Southwest Flight Makes an Emergency Stop

TAMPA, Fla. — During a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas on Wednesday, the flight 1380 was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia, after an engine part exploded.

Photo: NTBS.
After a couple of minutes flying, one of the plane’s engine fan blade suffered from a metal fatigue, which led the engine to explode. The explosion caused a window to shatter, the cabin was depressurize and a passenger sitting in row 14 was partly sucked out of the window.  Seven other passengers suffered from minor injuries.
Other passengers helped to pull her back into the cabin. The flight attendants and a retired nurse, Peggy Phillips, performed CPR in the injured passenger later identified as Jennifer Riordan, but it was no use. Ms. Riordan was unconscious and later was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The passenger, Marty Martinez, live streamed the flight on his Facebook page. “First there was an explosion, and then, almost immediately, the oxygen masks came down and probably within a matter of 10 seconds the engine hit a window and busted it wide open,” said Martinez.
Around 11:20 a.m., the plane landed in Philadelphia.
The captain of the Southwest flight, Tammie Jo Shults, was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy. Passengers thanked her being a hero. Diane McBride posted on her Facebook page that Shults spoke to each of the passengers personally. “This is a true American hero. A huge thank you for her knowledge, guidance, and bravery,” McBride added.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident. The agency posted earlier on Twitter that they are looking for any footage and pictures of the Southwest Boeing 737. “If you have video, photos regarding the Southwest Airlines engine failure, please contact NTSB;

What time is it? Summertime! It’s our vacation!

This is just a random blog where I will be talking about my plans for summer!

My best friend and I just bought our tickets to go to BRAZIL! We will be spending a month there. It’s been two years since I’ve been home so I’m super excited to go back to see my family and friends. My best friend has never been to Brazil before so we will get to explore different states and cities which will be super cool.

So far we are going to visit Rio de Janeiro and Paraty in Rio, Campos do Jordão, São Pedro, Santos and Juquehy in São Paulo. I want to take her to so many different places to show how the Brazilian culture is different from the American culture. We are definitely going to a soccer game so she can have the full Brazil experience.

The fun thing is that the World Cup will be during the time we’ll be in São Paulo and whenever Brazil is playing, the entire country stops to watch the game. I’ll be creating a post when we come back to the U.S with pictures and videos.

Demi Lovato Reschedules South American Tour

Demi Lovato just finished the North American leg of the “Tell Me You Love Me” tour. The singer was ready to go to South America and Mexico for 11 shows. However, due to production issued, the dates needed to be rescheduled to the end of the year. Unfortunately, the shows in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Panama had to be removed from the tour. 

  • Thursday, September 20 – Mexico City – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
  • Saturday, September 22 – Monterrey – Arena Monterrey
  • Wednesday, November 14 – Santiago – Arena Movistar
  • Saturday, November 17 – Buenos Aires – DirecTV Arena
  • Monday, November 19 – Sao Paulo – Allianz Parque
  • Wednesday, November 21 – Rio de Janeiro – Jeunesse Arena
  • Saturday, November 24 – Recife – Classic Hall
  • Tuesday, November 27 – Fortaleza – Centro de Eventos do Ceará

Lovato posted the news on her twitter earlier this week:

“I’m absolutely heartbroken that I have to make this announcement today… due to production issues we have to move the South America #tellmeyoulovemetour dates. Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Panama I’m devastated we had to remove those shows.”

For those unable to attend the new dates, there will be a full refund for tickets and VIP packages brought through Host.  Reach out to for refunds or any additional VIP related questions.



Blog 10

For my fourth story, I am using a video title “Pulse Shooting Victim’s Mother Calls for Ban on Assault Weapons.” The video is one of the many videos of the series “Let Me Get This Straight,” which addresses issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community. On the video, Cody LaGrow, a journalist from NEWSY, interviews Christine Leinonen, the mother of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, a victim of the mass shooting that happened in June 12, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

During the interview, Leinonen talks about how her life was reshaped after her son’s murder. She is now working to advocate for ban on assault weapons and for gays rights. She believes that these kind of weapons are not used for protection but to maximize carnage. Now, Leinonen is speaking in several conventions to call for a ban on those weapons.



Cirque du Soleil artist dies after fall during Tampa show.

TAMPA, Fla. — During a performance on Saturday, March 17, acrobat Yann Arnaud fell onto the stage during an aerial strap act. Arnaud was immediately taken to Tampa General Hospital, but later passed away from his injuries. Daniel Lamarre, President of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, released a statement about the loss of their long-time aerialist:

“The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him. Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the VOLTA team, as we go through these difficult times together.”

