PODCAST: Alabama Fan Charged With Murder After Allegedly Shooting LSU Fan (Whyte House Report 11.25.19)

According to PopCulture, A fight between two college football fans ended in the worst way possible. David Allen Fulkerson, an Alabama fan, has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting LSU fan James Michael Roland “Mikie” Merritt while watching the LSU vs. Alabama game earlier this month which was also called the “Game of the Century.” Merrit spent a week in the hospital before passing away on Friday. Fulkerson was originally charged with attempted murder, but it has since been upgraded to murder. “They just got into it over the ball game,” Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said per the Baton Rouge Advocate. “They’d been jawing at each other all day. Alcohol played a big part in it.” According to court records, Fulkerson, 31, and Merritt, 29 were watching the game and then Merritt called a football player an expletive. Fulkerson thought that Merritt was talking to him and that’s when he grabbed his gun. That led to a fight and it also led to Merritt being shot. Fulkerson’s defense attorney said the shooting was in self-defense due to the black-eye he suffered. However, one witness told authorities Fulkerson hit himself in the face. His bail is set at $100,000.

According to Christian Headlines, Kayne West’s recent concert at a Houston jail, which featured a choir and used songs from his new album, “Jesus is King,” was an “egregious” violation of the separation of church and state, a national atheist group alleges in a complaint filed with the local sheriff. “This was about a superstar using his notoriety to pressure a captive audience into accepting his particular brand of religion,” said Andrew L. Seidel, director of Strategic Response for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In a four-page letter to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Seidel also requested that public records related to all correspondence, emails and concert notices between West’s team and officials from the jail or sheriff’s department be provided to FFRF within 10 days. During the jail concerts, several officials, including Gonzalez, tweeted out photos of the performances. “Kanye West and his choir brought some light and #churchservice to people who needed it today at the Harris County Jail. #HouNews,” Gonzalez posted with a link to a short YouTube clip. The social media posts caught the attention of FFRF, which maintains the concerts were illegal because of the religious content.

According to Associated Press, A Louisiana police officer who crashed a speeding sports car while off duty will face no criminal charges in the death of a child. Prosecutors cleared Christopher Manuel of negligent homicide, even though investigators say he was driving an orange Corvette at 94 mph before crashing into an SUV, killing a child and injuring others in 2017. The East Baton Rouge District Attorney said Tuesday that his office didn’t bring charges because the child’s mother also contributed to the death, by putting the infant in a child seat that wasn’t properly belted in. Prosecutors also allowed a misdemeanor speeding count against Manuel to expire without action. Manuel still works as a Baton Rouge Police officer, assigned to desk duty. He’s awaiting the result of an internal affairs process. Prosecutors also considered a negligent homicide charge against Brittany Stephens, whose child was killed, because they said she had placed the child in an unrestrained car seat atop the SUV’s center console. Manuel and Stephens have both filed civil suits accusing the other of causing the crash, the newspaper reported. Stephens’ lawsuit says her mother suffered serious injuries, and three other children in the car, ages 7, 9 and 15, were hospitalized for months. It says the 15-year-old remains in a wheelchair.

According to Daily Mail, USA Gymnastics allegedly kept Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles in the dark about its investigation into sexual abuse by Larry Nassar after becoming aware of her concerns about the sports doctor. Biles was one of the three gymnasts who were flagged to USA Gymnastics (USAG) officials as being uncomfortable with Nassar in June of 2015 – sparking a secret five-week internal investigation into the national team’s longtime physician. A new report published in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday claims that the investigator leading that probe never spoke to Biles, and when the concerns were passed to the FBI in late July 2015, her name was not mentioned. The report, based on interviews with people with knowledge of USAG’s response to Nassar allegations and a documents submitted to Congress, suggests that then-chief executive Steve Penny specifically left the star gymnast out of the probe and ignored the possibility that she may have been abused by the doctor – just as the organization ramped up its efforts to solidify her as the face of the sport. Biles didn’t learn that Nassar was under investigation until more than a year after her concerns were brought to the attention of USAG, after the 2016 Rio Olympics. And no one at USA Gymnastics approached her about the doctor, who was given an effective life sentence in 2018, until after she publicly revealed that she was one of his victims in January of that year. Biles, now 22, declined to be interviewed for the WSJ report but retweeted a link to it hours after it went live, writing: ‘Can’t tell you how hard this is to read and process. The pain is real and doesn’t just go away…especially when new facts are still coming out. ‘What’s it going to take for a complete and independent investigation of both USOPC and USAG???’

According to BET, A Chicago photographer traveled hours to offer his services to rebuild the confidence of a third-grader who was denied the right to take her school picture because of her hair. In early October, Marian Scott, 8, went to school ready to pose and smile for her school photo, but was told she couldn’t participate in picture day because her red braids violated school code. Photographer Jermaine Horton drove hours from Chicago to Jackson, Michigan, which is a little over 200 miles apart, to make things right for Marian, ABC 7 reports. Horton was joined by dozens of other professionals, who all wanted to make the little girl feel special, just the way she is, ABC 7 reports. “Confidence is a process, especially when you are rebuilding someone’s confidence, especially a child because they are so fragile,” Horton told ABC 7. Marian’s parents were never informed by the school on the day she was told she couldn’t take her school picture. They found out when she arrived home crying and saying she felt singled out. Marian’s parents have since moved her to another school, ABC 7 reports. The Jackson County School defended its actions because Paragon Charter Academy, the school Marian used to attend, states in their handbook that students’ hair color must be natural tones to get their photo taken. The photographers that helped make Marian’s photo shoot a reality wanted to make her feel special as they took her photos, and for her to take that feeling throughout her life. “It was fun,” Marian told ABC 7. “You got to pose and got to be yourself.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “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 on the cross for your sins, 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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