Phyllis Smith A.

Phyllis Smith A.
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Online journalist who writes news/op-eds on politics, crime, tragedy, health, entertainment, Christianity and other topics. Also writes Contemporary Praise and Worship songs.
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Dr. Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. She was a writer, Civil Rights activist, professor, and Renaissance woman who inspired many.
Temple Grandin, an autistic college professor and autism advocate, says more research should be done on how autism affects the senses. This will ultimately improve the social skills of children who have autism.
My only brother, Derek Carl Smith, passed away, after suffering a long illness. He was born on July 26, 1958 and transitioned on June 10, 2013. A memorial service was held for Derek, on Sun., July 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., in Macedonia, Ohio, and a private interment will take place soon ...
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou Paula Deen's cooking show contract with the Food Network expires June 30 and will not be renewed. The announcement was made after Deen, 66, apologized on video for using the"N-word" and canceled a “...
Now's the time to stop gossiping, and if you're a gossip addict, there's help available. defines gossip as "idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others."
Walter Lee Williams, 64, a former University of Southern California (USC) professor, was arrested and flown from Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Los Angeles Wednesday after one day on the FBI's Most Wanted list. He is accused of engaging in web-cam sex acts with underage boys in the Phili...
REDDING, Calif. - Gregory Dunn, 59, lay in his driveway in a pool of blood. His son, Jason Dunn, 27, was nearby and also bloodied, and It was soon discovered he had cut off both his own hands after allegedly stabbing his father.
On Father's Day, I have been reminiscing about my late father, Robert Smith Jr., the smartest man I have ever known. It is because of him that I became an educated woman and know, undoubtedly, lifelong learning can take place outside a classroom.
Shermain Miles (AKA Charmane Boone), 51, lived in Uptown and was a fixture and menace in Edgewater, another north side neighborhood. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Miles has finally been ordered to a mental health and substance abuse treatment program.
Montia Marie Parker, 18, a former Hopkins High School student, in Minnetonka, Minn., has been charged with promoting sex trafficking and prostitution. She allegedly set up sexual encounters for a 16-year-old cheerleading teammate who is cognitively delayed and receives special educati...
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 39, pleaded guilty, in a military court on Wednesday to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians. He said there's “not a good reason in the world” for why he did it.
WASHINGTON - A woman heckled Michelle Obama at a DNC fundraiser Tuesday evening saying President Barack Obama should issue an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination against federal contractors.
A memorial service was held for Nancy Lanza, 52, mother of Adam Lanza, the Connecticut school shooter on Saturday in Kingston, N.H. On Dec. 20, family members and friends attended a small, private funeral, but out of respect for the Sandy Hook victims held off on a larger service.
In a 5-4 majority decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, DNA collection after arrest and suspicion of a “serious offense” is legitimate. Police can now collect DNA from suspects after arrest and prior to trial and conviction.
NEW YORK - President Barack Obama's eldest brother, Abon'go (Malik) "Roy" Obama, 55, is selling two of the president's handwritten letters which were sent to relatives in Kenya for $15,000 each. They are written on White House note paper and each one states “Thanks for your prayers ...
ROY, Wash. - Tyler James Deutsch, 25, is being held on $1 million bail for allegedly putting his six-week-old daughter in a freezer. He was charged Tuesday on three counts: first-degree child assault, first-degree criminal mistreatment and interfering with the reporting of a domestic ...
Recently, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, called his mother for the first time since his arrest.
A baby boy who was rescued from a sewer pipe in the city of Jinhua, Zhejiang province, in eastern China, is miraculously healthy and has been released from Pujiang People's Hospital Thursday into the care of his mother and a man claiming to be his father.
A "black widow" suicide bomber, Madina Alieva, 25, blew herself up and injured 18 in the southern Russian region of Dagestan Saturday. Russians refer to such women as “black widows” because their spouses were killed by security forces.
Janet Jackson (AKA Miss Jackson), 47, sister of the late Michael Jackson and youngest of the iconic Jackson family, has reportedly joined the mega rich by becoming a billionaire. Jackson has $1.2 billion in earnings, but does this mean she's a billionaire?
Grant Alan Acord, 17, was arrested Saturday, for allegedly building bombs with the intent of blowing up West Albany High School, in Albany, Ore. He is a junior at the school, located about 75 miles south of Portland, and was inspired by the Columbine massacre, authorities say.
Kermit Gosnell, a Pennsylvania abortion doctor was found guilty of murdering three babies who were born alive after failed abortion attempts. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an adult female.
My teenage son who doesn't like to write penned a beautiful, poignant letter for my Mother's Day gift. He concisely described his feelings; it was the perfect gift for me, a writer, and I'll cherish it forever.
Whether you're finding friends on Facebook or tweetin' on Twitter, or stumblin' on Stumble Upon, there's a limit to the time you should spend on social media. There are 24 hours in a day, and even online writers have other responsibilities, like exercising, cooking, cleaning, and walk...
First impressions can be misleading, or they can be lasting. In mid-2004, I had a random opportunity to meet Michelle Obama who was then the wife of former US Senate candidate, Barack Obama. It was my first and only in-person contact with her. during the meeting I had a lapse in memor...
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