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Harrisburg High School business students given chance to create app in contest - Central Penn Business Journal

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Harrisburg High School business students given chance to create app in contest Central Penn Business Journal Students at the School of Business and Industry Prep at Harrisburg High School have started a program focusing on mobile learning, bringing...

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Families and teachers prep for back to school grind - Hawaii News Now

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Teaching Control In the Classroom

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At first blush, Julia King’s middle-school classroom at D.C. Prep Public Charter School seems like any other middle school. Seventh-graders

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Hadiya Pendleton Funeral Attended by First Lady Michelle Obama-Yet Obama's Silent About War Hero Chris Kyle's Murder!

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(Scott Olson/Getty Images) First lady Michelle Obama and some of Chicago’s most well-known faces turned out today to attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl whose killing has become another symbol in the national debate on gun 


Hundreds filled the Greater Deliverance Temple Church of Christ to pay their respects to the teenager’s family, but the mood in the room was upbeat, including renditions from the choir. Friends of the girl, who had been one of the performers at President Obama second inauguration just days before she was gunned down, read poems in remembrance.

Before the service, the first lady met privately with about 30 of Hadiya Pendleton’s friends and classmates, and then met privately with members of Hadiya’s family.

“As a mother and Chicagoan, the first lady was heartbroken to learn of the tragic loss of Hadiya Pendleton due to senseless gun violence,” said Kristina Schake, an aide to Obama. “Too many times we’ve seen young people struck down with so much of their lives ahead of them.  The first lady is traveling to her funeral on Saturday to offer her condolences and support to Hadiya’s family and loved ones.”

Pendleton’s shooting came in January among a string of recent high profile gun crimes. Chicago is also struggling through the throes of the worst homicide rates it’s seen in a decade, spurred by gang warfare.

“She was not too young to leave a mark, and impact her friends, her family, and even now the nation,” the Rev. Courtney Maxwell said of the student who had reportedly once participated in an anti-gang video.

In Pastor Eric Thomas’ invocation he thanked “the life of this beloved angel.”

“Her life has not been in vain,” he said. “Because of this day there will be many other lives saved.”

Police say Hadiya Pendleton was killed when a gunman opened fire on a group of young people in a park blocks from her school on the city’s South Side, and about a mile from the Obamas’ own neighborhood. The drum majorette had returned to Chicago days earlier from Washington, D.C., where she had participated as a performer in the festivities surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration. Her classmates from the King College Prep School band were in attendance today.

There have been no arrests, although police believe the death was the result of mistaken identity from gang members who had claimed the area as their territory. Pendleton would have been an innocent bystander, they say.

The Chicago police department reported 506 homicides in 2012, although this recent tragedy has prompted local authorities to move an additional 200 officers on to street patrols.

Friends in the church described a girl who gave “the most sincere hug,” but the air the room was also thick with discussion of how Pendleton’s death had gathered national attention.

Pendleton’s godfather said he wished lawmakers would stop “playing politics” with the renewed attention to gun violence, and think of it more “personally.”

“There’s no way we can put a man on the moon, but they can’t figure this out,” Damon Stewart said to the parishioners.

“When did we lose our soul?” asked the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago, commenting on “our failure as a society that has allowed guns to become part of our wardrobe.”

“We must become like Jesus,” he said.

The first lady was joined by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Each claims the city as their hometown, although none spoke during the morning service. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was also seen.Pendleton’s mother, Cleopatra Cowley, is expected to be a guest of honor during President Obama’s State of the Union address this Tuesday, where the national debate on gun violence is expected to take center stage. Represenative Brad Schneider has invited Cowley for the event.

The State of the Union remarks will follow a set of executive actions already taken by the White House strengthening gun control measures and proposals from Obama that would include bans on high-capacity magazines and assault-style weapons if enacted.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 9, 2013 4:28 PM

Sad story...but there have been many before her and there will be many more. Gun control has failed the citizens of Chicago. They need to clean up the drug and gang violence and then maybe find their streets safer. What's really sad is the WH recognizes her senseless death but has ignored so many before her and has recently ignored the senseless murder of an American Hero, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Obama has said nothing about the senseless murder of a great American hero and his friend last weekend :( I doubt he or Michelle will even attend his funeral or memorial on Monday. If anything, his family will get a form letter signed by Obama and that's it. I'd be shocked if he says or does anything else. 


However, I'm not shocked by his lack of response on the murder of Chris Kyle because he left our heroes to die before in Benghazi. The only time he does show his face at a funeral is for political photo ops, especially when it comes to our military.


In the meantime, Michelle Obama attends the funeral of one of thousands of teens killed in gun violence in Chicago, while she and Obama both ignore the senseless murder of an American Hero, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield last week. Obama hasn't spoken a word, but after the murder of Hadyia the White House issued a statement the day of or day after the shooting, yet still a week later and nothing has been said about war hero Chris Kyle's murder!! Is it racism or because he has such a disdain for our military veterans and heroes or both?



