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Students accused of racism after wearing monkey, banana costumes at basketball game

Students at a New Jersey high school basketball game have come under fire for wearing costumes that critics are calling racist.

According to the Washington Post, the controversy began Feb. 18 at a game between Holy Spirit High School and Atlantic City High School in Atlantic City. Two Holy Spirit students performing in a skit on the sidelines wore monkey and banana costumes. The skit also involved students dressed as a cowgirl and bumblebee, Philadelphia's WCAU reports.

The majority of Atlantic City's team is African-American, according to WCAU.

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"I absolutely think it was offensive," Ricardo Belgrave told WCAU. "You should know when you're putting that costume on, it should come in your mind that this might offend African-American people."

League and Holy Spirit officials condemned the skit. Holy Spirit athletic director Jay Connell told the Press of Atlantic City that the students have been warned but will not be punished.

“I am not going to kick anyone out of school or whip anybody," Connell said. "All I can do is apologize; I can’t take it back."

Read more here.

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:40:36 -0500

Police investigate alleged sexual assault at NC State

Campus police at North Carolina State University are investigating a report of a sexual assault at a fraternity house.

Police said the victim was sexually assaulted at a party at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house Sunday morning.

No other details have been released.


Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:10:03 -0500

Reports: Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell dead at 46

R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell died Saturday, according to Danish media reports. She was 46.

The cause and place of death have not been confirmed.

"Bad things happened to the most innocent people," her brother, Brandon, wrote on Twitter. "My sister died in the most terrible way, and I'm in so much pain right now."

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Maxwell, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Brownstone, became famous in the '90s. She later pursued a solo career, Billboard reports.

Maxwell and her husband, Danish producer Carsten Schack, lived together in Los Angeles with their son, according to reports from Us Weekly and the New York Daily News.

Click here or scroll down to see how family, friends and fans remembered the singer on social media.

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:20:34 -0500

Gas prices on rise across nation

Gas prices continue to rise across the nation.

According to Gas Buddy, it now costs drivers $2.40 per gallon, which is an increase of 12 cents in the past week.

Analysts predict prices will jump another 15 cents next week.

Frigid weather and the transition to a more expensive cleaner summer blend are the reason for the hike.

In Charlotte drivers are paying $2.28 per gallon. That's just under the state average of $2.31 per gallon.

South Carolina has some of the lowest prices in the country right now at $2.12 per gallon.

Track gas prices in your area.

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:15:10 -0500

Obama plans trip to South Carolina, 48th state in office

President Barack Obama plans to get one step closer to visiting all 50 states while in office with a trip to South Carolina this week.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn says Obama plans to visit Benedict College in Columbia Friday.

The week also highlights the personal racial politics of the first black president's past and future as he plans Friday to make his first return to South Carolina since the 2008 primary campaign in which he and Hillary Rodham Clinton fiercely fought for the state's black voters. Obama's South Carolina event is tied to his 1-year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative aimed at improving the lives of young minority men, expected to be a continuing focus for the president after he leaves office.

Clyburn released a statement about the visit to Columbia in The State newspaper Sunday.

"I'm pleased to welcome President Barack Obama back to South Carolina," Clyburn said in a statement provided to the newspaper. He thanked "the Benedict College family for hosting President Obama's event with students and youth leaders."

The visit would leave just South Dakota and Utah on Obama's bucket list before he leaves office in January 2017.

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:54:25 -0500

Council could vote on controversial ‘non-discrimination’ ordinance

Nearly 100 people are expected to speak out about a controversial topic at Monday night’s Charlotte City Council meeting.

A proposed ordinance would define what public restrooms transgender people can use, but both sides say it's about more than just bathrooms.

There are also expected to be protests for and against the non-discrimination ordinance.

One of the more contentious issues in the plan is to allow gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to use whichever public restroom they choose without fear of discrimination.

Other parts of the ordinance would prohibit restaurants, taxi services, hotels, and other businesses from refusing to serve someone because of their sexual orientation.

Two groups announced they are rallying before Monday’s meeting.

One group supporting the ordinance will hold a news conference Monday morning.

Another group, "Don't do it Charlotte," plans to protest at 4 p.m.
   
This is something a human rights campaign has been working on for months. They and others Channel 9 spoke to say they want to expand the city's policy and say it’s all about equality,

But others say it goes against religious freedom.

“This ordinance is not a permission slip for predators. It's about the protections for LGBT people,” said Equality NC representative Crystal Richardson.

“We are praying that the city council will pass an ordinance that respects the constitutional right to the freedom of religion,” said Charlotte Catholic Diocese representative David Hains.

City leaders are anticipating a large crowd for Monday's meeting which starts at 6 p.m. at the Government Center. They have already set up an overflow room.

