Saturday after a public appearance at the Main d’Or theatre in the French capital, the source said.
A magistrate then ordered his incarceration on Sunday because Kemi Seba, whose real name is Stellio Capo Chichi, was wanted for having violated the terms of a 2009 suspended sentence for violence.
He has been living in Senegal and had told followers he would tour France to promote his recent book. The theatre where he had appeared is used by the controversial comedian known as Dieudonne, who has been repeatedly convicted of anti-Semitism.
Kemi Seba is no stranger to brushes with the law.
Two groups that he founded — Tribu K and later Jeunesse Kemi Saba — were dissolved by the French justice ministry for inciting “racist and anti-Semitic” ideology.
In October 2012 he was expelled from Switzerland for fear he would incite violence.
The Chicago police detective responsible for the death of Rekia Boyd is set to stand trial next month, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Dante Servin claimed that he feared for his life the night he shot into a crowd of four people, killing Boyd. Cook County prosecutors disagreed and argued that Servin acted recklessly when he shot his gun over his left shoulder on March 21, 2012, striking Boyd, 22, in the back of her head.
Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm, along with reckless conduct, last November. He was placed on paid desk duty and was stripped of his police powers.
The city of Chicago paid $4.5 million to settle the wrongful-death suit filed by Boyd’s family.
Servin faces up to five years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter. His attorney, Thomas Brandstrader, is confident that Servin will be acquitted of all charges.
Holes could be appearing in Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts’ story that the Los Angeles Police Department unjustly harassed and embarrassed her just because she was kissing her white boyfriend in a car.
TMZ released photos on Wednesday, showing the couple in compromising positions—Watts was straddling her boyfriend Brian Lucas—with their hands on the sunroof steadying themselves, the entertainment site reports.
An alleged eyewitness told TMZ that Lucas was seated in the passenger seat of the car, with his feet on the curb of the sidewalk, while Watts straddled him, her shirt pulled up and her breast exposed, the site notes.
According to the report, someone from the office where the eyewitness was working went outside to tell the couple that they could be seen, but that didn’t seem to deter them.
It was someone from that same office that ended up calling 911 to complain about the indecent exposure, TMZ reports.
Lupita Nyong’o made her debut on American “Sesame Street” and it was, well, perfect. Elmo and Nyong’o talk about skin — apparently, Elmo has skin, too — and, in charming fashion, Nyong’o explains that we all need skin to feel things and be ticklish. “Skin comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors,” she tells Elmo. “You know what, Miss Lupita?” says Elmo. “Elmo loves the skin he’s in.”
My dad is one of my biggest influences and even did his own thing on #Illmatic. He always thought I was gonna be a trumpet player but I ended up rhyming instead. #TimeisIllmatic http://tribecafilm.com/nas
A new poll released by Remington Research Group found that public opinion surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is starkly divided: 65 percent of black respondents believe Officer Darren Wilson was unjustified in his shooting of Brown, while 62 percent of white residents surveyed believed Wilson was acting within his rights.
When asked whether Brown was targeted because of his race, 77 percent of white respondents said no while 64 percent of black respondents said yes.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports:
Remington Research, which was founded by Republican political consultant Jeff Roe, based its findings on questions posed to 604 county residents on Sept. 13-14.
The firm based the non-commissioned poll on demographics weighted to match U.S. Census data. Remington Research said the margin of error, +/- 3.53 percent, gives the survey a “95 percent level of confidence.”
Respondents based their answers on accounts gleaned from news accounts and others [sic] sources and not first-hand information.
Based on what the residents have seen and heard over the past month, 41 percent believe that “organized street gangs” bore the primary responsibility for the violence that erupted along West Florissant Avenue in the days following the Brown shooting.
The only thing that everyone could agree on was their disappointment in the media: 75 percent of all people polled thought they made the situation in Ferguson worse.