Barnesville, Georgia Helps a Homeless Pre-Med Student

The small town of Barnesville, Georgia boasts a population of slightly over 6,500 people. Located about six miles west of I-75 and nearly midway between the cities of Macon and Atlanta, the community once served as a center of buggy manufacturing in rural Georgia. Today, it lies on the fringes of the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area and serves as the home of Gordon College, a small liberal arts college within Georgia’s state college system.

Recently, people in Barnesville received national media attention because of their generosity in assisting a homeless premed student. Local police discovered the young man, 19-year od Fred Barley, sleeping in a makeshift tent on the campus. He had borrowed his younger brother’s bicycle to travel some 50 miles from Conyers on the eastern edge of Atlanta to the college. He lacked any other means of transportation.

After discovering the young man camping at the college in order to register to attend a second semester, officers kindly put him up at their expense in a local hotel. As people in the area learned of Fred Barley’s plight and his determination to succeed, many of them offered assistance. The owner of a restaurant extended a job to him. Other residents of the small town launched an online campaign using social media and other sites to help raise funds for the college student. He received donations of some $184,000 to assist his educational goals. Fred Barley thanked the community for their support and promised to use the resources wisely.

Wichita, Kansas Sets an Example For Others to Follow

With many cities around the USA reeling from unpleasant confrontations between police and Black Lives Matter protesters, the residents of Wichita, Kansas in the Midwest set an example for many well-heeled urban areas to follow. In Wichita on Sunday night, police and demonstrators decided to chat with one another during a community picnic. The friendly event enhanced communications.

A crowd of nearly 1,000 showed up at the City’s McAdams Park. The lure of free food appealed to many people. Those in attendance included youngsters and senior citizens.

Both on-duty and off-duty law enforcement officers showed up for the event. Many businesses donated food, so everyone at the Park could munch on hamburgers and hot dogs as they discussed current issues of interest to the community.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsey told the gathering that treating people with respect and dignity starts at the local level. The “First Step Cookout” received generally favorable reviews.

Although a total of 400 people sent RSVPs to attend the gathering, estimates of twice as many in the crowd indicated a big turnout.

Wichita has recently set other precedents in law enforcement also. For instance, it ranks among the few urban areas which utilize police body cameras 100% of the time when police officers patrol local streets. The city expended several million dollars to embrace the new technology as a way of documenting law enforcement conduct more accurately. Some members of the public expressed appreciation for the interest on the part of officers in obtaining greater accountability.

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Cleveland Really Does Rock

Cleveland, OH, is getting some respect lately, being the home of the NBA champion Cavaliers and the site of the Republican National Convention. But with glory comes responsibility. The Cavaliers celebration parade left a mess in the streets, and the Republicans are on the way. Who’s going to tidy up the place?

To solve this problem, some members of the Cleveland running community asked others to come out and help clean up. After all, they’re out running around, anyway. A notice was posted on Facebook starting with:

“OK, Cleveland running community. Invite your friends and invite your peers! CALL TO ACTION. After yesterday’s CAVS parade, downtown is an absolute mess of trash and overloaded garbage cans.”

The runners were requested to meet at the West Side Market parking lot and then split into two groups, one cleaning up the Cavs parade route and the other working toward Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held. The volunteers were asked to wear gloves and bring both trash bags and recycling bags. Once the bags were full, though, they could drop them along the streets. The city workers would also be out picking up, and they could take care of the bags.

It’s a civic-minded project, and every little bit helps. Cleveland is spending big bucks on the Republican convention; $50 million on security money.cnn.com and $9.5 million on insurance alone bigstory.ap.org.

Ordinary Clevelanders take pride in their city, too. After all, Cleveland rocks!

The Only Floating Post Office in the United States

Captain Sam Buchanan commands a very special tugboat. The 45-foot long “J.W. Westcott II” is also the only floating post office in the United States, and that post office has been operating in one form or another for over 140 years.

Buchanan, who is based in Detroit, cruises up and down the Detroit River delivering mail and packages to ships. The “J.W. Westcott,” which was built in 1949, is the main mailboat, and the “Joseph J. Hogan” serves as a back-up. The mailboats are the only boats in the US to have their own ZIP code: 48222.

The mailboat uses a “mail in a pail” method of delivering mail: It comes alongside a client, and the sailors onboard drop a rope over the side into the tugboat. Buchanan and his crew attach the rope to the delivery that is then hauled aboard the client ship. In addition to letters, Buchanan has delivered cigarettes, coffee, television sets and tooth paste. About ten years ago, he added pizza to the list. On one occasion, he delivered a goat that was being taken to a petting zoo.

In 1874, John Ward Westcott founded what would become the J.W. Westcott Company in a very humble fashion. He used his rowboat to deliver messages to ships traveling to and from Lake Huron and Lake Erie. He also provided “ship to shore” communications in which he passed along messages from various companies instructing their ships where to dock.

Over time, Westcott began delivering mail as well as messages. By the 1950s, the company delivered about a million pieces of mail every season. Since then, due to changes in both communication technology and the shipping industry, that number has been cut in half.

My Memories of the Fourth of July in D.C.

Seeing headlines that talked about this being President Obama’s last Fourth of July in the White House made me think about my time in D.C. during the summer and how much I miss it.

I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to volunteer at the White House’s annual Fourth of July celebration, and spend the day in D.C. The day I spent in Washington that day was almost unreal, and it is a collective memory I carry with me everywhere.