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:11:06 -0500

Ludacris, Eudoxie share baby news (PHOTO)

Another life change for Ludacris – he and new bride Eudoxie are expecting a baby.

The couple shared a photo on Instagram on Sunday that shows the Atlanta rapper and Eudoxie on a beach. Ludacris kisses her baby bump in the announcement similar to that of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

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Eudoxie posted the photo on her Instagram page with the caption, “Beautiful day on the beach.” Ludacris reposted the photo with the comment, “Beautiful day indeed.”

It is unclear when the photo was taken.

Ludacris, who just won custody of his 14-month-old daughter, Cai, also has a 13-year-old daughter, Karma, from a previous relationship.

He and Eudoxie wed over the holidays, seemingly within weeks of announcing their engagement.

Ludacris will be seen in "Furious 7," when it’s released April. 3. His long-awaited "Ludaversal" album is due March 31.

Beautiful day on the beach ☀️☀️

A photo posted by eudoxiee (Eh-dox-ee) (@eudoxiee) on

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:43:24 -0500

WATCH: Man covered in Mentos jumps into bathtub filled with Coke Zero

What happens when you cover yourself with Mentos and jump into a bathtub filled with 50 gallons of Coke Zero?

Thanks to YouTube user Hajime, we now have the answer, the Telegraph reports. Click here to watch his original video, which has received more than 6.1 million views.

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You also can watch an edited version of the video here.

Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:04:06 -0500

CMPD: 27-year-old man shot, killed at apartment complex

One person has died following a shooting at an apartment complex off of Central Avenue.

The shooting happened at Pepper Tree Apartments in the 3000 block of Timber Hollow Drive.

Police identified the victim as Justin Reid, 27.

IMAGES: Police investigate shooting at apartment complex

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they found Reid lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds.
 
Police said Reid was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not made any arrests in the case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:51:53 -0500

Parents found using drugs in van with children inside

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office arrested a couple who was reportedly found doing drugs at a gas station, with their children in the vehicle.

A FWC officer was pumping gas in Macclenny when he spotted a parked van that appeared suspicious.

The officer walked to the van and saw the driver, Richard Allan Nasworthy, 25, injecting drugs into his body.

Nasworthy and his girlfriend Anjanet E. Roy, 24, were both arrested.

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The couple had three children with them, their 1-year-old child who was using a tracheostomies or ventilator, and two other children, ages 3 and 4.

Authorities say the drug is roxy codone. The sheriff’s office says it comes in a pill form and people use a spoon to dissolve the pill, then put it into a syringe.

The children are now with their grandmother.

Nasworthy and Roy are charged with three counts of cruelty to a child, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and drug paraphernalia.

Nasworthy is also charged with driving on a suspended license and having no license plate registration tag on the van. 

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:28:40 -0500

Church offers reward for those willing to snitch

A local church is so concerned about a string of violent robberies in their community, they’re putting up $5,000 to help catch the criminals.

“Listen. The 'don't snitch rule' is not alive in our church. We gonna snitch. You do something wrong, you're going to jail. Read my lips, we are going to call the police,” said Pastor Kenneth Adkins.

It’s a message Brunswick pastor Kenneth Adkins wants to be heard loud and clear, “We want to send a message that we want our neighborhood safe and our church safe,” said Adkins.

Especially after a Winn Dixie and Sonic were robbed by a group of men, just right down the street from his church, “We believe if Winn Dixie was robbed right up the street, than our church and our businesses are next,” Adkins said.

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The Glynn County Police Department says a group of men, including both Kaleb Lawrence Gilmore, 20, andHampton Merchant Baker, 23, walked into the Winn Dixie with masks on and guns in their hands. They robbed the store twice onJan. 18th and Feb. 13th. Police say this time they ran across the street to this apartment complex, “It's not going to be tolerated in our neck of the woods,” Adkins said.

That’s why Adkins says they are offering a $5,000 reward to see the two men behind bars, “Regardless of race, color or gender it's important to get bad people off,” Adkins said.

Police tell Action News they already arrested Dakota Havle, 19 and Marquis Daniels, 21, from Brunswick, for their involvement with the string of robberies. 

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:55:03 -0500

2 displaced after Huntersville house fire

The Huntersville and Long Creek fire departments responded to a house fire on Hambright Road Sunday afternoon.

The fire was controlled within 10 minutes.

IMAGES: House fire in Huntersville

There were no injuries, but two residents were displaced.

The American Red Cross is assisting them.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:50:09 -0500

Authorities arrest 5 uptown over CIAA Tournament weekend

The City of Charlotte released its annual CIAA Tournament Report on Sunday.

