EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The East Brunswick Board of Education voted unanimously to post armed police officers in each of its 11 schools after after a gunman opened fire at a high school in South Florida Wednesday, killing 17. Officials in the Middlesex County town spent more than two years thinking about putting police in it’s 11 schools. Then, Parkland happened. “The board felt it was time,” Superintendent Victor Valeski told WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp. Valeski pushed for the active-duty officers to join dozens of unarmed, recently retired cops who make up their district-wide security force. “The board, they knew it was the right decision but it’s not one they took very lightly,” Valeski said. “They struggled a little bit after the fact, realizing that it was something we had to do given the circumstances of the global environment.” An East Brunswick student was arrested Friday, not long after the BOE’s vote. “It was a terroristic threat that was posted to a social media site,” Valeski said. “It was reported by another student who had seen it.” It wasn’t immediately clear when the new security plan would roll out.
David Hogg, the 17-year-old head of the student TV station at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., talks about Wednesday’s mass shooting that killed seventeen classmates and teachers, and how the American people should respond to political leaders who do not address the dangers of gun violence.
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PARKLAND, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 19-year-old former student suspected of killing at least 17 people at a Florida high school has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Nikolas Jacob Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail early Thursday, still wearing the hospital gown he was given after being treated for labored breathing following his arrest. He was later questioned overnight before being booked into jail. NEW: Authorities release mugshot of Parkland, Florida, school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz https://t.co/SOfYefQwkQ pic.twitter.com/ZTyNYC84se — CBS News (@CBSNews) February 15, 2018 Cruz is being held without bond. Jail records don’t list an attorney for him. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday that Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Israel said investigators were dissecting the suspect’s social media posts. PHOTOS: 17 Dead In Florida School Shooting | MORE FROM CBS MIAMI “And some of the things that have come to mind are very, very disturbing,” he added without elaborating. Just before the shooting broke out Wednesday afternoon, some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School thought they were having another fire drill. Such an exercise had forced them to leave their classrooms hours earlier. So when the alarm went off again shortly before they were to be dismissed, they once again filed out into the hallways. That’s when police said Cruz, equipped with a gas mask, smoke grenades and multiple magazines of ammunition, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets. “We were in the corner, away from the windows,” said freshman Max Charles, who said he heard five gunshots. “The teacher locked the door and turned off the light. I thought maybe I could die or something.” “As soon as the fire alarm got pulled and kids were evacuating, I heard five pops,” another student said. Outside, the wounded were triaged on the ground as classmates ran past searching for a safe place. Inside, kids hid under their desks as a SWAT team with guns drawn cleared every room. “For like 30 minutes, we were like praying and crying and then the police came and we just got out,” said freshman Bruna Aleveda. Cruz was taken into custody without a fight about an hour after the shooting in a residential neighborhood about a mile away. He had multiple magazines of ammunition, authorities said. “It’s catastrophic. There really are no words,” said Israel. Cruz’s mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov. 1 neighbors, friends and family members said, according to the Sun Sentinel . Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack several years ago, adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island to Broward County. The boys were left in the care of a family friend after their mother died, family member Barbara Kumbatovich, of Long Island, said. An attorney for a family who took him in says they never expected this. “Was working at a Dollar store, was going to adult education to get his schooling up,” said attorney Jim Lewis. “Other than being a little depressed because of the mother situation, he seem absolutely normal.” Sources close to Cruz tell CBS he bought an AR-15 and shotgun legally as soon as he turned 18, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported. Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he did not know of any threats posed by Cruz to the school. “Typically you see in these situations that there potentially could have been signs out there,” Runcie said. “I would be speculating at this point if there were, but we didn’t have any warnings. There weren’t any phone calls or threats that we know of that were made.” The State of Florida offering to pay for every funeral and counseling for all students staff and surviving victims. The school was to be closed for the rest of the week. The shooting was the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, more than five years ago. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
