NEWARK, N.J. – Prosecutors want three teenage boys who are charged in the execution-style shooting deaths of three college students to be tried as adults. Essex County prosecutors filed papers Friday to try a 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds as adults, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. The three are charged in the shooting deaths of three students at a school yard in Newark on Aug. 4. The names of the three underage suspects have been withheld by authorities because of their age. The victims, Iofemi Hightower, 19, Dashon Harvey, 20, and Terrance Aeriel, 18, were scheduled to attend Delaware State University this fall. A fourth victim, Natasha Aeriel, was also shot but survived and has helped investigators track down the suspects. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three other men, all adults, have also been arrested. Hearings will be held to determine whether an adult trial is justified.
Shirley Caesar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Set List 2017-grammy-salute-music-legends-who-performed Andra Day Praises “Incredible” Nina Simone Anthem Shirley Caesar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award John Cale On Lou Reed, Velvet Underground NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 12, 2017 – 5:07 pm Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone Facebook The exciting two-hour program centered around the presentation of this year’s Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards to honorees Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground, as well as the presentation of the Technical GRAMMY Award to audio inventor Alan Dower Blumlein, and Recording Academy Trustee Awards to producer/arranger/songwriter Thom Bell; record executive Mo Ostin; and recording executive, A&R man and music publisher Ralph S. Peer.Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and its cultural heritage, the star-studded event featured performances by GRAMMY winners Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman, Le’Andria Johnson, Dionne Warwick, Dwight Yoakam, and Living Colour founder/guitarist Vernon Reid; GRAMMY nominees Andra Day, Neal McCoy, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Russell Thompkins Jr. of the Stylistics, and Catherine Russell.Here’s a recap of the full lineup of performances:(Note: performers are listed in parentheses)Thom Bell• “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)• “Then Came You” (Dionne Warwick)Ahmad Jamal• “But Not For Me”/”Ahmad’s Blues”/”Poinciana” (Stanley Cowell) Honoring Thom Bell’s Musical Prowess Sly Stone• “I Want To Take You Higher”/”Everybody Is A Star”/”Sex Machine”/ “Dance To The Music” (Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Vernon Reid)Also honored at the event was Keith Hancock, this year’s recipient of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum’s Music Educator Award. More “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impact 2017 “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends”: Who Performed? Ralph S. Peer• “Crazy Blues” (Catherine Russell)• “The Great Pretender” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)• “Georgia On My Mind” (Andra Day)The Velvet Underground• “I’m Waiting For The Man”/”Sunday Morning” (John Cale Band with Maureen “Moe” Tucker)Shirley Caesar• Medley: “You Name It”/ “It’s Alright, It’s OK”/”You’re Next In Line For A Miracle”/ “Satan, We’re Going To Tear Your Kingdom Down” (Kirk Franklin with Le’Andria Johnson)• “Caught Up”/”Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name” (Shirley Caesar)Mo Ostin• “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country”/”I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” (Randy Newman)Charley Pride• “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” (Neal McCoy)• “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” (Charley Pride) Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone John Cale On Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Andra Day Praises “Incredible” Nina Simone Anthem Read more Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone From Andra Day and Sly Stone to Charley Pride and Shirley Caesar, here’s your exclusive viewer’s guide to the televised Recording Academy presentation on Friday, Oct. 13 on PBSNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 13, 2017 – 11:00 pm The second annual “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” aired Friday, Oct. 13 on PBS. Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impact Email Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar Twitter News Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar Honoring Thom Bell’s Musical Prowess Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson Honor Sly Stone Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors Nina Simone• “Mississippi Goddam” (Andra Day)Jimmie Rodgers• “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride”/”Mule Skinner Blues”/”T For Texas” (Dwight Yoakam) John Cale On Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 11, 2017 – 4:53 pm Kirk Franklin Praises Shirley Caesar Shirley Caesar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Andra Day Praises “Incredible” Nina Simone Anthem Prev Next Honoring Thom Bell’s Musical Prowess Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impact
September 23, 2013 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. In a lot of ways, Google Analytics is like the eyes and ears of your website. The popular free tool automatically collects helpful data for you, so you can better understand, serve and build your online audience — and your customers.Having a website but not knowing how people use it is like talking without listening. Whether you’re selling products, driving customers to offline stores or building your brand, Google Analytics takes the guesswork out of measuring how well you’re achieving your website goals.We spoke with Daniel Waisberg, anayltics advocate at Google, who provided some useful tips about how to use the popular tool. Here are 10 essential questions to ask when using Google Analytics to track and improve your company’s website:1. Why is it important to gauge my website metrics in the first place? Knowing precisely what your website visitors — who are often current and potential customers — like and dislike about your site can help you reach your overall business goals.”Once you understand your customers’ preferences and tastes, you are in a much better position to create a better experience for them,” says Waisberg, who is author of Google Analytics Integrations: Centralizing Digital Marketing (Daniel Waisberg, 2012). “And a better website experience will inevitably lead to a happier customer.”2. How can I connect Google Analytics to my website? If you’re not already using Google Analytics, getting started is relatively easy. First, visit the Google Analytics website. Next, click on “Create an Account” and follow the basic account configuration steps.You’ll then be supplied with a snippet of Google Analytics HTML to insert into the source code for your website. This code is essentially how Google Analytics taps into and captures your website’s usage statistics. If you don’t have immediate access to the back end of your website to insert