Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason. “I heard this lady, she was like, ‘Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ She’s like, ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child,'” said camper Dymire Baylor. The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise. “When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.” The next day the club told the camp director that the camp’s membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded. “I said, ‘The parents don’t want the refund. They want a place for their children to swim,'” camp director Aetha Wright said. Campers remain unsure why they’re no longer...

Mile High Nakedness, This Man was Stripping

A mentally disturbed Bronx man stripped naked and fought with the crew on a flight to Los Angeles, causing the jet and its 148 passengers to be diverted to New Mexico, officials said. At 6:45 p.m. Wright suddenly began taking off his attire on US Airways Flight 705. A flight attendant asked Wright put his clothes back on. She then covered him with a blanket and he took that off. Wright then punched and kicked back at the attendant before two Los Angeles law officers handcuffed him, according to the criminal complaint. Wright’s family said he suffers from a bipolar disorder. Wright’s younger brother said that Wright obviously was not taking his...

The Dog eat my Checkbook

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) A woman accused of dipping into her ex-husband’s bank account without permission blames her dog. Arlington, Wash., police spokeswoman Kristin Banfield says detectives filed court orders to follow the money trail. They learned the money disappearing from the 42-year-old Arlington man’s account was being used to pay for utility bills and other sundry items at his ex-wife’s home. Banfield tells The Herald that the woman’s first response was, “Her dog got into her purse and ate all her personal checks.” The 50-year-old woman reportedly told police she had no choice but to take money from her former husband’s account. The spokeswoman says other excuses were offered as well. The women is under investigation for identity theft and forgery and Arlington police have forwarded the case to Snohomish County...

Inmate sentenced for stealing from jail

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) William K. Bradley has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing a computer at the Kalamazoo County jail, where he was already serving time for a different case. The Kalamazoo Gazette quotes a judge as telling the Michigan resident that stealing from a jail was “the dumbest crime” he’d heard that day. He said it might even be in the top half-dozen he’d heard in his career. Bradley has racked up six felonies and four misdemeanors by the age of 25. He agreed with the judge, saying he’s “not the best...

No one is feeling the VIBE anymore

NEW YORK (AP) Vibe magazine has lost its mojo. The hip-hop and urban culture magazine founded by music producer Quincy Jones is shutting down. A magazine executive says most of the company’s 50 or so employees will be laid off. Vibe was founded in 1993. Its paid circulation was roughly 800,000 during the last six months of last year. A New York private equity firm acquired the magazine in...