The mysterious death of Kendrick Johnson

first_imgAtlantaA videotape shows 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson walking down a hallway and entering the gym in the Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, Ga., eight years ago on Jan. 10, 2013. That night his mother, Jacquelyn Johnson, called the emergency number 911 to report that her son had not come home from school.On Jan. 11, Kendrick’s lifeless body was discovered, head down inside an upright 6-foot-high, rolled-up gym mat. His body was wedged in tightly, and his face was swollen beyond recognition.Kemdrick JohnsonThe local preliminary investigation and autopsy concluded Kendrick’s death was accidental due to positional asphyxia. His upside-down position caused his lungs to fill with fluid, so he wouldn’t have been able to breathe. The officials theorized that the African American youth had been trying to retrieve his sneakers that somehow had fallen into the mat opening, and that he had squeezed into the narrow space and couldn’t get out.Jacquelyn Johnson and Kenneth Johnson, Kendrick’s father, rejected that conclusion. They knew their son had been repeatedly attacked and harassed by known white students and that the school had not taken action despite the Johnsons’ complaints.Many members of Valdosta’s Black community shared the Johnsons’ doubts about the local investigation and joined in multiple demonstrations and rallies, demanding “Justice for KJ.” The movement spread across the state and beyond.The Johnsons suspected their son had been murdered. Their suspicions gained traction when a second autopsy paid for by the family found indications of “a non-accidental blunt force trauma on his neck near his carotid artery.” The autopsy made another shocking discovery — Kendrick’s body had been stuffed with newspapers. All the internal organs from his pelvis to his skull were missing.CNN reported on Oct. 10, 2013, that the funeral director said the internal organs had been “discarded by the prosecutor before the body was sent back to Valdosta.”But the Johnsons persisted in demanding answers.  Two years later, the Department of Justice launched a federal investigation to determine if Kendrick’s civil rights had been violated. However, in June 2016 the DOJ stated that their investigation did not have sufficient evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” to charge anyone with a federal crime. But it must be noted that murder and manslaughter are not federal crimes.The DOJ collected 17 boxes of documents, videotapes, crime scene photos and more evidence, which have been released to Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk, who announced on March 10 that he was reopening the case. Paulk had not been involved in the original investigation and has publicly said the community has questions about Kendrick’s death that deserve to be answered.The Johnson family is hopeful that after eight long years they might find out the truth about how their son, Kendrick Johnson, died.Justice for Kendrick Johnson!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena is the New Host to the Miss California USA 2013 Pageant

first_imgBeauty Pasadena is the New Host to the Miss California USA 2013 Pageant The city of Pasadena has been selected as the new host to the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA 2013 Pageant Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 1:55 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment The city of Pasadena will welcome the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA Pageant for the first time in their history on January 12-13, 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Last year, the pageant made international headlines by featuring two openly lesbian contestants. This year, the pursuit of the crown has expanded to inlucde the first transgender competing for a state title and the chance to represent her state at Miss Usa (for more information, please contact us).Co-Executive Director of Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA, Keith Lewis, states, “Our pageant has always been a celebration of California’s diversity. There is no language on the planet that is not spoken by someone living here and no race or nationality that is not represented in our cities. I am proud of all of our contestants and the boundaries that many continue to challenge as they strive for acceptance in a changing world.”In 2011, the state of California was fortunate enough to see its reigning Miss California USA winner, Alyssa Campanella, move on to win the Miss USA crown and to be a top 16 semifinalist as the Miss Universe 2011 pageant. Working with the producers of the largest pageant in the 62 year history of Miss USA, California has had three 1st runner-ups and a Miss USA over the last 8 years under K2’s leadership. Not to mention, the Pageant has generated over 275,000 online viewers.The Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants are judged by well-known celebrities and respected industry professionals on three main categories: interview, swimsuit and evening gown. All contestants are also reviewed on vital judging criteria including: character, poise, confidence and personality. The winner of Miss California USA pageant will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant, the precursor to the Miss Universe pageant.For tickets visit or click here to purchase directly. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Notre Dame revives club water ski team

