Hollywood Couple Stopped By Police, Say They Were Racially Profiled

Hollywood Won’t Be a Bystander as Healthcare Debate Heats Up

Johnson. This matter will be dealt with by an internal investigation within the department and I will also ask the State Law Enforcement Division to review the allegation made against Deputy Barfield.” It was Johnson’s first experience being handcuffed. Several of her family members work in law enforcement, Johnson said, adding that she’s “never been afraid of cops or had bad opinions of them.” This time was different. After thoroughly searching the car, the officer removed the handcuffs and let the couple go. “No apology, no nothing,” White wrote. White says he won’t stop talking about the incident until “that racist cop” is reprimanded and punished. “We’ve been conditioned to just think that it’s OK — that we have to just sweep it under the rug,” White told HLN. “But we’re not doing that no more. We’re fighting.” By Monday morning, the story had received nearly 700,000 views — making it the fourth most-viewed iReport of all time — and hundreds of comments about racial profiling and law enforcement in South Carolina and elsewhere. Many readers said they had experienced similar situations. Actress Kinnik Sky was among those who shared the story on her Facebook page. Sky, who was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, said she knew White and Johnson’s account “to be absolutely true.” “I was like, ‘Wow, boy can I relate,’ because I am fearful of the cops as a whole, especially in South Carolina. My experiences have always been horrible.” The former “American Idol” finalist said whenever she returns from Los Angeles to her hometown she gets stopped by police “80% of the time” and questioned about drugs. On a recent trip she was “stopped, pulled over and questioned about every drug known to man,” she said.

Mike Farahs Funny or Die studio and similar online entities also have been recruited. The insurance companies alone are allocating a billion dollars to advocate the advantages of signing up. TV channels as well as the Web will be awash in health care noise. The young demo has to endorse the concept of health insurance or the economics of the system will collapse. Hence, as the campaign reaches fever pitch this fall, all of us will gain new insight into what historian Richard Hofstadter called the paranoid style in American politics. Our national dialogue doesnt needs further poisoning. Our chat rooms already are suffused with f-bombs, even over trivial issues. The codes of civility seem to have been abandoned, one TV production chief remarked to me last week as we navigated a crowded post-Emmy function. Is Hollywood ready to play a major role in the propaganda war? The community is hardly immune from some of the health issues that are dogging America, even before Obamacare. Pharmacists are reporting fast-growing sales of antidepressants. Medical marijuana is a major growth industry. The calendars of shrinks are full. But its conservatives who are feeling the heat. They have a narrow corridor of time in which to sell their message: Once people are enrolled and obtaining benefits, they will be nervous about surrendering them.

Crews work Hollywood water main break

By Ariel Barkhurst, Sun Sentinel 11:43 a.m. EDT, October 4, 2013 Workers in Hollywood were expected to make final repairs to the busted water main that prompted a boil water notice for thousands of residents in the south eastern areas of Broward. City officials are hoping to lift the notice by late Friday afternoon, pending a successful water quality test. Hollywood issued the notice on Thursday after a private contractor accidentally busted the 24-inch water main at South 28th Avenue and Van Buren Street, said city spokesman Jaime Hernandez. Related The city provides water services to other neighboring cities also, prompting Broward County to also issue an alert. Click here to view a map of the areas under notice. Only one house near the break was still without water, Hernandez said. City workers were delivering water to the home. In a robocall late Thursday, parents in Hollywood were urged to send their children to school with bottled water. School officials plan to cancel all outdoor activities planned for Friday. The restrooms at the schools should be working fine, officials said. City officials urged residents to bring water to a rolling boil for one minute if water is to be drunk, used in cooking or making ice, or used to wash dishes. This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.