Katherine Johnson
Print-online journalism major at VCU. From the Beach to the River City. Politics and pizza are loves of mine.

Now a Great-Grandmother Says Filner Harassed Her

Another victim has come forward to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. This time, the accuser is also a great-grandmother. Peggy Shannon, 67, announced Thursday that she has filed a sexual harassment claim against Filner. She…
By Katherine Johnson

Philly's Mayor Borrows Money to Reopen Schools

Philadelphia's Mayor, Michael Nutter, announced Thursday that the city will borrow $50 million in order to reopen schools in the city by Sept. 9. The district's Superintendent, Dr. William Hite, has been given approval to start rehiring school…
By Katherine Johnson

Jackson and Wife Will Both Serve Terms, Separately

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison Wednesday, after misusing $750,000 of his campaign funds. Jackson, a Democrat who represented Illinois' second district, used campaign finances to cover his personal expenses.…
By Katherine Johnson

Sen. Barbara Boxer: Resign Immediately, Filner

San Diego's Mayor Bob Filner is now facing sexual harassment accusations from 14 women — and state Sen. Barbara Boxer has had enough. The Democratic senator released an open letter to the mayor urging him to resign "immediately" on Friday. After…
By Katherine Johnson

Plane Crashes Into Homes, Children May Be Inside

A small plane has crashed into two East Haven, Connecticut homes Friday after attempting to land at a local airport. The plane was trying to land in rainy conditions at Tweed Airport, according NBC Connecticut. The plane's pilot and two others…
By Katherine Johnson

U.S. and Russian Leaders Meet for Critical Talks

Days after President Obama cancelled a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. and Russian leaders will meet for "strategic and security talks." Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are meeting with their…
By Katherine Johnson

Report: Muslim Group Responsible for Acid Attack

It's now believed that a Muslim group may be responsible for attacking two British teens with acid in Zanzibar Thursday. Initially, there was no known motive for the attack, but the girls may have been targeted after arguing with local shopkeepers,…
By Katherine Johnson

Poll: Most Latinos Lean Democratic

A Gallup Poll released Thursday shows that Latinos, regardless of their birth countries, lean Democratic. With the Latinos vote a huge factor in the upcoming elections, this data could be eye-opening — or at least worth a second look. Researchers…
By Katherine Johnson

Steve King: Global Warming Hasn't Been Proven

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says global warming hasn't been proven, but if it's happening, it's not all bad. While speaking to a conservative group in his home state of Iowa, King said global warming is "more of a religion than a science," according to…
By Katherine Johnson

Obama Protest Turns Racist Outside Arizona H.S.

While President Obama delivered a speech on the economy and housing in Phoenix's Desert Vista High School on Tuesday, hundreds gathered outside the building, protestors and supporters alike, according to the Arizona Republic. The group that gathered…
By Katherine Johnson

Activists Begin Recall Effort to Oust Filner

After San Diego's Mayor Bob Filner refused to resign after admitting to sexual harassment, three activists are now joining together in an effort to recall the mayor. The announcement of a recall effort was made shortly after a ninth woman accused…
By Katherine Johnson

Michelle Knight: 'Your Hell is Just Beginning'

During Ariel Castro's sentencing on Thursday, one of his victims spoke out on what her life was like for 11 years while she was held captive. Michelle Knight, the only one of three women abducted by Castro to appear in court and give a statement,…
By Katherine Johnson

Bulger Won't Take the Stand At His Trial

James "Whitey" Bulger, a former Boston crime boss, will not take the stand in his own case, because he says "didn't get a fair trial." Bulger, now 83 years old, faces 32 federal counts, including 19 murder charges. Bulger did plan on testifying, but…
By Katherine Johnson

State Dept. to Close 17 Embassies in Middle East

After receiving a terror threat linked to Al Qaeda, the State Department has announced that several U.S. embassies in the Middle East will temporarily close. The threat, directed at Americans and diplomatic facilities, will result in the closing of…
By Katherine Johnson

U.S. Jobless Rate Hits 4-Year Low

The jobless rate for July, 7.4 percent, is at its lowest since December 2008, though less jobs were added during the month than economists predicted. 162,000 jobs were added in July, compared with the 185,000 that economists had predicted. On…
By Katherine Johnson

'Carlos Danger' Name Was a Joke, Weiner Says

After admitting to another sexting scandal this month, the public is now wondering why Weiner chose the username 'Carols Danger.' Weiner, who's been urged to drop out of the race, was asked by Univision in an interview Thursday "why did you pick an…
By Katherine Johnson

Could Paul Ryan Run for President in 2016?

According to a new Pew Research Poll, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is viewed most favorably by Republican voters. Ryan, who was viewed favorably by 65 percent of the poll's respondents, lead other upcoming G.O.P. candidates, such as…
By Katherine Johnson

Zimbabweans Unable to Vote in 'Sham Election'

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who's running against Zimbabwe's longtime President Robert Mugabe, says that Wednesday's presidential election was a "sham election." Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change Party, said Wednesday's…
By Katherine Johnson

Pakistan's Prime Minister to Meet with Obama

During his trip to Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. and Pakistan will resume security negotiations. Negotiations stopped in 2011 after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in U.S. air strikes. "I'm pleased to announce…
By Katherine Johnson

House Passes Bill to Cut Iran's Oil Exports

The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would cut Iran's oil exports by one million barrels a day. The House passed the bill in an attempt to halt funds to Iran's nuclear program in the wake of Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani,…
By Katherine Johnson