An unidentified man, who was reportedly strapped with a bomb, hijacked a plane traveling from Alexandria to Cairo. The aircraft was carrying 82 passengers, including 10 American citizens. Many believed the hijacker was affiliated with ISIS, but he actually took over the plane because he wanted to give a letter to his ex-wife in Cyprus. “It’s all to do with a woman,” Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades said in a statement. “We are doing everything to release the hostages.” After the plane landed, the hijacker let most of the passengers go. His ex-wife came to the airport in an attempt to diffuse the situation. EgyptAir took to Twitter to keep people updated about the incident as it was unfolding. Before 8 a.m. on Monday, the last group of hostages was released and the hijacker was apprehended. Read more.
California Raises the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour
On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown and other state leaders agreed on a deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. The plan was a landmark decision; the state became the first one to officially implement a strategy that will increase the minimum wage to that rate. California hopes other states will follow suit. “This plan raises the minimum wage in a careful and responsible way and provides some flexibility if economic and budgetary conditions change,” said Brown. The plan will increase the wages of 6.5 million people living in California and will benefit 43 percent of the state’s workforce. The deal is slated to be approved by the state assembly. Cities that have proposed plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 include New York and Seattle. Read more.
CVS Being Sued for ‘Shopping While Black’ Controversy
CVS is the latest retailer to be caught up in a “shopping while Black” controversy. Three ex-investigators have filed a lawsuit against the chain for racial profiling. According to detectives, they were told by one of the store’s market investigators to specifically target Black and Latino shoppers. The lawsuit claims that Sheldon Thomas told them, “When you catch the black people, lock them up,” and, “When you catch the Spanish people, lock them up.” He also allegedly said, “Watch the black n—-rs that come in the store,” and would not hold White shoplifters accountable for their actions. Racial slurs were also used frequently in the store. “Other large retailers faced with allegations of racial profiling have attempted to remedy these problems to help ensure that people are treated fairly without regard to race,” said their lawyer. “In contrast, we are not aware of any efforts by CVS since we filed the original complaint to remedy its problems.” Read more.
Katt Williams to be Arrested Following Fight with Teen
Comedian Katt Williams will be arrested after a physical altercation with a teenager at a soccer game in Georgia. The video, which went viral, shows Williams punching 17-year-old Luke Wash after the two got into an argument. There are warrants out for Williams’ arrest on charges of disorderly conduct. This incident will cause the bond for his other brushes with the law to be revoked. “Even though we’re the same size, you’re a little boy; I’m a grown-a– man,” said Williams in a video following the encounter. “I just want you to have a bloody mouth so you can have that lesson later — that that’s what happens when you say slick s–t to grown a– men.” He is expected to turn himself in soon. Read more.
“The Wire” Actress Sonja Sohn to Host Series on Inequality in Baltimore
Sonja Sohn, best known for her role on HBO’s The Wire, will use her platform to bring attention to the harsh realities in Baltimore. A four-event art and conversation series, dubbed Redlining Baltimore, will delve into segregation, discrimination, and inequality in the city. “A year after the unrest in Baltimore sparked by the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, Johns Hopkins University is launching an art and conversation series to reflect on deep-rooted discrimination in the city and what the community can do about it,” read a release. “The name of the series refers to the historical practice of denying services—health care, mortgage loans, even access to supermarkets—to residents in certain areas based on the racial or ethnic makeup of those areas.” Sohn will host all four of the events, slated to take place at Johns Hopkins University. Redlining Baltimore will kick off on April 6 and run through May 4. Read more.
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