School district officials in Florida called a video shown to high school seniors about sexual consent “inappropriate” and “unsuitable,” the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
A class of high school seniors at Pine View School in Sarasota were shown “How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex with You?” -- a 3-minute, 50-second video created by Planned Parenthood, the newspaper reported. The video was not approved by the school’s administration, the Herald-Tribune reported.
The video depicts several circumstances and signals that indicate whether a partner wants to have consensual sex, the newspaper reported.
The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, which conducted the class, apologized in a release Monday, noting that a counselor for the group decided to show the video despite knowing it was not approved by the school.
“We sincerely apologize for the incident last Wednesday at Pine View. The staff member did not follow established protocol regarding the programming presented, and the organization has acted to ensure that this does not happen again,” SPARCC President and CEO Jessica Hays said in a statement. “SPARCC has had a positive relationship with Sarasota County Schools that has spanned more than 15 years and we take the trust placed in our organization very seriously. Preventing domestic/dating violence and sexual assault is central to our mission and SPARCC aims to be a trusted resource for our community.”
Pamela Gavette, the parent of a student at Pine View, posted the video last week to the Herald-Tribune’s Facebook page and called it “adult content.”
Sarasota School Board Chairwoman Bridget Ziegler posted a link to the video on Twitter.
Not all reaction to the video was negative, the Herald-Tribune reported.
“I think this is great,” one person wrote in response to Gavette’s post. “Be real. Maybe your kids will actually tell you things.”
A Wisconsin high school is being criticized for what appears to be a Nazi salute some students struck in a prom photo.
CBS News reported that dozens of male students in Baraboo High School’s class of 2019 are pictured raising their right arms upward.
According to a statement from Baraboo Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller, the image was taken in the spring before prom. The Baraboo News Republic reported that the image, in which not all students do not have their hands raised, resurfaced and spread across Twitter with the hashtag #BarabooProud. The publication reported that the hashtag is used by the Baraboo School District to promote its activities.
CBS News reported the image first resurfaced in a since-deleted tweet Sunday afternoon.
“In the photo, Baraboo students appear to make an extremely inappropriate gesture. It is a gesture widely recognized for its association with intolerance, violence and hate,” Mueller said in a statement Monday to parents and guardians. “We are extremely troubled by the image. The school district and local authorities continue to investigate, speaking with the students and families involved to determine how and why this photo was taken.”
Pete Guest, of WheelMemories, took the photo and told WISN that he went to the prom as a parent, and had his camera with him because he works as a photographer. He said he was taking photos of his son and his date.
“There was no Nazi salute,” Gust told WISN. “The last picture we had done -- I think I shot almost 400 pictures that day -- after I had done a bunch of the individuals with their dates and the parents, some of the mothers wanted pictures of their sons and their daughters with them and didn’t have the kind of equipment that I have so I was taking pictures for them that I, eventually, then gave to them as gifts.”
Guest said they wanted group pictures, and the one circulating shows the male students waving goodbye to their parents.
“Among the last picture that we did, I said, ‘OK boys, you’re going to say goodbye to your parents, so wave.’ I put my hands up. I said, ‘Now you’re looking towards me. Wave, say goodbye, and they go, ‘Well, what do you mean by that?’ I said, ‘Well, stick your hand up in a high five and wave.’ And that was it. I took one or two pictures. I posted one with all the boys waving goodbye.”
Gust said the photo was taken out of context.
When asked about one student who appears to be making a white power signal with his hands, Gust said the boy was vaping. Gust said he asked him to turn it off.
Baraboo senior Jordan Blue, who refused to participate in the gesture, spoke to CBS News, saying, “As soon as I heard the photographer say, ‘Raise your hand,’ I knew what was going to happen.
“He did not say raise your hand in a Nazi symbol way, and I'm pretty sure my classmates just interpreted as raise your hand, let's do this as a joke,” Blue said, adding that he thinks some who participated knew what the gesture meant, but said he thinks the students are regretful about what happened.
“Let us be very clear: hate has no home in the Baraboo School District,” Mueller said at the end of her statement. “Our schools are spaces where all people -- regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry -- are respected and celebrated. The safety of our students and schools is our most important priority.
“Clearly, we have a lot of work to do to ensure that our schools remain positive and safe environments for all students, staff and community. We will provide more information on this incident as it becomes available.”
A Minnesota man wanted to become a Marine, but he was facing a weighty problem.
