Tuesday, January 31, 2017
RadioOnFire.com - Former Apprentice contestant turned Trump cabinet member Omarosa has strong feelings about President Trump. "Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump," she said. In an ominous tone, she insinuated that Trump would be a vindictive President: "It's everyone who ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him, it is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe."
RadioOnFire.com - Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by Extra TV to speak with Mario Lopez about Donald Trump's newly-implemented-and-subsequently-held-up-in-court immigration order. The former Republican governor of California expressed reservations about the way the order was carried out, and said that disallowing green card-holding citizens of other countries, "Makes us look stupid."
Watch the clip above.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
RadioOnFire.com - Two teenagers and a young man were shot Friday night in Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood, police said.
City police said a sergeant patrolling the area of 5th Street at Maude Avenue heard gunfire and found a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
A police helicopter spotted a third victim, a masked 17-year-old boy, trying to run away from the scene. Police said the boy was uncooperative and refused to let medics treat his wound.
Police said officers were giving the area special attention after residents reported hearing gunfire Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2221 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.
RadioOnFire.com - A pizza delivery man was shot Friday afternoon in Lansdowne.
Police say the driver responded to the unit block of Hummingbird Court around 3 p.m. to deliver a pizza. When no one answered the door, the delivery man returned to his vehicle. Once inside, a man approached the driver from the passenger side, opened the door and confronted him.
According to police, the suspect shot the driver at least once in the upper body and then fled with the pizza and other items.
The driver returned to the store, where he was taken to an area hospital. He is expected to survive.
Police believe the suspect targeted the pizza delivery man.
RadioOnFire.com - In a letter addressed to the school system community, Baltimore schools CEO Sonja Santelises blamed a budget gap as a reason that more than 1,000 staffers could be laid off
In the letter, Santelises wrote that the deficit is "particularly large at approximately $130 million."
Santelises, who is just months into her tenure as head of city schools, wrote that because of the size of the budget gap, administrators won't be able to focus cost savings in the district office as they have done in the past. Instead, most of the layoffs will hit schools.
She said she would meet Friday with the city's General Assembly delegation in Annapolis to discuss options to close the gap.
Read The Letter Below:
January 27, 2017
Dear City Schools families, students, partners, and friends,
Last December, as the district worked to develop its budget for the 2017-18 school year, I shared with the City Schools community that we were again facing a gap between our anticipated funding and our estimated expenses. This has happened for the past several years — but for the coming school year, the gap is particularly large at approximately $130 million.
This morning, I am meeting with lawmakers who represent Baltimore in Annapolis, to review where we are with our budget development and discuss the challenges we face. In a continued commitment to transparency, I want to share that conversation with you.
First, I want to emphasize that while our limited resources will make closing a gap of this size very difficult, we will do so while continuing programs that we know are important for student success, such as full-day pre-k and the 21st Century School Buildings Plan. Our teachers, principals, support staff, and administrators will remain committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities for our students.
In the past, we have closed our annual budget gaps with short-term solutions — like spending and hiring freezes. While we have had some layoffs, we have been able to concentrate those in the district office, rather than schools. But these solutions have not addressed the cause of the problem: Quite simply, our revenue has declined while our costs continue to go up. We are now exploring multiyear options to break this annual cycle and ensure financial stability for the long term. We must address this fundamental challenge, so that we will not continue to experience large gaps every year.
While I am confident that these efforts will be successful over time, the fact remains that as a public agency we must present a balanced budget this year. We will need to implement some of those same short-term solutions that have been used in years past to reduce costs, and my team and I are looking at all the options so as to minimize the impact on students. At the same time, we will be advocating at both state and city levels for the increased education funding that Baltimore’s children need and that is so necessary for the long-term vitality of our city. We will need the partnership of our entire community in joining this effort.
However, in the spirit of transparency that I promised when I returned to City Schools last July as your CEO, I must tell you that without additional funding, we are facing layoffs of more than a thousand staff members. Because of the size of the budget gap, we will not be able to focus cost savings in the district office as we have done in past years. Most of the layoffs will affect staff members in schools.
I want to assure you that this does not mean we will work with any less urgency to provide our students with the high-quality teaching and learning they deserve. While we will not have the resources to accelerate this work, we will prioritize spending in areas we know have potential for the greatest impact on student success—including a strong classroom focus on literacy, staff development and leadership, and addressing the needs of the whole child with support for physical, social, and emotional well-being.
