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Heather Heyer died 'fighting for what she believed in'

(CNN) Heather Heyer dedicated her life to standing up for those she felt were not being heard, her family and friends said. She died fighting for her beliefs and campaigning against hate.

"She was very strong in what she felt and she spoke with conviction," Heyer's close friend and co-worker Marissa Blair told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "New Day."

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"She would never back down from what she believed in. And that's what she died doing, she died fighting for what she believed in. Heather was a sweet, sweet soul and she'll never be replaced, she'll never be forgotten."

Thirty-two-year-old Heyer was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups. Nineteen others were injured in the incident.

A 20-year-old man from Ohio, James Alex Fields Jr., is charged with second-degree murder in Heyer's death.

Passionate about helping people

Heather's parents recalled their daughter's lifelong zeal for justice.

Heather's father Mark Heyer said his daughter had strong convictions and was passionate about helping people.

"She died trying to bring about that purpose," he told CNN on Sunday. "She was always passionate about the beliefs she held, she had a bigger backbone than I did," he said.

Her mother, Susan Bro, addressed Fields, the man being held in custody.

"This wasn't a video game, buddy," she said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "This was real people. There are real consequences to what you did. I'm sorry you've chosen to do that. You have ruined your life and you've disturbed mine, but you took my child from me."

"And I'm going to be the voice that she can no longer be. You gave us a national forum, and maybe I should thank you for that, but I can't. I'd rather have my child."

'We were against hate'

Blair said she was at Saturday's rally with Heather and fiance Marcus Martin in a show of support for diversity.

Teacher: Charlottesville car crash suspect discussed radical views

Teacher: Charlottesville car crash suspect discussed radical views

"We were against hate, that's what we were against," Blair told CNN. Blair wore a purple T-shirt with a picture of Heather and the words: "If you're not outraged you're not paying attention."

"This is our city. We work here. We live here. And we didn't want neo-Nazis and alt-right and racists to come into our city and think they could spread freely their hate, and their bigotry and their racism. We wanted to let them know that we were about love, that we were would overpower them ... We were peacefully protesting and we were just standing up for what we believe in... And that's what Heather stood for. That's why she was out there, that's why we were out there."

Blair said Martin pushed her out of the way when he saw the car coming their way. Martin was hit and sent flying through the air, breaking his leg. The moment was captured in a photograph that has been published widely.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Martin returned to the scene of the crash in a wheelchair Sunday night for a vigil for Heather. Blair calls Martin and Heather her "heroes."

"She spoke for people even if they didn't want speak for themselves," Blair said. "Words can't describe Heather, I will never find another friend like Heather."

'We need to start with forgiveness'

Mark Heyer said the only way to get through this tough time is to remember God teaches us to forgive.

"We need to start with forgiveness and stop all of the hate," he said.

Charlottesville suspect may have been sending a message, DOJ official says

Charlottesville suspect may have been sending a message, DOJ official says

Heather worked as a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, assisting clients through the bankruptcy filing process. The Miller Law Group said in its online bio of Heather that she was born and raised in Virginia, and had a wealth of knowledge and experience helping clients in the bankruptcy field.

Larry Miller, the president of the firm, told the Daily Beast that Heather had a big heart. "She'd hold their hand and make sure they would get the stuff in timely, that way we wouldn't have any issues," Miller said. "She was really good at that."

Heyer had just celebrated her fifth anniversary at her job.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised Heyer.

"She was doing what she loved," McAuliffe said. "She was fighting for democracy, (for) free speech, to stop hatred and bigotry."

A sign remembering Heather Heyer sits in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park.

A sign remembering Heather Heyer sits in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park.

Blair promised to make sure that Heather's message would live on.

"If you knew Heather, you would know that she loves everyone and all she wants is equality for everyone, no matter who you love, no matter what color you are," she said.

CNN's Sheena Jones contributed to the story.


Family of Perry Galloway Jr. of Wheeling Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Highway Patrol

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WHEELING — On March 31, 2015, Perry Galloway Jr. was traveling home to Wheeling after visiting his fiancée in Columbus when Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Stephen Roe pulled him over on Interstate 70 in Guernsey County for a sudden lane change.

