James Baker, Retired LAPD Sergeant Joins Community Activists to Speak on ‘Why the Black Man Has No Peace’

*Well this should be…enlightening. A conference and luncheon where community leaders can have a grown up discussion with a retired LAPD Sergeant. Since he’s retired, I’d think that will mean he can speak freely — and hopefully honestly. Retired LAPD sergeant James Baker will join in the discussion on why it is that the Black man, no matter how rich or poor, continues to be hounded, hated and hunted in society.

Be warned, the promotion for this FREE event wants you to know that they…have no silver or gold to offer you; no big contracts to promise you; no inside banker for you to see; no celebrity endorsements to offer you. WHAT THEY DO HAVE and will present are basic solutions only the right-hearted and humbled can understand. All are welcome, they say, to grab the rope on either side and show our nation, our America, our children that we are worthy of Peace!

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Girl, 9, Charged By Police For Creating a False-Alarm At School

False-alarms are one of the most annoying aspects of law enforcement and other emergency response teams; it’s why most of the time those that cause one are handed fines and other punishments. Every false-alarm is wasted time spent handling a prank or a non-issue, while a real issue could be occurring somewhere else. And with each alarm requiring 20 minutes and two officers to investigate? That is a serious waste of resources.

In some cases, triggering a false-alarm can result in being labeled a criminal. Something that a nine-year old girl found out the hard way just recently. The little girl had made multiple calls from her elementary school bus stating that there was a person with a gun at the Spruce Mountain Middle School. Naturally, this is a case that the police simply couldn’t ignore.

The calls that the little girl made forced three Jay schools in the region to shut down or go into lockdown, said the police. Upon arrival at the scene, the little girl was discovered to have been giving a false-alarm, and she was arrested and charged.

The case, according to Police Chief Richard Caton, will be taken to the juvenile court system. Creating a false-alarm is a class D crime, the police chief said. Despite the young age of the suspect, it can’t be ignored.

The reason why the little girl, a fourth-grader at the Spruce Mountain Elementary School, made the calls is currently not clear. Caton doesn’t dismiss the possibility that the girl did not fully understand her actions.

“At this point, it’s still undetermined,” he said. “I don’t think she fully understands what she did and the aftermath of what she has done. … I don’t think was clear at the time of talking to her.”

Chief Caton said that this is the first time his department has ever had to deal with someone so young and that likely the court system will recommend counseling for the girl. It is incredibly unlikely that the court system will rule to have someone so young put into a facility.

School superintendent Kenneth Healey said that the police received the call around 8:30 a.m, and that the district immediately took action. The school’s safety committee has been very proactive in making plans and practicing for what needs to be done in such emergencies.

“We’ve practiced this quite a bit,” Healey said. “In fact, the first day for teachers (Aug. 28), we had trained for an active-shooter situation, so it’s fresh in their minds. The professionalism of everyone involved I’m very proud of, especially the outside agencies that supported us.”

The fate of the girl will be decided at a court case in the future, though the date is unknown. She is currently looking at a “Class D” criminal charge.

Man Chases Young Daughter While Wearing Clown Mask, Neighbor Shoots!

*Vernon Barrett, Jr. of Boardman, Ohio may have had the best of intentions, but he’s probably sitting in jail a bit confused right now. Claiming he wanted to teach his daughter — who he said has been acting up — a lesson, he said he didn’t want to spank her so he decided to don a clown mask and chase her.

Bad idea dude. A neighbor who knew nothing about your intentions witnessed the chase…and he had a gun.

You kind of see where I’m going with this, right?

According to a police report obtained by WKBNVernon Barrett Jr. wore a clown mask and chased his six-year-old daughter from their apartment on Aravesta Avenue to an apartment on Lemans Drive on Saturday, according to Boardman Police.

The girl ended up running into the unlocked apartment of a neighbor, when police were dispatched. She was hysterical and obviously frightened, telling the residents that someone with a clown mask was chasing her and asking if she could stay there. Continue reading

GM and Black Girls CODE Celebrate Launch of Detroit Chapter (Photos)

General Motors Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing Alicia Boler Davis talks with 2nd – 6th grade students at Detroit International Academy Tuesday, September 12, 2017 during a STEM-focused activity in celebration of the GM – Black Girls Code partnership and the launch of a Detroit chapter in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

*LOS ANGELES, CA (Sept. 18, 2017) Yes, Black girls rock, but make no mistake, they CODE too! To this end GM and Black Girls CODE celebrated their partnership at the recent launch of a Detroit Chapter where they engaged in a series of hands-on activities at the Detroit International Academy for Women (DIA), a Detroit Public Schools Community District school, and TechTownThis partnership, announced alongside four other computer science partnerships in June, aims to increase interest in STEM career fields for girls of color.

