May 20, 2012 |
At first glance, it's unremarkable video of a teenager in a hoodie buying candy and something to drink. But when the teenager is 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the video becomes something else completely. Florida prosecutors have released details of their evidence against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Martin to death on a rainy night in February. Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, told the Orlando Sentinel that 67 compact discs of evidence had been turned over by prosecutors last week.
April 2, 2012 |
Concerned citizens have taken to blogs, Twitter and Facebook to post their concerns about the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager slain by a neighborhood watch captain in a Florida townhouse development. They have also, famously, posted them on their backs. The Trayvon Martin protest T-shirt has become a staple at rallies across the country, and it's difficult to think of another item of clothing more representative of the nation's twitchy zeitgeist in April 2012.
April 1, 2012 |
Finally, President Obama has spoken as a black man. It wasn't entirely on his own initiative, but a question he was asked about Trayvon Martin left him no choice. When he finally spoke, he began haltingly, as if his words were taking him out on a high wire with no net below. This was risky. He said the safe things first: that the death of 17-year-old Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman in a Florida suburb was a tragedy. He said he sympathized with the parents, and that various law enforcement agencies should diligently investigate the matter.
February 26, 2013 |
It rained in Sanford, Fla., on Tuesday, just like it did exactly a year ago when Trayvon Martin died there. The shooting death of an unarmed black 17-year-old at the hands of a part-white, part-Peruvian neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community catapulted the central Florida city into headlines around the world and launched heated discussions about race and guns and Florida's "stand your ground" law. George Zimmerman, 29, faces ...
April 5, 2012 |
In the wake of the media blackout imposed last week by Angela Corey, the newly appointed special prosecutor investigating February's fatal shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the media has had no choice but to cover the story surrounding the story. This would include the widespread public demonstrations, the evolution of the "hoodie" as a symbolic rallying point, and the emergence of protest T-shirts adorned with phrases like "I Am Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvon," both of which Martin's mother is trying to have trademarked.
March 26, 2013 |
The producers at "American Idol" wanted to shore up a dramatic slide in ratings for the show's newest season, so they added three star judges and even allowed viewers to vote online for favorites up to 50 times simultaneously. The changes for the 12th season didn't help. Ratings have plummeted by double digits for the second year in a row, down this season by 18%, to 15.8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. In its fifth season in 2006, "Idol's" average audience was more than twice as large.