Yesterday TMZ got its hands on the mug shot of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., taken moments after he turned himself into police to begin his 87-day jail sentence in Las Vegas stemming from a domestic dispute.Mayweather allegedly beat up the mother of his children while they stood by watching. While incarcerated, Mayweather initially will be kept out of general population to avoid conflicts with other inmates.He was sentenced to 90 days but received credit for three days already served.
Myanmar on Friday freed two newsmen for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, a prison official said.Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe – a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair – and driver Hla Tin were released from a prison at Yamethin, near the capital Naypyitaw.Police detained the two journalists on assignment for the TRT World television station and the two Myanmar men on 27 Oct, when they attempted to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament building.A court last month sentenced them to two months in prison under the colonial-era Anti-Aircraft Act. All four were until this week also facing an additional charge for importing the drone, and the two foreigners were also facing immigration charges.”We released Aung Naing Soe and the crew at 7:20am today because immigration and police have dropped the charges,” said Aung Myo Chun, chief of Yamethin prison.”They have served their two-month prison sentence under the Anti-Aircraft Act.”A police officer told Reuters on Tuesday he had been ordered to drop the charges because the four had not intended to damage national security and to improve Myanmar’s relations with the journalists’ home countries, Singapore and Malaysia.A local photographer said the two foreign nationals left Yamethin prison by car but Aung Naing Soe and Hla Tin walked out of the prison compound.Later, Aung Naing Soe told Reuters by phone that the release was a surprise.”We have been arrested unexpectedly, and now we are so glad to be unexpectedly released like this,” he said. “We didn’t know that we would be released in the morning until last night.”The case came amid tensions between Buddhist majority Myanmar and mostly Muslim countries like Turkey and Malaysia over Myanmar’s treatment of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority.In early September, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Myanmar of genocide in the western state of Rakhine, a charge that Myanmar denies. The United Nations has said an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine for Bangladesh since the military launched a crackdown on militants in the state in late August.Two Reuters journalists, who had covered events in Rakhine, were arrested on 12 Dec and are still in detention over accusations they violated the Official Secrets Act, also a hangover from British colonial rule in Myanmar.Their families said at a news conference on Thursday that the reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by policemen who had invited them for a meeting.
By The Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Historian Henry Louis Gates can trace the roots of his upcoming PBS documentary about the Reconstruction to his days in school.That’s when he heard about the end of slavery during the Civil War followed by virtually nothing about race relations until the civil rights movement in the middle of the 20th century.“Freedmen Voting in New Orleans,” 1867, engraving courtesy of New York Public Library Digital CollectionThe Harvard historian said it led him to wonder why a civil rights movement was necessary a century after the Emancipation Proclamation.His answer arrives on April 9, when PBS will premiere the first half of his four-hour documentary on America after the Civil War. He hopes it will enlighten people to what he believes is one of the least understood periods of the nation’s history.