Louis Farrakhan: 'We need to put the American flag down'

Published: Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:19 AM


            Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, speaks at a press conference near United Nations headquarters on June 15, 2011 in New York City. 
            Mario Tama
Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, speaks at a press conference near United Nations headquarters on June 15, 2011 in New York City. (Mario Tama)

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan wants more than just the Confederate flag pulled down; he wants the American flag pulled down, too

Farrakhan made the comments Wednesday at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. 

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“We need to put the American flag down because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag," he said.

“White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city; they don’t give a damn about them nine.” (WMAL)

He added that when the police took suspected shooter Dylann Roof to Burger King, they were saying, “You did a good job. Kill all them [expletive].”

>> Click here to listen to his comments (NOTE: Graphic language.)

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Democrats try to seize on jump in gasoline prices

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

While the Trump Administration has hailed economic and job gains over the past year and a half, the price of gasoline has jumped sharply in recent months for consumers and businesses, adding to the cost of everything from a daily commute, to a summer vacation, and the amount of money companies pay to ship their products around the country.

And it’s starting to used by Democrats on Capitol Hill to take aim at the White House.

“Gas prices have risen more than 25% since Trump took office,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

“Overall world crude oil prices have increased over 75 percent in the past year,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), as Democrats wrote President Donald Trump a letter earlier this week, asking him to do something about the rising cost of gasoline .

Those numbers at the pump aren’t unusual for the Washington, D.C. area as just the ohter day, this reporter filled up on the way to work, and ha the pump shut off before the tank was full, when the total hit the $50 credit card limit at that station for a single transaction.

Figures released in recent weeks by the Trump Administration clearly show the increase, with gas prices up on average by over 52 cents a gallon from the same time a year ago, at an average of $2.92 per gallon.



The $2.92 per gallon is the highest average price at the pump on Memorial Day in four years – in 2014, gas was at an average of $3.67 per gallon, as Republicans blamed the energy policies of the Obama Administration, arguing for more oil exploration in the United States.

Gas prices generally trended down the last few years, leading President Trump to proclaim where they stood on July Fourth of last year.

But since that tweet on July Fourth of last year, the price of gasoline has only gone up, and federal energy experts expect even more in the months ahead.

“Relatively higher crude oil spot prices, higher gasoline demand, and falling gasoline inventories are all factors contributing to higher gasoline prices,” the Energy Information Administration reported last week.

The EIA predicted an average of $2.90 per gallon for gasoline this summer.

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WATCH: Punches fly when man refused beer on American Airlines flight to Florida

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

VIDEO: Fight Breaks Out on American Airlines Flight

A fight broke out between two passengers on an American Airlines flight headed to Miami from Saint Croix on Wednesday.

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Passenger Bill Bolduc captured the fight during American flight 1293 on his cell phone and posted a series of videos on YouTube on Friday.

The two passengers begin arguing during the food and beverage service, because a flight attendant refused to serve one of the men another beer.

The flight attendant can be heard in the background saying, “Please sit down, I’m not bringing you any more beers.”

The second man tried to help and that’s when things got violent, Bolduc told WPLG.

“Hitting the chair, swearing, yelling at other passengers, spitting at people at some point,” Bolduc said.

FBI officials told WPLG that he threatened to kill the other man and spit blood on him. 

The two men began punching and other passengers jumped in to try to separate them. 

In one of the videos, other men stand up to try to help the passenger calm down, telling him to “chill” and “relax” while he banged his head on the overhead compartment.

At some point, everyone returned to their seats and the plane landed safely at the Miami International Airport, according to WPLG. The man was taken into custody by Miami-Dade Police. No flight attendants were hurt.

American Airlines stated it is proud of how the flight crew handled the situation. 

WSVN reports that the FBI is now investigating.

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Service dog gives birth to litter of puppies at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

WATCH: Service Dog Gives Birth to Puppies at Airport

A service dog delivered eight puppies in the terminal of the Tampa International Airport on Friday.

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The two-year-old Labrador retriever named Elli, short for Eleanor Rigby, gave birth to seven males and one female puppy, according to Tampa Bay Fire.

An airport spokesperson told WTVT that a woman and her daughter were traveling to Philadelphia with a pair of service dogs when the female started going into labor. 

They knew she was pregnant, but didn’t know she was so close to giving birth. 

  
Proud dad, Nugget, stayed by her side the whole time.
 

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Alberto: What is a subtropical storm?

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

What is a Subtropical Storm?

Days away from the official start of Atlantic hurricane season, the first tropical system of 2018 formed Friday in the Caribbean Sea. 

The National Hurricane Center has begun to issue warnings on Subtropical Storm Alberto as the system makes its way over the Yucatan and into the Gulf of Mexico.

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At 11 a.m. Friday, forecasters put Alberto 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. The storm’s sustained winds were 40 mph and it was moving northeast at 6 mph. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the storm Friday afternoon. 

The NHC classified the storm as a “preseason subtropical storm.” While there is a difference in the classification of storms – from extratropical, to subtropical, to tropical – they are all capable of threatening life and property.

Here’s a look at the characteristics of both subtropical and tropical systems. 

Subtropical storms:

  • A subtropical storm is basically a low-pressure system that is partially a winter-type storm and partially a tropical storm. 
  • They are colder than tropical storms, meaning the core temperature is lower than a tropical storm’s core temperature. Warm water feeds tropical systems making them spin faster and become stronger. 
  • There is a closed low-pressure center of circulation with the storms, just as with tropical storms, but the rains and wind are not near the center. Instead, thunderstorm activity and strong winds are miles (sometimes hundreds of miles) from the center of circulation. Think of the shape of a comma.
  • Subtropical storms can and often do organize into tropical storms.
  • They are less likely to become hurricanes, though they can.
  • They are generally large storms. 

Tropical systems

  • Tropical storms are powered by very warm water, and are well-connected to the upper atmosphere. The warm water is drawn up into the system through the upper atmosphere and pushed down again as the cycle repeats, causing a heat pump effect that fuels the storm.
  • Tropical storms gain strength by thunderstorm activity around the eye, or center of circulation.

For  more  information on tropical systems, see:

>>Hurricane season: What is the Saffir-Simpson scale; how does it work; is there a Category 6?

>>What is a storm surge and why is it dangerous? 

>>How to use internet during a storm when your internet is down 

>>9 weather terms you should know when preparing for a hurricane 

>>15 safety tips that could save your life during a hurricane 

>>Hurricane evacuation: Helpful apps for finding gas, hotel rooms, traffic routes 

>>Here's how to keep your pets safe during a hurricane 

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24: Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi (L) and Dennis Feltgen, the Communications and Public Affairs Officer, work at the National Hurricane Center as they look at a computer screen showing the first subtropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season on May 24, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday in the Caribbean Sea.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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