Chavis Carter's Dad Blasts Suicide Theory

In today's link roundup: The father of the 21-year-old who police say shot himself while handcuffed is not hearing it. Plus: Reading Rainbow host spotlights children's literacy.

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Chavis Carter's dad blasts suicide theory: The father of 21-year-old Chavis Carter, who was fatally shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car last month, told the Huffington Post that none of what the police have told him about his son's death makes sense. "I don't believe it for one second," he said.

Colin Powell's message to black professionals: General Colin Powell closed out the 7th Annual Conference for African American Financial Professionals. According to Rolling Out, "He was very humorous while sharing certain of his life and professional experiences that painted a clear picture of how he has lived and those in attendance should have gleaned some clear insights into what made this man a great statesman and leader."

Evelyn's friend: Chad was always abusive: "Chad has been abusive towards Evelyn basically from the beginning of their relationship," a source close to the couple told Radar Online.

Reading Rainbow host spotlights children's literacy: LeVar Burton is working with Book People Unite, an awareness campaign spearheaded by Reading Is Fundamental, to put a spotlight on children's literacy nationwide. The campaign is anchored by a new PSA with celebrities including Jack Black, Chris Martin of Coldplay, John Legend and Nate Ruess lending their voices to popular animated characters, with a real-life Burton making a special appearance alongside them.

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