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Crazy, Memes, and New York: sTI6o01 To our fellow NewYorkers please be safe. An explosion this morning caused the authorities to evacuate one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City as the weekday was set to begin. The Police Department said in a tweet that it was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, where two subway stations, Times Square and Port Authority, are connected by a tunnel. The Port Authority bus station was also evacuated. Two people were in custody, a law enforcement official said. One may have been carrying a device that could have been a pipe bomb, which exploded. The official emphasized that the information was preliminary and investigators were still arriving at the scene. Commuters underground near 40th Street and 8th Avenue began to flee after a loud, muffled sound was heard in the Port Authority subway station. Police officers, firefighters and Port Authority counterterrorism officials tried to clear commuters from the bus station and the west side of 8th Avenue as sirens blared. Andre Rodriguez, 62, a caseworker at one of the city’s shelters, said he heard an explosion shortly before 7:30. “I was going through the turnstile,” he said. “It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running.” Alicja Wlodkowski, 51, said that she had been in a restaurant inside the Port Authority when she suddenly saw a crowd of people running. “A woman fell, and nobody even stopped to help her because it was so crazy,” she said. Then it all slowed down. I was standing and watching and scared.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were skipping 42nd Street.- The New York Times. . . NewYork NYC NY NewYorkTimes NewYorkCity PortAuthority TimesSquare 42ndStreet Trains Investigation Mass Debate Podcast News Monday
Crazy, Memes, and New York: sTI6o01
To our fellow NewYorkers please be safe. An explosion this morning caused the authorities to evacuate one of the busiest transit hubs in New York City as the weekday was set to begin. The Police Department said in a tweet that it was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, where two subway stations, Times Square and Port Authority, are connected by a tunnel. The Port Authority bus station was also evacuated. Two people were in custody, a law enforcement official said. One may have been carrying a device that could have been a pipe bomb, which exploded. The official emphasized that the information was preliminary and investigators were still arriving at the scene. Commuters underground near 40th Street and 8th Avenue began to flee after a loud, muffled sound was heard in the Port Authority subway station. Police officers, firefighters and Port Authority counterterrorism officials tried to clear commuters from the bus station and the west side of 8th Avenue as sirens blared. Andre Rodriguez, 62, a caseworker at one of the city’s shelters, said he heard an explosion shortly before 7:30. “I was going through the turnstile,” he said. “It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running.” Alicja Wlodkowski, 51, said that she had been in a restaurant inside the Port Authority when she suddenly saw a crowd of people running. “A woman fell, and nobody even stopped to help her because it was so crazy,” she said. Then it all slowed down. I was standing and watching and scared.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains were skipping 42nd Street.- The New York Times. . . NewYork NYC NY NewYorkTimes NewYorkCity PortAuthority TimesSquare 42ndStreet Trains Investigation Mass Debate Podcast News Monday

To our fellow NewYorkers please be safe. An explosion this morning caused the authorities to evacuate one of the busiest transit hubs in New...

Community, Drugs, and Lottery: $52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: "There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there." @balleralert $52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 2010, MiguelPilgram was the winner of a $52 million lottery jackpot that enabled him to start his own real estate company, ThePilgramGroup. Now he plans to use his winnings to build up properties across south Florida, specifically, a well-known Main Street named SistrunkBoulevard that was once a wealthy area for African Americans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sistrunk was often referred to as the “historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community,” which is located right in the middle of most of the city’s black businesses. The area was named after JamesSistrunk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James was a black physician who helped found the first Black hospital in Broward County in 1938, when segregation laws prohibited Blacks from entering the east side of the tracks where they could be seen and treated in “white” hospitals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Post-desegregation, the area started to lose its high economic status and became a haven for gun violence, abandoned buildings, and drugs. However, Pilgram recently bought three buildings he plans to make into a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants, and a center for performing arts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For me, it’s [about] preserving the community as a whole,” Pilgram told an NBC local affiliate station in South Florida, adding that Sistrunk was once a hub of “success for businessmen.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Along with Pilgram, Edduard Prince, community activist and legal specialist says outside developers are “drooling” to invest in Sistrunk which, like similar cases, will strip the neighborhood of its history and culture while pushing out current residents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pilgram’s plan is to do the exact opposite. He wants to develop the location while keeping the culture and its people there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was raised in a similar environment,” he told The Sun-Sentinel. “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that’s, ForTheCulture.
Community, Drugs, and Lottery: $52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild
 Historically Black Neighborhood: "There is
 a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to
 invest there."
 @balleralert
$52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 2010, MiguelPilgram was the winner of a $52 million lottery jackpot that enabled him to start his own real estate company, ThePilgramGroup. Now he plans to use his winnings to build up properties across south Florida, specifically, a well-known Main Street named SistrunkBoulevard that was once a wealthy area for African Americans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sistrunk was often referred to as the “historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community,” which is located right in the middle of most of the city’s black businesses. The area was named after JamesSistrunk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James was a black physician who helped found the first Black hospital in Broward County in 1938, when segregation laws prohibited Blacks from entering the east side of the tracks where they could be seen and treated in “white” hospitals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Post-desegregation, the area started to lose its high economic status and became a haven for gun violence, abandoned buildings, and drugs. However, Pilgram recently bought three buildings he plans to make into a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants, and a center for performing arts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For me, it’s [about] preserving the community as a whole,” Pilgram told an NBC local affiliate station in South Florida, adding that Sistrunk was once a hub of “success for businessmen.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Along with Pilgram, Edduard Prince, community activist and legal specialist says outside developers are “drooling” to invest in Sistrunk which, like similar cases, will strip the neighborhood of its history and culture while pushing out current residents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pilgram’s plan is to do the exact opposite. He wants to develop the location while keeping the culture and its people there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was raised in a similar environment,” he told The Sun-Sentinel. “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that’s, ForTheCulture.

