March 12, 2014

A wrongfully convicted Louisiana man on death row is released from prison after 30 years, may receive major payout


A wrongfully convicted Louisiana man on death row is released from prison after 30 years, may receive major payout

If You Don’t Know! News & Politics Roundup: President Obama Expands Overtime Pay To Millions…AND MORE!

Obama Designates Point Arena-Stornetta A National Monument


With minimum wage close to an all-time low, President Obama is looking to expand overtime pay to more businesses. Obama will head the Labor Department in revamping its program to include fast-food managers, loan officers, and computer technicians to qualify for overtime pay. [NY Times

Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man who was wrongly convicted of murder in the ’80s was exonerated and released due to unsubstantial evidence. Ford is one of the longest-serving death row inmates in American history to be exonerated by the government. Ford served over 30 years in jail for the murder of Isadore Rozeman, a man he did occasional yard work for. Under Louisiana law, Ford may receive a major payout for the unjust conviction – wrongly convicted inmates can get $25,000 per year of wrongful incarceration up to a maximum of $250,000, and another $80,000 for loss of “life opportunities.” [CBS News

Joel Osteen needs a prayer right now. The televangelist’s church was robbed of over $600,000 in cash, checks and credit card information over the weekend. The money and information were taken from a safe kept at the Lakewood Church. Police are ruling out a data breach and mentioned that the funds were fully insured. [Reuters

The numbers are slowly growing for Obamacare. With one month to go for enrollment, Obamacare has reached the 4.2 million mark in the past month. Officials are hoping that the numbers will continue to grow as the deadline quickly approaches on March 31. Perhaps we can thank this hilarious video for the huge spike. [Think Progress


I’m The Boss! Beyonce, Condoleezza Rice & More Team Up To ‘Ban Bossy’ With Women’s Empowerment Campaign (VIDEO)


Just in time for Women’s History Month, some of the most powerful women in entertainment and politics are coming together to encourage leadership in young women.

The Girl Scouts of America, along with and The Lifetime Network have launched the campaign ‘Ban Bossy’ to end name calling with little girls and promote empowerment and leadership.

The campaign features Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, former U.S Secretary Condoleezza Rice, style icon Diane Von Furstenberg and many more. The ladies want to end words like ‘bossy,’ ‘stubborn,’ and ‘pushy’ when associated with female leaders.

“Girls are less interested in leadership than boys,” Beyoncé says, and that’s because they worry about being called “bossy” while little boys who step up are called “leaders.”

To find out more about the campaign and how you can help, take the pledge to ‘ban bossy’ here.

Hopefully this won’t be too awkward for Kelis!

Agent: Panthers WR Smith done in Carolina


Steve Smith



The agent for wide receiver Steve Smith says the five-time Pro Bowl selection has played his final snap for the Carolina Panthers.

Smith’s longtime representative Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Smith “is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don’t know when that transaction is going to take place.”

Fox said the Panthers have been trying to trade Smith, but expects he will ultimately be released.

He said the Panthers have not asked Smith to restructure his current contract which calls for him to make $7 million under this year’s salary cap.

Regardless of whether the Panthers cut Smith or keep him, the club will have to pay him $3 million this season as part of the three-year contract extension he signed in 2012.

Smith’s current contract runs through 2016.

Fox said Smith, a 13-year NFL veteran, would have preferred to finish his career with Carolina, the team that drafted him in the third round in 2001.

Fox said the 34-year-old Smith was “disappointed and surprised” when Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman talked about the receiver’s future in uncertain terms at the NFL Scouting Combines last month.

“Where we are disappointed is the fact he signed an extension to stay loyal to the club and complete his career as a Panther,” Fox said. “That is why we did the long-term team deal. Now we are at a crossroads where the Panthers don’t want him anymore.”

Gettleman did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Shortly after the Scouting Combine, Smith met with Gettleman at Panthers headquarters, but Fox said the receiver left without a clear, defined role in terms of his future with the team.

Fox said Smith diligently rehabbed an injured knee leading up to the team’s divisional play game against the San Francisco 49ers with loyalty to the team in mind, thinking his long-term future was in Carolina.

Smith had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Carolina’s 23-10 loss.

“He spent 12 hours a day working with (trainer) Ryan Vermillion to get ready for that game,” Fox said. “His goal has always been to stay a Panther.”

Smith is Carolina’s all-time leading receiver with 836 receptions for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns receiving. Smith is 19th all-time in NFL history in yards receiving and 25th in receptions.

Smith had 64 receptions for 746 yards and four touchdowns last season helping the Panthers go 12-4 in the regular season and capture the NFC South championship.

Fox said Smith plans to continue his playing career in the NFL when the Panthers cut ties.

“At 34, they could have kept him and run him in the slot,” Fox said. “Steve wants to play in the slot. But he can’t play the slot with the current roster, and he hasn’t been able to play in the slot with the rosters in the past.”

Fox said he’s not sure why the Panthers haven’t released Smith. He said he will be ready when that time arrives.

“It’s my responsibility to find the best place for him to utilize his skills and passion for the game,” Fox said.

If the Panthers release Smith he will count $5 million under this year’s cap. The Panthers could designate him for a June 1 release which would allow them to split that money over the next two seasons.

NOTES: Panthers restricted free agent cornerback James Dockery announced on Twitter he has re-signed with the team. “Blessed! Can’t be happier to be signing back with the @Panthers can’t wait to get back with our team,” Dockery said. The team has yet to announce the move.

AP Writer: Steve Reed

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