As school communities move through this difficult time, it is more important than ever to ensure that all stakeholders are involved in budget conversations at the school level. All schools have a responsibility to collaborate with parents, community members, and partners. I want to encourage you to participate in any activities and meetings scheduled at your school to discuss budget priorities. Your voice and input is needed as we navigate the budget process together.
If you are interested in learning more about where our funding comes from and why it hasn’t met our expenses, please visit this dedicated website.
I, along with my staff, will continue to advocate for everything our students deserve. I give you my commitment that our students will always be our highest priority as we make decisions, and that I will keep you informed all along the way.
Thank you for all you do for our students and our schools.
Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises
Chief Executive Officer
RadioOnFire.com - The mother of a child at a middle school in Staunton, Virginia is calling upon the NAACP to investigate the actions of a teacher who she says forced Black students in her class to play the role of slaves while teaching a lesson on the Louisiana Purchase.
Tamika Derozen says she reported the 6th-grade teacher after her son recently came home from Shelburne Middle School and detailed having been asked, along with other Black students, to come to the front of the classroom and pretend that they were picking cotton. "He said, 'Mom, I didn't know what to do. I wanted to walk out of the class, but I didn't want to get in trouble,'" Derozen said. According to Derozen's son, some of the white students were even invited up to play in the role of slave masters.
Derozen had initially agreed to sit across from the teacher in a meeting mediated by the school's principal but decided against it when she learned the teacher attempted to defend her lesson by showing students a clip from Roots, asking them whether it would have made sense to have anyone but Black people represent slavery. "She went on to say, 'exactly my point. For those of you that I offended, I apologize. But I want you to understand my reason for calling you up as African-Americans is because you better fit the role as a slave," said Derozen.
Staunton City Schools Superintendent, Linda Reviea, says the district is investigating the incident. "If such behavior occurred, it is grossly inappropriate, insensitive and contradictory to the values of our school division and will not be tolerated. At all times we expect our teachers and staff to be positive role models and demonstrate sound judgment," she said in a statement made to the press. "I want to emphasize that in no way does Staunton City Schools condone or encourage instruction that deliberately singles out a person or group because of race and subjects them to disparagement or humiliation."
Friday, January 27, 2017
RadioOnFire.com - Mixed in with Baltimore's current average of a homicide a day this month, police are also seeing more juvenile crime. Children doing the dirty work for the adults, who recruit them. So, police made a call to action for parents this week.
Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis mentioned two cases of multiple juveniles stealing and carjacking cars during a Wednesday's press conference about the spike in Baltimore violence.
Police recovered two stolen cars Wednesday morning in the same area, and said kids ages 12 to 17 were involved, and two adults were with them. Police said on Wednesday 14- to 16-year-olds were involved in a carjacking and a 19-year-old was with them.
It's part of the recent trend of adults recruiting younger teens to carry out their crimes, police said.
"I'm a 25-year-old. I'm not going to steal that car, but if I can get my hands on a 13-year-old or 12-year-old, who will go up and commit that strong-armed carjacking, I know that the criminal justice system is barely going to touch that kid, barely," Davis said.
Authorities acknowledged neighborhood challenges.
"These kids are growing up in situations that most of us don't," Patrol Chief Osborne Robinson said.
Police leadership pleaded with parents and adults to keep better watch over the young teenagers.
But Ericka Alston, who run Kids Safe Zone in west Baltimore, said it runs deeper than that. Kids Safe Zone is a place where the mundane to many people matters more.
In a kid's yoga class, a teacher tells them to think of something positive that happened today.
"It is trauma. It is fear. It is abandonment. Imagine being a kid in a community where 80 percent of the homes around you are vacant. What does that do to your psyche? What does that do to your soul?" Alston said.
Here's something positive: Alston said she just got funding for a program called U-Turns, which uses peer mentors, targeting 14- to 25-year-olds.
"If those peer navigators can get four kids in here for 30 minutes a day, that's 30 minutes that they lived. That's the reality. That's not an exaggeration," Alston said.
Alston said the job requirements for the mentor are experience with incarceration or substance abuse. She wants people who survived the streets to pass on what they learned to the younger generation.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
RadioOnFire.com - A husband and wife were found dead in their Parkton home Monday in what police say they're investigating as a murder-suicide.
Baltimore County Police were called to the 1000 block of Dairy Road to check on Dawn Longo Rowe, 49, after she failed to show up at work for a week. Co-workers were unable to contact her.
Police found her and husband Lyttelton Wadell Rowe both dead of a gunshot wound Monday afternoon. While it's being investigated as a murder-suicide, police haven't yet said pulled the trigger or when the shooting is thought to have taken place.
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