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Audio Was Cut, Valedictorian Says, at Mention of 'Tamir Rice'

Unfinished speech also mentioned victims of mass shootings

(Newser) - "To the kids that were murdered in senseless mass shootings; to Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and all the other children who became victims of injustice," a high school valedictorian in Dallas began saying Saturday. Then her microphone was cut, NBC reports. Rooha Haghar tweeted an account and a... More »

Trayvon Martin's Mom Makes a Big Announcement

Sybrina Fulton plans to enter Florida politics

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's mother is running for political office, the Miami Herald reports. Sybrina Fulton—whose son was infamously shot dead by a neighborhood crime watch captain in 2012—plans to officially announce Monday that she's running for the Miami-Dade County Commission. "Our county must continue moving forward... More »

Randy Moss Goes With Statement Tie at HOF Induction

'I just wanted these family members to know they're not alone'

(Newser) - Randy Moss spoke for 17 minutes at his NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night—but his tie had even more to say. The wide receiver wore a tie with the names of a dozen black men and women who were killed by police, died in custody, or, in... More »

Parking Lot Death: No Arrest, Lots of Controversy

Florida shooting raises questions about state's 'stand your ground' law

(Newser) - A controversy is brewing in Florida over a fatal shooting in a parking lot, one that involves renewed scrutiny of the state's "stand your ground" law. The basics:
  • The dispute: On Thursday, 47-year-old Michael Drejka shot 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a dispute over a handicapped parking space at
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George Zimmerman: I Have No Job, No Assets, Owe $2.5M

Man acquitted in Trayvon Martin case does have public defender to help with new stalking charges

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is back in the legal system, apparently a little poorer this time around. CNN reports public defender Blaise Trettis has been assigned to Zimmerman—the Florida man acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin —after Zimmerman told a Seminole County court that he has... More »

George Zimmerman Arraigned on Stalking Charge

Zimmerman is accused of threatening an investigator for a film on Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - Authorities say George Zimmerman threatened a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker. Per the AP , court records show Zimmerman was issued a summons for a May 30 arraignment on a charge of misdemeanor stalking. A sheriff's report says the investigator contacted Zimmerman in September on behalf of Michael... More »

Trayvon Martin About to Receive College Degree

Florida Memorial University to honor him with posthumous aeronautical science bachelor's

(Newser) - If Trayvon Martin were alive today, he would be 22 and perhaps preparing this month for his college commencement. One Florida school is giving his parents the honor of accepting a degree for him. CNN reports that Florida Memorial University will bestow a posthumous bachelor's degree in aeronautical science... More »

Jay Z Making Trayvon Martin Film, TV Series

Based on 2 books

(Newser) - A Trayvon Martin movie and TV series are coming out, thanks to Jay Z. The rapper is teaming with the Weinstein Company to make a six-part docu-series as well as a narrative feature film focusing on the life and death of Martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by George Zimmerman... More »

Zimmerman Talks About Trayvon, Gets Punched

Witnesses say he was boasting about killing Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - There are differing accounts of what happened at a Sanford, Fla., restaurant Sunday evening, but three things are clear: George Zimmerman discussed shooting Trayvon Martin, he was punched in the face, and he is no longer welcome at Gators Riverside Grille. WKMG reports that Zimmerman called 911 and said that... More »

Auction Ends: Zimmerman May Get $120K for Gun

This time, the online sale appears to have worked

(Newser) - It looks like George Zimmerman has sold his gun after all. Both TMZ and WKMG report an online auction that ended Wednesday received a verified top bid of $120,000 for the weapon used to kill Trayvon Martin. A higher bid of nearly $140,000 by "John Smith" appeared... More »

Zimmerman Insults Trayvon Martin Parents

'They didn't raise their son right,' he says

(Newser) - George Zimmerman appears to have decided he hasn't caused enough pain yet to the parents of the teenager he killed four years ago. In an interview with the Daily Beast , Zimmerman said Trayvon Martin's mother and father were bad parents who should "have an internal dialogue to... More »

Top 'Bid' for Zimmerman's Gun: $65M

One big bidder: 'Racist McShootface'

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's attempt to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin appears to be back on again, though bidders are clearly making a joke of it. Early Friday morning, the leading bid in the online auction at UnitedGunGroup came from "Weedlord Bonerhitler" at a bit more... More »

Zimmerman's Gun Auction Taken Down

And Smithsonian denies wanting gun

(Newser) - For reasons unknown, but easily guessed, GunBroker.com has taken down an auction listing for the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman had just listed the 9mm pistol with a starting bid of $5,000, and the auction was set to start at 11am Eastern Thursday. By... More »

Zimmerman Selling Gun That Killed Trayvon Martin

He puts 'piece of American history' up for auction

(Newser) - George Zimmerman says he is "honored and humbled" to be selling the gun he killed Trayvon Martin with four years ago. Zimmerman has listed the 9-mm pistol on a gun auction site, calling it a "piece of American history" that the Smithsonian is interested in, reports the New ... More »

Zimmerman Tweets Photo We Didn't See Coming

'Z-Man is a one man army' accompanies sad photo

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's Twitter feed attracted a little attention Sunday when he retweeted a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead body—along with the words "Z-Man is a one man army." He soon took down the tweet, which was originally posted by @SeriousSlav , an apparent admirer, but this... More »

Zimmerman Blames Obama, Quotes Anne Frank

He says he has no guilt over Trayvon death

(Newser) - Three years after he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman says he has a clear conscience, but he knows who to blame for racial tensions around the case: "Barack Hussein Obama." In a video posted on his divorce lawyer's website , Zimmerman accuses the president of persecuting him by... More »

No Civil Rights Charges for Zimmerman in Trayvon Case

Justice Department concludes there isn't enough evidence

(Newser) - George Zimmerman continues to get into minor scrapes with the law, but he's going to avoid a major one: The Justice Department has decided not to bring civil rights charges against him in the death of Trayvon Martin, reports AP . It's not a huge surprise given that the... More »

George Zimmerman Charged With Assault

He is back in jail after domestic dispute in Florida

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is starting off 2015 in a familiar place: behind bars. Police in Lake Mary, Fla., arrested the 31-year-old about 10 last night when answering a call about a domestic dispute, reports News13 in Orlando and CNN . It's not entirely clear what happened, but Zimmerman is charged with... More »

Pal Who Defended George Zimmerman Changes Tune

Frank Taaffe testifies for grand jury, thinks former friend may be racist after all

(Newser) - "I'm going to go on camera and say George is not a racist" are words that Frank Taaffe now regrets saying about former pal George Zimmerman . Just two years ago, when the media frenzy was at a fever pitch following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin , Taaffe made... More »

At Home With the Zimmermans

Family keeps 'go bags' to flee, uses code names: Amanda Robb

(Newser) - The Zimmerman family isn't big on public life these days: They live in an undisclosed location in Florida, and to bring a GQ reporter to the rental house, they wanted her blindfolded. Ultimately, they nixed the visit, but Amanda Robb still interviewed them, and offers a portrait of their... More »

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