Police Veteran of 12 Years Shot and Killed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Early this morning a New York police officer of 12 years, was shot and killed in a New York Police Department vehicle in the Bronx.

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NYPD officer, Miosotis Familia. Credit, Washington Post

Mother of three, Miosotis Familia, 48 was finishing up her shift around midnight when a man shot through the window of an NYPD command truck. Familia’s partner was sitting with her in the vehicle and called the dispatch for help.

The NYPD said, Familia was shot in the head and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she died. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Familia was “assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops.” Police encountered a man who was running a block away from the scene and identified him as the suspect.

Commissioner O’Neill said, Alexander Bonds, 34, allegedly pulled out a revolver as officers confronted him, and he was shot and killed by police. They recovered the revolver at the scene, and reported a bystander also being struck but in stable condition at the hospital.

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With an unknown motive, there is no telling what could have been wrong with Bonds to make him shoot at a police car and a bystander. The 34-year-old served eight years for a robbery and had a criminal record for selling controlled substances. The New York Times reported about Bonds’ relationship with the police while in prison.

Situations similar to this add to the many problems the African American/ Black community face. Coming from prison Bonds likely needed help adjusting, the lack of protection in prisons and resources have now lead to two deaths and to a broken family. Familia leaves behind her 12-year-old twins and 20-year-old daughter.

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By, Lauren Turner Dunn

Contributions from, CNN, New York Times

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Get The Proof Ready Nicki Minaj Might Pay Your Tuition Next

NORTHRIDGE, CA – One tweet from a fan turned into Nicki Minaj paying more than 30 of her fans’ student debt, tuition, and school supplies expenses, last night.

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Three days ago Nicki Minaj’s music video for “Regret In Your Tears” was released. Minaj tweeted her fans of #TheKingdom, which is the new name of her fandom. She wanted to see them create their own #RegretInYourTears video with an app called, Musical.ly.

The app allows users to make videos with music and it is the largest and easiest platform for users to share videos. Musical.ly tweeted that Nicki Minaj would pick her favorite videos and pay for the creators’ flights to the Billboard Music Awards to hangout with her. Minaj also tweeted that first place winners may get to hangout in the studio with her and listen to unreleased music. Winners may be picked next week.

In a tweet the singer-rapper expanded the competition to all countries.

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After the tweet and reply, Minaj responded to 31 other fans on Twitter. The fans asked her to help them pay off their student loan debt, summer programs, tuition, room and board, meal plans, and class materials. The artist replied to the tweets asking for proof of their debt and grades. She also told them to direct message her their bank information.

Nicki Minaj is known for being an education advocate. She has made comments about young girls staying in school and getting their education in her lyrics, interviews, speeches after getting awards, and during her concerts.

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The 34-year-old said she plans on paying more of her fans’ expenses in a month or two. Minaj has won more than 20 awards in the last 7 years. The estimated total of how much she gave to her fans is about $50,000.

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CNN reported that 40 million Americans have at least one student loan according to Experian. MarketWatch said $1.2 trillion in student loan debt is stopping Americans from economic growth making them unable to purchase cars, and homes. Forbes said that in December 2016, the unemployment rate for college graduates was only 2.5 percent. Students prefer to work jobs that are not related to their major or dream career in order to pay off their debt and personal expenses. The student debt crisis makes it hard for some students and graduates to continue school.

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By Lauren Turner Dunn

Contributions from, Twitter, Forbes, CNN Money, MarketWatch

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Malaria Vaccines To Be Tested In Africa Next Year

NORTHRIDGE, CA – In 2018, malaria vaccines will be tested on 360,000 babies and children in Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi. 

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 200-million malaria cases worldwide in 2015. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease, it affects people and animals.

RTS,S also known as, MosquiriX is a vaccine that is said to be injected in four doses. Next year, doctors and WHO officials are hoping the vaccine will work under real-life circumstances.

Africa has the highest number of malaria cases. In 2015, WHO estimated 429,000 deaths globally because of malaria, 92% of those deaths were in Africa. Kenya and Ghana are countries on the edge of Africa, right next to the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean. Malawi has a large lake of more than 11-thousand square miles.

Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat and live in water their first days, they need it to reproduce. Once a mosquito bites parasites are released into the bloodstream.

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The amount of malaria cases and deaths have both gone down more than 40% but this new vaccine is expected to close the 43% gap of unprotected people. Not having access to nets and bugs spray tests has affected pregnant women and their babies, men, and children.

Malaria is very life-threatening, it can cause: organ failure, swollen brain blood vessels, too much fluid in the lungs, anemia, and low blood sugar. The parasites make treatments and drugs ineffective.

WHO made April 25, 2017, World Malaria Day. The organization asked for serious help to improve the access to life-saving prevention tools.

The shrinking malaria map. Credit, The Economist

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Photos, Al Jazzera, The Economist

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Rape Laws in Maryland Change and Remain

NORTHRIDGE, CA – Maryland Governor signed bills making it easier to prosecute rapists and an all male panel failed to end the Rape Custody Bill Tuesday morning. 

