Sunday, April 20 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:33:32 GMT
Former midddleweight boxer Rubin Carter has died. (Source: Flickr)
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.Full Story >
By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many...Full Story >
Sunday, April 20 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:32:59 GMT
Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN)
The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado.Full Story >
Denver police say they have issued 28 citations for public consumption of marijuana and arrested one person accused of attempting to distribute the drug so far this weekend as revelers celebrate the traditional pot holiday...Full Story >
Sunday, April 20 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:53:25 GMT
Police say the victim, identified as James Joyce, was found shot on Reading Road. Full Story >
Police say the victim, identified as James Joyce, was found shot on Reading Road.Full Story >
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Savannah celebrity chef Paula Deen is in the headlines again, this time not for her good deeds but instead comments in a deposition. A former employee suing Deen alleging racism and her lawsuit deposition leaked to national media.
Last week, following up on the latest on the lawsuit, I spent time at the Federal Courthouse in Savannah watching the video deposition and taking notes because the video was not supposed to be made public for 90 days. The only way to view it, according to lawyers and the courts, was to sit and watch it and take notes.
All three and a half hours of it.
Wednesday morning, details from the deposition splashed across the Enquirer to Entertainment Tonight, including accusations of a racist dream wedding and use of the n-word.
Did Paula Deen really say those things in the video deposition?
"According to the new Enquirer, out now, Jackson (Lisa Jackson, former GM at Uncle Bubba's who is suing Deen and Bubba Hiers for harassment and discrimination) once asked Den what she wanted servers to wear for a plantation style wedding and she says Deen answered quote, 'what I'd really like is for a bunch of little n-words to wear long sleeve white shirts black shorts and bow ties.'"
That allegation was brought up in the video deposition WTOC watched, and Deen denied it. She said a visit to a restaurant in Tennessee with her husband Michael impressed her and represented a certain "era in American history."
"The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret," Deen said in the video deposition.
When the attorney questioned Deen about what era she was referring to, he seemed to lead her to say pre-civil war, which lead to the statement.
"Well, it was not only black men, it was black women. I would say that they were slaves. But I did not mean anything derogatory by saying that I loved their look and their professionalism," Deen said.
Deen did not deny using the n-word in jokes or in anger in the past, but said it had been a long time. When asked to identify the race of the servers, she replied, "I don't usually use African-Americans. I try to go with whatever the black race is wanting to call themselves at each given time. I try to go along with that and remember that."
The original basis of the million dollar lawsuit was not race fueled, it was harassment, discrimination and work conditions, including details of Deen's brother, Bubba, showing porn to the plaintiff, Lisa Jackson, from a work computer.
"Anybody can come in and snoop," was Deen's response.
When asked if she knew what discrimination and sexual harassment was, Deen answered, "Coming on to a person I would think. Holding them back because of their sex. I don't know.
I think I would recognize it if I saw it."
We'll have to wait until August for the video deposition to be made public, unless it's leaked before hand. Parts of the transcript and filings, which are coming fast and furious the last week and a half, are already online or part of the public filings.
Paula Deen's attorney, Bill Franklin, released this statement in regards to the latest racism allegations:
"Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court."
Attorney's for both camps tell WTOC they expect a trial date to be set any day now, with the case going to court before the end of the summer.
Thursday, April 17 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:59:41 GMT
Many families celebrate the Easter season with a traditional egg hunt. The same is true for the Cincinnati Zoo's newest family. The Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla family - one-year-old Gladys, Jomo the silverback,Full Story >
Many families celebrate the Easter season with a traditional egg hunt. The same is true for the Cincinnati Zoo's newest family.Full Story >
Friday, April 11 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:07:05 GMT
Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.Full Story >
Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014. Full Story >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:46:03 GMT
Clermont County Sheriffs are investigating after a man was killed in a lawn mower accident on Friday evening. Officers say the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Friday at in the 1800 block of Route 52. AirFull Story >
Clermont County Sheriffs are investigating after a man was killed in a lawn mower accident on Friday evening.Full Story >
Friday, April 18 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:53:24 GMT
The police department's statements detail their use of GPS tracking, surveillance and the help of tips from the public that led to the eventual arrest of Mohammed Whitaker, the man suspected of being theFull Story >
Court documents detail how new-age technology, old-fashioned police work and observant eyewitnesses led to the capture of the man that authorities say was responsible for a string of highway shootings that terrorized the area.Full Story >
Thursday, April 10 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-10 10:53:05 GMT
A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.Full Story >
WLOX News has uncovered new details about what led investigators to arrest a Long Beach Police officer for three counts of sexual battery involving a minor. A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.Full Story >
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