President Obama Declares Oklahoma Major Disaster Area; 24 Dead, Hundreds Injured

The massive tornado that hit Oklahoma has left dozens dead and hundreds injured and without homes.

President Obama has since declared Oklahoma a major disaster area, which allows those affected to apply for “federal grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.”

The President delivered a speech this morning, calling the tornado “one of the most destructive storms” in American history.

14 Year-Old D’Asia Robinson Killed by Stray Bullet While Riding City Bus

14 year-old D’Asia Robinson was killed last Saturday after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding a city bus.

The NYC teenager and her friends were leaving a sweet 16 party, and on their way to another birthday, when a bullet came through the bus window.

Friends have created vigils for the slain young lady, and the tragedy has sparked renewed calls from community leaders and residents for an end to the senseless violence.

Mourners Gather at Memorial Service for Malcolm Shabazz

A memorial gathering is under way for Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X.

Shabazz was murdered in Mexico City last week.

From the Huffington Post:

The 28-year-old grandson of the slain civil rights leader had a troubled life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother’s apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz, to stints in juvenile hall and prison.

Judge Throws Out Manslaughter Charges Against Cop Accused of Killing Ramarley Graham

A New York judge threw out manslaughter charges against Officer Richard Haste, the man accused of killing unarmed 18 year-old Ramarley Graham.

The judge ruled that prosecutors has made an accidental mistake while instructing the jury. Prosecutors plan to present the case again before a grand jury.

Still, tensions ran high as the judge handed down the ruling. Graham’s mother reportedly yelled “they killed my child,” and was removed from the courtroom.

Chicago Violence: 2 Killed, 11 Wounded in Overnight Shootings

Unfortunately, as the temperature rises in the Windy City, so does instances of violence.

Thirteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, in the past 24 hours.

A 19 year-old man and a 22 year-old man both succumed to gun violence.

From the Huffington Post:

Among those wounded in non-fatal shootings were a 30-year-old woman and 54-year-old man wounded in what police are calling a gang-related shooting in the 2100 block of North Campbell Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood around 8 p.m., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.