Honoring God This Christmas Season

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Reports indicate that consumers spent a record $13 billion on Black Friday preparing for the Christmas holiday season.
It is estimated that the four day spending total was down this year to a measly $50.1 billion down from $57.4 billion in 2013. Overall, shoppers are expected to spend $616.9 billion which is up 4.1 percent from 2013.
However, online retail sales topped $1 billion for Thanksgiving.
The biggest consumers this holiday season are estimated to be minorities, blacks, Asian Americans  and Hispanics.
Asians Americans and Hispanics are estimated to spend about 13 percent more than they did last year while African Americans are estimated to spend about 17 percent more than last year.
But where will all of that money go?
African Americans will spend 17 percent  more on electronics, 17 percent  more on food and 15 percent more on apparel.
Many people will use credit cards to do their holiday shopping, promising to pay the debt off within two or three months. Six or eight months later (or more), they are still paying, and those items that seemed like such bargains end up costing you 10 to 20 percent  more than they thought, due to credit card interest, according to financial experts.

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Mother Wants Her Son, Killed By Police, Remembered Also

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

A Kansas City mother is stilling looking for answers in the death of her son who was shot by Kansas City, Mo., Police officers on July 28, 2013.
Mrs. Narene Stokes James has spent the past year mourning the loss of her son, Ryan L. Stokes, 24, who was killed by Police outside of the Power and Light District after a friend of his had an altercation with a group of whites over a cell phone.
According to his mother, a Jackson County Grand Jury heard the case and did not find probable cause to indict the officer who’s name has never been publicly released.
“In the midst of the Eric Gardner, Micheal Brown and Tamar Rice, there is one name that has been left out of the conversation because no one really remembers my son’s name or the incident in which a Kansas City, Mo., Police officer killed my baby, Ryan L. Stokes,” Mrs. Stokes James said.
“It hurts me that his name has not been a part of the news on a national level or a part of the protests that are taking place across the country. It hurts that no one is marching for my son and the Justice department is not investigating his death. Eric Holder has not come to visit me and my family and President Obama does not know my son’s name. It doesn’t hurt because I feel slighted, but because justice has never been served,” she said.
According to reports, a disturbance broke out between a group of whites and one of Stokes’ friends over a cellphone. A video shows Stokes getting in the middle of the argument in an effort to break up the argument.



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Family Sues Over Fatal Shooting At Ohio Wal-Mart

CINCINNATI  (AP) — The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man’s civil rights.
The  lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton against the city of Beavercreek, the two Beavercreek officers involved, the police chief and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
John Crawford III was shot August 5, inside the store in the Dayton suburb. Police responded after a 911 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a firearm.
A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified.
“All we want is justice for John Crawford,” the family’s attorney, Michael Wright said at a news conference Tuesday.
Crawford’s family has said previously that it was “incomprehensible” that officers weren’t indicted. The family has sought a federal investigation to see if race was a factor, and the U.S. Justice Department has been reviewing the shooting.
Crawford’s death also has drawn demonstrations from protesters criticizing the shootings of young black men by police around the country, with some suggesting race was a factor.
Wright said the criminal justice system has so far refused to hold the officers accountable and that it is necessary for the civil justice system to do so. He said Crawford was just shopping and talking on his cellphone when he was shot.
“John Crawford did nothing wrong,” Wright said.
The police officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Crawford has said the man didn’t respond to repeated commands to drop the weapon and turned toward officers in an aggressive manner.
A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said Tuesday that the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company takes its stores’ safety and security very seriously.
“Out of respect for everyone involved, we believe it’s not appropriate to discuss the specifics of this matter, but we can say that our associates acted properly,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said in an email.
Beavercreek’s city attorney, speaking for the city and police, said in an email that they are confident the trial will be fair.
“We believe the evidence will show that the officer’s actions were legally justified, said Steve McHugh.
The lawsuit charges that all the defendants were guilty of negligence and that the officers were guilty of recklessness and depriving Crawford of his constitutional rights, including the right to be free of unreasonable seizures and excessive use of force.


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