Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Study Says Schools Should Do Away With Dodgeball

A recent study called the game a “Tool of Oppression” that shouldn’t be played in schools. All new this morning, we’re taking a 360 look and found there are plenty of opinions on this old school game. Now the subject of a University study, Dodgeball a tool of oppression. Canadian researchers say Dodgeball, even with a soft ball, promotes exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness and cultural imperialism and violence. (KJRH)


Lost in the Bermuda Triangle

That’s what people thought happened to one ship that vanished in the 1920s. However, scientists have just determined that the old ship is actually on the ocean floor just off of St. Augustine. The ship was called the “Cotopaxi“. It was a 250-foot-long cargo steamship that sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, heading for Havana in 1925. But on that voyage, it vanished. It and its entire 32 person crew just disappeared. The Cotopaxi was also the ship found in the desert in the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” (there’s that scene with the old rusting freighter in the desert with Cotopaxi on the hull). A federal scientist and diver researched the ship, and he believed the Cotopaxi was actually a shipwreck that many locals refer to as the Bear Wreck. It’s located about 35 miles off of St. Augustine. Wreck divers took a measuring tape and measured parts of the ship. And those measurements match up with the vessel’s blueprint. So what happened to the ship in 1925? According to research, the ship was missing important structural components. Also, “unbeknownst to the captain and crew, they were sailing into the mouth of  a tropical storm,” he said. So all this time, the Cotopaxi was famous for its Bermuda Triangle connection and movie stardom when, it turns out, it’s been right off our coast Spear fishermen have been diving off of this thing for years. These findings will air in a new Science Channel series called “Shipwreck Secrets” on February 9th. (First Coast News)


New Mexico man agreed to pay prostitute with burger

A 36-year-old man in Albuquerque, New Mexico is facing charges after police said he agreed to pay an undercover officer posing as a prostitute with a hamburger. According to a criminal complaint, the man approached the undercover officer while riding his bike and asked her how much she charged. When he said he didn’t get paid until a few days later, the officer said he could pay with his burger and he agreed, court documents said. He was arrested and charged with patronizing prostitutes. Court records show that he was a registered sex offender and was on probation. (KVII)


Family kicked off flight over alleged body odor sues American Airlines

A Michigan couple kicked off an American Airlines flight last year because of their alleged body odor filed a federal lawsuit against the carrier claiming they were victims of religious and racial discrimination. In the civil action filed in Texas, they suffered from “unbearable humiliation, embarrassment and mental and emotional anguish,” after being removed from Detroit-bound Flight 1023 in Miami on January 23, 2019. The couple and their daughter, who was then 19 months old, who are Orthodox Jews, had just taken their seats when a gate agent allegedly told the husband: “Sir, there’s an emergency and you must deplane,” the lawsuit claims. “Once outside, defendant’s agent told them that the pilot was booting the family off the plane because of body odor,” according to the suit. The agent wouldn’t say who the odor was coming from. The couple told airline staff they had bathed early that day, prior to their morning flight. The family said a search engine inquiry of the words “body odor” includes results showing their last name, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages. (NBC News)


Study ranks top 10 dangerous cities to drive

Accidents happen on the roads, but a new study claims that certain cities are more dangerous than many other cities across the country when it comes to car accidents. A new comprehensive national traffic safety study from Go Safe Labs shows the top 10 cities in the nation for traffic accidents in 2019.

The cities saw the most accidents in 2019 include:

  1. Houston, Texas (22,188)
  2. Charlotte, North Carolina (21,818)
  3. Los Angeles, California (19,660)
  4. Austin, Texas (16,635)
  5. Dallas, Texas (14,685)
  6. Raleigh, North Carolina (12,846)
  7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (12,476)
  8. Baton Rouge, Louisianna (11,313)
  9. Nashville, Tennessee (10,091)
  10. Phoenix, Arizona (9,876)

As this is a broad-based sample study, the researchers did not correct for confounding factors such as city area, traffic volume, population, or vehicle miles traveled [VMT]. They also did not account for the severity of accidents, just the volume of accidents occurring. (Go Safe Labs)


2 arrested for trying to bring 126 pounds of marijuana through airport

Narcotics detectives with the Little Rock Police Department were searching for drugs at the Clinton National Airport when a K-9 alerted on six pieces of luggage while it was being unloaded onto the conveyor belt. Detectives saw a 45-year-old male attorney of Little Rock and a 34-year-old woman form California picking up some of the luggage. Six of the bags contained suspected marijuana that weighed about 126 pounds, according to a police report. Both were charged with possession of marijuana with purpose to distribute. Both were taken to the Pulaski County jail. (KATV)


