1. WHNT News 19 – The Mount Zion Baptist bus crash has caused many to reach out to the church. They are offering support in any way they can. The church’s Facebook has been flooded with visitor posts. The church has kept their followers in the know by posting Facebook posts on how those who survived the crash are doing. The most recent post in part says, “Please pray for them as they recover from this trauma. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you”. As the church asks for prayers some Madison County residents are raising money for the Harmening family and the church.
2. AP – A former Milwaukee police officer whose fatal shooting of a black man last year ignited riots on the city’s north side goes on trial this week. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Sylville Smith, 23. Heaggan-Brown’s police career has already ended. He was fired two months after the shooting when he was charged in an unrelated sexual assault case. The trial, which starts Monday with jury selection, will bring the first public look at body-camera video of the moments after Heaggan-Brown and his partner pulled over a car on Aug. 13, 2016. The video may help jurors decide whether Heaggan-Brown had reason to fear for his life when he fired his weapon or whether he was shooting a helpless man who was no longer armed.
3. LA Sentinel – Compton residents can continue to call Aja Brown their mayor, since on Tuesday, June 6, she beat out former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley in a runoff. Brown won by a landslide, garnering 60 percent of the vote, including votes by mail. Now, she said, she will continue the work of moving the city forward. “I’m humbled and grateful that Compton residents have put their trust in me to serve as their mayor for another term,” said Brown via a statement on election night. “I’m looking forward to finishing the work that we’ve started. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m extremely honored to be able serve the great city of Compton for another term.”
4. AP – A 30-year employee of St. Petersburg College rode an overwhelming tide of public support to be named the school’s first female and first black president. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 53-year-old Tonjua Williams was named recently as the school’s new leader. Williams will take the reins amid faculty discontent and financial unease, facing down a projected $6 million to $10 million shortfall with little support from a state Legislature that favored state universities this year. She also takes her place among the region’s institutional heavyweights, overseeing a school with some 40,000 students and nearly a dozen campuses and centers.
5. Reuters – Uber Technologies Inc’s [UBER.UL] board will discuss Chief Executive Travis Kalanick temporarily stepping away from the embattled ride-hailing firm and consider sweeping changes to the company’s management practices at a meeting on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The source said it is not clear that the board will make any decision to change Kalanick’s role. The board is expected to adopt a number of internal policy and management changes recommended by outside attorneys hired to investigate sexual harassment and the firm’s broader culture. The outside lawyers made no recommendation about Kalanick. The meeting, which Uber has not publicized, could be a pivotal moment for the world’s most valuable venture-backed private company, which has upended the tightly regulated taxi industry in many countries but has run into legal trouble with a rough-and-tumble approach to local regulations and the way it handles employees and drivers.
6. LA Sentinel – Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now, has created the fundraising initiative, #HBCUGivingDay, a national call to action in support of raising funds for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Recently, Martin represented a different historically black college and university by wearing a lapel pin and then posting the photo on social media using the hashtag, #HBCUGivingDay.
7. AP – Nick Gordon, the ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, was arrested Saturday after allegedly beating up his new girlfriend in a jealous rage. A Sanford Police report says a heated argument early Saturday between Gordon and his girlfriend, Laura Leal, “became physical and lasted through the night,” with Gordon “hitting and punching her in the face and the back of the head with a closed fist.” Gordon told officers that he never hit her, “that he is the one that was abused and punished,” that she hit and punched him repeatedly, and that he wishes to press charges against her, the report says. After observing the woman’s injuries, however, officers advised her to seek hospital treatment, and then took Gordon into custody, jailing him without bond on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Exodus 33:14 says, “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”
Albert Schweitzer said, “Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!