Wednesday, August 31, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem has ruffled quite a few feathers and raised a national debate. Though Kaepernick says his action is in protest of the oppression, inequality, and police brutality against black people; critics say that his refusal to stand while “The Star Spangled Banner”
RadioOnFire.com - Police arrested a man Tuesday after allegedly trying to carry an unloaded 12-gague shotgun through a security checkpoint at BWI Marshall Airport.
The unidentified Mt. Airy man allegedly brought the gun in a locked, hard-sided case. Transportation Security Administration officers detected the gun and called Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who confiscated the shotgun and arrested the man on state charges.
Firearms, parts and ammunition must be transported in checked baggage and properly declared.
EVERETT, Washington (AP) -- Donald Trump will be taking his first foreign trip as the Republican presidential nominee on Wednesday, making a quick visit to Mexico, a nation he derided as the home of rapists and criminals as he launched his campaign.
The meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto, who earlier this year compared the billionaire candidate to Hitler, comes hours before Trump is set to deliver a highly-anticipated immigration speech. It's a defining issue for Trump, but one on which he has appeared to waiver.
After saying during his primary campaign he would expel all of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally with a "deportation force," Trump has suggested recently he might be open to "softening" his stance as he tries to win over more moderate general election voters.
In meetings recently with Hispanic supporters, Trump had suggested he could be open to allowing some people living in the country illegally to stay. After one such roundtable this month, his new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said Trump's stance on using a deportation force to expel people was "to be determined."
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - The woman claiming Chris Brown brandished a gun while kicking her out of his Tarzana, California mansion this morning is a 2016 Miss California Regional beauty pageant winner named Baylee Curran.
RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore Police say the body of a Morgan State graduate student was found in an academic building on the northeast Baltimore campus.
City police say they responded at 10:50 a.m. for a report of a foul odor inside Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies, or CBEIS building, which is located off Perring Parkway. Maintenance workers led officers to the room where they discovered the 45-year-old man's body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the man last entered the building on Aug. 4 and hadn't been seen nor heard from since. The body showed no signs of trauma or foul play. Those who knew the man, who has yet to have been identified, said he had been ill for some time.
Homicide detectives continue to investigate. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100.
RadioOnFire.com - Under Armour has just announced plans to open an e-commerce distribution house in Baltimore County.
According to a company press release, Under Armour, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Tradepoint Development Executive Vice President Eric Gilbert announced the company’s plan to open a 1.3 million square-foot distribution and warehouse facility at Sparrows Point, as part of the Tradepoint Atlantic redevelopment project.
The facility is said to house 1,000 employees and is expected to open in the summer of 2018.
“We take great pride in collaborating with Governor Hogan, Secretary Gill, Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz, Tradepoint Atlantic and the many other state and local officials who share our commitment to create economic and job opportunities for the greater Baltimore community and Maryland as a whole,” said Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank. “The new Distribution House will be a top-notch service engine for our e-commerce business to deliver the right product, to the right place at the right time to our growing consumer base and athletes around the world.”
“Under Armour is a true Maryland success story, and this new e-commerce center is another way they are showing their commitment to our state and to the Baltimore region,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “As a pivotal new tenant at Tradepoint Atlantic, Under Armour will play a big part in this site’s resurgence to a center of economic activity and trade. We applaud Kevin Plank and his team for the visionary decision to open their latest distribution house – and create 1,000 jobs over the coming years – right here in Maryland.”
RadioOnFire.com - A change may be coming to a Baltimore County Schools closing policy that has already lead to two days of closures this school year.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore County School board is expected on Tuesday to revise the policy that requires the county to shut down the non-air-conditioned schools if the heat index is forecast to reach 90 degrees at any time during the school day.
School board member Marisol Johnson told the Sun that she will propose closing schools only when the heat index is forecast to reach 90 degrees by 11 a.m.
Other options include bringing in generators to cool the schools that don't yet have air conditioning, or raising the heat index limit to 95 or some other figure.
According to the Baltimore Sun, parents say the new policy has been too rigid and want the school board to change it so that students don't fall behind. Even some who agitated for the policy for years now say they want it changed.
RadioOnFire.com - Ice Cube is pretty angry with a recent fake ad which shows him endorsing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
RadioOnFire.com - Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot will be in Ocean City for a news conference Wednesday, where the former is expected to announce an executive order forcing schools to open after Labor Day, The Daily Record reports.
The governor's office confirmed a press conference on school start dates would be held Wednesday afternoon, and that Hogan and Franchot would be joined by local elected officials and business owners.
That's been a longtime crusade for Franchot, who has also been vocal on the lack of air conditioning in a number of Baltimore city and county schools. Last week, he told WBAL he found it "embarrassing" that the county's lack of urgency on school air conditioning forced 37 schools still without it to close on Friday. The same schools were closed again Monday.
Before his inauguration, Hogan signed on to a petition for such a change, much to the consternation of superintendents and teachers unions. Though hearings were held that year, a bill on the matter did not pass the General Assembly. Former Gov. Martin O'Malley had signed the petition as well.
