On July 9, 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Naperville, Ill., drove to Texas to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M. On July 10, police stopped Bland just outside the campus for allegedly failing to signal while changing lanes. Police claim that during the stop she became combative, was thrown to the ground, arrested and charged with "assault on a public servant." On July 13, around 9 a.m., before her family could bail her out, Bland was found dead inside a Waller County, Texas, jail cell. Police claim she died from "self-inflicted asphyxiation." Her family and friends say that is impossible; that the woman they know, who fought strongly against police brutality and had just gotten a new job, would never have committed suicide. "I do suspect foul play," a friend, Cheryl Nanton, told ABC 7. "I believe that we are all 100 percent in belief that she did not do harm to herself." Video obtained by ABC 7 of Bland's arrest doesn't appear to show Bland … [Read more...] about Sandra Bland Drove to Texas to Start a New Job, so How Did She End Up Dead in Jail?
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Ghada Bayati lost nearly everything in Iraq. Now she has 24 families in Houston, Texas. Bayati and her three children came to the U.S. eight years ago as refugees. She witnessed her husband get murdered in front of her during the Iraq War in 2003. She was pregnant with her third child when a mob struck their car and killed her husband. She went into a coma for three days after the incident. “They even tried to kill me in the hospital. My last straw was when they attempted to kidnap my son, who was nine years old then,” she told Fusion in Arabic. Now Bayati, 48, is a client service assistant at Amaanah Refugee Services, a nonprofit in Houston, Texas. As part of her job, she is helping 24 newly arrived refugee families from Iraq, Syria, Burma, and elsewhere to become-self sufficient in the U.S. She shared with Fusion her best advice for people starting over in a new country. According to the U.S. Refugee Processing Center, in 2015 Houston received 1,869 refugees, more than … [Read more...] about How one woman is helping 24 refugee families start a new life in Texas
When you clean the slate of one old habit due to a life change, take that opportunity to start a completely new habit at the same time. Some changes are in your control, such as a new job or a move. Other changes just happen, like the ending of a relationship or a death in the family. These events disrupt your daily routine. As you create a new routine to deal with the change, change other habits as well. Pick up a new one or get rid of an old one. You are already mixing things up in your routine, so the change seems less dramatic-even if it's unrelated. For example, let's say you recently moved. You need to plan when to leave for work and the route you are going to take to get there. Now is the time to figure out where in that commute you'll stop by the gym. In fact, Psychology Today reports that 36% of successful changes were associated with a move to a new location. Hit the link to read more. Has a "Clean Slate" Ever Led You to a Major Habit Change? | Psychology Today … [Read more...] about Wait for a Clean Slate Opportunity to Start a New Habit
Let’s say you have your sights set on a new city and you’re ready to pack your bags, get out of dodge, and start a new life in another part of the country. (Or even the world!) Getting out of dodge is expensive, but it’s easy to get a ballpark idea of cost. Online tools like the City to City moving calculator can help you break down the cost of moving to a new city, depending on the distance and a number of other factors. Enter your old city, your new one, then some details on how you’ll be living, and the calculator will tell you how much you can expect to spend. The tool assumes you’ll drive rather than fly and use a service like PODs, which can make the move a lot more expensive. If you’re planning a move overseas, try this International Moving Cost calculator instead, which estimates what it will cost you to ship your belongings to another country, whether it’s by sea or air. If you want to get a more customized idea and do the math on your … [Read more...] about How to Calculate How Much It Will Cost to Move to a New City
This week on The Upgrade we’re discussing the challenges of starting a brand new job and sharing some of your horror stories about your very bad first days. It’s like the first day of school—but your career’s on the line. How to Listen to This Week’s Episode Listen above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and NPR One. Please subscribe, rate, and review! This Week’s Discussion: How to Start a New Job on the Right Foot Last week we asked to hear about your worst experiences with your first day on the job, and you certainly delivered. From eerily empty offices to getting hit by a truck on your way out, some of you have had pretty cruddy first days. Luckily those horror stories aren’t typical of most new jobs. Starting a new job is an exciting, nerve-wracking experience. You probably spent countless hours tinkering with your resume and rewriting cover … [Read more...] about How to Survive Starting a New Job, With Lifehacker’s New Editor-in-Chief