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Moms Demand Action Statement: Shooting Death Of Colorado High School Student Claire Davis


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms Demand Action’s Statement on the Shooting Death of Colorado High School Student Claire Davis


By 
Moms Demand Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:
Shannon Watts, (404) 580-3500

 

STATEMENT ON THE SHOOTING DEATH OF COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CLAIRE DAVIS BY MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA

 

As mothers, we are devastated by the death of Claire Davis, a 17-year-old high school student who was shot and killed in the sanctity of her American high school on Dec. 13, the day before the year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Today we are all Claire’s mother, and we are enraged by the continued inaction of our Congress, who sit by as eight children or teens are shot and killed every day. What does it say about our country that we consider our children’s lives so expendable?

 

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Claire was murdered by an 18-year-old high school senior who was legally able to purchase a shotgun and ammunition. The gunman would have had to be 21 to purchase a handgun. This shooting, the 28th school shooting in America since Newtown, underscores yet again an urgent need for federal and state legislative action on new and stronger gun laws that will address the epidemic of gun violence that threatens the safety of our children and families.

 

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In honor of Claire’s life, cut short by a shooting that was avoidable and senseless, and all of the victims of gun violence in our country, American mothers will continue to fight for gun reform until Congress and our state legislatures enact real, meaningful solutions.

 

Arapahoe High School students hug at a tribute site honoring senior Claire Davis, who was hospitalized after being shot in the head by a fellow student Dec. 13. Davis died Saturday afternoon. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press / December 19, 2013)

Arapahoe High School students hug at a tribute site honoring senior Claire Davis, who was hospitalized after being shot in the head by a fellow student Dec. 13. Davis died Saturday afternoon. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press / December 19, 2013)

 

How many more innocent children must we lose to gun violence so the NRA and it’s corporate masters, the gun manufactures, can make billions of dollars in profits? Claire Davis fought for 8 days to live after taking a shotgun blast to her head by a crazed fellow student. When will WE THE PEOPLE start to fight so her murder will not be in vain?

 

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Claire Davis, the 17-year-old who was shot in the head by a classmate at Arapahoe High School, died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said.

 

Davis was shot at point-blank range by Karl Halvorsen Pierson, 18, who then turned the gun on himself. Pierson had reportedly been searching for his debate coach when he entered the school Dec. 13.

 

Since the shooting, the community has rallied around Davis, with Twitter users taking up the hashtag #PrayForClaire.

 

About 500 students held a candlelight vigil last Saturday for Davis outside the school, where they had inserted flowers into a chain-link fence to form the message “4 CLAIRE.”

 

Earlier Saturday, members of Millbrook Equestrian, hosted a day of activities in honor of Davis, who was active in the horseback riding community, according to the Denver Channel’s website.

 

The announcement of Davis’ death comes just two days after students were allowed back on the Centennial, Colo., campus for the first time since the shooting to retrieve belongings.

 

According to the hospital’s Facebook page, a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced later. The hospital will continue to accept cards for the Davis family in the “Cards for Claire” box at its main entrance.

 

 

Statement from the Davis Family:

It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013. Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years—we were truly blessed to be Claire’s parents. The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger.

 

Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the first responders, the school resource officer, security guard and vice principal at Arapahoe High School, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

 

Each played a significant role in giving Claire a chance to live, and demonstrated extreme amounts of professionalism, courage and love. Please know that we will never forget the extraordinary work you did on Claire’s behalf.

 

We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy.

 

With much loving-kindness,
The Davis Family

 

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The President Shops Small Business


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama shops with daughters Sasha and Malia at Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Washington

President Barack Obama shops with daughters Sasha and Malia at Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Washington

 

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Update: See how President Obama and Administration Officials celebrated Small Business Saturday 2013 over at Storify.

 

November 30 is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses in the holiday season and all they do for their communities.

 

In the past, President Obama has been no stranger to enjoying all that this country’s small businesses have to offer.

 

Check out some moments of the President at some of his favorite small businesses, then make sure shop small and support the great businesses in your area this Saturday. You can also check out SBA’s tips on how to prepare for the holiday season at www.sba.gov/saturday.

