Sunday, 10 July 2016

Shooting of Philando Castile

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was fatally shot by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, after being pulled over in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. Castile was driving a car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter when he was pulled over by Yanez and another officer. According to Reynolds, Castile was stopped for a broken rear light, and after being asked for his license and registration, told the officer he was licensed to carry a concealed weapon and had one in the car. Reynolds stated: "The officer said don't move. As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times."

Diamond Reynolds live-streamed a video on Facebook in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. It shows her interacting with the armed officer as a mortally injured Castile lay slumped over, moaning slightly and bleeding from his left arm and side. Reynolds said that officers had failed to check Castile for a pulse or to render first aid, and instead comforted the crying officer who fired the shots. Reynolds stated that Castile received no medical attention until paramedics arrived more than ten minutes after the shooting. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office ruled Castile's death a homicide and said he had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The office reported that Castile died at 9:37 p.m. CDT in the emergency room of the Hennepin County Medical Center, about 20 minutes after being shot.

Reynolds, who was detained with Castile during the shooting around 9:00 p.m. CDT, was taken into custody and interrogated at a police station then released the following morning around 5:00 a.m.

The day after the fatal shooting, the St. Anthony Police Department identified the officer who fired the fatal shots as Yanez. He and his partner Kauser were placed on paid administrative leave.

The day after the fatal shooting, Mona Dohman, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, declined to say whether Castile had a concealed carry permit. State officials said that Minnesota law barred them from saying whether Castile had a permit.

Two days following the shooting, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi called for a "prompt and thorough" investigation into the shooting. He said that he had not determined whether he would use a grand jury, but stated that if either a grand jury or prosecutors in his office determined that charges were appropriate, he would "prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law." Choi also stated, "We need to come together as a community, law enforcement included, to improve our practices and procedures so we don't experience any more of these tragedies ever again."

On July 9, Yanez' attorney, Thomas Kelly of Minneapolis, said his client "reacted to the presence of that gun and the display of that gun," and stated: "This had nothing to do with race. This had everything to do with the presence of a gun."

By 12:30 a.m. on July 7, about three hours after the shooting, protestors gathered at the scene, "peaceful but visibly angry." More than 200 people were present. After news of Castile's death spread, crowds of protestors gathered outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence in St. Paul, chanting Castile's name and demanding that Governor Mark Dayton make a statement. That night demonstrations in St. Paul continued, remaining "peaceful but forceful."

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, said that her group would request a federal investigation. She also called for an independent body to investigate the shooting, expressing skepticism with the state agency that is leading the investigation of the incident, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a division of the Department of Public Safety. NAACP president Cornell William Brooks said, "I'm waiting to hear the human outcry from Second Amendment defenders over (this incident)..." Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson said: "Philando Castile should be alive today."

On July 10, 50 protesters were arrested in St. Paul after scuffles broke out between protesters and police, which left at least five police officers injured. Three people were arrested at a Chicago protest.

Elena Vesnina

Elena Sergeyevna Vesnina (Russian: Еле́на Серге́евна Веснина́; born 1 August 1986) is a Russian professional tennis player. Her career-high rankings are World No. 21 in singles and World No. 3 in doubles. Vesnina is a three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles competition, having won the 2013 French Open and the 2014 US Open tournaments with Ekaterina Makarova, and the 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Bruno Soares.

Vesnina debuted at a main draw WTA tournament in Quebec. One of her best seasons was in 2009, reaching her first WTA final and attaining a ranking 24 in the year end. She repeated her success in 2013, reaching her best to date ranking of 21 on 22 July. Then she won her first WTA titles in Hobart and Eastbourne. In October 2014 she left the top-100 singles world ranking.

In doubles, Vesnina partnered with tennis players such as Viktoria Azarenka, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko and Sania Mirza, having notable success. In May 2012, she started partnership with Ekaterina Makarova, becoming one of the strongest women's tennis duos. They won two Grand Slams and three other WTA titles. In 2014, Vesnina updated her world ranking to No. 3. In early 2015, Vesnina decided to partner with Daria Kasatkina for a short time, while concentrating more in singles.