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Maryland changed their definition of rape with SB 217. Maryland rape victims do not need to prove how they physically resisted against their attackers. Gov. Larry Hogan signed a new bill in the second signing ceremony at the State House. Before the Rape and Physical Resistance Bill, victims had to show evidence of trying to physically fight off or show lack of consent to charge perpetrators with rape or a sexual offense. Gov. Larry Hogan signed around 11 more bills with the intention of reforming sexual assault investigations.

BuzzFeed News did an investigation last year and found that some detectives were dismissing rape cases before looking into them. Alleged rapists would never know of the accusation because they would not be questioned by officers. BuzzFeed said cases would be ruled as “unfounded,” meaning false or baseless. Maryland reportedly had 42 unfounded cases. BuzzFeed’s analysis shows that this is an issue across the nation.Image result for trader joe's logo

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The Rape Custody Bill remains the same. Five male legislators failed to pass the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act on the last day of the State’s General Assembly session. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act was introduced by Maryland Delegate Kathleen Dumais. If the act would have passed, women who were raped would be allowed to block rapists’ parental rights. The panel reportedly ran out of time. Dumais has been working on this issue for the last 10 years.

“About 5% of women of reproductive age who are raped become pregnant,” according to The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The assembly will not meet to discuss the proposal until next year in January.

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Five dead and 40 injured in London terror attack

LANCASTER, CA – Metropolitan police were called this afternoon when some say they heard an explosive set off and shots were fired outside Parliament.

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According to police, a car jumped the curb, struck, and injured pedestrians and three police officers on the Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into a fence around the Houses of Parliament.

Reports show the number of injured people went from 20-40. London ambulance arrived six minutes after they received a call. Then an air ambulance landed in Parliament Square.

Bystanders immediately tweeted what they saw and heard.

 

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BBC reported that there were about three shots fired outside of the Palace of Westminster. Then a man ran through the gates of the parliamentary compound onto the front yard, allegedly waving a knife.

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The attacker stabbed and killed an officer who was guarding the parliament. Officers then shot and killed the attacker, and said it’s likely that there was only one attacker. Police declared the attack as a terrorist incident and told CNN they believe the attack is “Islamist-related”.

After the attack the Parliament building was on lockdown, but staff members have now left.

Queen Elizabeth was scheduled to open the new police headquarters at New Scotland Yard on Thursday, but she is now delaying the ceremonial event.

The mayor of Paris said that the Eiffel Tower will go dark to show solidarity to London and honor the victims.

Prime Minister Theresa May, described the terror attack as “sick and depraved”. She also shared her condolences to those affected. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected,” the Prime Minister said. “To the victims themselves, and their family and friends who waved their loved ones off, but will not now be welcoming them home.”

PHOTO: A police officer tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain, March 22, 2017.
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There will be extra police officers on the streets of London for the next few days.

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Iconic signs from the LAX Travel Ban Protest

Did you miss the march?

Here are some of the signs protestors held to show support to the people who were detained on their way home. img_0317

People of all ages, religions, ethnicities, and genders gathered at LAX to stand against President Trump’s Ban. According to The New York Times, the refugee/ immigration/ travel ban’s focus is to keep people from the seven nations out of America for 90-120 days.

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I captured these moments to document how other people felt about Trump’s executive order.

img_0252Imagine if you were in another country on vacation or visiting family.

You had just gotten off your flight and security decides to hold you in a room, and asks you questions for hours.

Your family is waiting.

You are extremely tired, now confused. Thinking what is going to happen will I ever see my family?

Finally, they let you go and you see your family.

img_0226When you walk outside people are chanting and clapping because the joy of you, being reunited with your family.

No one should have to go through that.

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You could hear demonstrators chanting: “No Ban No Wall Equal Rights For All” from the parking lot.

 

Marches and protests are great, whenever you are upset about something most likely there is someone else who is upset about the same thing. Passion goes along way.

I am thankful to the many people who brought the protesters together to stand up for what they believe in.

If you missed this one always know that there will be a anotherone and try not to miss it.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Big Sean gives $100k to help water crisis in Flint, MI

Flint, MI is about to bounce back with help from Big Sean

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While most of us forgot about the water crisis in Flint, Big Sean hasn’t. The rapper raised about $100,000 through his foundation to help his home state. The money is going towards proper care and water for families and residents affected.

Ever since the city changed its water source in 2014, Flint, Michigan has had bad water flowing through their faucets. The city decided to stop getting the water pre-treated in order to cut costs and managed to use the water from the Flint River.

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According to CNN, the water in the Flint River is 19 times more corrosive than the water from the original water source. Residents have suffered tremendously from getting lead-poisoning, and being in danger, in their own homes.

Big Sean’s foundation the Sean Anderson Foundation is inspired by his mom and grandmother who always influenced him to give back. His mother who resides in Michigan was also affected by the lead-poisoning but it took care and remedies that most residents don’t have to reverse the poisoning.

While the city’s governor and head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), believe the water quality has improved over the past year. The damage has already been done and residents still worry about the safety and cleanliness of the water.