"To be clear, we continue to oppose a state mandate that school districts must start after Labor Day," Maryland State Education Association spokesman Steven Hershkowitz said in an email. "We do not oppose individual districts making the local decision to start after Labor Day if that is what is best for their students."
Franchot has long touted the positive economic impact of delaying the start of schools, particularly for the coastal resort town where Hogan and Franchot are to speak.
Currently, Worcester County schools are the only ones in the state that have their first day set for after Labor Day.
Monday, August 29, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.
A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.
With his haunted blue eyes and an empathy born of his own history of psychic distress, he aspired to touch audiences much as Charlie Chaplin had. The Chaplin film “City Lights,” he said, had “made the biggest impression on me as an actor; it was funny, then sad, then both at the same time.”
Rest in peace to this legend. He will be missed.
RadioOnFire.com - A Baltimore County police officer took his own life early Monday during a standoff with Harford County sheriff's deputies.
Deputies were called to James Ward's home in the 2000 block of Stratton Court in Bel Air at around 1:34 a.m. Monday. Deputies set up a perimeter, and negotiators from the sheriff's office Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation Team tried to bring the encounter to a peaceful end, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
After several hours without response, deputies made entry and found Ward on a lower floor dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. No deputies fired shots during the incident, and nobody else was injured. Deputies will conduct an investigation.
Ward, 42, was a 19-year veteran officer of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to the White Marsh precinct, according to Baltimore County police. He was suspended without pay by that department when he was indicted on felony charges in late May.
“I was greatly saddened to hear about one of our officers taking his own life after being involved in a barricade situation for the second time," Chief James Johnson said. "It is fortunate that no one else was hurt.”
The incident led to the closure of nearby roads and delayed start times at nearby Patterson Mill Middle/High School.
Ward was shot and injured by deputies in an April incident, when he allegedly fired multiple shots at deputies taking cover in a tactical vehicle.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Spirit Cruises says the captain of a cruise ship that crashed into a dock in Maryland has been suspended from duty.
The Spirit of Baltimore was returning from a cruise when it ran into a dock in Baltimore early Sunday morning. A statement released by Spirit Cruises says two of the 412 passengers on board suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital and have since been released.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, while flights to and from the airport saw major delays.
A search through terminals brought no evidence of a gunman or shots fired, Los Angeles police spokesman Andy Neiman said. The reports were spurred by loud noises only, and police were still investigating to find the source of them, Neiman said.
Airport officials said that a person wearing a Zorro costume was detained during the incident, but it wasn't yet clear whether the person had any connection to the evacuation.
The incident stirred chaos as hundreds of people rushed from terminals on to sidewalks or the tarmac. And it left a mess with three terminals shut down, roads closed and flights held in the air and on the ground.
All terminals and roads into the airport had been reopened by 11 p.m. PDT, about two hours after the initial reports, officials said. But massive backup faced travelers in their cars and in security lines. Passengers who fled had to be rescreened through security.
When the incident began, scores of people could be seen on social media and on TV news running from the terminal out on to the sidewalks and streets as police with rifles out stormed terminals. Many other evacuees were standing on the airport tarmac, and abandoned bags littered some sidewalks.
"We were on the jetway and someone starts pushing behind us," Jon Landis, a sales representative from Boston who was boarding a flight home, told The Associated Press. "One man was frantic saying there was a shooter."
Police officers, including one with a shotgun, eventually led passengers out of the terminal, through a security gate, and into a parking lot - where several hundred waited for the terminal to reopen. Ninety minutes after the scare, Landis said he was still waiting for word on his flight.
Passenger Scott McDonald said he was getting off a plane in the middle of the incident and was told by the crew to get back on. He said looking out the window he could see many evacuees gathered out on the tarmac, a strange sight even for someone who travels almost constantly.
"I've never seen passengers, just normal people, on the tarmac anywhere in the United States," McDonald told KCAL-TV.
Douglas Lee, who was traveling home to Albuquerque with his wife and son, said the greatest danger was being trampled.
"You can imagine hundreds of adults trying to go through an exit door," he explained. At one point, he said he picked up his young son left their luggage.
Corey Rosenbusch was relaxing inside a terminal club on a layover flight from his home in Washington, D.C., to Sydney, Australia, when the lights went off and the staff told everyone to shelter in place.
"People immediately started looking at social media, where they saw reports that there was an active shooter," Rosenbusch told the AP.
He said several officers, including some with assault rifles, led the group out of the area.
The incident came just days after another false alarm led to a panicked evacuation of Kennedy Airport in New York.
In that incident, police were investigating whether an overly boisterous celebration of the Olympics on Aug. 14 led to noises that were misinterpreted as gunfire, with the ensuing chain reaction turning into a panic as crowds ran to evacuate.
The Los Angeles airport had an actual shooting in November 2013, when a man opened fire in the terminal, killing a security agent and wounding three other people.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
RadioOnFire.com - The 37 Baltimore County schools still without air conditioning will be closed on Monday. See the list here. Due to the forecast calling for a heat index in the 90s Monday, Baltimore County school system officials are calling off classes as well as after-school and evening activities for the affected schools.
Superintendent Dallas Dance recently discussed the system's heat policy in an interview with our Bryan Nehman.
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