After her marriage in late 2015, Vesnina quickly rose in singles. Starting in 2016 as a player ranked outside the 100, Vesnina could endure several qualifications, such as in Doha, where she reached the quarterfinals, and Charleston, where she became runner-up. Following Charleston, she jumped over 20 ranking positions, and after Strasbourg and Roland Garros, she got into the top 50. A high point was reaching the semifinals at the 2016 Wimbledon, becoming third among women's tennis players who debuted at a Grand Slam semifinal after a span of appearances.

Elena was born to Sergey and teacher Irina. She has a younger brother, Dmitry, a former junior tennis player. In November 2015, Elena married businessman Pavel Tabuntsov. She started playing tennis aged seven in the sports school in Sochi.

In October 2002, aged sixteen years and two months, she gained direct entry into the qualifying draw for her first $10,000 tournament at Giza, Egypt, and succeeded in qualifying for the main draw before losing a close three-set match. The next week, again qualifying at Al-Mansoura to enter the main draw, where she won two further matches in straight sets, beating Hana Šromová of the Czech Republic in the second round, to reach her first $10,000 quarterfinal in just her second event played. However, she defaulted her quarterfinal tie to her opponent.

In 2003 she began the year entering two successive ITF events India, at Chennai and Bangalore, and not only succeeded in qualifying both times, but also reached her first semifinal and another quarterfinal in the main draws, losing to Akgul Amanmuradova at the quarterfinal stage at Bangalore.

These results gave Vesnina her first ranking at World No. 750, enough to gain direct entry to her next $10,000 draw at Istanbul in the last week of March, where she beat her personal best result in reaching the final. The following week, at Antalya, still in Turkey, she was knocked out in the first round by her then-compatriot Evgenia Linetskaya; and in May she met with mixed results in Lviv, Ukraine and Warsaw, Poland; but in June she claimed her career-first $10,000 title at Balashikha, Russia, without dropping a set.

Vesnina failed to defend her title at the Hobart International, losing to qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela in the second round. Also, at the Australian Open, Vesnina failed to defend fourth round points, losing to American Alison Riske in the first round. However, she reached the final of the doubles competition with Makarova, losing to World No. 1 pairing Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci 7–5 in the final set.

Vesnina/Makarova then suffered a shock loss at the hands of Noppawan Lertcheewakarn/Vera Zvonareva in the Pattaya Open. They then suffered two quarterfinal losses in Dubai and Indian Wells, losing to Kudryavtseva/Rodionova and Black/Mirza.

They reached the final of the Miami Open, losing to Martina Hingis/Sabine Lisicki. Vesnina/Makarova failed to defend their title at the French Open, losing to French wildcards Julie Coin/Pauline Parmentier in the second round. Vesnina reached her first semifinal of the year at the Portugal Open, beating Roberta Vinci in the process. As the defending champion in Aegon International, she fell in the second round to eventual champion Madison Keys.

As a lucky-loser in the Rogers Cup, Vesnina lost in the second round to doubles partner Makarova in straight sets. Vesnina and Makarova won their second major title at the 2014 US Open, not playing any seeded teams throughout the whole competition. At the WTA Finals, Vesnina/Makarova lost in the quarterfinal to Kudryavtseva/Rodionova.

Vesnina finished the season with a 18–20 record in singles, with a ranking of 65. For doubles, Vesnina had a record of 24–14 and won 1 title, which is the US Open. Vesnina had a ranking of 7 for doubles in the year-end rankings.

Vesnina started her 2016 year by playing at the 2016 Brisbane International. She was the 7th seed for qualifying, and she successfully qualified for the main draw by beating Australian wildcard Tammi Patterson, Mathilde Johansson and Ysaline Bonaventure. In the first round, Vesnina lost to former World No. 1 and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in two sets. In doubles, she and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were the third seeds, and they reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in a third set supertiebreak.

