Meet the Golden State Warriors number one fan

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As of today the Golden State Warriors lead the Western Conference Final Series 3-0 against the Houston Rockets.  One of the many fans, also known as Dub Nation, who’s happy about this is 105-year-old Sweetie.  She turns 106 on June 12.

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Sweetie stations herself there for Warriors games because she likes to be alone and free to yell at the TV as loudly as she wants. Her cat, Coco Chanel, will sit beside her, as always, but doesn’t mind the hubbub. Coco Chanel, it seems, is used to some noise when it comes to Sweetie’s Warriors.

“Every time I holler at the team, she just looks up at me,” Sweetie, still sprightly and spunky well over a century after her birth, told Mashable on a recent afternoon while wearing a bright yellow Warriors shirt. “And I holler at them a lot. I tell them: ‘Go get that ball!'”

Even though the Warriors won their last NBA championship in 1975 Sweetie didn’t become a Warriors fan until the early 1990’s. While Stephen Curry is the MVP of the NBA her favorite player is Draymond Green.

But her favorite player? That would be third-year forward Draymond Green. The fiery, emotional leader has become the soul of this year’s Warriors squad, while vastly outplaying anyone’s expectations for him when he was a second-round draft pick out of Michigan State.

“He came a long ways, you know what I mean?” Sweetie said. “I like Green’s style.”

Check out more about Sweetie at Mashable.

Univision buys The Root

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Univision has bought The Root from Graham Holdings Company.

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The Graham Holding Company was formerly known as The Washington Post Company which also owned The Washington Post and Newsweek.  The Washington Post Company sold The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 2013.

Univision is hoping to expand their audience.

Univision is the leading Spanish-language broadcaster in the country, with digital entities online and on mobile. The launch of Fusion in October 2013 marked its first English-language venture. The company recently launched a digital video site, The Flama, also targeting an English-dominant Latino audience.

The Root will retain its editorial voice and mission but will now have access to greater resources, including Univision’s digital production facilities and publishing infrastructure, Univision said.

The Root’s chairman, Henry Louis Gates Jr., who co-founded the site in 2008 with Donald Graham, praised the deal.

Univision was bought by the Saban Capital Group which is owned by Haim Saban in 2007.

I’m hoping the sell of The Root is a good move.  We will see.

A home is lost during the Baltimore riots

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Until the early morning of April 28, 2015, home for Laporsha Lawson and her son Khai’Lee Sampson who is severely disabled was at Hilton Street and Piedmont Avenue.

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All of that changed on Monday April 27 when after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore riots occurred. Ms. Lawson’s home was located next to a liquor store that was burned down by arsonists. Even though Ms. Lawson was able to save her son she lost many items that her son needed relating to his health.

“They took everything from my child,” said Lawson, 28.

The wheelchair customized for Khai’Lee’s small body, the back brace that helps him sit upright, the machine that pumps oxygen into his lungs when he stops breathing at night — all were destroyed. So were the supplies for his feeding tube, his clothes, even his new swing.

As Lawson cradled the 7-year-old on her parents’ sofa recently, she said she felt betrayed by her neighborhood.

While she understands the rioters’ anger at the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who suffered a spinal injury in police custody, she can’t understand why people would destroy their own community.

“Everybody wants justice for Freddie Gray,” said Lawson. “But what about justice for Khai’Lee?”

Lawson, who goes by Porsha, and her parents, Jerome and Gloria Dukes, believe arsonists were attempting to destroy the liquor store adjacent to Lawson’s home in the Hanlon-Longwood neighborhood, about a mile west of Mondawmin Mall.

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I agree with Ms. Lawson. I have never understood why people burn down and destroy their own neighborhoods. If it hadn’t been for her neighbor Ms. Lawson and her son could have been killed in that fire.

Until she can find another home Ms. Lawson is living with her parents in Baltimore.

Lawson and Khai’Lee have been staying with her parents since the fire. It’s a tight squeeze, as her grandfather and eldest nephew are also staying in the house. Piles of clothes and diapers that have been donated to Lawson and her son are stacked around the living room.

On a recent afternoon, Khai’Lee reclined on the sofa. His legs, delicate as a bird’s, were bent at a sharp angle. His big brown eyes darted back and forth, framed by long lashes.

