Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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RadioOnFire.com - Teachers at one east Baltimore school held a sick-out to express concerns over the system's budget issues and possible layoffs.
The school system sent contractual teachers and other school and district staff to instruct 60 of the estimated students who remained at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School after most of them were picked up not long after classes began.
School officials say "appropriate action" will be taken against staffers determined to have used leave times in ways other than district policy permits.
"I am extremely disappointed that staff members may have chosen to express their anxiety about school budgets by disrupting teaching and learning for our students and compromising students' access to the services and supports we provide in a safe, positive school environment," schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises said in a statement. "I encourage all City Schools staff members and the entire City Schools community to seek out ways to advocate for our students that are not at the same time detrimental to the very young."
Later that night, parents, teachers, students and community leaders packed the atrium of Open Works in Greenmount to deliver a clear message to Mayor Catherine Pugh to commit at least $50 million to close the projected $130 million budget gap facing city schools.
Kimberly Coleman, a member of BEE's leadership team and City Schools Spanish teacher, spoke of Mayor Pugh's campaign promise to increase the city contribution to City Schools from 20 percent to 35 percent over four years, an increase of roughly $200 million. Coleman expressed how a budget reflects a city's values and our values tell us to put our students first.
"We need to send a message to our mayor that it is not only just, but an economic imperative to commit to educating Baltimore's children and future work force. We need to leave Mayor Pugh without any doubt that Baltimore refuses to leave our kids behind," Coleman said.
Taylor Owens, a sophomore at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, spoke of how her teachers show up and support her through challenging experiences. Mayor Pugh needs to step up during this challenging time to increase the city's contribution today, Owens said.
"Madam Mayor: we need you to accept this challenge in these life or death times for students and be a hero, " Owens said. "Without our teachers there is no emotional or academic support and without the teacher and the student, there is no education system, and without a working education system for students, then crime, unemployment and injustice will continue to increase."
Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises spoke of how it was heartening to see mobilization around making sure BCPSS young people are funded and how this is a question of priorities. "We as a community have to be able to say that our school, our young people, our future are worthy enough of the investment," Santelises said.
After hearing testimony from students, teachers, parents, and administrators, community members wrote letters to Mayor Pugh and signed up for upcoming actions to ensure that the City and State close the budget gap.
RadioOnFire.com - After one month in office, a new poll finds 64-percent of Marylanders disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is doing his job.
The Goucher College Poll finds only 29-percent of Marylanders approve of the way Trump is doing his job.
Goucher Poll director Mileah Kromer says in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters by a 2-to-1 margin the results for Trump are not surprising.
In November, Trump lost in Maryland to Hillary Clinton by 25-percent.
Among registered Democrats, 88-percent disapprove of the way Trump is doing his job, while seven percent approve of Trump's job performance.
Among registered Republicans, 71-percent approve of Trump's job performance, while only 22-percent disapprove.
Among independent voters, 56-percent disapprove of Trump, while 29-percent approve.
Kromer says the poll shows that Trump appeals to his Republican base, and not many others in Maryland.
The poll surveyed 776 adults in Maryland who were contacted either by landline or cell phone over a four day period ending Tuesday, February 21.
The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.5-percent.
The poll finds more than a third of those surveyed don't know whether they approve of disapprove of the job Maryland's two U.S. Senators are doing.
For freshman Democrat Chris Van Hollen, 36-percent don't know whether they approve or disapprove of the job he is doing, 44-percent approve, and 19-percent disapprove.
For Democrat Ben Cardin, who is up for re-election next year, 34-percent don't know whether they approve or disapprove of the job he is doing while 45-percent approve, and 21-percent disapprove.
Kromer says that the good news for Cardin is "he is above water" in his approval rating as he faces re-election. Kromer says as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin is raising his national profile going into an election year. He has been a vocal critic of President Trump appearing on cable networks and broadcast network television shows.
Cardin, Van Hollen and President Trump do have higher approval ratings in the poll than Congress.
The poll finds only 21-percent approve of the job Congress is doing while 72-percent disapprove.
This is the first of two parts of Goucher College Poll.
The second part of the poll which includes new approval numbers for Governor Larry Hogan will be released on Monday, February 27.
RadioOnFire.com - Detectives in Baltimore believe a dispute between a landlord and tenant led to a fatal double shooting last night in the southwest part of the city.
According to police, the shooting happened at 8 p.m. in the 500 block of Brunswick Street at a row house.
Officers found a 50-year-old man who had been shot in the stomach. He is expected to survive.
A second man was found in an alley near the home. That mad had been shot in the chest and died at Shock Trauma.
Police have a person-of-interest in custody.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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RadioOnFire.com - Donald Trump continued his war with the media on Friday, February 17, taking to Twitter as he has become known for doing, to discredit some of the biggest networks in television for their reporting, and declare them America's enemy.
"The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy ... it is the enemy of the American People," he tweeted. Trump's message wasn't a mere dismissal of the general field of obscure websites and publications presenting baseless reporting. He tagged five major news networks in the tweet, adding NBC News, ABC and CBS to past foe New York Times, and current perceived rival CNN.
