Texas teacher fired for asking Trump to deport undocumented students

A Texas high school teacher who thought she was private messaging anti-immigration tweets to President Donald Trump has been fired for asking the President to deport undocumented students

“[Fort Worth] ISD is loaded with illegal students from Mexico,” Georgia Clark said in a series of tweets on May 17.

“I really do need a contact here in FW who should be actively investigating & removing illegals that are in the public school system.”

Clark has been a high school English teacher in the Fort Worth Independent School District since 1998, the district said.

In a special school board meeting on Tuesday night, a number of community members voiced very strong opinions against her tweets. The school board voted unanimously to terminate Clark’s contract with good cause.

Teacher will appeal the ruling

Clark’s attorney told CNN that they’ll be fighting her contract termination and will be asking for a hearing to contest her firing.

Texas state law says that she has 15 days to appeal the decision with the state Education Agency. As that appeal process plays out, Clark technically will remain an employee and collect a paycheck.

“Once the tweets came to light, so, too, did other allegations,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said after the school board meeting.

“In my professional judgment, the totality of the behavior warranted the recommendation for termination. Our mission is to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership.”

But those tweets aren’t the only reason why she’s being fired.

Other allegations emerged

As the school district investigated the tweets, a confidential memo obtained by CNN through an open records request has revealed that students came forward and said she made racist statements in class the same day that she posted the tweets.

A statement given to school officials by unnamed students claims Clark said after a lesson that Mexicans should not enter the United States illegally.

When a student asked to go to the bathroom afterward, Clark allegedly said, “show me your papers that are saying you are legal.”

Clark responded to the accusations in the memo denying ever making any statement on anyone’s immigration status and said the student didn’t have a “planner” needed to leave the classroom.

According to the memo, the language in the classroom and her tweets were the reasons for Clark’s firing.

These incidents are not Clark’s first time using racially charged language in the classroom, specifically about students of Mexican heritage.

Disciplined over racially charged language

Clark was suspended without pay, and reassigned, in 2013, acccording to information received in the open records request. That was because she called a group of students working together and speaking Spanish, “Little Mexico,” and she referred to another student as “white bread.”

In that same disciplinary report, Clark also allegedly made her students do an activity in which she separated her students by their race and told the “Mexicans” to cross the border to the other side of the classroom.

The district refused to comment, or confirm, on the previous incident and told CNN to file an open records request for more information.

Tariffs on Mexico could cost America 400,000 jobs, a new report says

The Trump administration’s expansion of the global trade war to Mexico could have harsh economic consequences for American workers — especially in Texas.
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The Trump administration’s expansion of the global trade war to Mexico could have harsh economic consequences for American workers — especially in Texas.

If the 5% US tariff on all goods from Mexico takes effect and is maintained, more than 400,000 jobs in the United States could be lost, an analysis released this week found.

The tariffs on Mexico, set to go in effect on Monday, would cost Texas alone more than 117,000 jobs, according to the analysis by The Perryman Group, an economic consulting firm. Texas is Mexico’s largest export market, making the two economies closely intertwined.

The findings underscore the economic gamble President Donald Trump would be taking by imposing tariffs on Mexico, which is now America’s largest trading partner, after taking into consideration the recent China tariffs.Trump threatened to escalate tariffs on Mexico if the country does not step up its immigration enforcement actions.

“To impose tariffs on all goods from our largest trading partner will cause significant cost increases and other harms to the economy,” Ray Perryman, the CEO of the Perryman Group, wrote in the report. “The fallout could be much greater over time.”

Perryman, who has a PhD in economics from Rice University, has advised dozens of America’s largest companies, including big banks and energy companies. He has authored hundreds of academic papers over the past four decades.

Major Wall Street firms have not yet released estimates on job losses from the tariffs on Mexico, reflecting the surprise nature of the trade tensions.

Manufacturing, retail jobs in the crosshairs

Most of the economic pain would hit the retail trade sector, which includes everything from clothing and furniture stores to restaurants and auto parts dealers. That industry stands to lose 136,516 jobs, Perryman found.

And more than 50,000 jobs could disappear from the manufacturing industry, the sector that Trump has promised to prop up in part through his aggressive trade agenda.

“Free trade is clearly beneficial,” Perryman wrote. “Basic economic theory and centuries of evidence support this fact.”

The economic pain would be even greater, Perryman warns, if Mexico retaliates by imposing tariffs of its own, causing a decline in American exports.

It’s important to note that the analysis does not include the economic consequences of Trump carrying out his threat to lift tariffs on Mexico up to 25%. Nor does it include job losses caused by the escalating trade war between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies.

