Washington School Shooting: Marysville-Pilchuck High School Teacher Megan Silberberger Is Heroine. Jaylen Fryberg Is Lone Shooter.


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MARYSVILLE SCHOOL SHOOTING

 

Two Dead in Washington High School Shooting.

 

Teacher who tried to stop Washington school shooting credited as hero.

 

MARYSVILLE, Washington — A high school teacher tried to stop a gunman who opened fire on a crowded lunchroom north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four other students, authorities said Saturday.

 

Witnesses identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, 14, a popular Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman. Fryberg fatally shot himself, according to police, though they didn’t identify him by name.

 

Student Erick Cervantes saw the shootings and identified first-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger as the woman who intervened, CBS affiliate KIRO in Seattle reported.

 

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“I believe she’s actually the real hero. She’s the one that intercepted him with the gun. He tried either reloading or tried aiming at her. She tried moving his hand away and he tried shooting and shot himself in the neck,” Cervantes told KIRO.

 

He said the gunshots followed a verbal altercation.

 

“It started off with an argument, but then I looked back and there was just gunshots and just people falling down,” Cervantes recalled. And immediately after the gunshots, the (woman) intervened, he said.

 

“She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door, right next to it,” Cervantes said.

 

Cervantes described the struggle between Silberberger and Fryberg as brief.

 

“It wasn’t (a) wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot.”

 

Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, said he taught at the school for 20 years and knows Silberberger as someone who student-taught last year and just started her first semester as a social studies teacher.

 

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Davis described Silberberger as “your classic first-year teacher with high enthusiasm, a lot of passion for what she does.”

 

He told KIRO he felt “sadness that she had to do it,” but that he was “very proud of her efforts and her motivations.”

 

Detectives confirmed a school worker attempted to intervene in the attack, but Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton provided no other details about Silberberger’s actions.

 

Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition Saturday. Two 14-year-old girls were at Providence Everett Medical Center, and were identified by the facility as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano. Andrew Fryberg, 15, was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.

 

Another victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition at Harborview, the hospital said. Family members told KIRO-TV that all three teenage boys are cousins. Two other students were treated at the high school for minor wounds, authorities said.

 

In a statement Saturday morning, Ireton said that the on-scene investigation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School was finished. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered, which authorities believe was the weapon used in the Friday morning shooting, Ireton said.

 

Brian Bennett, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle, said his agency conducted a trace of the firearm and determined “the most recent purchaser of the gun.” He said he could not identify that person, adding it would be up to the local police to release that information.

 

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Washington School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg ‘Happy,’ ‘Popular’: Students.

 

Washington shooting: police investigate love triangle claims.

 

The headlines are numerous but the bottom line is simple. If states were intent on making it as hard, difficult, inconvenient to obtain a gun, assault weapon, shotgun, body armour and bullets as these same states make it to cast your vote in The United States Of AmeriKKKa….Marysville-Pilchuck High School and all the other Marysville-Pilchuck High School’s would NOT HAPPEN.

 

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School shooting victims remain critically injured

 

From CBS/AP October 25, 2014

 

Four students shot by a classmate at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington remained hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday as the community struggled to understand the motive behind the attack.

 

Two 14-year-old girls were listed in critical condition at Providence Regional Hospital in Everett, Washington, after sustaining gunshot wounds to the head. Hospital officials identified them as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano.

 

Dr. Joanne Roberts, chief medical officer at the hospital, said the next three days would be “crucial” in determining their survival and potential recovery.

 

Two male patients were being treated at Harborview Medical Center. The hospital identified one patient as 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, who remains in critical condition after a gunshot wound to the head. A 14-year-old boy, identified by family members as Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition with an injury to the jaw.

 

Both boys have been identified as cousins of the suspected gunman, 14-year-old freshman Jaylen Fryberg, according to CBS affiliate KIRO in Seattle.

 

One girl was killed in the attack and has yet to be identified. Fryberg fatally shot himself after the spree, witnesses said.

 

Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school‘s homecoming court just one week ago.

 

The suspected shooter’s motives remained unclear. Some students described Fryberg as happy and social, even though he had recently fought with a boy over a girl.

 

Shaylee Bass, a 15-year-old sophomore, said he remained upset about that, but she was stunned by the shooting.

 

“He was not a violent person,” she said. “His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That’s what makes it so bizarre.”

 

He was also facing problems, writing of some unspecified troubles on his Twitter feed: “It breaks me… It actually does….”

