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Newsweek Tweets Casket Photo of Civil Rights Icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Starting the New Year off on the wrong footing, Newsweek tweeted, then quickly deleted an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an open casket Monday with a link to an article about notable historical anniversaries in 2018.

The late Civil Rights Leader’s daughter, Bernice King, was among the many Twitter users who were appalled at Newsweek’s use of the image.

“Why, @Newsweek? Wow,” Bernice King wrote in a tweet, referring to the since-deleted post.

Newsweek removed the tweet and issued an apology to the King family.

“Earlier this afternoon we published an opinion piece with an insensitive image of Martin Luther King Jr. We sincerely apologize to the King family for this egregious error,” the news outlet said on Twitter.

Bernice King went live on social media Monday afternoon to discuss the incident.

“Today I saw where Newsweek published this insensitive image of my father,” she said.

She urged the media to consider King’s family before sharing images of the civil rights activist, particularly in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the leader’s assassination.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice A. King, tweeted Newsweek about sharing an image of her father in an open casket on Twitter on Jan. 1, 2018. (TWITTER/GETTY IMAGES)

“We must never forget that Dr. King was a husband and was a father, we deal all the time just with continuing to manage our father and the great work that he’s done…so it was difficult,” she said of seeing the image.

Bernice King accepted Newsweek’s prompt apology amid the insensitive tone of the tweet.

“I want to thank Newsweek for immediately responding and removing the image and for giving an apology. Apology accepted,” she said.

She said her father’s death nearly 50 years ago still feels fresh.

“My mother continued this great work of my father’s legacy so in some respects we have not been able to bury him,” she said.

She issued a challenge to those wanting to commemorate her father’s death over the next year.

“Keep in mind that there is a living breathing family, three offspring, a sister, a host of nieces and nephews, so as people prepare to post images, try to be careful about the images around him in the casket. Those are difficult; those are very challenging for us to have to see.”

Based on the comments posted across social media, many who saw the image were just as offended that Newsweek opted to run the image of a dead Dr. King along with the article, entitled “Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Martin?”  a lyric from the 1960s song “Abraham, Martin and John,” paying tribute to assassinated Americans including King and Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

Newsweek ran an image of King’s body on the cover of its April 15, 1968, issue following King’s death on April 4 of that year.

Though many images of the open casket photo of Dr. King are still surfacing on social media, out of respect for the King family, the image was not included in this report.

#LeNoraMillen         01-01-18

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Tire Safety Tips for Winter When Temperatures Drop

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The same temperature you can begin to see your breath at 45 F—is also when the all-season tires on your car can start to lose traction and grip.

As temperatures drop, drivers should remember that if you can see your breath, you should think about winter tires. Whether you’re planning a cross-country trek or simply driving to and from work daily, exposing your vehicle’s tires to colder weather could lead to potential trouble on the road.

Snow and ice may be fun to play in, but they make for dangerous driving conditions. Winter tires are built for cold-weather conditions and deliver improved starting, stopping and steering control in temperatures 45 F and below. The difference is the tread compound of winter tires, which stays soft and pliable in colder temperatures for superior traction. Add the tread design of winter tires with thousands of extra gripping edges and you get as much as a 25-50 percent increase in traction over all-season tires.

To help stay safe on the road this winter, the experts on tires and winter driving recommend following these four tire safety tips:

  • Get ready now. It is important to replace all four of your vehicle’s all-season tires with winter tires if you regularly drive in temperatures 45 F or below, snow or no snow. Winter tires are made of a softer rubber that allows the tires to stay pliable and maintain better contact with the road through winter weather conditions.
  • Don’t forget the wheels. Having a set of wheels specifically for your winter tires can save you money in the long run. Pairing a separate set of wheels with your winter tires can eliminate certain changeover costs and save your everyday wheels from the wear and tear brought on by ice, slush, snow, and salt during the winter months.
  • Know your numbers. Check your tire pressure at least once a month to make sure tires are at the appropriate inflation level. Temperature changes affect tire pressure – for every 10 degrees of temperature change, tire air pressure changes 1 pound per square inch. Low tire pressure can lead to decreased steering and braking control, poor gas mileage, excessive tire wear and the possibility of tire failure. Also, don’t forget to check your spare tire.
  • Rotate, rotate, rotate. To help increase tread life and smooth out your ride, rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or sooner if irregular or uneven wear develops.

Your safety is important, that’s why drivers should make it a point to beat the rush by getting winter ready before the first snowstorm or cold streak of the season hits.

Photo: Getty Images

Source: Discount Tire

 

@LeNoraMillen        01-19-18

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Trump Children’s Health Insurance Tweet Contradicts White House Administration

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program  (CHIP) should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government.

Trump’s tweet sent on Thursday morning, seemingly undercut the “Stopgap Spending Bill,” leaving many confused at what could be construed as an “Anti-Chip” tweet.

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@LeNoraMillen     01-18-18

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Apple Pledges $350 billion Investment in US economy Over Next Five Years

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Apple is about to give the U.S. economy a huge boost in the form of a $350 billion five-year investment. As part of that, it will commit $55 billion this year alone and plans on adding 20,000 new jobs over that time frame. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, it also plans to add a new campus somewhere in the U.S. this year.

There is a lot of news here. Let’s start with the big-picture investment of $350 billion, which Apple says does not include ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages or the sale of Apple products.

It will, however, involve taxes on repatriation of some of Apple’s cash reserves, which are currently in the $256 billion range. It anticipates $38 billion coming from repatriation taxes, but much of it will be capital expenditures on the part of the company.

For starters, there will be $30 billion, which will help fund a number of projects, including building the aforementioned new campus. The plan is for this to initially house technical support for customers. Apple says it will announce the location of this new facility later this year, with a plan to make the building run on 100 percent renewable energy sources.

But wait, it’s not done yet. It will also invest $10 billion of that money in new data centers in the U.S., adding to the seven already in operation or planned. There is a new one coming in Iowa and they broke ground on one in Reno just today, in addition to data centers already in operation in North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. (This number includes co-location facilities not owned and operated by Apple.)

Apple announced that it planned several investments that will contribute more than $350 billion to the United States economy over the next five years. (Photo/NationalTurk).

The company also plans to expand the advanced manufacturing fund it started last spring, from $1 billion to $5 billion. The idea is to bring advanced manufacturing jobs to the heartland and it is already funding projects in Kentucky and rural Texas.

Finally, Apple plans to expand its coding initiatives, helping students and teachers from K-12 and at community colleges across the country learn valuable coding skills.

While there is clearly a large public relations element to this announcement, the amount of money and investment involved from a private company here is just staggering and should help create new jobs, stimulate local economies and help educate students for the next generation of jobs. Hard not to like that.

 

Source:  Techcrunch

@LeNoraMillen      0-18-18

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