Confederate Statue surrounded by a barricade after a suspected drunk driver crashed into it.
Close up of damage sustained from the crash
Damage sustained from the crash
The Statue as it stood prior to the crash Saturday
The plaque that was dislodge as a suspected drunk driver crashed into the confederate statue located on the campus of Ole Miss
Another angle of the damage sustained by the monument when a suspected drunk driver crashed into it
Saturday night a suspected drunk driver crashed into the confederate monument located on the University of Mississippi’s campus.
The two occupants of the vehicle were transported to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries and the driver was charged with DUI.
The statue received some damage to the decorative base but still stands. The plaque that was added in 2016 to add historical context to the monument was knocked loose. According to police the plaque and other debris was removed from the scene and is in the possession of Facilities Management until the pieces can be replaced.
The campus police department is handling the investigation and tweet shortly after the incident. The crash is believed to be unintentional despite the growing controversy surrounding confederate statues.
On Wednesday, the Olympic Committee formally announced that the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics would be hosted in Paris and Los Angeles respectively.
Paris and Los Angeles were the last two cities in the running for the bids after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest pulled out due to financial concerns.
According to researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the overrun cost of the 2016 Olympics was $1.6 billion. Both Paris and LA have most of the facilities needed for the games reducing the cost of hosting the Olympics.
Los Angeles’ planning committee estimates the cost to be around $5.3 billion.
The last time Paris hosted the Olympics was in 1924 and 2024 will mark the city’s 100 year anniversary of hosting the Olympics. The 2024 Olympics will be the third time Paris has hosted the event adding them to the exclusive list of three timers with London.
Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984. The 2028 will be LA’s third has hosted the events adding them to the list with London and Paris.
The U.S. has hosted the Olympics nine times making it the most of any country. The last times it hosted the summer games was in 1996 in Atlanta and it hosted the winter games in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
A joint resolution condemning the violence in Charlottesville was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and reached the president’s desk Tuesday.
“No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God,” said President Donald Trump as said in USA Today. “We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. As one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.”
The bill, which the president signed Thursday, calls the death of Heather Hayes an act of domestic terrorism and openly denounces groups such as white nationalist, white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, neo-nazis and other hate groups. The bill also calls for the president and his administration to denounce all hate groups and to use all resources available to address the growing number of hate crimes.
The bill calls for Jeff Sessions to work with the Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and associated groups in order to determine if any criminal laws have been violated and to prevent those groups from fomenting and facilitating additional violence and to work with the FBI to improve the reporting of hate crimes.
The bill also sends condolences to the families of those who lost their lives on Aug. 12 and those who were injured.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted the government’s request to block a lower courts ruling that said the administration cannot prevent refugees who are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or have formal assurances from resettlement agencies.
Hawaii is currently suing the Trump Administration over the travel ban, which prevents citizens from six muslim majority countries and momentarily halts the country’s refugee resettlement plan.
Earlier this month, the 9th circuit prevented the administration from denying entry to grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended members of the family.
“Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents,” Judge Derrick Watson wrote. “Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members. The government’s definition excludes them. That simply cannot be.”
The Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the travel ban on Oct. 10.
The administrations 90 day travel ban will expire in late September and the 120 day ban will end a month later in October.
Currently if you are not a U.S. citizen and have a relative here, have been admitted into an American university or have been hired by a U.S. employer, you can probably still get a visa. Although, relationships with entities must be formal, documented and must be organic. The justices wrote that an immigrant non-profit organization could not simply add a foreign national to a client list just so they can come to the U.S.
The current travel ban would not block people at U.S. airports like the original travel ban but instead deny them a visa.
Washington Post – What the Supreme Court’s ruling means
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In a speech giving at George Mason University last Thursday, Betsy Devos announced the Department of Education would review an Obama era directive on how universities should address sexual assault.
Under Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 schools that receive federal funding are required to provide a safe learning environment safe from sexual assault or any other from of sex discrimination. The Obama era directive gave clear guidelines to how sexual assault cases should be handled by schools and universities and seeks to create an environment where victims are more likely to come forward.
