Phoenix, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Hundreds of people including a presidential candidate spoke out on Twitter this week after a 17-year-old black youth was killed at suburban convenience store, allegedly by a white man charged Tuesday with first-degree murder who has said he felt threatened by the boy's rap music.
Family members have told local media that Elijah Al-Amin would have turned 18 in two weeks and was looking forward to his last year in high school.
Friends and family hugged Monday at the Islamic Community Center in Tempe, where prayers for the teen were held before burial in Maricopa County.
A modest makeshift memorial outside the convenience store where Al-Amin was stabbed was still erected on Tuesday, with a pair of white porcelain angels, fresh flowers and burning calendars — including one dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Catholic patron saint of Mexico.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said it filed a direct complaint Tuesday charging Michael Adams, 27, in the Thursday morning killing. First-degree murder carries a sentence of life behind bars or death.
Adams is next scheduled to appear in court July 15.
The Twitter hashtag #JusticeForElijah began trending over the Independence Day weekend after police in the suburban Phoenix city of Peoria arrested Adams. He had been released from state prison two days before.
"Another one of our children has been murdered in a heinous and unprovoked way_the DOJ must investigate this hate crime immediately," Democratic candidate Cory Booker wrote on his Twitter account Monday. "RIP Elijah. #JusticeForElijah."
Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian American civil rights activist from Brooklyn, New York, called the crime "outrageous" and said it recalled the 2012 killing of 17-year-old high school student Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Florida. "Rest in power Elijah Al-Amin," she wrote.
Michael Dunn, who is white, was later convicted of first-degree murder in that earlier killing, a shooting that erupted during an argument about loud music coming from a car carrying Davis and other black teenagers.
In the Arizona attack, first responders discovered Al-Amin collapsed outside the Peoria Circle K store's gas pumps and took him to a hospital, where he died. Several people inside the store had watched as Al-Amin was stabbed in the throat and the back before he ran outside.
Officers found Adams nearby with a pocket knife and blood on his body. Adams told them he had felt threatened by the rap music coming from Al-Amin's vehicle.
Adams' attorney, Jacie Cotterell, told the judge at his initial appearance hearing that her client was mentally ill and released without any medication, "no holdover meds, no way to care for himself."
Cotterell said during the videotaped court hearing that "this is a failing on the part of the (Arizona) Department of Corrections."
Adam's bond was maintained at $1 million. He had been freed July 2 after serving a 13-month sentence for aggravated assault.
Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux said in a statement that "the tragic death is terrible, and Mr. Adams will have to answer for his alleged actions."
The statement said that when Adams was released he "was not designated seriously mentally ill" and that once the department transported him from the state prison complex in Yuma where he had served his sentence to Maricopa County it "had no further legal authority over him."
Many of the people commenting on Twitter said that claims about Adams' mental illness should not be used to explain away what they believe was a hate crime.
There is no hate crime statute in Arizona, but a judge's determination that a hate crime has occurred can toughen sentencing.
Berlin, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Berlin is opening a new addition to its Museum Island complex, a stylish building described by officials as a milestone in a long-term effort to renovate the neoclassical ensemble that is home to treasures such as Babylon's Ishtar Gate and a famous bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the James Simon Gallery was presented to reporters Wednesday and opens to the public Saturday. Built on a narrow riverside site with a colonnade stretching along the bank, it provides an imposing entrance to the UNESCO world heritage site.
The building includes exhibition space but is meant largely to make the museums more user-friendly, providing facilities such as a cafe, shop and auditorium that buildings such as the Pergamon Museum and Neues Museum lack.
Los Angeles, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday.
Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.
Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tennessee, Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing "the King" driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.
The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased. He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, since the late 1980s.
The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi. Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration.
New York, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — The last thing the world needs, Lady Gaga says, is another beauty brand. But that's too bad.
The pop star made all her Little Monsters happy Tuesday when she released a video with that message on social media. It heralds the coming of her new beauty line, Haus Laboratories, reportedly to be sold on Amazon come September.
Gaga dropped the news in an interview with the Business of Fashion, coinciding with the video that encourages all to embrace their own ideas about beauty. Business of Fashion says the three initial products are multiuse color for cheeks, eyes and lips in six shade families. A kit with all three will sell for $49. Pre-orders begin July 15.
