Most articles published by North Korea’s state-run news agency are translated into English, but not this one. This week, blogger Josh Stanton uncovered a racist screed posted on May 2 by the Korea Central News Agency that uses a wide variety of viciously racist terms to describe President Barack Obama, including phrases like “it’s certain that Obama has slipped out of the body of a monkey” and “he should live as a monkey in an African natural zoo licking the breadcrumbs thrown by spectators.” Read more.
Karen Johnson, co-owner of Marcus Books in San Francisco, the oldest independent Black-owned bookstore in America, had some sobering news for the store’s supporters: They’re shutting their doors. “The locks have been changed, the cavalry is not in sight, and it’s time to pack up the books and store them till we find another space,” Karen Johnson in an open letter. Read more.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week’s botched lethal injection. The court reset the execution date of inmate Charles Warner to Nov. 13. Warner’s attorneys requested the delay, and state Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a court filing Thursday he wouldn’t object. Read more.
68-year-old Sandy Rue has just put me to shame. Rue is currently training to run in the Ohio National Senior Olympics in June and not only wants to become a national champ, but also break a record. According to The Grio, Rue already has more ten state competition medals, and has competed in four national competitions. This year she’s looking to win both the 5200 and 100 meter dash. Read more.
During debate in the House over the Republican plan to establish a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) opened up on how Republicans have used the attack for political purposes. In a fiery speech, Cummings attacked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his party for using “the deaths of four Americans” for fundraising purposes. Read more.
The White House was put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after two people decided it might be a good or fun idea to spend the rest of the day being questioned by the Secret Service. The pair reportedly “threw something over the fence surrounding the White House complex — one person from the south side and one from the north,” the AP reports. They were both detained while those in the West Wing were told to stay inside, just in case. Read more.