I had never seen so much red, white, and blue in my life. I thought the celebrations I had seen in my hometown of Aurora, Colorado were something to write home about (and they are), but the D.C. celebration was rightfully the most colorful and busy Fourth of July celebration I had ever been witness to.

It was nice to see President Obama spending time with staff and other officials. It felt surreal to eat picnic food and drinking tea on the White House lawn with my friends, and I felt like a king taking the subway home after spending a night listening to great music in the midst of a packed crowd and celebrating the holiday with my colleagues and the White House.

Seeing people march in the streets for the parade, watching the festivities in excitement, and experiencing a city as great and historic as D.C. on the Fourth of July was a memorable experience. I would highly recommend experiencing the holiday in D.C. next year.

GOP Convention Starts With A Bang

Monday kicked off the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland with a floor fight among the delegates inside the convention hall at the Quicken Loans Arena downtown. Meanwhile, outside the convention center, rival protesters squared off for the beginning of what looks like a week of rising temperatures.

There were fireworks on the convention floor early Monday, as delegates fought over the party rules. Party leaders rebuked attempts by anti-Trump forces to demand a roll call vote on whether to adopt rules that would allow delegates to vote their conscious. This mean the delegates won in the primaries are bound to Trump, giving him the 1,237 needed for nomination. Tensions also seem to mount between the Trump camp and Governor John Kasich of Ohio who has refused to endorse Trump’s candidacy up to this point. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, repeatedly criticize Kasich on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. Many in the Ohio delegation who backed Kasich are still weighing whether to support Trump in the general election. .

Outside the convention hall, protests began early Sunday evening with demonstrators attempting to stop traffic through downtown while chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” While protests were generally peaceful Sunday, police are expecting protest to grow over the course of the week as adversaries start jockeying to voice competing messages. The city has taken steps to prepare for massive arrest and processing of protesters, while hospitals are planning for emergency medical care growing out of convention-related strife.

Elevated Levels of Lead Found in Oregon School District’s Water

Last month, elevated levels of lead were found in the water supply of the state’s largest school district. Why aren’t we talking about this more?

There is a lot of discussion about what role the government should play in any number of different issues, but we can all agree that clean water is a non-partisan, non-political issue that we can all get behind. We all need clean water, and our kids certainly do too, regardless of who they are. Water policy may not be the most interesting thing to talk about, but it’s one of the more important issues policymakers focus their attention on, and it’s one that deserves public discussion.

Children have a reasonable expectation of having access to clean and free drinking water in their public schools, and parents have a reasonable expectation of being able to hold the school district accountable for keeping their children’s drinking water safe. It’s a fundamental right. Clean water is such a basic foundation of life in the developed world that for many people who never think about it, it’s almost superfluous to talk about. Of course, the water my kids are drinking in school is going to be clean!

Except for when it’s not. Portland is not the only city that has been dealing with bad drinking water lately that has disproportionately affected children (we haven’t forgotten about you, Flint), but we should talk about it and all get more passionate about making sure the water our children drink is as safe as possible.

LA County Seeks to Help Felons

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has just approved a package consisting of almost $7 million to help reduce felony charges to misdemeanors. These funds will go toward a one-year campaign which will reach half a million people who qualify to have their felony charges reclassified as misdemeanors.

According to Los Angeles Daily News, this is now allowed under Proposition 47. The funds will be applied to pay for town hall meetings, mailers, and an information line. Having a felony record changed to a misdemeanor is likely to help many former convicts find jobs since only a handful a employers would hire a convicted felon.

Proposition 47 was approved by the voters in 2014. It allows criminal records of nonviolent felonies, including drug possession and theft under $950, to be changed to misdemeanors.

“Although Prop. 47 was passed by voters in November 2014, the level of awareness in the community and among eligible clients is unknown,” claims a report issued by LA County’s Chief Executive Office.

So the aim of this multi-million dollar program is to make those convicted aware about the potential of having their old records changed for better. Some critics, however, say that law enforcement officials claim that those who get released under Proposition 47 tend to commit crimes again.

Some criminals might even choose to commit crimes which carry lesser penalties. Nevertheless, Proposition 47 gives a second chance to the convicts.

Tesla Self-Driving Car With Lidal Spotted in Palo Alto

So far, Google has dominated the self-driving car industry. They’ve got over 70 cars registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, far more than their competitor Tesla, which had a mere eight cars registered as of this March.

But a self-driving car seemingly belonging to Tesla was spotted near Palo Alto recently, and interestingly enough, it was equipped with Lidar sensors.

In the past, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has stated that Lidar isn’t needed for self-driving cars, dismissing it as an unnecessary technology. This recent development makes it seem that he may be willing to reconsider that stance, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Musk revises his position in the future.

The car, a Tesla modal S, was spotted by a Tesla owner in Palo Alto despite the fact that it was apparently disguised to avoid looking like a Tesla test vehicle. In a blog post reporting his findings, the observant man wrote, “The Tesla self-driving test vehicle is disguised as cleverly as possible. A giant Stanford logo on the rear windshield and a Stanford license plate frame with a paper plate. Clearly, Tesla is trying to convince locals that this is part of a Stanford research project. Although Stanford is a very wealthy university, I doubt they would be using a brand new Model S for experimental purposes. My suspicions were confirmed that this was a Tesla corporate vehicle when I saw it enter the back parking lot of Tesla headquarters!”

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