Former Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Who Was Wrongly Convicted of Murder Dies at age 76 of Prostate Cancer in Toronto, Canada

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former middleweight boxing contender who spent 19 year in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, has died in Toronto, Canada at the age of 76 from prostate cancer. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Rubin Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the shootings. His story was made famous by Denzel Washington in the 1999 movie, ‘The Hurricane’ and  the Bob Dylan’s 1975 song, ‘Hurricane’.  However, truth be known, there was much poetic Hollywood license and fiction in the movie. There was a bit to much of the softening of The Hurricane. But that being said, it does not change the fact that Rubin “Hurricane” Carter had been very wronged by the system. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy.

Carter, 76, died of complications from prostate cancer, Wahrer said.

“I always remember spending hours and hours with Rubin talking about the wrongful convictions,” she told CNN. “He was a great mentor and teacher. I felt very fortunate to have those times with him. … He lived a very full life.”

Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing in New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the shootings, did not receive fair trials and released them.

The Toronto Star: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter dead at 76.

His career as a prized, top middleweight boxer ended abruptly when he was wrongfully convicted of a 1966 triple murder in New Jersey. In 1985 a U.S. judge freed him, ruling that the prosecution had conducted “an appeal to racism rather than reason, concealment rather than disclosure.”

After he was released from prison Carter moved to the Toronto area, where he took up the cause to fight for those who are wrongfully convicted. In 1993 he helped establish the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, a Toronto-based non-profit.

Toronto lawyer James Lockyer, a founding director of the association said Carter “dominated the room with a mixture of power and humour and decisiveness.”

Lockyer said Carter forged close bonds with the wrongfully accused he worked to free, a lengthy list that included Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard and Steven Truscott.

“He brought such comfort to them and such inspiration to them to carry on the fight,” Lockyer said.

Whenever the association needed an advocate or a speaker, Carter was the natural choice, he said.

And now for a more truthful depiction of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, his career, the events of 1966 at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, the trial and aftermath … from ESPN Sports Century – Rubin Hurricane Carter.

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San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith Arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday … Stated “He Was in Possession of a Bomb”

49ers LB Aldon Smith in trouble again …

San Francisco 49er linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after making the comment that he had a bomb during a security screening. Smith was going through Terminal 1 as LAX screeneing when he was randomly selected for secondary screening. Smith then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and then made the cardinal sins of all sins at an airport and said, he was in possession of a bomb. Smith was then detained and taken into custody by airport police. Aldon Smith was transported to the Los Angeles Police Department where he was booked for felony false report of a bomb threat. The arrest was the latest in a string of arrests including the most recent on September  20 on a charge of driving under the influence. He was arrested on the same charge in January 2012.

It has been quite the busy week for the San Francisco 49ers and none of it has to do with football. First the allegations regarding QB Colin Kaepernick and now this.

VIDEO – TMZ Sports

Niners linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after claiming he had a bomb during a security screening, airport police said.

Smith, 24, made the threat after he was randomly selected for a second screening at about 2 p.m. as he went through the Transportation Security Agency checkpoint for Terminal 1.

“The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding toward the gate area,” Sgt. Karla Ortiz said in a statement.

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UPDATE I: Statement from 49ers.

“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith,” said Trent Baalke, 49ers general manager. “As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”

Colin Kaepernick Being Investigated for a Possible Sexual Assault, Also Ricardo Lockette & Quinton Patton Under Investigation (Police Report) … Could This be the Next Black Eye for the NFL? (Update: Kaepernick Responds in Tweets)

San Francisco 49er QB Colin Kaepernick may be the latest to commit an off the field personal foul.

Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for a possible sexual assault in Miami at the Viceroy Hotel on Brickell Avenue, as his name was connected with a sexual assault police report with the Miami Police Department. The incident is supposed to have occurred on April 1, 2014 when the unnamed woman went to the apartment of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, who played for the 49ers in 2012. Also at the apartment was Kaepernick and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton.

