Boy jumps to his death from Upper East Side building
Boy jumps to his death from Upper East Side building
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A new album from DMX will be released later this month. DMX's longtime producer and collaborator, Grammy winner Swizz Beatz, announced on Monday that “EXODUS" will feature new material and drop on May 28. The posthumous album will be released on Def Jam, where DMX released most of his albums and made music history.
Millions of poor and middle-class Californians would get tax rebates of up to $1,100 under a proposal unveiled Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, as part of a broader pandemic recovery plan made possible by an eye-popping $75 billion budget surplus. “Direct stimulus checks going into people's pockets — that direct relief, that's meaningful," Newsom said during an event in Oakland to announce the plan. The massive budget surplus is largely due to taxes paid by rich Californians who generally did well during the pandemic, and marks a major turnaround after officials last year said they feared a deficit of more than $50 billion.
Quintin Jones, who is scheduled to be executed 19 May, appealed to the governor in a video published in the New York Times Texas plans to carry out five executions including that of Quintin Jones, out of a nationwide total of seven. Photograph: Paul Buck/AFP via Getty Images The death row prisoner stares into the camera from behind bullet-proof glass, and with a pained expression delivers a message to the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. “I know you don’t know me,” Quintin Jones begins. “I’m writing this letter to ask you if you could find it in your heart to grant me clemency, so I don’t get executed on 19 May. I got two weeks to live, starting today.” The plea from a condemned Black man to one of America’s staunchest advocates of capital punishment must rank as among the more unusual last-minute attempts by an inmate to save their own life. It is made in the form of a four-minute video published in the opinion section of the New York Times, filmed from death row in Livingston, Texas. As appeals for mercy go, this one is a long shot. In his six years in office, Abbott has only granted clemency once: to a white inmate, Thomas Whitaker. The Republican-controlled state is gearing itself up as the pandemic lifts for a spree of judicial killings of the sort that have earned it the reputation of being the death penalty capital of the US. Over the course of the year it plans to carry out five executions including that of Jones, out of a nationwide total of seven. Despite the odds, Jones makes a spirited case for sparing his life. He talks about how he grew up “in the hood as a Black male” and was taught “to be tough and hard, macho. So yeah I had a messed-up childhood. Yeah, I had drug addiction, alcohol addiction. Yeah I hated myself.” He was arrested in 1999 for beating his great-aunt Berthena Bryant, 83, to death and stealing $30 to pay for drugs. He was alleged to have been involved in two other murders – for which he has never been charged. Jones tells the Texas governor he is not the person he was at 20 when he killed his great-aunt, a crime he has admitted. “I’m nothing like that person,” he says. “I became a man on death row, so now you killing the man, and not the child.” The prisoner promises that if Abbott shows mercy, he will spend the rest of his natural life in prison bettering himself and others around him. “The mistakes I made – it’s mistakes, and it’s not something definitely solid about who I am. I wouldn’t be one of those that, you know, in 10, 20 years, you say ‘I regret letting him live.’” Jones beat his great-aunt to death with a baseball bat she kept for her own protection. His other great-aunt, Bryant’s younger sister Mattie Long, has forgiven him. Long has also written to Abbott, supporting Jones’s bid for clemency. “Quintin can’t bring [my sister] back,” she said. “I can’t bring her back. I am writing this to ask you to please spare Quintin’s life.”
