Chenjerai Kumanyika, NPR: It was just after sunset on a muggy Friday evening earlier this month, and my wife and I were standing outside a Hardee's in Seneca, S.C. We were at a vigil for Zachary Hammond, a white teenager killed by a police officer during an attempted drug arrest in the restaurant's parking lot, three miles from where we live and teach at Clemson University. ... As the vigil wound down, I offered my condolences to Zachary's uncle. We stood over the spot where Zachary was shot, and he turned to me and asked a question that I knew was coming. "Don't you think that if Zachary had been black, that there would be more media attention?" he said. read more
Vinny Vella, Philadelphia Daily News: "Either you buy these or I take your car, 'cause it's unregistered." Officer Matthew Zagursky didn't mince words Thursday when he flashed tickets to the Hero Thrill Show, a fundraiser that supports the families of fallen officers and firefighters, to two men after pulling them over. After the money changes hands, the officer jokes with the driver, asking him about his "f----t-ass wipers," referring to the pink-tinted windshield wipers on his car. When the driver tells Zagursky they're in solidarity with his grandmother, a breast-cancer survivor, the officer tells him he looks like "a fruitcake." Video of the encounter was posted on Facebook and has gone viral. "He used the tickets as a lever to not do his duty; that's extortion," Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. read more
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Donald Trump has won his party's trust on top issues more than any other Republican presidential candidate, and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
The survey finds Trump with the support of 24% of Republican registered voters. His nearest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, stands 11 points behind at 13%. Just behind Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 9%, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 8%, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 6%, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich all land at 5%, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top 10 at 4%.
The move comes in the wake of a yearlong CNN investigation, which found that from 2011 to 2013, the program had a 12.5% mortality rate for open heart surgeries, which is more than three times the national average.
At least nine babies died after having heart surgery at the hospital since the program started in 2011. A 10th baby was left paralyzed.