LISTEN: Rosa Parks’ niece refutes comparison of United Airlines passenger to civil rights hero (BCNN, 04/16/17)

1. According to TMZ, one late civil rights pioneer will always be remembered for her decision of refusing to give up her seat on an Alabama bus which lead to the Montgomery boycott. The lawyer for Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was forcibly removed from United flight 3411, compared his client’s incident to that of Rosa Parks and that has certainly raised some eyebrows. Particularly, those of Rosa Parks’ niece, Urana McCauley. In an interview with TMZ, McCauley told the media source that “what happened to Dao on the United flight is wrong and unfortunate, but it’s by no means even remotely close to what my aunt endured as a civil rights pioneer.”

2. According to the Associated Press, robbery was the motive that led to the killing of a criminal court judge outside his Chicago home, police said Wednesday. Joshua Smith, 37, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and obstruction in the shooting death of Associate Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Myles, said Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples. Myles received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He was appointed to the court in 1999. Circuit court judges appointed him an associate judge in 2001 and Myles had served in the criminal division since 2009, according Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans. The FBI is working with Chicago police on the investigation into Myles’ shooting, and is offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case.

3. According to Reuters, Pennsylvania’s high court has rejected Bill Cosby’s latest appeal in his sexual assault case, ensuring the 79-year-old comedian will face trial in June. Cosby’s lawyers had argued that Montgomery County prosecutors violated his rights by refusing to call his accuser, Andrea Constand, as a witness at his preliminary hearing in May 2016. The decision to introduce her allegations through police detectives who took her statement in 2005 robbed Cosby of his right to cross-examine Constand, his attorneys said. But the judge who will preside over the trial, Steven O’Neill, ruled the case could move forward, a decision that was upheld by a mid-level appeals court. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear Cosby’s last-ditch appeal.

4. According to the Associated Press, the author of “Hidden Figures” is setting her next book around two prominent African-American households in mid-20th century Baltimore. Viking told The Associated Press on Monday that it had a two-book deal with Margot Lee Shetterly that will continue her quest to tell of African-Americans who have been overlooked by historians. The first book centers on the Murphy family, which owned a leading African-American newspaper in Baltimore, and the Adamses, who were influential philanthropists and investors. The book doesn’t yet have a title or release date. No details were available for the second book. The best-selling “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” was adapted into the Oscar-nominated movie of the same name.

5. According to the Christian Post, Cheryl Fortune’s new Billboard charting single, “Fighters,” highlights her domestic abuse battle with husband James Fortune, a gospel singer. The Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter put her heart to song with her solo debut, “Fighters,” and it has now made its way on the prestigious Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. Landing at No. 28, the empowering anthem is meant to inspire women who have experienced domestic violence as she has. The music video for “Fighters” takes the concept even further and while highlighting domestic abuse it also sheds light on sex trafficking, suicide and addiction. “Fighters” paves the way for her upcoming solo album debut which has not yet been titled. The full release is expected this summer.

6. According to Reuters, the Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled a statue on Saturday honoring trailblazer Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first African American player. On the 70th anniversary of Hall of Famer Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Dodgers, all of baseball celebrated the annual Jackie Robinson Day with every player, coach, manager and umpire donning Robinson’s No. 42 jersey, which was retired by MLB in 1997. Ahead of their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers held a ceremony to unveil a statue depicting Robinson sliding into home plate. Robinson’s wife Rachel and children Sharon and David were in attendance along with a host of Dodgers legends.

7. According to Sports Illustrated, former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders, reports Michael Silver of NFL Media. Rumors have been circulating all offseason about the Raiders and Lynch’s mutual interest in making a deal happen. Lynch is from Oakland and starred at Cal in college. The Raiders lost starting tailback Latavius Murray to the Vikings in free agency. Lynch, 30, last played in the NFL during the 2015 season with the Seahawks, appearing in seven games.

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