Devos argued that the previous administration weaponized the civil rights department and failed to give the accused due process. She also stated that the current Department of Education would replace the current system with a “workable, effective and fair system” that more explicitly takes into account the accused’s rights.
Candice E. Jackson, the top civil rights at the Department of Education cited the accounts of several people who were “falsely” accused such as the student who was expelled after he put the “made up” name Sarah Jackson as the answer to a question asking who his lab instructor was. Sarah Jackson turned out to be a model and he was cited for giving an “inappropriate” answer that was intended to paint the instructor as a sex object.
Dr. Jaime Harker, director of the Sarah Isom Center For Women and Gender Studies and Professor of English is worried about what this could mean for Title IX.
“Part of this is a perception problem,” Harker said. “When they’ve done studies, there are a lot of folks that think that most rape accusations that are false and that this is all trumped up. What I know from statistics is that a vast majority of women and men who are sexually assaulted don’t report it. That there are way more assaults than we see convictions.”
Since the 2011 directive many groups have come forward to defend the accused. Former Mississippi Senator Trent Lott is defending fraternities that feel like men are being unfairly targeted by this directive.
“To be fair they may honestly believe that these are trumped up false charges that they need to get legal protection from,” Harker said. “That may very well be their motivation, but I really believe making sure that consent is a value that is held accross all these organizations is a better way to address this.”
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Tuesday Apple unveiled their new Iphones which are set to be released this fall. The Iphones unveiled Tuesday include the Iphone 8 and 8 plus and the Iphone X. Pre-orders for the Iphone 8 models begin Sept. 15 while preorders for the Iphone X model begin Oct. 27.
The Iphone 8 models are similar to their predecessors in design except they are slightly larger sport an all-glass design meaning the front and back are glass. According to Apple, the glass used is some of the most durable glass to ever be used on a smart phone. The phone also sports a color‑matched, aerospace‑grade aluminum band.
The camera on the Iphone 8 models get a slight upgrade with a new sensor that is faster and larger. The retina display now sports True Tone technology which automatically adjusts white balance to match the light around you.
The new Iphone model also adds augmented reality powered by a A11 Bionic chip which according to Apple is the most powerful chip ever put in a phone. The chip is said to be capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. The CPU is supposed to be 70 percent faster than the A10 fusion chips in the Iphone 7. The Iphone 8 model’s battery life is supposed to be similar to their predecessor although a second‑generation performance controller will provide more power when you need it.
The Iphone 8 models will also add wireless charging to its resume. The phone is water and dust resistant and will come with IOS 11.
The Iphone X which comes out after the iphone 8, will sport all of the same features of the Iphone 8 models while adding a few more. The Iphone X will be slightly larger than the Iphone 8 with a 5.8-inch all-screen OLED Multi‑Touch display. The Iphone X entire front is a screen and ditches the home button and touch ID for Face ID which uses a TrueDepth camera to identify your face from millions of others. The Face ID can adapt to changes in your appearance over time and can’t be unlocked with a photo as it uses depth perception to identify facial features.
The TrueDepth camera can also be used to make yourself an emoji with the new Animoji feature on available on the Iphone X. A new portrait selfie mode also allows for pictures with blurred backgrounds on the Iphone X models.
The IPhone X model uses a simple swipe up to take the user back to the home screen versus a home button. The battery life on the X model last about two hours longer than the Iphone 7.
The Iphone 8 starts at $699. The Iphone 8 plus starts at $799. The Iphone X starts at $999
Apple Iphone 8
Apple Iphone X
On Monday Aug. 28, the city of Atlanta unveiled a statue dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. on its state capitol grounds.
The statue was unveiled on the 54th anniversary of King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech. It comes three years after Georgia lawmakers endorsed the statue.
The King statue shares the capitol grounds with statues of Confederate general and alleged Ku Klux Klan leader John Brown Gordon and U.S. Sen. Richard Russell, who strongly opposed the civil rights legislation King advocated for.