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Thursday was not full of good news for Colin Kaepernick, as his name was connected with a sexual assault information report with the City of Miami Police Department.

The news first surfaced via TMZ.com, who cited law enforcement sources that told them Kaepernick was being investigated for a possible sexual assault.

A Miami police spokesperson told CBSSports.com that police are following up on an information report that involves the 49ers quarterback.

In that report, a copy of which was obtained by CBSSports.com, a woman, whose name is redacted, states that on April 1, she went to the apartment of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, who played for the 49ers in 2012. At the apartment were Kaepernick and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton.

The woman states that the group “talked for a while and she mixed some drinks for all of them and gave them shots.” The woman states “they told her in order to drink the shots she had to ‘hit’ the bong which contained marijuana.”

The woman states she “started to feel lightheaded and went to a bedroom to lay down.” She says she “took off her jacket and jewelry” at which point “Mr. Kaepernick came behind her into the bedroom and started kissing her.”

She “advised that Mr. Kaepernick started to undressed [sic] her” and that “she got completely naked.”

At that point she claims Kaepernick left the bedroom and that “they did not have sex.” At that point in time, the woman claims Patton and Lockette “peeked” into the room and she yelled “What are you doing? Where’s Colin? Get out!”

TMZ – Colin Kaepernick Sexual Assault Investigation — 49ers QB Being Investigated.

The woman also claims she has had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past.

While cops only described the situation as a “suspicious incident” — it’s clear they are investigating an alleged sex crime, due to the fact the case was referred to the Special Victim’s Office, which handles sex crimes.

The woman’s name was redacted from the police report (which is usually done to protect the accuser in a sex-related crime) … but she was described as a “black” woman.

UPDATE I: The 49ers released a statement saying, “The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts.”

UPDATE II: Full Police report (pdf)

UPDATE III: Colin Kaepernick Responds … Says TMZ Is ‘Wrong!’, QB Tweets About Miami Police ‘Suspicious Incident’ Investigation.

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 Twitter: Colin Kaepernick – @Kaepernick7

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is taking to social media to respond to a police incident report naming him as a “suspect” in a suspicious incident, and responding to stories on TMZ that continue to refer to it as a “sexual assault” investigation.

Kaepernick writes in three tweets, “The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I’ve seen are completely wrong.  They make things up about me that never happened.”

The next tweet reads, “I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but  I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up.”

The third tweet, “I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced.”

UCONN HUSKIES … BEST IN SHOW!!! UCONN Huskies Win Mens College Backetball Championship 60-54 over the Kentucky Wildcats

UCONN HUSKIES … BEST IN SHOW!!!

#7 seed University of Connecticut Huskies defeat the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54

UCONN guard Shabazz Napier was the best player on the court tonight as he lead the Huskies to a 60-54 victory over Kentucky and its five starting freshmen before 79,238 at AT&T Stadium in North Texas. The UCONN backcourt of Napier and Ryan Boatright were in control the whole way as the Huskies never trailed. Napier had 22 points and six rebounds. Boatright had 14 points and three assists. In the end, the more mature, fundamentally sound UCONN Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcat “one and doners”. Not to mention free throw shooting killed Kentucky. It was the 4th Men’s basketball championship, adding to their school titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011. Shabazz Napier was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

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Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece Monday night to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and a national title hardly anyone saw coming.

Napier had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock-down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.

UConn (32-8) never trailed. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29-11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left. But Aaron Harrison, Kentucky’s big-moment shooter in the last three games, missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that would’ve given the `Cats the lead. Kentucky never got closer.

One key difference in a six-point loss: Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws — a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, and when Lasan Kromah made his last two with 25.1 seconds left for a six-point margin, the celebration was on.

In all, Calipari’s One and Doners got outdone by a more fundamentally sound, more-seasoned group that came into this tournament a seventh-seeded afterthought but walked away with the program’s fourth national title since 1999. They were the highest seed to win it all since Rollie Massimino’s eighth-seeded Villanova squad in 1985.