While the lyrics “I got melanin” from hip-hop artist Secrett's song “Melanin” bounced off the walls of the multipurpose room of the Student Resource Building, fourth-years Gabby Felder and Nkechi Ikem prepared to present “Femme & Rap” last Tuesday, an exploration of the presence and impact of black …
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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The North Bergen School District is taking precautions against the flu as health officials investigate the death of a student . Overcome with emotion, Marta Claudio weeps for her friends whose 6-year-old girl, a kindergartener at Lincoln Elementary in North Bergen, suddenly died after suffering from flu-like symptoms. “It’s unbelievable. This is a very painful moment,” Claudio told CBS2’s Magdalena Doris. “It’s very painful to see a little girl just starting her life in passing this way.” Superintendent of North Bergen Schools, Dr. George Solter, remained at Lincoln Elementary Tuesday to answer parents’ questions as the school now additionally staffed with grief counselors. “Not only for the students but also for the staff,” he said. “Yesterday, the teacher of the student went home very upset.” The young girl fell ill this weekend. Family friends say her father, stationed with the military in Germany, flew in as soon as he heard her condition had worsened. “It was a great girl. She was the light of their lives and the father was all about that baby,” Claudio said. “Loves his daughter to death.” While the school district didn’t specify how the child died, it said in a statement Monday that “due to the recent flu virus outbreak, the North Bergen School District is taking every precaution possible to make each one of our schools a safe and healthy learning environment for our students.” “During the last three weeks each desk in our schools have been disinfected with bleach, in addition, our custodians have been spraying disinfectant on doorknobs, handles, toilets, sinks and other surfaces to help prevent the virus from spreading,” the statement said. The superintendent is also urging parents not to send their children to school if they have flu-like symptoms and said the health department is offering flu vaccines to residents. Solter said Tuesday that they are organizing an effort to get more kids vaccinated. “We are going to do another round of flu shots because not everyone had them in the fall,” he said. Mom Dineen Provenzano is now taking precautions of her own. “I want to make sure my daughter has her flu shot and keep her home a couple days just to watch out for her and I want to know she’s safe,” she said. “I mean, I hope every child is safe. God this should never happen to children.” North Bergen officials are awaiting results of an autopsy to determine what caused the student’s death. Health officials last month said a 4-year-old girl in central New Jersey was the state’s first flu-related death this season. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 60 children have died of flu-related illness so far this year. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tax season is underway. If you’re getting a refund this year, what should you do with it? And how should you prepare for next year? As CBS2’s Alice Gainer explained, people do all sorts of things with their tax refunds. “Usually try to pay my student or save and invest it,” one person said. “Sometimes I take a vacation, pay bills, and life things, take care of my dog,” Tiffany Mahaud said. Anil Melwani is a certified public accountant. He said once you get your refund, put it in the bank for a little bit. “Project how you’re going to do over the next year or two, and see maybe you should put it into an IRA or 401K, or 529 plan for your child,” he said. He said to get the best refund, make sure you’re organized with receipts. Many credit card companies provide year end statements to make deductions easier. “Certain types of medical expenses, health insurance premium, unreimbursed job expenses, tax prep fees,” Melwani said. What about looking forward to next year with the tax changes ahead? Jean Johnson is with H&R Block. “In the upcoming weeks, people will begin to see changes in their withholding in their paychecks. That’s the most immediate change they will see right now,” she said. “The best thing they can do right now is look at their W4. Their W4 determines the amount being withheld, so now si the time to look at it. Some of them will think their income tax refund will be larger for 2018, so do they want that money now versus a bigger refund later?” Melwani said things may be different for most New Yorkers. “Because we live in a high tax state like New York, you may not be paying less taxes this year. Many people in New York will be paying a little more this year because of that loss of that state and local tax deduction,” he said. “So while the brackets are coming down, a lot of deductions are going away.” Melwani stressed that people should be conservative, and perhaps increase their withholding because they may not be getting a bigger refund. The IRS said it issues most refunds in less than 21 calendar days.
