Dozens of supporters gathered in Moss Point Sunday to protest the fatal police shooting of a local man last Thursday night. Carlos Moore, an attorney representing the group, claimed at least seven witnesses have said that Toussaint Sims did not have a weapon when he was shot to death by a police officer. A Moss Point police report claims Sims displayed a weapon in a threatening manner while attempting to flee officers. Moore is also demanding that body cam footage of the incident be released.
A man is dead after an argument during a Mississippi church service turned into a fight, then a shooting. It happened in Ripley, a small town about an hour and-a-half southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. Local news media report the son-in-law of the preacher at West Ripley Church of Christ got into an argument with a constable who is a member of the congregation. The 57-year-old son-in-law reportedly attacked the constable, who shot him in self-defense. The constable is a county law enforcement officer and just ran unopposed for re-election.
Since the ICE raids last week, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has been providing translators to families of immigrants detained. Some 680 people were rounded up last week in what the government says was the largest single state enforcement of undocumented immigrant workers in U.S. history. A spokesperson says the agency will be visiting schools across the state this week where detainee children may be attending. The translators are being provided through the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Canton.
Over the weekend, a makeshift clinic was opened up in Canton to give free legal advice to those affected by the ICE raids. Representatives of the League of United Latin American Citizens, some who traveled to Mississippi from as far away as Chicago, counseled over 50 people. In addition, the organization gave out free food and children's books.
2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris says the upcoming census will be heavily impacted by immigration raids. On NBC's Meet the Press, the California senator says she believes the Trump administration's "campaign of terror" will distort the 2020 census. Harris said with recent raids, like the one in Mississippi where 680 workers were arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents, undocumented immigrants will be afraid to be counted in the census. She argues that will impact its results which decides things like electoral lines and where the government puts resources.
The attorney representing fans suing the NFL over a Saints playoff game says he is not backing down on moving the lawsuit forward. Tony LeMon responded over the weekend to Saints' team officials asking the plaintiffs to drop the lawsuit or to have the courts dismiss the case. Several Saints fans have joined together to sue the league over a controversial missed call at the end of the 2018 NFC Championship Game against the L.A. Rams. LeMon said the case is more about the integrity of the game and getting to the truth.
A Virginia Elvis impersonator is making a name for himself at the home of the king. Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Rodriguez was named 2019's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist at Graceland in Memphis on Saturday. The win landed the musician with a contract to perform with Elvis Presley Enterprises and 20-thousand-dollars in cash. He also performed at the Soundstage of Graceland last night. Rodriguez says he started studying Elvis when he was just nine-years-old.
Seems “sleeping on it” really is a thing … A new study from the University of Bristol found that daytime naps can help us weigh the pros and cons of a challenging decision, and can even help us process unconscious information.
Have a latte before lying down … According to a new study, having coffee before bedtime will not keep you up. Having alcohol before bed, on the other hand, will mess with your sleep. Yep, seems counter-intuitive, since coffee is a stimulant and booze is a depressant, but researchers at Florida Atlantic University found that drinking a cup of coffee four hours before bedtime was not found to affect sleep quality. The study found, however, that having alcohol within four hours of going to sleep did lead to worse sleep quality. And if you’re a smoker, listen up. The research found that nicotine was especially bad for sleep length and quality, and its effects are worse if you have insomnia. (The Ladders)
CARS THAT GET THE MOST SPEEDING TICKETS
Some folks behind the insurance website Insurify crunched the numbers and figured out which cars get the most speeding tickets. Here’s a rundown of the top cars, ranked by percentage of drivers with a speeding ticket for each model:
- Subaru WRX -- 20.12 percent
- Scion FR-S -- 19.09 percent
- Volkswagen GTI -- 16.92 percent
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe -- 15.75 percent
- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited -- 15.35 percent
- Dodge Ram 2500 -- 15.32 percent
- Dodge Dart -- 14.86 percent
- Infiniti G37 -- 14.72 percent
- Subaru Impreza -- 14.66 percent
- Hyundai Veloster -- 14.48 percent
It seems the top cars are almost all less-than-common models. Maybe they’re getting targeted by cops because they’re so special and unusual? (Gear Patrol)
Should Guys Pay for the First Date?
A new survey found that 62 percent of guys believe men should pay for the first date. But, only 46 percent of women believe men should pay for the first date. The survey also found that only two percent of men and five percent of women believe that women should pay for that first date.
For their own unique take on these stories and more, here's video of this Aug. 12th edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":