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

Today we see that Los Angeles street gang members assualt a man cause they thought he had a Shaquille O’Neal sex tape, while the ATF supplied Mexican drug traffickers with guns.

Take It in the Ring

Contenders: Robert Ross vs. Main Street Mafia Crips Gang

Match: Really? A guy got pistol whipped for a Shaq sex tape? Seven alleged Los Angeles street gang members are charged with kidnapping and robbing Robert Ross, who testified in court that they were after a Shaquille O’Neal sex tape he had.

Los Angeles prosecutors said they have not verified the sex tape, purportedly showing the retired basketball star having sex with several women, actually exists.The alleged victim, Ross, said he was a member of the defendants’ Main Street Mafia Crips Gang before he became a music promoter.


Numbers Game

Number: $6 Billion

Where: Iraq

What Happened: Where’s the loot? Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.

This month, the Pentagon and the Iraqi government are finally closing the books on the program that handled all those Benjamins. But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash — enough to run the Los Angeles Unified School District or the Chicago Public Schools for a year, among many other things.


Shame On You

Who: Larry Davis

Where: New York

What Happened: It’s a mad, mad world. Larry Davis, 22, from Harlem, NY is accused of killing his grandma, stuffing her in a closet and taking a hooker into her bed and has been charged with murdering the transvestite prostitute.

Davis, was indicted in the August slaying of Richard McCoy, described by sources as a cross-dressing escort.

Davis choked the victim during rough sex and wedged the body under a bed, a source said.

The incident bears parallels to the death of Davis’ grandmother Cora Davis, 76, which was ruled a homicide because of blunt trauma to the neck and spinal injuries.


Better Than Fiction

Character: ATF

Plot Line: Federal gun agents in Arizona convinced that “someone was going to die” when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers ― made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe.
Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators that there was “a state of panic” that the guns used in the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in January and two U.S. agents in Mexico a month later might have been sold under the U.S. surveillance operation.


Hero of the Day

Who: 9 Year Old

What Happened: A nine-year-old girl stabbed her mother’s ex-boyfriend in the back while he was trying to strangle her – the second time she has had to defend her mother from him. Jason M. Fields, 27, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, strangulation and disorderly conduct. Police say he got into a fight with the girl’s mother at her home at 6:15 a.m. on Monday morning.  He jumped on the woman’s car and broke her windshield but then gave her the money for it, promising to leave, according to the complaint.


Inside the Capitol

Where: Washington D.C.

Who: House Republicans

What Happened: House Republicans are going to save azaleas instead of poor people. While azaleas are being carefully tended to, the bill would cut $832 million from a program that provides food assistance to low-income mothers and children. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the reduction could result in as many as 475,000 people being turned away from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) if food prices continue to rise.


Money On My Mind

Whose Wallet: Bill Gates

Weight: $1 Billion

How They Hustled: Bill Gates said he’s committed to making sure that the poorest children have the same access to needed vaccines as their wealthy counterparts. The Microsoft founder pledged $1 billion to help vaccinate children against preventable diseases, according to the BBC.


This Day In History

Year: 1856

What: Henry Ossian Flipper, born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1856, is the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Flipper, who was never spoken to by a white cadet during his four years at West Point, was appointed a second lieutenant in the all-African American 10th Cavalry, stationed at Fort Sill in Indian Territory.

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