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"I was born 1921 and I'm still here. Which means that I knew my great-grandmother." Betty Charbonnet Reid Soskin's great-grandmother was born into slavery and became a free woman during the Emancipation Proclamation. She lived to be 102-years-old. At 99 years old, Soskin has led an equally storied life. She has written a memoir, Sign My Name To Freedom, which chronicles her experiences as a file clerk during World War II in a Jim Crow segregated union hall. She's also a music composer, singer, activist, and former legislative representative. Betty Reid Soskin. (Photo Credit: Luther Bailey/National Park Service) It was in her role as a staffer for California state Assemblywoman Dion Aroner that she began sitting in on planning meetings for the Rosie the Riveter National Park. The goal was an experimental urban park with locations scattered around Richmond, California, that pay tribute to the home front workers of World War II. As the only person of color in the room, Soskin knew that the dozen or more locations that would form the park were sites of racial segregation. She realized the story of the park was incomplete. "There is the story, which is a legitimate story, of Rosie the Riveter, white woman, but there is also the story of many people who were beside them," she told AccuWeather from her home in Richmond. Typically, Black women -- including Soskin -- weren't allowed to work in those positions. Rosie was primarily a white woman's story. As History.com notes, "finding war-related work proved difficult for many prospective Black Rosies, as many employers -- almost always white men -- refused to hire Black women." There was still segregation in California in the 1940s, and Black Americans were given only menial jobs, although later in the war some "Black Rosies" were trained as welders. At 20, Soskin took a job as a clerk for the all-Black auxiliary of a segregated boilermakers union. As the discussions about the proposed Rosie the Riveter National Park continued, Soskin knew she had to speak up. Iconic "Rosie the Riveter" image that came to represent the women who worked on the home front during WWII. (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution) "I became aware of how many stories there really were. There were the stories of Japanese women who were interned, there was the story of African Americans, Port Chicago, there were so many stories, so this was not going to be representing the stories as they were lived. So I kept reminding that these stories were out there and they gradually began to take over the entire park," Soskin told AccuWeather. Because Soskin's job was as a file clerk during the war, she never saw the ships she was helping to build and never had any sense of what the greater picture was. It wasn't until she became involved in the creation of the park that Soskin began to realize that, although she never considered herself a "Rosie the Riveter," her work as a file clerk was equally important to the shipyard war effort. As she told Newsweek, the realization was astounding. "So I was able to tell a missing story of the African-American experience of World War II in Richmond, and I actually began to really feel as if I was learning something along with everyone else. I had never understood that I had been involved in the building of the ships. Because at the time, I was 20 years old. I didn't realize what my role was until I began to go back and recount it for others," she said. "It was rather amazing." This photo show Betty Reid Soskin at 20 years old in April 1942, a month before her wedding. That year she worked as a 20-year-old file clerk in a Jim Crow segregated union auxiliary - Boilermakers Auxiliary 36. (Photo credit: Betty Reid Soskin, NPS.) Eventually, Soskin began publicly sharing the stories of women of color who worked on the home front during World War II when she became a park ranger in 2007 at the age of 85. Her tour, "Untold Stories and Lost Conversations," routinely sold out months in advance. "When I first was working, I had a bus that carried about 15 or 20 people and we would go out and follow the line for the scattered sites that form the park and I would tell stories about those sites," she told AccuWeather. (Photo Credit: D'iara Reid) Soskin, an epic teller of stories, reveals an untold history that bridges the gap between what is typically found in history books and what really happened from someone who lived it. "The people that I speak to who come in have no idea what's there until they meet me and all kinds of things begin to come out," she said. But it isn't just history that concerns Soskin. It's how history will inform the future and, especially, young women of color. She wears her park ranger uniform all the time, as she told the U.S. Department of the Interior. "Because when I'm on the streets or on an escalator or elevator, I am making every little girl of color aware of a career choice she may not have known she had. That's important. The pride is evident in their eyes, and the opportunities get announced very subtly to those who've lived outside the circle of full acceptance." Betty Reid Soskin (Photo credit: Luther Bailey/NPS) As she sits in her home, a great-grandmother herself now, with her daughter by her side, Soskin was asked if she ever wonders what her great-grandmother, who was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, would think of her life. "I don't think that she could possibly understand what's gone on with my life," Soskin responded. "I don't think that she nor my mother would understand what's happened in my life because the world was changing so much and so fast while we were staying in place that I don't know what my great-grandmother could have felt." Left: D'iara Reid, Right: Betty Reid Soskin. An incredible, full-circle moment for a family consisting of women who have experienced ugly yet crucial American history that is too often swept under the rug. As Soskin has pointed out numerous times over the years, "What gets remembered is a function of who's in the room doing the remembering." Thank goodness Soskin was in the room. For more information about the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Park click here. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier, Spectrum, FuboTV, Philo, and Verizon Fios.
A posthumous album from rapper DMX, who died last month, is set for release on May 28, its producer announced Monday.
