RAW Story: Video released of Trayvon Martin buying iced tea and Skittles

-By Richard Luscombe, The Guardian

May 18, 2012- Prosecutors have released video footage of Trayvon Martin buying sweets and a drink in a Florida convenience store minutes before he was shot and killed in a confrontation with a neighbourhood watch leader.

The scenes recorded at the 7-Eleven close to the Retreat at Twin Lakes development in Sanford show Martin, 17, wearing a black hooded top and beige trousers, walking up to the counter and paying.

Soon after leaving the shop Martin got into a fight with George Zimmerman, who had already called police to report a “suspicious” black male in the neighbourhood. Martin was shot dead by a single shot to the chest at point-blank range, the gunshot heard on recordings of several 911 calls made by neighbours.

RAW Story: ‘Trayvon Martin’ gun range targets sold out in two days

-By David Edwards

May 11, 2012- A person selling gun range targets modeled after slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin says that their “main motivation was to make money off the controversy.”

WKMG’s Mike DeForest reported on Friday that the unidentified seller told him that the targets “sold out in 2 days.”

The response is overwhelming,” the seller said.

RAW Story: Atheist student who sued school: You can’t imagine the things I’ve heard

-By Eric W. Dolan

May 9, 2012- An atheist student who sued over a public prayer display at her public school described her experiences at the Reason Rally in March.

“I have a confession to make, I am ‘evil little thing,’” Jessica Ahlquist said in a video of her speech uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the 16-year-old student against Cranston High School West in 2010. Ahlquist had argued the banner promoting Christian theology made her feel “ostracized and out of place.”

“I witness first hand people all over the world come together to support me and what I was doing,” Ahlquist said, “and that is something that I cannot begin to express in words how good if feels.”

Reuters: Florida nabs white supremacists planning "race war"

-By Barbara Liston

May 9, 2012- Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday.

The arrests were based on evidence from a confidential informant who infiltrated the neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 months ago, according to an arrest affidavit.

"The American Front (AF) is a military-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization and is known as a domestic terrorist organization," the affidavit said.

It said the group's alleged local ringleader, Marcus Faella, 39, had been "planning and preparing the AF for what he believes to be an inevitable race war" and had stated "his intent ... to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities."

Huffington Post: Rachel Ehmke, 13-Year-Old Minnesota Student, Commits Suicide After Months Of Bullying

May 8, 2012- Rachel Ehmke, a 13-year-old seventh grader in Mantorville, Minn., died April 29 after hanging herself at her home. The months leading up to the tragedy were a whirlwind of peer abuse instances, her parents say.

Now following Rachel's Friday funeral that was met with widespread community condolences, Rick and Mary Ehmke are speaking out against the bullying they say their daughter endured at Kasson/Mantorville Middle School and online.

Rachel's family and friends say the teen fell victim to school bullying last fall when her chewing gum was stuck to her textbooks and the word "slut" was scrawled across her gym locker, the Austin Daily Herald reports. And while she was outgoing, athletic and friendly, the same group of girls reportedly threatened Rachel and kept calling her a "prostitute," though she had never kissed a boy, according to KMSP.

Two days before Rachel's death, an anonymous text was sent to other students at the school, KARE reports.

Addicting Info: GOP Newsletter In Virginia Advocates For Armed Rebellion If The American People Re-Elect President Obama

-By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

May 8, 2012- The Republican Party seems to already be sensing that they will be miserably defeated on Election Day this November. So as a back-up plan, a Republican newsletter in Virginia is openly calling for violently overthrowing the duly elected government of the United States should Democrats still be in charge.

The newsletter, known as “The Constitutional Conservatives” was published in March by the Greene County, Virginia Republican Committee and it included a column titled “Whitehouse Watchdog” written by editor Ponch McPhee. In the column, Mcphee trashed President Obama and said that if the American people fail to elect a Republican government, conservatives should arm themselves and take back the government by force. Here’s the text via Right Wing Watch.

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