PODCAST: Missing Georgia College Student Found Dead (BCNN1 11.10.19)

According to Daily Mail, An Georgia college student who went missing last month was found dead on Friday and authorities have identified two suspects. The body of Alexis Crawford, a 21-year-old senior at Clark Atlanta University, was found in a park in Dekalb County off of Columbia Drive in Atlanta. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said in a press conference that authorities were led to the body by Crawford’s friend and roommate, Jordyn Jones. This has prompted investigators to identify Jones, 21, as a possible suspect in the death of Crawford. Jones initially told officers she had last seen Crawford on October 30 at her off-campus apartment located 1.3 miles from campus. Investigators have also named Jones’ boyfriend, 21-year-old Barron Brantley, a suspect in the case.

According to The Daily Wire, On Thursday, NFL legend Burgess Owens announced that he will be running to represent Utah’s 4th Congressional District as a Republican in 2020. Owens, whose work outside the NFL has been focused on youth advocacy, made a splash in May when he penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he spoke out against reparations for African Americans, a topic that has recently been given a national spotlight. In June, Owens appeared before Congress, along with several other African Americans, including Quillette’s Coleman Hughes, and once again explained his position against reparations. He said in an interview with the Daily Wire, “My thing right now is that I would love to have our country go back to those basic days in which we respected people, respected our country, believed in God no matter how we worship Him, but knew that our country was based on Judeo-Christian values. That was a great time in my life to grow up, and it informs me in everything I do today, to know that our country can once again be a united country as opposed to what we’re going through at this point.”

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church hopes to redefine Black Friday shopping with a Kwanzaa event that highlights minority-owned small businesses. From Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, the DeKalb megachurch is hosting the inaugural “Kwanzaa Plaza” event, featuring 100 vendors. The event is “geared at highlighting local entrepreneurs and fostering commerce within the African-American community,” New Birth said in a statement. Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Though it is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, New Birth decided to hold the expo event the weekend after Thanksgiving to take a new approach to the Black Friday shopping holiday. The plaza will feature fashion designers, art, cultural products, skincare/personal care products, food vendors and more. The plaza is open on from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30; and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. It will take place at the church’s family life center located at 6400 Woodrow Road in Stonecrest.

According to CNBC, Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, is preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary, according to NBC News, which cited a Bloomberg advisor. The move didn’t necessarily mean Bloomberg, 77, was announcing a campaign, a source close to Bloomberg told NBC News. Rather, this source said, he’s doing this to keep his options open. Bloomberg is “troubled” by what he has seen in the Democratic field, the source added. “He’s still not sure,” a source told CNBC. This source also said these are “unprecedented times” and that Bloomberg is concerned about what he’s seeing both from Democrats and President Donald Trump. CNBC previously reported that he was prepared to spend at least $100 million if he ran for president. Bloomberg had been a registered Republican and independent, as well as a Democrat. He re-registered as a Democrat a month before the party took back the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms.

According to AP News, A man on death row for killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents with a sledgehammer is getting a new hearing after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled his IQ might be too low for him to have been condemned. Shawn Ford Jr. was convicted in Summit County in 2015 of aggravated murder and other charges in the slayings of Margaret and Jeffrey Schobert two years earlier. Defense attorneys argued that Ford’s low IQ should have prevented the judge from sentencing their client to death. The high court’s 5-2 ruling Thursday upheld Ford’s conviction but ordered a hearing to determine if his intellectual disability prohibits his execution. Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said the judge and jurors correctly determined that Ford should be sentenced to death.

According to Christian Headlines, A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked Iran early Friday morning leaving at least six people dead and more than 300 injured. According to U.S. and World Report News, some 250 miles northwest of the nation’s capital of Tehran, the seismic activity began at 2:17 am. Reportedly, as residents in Eastern Azerbaijan began to feel the ground below them shaking, many ran in fear. There were over 40 aftershocks felt rural Alborz Mountains region. According to the Associated Press, so far, six people have been killed as a result of the quake, and around 312 have reported being injured. Iranian state television reports that many of the injuries were not, however, directly caused by the earthquake, but by the rush of frantic people attempting to flee to safety. Of the 312 injured, so far, only 13 had injuries substantial enough to be transported to a hospital. Additionally, 30 homes were completely destroyed by the quake.

According to Christian Post, Lecrae shared that he’s gearing up to release his 10th studio album that will be titled, Restoration. He hopes to release the album before the end of the year or at the beginning of 2020. “I’ve really truly been restored. God has done some restorative work in my life over the last few years,” Lecrae said of the album title and concept. “I’ve gone through a lot of turmoil and pain behind the scenes and people, they know some of it, but they don’t know how it truly affected me and my family, and so a lot of that will be shown. And people will be able to see that some relationships have been restored, some perspectives have been restored, and my faith has definitely been restored,” he concluded.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Stephen A. Smith has branded himself as one of the most recognizable personalities on ESPN, if not all of the sports media world. Now, he’s going to be paid like it. Smith and ESPN have reached an agreement after months of negotiations on a five-year deal worth nearly $8 million per year to keep him at the network, according to the New York Post. He is now set to be ESPN’s highest-paid on-air personality. The 51-year-old has been with the network since 2005, making waves with his involvement on “First Take,” “The Stephen A. Smith Show,” ESPN’s NBA coverage and more. According to the Post, Smith will remain on “First Take” each morning and expand his role on “SportsCenter” — including hosting a special Wednesday night edition ahead of their NBA slate that night throughout the season. His radio show, however, is reportedly set to end next year. ESPN, per the report, is also exploring ways to involve Smith with its subscription service “ESPN+.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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