Mother's Day Tribute of the Day

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Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, taped this Mother's Day video, which calls for the appeal of the Stand Your Ground act, the self-defense law that is the basis of George Zimmerman's defense.

The law has come under scrutiny in the wake of Martin's death, and Fulton's plea gives a sense of urgency to its change.

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Controversial MySpace Page of the Day

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Controversial MySpace Page of the Day
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Just days after a coordinated social media assault was launched by his legal team, the ancient (circa 2005) MySpace page of George Zimmerman -- charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin -- has been unearthed. And it's a doozy.

First, his username, "datniggytb." "That was an old nickname his black friends gave him," a Zimmerman family member told the media. And the intials at the end? "They called him 'Tugboat' because he was so big."

Next, Zimmerman's headline, "Si vis pacem, para bellum" -- it's Latin for "If you wish for peace, prepare for war."

Finally, this little gem:

"I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book. ... Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!"

Zimmerman also boasted on the blog section of the page about having two felonies knocked down to misdemeanors and describes a court battle with an ex-girlfriend.

The account is no longer active.

[image: dailycaller / newser]

Trayvon Martin Sociological Painting of the Day

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Trayvon Martin Sociological Painting of the Day
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Just as the news that George Zimmerman has been granted bail has hit, artist Michael D'Antuono's painting reflecting the killing is circulating online. Entitled A Tale of Two Hoodies, the picture not so subtilely hints at the fundamental issue of Trayvon Martin's death.

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Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Granted Bail

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Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Granted Bail
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George Zimmerman has been granted bond -- set at $150,000 -- in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set several conditions for Zimmerman's release, including a curfew, but said further details need to be worked out between Zimmerman's attorney and law enforcement. Zimmerman will not be released today.

Zimmerman's family asked the judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members -- testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened -- argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.

"He is absolutely not a violent person," said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area because of concerns about his safety. "Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult," he said. "I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality."

George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

"I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not."

[lat / globeandmail]

Another Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman To Post Bail, May Go Free On Friday

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Another Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman To Post Bail, May Go Free On Friday
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George Zimmerman may be freed on bond this Friday, the New York Daily News reports.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said he was confident Zimmerman would be able to walk out of court after his 9 a.m. bail hearing, but that his client may be safer behind bars.

"I just hope we can get my client out to someplace safely. There have been threats on his life," he said.

Keeping Zimmerman in jail would require establishing that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community, but neither seems likely given Zimmerman's notoriety as the shooter of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

"He's not going anywhere even if he's released. Where's he going to go? He has one of the most recognizable faces on the planet," one expert told the Daily News.

Zimmerman's bond is likely to be "$1,000 or more."

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Sociopolitical Pop Art of the Day

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Art student Andy Bell constructed this 3'x4' portrait of George Zimmerman out of Skittles, the candy that Trayvon Martin was carrying when he was shot.

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Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman Charged in Death of Trayvon Martin [UPDATED]

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Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman Charged in Death of Trayvon Martin [UPDATED]
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Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. She confirmed in a press conference that Zimmerman was taken into custody earlier today in Florida.

Zimmerman faces life in prison if convicted. A charge of first-degree murder was ruled out because a grand jury won't be empaneled, in accordance with Florida law.

UPDATE: Zimmerman will plead not guilty, says his new defense attorney, Mark O'Mara.

[abcnews]