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Uber Shows Off Flying Cars In D.C.

(Washington, DC-AP) — Uber says it’s on track to start flying its first all-electric air taxis on a demonstration basis. To give potential riders an idea, the ride-sharing giant showcased the latest concept of the aircraft at the annual Uber Elevate conference in DC.

Eric Allison who is head of Uber Elevate, says the aircraft will eventually be comparable to Uber rideshare and should be much faster than getting around traffic-clogged urban areas.

The company hopes to launch Uber Air by 2023 with tests beginning next year.

Uber Unveils New Security Measures

(New York, NY-AP) — Uber is unveiling new safety measures. The changes, announced on NBC’s Today show, include an Uber app safety notification for riders, so they can confirm it’s the correct person picking them up.

The notification will include the driver’s license plate, make and model of their car and the name and photo ID of the driver. The changes come just two weeks after the murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who got into a car she thought was her Uber ride.

Funeral Today For Samantha Josephson

(Robbinsville, NJ-AP) — Mourners are saying goodbye today to the student killed after getting into a car she mistook for an Uber. The funeral for University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson will take place today in New Jersey.

Josephson was found dead on Friday afternoon after, police say, she was abducted when she got into a car by mistake, believing it was an Uber she had ordered. Nathaniel Rowland, who is not an Uber driver, is charged in her killing.

Dalton Pleads Guilty To Deadly Kalamazoo Shooting Spree

(Kalamazoo, MI-AP) — The Uber driver who went on a shooting spree in Michigan is pleading guilty. Jason Dalton cut short jury selection today in Kalamazoo by unexpectedly pleading guilty to six murder charges, two counts of attempted murder and gun charges. The plea comes a week after his lawyers announced they would not seek an insanity defense. Dalton shot eight people, killing six, in February of 2016 at three locations over the course of about five hours in between driving shifts for Uber.

None of his passengers were victims. Dalton initially told detectives he was possessed by his Uber app and it told him who to shoot, however a judge ruled his confession could not be used in the trial. It’s unclear when sentencing will take place.

Video Of Fatal Collision Involving Self-Driving Uber Released

(Tempe, AZ) – Police in Arizona are releasing a video of a deadly collision between a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian. The video was taken from inside the Volvo XC90 that Uber had been using for testing in Tempe.

It shows the vehicle driving along a dark road Sunday night when suddenly a woman walking a bicycle across the road appears in front of the headlights. Another portion of the video shows a view of the vehicle’s driver, who appears to be looking down then abruptly looking up with a shocked expression when the video stops.

The 49-year-old pedestrian later died from her injuries. Uber has suspended all its self-driving testing in North America.

Friends, Colts Remember Edwin Jackson

(Atlanta, GA) –Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson is laid to rest after a funeral yesterday in Atlanta where family, friends and members of the Colts association said their farewells.

A friend of the Jackson family described Edwin as person with an infectious personality who brimmed with optimism. Jackson was killed on February 4th when an accused drunk driver hit him and his Uber driver.

Former Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Jackson embodied talent, drive, and passion for the game. General Manager Chris Ballard said he was devastated by Jackson’s death and the compassion and he learned a valuable life lesson from the strength and compassion of Jackson’s family.

Jameis Winston Denies Groping Uber Driver

(SL) – The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016. The league’s investigation was first reported Friday by Buzz Feed News, which viewed a letter it said was sent from NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel to the Uber driver.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN that the “allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have.”In the letter to the unnamed woman, Friel wrote: “The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston. The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter. “
The Buccaneers released a statement that they are aware of an allegation.
“We are in the process of obtaining further information regarding today’s media report. We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL,” the team statement said.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters Friday he was “just finding out” about the allegation.Winston was not on the field with the Buccaneers on Friday ahead of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. He has not practiced all week because of a shoulder injury.
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The Uber driver told Buzz Feed News that she picked up Winston in Scottsdale, Ariz., around 2 a.m. local time on March 13, 2016. The driver alleged Winston “behaved poorly” as soon as he got in the car, and then asked her to stop at a drive-thru restaurant during the ride.While in line, the driver said Winston, who was the only passenger in the car, reached over and “grabbed” her crotch for three to five seconds.The driver told Buzz Feed News that she reported the incident to Uber at the time.
An Uber spokesman told ESPN that the “behavior the driver reported is disturbing and wrong. The rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident. “Winston was in Arizona for Kurt Warner’s annual “Ultimate Football Experience” event during the weekend that the incident allegedly occurred.
Winston denied that accusation in a statement posted to social media on Friday afternoon.
“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago,” Winston said in the statement. “The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her.  The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.”I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in anyway.”
Uber confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that on March 13,2016, a driver in Arizona reported the incident allegedly involving Winston shortly after the trip in question. Uber’s community guidelines prohibit any kind of sexual conduct.
The newspaper listened to a voicemail from Uber to Winston informing him that his account had been placed on hold pending an investigation into “inappropriate behavior.””Hi Jameis, this is Chris calling from the Uber office,” according to a call that a Times reporter listened to Friday. “I’m following up on a report we had from one of your recent trips where you or someone in the vehicle with you had some inappropriate behavior. I just want to follow up and get some more information on that.”

Shareholder Revolt Pushes Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick Out

(SL) – Well that went bad quick.

The Daily Mail reports, Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-sharing company.

The 40-year-old entrepreneur announced he was stepping down as the firm he founded in 2009 deals with a sexual harassment scandal.

According to the New York Times, a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.

The newspaper reported that earlier on Tuesday, five of Uber’s major investors, including Bill Gurley from capital firm Benchmark, demanded that the chief executive resign immediately.

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Hope Global Forums Outline Vision For Future Economy

(SL) – Great attendance at the Hope Global Forums 2016 in downtown Atlanta, as leaders from around the world came together once again with one goal in mind.  This year’s them is ‘Reimagining The Global Economy: The Future of Inclusion and the hope is to outline a vision that includes all people, where leading voices from government, community and the private sector view the poor, underserved and teetering middle class as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation.

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Lisa M. Borders from  The Coca Cola Company introduces Chelsea Clinton

Operation HOPE has been able to teach ‘the language of money’ to disengaged citizens. They’ve served more than 2.5 million individuals and directed more than 1.8 billion in economic activity into underserved communities since 1992.

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One of many panels including Lord Michael Hastings from the UK (not pictured) Richard Reeves (2nd to right) and Ganhuyang Chuluun Hutagt (2nd to left)

This year John Hope Bryant enlisted a slew of global and business leaders to get the message across as Operation HOPE currently serves more than 330 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Morocco.

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A special conversation with Chelsea Clinton and John Hope Bryant

Some of this year’s highlights include a special conversation with Chelsea Clinton and John Hope Bryant, Citizen Athletes in Action with Dikembe Mutombo, a panel featuring Lord Michael Hastings from the UK, Philippe Bourguignon, Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Kasim Reed and Ganhuyag Chuluun Hutagt to name a few.

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Philippe Bourguignon, founding investor of Yahoo, Uber and Zip Car

Session tracks include Global, community, government, technology, women and girls, youth and entrepreneurship. This three day event is designed to inspire, provoke and engage!