$52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” ...

Beautiful, Children, and Family: 11-Year-Old Told Friends She Was Going to Kill Herself After Being Bullied @balleralert 11-Year-Old Told Friends She Was Going to Kill Herself After Being Bullied-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A South Carolina family says their daughter committed suicide because she was bullied. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Toni Rivers, 11, told friends prior to her death that “she just couldn’t do this anymore, and she was going home, and she was killing herself,” said the family to local news station WTOC. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Oct. 25, the young girl returned home and shot herself. She was found by her 14-year-old sister lying on her back with a gunshot wound. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Authorities were called to the scene and airlifted Rivers to Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina Health. She received treatment for 72 hours before dying from injuries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Toni’s mother, Amy Thomas, said she contacted the school about the bullying two months before her daughter’s death. Now the family is calling out the school district to confront the bullying. A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for the funeral expenses and to assist other victims of bullying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Toni’s family has lost a beautiful soul and the most infuriating part is that this could have been prevented,” the GoFundMe page reads. “We have to ban together to make sure we start protecting our children today.”
Beautiful, Children, and Family: 11-Year-Old Told Friends She
 Was Going to Kill Herself After
 Being Bullied
 @balleralert
11-Year-Old Told Friends She Was Going to Kill Herself After Being Bullied-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A South Carolina family says their daughter committed suicide because she was bullied. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Toni Rivers, 11, told friends prior to her death that “she just couldn’t do this anymore, and she was going home, and she was killing herself,” said the family to local news station WTOC. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Oct. 25, the young girl returned home and shot herself. She was found by her 14-year-old sister lying on her back with a gunshot wound. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Authorities were called to the scene and airlifted Rivers to Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina Health. She received treatment for 72 hours before dying from injuries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Toni’s mother, Amy Thomas, said she contacted the school about the bullying two months before her daughter’s death. Now the family is calling out the school district to confront the bullying. A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for the funeral expenses and to assist other victims of bullying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Toni’s family has lost a beautiful soul and the most infuriating part is that this could have been prevented,” the GoFundMe page reads. “We have to ban together to make sure we start protecting our children today.”

11-Year-Old Told Friends She Was Going to Kill Herself After Being Bullied-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A South Carolina family say...

