A Change.org petition was launched in September to rename Florida’s Lee County to Bruce Lee County. Presently, the county is named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, hence the desire of many residents to change its legacy to something much more positive. More than 1,000 people have signed so far.
Part of ending racism is getting rid of racist symbols. As the organization that organized the petition, Artsemble Underground, stated: “It’s time to stop idolizing these Confederate soldiers. Ending racism includes the removal of racist figures, statues, and idols across the south. We propose this petition to rebrand Lee County, Florida, in an effort to continue the battle to eradicate racism in the United States.” That sounds like a pretty solid idea!
Bruce Lee is an amazing cultural figure. Not only did he bridge the gap between the East and West, but he was also one of the most legendary and influential martial artists of all time. Even today, he’s a pop culture figure that people of all ages and backgrounds know and appreciate. “We are not trying to change our past, we are trying to improve our future, and what better way than [to] use an inspiring, positive influential figure as our namesake,” the petition argues.
Robert E. Lee literally has nothing to do with Lee County. Artsemble Underground’s owner, Brian Weaver, also pointed out the fact that according to historical documents, Robert E. Lee “never even set foot in our county. He has nothing to do with this place.” Instead, Retired Confederate Captain Francis Hendry pushed for the change in 1887 despite protests.
It remains to be seen whether the petition will garner any real change. However, it’s a great initiative and one that I think many people can get behind. It would certainly be a welcome shift in Lee County, so let’s see if lawmakers decide to do anything about it!
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Former Banking CEO Claimed $280,000 He Spent As Strip Clubs Was A ‘Business Expense’
A former banking SEO from Switzerland has claimed that $280,000 he spent at strip clubs were “business expenses” as he faces a criminal fraud trial. Pierin Vincenz headed up Raiffeisen Switzerland has made no shortage of ludicrous claims about his mismanagement about company funds, but his love of exotic dancers has gotten the most attention, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Vincenz seems to have spent a ton of money on women in general. The New York Post notes that on one occasion, the CEO spent $760 on dinner with a woman he met on Tinder. It wasn’t a date, he insisted – he was thinking of hiring her for a real estate job, which made it a business expense.
He got into plenty of trouble with strippers. It was discovered in court that at one point, a hotel charged Vincenz and a stripper $4,500 in damages because of a “massive fight” they had in a room they’d booked.
Vincenz was up to all kinds of criminal mischief. In addition to using company funds to pay for his lavish lifestyle (and seeming sex addiction), he is on trial with seven other top bankers and associates for enrichment, fraud, and mismanagement. Officials believed that he made plenty of secret deals on the side in addition to the ones he made on behalf of the company.
He’s claiming innocence, of course. But then who would believe that he would ever admit wrongdoing? These guys never do.
Reporter Hit By Car During Live News Broadcast Comes Back To Finish Segment
A television news reporter was hit by a car during a live broadcast but still managed to get up and finish her segment. Tori Yergey, a reporter for NBC affiliate WSAZ in West Virginia was at the scene of a water main break in Dunbar when a car hit her from behind, pushing her and her camera violently to the ground. However, she soon came back into the shot and assured everyone she was okay.
She could have been seriously hurt. While the collision looked quite serious, Yergey seemed okay as she assured in-studio anchor Tim Irr that she wasn’t severely injured. “Oh my God. I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay!” she said.
The driver of the car was mortified. However, she asked if Yorgey was okay by calling out through the driver’s side window of her car before stopping off-camera. Yorgey said she was and then joked, “That’s live TV for ya!”
Irr wanted to clarify what exactly happened to her. Because it all happened so quickly, it was unclear exactly what happened when Yorgey was hit. “So were you bumped down low Tori or were you hit up high? I couldn’t really tell from looking at you,” he asked. She replied: “I don’t even know, Tim. My whole life just flashed before my eyes, but this is live TV and everything’s OK. I thought I was in a safe spot but clearly we might need to move the camera over a bit.”
This wasn’t the first time something like this had happened to her. Yorgey shared that she was hit in the same way back when she was in college. She was okay then as well, meaning she’s had some pretty lucky scrapes!
Yorgey was later assessed at a local hospital and was given a clean bill of health.
Man Who Shot And Killed Stepfather For Molesting Younger Sister Gets 1,800 Years In Jail
The family and friends of a Virginia man sentenced to 1,800 years behind bars for killing his abusive stepfather have launched a campaign to see him released. In 2003, 18-year-old Christopher Bennett was convicted of the murder of his stepfather Vincent McDorman after catching the man molesting Bennett’s younger sister. He was sentenced to three life sentences, the equivalent of 1,800 years at the time, but now his supporters are calling on Governor Ralph Northam to pardon him altogether.
Bennett’s sister, Victoria McDorman, is his most ardent supporter. At the time of the killing, Bennett is said to have broken into his stepfather’s home and caught him molesting Victoria. “Once he discovered he was molesting me, Chris ended up shooting and killing Vincent and then taking a checkbook and running away,” Victoria said, as per NBC 12. “Chris was charged that night with capital murder, breaking and entering, and robbery.”
Bennett never had much of a chance. When he was arrested, Victoria says her brother was given the choice between three life sentences of 600 years each or the death penalty. In other words, he never had a chance at having any kind of life again.
Victoria was too young at the time to share her story. However, now that she’s an adult and can clearly explain what happened that night and the abuse she experienced, she’s campaigning to make things right. “If he wouldn’t have done what he did that night, I would still be in that same situation and I wouldn’t have had the chance to live the life I’ve had,” she said.
The family has launched a Change.org petition for his release. At the time of writing, it now has more than 158,000 signatures out of the 200,000 it’s aiming to get and bring before the governor. “Look at his story, read his papers and please send him home, that’s where he needs to be and that’s where he belongs,” Elizabeth Ailstock, Bennett’s mother said. Governor Northam’s office issued the following statement: “Governor Northam has pardoned more people than any of the last nine governors combined. He is continuing to review this and other pardon petitions, and will do so through his last day in office.”
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