The tournament took place Feb. 23-28 in various venues uptown, including the Convention Center and Time Warner Cable Arena. Event organizers estimate that more than 100,000 people attended events. This is the ninth year that Charlotte has hosted the tournament.

In 2014, the CIAA decided to keep the tournament in Charlotte for another six years and move its headquarters to Charlotte.

There were a total of five arrests in the center city area between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Sunday. Four of the arrests were alcohol-related and one was for trespassing.

The Charlotte Fire Department used five ATVs uptown to provide faster response time to tournament events. They also stationed up to nine teams of fire inspectors to respond to concerns, including overcrowding.

During the three nights of the tournament, ATV and inspection teams responded directly to 29 calls.

The release said police responded to two significant events. The first was a shooting at Label nightclub in the North Carolina Music Factory. Two people injured in the shooting were treated at Carolinas Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

On Sunday morning, officers responded to a stabbing after an altercation at Oasis Tent on North College Street. Both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Charlotte Area Transit System operated bus and extra LYNX Blue Line service in support of CIAA activities. CATS ridership results are typically available five to seven days after an event.

Solid Waste Services delivered over 200 barricades and 16 cones to assist with traffic control. Collection consisted of 175 garbage boxes and 150 recycling streamers.

Event cleanup was completed at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:07:47 -0500

Family says Purina dog food killed puppy

An Asheville, North Carolina family said Purina dog food poisoned their healthy puppy.

Sandi Boniello said she was feeding her 11-month-old German shepherd mix Purina's Beneful dog food.

One day she said he became sick and the vet diagnosed him with acute kidney failure.

Within days the puppy had to be put to sleep.

“When we have cases that don't make sense, when you have a dog that suddenly develops kidney failure ... that should raise some questions … Why did that happen?" said Dr. Randy Wetzel of Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital.
 
Boniello's claim comes as a class action was filed this month against Purina on behalf of about 3,000 pet owners.
 
They claim their dogs died under similar circumstances after eating Beneful.
 
Purina has not recalled the food and said the suit is baseless.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:43:47 -0500

Baltimore Ravens player driving 100 in 55 mph zone arrested for DWI, authorities say

A defensive back for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested Saturday on driving while impaired charges in Charlotte, according to investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Victor Hampton, 22, is facing DWI, speeding, reckless driving and open container charges.

Investigators said a trooper clocked a Camaro convertible traveling 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 77 near Westinghouse Boulevard at approximately 12:26 a.m. The trooper initiated his emergency equipment, and the Camaro was stopped about two miles down the interstate, near Arrowood Road.

Investigators said that as the trooper approached the Camaro, he saw two passengers attempting to hide firearms under the front passenger seat.

Hampton was identified as the driver of the Camaro. Investigators said the trooper conducted a DWI investigation and determined that Hampton’s blood-alcohol level was .10.  The legal limit in the state of North Carolina is .08.  Hampton was arrested and booked into the Mecklenburg County jail where he later posted bond.

Hampton is listed as a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens. The former University of South Carolina Gamecock signed with the NFL team earlier this year.

WSOC-TV has contacted the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens for comment.

Investigators said they cited the front-seat passenger for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.  The back-seat passenger was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:43:04 -0500

Highway patrol: Baltimore Ravens player driving 100 in 55 mph zone arrested for DWI

A defensive-back for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested on driving while impaired charges in Charlotte Saturday, according to investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Victor Hampton, 22, is facing DWI, speeding, reckless driving and open container charges.

Channel 9 was first to report the arrest Sunday.

Investigators said a trooper clocked a convertible Camaro traveling 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 77 north near Westinghouse Boulevard at approximately 12:26 a.m. The trooper stopped the Camaro about two miles down the interstate, near Arrowood Road.

Hampton was identified as the driver of the Camaro. Investigators said the trooper conducted a DWI investigation and determined Hampton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10. The legal limit in the state of North Carolina is 0.08. Hampton was arrested and booked into the Mecklenburg County jail where he later posted bond.

Investigators said two other men, identified as Maurice Thomas and Jamel Cadet, were passengers in Hampton’s vehicle and attempted to hide their weapons under the front passenger seat before the trooper approached them. Investigators said the weapons were confiscated and Thomas and Cadet were cited with carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon after consuming alcohol and open container charges.

Hampton is listed as a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens. The former University of South Carolina Gamecock signed with the NFL team in January 2015.  He has yet to play a game for the Ravens. 

Channel 9 reached out to the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens for comment.

The Ravens emailed the following: "We are just learning of the situation and attempting to find out more."

Hampton has been dismissed from teams throughout his career as a football player before, including getting kicked off the South Carolina football team for breaking unspecified team rules. Hampton was later reinstated.

