TheObamaCrat Potpourri™ : A Little Bit Of This, A Lotta That.


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Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Tour one of the world’s only underwater labs

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Take a visit to one of the world’s only underwater labs, where six scientists recently spent a month off Key Largo in Florida studying the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Hari Sreenivasan spoke to the mission leader, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

 

 

 

He lived 63 feet underwater for 31 days

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Researcher Fabien Cousteau has just returned to the surface after spending one month in an underwater research lab.

 

 

 

Congress Does Nothing, Almost Literally & It’s Not Just Republicans

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

“The people’s representatives can’t agree on much of anything these days — even calling a recess.

 

When senators and members of the House went home for their Independence Day break, they didn’t, or couldn’t, agree on an adjournment resolution. So they did what they usually do: They went into “pro-forma session,” a status when they are technically working but don’t actually do anything. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much how it is when they’re in town, too.”* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

 

 

Joan Rivers storms out of CNN interview

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Comedienne Joan Rivers sat down with Fredricka Whitfield to discuss her new book, but stormed out before it was over.

 

 

Joan realized she was late for her daily injections of dumbass into her face from her plastic surgeon.

 

 

Fourth of July Inflatable Slide Blown Away By Wind

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Accident leaves 3 injured during a celebration in Nevada

 

 

Too bad the 113th CongrASS were not on this slide.

 

 

Reporting From Besieged Shuafat Refugee Camp

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Following kidnapping and killing of 16 year-old Mohamed Abu Khdeir from Shuafat refugee camp, vigilante and army violence against Palestinians on the rise.

 

 

 

Video: Officer Beats Woman on LA Freeway

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. (July 4)

 

 

 

Tensions, protests escalate in Israel following teen deaths

 

Published on Jul 5, 2014

For more on the escalating tensions inflaming the Isareli-Palestinian conflict, Josef Federman of the Associated Press joins John Larson via Skype from Jerusalem.

 

 

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This planet we live on is in trouble. Racist caucasian men have decided that penile implants and erectile dysfunction drugs should be covered by everybody’s insurance, including Hobby Lobby. Women’s birth control and most reproduction issues have been decided, by those same racist caucasian males. and Hobby Lobby, AND the UnSupreme Court, to be against God’s Law…..and THEIR law abiding constitutional rights.

 

This planet needs a cleansing. For you God fearing, bible thumping, dumbass Christians, that means the second coming of Christ, where most of YOU will perish in Holy Fire….if YOU believe that bible you’re busy thumping.

 

Burn Muthafuckas.

 

Bernie Mac “The Word MuthaFucka” Kings of Comedy

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks on the Economy

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks on the economy during his trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 27, 2014.

 

 

This President Of The United States Of America, is amazingly wonderful.

 

 

Dildo Fight! An Awesome Gun Safety Ad

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

It would be mortifying if this happened to anybody! Can you imagine if these kids had found and were playing with guns. We love this ad. In the year following Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre at least 100 children were unintentionally killed by gun fire. These deaths are completely preventable. You can never be careful enough when it comes to storing your guns. Cenk Uygur (www.twitter.com/cenkuygur), Ana Kasparian (www.twitter.com/AnaKasparian), Jimmy Dore (TYTComedy, The Jimmy Dore Show), and Lissette Padilla (www.twitter.com/lizzette) discuss.

 

“A gun safety advocacy group is using sex toys to start a conversation around gun safety and responsibility.

 

An ad released Thursday titled “Playthings” shows two young boys running around, playing with large, brightly colored dildos as if they’re swords.

 

“If they find it, they’ll play with it,” the narrator says, “so always lock up your guns.”

 

The ad comes from Evolve, an organization committed to reducing gun violence while taking no political position on the issue of gun control. The group’s co-founder, Rebecca Bond, said Evolve aims to “motivate people to make behavior changes” when it comes to firearms safety and responsibility.” *

 

*Read more here fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06…

 

 

This is amazing. And it makes sense and is a fact.

