Death of 19-year-old woman shot on Detroit porch ruled homicide

From NBC News:

An autopsy report on a 19-year-old woman, who was shot and killed on a front porch in Detroit, determined that she was shot in the face, and a medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday.

Renisha McBride was shot on Nov. 2 with “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to a report released by the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

McBride’s family said that she had gotten into a car accident and was shot by a man whose house she approached in an attempt to seek help. The external portion of the autopsy report said McBride’s clothing was wet.
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The 54-year-old homeowner’s lawyer, Cheryl Carpenter, told The Detroit News that her client woke up in the middle of the night fearing someone was trying to break into his house.

Still, McBride’s family insists the 54-year-old’s actions were racially-charged.

The Best Books To Read

Are the ones that an asshat of a parent tries to ban:

A mother upset by the selection of a young-adult novel that deals frankly with life on an American Indian reservation is asking School District 2 for a second time to remove the novel from its required reading list.

The book, Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” winner of the 2007 National Book Award, is on the list of required reading for sophomore English classes in SD2 and is taught in some classrooms.

A committee of SD2 trustees will discuss the book and its place in the classroom during a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Lincoln Center board room.

Gail Supola first brought her concerns over the book’s content to Skyview High’s principal, Deb Black, in May. Black directed Supola to Kim Anthony, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

Community members with concerns about books, films and other media being used in the classroom may file an official request with Anthony’s office that a specific text be reviewed.

‘Opt-out’ policy

The district also has an “opt-out” policy to replace one book or movie with another for students who find a specific text objectionable.

In her request to the district last May, Supola wrote that Alexie’s book is “filled with racial slurs, inappropriate language, sexual innuendo, and explicit sexual descriptions. This book does nothing to educate our children about the positives in Native American life, culture, traditions, beliefs and abilities.”

40 Armed Gun Advocates Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence In A Restaurant Parking Lot

From Think Progress:

On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a membership meeting for the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun safety advocacy group formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — “pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.” The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of “inciting a riot” and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.