Could this spark a recession? Yes

Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC, said that the estimate of 400,000 job losses in some ways overstates the impact — and in other ways, underestimates it.

Faucher noted that the analysis does not account for job gains caused by a forceful response from the Federal Reserve, which could slash interest rates if the economy suffers. But he said those job gains would probably be in lower-earning positions than the ones lost by the tariffs on Mexico. Faucher also noted that 400,000 jobs only represents 0.3% of total US employment, or about two months of job growth at the 2019 pace.

The bigger picture: Well more than 400,000 jobs could disappear if the trade tensions with Mexico and China escalate to the point that they threaten the economic expansion.

“It’s easy to see how this could turn into a recession that results in significant job losses,” Faucher said. “This is a negative for the US economy. It’s a bad idea.”

The 400,000 job loss estimate could prove to be conservative if the 25% tariffs on Mexico go into effect and were sustained, said Russell Price, senior economist at Ameriprise, said in an email.

“The economic pain of getting to that level however, very likely precludes it from happening,” Price said.

Bank of America on Tuesday warned of a “sizable slowdown” in the US economy due to the trade war. The bank slashed its forecast for US GDP growth for the second half of 2019 to 1.2%, compared with 1.8% previously.

“We think things are going to get worse with more pain to the global economy before a deal can be reached with either China or Mexico,” Ethan Harris, Bank of America’s global economist, wrote in a report to clients.

$28 billion in direct costs

The tariffs on Mexico would lead to an increase in direct costs of about $28.1 billion each year — costs that would spread throughout the economy, Perryman found. Including multiplier effects, the US economy would lose an estimated $41.5 billion in GDP for each year the tariffs are in place.

Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico have alarmed business groups, investors and lawmakers — including many in his own party. The Business Roundtable warned that the tariffs would be a “grave error” that would create “significant economic disruption.”

Mexico plays a vital role in the US auto industry, which depends on Mexican parts.

Imposing the full 25% tariff that Trump has threatened would increase the price of vehicles sold in the United States by an average of $1,300, according to an estimate by Deutsche Bank.

Officials from the United States and Mexico have entered negotiations, raising the hope that a deal can be reached to avert the tariffs.

Peter Navarro, a hawkish trade adviser to Trump, told CNN on Wednesday that the tariffs on Mexico “may not have to go into effect” because “we have the Mexicans’ attention.”

Woman extricated from vehicle after rollover crash in Ottawa Co.

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman had to be extricated from her vehicle Wednesday afternoon after a rollover crash in Ottawa County.

It happened around 2:22 p.m. on Cleveland Street near 80th Avenue in Polkton Township, west of Coopersville.

Authorities said the woman was going west when she lost control of her vehicle and went into the ditch, causing her vehicle to flip and come to rest on its top.

Emergency responders had to free her from the vehicle before she was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital to be treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

Amazon says drones will be making deliveries ‘in months’

Items in “Amazon Prime” branded packaging are seen at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre on November 14, 2018 in Hemel Hempstead, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon said Wednesday that it plans to use self-driving drones to deliver packages to shoppers’ home in the coming months

The online shopping giant did not give exact timing or say where the drones will be making deliveries.

Amazon said its new drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or laundry clotheslines in backyards when landing.

“From paragliders to power lines to a corgi in the backyard, the brain of the drone has safety covered,” said Jeff Wilke, who oversees Amazon’s retail business.

Wilke said the drones are fully electric, can fly up to 15 miles and carry packages that weigh up to five pounds.

Amazon has been working on drone delivery for years. Back in December 2013, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos told the “60 Minutes” news show that drones would be flying to customer’s homes within five years. But that deadline passed due to regulatory hurdles.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates commercial use of drones in the U.S., did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

In April, a subsidiary of search giant Google won approval from the FAA to make drone deliveries in parts of Virginia.

Western Cape commissioner commends police for swift arrests in Cape Town metro

The provincial police commissioner of the Western Cape on Wednesday commended SAPS members after they arrested eight people for crimes ranging from business robbery to murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

“The swift response by members attached to the Mitchells Plain Crime Prevention Unit stopped two robbers in their tracks this afternoon shortly after a cellular telephone store was robbed,” the SAPS said in a statement.

Three suspects entered the store and held staff at gunpoint before fleeing with cellular telephones valued at a substantial amount. The robbers were driving out of the parking area in a black Mercedes Benz when they collided with another vehicle and were forced to abandon their loot and flee on foot, the police said.

The police gave chase and arrested two of the suspects aged 24 and 27. Police recovered the stolen goods and established that the Mercedes-Benz had been hijacked in Gugulethu recently.

