City, United Way expanding STEM education program

January 26, 2018 bcic_admin 0

Boston schools can help meet the growing need for tech sector jobs by promoting science and technology education in the Boston Public Schools, says Mayor Martin Walsh. Last week, Walsh and other city officials visited Mario Umana K-8 Academy in East Boston for a demonstration of BoSTEM, a city-wide initiative aimed at increasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming in after-school programs for students in grades 6–8. …read more

Cincinnati Councilwoman Brought Her Own ‘Seat To The Table’

January 3, 2018 bcic_admin 0

Shirley Chisholm’s spirit is alive and well. The first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” This is exactly what Tamaya Dennard did at her swearing-in ceremony for city council in Cincinnati on January 1. Dennard brought an actual folding chair, see below:

Shirley Chisolm said: “if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

In her incredible campaign for Cincy City Council, @tamayaforcincy always repeated that quote.

Today, at her swearing in, she brought the chair. #mainstreet

— David Pepper (@DavidPepper) January 2, 2018

Tamya is sure to be a force in the city council. At the ceremony, she said, “I’m here to work on issues at the root cause, and not Band Aid solutions. Yeah, we can open more shelters, but we need affordable housing. We need income-based housing. That’s the issue.”

One of the many things on Dennard’s platform is to move some council meetings into neighborhoods to make them accessible to residents. Also, make the city contribute to jobs that will hire people coming out of prison. In addition, develop tax policies so long-term residents can stay in their home even after a neighborhood is gentrified. Sounds like a better plan than our current President. Congrats to Dennard and the city of Cincinnati on this victory!

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Omarosa Reportedly To Expose Donald & Melania In Tell-All

December 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

Ever since Omarosa Manigault Newman got the boot from the White House — or as she likes to call it, “resigned” — she has been teasing “her story.” Reports claims the reality star will earn as much as $10 million for a book deal and she is ready to spill every…

Mom Shouts At Suspect: ‘How Could You Have Murdered My Son?’

December 7, 2017 bcic_admin 0

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The mother of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright stood up Thursday during a court hearing for a man charged with killing him and shouted, “How could you have murdered my son?”

Wearing a red sweater with a drawing of her son’s face on it, Deborah Marion made the outburst during an arraignment for Billy R. Turner in a Memphis courtroom. Judge Lee Coffee told her he would not allow another such interruption, but he did not charge her with contempt of court.

Turner was indicted Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge. His bail is set at $1 million. Turner told the judge that he was planning to hire an attorney and Coffee set a hearing for Tuesday.

Wright’s body was found in a swampy field in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.

Prosecutors and police have declined to say much about the case. Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near the small town …read more

A Young Hero Rises During The Las Vegas Shootings

October 3, 2017 bcic_admin 0

In the midst of all the confusion and fear during the Las Vegas shootings, a young man rose up and saved 30 people and even sustained a gunshot wound himself.

30-year-old Johnathan Smith was attending the concert by country singer Jason Aldean when the shooting took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

There with his older brother Louis Rust and two nieces Smith rushed them to safety and then turned back to help other people.

“Active shooter, let’s go!” yelled Smith as concert goers stood in shock from the commotion. He pushed people towards the parking area. “I got a few people out of there,” he said in Washington Post interview.

As he set his eyes on a group of kids to take to safety, Smith was hit with a bullet in the neck that fractured his collarbone, a cracked rib and bruised lung.

“I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life,” said Smith. Doctors have decided to leave the bullet alone.

Smith might not have been here today to talk about his act of heroism if it wasn’t for an off-duty police officer who was able to get the bleeding under control and get him to the hospital.

“I would want someone to do the same for me, “says Smith who told the Washington Post that he doesn’t see himself as a hero.

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Attacks Stoke Debate Over Need For Domestic Terrorism Laws

October 3, 2017 bcic_admin 0

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attacks this summer on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an empty Air Force recruiting station in Oklahoma had the hallmarks of terrorist attacks but weren’t prosecuted as such.

Even though many in law enforcement referred to them as acts of domestic terrorism, there is a simple reason such charges weren’t brought: They don’t exist.

U.S. law defines a terrorist as having ties to a foreign entity, such as the Islamic State or other known terror groups. Homegrown extremist groups such as neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan aren’t labeled that way, even if they employ similar tactics of violence and intimidation.

The government generally prosecutes these cases under other charges, such as murder. But several recent attacks, including a deadly one on a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have stoked debate about whether there should be domestic terrorism laws.

FBI Director Chris Wray pointed out while testifying before Congress last week that even when convicted under non-terrorism charges, domestic terrorists can face the same punishment — including death — as those convicted under international terrorism statutes.

“There may be reasons why it’s simpler, easier, quicker, less resource-intensive and you can still get a long sentence with some of the other offenses,” Wray said. “And so, even though you may not see them, from your end, as a domestic terrorism charge, they are very much domestic terrorism cases that are just being brought under other criminal offenses.”

Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, in what was then the worst act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil. He was convicted in federal court of using a weapon of mass destruction and of murder for the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers who died in the blast, which killed a total of 168 …read more

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