New Yorkers will receive free train rides if they get vaccinated against Covid-19 in subway stations, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday as part of a move to speed up immunizations.
There will be no rest for the rain-weary across much of the South this week as persistent rounds of rain and thunderstorms continue to track across the area. After a cold front diving southeastward delivered the threat for severe thunderstorms across parts of the Plains and South during Mother's Day weekend, it stalled near the Gulf Coast Monday. The front will remain in place for the next few days and serve as the impetus for more flooding rain and storms for areas that have already seen nearly two times their normal rainfall so far this spring. "The persistent flow of cool air into the eastern U.S. is causing this boundary to persist and just sit near the Gulf Coast, acting like a road for rain and thunderstorms to form and move along," explained AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker Areas all the way from South Texas to North Carolina can expect some downpours through the middle of the week. However, the heaviest rainfall totals will focus on parts of far eastern Texas and into Louisiana and southern Mississippi and Alabama. Since the beginning of April, New Orleans has already received nearly 20 inches of rain, over triple the average for this time period. Biloxi, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama, are similar, with Biloxi receiving just over 18 inches and Mobile just over 16 inches. From Sunday night into Monday morning, nearly 4 inches of rain fell in Lufkin, Texas, bringing the rainfall since April to 300% of average there as well, and producing images of flooded roads and stranded vehicles. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches were also reported already Monday morning around New Orleans, with more rain expected Monday and possibly Tuesday and Wednesday. "Widespread rain amounts of an inch or two will stretch from South Texas to the Carolinas through Wednesday," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz. "However, where the heaviest rain falls, generally an additional 2-4 inches are expected, with some locally higher amounts where downpours are the most persistent." By the time the front finally moves out later this week and rain tapers off, some locations where the heaviest rain is expected could wind up with 4-8 inches of rainfall since Sunday, with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 10 inches. Thanks to the previous wet conditions and the additional heavy rain, river flooding is becoming more of a concern across the region, especially in far eastern Texas, Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Several rivers across the region are expected to reach or remain at action or minor flood stage through late week or even this weekend into early next week. A few of these include the Sabine River, Calcasieu River, Mississippi River and Pearl River. The National Weather Service defines action stage as the level where "the NWS or a partner/user needs to take some type of mitigation action in preparation for possible significant hydrologic activity." Minor flooding is said to cause minimal or no property damage, but can still pose some threat to the public. The forecast for the Sabine River at Deweyville, Texas, issued Monday morning, May 10, 2021. (NOAA/USGS) Still, the greater concern will remain flash flooding, with underpasses and drainage ditches likely to quickly fill with water at times. "It can be impossible to tell just how deep water covering the road can be," warned AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Sadvary. AccuWeather forecasters urge drivers to heed the phrase "turn around, don't drown" when out on the road. "Downpours can also reduce visibility and make travel difficult, as well as make it harder to see flooded roads ahead. Flooded roads can also potentially stall vehicles," said Sadvary. While much of the attention will be on the threat of flooding, forecasters also warn that severe thunderstorms will also be lurking. Eastern North Carolina and South Texas are a couple of areas that could have a relatively higher threat for severe thunderstorms with damaging wind and hail Monday afternoon and evening. "Widespread severe thunderstorms are not expected, but some thunderstorms can bring locally damaging wind gusts and perhaps some hail as well at times through Wednesday," Walker said. Waterlogged soil can also lead to trees being toppled easier by thunderstorm wind gusts. Stronger high pressure moving into the East later in the week will finally shove the trouble-making front out of the area, and with it bring drier but cool conditions to end the week and head into the weekend. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier, Spectrum, FuboTV, Philo, and Verizon Fios.
Duchess Meghan made her first appearance since her bombshell interview with Oprah this past weekend. In a pre-taped video that aired during Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World event, she wore a floral print red and pink shirtdress by Carolina Herrera accompanied by a "Woman Power Charm" necklace by Awe. The 14K gold necklace combines the female Venus symbol with a protesting fist.
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French serial killer Michel Fourniret, the "Ogre of the Ardennes" who confessed to killing 11 people, died Monday aged 79, taking his final secrets to the grave and denying families of victims long-awaited justice.