Hampton attended two high schools in Charlotte, including Butler High School during his freshman year and Independence High School during his junior year, before moving to South Carolina. 

ESPN reports said he was arrested for underage drinking in Feb. 2010 and was arrested in April 2014 following an alleged dispute with his sister.

The investigation is ongoing.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:43:04 -0500

'Mr. White Sox' outfielder Minnie Minoso dies

Former Chicago White Sox outfielder and the team's first black player, Minnie Minoso, has died.

The White Sox confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "Tears of sadness are falling for a great man."

Minoso played 17 seasons in the Majors — 12 of those with the White Sox. He also had stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators.  

The outfielder made his Major League debut in 1949 with the Indians — a few short years after Jackie Robinson crossed the color line. Nicknamed the "Cuban Comet" and "Mr. White Sox," Miñoso earned seven All-Star appearances and three Gold Gloves during his decorated career. (Video via el Nuevo Herald

In a profile last year, when Miñoso was up for the Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era Award, Sports Illustrated described him as "a dynamite all-around ballplayer, a speedster with an excellent batting eye and considerable pop." 

Despite the lengthy resume, Minoso was never selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame — something that always irked him.

He told ESPN in an interview posted Friday, "Truly, I'm hurt. ... I've seen so many guys -- and all of my respect is for them -- get inducted (into Cooperstown), but my records are better. And I played more years. That's what's breaking my heart."

The president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum tweeted Sunday, "Minnie Minoso's historic career-from Cuba to the Negro Leagues to @mlb-is as important as any player in baseball history!"

Minoso's age is unconfirmed, with some reports saying 89 years old and others up to 92. As of Sunday morning, the cause of death had not been released.

This video includes images from Getty Images, John W. Iwanski / CC BY NC 2.0 and Bowman Gum / Public Domain.

 

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:00:26 -0500

Nurse Nina Pham suing hospital where she contracted Ebola

The first nurse to contract Ebola in the U.S. is now suing the hospital she says is responsible.

Nurse Nina Pham treated patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October last year. Duncan was the first patient in the U.S. confirmed to have Ebola and died days after tests came back positive. 

As one of his nurses, Pham is believed to have contracted the virus from him. She says the Dallas-area hospital failed to protect its staff, and she's worried about the long-term effects from the disease.

In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Pham said she wants to "make hospitals and big corporations realize that nurses and health care workers, especially frontline people, are important. And we don't want nurses to start turning into patients."

Pham said in the interview when she first started treating Duncan, she was unaware he had Ebola; she said she was one of the last to know when tests confirmed it. She also said the nurses treating him didn't have proper safety equipment, including hazmat suits. (Via USA Today / WFAA

Many other nurses have said much of the same.

Local nurses blamed sloppy protective protocol shortly after Pham contracted the virus.

National Nurses United criticized the hospital and other health officials about their treatment, saying Duncan was not isolated when first being treated, nurses never received in-person training, nurses' necks were exposed due to lack of hazmat suits, hazardous waste was piled to the ceiling and nurses generally felt unsupported. (Video via CBC)

Pham says her life has changed since contracting the virus. She still has body aches, trouble sleeping and is uncertain about what the future side effects could be from both the Ebola virus and the experimental drugs used to treat it.

Texas Presbyterian Hospital said in a statement to The Dallas Morning News: "Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time. We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter."

This video includes an image from Getty Images.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:58:35 -0500

Charlotte couple win contest for longest NC married couple

A Charlotte couple married for 77 years won a contest for the longest married couple in the state.

Daniel and Willie Williams said the secret to a long marriage was “clean living.”

“Keep your hands in God’s hands, and everything will be all right,” Daniel Williams said.

Daniel, 97, and Willie, 95, were recognized Sunday in a ceremony at First Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program, held the submission-based contest for the longest married couple.

The organization offers workshops to help couples develop a strong, Christian marriage.

Dale and Alice Rockey of Olathe, Kansas, were the longest married couple in the United States nominated in the contest. They have been married for 81 years.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:30:09 -0500

Family says Purina dog food killed puppy

An Asheville family said Purina dog food poisoned their healthy puppy.

Sandi Boniello said she was feeding her 11-month-old German shepherd mix Purina's Beneful dog food.

One day she said he became sick and the vet diagnosed him with acute kidney failure.

Within days the puppy had to be put to sleep.

“When we have cases that don't make sense, when you have a dog that suddenly develops kidney failure ... that should raise some questions … Why did that happen?" said Dr. Randy Wetzel of Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital.
 
Boniello's claim comes as a class action was filed this month against Purina on behalf of about 3,000 pet owners.
 
They claim their dogs died under similar circumstances after eating Beneful.
 
Purina has not recalled the food and said the suit is baseless.

Published: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:42:34 -0500