During the traffic stop, which is documented in its entirety from Roe’s dashcam video, Galloway informed the trooper he was not feeling well. Roe insisted Galloway was in possession of illegal drugs, and called for back-up to help him search the vehicle.

Galloway, who informed troopers he was diabetic and had heart stents in place, was put in the back of Roe’s cruiser while Roe and troopers Scott W. Bayless and Gregory A. Mamula searched his vehicle. About two hours later, Galloway had a seizure while still in the back of the cruiser and died shortly thereafter.

Those details and others are outlined in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month by Galloway’s family against Roe, Bayless and Mamula in federal court in Columbus. The family alleges the troopers failed to provide proper care for Galloway during a medical emergency.

Galloway was a former president of the Wheeling NAACP who spent much of his adult life working for the betterment of the Wheeling area.

According to police records, Roe said Galloway provided his brother’s name rather than his own when stopped that day and that there was a warrant for him on file from Belmont County.

Wheeling attorney Jeffrey Grove, who is representing the Galloway family, said when Roe stopped Galloway’s vehicle, the trooper insisted Galloway was in possession of illegal drugs. Despite Galloway’s insistence he did not have illegal drugs and that he was not feeling well, Grove said officers placed Galloway in the cruiser while using a drug dog to search his vehicle.

Grove said he believes Galloway was confused when being questioned and the dash video shows he had slurred speech.

Galloway told troopers he was a diabetic and had heart stents in place. They asked him if he was OK or if he needed a snack. They allowed him to have his bag that contained his medication. Galloway reportedly administered insulin and nitro glycerin tablets while in the cruiser. A short time later, Roe opened the cruiser door and asked Galloway if he was feeling better. Galloway responded: “Yes, lots better.”

However, Grove said Galloway was in the back of the cruiser for several more minutes when he began to suffer a seizure. He said when troopers turned their attention back to the cruiser, Galloway was sweating and complaining of pain. The video shows Bayless approaching the cruiser, saying, “We’ll get you a squad and then you go to jail after you have the squad, but you’re not going to get out of that, OK?” he said.

Perry, we have a warrant for your arrest out of Belmont County,” Roe said. It was for failure to appear in a traffic case.

Galloway then appeared to be unconscious. Officers removed him from the cruiser, placed him on the ground and called an ambulance. Roe is shown tapping Galloway on the face and saying, “Perry. C’mon buddy, don’t do this” when he was on the ground and unresponsive.

When medical personnel arrived on the scene, Roe told them Galloway may have ingested illegal drugs. The ambulance arrived at 12:04 p.m. and left 10 minutes later for the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge, where Galloway was pronounced dead at 12:27 p.m.

Grove said troopers are trained in CPR and other basic first aid, yet they did not render any physical assistance to Galloway. “When you watch the video and see the failure of those officers to provide any aid to Perry, it’s totally unacceptable,” Grove said. “They did not find any illegal drugs in his car or in his system after the autopsy. They were so wrapped up in finding drugs that they failed to pay attention to Perry when he needed medical attention.”

Grove said Galloway’s children were extremely angry after viewing the video and wanted to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else.

Some family members still cannot bring themselves to view the video. Galloway’s daughter, Chaundraya Goodwin, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office said it had not yet received a copy of the lawsuit and had no comment.


State Grid Operators Prepared to Manage Power Flows During Solar Eclipse

The Southland will experience a partial solar eclipse on Aug. 21 that will affect Southern California Edison’s service territory, obscuring 58 to 76 percent of the sun’s light for about three hours in the morning (9 a.m.-noon).

That may sound like it will substantially darken the sky, but the effect will be more like a cloudy or overcast day and should not impact the daily activities of Southland residents.

But for the California Independent System Operator staff responsible for balancing the flow of power on the state’s electrical grid, planning for the event began months ago.

Grid operators, including those at SCE, are prepared to manage the effects of the eclipse on the state’s solar power production. About 10 percent of the power SCE provides to customers comes from solar and the utility has more than 230,000 customers with solar panels on their homes or business.

