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Trayvon's mother: 'It was an accident'

04/12/12 11:59AM

Now that the legal aspect of the Trayvon Martin story has entered a new phase, statements made by the people directly involved carry a new resonance. After the special prosecutor announced the murder charges against their son's killer yesterday, the parents of Trayvon Martin spoke up, saying that the reason they were so vocal is because they merely sought an arrest, not a conviction (through the media, or otherwise).His mother, Sybrina Fulton, also said this about George Zimmerman in an interview with the Associated Press:"I would probably give him an opportunity to apologize ... read more

John McNeil in an undated photo.

Standing his ground got him life in prison

04/12/12 08:54AM

Now that George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, we can expect to see an even greater focus on the "legalese," so to speak. His (new) attorney indicated that Zimmerman will plead not guilty to the 2nd-degree murder charge; by Florida law, per the state's standard jury instructions. that means special prosecutor Angela Corey is alleging that when he shot Trayvon, he did so with a "depraved mind," and "without regard to human life."That indicates that Corey didn't buy Zimmerman's claims of self-defense in the shooting. read more

Confessed killer George Zimmerman.

Trayvon's killer charged with murder, is in custody

04/11/12 04:09PM

Update: Special prosecutor Angela Corey has announced that Zimmerman with murder in the second degree. She has indicated that Zimmerman is in custody inside the state of Florida. (The full press conference video is now embedded below.)Update: NBC News is now reporting that Trayvon Martin's confessed killer, George Zimmerman, has been taken into custody. (Seems he wasn't that "far from Florida" after all.)Live video of Corey's 6:00pm ET press conference announcing the charges will be available in the embedded video below. Our earlier post, written before Zimmerman's arrest, is below the jump. read more

Santorum suspends campaign 'we were winning'

Santorum suspends campaign 'we were winning'

04/10/12 04:25PM

Rick Santorum left the race for the Republican presidential nomination this afternoon, thus actually ending suspending a campaign that has been effectively over for some time now:"Ladies and gentleman, we made the decision to get into this race at our kitchen table against all the odds," Santorum said in remarks to reporters in Gettysburg, Pa. "We made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today. We are not done fighting."His most curious remark? read more

Tulsa had a painful racial past before Good Friday

04/10/12 11:28AM

Five people were shot, and three were killed last Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- and not only have police announced that the two men arrested and charged have confessed to the crimes, but they also know specifically who did which shootings:Mr. England told the police that he shot three of the victims and Mr. Watts admitted to shooting two of them, said Officer Jason Willingham, a spokesman for the Tulsa police. Mr. England said he drove the pickup during all the shootings, Officer Willingham said.The victims may have been "chosen randomly," but all five were black. read more

Picking Easter eggs out of the news cycle

04/08/12 05:43PM

Near the end of our show today, Melissa donned her Easter Sunday "crown" and had her guests go hunting for some tidbits to talk about -- inside Easter eggs.They covered topics ranging from the National Review firing John Derbyshire for his (latest) racist column, to Minnesota putting voter ID on the ballot, to Coke and Pepsi parting ways with ALEC, Ann Romney campaigning for her husband, to even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West!And this segment is worth it just to see the Reverend Al Sharpton opening a plastic Easter egg and being forced to buck his tradition, and actually call Willard Mitt Romne read more

Melissa is great, gives us a big ol' cake

Melissa is great, gives us a big ol' cake

04/08/12 12:21PM

The MHP family is currently enjoying perhaps the most beautiful cake I've ever seen, courtesy of our host, to celebrate the Easter and Passover (it's kosher) season! We hope that you all are spending the holiday with your families and others you love. Thanks for spending part of that holiday weekend with us.Video from today's show will be up here on the blog any moment now. As usual, we'll have breaking news, updates, and commentary here on the MHP Blog throughout the week, and Melissa will be back for another weekend in #nerdland next Saturday at 10am ET. See you then! read more

Tugging on the lion's tail, in our April 8 preview

04/08/12 09:16AM

Part of the reason I start this preview with this Gregory Porter video is that it evokes the very spirit of the Easter season -- the playfulness, the invigoration, the observance of renewal, and resurrection of spirit -- in ways that it may not even have intended. This holiday contains so many emotions, so deep-seated within many of us have trouble even tracing them back to the source. This time of renewal and hopefulness is not only a cornerstone for an entire faith, but a metaphor and reminder of its permanence in our lives. read more

Friday shootings in Tulsa may be hate crimes

04/07/12 09:34PM

Three people were killed and two others critically wounded by shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma early on Good Friday. The shootings appear to be random, but all of the victims -- Dannaer Fields, 49; Bobby Clark, 54; and William Allen, 31 -- are all black, and there is suspicion that the shooter, described as white, may have targeted them for that reason:When asked if people in the community felt that the shooter or shooters were deliberately targeting black people, he replied "yes, absolutely ... read more

'Food justice' for thought

'Food justice' for thought

04/07/12 08:00PM

Emery Whalen of the John Besh Foundation, French Culinary Institute student Syrena Johnson, and Jacquie Berger of Just Food, offer their thoughts on fast... watch

Finding 'food desert' oasis

Finding 'food desert' oasis

04/07/12 08:00PM

Go Figure: Melissa Harris-Perry connects fast-food consumption to the number of Americans living in "food deserts" without close access to supermarkets. watch