Monday Roundup: Ferguson, Chris Pratt, Hillary Clinton
August 18, 2014
Unrest continues in Ferguson; Autopsy results released
The unrest in Ferguson that started with the shooting of Michael Brown last Saturday continues. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued a statement early this morning saying the National Guard has been called in. Nixon apparently neglected to let the White House know he was calling them in. The curfew that has been in place in Ferguson the last two nights will not be in place tonight, according to the Governor. The National Guard will instead be protecting the police command center.
The results of an independent autopsy of Brown’s body were released yesterday. The results show Brown was shot six times, including once in the top of the head. None of the shots were at close range. The shot to the top of the head could mean several things, one being that his head may have been bent forward as if he were charging at the officer. That would support this background conversation among neighbors.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have both been making appearances in Ferguson. Jackson was reportedly booed off the stage at a recent event after he asked for donations.
Kyle Eversgerd, the manager of fan development and alumni relations for the St. Louis Rams reached out to the head football coaches at McCluer High, McCluer North and McCluer South to offer each team 75 tickets to the Rams and Packers preseason game over the weekend. The players and coaches had some touching things to say about the experience.
“It was overwhelming to see the NFL live, for real,” said senior running back Henry Jones, “You saw how fast they played, and how they played together. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I could actually see myself out there playing.
While the death of Michael Brown was the ignition point for the unrest in Ferguson, it isn’t the whole issue. The way the police have responded has also been criticized. John Oliver talked about “police militarization” recently on Last Week Tonight. Also watch Zo’s Take On Ferguson.
SeaWorld expanding Orca environments
The documentary Blackfish has sparked a backlash against SeaWorld’s treatment of its Orca whales. The company announced that is would double the whales’ environment at its San Diego park first and then also at its other parks around the country. The company will also put another $10 million into orca whale research and put together an advisory board of scientists and others to oversee its orca whale program.
Wally the giraffe kicks woman who climbs into his pen
Amanda Hall climbed two fences at the Henry Villas Zoo in Wisconsin because she loves giraffes. Wally first gave her a lick and then kicked her in the face. Unfortunately there isn’t video of Hall getting kicked in the face, but there is this video below.
Amy Schumer takes ALS challenge
Yeah, it’s kind of gross and doesn’t even include a taser.
Chris Pratt takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Hillary Clinton is totally in touch with common folk
The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently obtained Hillary Clinton’s contract and some other documents on her scheduled University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation speech at a fundraiser. She will be paid $225,000 after first asking for $300,000. Clinton doesn’t allow video or audio recordings of her private speeches. A stenographer will transcribe the speech and send her work only to Clinton, despite the UNLV Foundation paying the $1,250 price tag. The Foundation is actually getting quite the deal in all of this. The former First Lady’s standard contract usually includes round-trip chartered transportation on a “Gulfstream 450 or larger jet” as well as a presidential suite for Clinton and up to five other hotel rooms for her staff.
“Worst Commercial Ever” comes from St. Joseph, Missouri
Like most amazing things, Reddit unearthed this gem. Considering its 252,000 views and a Mashable link, you can call this one successful.
Saudi prince carjacked and robbed of $335,000 in Paris
The prince’s motorcade was attacked Sunday by 5-8 armed men. The thieves made off with a vehicle, 250,000 euros and sensitive documents. There were three people in the car that was stolen who were later let go. That vehicle, along with one of the BMWs used by the thieves, was later found torched.
The Expendables 3 disappointing in debut
With an estimated $16.2 million opening weekend, The Expendables 3 opened 43 percent behind the second installment in the franchise. Maybe word of mouth about these ridiculous things in the movie will help it in week two. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles brought in an estimated $28.4 million to take the weekend followed by Guardians of the Galaxy with $24.7 million. Let’d Be Cops was the top new movie of the weekend, finishing fourth with $17.7 million. Despite its awesomeness Step Up All In fell to $2.7 million in its second weekend. We’ll have more movie talk on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide.
Reese Witherspoon is White Girl Awesome
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