Police Are Calling The Attack A Hate Crime
UPDATE: Follow the latest on this breaking news story here. Nine people were killed in a shooting at historic Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night by a lone gunman, described as a cleanshaven white man around 21 with sandy blonde hair. No motive is currently known about the incident -- which took place during weekly bible study -- and which police are calling it a hate crime against one of the nation’s oldest black congregations, founded in 1865 by worshippers fleeing racism. The attack took the life of, among others, church pastor and State Sen. Clementa Pickney, 41, though authorities say the shooter apparently left one woman alive so she could tell others what happened.
Did The Donald Drop Some Grants To Fill The Room?
"The Apprentice" star Donald Trump, who is "very rich," reportedly paid some out of work actors $50 apiece to cheer for him at his presidential announcement on Tuesday. The event, which Trump noted was much more well-attended than the sweaty, nearly empty announcements by his Republican White House rivals, was stocked with extras who reportedly got an email from Extra Mile Casting on Friday looking for people to "wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement." A Trump spokesperson denied the story.
Mark Zuckerberg Is Paying Tuition For 400 Undocumented Students
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making the dream come true for hundreds of undocumented Bay Area students. The billionaire Internet entrepreneur said he and wife Priscilla Chan are donating $5 million for scholarships to TheDream.US, whose mission is to help students born outside the U.S. pay for their education because as non-citizens they can't access student loan programs. In 2010, the University of Texas reported that there were more than 2.2 million undocumented students in the U.S., with only 10 percent attending college, many of who were facing deportation until President Obama passed the temporary Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals bill.
Quick Take 1: Argentina has had enough. An Argentinian congresswoman has introduced a bill in Congress that would make catcalling an offense punishable by up to $775 in fines. "In Argentina, street harassment is something that is widely accepted and women are subjected to hearing all kinds of comments about our bodies and our sex beginning at a young age," Congresswoman Victoria Donda told Fusion. "To change that, we have to put the issue out there for discussion." The bill was inspired, in part, by a video 20-year-old Aixa Rizzo posted describing her consistent harassment by construction workers near her house.
Quick Take 2: Really, dudes? Three New York postal workers were charged with mail fraud after authorities allege they wrote letters posing as underprivileged children to the 103-year old Operation Santa Christmas charity looking for a visit from Santa. The best part? They made multiple copies of the letters to increase the chance that their holiday wishes would be fulfilled. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, they managed to get laptops, iPads, a printer, headphones, boots, clothes and bedding as part of their scheme. Two of the men allegedly took it a step further and replaced the mailing addresses of legitimate children with their own.