“In an unrelated matter in Lentegeur this afternoon a 20-year-old suspect was detained by SAPS for two murder and two attempted murder charges after he was apprehended by security officers in Taaibos Road,” the police said.

They allege that the suspect fired at four people who were sitting in a garage, killing two men aged 43 and 20 and wounding a 19-year-old woman, as well as an  unknown person.

“The suspect fled on foot and was cornered by security officers who were in the area. He was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm,” the police said.

“In Bishop Lavis a 48-year-old suspect was arrested in Blombos Street with an unlicensed firearm and in Loganberry Street a 24-year-old suspect was arrested also in possession of an unlicensed firearm during two separate police interventions this afternoon,” the statement.

SAPS said members of the Bishop Lavis police service were patrolling the area when they noticed the suspicious persons and pursued them. The 24-year-old suspect will face an additional charge of attempted murder for shooting at the police.

The police said that three suspects aged 43, 18 and 16, who were arrested on Tuesday in Ocean View following a shooting incident, appeared in the Simon’s Town court on Wednesday

“Police reacted on information of a shooting incident in Capricorn Way, which led them to the residence of the suspects in the area. They were found in possession of a .38 special revolver, ammunition and mandrax tablets,” the police said.

The Mitchells Plain, Lentegeur and Bishop Lavis suspects are expected to appear in court once they have been charged.

The provincial commissioner, Lt-Gen KE Jula, commended the dedication and swift action of the police in ensuring “that criminals are disarmed and brought to book in this province”.

He also thanked the security officers who managed to apprehend the murder and attempted murder suspect in Lentegeur.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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Teenage cyclist seriously injured in collision with a car

“ER24 paramedics arrived to find the South African Police Services and members of the community tending to the teenager. The exact details aren’t clear, but it is suspected that a light motor vehicle collided with him from behind,” ER24 said in a statement.

He sustained multiple injuries and was treated and stabilised at the scene before being taken to a nearby private hospital further care, ER24 said.

“The Fire Department, SAPS and other services were on the scene for further investigations.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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Ladybug ‘bloom’ shows up on National Weather Service radar

SAN DIEGO – A large blotch that could have been mistaken for rain moving into Southern California Tuesday was actually a massive swarm of ladybugs, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

“The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a ‘bloom,'” NWS San Diego tweeted.

Joe Dandrea, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, estimated the bloom to be about 80 miles by 80 miles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite the uniform, colored blob that appears on radar over San Diego County, Dandrea said the ladybugs likely didn’t form a dense cloud of that size. He said a spotter in the San Bernardino Mountains described the ladybugs as “little specks flying by.”

US measles cases surpass 1,000 this year

The number of cases of measles in the United States this year has surpassed 1,000, the US Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday. The agency said there have been 1,001 cases so far this year.

That’s 20 more cases than the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reported on Monday in its weekly national update.

“The 1,000th case of a preventable disease like measles is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

He noted that the Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies are continuing “to support local health departments and healthcare providers in responding to this situation, with the ultimate goal of stopping the outbreak and the spread of misinformation about vaccines, and increasing the public’s confidence in vaccines to help all Americans live healthier lives, safe from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

The number of cases this year is the highest since 1992 when there were 2,237 cases of the highly contagious illness reported in the United States. It’s the highest number of cases in a single year since it was eliminated nationwide in 2000.

Cases have been reported in more than half of US states.

8th Annual Jazz Inside Out Fundraiser

RICHMOND, Va.– 8th Annual Jazz Inside Out

More than 25 local and national companies will partner with the Virginia Higher Education Fund for an evening of live jazz and dancing to raise scholarship funds for local students. The 8th annual Jazz Inside Out fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, June 14, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Virginia Union University Living & Learning Center on 1500 North Lombardy Street in Richmond. Extra parking in the back of the Living and Learning Center off Graham Road.

The signature event will be hosted by WTVR 6 Anchor Antoinette Essa and sponsored by JB Bryan Financial Group. Entertainment will be provided by Cloud 9 Band and The Prentiss Project. There will be a silent auction that includes an airline trip, food, and drinks available for purchase.  Tickets are $65 and include a buffet meal, silent auction, and dancing with dance instructor Kemel Patton. For tickets and more information visit http://vahigheredfund.com/ or on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Jazz-Inside-Out-1364959670310828/

Southside shooting victim says he was confronted, shot by group of teenagers

RICHMOND, Va. — A man is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Richmond’s Northside.

The victim reported that he was walking in the 2800 block of Dupont Circle when a group of three teenagers confronted him and shot him.

He was taken to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound

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