the tracking code, you should ask your website administrator to do it for you.3. What are Google Analytics ‘Goals’ and why should I use them? After installing Google Analytics’ tracking code, your next step is to identify what key website visitor actions you want to monitor. Google Analytics refers to these as Goals, which you should use to measure which types of content trend well with visitors and which don’t.There are four basic types of Goals:Destination. A specific location within your website.Duration. How long individual website visits last.Page/Screens Per Visit. Which pages and screens visitors view during a single visit.Events. Actions visitors take during a visit, including ad clicks, social media shares and video plays.4. How can I find out how people discover my website and keep them coming back? Google Analytics’ Keywords report shows you which search engine keyword search terms deliver traffic to your site, and just how effective your search engine marketing (SEM) efforts are.Pay special attention to Google Analytics’ Referrals reporting. Referrals represent visits to your website from other websites that link directly to yours.You can use referral and keyword data to improve your site’s search engine rankings and to increase your awareness of who is linking to you when, where and why. Understanding what draws people to your website can help you give them more of what they want, which should increase engagement and encourage repeat and longer visits.5. Can I track my Google Adsense campaigns with Google Analytics? Yes, Google Analytics does measure the success of your Google Adsense. If your objective is to generate revenue through AdSense initiatives, Waisberg recommends using Google Analytics’ Pages report. It provides a detailed view of which website page performed best in terms of generating AdSense revenue and more.”If you find that posts about celebrities generate more revenue than posts about soccer, you might consider writing more about celebrities,” Waisberg says.6. Can I gauge the success of my Google AdWords initiatives? You can also leverage Google Analytics to find out which of your Google AdWords campaigns work and don’t work, and why.To find out, create an advanced Google Analytics Pages report segment that includes only AdWords visits that did not finish any conversion. Once you do that you can check the Landing Page report to look for those pages that have the highest bounce rates, Waisberg says. Culprits for bounces might include poor website content copywriting or design and underperforming browsers and devices.7. How can I track and improve e-commerce sales? You can use Google Analytics’ handy but somewhat technically advanced Goal Funnel feature to analyze the overall success of your e-commerce efforts — right down to individual shopping cart transactions, if you like.Waisberg recommends taking advantage of the Goal Funnel option to find out where in the online shopping process your customers abandon their purchases. Knowing when and where shoppers get cold feet and back out of a buy could help you fine tune your online shopping experience and, ideally, increase your sale completion rate.8. How can I see which browsers and devices people view my website on? In Google Analytics’ Audience section, you can view a complete list of all of the web browsers, operating systems and devices your visitors use to access your website.If a significant number of people are viewing your website on smartphones and tablets, for example, perhaps it’s time to consider developing a mobile app or optimizing your site for mobile to better serve them.9. How can I know what is sending my website visitors away? Google Analytics’ Exit Pages feature shows you the individual pages within your website that users are on when they navigate away from your site.If your main homepage URL is the top exit page on the list, chances are you’re losing visitors right there on the first page they see. If that’s the case, perhaps it’s time to redesign your main landing page for optimal engagement. Or, if the page users exit on the most is buried deep within your site and isn’t particularly useful, consider deleting the page altogether.10. How can I share key Google Analytics data with my clients, colleagues and stakeholders? You’ll likely want to, or might even have to share all the beneficial user data Google Analytics gathers with people who have a vested interest in your site. Luckily there are several ways to do this, even automatically, if you wish.To email a report, simply look for the email button just above the Google Analytics chart you’d like to share. Next, you’ll be prompted to choose contacts to email it to and which file formats to send the data as (exe., .pdf. .csv, etc.). You can also allocate how often to send the information (once, daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly) and pick which days of the week to send reports. Enroll Now for Free
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Throw your dog a bone. Put down your cell phone.And your tablet. And your laptop. And your gaming controller. Seriously. Stop staring at your electronics already and play with your neglected furry friend. Or pay the price. Some 28 million gadget-loving Americans should take this easier-said-than-done advice. That’s how many people have had a pet wreak havoc on an electronic device, according the 2014 Pet Accidents Survey conducted last month by SquareTrade, a consumer electronics extended warranty provider.Related: A Bulldog Inspired This Woman’s $50 Million StartupYour pets aren’t as bright as you think. They don’t “get” why weird glowing screens suck up so much of your time and attention and they’re jealous. Jealous enough to exact revenge on them with their paws, claws and, yes, pee and, er, other stuff.The survey, detailed in the fun, “faux-paws”-filled infographic below, showed that pets most often abuse power cords, which pose an electric shock risk when chewed on while plugged in.The second most pet-mangled electronics are — no shock here — smartphones. (Apparently dumb phones weren’t fancy or cool enough to warrant a question on the survey or maybe domesticated animals are too savvy to waste their jaws on them.)Related: Who Rules the Internet: Cats or Dogs? (Infographic)Warm, cozy laptops, which cats love lazily lounging on, are the the third most pet-damaged gadgets. Lucky, gamers. Lowly game controllers came in last. So, now you know. If your jealous, probably male furball hasn’t already posed a slobbery threat to your favorite gadgets, it could. What can you do? Love your pet up more often. Keep your gadgets out of paw’s reach. Pet-proof your beloved gadgets by covering them in protective cases.Then tweet about it. The study also revealed that some of us adore our pets enough to create social media accounts for them. One in six pet owners have, including our very own Wendy Frink. Her beloved pup, Hamilton Pug, has almost 5,000 followers on Twitter, nothing to bark at. And you bet Ham’s fans follow him in Facebook and Instagram, too. Did we mention he’s hosting a black collar fundraiser for charity? Oh, and, for the record, Hamilton Pug has never harmed a single gadget. Yet.Related: Do Pets Make the Best Co-Workers?Click to Enlarge+ 3 min read Enroll Now for Free June 9, 2014