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WESTWOOD (CBSLA) – UCLA campus police Monday released a photo of a man believed to have committed a sexual battery against a woman who was walking near the campus early Monday morning. A photo of a possible suspect in a sexual battery incident that took place on the campus of UCLA on Feb. 5, 2018. (UCLA Police Department) The woman told officers that she was walking south in the 600 block of Gayley Avenue at about 1 a.m. Monday when the man “passed by her and sexually battered her,” according to a UCLA police statement. “The victim then confronted the suspect and recorded him on her cell phone.” The suspect grabbed the phone, but later gave it back to the woman. He then fled in a gray Nissan sedan with dark tinted windows, according to campus police. He was described as black, 20 to 25 years old and 6 feet tall, with a muscular build. He wore a black sweatshirt with “San Francisco” written on it in block letters, along with black sweat pants and black athletic shoes. This marks the third sexual assault or battery case in the past week around the UCLA campus. Police said a student met another UCLA student using a dating app and was sexually assaulted inside her on-campus apartment. A second alleged sexual assault occurred at an apartment off campus. In that case, the student told police she knew her attacker. Anyone with information on these cases should call campus police at 310-825-1492. (©2018 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)
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Iowa State University's Student Union Board (SUB) announced Monday that hip- hop artist Fetty Wap will be the headlining artist at a new outdoor concert hosted by the organization and scheduled for this spring. Fetty Wap, who rose to prominence in 2015 after his breakout hit, the Grammy-nominated, …
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In January of 1993, 15-year-old Demetrius Rice was killed when a gun in another student’s backpack accidentally discharged. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Students, parents and teachers are still in shock after a gun being carried by a middle-schooler went of in an L.A. classroom Thursday morning. Fortunately, no one died, but a day after the incident, people are asking what went wrong and what more can be done to keep something like this from happening again. Police said Thursday’s shooting at Sal Castro Middle School in Westlake happened when an unregistered gun accidentally went off inside a 12-year-old girl’s backpack. The single bullet tore through the wrist of another girl before striking a boy’s head. Now, police are investigating how the girl got a hold of the gun, and security experts, along with school officials, are trying to figure out what extra measures the school could have taken to prevent this. It was the same discussion happening 25 years ago, when in January of 1993, a gun in a Fairfax High School student’s backpack accidentally discharged, killing 15-year-old Demetrius Rice and wounding a classmate. David Tokovsky was a teacher at Fairfax High when the shooting happened. Now a strategist for Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, he told CBS2 News the district should use this incident as a wake-up call. “It seems like the board president and vice president oughta be taking this window of opportunity” to provide more resources to schools, including more officers, cameras, social media monitoring and personnel to conduct random searches, said Tokovsky. Detective Rudy Perez, vice president of the L.A. Unified School Police Association, echoes the concern, asking, “Evil’s gonna hit our schools, but do we have the right resources?” Perez said that 23 handguns and eight rifles were seized in and around LAUSD school campuses just in the last two years. Perez was one of the first to arrive at the scene of Thursday’s shooting at Castro Middle School. “I’ve even been in an ambulance where you realize that a kid’s life is in danger, and the fact that we could have stopped it, and yet we have too much bureaucracy to deal with,” Perez continued as he choked up. Not everyone is of the same opinion, however. Members of United Teachers Los Angeles and Black Lives Matter met Friday with the LAUSD police union to voice their concern about random searches in schools. While there seems to be no consensus, everyone does seem to agree that students need to feel and actually be safe in school. The minor suspect was charged Friday in juvenile court with felony counts of being a minor in possession of a firearm and having a weapon on school grounds. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
