NEWS STAND: Killer Tornado, Pastor Obama
Plus: Hero left to die on NY street, strip club employs 14-year-old, and YouTube sensation Dondria.
Killer Tornado Takes 10 Lives in Mississippi
Mother Nature is officially pissed. In case you haven't been paying attention to the mudslides and earthquakes, a tornado ripped through the rural Mississippi countryside killing 10 people. About 100 homes in Yazoo City were leveled. The home of the Blues may be down, but it's not quite out. We're wishing Mississippi a speedy recovery
Pastor Obama: Eulogies West Virginia Coal Miners Killed in Explosion
Scholar, lawyer, grass roots organizer, senator, president, and now you can add pastor to the list. President Barack Obama eulogized the 29 West Virginia miners killed in the worst mine disaster in the United States in 40 years at a memorial in Beckley, WV. He stated that it is "a moral imperative for the United States to prevent the sort of underground explosion," as he addressed mourners. President Obama's ability to move people and connect with audiences is unparalleled. If this president thing doesn't work out, he should definitely give theology a spin.
Walk on By: Pedestrians Ignore Dying New York Hero
Speaking of heroes, a man lay dying in a pool of his blood for over an hour while pedestrians kept walking. The man was stabbed while trying to save a woman from a knife-wielding attacker. How tragic is it that a man gave his life to protect someone else, but no one stopped to help him. We're sure this is not what Dionne Warwick had in mind when she sang "Walk on by."
Pole Dancing for Tots: Detroit Strip Club Employed 14-Year-Old
Is this Detroit or Bizzaro world? A 14-year-old girl was employed as a topless dancer at a local strip club. No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you and this isn't a typo. We're not even sure why this place is open. There have been 14 shootings "related" to this strip club, three of them fatal. The manager of the All Star topless bar has been charged with "child sexually abusive activity." Not only do they need the Lord, they need spell check up there. We won't blame this on Detroit, the rain or alcohol. We will blame it on a culture of debauchery that has no boundaries, even when it comes to children.
SEC Punishes Porn-Surfing Employees
Now we know why the financial industry has run amok and Bernie Madoff got away with the okey doke for so long. SEC employees were busy surfing the web looking at porn instead of doing their jobs. Yes, you read right and no we're not making this up. Who knew that there would be a greater chance of regulation if Jenna Jameson were attached to the case? Perhaps President Obama and Congress should toss in some Ron Jeremy or Katie Morgan flicks to motivate the SEC to perform its oversight function. Shaking our heads over here at The Root.