6 shot inside private bar on South Side, none fatally 3/4/2019

A shooting early Sunday morning at an exclusive night club in the South Shore neighborhood left six people wounded, all of whom are expected to survive.

The shooting unfolded at 3:43 a.m. inside a lounge that was closed to the public in the 2900 block of East 79th Street, according to spokespeople for the Chicago Police Department.

“This appears to be some type of fight that escalated,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Sun-Times.

A 24-year-old woman told detectives she heard gunfire erupt before feeling a bullet rip through her leg, police said.

She and a 26-year-old man, who was shot in the buttocks and grazed in the chest, were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.

Later that morning, four people who were also wounded in the bar shooting showed up at hospitals, police said.

Three men — two 25-year-olds and a 31-year-old — arrived at Jackson Park Hospital, police said. All three said they were dancing at the club when shots rang out and people started falling to the floor.

A woman, 29, took herself to Provident Hospital after being shot in the knee, police said.

All six people suffered wounds that weren’t thought to be life-threatening, police said.

On Sunday morning, Guglielmi announced that Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the club, its owners and the people who were there when the shooting happened.

One team of investigators is looking into whether the club’s license holders or attendees have any ties to gangs or organized crime, while another is investigating whether the building is up to code and the club’s licenses are in tact, Guglielmi said.

“Organized crime units & the CPD troubled buildings section will support the effort that will be led by the Commander of CPDs vice unit,” Guglielmi tweeted.

No one has been arrested as Area South detectives investigate the shooting.

Waukegan school district employee charged with sexually abusing 13-year-old girl 3/4/2019

A former employee of a Waukegan school district is facing felony charges after being arrested last month for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

On Feb. 19, members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 26-year-old Gabriel Valadez in Waukegan, according to Chicago police. Valadez, of Darien, was later charged with felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 13 years old, exploitation of a child under 13 and grooming.

Police said Valadez chatted with the young girl on FaceTime, instructing her to undress and perform sexual acts while he masturbated. Additionally, Valadez received nude photographs that showed the girl performing sex acts, police said.

When they met up in person, Valadez grabbed the girl’s hand and placed it on his crotch, police said.

From August 2017 until Monday, Valadez worked as an administrative assistant for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, according to district spokesman Nicholas Alajakis. He never worked in the district’s schools and had no contact with children, Alajakis said.

Valadez is being held without bail at Cook County Jail, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. His next court date was scheduled for March 12.

Jassy Correia left a Boston nightclub and was found dead days later. Now a suspect is facing charges. 3/3/2019

Louis D. Coleman III, the man arrested in connection with the kidnapping of 23-year-old Jassy Correia, will face multiple charges in Rhode Island, including failure to report a death, authorities said Friday.

The 32-year-old Providence resident was arrested in Delaware Thursday and is awaiting law enforcement to bring him back to New England.

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Black Woman-Owned Company Launches New Line of Dolls With Trendy Fashions 3/3/2019


Philadelphia, PA — A line of fashion dolls arrives on the scene, stunning, curvaceous, and impeccably dressed. What are they called? Beautiful Blessings. Since 2016, a growing number of girls, young women, and doll collectors are embracing these exquisite dolls with realistic proportions, designed and produced by Raveen James. The Beautiful Blessings Doll Company has now launched the doll’s full wardrobe, a collection of couture ensembles, elegant and trendy fashions and accessories.

I created the Beautiful Blessings Doll Collection to build self-esteem and confidence,” says Raveen. ”I wanted girls and women to own dolls that help them realize that they are beautiful inside and out.”

Dolls allow young girls to imagine themselves and the future they envision. From early childhood up until puberty and sometimes beyond, doll lovers can own upwards of ten fashion dolls. Their form becomes ingrained in children’s imaginations as the ideal body type during the early stages of development, which could easily distort their expectations when dolls have dimensions that are disproportionate and unrealistic.