“One of the advantages of being a national leader in the amount of solar energy connected to the grid is that our operators are experienced with dealing with fluctuations in solar power production due to weather conditions, such as stormy or cloudy weather,” said Paul Grigaux, SCE vice president of Transmission Substations and Operations. “SCE expects no operational issues with our system due to the eclipse, and we have accounted for the anticipated reductions in solar production in our forecasts and planning for the day.”

California has long been a leader in solar production and the system operator expects the reduction in the sun’s light to reduce the output of commercial solar power plants in the state and create a roughly 6,000-megawatt shortfall relative to a normal day — an amount that could power a large city.

To compensate, the independent system operator and utilities will balance the state’s energy needs by adding power generated by hydroelectric and natural gas plants and customers should not notice any effect during the eclipse. SCE operators will complement the effort within its system in Southern California.'

Balancing the system can be approached both by adding power and reducing electricity demand, and conservation always benefits the system and customers. The state grid operator has not asked customers to conserve in anticipation of the eclipse, but to be prepared for circumstances that may require a Flex Alert. Flex Alerts ask customers to voluntarily conserve energy to help ease pressure on the system.

We expect that the eclipse will have a minimal impact on the SCE transmission and distribution systems and that the CAISO will have adequate resources available, so this is an event we can both manage,” said Grigaux. “Most importantly, customers should not notice any difference in their service. Providing safe, clean, reliable energy is what we strive for every day in managing the grid.”


Civil rights organizations counter Justice Department’s attack on affirmative action

As millions of students return to school, the nation’s Justice Department (DOJ) is beginning an investigation that could potentially sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies. As first reported by the New York Times, Justice’s Civil Rights Division will carry out this effort to determine whether white applicants were discriminated against.

For Black people and other ethnic and racial minorities, this investigation seems like window-dressing to deny millions of students a quality education in the name of injustice. Such actions also signal a more subtle message is to roll back to the progress achieved in broadly affording students of all races and ethnicities the benefits that higher education derives. Among education and civil rights advocates a strong belief holds that everyone benefits when obstacles to educational opportunity are overcome.

“The American Dream offers each new generation the opportunity to build on the successes of previous ones,” wrote Nikitra Bailey, an executive vice president with the Center for Responsible Lending, in a related op-ed. “However, if you are African-American, the nation’s history of enslavement and legal bigotry consistently requires each generation to start anew.”

Bailey is correct.

Despite the vigilance of civil rights heroes over multiple generations, the heralded 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, or a series of 1960s laws that were enacted to guarantee full and first-class citizenship to every Black American, even more work remains to be done before everyone is afforded the promises of America.

It’s been several years since the anti-affirmation action crusade took its venomous campaign to states across the country. Beginning in California in 1996 and continuing through 2010, Ward Connerly, a former University of California Regent, led a series of statewide campaigns to constitutionally ban affirmative action in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington State. Regardless of the state, the goal was always the same: make it illegal for public colleges and universities to include consideration of race or ethnicity in college admissions.

Only in Colorado was the effort turned back by voters. In all of the other locales, the measure passed with broad support, often despite many business and corporate leaders joining with civil rights advocates in opposition.

For example, prior to the November 2006 Proposal 2 ballot vote in Michigan, Paul Hillegonds, a white Republican and former Speaker of the State House, helped to lead a statewide coalition of more than 200 organizations pledged to defeat the measure.

“If it passes, we are announcing to the world that women and minorities will not be given an equal opportunity to succeed in business in our state,” said Hillegonds. “This is the wrong message to send at a time when we are trying to attract new businesses and develop a talented, multicultural workforce ready to meet the demands of the 21st Century economy.”

State approved bans on affirmative action in higher education also led to fewer Black students in the University of California system as well as at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Today the real difference between then and now is that the U.S. Justice Department is resuming a fight for the preservation of white privilege that is armed with resources and personnel that taxpayers of all colors provide.

“President Trump’s Justice Department has hardly been worthy of its name,” said Sherrilynn A. Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “It has retreated from meaningful police reform, argued on behalf of state laws that suppress minority voting rights, directed prosecutors to seek harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, and extended the federal government’s power to seize the property of innocent Americans.”