Currently a Georgia state law prevents the removal of any publicly owned monument dedicated to military service whether it be for the United States or the confederate states.
Its been a very long time with out football and for many people like myself its been a very long time with all the offseason news. I’m a student at the University of Mississippi or Ole Miss so naturally I’m a fan of the SEC and I would like to say we as a conference look a lot better this time around this year than we did this time last year or for a lot of teams, they look better than they did at any point last year. I know its only week 1 and not too much can be drawn from performances this early but there was still some great football this past weekend.
Alabama looks like the sheer powerhouse that they always do looking to make another great championship run as they seek to redeem themselves after a hard fought battle that ended with Clemson taking home the Championship trophy after a few crucial pick plays.
(If you look at the receiver on the outside you see he didn’t even make an effort to get open and that his purpose in this play was solely to disrupt the defense.)
LSU looks like a team that could give Alabama a run for their money this year in the SEC west. During their game against BYU this weekend they didn’t allow their offense to cross the 50 yard line. As an Ole Miss Fan that’s not settling to hear but as a fan of the SEC and some good football that is great to hear and I really look forward to a great match up between LSU and Bama Nov. 4.
Mississippi State played excellently in week 1 also. It could be the fact that they played Charleston Southern but either way they put up 49 points and didn’t allow the opposition to score any. I have Mixed feelings about Missouri, they played Missouri State and allowed them to get 43 points but they also scored 72 points and Drew Lock broke a record with 7 touchdowns so I’m not sure if that’s more due to good offense or bad defense. Either way we will find out this weekend when the Tigers face off against the Gamecocks in Columbia.
Ole Miss surprised me this weekend after a turbulent offseason I wasn’t expecting us to be much competition this year and their performance this weekend really silenced some of my doubts. Shea Patterson made some good plays with his feet and our wide receiver corps proved why they are in the talk as one of the great wide out groups in the league. Our opponent was South Alabama so our win was expected but I’m skeptical of how that will transfer over in conference play as I’m sure at least two or three of our big catches would have been broken up by a skilled defense like Alabama or LSU. Against Texas A&M I’m confident we’ll be able to get those same passed and probably even a few more but against a real team like Vanderbilt or MSU I’m a little worried.
Speaking of Texas A&M, they showed their love for the cinnamon challenged when they choked a 34 point lead in the second half. After A&M’s starting quarterback got injured the game slowly started to get away from them. four and out after four and out eventually lead to a late game comeback lead by UCLA’s Josh Rosen who really rose to the challenge and carried his team to the promise land with some excellent passing through out the second half.
Tennessee and Georgia Tech had an excellent match up during week one with a game that went into double overtime before being decided by a failed 2-point conversion from Georgia Tech. They took the Arkansas approach and it didn’t pay off in the end.
Clemson showed they are looking to take the ACC again this year. Despite losing Deshaun Watson to the draft over the summer Clemson doesn’t seem to be hurting offensively. They destroyed Kent State but this weekend they get to put their skills to test against Auburn.
Another team that disappointed this passed week was Baylor as they lost to Liberty 45 – 48 so I don’t think the TCU/Baylor battle will carry the same bearing this year unless Baylor makes a tremendous comeback by November.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. better know by his stage name, Lil Wayne, has been released from the hospital following a pair of seizures that left him unconscious in his hotel room in Chicago Sunday.
The seizures are reportedly due to a lack of sleep. Sources told TMZ Lil Wayne was going out after shows. Then he would go straight to the studio with no sleep in between.
Wayne who has been hospitalized for seizures in the pass is epileptic.
“Like, this isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure,” Wayne revealed on NME. “I’ve had a bunch of seizures, y’all just never hear about them”
Following his hospital visit, Wayne plans to follow the doctors orders and take a two week break from touring to get some long overdue rest and relaxation.
Wayne’s next performance is scheduled for Sept. 23 and he is expected to be there.
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A movement in Jackson, Mississippi is working to remake the way the city governs, feeds, and runs itself in order to serve the black community.
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