3 NBC employees fired over Zimmerman edits
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three employees of NBC or an NBC-owned television station have now lost their jobs because of editing changes to a call made to police by George Zimmerman on the night he shot Trayvon Martin.
The network said Miami-based correspondent Lilia Luciano lost her job. This came as a result of her March 20 "Today" show report on the case.
In two reports on "Today" and a separate one on NBC's Miami affiliate WTVJ, changes were made to audio of Zimmerman's phone call to a police dispatcher that emphasized the neighborhood watch volunteer's identification of Martin as black. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of Martin in Florida.
The broadcast portion of the audio had deleted a part of the conversation where the police dispatcher asked Zimmerman about whether a suspicious male he was reporting was "black, white or Hispanic." Zimmerman answered, "he looks black." However, it was edited to suggest Zimmerman volunteered to police that "this guy looks like he's up to no good. He's black."
Mass funeral held for SUV crash victims
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hymns, incense and sorrow filled an ornate old church in the Bronx on Friday for the funeral of seven members of one family, all killed when their SUV flew over a guardrail and plummeted 60 feet onto the grounds of the Bronx Zoo.
Seven shiny white caskets -- one, a 3-year-old's, was smaller than the rest -- crowded the space before the altar at St. Raymond's Church.
The pastor, Monsignor John Graham, said the family had been through "a nightmare of unimaginable, frightening, real proportions." One mourner, Direna Small, described the tragedy succinctly: "Seven at one time. Three generations. No goodbye."
The funeral came one day before what would have been the First Holy Communion for one of the victims, 10-year-old Jocelyn Gonzales, Graham said.
Activist arrests end in 20 convictions
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty activists were convicted Friday of disorderly conduct in protesting a contentious police policy by standing in front of a police station.
A Manhattan judge delivered his verdict in one of the biggest political protest group trials in the city in recent years. It drew extra attention for counting Princeton University professor and civil rights activist Cornel West among the defendants.
The case stemmed from an Oct. 21 demonstration against the police practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking hundreds of thousands of people annually on city streets.
Disorderly conduct is a classified as a violation, not a crime. One activist was sentenced to two days of community service. The rest were sentenced to time served, the relatively brief period they were in custody after their arrests.