 

 

Miss Florida crowns wrong Miss Florida

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) – A scoring error in last weekend’s Miss Florida pageant crowned the wrong winner, causing organizers to announce a new Miss Florida today in St. Petersburg, FOX 13 learned Friday.

 

Leesburg’s Elizabeth Fechtel has been in the spotlight all week after her big moment. However, an independent review of scoring found they had erroneously tabulated the winner. Now they are instead awarding it to Victoria Cowen of Panama City.

 

 

Oops.

 

 

Body of Missing Mike Herdman California Firefighter Found

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

The body of missing Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman was found, officials said Friday.

The body was found about three-quarters of a mile from where he was last seen and several hundred feet up on a cliff above the Sespe River in rugged terrain of the Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.Herdman’s body was discovered by a pilot flying over a canyon after dropping off searchers combing through hillsides looking for Herdman.

 

 

 

Gas Prices on the Rise Conflict in Iraq triggers the rise in oil prices.

 

 

 

Could car seat monitors prevent tragedies?

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

CNN’s Gary Tuchman tests out an alarm that claims to save kids from being left in hot cars.

 

 

What parent forgets a child in the backseat of a vehicle? There’s no excuse for this, you never heard of parents leaving children in cars during the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s…..even the 80’s. Why is is a common event today?

 

 

Secretive Trade Deals, Pesticides and Autism, Detroit Water Shutoff & Prison Industrial Complex

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

The Redacted Team reveals Obama’s true feelings on secretive trade deals, discovers free TV, shuts off Detroit’s water, finds a practical use for giant vagina statues, and reveals who’s the sexiest inmate alive.

 

 

 

War’s First Casualty: the Truth

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

This week Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

 

 

Too bad there is no integrity in reporting. No integrity in politics either.

 

 

Track race no sweat for eight months pregnant athlete Runner Alysia Montano

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Runner Alysia Montano was eight months pregnant when she competed in a U.S. track and field championship 800-meter race.

 

 

 

Why we’re all paying the cost of excessive drinking

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Excessive alcohol consumption accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age Americans each year, making it the fourth leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. And it’s not just alcoholic drinkers at risk; partying, bingeing and daily drinking all take a toll. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Dr. Robert Brewer, co-author of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

Common sense is not ever common.

 

 

Shields and Ponnuru on House GOP vs. Obama

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including how incumbents held their ground against the tea party in last Tuesday’s primaries, Rep. John Boehner’s threat to sue President Obama for abusing presidential powers, as well as accusations swirling around missing IRS emails.

 

 

Racism is a deadly dumbass disease, that is TAUGHT not caught. Politics are infected with much racism.

 

 

Is America More Financially Stable After Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform?

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew go toe to toe over whether “too-big-to fail” banks run the risk of causing another financial meltdown.

 

 

I absofuckinlutely adore, admire & love Senator Elizabeth Warren and believe she must be our first female POTUSA…hopefully in 2016 but she’s too intelligent to do that.

 

 

NASA: U.S. air quality improving

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

NASA maps show that over the last decade, levels of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide has decreased in U.S. cities.

 

 

Air quality has improved because…….wait for it…….THE E.P.A. is working. Take THAT GOP’ukes who wish to abolish The E.P.A.

 

 

Apple CEO Sexual Orientation Accidentally ‘Outed’ On National TV By CNBC Panel

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook outed as gay by CNBC’s Simon Hobbs live on-air.
(CBS SF) — Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is notoriously private about his life and his lifestyle, but Friday, a CNBC panelist talking about gay CEOs blurted, “Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he’s gay at the head of Apple, isn’t he?”, only to be met with stunned silence.

 

Apple’s chief has in fact spoken about his sexual orientation, making references to suffering discrimination at a speech last December to Auburn University, but he has not been overtly “out.”

