No Loss Of Life As Section Of I-85 Collapses

(SL) – It was an astonishing sight for sure. I-85 near Piedmont Road in flames, smoke billowing and then about 700 feet of the bridge collapsed. Thank God authorities stopped traffic before it collapsed. No injuries, no deaths just bumper to bumper traffic. If you have to take the good with the bad, considering Thursday’s fiery incident.

The massive blaze started under the bridge around 6:15. The AJC  reports, the bridge on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 near Piedmont Road collapsed about 7 p.m., Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford confirmed. No injuries to motorists or first responders were reported.

Officials said they still don’t know how long it will take to fix the bridge, but they agree there is no underestimating the headache that awaits commuters.

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“The cork is in the bottle” Department of Public Safety Director Mark McDonough said. “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”  Drivers coming southbound into Atlanta on I-85 will get no further than Cheshire Bridge Road or they can hit the ramp back to I-85 North, McDonough said.

If you’re driving north into the city on the connector, you’ll have no choice but to take I-75 North at the point where the two interstates split. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said the catastrophic incident significantly affected I-85 and the broader transportation network.

58de88a3c361884d168b4603Mayor Kasim Reed said late Thursday he’d spoken with the FBI “and at this time there’s no evidence of terrorism.” He said city officials will be working to assess the bridge throughout the night.

“This is as serious a transportation crisis as we could have. The governor has been leading and we have been acting on it,” Reed said. “Our primary concern, first and most important, is that no one has lost their life. And as we stand here right now, we think that’s the situation.”

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Stafford said a cause of the fire can’t be determined at this time because inspectors can’t get under the bridge due to structural concerns. “The entire bridge is compromised,” Stafford said. “Right now, it’s still dangerous to go under there.”

Deal said Georgia Department of Transportation inspectors are on the scene and that the construction crew that built the bridge has been contacted to look at the schematics and determine how long it will take to repair.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet known but “the speculation I’ve heard is that there are some PVC products that caught fire.”

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David and Tamela Back With Season Three Of Popular Comedy Mann & Wife

(SL) – David Mann, Tamela Mann and company bring a new assortment of hysterical family situations and laughs in the third season of their hit Bounce comedy series Mann & Wife.  Bounce will double the fun by kicking off season three with two new original episodes back-to-back 9:00-10:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, March 28. All-new Mann & Wife episodes will continue to premiere Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm (ET) through the spring on Bounce.

Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife. The half-hour situation comedy follows their characters – newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.

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Sytonnia with David and Tamela Mann, Terri J. Vaughn and Carl Payne at the Private Press Screening of Mann & Wife 

In addition to the show’s popular stars, Tony Rock is back as Daniel’s partner on the police force with Steven Wash (Daniel, Jr.), Amir O’Neil (Darren), Lauryn Kennedy Hardy (Terri) and Jadah Marie (Tosha) playing the Mann children. Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast as Daniel’s new Lieutenant and also directs an episode this season.

This season sees hilarious takes on visiting family, mistaken identity, school pressure, phony health scares, an embarrassing email leak and even a 1970’s cop show spoof. Guest stars include George Wallace, Roger+Bobb+Tyler+Perry+Family+Preys+New+York+dvnOokN2kuCl.jpgAntonio Fargas, Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction and Brely Evans.

Mann & Wife co-creator Roger Bobb (House of Payne The Rickey Smiley Show) serves as executive producer and director of the series.

Mann & Wife has been a smash success, setting network records for viewership in both seasons. Bounce is the only emerging broadcast network producing original scripted series, which in addition to Mann & Wife includes the current mega-hit drama Saints & Sinners and the popular comedies In The Cut and Family Time.

Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.  Bounce has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III.

 

{Video} Every Parent’s Nightmare: Daycare Worker Picks Child Up By Arm, Slams Her To The Ground Causing Facial Injuries

(SL) -The video is hard to watch, but parents need to be careful with who they trust to take care of their kids.

The shocking footage shows Gregory Diglin picking up a little girl by the arm and throwing her back to the floor. The video shows Diglin yelling at the child because she wouldn’t get off the floor. He says to her, “Don’t tell me no! Get off the floor!” He then picks her up and slams her back to the ground. The child’s face can be seen violently crashing into the floor.

After the 4-year started to scream in pain, Diglin softens his tone and tells the baby to come with him and leads her away from the view of the camera to clean up her blood.

