AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A HOUSE FIRE AT 417 ROSS STREET EARLY LAST TUESDAY WAS DELIBERATELY SET.SIOUX CITY FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS A CRIMINAL ACT.THE TWO-STORY, SINGLE FAMILY HOME WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE.ALL THAT WAS INSIDE WERE SOME TOOLS, AS THE OWNERS WERE IN THE PROCESS OF FIXING UP THE RENTAL PROPERTY.THE HOME HAS BEEN RED-TAGGED BY CITY OFFICIALS.NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE YET REGARDING THIS CASE.ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE FIRE ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 279-6440.
In an attempt to influence younger people to live healthier, a D.C. festival fused Hip Hop culture with environmental sustainability, exercise, and healthy eating.Swae Lee, one of the brothers in rising rap star group Rae Sremmurd, during their show at the Broccoli City Festival on May 6. (Photo by Charise Wallace)The Broccoli City Festival, which ran in the District from April 29-May 6, included a 5k run in Anacostia on April 29, a conference on May 4 and 5, an arts and music popup show on May 5, and a concert on May 6. The conference was listed as sold out as of May 2, according to the Broccoli City Festival’s Facebook page.On May 6, despite the rain, thousands attended the festival’s final day, at St. Elizabeth’s East Gateway Pavilion in southeast D.C., basking in positive energy, healthy eating, and entertainment from Rae Sremmurd, Solange, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, NAO, Rapsody, and Chaz French.Even though the performers and vendors were the highlight of the festival, Broccoli City’s primary initiative was to raise awareness about healthy food availability in southeast D.C. “As far as the people, I do see an awareness coming,” founder Brandon McEachern told the AFRO. “I care about the people who came, the ones who got that free broccoli taco at the Whole Foods’ tent. Those type of things keep me elated.”McEachern, 33, is from Greensboro, N.C., but also referenced the district as his second home since he traveled simultaneously throughout his childhood to visit family in the Northwest area of the city. “From Parasucos (a popular denim brand in the early 2000s) to go-go bands, I’ve been coming to D.C. every summer my whole entire life,” he said.McEachern noticed a correlation between D.C’s low-socioeconomic communities and Los Angeles’ Crenshaw area, because both lacked access to better quality food and it reflected on residents’ performance levels, as compared to areas like Santa Monica, where people were eating salads and living longer.“In Crenshaw, you see liquor stores, liquor stores, and McDonalds . . . similar to how it is out here,” he said. “But when you go to Santa Monica there’s salads, people are chipper, they riding bikes, their skin looks different. So, I had to figure out that there was a correlation within the food and how they were treating themselves.”With help from co-founder Marcus Allen and Darryl Perkins, director of community engagement, they began helping urban communities in southeast D.C. in 2013 to combat gentrification and food deserts.“I feel like we keep getting let down . . . instead of trying to do something like Broccoli City Festival by giving us an outlet to just have fun and not be angry,” Anthony Bob, 22, told the AFRO. He volunteered at the festival and lives in southeast D.C. “They don’t see what’s happening to people that’s from southeast. Broccoli city is one, but we still have Congress and others in office who have their own agenda.”The festival has created year-round programs such as Code Green, Urban Farming, and Power of One to discuss health consciousness, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.Code Green develops workshops to fight health risks among the youth and adults. Urban Farming aims to fight food deserts by practicing growing food. Power of One uses political campaign strategies for millennials to engage in volunteer activities, which is a prominent way to earn a free ticket to the festival.“Far too often communities of color, low-income families, and other marginalized groups do not have equal access to clean air, water, and land,” Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) told the AFRO. “The United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force will collaboratively craft legislation to discuss environmental justice needs in communities of D.C. and across the country.”The festival partnered with several organizations, including TIDAL, Beats By Dre, Planned Parenthood, D.C. Kitchen, &Pizza, U.S. Department of Parks and Recreation, Toyota, American Heart Association, and others.The festival’s next venture will be the “Smile Project,” which will consist of a weekend filled with family-friendly festivities starting on June 1-4 for inner-city youth.
