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October 28, 2013 | Roxane Gay, Guest blogger
Every Halloween, people take the opportunity to step out of their lives and into a playful realm where they can dress up as anything they can imagine: make-believe for adults. Halloween is the one time of year largely free from judgment. Women can go as a sexy [insert object or occupation]. Men can dress in drag. Couples can indulge in the saccharine sweetness of matching costumes. But then there are the people who choose to spend Halloween as someone of a different race. They use blackface, brown face, yellow face or red face to bring just the right amount of authenticity to their look.
September 26, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
George Zimmerman's wife is raising questions about his innocence in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, as the couple's marriage continues to publicly go sour. “I think anyone would doubt that innocence, because I don't know the person that I've been married to," Shellie Zimmerman told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday as her lawyer sat beside her. “I have doubts," she said, yet added, "I also believe the evidence" that led to his acquittal. The Zimmerman saga took another turn this month when the couple got into a marital spat at George Zimmerman's house in Lake Mary, Fla., a few days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce.
September 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
George Zimmerman may stay out of jail. On Wednesday, the Lake Mary, Fla., Police Department said investigators may not have enough evidence to make an arrest in connection with the bizarre altercation that happened this week between the man who killed Trayvon Martin and his wife, who is divorcing him. A police spokesman told reporters that an iPad that was being used to record the incident was too badly smashed to immediately retrieve video...
September 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
He stood his ground, she stood by her man and the world seemingly cannot stand away from the ongoing soap opera that has become the life of George Zimmerman. Police in Lake Mary Florida are expected to decide quickly whether to charge George Zimmerman, or his wife, Shellie, with domestic battery, police spokesman Zach Hudson told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. Officials could also decide to not charge either member of the estranged couple, he said. “This is definitely not over,” Hudson said.
September 9, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
It's absolutely appalling the way that angry Trayvon Martin supporters have made George Zimmerman's life a living hell. After Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, it was clear that there was a cabal of people out there who would not let the man live in peace. First, there was the Texas cop who pulled him over in July, allegedly for speeding. Zimmerman, 29, who had a gun in his glove compartment, was given a warning and let go. “He should be carrying a firearm,” his defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, told ABC News, “because more than ever there are people who are actively angry against him.” So true.
September 9, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The dramatic, tearful 911 call was unambiguous in at least one respect: George Zimmerman was about to step into the media spotlight yet again. The disbelief that ricocheted around the nation Monday at Zimmerman's latest high-profile encounter with the law was summed up piquantly by the police chief of Lake Mary, Fla. After answering the 20th media call of the afternoon, Chief Steve Bracknell told a Los Angeles reporter what he really thought of...
September 8, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, who has led the nation's oldest civil rights organization for the last five years, announced Sunday that he would step down in December. Jealous, whose term as president and chief executive of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People concludes Dec. 31, said in a statement released by the NAACP that he would pursue opportunities in higher education and spend more time with his family. "I am proud to leave the association financially sound, sustainable, focused and more powerful than ever," Jealous said.
September 6, 2013 | By Michael McGough
After George Zimmerman's acquittal on the charge of murdering Trayvon Martin, CNN's Piers Morgan asked Rachel Jeantel, Martin's friend, about something she had said on the witness stand. Jeantel had testified that Martin had told her over the phone that “the nigga is behind me” -- a reference to Zimmerman. Jeantel told Martin that there was a difference between “nigga” -- a slang term she said could be applied to a male of any race -- and the “N-word” that ends with an R. Jeantel explained that the distinction dated back to the year 2000, when “they changed it around.” But here's the problem.
September 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
After standing by her man, Shellie Zimmerman is striking out on her own: She has filed divorce from her husband, George Zimmerman, her attorney told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. The pair have had trouble staying out of the headlines following George Zimmerman's July acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. He's since reportedly visited the factory that made the gun he used to shoot Martin and has been pulled over twice for speeding, most recently Tuesday in Lake Mary, Fla. Last week, Shellie Zimmerman, 26, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor perjury for lying to a judge about the strength of the couple's finances as the judge was setting bail for George Zimmerman.
August 28, 2013
SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest. She was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service. Shellie Zimmerman, 26, had been charged with felony perjury after she lied about the couple's assets during a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last month of second-degree murder.
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