 

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Published on Nov 30, 2013

President Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as “Small Business Saturday,” designed to drive customers to mom and pop shops. (Nov. 30)

 

 

 

Obama Does Some ‘Small Business Saturday’ Shopping

 

President Barack Obama continued what’s become an annual post-Thanksgiving tradition by stopping at a bookstore for Small Business Saturday. With his two daughters alongside, the President went to Politics and Prose in Washington to pick up a few books, telling reporters he bought a “long list” of titles for every age group, including his own. List of books purchased by Obama, according to the White House:

 

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When our small businesses do well, our communities do well. Join me and visit a small business near you today to celebrate  b.o.

 

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From Ms. Lynn Sweet:

 

Valerie Jarrett promotes Small Business Saturday in Hyde Park today

 

White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett will tout “Small Business Saturday” in Chicago’s Hyde Park, where she will, as in past years, urge shoppers to buy at local stores. She will be visiting three merchants on Harper Ave. and 53rd, near the block she was raised–which is close to President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home.

 

From the White House: “This Saturday, November 30th, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country in paying tribute to the small businesses that drive our economy, and serve to define our communities. Taking part in Small Business Saturday, she will make stops at three small businesses in Chicago.”

 

Thank you Ms. Lynn Sweet.

 

The President has a history of visiting small businesses

 

President Barack Obama greets customers during a stop at Junior's Cheesecake and Desserts in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets customers during a stop at Junior’s Cheesecake and Desserts in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, talks with college students, recent graduates and educators at Magnolia’s Deli & Café, as a child plays on the floor, in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013. The President stopped at the restaurant during his college affordability bus tour. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, talks with college students, recent graduates and educators at Magnolia’s Deli & Café, as a child plays on the floor, in Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013. The President stopped at the restaurant during his college affordability bus tour. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama walks across the intersection at 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., after grabbing lunch at a nearby sandwich shop. Oct. 4, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama walks across the intersection at 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., after grabbing lunch at a nearby sandwich shop. Oct. 4, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"How about a White House beer? The President was greeting patrons at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa, when this customer asked him about the White House beer. The President said he thought he might have some on his campaign bus and asked an aide to check. A few minutes later, the President delivered a bottle and the customer reacted in celebration." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“How about a White House beer? The President was greeting patrons at Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa, when this customer asked him about the White House beer. The President said he thought he might have some on his campaign bus and asked an aide to check. A few minutes later, the President delivered a bottle and the customer reacted in celebration.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with diners at Lechonera El Barrio restaurant while waiting for his lunch order during a stop in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with diners at Lechonera El Barrio restaurant while waiting for his lunch order during a stop in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama samples fudge offered by Squirrel's Den fudge shop owner LaDonna Secrist, left, during a stop in Mansfield, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama samples fudge offered by Squirrel’s Den fudge shop owner LaDonna Secrist, left, during a stop in Mansfield, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shares his strawberry pie with a boy during a lunch stop at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio, July 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shares his strawberry pie with a boy during a lunch stop at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio, July 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama poses with an employee during a visit to Mom's Apple Pie Co. in Occoquan, Va., June 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama poses with an employee during a visit to Mom’s Apple Pie Co. in Occoquan, Va., June 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama talks with a patron at Reid's House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., during a lunch stop on the American Jobs Act bus tour, Oct. 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with a patron at Reid’s House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., during a lunch stop on the American Jobs Act bus tour, Oct. 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama has lunch at Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., with staff members who worked on the debt negotiations, Aug. 3, 2011. From left are: Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to the Vice President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama has lunch at Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., with staff members who worked on the debt negotiations, Aug. 3, 2011. From left are: Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling; Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to the Vice President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama browses crafts and antiques at Grasshoppers store in LeClaire, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama browses crafts and antiques at Grasshoppers store in LeClaire, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets patrons at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate in Washington, D.C., during a family outing on Father's Day, June 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets patrons at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate in Washington, D.C., during a family outing on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at candy on display at Donckers in Marquette, Mich., February 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at candy on display at Donckers in Marquette, Mich., February 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"The President has lunch with Sen. Bob Casey at the Famous 4th Street Deli in Philadelphia. I love the woman in the background on the phone, probably alerting her family about her lucky seat." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“The President has lunch with Sen. Bob Casey at the Famous 4th Street Deli in Philadelphia. I love the woman in the background on the phone, probably alerting her family about her lucky seat.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama stops to buy treats at the Gingerbread House Bakery in Kokomo, Ind., Nov. 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama stops to buy treats at the Gingerbread House Bakery in Kokomo, Ind., Nov. 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama picks up his sub after meeting with five small business owners at Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, N.J., July 28, 2010. The President visited Edison to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama picks up his sub after meeting with five small business owners at Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, N.J., July 28, 2010. The President visited Edison to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with patrons at 12 Bones restaurant in Asheville, N.C., April 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with patrons at 12 Bones restaurant in Asheville, N.C., April 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets patrons during a lunch with small business owners and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski at Hamilton Family Restaurant in Allentown, Pa., Dec. 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets patrons during a lunch with small business owners and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski at Hamilton Family Restaurant in Allentown, Pa., Dec. 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden wait for their lunch during an unannounced visit to Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., May 5, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden wait for their lunch during an unannounced visit to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., May 5, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Actor Paul Walker Dies In Car Accident At Age 40


