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Rapper Snoop Lion seeks inter; Stray bullets damage war memorial; First Black Baltimore Police Commissioner dies

Juliana Norwood | 1/9/2014, midnight

California

Rapper Snoop Lion is searching for a new intern to help out with his non-profit organization, the Snoop Youth Football League. “I need an intern for a day in L.A., who wants to join me? All ya gotta do is help me support the Snoop Youth Football League for inner-city children, and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll fly you and a friend out to my city, the great Los Angeles, and put you up in a nice hotel,” Snoop says. He continues, “Just donate a lil bit and you’ll be entered to win a day as my intern. You’ll get a look inside the Snoop world and help me get some work done—maybe on the set of my news network GGN Hood News, or backstage with me when I’m DJ Snoopadelic.” Those who do donate to his organization, but don’t win the internship position will receive a free campaign T-shirt and a thank-you email card. The Snoop Youth Football League is a 501(c3) non-profit organization that gives inner-city children between ages 5-13 the chance to participate in youth football and cheer. Through sports, children learn the values of team work, good sportsmanship, discipline, self-respect, and the importance of academics. To donate, contact SnoopYFL.net.

Connecticut

After years of struggling to find the right hosiery to compliment her darker complexion, Jocelyn Maminta decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2012, Maminta founded Frangi Pangi, a look-nude hosiery company, with shades customized for women of every color. Frangi Pangi has distinguished itself as the only company in the industry offering 10 skin tones, plus black. Frangi Pangi doesn’t only claim to be run-resistant, it’s guaranteed, no questions asked. In addition to offering longer lasting power, Frangi Pangi hosiery is made entirely in the USA-from the yarn to packaging and everything in between. Beyond offering a new, quality product at a reasonable price, perhaps what is most remarkable about this company is where the profits go. The national foundation Caroline’s Room is the charitable benefactor of Frangi Pangi earnings. Caroline’s Room builds elegant family rooms in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of hospitals around the country. The Caroline’s Room Fund is part of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

District of Columbia

A bullet fired during what was described as a running gun battle recently on the plaza of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum damaged a panel listing names of Black soldiers who fought for the Union Army. No one was struck by the gunfire, according to D.C. police, but the granite plaza in front of the museum’s Metro station was littered with spent shell casings and two glass panels at the bus stop at U Street and Vermont Avenue in Northwest were shattered. At least one bullet whizzed by a statue depicting riflemen and a sailor — emblazoned with the words “fighting for freedom” and “Civil War to civil rights and beyond”— and struck the Wall of Honor that partially encircles the monument. The wall is lined with 166 stainless steel panels containing the names of 209,145 Black soldiers who fought in the Civil War. No arrest have been made.