first_imgOver the past two years, Notre Dame’s water ski team had transformed into an active community for both new and experienced water skiers at the University.Jack McMahon, senior and current president of the team, said water ski competitions consist of three events: slalom, trick and jump. Skiers receive scores for their performances and earn points for their team.“A lot of the teams we compete against have been in existence for decades,” McMahon said. “We came onto the scene really big this year. We just barely missed advancing to the regional championships against teams who have been doing this for a really long time.”McMahon said competitive waterskiing first came to Notre Dame in 2008. Evan Carlson, the club’s founder and a member of the class of 2010, led a small group of students to a few tournaments.“After [Carlson] graduated, the club essentially died,” McMahon said. “It was on the chopping block with RecSports. Last year, it was just about to be completely wiped off the map when Dave Brown, assistant director of club sports, realized it was actually becoming an active team again.”McMahon said senior Greg Moyers, president of the Water Ski Team from fall of 2013 to fall of 2014, played a large part in the revival of the sport at Notre Dame.“Last year, we went to two tournaments and basically just regained face with RecSports,” Moyers said. “We’ve partnered with different community service organizations and done various fundraisers. Overall, we just wanted to demonstrate that we’re active and that there’s a strong core of interest.”McMahon said the water ski team does not have a rigid practice schedule because water conditions are dependent upon the weather. In the fall and spring months, the team skis on Silver Lake, located about a half hour away from campus in Rolling Prairie, Indiana.“Our coach, Jill Smith, is from a small town called New Carlisle, Indiana, and just happens to be one of the best female trick skiers in the world,” Moyers said. “This year, she placed second in the Women’s Over-35 World Championship. She’s played a large role in the development of our team.”Moyers said the team ideally participates in three tournaments in the fall.“This year, the team had 21 active competitive members,” Moyers said. “Men and women compete separately but are scored as one team. If you want to win any tournaments, you need both guys and girls that can score points.”McMahon said the scores from the 2014 Great Lakes Conference championships are a testament to how far the Notre Dame water ski team has come.“The Notre Dame men’s team finished eighth out of 15 teams,” McMahon said. “Notre Dame finished 10th overall. Sophomore captain Garrett Schmelling and senior Greg Moyers finished 14th and 15th, respectively, out of over 100 men’s ‘A’ skiers. Sophomore Emmie Schultz finished 12th out of 54 in the women’s slalom ski event.”McMahon said he didn’t have any experience water-skiing before joining Notre Dame’s team.“I’ve known Greg since we were freshmen, but I had no idea what this sport was all about,” McMahon said. “I didn’t actually water ski until the fall of this year because the weather has been so atrocious. I went to tournaments last year as a hype man. I had so much fun even just watching skiing that I jumped on board. And then this year, I landed a jump within two weeks of starting to ski, which is just so surreal.”Moyers said his favorite part about being a member of the water ski team is getting a chance to compete for his school in the sport that he loves.“To be able represent Notre Dame at water-skiing tournaments is something I didn’t think was going to be possible when I initially came here,” Moyers said. “That feeling of wearing my Notre Dame jersey while doing something I’m so passionate about is a really cool thing that I’m lucky to have.”Moyers said eight members of the water ski team traveled to Louisiana over spring break to train under world-class coaches at Benet’s Ski School.“Serious teams have been taking this spring break trip for years,” Moyers said. “Hopefully, it gave us a good kick so that we’re a really competitive team next year.”McMahon, who will remain on the team next year as a graduate student, said he is excited about the future of the water ski team.“Next year, we want to get to regionals,” McMahon said. “That’s our No. 1 goal. I’m hoping to set some personal bests. I also want to try to get a lot of freshmen involved. If I could get up on skis for the first time as a senior, they can, too.”Tags: Notre Dame, RecSports, Water Ski Club Teamlast_img read more

Nigeria Shines as India, Sri Lanka Dominate Lagos Badminton Classics Â

first_imgTeam Nigeria put up impressive show at the third edition of the Lagos International Badminton Classics which ended on Saturday at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere. Although the traditional stronghold of badminton, Sri Lanka and India stole the show emerging as champions in most of the five categories, the emerging Nigerian players proved their mettle. The pair of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu fought gallantly to the final of the Women’s Doubles but lost to the Sri Lankan duo of Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Ishadika Kavidi in the final match.  It was two straight win of 21-8, 21-5 for the Sri Lankans. But the score lines speak little about the efforts of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu who had faced very stiff oppositions on their way to the final. They beat the Ugandan duo of Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba. The Nigerian pair had to come from behind to eventually win 14-21, 21-18 and 21-15. Before then, they had beaten another Nigerian team of Asisat Ogunkambi and Felicia Omotola in the quarter-finals. Nigeria’s Badminton Federation President, Francis Orbih, is undeterred that the Nigerians did not emerge winners.He remarked that the Nigerian team is still work in progress as his administration will embark on talent hunting, talent development and popularising badminton to lift it from the realm of lesser-known sport. He said that with assistance of the corporate organizations in Nigeria as well as those of governments and individuals, Nigeria will soon become a force to reckon with in international badminton circuits.He particularly praised the efforts of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who has lifted the Lagos International Classics since its inception. He hopes to establish other competitions across the country even though the Lagos tournament will still remain the only international classics and the highest in Africa. The dynamic way the tournament has become has seen that no individual has absolute dominance.Top seed and winner of the first edition, Misha Zilberman  of Israel could not make it to the final match of the men’s singles as he was eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner and fourth seed,  Rahul Yadav Chittaboina of India who went ahead to beat compatriot, Karan Rajan Rajarajan  21-15, 21-13 in an entertaining final match.  The elimination of top seed and inaugural winner, Misha Zilberman was not the only upset of the Lagos International classics. Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa of Sri Lanka who was unseeded in the tournament emerged champion in the women’s category after a close victory over India’s Mugdha Agrey who was seeded fourth heading into the international challenge. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more