“Each of these steps disproportionately and systematically burdens people of color, denying them their constitutional rights and widening the racial divides that this country has struggled for so long to close,” continued Ifill.

The United States Supreme Court recently affirmed the use of affirmative action in admissions decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas. In that ruling, the importance of diversity as a compelling state interest was affirmed as settled law. The decision was also a victory for equal opportunity and recognized again that it is critical for schools to create diverse and inclusive student bodies.

As the cost of higher education tends to increase every year, students of color are the ones most likely to go into debt in search of a degree that will deliver a middle class standard of living. Even four years after graduation, Black college graduates earning a bachelor’s degree owe almost double the debt of their white classmates, according to CRL research.

“The U.S. Justice Department must enforce inclusive educational policies as they open the doors of opportunity for all,” said Bailey.


NIH Grant to Biomedical Scientist Will Advance Research on Inflammatory Bowel Disease

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside has received a $1.83 million grant to identify how the loss of a protective barrier in the intestine contributes to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IBD is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A protective protein that plays a key role in this disease is “T-cell protein tyrosine phosphatase” or TCPTP.

TCPTP protects the intestinal epithelial barrier function, which ensures bacteria in the gut do not pass into the rest of the body. TCPTP is encoded by a gene associated with IBD, as well as celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes. TCPTP activity is reduced in some patients with these diseases, meaning a compromised intestinal epithelial barrier function.

Declan McCole, Ph.D., an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine received the four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify how loss of TCPTP activity contributes to barrier defects found in IBD, and to correct these defects.

“These defects result in increased intestinal permeability – a major contributor to chronic inflammatory diseases of the intestine such as IBD,” McCole said. “Although TCPTP mutations increase the risk of developing IBD, there are no therapeutic strategies aimed at correcting the consequences of these mutations.”

The grant will allow his lab to better understand how barrier function in intestinal epithelial cells is affected by reduced TCPTP activity. In such cells, the lab plans to identify novel molecular signaling pathways that are altered by TCPTP loss. Working with Yinsheng Wang, a professor of chemistry at UC Riverside, McCole’s team will use molecular biology approaches to investigate barrier defects in TCPTP-deficient cells.

In addition, McCole’s lab will attempt to correct intestinal barrier defects in TCPTP-deficient cells, and in cells harboring TCPTP mutations, by interrupting a key pathway, the Janus kinase (JAK) signaling pathway. These inhibitors are currently being tested in clinical trials on IBD patients.

“When TCPTP activity is compromised, errors occur in remodeling cell junctions – the structures that regulate barrier function,” McCole said. “The goal of the study is to discover the mechanisms by which loss of TCPTP activity in patients contributes to intestinal barrier defects in IBD. In addition, we hope to identify if strategies to inhibit JAK signaling may prove particularly effective in patients with TCPTP genetic mutations.”

McCole will be joined in the research at UCR by his lab members Moorthy Krishnan, an assistant project scientist, Ali Shawki, a postdoctoral research fellow, biomedical sciences graduate students Anica Sayoc and Stephanie King, as well as lab technician, Rocio Alvarez. Other collaborators involved in the project are Tijana Talisman of City of Hope, and Grant Butt, University of Otago, New Zealand.


Three charged in shooting death of 12-year-old girl in Victorville

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Three people have been charged in connection with the Wednesday night fatal shooting of 12-year-old Makiya Walls of Victorville.

Anthony Pitts, 26, of Adelanto, Danielle Cummings, 29, of Apple Valley, and Reyna Mercado, 28, of San Bernardino, have each been charged with one count of Murder and one count of Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling.

A copy of the complaint is available at

According to a Sheriff's Dept. media advisory that was released on Friday, investigators determined there was an ongoing feud between the suspects and victims, and the victim's residence was targeted by Pitts, Cummings and Mercado.

"Once again, we have an innocent child caught in the crossfire," District Attorney Mike Ramos said. "A young life taken away, far too soon. We can't bring her back, but I can promise one thing. Our office, our prosecutors, our victim advocates and all of our support staff, will work tirelessly like we do in every case to be the voice for young Makiya. She deserves nothing less than justice. We will hold these individuals accountable for their despicable actions."

