Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by four police officers eventually sparked violent riots in Los Angeles two decades ago, was found dead this morning at age 47. King's fiance, Cynthia Kelly, called 911 at 5:25 am after discovering his body.
King was thrust into the national spotlight in March 1991 after a videotaped assaulted at the hands of LAPD officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon made headlines. The four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force. Their acquittal on April 29, 1992 led to intense riots in Los Angeles, resulting in 53 deaths.
King fought a life-long battle with alcoholism, and had periodic run-ins with the law since the 1991 incident. He appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House, in an attempt to get clean. An interview with The Associated Press earlier this year painted a picture of a changed man:
America's been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all. This part of my life is the easy part now.
It's been 116 long years, but Niagra Falls has finally been traversed again via wire. Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation acrobat, became the first person to cross directly over the falls, completing the 1,800-foot trek in just over 25 minutes Friday night. Supporters hope the stunt will help boost sagging tourism on both the Canadian and American sides of the falls.
What a difference 24 hours can make. On Friday, word spread of Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader enrolled at PS 195 in Queens, New York. Slade had won a speech writing contest at school and was set to deliver his winning speech on same-sex marriage in front of the student body. Principal Beryl Bailey denied Slade that chance, but made a 180-degree turn on that decision overnight. Slade is now set to deliver his speech at a special assembly on Monday.
Baseball analysis is difficult enough trying to decipher WHIP, WAR and OPS, but author Mark Judge took it to a whole new level with this political commentary, comparing rising stars Bryce Harper and Jason Heyward. Mr. Judge, who declared Harper a "conservative hero," points to one particular play involving the two, where Harper legged out an extra base on a would-be single, which Heyward lazily fielded:
Heyward's bungle showed a complacency, if not indolence, that Harper threatens to destroy, but it also could be a metaphor for the collapse of the old liberal order. Heyward was like one of those public school teachers who, because they are a union member, can't be fired and so are relegated to the "rubber room" to sit and read the paper and gather a check for the rest of their lives.
A commenter responded with this rebuttal:
The Nationals picked Harper first overall because they had the worst record in baseball. They didn't earn that pick through hard work, in fact they worked the least and were rewarded for it. That sounds like income redistribution to me. Bryce Harper is a socialist hero.