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Apreill Hartsfield

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Apreill Hartsfield recently joined Beasley Allen as a Content Writer. Her professional writing career began more than 15 years ago when she assisted with the research and writing for the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a good mix of writing projects and providing public relations advice. Apreill enjoys helping people tell their stories and has a soft spot for children and marginalized populations. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor of science in Political Science and Public Communications and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Apreill and her husband and children live in Prattville, Ala.

Workplace Sexual Harassment Triggers Google Employees’ Protest

On Thursday, Google employees from around the world walked off the job briefly to protest the company’s alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct claims against some of its executives. The walkout was the latest protest by employees expressing frustration over the treatment of women in the workplace, specifically sexual harassment, and efforts to cover up rather than address bad behavior. Approximately 1,000 Google workers protested in San Francisco and thousands more showed up at Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters, according to the Associated Press. Protests were also held in Tokyo, Singapore, London, New York and Seattle as engineers and other workers ... Read More

DEA Airplane Crash-Landed on Texas Road at Rush-Hour

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) airplane crash-landed Wednesday, surprising drivers on Voss Road, near Sugar Land, Texas. Only one of the three passengers on the plane was injured. The unidentified victim was treated and released from a nearby hospital. The plane, a single-engine Cessna, was on a training mission and was scheduled to land at the Sugar Land Regional Airport around 3 p.m. local time. According to a DEA spokesman, the plane suffered a mechanical problem, forcing the pilot into an emergency landing. He was attempting to land on the road when he snagged power lines and struck several cars. ... Read More

Aeromexico Flight Crashes, 85 Injured

An Embraer E190 airplane owned and operated by Aeromexico crashed shortly after taking off from the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, according to Business Insider. The plane was bound for Mexico City. Although there were no fatalities, 85 of the 103 people on board at the time were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. As of Thursday, 64 of the injured people had been released from the hospital. Those on board included 97 passengers and four crew members. After a brief ascent, passengers recalled hearing a “bang” just before the plane’s left wing ... Read More

NTSB Final Report, 2016 Alabama Medical Helicopter Crash

In March 2016, a Haynes Ambulance LifeFlight medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area in Southeast Alabama, according to the Jere Beasley Report. The air ambulance was transporting a motor vehicle accident (MVA) victim to a hospital in Montgomery. Darkness, rain and fog hampered the search for the downed flight, which wasn’t discovered for seven hours. The pilot, flight nurse, flight medic and MVA victim were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash and released its final report last month. The investigation determined that pilot error combined with inadequate oversight by the operational control center (OCC) was ... Read More

T-38 Trainer Jet Involved in Latest Military Air Crash

The U.S. Air Force is investigating another noncombat military air crash. On Wednesday, a T-38C Talon II trainer jet crashed near Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB) in northeast Mississippi. The two pilots ejected safely from the aircraft, and were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. The supersonic jet crashed in a wooded area without damaging any houses or other buildings. Witnesses in downtown Columbus, which is nine miles south of CAFB, reported seeing a plume of smoke above the crash site. The Air Force base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. There were six Class A ... Read More

Cuban Commercial Flight Crashes After Takeoff

A Boeing 737-200 crashed today just after takeoff from Havana, Cuba’s, Jose Marti International Airport. There were 104 people on board, including five children. Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that at least three passengers survived, but were in critical condition. Cuba’s national air carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, had rented the airplane from a small Mexican airline, Global Air. Global Air confirmed there were six Mexican crew members aboard. Officials have not confirmed if any of the passengers were U.S. citizens. The flight was traveling to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed in a farm field of yuca plants ... Read More

10 Killed in Texas School Shooting, Explosives Found

Authorities are beginning to piece together the details of yet another deadly school shooting, this time at the Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, Texas. The Santa Fe Independent School District (ISD), confirmed that an “active shooter” incident erupted with gunfire around 7:40 a.m. local time at the school and was later contained. It is the third school shooting in eight days in the U.S. and it claimed the lives of nine students and one adult. Ten others were injured, including one ISD police officer, and were transported to area hospitals. Law enforcement identified Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, a student ... Read More

WC-130 Plane Crashes Near Savannah, Georgia

Early Wednesday morning, an Air National Guard WC-130 crashed near Savannah, Georgia, killing all five crew members on board. The plane went down just a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Witnesses reported hearing a “loud, strange noise,” as they watched the plane flying at “very low altitude and making a hard left turn to the ground” seconds before it crashed and exploded. They described the impact, which could be felt miles away, as a bomb exploding. Some reported that the impact shook their building and knocked out power to area homes, schools and businesses. The airplane was ... Read More

Tragic Week for US Military Aviation

It has been a tragic week for aviation in the U.S. military. In only two days, four unrelated aviation “mishaps” claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and an Air Force pilot, and damaged or destroyed four military aircraft. On Tuesday, a Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jet crashed during take-off from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash. During take-off, the jet’s nose rose too quickly, forcing the pilot to lose control of the jet. The aircraft was taking part in a two-week Alligator Dagger exercise. The exercise was cancelled following a second crash in ... Read More

Helicopter Crash-Lands in California Home

A Robinson R44 helicopter crash-landed in a residential area of Southern California Tuesday afternoon, killing three people on board and injuring two others, including a man on the ground, ABC News reported. The helicopter crashed into the side of a house located in a Newport Beach gated community, approximately a mile from the John Wayne Airport, where it took off. The crash is at least the third serious accident involving an R44 that has occurred in Southern California within a year, according to the LA Times. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating ... Read More