Gaga says in the video: "Beauty is how you see yourself." She adds, "We want you to love yourself."
Los Angeles, Jul 10 (AP/UNB) — Former Hollywood executive Harris Katleman has an eclectic, five-decade track record that could only be the result of skill, moxie and luck.
He championed the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the WWII novel "From Here to Eternity," made the impresarios behind "The Price is Right" wealthier and helped "The Simpsons" become an unlikely TV wunderkind. His platinum-level business circle included media tycoons Rupert Murdoch, Robert Iger and Kirk Kerkorian.
"I'm consistently, in my own psyche, amazed at what I accomplished," Katleman, 90, said in an interview about his new memoir, which details his career highlights and the demanding, colorful industry he navigated. The book takes its title from an exchange with Kerkorian, who wanted him to head then-struggling MGM Television.
"I don't know how to run a studio," Katleman told him.
"Neither do I," replied Kerkorian. "You can't fall off the floor."
Katleman made a success of his time at MGM, as he had as an industry novice under the tutelage of MCA titan Lew Wasserman; with game show producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and as chief executive of Fox's Twentieth Television for more than a decade. It was often a wild ride, one described concisely and unabashedly, expletives included, in "You Can't Fall Off the Floor" (Rosetta Books, $27.99), co-authored by Katleman and his grandson, writer Nick Katleman.
Lessons learned are part of the book, and Harris Katleman believes they remain applicable today. Among them: "Business beats pleasure. ... If you're drawn to Hollywood for the perks instead of the work, you're here for the wrong reasons."
He skirts lightly over his personal life in favor of focusing on the big personalities he encountered, both stars and magnates, and the high-stakes transactions that drive the dream factory.
Making deals was more gratifying than wrangling stars, as Katleman's book paints it. He recalled being assigned by MCA to ensure that the wayward Marlon Brando avoid trouble before shooting began on 1953's "The Wild One." Katleman and a colleague babysat the actor at his Hollywood hills house, until Brando managed a prison-style break one night with a hand-crafted rope of sheets.
His absence went undetected until Wasserman called and asked if Katleman knew where Brando was.
"Sleeping like a baby," Katleman said, only to be contradicted by his boss: "Unless he's got a long-lost twin, I think you're mistaken. He just stumbled into Chasen's." Katleman said he was told the actor was drunk and had three women with him.
Brando had a heart of gold and good intentions, "but the man couldn't sit alone in a room for five minutes without posing potential harm to his career," Katleman writes.
He fared better by chance with Jackie Gleason, then among TV's biggest stars with "The Jackie Gleason Show," which aired on CBS in the 1950s.
The wife of CBS' then-president overheard a rehearsal feed that included Gleason's famously raw language, Katleman recounts, and called the studio's control room to demand the actor-comedian knock it off.
"Krakatoa was second to Jackie's explosion," said Katleman, who'd been quickly dispatched to Gleason's dressing room after he'd stormed off the set and refused to return.
Gleason told Katleman to get out, but he stood his ground and calmly introduced himself. It was the Katleman name that did the trick: Uncle Jake, who'd owned the El Rancho casino resort in Las Vegas, had forgiven Gleason's gambling debt before he became a star. The actor returned the favor to nephew Harris and ended the crisis — after extracting a reluctant apology from the executive's wife.
Katleman, who worked with writers, including the acclaimed Paddy Chayefsky and Clifford Odets, said he preferred them to actors because they offered substance over ego and temperament. There were run-ins with some executives, but not with one who has since fallen hard from grace: Leslie Moonves.
Moonves was a bartender and struggling actor when Katleman saw management potential in him and gave him a start at Fox. What he never witnessed or heard complaints about, Katleman said in an interview, was the sexual misconduct that led to Moonves' firing last year as CBS Corp. chief.
Although not one for regrets, a deal that got away rankles Katleman, especially these days. A bid by him and other 20th Century Fox executives, including Alan Hirschfield and Dennis Stanfill, to take the company private fell apart. There was a dispute over whether Hirschfield or Stanfill would be CEO, Katleman said. Texas oilman Marvin Davis bought Fox, eventually selling it to Murdoch, who made it the foundation of his influential U.S. media empire.
The outcome changed history, as Katleman sees it.
"Rupert never would have owned Fox, there never would have been a Fox News and there never would have been a (President) Donald Trump," he said.