Vesnina failed to reach the main draw of the Australian Open, losing in the first round of qualifying. It marked the time in decade she had failed to qualify for the main draw in a Grand Slam event, her singles ranking dropping to No. 122 in the world. In doubles she and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were seeded fifth and reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Alla Kudryavtseva and Vania King. In mixed doubles Vesnina and partner Bruno Soares were also seeded fifth. They reached the final where they defeated Coco Vandeweghe and Horia Tecău, which marked her first mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

At the inaugural St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Vesnina received a wildcard for the singles draw and lost in the second round to qualifier Kateryna Kozlova in three sets. She reached the quarter-finals of the doubles draw with Daria Kasatkina, but lost to World No. 1 pairing Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza.

Vesnina then participated in the Qatar Total Open, where she successfully qualified for the main draw after beating Ons Jabeur and Naomi Broady. She faced Caroline Garcia in the first round, and caused an upset by winning in straight sets. Vesnina then created an even bigger upset by achieving her first top-2 win of her career against Simona Halep in three sets, despite being down 6–7, 1–4. She then caused her third straight upset against former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki once again in three sets. However, her run ended in the quarter-finals after being defeated by eventual champion Carla Suárez Navarro in two tight sets. Nevertheless, this was her best showing at a Premier 5 tournament. In the doubles competition, Vesnina and partner Kasatkina caused a major upset when they ended World No. 1 pairing Hingis/Mirza's 41 match winning streak in the quarter-finals, despite losing the first set 6–2. However, despite winning the first set 6–3 against World No. 2 pairing Chan Hao-ching/Chan Yung-jan, they lost in three sets.

At the 2016 BNP Paribas Open, Vesnina fell in the 1st round of the qualifying to American wildcard Julia Boserup. In doubles, Vesnina once again partnered Daria Kasatkina but lost in the second round in three sets, despite winning the first set 6–1 to eventual finalists Julia Görges/Karolína Plíšková. In the Miami Open, Vesnina managed to get past qualifying after beating Kateryna Kozlova, avenging her loss in St. Petersburg, and Tsvetana Pironkova. She was drawn to face fellow qualifier Jana Čepelová in the first round and won in straight sets. In the second round, Vesnina caused a huge upset when she beat former World No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in three sets, despite serving for the match at 6–0, 5–4 and having a match point in the second set. Vesnina then faced in-form Britain Johanna Konta but lost in three sets despite being two points from victory. In doubles, Vesnina and Kasatkina fell to two-time Grand Slam champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Šafářová in the second round.

At the Volvo Car Open, the 85th-ranked Vesnina became the first qualifier to ever reach the championship match in the tournament's 44-year history, where she faced a determined Sloane Stephens. Vesnina won five main draw matches in a row just to reach the finals. However, Stephens ended up prevailing 7–6 (4), 6–2 as the fatigue of 718 minutes – nearly 12 hours – of tournament tennis appeared to take a toll on Vesnina in the second set.

Vesnina again subdued the qualification, now in Madrid. In every match she performed a bagel (winning a set 6–0), except in the 2nd round, where she fell to Kvitova. In doubles, she and Makarova played their first tournament together since late 2015. They reached the semifinals. In Rome, Vesnina could not qualify for the main draw. However, with Makarova she reached the final, losing to Hingis/Mirza.

Russell Wilson

Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).

Wilson played college football for the University of Wisconsin during the 2011 season, in which he set the single season FBS record for passing efficiency (191.8) and led the team to a Big Ten title and the 2012 Rose Bowl.Wilson played football and baseball for North Carolina State University from 2008 to 2010 before transferring to Wisconsin. Wilson also played minor league baseball for the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011 as a second baseman.

Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2012 he tied Peyton Manning's record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie (26) and was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he led the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl victory, and in 2014, led them to a second straight Super Bowl berth. Wilson has won more games (46) than any other NFL quarterback in his first four seasons, and is currently the second highest rated NFL passer of all time behind Aaron Rodgers. On July 31, 2015, Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension with the Seahawks, making him at the time the second highest paid player in the NFL.

