May 19, 2022

Gunman Killed Eight Co-workers; Toddler Becomes American Mensa’s Youngest Member; Kim Kardashian is Not Giving Up on Law; Porsche Crashes on 5 Vehicles with One Dead; Marijuana Dispensary Expansion Approved by City Council

Gunman Killed Eight Co-workers at California Transit Facility

A gunman opened fire at a public transit rail yard in San Jose, California, on Wednesday morning. According to Deputy Russell Davis of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the tragic incident left at least eight people dead and one person in critical condition.

The law enforcement officers did not exchange gunfire with the gunman, who was carrying more than one gun, and the investigators believed he took his own life.

The gunman was identified as Sam Cassidy, an employee of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said the victims and the gunman worked together and were at the rail yard that morning.

“I know for sure that when the suspect knew the law enforcement was there, he took his own life, our deputies were right there at that time,” the sheriff said. The deputies were there quickly because the sheriff’s office is next door, she added.

The deputies and San Jose police officers immediately ran into a building as the shooting was continuing, and the quick response of the sheriff’s office saved many lives.

According to the medical examiner, the victims’ age range was from 29 to 63. The victims were identified by the medical examiner as Adrian Balleza, 29, Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35, Taptejdeep Singh, 36, Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40, Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Lars Kepler Lane, 63, and Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63.

“He had two sides,” said Cecilia Nelms, Cassidy’s ex-wife.” When he was in a good mood, he was a great guy. When he was mad, he was mad.” She confirmed that Cassidy had spoken angrily about his co-workers in the past and resented his job.

Investigators are looking into the gunman’s motive, said Jeff Rosen, a Santa Clara County District Attorney. They cannot confirm whether there may have been any red flags about the shooter’s intentions.

VTA suspended the light rail service as the crime scene investigation was ongoing. As the public transit service provider in the Santa Clara Valley, the VTA operates the bus and light rail services and employs about 2,000 workers.

Toddler with an IQ of 146 Becomes American Mensa’s Youngest Member

Kashe Quest, a California native, has an IQ of 146 and was accepted as a member of the high-IQ society. The 2-year-old girl has just made history as the youngest member of American Mensa. 

According to Healthline, the average intelligence quotient score in the U.S. is between 85 and 115. The toddler’s achievement is undoubtedly impressive. Mensa only admits people who have an IQ score that belongs to the top 2% of a population.

“Kashe is a remarkable girl, and what may be rare here is that Kashe’s gifts have been recognized so early in life. Her parents will be able to help her with some of the unique challenges gifted youth encounter,” American Mensa’s Executive Director Trevor Mitchell told Fox News via email.

“Being the smartest person in the room isn’t always easy, and Mensa understands the importance of being challenged by others, of having our potential recognized, and of celebrating achievements,” Mitchell added.

Kashe, nearing the age of 3, has made several academic strides that are not common to children her age. She can identify all 50 U.S. states by shape, count to 100, and identify elements on the periodic table. In addition to learning English and Spanish, her communication abilities are also advanced, with 50 sign languages memorized so far.

“We started to notice her memory was really great. She just picked up things really fast, and she was really interested in learning,” said Kashe’s mother Sukhjit Athwal. “At about 17, 18 months, she had recognized all the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.”

However, Kashe exhibits behavioral similarities with other toddlers her age, which includes negotiations and tantrums. According to her mother, the main difference is that Kashe can understand what is being told to her more so than her young peers.

Through a set of standardized tests or subtests that access human intelligence, the Intelligence quotients are determined. Psychologists administer the tests and evaluate the math, language skills, memory, spatial perception, and other abilities of a person.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the American magazine columnist Marilyn vos Savant, 74, is the person with the highest IQ score in the world. She possesses an IQ of 228. 

Kim Kardashian Failed the ‘baby bar’ Exam, but She is Not Giving Up

In Wednesday’s release from Kim Kardashian’s family show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” she told her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, that she failed her law examination.

“So you guys, I did not pass the baby bar,” Kim says.

“The way I’m doing it, it is a four-year program instead of your typical three-year program,” Kim explained in the confessional. “And after year one, you have to take the baby bar. This one actually is harder, I hear, than the official bar,” she says in the clip.

She was told by Jessica Jackson, a human rights attorney, where Kim is interning, that she needed a score of 560 but got a 474.

“That’s extremely close to a test that most people are not taking in the middle of a pandemic,” Jackson tells Kim.

