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This Can’t Be Good: Dave Chappelle Walks Off Stage After Being Heckled During Set!

August 31st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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For all the Dave Chappelle fans, let us all just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

Chappelle took his talents to Hartford, CT Thursday night for the Comedy & Curiosity Festival and it seems that not everyone was happy to see him.

According to reports gathered by USA Today, Dave hopped on stage for his set and received a mixed reception of both cheers and jeers. Audience members say he was doing “fine” for the first 10 minutes but as people would heckle him, Dave would just get annoyed and say little things back to the audience. Finally, he decided to sit on a stool and smoke a cigarette until it was time for him to get off stage.

But that was only about 25 minutes because according to the Associated Press, that was the minimum amount of time Dave Chappelle needed to be on stage in order to get paid.

In a video clip, you can see Dave moving the stool out the way, picking up his water and saying: “Alright you guys, I  like some of you, I hate some of you. I forgive some of you but I don’t forgive all of you.  You guys have totally ruined my chances for running for Congress or something. Thank you, good night.”

As the boos increased, Dave walked off the stage to Kanye West’s “Black Skinheads.”

Well, that’s unfortunate. There are other random reports that the crowd wasn’t “that bad” and Dave “brought it on himself.”

Perhaps at his next stops, the crowd will be a little more forgiving so Dave Chappelle can perform because clearly, he is not about that being heckled life.

Do you think Dave Chappelle should even make a “full return” to comedy or should he just chill?

Is It Ever This Serious? Woman Tosses Her Baby To A Passenger While She Goes To Fight!

April 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Have you ever wondered, “Why in the world is this person a parent?” If not, I can almost guarantee that this video will make you ask that very thing.

PIX 11 in New York recently ran a story about a Connecticut woman getting into an intense argument with someone on a city bus. Sounds harmless, right? Well, it would be if the woman had not been holding her child while going toe to toe.

While there’s been no word on when the footage was taken, you can see a young woman holding her child but arguing with another woman a few feet from her. She keeps screaming that she’s being disrespected in front of her child and “someone grab my baby, mayne” because she was about ready to fight.

What happens next is…insane.

The young woman she’s arguing with says something about “…if you respected your baby…,” when all of a sudden, the woman throws her child into another passenger’s lap and lunges toward the other woman and they start throwing punches.

It is startling to see how quickly it happened but what is even more shocking is how calm the baby seemed about it and only covered her ears to keep out the noise.

As stated, there’s no word on when the video was taken but there’s also no word on if the woman has been identified or if there has been any investigation on charging someone.

So many questions here: Why didn’t the bus driver ask one of them to exit the bus once he noticed it was escalating? Why didn’t the mother just try to ignore what was happening (althogh it should be noted that no one knows why the argument started)? Why didn’t the other woman just leave it alone since she knew this woman had a baby with her? The list goes on and on.

Take a look at this and tell us what you think?

Sad News: Police Slowly Finding Out ‘Why’ Connecticut Elementary School Massacre Occurred

December 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Details are very slowly emerging about Friday’s tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.

Lt. Paul Vance held a press conference Saturday morning and stated that all victims, 20 children and six adults, have been identified and their families have been notified.  All of the bodies have been moved from the school to the local morgue as the investigation continues. The medical examiner is expected to speak to the press later on Saturday and will be charged with identifying the names of all the victims.  Lt. Vance pleaded with the media to respect the wishes of the parents and families by not hounding them for comments and respecting their privacy. To that end, each family will be supplied with a trooper to be by their side at all times.

The police also didn’t say much about the shooter, now identified as 20 year old Adam Lanza.  While his older brother, Ryan, was detained for questioning by police on Friday, there has been no word on whether or not he was involved in this shooting.  The shooter killed his mother, Nancy, in her home before continuing on to the school, bring the death toll to 27 people.  Nancy Lanza was also a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. Law enforcement is still checking on a third crime scene in New Jersey but are not giving more information as to not give false information.

Lt. Vanza added that it appears that the shooter was not just openly welcomed into the building and forced his way in. It has been reported that the shooting occurred in a very specific area of the school and targeted only two classrooms.  There were three weapons found: a Bushmaster rifle was found in the car of the shooter and two pistols were found on him, all of which were legally purchased by his mother and in her name.  It is assumed that he killed himself after he finished his massacre.