If convicted as charged, all three suspects face a maximum sentence of life in prison. They are scheduled to be arraigned this morning at Victorville Superior Court. No time and location is available at this time. Once exact information is available, it will be posted on the @sbcountyda Twitter account.


Black Entrepreneur Finds Success Selling Cars Online - His Web Site,, Now Features More Than 130,000 New Vehicles!

-- Online marketplace for new and used cars, trucks and SUVs offers proprietary tool that helps you find a car, and negotiate the price --

Dallas, TX ( -- is offering a new convenient service that takes the hassle out of buying a car, using a new proprietary software that helps buyers find a car at a lower than advertised price.

The service is setting out to help car buyers save time and money by offering potential buyers access to more than 100,000 new and used cars, trucks and SUVs at dealerships around the country. Competing directly against, and, the Dallas-based, black-owned third party advertiser of new and used cars says is offering buyers a solid alternative.

“Look, we know people looking for a car have plenty of choices,“ Tracey Watts, the company’s African-American founder and CEO, said. “Our purpose is to get the customer a car at a lower than advertised price.”

Customers can search for a car 24/7 by going to Car buyers enter their zip code, the make and model of a new and/or used car, then immediately get a list of available cars and their prices in their zip code and within 200 miles. When buyers click on the “negotiate” button, they set up an account with an email and password, then choose two manufacturers. That’s when the team begins negotiating a price and receiving bids for those cars. The car buyer remains anonymous, and not until the buyer is ready to make a purchase does he or she receive a certificate from that dealer locking in that price. For $39.97, customers can get access to’s more aggressive negotiating program. If buyers are not satisfied with the choices, will refund the fee.

“We know how much people hate to buy a car,” Watts said. “We’re doing the heavy lifting so all a person has to do is sign the paperwork and pick up their car.”

Watts said he got the idea for several years ago. He was shopping for a car and found himself with two dealers bidding to get his business. He ended up with a less expensive price, then realized this was an opportunity to help car buyers get the best deal possible. The owner-financed company also is working on getting customers the opportunity to purchase the Katanka – an electric SUV - in the U.S. The car is currently manufactured by Dr. Kwadwo Safo, Ghana’s only auto manufacturer.

For more details and/or to search for a vehicle, visit

To learn more about the company and its founder, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 214-448-3765.


Northwest Project Area Committee

You are invited to join us every 2nd Monday of each month. Find out what is happening in the 6th ward and city.

Find out about:


o San Bernardino Police Dept

o City Development Projects

o San Bernardino City Code Enforcement Police Department

And more…


Please come and bring a friend and/or neighbor!


When: Monday, August 14


1505 Highland Ave, San Bernardino

Time: 6:30 pm


For more information: (909) 913-0831


CSUSB’s online criminal justice master’s program makes two national ranking lists

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The online criminal justice program at Cal State San Bernardino has been named to two national ranking lists for 2017. placed the CSUSB criminal justice online master’s degree program at No. 15 in its ranking, “The 25 Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs.”

“We selected the programs based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, rankings, awards, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs,” the online ranking service said.

CSUSB was the only California State University and the only California university listed in the top 25. The University of Cincinnati was ranked in the top spot.

And College Choice, a leading authority in college search and rankings, listed CSUSB at No. 35 in its list of “35 Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degrees, 2017.” UC Irvine (No. 5) and La Jolla-based National University (No. 34) were the only other California schools named with CSUSB. Michigan State was ranked No. 1 on this list.

“Our rankings are based (on) data that students have indicated is most important to them: cost and reputation,” College Choice said on its website. “Our data is drawn from a number of public sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.”

The criminal justice department has had both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs named to national rankings in the past.

In the summer of 2016, the online bachelor’s program was ranked No. 2 by the Center for Online Education in its “Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs” list, and No. 7 by the Best Degree Program in its “Top 30 Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs (Bachelor’s) 2016.”

In May 2016, College Choice listed the online criminal justice master’s degree program No. 12 in the United States, and the only CSU campus to make its “Best Online Masters in Criminal Justice Degree Programs, 2016” list.

Visit the CSUSB Department of Criminal Justice website for more information on its programs.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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