 

Cook told students, “I’ve experienced many other types of discrimination and all of them were rooted in the fear of people that were different from the majority.”

 

 

 

Who gives a fuck what anyone’s sexual orientation is?

 

 

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 23

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

While members counted votes and confused reporters in their final week before the July Fourth recess, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell sang to overcome the odds.

 

 

This 113th CongrASS is a clusterfuck of dumbfuckery.

 

 

Matt Lauer Called Out Over Questions to GM’s Female CE

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

NBC’s Matt Lauer has sparked some controversy for questions that he posed to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, asking her if she thought she got the job because she’s a woman and a mom.

 

 

NBC’s Matt Lauer has always been a dumbass, in my unhumble opinion.

 

 

Gun ‘professionals’ fire ‘safely’ 14-inch artillery into house

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Homeowner assesses damage after 14-inch artillery shell enters house. ‘Responsible’ Gun Owner ‘Accidentally’ Fires Howitzer At House (VIDEO). Artillery shell fired “safely” lands in house.

 

 
(KOAMTV) A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home.

 

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles a way.

 

Homeowner Gene Kelley could not fathom what he found after hearing a large crash inside his home.

 

“It’s unbelievable,” Kelley said. “Unless you were here to see it or see the pictures I’ve got, you would not believe how huge this thing is.”

 

A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.

 

It entered from the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and damaged another wall, all while he and his wife were home.

 

“Fortunately, nobody was hurt,” Kelley said.

 

Homeowners say if the shell had not first hit a tree limb and then the ground, the impact would have been a lot more severe when it hit the house.

 

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says the shell came from a historic artillery canon fired at the gun show.

 

The gun range owner says the weapon was fired safely by professionals at a downward projection.

 

“It was not on a level plane, but on a downward trend, pointed downhill in the bottom of a valley,” said Mike Friend, Owner of Fast Machine Gun Shoot. “For that thing to rise and go far northwest of the range, it’s just unheard of.”

 

Both he and the homeowner describe it as an absurd occurrence.

 

“It’s a freak accident because as far as the safety end of everything, we drill every one of our shooters before it ever begins,” Friend said. “We have 30-45 minute drill.”

 

“It was definitely a freakish accident that happened,” Kelley said.

 

The weapon owner has agreed to pay for all damages to the Kelley home.

 

Kelley says he is not against guns, but does think there should be a limit on the size and use of such weapons.

 

“The people that bring these type of weapons need to think about whether it is really safe and an appropriate area to take a weapon of that magnitude and shoot it,” Kelley said.

 

Owners of the range say they are taking every measure to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

 

That particular weapon had never been fired on the range before.

 

 

 

Sometimes one does not have to offer any comment at all. Well maybe one comment….NRAssholes.

 

 

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

 

 

If politicians followed these rules of talking…..there’d be total silence. “Blame Thrower”, I will have to steal this phrase.

 

 

President Obama Stops by a Job Training Center in Minneapolis

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

During a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota, President Obama stops by a Project CARE class with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Senator Al Franken, June 27, 2014.

 

 

This Man Is Truly A Man Of The People By The People.

 

 

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Young Florida Girl Graduating From High School And College In Same Week.


 

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Grace Bush, 16, has earned her bachelor's degree at the same time as her high school diploma. Next up: She wants to earn a master's and go on to law school.  CBS MIAMI

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With the effects of the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian young girls from their boarding school, by extremist Islamist coward men, I am fortified by this feel good story from CBS Interactive Inc. 

 

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Florida teen graduates from high school and college in same week

 

 

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Graduating from high school at 16 is impressive enough. But managing to get your college degree before you even graduate high school? Astounding.

 

Grace Bush is clearly a rare talent, both intelligent and incredibly hard working. The Florida teen recently earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University. Later this week, she’ll get her high school diploma from Florida Atlantic University High School.

 

So how does somebody graduate from college before high school?

