Ford Recalls 440,000 Vehicles For Fire Risk

by MARISSA AYALA

Staff Writer

 

Ford is recalling 440,000 vehicles in North America including 20,000 in Canada due to risks of the engine and doors opening unexpectedly. The first recall is gathered of 230,000 Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST sub compacts, Fusion midsize cars, and Transit Connect vans. Ford told CBC News 21,854 of the affected vehicles are in Canada.

Ford has stated that the engines can overheat which can cause the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. So far there have been no injuries, but there has been 29 reports of fire. They stated that owners can keep the vehicle, but if it overheats or needs constant cooling they must take the vehicle to the dealer. The company is also adding 211,000 vehicles to a previous recall in order to replace faulty door latches. That recall covered the 2014 fiesta, 2013 and 2015 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

Aaron Hernandez Trial

by NATALIA MALDONADO

Staff writer

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Aaron Hernandez, drafted by the New England Patriots on April 24th. It was the start of his career. Little did he know his pro-football career would end soon. Hernandez caught himself into some trouble on July 16, 2002, to April 15,2015. Hernandez was a big suspect in the killing of two men in Boston. They were shot to death, but Aaron was let off that charge because of his strong alibi. Later on July 17,2013, a jogger found Odin LLoyd’s body. LLoyd was good friends with Hernandez, and Aaron’s vehicle was found, and prosecutors believe Aaron was driving it when he shot and killed Odin Lloyd. On June 26, 2013, Aaron Hernandez was tried and charged with the murder of Odin LLoyd .On April 15, 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison for his crime. Hernandez’s career as a pro-football player disappeared in the blink of an eye. Many people believe that Hernandez has taken advantage of his fame for too long.

 

Teen Saves Children on Bus

by HANNAH SAUCEDO

Staff Writer

 

Jesse Frank, an Alabama high school student, was riding home in the bus when he unexpectedly felt the vehicle start to swerve off of the road. Many of the children riding on the bus screeched with fear as they watched the bus driver experience a medical emergency, and collapse at the wheel.

Jesse knew he had to remain calm, as he reported to the driving seat to help. He immediately began to help steering the wheel. He says, “I looked back at her [the driver] and she had her head rolled back, hands off the steering wheel, and I was like, yeah, I should do something.”

He used one of his hands to firmly push down the brake until the bus came to a stop. He then called 911 and waited for a response until he released the brake. Once help arrived, Jesse Frank stayed around to help comfort the children.

He then went on to say, “It didn’t seem that complicated in my head. I just planned out a few simple steps. I didn’t know it would be that hard to execute them, there were several elementary students crying. One of them asked to borrow my cell phone to make a phone call to their parents.”

School officials are praising Jesse Frank as a hero and crediting him for saving the lives of 38 students who were riding the bus.

North Carolina Overturns “Bathroom Bill”

By JESSICA YU

Staff Writer

 

North Carolina’s controversial HB2 bill was repealed after a deal was struck between the state’s new Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, and the state’s leading Republican lawmakers on Thursday, March 30. Cooper signed the bill into law just hours after it was passed by a 78-40 House vote; the bill was passed by a 32-16 vote earlier in the day by the state’s Senate. At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Cooper claimed HB2 had been “a dark cloud hanging over [their] great state.” The contentious bill, which was passed last March under North Carolina’s former governor Pat McCrory, sparked incredible backlash; an analysis from the Associated Press found that over a dozen years, the bill would cost the state nearly $4 billion in lost business. Although the HB2 bill was repealed, the fight for the rights of North Carolina’s LGBT community is still under way. Simone Bell, Southern regional Director at Lambda Legal asserted that the state’s lawmakers simply “replaced a bad bill with another bad bill… [the bill passed on Thursday] is an attempt to silence LGBT people. It is shameful to stamp a start date on equality. We demand a full, clean repeal, and that includes comprehensive non-discrimination protections.”