Fake USPS® Emails

The United States Postal Service and the Postal Inspection Service are reminding customers about the circulation of fake emails claiming to be from USPS officials, including the postmaster general. “Please know USPS officials would never reach out directly to consumers and ask for money or personal identifying information,” a news release on the email scam says. Postal officials say anyone who receives an email about a package delivery or unpaid online postage charges should be careful. “These emails appear to be from the U.S. Postal Service and include language regarding an unsuccessful attempt to deliver a package. The email will prompt you to confirm your personal delivery information by clicking a button or downloading an attachment, that, when opened, can activate a virus and steal information — such as your usernames, passwords and financial account information. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to stop these emails and protect your information,” according to the USPS Anyone who receives an email about a package delivery failure should forward it to spam@uspis.gov, then delete the email. (Unites States Postal Inspection Service)


4-month-old girl beats brain cancer and rings the bell

Lillian Grace Borden was born on September 5, 2019. She was a beautiful, and seemingly healthy, baby girl. To her parents, she was perfect. But according to a GoFundMe by her mom, the parents noticed something wasn’t quite right with baby Lily. She wasn’t moving her limbs quite right. An MRI was then ordered and doctors spotted something on her brain stem. By then, her breathing had become compromised so they sent her to the neonatal intensive care unit and placed her on a breathing tube and gastric feeding tube. Her mom saids that no one had ever seen an MRI quite like it, so they consulted with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. Arrangements were made, and Lily and her mom were flown to Oakland on a medical transport plane. By the time of her next MRI, just days later, the tumor was larger and now ran from her brain stem down her spinal cord to below her shoulders. The tumor was inoperable and growing aggressively—but they proceeded with a biopsy. The results indicated the tumor was an aggressive stage 3-4 malignant glioma. Doctors said surgery simply wasn’t an option because of its location. However, the family found a tiny ray of hope after they learned of a recently approved targeted chemotherapy for tumors of a certain genetic makeup, but they needed to act fast if there was to be any chance of saving Lily. After a round of general chemo, her parents got the go-ahead to put her on the new, targeted kind of chemotherapy. And it worked. Three weeks later, Lily’s tumor was gone. As of January 25, Lily rang the bell signifying that she was cancer-free! (WNCN)


FCC: At least 1 phone company broke law by sharing location

At least one U.S. phone company likely broke the law by sharing data that can pinpoint the location of smartphone users, according to the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to Congress that one or more wireless companies apparently violated federal law and could be subject to penalties. He didn’t name any companies but said the commission would decide soon on enforcement actions, now that the agency has completed an investigation. The FCC’s enforcement bureau began investigating following 2018 reports that U.S. wireless providers were selling real-time phone location information to outside data aggregation firms without phone users’ knowledge or consent. Location-tracking services can use the data to keep tabs on packages and vehicles or create personalized marketing pitches, but it can also be used by bounty hunters or stalkers to identify the whereabouts of nearly any phone in the U.S. within seconds. The reports led the four major companies, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, to pledge to stop providing users’ location information to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that had drawn criticism for endangering privacy. (US News)


Mom pulls son from school after she says she found cigarette burn on his arm

A mother in Checotah, Oklahoma says her 10-year-old son came home from school recently with a burn mark on his arm. She says the mark looks like some one put out a cigarette on her son. “He did not have anything on his arm when he left for school,” she said. “Then we noticed at 4 p.m. that he has this awful mark, like a cigarette burn. I immediately was so angry.” She then texted her son’s third grade teacher who said she didn’t know what could have happened. “He is in a special classroom with one teacher, four aides, and only nine students,” she said. “There is no way no one knows what happened.” The following morning, she kept her son at home but spoke with the Checotah School District Special Needs Director and visited the Marshall Middle School principal. “If there is a remote chance that there is abuse or the parent is not satisfied with the investigation we turn it over to law enforcement,” said Checotah Public Schools Superintendent. The mother says student safety should be better monitored, adding that “the problem is that we just don’t know, they need cameras”. The Superintendent agreed, but says money is the issue. The district has already spent around $55,000 on camera’s in some of the district’s buildings this school year. Until those camera’s are set up in the special needs classroom where her son goes to school, the mother says she’ll be home schooling him. (KJRH)


Tuesday Slides In With:

  • African American Coaches Day (First Tuesday)
  • Facebook’s Birthday
  • Liberace Day
  • Medjoola Date Day
  • National Hemp Day
  • Quacker Day
  • USO Day
  • World Cancer Day

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