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TORONTO (AP) — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner.

Carter’s murder convictions abruptly ended the boxing career of a former petty criminal who became an undersized middleweight contender largely on ferocity and punching power.

Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts, memorably stopping two-division champ Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He also fought for a middleweight title in December 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello.

In June 1966, three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and Artis were convicted by an all-white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories.

Carter was granted a new trial and briefly freed in 1976, but sent back for nine more years after being convicted in a second trial.

“I wouldn’t give up,” Carter said in an interview on PBS in 2011. “No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn’t give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people … found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person.”

Dylan became aware of Carter’s plight after reading the boxer’s autobiography. He met Carter and co-wrote “Hurricane,” which he performed on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975.

Muhammad Ali also spoke out on Carter’s behalf, while advertising art director George Lois and other celebrities also worked toward Carter’s release.

With a network of friends and volunteers also advocating for him, Carter eventually won his release from U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin, who wrote that Carter’s prosecution had been “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.”

Born on May 6, 1937, into a family of seven children, Carter struggled with a hereditary speech impediment and was sent to a juvenile reform center at 12 after an assault. He escaped and joined the Army in 1954, experiencing racial segregation and learning to box while in West Germany.

Carter then committed a series of muggings after returning home, spending four years in various state prisons. He began his pro boxing career in 1961 after his release, winning 20 of his first 24 fights mostly by stoppage.

Carter was fairly short for a middleweight at 5-foot-8, but his aggression and high punch volume made him effective.

His shaved head and menacing glower gave him an imposing ring presence, but also contributed to a menacing aura outside the ring. He was also quoted as joking about killing police officers in a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post which was later cited by Carter as a cause of his troubles with police.

Carter boxed regularly on television at Madison Square Garden and overseas in London, Paris and Johannesburg. Although his career appeared to be on a downswing before he was implicated in the murders, Carter was hoping for a second middleweight title shot.

Carter and Artis were questioned after being spotted in the area of the murders in Carter’s white car, which vaguely matched witnesses’ descriptions. Both cited alibis and were released, but were arrested months later. A case relying largely on the testimony of thieves Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley resulted in a conviction in June 1967.

Carter defied his prison guards from the first day of his incarceration, spending time in solitary confinement because of it.

“When I walked into prison, I refused to wear their stripes,” Carter said. “I refused to eat their food. I refused to work their jobs, and I would have refused to breathe the prison’s air if I could have done so.”

Carter eventually wrote and spoke eloquently about his plight, publishing his autobiography, “The Sixteenth Round,” in 1974. Benefit concerts were held for his legal defense.

After his release, Carter moved to Toronto, where he served as the executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2005. He received two honorary doctorates for his work.

Director Norman Jewison made Carter’s story into a well-reviewed biographical film, with Washington working closely alongside Carter to capture the boxer’s transformation and redemption. Washington won a Golden Globe for the role.

“This man right here is love,” Washington said while onstage with Carter at the Golden Globes ceremony in early 2000. “He’s all love. He lost about 7,300 days of his life, and he’s love. He’s all love.”

But the makers of “The Hurricane” were widely criticized for factual inaccuracies and glossing over other parts of Carter’s story, including his criminal past and a reputation for a violent temper. Giardello sued the film’s producers for its depiction of a racist fix in his victory over Carter, who acknowledged Giardello deserved the win.

Carter’s weight and activity dwindled during his final months, but he still advocated for prisoners he believed to be wrongfully convicted.

Carter wrote an opinion essay for the New York Daily News in February, arguing vehemently for the release of David McCallum, convicted of a kidnapping and murder in 1985. Carter also briefly mentioned his health, saying he was “quite literally on my deathbed.”

“Now I’m looking death straight in the eye,” Carter wrote. “He’s got me on the ropes, but I won’t back down.”

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The news of Peter and Paul Okoye of P-Square having issues went viral on Friday after their elder brother and manager, Jude Okoye tweeted that after 10-years, he was done.

There were reports that the brothers even fought during rehearsals.

Inside sources have revealed that the fight between the brothers actually started by their PAs. Jude’s PA, Wande, was said to have given money to Peter’s PA, Shege to get his car registered but Shege allegedly spent it on something else. This angered Jude’s PA who stormed Squareville to confront Shege.

They got into a heated argument which resulted in a serious and bloody fight. Peter then reportedly came in and joined in the combat. He was about to hit Jude’s PA with a pen when Paul held him to prevent him and in anger, Peter allegedly swung his free hand, landing his twin brother a big blow that made him fall to the ground but he didn’t fight back.

Their elder brother Tony allegedly joined in, pounced on Peter and started beating him.

Reports have it that Peter wants to be incharge of their funds or get more money allegedly due to pressure from his wife but Jude has always been in charge and Paul wants it to stay that way.

Every family has its own issues, pray they get through this.

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The divisional police officer of Onikan police station, Mr Adekunle Awe, who a 31-year old mother of two, Idowu Akinwumi accused of raping her, has been detained. The police officer who was detained alongside two other police inspectors from his zone, said the devil brought the suspect to put him in trouble and he prays the Lord helps him secure his job.

Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola have declared their interest in the case.

He is currently being detained at the State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja.

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100_0949psqrAs more reports of an impending split between the powerful twin duo, P-Square keeps hitting the media, fans all-over are praying it isn’t true.

So far, the usual step of removing info from social media bio’s hasn’t been effected by any of them including Jude..Some still believe this is one huge PR stunt while others say Lola is the cause of the rift..

Well,Freeze has called on all Nigerians to pray for them from 8am today..He also wrote an open plea to them on twitter..

Read below and start praying

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A jilted lover boy identified as John Otoreh in Ishiagu community near Asaba, Delta State, has allegedly killed his girlfriend and her sister after a minor quarrel which ensued over his in ability to make love, Leadership newspaper reports.

Reports said that the incident which took place on Friday evening in the community shocked residents especially the elders as the suspect before the incident had never displayed any serious notoriety.

Leadership Sunday reliably gathered that trouble started in the early hours of Friday after a heated quarrel ensued between the lover and his girlfriend identified as Rosemary (surname withheld) over his inability to make love to her.

While the quarrel degenerated, an insider said that the victim (his girlfriend) began to molest the suspect with all manners of ridicules especially telling of his inability to make love, a situation the younger sister joined to announce.

Earlier, the suspect had on Friday sound a note of warning to the duo but fell on deaf ears as they allegedly continued to mock him of his deficiencies as well as calling him unprintable names.

The police public relations officer in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu, confirmed that while the insults and ridiculous statements rained on the suspect lasted, he was said to have been provoked and sought for broken bottles and allegedly stabbed the victims in their stomachs while effort to rescue them from serious bleeding by neighbours who rushed to the scene proved abortive.

An eye witness said that the suspect had about two months ago threatened to eliminate his girlfriend over the use of abusive words especially his alleged inability to consistently make love to her.

Family sources said that the suspect had been embattled over the intermittent failure of his genital organ; a situation he has consulted several native doctors after paying huge sums of money with assurances of effectiveness that never worked. But another source said the victim was caught with the suspect’s friend having sexual affairs; a situation that  provoked him the more and he allegedly insisted on eliminating her.

 

SOURCE: ladun liadi