On July 31, 2015, the Seahawks and Wilson agreed to a 4-year, $87.6 million contract extension.[90] In the first 9 games of the season, Wilson threw 10 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Over the next 5 games, Wilson threw 19 touchdowns and no interceptions, becoming the only quarterback in NFL history to throw 3+ touchdown passes and no interceptions in 5 consecutive games. After a 2–4 start to the season, Wilson led the Seahawks to win 7 of their next 8 games and clinch a 4th consecutive playoff appearance in their week 15 win over the Cleveland Browns. His strong performance over the second half of the season, even after losing star running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jimmy Graham, led many analysts to consider Wilson an MVP candidate.
Wilson in 2015

Wilson broke numerous Seahawks single season passing records in 2015, including most passing yards (4,024), most passing touchdowns (34) and highest passer rating (110.1). He became the first Seahawks quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season, and finished the year with the highest passer rating in the NFL. On December 22, 2015, Wilson was named to his third Pro Bowl.

The Seahawks traveled to Minnesota to face the Vikings in the NFC Wild Card playoff round. The temperature at kickoff was -6°F (-25°F wind chill), making it the third coldest game in NFL history. Wilson struggled in the sub-zero temperatures, throwing for 142 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Vikings missed a short field goal in the last minute, allowing the Seahawks to advance to the Divisional playoff round to face the 15–1 Carolina Panthers. Down 31-0 at the half, Wilson helped lead a furious comeback attempt, but the Panthers won 31–24, denying Wilson and the Seahawks their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Wilson in that game threw for 366 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Wilson was drafted first overall by Team Irvin in the 2016 Pro Bowl draft,[100] and in the game threw 8 completions on 12 attempts for 164 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions for a 149.3 rating. He was named the Pro Bowl offensive MVP.

On April 26, 2012, Wilson announced he had chosen French/West/Vaughan as his marketing, public relations and endorsements agency.[155] Since being named the starting quarterback of the Seahawks in August 2012, Wilson has appeared in advertisements for Levi's, American Family Insurance, Pepsi,Nike, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft,Duracell,Braun, Bose, United Way, and Larson Automotive Group.

In 2014 Wilson became part-owner and endorser of Eat the Ball, a European bread company. In 2015 he began endorsing Luvo, a frozen food company, and Reliant Recovery Water.

On February 29, 2016, Wilson launched "Good Man Brand", a clothing line which he co-founded.

Wilson has appeared on the cover of several magazines including Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids,[174] Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Men's Fitness, and Men's Health.

Rapper Eminem mentions Wilson in his 2013 song, "The Monster":

    "It's payback, Russell Wilson falling way back / In the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that / Straw into gold chump, I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack"

Wilson has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Charlie Rose, and in the 2015 film Entourage. He also hosted the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports Awards on Nickelodeon on July 16, 2015.

Wilson was the keynote speaker for the 2016 commencement ceremony at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Wilson is married to singer/songwriter Ciara. They began dating in early 2015 and announced their engagement on March 11, 2016. They were married on July 6, 2016, at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England.Wilson was previously married to Ashton Meem from January 2012 to April 2014.

Wilson resides in Bellevue, Washington with his two Great Danes, Prince and Naomi.

Wilson is a devout Christian, often referencing his faith in press conferences, interviews, and on his Twitter feed.

Wilson is an active volunteer in the Seattle community. During the NFL season, Wilson makes weekly visits on his days off to the Seattle Children's Hospital, and has also visited with soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In the offseason, Wilson hosts the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a youth football camp, in several cities. In 2012, proceeds from the camp went to the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association, for which Wilson is the National Ambassador. In 2013 and 2014, Wilson partnered with Russell Investments for its "Invested with Russell" program, which donated $3,000 to Wilson's charitable foundation for every touchdown he scored.
Wilson co-hosts an annual charity golf event along with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington to support various organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Seattle Children's Hospital.
Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (born June 21, 1966) is an American television commentator and author. She was crowned the 1989 Miss America while representing her native state of Minnesota. She continues to work with the Miss America Pageant and has served as a national celebrity spokesperson for March of Dimes.