 

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Grace participated in Florida Atlantic University’s dual enrollment program, which allows gifted high school students to earn college credit for the same courses. Students (and parents, who may foot the bill) save both time and money.

 

Grace admits that the order in which she is getting her diplomas is a little wacky. “It’s kind of weird that I graduated college before high school,” she told CBS Miami.

 

Grace, who is one of nine children, began her college career at 13 and studied through the summers in order to graduate early. She also participates in two orchestras, where she plays the flute.

 

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Now that you feel like a total slacker, more about Grace.

 

Her mother, Gisla Bush, told CBS Miami that she home-schooled all of her kids (somebody buy this woman something nice for Mother’s Day). Grace showed her talents for picking things up quickly from an early age, according to her mom.

 

“At 2 years old, she was already reading, and I was totally shocked,” she said

 

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Up next for Grace: a master’s degree followed by law school. She said she’d eventually like to be chief justice of the United States.

Watch your back, John Roberts.

 

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MIAMI – A 16-year-old South Florida girl has double reason to celebrate: She’s collecting diplomas from both high school and college within the space of one week.

In an unusual twist, Grace Bush earned a bachelor’s degree from college — but she won’t have her high school diploma until Friday, CBS Miami reported.

“It’s kind of weird that I graduated college before high school,” she said

The Hollywood teen received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice last Friday morning from Florida Atlantic University.

 

She did it with a 3.8 grade point average, completing the four-year degree in just three years.

 

“I started when I was 13 at Broward College and I also took my classes throughout the summer, so I was able to finish it before four years,” she said.

Bush will get her high school diploma on May 9th from Florida Atlantic University High School.

 

The institution’s dual enrollment program allows high-performing high school students to earn credit for the same courses toward their college degree and save thousands of dollars in tuition at the same time.

 

Bush’s parents wanted their nine children to earn college credit in high school because they can’t afford to send all of their kids to college. Their mother, who home-schooled all the kids, knew early on that Grace had a knack for learning.

 

“At 2 years old, she was already reading and I was totally shocked,” said her mother, Gisla Bush.

 

Grace is the third oldest in the Bush family.

 

“My two older sisters are doing it and I’m the third to do it. My oldest sister already graduated and my second oldest sister is graduating in the summer,” she said.

 

The new college graduate said she’ll be pursuing a master’s degree this fall, and then going to law school.

 

“I would eventually like to become chief justice of the United States,” Grace Bush said.

 

During her spare time she plays the flute in two orchestras and that keeps her busy, but the teen said she will finally take a little break during the summer.

 

“To study for the LSAT, so I can get as high a score as possible, so hopefully I can get a full ride into a good law school,” she said.

 

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Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

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Mr. Jonathan Fleming, Freed From Prison After 25 Years, For Murder.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Welcome Home Mr. Jonathan Fleming. 25 years serving time for a crime you didn't commit...welcome to freedom.

Welcome Home Mr. Jonathan Fleming. 25 years serving time for a crime you didn’t commit…welcome to freedom.

 

Jonathan Fleming Released by Brooklyn D.A. 24 Years After Wrongful Conviction

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

Jonathan Fleming is released after 24 years in prison, after being wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit.

 

 

 

Jonathan Fleming, center, exits the courthouse with his mother Patricia Fleming, left, and his ex-wife Valerie Brown in New York on April 8. Jonathan Fleming, who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder, was freed on Tuesday and cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Jonathan Fleming, center, exits the courthouse with his mother Patricia Fleming, left, and his ex-wife Valerie Brown in New York on April 8. Jonathan Fleming, who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder, was freed on Tuesday and cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

 

From CNN:

 

Jonathan Fleming, convicted in killing despite vacation alibi, freed after 25 years

 

New York (CNN) — A New York judge Tuesday vacated the conviction of a man who spent nearly a quarter of a century behind bars for a Brooklyn slaying that occurred while he was vacationing in Florida.

