"Give me a bite of your burrito," Mahamed Abdi, 24, allegedly demanded of a stranger noshing Saturday afternoon outside a Seattle restaurant.
When the burrito owner declined Abdi's request (and remarked "That is rude"), Abdi pushed him and again demanded a bite of the Mexican food favorite. As the diner then arose from his seat, Abdi allegedly punched him in the forehead and fled on foot
A plan to divide California into six separate U.S. states is closer to making it on to a November ballot, with organizers gaining approval to collect signatures. The far-fetched initiative, sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, claims "political representation of California's diverse population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable." At least 807,615 voters -- representing eight percent of the total ballots cast for governor in the 2010 election -- will need to sign the petition by July 18 to make it on to the ballot.
A New York City special education teacher has avoided jail time after admitting she had sex with a 15-year-old boy at least four times in her car outside school. A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge gave Evelyn Rogers, 34, ten years of probation after she pleaded guilty to statutory rape -- despite the protests of prosecutors who argued that she deserved jail time. Rogers taught special education at High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. read more
The two Iranian warships headed toward U.S. waters -- one of which barely survived a 1988 run-in with an American fighter jet -- are a pair of "rust buckets" Tehran is using to prove to its people it can project power around the globe, naval experts said. "From a tactical perspective, neither one of these ships are any good; they are an afterthought to the U.S. Navy from a warfare perspective," said Christopher Harmer, senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. read more
Over the past few weeks, for instance, there was the case of Reverend Willian Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP chapter. Barber criticized Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) for being what he considered a ventriloquist's dummy. Later, Barber called all black conservatives "mouthpieces" in league with a nondescript conservative conspiracy.
Project 21 members don't believe that the color of one's skin merits a free pass for making bad decisions -- for themselves or for bad policies that impact the entire nation.
As a result, almost every Project 21 member has their own stories about being ostracized at some point by friends and family for going against the political grain. Some of these stories have more divisive endings than others, but the end result is almost always that the Project 21 member emerges even more confident and contrarian. read more