 

On Wednesday, a posting read: “It won’t last … It’ll never last.” On Monday, another said: “I should have listened. … You were right … The whole time you were right.”

 

Students said the gunman stared at his victims as he fired. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others huddled inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.

 

Marysville police declined to release the shooter’s identity, with Chief Rick Smith insisting he did not want to “dramatize someone who perpetuated a violent crime in a place where children should feel safe.”

 

However, CBS News confirmed Fryberg as the gunman.

 

Students and parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from the nearby Tulalip Indian tribes and was a freshman football player. A week ago, he stood on the high school track during the team’s homecoming game in a vest, tie and white sash as he was introduced as a prince, according to a video recorded by parent Jim McGauhey.

 

“They’re real good people, very loving,” Ron Iukes, a youth counselor with the tribe, said of Fryberg’s family. “Jaylen was one of our good kids.”

 

State Sen. John McCoy, a tribal member, said the tribal community was devastated. “We’re all related in one shape or form. We live and work and play together.”

 

Hundreds of people prayed and sang songs at a church vigil Friday night for victims and family members.

 

The Oak Harbor high school football team, which had been set to play Marysville Friday night, lined the front row of Grove Church in their purple jerseys. The game was canceled and Oak Harbor offered to give the win to Marysville.

 

Pastor Nik Baumgart told the overflow crowd there was no script for reacting to Friday’s events.

 

“One moment we’re thinking, we can do this,” Baumgart said. “Another moment, we’re thinking, how can we do this?”

 

Witnesses described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria.

 

Isabella MacKeige, 18, was having lunch with a friend when the suddenly heard gunshots behind them.

 

“I heard six shots go off and I turned and saw people diving under the tables,” she told The Associated Press.

 

“In my brain I thought ‘run!’ So I left my backpack, my phone and my purse and got out the door as fast as I could.”

 

Some students got hurt when they tripped and fell in the chaos, she said. They ran across an open field to the fence that circles the schoolyard and climbed over.

 

She kept running until she felt safe and found a phone.

 

“I called my mom and she said, ‘stay where you are – I don’t want to lose you,’” MacKeige said.

 

Brian Patrick said his daughter, a freshman, was 10 feet from the gunman. She ran from the cafeteria and immediately called her mother.

 

Patrick said his daughter said, “The guy walked into the cafeteria, pulled out a gun and started shooting. No arguing, no yelling.”

 

A crowd of parents later waited in a parking lot outside a nearby church where they were reunited with their children.

 

Patrick said after the shooting that his other daughter, a senior at the school, was “hysterical” when she called him from her classroom.

 

“I thought, ‘God let my kids be safe,’” he said.

 

Thank you CBS/AP CBS News & Associated Press

 

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Washington High School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg

 

A government official, friends, and witnesses to the shooting identified the gunman Friday as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

 

A teenage boy named Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in his high school cafeteria Friday.

 

Though police refused to name Fryberg, both witnesses and multiple media agencies identified him as the shooter.

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The shooting happened at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 37 miles north of Seattle, where Fryberg was a freshman.

 

Fellow freshman Brandon Carr spoke with The Seattle Times about the shooting. Carr said he “started hearing these loud banging noises, like someone hitting a trash can,” heard screaming, and ran.

“Once I knew it was gunshots, we just booked it,” Carr told the paper.

 

Students at the school hid under classroom desks and in closets, among other places, as the school was placed on lockdown.

Marysville Police Commander Robert Lamoureux confirmed two people were killed, including the shooter, who turned the gun on himself.

 

Fryberg’s motive remained unclear Friday night, though clues about his recent life suggest he experienced things ranging from relationship woes to trouble at school.

 

Two of the victims, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg and 14-year-old Nate Hatch, are reportedly Fryberg’s cousins. He also shot two girls, both of whom are not yet identified and in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon.

A student at the school told The Seattle Times that Fryberg was angry about a girl. The student added that the girl was one of those shot. Fryberg’s recent tweets also include complaints about feeling broken.

 

“He shot people he cared about,” Dylen Boomer, a friend and football teammate of Fryberg’s, told the Seattle Times.

 

Fryberg also recently had been suspended after getting into a fight, CNN reported. A student said the incident involved bullying and “a couple words said towards him that he obviously didn’t like.”

Still, Fryberg reportedly was popular at his school and recently was crowned a homecoming prince.

