Thursday, May 30

Month: May 2014

Man Crashes Truck Into Maryland TV Station And Barricades Himself Inside
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Man Crashes Truck Into Maryland TV Station And Barricades Himself Inside

"A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building," Fox News reported Tuesday. Authorities later identified the man as Vladimir Mehul Baptiste. Baptiste barricaded himself inside the TV station until police arrived, tweeting while he waited. The "suspect was found sitting in upstairs editing bay holding a golf club," according to ABC News reporter Roosevelt Leftwich. Police believe Baptiste is emotionally and/or mentally ill. "Can you all see me the days of the negative energies hurting you are OVER!" the suspect tweeted from the WMAR TV station. The WMAR building, along with a nearby school, were evacuated for safety, CNN continues. "Inside the station, polic...
Millennials’ Economic Situations Hurt Real Estate Market
Business

Millennials’ Economic Situations Hurt Real Estate Market

According to Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey, younger renters between ages 18 and 39 dream to be homeowners in their relatively near futures, but economic realties are getting in the way--a situation that's noticeably impeding the housing market's recovery process. According to U.S. Census statistics, the demographic's new home purchasing fell from 65.2% in 2013's fourth quarter to 64.8% in 2014's first quarter. According to Sarah Shahdad, a Fannie Mae strategic planning analyst, obstacles like staggering student loan debt, lack of savings, and less-than-perfect credit are holding Millennials back from being able to enter the housing market. Additionally, Millennials are waiting longer to get married or have kids, which means they're essentially delaying life events that would moti...
Several Automakers Consider Discontinuing Large Luxury Hybrids After Lukewarm Sales
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Several Automakers Consider Discontinuing Large Luxury Hybrids After Lukewarm Sales

Not all experiments end well, as the auto industry has been finding out after offering gas saving hybrid models for vehicles that are known for having low fuel economy. So few of these vehicles were sold that automakers are now wondering whether they’re even worth engineering. General Motors, after offering hybrid versions of its new generations of Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs, has decided to pull the plug. Even though the Escalade hybrid delivered 21 miles per gallon (combined driving conditions), up 31% from the non-hybrid’s 16 combined, “No one bought them,” says David Schiavone, marketing manager for the Escalade. “And they were great.” Mercedes-Benz and Lexus have also been pulling back on their offerings. One of the issues with selling the hybrid cars,...
Dentist Shortage Forces Dental Therapists to Pick Up the Slack
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Dentist Shortage Forces Dental Therapists to Pick Up the Slack

A nationwide shortage in the number of dentists has caused an influx in the number of states that are licensing dental therapists -- and are being met with resistance from the dentists themselves, a May 6 USA Today article reports. Only a handful of states currently allow dental therapists -- a dentist's equivalent of a physician's assistant -- to be licensed. Dental therapists get two years of intensive training before entering the field, where their work consists mainly of dental cleanings and procedures like extractions, according to the article. However, now that there is a lack of dentists across the country, these states are turning to dental therapists to pick up more responsibility. According to Delta Dental Insurance company data, about three times as many people across t...
Alaska’s Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Is Being Challenged
Lifestyle

Alaska’s Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Is Being Challenged

Five same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit this past Monday challenging Alaska's 1998 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely being between a man and a woman on the grounds that it's unconstitutional. The suit hopes to not only overturn the gay marriage ban, but to also force Alaska to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries. Times have changed in the 16 years since Alaskan voters approved the amendment. In the past year alone, federal courts have opposed state constitutional bans from a variety of different states, while other states like Hawaii and Illinois have legalized same-sex marriage. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court shot down the Defense of Marriage Act this year, which would have prevented same-sex, married couples from being able to receiv...
Firefighters Blame Overloaded Extension Cords for Apartment Fire
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Firefighters Blame Overloaded Extension Cords for Apartment Fire

In Braintree, Massachusetts, firefighters suspect that a recent fire might have been caused by an electrical issue. This pastThursday, the three floor apartment building, known as Braintree Gardens, had a smoke alarm go off early in the early morning.The hallways were filled with a dense, black smoke, causing many residents to flee to their small, outdoor balconies, rather than try and navigate to the inside stairways. Luckily, firefighters were on the scene within minutes, and knocked out first and second story windows so that residents could be escorted down and out of the building, and into the area parking lot. "They were great. They got us out right away," said resident Scott Bradley, who had been stuck in his third-floor unit. The fire is currently under investigation by firefi...
Texas Couple Sues Construction Company, Claiming Negligent Home Construction
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Texas Couple Sues Construction Company, Claiming Negligent Home Construction

A Texas couple is suing the construction company that built their home over claims of negligent construction after the home's foundations began to crack "excessively," an April 24 article in the Southeast Texas Record reported. On April 14, John and Donna English filed a lawsuit against Ronald Allen Hansen of Sandcastle Construction in the Galveston County District Court, citing breach of contract and negligence. According to the Southeast Texas Record, the complaint stated that the plaintiffs hired Sandcastle Construction to construct a house on their property in Galveston and paid Hansen in full. In the complaint, the plaintiffs also alleged that their house's foundation was now cracking excessively. The couple is seeking attorney's fees and damages to cover the repairs needed to r...
To Promote New Album, Daily News Gives Away Carlos Santana-Signed Guitar
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To Promote New Album, Daily News Gives Away Carlos Santana-Signed Guitar

This past Monday, 39-year-old Jovany Tavarez from the Bronx got a taste of guitar great Carlos Santana's own handiwork when he was able to take home a custom Paul Reed Smith guitar signed by the master himself. No, there was no "Black Magic Woman" to thank for the feat -- Taverez was the lucky winner of a contest held by the New York Daily News' Viva publication, a Latino lifestyle magazine. Tavarez, a social worker, participated in Viva's contest (which HBO Latino co-sponsored) along with nearly 800 other entrants and became the sole victor on May 5. His prize package includes the instrument itself, a custom Paul Reed Smith guitar emblazoned with Santana's face on the body with psychedelic and traditional Latin-inspired artwork decorating it. Santana's signature lies just near the guit...
Fox to Get Rid of Saturday Night Animation Block
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Fox to Get Rid of Saturday Night Animation Block

Fox TV has made the decision to axe its "underperforming" Animation Domination HD block of programming. The Saturday night program's last night will be June 28; no replacement for the 11 p.m. hour has yet been announced, according to Broadcasting and Cable. The Animation Domination High Def (ADHD) brand will continue on digital platforms off the air, including FoxADHD.com, Broadcast and Cable reported. Sunday's primetime Animation Domination block, which airs shows like The Simpsons and Family guy, is staying put, executives said. Animation Domination's Saturday night block, which had been geared toward young males and resembled Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming, made its debut last year. Fox describes ADHD as “alternative animated series, shorts and user-adapted material.” ...
New Driver Safety Program Shows Teens the Consequences of Texting While Driving
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New Driver Safety Program Shows Teens the Consequences of Texting While Driving

A new driving simulator called "Drive Smart Virginia" hopes to show youth the effects of texting while driving. Since it's only a simulator, the program will show teens the repercussions of texting while driving without having to face any of the consequences. "I was texting my friend Morgan saying 'Hey' and I killed a guy," said Highschool freshman Ericka Lester after she experienced the simulator. Texting isn't the only way to get distracted while driving. Eating, drinking, talking, grooming, as well as using a mobile device for anything--to update social media, check emails, or read sports scores--can increase a driver's chance of getting into an accident. However, since texting is the one activity that can take a driver's eyes off the road for the longest time, it's the most dange...