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Meet Buffalo’s first female African-American Fire Lieutenant

History made within the Buffalo Fire Department is being recognized. It now has its first-ever African-American female Lieutenant.

Shelby Thompson was formally elevated to the rank in a Valentine’s Day ceremony. She was recognized the following day as part of Mayor Byron Brown’s State of the City address, during which she received a standing ovation.

Her path to her position was uncertain. She explained following the mayor’s program that she had taken the firefighter exam several years ago while searching for a means to provide a better life for her three children. She didn’t get called until, she estimates, six years later.

“When I got the call, I was in the mall. I started screaming really loud and was dancing in…

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Interpreter under fire after calling African runners “chimpanzees”

OITA (Kyodo) — An interpreter in a recent international marathon race in Japan has come under fire after she called runners from African countries “chimpanzees” in a blog post.

The interpreter who is in her 50s apologized for choosing the words in a careless manner and closed the online post, the organizers of the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon said Friday.

The woman as a paid volunteer helped runners the organizer invited from overseas in the race which took place on Feb. 3 on a course running through Oita and Beppu in the southwestern prefecture of Oita.

The organizers invited five marathoners from Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.

On her blog, the interpreter wrote she had difficulties communicating with the invited runners and felt as…

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Black History Month: In Depth look at the LA Fire Department’s fight from Segregation to Integration – Story

– This week’s Black History Month show focuses on one particular story. It’s the history of LA’s African American Firefighters. In fact, we are there for the entire show as we hear about The LA Fire Department’s history and its years of racism decades ago.

It’s all described at a Fire House in South LA that was one of only two where black firefighters could work during years of segregation. The story of The African American Firefighters Museum is the move many years ago from segregation to an integrated fire department.

It’s the story of this week’s FOX 11 News IN DEPTH.


This week’s show starts outside The African American Museum at 1401 S Central Ave in the shadow of Downtown LA. This was once a working fire station, but because of its history…

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Caribbean restaurant destroyed in fire to reopen very soon

A popular takeaway in Bristol which was forced to close after it was destroyed in a severe blaze has announced when it will reopen.

Dayzeeks on Fishponds Road shut its doors in August 2017 after a fire started accidentally in the flat above it, tragically killing Owen Westcott and injuring his wife Deborah.

A tea-light candle set the curtains alight and the blaze quickly spread throughout the building, causing significant damage to the flat and nearby properties, including Dayzeeks.

Over 50 firefighters tackled the fire throughout the night, but despite their valiant effort there was no way of preventing severe destruction at the Caribbean eatery.

Lorraine Spence (left) said she’s looking forward to getting back in the kitchen at Dayzeeks

But thankfully, 17 months on, the restaurant is…

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4 apartments gutted in fire off Bruce B. Downs Blvd

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Four apartments were gutted by a fire off of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard on Friday.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the fire in the University/New Tampa area around 7:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported and no one was home in two of the four apartments.

A dog in a crate was rescued from one of the apartments where no one was home. 

The Red Cross was notified to help with the displaced residents.

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Badri rescues African champions Esperance, Wydad fire five goals

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Johannesburg (AFP)

Trophy-holders Esperance snatched a lucky last-gasp draw and Wydad Casablanca went on a five-goal romp Friday as the CAF Champions League group stage kicked off.

Lobi Stars won at home and CS Constantine grabbed a late away win in other matchday 1 clashes in the premier African club competition.

Anice Badri, seventh in the 2018 African Player of the Year competition won by Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah three days ago, saved Tunisian club Esperance from a Group B defeat.

The defending champions trailed 2018 quarter-finalists Horoya in Guinea from the middle of the second half when Ghana-born former Burkina Faso international Ocansey Mandela…

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