APTN National NewsA Native American studio technician is suing NBC for racial harassment.According to the lawsuit, former NBC employee Faruq Peter Wells was subject to taunting racial comments by his co-workers.He says higher-ups never stepped in.Wells says one co-worker dressed a dark-skinned doll in traditional clothing and called it his “long-lost daughter.”NBC said the lawsuit was “without merit” and said the issue had been dealt with in 2009.Well’s lawyer said he had no plan to drop the lawsuit.
By DAVID McFADDEN Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore teenager was convicted of felony murder Wednesday, about a year after he accelerated a stolen Jeep and hit a Maryland police officer, killing her on a suburban cul-de-sac.Dawnta Harris, who’s 17 but was tried as an adult, faces life in prison for the slaying of Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio. The jury in the suburban county ringing the city of Baltimore handed down the verdict after deliberating for nearly seven hours over two days.File photos provided by the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department show Baltimore teen Dawnta Harris (left), who has been convicted of felony murder after fatally striking Baltimore County Police officer first class Amy Caprio (right) with a stolen Jeep. Jurors in suburban Baltimore County handed down the verdict Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Harris, who’s 17 but was tried as an adult, faces life in prison. (Baltimore County Police and Fire Department via AP, File)Last week, jurors watched Caprio’s searing body-worn camera footage. She could be heard repeatedly ordering Harris out of the car before the 29-year-old law enforcer drew her pistol and screaming “Stop! Stop!” Harris ducked his head, hit the gas and the Jeep slammed into her. She fired once, the bullet shattering the windshield. Harris ditched the stolen car a few blocks away.Three others, identified as Harris’ accomplices, also face murder charges in the police officer’s death and will stand trial. Prosecutors say they were burglarizing a home in the moments when Caprio was hit, but under Maryland law, if someone’s killed during a burglary, accomplices can be found guilty of the slaying along with the killer.Harris was also found guilty of burglary, a necessary step before jurors could even consider the felony murder charge. Sentencing is set for July.The case turned into a political hot potato. Even before Caprio was buried, various authorities in Maryland started blaming each other for having allowed Harris to be on the streets while he awaited sentencing for auto theft. He was technically still under state supervision when he ran over the Baltimore County officer.A slightly-built ninth-grader at the time of the slaying, Harris had been deemed a high risk by Maryland’s juvenile services department. He had a string of arrests for auto theft, and had skipped out of juvenile custody repeatedly. His own mother had asked officials to detain him, hoping to avoid any more trouble.Despite all that, a judge transferred Harris from a juvenile facility to house arrest with his mother in impoverished West Baltimore. Harris had been fitted with an ankle bracelet that didn’t track his whereabouts, simply indicating whether he was inside or outside their apartment in Gilmor Homes, a public housing project on the city’s troubled west side.Days later, Harris went AWOL again. And a week after that, he ran over Caprio.On Wednesday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski thanked the jurors, saying justice was delivered. “The past couple of weeks have undoubtedly been difficult for Amy’s family, friends, and co-workers at the Baltimore County Police Department,” he said in a statement.The courtroom’s gallery was filled with Caprio’s loved ones and police colleagues.Warren Brown, Harris’ lawyer, said he hoped the jury’s verdict could serve as a kind of warning for other struggling juveniles. The Baltimore defense attorney took on the case pro bono.“This whole thing has been a tragedy. You’ve got an officer who gave her life in the line of duty. You’ve got a kid that is lost and finds himself in this type of predicament. As I indicated at the beginning of this trial there would be no winners, only losers,” Brown said outside the courthouse.Caprio and her husband had been planning to celebrate their third wedding anniversary before she was killed.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmcfadd
Kolkata: Muslims living in West Bengal since childhood don’t need to worry about the NRC, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly today said, while urging a section of political parties not to politicise every issue “for the sake of national interest”. Ganguly’s statement comes against the backdrop of a war of words between the TMC and the BJP over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. “Pakistan was formed after the Partition on the basis that it becomes a Muslim country. Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) was mainly for Muslims. West Bengal was made part of India as it was for Hindus, who had come from (the then) East Pakistan because they were driven out from there,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a programme here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Those who are living in India since their childhood, including Muslims, do not need to worry about the NRC,” she said. “The Muslims who are living in Bengal since their childhood (for many decades) need not to worry about the NRC. There are certain things which should not be politicised for the sake of national interest,” Ganguly said. The TMC has accused the BJP of being “anti-Bengali” and said it tried to divide the people on religious lines. The BJP in its turn had accused the TMC government of turning the state into a safe haven for Bangladeshi infiltrators for the sake of vote bank politics.
The Centre is taking up road projects worth more than Rs 50,000 crore in Andhra Pradesh, including an Outer Ring Road (ORR) at Vijayawada, where the State’s new capital city is coming up.Announcing this here today, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said these new schemes, which include 392 km of national highways, are in addition to similar projects worth more than Rs 15,000 crore which are already going on in the State ruled by TDP-BJP alliance. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damHe was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a six-lane fly-over at the famous Kanaka Durga temple here and three other ventures.“The cost of new projects is Rs 50,560 crore. Already, work is going on projects worth Rs 15,000 crore. So, today, Rs 65,000 crore is to be given to the State of Andhra Pradesh from the federal Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji,” Gadkari said.He declared different road projects in AP as national highways. “Today, you are expecting some new announcement from me. A 180 km Outer Ring Road around Vijayawada will be built with tentative cost of Rs 20,000 crore.”