 

Fryberg was voted the homecoming prince for his freshman class, ABC News reported. In a video posted Oct. 19, he appears standing beside a classmate, smiling, while an announcer reads off a list of his activities.

 

The freshman also was a student athlete and played on the school football team. A student told The Seattle Times that Fryberg was in good spirits at practice on Thursday.

 

Over the summer, he was given a hunting rifle for his birthday. A law enforcement official told CBS News, however, that they believe Fryberg used a Beretta 40-caliber handgun during Friday’s shooting.

 

Police traced the gun used in the shooting to Fryberg’s father, CNN reported.

Fryberg was also a member of the Tulalip Tribe. His grandfather is the director of fish and wildlife for the tribe.

 

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His Twitter account is troubling. It’s mostly a mix of pornography and angry tweets alluding to the fact he recently broke up with his girlfriend.

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Several students Fryberg injured remained hospitalized Friday.

 

Of the four injured survivors, two girls were shot in the head and underwent surgery Friday. Fryberg’s cousin, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, was also shot and later underwent surgery.

The fourth surviving victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch — who is also Fryberg’s cousin — was shot in the jaw, The Seattle Times reported. Three of the victims were “very critically ill” Friday, with the fourth in serious condition, according to CNN.

 

 

Washington School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg ‘Happy,’ ‘Popular’: Students

 

BY M. ALEX JOHNSON NBC NEWS:

 

A Washington state high school student who opened fire on a cafeteria table full of students, killing one, before fatally shooting himself was described by classmates as a happy, popular football player who’d recently gotten into a dispute with another student.

Two law enforcement sources identified the gunman as Jaylen Ray Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck High School, north of Everett. He pulled out a small handgun and opened fire on a table full of students about 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), killing a girl and wounding four other people, three of them critically, police and witnesses said.

The names of the slain victim and those wounded weren’t released, but police said all were under the age of 18.

“He seemed like a nice guy, and he had lots of friends,” Erick Cervantes, 16, a junior, told NBC News.

 

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“Jaylen wasn’t a bad kid… He was going through a lot. Feeling a way that nobody should ever feel. Don’t judge before you know! #RipJaylen” Jaylen killed a female student, and wounded several others because he was “going through a lot.” 

 

Michael Brown was a “thug.” A “thug”  who died because he walked down the middle of the street and was Black. Trayvon Martin was a “thug.” A “thug” who died because he ran home from a corner store (7-11) in the rain, hoodie up, after buying iced tea and a bag of candy, while Black.  
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ALL “Thugs” who died unarmed at the hands of law enforcement. 

 

“Jaylen wasn’t a bad kid… He was going through a lot. Feeling a way that nobody should ever feel. Don’t judge before you know! #RipJaylen” Jaylen killed a female student, and wounded several others because he was “going through a lot.” 

 

“Thugs” are unarmed Black human beings…..who KILL NO ONE. Caucasians going thru bad times who act out by slaughtering innocent humans are either mental patients, drunk kids or just going through some bad times.

 

Anyone else notice the double standard?

 

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Thankful For Obamacare? Talk About It At Thanksgiving Dinner


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

 

This year, we’re thankful because—despite every Republican attempt to repeal it—health care reform is still the law of the land and millions of Americans are seeing the benefits. And whether you’re celebrating the holiday with close family, friends, or your conservative relatives—it’s the perfect time to tell them why you’re thankful for Obamacare too.

 

Since the Affordable Care Act passed, we’ve heard countless stories of people receiving better coverage for less, no longer being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and receiving rebates from their insurance companies. But too much of the mainstream media has been obsessed with a bungled website rollout and insurance companies dropping people from junk policies—instead of the millions of Americans who’ve directly benefited from Obamacare.

 

That’s precisely why MoveOn members are using Thanksgiving dinner to counter the propaganda and to have a frank talk with family about why we’re thankful for health care reform. Can you commit to having a conversation about Obamacare tomorrow?

 

Check out some of these benefits of health care reform and click here if you plan to talk about them at dinner this year.

 

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Almost all of us have at least one conservative family member or friend and it’s up to us to make sure that they know—despite everything they’ve heard on Fox and CBS—that the Affordable Care Act is working. And what better time to convince them than over a hearty meal on a day of reflection like Thanksgiving.

 

The Obamacare success stories are out there—nearly a thousand have been submitted by MoveOn members in the last week alone. And chances are—if you look hard enough—there’s someone quite close to you who’s benefiting directly from the Affordable Care Act. Just imagine how the national conversation will change if 8 million MoveOn members take to dining room tables, living rooms, and soup kitchens tomorrow to talk about the benefits of Obamacare.