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MARCH MADNESS, Sore Losers Edition … University of Arizona Students Riot & Rampage After Wildcats Lose to Wisconsin Badgers in Elite 8, 15 Arrested on Charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest & Unlawful Assembly

College students behaving badly … Today’s lesson, there are consequences to foolish actions and  … it’s just a game!

Following the University of Arizona’s loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in OT, 64-63, hundreds of individuals filled the streets and many fans went on a violent rampage throwing battled and firecrackers. As reported at the Tucson Sentinel, after what TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan called a “reasonable amount of time,” officers told the crowd that they would be arrested if they remained. Instead of disbursing, the fans threw beer bottles and firecrackers at the officers. Police responded with pepper spray, canisters and balls at the large crowd. The crowds can be heard in the video below chanted “police brutality” during the clash with police officers. In the end, 15 people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly.

Some fans went on an angry rampage, lobbing bottles and firecrackers outside the University of Arizona late on Saturday after the school’s basketball team narrowly lost to the University of Wisconsin in an NCAA tournament game, police said.

Tucson police in riot gear used pepper spray on the unruly crowd and arrested 15 people on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful assembly, a police statement said.

Three of those arrested suffered minor injuries, police said. Rioters threw bottles and other objects at police and their vehicles but no officers were hurt. Police said hundreds of people filled the streets after the game, but it was not clear how many were involved in the melee.

The Left & Blacks Become Unhinged Over Lakers Kobe Bryant’s Comments on Trayvon Martin Case … He Doesn’t Support Defending Someone Just Because They are Black

The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is about to feel the wrath of what happens when you do not go along with the “black/left” company line …

In an interview with The New Yorker, Kobe Bryant discussed his reaction to when members of the Miami Heat wore “hoodies” in Trayvon Martin’s memory saying he admitted he’s not comfortable with the idea of being compelled to defend someone just because they’re black. Trayvon Martin was the black teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. After a long, divisive and contentious trial, Zimmerman was found “not guilty” of murder. Although the part of the interview that discusses the Trayvon Martin passages are only available to subscribers, the money lines were reprinted at The Blaze and Mediaite.

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Discussing the divisive Trayvon Martin case in an interview with The New Yorker, NBA star Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t support defending someone just because they are black.

He appeared to be referring to the aftermath of the shooting death of Martin. Many people and political commentators seemingly rushed to assume George Zimmerman was guilty of murder before a trial ever occurred. One of the topics discussed was how members of the Miami Heat wore hoodies in Martin’s memory two years ago.

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me,” Bryant said. “So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

Who knew Kobe Bryant was a racist? [sarcasm intended].

And the Left & Blacks expressed their outrage on Twitter for one black man’s opinion that color should not be the issue, the facts should. Hmm, you mean support for Trayvon was not racial solidarity, Really? It was a tragic set of events where two people should have never crossed paths, but everything about the George Zimmerman – Trayvon martin case was racial, down the the media doctoring 911 tapes and Zimmerman being referred to as a “white” Hispanic. And there is nothing racial when  the Revs. Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson are on the scene. Add the NBPP as well putting a bounty on Zimmerman’s head. Yup, no racial solidarity before a JURY SPOKE WHAT-SO-EVER.

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UPDATE I: Kobe Bryant Responds To Backlash Over Controversial Trayvon Martin Comments.

I guess if Barack Obama had a son, it would not be Kobe Bryant.

A Lesson This Hockey Fan Will Hoepfully Never Forget .. Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Bang on the Glass with Players Near

This should be a lesson to children and adults alike … banging on the glass at a Hockey game has it’s consequences.

A Hockey fan was at a Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens NHL game on Thursday pounding on the plexiglass when … well just watch for yourself and enjoy the many extra angles and close-up replays. Of course in this day and age of over-litigious actions, look for the parents to sue for assault. We do hope the kid was okay and remember, stay away from the glass.

