Deya Directive: What Are You Afraid Of?

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Nobody wants to admit they have fear, but we all do.

Most successful people experience it, but do you know the difference between successful people and everyone else? They face their fears and move on.

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Rikers Inmates Break Plexiglas, Rescue Guard From Rape By Convicted Sex Criminal

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A Rikers Island correction officer who was being sexually assaulted by a convicted sex criminal was rescued by inmates after they broke the Plexiglas blocking the locked area in order to stop the prisoner’s attack, the NY Daily News reports.

The attacker, 27-year-old Raleek Young, is serving a five-to-10-year sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl, according to the Daily News exclusive. The “hulking” prisoner, who weighs 290 pounds and stands nearly 6-feet tall, cornered the woman in a locked vestibule inside the Anna M. Kross Center Saturday, pulled down his pants and masturbated while choking her.

Responding officers, with the help of inmates, tore away the Plexiglas surrounding the “bubble-like watch post.” A slim prisoner was able to slid through the small crack and open the security door. That’s when the group of inmates descended on Young.

But despite the brutal and shocking attack, the incident wasn’t…

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Man Awarded $9.1 Million 20 Years After Wrongful Conviction & Contracting HIV From Prison Rape

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Man Awarded Millions After Being Wrongfully Convicted & Contracting HIV From Prison Rape

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A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered the District government Friday to pay a record $9.2 million in damages to Kirk L. Odom, 52, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 22 years in the rape and robbery of a woman in her Capitol Hill apartment in 1981.

The amount, set by Judge Neal E. Kravitz, is the second — and largest — award in a case tried before a District judge under the District’s wrongful conviction law, which was approved in 1980. It also is one of the largest non-jury awards in an exoneration case in the United States.

“Mr. Odom spent more than twenty-two years of what should have been the prime of his adult life behind bars for a crime he did not commit,” Kravitz wrote in a 37-page opinion that recounted…

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Scandal” Went There: Did Shonda Rhimes Get Ferguson Right?

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On this week’s episode of Scandal, art imitated life as Olivia Pope and her team found themselves in the middle of Rosemead—just blocks away from the White House, where an African-American teenager named Brandon Parker was gunned down by a police officer. The storyline closely mirrored the real life murder of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

Here are five striking similarities between last night’s Scandal episode and the events in Ferguson.

1. Brandon was left lying face down in the street.

Scandal included the teen’s father, Clarence – played by Courtney B. Vance – toting a shot-gun at the site where his son was gunned down. The grieving father ultimately sets a chair over his son and sits down, waiting to find out which cop is responsible for his death.

One of the key and…

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The Rush Is On For Health Insurance Ahead Of Deadline

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama‘s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.

The effort had the trappings of a get-out-the-vote drive, with email reminders, telephone calls and squads of community-level volunteers.

“You can’t avoid it: TV, radio, church, wife, kids, co-workers,” said Ramiro Hernandez, a previously uninsured truck repair shop owner who enrolled himself and his family in Joliet, Illinois, on Saturday.

Technicians anxiously monitored the federal website for any new bugs. The administration provided no statistics on weekend sign-ups, instead releasing numbers that showed tens of thousands of consumers were trying to connect, online and by phone.

Winter weather interfered in parts of the country. Rhode Island’s state-run insurance marketplace extended its deadline until Feb. 23. Blowing snow and bitter cold affected…

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UPDATE – Bobbi Kristina – Very Sad NEWS – But Bobby Brown Is Not Giving Up

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Bobbi Kristina's organs are shutting down and sources at this point say it 
doesn't matter if Bobby withdraws life-support she's dying - 

TMZ reports Bobby Brown is holding strong to his religious few and says he 
will do whatever it takes to keep his daughter alive - 

Source TMZ

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The Death Of Whitney Houston Inspired Gabrielle Union

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On the day of Whitney’s death just 3 years ago today, Gabrielle Union was in a meeting with the producers of Being Mary Jane. At one point the conversation was all about Gabrielle’s rising star. At the same time, everyone in the room was solemn and distracted by the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. It made Gabrielle think about what she wanted her legacy to be. She decided that she wanted to be known for playing challenging roles that exemplified real people and real struggles. Click here to read more.

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Watch: Betty White Gets Birthday Flash Mob From ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Cast and Crew

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Betty White turned 93 on Saturday and got an unconventional birthday surprise from her “Hot in Cleveland” cast and crew the day before.

White’s assistant greets her with a hula dance on a daily basis so her friends and colleagues at TV Land organized a luau-themed flash mob in her honor on the CBS Studio Center lot.

People decked out in hula skirts and leis popped out of their hiding spots as White approached the soundstage in a golf cart, driven by co-star Dave Foley. The legendary actress got especially emotional when her three “Hot in Cleveland” costars, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, performed a special dance.

“At 93, you shouldn’t be doing this,” she told the crowd with classic wit.

“Hot in Cleveland” airs Wednesdays on TV Land. The show will end its run once the current sixth season wraps this year.

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