NYC Man Gifts Sneakers to the Homeless

Andre McConnell of New York City looks to add positivity to the sneaker community by donating hundreds of pairs of shoes to the homeless. Head sales associate at menswear store Atrium by day, McConnell spend his evenings around NYC providing the homeless with new shoes, socks, and other items like hats and sweatshirts for his […]

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Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes Pig Crate Ban Bill

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state.

In a veto message issued Friday afternoon, Christie, who is seriously considering a 2016 presidential run, called the bill opposing gestation crates a “solution in search of a problem.”

The contraptions, which are so small pregnant pigs can’t turn around in them, are rarely used on New Jersey’s 300 pig farms. But they’re widespread in Iowa, home to the nation’s first presidential nominating caucuses.

Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes Pig Crate Ban Bill

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Iowa’s powerful pork industry, along with the state’s Republican governor, Terry Branstad, opposed the bill, and Christie’s response was being watched as a gauge of his presidential ambitions.

In his veto message, Christie criticized legislators for taking up the bill, accusing them of using lawmaking as “a political cudgel.”

Democratic Sen. Ray Lesniak, who authored the bill, told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith that Christie’s veto reeks of presidential politics.

“The pork industry is located in Iowa, and it’s the first presidential primary,” he said.

He said there’s no reason why pigs should be locked in gestation cages most of their lives.

“They’re pure torture,” Lesniak said.

Paul Shapiro, vice president of the Humane Society, said it’s clear 2016 played a role.

Iowa is the nation’s leading pork producer and Iowa pork industry and Iowa’s governor have been lobbying Gov. Christie to veto this bill,” Shapiro said.

Christie vetoed similar legislation last year, but advocates had hoped changes would address his concerns. Instead, Christie said he would leave state policy in the hands of the Board of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture.

“I will rely on our in-state experts rather than the partisan politicians who sponsor this bill,” he said. “These facts are no less true today.”

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Bill Cosby Losing Collegiate Respect After Sexual Assault Allegations

After devoting an entire lifetime to the social and educational enrichment of children, it is nothing short of a surprise and at the very least a life lesson, to see an American icon be reduced by the shame more commonly reserved for a convicted criminal

Bill Cosby won the hearts and respect of legions of fans during his years as Dr. Huxtable on both The Cosby Show and its spin off, Different World.  The plot, characters, script, and even settings of both sitcoms presented higher education in not just a positive, but necessary light for the growth and achievement of African-American people as a whole.  The “Cosby Show”, in essence, became a model for proper living and a guide for the successful upbringing of respectable world citizens.

It is sadly ironic that some 20 years after these poignant contributions to network television, Bill Cosby’s real-life affiliations with institutions of higher learning seem to be dissipating one by one. 

Ten years ago, Boston’s Berklee College of Music awarded Cosby an honorary doctorate degree and issued a scholarship in his name.  The scholarship title has been revoked.

North Carolina’s High Point University held the actor is such high esteem that he was appointed to adviser on their national board.  This appointment has since been revoked.

After receiving a doctorate in education in 1977 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Cosby held the position of co-chair of the school’s fundraising campaign.   Although his earned degree has not been stripped, Cosby has agreed to resign from the campaign post.

Finally, Cosby holds a baccalaureate degree from Temple University and is a member of their Board of Trustees.  As of November 2014, his status with the university remains intact but a 2005 alumnus has initated an online campaign to force the Board to relieve him of his duties.

 

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