Detroit bus driver who complained about a passenger coughing has died

first_imgCasPhotography/iStock(DETROIT) — A bus driver in Detroit, who had complained about a passenger coughing without covering her mouth and feared people were not taking the novel coronavirus pandemic seriously, has died after contracting the virus, officials said.Jason Hargrove, an employee of the Detroit Department of Transportation, recorded a Facebook message on March 21 criticizing a woman who he said got on his bus and coughed multiple times without covering her mouth.“We out here as public workers, doing our jobs, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families, but for you to get on the bus and stand on the bus and cough several times without covering up your mouth … that lets me know that some folks don’t care. Utterly don’t give a f—, excuse my language,” Hargrove said in the 8-minute video.He said that he felt violated not only for himself, but for the other few passengers who were on the bus.Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said on Thursday that Hargrove had died.He encouraged Americans to watch Hargrove’s Facebook video, cautioning that it includes multiple expletives.“I don’t know how you can watch it and not tear up. He knew his life was being put in jeopardy, even though he was going to work for the citizens of Detroit every day, but somebody just didn’t care,” Duggan said in a press conference. “Somebody who didn’t take this seriously and now he’s gone.”The Amalgamated Transit Union commemorated Hargrove in a statement. The union said he had been a member since 2016 and left behind a wife.Glenn Tolbert, the president of the union for Detroit Department of Transportation, called on city leaders to better protect bus drivers. Tolbert told ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ that out of the 530 drivers in the department, 100 were in quarantine and seven drivers had tested positive for the coronavirus.Mayor Duggan said that when he heard bus drivers went on strike on March 17 because they felt unsafe, he implemented new measures, including only allowing people to get on from the back doors and no longer collecting bus fares. The strike lasted just one day.In Hargrove’s message, he urged people to keep safe and take the pandemic seriously.More than 6,000 people in the U.S. have died after contracting the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 245,000 people are infected in the U.S. and more than a million across the globe.“Y’all be safe. If you ain’t got to go out, don’t go out. If you go, cover up your face, put some gloves on your hands. Please,” Hargrove said in the video. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cambridge student banned for poem protest

first_imgA Cambridge student has been suspended for seven terms following his role in the peaceful protests that took place during a speech by David Willetts in November 2011.Owen Holland, studying for a DPhil in English, was charged with “recklessly or intentionally impeding free speech within the Precincts of the University”, because of his reading of a protest poem which disrupted the speech. The sentence was passed on Wednesday by the Cambridge University Court of Discipline and has provoked widespread outrage and subsequent action from students and dons alike.A ‘Spartacus’ letter written to the University Advocate was signed by 60 dons and students, admitting to their role in the protest and demanding that they be punished accordingly. A number of petitions have also been penned, including one by the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) which has already garnered almost 2500 signatures.On Friday afternoon a mass demonstration comprising 350 students, staff and lecturers took place outside the Cambridge Old Schools. During the protest, which passed without incident, a statement was read out on behalf of Holland in which he commented, “I have been humbled by the level of support I have received these past few days”.He continued, “I can tell you that I plan to appeal the sentence before a higher court, and I have every [confidence] that the seven senior members of this University will heed your calls for the sentence to be overturned.”The general reaction amongst students has been one of indignation regarding the “excessive” suspension, and worries about the effects that this could have upon the protest movement as a whole.Cambridge student Dominic Morris labelled the ruling as “disgraceful, disproportionate and discriminatory”, commenting that “regardless of the politics, the two and a half year sentence can only be seen as designed to silence peaceful protest.” Freddy Powell, a fresher reading Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Robinson College, responded similarly, criticising the “absurdly disproportionate response”. He observed, “rarely in recent times has Cambridge been so illiberal in its response to protests, a recognised part of student and academic life.”Julius Handler, a student at Churchill, agreed, commenting, “at Cambridge we are encouraged to think and to engage in discourse, and it is this kind of gesture that suppresses all that Cambridge embodies.”Oxford students voiced similar concerns regarding the impact of the suspension upon peaceful protest. Nathan Akehurst, a student at Lincoln, linked the “grossly unfair” suspension with “wider attacks on the right to protest, including the banning of occupations at Birmingham University and the ongoing trial of peaceful protesters at Fortnum and Mason”.Ben Hudson, a student at Regent’s Park agreed that “brash though it is, this tactic is the only way to make evident the opposition to the government’s ideological drivel”. Notably, students uninvolved with and even opposed to protest movements have reacted similarly, with Samuel Lin, a member of Oxford Conservative Assocation, branding the suspension “excessive”.A statement issued by the University of Cambridge following the ruling did not comment explicitly upon the sentence, but simply reasserted the right of the Court to make decisions as defined by statue law.Some Cambridge students, however, supported the suspension. One History fresher at Murray Edwards commented that although the ruling seemed “harsh”, “a strong message did need to be sent out to the protestors, as they were expecting a fine which would have had little effect”.A CUCA member, who also wished to remain anonymous, went further still, stating, “I totally believe that Holland got his just desert. Unrest is never the answer.”last_img read more