 

To make it easy, we’ve created a kit to help you get the most out of your dinner conversations. If you can commit to talking up Obamacare with family and friends during Thanksgiving this year, click here to get the kit:

 

Sign up here to get the Thanksgiving dinner kit!

 

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Eric, Maria, Alejandro, and the rest of the team

 

Thankful for Obamacare

On Thanksgiving Day, many families gather around the dinner table to spend time together and share the things in their lives that they are thankful for. This year, if you’re thankful for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), then commit to bringing it up at dinner and letting family and friends know why health care reform matters—and that it’s working.

 

Sign up here to get the Thanksgiving dinner kit!

 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Obamacare

 

So you think the Supreme Court upheld a law that requires most people to buy health insurance?

 

That’s only part of it.

 

Obamacare’s hundreds of pages touch on a variety of issues and initiatives that have remained under the public’s radar. Here’s a sampling:  

 

-See more at 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Obamacare

 

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Charlie Rose Interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad


 

By Jueseppi B.

PBS talk show host Charlie Rose, right, interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Sunday in Damascus. His interview will air on PBS at 9 p.m. EDT Monday. PBS NewsHour Weekend's Hari Sreenivasan spoke to Rose Sunday. Listen to their conversation below.

PBS talk show host Charlie Rose, right, interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Sunday in Damascus. His interview will air on PBS at 9 p.m. EDT Monday. PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Hari Sreenivasan spoke to Rose Sunday. Listen to their conversation below.

 

 

Charlie Rose Interviews Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad In Damascus, Face The Nation

 

 

Published on Sep 8, 2013

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Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus on Sunday morning.

 

The interview, Assad’s first with an American television network in nearly two years, will air in its entirety on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” show on Monday night, the same day that President Obama sits down with six television networks for recorded interviews.

 

In the interview, which Rose previewed on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday morning, Assad denied that he had anything to do with the chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21, 2013. Rose also said the Syrian president would not confirm or deny that the regime has chemical weapons.

 

Portions of the interview will be broadcast beginning Monday on “CBS This Morning,” where Rose is a co-host. Excerpts will then be available across all CBS News platforms, including cbsnews.com and the CBS Evening News.

 

(QUIZ: How well do you know Bashar Assad?)

 

The interview will air in its entirety on “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS television stations Monday night.

 

UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Rose’s preview of the interview as relayed by phone from Beirut, Lebanon, on CBS’s “Face The Nation” on Sunday (bold mine): [Assad] denied that he had anything to do with the attack. He denied that he knew there was a chemical attack, notwithstanding what has been said and notwithstanding the videotape. He said there’s not enough evidence to make a conclusive judgment. He would not say even, even though I read him the lead paragraph of the New York Times today in the story about their chemical weapons supply.

 

And he said I cannot confirm or deny that we do have them. He did however say that if in fact we do have them and I am not going to say yes or no, they are in centralized control and no one else has access to them. He suggested as he has before that perhaps the rebels had something to do with it, he made some reference to Aleppo. The most important thing he said there has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people and that there is no evidence of that. And if in fact the administration had evidence of that they should show that evidence and make their case. I then obviously repeated the fact that Secretary Kerry is in the process of making the case and that in fact that information is being shown to members of congress as they begin to come back to Washington and consider an authorization for the President to make a military strike.

 

He said that he did not necessarily know whether there was going to be a military strike. He said that they were obviously as prepared as they could be for a strike. He said there would be, suggested that there would be, among people that are aligned with him some kind of retaliation if a strike was made that that would be, what would be, that he would not even talk about the nature of the response. He had a message to the American people that it had not been a good experience for them to get involved in the Middle East in wars and conflicts in the Middle East, that the results had not been good and they should not get involved and that they should communicate to their congress and to their leadership in Washington not to authorize a strike. [...] Bob, that was the very first question I asked: Do you expect an attack? He said, I don’t know. He said we prepared as best we can.

 

He did not say that he assumed there was going to be an attack in Syria because of the chemical weapons. I also pursued the question of whether there was anything that he was prepared to do anything to stop the attack, for example to give up chemical weapons, if that would stop the attack. I also raised the question with him did he fear that if there was an attack, it would degrade his own military, and therefore make it more likely that it might tip the balance. He’s very, very concerned about that as an issue. He talked about his father, and the lessons that he learned from his father, that war was ruthless, and that after Homma, his father went all out to destroy, at the time, the Muslim brotherhood.

