Taken from a Dec. 23, 2014, audio column posted by prisonradio.orgThroughout much of modern American history, the seasons of mass demonstrations have been spring and summer.Look at old black and white photos of the anti-war, civil rights and Black Power demonstrations of the 1960s and 1970s, and you’ll see people in T-shirts, or simply dressed in shirts and jeans.The dress reflected the ease of the weather.Like in old military theory, the ground (or terrain) is important when planning battles.Now, look at today; hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people amass in biting cold: in wind, rain and even snow.This is thus something new in social movements, perhaps enhanced by social media, but strengthened too by a deep sense that change must come to an intolerable situation: police violence against unarmed Black men and boys.For, at the very core of every meaningful movement of the 20th century, has been the beating hearts of Black people, and let’s face it, Black folks aren’t fond of the cold.This should give us some sense of how deeply these issues resonate in Black minds.Now, after the shootings of two cops in New York come calls from politicians to “suspend” demonstrations, out of respect.The question arises, who respects whom?When cops killed Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, who showed respect for them?Brown was literally demonized by his killer.Garner, we were told, was too fat to survive his choking, and should’ve just meekly submitted to the attack on his life.Tamir, a child, was “big for his age” and “scared” cops, they said. Amazing.According to police bargaining unit head Patrick Lynch, Garner’s killer was a “model officer,” an Eagle Scout and “just doing his job.”Yeah — choking a man to death for suspicion of selling a cigarette. Real respectful, eh?(By the way, the verb “lynch” comes from — we are told by anti-lynching journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, Pittsylvania County, Va., ca. 1780 — when a Col. William Lynch instituted hangings for alleged horse thieves, without trial or due process. Hence the term, lynching — and “Lynch Law.”)A crusading reporter, Ida B. Wells would be amazed at how easily Blacks could be killed in the 21st century by police, without due process.Her keen eye would survey New York, Cleveland, Ferguson and beyond, and perhaps she would recognize modern day “Lynch Law.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Forecast Calls for Modest Growth in Home Sales for 2015 December 9, 2014 1,222 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Forecast Home Sales Housing Market IHS Global Insight Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Forecast Home Sales Housing Market IHS Global Insight 2014-12-09 Tory Barringer About Author: Tory Barringer Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Survey: Mortgage Professionals Believe Business Is Better Than Last Year Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 12/10/2014 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago In keeping with other recently released predictions, the latest housing forecast from market research firm IHS Global Insight calls for modest growth in home sales in 2015 following what’s been a disappointing year.In her outlook, IHS economist Stephanie Karol focuses on two major trends that have shaped the housing market in 2014: low household formation and diverging trends for new versus existing-homes.According to data from the Census Bureau, the country saw the addition of only 467,000 new households between March 2013 and March 2014, well below the post-recession average of about 600,000 per year.While formations are expected to disappoint again in 2014, Karol predicts next year will see the addition of 1.08 million new households, with economic growth driving up the rate of new formations—and demand for new housing.”As a swell in steady employment joins with rising wages, household formation should climb, boosting homeownership rates,” she said.With demand projected to rise, Karol anticipates homebuilders will respond by ramping up housing starts, closing the massive gap between existing single-family inventory and the unsold stock of new homes (which she estimates at nearly 40 to one) and boosting new home sales up to 480,000.Together, both new and existing-home sales are forecast to rise to 5.34 million annually, the result of improving home equity spurring more homeowners to sell.”As a result, inventories have expanded—and families, who are no longer being consistently outbid by investors with plenty of cash on hand, have entered the market in sufficient numbers to stabilize median price growth in the 4–5 percent range,” Karol said. “Overall, the post bubble-landscape will continue into next year, but with slightly smoother terrain.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Forecast Calls for Modest Growth in Home Sales for 2015