Hadiya Pendleton funeral: 'More precious than rubies'   //MObama attends funeral in support of gun control agenda


Excerpt from Chicago Tribune:

Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, Hadiya's funeral at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church only occasionally touched on politics and the gun violence that ended Hadiya's life, instead focusing on a 15-year-old girl whose smile lit up the room.

Her mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, briefly spoke to the standing room only crowd, often with a smile and even a laugh.

“My baby did all this,’’ she said, wearing a big red flower on her chest and a sparkly scarf, and clearly enjoying the music. "This is all Hadiya.’’


[Her godfather, Damon Stewart told the crowd:]

 "This should break the hearts of everyone who has someone they love."

He said he read a Facebook post that said: "I'm not going to buy into the hype. What makes this girl so much better than the others?"

"She is important because all those other people who died are important," Stewart said. "She is important because all of the families who were silent, she speaks for them. She is a representative of the people across the nation who have lost their lives."

"Don't let this turn into a political thing. Keep it personal," he said. "A lot of politicians will try to wield it as a sword. They want to use it for votes."


While family and friends kept the focus on the 15-year-old girl who was shot dead in a South Side park, the first lady's appearance inevitably brought attention to anti-gun efforts nationwide.

The back of the funeral program has a copy of a handwritten note from President Barack Obama: "Dear Cleopatra and Nathaniel, Michelle and I just wanted you to know how heartbroken we are to have heard about Hadiya's passing. We know that no words from us can soothe the pain, but rest assured that we are praying for you, and that we will continue to work as hard as we can to end this senseless violence. God Bless.”

In addition to Michelle Obama, dignitaries in the crowd included Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Rev. Jesse Jackson,  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Barack Obama.

Prior to the service, the first lady met privately with about 30 of Hadiya's friends and classmates, and then with members of Hadiya's family, according to a White House official.

Father Michael Pfleger spoke and called Hadiya an "innocent victim of gun violence,’’ asking,  “When did we lose our soul?”

He told the crowd that “we must become like Jesus’’ and become “the interrupters’’ of genocide, an evil that is killing our children.
“Welcome home, sweet Hadiya. See you on the other side," he said.


The funeral procession arrived at about 9:45 a.m., including three limousines and dozens of cars.

The first lady’s motorcade pulled into the church parking lot at about 10:15 a.m. She went in through a separate side entrance at the rear of the church, stepping directly from a vehicle into the building.

The family filed down the aisle a little after 10 a.m. and viewed the body in the still open casket. The pastor led the procession down the aisle chanting "the Lord is my shepherd" as soft organ music played in the background.

Ushers walked down the aisle handing out tissues, and those without wristbands were asked to give up their seats so that family members could be seated in the sanctuary. Every seat was filled by 9:45 a.m.

Purple, Hadiya’s favorite color, is represented in many of the flowers in the church and the lining of her casket. Ushers handed out a glossy funeral program booklet printed on purple paper. The front cover says "Celebrating The Life Of ... Hadiya Zaymara Pendleton.” Inside are more than 50 photos of Hadiya throughout her life.
Her obituary printed in the booklet describes her work in the church and even her favorite foods: Chinese, cheeseburgers, ice cream and Fig Newtons. It includes tributes from her grandmother, her cousin and an aunt as well as close friends.

About 10:15 a.m., the funeral director came back out and announced to the hundreds still waiting in line that no one else would be allowed inside — not for the viewing or the funeral.


Michelle Obama's attendance puts Chicago solidly in the middle of a national debate over gun violence that has polarized Congress and forced President Obama to take his gun control initiatives on the road to garner more public support.

The first lady's visit is being seen not only as a gesture of condolence to the family but as part of an effort to draw attention and support for the president's gun initiatives.

But the visit also meant scores of security, police and Secret Service agents, metal detectors and other security measures.

The church is surrounded by an iron fence and all of the openings -- a pedestrian gate in the front, front and side doors to the church, and a driveway to the north -- are guarded by city police or men in white shirts, ties and long black coats. Chicago police vehicles -- two wagons, a handful of squads and SUVs -- guarded the outside of the church while other vehicles circle the block.

Chicago police staffing the event are wearing dress blues -- a blue overcoat with pockets that allow access to the duty belt, creased navy pants, and a hat.


Police took two men into custody after they got into an altercation near the back of the long line of mourners waiting to get into the church. One man was agitated, complaining about the long wait to get in. A second man confronted him and they began shoving each other before police intervened.



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Obama coming to Chicago to 'talk about the gun violence'--Campaigning To Push Gun Control Agenda

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President Barack Obama will visit Chicago on Friday, when he will discuss gun violence as he focuses on his economic message from Tuesday's State of the Union address, according to the White House.

Obama will "talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country," a White House official said in a statement.

The president's visit answers calls from Chicago anti-violence activists that Obama talk about the recent spate of gun violence in the city, several of the activists said.

"This is an important issue," said Cathy Cohen, founder of the Black Youth Project, which attracted about 45,000 signatures by Sunday night in an online petition that urges Obama to speak up. "We think of this as a victory for all of us."

