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Family Demands Answers After Black Teen Shot, Killed While Apparently Asking For Help

Family Demands Answers After Black Teen Shot, Killed While Apparently Asking For Help

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Nov. 7 2013 4:58 PM

Slatest PM: Searching For Answers in Dearborn Heights

Josh Voorhees Josh Voorhees

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.

Looking For Answers: ABC News: "Michigan authorities are investigating the death of a young black woman who was shot to death outside a home where her family believes she was seeking help after a car accident. Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Dearborn Heights, Mich. McBride's family believes she was going door-to-door looking for help after her car broke down and her cell phone was dead. She was shot as she was leaving the suspect's porch, according to Detroit Pastor W.J. Rideout. ... Police are releasing very few details about McBride's death. Dearborn Heights Lt. James Serwatowski said that she was shot in the head, but said he could not give any more information due to the ongoing investigation. He said reports that McBride was shot in the back of the head while walking off the porch are 'totally inaccurate.' ... Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Mary Mazur said that McBride suffered a shotgun wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide."


The Shooter's Story: Detroit Free-Press: "Dearborn Heights police say a homeowner told investigators his shotgun accidentally discharged, hitting Renisha McBride in the face as she stood on his porch. 'This man’s claiming – believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he’s also saying the gun discharged accidentally,' Lt. James Serwatowski, chief detective, said today. ... The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office reiterated today that it is awaiting further investigation by Dearborn Heights police before deciding whether any criminal charges will be authorized in the case. ... The homeowner’s .12-gauge was seized by police and the Michigan State Police crime lab is analyzing it, Serwatowski said."

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Twitter's Big Day: Reuters: "Twitter Inc shares soared as much as 92 percent on their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, an extraordinary debut that drove the seven-year-old company's value to more than $25 billion and evoked comparisons to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. The stock opened at $45.10 a share shortly before 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, up from the initial public offering price of $26 set late on Wednesday. It quickly hit a high of $50 before retreating to $47.70 by the afternoon, up 83 percent. Investor enthusiasm for the microblogging company defied traditional valuation analyses. The shares were trading at about 22 times forecast 2014 sales, nearly double the multiple at social media rivals Facebook Inc and LinkedIn Corp, even though Twitter is far from turning a profit and posted a loss of almost $70 million for its most recent quarter."


Senate Passes ENDA: Washington Post: "The Senate passed historic gay rights legislation Thursday to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, another victory for the gay rights movement that has been gaining favor in the courts and electoral politics. Senators voted 64 to 32 to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ...But the measure faces a steep uphill climb in a Republican-controlled House still dominated by social conservatives. Top GOP leaders consider the measure written so broadly as to invite a fresh wave of litigation against employers and unnecessary because of existing federal, state and private workplace protections."

An End to Trans Fats: Associated Press: "Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good. Condemning artificial trans fats as a threat to public health, the FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to phase them out. Manufacturers already have eliminated many trans fats, responding to criticism from the medical community and to local laws, Even so, the FDA said getting rid of the rest — the average American still eats around a gram of trans fat a day — could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. It won't happen right away. The agency will collect comments for two months before determining a phase-out timetable."


Bullying in the NFL: NBC News: "The lawyer tapped by the NFL to investigate the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying uproar is on familiar turf: He's a former high-school football star, a civil rights activist and a go-to litigator with a long list of powerful clients and high-profile cases under his belt. Ted Wells, a partner in the white-shoe New York firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, has been hired to write a report on Richie Incognito's treatment of Jonathan Martin, including a slur-filled voicemail the white veteran guard allegedly left for the biracial second-year tackle. ...  He served as a special investigator for Syracuse University after assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was accused of sexual abuse, and the NBA players union retained him to conduct an internal investigation in the leadership. ... But the man who regularly appears on lists of the nation's top lawyers is better known for his more public work — defending boldfaced names, from former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to Republican insider Scooter Libby, in the courtroom and out."

The Cost of the Shutdown: Huffington Post: "The federal government shutdown that lasted for 16 days last month is expected to cost the U.S. economy between $2 billion and $6 billion in economic output, according to a report by the Office of Management and Budget released Thursday afternoon. Those figures, culled from independent forecasters, may be a conservative estimate, the authors note. They found that approximately 120,000 fewer private sector jobs were created during the first two weeks of October because of the dual threats of the shutdown and the standoff over the debt ceiling. Forecasters additionally expect fourth quarter real GDP growth to be 0.2 to 0.6 percent lower than what it could have been had the shutdown and debt ceiling fight not taken place."

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