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Missing Indonesian Plane Crashes Into the Java Sea




The Indonesian plane that dropped off the radar shortly after taking off from Jakarta crashed into the Java Sea.  The country’s transportation ministry reported the last contact with the plane four minutes after taking off on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 — 12 miles north of Jakarta.

After a 30-minute weather-related delay, the flight took off during heavy monsoon rain. Traveling amid the storm, the plane fell more than 10,000 feet in less than one minute, according to the flight-tracking service, Flightradar24. Sixty-two people, including flight crew, were aboard the 26-year-old jet when it disappeared.

Saturday evening Indonesian Sriwijaya Air CEO Jefferson Irwin Jauwena said, “they are very concerned about this incident.” He hopes the search runs smoothly and promises the company to provide as much assistance as possible.

An uncle of one of the passengers on Flight 182 said his nephew called him to tell him their flight had been delayed. His nephew, Rizki Wahyudi, was on the plane with his wife, child, mom, and cousin.

planeOn Sunday morning, signals from the plane’s black box were traced. Bagus Puruhito, the chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said they had detected signals in two locations. Ships with navy divers aboard were promptly dispatched.

Rizki’s uncle continued to hold hope for his family’s wellbeing as he was waiting for search and rescue boats to report findings. He said, “There will be a miracle from Allah.”

Jakarta police reported that body parts and some clothing had been found in the water northwest of the airport. A police spokesman, Yusri Yunus, reported they had received two bags from search and rescue teams. He told reporters one contained personal property and the other held body parts.

Indonesian authorities have asked that family members of those on Flight 182 provide DNA samples or medical and dental records to facilitate speedy identification of the remains.

Witnesses told BBC Indonesian Service reporters they had seen and heard an explosion. A fisherman said that after he witnessed the plane’s crash, his captain decided to dock the boat. Solihin described what he saw:

The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded into the water. It was pretty close to us, the shards of a kind of plywood almost hit my ship.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


BBC: Indonesia Boeing 737 passenger plane crash site found, navy says
The News York Times: Indonesian Jetliner Crashes Into the Sea After Takeoff, Carrying 62; by Niraj Chokshi

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Sheriff Responds to 15-Year-Old Murder Victim Stabbed in Walmart




The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance at a Walmart in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday night, Jan. 23, 2021, involving female juveniles.

Deputies arrived on the scene at around 7:30 p.m. to find a fight between the girls erupted inside the Walmart on Highway 14. The victim was taken to the hospital and later died.

The assailants were booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso held a press conference about the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old and the arrest of four girls between the ages of 12 and 14, on Sunday, January 24.

Sheriff Mancuso Announces Strict Curfew Enforcement After Walmart Slaying

Mancuso’s words spoke volumes about his distress over this senseless murder at the Walmart. He said the knives used in the attack were allegedly stolen at the Walmart where the crime occurred. The sheriff said the entire event was recorded on social media, video, photos, and posts that he found “very disturbing.”

We have a problem in our community we’re going to have to address. It’s just heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged.

Notably, the Walmart slaying is the third homicide involving juveniles under 16 years of age in the past six months.

Sheriff Mancuso said these crimes are not isolated racially, as they have been committed by members of all races and backgrounds. He further stated there is a problem with children having access to weapons.

He implored parents to aware of their children’s movements on social media pointing back to the slaying of the 15-year-old girl at Walmart this past Saturday. It is imperative that parents know what their kids are posting and the content they view.

Not being tech-savvy is no excuse, the sheriff accused. He said they had better learn.

walmartThe sheriff announced all law enforcement in Calcasieu Parish will aggressively enforce curfews as outlined in local and state laws.

He added this is not only the responsibility of the police — parents and other adults must be involved with the enforcement as well.

Police throughout the parish are instructed to have a zero-tolerance policy on curfew. Violators will be dealt with as the law provides.

All individuals 16 and under must be at home or under the supervision of an adult between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. CT. on weekdays, 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends.

“There’s just really no good reason for a minor to be roaming about the streets after 11 o’clock at night. Nothing good is going to come of that,” as Commander Gene Pittman stated during the summer of 2019 when crime among juvenile-crime was on the rise in the parish.

Because of their ages, the names of the girls involved in the Walmart murder and that of the victim have not been released.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


Newsweek: Four Girls Arrested After 15-Year-Old Stabbed to Death Inside Walmart; by Khaleda Rahman
CBS News: 4 girls arrested after 15-year-old girl dies following fight, stabbing inside Walmart; by Dionne Johnson
KCAT3: UPDATE on teen death: Sheriff says “we have to get control of our kids”
KPLC7: Juvenile crime increase as summer gets underway, sheriff’s office reminds public of curfew; by Luke Burdsall

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Bernie Sanders Converts Inauguration Meme Into Food




Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was photographed sitting alone at the Biden|Harris inauguration; he was bundled up against the bitter wind chill factor of 34 degrees. The internet went wild creating memes. Not a man to be bullied, a sweatshirt was created, sold online in his campaign store, and donated 100 percent of the profits to Meals on Wheels in Sanders’ home state, reports Rolling Stone on Jan. 22, 2021.