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From Hollywood Reporter:

 

UPDATED: The actor was shooting “Fast & Furious 7″ for Universal and also was starring in the upcoming “Brick Mansions” and “Hours.”

 

Paul Walkerbest known for his role in the hit Fast and the Furious movies, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident in Valencia, Calif. He was 40.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 clock of Rye Canyon Loop.

 

TMZ was the first to report the news of his death. The L.A. County Coroner’s Office told The Hollywood Reporter that two unidentified males were involved in a fatal accident on Saturday but could not confirm that one of them was Walker. She had yet to make it to the scene.

 

According to TMZ, Walker was in his new Porsche GT when the single-car accident happened. The car reportedly burst into flames. It’s unclear who was driving.

 

Walker was reportedly in the area, just north of Los Angeles, for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

 

Walker was shooting his role as Brian O’Conner in Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 for director James Wan. The movie had recently begun filming in Atlanta and was set to move to Abu Dhabi in January. The seventh film in the blockbuster action franchise has been slotted to hit theaters July 11, 2014.

 

He also was starring in the upcoming BrickMansions, which is in postproduction. The film, from EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, is an English-language remake of the French action movieDistrict B13.

 

His Hurricane Katrina drama Hours is due out in theaters Dec. 13.

 

Walker’s other credits include Flags of Our Fathers, Eight Below and Into the Blue.

 

Thank you  Hollywood Reporter.

 

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From By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Paul Walker dead at 40: ‘Fast and Furious’ star killed in fiery car crash

 

The star of “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise and a passenger died after his vehicle crashed into a tree his agent confirmed to the Daily News.

 

Paul Walker, 40, reportedly died in a car accident in California on Saturday afternoon. Here, Walker attends the “Fast & Furious 6″ world premiere in London, England, on May 7.

 

“The Fast and the Furious” movie star Paul Walker, 40, has died in a car accident Saturday afternoon in southern California, his agent confirmed to the Daily News.

 

The accident occurred in Santa Clarita — outside of Los Angeles — when Walker’s Porsche apparently lost control and crashed into a tree, TMZ reported. The car burst into flames and exploded.

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of the Porsche that crashed in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday.

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of the Porsche that crashed in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday.

Paul Walker, who visited "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on May 24, died Saturday in a single car accident in Santa Clarita Saturday.

Paul Walker, who visited “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on May 24, died Saturday in a single car accident in Santa Clarita Saturday.

 

“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences.” - ‪#‎TeamPW‬

 

From left to right: Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Paul Walker, Justin Lin, Elisa Pataky, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson and Ssung Kang attend the world premiere of "Fast & Furious 6" in London, England, on May 7.

From left to right: Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Paul Walker, Justin Lin, Elisa Pataky, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson and Ssung Kang attend the world premiere of “Fast & Furious 6″ in London, England, on May 7.

The L.A. County Sherriff's Office is still investigating and said the county's coroner office will make any announcement. No one was immediately available for comment Saturday night.