The group posted the petition on shortly after Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was shot to death last month at a South Side park. The King College Prep student was slain about a week after performing with her school band at Obama's inaugural festivities.

Since Hadiya was shot about a mile from the president's Kenwood neighborhood home Jan. 29, during the deadliest January for Chicago since 2002, pastors, parents and activists have demanded that more be done about the city's violence.

First lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya's funeral Saturday. Hadiya's mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, will also attend the president's State of the Union speech on Tuesday, family spokeswoman Shatira Wilks said late Sunday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the president's remarks in Chicago will play a different role than Michelle Obama's attendance at Hadiya's funeral. The first lady didn't speak publicly about the events surrounding the teenager's death.

"Her being there is very important since it was her neighborhood," Jackson said. "I think the president's coming is important because she did not deal with the politics. … She dealt with the calming concern for a broken-hearted family," he said.

Jackson made a public appeal this month for the president to speak to the bloodshed in Chicago.

The White House said the president's visits to Asheville, N.C., Atlanta and Chicago this week will also press issues that he will raise in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.

"The president will travel to Chicago for an event amplifying some of the policy proposals included in the State of the Union that focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and the Americans striving to get there," a White House official said in a statement.

Clergy on Sunday praised Obama's decision to speak in Chicago, arguing his speech could bring greater attention to the killings plaguing communities here.

"Hopefully and prayerfully, his coming will make a real impact," said the Rev. Kenneth Giles of Second Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in the South Austin neighborhood. "Now that the nation is focused on (gun violence), maybe they will hear his voice and hear what he has to say."

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the South Side's St. Sabina Catholic Church, said he's grateful the president is "zooming in" on the issue.

"What better place to address it than his home and a city that has really become, let's face it, the poster boy of gun violence," Pfleger said.

Tio Hardiman, director of Cure Violence Illinois, said the president's visit was an important symbolic gesture that could influence local youth to help fight violence in their communities.

"This will put Chicago on the forefront, and hopefully this will trickle down to the young people involved in a violent lifestyle," Hardiman said. "Hopefully, by the president coming to Chicago, the guys involved in violence will pay attention."

Clergy, activists, parents and others agreed that they are eager to hear a plan of action from the president to curb violence.

Nance-Holt said that if the president can set up a task force in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school Dec. 14, he can do the same in Chicago. The Black Youth Project's Cohen said she hopes to hear a plan on how to get illegal guns off the street and how to get young people working. Jackson said neighborhoods such as Englewood, Lawndale and Roseland need a plan for reconstruction.

Clergy said they hope the president talks about broader factors contributing to the city's violence, such as a high unemployment rate and a lack of adequate funding for local schools.

Chicago's homicides in recent years have numbered far below their annual total of more than 900 in the early 1990s. But while Chicago topped 500 homicides last year, the total fell below 500 in New York City, which has about three times the population of Chicago.

While the president's speech is a step in the right direction, Chicagoans can also play a role in stemming the violence, the Rev. Giles said.

"Some (part) of the problem we can solve ourselves," he said. "For instance, the no-snitch rule on the street. … You don't need the president for that. We just need to step up and tell the truth."

Hardiman agreed that it isn't solely incumbent upon the president to solve the problem.

"The families have got to challenge their teenage sons and daughters," Hardiman said. "It starts at home as well. The president should challenge the responsibility of the homes and the families."

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 11, 2013 2:24 AM

The bottom line is what director Hardiman of Cure Violence Illinois said: "it starts at home" can't expect government and more laws to teach your children well. Raise them to learn respect,to take responsibility for their actions, and with morals and values and they will grow up to be productive and law abiding citizens 99% of the time.


You know Michelle Obama wouldn't have attended the funeral if Hadiya died in a hit and run or car accident,but since Obama is pushing his gun control agenda she showed her face in a show of support for Obama's gun control policies...yet, as stated in the previous article about Hadiya's funeral,"2 persons of interest questioned in Hadiya Pendleton's death" ; her funeral placed a greater spotlight on the national debate over gun control. 


As a result Obama is planning to go on a campaign to push his agenda starting in Atlanta on Thursday, Chicago on Friday after State of the Union ; and of course he plans to surround himself at the State of the Union address with families who have lost loved ones due to gun violence... ;

More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union address of his second term.

The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians and longtime congressional observers.


"Never let a crisis go to waste..."


Yet in the meantime, as I mentioned earlier in a previous post here...Obama has been silent about the murder of American war hero and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield who were shot and killed by a deranged Marine veteran last weekend.

Obama Still Silent On Murder of War Hero SEAL Chris Kyle >>RT @toddstarnes: It took Obama less than 24 hours to address the…


Hadiya Pendleton Funeral Attended by First Lady Michelle Obama-Yet Obama's Silent About War Hero Chris Kyle ;


Of course Obama is only doing what he's been told...'never let a good crisis go to waste' and now suddenly gun violence means something to opportunity to save 'just one life' while taking away law abiding citizens right to save their own life and that of their families. While at the same time the hypocrite supports the slaughter of human beings in their mother's wombs by abortion, at least 3,000/day in the US.