However, Tyler Nelson dropped 147 pounds in eight months to fulfill his dream, KEYC reported. Now weighing 220 pounds, he will shipping out for boot camp in December.
Nelson weighed 367 pounds in March, and was told by U.S. Marine Corps recruiters that he could weigh no more than 247 pounds to join, the television station reported.
"I'm truly amazed and humbled to actually be able to work hand-in-hand with Tyler Nelson," Sgt. Ramiro Trevino, who recruited Nelson, told KEYC. "We didn't know how much commitment or dedication he was going to put into it at the beginning. We knew it was something to accomplish together as a team. “
Nelson, from Mankato, said effort and patience allowed him to reach his goal and honor his late grandfather, who was injured while serving in the Marines during the Vietnam War..
"When I first started, (I) didn't feel like going to the gym, but I went," Nelson told KEYC. "I went two or three times a day, I still go two or three times a day and I haven't looked back since."
Nelson followed a diet recommended by Complete Nutrition, and he began to shed the weight, the television station reported.
"If we would have talked about this eight months ago, I wouldn't have guessed this was where we'd be at," Garrett Mensing, store manager at Complete Nutrition, told KEYC. "(Nelson) just showed an incredible amount of dedication and commitment, you don't see that in a lot of people. I'm just glad we got to be a part of it."
Chick-fil-A is now delivering its popular chicken sandwiches and other menu items to your door.
The Atlanta-based fast-food restaurant announced Tuesday that it is partnering with DoorDash to deliver from more than 1,100 locations nationwide.
“So many of our guests’ busy lives and family commitments have them strapped for time. Delivery is one way we can help them get a quick yet high quality meal,” Chick-fil-A Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jon Bridges said in a statement. “If they’re unable to come to us, we’ll come to them.”
Everything on the menu is available for delivery through the DoorDash on-demand courier service. Customers can make orders through the DoorDash app, as long as they are within a 10-minute radius of participating restaurants. Customers can find Chick-fil-A in the list of available restaurants and place an order in the app.
The news comes after the first delivery-focused Chick-fil-A opened in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 17.
DoorDash and Chick-fil-A are celebrating the announcement by giving away up to 200,000 free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches from now until Nov. 20. Customers can take advantage of the offer by ordering through the DoorDash app or website, but only from participating locations. There is a $5 minimum order requirement. The offer is applied with the promo code CFADELIVERY and there is a limit of one sandwich per customer.
More information on the partnership and chicken sandwich offer can be found at Chick-fil-A’s The Chicken Wire website.
A black Chicago-area church musician who was moonlighting as a security guard was killed by police Sunday morning as they responded to a call of shots fired at the bar where the man worked.
Jemel Roberson, 26, had already subdued the alleged assailant in the initial shooting at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge, in Robbins, when police arrived, witnesses told WGN-TV.
“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in his back, with his gun in his back, like, ‘Don’t move,’” Adam Harris told the news station.
An officer arrived on the scene a short time later. That officer shot Roberson, killing him.
“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security! He was a security guard!’ Harris said. “And they still did their job and saw a black man with a gun and, basically, killed him.”
Though law enforcement officials have not confirmed the race of the officer who shot Roberson, witnesses told WGN that the officer is white.
NPR reported that Roberson was in uniform, wearing a hat with the word “Security” emblazoned on it. He had a license to carry the weapon he was holding when he was killed.
Four other people, including the suspected shooter from the initial incident, were injured, but none of their injuries were life-threatening, NPR reported.
Midlothian police officials said in a statement Sunday afternoon that their department received a call for assistance from the nearby Robbins Police Department. The call, which came in around 4:05 a.m., stated that someone was shooting people at Manny’s.
Two officers responded.
“Upon arrival, officers learned there were several gunshot victims inside the bar,” the statement said. “A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital.”
Video posted on Facebook by witnesses showed the aftermath of the fatal shooting. In one video, a police officer can be seen performing CPR on Roberson as other officers mill around and hold back the distraught crowd.
Watch the video recorded by witness Adam Harris below. Warning: Images and language may be too graphic for some viewers.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Robbins Police Department are investigating the criminal aspect of the initial shooting, the statement said. The Illinois State Police’s Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
The police shooting was the subject of widespread criticism on social media.
“The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Unless the good guy is black, then he gets killed, too,” Wendy Osefo, a Johns Hopkins professor and political commentator, wrote on Twitter.