Drinking, Head, and Memes: Woman Sentenced After Slamming Daughter's Head into Wall For Reciting Bible Verses Incorrectly @balleralert Woman Sentenced After Slamming Daughter’s Head into Wall For Reciting Bible Verses Incorrectly – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Wednesday, a Pennsylvania mother pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after trying to strangle her daughter for reciting the Bible incorrectly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, 41-year-old Rhonda Shoffner forced her daughter, who was younger than 13, to kneel on the bathroom floor and recite the bible. Police say the woman abused the young girl when she made a mistake by slamming her head into the wall at least five times. She also threatened to kill her daughter while trying to strangle her, and bit her twice on the arm and shoulder. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The incident occurred at the woman’s home in Middletown, after she went on a three day drinking binge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Luckily, the girl managed to break away from Shoffner and call her father, who then drove her to the nearest police station to report the abuse. As a result, Shoffner was arrested and charged. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, the woman has been sentenced to 2 ½ to five years in prison, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and endangerment.
Drinking, Head, and Memes: Woman Sentenced After Slamming
 Daughter's Head into Wall For Reciting
 Bible Verses Incorrectly
 @balleralert
Woman Sentenced After Slamming Daughter’s Head into Wall For Reciting Bible Verses Incorrectly – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Wednesday, a Pennsylvania mother pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after trying to strangle her daughter for reciting the Bible incorrectly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, 41-year-old Rhonda Shoffner forced her daughter, who was younger than 13, to kneel on the bathroom floor and recite the bible. Police say the woman abused the young girl when she made a mistake by slamming her head into the wall at least five times. She also threatened to kill her daughter while trying to strangle her, and bit her twice on the arm and shoulder. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The incident occurred at the woman’s home in Middletown, after she went on a three day drinking binge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Luckily, the girl managed to break away from Shoffner and call her father, who then drove her to the nearest police station to report the abuse. As a result, Shoffner was arrested and charged. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, the woman has been sentenced to 2 ½ to five years in prison, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and endangerment.

Woman Sentenced After Slamming Daughter’s Head into Wall For Reciting Bible Verses Incorrectly – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Wed...

Blade, Drunk, and Memes: Store Clerk Knocks Out Robber Who Said "We Can Do This The Easy Way or The Hard Way" @balleralert Store Clerk Knocks Out Robber Who Said “We Can Do This The Easy Way or The Hard Way” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Monday, a convenience store clerk took matters into his own hands after a would-be robber tried to overthrow his store. The suspect, who has been identified as 52-year-old AndreYoung, entered the Speedway on Northland Boulevard and tried to jump over the counter with a blade. However, the store clerk fought back, seizing the blade and delivering a devastating right hook to knock Young out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The clerk then called 911 to explain the situation, which was also captured by a security camera inside of the Speedway. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “He’s still in here,” the clerk told officials. “I had to knock him out. You need to get a trooper here now, because he’s in here, he’s in here all f*cked up.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The allegations are that the defendant went into a Speedway gas station, brandished a box cutter, and stated, ‘We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,’” Dave Wood of the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office said. “The cashier luckily was able to defend himself and incapacitate the defendant until police showed up.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Later, in an interview with police, Young said his actions were misconstrued. He claimed he was holding the knife to cut something off his shirt, to which officials responded by saying it isn’t smart to try to jump a counter with a blade, if you aren’t planning to rob someone. “Man, I was drunk,” Young replied. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next day, Young stood before a judge on crutches with a swollen black eye. The judge set a $175,000 bond on two counts of aggravated robbery and assault. Oddly enough, officials say Young was convicted of using a bat to rob the same gas station back in 2005.
Blade, Drunk, and Memes: Store Clerk Knocks Out Robber Who Said
 "We Can Do This The Easy Way or The
 Hard Way"
 @balleralert
Store Clerk Knocks Out Robber Who Said “We Can Do This The Easy Way or The Hard Way” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Monday, a convenience store clerk took matters into his own hands after a would-be robber tried to overthrow his store. The suspect, who has been identified as 52-year-old AndreYoung, entered the Speedway on Northland Boulevard and tried to jump over the counter with a blade. However, the store clerk fought back, seizing the blade and delivering a devastating right hook to knock Young out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The clerk then called 911 to explain the situation, which was also captured by a security camera inside of the Speedway. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “He’s still in here,” the clerk told officials. “I had to knock him out. You need to get a trooper here now, because he’s in here, he’s in here all f*cked up.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The allegations are that the defendant went into a Speedway gas station, brandished a box cutter, and stated, ‘We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,’” Dave Wood of the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office said. “The cashier luckily was able to defend himself and incapacitate the defendant until police showed up.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Later, in an interview with police, Young said his actions were misconstrued. He claimed he was holding the knife to cut something off his shirt, to which officials responded by saying it isn’t smart to try to jump a counter with a blade, if you aren’t planning to rob someone. “Man, I was drunk,” Young replied. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next day, Young stood before a judge on crutches with a swollen black eye. The judge set a $175,000 bond on two counts of aggravated robbery and assault. Oddly enough, officials say Young was convicted of using a bat to rob the same gas station back in 2005.

Store Clerk Knocks Out Robber Who Said “We Can Do This The Easy Way or The Hard Way” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Monday, a con...