Month: April 2011

Crime Wire Radio Investigates!

http://www.crimewiresite.com Tuesday, April 26,  9pm ET To Listen Live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/crimewire Unsolved Murder of 2 Boys Note: Newspaper reports give the children’s ages as 12 & 14. Their sister, Patricia Jackson, states they were nine and 12. We are using Patricia’s numbers. On September 23, 1990, brothers Derrick Jackson, age 9, and James Edwards, age 12,  were shot and killed by an intruder in their McKinney Street apartment in Vernon, Texas. The boys were asleep in the living room when the killer entered in the early morning hours. The assailant also shot their mother, Linda Jackson, in the head, but the bullet only grazed her. She was shot two more times as she attempted to get away, but managed to escape from the apartment. Another of Linda’s sons, 23-year-old Raymond Jackson, who was asleep in a back bedroom, exited through a window when he heard the gunshots. He was not wounded in the attack. Police reports indicate no forced entry into the home. Patricia Jackson states that Raymond has a drug history and believes he knows …

Anny Jacoby Facilitating Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Program

Program trains adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Taking a bold effort to reach into communities across the country, Anny Jacoby has trained and become a Prevention Specialist and Facilitator for Darkness to Light, an organization whose mission is to train adults in every community to responsibly attack the issue of child sexual abuse.   The focus of the Stewards of Children Program is to effectively shift the responsibility of recognizing and reacting to child sexual abuse to adults, and teach them how to make a local impact. “Stewards of Children is the only national program which is evidence-based and proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. Training is offered to community groups, parent groups, grand-parents, all organizations that serve children and youth (paid staff and/or volunteer), church congregations, every employee in school districts, coaches, law enforcement, etc.  All adults.”   (www.drl.org) Not only is the Stewards of Children a training program, but it’s also being used to change the way society looks upon child sexual abuse, to …

Sports, Family, Faith and Fitness: CCourage Empowerment Forum Welcomes Kimberli Russell of VH1′s Basketball Wives

Kimberli Russell of VH1′s Basketball Wives, Wife of Retired NBA Player Bryon Russell, Owner of Faith N Fitness, Board Member of the Non-profit WOVA Kimberli Russell is an amazing woman.  She is the wife of now retired NBA player Bryon Russell and a mother to 3 lovely children. She placed her career goals aside to be a stay-at-home mom and to support one of the greatest shooting guards ever in the NBA. Now she is a cast member of VH1′s Basketball Wives, Season 2, with executive producer Shaunie O’ Neal. But the dynamics of Kimberli doesn’t stop there! This educated, bright, spirited woman believes in empowerment. As a philanthropist she gives back to children and women affected by abuse. As a board member of Women of Vision Alliance (WOVA), founded by Bernadette Holder, she is furthering the empowerment of women and helping to strengthen their vision and she also hosts a program call WOVA Cafe on Blogtalk Radio.  Additionally, healthy living is a major part of her life and she is helping others achieve that as the Owner …

Diane Fanning Receives “Defenders of the Innocent Award” From Innocence Project

  Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at UIS Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary On Monday May 16th, from 5-7 p.m., the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project will celebrate its 10 year anniversary at the Inn at 835 So. Second Street. Four individuals will receive this year’s Defenders of the Innocent Awards:  U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill) for helping facilitate a Dept. of Justice grant (one of the largest grants in UIS’ history) that establishes a post-conviction DNA testing assistance program for prisoners seeking DNA evidence to prove actual innocence; former State Police Crime Scene investigator Alva Busch for his work exonerating Belleville resident Keith Harris; true crime author Diane Fanning, whose book about a Texas serial killer exonerated Julie Rea of Lawrenceville; and former State Police Investigation Commander Michale Callahan (author of Too Politically Sensitive) whose efforts to re-investigate a Paris, IL double murder case helped exonerate Herb Whitlock. “This will be a celebration for all those who have helped make the last ten years a success”, said Larry Golden, one of the founding members of the Project. …

Welcome Dennis McDougal!

“McDougal’s reporting has taken him to the top of San Francisco’s Mt. Tamalpais at sunrise with Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama, Rodney King’s rap music debut, Ethiopia with Harry Belafonte, Tokyo with former U.S. Ambassador Mike Mansfield, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s Washington Heights bedroom for a discussion of the elements of good sex. He has interviewed dozens of celebrated men and women who have influenced our lives: pop stars, politicians, moguls and cultural icons.” Dennis McDougal has written several books chronicling the stories of celebrities like Jack Nicholson, Robert Blake, and his next book on the life and times of Bob Dylan.  But writing about stars is not all McDougal is about, he is a journalist’s journalist in an era when old school research and reporting a story has become diluted by the fast paced internet and those who quickly churn out a quick headline and  5 minute sound bites.  Dennis McDougal has written for the LA Times, the NY Times and several other newspapers and publications during his career, earning many honors along …