“He looks flushed,” murmured his grandmother, angling the fan to blow on his face. His grandfather wiped drool away from the corner of the boy’s mouth.

Gloria Dukes said she’ll never forget the sight of Lawson, her youngest child, standing at the door with the boy cradled in her arms. She could see the flames in the distance behind them.

There is an online fundraiser going on right now to help Ms. Lawson and her son. So far more than $28,000 has been raised but that still isn’t enough to replace Khai’Lee’s medical equipment.  Check it out hereI read that Beyonce and Jay Z helped bail out some of the Baltimore protesters after the riots.  Maybe someone can let them know about Ms. Lawson and her son so they can rebuild their lives.

You can read the entire article here at the Baltimore Sun.

Maryland drops parallel parking from driver’s test

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Testing for parallel parking is coming to an end in Maryland. Being able to parallel park has been a requirement in order to get your driver’s license in Maryland. As of this past Wednesday the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration removed that requirement.

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No one can say for sure whether this will lead to an uptick in dented car bumpers and curb-gouged tires. But Maryland has announced that demonstrating an ability to parallel park — an impossible skill to master for a lot of motorists — is no longer a requirement for getting a driver’s license in the state.

Everybody knows people who can’t parallel park. Maybe the space is 12 feet long, yet they couldn’t squeeze a Smart Car into it. They would just as soon try to land a jet.

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driving test doesn’t include parallel parking. In Virginia, where the state DMV’s road-skills exam is administered to teenagers by private driving schools, there’s no demand to test parallel parking proficiency.

Now the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration officially doesn’t care, either. As of Wednesday, parallel parking was eliminated from the road test.

I remember taking my driving test and I hated parallel parking. I rarely parallel park. I’m always parking in regular parking spaces. As a matter of fact I back into parking spaces about 98% of the time. Especially at the metro parking garage. You have to. You’re risking your car’s life since some drivers treat the metro parking garage like the Beltway :-(

Akitas help their big sister

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A ten-year-old Akita named Kiaya lost both of her eyes to glaucoma.  But she’s not alone. Her younger male siblings Cass and Keller have become seeing eye dogs for their big sister.

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The Akitas are owned by Jessica VanHusen of Waterford, Michigan.

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Kiaya had to have both eyes removed after a two-year battle with glaucoma, according to a press release on the website for BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Now, the other Akitas that VanHusen owns, 8-year-old Cass and 2-year-old Keller, are always by Kiaya’s side, grooming her, lying next to her in the yard, and watching out for her while she’s eating or when they’re all in the car together.

This is definitely an inspirational story.

Doing everything but paying attention to the road while driving

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According to research from AT&T, drivers are doing more than just talking and texting while driving. Many are now posting on Facebook and Twitter, snapping selfies and video chatting while driving. This is some scary mess. People, can we put the phones down and pay attention to the roads? I don’t know what’s worse. Drinking while driving or posting to Facebook/Twitter while driving.

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Phones are getting smarter, drivers seemingly less so.

A survey released this morning shows that many motorists have expanded their behind-the-wheel activities beyond texting to include using Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, taking selfies and even shooting videos.

The survey was commissioned by AT&T, itself a phone company, but one that has invested heavily in discouraging distracted driving through its “It Can Wait” public service campaign. The telephone survey was conducted by Braun Research, which polled 2,067 people who own a smartphone and drive at least once a day.

The survey found that 27 percent of drivers age 16 to 65 report using Facebook, and 14 percent report using Twitter. Of those, a startling 30 percent who said they post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”

And let’s not forget staring at your smartphone while walking. Just yesterday at work a young lady had her nose in her smartphone while walking and not paying attention. She looked up just in time since me and another person were talking. She almost walked right into us.

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Black women’s lives matter too

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Courtland Milloy has a very interesting column about the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter was co-founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi two years ago after the acquittal of George Zimmerman who was charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin.

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All three ladies were recently honored by the New York Women’s Foundation. But as Courtland’s column states their hashtag may have come at price. While all the attention has been focused on black men losing their lives due to police brutality, the lives of black women who are also losing their lives to police brutality is being ignored. The taser gun death of Natasha McKenna in Fairfax County, Virginia is a recent example.  Last month the medical examiner ruled her death by stun gun an accident.