The abuse took place at Children’s Lighthouse Daycare in Spring Texas on Wednesday.  Gregory Diglin was charged with injury to a child and is being held at Montgomery County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

Chief Matthew Rodriguez of Montgomery County Constables Office, Precinct 3 said to local station KHOU: ‘It is a high bond. This is a pretty violent action toward a very small child. We take these things very seriously in Montgomery County.’

The child has sustained injuries to the face and mouth area, busted lips, damage to the gums, featured dental damage as well.’

According to Montgomery County police, officials were alerted to the situation after the child’s mother called police and said her child was assaulted after she noticed her daughter had a split lip.

Jeff Kemp, the family’s attorney, spoke to local station KHOU and said, “The little girl is actually quite smart and was able to explain very well for a four-year-old what had happened.”

He added: ‘What happened is every parent’s worst nightmare.’

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The owners of Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony terminated the teacher’s employment immediately releasing a statement on Friday saying, “A teacher who is now no longer employed at Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony acted in a manner that neither we nor our franchisee accept or condone. 

Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company and the owners of Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony are cooperating with local authorities to ensure that the situation is handled properly.” 

 

Joakim Noah Suspended For 20 Games

(SL) – It looks like Knicks’ baller Joakim Noah is done for the season. The NBA is suspending Noah for 20 games after he apparently violated its anti-drug program.

The NBA announced the suspension on Saturday.

Yahoo reports, Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said.

feec8c9881e5191bd79d9026e10292efNoah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.

The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.

Noah underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27, effectively ending his season. He had recently started running and conditioning, league sources said.

After signing a four-year, $72 million free-agent contract to leave the Chicago Bulls for New York, Noah averaged only five points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season.

“A regrettable mistake,” the players union said in a statement. “After a thorough investigation, the National Basketball Players Association believes Joakim Noah did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy of the CBA.”

The union also suggested Noah might not have been suspended under the newly negotiated CBA because it makes exceptions for unintentional ingestion of prohibited substances. Not that it matters because those rules don’t take effect until July 1

23-Year Old One Direction Star Liam Payne Has Baby With 33-Year Old Girlfriend

Former X Factor Judge Cheryl Cole first met Liam Payne when he was 14 years old; in 2009 when Liam, then a wannabe pop star, auditioned on The X Factor. It’s rumored that they two started dating in 2015 but didn’t announce their relationship until later.

They officially started dating early last year, when Cheryl was in the process of divorcing her second husband, French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. However you slice it, the two are now parents to a beautiful baby boy.

Liam and Cheryl shared the same photo.

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The 23-year-old wrote: ‘My close friends and family know there are very few times when I’m left speechless…wow!

‘I’m incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it’s a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.

‘I’m completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she’s really made my dreams come true.

Cheryl said, “We haven’t named him yet but he’s already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed.” It’s believed that she’s leaning towards the name Alfie for the little bundle of joy.

Cheryl first spoke of her desire to be a mother back in 2012, telling GQ magazine, “I love kids, I’m obsessed with babies. I know that’s what I was put on the Earth to do – to be a mother.”

 Friends said at the time that she had kept the pregnancy a secret because she didn’t want to ‘jinx her happiness’ after years of bad luck in relationships.

Liam was 14 when he first auditioned for the show but ended up partnering with Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to form the global boy band group One Direction.

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His mom is expressing her joy and it appears the two, despite the age gap, are in it for the long haul.

 

Sin City Lives Up To Its Name After Two Shootings In 24 Hours

(SL) – The block has been extremely hot in Vegas since around midnight. The first shooting took place at the exclusive Bellagio Hotel. Early Saturday, a gunman in a pig mask opened fire during an armed robbery at a high-end store believed to be a Rolex Store inside iconic resort. Terrified tourists sought shelter amid the chaos.

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Three people entered the store and one fired shots. No one was injure but parts of the casino property remain closed as authorities investigate.

Officers received a call about the incident at the Bellagio at 12:50 am, and apprehended one suspect by 2:15 am, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

One woman who was at the hotel when the robbery unfolded described the atmosphere as one of ‘mass panic’.

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Different story with the second shooting that happened around noon. After word that the standoff had ended, more details emerged.

Larry Hadfield, a spokesman with Las Vegas Metro police, said of the bus situation to USA Today: ‘The shooting incident happened on the bus. We had one single shooting incident with two victims. Both were transported to the trauma center and one is deceased.’

Hadfield added that SWAT and hostage negotiation personnel were on site but wouldn’t confirm if there were passengers still on the regional transit bus at the time.

A police spokesperson was quoted as saying that the alleged gunman surrendered without incident after fours hours.