Ads Pull from Youtube Make Everything Worst

by ADAM ESCOBEDO

Staff writer

 

On March 22, 2017, AT&T and Verizon no longer have their ads on Youtube. Both companies do not want their ads on a platform that has controversial extremist content. This content promotes terrorist groups such as  ISIS. This is a crisis for Google because both companies in total spend $3.5 billion on media across the US, according to Kantar Media. The companies will not put their ads back on Youtube until Google can meet unspecified requirements regarding brand safety. An AT&T spokesman said, “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate. Until Google can ensure this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s non-search platforms.” Verizon release a statement saying the same points as AT&T. This has happen with Google before.

 

On March 17, 2017, Havas pulled their ads from Youtube for the same reason. Havas is a French advertising company. They had talks with Google. Havas said Google fail to “provide specific reassurances” related to where videos on ads are placed. Havas spends about 175 million euros, that is $188 million in US dollars, in ads. Google released a statement saying they are working hard removing bad ads from their sites. Google also understands, “that we don’t always get it right”. Later on in the day Havas put their ads back on Youtube. On March 26, 2017, Car makers Holden and Kia also pulled their ads away from Youtube. They said the same thing as the other companies for the same reason. Google make most of their money from ad revenues. This grows a major concern for brand safety.

Couple With Asperger’s Syndrome Finds Love Online

by ROSE MENDOZA

Staff Writer
In Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nico Morales and Latoya Jolly met online. In December 2015, Nico sent the first message while on vacation with his family in Guatemala. Soon after Morales sent the message they went on their first date. Friends and family now say it is hard to keep them apart. The two met on a dating website called AutisticDating.net. Morales, 19, and Jolly, 23, both have Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is a high-functioning form of autism characterized by average intelligence and a difficulty socializing and communicating with others. Depending on the severity of these social deficits people with Asperger’s have trouble maintaining and understanding relationships, especially romantic ones.

Jolly attends Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek, FL. She says she is often uncomfortable when she talk to people who are not autistic. Hence why she avoids eye contact during conversations but with Morales she says she doesn’t have that issue. “It’s easy to talk to him,” she said. “I can understand, like, what he goes through and stuff because I went through the same thing, too.” Morales attends Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL, says Jolly helps him deal with the emotional ups and downs with having Asperger’s syndrome. “I honestly don’t know what I did to deserve such an amazing woman like Latoya in my life,” Morales said. “But who am I to question a good thing?”

1,000 Wendy’s Self Ordering Kiosks

by CAITLIN CARLTON
Staff Writer       
Wendy’s plans to install self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations by the end of the year. A normal location would have about three kiosks. High-volume restaurants would be given priority for the kiosks. They are intended to appeal to younger customers, and will reduce the labor cost. It will also allow customers to get their food faster and to stop long lines during peak dining hours. Estimates show that the company will see a return on its investment in less than two years of having it. The kiosks were looking to improve their automation and their labor costs, and this is a good way to do so. Studies show that younger customers prefer to use a kiosk. Wendy’s has already installed kiosks at several central Ohio locations. Customers will still be able to order at the counter. Mobile ordering and payment through smart phones will one day overtake self-ordering kiosks and cash registers.

Missing Teens

by TRINITI BRYANT

Staff Writer

 

As the week comes to an end, anger settles within the hearts of Americans all over the nation. Within the past week, social media has become outraged due to missing teenagers in Washington D.C.. Over 10 teenagers– who were all Latino or African American– went missing in less than 48 hours throughout this week. After celebrities and popular names (like Viola Davis, Ludacris, and others) created posts on social media regarding the missing teenagers, fury increased significantly after Americans wondered why the terrifying information was not being spread on any news channels. Twitter displayed several tweets and comments of those who were angry due to the attention that the missing children were not receiving. Many questioned whether the muted news had to do with their race or not. The majority of those were frustrated due to the assumption that police were downplaying the situation; however, there is no evidence or statistics that suggests an increase in missing persons. According to D.C. police, as of Monday, Demetria Carthens, 17; Rayna Gross, 16; Heaven Shamte, 15; and Dashann Wallace, 15, have all been found safe. As of Wednesday, 16-year-old Michelle Jordan and 14-year-old Jaylen Lee were both found in a healthy, stable state. America remains tense while waiting for the rest to return home.