The L.A. County Sherriff’s Office is still investigating and said the county’s coroner office will make any announcement. No one was immediately available for comment Saturday night.

 

Authorities are still investigating but TMZ reported Walker and another person in the vehicle died in the one-car accident. It is unclear who was driving at the time, TMZ reports.

 

Authorities told TV Station CBS 2 in Los Angeles the crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. on the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. The identities of the victims have not been released, CBS News reported.

 

 

Walker has been taking people on test drives of the car at a car show to raise money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, TMZ reported.

 

The actor is best known for starring in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise that has seven total movies.

 

Thank you  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.

Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. He became well known in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues. However, he is perhaps best known for starring as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series. His other films include Eight BelowInto the BlueShe’s All That and Takers. He also appeared on the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White.

 

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Born Paul William Walker IV
September 12, 1973
GlendaleCaliforniaU.S.
Died November 30, 2013

(aged 40)
Santa Clarita,

California, U.S.

Cause of death Traffic collision
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–2013
Children 1
Website
www.paulwalker.com

 

Early life

Walker was born in Glendale, California, and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul Walker III, a sewer contractor. His ancestry included Irish, English, and German. His paternal grandfather was a professional boxer, “Irish Billy Walker”. Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Village Christian School. After high school, he attended several community colleges, majoring in marine biology.

 

 

Career

Walker’s small screen career began as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of 2 and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to HeavenWho’s the Boss?The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Also in 1985 he starred in a commercial for “Showbiz Pizza“.

 

Walker’s film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I’m Telling!, finishing in second place. He continued with roles in several other movies without much success: it was not until 1998 that Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies PleasantvilleVarsity BluesShe’s All That, and The Skulls.

 

In 2001, Walker’s breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy RideInto the Blue, and Timeline, and also had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood‘s 2006 adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers.

 

Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney Pictures‘ Eight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend. During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that “[Walker] is that guy on some level” when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he “loved working with [Walker] because as a director he’s completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. And even better, he’s completely game for it.”

 

Walker in 2006

Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009. Walker then appeared with T.I.Idris ElbaChris BrownMatt Dillon, and Hayden Christensenin the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.

 

In February 2013, it was announced that he was to play Agent 47 in the Hitman reboot.

 

The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011. He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast & Furious 6 (2013).

 

Personal life

Walker lived in Santa Barbara, California, with his dogs, one of which is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Paul and his then-girlfriend Rebecca have a daughter, Meadow (born on November 4, 1998), who moved from Hawaii to California to be closer to Walker. He was an avid surfer and enjoyed the beach. Walker held a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.

 

Walker’s first passion was marine biology, with his idol being Jacques Cousteau, and he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, which premiered in June 2010. He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. Michael Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time.

 

In March 2010, Walker went to Chile, specifically to Constitución, to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He also flew with his humanitarian aid team, REACH OUT Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.

 

He was also an avid car enthusiast who competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced a M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide. Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.

 

Walker has also owned a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II, that was featured in 2 Fast 2 Furious, driven by his character Brian O’Conner. He had customized the car himself for the movie, and also did many stunts in the movie himself.

 

Death

On November 30, 2013, at roughly 3:30 PM (PST), Walker and a companion were driving in Santa Clarita, California, when the Porsche they were in swung out of control and crashed into a tree. The car immediately exploded and burst into flames, killing both.

 

 

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Saturday November 30th Is Shop Small Business Saturday


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Shop Small Business Saturday: November 30th, 2013. Why YOU Should.

 

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded byAmerican Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

 

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Small business owners who participated in Small Business Saturday show you how they attracted customers and created buzz on the day to drive results in 2012. For even more ideas to help promote your business on Small Business Saturday this year, go to ShopSmall.com

 

 

This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th. Shop Small.

 

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

 

In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.

 

American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41  local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.

 

The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses.