Carlson graduated from Stanford University with honors before embarking on a career in television. Gaining experience as anchor and reporter for several local network affiliates, she joined CBS News as a correspondent in 2000 and became the co-host of the Saturday Early Show. In 2005, Carlson moved to Fox News Channel and became the co-host of the morning show Fox & Friends along with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. In 2013, she announced her departure from Fox & Friends and soon thereafter launched a new program called The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.

Her contract with Fox News expired on June 23, 2016. On July 6, she filed a lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment.

Carlson was moved to Fox & Friends initially as a weekend substitute host. But on September 25, 2006, a shifting of anchors, which included E.D. Hill moving to the 10 a.m. hour of Fox News Live, opened a weekday slot on Fox & Friends, which Carlson filled. She co-hosted with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade for several years. Carlson left Fox & Friends in September 2013 to anchor a one-hour daytime program, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, beginning in the fall of 2013, taking part of the slot opened by Megyn Kelly's move to primetime.

On the morning of July 6, 2016, Carlson confirmed on her Twitter account that she was no longer with Fox News. That day, Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, alleging that she was fired from her highly-rated program for refusing Ailes' sexual advances. The lawsuit also states that Steve Doocy, one of her co-hosts on Fox & Friends, "engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson" and that Carlson was punished when she reported his behavior to Ailes.
"Hostile enemy" comment

On Fox & Friends, during a January 10, 2007, interview with Dan Bartlett, counselor to then-president George W. Bush, Carlson labeled Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy a "hostile enemy" of the United States, "right here on the home front." Bartlett replied, "Well, we don't view Ted Kennedy as a hostile enemy. We do view him to be an open and often critic of the war. He has been from the very outset. I don't think that's anything new." Keith Olbermann chose her as that day's "Worst Person in the World" on that night's broadcast of his show Countdown, while Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post called it "the Fox News exchange of the day" and asked, "Doesn't the Constitution allow for dissent?"
Personal life

On October 4, 1997, Carlson married sports agent Casey Close. They live in Greenwich, Connecticut with their two children. She announced on Fox & Friends on June 9, 2009 (also repeated on Glenn Beck's Fox News program), that her parents' car dealership had been selected for closing as part of the General Motors reorganization and bankruptcy on June 1, 2009. A year later the Star Tribune reported that "It took an act of Congress, a national TV appeal and maybe a little bit of history on the owners' side, but Main Motor, the Anoka car dealership that Lee and Karen Carlson's family has owned for 91 years, will keep its General Motors dealership after all."

Lawyer: Officer who shot Philando Castile reacted to gun, not race

As Philando Castile's head slumps backward while he lies dying next to her, Diamond Reynolds looks into the camera and explains a Minnesota police officer just shot her fiancé four times.
The nation is, by now, accustomed to grainy cell phone videos of officer-involved shootings, but this footage from Falcon Heights, outside Minneapolis, is something different, more visceral: a woman live-streaming a shooting's aftermath with the police officer a few feet away, his gun still trained on her bloody fiancé.
"He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm," Reynolds said as she broadcast the details of Wednesday's evening shooting on Facebook.
 The shooting took place in St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, a mostly white community of 5,000, served primarily by the nearby St. Anthony Police Department.
Authorities say that during the traffic stop, Yanez approached Castile's car from the driver's side and another officer, Joseph Kauser, approached from the passenger side. Yanez opened fire, striking the driver Castile "multiple times."
Neither Reynolds, nor her daughter in the car were injured. Castile was transported to a medical center where he was pronounced dead.
Yanez and Kauser were put on "standard" administrative leave, as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) conducts "an independent investigation into the incident," according to a news release by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
The BCA said "several" videos, including squad car video, "have been collected as evidence." St. Anthony Police Department officers do not wear body cameras, the BCA release noted, and a gun was recovered on the scene.
Saturday marked a third straight day of protests over Castile's killing, with demonstrators encamped outside the governor's mansion in St. Paul. About 30 protesters formed a circle in the street late in the morning as an organizer pray for peace and togetherness.
Rev. Jesse Jackson made a surprise visit to the governor's mansion Saturday after spending the day with Reynolds and her daughter. Jackson said the shooting death was a wake-up call for America and urged unity, saying, "the whole world is watching,”
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