Archives November 2021

Video Shows Henry Ruggs III Emotional & Passing Out After Deadly DUI Crash

Newly released video footage showed Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and his girlfriend having an emotional moment near the sidewalk following a deadly DUI crash that left one woman and her dog dead.

Ruggs was reportedly traveling at 156 mph in his Corvette seconds before he crashed into the back of a Rav4 and caused the Toyota to burst into flames. In the above video, Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Washington, is seen holding and consoling the professional football player.

“OK. OK, here. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” she told Ruggs before he responded, “F***!!! Stop yelling!!!”

After one witness is heard telling a responding officer who Ruggs was, Washington is heard panicking as Ruggs starts to lose consciousness.

“Can we get help?!?” she yelled. “Can you please help him!?! He is knocked unconscious!”

Towards the end of the video, Ruggs appeared to regain consciousness as more bystanders came to assist the couple.

Ruggs reportedly had a blood alcohol concentration level more than two times the legal limit and had a gun in the car. The 22-year-old is facing up to 2-20 years for his charge of DUI resulting in death, and an additional six years for a second charge of reckless driving.

Ruggs has since been released after posting his $150,000 bail and his next court appearance is November 10. The Las Vegas Raiders released the wide receiver following the car accident.

Source: TMZ

Henry Ruggs III Was Reportedly Driving 156 mph Before Deadly Crash

More information is being revealed about the deadly crash that killed one woman and involved Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who was dropped by the team following the incident. 

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department released a statement about the crash, Ruggs remained on the scene of the accident until police arrived. Once emergency officials were on the scene, Ruggs and his girlfriend were taken to a local hospital and treated for serious injuries. Ruggs can be seen wearing a neck brace in his mugshot, which also shows bruising and cuts on his face. 

Ruggs made his first court appearance on Wednesday (November 3), where prosecutor Eric Bauman claimed that he was “traveling at 156 mph about 2 seconds before the crash,” and that “he was at 127 mph when airbags deployed.” Ruggs’ blood-alcohol level was reportedly .161, which is two times over Nevada’s legal limit. It was also revealed that a loaded gun was found in his car.

The identity of the woman killed in the crash was revealed to be 23-year-old Tina Tintor. It was revealed that her dog was in the car with her, which also died. A bystander, Alexander Hart, was working as a security guard at a nearby condominium, and he tried to free Tintor from her Toyota RAV4. However, Hart told authorities that the vehicle “was soon overcome with smoke and heat from flames,” and Hart had to back away.

22-year-old Ruggs is facing up to 2-20 years for his charge of DUI resulting in death, and an additional six years for a second charge of reckless driving. The judge set his bail at $150,000 and his next court appearance is November 10.

Source: ESPN

5- to 11-year-olds can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in the US

Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5, to the relief of some parents even as others have questions.

Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final OK for youngsters age 5 to 11 to get kid-size doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech. Pediatricians and other doctors’ groups praised the move and are gearing up to help families decide whether to vaccinate their children.

The shots could be available as soon as Wednesday and will be offered at pediatricians offices, clinics and pharmacies. Like COVID-19 vaccines for adults, they are free.

Here are some things to know:

SHOULD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN GET VACCINATED?

Yes, according to U.S. health authorities and leading doctors’ groups. Even though the virus tends to be more severe in adults than children, COVID-19 is causing plenty of preventable suffering among youngsters. About 1.9 million kids ages 5 to 11 have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Some 8,300 have been hospitalized, about a third needed intensive care, and at least 94 deaths have been verified.

That’s not counting the risk of a serious complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome that can hit kids several weeks after they recovered from even a mild infection.

Vaccination also promises to help kids more safely resume school and social activities.

ARE KID DOSES THE SAME SIZE AS ADULT ONES?

No. Children ages 5 to 11 will receive a third of the dose given to teens and adults. That’s 10 micrograms per shot for youngsters, compared to 30 micrograms per shot for everyone 12 and older. Like everybody else, the younger kids will get two shots, three weeks apart.

HOW WELL DO THE SHOTS WORK?

In a study, Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine proved nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infection. Vaccinated youngsters developed levels of virus-fighting antibodies as strong as teens and young adults who’d received the full-strength dose.

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?

In the trial, the 5- to 11-year-olds had some annoying post-shot reactions, including sore arms and fatigue, similar to teens and young adults but were less likely to have fevers. Altogether, the study includes 4,600 youngsters, 3,100 of them given the vaccine and the rest dummy shots. The FDA found no safety concerns.

WHAT ABOUT RARE PROBLEMS?

Tens of millions of the larger doses have been given safely to Americans 12 and older. One very rare serious side effect has come to light: heart inflammation.

These rare reactions have occurred mostly in young men or teens boys, usually after the second dose, and they tend to recover quickly. To put the risk in context, doctors say COVID-19 infection can cause more serious heart inflammation. One theory is that testosterone and puberty play a role, which is partly why experts expect any risk to younger kids would be even lower.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ABOUT TO TURN 12?

CDC said children should get the dose that’s right for their age on the day of vaccination. So if a child gets the 10-microgram dose for the first shot and then turns 12, the second shot should be the 30-microgram dose.

