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Delta lost $125 million, canceled 4,000 flights in domino effect after storms

Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 2:27 PM

A Delta airlines plane is seen as it comes in for a landing.
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A Delta airlines plane is seen as it comes in for a landing.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Severe storms moved into the south on April 3 and created havoc for several days for tens of thousands of Delta travelers as the airline was forced to cancel 4,000 flights.

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The company wasn’t able to return to normal operations until Sunday -- six days later.

The financial impact of the storms on Delta was an estimated $125 million.

It was an “impact that in my 20 years at the airline we’ve never seen,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said.

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“Delta currently estimates the storm will reduce its June quarter pretax income by $125 million,” Bastian said.
He also apologized to the affected travelers.

Delta passengers wait in line in hopes of catching their flight out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Friday, April 7, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

“We hold ourselves to a high standard, and we apologize to all of our customers who were impacted by last week’s events,” he said. “I also want to thank the Delta people for working through some incredibly tough conditions to take care of our customers and reset our operation. They proved again they are the best in the business.”

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Bastian acknowledged that the company needs to invest in improvements to its crew scheduling and information systems, and said the problem was not understaffing.

“There were seven different thunderstorm cells that happened at a rapid-fire basis starting from early morning to evening” on April 5, Bastian said. “We had the virtual shutdown of Atlanta for the better part of an entire day,” combined with busy spring break travel that left little room to rebook customers.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

School bus full of students slides down icy road in Massachusetts

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

A school bus with children on board slid down an icy road in Massachusetts. No one was injured.
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A school bus with children on board slid down an icy road in Massachusetts. No one was injured.(mconnors from at Morguefile.com)

A school bus full of children on the way to school slid down and off a road in Sutton, Massachusetts, Tuesday morning. ‎Sutton Public Schools Superintendent Theodore Friend confirmed the incident

A video posted to Facebook Tuesday showed the bus sliding down a road that has a slight hill. It took out a mailbox and finally came to a stop after hitting a small sedan parked on the side of the road. 

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Friend told WFXT no one was hurt during the crash. He had been communicating with the highway department about the salting schedule and they thought they could get to all the roads before the buses went out for the day. Friend said crews hadn’t made it to that road  yet when the crash happened. 

Friend said the bus had middle and high school students on board. Some went to school after, others went home for the day. 

Parents said they received a text message Tuesday morning saying all the school buses have been taken off the roads until it is less icy, per an instruction by the Sutton Police Department. The buses would wait on the side of the road in the meantime. 

PE teacher strips naked, chases students around playground

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:49 AM



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Parents at a Los Angeles elementary school are furious amid allegations that a physical education teacher stripped naked and chased a group of students around the school playground.

CBS Los Angeles reported that a construction worker passing by Carthay Center Elementary School on Friday captured the aftermath of the incident. The video, obtained by the news station, shows the unidentified teacher standing on the playground and putting his pants back on.

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Parents who spoke to the CBS affiliate were livid.

“He was supposed to be helping them learn PE, run around and have fun,” one parent said. “But he undressed and started chasing the kids while he was naked. Then the kids ducked and dodged, ran into some of the classrooms and got safe haven that way.”

“All of the kids saw his private parts,” another parent said. “Very embarrassing, very upset.”

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Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District notified parents of the incident with a letter and a robocall, CBS reported

“An individual began behaving in an unusual way, prompting us to contact law enforcement,” the letter stated. “As a safety precaution, our school went on a brief lockdown while officers responded and took the individual into custody.”

District officials declined to comment further, but they did confirm that the man, a contract worker, had permission to be on the school campus, the news station said. Mental health counselors were made available to the students who witnessed the incident. 

School resource officers are investigating the man’s actions, CBS said. 

Carthay, one of more than 1,100 schools in the Los Angeles USD, is a magnet school devoted to the teaching of environmental studies. The school district is the second-largest in the United States. 

12-year-old charged as adult in armed carjacking at Walmart

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

12-Year-Old In Armed Carjacking At Walmart Charged As Adult

A 12-year-old boy in Lauderdale Lakes has been charged as an adult in a carjacking last week, Broward County Sheriff deputies said Monday. 

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According to the sheriff’s office, Shaquille Dixon is one of three juveniles who carjacked an elderly woman at gunpoint on Jan. 15 in a Walmart parking lot. 

Surveillance video from the store on North State Road 7 shows Dixon and two other suspects following the woman into the store. When she is done shopping the woman is seen walking to her car, with the suspects close behind. 

Once the woman got to her car, two of the suspects walked up behind her and the other suspect walked around to the front of the car, pointed a gun and demanded the car keys. The woman complied and the suspects fled with the car so quickly, they almost hit the victim. 

Deputies took Dixon into custody on Jan. 19 and he’s facing felony carjacking charges. 

Most underrated fried chicken in America named best in new survey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

This Is The Best Fried Chicken Chain In America (And It's In A Gas Station)

There are plenty of reputable options if you want to pull up to a drive-thru and devour some crispy, golden chicken, i.e. KFC and Popeyes. However, an unsuspecting alternative you might have ignored at your last gas tank fill-up has been crowned the true bastion of fried chicken.

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken, established in 1989 in LaFayette, Louisiana, has bested some much more familiar names as Thrillist’s choice for America’s best fried chicken chain. The online entertainment site described the chain’s Cajun-style chicken as “the most underrated item in fast food today.”

KKC, which is typically attached to convenience stores, has more then 2,300 locations in the U.S., Malaysia and American Samoa, according to its site.

Krispy Krunchy doesn’t leave it up to its spicy chicken to do all the work though. Its honey butter biscuits, daubed in honey, Cajun rice balls and macaroni and cheese are also mouthwatering.

The vote of approval was even co-signed by New York-based restaurateur and “Top Chef” contestant Dale Telde.

“Their fried chicken is ill,” he told Thrilllist. “I go there every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month." 

The Louisiana chicken standard only began expanding outside of its home state in 2000, and its fast-growing franchising is due not only to the winning taste but affordable prices, according to the company’s bio.

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If you haven’t yet tried America’s best fried chicken, according to Thrillist, the site said you need to.