— A woman in the border city of Laredo, Texas who was angry because she had been denied food stamps killed herself and shot and critically wounded her two children late on Monday, authorities said on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old woman entered the Texas Health and Human Services Commission office in downtown Laredo on Monday afternoon and demanded to speak to a supervisor, said investigator Joe Baeza of the Laredo Police Department.
The woman, whom he declined to identify, pulled out a handgun and started walking through the office, threatening several employees, he said.
“She had issues and felt that she had been let down by social services in general,” Baeza told Reuters on Tuesday. “She was making all sorts of outlandish claims.”
She took an office supervisor hostage in a room in the office, he said, and a SWAT team managed to evacuate the other three dozen people in the office and clear the area.
After two hours of negotiations, the woman allowed the male supervisor to go free, but she remained in the office with her two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl.
“About 11:45 last night, she hung up the phone with negotiators, and a little bit later, negotiators heard three shots,” Baeza said on Tuesday. “What had happened was that she had shot each of her children once and herself once.”
The children were airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio in extremely critical condition, he said. The mother was dead at the scene, he said.
Baeza said the woman, who was from Ohio, arrived in Laredo about eight months ago and had lived with her children in several locations around the border city of 236,000.
Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services Commission, confirmed that the woman applied for food stamps in July and was denied. Goodman said the woman’s application was incomplete and that she was not sure whether the woman qualified for assistance.
“We’re still trying to track down exactly what happened with the case,” she told Reuters. “As you can probably imagine, I think she had a lot of other issues she was dealing with as well.”
Baeza credited the supervisor with remaining calm and allowing officers to evacuate the other employees and members of the public who were in the building.
He had been with the state agency for 24 years and had been a supervisor since 2000, Goodman said. She said the commission will provide counseling for its workers.
“They go into this profession because they really want to help people, so when something like this happens, it’s doubly traumatic for them,” she said.
She also said the commission will look at what it needs to do to ensure its offices are safe for staff and the public. She said there was an unarmed security guard on duty on Monday at the Laredo office, where Texans can go to apply for food stamps and other programs.
“This is the kind of thing you hear of happening in other places, but not in our quiet home town,” Baeza said.
I was a very offended when I first caught wind of this story, but as I sat and thought about it, this right here is no different than what we see on television everyday, our schools our jobs as well as just simply walking into a mall or a movie theater! But they Bogus for this sh*t!!!!!
A Minnesota school district allowed a homecoming event called “Wigger Day,” during which students wore clothes and behaved in a manner that “from their perspective, mimicked black culture,” according to a federal class action lawsuit filed against the district on Friday.
The suit alleges that despite student council voting on a “tropical theme” for homecoming in 2009, a group of approximately 60 students from the predominantly white school instead attended the event dressed for “Wigger Wednesday” in “oversized sports jerseys, low-slung pants, baseball hats cocked to the side and ‘doo rags.’”
“Wigger is a pejorative slang term for a white person who emulates the mannerisms, language and fashions associated with African-American culture,” the complaint explains.
Students also referred to the activity as “Wangsta Day” — meaning “white gangsta” or “Red Winger gangsta” — and created a Facebook group advocating for the event. (Warning: This Facebook link contains offensive language.)
The plaintiff, former Red Wing High School student Quera Pruitt, an African American, claims that the school’s lack of intervention caused her “severe emotional distress including depression, loss of sleep, stress, crying, humiliation, anxiety, and shame.” Pruitt filed the suit in U.S. District Court Continue reading
Designer Rikke Hagen explains the idea behind the Cognac glasses: “I wanted to craft a cognac glass. The perfect gift to the man, who has everything. The inspiration springs from my own perception of when you drink a cognac; that is when you have time and in calm surroundings. I wanted the glass to give the user a feeling of a gentleman’s study and at the same time, the sense of calmness you get when you e.g. fondle a stone. The stem kept irritating me. I took the consequence and cut it off. That’s how my Cognac glass was born.”