 

So he was calm, he knew the situation he was in, in fact, Damascus seemed relatively calm, the places that I was today but there is a clear sense that they are closely watching what is happening in Washington. I think the reason they did this interview today, we’ve been trying for a long time, but we did it today because they’re watching what happens in Washington.

 

 

Syria: Syrian President Bashar al Assad Charlie Rose Interview September 9, 2013

 

Published on Sep 9, 2013

Syria: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – Charlie Rose Interview – September 9, 2013

PBS’ Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, September 9, at 9 p.m. in a special presentation of CHARLIE ROSE. In this global television exclusive, Assad gives his only television interview since President Barack Obama asked Congress to approve the use of force against the Syrian regime for alleged use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

 

 

 

 

Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes

 

 

Published on Sep 9, 2013

Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes Charlie Rose interviewed Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.

 

CBS News’ Bob Schieffer announced the news on “Face the Nation” Sunday. The full interview will air on the “Charlie Rose Show” Monday night — the same day as President Obama’s recorded interviews with six networks. Portions of the interview will also air on Monday’s “CBS This Morning,” and other platforms across CBS News.

 

Rose previewed the interview on Sunday, speaking on the phone from Beirut. He told Schieffer that Assad “denied that he had anything to do with the attack.”

 

Rose traveled to the palace in Damascus for the sit-down. He was accompanied by Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” The interview comes as the White House attempts to make the case for U.S. military intervention in Syria.

 

It is the first interview that Assad has given to an American news network in two years. Barbara Walters sat down with him in Syria in 2011. The conflict in Syria has been notoriously difficult and dangerous for journalists to cover. Twenty-eight journalists were killed in Syria in 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, while kidnapping remains a persistent threat.

 

 

 

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Hints at Another 9/11 If Attacked By U S to Charlie Rose

 

Published on Sep 9, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Hints at Another 9/11 If Attacked By U S to Charlie Rose Bashar Assad tells Charlie Rose U.S. should “expect every action” in response to Syria strikes Charlie Rose interviewed Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.

 

 

Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Presidential Palace in Damascus, Sept. 8, 2013. / CBS/PBS

Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Presidential Palace in Damascus, Sept. 8, 2013. / CBS/PBS

 

 

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Thank you CBS News & PBS NEWSHOUR.

 

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Twitterverse – August 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week Ahead:

 

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Monday: The President will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

Tuesday: The President will host a reception at the White House in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Thursday: The President attends meetings at the White House.

 

Friday: The President will welcome President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia to the White House.

 

 

 

 

The Ed Show: Obamacare

 

 

 

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ObamaCare Facts: Obama’s Health Care Reform

 

 

 

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Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

 

 

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The College Affordability Bus Tour: Day 1

 

 

President Obama’s Plan for Making College More Affordable

 

 

The White House: Join The Conversation On Making College Affordable

 

 

The College Affordability Bus Tour: Final Day

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

 

Join The March Online

 

 

50 Years And The Struggle Continues: The MLK 50th Anniversary March On Washington, D.C.

 

 

Are You A Trayvon Voter?

 

 

Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on College Affordability

 

 

President Obama Holds a Town Hall on College Affordability

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: “Make College More Affordable”

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Carolyn Kaster, AP

 

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It was an honor to speak at the National Action to Realize the Dream March this morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared his dream with the world and described his vision for a society that offered, and delivered, the promise of equal justice under the law. He assured his fellow citizens that this goal was within reach – so long as they kept faith with one another, and maintained the courage and commitment to work toward it.

 

And he urged them to do just that. By calling for no more – and no less – than equal justice. By standing up for the civil rights to which everyone is entitled. And by speaking out – in the face of hatred and violence, in defiance of those who sought to turn them back with fire hoses, bullets, and bombs – for the dignity of a promise kept; the honor of a right redeemed; and the pursuit of a sacred truth that’s been woven through our history since this country’s earliest days: that all are created equal.

 

Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road – from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched – in spite of animosity, oppression, and brutality – because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept. Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans.

 

As we gather today, 50 years later, their march – now our march – goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities, and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity, and fair treatment. We recognize that we are forever bound to one another and that we stand united by the work that lies ahead – and by the journey that still stretches before us.

