Amber Guyger gets 10-year murder sentence for fatally shooting Botham Jean

(CNN)Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who killed Botham Jean in his apartment last year, is heading to prison to begin a 10-year sentence. She will first be eligible for parole in five years. “We’re going to move on and Botham’s family is moving on,” he said. The final day of the murder trial included a stunning moment in which Jean’s younger brother, Brandt, told Guyger during his victim impact statement that he forgave her, and gave her a long hug before she was taken to prison. Just after that, District Judge Tammy Kemp apparently gave Guyger a Bible and also hugged her. “You can have mine. I have three or four more at home,” the judge said. “This …

These are the six proposals for a memorial to honor Pulse nightclub shooting victims

Orlando, Florida (CNN)More than three years after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, a nonprofit foundation is seeking public comment on final proposals for a memorial and museum honoring the 49 victims of the deadliest act of violence against LGBT people in the history of the country. A foundation created after the tragedy, onePULSE, will unveil the final design proposals to the public on Thursday in Orlando. People will be able to leave comment until October 10 and a jury will make a final selection at the end of the month. Barbara Poma, club co-owner and foundation CEO, said the designs are products of recommendations and ideas drawn from surveys and consultations throughout the nation. “We had these six …

Sandy Hook Promise’s chilling back-to-school PSA hopes to prevent mass shootings

(CNN)It begins with a smiling teen boy, opening his locker to retrieve the “perfect” backpack that his mom bought him. The PSA was created by Sandy Hook Promise, the nonprofit formed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 students and six adults. In addition to the teen with the backpack, the PSA features cheery music and students showing off their new binders and headphones. But then the PSA then takes a turn, showing a student running through a hallway. “These new sneakers are just what I needed for the new year,” the student says as screams and gunshots are heard in the background. Other students extol the virtues of jackets (to help …

YouTube makeup star Michelle Phan finally posted a new video. Fans hope she’s back for good

(CNN)For 10 years, Michelle Phan taught millions of beauty lovers how to ace their makeup routine with YouTube tutorials that made her a star. Then she disappeared. When is “later,” exactly? She’s staying mum. She popularized beauty vlogging, then left YouTube Before James Charles, Tati Westbrook and Jeffree Star made digital beauty their career, Phan made it popular. She shared her first makeup tutorial 12 years ago and the trend took off. She upped the amount of content she churned out, wrote a book and founded businesses like Ipsy and EM Cosmetics. Then in 2016, at the height of her power, she abandoned the platform suddenly, leaving only a hair removal video in her wake. In a video shared one …

Honduran teen immigrant who attempted suicide while separated from her father will be laid to rest

(CNN)The 13-year-old Honduran immigrant who tried to kill herself in New York while she was separated from her father will be laid to rest on Tuesday evening in Bayside, New York, her family said. Heydi had been despondent about being separated from her father prior to her suicide attempt. They met again last week, but it was not the reunion they had imagined; Gámez clutched the hand of his only child as Heydi lay motionless with a breathing tube in a hospital bed in Queens, New York. Gamez has authorized the donation of his daughter’s organs. He said he did so because he saw many children in the hospital who needed them. “Now that my daughter is no longer here, …

Lil Nas X is ready for the Area 51 raid. And his new ‘Old Town Road’ music video proves it

(CNN)Looks like Lil Nas X is ready to answer the call to storm Area 51 with an Old Town Raid. According to the Facebook event, the raid is scheduled for September. More than a million people have signed up to attend and the plan has inspired thousands of memes on social media even though the creators have posted a disclaimer saying they do not “actually intend to go ahead with this plan.” But if the raid wereto happen, we’re sure it would look a lot like what Lil Nas X showed us. There were aliens In the video, there was a sleepy guard, a “BRUH MOMENT” button, lots of grilled cheese sandwiches and uniformed men pointing guns at the intruders. …

How the city that never sleeps kept going when the lights went out

(CNN)A city known for its bright lights went dark on Saturday night. The show could not go on and instead had to be evacuated for safety, with Lopez promising to reschedule. But where there were cancellations and confusion, the city came together to make the most of it. Citizens were in the middle of intersections directing traffic in place of disabled lights. One woman, 23-year-old Lake Escobosa, spent nearly an hour directing traffic, a skill she learned from her former police officer father. “I know how tricky it is when it comes to that intersection and I just saw in my mind car accidents people getting hit, people screaming,” she said. “So I felt like I should have just tried.”

Killing of a teen who was listening to rap music should be treated as a hate crime, activists say

(CNN)The stabbing death of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin at a Phoenix-area convenience store has prompted calls for a hate crime investigation. Activists and civil rights groups have used the hashtag #JusticeForElijah to demand hate crime charges against Adams. Sen. Cory Booker, who’s also running for the Democratic presidential nomination, called on the US Department of Justice to launch a hate crime investigation. “Another one of our children has been murdered in a heinous and unprovoked way — the DOJ must investigate this hate crime immediately. RIP Elijah. #JusticeForElijah,” he tweeted. The civil rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign called for “a thorough investigation at the highest level.” Adams was arrested as he walked away from the store. Police saw blood on …

A veteran died in police custody. His body was returned to his family with some organs missing

(CNN)Two days before he died, Everett Palmer Jr. called his brother, Dwayne, to tell him he was on his way from Delaware to New York to visit him and their sick mother. But first, he said, he wanted to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant from an incident in 2016 in Pennsylvania to make sure his license was valid for the drive to see his family. Beneath the Skin: Horrific cuts cover her son’s body after he’s shot dead by police The family hired Merritt to help find answers because so far, they have been unable to get them on their own, they say. Merritt says prison and county officials have not been cooperative with providing an official manner of death. …

Three years after the Pulse shooting, she remembers every moment

(CNN)The energy in the club that night was infectious. Drag queens dressed as Beyonce and J-Lo performed under throbbing lights. Club goers swayed in a Caribbean aura out on the patio. Hip hop music blasted from another room. The shoes and the makeup and the clothes — all of it seemed so glamorous to Patience Carter and her friends. Akyra Murray was 18. That night she became the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Guilt and grief In the ambulance, Carter couldn’t stop screaming. “I remember looking down at my legs … how bloody they were, how gritty they were,” she says. “I couldn’t believe that those were my legs.” A bullet had entered her right leg above the …