Source: WBAL

The Gap Band Founder Ronnie Wilson Dead at 73

On Tuesday, the music world lost an icon when Ronnie Wilson, founder of the legendary group The Gap Band, died at the age of 73. 

According to TMZ, Ronnie’s wife Linda Boulware-Wilson confirmed that he passed away around 10:01 AM at their home in Tulsa, OK. She said Ronnie died peacefully as she held his hand while he took his final breath. Linda revealed that Ronnie suffered a stroke that put him in a semi-coma that he never fully recovered. 

Ronnie, in concert with his two brothers, Charlie and Robert Wilson, formed The Gap Band in the 1970s. Picking up the mantle of R&B and Soul acts that preceded them, The Gap Band dropped several hits through the 1980s including their most famous track, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” 

Source: tmz.com

Youngkin wins Virginia governor’s race, jolting Democrats

Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over schools and race to unite former President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters with enough suburban voters to become the first Republican to win statewide office here in 12 years.

The 54-year-old Youngkin’s defeat of Democrat Terry McAuliffe marked a sharp turnabout in a state that has shifted to the left over the past decade and was captured by President Joe Biden last year by a 10-point margin. It is certain to add to the Democrats’ anxiety about their grip on political power heading into next year’s midterms, when the party’s thin majority in Congress could be erased.

The election was the first major test of voter sentiment since Biden took office, and the results were a stern warning sign for the president’s own support. His administration has been shaken repeatedly in recent months, beginning with the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, challenges in emerging from the pandemic and a legislative agenda at risk of stalling on Capitol Hill.

Youngkin, a political neophyte and former private equity executive, was able to take advantage of apparent apathy among core Democratic voters fatigued by years of elections that were seen as must-wins. He successfully portrayed McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor, Democratic National Committee chairman and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, as part of an elite class of politicians. He also seized on a late-stage stumble by McAuliffe, who during a debate performance suggested parents should have a minimal role in shaping school curriculums.

Source: AP News

Biden claims historic progress on climate efforts at summit

President Joe Biden argued Tuesday that historic progress on addressing global warming was achieved at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and expressed optimism for a similar outcome in Washington, where his legislative agenda has been stalled by intra-party disagreements.

Speaking in a press conference before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington, Biden highlighted new efforts to stop methane leaks, protect forests, invest in new technologies and spend money on clean energy infrastructure. But his efforts to meet U.S. commitments on climate change with a major domestic spending bill remained held up by legislative maneuvering.

“I can’t think of any two days where more has been accomplished on climate than these two days,” Biden said.

The president contrasted the U.S. posture of leading several major initiatives at the summit with those of Russia and China, who did not send their leaders to Glasgow. “The single most important thing that’s got the attention of the world is climate, everywhere, from Iceland to Australia,” Biden said, “and they’ve walked away.”

“We showed up. We showed up,” Biden said. “And by showing up we’ve had a profound impact, I think, on how the rest of the world is looking at the United States.”

Biden has been determined to demonstrate to the world that the U.S. is back in the global effort against climate change, after his predecessor Donald Trump pulled the U.S. – the world’s largest economy and second-biggest climate polluter – out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord.

Source: WBAL

US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

U.S. health officials on Tuesday gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot, a major expansion of the nation’s vaccination campaign.

The Food and Drug Administration already authorized the shots for children ages 5 to 11 – doses just a third of the amount given to teens and adults. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends who should receive FDA-cleared vaccines.

The announcement by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky came only hours after an advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be opened to the 28 million youngsters in that age group.

Millions of shots made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have already been shipped to states, doctors’ offices and pharmacies, to be ready for CDC’s decision.

Source: WBAL

Adams wins New York City mayor’s race

Eric Adams has won the New York City mayor’s race, fending off Republican and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa.

Adams, the current Brooklyn Borough president and a former state senator and police captain, had been the overwhelming favorite to win the general election after emerging victorious from a fierce primary battle in July.

The City/Poly rivalry continues, and so does the love.

Over the weekend, Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium hosted the 132nd clash in the City/Poly football rivalry. The sports classic came down to the last play of the game. The City Knights were victorious 20-18 after a missed field goal by the Poly Engineers in the final seconds. While both teams now prepare for the playoffs, City leads the series 64-62-6.

In addition to a football classic, the City/Poly Fest celebrated the annual City vs Poly Homecoming Game with a large event on a field at the corner of Hillen/Argonne Drive. Over 3200 City/Poly students, alum and friends ate, drank and partied to the sounds of DJ Quicksilva, DJ Tanz, DJ 5 Star, DJ Lil Mic, DJ Reddz, DJ BJ Da Chozen One and DJ Slick hosted by Fadam Got Da Juice.

Poly alum and Council President Nick Mosby was one of several members of city government present at the City/Poly Fest. Wes Moore, who is running for Governor of Maryland also stopped by the event.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott told Radio On Fire’s Diamond K “When you come up in the culture, you know how important the culture is.”

Diamond K thanked the Mayor for allowing the City/Poly Fest to happen. “When we have all the stuff we got going on in the city it is important to provide people with the opportunity to have a good time… It’s a way to celebrate all that’s right about our city.”

The COVID-19 pandemic squashed the 2020 match up, making Saturday’s event the first time the schools faced off since City’s 2019 victory over Poly.