Jane Catton of  Age Well, the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in Vermont, expressed the agency’s gratitude for Sanders’ generosity during an interview with a local news station:

On behalf of all of the area agencies on aging and our partners in the community who help us provide meal services, this is a tremendous gift and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Age Well’s website reports Vermont’s senior population is the 3rd largest in the country — 168,999 in 2020. A little over a quarter of those 60 years and older live alone. Isolated seniors are at a greater risk of missing meals, falls resulting in injury and depression.

Not only does the Older Americans Act (OAA) nutrition programs deliver nutritious meals, staff members complete friendly visits and safety checks to those at risk. Meals on Wheels volunteers not only drop off meals but oftentimes are the only person they might see for days or weeks. Seniors receiving services in Vermont report:

  • 83 percent say the program has improved their overall health.
  • 86 percent indicate they feel safer as a result of the program.
  • 9 of 10 recipients feel more safe and secure in their own homes.

This program is fantastic. It saved my life.

WCAX announced the sale of the sweatshirt on the Sanders Campaign store. At the time of the broadcast, there was a disclaimer posted alongside the “Chairman Sanders Crewneck” “Due to overwhelming demand for this item, it will be 4-8 weeks until you receive your sweatshirt.” The shirt sold out quickly, and the website is not offering backorders as yet.

The mittens Sanders was wearing when the photo was snapped were made by a woman who sent them to him as a consolation gift after his loss to Hillary Clinton. Jen Ellis was overwhelmed with purchase requests that she cannot possibly fill. Instead, she offered to auction off the three pairs she had left.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


Rolling Stone: Bernie Sanders Turned His Inauguration Meme Into a Sweatshirt for Charity; Jon Blistein
WCAX: Bernie-meme sweatshirts benefitting local meals on wheels
AGE-WELL: Meals on Wheels
PinkNews: Bernie Sanders’ iconic inauguration mittens, immortalised in memes, were handmade by a lesbian teacher; by Patrick Kelleher

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Baseball Legend ‘Hammerin Hank’ Aaron Passes Away Age 86




“Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron started his baseball career as a teen in 1951, has passed away on Jan. 22, 2021. He was 86 years old. He credits his brother and uncle’s love, encouragement, and support that helped him pursue his dream of playing ball.

As a child, the legendary ballplayer’s family was so poor he did not have traditional equipment — instead of a ball and bat, he used bottle caps and sticks. In 1949, 15-year-old Aaron tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers but did not make the team. Instead, he returned to school and earned his high school diploma.

Two years later, his career began when he joined the Indianapolis Clowns, a minors team in the Negro American League. One month later, he signed on with the Atlanta Braves and was assigned to a team in Jacksonville, Florida, in the South Atlantic League.

aaronAs a Black man playing in the South, he began hearing taunts from Caucasian spectators for the first time in his career.

In 1954, Arron hit the majors in Milwaukee. After moving north, he quietly allied himself with the growing civil rights movement. He was instrumental in the-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s winning the Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin.

Arron expressed concern when the Braves moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1966 — the civil rights movement’s height. He recalled his childhood in Mobile, Alabama, and the time he spent playing ball in Florida. Aaron said:

I have lived in the South, and I don’t want to live there again. We can go anywhere in Milwaukee. I don’t know what will happen in Atlanta.

In “The Last Hero,” a 2010 Aaron biography, the author talked about how the ball player never thought of himself as an important historical person, especially Jackie Robinson. Howard Bryant wrote:

Yet by twice integrating the South — first in the Sally League and later as the first Black star on a major league team in the South (at the apex of the civil rights movement, no less) — his road in many ways was no less lonely, and in other ways far more difficult.

In 1974, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record with 715 career home runs under the threat of death. When he retired in 1976, he held numerous other records, including being “named to the all-star team every year between 1955 and 1975,” according to The Washington Post.

Aaron received recognition from Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush — in 2001, he was awarded a Presidential Citizens Medal, and in 2002, he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Jimmy Carter described him as a “personal hero.”

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


WSBTV2 Atlanta: Braves legend Hank Aaron dies at age 86
The Washington Post: Hank Aaron, baseball great who became voice for civil rights, dies at 86; by Dave Sheinin and Matt Schudel
The Washington Post: Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86; by

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