It has been widely reported that 2/3 of women in the United States wear a size 14 or over. Not only is this populous underrepresented in the fashion and entertainment industries, but the representation of this demographic is scarce in the toy industry, as well. The most popular brand of the 11½-inch fashioned doll in the country is scaled to dimensions that would theoretically be impossible for a human counterpart, potentially contributing to an unhealthy self-image among girls and young women.

Girls and women are Beautiful Blessings that are divine creations. The need for representation, inclusion, and body positivity for fashion dolls has only recently become a point of interest in the toy industry. Meanwhile, Deborah, by being a fuller-figured fashion doll available for purchase online, made her bold debut in 2016.

“I created the Beautiful Blessings Doll Collection because I wanted to help girls love themselves and to reinforce that they are beautiful just as they are. Let’s put an end to young girls body-shaming each other, putting themselves down, or believing that they have to be half-dressed to be considered beautiful,” says Raveen. “These dolls are for them to see for themselves – they are already fully beautiful. And that’s what the Beautiful Blessings Doll is all about – owning who you are.”

The Beautiful Blessings Doll Company has partnered with As Seen On TV Toys. Beautiful Blessings commercials now air in Dallas on Nickelodeon, in Los Angeles on Lifetime Television, and will soon be shown in major cities around the country. Elegant and trendy fashions and accessories are available in a variety of styles and fashion-forward patterns. Each doll arrives with an extraordinary, empowering message. Sorority themed colors – Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta – are also available.

When asked, what is the appropriate age for this doll, Raveen replies, “Beautiful Blessings are perfect for any age. Because we’re never too old to play with dolls.”

Beautiful Blessings Dolls are available online. To purchase and learn more about the products, visit www.iamabeautifulblessing.com

The brand is also available at select boutique stores including Ms. Denise’s i-CANDY BOUTIQUE in Harker Heights, TX (254) 681-1772, C’est La Vie in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA (508) 681-6181, and also is looking forward to availability in large chain stores.

White Woman Calls Police On Black Man After His Dog ‘Humps’ Her Dog 3/2/2019

A dispute over one dog humping another prompted a woman to call the police on a black man in Massachusetts, according to dog owner Franklin Baxley.

In an interview with HuffPost on Friday, Baxley said he took his pitbull Dusse and his nephew’s dog to Attleboro Dog Park, where a woman called the police to report him because his dog was humping hers. An officer eventually arrived, but no citation was issued.

Baxley, a former attorney, posted several videos of the incident to Facebook on Thursday, where it has drawn nearly 1 million views. In the videos, the woman says into a cellphone that she is being “verbally assaulted” and later accuses Baxley’s dog of assaulting her dog.

“You’ve heard of Barbecue Becky ― because this is the newest one here,” he says to the camera as the woman appears to be on the phone with police. 

 

While defending his dog’s behavior, Baxley tells the woman, “I’ve seen every single dog hump another dog here.”

“Your dog keeps humping my dog and assaults,” the woman can be heard saying in another video.

“I asked you to leave because your dog was humping my dog. That’s the rules,” she says later after an officer arrives.

A third woman can be seen in the video telling Baxley his dog is behaving “inappropriately.” Baxley also continues filming the woman, who tells him to get away from her.

Meanwhile, the three dogs continue to play with each other with no apparent issues as both owners follow them. 

The videos have sparked a furor online. Critics of the woman have nicknamed her Dog Park Diane.

This is the latest case in an ongoing phenomenon of white people calling 911 to report on people of color who are doing ordinary things, including having a picnic, entering their apartments or babysitting.

Baxley said he let his two dogs out of his car to play inside the gated dog park, which at that time had no dogs inside, while he watched from his car. Later, the blond woman entered the park, prompting him to leave his car to be with his dogs. As the dogs greeted the woman’s dog, sniffing each other’s rear ends, Baxley said Dusse humped the woman’s dog, which made the woman “visibly frustrated.”

Baxley said he told his dog to stop and apologized to the woman. Then the woman asked Baxley to leave the park, a request that Baxley declined.