Jonathan Fleming, 51, was found guilty in 1989 in the death of Darryl Rush in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and served the next 24 years and 8 months in prison, according to the Kings County district attorney’s office. He was released Tuesday afternoon.

Fleming has always maintained he was on a family trip to Disney World in Florida when Rush was shot to death early on the morning of August 15, 1989, in a dispute over stolen money. After years of reviewing documents and re-interviewing witnesses as part of a joint investigation between his attorneys and the Brooklyn district attorney’s Conviction Review Unit, it was determined that the only evidence tying him to the crime was an alleged witness who later recanted her statement.

“As you can imagine, after sitting in jail for 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit, he can’t help but feel vindicated,” said one of Fleming’s lawyers, Anthony Mayol. “On the flip side, that’s 25 years that have been stolen, that he’ll never get back.”

25 years later, man wrongfully convicted of murder goes free

 

At 2:20 P.M. Tuesday, New York Supreme Court Judge Matthew J. D’Emic made the pronouncement that Fleming and a courtroom of his family and friends had been waiting nearly 25 years to hear. “The motion to vacate is granted,” said the judge, regarding Fleming’s 1989 conviction and sentence for the murder of Darry Rush.

 

 

At his trial, defense lawyers provided family photos and home videos of Fleming in Florida around the time of Rush’s killing. But according to Taylor Koss, another of Fleming’s lawyers, they did not have evidence he was in Florida on the day of the slaying. The prosecution persuaded jurors to ignore the alibi.

Fleming told his attorneys he had paid a bill for phone calls made from his Florida hotel room the night before Rush was killed, and he believed the receipt was in his pocket when police arrested him. But authorities told the defense he had no such receipt, according to Koss.

In the course of the investigation, the Conviction Review Unit found the receipt in police records, time stamped and dated — solidifying Fleming’s claim that he was in Florida at the time of the killing, according to the district attorney’s office.

“This is proof of alibi that was basically purposely withheld,” Koss said.

The review unit also interviewed Fleming’s former girlfriend, who said she called Fleming the night of the killing while he was still at his hotel in Florida. The investigation found her story to be credible, with phone records to support it.

The prosecution also produced a witness who said she saw Fleming commit the crime.

According to Koss, the woman recanted her testimony weeks after Fleming’s conviction. She later testified in front of a judge that she was on parole and had been arrested with another woman for being in a stolen van the night of the killing. She said police persuaded her to give a statement against Fleming to avoid going back to jail.

Koss said the judge threw out her later testimony because she could not provide enough facts to back up her story.

A review unit search of police records years later came up with a timeline. The woman on probation was arrested with another woman on grand larceny charges and brought to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, where she gave a statement. Within the hour, the investigation found, charges against her were dropped.

Koss said defense investigators even found a witness in South Carolina who claims to have been the getaway driver during Rush’s killing and who even identified someone they say is the real killer.

Judge Matthew D’Emic Tuesday vacated the conviction after a “careful and thorough review of this case, and based on key alibi facts that place Fleming in Florida at the time of the murder,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Koss and Mayol say the next step is ensuring that Fleming has a way to support himself after he is released.

“He has no job, no career, no prospects,” Koss said.

“We’re suing everybody, let’s be honest,” Koss added, saying Fleming’s legal team intends to bring a civil rights lawsuit against the city and seek reparations from the state under a provision set up to redress wrongful convictions.

Thompson, who became district attorney at the beginning of the year, has already released two men who had been in prison for more than half their lives in connection with three killings after DNA evidence tore holes in their convictions in February.

Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson were teenagers when they were imprisoned. But after reviewing DNA evidence, Thompson said the previous convictions for the 1992 murders in Brooklyn would most likely not stand up in court and agreed the two men should be freed.

Those cases, as well as Fleming’s, are not connected to investigations into Detective Louis Scarcella, whose questionable tactics have led to a review of some 50 other cases, the district attorney’s office said.