Pretty Lights Announces Live Band Fall Tour Dates

first_imgPretty Lights has been rocking it with his Live Band of late, and the jams will continue! The famed Colorado DJ has announced a new run of tour dates throughout the West Coast, with stops in Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles from November 10-13.You can see the full announcement below, and head to the PL website for ticketing details.Pretty Lights Live Band Tour Dates11/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl *11/11  San Jose, CA – City National Civic *11/12  San Diego, CA – SOMA ^11/13 Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival* = with Big Wild and Chris Karns^ = with Chris Karnslast_img

Students promote awareness for Relay for Life

first_imgPurple hair extensions, purple clothing and purple desserts in the dining halls will flood campus this week to promote fundraising and awareness for the Notre Dame Relay for Life, which will take place Apr. 12 and 13. Freshman Teresa Kennedy, honorary student chairperson for Notre Dame’s Relay for Life this year, the Relay committee is hosting Purple Week 2013 through Friday to engage students in its larger mission on campus. The funds raised through Notre Dame’s Relay for Life in April will go toward cancer research at the American Cancer Society, Kennedy said. “[Purple Week] really has a dual purpose because first, all the funds raised go to the Relay and the money we collect there,” Kennedy said. “It’s also a way to get people interested in the Relay and make it interactive, since all of these events are so public and hard to ignore.” Notre Dame Relay for Life chairperson Jessica Brookshire said the committee’s 2013 fundraising goal is $175,000. One of the most visible Purple Week activities is the sale of paper cutout feet, which can be purchased at locations all over campus for $1 each. Last year, paper feet sales raised $6,082 for the Relay, Brookshire said. “It was a great fundraiser as far as dollars raised, but also [for] the awareness it brought about for the event,” Brookshire said. Marc Burdell, an Alumni Association director and this year’s honorary faculty chairperson for the Relay for Life, said the paper feet have both symbolic and monetary value for the project. “Many of the buildings on campus sell these purple feet for $1 and they’re put up all over campus to build a kind of path that leads to the Relay for Life in April,” Burdell said. “For the first time this year, students can purchase feet with Domer Dollars at the Huddle and Reckers.” Kennedy said she is looking forward to “Wear Purple” day on Thursday, when community members are encouraged to dress in purple clothes to show support for the project. “It will be interesting to see how many people there are that day who are willing to back up this cause and really get behind it,” Kennedy said. “It’s two months ahead of the Relay still, but it will be great to see the purple as a visible sign of support.” Purple is “the identifying color for [cancer] surivivors,” Kennedy said, and she can include both herself and Burdell in that category. Kennedy survived a rare form of tissue cancer and Burdell overcame a serious lymphoma diagnosis. Burdell said he thinks of his position as honorary chairperson as an opportunity to connect with others who are affected by cancer. “I was diagnosed about three and a half years ago, and before that, I was healthy,” Burdell said. “I had never even been in the hospital. I went from being unaware and unaffected to being a pretty severe cancer patient. “Now, I can talk about patient advocacy and what people can do to support each other. I find myself today leading a normal life, and as chairperson, I hope to help others understand what I’ve gone through and let them know that they can be empowered to get through it too,” Burdell said. Kennedy said she was involved with the national Relay for Life in high school and that she’s pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Notre Dame version of the event. “I’m glad I get to share my experience about what I went through with other people here, and I hope people will be able to come to me for support if they or someone they know has cancer,” Kennedy said. “I’m an example that you can lead a totally normal life after a cancer diagnosis.” Purple hair extensions will be sold in the Coleman Morse center on Friday, and purple feet will be sold all week across campus. Notre Dame’s Relay for Life will take place from Apr. 12 to 13 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Information about the event can be found at relay.org/NDin.last_img read more