iStock(FORT SMITH, Ark.) — Authorities in Arkansas have released audio recordings of a 911 call between an operator and a woman who was moments from dying in a flash flood, in which the dispatcher can be heard at times chastising the caller for getting her vehicle stuck in the fast-rising waters, and even, at one point, telling her to “shut up.”Fort Smith police got a call from Debra Stevens, 47, of Fort Smith, on Saturday at around 4:38 a.m. She had been delivering newspapers for the Southwest Times Record when her sport utility vehicle was swept away in a flood and then trapped among trees as the waters continued to rise, police said. Stevens first called a family member, Fort Smith police said, and then she called 911.“The 911 operator who took the call dispatched Fort Smith Fire and Police units who were inundated with 911 calls from other citizens also stranded in floodwaters,” Fort Smith police said in a statement released on Thursday along with the audio from the 911 call.Stevens had trouble describing her exact location during the 22-minute call, police said, and flooding limited the ability of first responders to reach her.“Please help me! I don’t want to die,” Stevens said during the 911 call.“You’re not going to die. Hold on for one minute,” the operator said in return.“Well, um, I’m scared. I’m sorry,” Stevens said.“I understand that you are scared but there is nothing I can do sitting in this chair,” the operator said. “So, you are going to have to hold on and I’m going to send you somebody. OK?”The fire department was dispatched to the scene about three minutes after Stevens reached the operator, according to a timeline released by Fort Smith police. About three minutes later, the police department was also dispatched. At 4:50 a.m., both departments had arrived to where Stevens was but could not find her SUV. By, 4:59 a.m., first responders were asking for a boat to be sent to the area because the main roads were blocked by water.Later on during the 911 call, the dispatcher assures Stevens that she is not going to die.“I don’t know why you are freaking out. It’s OK. I know the water level is high,” the operator said.“I’m scared!” Stevens said.“I understand that but you freaking out, doing nothing but losing oxygen up in there,” the operator said. “So calm down.”Stevens can be heard crying on the phone.“I’m scared. I’ve never had anything happen to me like this before,” she said.“Well, this will teach you next time, don’t drive in the water,” the operator said.“I couldn’t see it, ma’am. I’m sorry I wouldn’t have,” Steven said.“I don’t see how you didn’t see it. You had to go right over it so,” the operator said.At one point, Stevens got frantic and had this exchange with the dispatcher.“These people are all standing out here watching me,” Stevens said.“Miss Debbie, you’re going to have to shut up. OK. I need you to listen,” said the dispatcher.In its press release, Fort Smith police said that “while the operator’s response to this extremely tense and dynamic event sounds calloused and uncaring at times, sincere efforts were being made to locate and save Mrs. Stevens.”Police did not identify the operator.ABC Fayetteville and Fort Smith affiliate KHBS/KHOG-TV said the dispatcher had resigned prior to that call and that her last shift was scheduled to be the morning in which she took Stevens’ call.According to the police timeline, the call between Stevens and the operator ended at 5 a.m. Two minutes later, first responders had reported finding Stevens’ vehicle but were not able to reach the SUV.“When first responders were finally able to pinpoint the location of Mrs. Stevens’ vehicle, the swift, rising water made immediate rescue impossible. An officer on scene removed his duty gear, donned a life vest, and was ready to enter the current tied to a rope but the speed and volume of water made this attempt futile,” Fort Smith police said.By 5:16 a.m., a rescue boat had arrived. At 5:58 a.m., rescuers removed Stevens’ body from the SUV and began CPR but she had already drowned.Interim Police Chief Danny Baker said that the dispatcher had done “nothing criminally wrong.”“I understand that listening to a person going through the panic that Mrs. Stevens was in those final moments of her life, we all hope that we would get a little better response than perhaps what she was given. I don’t want us interacting with anyone in that way whether it’s a life and death situation or not,” he told KHBS/KHOG-TV. “I don’t think the dispatcher realized or understood the severity of the situation.”In a statement, he said he was heartbroken about Stevens’ death and offered his prayers to her family and friends.“All of our first responders who attempted to save Mrs. Stevens are distraught over the outcome. For every one of us, saving lives is at the very core of who we are and why we do what we do,” Baker said. “When we are unsuccessful, it hurts.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.