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It is clear that #BlackLivesMatter struggles to generate as much concern for the safety and welfare of black women as it does for black men. The death of Natasha McKenna in the Fairfax County jail is a case in point.

McKenna, who suffered from mental illness, was shocked four times with a Taser stun gun by a sheriff’s deputy. She was in coma for several days before she died. A “Students March for Natasha McKenna” was supposed to have been held earlier in May to protest her death, which was ruled accidental. But the march has been postponed because of a lack of participation.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s civil rights movement black women were pretty much relegated to the sidelines. The co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter have stated that that mistake will not be made in the 21st century. Even though black women aren’t losing their lives at the hands of police brutality at the same rate as black men their lives matter just as much as men.

Which makes all the more abhorrent the decision by so many black men they support to push them aside.

“For the three of us and for millions of black women around this country, we aren’t just taking to the streets to demand justice, but also trying to create justice in the home, the workplace and the community,” Garza told me.

The trio responded by writing and posting “A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement” on the organization’s Web site. In it, they make clear that marginalizing women who work just as hard as men for civil rights was a 20th-century mistake that would not be tolerated in a 21st-century freedom struggle.

Check out the entire Courtland Milloy column at the Washington Post.

Understanding Type B Personalities

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I saw this article in the Huffington Post about understanding Type B personalities.  When I read the 12 Things Every ‘Type B’ Person Wishes You Understood I was like wow I’m type B. I never really paid attention to personality types but when I read the article I realized Type B was me.  I took the A/B Personality test and the results had me as Type B.

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The theory describes Type B individuals as a contrast to those with Type A personalities. People with Type B personality by definition generally live at a lower stress level and typically work steadily, enjoying achievement but not becoming stressed when they are not achieved. When faced with competition, they do not mind losing and either enjoy the game or back down. They may be creative and enjoy exploring ideas and concepts. They are often reflective, thinking about the outer and inner worlds. Furthermore, Type B personalities may have a poor sense of time schedule and can be predominately right brained thinkers.

When it comes the the 12 things I fit most of the categories especially numbers 1,4,7 and 8.

1. They’re laid back, not lazy.

This calm behavior actually works to Type B individuals’ advantage. Their relaxed nature makes it likely that they won’t experience a lot of chronic stress, which research shows is remarkably good for heart health, immunity and mental well-being.

2. They work better in a creative environment.

Type Bs are not only creative individuals, they’re “big picture thinkers,” as The Huffington Post reported in 2014. This means they look to the outcomes more so than the minor details — a trait that can be deeply valued in the workplace.

3. They thrive in group projects.

Type Bs are known for being invested in the process rather than engaged in competition with their peers. This behavior bodes well for collaborations; Type Bs are happy to share credit and take pride in the total, big picture outcome.

4. They’re quiet planners.

Keep calm and work on.

5. They dislike dwelling on problems.

This goes back to the easy-going nature of the Type B personality. Ruminating over problems creates a cycle of stress — a cycle they have no interest in perpetuating.

6. They’re fierce friends.

The ability to see the good in others is a hallmark trait of Type B folks, which makes it likely that they’ll connect with all types of people. Not only that, Type Bs tend to be noncompetitive, more patient and have a comforting demeanor — and that’s certainly the type of person you want to have on your side.

7. They have their own system to organization — and it works.

In fact, there are some perks to their state of “organized chaos.” Research suggests that individuals with messier desks are more creative.

8. They prefer a calmer pace when it comes to tackling tasks.

The quickest way to stress out a Type B person? Force them into a state of hyperactivity.

9. They can be sensitive, too.

There’s a big distinction between relaxed and indifferent — and Type Bs are the former, not the latter.

10. Sometimes they’re night owls.

Snooze on, Type Bs. Sleep is good for you anyway!

11. They’re more satisfied with life.

Individuals who indicate they have high life satisfaction on their Type A/B personality test tend to identify more on the B-side. Type Bs know that whether it’s happiness in the workplace or happiness at home, there’s nothing quite like the comfort of feeling content with your circumstances.

12. When it comes down to it, they’d prefer if you don’t label them.

Simply put, Type B folks are too laid back to get wrapped up in the details. Enough said.

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