On Monday, Thompson named Harvard law professor Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. as special counsel to the district attorney for the Conviction Review Unit. Sullivan, who heads Harvard’s Criminal Justice Institute, will guide the group in future cases brought for review, according to the District Attorney’s office.

 

 

Prisoner Freed After 25 Years

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

NEW YORK – A New York man has been exonerated over a 1989 murder as part of larger review of questionable convictions. 51 year old Jonathan Fleming had been on holiday in Disney World at the time of the murder and had documents supporting his alibi, but he was still convicted. Since then, a key eyewitness has recanted and prosecutors turned up a hotel receipt proving he was in Florida hours before the killing.

 

 

 

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Millionaire Uses Fortune To help Kids In Struggling Town: What Is The Tangelo Park Pilot Program?


 

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From TODAY:

 

Harris Rosen went from a childhood in a rough New York City neighborhood to becoming a millionaire whose company owns seven hotels in Orlando, but his self-made success is not his proudest achievement.

Twenty years ago, the Orlando, Fla. neighborhood of Tangelo Park was a crime-infested place where people were afraid to walk down the street. The graduation rate at the local high school was 25 percent. Having amassed a fortune from his success in the hotel business, Rosen decided Tangelo Park needed some hospitality of its own.

“Hospitality really is appreciating a fellow human being,” Rosen told Gabe Gutierrez in a segment that aired on TODAY Wednesday. “I came to the realization that I really had to now say, ‘Thank you.’’’

Rosen, 73, began his philanthropic efforts by paying for day care for parents in Tangelo Park, a community of about 3,000 people. When those children reached high school, he created a scholarship program in which he offered to pay free tuition to Florida state colleges for any students in the neighborhood.

In the two decades since starting the programs, Rosen has donated nearly $10 million, and the results have been remarkable. The high school graduation rate is now nearly 100 percent, and some property values have quadrupled. The crime rate has been cut in half, according to a study by the University of Central Florida.

“We’ve given them hope,’’ Rosen said. “We’ve given these kids hope, and given the families hope. And hope is an amazing thing.”

Tangelo Park resident Georgia Gordan admitted that she was ready to move away 20 years ago, saying the neighborhood was “drug-infested” and remembering when people were afraid to walk outside. Gordan decided to stay when Rosen offered free day care, and her daughter eventually became a college scholarship recipient from Rosen’s program.

“It’s one thing to offer a scholarship to one person one time,’’ Gordan’s daughter, Rachel Jones-Manuel, told TODAY. “But to continuously, for over 20 years, to continue to provide this type of incentive for people to go to school, I think is absolutely wonderful.”

Rosen is hoping other private donors see the positive effects of his scholarship programs and start their own versions in hard-hit communities across the country. His generosity continues to benefit students like scholarship recipient Kamillia Crawford, who is a freshman at Central Florida studying to become a lawyer.

“(I want to) make sure that I show the world that with his gift, I was able to reach my max potential,’’ Crawford told TODAY.

 

Thank you TODAY.

 

 

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What is the Tangelo Park Pilot Program?
The Tangelo Park Pilot Program is a three-fold educational community service initiative to benefit children and families living in the Tangelo Park neighborhood in Orlando, FL.

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Who started the program and when?
The Tangelo Park Pilot Program was created by Orlando hotelier and philanthropist, Harris Rosen, in 1994. He funds the project through his philanthropy, the Rosen Foundation.

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What are the components of the program?
1)      Free preschool for every two-, three- and four-year-old child living in the Tangelo Park neighborhood.
2)      Full college or vocational school scholarships for every graduating high school senior from the Tangelo Park area. Scholarships include tuition, room and board, books and travel expenses.
3)      A Family Resource Center where parents can take parenting courses, obtain counseling and other resources to help them become positive role models.

