Archives October 2021

Facebook, Inc. renames itself “Meta”

Mark Zuckerburg announced the new name of Facebook, Inc. at a Facebook Connect live event today. Although the change doesn’t mean that the flagship social platform’s name is changing, Zuckerberg says the shift was necessary to reflect the company’s full range of offerings and experiences.

“Right now our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can’t possibly represent everything we’re doing today, let alone in the future,” Zuckerberg said in a statement pegged to the announcement.

“Together, we can finally put people at the center of our technology. And together, we can unlock a massively bigger creator economy.” The name change comes at an inauspicious time for the company’s public profile. In recent weeks, Facebook has been dogged by allegations from lawmakers, from former employee-turned-whistleblower Frances Haugen, and from several corners of the media that its social platforms’ algorithms are not doing enough to stop the spread of extreme or authoritarian content in the U.S. and abroad, as well as having a negative impact on many teen users’ mental and physical health.

Source: Know This

Vanessa Bryant wins lawsuit over shared images of Kobe Bryant crash

The widow of Kobe Bryant scored a legal victory in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County over the leaked photos of her dead husband and their teenaged daughter Gianna.

Vanessa Bryant requested that the county sheriff and fire chief answer questions under oath about the helicopter crash site photos as part of a civil lawsuit filed by Bryant and family members of the other victims who perished, USA TODAY Sports reports. 

Kobe and seven others, including his 13-year-old Gianna, were killed on Jan. 26, 2020 when the helicopter they were aboard, on their way to a girls basketball tournament, crashed in the hills west of Los Angeles amid foggy weather. Federal safety officials blamed pilot error for the wreck.

Vanessa said she learned about their deaths on social media — hours before she received official confirmation from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Eick granted Vanessa’s request and ruled that LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and County Fire Chief Daryl Osby will have to give pre-trial testimony about the photos that first responders took at the crash site. The pictures caused the victim’s family members emotional distress, according to court documents viewed by the New York Post.

The ruling is a major blow for the county, which sought to block Villanueva and Osby’s testimony, arguing that they are heads of government agencies, and such individuals “are not normally subject to deposition, absent extraordinary circumstances.”

That exemption protects officials “from discovery that will burden the performance of their duties, particularly given the frequency with which such officials are likely to be named in lawsuits.”

“While we disagree with the court’s decision, we will make both the Sheriff and Fire Chief available for deposition,” reads the statement from attorney Skip Miller, who is defending the county. “Their testimony will not change the fact that there is no evidence any photos taken by County first responders have ever been publicly disseminated.”

Source: The Grio

18-year-old Morgan State University student shot in chest on campus

An 18-year-old Morgan State University student was shot in the chest on campus during homecoming weekend.

City police said officers were called around 6:39 p.m. Saturday for a shooting in the 2300 block of Argonne Drive. There was a large presence in the area for tailgating and other homecoming festivities.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he is conscious, alert and stable, police said.

The university tweeted a statement around 9 p.m., saying: “At approximately 7 p.m. this evening, a shooting occurred at Morgan State University near the Montebello Complex on south campus. A Morgan student was reported injured with non-life-threatening injuries and taken to a local hospital for immediate treatment.

“The area around Montebello Complex is secure and there is no active threat to the campus. We encourage the campus community to stay clear of the area at this time as police activity is ongoing.

“Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is presently on site actively investigating the incident with assistance from Morgan State Police.

“As further details develop and more information becomes available, we will provide updates via MSU ALERT, MSU Announce and social media.

“The University Counseling Center is available to any student in need of counseling and support by calling 800-422-0009 or 443-885-3130.”

No further information was immediately released.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2444 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

Source: WBAL

Mayor: 7 shot on North Avenue in west Baltimore; Police: 4 victims were teens

Seven people have been shot Friday night in west Baltimore, according to the mayor.

City police said detectives know at least four teenage girls and one male were shot.

Police said officers were called just before 10 p.m. to the area of the 3100 block of North Avenue. The scene stretched for a number of blocks on West North Avenue between Longwood Avenue and North Ellamont Street.

Mayor Brandon Scott said none of the shooting victims suffered life-threatening injuries. All the victims were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Police said detectives believe the suspect(s) may have been in a white SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2488 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

Source: WBAL

Fight between 2 students at DeKalb high school leads to stabbing

DeKalb County School District Police are investigating after a student was hurt in a stabbing Friday, officials said.

The district said in a statement that two Clarkston High School students got into a fight on campus, which led to the stabbing.

The student who was hurt ran off campus to a nearby apartment complex; he was being treated by EMS when officers located him. The student was taken to the hospital as well.