Michael Skolnik, a civil rights activist and board member of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, pointed out that Roberson had stopped a potential mass shooting inside the bar.
“While he was holding the suspect down, cops arrived and shot him,” Skolnik wrote.
Roberson, the father of a 9-month-old son, is described on a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for his funeral as a person who was loved by all who knew him.
“He was the light of his mother Beatrice’s life, and was a devoted, loving son,” the fundraising page said. “Jemel was a gifted basketball player and musician, and his love for God and his family were at the forefront of his life.”
The GoFundMe page had raised more than $46,000 of its $50,000 goal by Tuesday morning. A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for Roberson outside the bar where he was killed.
Roberson played keyboard and drums at several area churches, friends told WGN. He also planned to become a police officer.
“Every artist he’s ever played for, every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” Rev. Patricia Hill of Purposed Church told the news station. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with took his life.”
Another pastor at Purposed Church, Rev. LeAundre Hill, expressed disbelieve on Twitter, saying that Roberson played music at the funeral for Hill’s grandmother just two days before his death.
Hill told WGN that Roberson’s death follows a pattern seen all two often in the United States.
“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” Hill said.
Roberson’s mother, Beatrice Roberson, has filed a federal lawsuit in the shooting, which the filing describes as unprovoked, unjustified, excessive and unreasonable, court documents show. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $1 million.
A UPS driver from Kentucky was arrested and charged with DUI after police said he was intoxicated while delivering packages, WAVE reported.
Matthew Caskey, 34, of Louisville, had a blood alcohol content of .316, the television station reported, citing an arrest citation. The legal limit in Kentucky is .08.
A staff member at Middletown Elementary School in Louisville called police, saying that UPS driver delivering packages to the school Monday afternoon smelled of alcohol, WAVE reported. By the time police arrived, the driver had left, the television station reported.
However, police spotted a UPS truck speeding and swerving across the center line of the highway, WAVE reported. Caskey, who was driving the truck, initially denied making a delivery to the school, the television station reported. However, a passenger in the truck confirmed that a delivery had been made there.
According to the arrest citation, Caskey admitted to drinking a half pint of whiskey and police found a small bottle of whiskey in his vest pocket, WAVE reported.
Police called UPS, and a supervisor provided another driver to finish the route, the television station reported..
In a statement obtained by WAVE, UPS acknowledged the incident.
“We are aware that a driver was charged Nov. 12 with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, the statement said. “Safety is a core value at UPS and our drivers are trained to be among the safest on the road. We are working with authorities to investigate the situation. The driver has been removed from service pending resolution of the investigation.”
This is one marriage that ended with a bang.
A Texas woman celebrated her divorce by blowing up her wedding dress on the family’s farm in LaCoste, 25 miles west of San Antonio, KSAT reported.
Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler obtained a divorce Friday in Medina County after 14 years of marriage to Henry Jordan Stiteler. On Saturday night, the 43-year-old celebrated with her parents, sisters, and brother-in-law by filling her wedding dress with 20 pounds of Tannerite, an explosive target material, KTRK reported. Santeben-Stiteler used a rifle to take a shot at the dress, positioned 200 yards away. Her shot was true, and her wedding dress went up in smoke.
“I wanted to remove all things from our marriage from our house,” Santleben-Stiteler told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Photos in the attic, ring in the safe (but probably going to sell it) and the dress I wanted to burn.
“I had a lot of advice and suggestions from friends and family, like donating it for premature babies and baptism gowns. However, to me, the dress represented a lie. I wanted to have a divorce party to burn the dress.”
The explosion, met with cheers by Santleben-Stiteler's family, could be heard for miles.
“We were all getting messages asking if that was our explosion people were feeling and hearing around the county, up to at least 15 miles away,” Carla Santleben-Newport, Kimberly’s sister, told the Star-Telegram. “It was like, ‘Uh, is everything OK over there?’”
It may have not been a shotgun wedding 14 years ago, but it was a one-shot divorce celebration Saturday night.
“On the one hand, it was like being on (the) set of some action movie. The explosion was huge,” Santleben-Stiteler told the Star-Tribune. “It was liberating pulling that trigger. It was closure for all of us.”
Amazon has chosen a pair of cities to build their second headquarters in, company officials confirmed Tuesday morning.
The company’s “HQ2” will be in both New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Officials also announced that Amazon will build a Center for Excellence in Nashville to serve the company’s operations business.
