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Ex-girlfriend of Facebook killer meets victim’s daughters, tries to ‘pick up the pieces’ of her life

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Facebook Video Murder Suspect Steve Stephens Found Dead

The ex-girlfriend the man who recorded and uploaded video in which he shot and killed a 74-year-old man is “trying to pick up the pieces” of her life.

Steve Stephens blamed his former girlfriend, Joy Lane, for the killing.

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“The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre ... I don’t know if I know how to be Joy Lane anymore. I don’t know how to pick up all the pieces of my world at the moment,” Lane told WJW-TV. “I’ve got a lot of negative comments. I’ve been called almost every cuss word in the book. I’ve been told that I’m the one who should have died, he should have killed me.”

Stephens, who dated Lane for several years, mentioned her moments before shooting Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday, saying, “She’s the reason why all this is about to happen to you.” He also made Godwin say her name before gunning him down.

Since Stephens’ suicide on Tuesday, Lane has received support from many close to her, but also from two strangers: two of Godwin’s daughters, Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin. Lane met the sisters, and the three women hugged, cried and prayed together, WJW-TV reported.

“I feel bad. The last thing he would have said is my name, and he didn’t know me or why he was saying, and that’s been difficult,” Lane told the women.

The Godwin family, however, doesn’t blame her for the tragic incident.

“It’s not your fault,” Godwin-Baines told Lane. “We don’t hold any ill feelings towards you.”

After Godwin’s murder, Lane was placed in protective care while authorities launched a nationwide hunt for Stephens over the course of several days.

Lane said she tried to call Stephens after he posted the video on Facebook, but he didn’t answer. 

She told WJW-TV she and Stephens had once looked at engagement rings, but they recently “mutually parted ways,” in part because he had a gambling issue. She said the two remained friends. Stephens called Lane the day before the murder to tell her he had quit his job and planned to move out of state.

Stephens took his own life on Tuesday as police attempted to pull him over.

Godwin was the father of 10 children. 

See video of Lane’s meeting with Godwin’s daughters at WJW-TV.

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Stephens broadcast the fatal shooting of another man live on Facebook on Sunday, April 16, 2017. (Cleveland Police via AP)(AP)
Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Coding school giant Iron Yard to close all campuses

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

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A South Carolina-based coding school with 15 locations across the country announced plans Thursday to close all of its campuses.

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old company, posted a message on its website about the closure.

“In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts.”

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The note said the company will finish its summer classes, including career support for students before closing.

“The education our students have been equipped with remains valuable, and we are proud of our alumni and their accomplishments,” school spokesman Eric Dodds said.

The company’s website lists 15 locations from Tampa to Las Vegas.

According to its website, tuition for programs ranges between $900 for a one-time course to build “fundamental web development skills” to $13,900 for the chance to become a “junior web developer in a time frame that suits your schedule.”

“While our journey is coming to an end," the school said in a statement. "We will always take pride in the thousands of people our staff helped to launch new careers.”

NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 3:16 AM

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A train ride from New York to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes? Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it’s possible, and added that a plan to build a Hyperloop One underground tube train has been given “verbal (government) approval,” NPR reported.

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Musk said that the Hyperloop’s planned route would run from New York and include stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. The train would run from city center to city center, NPR reported.

The stations would have “up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators” in each city, Musk said.

"With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube," the company says. "The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag."

Musk tweeted that the government had given verbal approval to build the Hyperloop, but added a clarification that there is “a lot of work needed” to get the final OK.

The Hyperloop had its first public test last summer, with a successful run in the Nevada desert. Last week, it completed its first full systems test in a vacuum environment, NPR reported.

Rodents fell from ceiling of Dallas Chipotle, customers say

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 9:54 PM

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Chipotle faced a public relations meltdown early this week when customers fell ill after eating at a location in Sterling, Virginia. In what is only the latest in a string of incidents, Chipotle was forced to close that branch. The grills in Sterling were barely cold, when a Chipotle in Dallas caught public attention when a video surfaced of rodents falling from the ceiling.

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Diners captured video of the animals dropping out of the ceiling Tuesday. One patron told NBC DFW, “If we had been sitting at the next table, it definitely would have fell on top of our food, because it was literally right there. […] I kept wondering what it was, until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran.”

In a statement to the NBC Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate, Chipotle said that there was a “small structural gap in the building as a likely access point.” The company added, “This is an extremely isolated and rare incident.” The customer who spoke to NBC DFW said she isn’t likely to return to that location.

Chipotle’s stock has been plagued with drops associated with food poisoning in it’s restaurants. In 2015, an E. coli outbreak caused the restaurant chain’s shares to plummet. On Tuesday, after news of the Virginia food poisoning went viral, the stock dipped more than 6 percent, CNN Money reports.

11 things you probably never knew about the historic Apollo 11 moon landing

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

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On this day in 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took one giant leap to became the first human to walk on it.

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Putting a man on the moon was a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961.

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In his post-flight press conference, Armstrong called the historic mission watched by more than half a billion people on television “a beginning of a new age.”

