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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!

If this isn’t the nastiest crap you’ve ever heard, write me. Continue reading

Don Bohana, Convicted of Killing Wife of Tito Jackson in ’94, Speaks From Prison (Watch)

WRONG HEADLINE on this ‘On Your Side’ news story: Pictured is Don Bohana at age 72, the accused murderer of Dee Dee Jackson. Bohana is now in his 80s.

*”I’ll go to my grave saying that she could swim because Delores could swim.” In spite of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson’s declaration that his ex-wife Dee Dee Jackson never learned how to swim, Don Bohana, the wealthy L. A. businessman and her then boyfriend of 12 weeks, told 20/20 he’d die in prison before saying he killed her.

In 1994, Bohana was convicted of killing Dee Dee Jackson; who had reportedly made a surprise visit to his home around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. Bohana, handsome and respected in the Los Angeles community, had built his success running hospitals and insurance companies.

Jackson had divorced her famous husband; with whom she had three boys, when she met and started dating the dashing businessman who was 20 years her senior. 

After Jackson drowned in Bohana’s pool, the famous family hired attorney Brian Oxman to have Bohana charged with her death. Oxman also filed a wrongful death lawsuit of her three sons behalf.

But you know where money goes, woes often follow. Continue reading

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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Watch: McDonald’s Cashier Attempts to Flush Newborn Down Toilet

Sarah Lockner

*A cashier working the night shift at a McDonald’s in Redwood City, CA. has been charged with attempted murder, felony child abuse and inflicting great bodily injury, according to prosecutors who said she attempted to flush her newborn baby down the toilet after giving birth in the restaurants restroom.

Sarah Lockner, 25, had been complaining of stomach pains throughout her night shift at the fast food chain. She went to the restroom on several occasions.

At one point, a concerned co-worker went in to check on her and saw blood on the floor, but Lockner explained it away as a heavy period.

When a second co-worker entered, she went into another stall and peered over into where the bleeding woman was. It was then that she saw the horrific sight: “…a newborn baby face down in the toilet bowl,” prosecutors said. Continue reading

Maryland Woman, Seven Months Pregnant, Forced to Deliver After Being Set on Fire By Boyfriend

GoFundMe photo of pregnant woman set on fire by boyfriend.

*Why do some people have such a low regard for the value of life? A Maryland woman, seven months pregnant, was forced to deliver her baby seven weeks prematurely after her piece of sh*t boyfriend decided to throw flammable liquid on her and set her aflame.

“She was very brave,” Prince George’s County Police spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said at a press conference about the woman, who along with her baby, is in critical condition but recovering at a local hospital.

“We want her family to know how brave she was, suffering as badly as she was, critically burned, worried about her unborn child, dealing with those injuries and was able to share that information with us so that we could get moving with our investigation and locate this person,” the spokeswoman concluded. Continue reading

Performers and Tribute Speakers Honor Sheldon Epps at Pasadena Playhouse on September 17

*PASADENA, CA – Pasadena Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director, Danny Feldman) announced the line-up of performers and tribute speakers for the special event honoring Sheldon Epps, entitled SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE – Celebrating 20 Years of Artistic Excellence, hosted by Wayne Brady.
Mr. Brady starred in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Kiss Me, Kate directed by Epps. From 1997-2017, Sheldon served as the theater’s Artistic Director and is now the Playhouse’s Artistic Director Emeritus.  
Wayne Brady
SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE will feature performances from A Night with Janis Joplin, Play On! and more, as well as tributes from Playhouse alumni. The celebration will be held on Sunday, September 17 with the performance at 6:00 p.m. at Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).

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Arkansas Motor Coach Company Dispatches Buses To Help Aid Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

Motor coaches have long been a choice for vacationers traveling long distances. Every year, up to 751,000,000 passenger trips are taken by motor coach. Now motor coaches are proving to be that much more valuable as passengers use these large vehicles to make their way to safety after Hurricane Harvey.

“You have people who are angry, hurt, desperate, and need a lot of help,” said Cary Martin, owner of Little Rock Tours.

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