*Her name was Precise Tucker, and her mom and older brother were used to her pranks on them. So when her mother, Purity Baldwin, saw her daughter in the kitchen with a bathrobe belt around her neck, and the other end tied to the refrigerator, she told the girl to ?knock off the horseplay? and then left the room.
But when she returned moments later, Precise was choking on Doritos.
Clinically considered brain dead, the family says Precise died in her mother?s arms on Friday, March 23. She had been on life support at Long Island Jewish Cohen Children?s Medical Center since Wednesday. Continue reading →
*Every family with a young child and a dog must be cringing right now. We’d love to trust our pets, and believe that they realize its just a baby or young child, so “be gentle.” I’ve seen it. They do.
But the reality on too many occasions is that animals get jealous when the attention goes from them to the family’s newest addition. This may not always be the case, but can you really afford to take that chance?
Unfortunately for one Texas family, the answer comes too late. When they went out to the yard to check on their little boy, they saw the child lying motionless on the ground, and the family dog gnawing at his neck. Continue reading →
*Though many came to know R&B crooner Abraham McDonald from his powerful performances on Oprah?s Karaoke Challenge, or articles written about him in publications such as Essence, the lovable teddy bear had won the hearts of many others during his climb to notoriety. But on March 10, 2018, those hearts were broken as what many considered one of the most powerful voices in soul music since Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway, was silenced.
The announcement of McDonald’s passing was delivered on his Facebook page by his sister, Breeze McDonald.
It is with the greatest heartbreak that I his sister @TheeCoachBreeze announce the passing of my brother @AbrahamMcDonald. He was loved by so many. Please allow time for our family to grieve. We will send out memorial information when we have all the details. Rest my love Heaven.
It didn’t take long for posts from family and friends all over to come pouring in, offering heartfelt condolences. Continue reading →
*I counted them all. Just short of a dozen SLO workers, at one time of another, all from different departments, were standing there in their gloves, Armour masks or plain clothes, watching, on January 22, 2017, as a naked man writhing in obvious distress, lay on a cold, cement floor until he was motionless.
Andrew Holland, 36, was a medically diagnosed schizophrenic man, incarcerated for god only knows what. As the graphic videos will show, he had been in solitary confinement for most of his 16 months at San Luis Obispo County Jail and for the last 48 hours of his life, he was fully restrained in a chair, wearing one of those headpieces best described as similar to the one worn by Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 film, ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’
Why it would take a half dozen men dressed in tactical gear to contain one man is beyond comprehension. And even people just standing around watching were wearing gloves.
A real time example of how our tax dollars are being used. But that’s a story for another day.
But I will say this right now: These people, every single one of them, led by and under the watch of SLO County Sheriff Parkinson are an absolute embarrassment to humanity. Continue reading →
*Last week Miami suffered a devastating blow as a pedestrian bridge on Florida International University (FIU) collapsed, killing six people and injuring at least nine others.
The 950-ton prefabricated bridge spanned 175-feet, and was still under construction at the busy eight-lane street where it was reportedly placed using accelerated construction techniques developed by FIU.
It had passed a stress test just hours before the collapse last Thursday; crushing cars underneath that waiting for the red light to change.
The South Miami-based firm that designed the ill-fated bridge is getting a lot of heat — probably even more so because it is led by and consists of all women.
But aside from that, and this is truly amazing, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), a Cuban-American, family-owned company founded in 1983 had been sued for faulty work before.
In fact, last March a construction worker who was severely injured when MCM?s ?makeshift bridge? at Miami?s International Airport collapsed sued them.
You do the math. That’s TWO bridges built by this team that has collapsed.Continue reading →
*A family is in mourning and masses of folks are in shock after a 10-month-old French Bulldog was found dead in an overhead bin of a United Airlines flight.
United Airlines Flight 1284 began in Houston on Monday with a destination to New York’s La Guardia Airport.
A woman traveling with two young children was told by a flight attendant to place the French bulldog, called “Papacito,” and its carrier in the overhead, according to what June Lara, a passenger sitting nearby reportedly said.
United Airlines has issued an apology, calling the death of the puppy “a tragic accident.” And according to the video report, the flight attendant denies ever knowing there was a dog in the bag.
The flight attendants “felt that the innocent animal was better off crammed inside the overhead container without air and water,” Lara wrote on Facebook.
“They INSISTED that the puppy be locked up for three hours without any kind of airflow. They assured the safety of the family’s pet so wearily, the mother agreed.”
*This is the kind of story that reminds us to keep our business to ourselves. Keiauna Davis of Wilkinsburg, Pa. may be alive today if she had adhered to that practice.
A witness told police that Davis had just received $3000 cash Thursday morning from her income tax return. Davis had the money deposited into the witness? bank account and collected the money from the witness during her lunch break at the Dollar General where Davis worked.
Police say that Davis left work on foot, and was followed by two men in a Toyota Corolla.
Now three people are behind bars after being charged with her murder.
According to reports, police responded to a complain of shots fired and found Davis lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound. She was rushed to U.P.M.C Presbyterian Hospital where she died. Continue reading →