Kanye West hand-delivers Adidas Yeezy Boost shoes to fans, shares inspirational message

Kanye West delivered a big confidence boost to his fans. The 37-year-old rapper is featured in a video highlighting the launch of his Yeezy Boost shoes for Adidas Originals in New York City from Feb. 14. West can be seen in the 47-second clip, which hit the Web over the weekend, carrying boxes of the fancy footwear into Manhattan's flagship store to personally give them to a starstruck group of West supporters. Kim Kardashian's other half also offered out an inspirational message in a voiceover. "I want people to think more, I want people to feel like it's OK to create and follow what their dreams are and not feel boxed in," he said. "I want people to feel like awesome is possible." West first showed off his new shoes and clothing line with Adidas Originals during New York Fashion week last month. The "Black Skin Head" singer presented his looks for a star-studded front row including wife Kim Kardashian, daughter North West, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Diddy, Rihanna and Anna Wintour. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Salvation Army uses ‘The Dress’ to send powerful message about domestic violence

The dress that fractured the Internet is now being used to heal.  The Salvation Army is using the now-infamous, arguably colored apparel  to send an undisputable message about domestic violence. “Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” the international movement’s South African arm tweeted Friday, along with a striking photo of a battered woman, wearing the now-distinct gold-and-white dress. The beaten blonde is covered in black-and-blue welts, representing one out of six victims of abuse, according to the Salvation Army’s campaign to end the mistreatment. “The only illusion is if you think it was her choice,” the message reads. The ad has gone viral since it was posted Friday morning. “We have been absolutely bowled over by the interest in this advert and the way in which it went viral," said Carin Holmes, a Salvation Army spokeswoman. "We are enormously encouraged that so many people on social media appear to be passionate about fighting the abuse of women."  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Biker Cop’ sent ‘mayhem’ text messages a day before bloody 2013 motorcycle gang beating of Alexian Lien: NYPD colleague

A day before a violent attack by a motorcycle gang that left a Manhattan family man battered, reputed “Biker Cop” Wojciech Braszczok sent disturbing text messages to a colleague foretelling the chaos that would soon unfold. “Mayhem... going through red lights, tricks and s--t,” said an unidentified undercover detective, recalling the text he received on Sept. 28, 2013—one day before a group of bikers pulled Alexian Lien from his Range Rover in Washington Heights and beat him bloody as his wife and daughter watched on. The texts, revealed during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, were ruled admissible by Judge Maxwell Wiley, opening the door for those and other statements to be included in evidence when trial begins as soon as next week. The colleague, who served as Braszczok’s “handler” while the biker cop was working undercover during Occupy Wall Street, said the troubled NYPD detective quickly reversed course after his boasts about the massive Sunday ride, which eventually drew hundreds of bikers from across the city. “When he called me I said, ‘Why are you texting me this s--t?’ And he goes, ‘I’m only kidding, man.’” After the exchange, the witness testified, Braszczok dodged questions during two casual meetings about seeing the attack on Lien, which happened after Lien struck a motorcyclist on the West Side Highway and drove off, claiming he was scared of motorcycle mob. A group of riders chased Lien to an exit in Washington Heights and followed him until he was stopped. He was dragged out of his car and beaten as his wife and young daughter watched. Braszczok claimed he was not present for the beating, but changed his story after viral video played on YouTube and in news reports gave up that he was there. The cop is accused of breaking a window on Lien’s black Range Rover during the Continue Reading

Frat suspended at Washburn University in Kansas for female-bashing text messages

A fraternity at a Kansas college is under fire after members allegedly swapped disturbing, misogynistic text messages. Phi Delta Theta brothers at Washburn University joked about mistreating women and sex with underage girls in the group messages obtained by the Topeka Capital-Journal. “Women are equal and deserve respect ...just kidding they should (expletive),” one message said according to the paper. “Remember women are just objects,” another said. Another message jokes about child rape. “She’s 12. She’s a woman.” A member fired back, “That’s my sister. If you want your balls left intact, I suggest you get that (expletive) out of your head.” The frat’s national leadership suspended the chapter on the Topeka campus as the vulgar text messages emerged. “We are very concerned by the messages reviewed thus far. Phi Delta Theta is a values-based organization and any behavior or statement contrary to those values is subject to significant action,” Phi Delta Theta spokesman Sean Wagner said in a statement to the Capital-Journal. The chapter president apologized on Thursday. “On behalf of the Kansas Beta Chapter we would like to apologize for the offensive messages circulated,” President Jake Gregg told the Washburn Review, the student newspaper. “They in no way, shape, or form represent the values of Phi Delta Theta or the men of Kansas Beta as a whole.” He promised members would cooperate with university and fraternity officials in their investigation. Frat brothers were ordered by the national leadership to halt all their programs, but they’re still allowed to live in the house while officials investigate. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Four San Francisco police officers investigated for racist, homophobic text messages sent to ex-cop convicted of corruption

Several veteran police officers in the San Francisco police department are under investigation after a trove of racist and homophobic text messages were released by the feds in an attempt to stop a bigoted former cop’s attempt to get bail on corruption charges. Former Sgt. Ian Furminger frequently referred to black people as “monkeys” and the n-word while texting his pals about “white power” and the legality of putting “an animal down,” the documents show. While the names of who he corresponded with are redacted, four are fellow police officers, identified by a source who identified them to the San Francisco Chronicle as Michael Robison, Noel Schwab, Rain Daughtery and Michael Celis. “It makes me sick to my stomach to even have these guys around,” San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr told the newspaper, though he would not confirm the identities of the officers. But all four were transferred to modified duty, all without public contact, last month after the disgusting messages, dating from 2011 and 2012, were revealed. Furminger was among six officers busted on theft, drug and extortion charges in February 2014. He was convicted in December on four felony corruption charges and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. On Friday, the feds released a seven-page document opposing the bigoted Furminger’s request for bail because he presented himself as a person of character, despite the disturbing texts, obtained by KPIX-TV, that show him to be a “virulent racist.” “I hate to tell you this but my wife friend is over with their kids and her husband is black!” Furminger wrote to one officer. “If is an attorney but should I be worried?” “Get ur pocket gun,” the unidentified officer responded. Keep it available in case the money returns to his roots. Its not against the law to put an animal down.” “Well said!” Furminger Continue Reading

