AUTISTIC TEEN-STOCK CLERK
Grocery stocks clerk gets car after his kind act went viral
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A grocery stock clerk whose act of kindness toward an autistic 17-year-old went viral last month has been given a new car.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports 20-year-old Jordan Taylor was given the car Tuesday.
The Rouses Market employee allowed Jack Ryan “Ziggy” Edwards to help him stock items after the teen expressed interest. Edwards’ father filmed them working together and had a conversation with Taylor in which he said he hoped to become a teacher.
Neighbors Federal Credit Union gave Taylor the car. Its president and CEO, Steve Webb, says they’re proud of Taylor for pursuing his dream of becoming a math teacher by enrolling at Grambling State University. A crowdfunding account has raised more than $100, 000 toward Taylor’s college tuition.
POLE DANCING TEACHER
School district suspends pole-dancing teacher
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — A middle school teacher who moonlights as a pole-dance instructor has been suspended by a North Carolina school district.
A spokeswoman for Hoke County’s public schools didn’t specify why Kandice Mason was suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.
Mason tells WTVD-TV that school officials saw a video of her pole dancing that she posted to her private Facebook account. She says school officials cited a policy that says employees are role models who are “responsible for their public conduct even when they are not performing their job duties.”
Mason says she isn’t ashamed of her part-time pastime and sees pole dancing as an art form and a good way to stay in shape.
Mason was due to start teaching sixth grade at West Hoke County Middle School.
NEW ENGLAND MOB-1993 KILLING
Mobster says he has given up the Mafia life for religion
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A member of the New England Mafia says he has left his life of crime for religion.
WPRI-TV reports Robert “Bobby” DeLuca sent a letter to a federal judge saying he was scheduled to be baptized in Florida days before his arrest on charges of lying to police about what he knew about the 1993 killing of Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro.
DeLuca says he has “denounced the Mafia” and getting baptized will be one of the first things he does when he gets out of prison.
The 72-year-old pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and making false statements and faces up to 12 years in prison during sentencing next Tuesday.
DeLuca’s attorney filed a motion Wednesday seeking a lighter sentence, saying he’s not the man he once was.
JOHN LEWIS-STREET NAME
Atlanta renames street after civil rights icon John Lewis
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta is honoring U.S. Rep. John Lewis by renaming a street after the civil rights icon.
Freedom Parkway has been renamed to pay homage to Lewis after the City Council approved the change in December. The name adopted Wednesday is John Lewis Freedom Parkway.
Lewis spent his adolescence in the 1960s fighting discrimination alongside other civil rights legends like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He was the youngest civil rights leader who worked with King.
In 1981, Lewis was elected to Atlanta City Council, where his career in politics began. Just five years later, he was elected to Congress.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also presented Lewis with the Phoenix Award — the city’s highest honor — Wednesday for his work as both a local and national leader.
SAN FRANCISCO-$2 BILLION TERMINAL
San Francisco’s $2.2 billion ‘Grand Central’ terminal ready
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is welcoming a new $2.2 billion transit terminal to the city after eight years of construction.
The San Francisco Transbay Terminal opened this month and is expected to accommodate as many as 45 million people annually.
The transit hub spans three city blocks and includes a bus deck, a towering sky-lit central entrance hall and a rooftop park with an outdoor amphitheater.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the terminal’s cost rose from $1.6 billion at its 2010 groundbreaking to more than $2 billion in 2016, because of what one analyst called “optimistic assumptions.”
Salesforce bought naming rights to the center in 2017 as part of a 25-year, $110 million sponsorship agreement. The online business software company opened its adjacent 61-story Salesforce Tower three months ago.