Fast food workers go on strike; Victims allowed to watch James Holmes triall Atlanta Hawks coach arrested
The new head coach of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Georgia State Patrol said. A state trooper pulled over Michael Budenholzer in Atlanta because the taillights of his car weren’t on, the arrest report says. The trooper reported that Budenholzer “had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.” Budenholzer declined to take a breath test but consented to field sobriety tests, the trooper reported. Budenholzer was arrested after failing those tests, the report says.
Thursday marked the 8-year anniversary of the storm that flooded New Orleans, killed 1,577 people from Louisiana and 238 people in Mississippi, and devastated the region. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 at Buras with sustained winds of 127 mph. It hit landfall again near the Louisiana-Mississippi border with winds of 120 mph creating a 27-foot storm surge that went inland 6 miles. More than 80 percent of New Orleans was submerged in flood waters after the levees failed. The largest and third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S., Katrina caused roughly $81 billion in property damage. It is considered the costliest hurricane ever in U.S. history. More than 70 countries pledged monetary donations and other assistance following the disaster. Kuwait made the largest pledge of $500 million.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced that Detroit will get $52.3 million in federal funds for blight removal and approximately $37.4 million will go to four other Michigan cities to fund large-scale projects to stabilize neighborhoods, preserve property values and fight crime. The governor announced in June that the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved $100 million for anti-blight efforts in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw through the Hardest Hit Fund. While Detroit will get about half of the funds, Flint will get $20.1 million; Grand Rapids $2.5 million; Pontiac $3.7 million, and Saginaw $11.2 million. About $10.2 million is being held in reserve to tear down additional abandoned properties that may become eligible for demolition during the pilot program and for unanticipated project costs. The targeted demolitions represent a major expansion of an ongoing effort by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and other state partners to aggressively address blight in Michigan.
Authorities are investigating the death of an infant at a Kansas City, Kan. daycare. The child’s family said he is an 11-month-old boy named Giovanni Jaraleno and that he had no major health issues when he was dropped off at daycare. The boy’s mother said she got the call at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Duke said staff at Advantage Child Care Center at 55th Street and Metropolitan Avenue were waking the children from a nap when they noticed one child was unresponsive. Paramedics rushed the boy to the University of Kansas Hospital where sources tell KCTV5 that he later died. Police on scene refused comment but investigators were seen loading several items, including a pack-n-play crib, into their evidence van. Police said they haven’t responded to any calls from the daycare recently.
Fast food workers were out in droves Thursday, walking off their jobs in a protest over what they call low wages. They have had strikes before, but this time workers planned to strike in 50 cities across the nation. They are calling it a National Day of Strikes. Workers say the jobs at fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s just don’t pay enough to survive on. Many make $7.25 an hour or about $15,000 a year. They would like to see that doubled. Owners say they can’t pay $15 an hour because they would have to raise prices to cover the costs and that would hurt the economy. This strike was aimed at 1,000 restaurants nationwide.
Compiled By Juliana Norwood. CNN News Wire contributed to this report.