Between the three locations, Amazon officials said they expect to create more than 55,000 jobs.
Update 10:30 a.m. EST Nov. 13: Amazon’s planned Operations Center of Excellence will be based along the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.
The company expects to invest more than $230 million in the center and create more than $1 billion in incremental tax revenue over the next 10 years.
“These are quality, high-paying jobs that will boost our economy, provide our workers with new opportunities, and show the rest of the world that Nashville is a premiere location for business investment,” Nashville Mayor David Briley said Tuesday in a statement.
The Operations Center of excellence will serve as Amazon’s Eastern U.S. regional hub for the technological and management functions of the company’s retail operations division.
Update 10:15 a.m. EST Nov. 13: Amazon officials said the planned headquarters in Arlington, in the Washington D.C. metro area, will be located in National Landing, an urban community in northern Virginia.
“This is a big win for Virginia – I’m proud Amazon recognizes the tremendous assets the Commonwealth has to offer and plans to deepen its roots here,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday in a statement. “Virginia put together a proposal for Amazon that we believe represents a new model of economic development for the 21st century, and I’m excited to say that our innovative approach was successful.”
The company’s New York headquarters will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side.
“With an average salary of $150,000 per year for the tens of thousands of new jobs Amazon is creating in Queens, economic opportunity and investment will flourish for the entire region,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday in a statement.
Officials expect to start hiring people for both locations next year.
Update 10 a.m. EST Nov. 13: “We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon said Tuesday in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come.”
Original report: The New York City and Washington, D.C., metro areas are splitting Amazon’s planned second headquarters project, according to a Wall Street Journal report Monday night. The official announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday, the media outlet said, citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”
The news outlets reported that the company has settled on New York’s Long Island City as well as Crystal City, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Losing dibs on the tech giant’s proposed HQ2 and a projected 50,000 jobs would be tough news for boosters in a host of other cities that tried to lure Amazon as it promised a major headquarters expansion beyond its Seattle base.
Amazon generated enormous attention with its very public call out last year for cities interested in landing the project.
– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
A Texas grandmother was told to lose weight because her health was threatened. Six years later, she is 100 pounds lighter and is feeling great.
“Some grandmothers play bingo," Greta Ross, 61, told WFAA. "But, this grandmother goes to the gym."
Ross, from Irving, said she used to weigh 237 pounds. She refused medication from doctors but heeded their warnings to change her lifestyle.
"(It) scared me because I didn't want to leave my daughter and grandchildren behind," Ross told WFAA. "I knew I had to do something. Doing nothing wasn't an option.
"I had bad habits. I wasn't sleeping properly. I wasn't eating properly. I knew I had to do something. So I started walking."
Because of her weight, walking was the only exercise Ross could do comfortably, the television station reported. But with determination, Ross began to see results.
"It just became a routine," Ross told WFAA. "We would get up every morning and just walk. Next thing I know, the weight just started coming off.”
Within a year, Ross had lost 100 pounds, and she has kept the weight off for the past five years, the television station reported.
"I didn't stop. I just kept going and going and going," Ross told WFAA. "When I saw the transformation of my body, then my mind. ... my confidence level went through the roof. It was just incredible."
Ross has posted on social media about her turnaround.
"I just tell my real story so that way people will know you can do this," Ross told WFAA. "Is it a journey? Yes. Is it a process? Yes. Does it take time? Absolutely. But you have to be willing to say I am worth that. My family is worth that."
The owners of the home that once belonged to Lizzie Borden are asking the state for an exemption to disability laws.
The Fall River home is where Borden and her sister, Emma, moved after she was acquitted of charges in the killing of her father and stepmother in 1892.
The new owner of the home -- named Maplecroft by Borden -- has invested thousands into bringing the house up to code so they can open it for tours.
The City of Fall River now says they have to add a wheelchair lift that would attach to a second-floor bathroom. That's something the owner says would ruin the room's history.
"All the fixtures in there are original to the house. They're original to Lizzy and Emma," the homeowner's son, Ryan Woods. "The tile is original as well, so all of this would have to be destroyed."
Ryan's father, Donald Woods, and Donald's partner Lee-ann Wilber purchased the property in February with every intention to make it into a bed and breakfast.
The owner says the first floor is completely accessible. He's already added a ramp outside and says visitors who use wheelchairs can navigate the first floor.
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