Martin Still In the News

Posted: August 13, 2008 in Headlines, Just "Why?"
"Why y'all got to act up on my streets?"

"Why y'all act the fool on my streets?"

King Memorial project raises fundraising goal by $20M

WASHINGTON (AP) — The group building the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial needs more money to pay for a bookstore that’s being added over the objections of some and for rising construction costs as workers begin preparing the site on the National Mall, organizers said Tuesday.

The group is looking to raise $20 million more for $120 million total. The money also is needed to pay for security enhancements required by the National Park Service and restrooms in the same building as the bookstore, organizers said.

Just when I was about to move on, I read this:

“The Park Service needs restrooms, and this is how they’re getting them,” (more…)

If restrooms are a general need for the mall area, is the MLK project footing the entire bill? If not, who else is contributing? If so, I have some issues with the MLK project being used in this manner.

But that’s just me.

Then there is the other MLK news that makes you wanna sigh.

Bullet enters Oakland home, hits 4-year-old boy
Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer

(08-13) 04:00 PDT Oakland — A 4-year-old boy inside his Oakland home was struck in the left wrist Monday evening by an apparently stray bullet, police said today.

Where did it take place?

The boy’s father drove him to a hospital after the 7:02 p.m. shooting on the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and he is expected to recover, police said. The shooting happened just west of Interstate 980 north of downtown. (more…)

‘nother one

Man in car crash tries to flee with paramedic inside

A man who caused a rollover wreck Monday night in South Seattle tried to escape with a paramedic still in his car, and police said they believe he was on drugs during the crash.

Where did it take place?

The man, driving a Nissan Sentra, was going eastbound on South Morgan Street about 8:20 p.m. and pulled out in front of a Ford Explorer, which was traveling northbound on Martin Luther King Jr Way South, police said. (more…)

And another…


11:12 p.m.: Cocaine, crack seized Saturday
By Shawn McGrath

ANDERSON — Police arrested an Anderson man and seized more than a pound total of cocaine and crack with a potential street value of up to $50,000 on Saturday.

Do you really need to ask “Where”?

Anderson officers stopped Gosha’s vehicle in the 3500 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m. Friday because the 1970s model Oldsmobile he was driving matched the description of the car of another person with an outstanding arrest warrant. (more…)

Something I will never understand: Why MLK Blvd., St., Ave., Road, Pike, just about anywhere tends to have the most crime in the area?

Someone did a documentary on this some time ago. I forget the name of the producer.

  1. Give it a rest says:

    Come on Duane lets not be facious here!

    Streets were named after MLK in predominately “TRADITIONAL” black areas of cities all over the USA. Most of these street naming took place in the early 1970s if I am correct. In NYC you will find avenues named after MLK in both Harlem and Bed-Stuy but there is NOT a MLK street in South Eastern Queens an predominately black middle class neighborhood that today has a black population that is larger than that of Harlem or Bed-Stuy. They do have serveral streets named after black folks but most ofthese namings came after streets had been dedicated to MLK in other parts of the city.

    I guess we could rename these streets after more traditional white dudes and I guess it would help “mask” the neighborhood identities of area that do have a lot of black folks ( many of them poor) and the crime that usually does follow poor folks around.

  2. Shhh23 says:

    Every MLK Blvd that I have seen have been in high crime areas where economics play a major factor. It is interesting to me that only now this is an issue as I noticed when many cities named MLK blvd it was done to calm the blacks and give them a since of pride while not providing the money to fix the problem (crime & poverty)

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