Former Drug Kingpin Turned Actor Melvin Williams Dies At Age 73

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Former drug trafficker turned actor Melvin Williams, seen here in ‘The Wire’ Season 3, has died. He was 73. IMAGE: HBO
Melvin Williams, a former Baltimore drug kingpin who inspired — and later appeared on — HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire, has died, according to the Baltimore Sun. He was 73.

Williams — also known as “Little Melvin” — was for a time best known for his role in the booming Baltimore drug trade. In 1987, Williams was the subject of a five-part series by then-Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, who would go on to create The Wire. The drama ran on HBO for five seasons from 2002-08 and is widely regarded as one of the best series of all time.

Following his release from prison in 1996, Williams left his life of crime and even appeared on the show on a recurring basis, playing a character called the…

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14 Dead In San Bernadino Mass Shooting 

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Horrible news is breaking out of California that approximately 14 people are dead and 17 are wounded after a mass shooting at a holiday party.

According to the LA Times:

Dressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, they entered a holiday party for county health workers in San Bernardino as it was in full swing. Before they fled, they had killed 14 people and wounded 17 others.

When it was over, a man and woman connected to the assault were dead. One body lay in the street, blood pooling. Another was recovered from the vehicle.

Late Wednesday night, San Bernardino police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified the people killed in the gun battle with police as Syed Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old American citizen, and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik. Police did not know where Malik was born or where she had lived.

Public records show that a…

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Alabama Police Framed Innocent African Americans For Decades

The police force Dothan, Alabama has been blasted in a new report that digs into nearly 20 years of discrimination and false imprisonment of Black citizens.  
A new report has exposed a cover-up of an internal affairs investigation that proved that officers in the narcotics investigation squad have routinely planted drugs and weapons on […]

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