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Cheat Sheet: June 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela remains in “serious but stable” condition

The widely admired social activist is in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria today. The ailing first black president of South Africa has had a string of medical problems since leaving the public eye in 2010. Mac Maharaj, spokesperson for president Jacob Zuma, assures the millions across the world following Mandela’s condition that every precaution and comfort is being taken to ensure his health and privacy. Mandela, known best for his nonviolent resistance and imprisonment for 20 years during the country’s battle with apartheid became a symbol for moral activism and dignity. President Obama is scheduled to meet with Mandela on Friday, but the status of that meeting will depend on Mandela’s health. (Source)

No pork for Deen

Amidst allegations of the use of racially charged language, Smithfield Foods has decided not to continue with Paula Deen as a spokesperson. According to a statement published by Smithfield Foods, the company announced its separation from the Deen name, citing its adherence to ethical business practices. Deen has been under fire since admitting to using sensitive language during a deposition for a related lawsuit. The Food Network has also chosen not to renew her contract. (Source) (Source)

No time for ‘Norfolk 4’

The United States Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeals case from one of the four men convicted in the 1997 rape and murder of a Norfolk woman. Eric Wilson, the only one not eligible for the conditional pardon given by then-governor Tim Kaine in 2009 because Wilson had already been released from custody in 2005, is seeking to clear his name after he said police bullied him into a false confession. Since then, Wilson has proclaimed his innocence, but to gain his freedom, he would have to prove that he has been in custody since his incarceration. However, since he has been freed from prison he has attempted to argue that his name on the sex offender registry constitutes custody--something of which the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals did not agree. (Source)

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