Hat Tip – The Daily Dot

STOP WITH THE SHILLING OF OBAMACARE … Obama Team Uses March Madness to Sell Health Care Plan

These people will find a way to destroy anything fun … Obamacare Bracketology … STOP THE MADNESS!!!

As if Obamacare is not already the most over-marketed product ever. Now the Obama administration are launching a new marketing campaign wrapped around the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments. Seriously? First of all, Obama should not be filling out NCAA brackets. I would like to think that the President of the United States might have more important things to do. At least, he better! Also, stop attempting to pick winners and losers. With your track record, it has been mainly losers. Could we Americans just have something that is free from Obamacare? Please, we beg you!!!

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For the Obama administration, March Madness is another chance to press young people — particularly young men — to sign up for health care.

Health care officials are launching a new marketing campaign wrapped around the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments that start this week.

Starting Monday, Obama, some of his aides and celebrity athletes who back the health care plan will conduct interviews, make public service ads and use social media appeals as a key deadline looms on March 31.

Citing the popularity of college basketball during the tournament season known as March Madness, White House senior communications adviser Tara McGuinness said, “We’re putting on a full-court press to remind our fellow fans that there are two weeks left to sign up for quality, affordable health insurance.”

The Murder Trial of South African Amputee Track Star Oscar Pistorius (The Blade Runner) Accused of Killing Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Begins Today … Neighbor Testifies, ‘Bloodcurdling Screams’ the Night of the Killing (LIVE FEED)

The long awaited murder trail of Oscar Pistorius begins today in South Africa …

This morning, South African amputee track star Oscar Pistorius, otherwise known as the “Blade Runner” pleaded not guilty in court to the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the Valentine’s Day 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

WATCH LIVE FEED OF TRIAL HERE.

Follow the murder trial HERE at the UK Telegraph.

CNN: Pistorius neighbor testimony - ‘Bloodcurdling screams’ the night of the killing.

Talk of “bloodcurdling screams” and shots in the night took center stage Monday in the first day of testimony in the murder trial of South African amputee track star Oscar Pistorius, who killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last year.

“Something terrible was happening at that house,” Michelle Burger testified.

“Her shouts, her screams were petrifying,” she said later.

Burger was the only witness Monday in a trial that is expected to last a few weeks. Testimony was scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.

Under questioning by prosecutors, Burger told the court that she heard a woman’s screams and a man yelling for help.

“Just after 3, I woke up from a woman’s terrible screams,” she said. “Then I also heard a man screaming for help. Three times he yelled for help.”

UPDATE I: LIVE FEED OF TRIAL BELOW:

VP Joe Biden Said What to Audiance During Celebration of African-American History Month … “Just Remember I May Be a White Boy, But I Can Jump.”

The Obama administration Court Jester is at it again …

What else would Vice President Joe Biden say to an audience at the Naval Observatory during a celebration of African-American History Month, why this of course … “I may be a white boy, but I can jump!” Wow really, I guess this is Biden’s way of disproving the 1990′s movie.  But the reaction is, that is just Joe being Joe and “classic Biden”. It is obvious that Barack Obama brings Biden out of the witness protection program every so often to take the media’s and America’s attention off of the fiasco of his presidency and focus on Biden’s comedic act. Imagine if a Republican had said the same? Yeah, me neither.

Oh, by the way the Obamacare enrollment numbers are far lower than predicted and needed for sustainability.

From The Weekly Standard:

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception Tuesday night at the Naval Observatory in honor of African-American History Month. The vice president’s office was expecting about 150 people, and spotted in the crowd were: Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (“I told the president, next game, I’ve got him,” Biden said of the former NBA star, “I may be a white boy, but I can jump”), senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, AFSCME president Lee Saunders, Columbia SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and National Black Caucus of State Legislators president Joe Armstrong.

EXIT QUESTION: Does anyone rally think that Joe Biden is a serious Democrat presidential candidate for 2016? The White House does not even let him near the microwave, let alone the nuclear launch codes. As many have said, the only reason why Barack Obama has never been impeached is because Joe was next in line.

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