 

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Observed by United States
Celebrations Shopping
Date Last Saturday in November
2012 date November 24
2013 date November 30
2014 date November 29
Frequency annual
Related to Thanksgiving

Black Friday,Cyber Monday,

and Christmas

 

Small Business Saturday Nov 30: Coffee and Community

 

Published on Nov 4, 2013

When you shop at small businesses in your neighborhood, you help support all the things that make community great. November 30 is Small Business Saturday, so get out and shop small. ShopSmall.com

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday, which falls the day after Black Friday on November 30, is in its fourth year. Though it’s relatively young, it’s already made a major impact: Norins says 100 million consumers shopped last year’s Small Business Saturday, spending $5.5 billion at small stores.

 

 

For businesses looking to get in on the fun, Norins has three tips for Small Business Saturday success:

No. 1: Visit ShopSmall.com.

On website ShopSmall.com, Norins says there are free marketing materials, including a Small Business Saturday logo and free email templates. Small businesses that are also AmEx merchants can register as official participants, putting themselves on the American Express Small Business Saturday map online.

 

 

No. 2: Spread the word.

Aside from sending out an email blast, Norins says small business owners should play up the event on social media and with signs in and outside of their stores. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum around shopping small,” says Norins.

 

 

No. 3: Offer something special.

While small businesses generally can’t offer the steep discounts available at big-box retailers and department stores, Norins says many business owners are trying to provide some incentive to customers.

 

According to the survey, 67% of participants will offer discounts on Small Business Saturday, and 36% will offer coupons for future offers or discounts.

 

 

No. 4: Make it festive.

Small Business Saturday is all about celebrating small shop owners, so Norins suggests making the day really feel like a party. Music, food, decorations – all of these are great strategies to make a store “pop.”

Additionally, many small business owners are banding together to increase traffic. Thirty-nine percent of participants are collaborating with other small businesses for a community event to promote Small Business Saturday.

 

Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

November 27, 2013
03:02 PM EST

 

This Saturday, November 30th, I will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, in paying tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.

 

I will be spending Small Business Saturday in Chicago, to start on my holiday shopping, and reacquaint myself with the small businesses lining my hometown streets, and breathing life into my neighborhood.

 

There is of course, no need to wait for Small Business Saturday to enjoy the local delicacies and the unique goods being sold in our communities.  It can be a concerted effort throughout the year, and an ongoing priority for all Americans.  The President certainly sees it that way, and has made support for small business a top priority every day he has spent in office.

 

Small businesses are the engines of our economy, and the key to creating jobs for hard working Americans.  That’s why President Obama has signed 18 direct tax cuts for small businesses, bolstering their growth, and providing credits for new equipment, and the hiring of veterans and unemployed workers.  His Administration has supported over $93 billion in lending to more than 166,000 small businesses nationwide.  President Obama has worked to expand and speed up payment on government contracts to small businesses.  The Obama Administration hasrepealed the last Administration’s rule requiring that the IRS withhold 3 percent of contractors’ income.  And the passage of the Small Business Jobs Act in 2010 created the Small Business Lending Fund and the Small Business Credit Initiative to help small businesses gain access to capital, and begin creating jobs in their communities.

 

All of these efforts, when combined with the everyday support of consumers who choose to shop at local and family owned stores, will help America’s small businesses continue to thrive.

 

It is more important than ever that we all do our part to recognize and reward the entrepreneurial spirit which has defined our country for centuries.  Small businesses have always served as anchors in our communities, providing jobs, unique goods and services, and support for valuable neighborhood organizations.  When we spend our hard earned money to support the dedication and commitment of our neighbors and their businesses, everyone wins.

 

Please join me in “shopping small” this Saturday, and be sure to keep an eye out this weekend for more on the Administration’s efforts to highlight Small Business Saturday.

 

 

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By Jueseppi B.

 

Honor Trayvon By Peaceful Protest 4 Justice.

Honor Trayvon By Peaceful Protest 4 Justice.

 

 George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty late Saturday night of second-degree murder. He was also acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge.

 

We The People, Didn’t Like That.

 

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Sabrina Sheppard, 8, of Sanford, Florida, prays at the Trayvon Martin memorial.

Sabrina Sheppard, 8, of Sanford, Florida, prays at the Trayvon Martin memorial.

Tatum Stoball, 5, of Madison, Wis., holds up a sign during a protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, July 14, in Madison

Tatum Stoball, 5, of Madison, Wis., holds up a sign during a protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, July 14, in Madison

 

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