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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: National Guard Activated In Wisconsin After Sylville Smith Protests Turn Violent, 7K Rescued Following Louisiana Floods, NC ‘Racially Gerrymandered’ Districts Ruled Unconstitutional


Will Milwaukee Police Shooting Video Ease Tensions Or Ignite A Powder Keg?

state of emergency is in effect in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after demonstrators burned cars and businesses while protesting the police shooting death of Sylville Smith, a Black man killed by a Black police officer.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker activated the National Guard and plans to deploy troops if the violence continues.

According to police, Smith was shot because he refused to drop his gun, for which he allegedly had a conceal carry permit. Prior to the shooting, Smith reportedly fled from a routine traffic stop.

The Milwaukee Police Department has not released body camera footage of the fatal shooting and claim missing audio as the reason.

On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin spoke with State Senator Lena C. Taylor from Wisconsin’s 4th District about the killing of Sylville Smith and the subsequent unrest in one of America’s most segregated cities.

7,000 Rescued As Storms, Flooding Wreak Havoc On Louisiana

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the state where severe flooding is turning deadly. 

This means Federal aid will be sent to supplement state and local recovery efforts throughout the area. Right now, four parishes fall under the declaration, including East Baton Rouge, but Gov. John Bel Edwards says he expects more to be added. 

Officials say more than 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes or vehicles and more than 10,000 people are staying in emergency shelters.

Court Rules North Carolina Districts Are “Racially Gerrymandered” And Unconstitutional

Unconstitutional “racial gerrymanders.” That’s what three judges are calling 28 of North Carolina’s 170 state legislative districts.

The judges issued a ruling on the Covington versus the State of North Carolina case. The plaintiffs accused Republicans of relying too heavily on race when they redrew the legislative districts in 20-11.

The judges found race was the leading factor in drawing the 28 districts, but that in itself was not unconstitutional.

The judges say using race to redraw the districts without actually proving how it helped the state is wrong. They say the move violates the Equal Protection Clause.

North Carolina must now redraw the legislative districts, but that won’t happen until after the November election.

Roland Martin: ‘Shut The Hell Up’ About Gabby Douglas’ Hair

Haters gonna hate and they have come out in droves to attack Gabby Douglas while she competes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Instead of cheering for and supporting the 20-year-old, many have decided to take issue with her hair –just as they did during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, called the attacks “Black self-hatred.”

Fit!Live!Win! The Benefits Of CrossFit Training With Coach Amon Hotep

Even if you’ve never attended a CrossFit class, you’ve probably heard about the intense workout genre whose physical and mental benefits can help you not only achieve but surpass your fitness goals.

Amon Hotep, District CrossFit Coach, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the benefits of CrossFit training during this week’s installment of Fit!Live!Win!


All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast

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Hijacking Of Turkish Aircraft To Sochi Is Foiled

Source: Sebnem Arsu and Rick Gladstone / New York TImes

ISTANBUL — A passenger aboard a commercial airline flight from Ukraine to Turkey tried to hijack it to Sochi, Russia, on Friday after the Winter Olympics had started there, but the plane landed safely in Istanbul and the hijacker was taken into custody, Turkish news reports said.

The passenger, identified as a male Ukrainian citizen, claimed to be armed with a bomb, the Turkish television stations NTV and CNNTurk quoted a Transport Ministry under secretary, Habib Soluk, as saying.

CNNTurk said the crew of the plane, a Pegasus Airlines flight with 110 passengers aboard, had persuaded the hijacker, who had been in seat 2F, that it should land at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, where members of the special security forces entered the aircraft and detained him.

Turkish news reports said he was taken to the Istanbul Security Headquarters, as television footage showed the plane parked with fire brigades and ambulances surrounding it.

To read this article in its entirety visit New York Times.

Journalists At Sochi Are Live-Tweeting Their Hilarious And Gross Hotel Experiences

Source:  Caitlin Dewey / The Washington Post

Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.








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Pregnant Olympic Runner Dies, Baby Saved

Source: Gillian Mohney / ABC News

A former Olympic runner, who was eight months pregnant, died suddenly Wednesday at a restaurant in Hamden, Conn. Emergency personnel were able to safely deliver her baby at a nearby hospital.

Meskerem Legesse, 26, was getting takeout food from a Chinese restaurant with her 2-year-old son when she suddenly collapsed and died, according to The Associated Press. Paramedics and emergency crews were able to perform CPR on Legesse until she was taken to the Yale-New Haven Hospital, where the baby was delivered.

The hospital did not immediately respond to calls about the condition of the baby.

Fatima Sene, a friend of Legesse, said that she had suffered heart problems in the past.

To read this article in its entirety visit ABC News.

In The Game With Gabby Douglas (VIDEO)

Source: Samara Mackereth / ABC News

Gabs. Gabinator. Or as she is known to her family: Bri. Regardless of the name, Gabby Douglas is an all star. At just 17-year-old she has many credits to that name: clothing designer, author and most notably Olympic Gold Medalist. But not only has she won the Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics but she is also the first African-American woman-in fact- the first woman of color of any nationality to win the individual event, solidifying her name in history and securing her place as America’s sweetheart.

And it all started while playing as a child. ‘I was kind of a dare devil child. I would climb up the door, walls and trees and flip and jump off the couch,’ said Douglas. When her older sister Arielle taught her how to do a cartwheel at age three there was no turning back. Just six years later she was the state gymnastics champion. At just 14, with an eye on Olympic greatness, Douglas persuaded her mother to allow her to leave their home in Virginia to attend training camp in Iowa. Her hard work and determination paid off. At the 2012 Summer Olympics the 4’11″ phenom took the games by storm.  Her secret to success? “Don’t be afraid to be great!”

To read this article in its entirety visit ABC News.