Around 1.45 pm, local time, a loud bang occurred near the bus, as some reports indicate the SWAT team detonated the side of the vehicle. There was a flash of light and smoke appeared to come from the bus.

No information has been made available as of early Saturday evening regarding the identities of the suspect or the victims.

 

 

 

The Trumpcare Debacle That We Knew Would Happen And How Steve Bannon Wants Trump To Keep Enemies List Behind It

(SL) – Trumpcare had no chance of being implemented because simply put, Healthcare isn’t like turning on a light switch. It’s difficult and not something that can be constructed overnight.

New York Magazine reports,  The American Health Care Act is a truly horrendous piece of legislation. But it did not become the vehicle for the Obamacare repeal effort because Trump, or Ryan, or anybody insisted on it over some other option. It became the repeal bill because nobody in the Republican Party had a better idea.

Screen-Shot-2017-03-24-at-1.57.31-PM-800x430Reforming the health-care system is an inherently daunting project. What makes health care so resistant to change is that, the worse the system gets, the harder it is to change. More waste means more profit centers with an interest in protecting their income. And more uninsured people means more anxiety for those who do have insurance about losing it, and hence more resistance to change. The political miracle of Obamacare was its ability to design a way to cover the uninsured and to pay for the coverage in a politically viable fashion. The law found a way to solve a political problem that had frustrated would-be reformers for decades.

And they accomplished it against the ruthless opposition of a united party that has used every demagogic method to undermine it — in Washington, in the states, and in the courts.obamacare-trumpcare915If Republicans had not launched a legal battle to allow states to deny Medicaid coverage to their citizens, and then cruelly taken up the opportunity to do so; sabotaged small but crucial risk-corridor payments to encourage insurer participation; and denied funds for outreach to exchange customers, it would be functioning better than it is. Still, it is functioning.

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Man Dies After Car Goes Off Embankment In Woodstock

(SL) -Be careful out there. Traffic was pretty backed up on I-575 this morning. There were reports of an accident, but after authorities arrived on the scene it was worse than that. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department said that one person was killed in the crash.

Sheriff’s spokesman Howard J. Baker said the car went off an embankment at Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. Some reports say the driver may have been going at a high rate of speed before the deadly crash.

 

14 Black And Hispanic Girls Kidnapped In DC Over The Last 24 Hours?

(SL) – I’m with DL Hughley. They found Tom Brady’s jersey but these little girls are have been disappearing left and right and their just now starting to highlight it?

As of Thursday, over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18, are missing. But the numbers are much larger than that.

10-Missing-Girls-Color-Washington-DC-VideoThe AP’s Jesse J. Holland reports, the District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.

MissingDCGirlsBlack members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department to help police investigate a large number of missing children in Washington, D.C.

The letter, dated Tuesday and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was sent by Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in Congress.

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They called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”

“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said. Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, said that despite the assurances from police, it was alarming for so many children to go missing around the same time.

On Tuesday night, she noted, her group had four reports of missing children and only one had been found. “We can’t focus on the numbers. If we have one missing child, that’s one too many,” Wilson said.

Wilson said she is concerned about whether human trafficking is a factor, citing the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since she vanished from a city homeless shelter in 2014.

hqdefaultA janitor who worked at the shelter was found dead of apparent suicide during the search for the girl.

“They prey on the homeless, they prey on low income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online,” Wilson said.

Cute Kid Alert! Harper Beckham Spotted Hanging Out With Her Mom

(SL)-It was just a typical girls’ day out, green juice and all, for Victoria Beckham and her adorable daughter Harper. Boy, these kids grow up fast. The pair was seen strolling through the streets of West London and Harper is a cutie pie.

Victoria’s only daughter is just 5 years old and is often on the scene for with her mom, dad and brothers Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, and Cruz, 12, who are equally as cute. Can’t help but to be right..with genes like that.

Carrying a bag of bubble drinks, she held hands with little Harper who skipped alongside her mum excitedly clutching a green smoothie.

harper.jpgVictoria, was recently on the Today show where she talked about her husband, retired soccer star David Beckham with whom she’s been with since 1997.  Here’s what the former Spice Girl turned Fashion Designer had to say about her hubby.

“He’s my soulmate. He’s the most incredible husband. We complement each other.’He inspires me every day, with the children, the way he treats me; it just works. We are lucky to have each other.”

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Seems like there have only been two bumps in the road for the two. David allegedly had an affair with Rebecca Loos years ago and another woman Malaysian-born Sarah Marbeck came forward with the same claims. But, Victoria stood by her man.

Through it all Posh and Becks have raised a beautiful family. Still time for one or two more to be added!