Kush Azrael | 8/8/2013, 8:55 a.m.
FLORIDA – Florida teenager, Gabrielle Turnquest, has a habit of breaking scholastic records. After becoming the youngest person to graduate Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at 16, Turnquest achieved another milestone by becoming the youngest person to pass the Bar of England and Wales exam at 18. It appears that educational excellence runs in the family; her sister, Kandi, also passed the bar exam at 22 years old. Although Turnquest is qualified to work in the United Kingdom, she wants to return to America to qualify for the Bar here also.
WASHINGTON D.C – Lonnie Bunch, the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has expressed interest in securing the hoodie worn by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, when he was profiled, followed and ultimately shot through the heart by killer George Zimmerman. Rev. Al Sharpton who is largely responsible for catapulting the case to national prominence, said that he “would like to see it preserved” because it is the “first civil rights flashpoint” of the 21st century.
CALIFORNIA - A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the claim of former officer, Johannes Mehsele, that he was acting in his official capacity when he killed the younger Grant during a 2009 New Year’s Day melee captured on video by several bystanders. Violent demonstrations ensued after the videos, showing the White officer shooting the unarmed Black man, were viewed by millions online.
KENYA – Kenyan police emergency number 999 for the capital has reopened after 15 years, but is being overloaded by prank calls. In July, a court ordered the police to switch back at the end of the month. Police turned off the number in 1998, saying they did not have the personnel and facilities to deal with calls. Residents had to use long local numbers to get through to the police.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Four Rwandans have reported that the army forcibly recruited them to fight for the M23 rebel group in neighboring DR Congo. The four said they were seeking asylum in Uganda after fleeing the fighting. The Rwandan army dismissed their claim, saying they must have made up their stories to get asylum. Last week, the US called on Rwanda to stop backing M23. UN experts and DR Congo officials say Rwanda has been sending troops to support the rebels.
JAMAICA – Jamaica and other Caribbean countries are seeking reparations from three European countries for the slave trade. According to Chairman of the National Commission on Reparations, Professor Verne Shepherd a $26 million budget has been submitted to the Government to carry out its work. The National Commission on Reparations, which was originally set up in 2009, was reconvened last year by Youth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna. Professor Shepherd told the Jamaica Information Service that the Commission requires the money to undertake a public education program and other activities.