Sip like a Mogul
On Saturday June 26th, Travel Wisconsin, Kosmik Kare Day Spa, and Dreadz N’ Headz salon will bring the 2011 Natural Hair Care Expo to Milwaukee, WI at the Wisconsin African-American Women’s Center. The event has been tremendously successful in cities like Baltimore, MD and Cleveland, OH and promises to provide a wealth of resources, information and networking for those committed to the Natural Hair Journey. UML sends its regards! Click the image for more details…
This slide show article featured on BlackEnterprise.com, lists 6 Twitter accounts you should follow to help you land that job you’re looking for. Click the image for the full story…
Great idea for a PSA…
Ok…so I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, but I think it’s absolutely fantastic…and hilarious. She-Moguls, I’m warning you ahead of time, don’t read this with a chip on your shoulder expecting to agree, or disagree, with everything you read. Instead, use it as a source of insight. As an Official, Board Certified He-Mogul….I guarantee that this is a fun way to spark some conversation, broach difficult subjects, or just have a laugh with your significant other. Some of the language is a little racy, and could be considered borderline NSFW…but it’s well worth your time. it would be great to get some comments and discussion going on this one!! Who’s first?
- 6 Sex Mistakes Women Make (sextisfaction.wordpress.com)
- 15 Mistakes Women Make for Love (socyberty.com)
- There ARE Seven Secrets of SEX in THE Need to Know Your Partner (socyberty.com)
U… N… I… T… Y (in Queen Latifah voice) … trying to KEEP HOPE ALIVE in the community…
The Senate’s actions has Milwaukee standing up reminiscent of the 1960s …
Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis had a mean 2step but here are a few notable quotables on their experience with steppin outside their dynamic duo …
Ossie: “It occurred to us, from observation and reasoning, that extramarital sex was not what really destroyed marriages, but rather the lies and deception that invariably accompanied it — that was the culprit. So we decided to give ourselves permission to sleep with other partners if we wished — as long as what we did was honest as well as private, and that neither of us exposed the family to scandal or disease. We had to be discreet and, if the word can be apt, honorable in our behavior, both to ourselves, to whomever else might be involved, and most of all, to the family. And for the most part, we were.” Source: Joint biography, page 317
Ossie: “But looking back, I’d say no matter what did or did not happen, we freed each other. And in doing that, we also freed ourselves… Sex is fine, but love is better. That’s the most important part of being free. In light of what we learned, is extramarital sex something we recommend as a regular part of marriage? Not now…not anymore. Not since AIDS has entered the equation, and genital herpes, syphilis, and other venereal diseases…” Source: Joint biography, page 323-324
Ruby: “But, we both came to realize that we were very fortunate that, in all of the deep profound, fundamental ways, we really, really only wanted each other. It was like a rediscovery of something from the beginning. It’s not something that you’d recommend to everybody. But often Ossie has said – and I’ve though too – the best way to have somebody is to let it go. If it doesn’t come back you are free in another kind of sense – in that you find the strength to let go and wish somebody well. So, we thought an open marriage was appropriate for us but it turned out not to be. But then that’s what we’re all about, we are moving from one position to another in the process of trying to unravel this thing call life.”
Tips from Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis who had a 56 year marriage of mutual respect and dignity with 1another. Continue reading
…but because it’s Mogul-esque
One of the most intelligent services in American history was provided by this little green book. I’m thinkin’ a little orange book could do the same for Urban Moguls…hmmm…
The Negro Motorist Green Book was a publication released in 1936 that served as a guide for African-American travelers. Because of the racist conditions that existed from segregation, blacks needed a reference manual to guide them to integrated or black-friendly establishments. That’s when they turned to “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide” by activist Victor Green and presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company.
Originally provided to serve Metropolitan New York, the book received such an alarming response, it was spread throughout the country within one year. The catch phrase was “Now we can travel without embarrassment.” Continue reading