Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: After a random teenager beat an elderly immigrant man to death in broad daylight -- as part of some sort of twisted "knockout game" -- the surviving widow, also injured, says her life was destroyed. The suspect is now headed to jail after a guilty verdict years later. Riverfront Times has the story.
For many, to exist near Ma Jaya -- a beguiling New Yorker with a tenth-grade education -- was rapture. To them, her dogma was beyond the mortal ken. But there were also stories of profound cruelty and despotism. Former followers say Kashi members were beaten for disobedience or spiritual cleansing. In the church's 35 years of existence, adherents claim abuses including beatings, pedophilia, forgery of official documents, and extortion occurred by order of Ma Jaya. New Times Broward-Palm Beach has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The shots that struck the boy appeared to come from a white Volvo -- prompting cops all over the city to stop vehicles that met that description. Then came a tip that brought huge media attention. But was it a breakthrough or bogus? Westword has the story.
Reading from the Village Voice Empire: Ryan Ball woke up in the hospital with a severe injuries after what began as a night out in Dallas. Ball claims he was outside club Le Vu, which was where adult film star Jenna Jameson was having a birthday party. Ball has been trying to piece together the night with friends, police and Reddit. Full story on the Dallas Observer.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: If you're buying a car from St. Louis, Missouri Craigslist, you may want to meet in a public place. Two men allegedly schemed several people into meeting them to buy a car -- only to shoot at them and steal their cash upon arrival. Riverfront Times has the story.