NAACP’s Jealous to step down this year
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who is credited with boosting finances at the nation’s largest civil rights organization and helping to stabilize it, said Sunday that he plans to step down at the end of the year. Jealous was the group’s youngest-ever leader when he was hired as its president at 35 in 2008. Jealous, 40, said he plans to pursue teaching at a university and wants to spend time with his young family.
12 children hurt when fair ride loses power
A dozen children were injured when an amusement ride at a Connecticut fair broke down on, sending riders into each other as their spinning swings suddenly stopped, authorities said. One adult was also among the 13 people taken to hospitals after the mishap at Norwalk’s Oyster Festival. One person was admitted and the rest were treated and released. State police said a mechanical failure caused the ride to suddenly stop and those on board collided with each other.
Tens of thousands protest oil reform
Tens of thousands of Mexicans jammed the center of Mexico City to protest President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to allow foreign firms to invest in and collaborate with the state-run oil company, whose independence from outside influence has been a source of national pride for decades. The city government estimated that 44,000 people crowded downtown’s Avenida Juarez to hear the anti-reform arguments of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, de facto leader of the Mexican left.
Zardari ends his presidency
Asif Ali Zardari stepped down as president, achieving the distinction of becoming the first democratically elected head of the state to complete a five-year tenure. Mamnoon Hussain of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will take the oath as president on Monday.