Here are 11 interesting facts about the Apollo 11 moon landing:

1. There were three crew members.

The Apollo 11 crew included Neil Armstrong as commander, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (or Buzz Aldrin) as Lunar Module pilot and Michael Collins, Command Module pilot.

Apollo 11 crew -- Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (Buzz Aldrin) and Michael Collins.(NASA -/Getty Images/Science Source)

2. The astronauts almost didn’t stick the moon landing.

The astronauts actually missed the initial landing site and were headed toward a crater. With less than one minute of descent fuel left, Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module four miles from the original landing site, according to National Geographic.

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3. What were the first words spoken on the moon?

It’s debatable. If you count the moment The Eagle touched down onto the moon’s surface, Aldrin’s first words were “contact light.”

But, according to NASA chief historian Bill Barry, if you’re talking about the first words spoken the moment humans stepped onto the surface, the first words would be Armstrong’s famous statement, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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4. The famous “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” phrase isn’t exactly what Armstrong said he said (or intended to say).

According to CNET, Armstrong may have messed up his famous phrase, which was supposed to be “one step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” (with the inclusion of an “a” before “man.”

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In his 2006 biography, Armstrong said he did actually say the “a” and people just didn’t hear it.

“I think that reasonable people will realize that I didn't intentionally make an inane statement and that certainly the 'a' was intended, because that's the only way the statement makes any sense,” he wrote.

5. And that “one small step” wasn’t actually so small.

Armstrong actually had to hop about 3.5 feet from the Lunar Module‘s ladder to reach the surface. 

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6. The flag placed on the moon was made by Sears (and was knocked down as soon as they launched back into orbit).

In a July 3, 1969 NASA press release, NASA said the flags bought for the mission were purchased by different manufacturers in the Houston, Texas, area, but eventually it was discovered they were all bought at Sears.

NASA didn’t want to confirm the manufacturer because they didn’t “want another Tang” (or inclusion in any advertising campaign).

The flag placed on the surface of the moon was knocked over when Aldrin and Armstrong launched the Lunar Module back into lunar orbit to join Collins in the Command Module.

7. A felt-tipped pen played a critical role in the historic moon landing.

When Aldrin and Armstrong landed, they accidentally broke off the switch to the circuit breaker, which was needed to activate the engine that would lift them off the moon.

In his 2009 memoir, Aldrin wrote: 

“Since it was electrical, I decided not to put my finger in, or use anything that had metal on the end. I had a felt-tipped pen in the shoulder pocket of my suit that might do the job. After moving the countdown procedure up by a couple of hours in case it didn't work, I inserted the pen into the small opening where the circuit breaker switch should have been, and pushed it in; sure enough, the circuit breaker held. We were going to get off the moon, after all.”

All three astronauts carried the pen. According to EETimes, Collins donated his to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which he helped found.

But Aldrin held on to his pen, keeping it with the broken breaker switch.

8. Here’s what they left behind 

In addition leaving the American flag on the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin left their backpacks, a gold olive-branch-shaped pin symbolizing peace, messages from 73 world leaders and a patch from the Apollo 1 mission that never launched and killed three U.S. astronauts in a 1967 training exercise.

They also left behind medallions honoring Russian cosmonauts, including Vladimir Komarov and Yuri Gagarin, both of whom died in flight in 1967 and 1968, respectively.

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According to NPR, the tragic story goes that Komarov knew he was probably going to die on the 1967 mission to put a man into orbit, but because Gagarin was his back-up and he didn’t want him to die, Komarov didn’t back out of the mission. 

9. The computers that were processing Apollo 11 had less power than a cellphone.

The command module computer (or the so-called Apollo Guidance Computer) made it possible for astronauts to enter noun/verb commands to control the spacecraft and navigation.

But, according to Computer Weekly, the “ingenious computer systems” were more basic than what we find in toasters today.

And today’s USBs are more powerful than the computers used to land the first man on the moon, too.

10. In case the worst happened, all three astronauts had a plan to support their families financially. 

Without expensive astronaut life insurance, the astronauts got creative about how they were going to support their families if the worst did happen.

The answer: autographs.

According to NPR, during quarantine (about a month before Apollo 11 launched), the famous astronauts signed hundreds of envelopes and gave them to a friend to save.

On big dates, such as the day of the moon landing or the day Apollo 11 launched, their friend would get the autographed envelopes postmarked at the post office and give them to the astronauts’ families.

Luckily, those “life insurance autographs” were not needed.

However, according to space historian Robert Pearlman, those autographs were worth as much as $30,000 in the 1990s.

11. They had to fill out customs and declaration forms when they returned to the U.S.

Just because you make it to the moon and back doesn’t mean you get a pass on the dreaded customs forms.

The astronauts comically noted “Apollo 11” as the flight on their customs form with a departure from “Moon” to Honolulu, Hawaii.

And under “Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease,” the response was: “To be determined.”

Learn more about the Apollo 11 mission at NASA.gov.

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