  • STEM students from area colleges and universities will attend a panel discussion with BGC CEO Kimberly Bryant and GM Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Alicia Boler Davis, moderated by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors
  • DIA students in second through sixth grades will work with Black Girls CODE and GM employee volunteers to operate the BGC Robot Spiro to help build and race their own toy cars.
Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors
  • DIA students in seventh through 12th grades will hear perspectives from a founding BGC member and young STEM professionals from GM and DTE Energy.

Women of color are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, especially in technology. Only 3 percent of African-American women and less than 1 percent of Latina’s receive degrees in computer science.

According to the Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit outpaces the nation in information technology job growth and is expected to continue the pace through 2025.

Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors

“We’re on the forefront of electric and self-driving cars and connectivity that allows our vehicles to communicate with each other — and, with all that innovation, today’s cars have millions of lines of code,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “It’s one of the reasons that it’s our mission to help build the next generation of STEM leaders, with an emphasis on expanding opportunities to women and other underrepresented groups.” Continue reading

Blood Leaking from Baton Rouge Funeral Home Horrifies Residents (Watch)

*Oops! Neighbors in a Baton Rouge, LA neighborhood awakened to a horrendous sight on Thursday: Blood seeping out of the local funeral home.

Gruesome-looking photographs show the red liquid trickling onto the street from a valve outside the Greenoaks Funeral Home in  Baton Rouge.

Trickling from a valve? Now tell me, you’ve watch enough TV, and no doubt seen your share of scary movies. What thoughts come into your mind right about now?

According to city officials, the cause of the bloody leak was a plugged up line; and the blood, which was mixed with an embalming fluid containing formaldehyde, (is this information we really needed?) began to leak from a storage tank located behind the building.

They store blood in funeral homes?? This is getting creepier by the second!

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This Chilling Car Seat Story Is a Painful Warning for Parents

Most parents understand how important it is to thoroughly check all products they buy for their children, especially when they’re intended for safety. If not, this unfortunate incident should serve as a wake-up call to parents across the globe: even companies with good reputations can make mistakes, and children can sometimes end up suffering the heartbreaking consequences.

It all started about 18 months ago, when Nichola Griffith’s son Max, two years old at the time, began fussing whenever being put into his car seat and taken for a ride. Max would repeatedly kick, cry, and struggle, and even make himself sick.

Mother-of-six Nichola and her husband, Nigel, originally thought the fussing stemmed from severe car sickness. They went to a pharmacy in search of medication to soothe him.

“They said he was too young to be able to take anything so we just had to put up with it really,” Nichola, 42, told The Daily Mail.

But the problem wasn’t car sickness.

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Meat and Livestock Australia Ad Causes Outrage in Hindu Population

Meat is one of the most commonly consumed food groups in the world, and the global meat industry generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The “big four” livestock, the ones that are most consumed, are cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. But while a great many people eat meat, a lot of people don’t. In fact, even some gods don’t.

That’s a lesson one Australian organization is learning the hard way. The group Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) aired an ad featuring the Hindu God Lord Ganesha consuming lamb. The commercial’s subject matter, how meat can bring people together no matter their religious beliefs, nationalities, or differences, was overshadowed by who was at the table.

Sitting at the table in the commercial are Gods like Zeus, Lord Ganesha, Dionysus, and even Jesus Christ. They represent billions of believers, with the only thing in common being the lamb they’re eating. And that’s the problem — Lord Ganesha doesn’t eat meat.

The advertisement led to the Indian government filing a formal complaint with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Communication and Arts and the Department of Agriculture over the offensive lamb advertisement. The complaint stated that the way Lord Ganesha was used for the ad was considered by the Indian community to be “offensive and hurting their religious sentiments.”

“The Consulate General of India in Sydney has taken up the matter directly with Meat
and Livestock Australia and urged them to withdraw the advertisement,” noted the complaint. And while the ad’s original intention may have been to show unity and inclusivity through the act of eating meat, it appears to have done the opposite. Hindus all over the world are threatening to boycott the meat industry in Australia over the offensive commercial.

The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, condemned the clip and called for an apology.

“With ads like this playing with the sentiments of communities worldwide resulting in boycotts, how long Australia would keep its position as one of the largest exporters of red meat,” he said.

A spokesman of the MLA, Andrew Howie, said that the ad was the result of “extensive research and consultation.”

“Our intent is never to offend, but rather acknowledge that lamb is a meat consumed by a wide variety of cultures and capture how the world could look if people left their differing views at the door and came to the table with open arms, and minds. No matter your beliefs, background or persuasion, the one thing we can all come together and unite over, is lamb,” he said.

Dublin, Ohio Couple Renovating Home Discover Perfectly Preserved Log Cabin

Whether staying in a tent, an RV, or an old-fashioned cabin, 99% of those who go camping want to head out for another camping trip the following year. However, for a couple renovating their home in Dublin, Ohio, they may never have to worry about finding the perfect spot to camp again.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Kevin Kemp and Jennifer Alexander were planning on demolishing a home they had bought in order to begin building their dream home. However, as Kemp and his friend, Larry Daniels, began to remove the interior paneling of the home the two discovered something astonishing.

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