The police expect the investigation will continue for at least another day while they continue to figure out the timeline of events.  Further, while they have not stated a reason for the shooting, police say they found evidence at Nancy Lanza’s home which gives them a good idea as to how and why it happened.



We will keep you posted when any major news is given.

So Sad: Son Of CT School Teacher Kills At Least 18 Children And 8 Adults In Shooting Rampage

December 14th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Teachers, students, and faculty at  Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, had anything but a normal Friday today when a gunman went on a shooting rampage inside of a Kindergarten classroom that, so far, has resulted in the death of 18 children and eight adults.

The shooter, Ryan Lanza, is reported to be the son of one of the teachers at Sandy Hook, and was reportedly killed in the midst of the rampage. Lanza is also said to have killed his father in Hoboken , NJ, before heading to the school. According to The Huffington Post:

The masked gunman entered the school administration office around 9:40 a.m., about 30 minutes after the school day began. The first 911 call was received by police one minute later.

Investigators said the gunman fired his weapon at least 100 times.

Students inside the building were escorted out in a single-file line. There are about 626 students enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade classes at Sandy Hook Elementary, with another 46 faculty members, Newtown Patch reported.

Lanza was reportedly wearing dark clothing, a mask, and a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns. So far, police have not confirmed whether there was an additional gunman besides Lanza, but another person has been taken into custody for questioning. Names of the victims have also not been released yet, but one parent who claims to have witnessed the attack told CNN that principal Dawn Hochsprung and a school psychologist were killed.

President Obama is expected to make a statement on this situation, which has already been labeled the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, at 3:15 pm. We’re definitely praying for the family and friends of all those affected by this tragedy.


Homeless Mother Gets 12 Years for Stealing Education

February 29th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: Stamford Advocate

First-degree larceny and conspiracy seem like odd charges for sending your child to school, but that’s what Connecticut mother Tanya McDowell has pleaded guilty to after she “fraudulently” enrolled her son in the wrong school district. The prosecution says she stole money from taxpayers by putting her child in the wrong school and now she’s been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

But what’s the appropriate school district for your child when you have no home? Tanya and her son were homeless at the time that she enrolled him in Kindergarten in the Norwalk school district last year, using her babysitter’s address, rather than the district of Bridgeport where her last home was. Unmoved by her circumstances, police say Tanya stole up to $15,686 in educational services from the city of Norwalk, which is the documented average cost for educating a child in 2010. In addition to her jail sentence she’s been ordered to pay back up to $6,200 in restitution.

Tanya’s 12-year sentence also includes four counts of drug possession and sale charges, which she pleaded guilty to as well, and her sentence is expected to be suspended after she serves five of the 12 years. Despite support from the NAACP, the defense was unable to get the charges dismissed, now Tanya is stuck serving time for trying to educate her son and explain to him why she’s going away. She said he’s read the newspapers that say she stole something and he doesn’t understand what’s happening.

“He is curious because he thinks I stole Brookside [the school he attended] away from him,” she said, “that I took it away from him,”

I guess it would have been better if she didn’t send her child to school at all. How ridiculous. What do you think about this case? Is Tanya McDowell really guilty of stealing education?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Water Still Rises in New Jersey and Connecticut

August 31st, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(New York Times) — As many people in the path of Tropical Storm Irene struggled to recover, floodwaters continued to rise on Tuesday in New Jersey and Connecticut, forcing thousands of evacuations, even two days after the storm swept through the region.  Flooding from rivers and inland streams swallowed up homes and turned neighborhoods into swamps, and widespread power failures were expected to last through the weekend, if not longer. Clean running water was unavailable in some parts of New Jersey.  “You watch TV and see those people in Mississippi with their stuff messed up,” said Josh Steed, a manager at Sogo Sushi House in Denville, N.J. “You never think it’ll be you.” His employees found the patio and parking lot inundated and a statue of Buddha, once standing between hibachi grills, floating on its back in a pool of water.

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Connecticut Gunman Shoots 8 in Work Rampage

August 4th, 2010 - By madamenoire
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After warehouse driver, Omar Thornton, was asked to quit, he went on a shooting rampage at the Hartford Distributors, a beer distribution center where he worked. Before killing workers and then turning the gun on himself, he  had previously complained about racial harassment at work.

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