“I am a failure,” Kim tells her sisters. At the same time, lamenting that she spent six weeks straight, 10 to 12 hours a day studying for the Exam.

Khloe and Kourtney are supportive, telling Kim that their father, lawyer Robert Kardashian, would be proud of her and pointing out what a noble thing she’s doing. Kim wants to get into law to pursue her work in criminal justice.

“The fact that I spent all that time away from my kids,” she says. “Like I can’t do it again, I don’t have time.”

In 2019, the reality star announced she was training to be a lawyer and is on apprenticeship for four years with a law firm in California. She has given fans an insight into her law journey on Instagram Stories and her preparation for a mini-bar exam.

Although Kim sounded disheartened in the episode, which was recorded in October 2020, she confirmed in her Instagram Stories yesterday [26 May] that she was not going to give up. 

“How are you finding the bar exams?” a fan asked.

“Extremely difficult. Unfortunately, I haven’t passed yet, but I’m not giving up, and I’m preparing to take it again soon.” Kim replied.

Porsche Hits 5 Vehicles, Leaving One Dead and One Injured

The Chicago Police Department released a report that a motorist driving a Porsche was killed on Wednesday afternoon in the Lakeview neighborhood after crashing into at least five vehicles.

The incident happened on Addison Street, a few blocks from Wrigley Field. At 1:10 p.m., a Porsche was headed west in the 1400 block of West Addison Street, near Southport Avenue in Lakeview, when it struck a Chevrolet and a delivery truck heading in an unknown direction, the police said.

The driver was severely injured and later succumbed to his injuries, and another pedestrian was also harmed when the Porsche hit five different vehicles. The driver hit a Chevy first, then a delivery truck in the 1400 block of West Addison Street, Chicago police said. According to the police records, the impact was so hard that the Porsche crossed back into westbound traffic and hit a Land Rover, a Honda, and a second Honda that was parked.

The Porsche driver, who was not identified, and of unknown age, was removed from the wreckage and immediately brought to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for emergency treatment, but the doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.

The other male pedestrian, also not identified, was assisted by the paramedics that arrived at the scene of the accident and later taken to Thorek Memorial Hospital for a complete evaluation of his injuries.

The team of the Major Accident Investigation Unit of the Chicago Police Department is investigating if a technical issue caused the Porsche to run uncontrollably; if the incident was intentionally committed by the driver; or if the driver suddenly became physically ill that he had lost control of the vehicle and crashed into other vehicles on the street.

The medical examiner’s office of Cook County has not yet identified the deceased driver. The police are monitoring the condition of the injured pedestrian, still recovering at the hospital.

City Council Approved Expansion Of Jefferson Park Marijuana Dispensary

The City Council approved plans for a Jefferson Park marijuana dispensary to expand its operation into a neighboring storefront on Wednesday, despite efforts by a group of Black aldermen to delay the expansion. The concern over the expansion was that there are still no African American-owned pot businesses in Illinois.

The Chairperson of the City Council Black Caucus, Ald. Jason Ervin (29th) asked Ald. James Gardiner (45th), to delay final approval of the expansion on Wednesday.

However, Gardiner turned him down. Ervin then asked his colleagues to vote against the expansion until a new law was passed by the Illinois General Assembly aimed at giving Black and Brown business owners a better opportunity at getting into the industry of legal marijuana.

Ervin said he is not objecting to the plans to expand the dispensary. He wants to ensure that the new law is in place to protect and boost the participation of minorities in the marijuana industry before allowing the expansion of any existing dispensaries. 

“We should have solved this problem years ago,” Ervin said. “Can we wait for equity? So that everybody can participate?”

Ervin’s effort to delay the approval of the Columbia Care dispensary expansion failed when aldermen voted 39-11, allowing it to go forward. 

The expansion of marijuana dispensaries will bring about $2.4 million additional tax revenue for the city in a year, said Gardiner.

“There needs to be more equity in this industry, I do not argue that,” Gardiner said, but he believes that the extra tax revenue would have a greater benefit for the entire city.

Not all members of the Black Caucus are against the dispensary expansion. Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said he warned that the Black community would not benefit from the rules Mayor Lori Lightfoot put into place for marijuana businesses in Chicago when the state first legalized recreational marijuana two years ago. However, it wouldn’t be right to prevent the business in Gardiner’s ward from expanding since it was already licensed.