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Bus trips off to rocky start for North Hills schools
North Hills School District administrators described it as the “perfect storm.”
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5-year-old boy missed first day of school after being left on bus

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Huntington Park councilwoman's consulting business raises questions about possible conflicts of interest
Karina Macias said she saw a business opportunity shortly after being elected to the Huntington Park City Council. She decided to become a political consultant and parlay her connections throughout the community to help raise campaign contributions for other aspiring candidates.  So far, she’s...
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Tyson Beckford’s nephew told cops to kill him after MTA bus crash
The nephew of Tyson Beckford wanted cops to kill him after realizing he’d gotten into an accident that left an MTA bus driver dead.
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Alianna's last journey down Kinsman Road offers lessons in the dark: Phillip Morris
Alianna DeFreeze went missing on a dark Kinsman Avenue where many children continue to find their own way to school. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The light from Marshall's Barbershop flickers onto Kinsman Road at 4:30 most mornings. The shop is known for catering to men who want a haircut or shave before the sun comes up. The late Congressman Louis Stokes was a regular. The rest of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood is not so bright or inviting in the pre-dawn hours. Diagonally across Kinsman Road stands the former St. Cecilia Church, a parish that catered to inner-city Catholics for nearly a century until its membership tanked and Bishop Richard Lennon closed it in 2010. The street corner of the darkened building, since repurposed into a non-denominational church, hosts an RTA bus stop. That is where the beginning of the end started for Alianna DeFreeze, 14, whose body was found three miles away in an abandoned house last Sunday. Christopher Whitaker, a registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday and charged with her murder. Troubling questions now confront the city. How did Alianna go missing at a busy intersection in the shadow of Cleveland Police Fourth District headquarters? How can we better protect our children as we send them off to schools in neighborhoods where predators lurk and danger constantly fills the streets? Alianna's murder is a jarring wake-up call that comes at the cost of a teen's life. We know how her tragic story ultimately ends. Now we must determine how it began two Thursday mornings ago, and what lessons we can learn. We know that Alianna's final trip down Kinsman was in the dark aboard an RTA bus. What did she see? Who saw her? Was she ever really safe during any part of her journey to school? I rode the No. 14 RTA bus early Thursday morning, and walked along Kinsman Road and Union Avenue to try and get a sense of what Alianna's final pre-dawn ride and walk might have been like. I was stunned and worried by what I saw: a large number of children moving about. Unescorted children. These children, even the larger ones, were easily identifiable by their book bags, the way they talked, or their plastic RTA bus passes, which some of them wore around their necks. A week earlier, Alianna was one of those children. She boarded the No. 14 bus just after 6:30 a.m. on her way to E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills, a high-performing charter school. It's a 15-minute RTA ride that took her through the heart of a still-darkened neighborhood filled with beauty salons, social service agencies, collapsing buildings and churches -- lots of churches. She got off the bus at East 91st Street, near Union Avenue, and quickly went missing. A week later, in the wake of her highly publicized kidnapping and murder, countless children still were boarding public transportation or walking along the darkened streets without chaperones. Why? I wasn't the only one pondering that question. "I am surprised at the number of children I see out here by themselves. I'm keeping an eye on them," said Charles Lewis, who works for One Six Security, which provides security for some Cleveland charter schools. "If I see a child who's acting nervous or just has an uncomfortable look, I will walk with them and make sure they're OK. But as long as they're laughing and acting like children, I'll just keep an eye on them and make sure they get to where they need to go." Lewis was standing down the street from the Fourth District police station when we spoke Thursday. He said he was moved to the Kinsman and Union Avenue intersection near Alianna's school after she went missing. He now spends at least four hours a day watching for children as they transfer from the No. 14 bus and get onto the No. 10 (the route that Alianna took before she went missing). But why do we wait before we act? Why do we reassign professional crossing guards and child protectors like Lewis to dangerous intersections after a life has already been snatched? How many more dangerous sexual predators walk among us? How do we intend to protect our children from them? This city must address those questions now and in the coming mayoral election. How can we continue to push school reforms, when the path to the schoolhouse door is fraught with danger? Cleveland has lately been heralded as a city brimming with comeback stories and economic potential. We hosted a highly praised Republican National Convention, and our sports teams have generated a form of social currency that is good for the hospitality industry and some downtown development. What does it all mean if a seventh grader can't ride a bus safely to school? The city and its schools have a primary role to play in protecting the young after they leave the safekeeping of their parents. But so do neighborhood anchors. The number of darkened churches that Alianna passed on her final morning led me to ask what some might consider an unfair question. What if the Mount Pleasant churches along Kinsman Road turned on their lights each morning when children headed off to school? Would it help? Would it cause a predator or any other criminal to think twice before striking? Maybe it does take a lighted village of churches to help guide a child -- especially in dangerous hours before dawn. Alianna's final journey down Kinsman Road started next to a dark church, across the street from a well-lit barbershop. The barbershop is considered a neighborhood anchor and a safe place. Then the girl's life journey was brutally interrupted near an intersection in which she should have been safe. Every neighborhood has a stake in protecting its young. It's a matter of wanting and finding a way to make a difference. That is one of the necessary and painful lessons of Alianna's death.
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Man, 68, beaten and stabbed at Brooklyn bus stop
A 68-year-old man was pummeled and stabbed after he asked a woman to move her car away from a Brooklyn bus stop.
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Indefinite strike of long-haul bus hits Sylhet
The Sylhet chapter of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation has called for an indefinite strike of long-haul buses.
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Tuscaloosa city schools offering bus drivers $1,000 bonus
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa city schools are offering $1,000 bonuses for new bus drivers. The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) the city school board approved the bonuses Tuesday for all bus drivers hired within the next year. The move comes as the school system has updated its fleet with ...
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