By Jacques Billeaud, The Associated PressAn interracial couple was walking near a Phoenix, Ariz. park when authorities say a shirtless neo-Nazi began angrily yelling a racial slur and harassing the Black man in the couple over dating a White woman.Authorities say the men exchanged tense words before Travis Ricci rushed back to a home where other White supremacists were partying, grabbed a shotgun and returned in a sedan driven by an associate. Ricci leaned out the car and fired two buckshot blasts, missing the Black man — the intended target — and killing his girlfriend, investigators said.These undated photos provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Travis Ricci, left, and Aaron Levi Schmidt, right. Ricci, who authorities said was a member of a white supremacist group, is being tried in Phoenix on a murder charge in a woman’s 2009 shooting death; Schmidt, who drove Ricci, has pleaded guilty to charges of murder and assisting a criminal gang. Prosecutors say the woman, who was white, was killed because Ricci was upset that she was dating a black man. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP)Lawyers are now picking a jury to decide whether Ricci should be convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the 2009 attack, which prosecutors say was a hate crime. Opening statements are tentatively scheduled for June 6.The case has offered several unexpected turns.Ricci, whose defense is expected to include an argument that he’s not the man he used to be, claims his great-grandfather was a member of the French Resistance killed by Nazis during World War II.Authorities are seeking the death penalty, saying 39-year-old Kelly Ann Jaeger’s killing was meant to further the interests of the Vinlanders Social Club, a neo-Nazi group with a reputation for violence that was later targeted in a law enforcement crackdown.Since prosecutors have called the attack a hate crime, they can seek as many as 11 additional years in prison — above the maximum penalty — if Ricci is convicted of other charges, such as attempted murder, drive-by shooting, aggravated assault and assisting a criminal gang.Ricci pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have raised questions about the ability of Jaeger’s boyfriend, Jeffery Wellmaker, to identify him as the triggerman. They note that nearly two years after the attack, Wellmaker was jailed in an unrelated case and played chess with Ricci behind bars without recognizing him.Aaron Levi Schmidt, who authorities say was driving the car used in the shooting, pleaded guilty to murder in Jaeger’s death. He is already serving 11 years for assisting a criminal gang. It’s unclear if he’s been sentenced on the murder conviction.Lawyers for Ricci and Schmidt, both now 36, have said their clients weren’t members of the Vinlanders.Police reports say Ricci told associates before the attack that he saw black men hitting a white woman, though it’s unclear if that claim was accurate.Rebecca Wilder, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting Ricci, declined to comment on the case. The Phoenix Police Department, which investigated the attack, also declined to comment.Prosecutors said in court records that Wellmaker, who was unarmed, was extremely distraught over the attack and tried to help his girlfriend after she was shot. They say Wellmaker didn’t provoke the attack and tried unsuccessfully to push Jaeger out of the path of the shotgun blast, according to court records.Ricci’s attorneys declined to answer questions about the allegations against their client.“He is a very sensitive person who cares about people in general,” said Jennifer Willmott, one of his lawyers. “He has had a very difficult life.”The attack started brewing after Ricci left his friend’s home angry and drunk, making his way into the neighborhood where he eventually noticed Jaeger and Wellmaker, according to a police report.Prosecutors say Ricci hurled a racial slur at Wellmaker and yelled, “What are you doing with a White girl?”He also told Wellmaker he was going to get “something for him,” prosecutors said.Sometime later, Jaeger and Wellmaker were near a pay phone when the sedan pulled up. Ricci fired two shells, hitting Jaeger in the stomach from about 10 feet (3 meters) away, prosecutors said.In an unrelated crime months after Jaeger’s shooting death, police say Ricci stabbed two men who tried to stop him from attacking his girlfriend. He is serving a 22-year sentence for assault and weapons misconduct convictions.
© 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.zsw-bw.de/uploads/media/pi … hiumbatterien_EN.pdf (Phys.org) —Officials at Germany’s Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, (ZSW) have issued a press release describing improvements they’ve made to lithium-ion batteries. They claim their improvements allow a single battery to be recharged up to 10,000 times while still retaining 85 percent of its charging capacity. Such a battery, if used in an electric car, they note, would allow its owner to recharge the battery every day for 27.4 years. Citation: ZSW engineers build lithium-ion battery able to last for 27 years (2013, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-zsw-lithium-ion-battery-years.html Besides the initial high cost of car batteries for electric vehicles, one of the main factors preventing further adoption of electric vehicles is the knowledge that the batteries will need to be replaced after just eight to ten years of use (and in some cases as few as just 3). Batteries that could last 25 or 30 years would likely outlive many of the other cars’ parts, or the car itself, and if not too expensive, could finally give car buyers a compelling reason to switch from those that still rely on gasoline.ZSW’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to most in the auto industry—the company published a paper in Journal of Power Sources last year describing ongoing research into electrode manufacturing process improvements that they claimed could dramatically improve the longevity of lithium-ion batteries. They noted then that electrode thickness changes, how much the electrodes compact during use and the type of conducting agent used in their construction when engineered in a new way, could help such batteries endure more recharging.The newly redesigned batteries have approximately four times the density of current batteries (1,100 Watts per kilogram) and have been designed for use in storing power created by wind and solar farms and also in automotive vehicles.ZSW doesn’t say in its press release when they expect to deliver their new battery to manufacturers for use in actual cars or alternative storage devices. This likely means the company is still testing its concept to ensure that not only will the batteries hold up to claims of longevity but are safe in other ways as well. The company also noted that it has designed the new cell type itself as well as developing the manufacturing process used to make the battery. They’ve also made several prototype batteries in the 18650 format. Explore further Credit: ZSW Understanding the life of lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles