Cop That Killed Oscar Grant Goes Free, John Boehner Cracks Jokes On Weiner & The E. Coli Outbreak Is Killing Everybody — GLOBALGRIND’S MORNING THINK TANK

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We’re inundated by news stories every day and with a 24/7 news cycle, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. But thanks to GlobalGrind’s Think Tank, you’ll be quickly in the know, and then good to go.

From what’s going on in the Capitol to what’s happening overseas, we have it all.

Today we see that the officer who shot Oscar Grant was set free after doing a year in prison, while House Speaker John Boehner isn’t holding anthing back when it comes to the Weiner jokes. 

Shame On You

Who: ohannes Mehserle 

Where: California

What Happened: A former transit police officer convicted last year in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on an Oakland, California, train platform was freed from prison early Monday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

“He was released at 12:01 a.m.,” said spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter conviction, but California law gave him one day of good conduct credit for each of the 365 days he served behind bars, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said in a court order he signed last week.

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Take It in the Ring

Contenders: John Boehner vs. Anthony Weiner

Match: Shots fired! John Boehner took the time to throw punch-lines at the New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

“Thank God it’s not Weiner,” joked America’s Speaker of the House, who also received an honorary doctorate in public service to hang on his wall beside his 2011 Anthony Weiner sexy-pic calendar.

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Inside the Capitol

Where: Shippensburg, Pa

Who: The Tea Party

What Happened: The fight over school vouchers in Pennsylvania is a test of whether the Tea Party can transition from a protest movement into sustained political activism. They might yet make the grade, but they’re hitting plenty of bumps along the way. A forum in Shippensburg, Pa., on June 6 showed how the voucher issue has raised serious questions among the Tea Party rank and file.

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Hero of the Day

Who: Kent Melville

What Happened: Kent Melville’s father was skeptical when his son first said that he wanted to use the profits from his successful summer lemonade stand to start his own soda company. Aaron Melville, who teaches business classes at a local college, did not believe his 9-year-old autistic son was ready to run his own business.

Kent was determined to do something to help others with autism, however, which inspired his father to reconsider. Aaron described on a Facebook page for the organization, why he decided to help his son start Kent’s Soda after initially encouraging him to wait until he was older. 

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GlobalGrind’s Global Mind

Where: Germany

What Happened: Four more people have died in Germany, health officials said Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths from an E. coli outbreak to 35. All but one of the deaths were in Germany, with the other occurring in Sweden, according to the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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Better Than Fiction

Character: Tom MacMaster

Plot Line: Dude looks like a lady! “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” a blog that made headlines last week when its author was reportedly kidnapped, has been exposed as a work of fiction. The blog was purportedly written by a lesbian in Syria, though its true author revealed himself Sunday as Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old American man living in Edinburgh.

“I never expected this level of attention,” MacMaster wrote Sunday in a post from Istanbul, Turkey, where he is on vacation with his wife. “While the narrative voice may have been fictional, the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground.”

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Numbers Game

Number: 2 Feet

Where: Philippines

What Happened: A poor Filipino blacksmith’s son who stands less than 2 feet (60 centimeters) tall was declared the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records on his 18th birthday Sunday, sparking a celebration in his hometown.

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This Day In History

Year: 1967

What Happened: President Lyndon Johnson appoints U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom C. Clark. On August 30, after a heated debate, the Senate confirmed Marshall’s nomination by a vote of 69 to 11. Two days later, he was sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren, making him the first African American in history to sit on America’s highest court. 

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