By 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Talk about mind-blowing. If you saw 2016’s “Hidden Figures,” a movie about three African-American women who helped American astronaut John Glenn catapult into space and orbit the earth, can you imagine what it’s like to find another Hidden Figure in our midst? I walked into Branford Career Institute (right there near Journal Square in Jersey City), and there, hidden in a classroom, was Marion Lee Johnson. This is the lady whose work landed astronaut Neil Armstrong ON THE MOON!! Yes, “that” Marion Lee Johnson. And it freaked everybody out at the school! Students didn’t know who she was (except this no-nonsense professor, teaching computer and security systems). More: One-On-One With Marion Lee Johnson | Black History Month Photo Gallery During a Black History Week project, one of the school administrators noticed Ms. Johnson’s name on NASA’s Saturn Five “Roll of Honor,” and that set off alarms! Who knew?? Ms. J told me her own daughters didn’t know, until they saw the movie and recalled a time when mom mentioned that she worked for NASA and Boeing “and did a little work” on the Lunar Landing Mission. HAH! And the students love her! Alex Velez says, “It was an honor to study under such a pioneering and amazing woman.” Another student (who studied under Johnson and now owns his own company) says he won’t hire anybody unless Ms. Johnson approves of them first. She is the mathematician who got hired on at Boeing (as an engineer), who conducted trial runs and provided data input which led to the historic lunar landing. Needless to say, since word spread of an icon in our midst, Ms. Johnson’s star has (dare I say) “taken off like a rocket!” She lives in Plainfield, New Jersey where they’ve given her the key to the city and two designated days honoring her legacy. She’s also listed in NASA’s “Roll of Honor” in its Saturn V program, at the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress. I was proud to see her receive a 1010WINS 2017 Visionary Award as well. Much deserved. To me, she’s proof that sometimes if you reach for the stars, you might get a chance a touch the moon.
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LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – Just 10 months removed from approving a controversial five percent tuition hike , the California State University Board of Trustees will discuss whether to raise tuition again during a two-day meeting that begins Tuesday. The new potential increase, outlined in a proposal sent in November to the California State Student Association, would raise resident tuition by $228, taking it from $5742 to $5970. Non-resident tuition would rise by a similar amount. The hikes would generate roughly $69.8 million in 2018-19, according to the CSU staff report. The board is scheduled to discuss tuition Tuesday afternoon as part of a presentation to the board’s Finance Committee on the governor’s budget proposal at CSU’s headquarters in Long Beach. CSU Chancellor Timothy White said the board “will have a frank discussion about the proposed level of funding in the 2018-19 state budget and the needs of the university.” In March of last year, amid large protests, the CSU board approved a 5 percent increase in tuition at CSU’s 23 campuses, bringing annual tuition to $5,742. It was the first hike in six years for CSU. According to a staff report to the board, the governor proposed a $92.1 million increase in funding to the CSU system, $10 million less than was anticipated last year. That leaves a $171 million gap between the amount the CSU requested and what the governor actually offered. When he released his budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown said the CSU and University of California systems will have to find a way to operate with the funding he is offering and “live within their means.” “They’re not going to get any more,” he said. “They’ve got to manage.” The UC Board of Regents last week postponed a decision on a possible tuition hike. Prior to last year’s tuition increase, CSU said that nearly 63 percent of its undergraduate students, or about 255,000 students, have their tuition fully covered by financial aid. (©2018 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An Olympic gold-medal winning boxer and coach pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegations he sexually assaulted a child who was his student at an East Los Angeles gym. Paul Gonzales (LASD) Fifty-three-year-old Paul Gonzales, a 1984 Olympic boxing champion, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday to four counts of committing lewd acts on a child under age 14, one count each of attempted lewd act upon a child, possession of child or youth pornography, distributing or showing pornography to a minor and contact with a minor for a sexual offense. He remains jailed on $545,000 bail. Gonzales, a father, was arrested Dec. 29. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials say Gonzales sexually assaulted a student he befriended and groomed at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club on East Olympic Boulevard, where he had been a head coach for about 10 years. The boxing club is part of the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department. In 1984, Gonzales became the first American Latino man to win Olympic gold, earning the medal in the light flyweight category for boxing. A short documentary made by Trans World Sport in 2014 tracked his rise as a child who broke free from gangs to become a youth mentor. Gonzales is due back in court Feb. 28, when a date will be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. Investigators believe Gonzales may have more victims. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the LASD Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.