President Trump's focus on media "attacks" has increasingly presented itself as a strategy he has figured to use in the likeness of the rogue presidential candidate Trump. Characterized by many as a populist for his having exploited the Tea Party rhetoric he helped construct with years of Obama birther claims, Trump's willingness to call the media out before cynical supporters was one of the strengths of his campaign. Nearly one month into office, it appears that he has no intention to let up. With former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon by his side, Trump is turning questions of his controversial executive orders and Russian scandal, back on news agencies, daily, with accusations of a media conspiracy to take him out of office.
RadioOnFire.com - A man charged in the death of his 20-year-old girlfriend has been stabbed in jail, officials said.
Murder suspect Marco Holmes reported to the medical staff at Central Booking that he was stabbed, State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services officials said.
The assault was reported around 8 a.m. Thursday.
Holmes was treated for superficial stab wounds to his head and hands, state correctional officials said. He was not taken to a hospital.
Holmes is charged in the murder of Tonja Chadwick.
No further details were immediately available.
Friday, February 17, 2017
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RadioOnFire.com - In an interview with CNBC last week, Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank praised President Donald Trump being pro-business, saying he's "highly passionate" and "is a real asset for the country."
Shortly thereafter, criticism followed by some of Under Armour's most prominent spokespeople; Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, Misty Copeland and Steph Curry.
This morning, he responded in an open letter to Baltimore which appeared as a full-page advertisement in The Baltimore Sun.
Plank began by stating that his company stands for opportunity.
"I believe one of the greatest American attributes is entrepreneurship, and I am incredibly proud of how the Under Armour story reflects this," he wrote. I moved Under Armour to Baltimore in 1998 when it was a two-year-old company with two employees. Today we have 14,000 teammates across the world, and are proud to call Baltimore our home. In our city, we stand for entrepreneurship, job creation and opportunity."
Throughout the letter, Plank highlights the sports performance manufacturer's values -- one being on immigration and the travel ban.
"We believe that immigration is a source of strength, diversity and innovation for global companies based in America like Under Armour," he wrote. "And I personally believe that immigration is the foundation of our country's exceptionalism. ... We are publicly opposing the travel ban. With an anticipated new executive order on immigration set to come out, we will join a coalition of companies in opposition to any new actions that negatively impact our team, their families or community."
The other values mentioned were pertaining to equal rights, job creation and human rights.
Plank closed out the letter by giving examples of how the company's values have been demonstrated by what they have already done.
Read the full letter here.
RadioOnFire.com - A former Baltimore private-school student has been charged with child sex abuse.
The former student, a 15-year-old boy, was charged 10 days ago in connection with alleged incidents involving students that date back to November.
Administrators at the private Friends School in north Baltimore have been aware of the allegations for almost two months and are cooperating in the investigation.
Details are few because the boy is charged as a juvenile. Police said there were three alleged incidents, one in November, one in December and one in January. Two of the incidents occurred on campus, and one happened off campus.
Parents have been informed of the investigation.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the school said:
"At Friends School of Baltimore, the safety and security of the children entrusted to our care is our highest priority. We are deeply saddened and disturbed that one of our students is alleged to have victimized three other students. When the school learned of these allegations, we immediately informed law enforcement authorities and have provided our full cooperation in their investigation. The student accused of these offenses is no longer enrolled at the school. We cannot comment on and we have reached no conclusions regarding these allegations. The administration, faculty and trustees of Friends School are committed to nurturing empathy and fostering in our students a strong sense of responsibility for the needs of others. We will continue to strive to support all the members of our community as we deal with these difficult matters."
RadioOnFire.com - With the end of New York Fashion Week near, journalists have kept a watchful eye out for what kind of sensational moments will capture the media's attention leading up to it's conclusion. One notable development that drew the curiosity of many on hand, was the appearance of the President's youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, and how lackluster it appeared to be. That's because according to a few fashion editors who took to Twitter following her sighting on Monday, February 13, she didn't seem to attract any big acquaintances. In fact, they claim, there was a bit of trouble getting folks to fill the seats that remained empty beside her for some time.
"Seating s---show at Philipp Plein because no editors want to sit near Tiffany Trump," tweeted editor-in-chief of Fashionista.com. "SHOCKER." Senior fashion editor at Elle, Nikki Ogunnaike took credit for ditching the 23-year-old Trump's side, confirming that they indeed relocated so as to avoid any association. Former Wall Street Journal columnist Christina Binkley added her observation in the caption of a photo of Trump settled by the abandoned seats, writing "Nobody wants to sit next to Tiffany Trump at Philipp Plein, so they moved and the seats by her are empty."
Tiffany Trump sightings have been rare throughout the course of Trump's run for office and subsequent Presidency. She has only appeared by her father's side on select occasions, as sons Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and daughter Ivanka Trump prove to be intimately involved in his day to day operations. Even 10-year-old Barron Trump has appeared to get more air time than his older sister, who is the only child Trump had with ex-wife Marla Maples.
RadioOnFire.com - After a family did not pay the entirety of their fees to a corrupt funeral director, he sent two undertakers to the funeral and had them seize the corpse moments before the body was scheduled to be buried. In the video, you can see the undertakers removing the body from the coffin before taking it back to the mortuary. The total balance owed was about $10. Sickening.
Watch the whole video here.
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