 

This morning, we affirm that this struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice – until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices. It must go on until our criminal justice system can ensure that all are treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the law. And it must go on until every action we take reflects our values and that which is best about us. It must go on until those now living, and generations yet to be born, can be assured the rights and opportunities that have been too long denied to too many

 

 

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‘The Butler’ stays on top of box office with $17 million

 

NEW YORK (AP) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

 

That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start of the fall moviegoing season. Daniel’s historical drama about a long-serving White House butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.

 

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Two new releases failed to catch on. The teen fantasy “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” adapted from the popular young adult book series, opened tepidly in third with $9.3 million for Sony Screen Gems.

 

Edgar Wright’s pub-crawl-gone-wrong comedy “The World’s End” opened with $8.9 million for Focus Features.

 

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NEVER Allow Facts To Interfere In A Racist Trial. Trayvon’s Parents Speak Out On “The Today Show”


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

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Trayvon Martin‘s Parents Speak Out On “The Today Show”, Call On Obama To ‘Investigate’ Zimmerman

 

 

For the first time since the man who fatally shot their son was acquitted, Trayvon Martin’s parents, have come forward to discuss their reaction to the verdict.

 

While peaceful protests and demonstrations popped up around the country, displaying an overwhelming outpour of support for the family, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin remained silent. But during an interview with “CBS This Morning” the teen’s mother said she was stunned by the jury’s decision.

 

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Published on Jul 18, 2013

July 18, 2013 — Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak Out On “The Today Show”, Call On Obama To ‘Investigate’ Zimmerman — On Thursday, the parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, as well as family attorney Ben Crump, sat down for interviews with CBS, ABC and NBC. Speaking out for the first time since the verdict which found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering their son, Travyon Martin’s parents expressed their shock in interviews with CBS This Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today.

 

“I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child,” Tracy Martin told CBS’s Charlie Rose. “He was our child. We miss him dearly.”

 

“I thought surely that he would be found guilty of second degree murder — manslaughter at the least,” Fulton added. “I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home. This was no burglar. This was somebody — somebody’s son that was trying to get home.”

 

“What would you like President [Barack] Obama to do?” Norah O’Donnell asked. Fulton replied that she would hope the federal government would “at least investigate” what happened the night her son died.

 

 

 

 

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What if the races of the defendant and the victim were reversed in the George Zimmerman murder trial?

 

Jurors in the Trayvon Martin murder case will tell you that race had nothing to do with their verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the unarmed black teen in Sanford, Florida.  Zimmerman—who is biracial and of white and Afro-Latino heritage, yet has played the role of white victim acting in self- defense against a black teen thug—was found not guilty by a nearly all-white jury of six women in the killing of Martin.

 

Some people are asking, what if the roles were reversed? What if Zimmerman was the shooting victim? Better yet, what if George Zimmerman had been a black man accused of shooting a white teen to death?

 

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George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after a jury found him not guilty in Seminole circuit court July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after a jury found him not guilty in Seminole circuit court July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

 

 

Man Explains Why Zimmerman Is Guilty & How The Fight With Trayvon Martin Went Down!

 

Published on Jul 15, 2013

Does It Get More Honest Then This Man Explains Why Zimmerman Is Guilty & How The Fight With Trayvon Martin Went Down.

 

 

 

 

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin never struggled on the ground

 

Published on Jul 17, 2013

“As myself and a caller were discussing last Friday night on BTR News, Neither George Zimmerman or Trayvon’s clothing showed evidence of the life or death struggle Zimmerman claims occurred. I am also more inclined to believe that his little scratches and bloodied nose were self inflicted or inflicted by accomplices.

 

However, it is not relevant to disproving Zimmerman’s story about struggling while on his back and the witness who said he saw Zimmerman on his back lied. Grass, wet or dry, leaves grass stains, concrete tears up clothing or leaves visible marks.” – Scotty Reid, Black Talk Radio News

 

“Notice the state of Florida prosecuting attorneys did not attack the absence of signs of the struggle Zimmerman lied about. What does that mean? It means that the prosecution intentionally underperformed with the intent of a not guilty verdict. The prosecution even conceded the lie of Zimmerman being on the bottom when he shot Trayvon in the heart.

 

What’s NOT on the back of his jacket provides the TRUTH which is, Zimmerman was NOT on the bottom in the wet, muddy grass with his head being jammed into the sidewalk. The state of Florida is guilty of malpractice and violating Trayvon’s civil/human rights.” – West Thea, Afrisynergy

 

 

 

 

 

The POWERFUL words of David Banner on Trayvon Martin.

 

 

 

 

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