BLACK WORLD - Week of 5-29-2013

Week of 5-29-2013

By Kush Azreal | 5/29/2013, 1 a.m.


ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). She was awarded the King Baudouin Prize for “culturally entrenched taboo subjects,” the selection committee said. Bogaletch helped reduce cases of FGM from 100 percent of newborn girls to less than 3 percent in parts of Ethiopia. FGM is practiced mainly in Africa and the Middle East.

TANZANIA – A pregnant woman has been shot dead during a security operation after protests in Mtwara. The security forces were hunting those thought to be behind the violent riots of last week. Residents were angry about the budget presented in parliament last week, which confirmed the construction of a gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam. They want the gas processing plant to be built in Mtwara instead. The 310-mile pipeline is part of a $1.22 billion project that will also see the construction of the gas processing plant in Dar es Salaam, the main city of the East African nation.

United States

PENNSYLVANIA – Philadelphia Police are looking for a 21-year-old man who fired into a strip club after getting into an argument with club management. Henry Pettigrew and another man were escorted out of the Purple Orchid Gentleman’s club after arguing with club management over the DJ’s refusal to play a song they had requested. After being escorted out, surveillance video shows the suspect running into the club with a rifle. He tries to open the door but slips and falls, due to being very intoxicated, police say. He then gets up, opens the door, and opens fire.

OHIO- Charles Ramsey, the man who put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland house, will never have to pay for another burger in his hometown. Ramsey has been promised McDonald’s for life at more than a dozen Cleveland-area restaurants. The restaurant where Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a special burger in his honor, but restaurants in the city decided a larger tribute was due.

GEORGIA – Melvin Cox has missed one of his proudest moments in his life – seeing his daughter graduate with honors from Spellman College in Atlanta. The potential cap and gown moment was robbed from him when he and other parents arrived at the schools graduation ceremony late and were locked out of the event. The event was scheduled to start at 3 p.m., but according to the disturbed dad, the doors were locked by security guards at 2:30 p.m. Cox reportedly spent $1400 in airfare and accommodations. When he and other parents asked to be allowed to enter the ceremony, the security guards refused, alleging verbal threats.


JAMAICA – An elderly US woman was arrested last week on money laundering charges after it was discovered she was fleecing other Americans and sending the money to Jamiacan lottery scammers, who had previously tricked her out of money. Joanne Karene McCrary, 74, allegedly scammed an elderly couple in Georgia out of thousands of dollars which she in turn sent to Jamaican scammers in the form of bank cards. The authorities said McCrtary had also been a victim of scamming, losing tens of thousands of dollars, and became involved in the scheme to recoup some of her losses.