The district added that the other person was taken into custody.

“The safety and well-being of our students remains a top priority,” the statement said. The stabbing is still under investigation. 

Source: 11 Alive

Hogan announces immediate authorization of Moderna, J&J, ‘mix and match’ booster shots

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday issued a statement announcing the immediate authorization of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and “mix-and-match” COVID-19 booster shots.

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially, the Associated Press reported.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said specific Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients qualify for a booster, too. And in a bigger change, the agency is allowing the flexibility of “mixing and matching” that extra dose regardless of which type people received first.

Hogan said the move by federal regulators came several days earlier than expected.

“We’re just pleased to be finally moving forward,” Hogan told 11 News on Friday. “Being able to get boosters to those folks who got Moderna and J&J, this is a big step we’ve been waiting for from the federal government. We’ve been ready to do it and we’re anxious to continue to make progress.”

Johns Hopkins experts said Friday the approval also comes as COVID-19 case data continues to show promise.

When asked whether the end of the delta surge has been reached, Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiology lead for the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, said: “I never want to call anything an end, but I certainly welcome the sustained declines in cases that we’re seeing across the U.S.”

But experts cautioned there’s no guarantee that declines in cases will be sustained because cases could increase again after the holidays.

“When people travel and gather in new social networks, that creates opportunities for the virus to spread in new ways, so we could see a rise in cases later in the winter,” Nuzzo said.

Source: WBAL

President Biden takes part in CNN town hall in Baltimore

President Joe Biden paid a visit to Baltimore for the first time since taking office to take part in a CNN town hall to boost support for his Build Back Better plan.

Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the town hall had the president answering questions for 90 minutes about topics including the economy, immigration, tensions with China, climate change and the pandemic.

Before the town hall, the president and first lady were greeted by Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressman John Sarbanes and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and they spoke for several minutes. Later, Mayor Scott tweeted that he was honored to provide opening remarks for the event, adding that the nation is on the right path and the president has a true partner in the City of Baltimore.

There were some demonstrations outside of the venue including a group from Casa de Maryland calling for immigration reform.

Source: WBAL

Dirt bike rider dead after crash with Baltimore fire truck

Baltimore City Police are investigating an accident involving a dirt bike rider who was killed by a firetruck Thursday in West Baltimore.

Just after 7 p.m., a fire truck was on its way to a call when the crash happened on South Payson and West Pratt streets.

According to WBAL TV- 11, there is evidence that the dirt bike rider was dragged by the fire truck while it was trying to stop.

Officials say the victim was a man but have not yet released his identity. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Baltimore Crash Team continues to investigate the incident.

Source: WBAL

Ravens shut down Herbert, Chargers in 34-6 victory

Lamar Jackson threw for 167 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens frustrated Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in a 34-6 victory Sunday.

A week after scoring 47 points in a win over Cleveland, the Chargers (4-2) came up empty on their first five possessions and were held under 16 points for only the second time since drafting Herbert before last season.

The Ravens completely controlled this matchup of division leaders. Each of Baltimore’s three veteran running backs – Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman – scored a touchdown.

Jackson went 19 of 27 with two interceptions. Herbert was 22 of 39 for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Although the much-anticipated clash between these two talented quarterbacks didn’t live up to expectations, Baltimore won with a total team effort.

Source: WBAL

Entrepreneurs honored at “Black Wall Street” event

Over the weekend, BmoreNews presented “Black Wall Street Awards” celebrating Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race on the 2100 block of W. North Avenue in west Baltimore.

The event featured “I Am Black Wall Street” book signing.

Now in its 10th year, nearly 1,800 Joe Manns awards have been presented to honorees in a dozen or more US cities, in including New York, Tulsa, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Interestingly, this year coincides with the 100th commemoration of the destruction of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street May 31-June 1, 1921.

“The beauty of tomorrow’s ceremony is that we are shifting our focus more to our millennial entrepreneurs,” said BmoreNews publisher, Doni Glover.

He added, “Brittany Hector, Mosiah Fit, Nakeisha Turner, and NachoBangers.com are all prime examples of what our future will look like from an entrepreneurial perspective. These are the beautiful, bright minds who will soon be leading us into the future. Hence, we are compelled to celebrate them early and often.”

The event will happen at the E.M.A.G.E. Center, the new $3 million facility which is a proud by-product of a number of partners, including Port Covington and the State of Maryland. The E.M.A.G.E. Center is run by youth, including the manufacturing of Frozen Desert Sorbet and Made In Bmore Clothing.

Get Doni Glover’s book “I Am Black Wall Street”

Source: Fox 45