Arnaud posted earlier on Instagram that the strap duo act was finally being debuted in the show. “After so much work and training and staging, our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight.”


Cirque du Soleil’s touring “Volta” show has been in Tampa since mid-February at Tampa’s Greyhound Track. The last two VOLTA shows scheduled for Sunday, March 18, have been canceled.

Tickets purchased through Cirque du Soleil website or call center will be refunded on the credit card used for the purchase. For tickets purchased through one of their partners, customers should contact the original point of sale for refund.


The Elderly and Technology

As Phi Theta Kappans, we thrive to meet the goals of the four pillars of the Phi Theta Kappa society: Service, Scholarship, Leadership, and Fellowship. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Phi Chi chapter at Hillsborough Community College, in Tampa, worked closely with the elderly to improve their technological skills. As part of the Five Stars Plan, we worked with Individualism versus Collectivism for the Honors in Action project. We chose to develop a technology class that teaches elderly people how to use the computer and cellphones. The purpose of the project was to help those who do not know how to use the new gadgets to connect with their loved ones that live far away, helping them to connect and keep in touch with old friends.

Nowadays, we often see ourselves attached to our social medias for a large portion of our days. Being connected became part of our society. As we believe it is important to network and to maintain contact with family and friends, we use the internet to be successful at keeping those relationships. In our Honors in Action project, we wanted to stress the importance of having every age group know how to connect themselves, including the elderly who did not have the opportunity to learn how to do it in their youth years. Seniors are part of our society and should not be left out in the new advances we are making in technology every day. Many of them are not having the opportunity to communicate with old friends and family that live far away.

Phi Chi took action on it and wrote the project to help those in “technology disadvantage.” The chapter came as a group to visit a senior assisted living facility where the class took place. Each member of the club took their own cellphones, laptops, and other devices to show the residents how they work. They taught them basic things. How to use the smartphone, what each application did, and most important, how to access the internet. The chapter is willing to make this project sustainable. We want to keep visiting the facility as well as find other places to visit. Even though the project is over, we do not want to miss the opportunity to help others, so the chapter will be incorporating this project as part of the chapter’s monthly community service. Our project includes pillars of Phi Theta Kappa, such as service and leadership. We are Phi Theta Kappans and we are here to make the difference!

Hyperlocal what?

This post will be about my exploration of what Hyperlocal News Sites are. At first, I had no idea of what hyperlocal news was. I decided to ask my friend Google and here is what I found on ThoughCo.:

Hyperlocal journalism, sometimes called micro local journalism, refers to coverage of events and topics on an extremely small, local scale. An example might be a website that covers a specific neighborhood or even a particular section or block of a neighborhood.”

(Disclosure: the first thing that crossed my mind after reading this definition was the blog from gossip girl.)

After understanding what hyperlocal new is, I decided to dig further.  I found a couple of websites that were very interesting to check. One website is called Gossip Extra, a South Florida local website. The funny thing about this website is that they also have separate pages for different counties. It is like a hyperlocal section of a hyperlocal website if that makes any sense.

I also came across a website that allows you to create your own profitable hyperlocal site, which sounds pretty cool. Now that I understand the concept of this specific type of websites, I think they are a very good idea. It focus on a small area, allowing readers to have an easier access to information that might be affecting them directly. I will definitely be on the lookout for hyperlocal websites now!

Photo Journalism

I am super excited to start the Photo Journalism project. I have always loved photography. For this project, I am thinking about focusing on a story about immigration. I have a lot of friends that are immigrants and they all have different background stories that are very interesting. I am considering talking to one of them to create a photo journalism story about their story as an immigrant.

I believe this topic would be very nice to work on using photography, especially with all the things happening surrounding immigration today. Hopefully I will be able to create an impact on the reader with my story. Photography will enable me to catch emotions that would not be transmitted otherwise. I am definitely looking forward to start this project!

Service Journalism

While we get closer to start our second story assignment I caught myself thinking about what I could possibly write. A lot of things came to my mind and I started to analyze what I could write about each topic I chose. Although I still do not have a topic, I am considering write about tips on traveling, nicest beaches in Florida, or about free concerts you can attend around the Tampa Bay Area.

I am consumed by wanderlust and throughout my life I learned a lot of tips on how to travel for a reasonable price with my mom and my aunt. I was raised spending my weekends in different beaches in my state and that led me to be a beach lover. I say that when I moved to Florida, I moved to a paradise. I might tie both topics to write my service journalism project on them.

Also, I LOVE live music. I have attended several concerts and a lot of them were free! Writing about the free concert we can attend around Tampa Bay would also be pretty nice and I think it would be a good topic to consider as a service journalism.