According to Inc ., 60 percent of millennials expect to change jobs by 2020. With this statistic in mind, attracting top talent continues to be a very competitive process for businesses. Non-traditional benefits can help companies boost employee morale, increase retention, and also attract great new talent. With work-life balance becoming an ever-more important aspect of the lives of most workers, companies focusing on offering unique or non-traditional benefits to complement the traditional ones gain a competitive edge. Here are five company benefits that owners may want to consider to attract great talent, if they haven’t already. Flex-work environment or work from home policy A structured 9-to-5 schedule leaves little room for a proper work-life balance for today’s professional working landscape. More than ever before, work and life are blending together. According to a Stanford University study , working from home leads to a 13 percent performance increase in employees. Companies that foster flexible work environments create a relaxed and stress-free space where each employee feels his or her well-being taken into consideration. Flexible work environments also provide cost-saving advantages for employers such as rent, supplies, and utilities. Student loan repayment assistance For most professionals, student loans continue to be a pain in progressing toward financial freedom and stability. Employers who recognize this struggle for young professionals and create programs that help those saddled with student load debt gain an advantage in attracting young talent. According to American Student Assistance survey , 90 percent of young professionals would commit to a company for five years in exchange for help with repayment of student loans. Comprehensive healthcare program The fight for adequate healthcare continues to be at the forefront of society, and companies that offer a comprehensive program reap the rewards. A standard healthcare plan is almost required, however when offering a comprehensive healthcare plan for today’s professional, placing interest on preventative health is key to attracting great talent. Companies that offer gym memberships, fitness gear, and mental health options appear more progressive and resonate well with today’s professionals. Maternity, paternity and caretaker leave Paid leave for family and medical is becoming a key topic and attention grabber for policymakers in recent years. The issue with working parents and an aging population is the mounting pressure on American workers balancing caregiving responsibilities. It takes a toll on professionals. According to Pew Research Center , most working professionals feel that employers should support and cover the costs of paid family and medical leave. Employers that provide adequate leave see an increase in retention. More holiday time-off Keeping employees happy can directly contribute to increased productivity. Today’s professional wants to pursue life with enjoyment. Work hard, play hard. Companies that offer a good amount of time off to their employees create a carefree working environment that is both inviting and mentally rewarding for workplace morale. Some companies even allow unlimited time off for employees. This type of trust in workers allows them to take responsibility for their own time and workload, which creates a motivating atmosphere to make sure work gets completed. This article was written by Marlena Turner for Small Business Pulse
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EAGLE ROCK (CBSLA) – Police are looking for a man who they say attempted to grab a 13-year-old girl who was walking home from Eagle Rock Junior and Senior High School Monday afternoon. According to Los Angeles police, at around 3:30 p.m. Monday the student was walking home from school when she was approached by a Hispanic man in the area of Campus Road and Escarpa Drive. The girl told authorities the man followed her, then grabbed her arm and tried to pull her towards a dark-colored sedan. She was able to get away and run home, where she told her mother what happened. Her mother then contacted police. The victim did not know the suspect, police said. The man was described by the victim as being in his 20s and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Police have increased security around the high school this week, school officials said. Parents were also notified of the incident. Eagle Rock High has grades 7 to 12. Police are also investigating whether the suspect is connected to a notice that was sent out Monday regarding a man who was approaching children in the Yosemite Park Children’s Play Area, which is located near the high school. The suspect was asking children questions including their names, phone numbers and social media information. The suspect in that case was described as an Asian man with black hair and brown eyes. He is 19 to 20 years of age, about 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds. Police are unsure if the same suspect is linked to both cases. They are searching for surveillance video from nearby homes. Anyone with information on the case should call detectives at 323-561-3330.
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