News Roundup 3/26/18

Photo Courtesy: NPR

Photo Courtesy: NPR

By: Ayannah Dimas

1. Gardena Police Officers Charged with Illegally Selling Firearms

Gardena police officers, Det. Carlos Miguel Fernandez, Officer Edward Yasushiro Arao and four others have been indicted by a federal grand jury. They have charges of abusing their position to acquire firearms and illegally sell them to others. According to the 25-page indictment, the officers allegedly advertised guns for sale on the Instagram account "the38superman." The officers are facing five felony counts, including conspiring to deal in firearms without a license. The indictment alleges that from 2015 to September 2017, the two officers used their positions to deal over 100 firearms to those barred from owning or selling such weapons.

Source: LA Times

2. Linda Brown of Brown v. Board of Education Dies

Linda Brown of Brown v. Board of Education, died Sunday afternoon at the age of 76 in Kansas. At the age of nine, Brown became the center figure in the landmark Supreme Court case that ended segregation in U.S. schools. The former Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas was an all-white school when Linda Brown's father tried to enroll the family. After filing a lawsuit, her father Oliver later became lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. According to USA Today, Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis says the effect Brown had “on our society would be unbelievable and insurmountable.”

Source: USA Today

3. Wrongfully Convicted Man is Rehired by The White Sox After 23 Years in Prison

After spending 23 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, a Chicago man resumed his former job with the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Nevest Coleman, 49, was officially exonerated by a Cook County judge last month due to new DNA evidence. He returned to Guaranteed Rate Field as a groundskeeper and was welcomed by his old colleagues with an official White Sox jacket and hat. According to his attorney, Coleman was a 25-year-old father of two who had worked at the field formerly named Comiskey Park for two years. He was then wrongfully arrested, with no physical evidence along with a co-defendant for the rape and murder of a young woman named Antwinica Bridgeman in April of 1994.

Source: Huffington Post

4. World's New Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

The Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas has replaced the Harmony of the Seas as the new largest cruise ship in the world. The ship is 18 floors high, is about the length of the Empire State Building, and can reportedly carry 6,700 passengers. The vessel features a ten story slide, a laser tag arena, rock climbing and ice skating. There's a futuristic Bionic Bar that has robots serving drinks and luxury eight person rooms with a two story slide and private movie theater. The world’s new largest cruise ship has set sail this week, leaving its port in France. The ship is now headed to Barcelona, Spain, where it will start its maiden voyage later this month on March 31.

Source: Fox News

5. Man Wielding Machete Tries to Kidnap Children at a Walmart

Kenner police say a stranger with a machete tried to kidnap two children from their mothers at a Louisiana Walmart. Police described the case in a Facebook post saying 33-year-old Billy Yoe Budier-Herrera attempted to take a 2-year-old boy from her mother's grocery cart. At one point, both the mother and the attacker were pulling at the child. After the mother overcame the man he then ran through the store and began swinging a machete at employees who tried to stop him. Police say he then began trying to remove another child from a grocery cart when employees tackled him. He is charged with two counts of kidnapping of a child and other offenses.

Source: ABC News

Ayannah Dimas