“She immediately says, ‘I’m going to call the police,’” Baxley told HuffPost. “She turned her back to me and picks up the phone and starts calling the police.”

Baxley said he believes the woman called the police because she was uncomfortable that he was black. He continued to film the woman and criticize her for making a big deal out of dogs humping at a dog park. 

“If I were white, I don’t think she’d call the police to gain any sort of advantage in this minor dispute about dogs humping at a park,” he told HuffPost.

A law enforcement officer later appeared at the park and told Baxley that he couldn’t leave his vehicle’s engine running, which was a “motor vehicle citation.” The officer also told Baxley that he shouldn’t have stood next to the woman to explain his dog’s behavior because that “could be considered an assault … even if you don’t touch the person.”

The Attleboro Police Department did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. 

Baxley said he believed the woman was being racist and accused her of using the police as a “weapon” against him because he is black.

“The way my anxiety is set up, I feel threatened whenever I’m confronted by the police,” Baxley said, referring to a comedian’s joke that he can relate to as a black man.

“I don’t think it’s unreasonable for a black man in America to feel uncomfortable around police officers given the current state of affairs in this country,” he added.

In recent yearsnumerous police shootings of unarmed black men have led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and sparked a number of high-profile protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the country.

Many argue that police still aren’t being held accountable for unnecessary violence and prejudice against black men. Baxley said this could be seen in the way the officer approached him.

“This is the America we live in, and it’s sad,” he told HuffPost. “It’s sad that this woman felt her first response to a conflict with a black man was to call the police when it’s completely minor and there is no crime being committed.”

Neither woman in the video has been identified, though Baxley said the brunette woman may have been a volunteer for the dog park. 

Bernie Sanders declines to back reparations 3/2/2019

The early 2020 Democratic primary has been occupied lately by a surprisingly polarizing question: Should the United States offer restitution to the descendants of slaves in the form of reparations? Already, several candidates — notably Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — have said yes.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) isn’t so sure.

“I think what we have got to do is pay attention to distressed communities: black communities, Latino communities, and white communities, and as president, I pledge to do that,” Sanders said when asked about the issue on ABC’s The View on Friday.

The View’s Sunny Hostin went on to press him further and ask if he would back reparations, in the form of money, explicitly.

“I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check,” he said in response.

This isn’t the first time Sanders has shied away from backing reparations. During a CNN town hall earlier this week, Sanders instead noted that he supports legislation from Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) that focuses federal resources on communities that have a high level of poverty.

Several 2020 candidates support reparations, but it’s not immediately clear what that means

For now, the definition of reparations in the 2020 context is murky. At the moment, reparations appear to be any policy a candidate is willing to call reparations. A recent New York Times story by Astead W. Herndon found Warren, Harris, and Booker backed “race-conscious policies” in some form. The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein followed this up by asking candidates directly if they supported “reparations.” Those three followed with yes, though it was unclear what the policy might actually look like.

As the Associated Press’s Errin Haines Whack writes, reparations have been “long defined as some type of direct payment to former slaves and their descendants,” but clearly to candidates that definition has become more amorphous.

Harris, for example, has told the news outlet the Grio that she sees the LIFT Act, a bill she proposed that would offer middle-class families a massive expansion of the earned income tax credit, as legislation that would “uplift 60 percent of black families in poverty.”

“When you look at the reality of who will benefit from certain policies … it will directly benefit black children, black families and black homeowners because the disparities are so significant,” she said.

A Booker representative has suggested that his baby bonds proposal, which would guarantee all newborns savings accounts in an effort to limit the racial wealth gap, could be a “form of reparations.” Warren, too, has highlighted legislation “that would provide help to minorities in making a down payment on a home,” Reuters reports.

Sanders indicated on Friday that he does not back a direct payment to descendants of slaves, but it’s increasingly unclear whether other 2020 candidates’ definition of “reparations” explicitly includes that either.