Harris Rosen also added a new facility to the Tangelo Park YMCA which includes a gym, weight lifting room and basketball court.

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How did the project come about?
Orange County Commissioner Mable Butler suggested that Rosen support high school students at Tangelo Park; he then created the college scholarship program, preschool program and Family Resource Center.

How much money has been donated?
Since the program’s inception in 1994, the Rosen Foundation has donated more than $8 million to the Tangelo Park Program.

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How many children have benefited from the Tangelo Park Program?

Of those students in Tangelo who go on to four-year schools, either directly or through community college, 77% achieve a degree–far above the expectation for a community of this socioeconomic level. Of those who go on to graduate school 83% complete their programs. Tangelo students who enter community college complete their associate degree at the rate of 32%–again above the nation average. High school graduates entering vocational programs complete at a rate of 83%. A number of recipients are enrolled in military service.

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How many childcare facilities are funded by Rosen?
The Rosen Foundation funds ten childcare centers in the Tangelo Park area and each employs only certified child care providers. There are no more than six children per day care provider.

Why is it important to help teens go to college?
Rosen’s research has shown that if teens make it through high school, the program pays for itself in returns to the community. A high school graduate will earn $500,000 more in his lifetime than a non high-school graduate, while a college graduate will earn $1 million more in his lifetime than a non-college graduate. If a student earns a post-graduate degree, he will earn $1 million more in his lifetime than a college graduate.

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Rosen cites research from the U.S. Secretary of Education, which stated that if the country could get students who are not graduating from high school to earn their diplomas, the U.S. economy would save $250 billion a year.

What are the benefits of the program?
Preschool students who have one, two and three years of free preschool at Tangelo Park before entering Kindergarten are more prepared than those who do not attend preschool. They are often referred to as “gifted” students. Tangelo Park Elementary School was one of very few urban elementary schools in Florida to receive an “A” grade six of the last seven years, based on the statewide scholastic FCAT exams.

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There also has been a dramatic increase in PTA and SAC participation, meaning that parents also want to be more involved in their children’s education.

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Prior to the program, the vast majority of high school students from Tangelo Park did not go on to college and the high school dropout rate was close to 25 percent. Today, virtually 100% of the Tangelo students graduate with a regular diploma; 98% since TPP’s inception. Grade point averages have steadily increased and are predicted to exceed 3.0 in the coming years.

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Additionally, Economics Professor Lance Lockner of the University of Toronto, who has studied the Tangelo Park neighborhood extensively, determined that crime had been reduced by 53% showing a continuous decline over the past several years and a near eradication of illegal drug dealing was directly attributable to the program. He has calculated that for every $1 dollar invested by the Rosen Foundation in Tangelo Park (over $8 million invested during the past 17 years) Central Florida’s local economy has derived a return of seven dollars.

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What is the Tangelo Park neighborhood? Where is it located?
Tangelo Park is a predominately African-American neighborhood in south Orange County, not far from International Drive, the attractions area and most of Rosen’s hotels. The neighborhood is made up of about 1,000 homes. Since inception of the program, the property value has risen from an average of $45,000 to an average $150,000. Rosen’s program has made the neighborhood desirable to parents who want the educational benefits for their children.

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What are the schools affected by the program?
The Tangelo Park Program benefits children at Tangelo Park Elementary, Southwest Middle School and Dr. Phillips High School.

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Who is Harris Rosen?
Harris Rosen, a long-time Orlando resident, is the President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Florida’s largest independent hotel chain which includes Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and four value-priced properties including Quality Inn International, Rosen Inn, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, for a total of more than 6,300 guest rooms.

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Rosen is a trustee at the University of Central Florida and donated the land and provided the funding to build the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Rosen also donated $3.5 million to build the Jack and Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Community Campus, named in honor of his parents. He is an active conservationist and makes many other charitable donations.

 

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Thank you Ms. Valentine Logar. Visit her website at QBG_Tilted Tiara.

 

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