ISIS threatens controversial blogger Pamela Geller in message boasting of ’71 trained soldiers in 15 different states’

ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack "any target we desire." The threat, posted on anonymous message board JustPasteIt, singles out Geller, who helped plan a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that was attacked by two gunmen in Garland, Texas, over the weekend. ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting early Tuesday, marking the first time the terror group called an American attack one of its own, though lawmakers believe the two men were influenced by the group, not guided directly by it. "This is the textbook case of what we're most concerned about," Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Associated Press. Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were aware the contest was a potential terror target and issued a joint bulletin on April 20. Organizers, including Geller - who has become a lightning rod for critics who think she promotes anti-Islam views - knew they'd be targeted but refused to back down. The chilling Tuesday post also boasts of ISIS having "71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack." It specifically names Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan and California. "The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah (authority or governance) in the heart of our enemy," the message reads. WHO IS PAMELA GELLER, THE MUHAMMAD DRAWING CONTEST HOST? "Our aim was the khanzeer (pig) Pamela Geller and to show her that we don't care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter." It says the militants will target Geller and anyone who hides or hosts her.Another high-profile target of terrorists, controversial Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, made a brief appearance Continue Reading

WATCH: Hyundai cars write girl’s message in dry lake for astronaut to read in space

Can a car deliver a message to space? The answer is yes. Hyundai used a fleet of cars to draw a giant, sweet message from a 13-year-old to her astronaut dad aboard the International Space Station. The message read: "Steph (loves)'s you!" Stephanie, from Houston, said that she really misses her dad and wanted him to see that she loves him. The message was drawn in Nevada's Delamar Dry Lake by 11 Hyundai Genesis sedans. The message was recorded as the world's largest tire track image, according to Guinness World Records. The image measured 59,808,480.26 square feet. Hyundai did not disclose the name of the astronaut. However, ABC News reported that astronaut Terry Virts, who is the commander of Expedition 43, has a teenage daughter named Stephanie. Virts is popular on social media platforms such as Twitter and Vine for posting stunning photos and videos of the Earth from space. On mobile device? Watch the video here. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

More than a ton of confiscated ivory crushed in Times Square to send message to elephant poachers

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wants to wipe out the “bloody ivory market” worldwide — and her department showed she means business Friday by crushing more than one ton of confiscated trinkets and statues in Times Square. RICHARD SCHIFFMAN: THE ELEPHANT IN TIMES SQUARE "The United States staged this event at its most famous address where messages speak the loudest," said Cristian Samper, the CEO and President of Wildlife Conservation Society. "For a brief moment Times Square stood still for Africa's elephants." CRISTIÁN SAMPER: CRUSHING TUSKS AND ELEPHANT SLAUGHTER Elephant poaching – which kills an elephant every 15 minutes – funds insurgency groups and organized crime throughout Africa, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. Most of the trinkets crushed Friday were seized during undercover operations by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Today's ivory crush event serves as a stark reminder to the rest of the world that the United States will not tolerate wildlife crimes," said Jewell. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Indiana 8-year-old leaves foul-mouthed message after Bloomington newspaper drops comics

Behold the wrath of an 8-year-old separated from his treasured comics. A foul-mouthed tyke tongue lashed the editors at an Indiana newspaper after they dropped his funny page favorites. “I’ll give you all my money if you just give it back — idiots, jerks, s--tholes,” the boy said in a phone message left for the Herald-Times. The Bloomington broadsheet had replaced 13 titles in its color-comics section, and the boy’s mother dialed up the paper and let him unload in an epic rant. His demands included a list of 11 comics he wants back immediately. “We also want back Dilbert, you jerks, you jerks, you jerks,” the boy said in a recording posted by the paper. Editor in Chief Bob Zaltsberg phoned the youngster on Monday to make peace. “He was still pretty angry when I talked with him this morning, but he was relieved to hear he’d still be able to read Frank & Ernest six times a week,” Zaltsberg wrote in a column. The boy’s mother, who can be heard in the background of the recording, reportedly told Zaltsberg her son could have been a little nicer in the message. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jealous Florida man beats and shoots wife’s friend over Facebook messages

A jealous 22-year-old man brawled with another man outside a Florida apartment and shot him in the leg after discovering he was exchanging Facebook messages with his wife, local reports said. Christopher Romoleroux pretended to be his wife, Ludwika Duarte, to find out where her old friend, Clarence Autley, lived and to set up a meeting, according to court documents obtained by the Sun Sentinel. He showed up at the Pompano Beach house last week with Autley outside waiting for what he thought was going to be an anticipated visit with Duarte, whom he had not seen in the last six years. “Why you trying to get with my woman,” is the earful Autley got instead, fending off punches from the possessive husband with tattoos all over his face. The fight left Autley with a bloody lip, a broken bone, a gash on his forehead and finally a gunshot wound to the leg where Romoleroux shot him before taking off in his car. Romoleroux was arrested on Sunday and charged with attempted murder in the second degree. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading