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New York school sorry for automated call that mispronounced black girl’s name as ‘n*gger’

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A New York school district is blaming a software error after an automated call mispronounced a black student’s name as a racial slur.

The Rochester City School District publicly apologized to the girl and her mother after the robo call mispronounced Nicarri Stewart’s name when reporting her absent, reported WHAS-TV.

The girl’s mother received the automated call two weeks ago when her daughter missed class: “This is Edison Career & Technology High School,” the automated call said. “Your daughter, n*gger, has missed period 1.”

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The school district contracts with the company Blackboard Connect to send out mass notifications, and the deputy superintendent told the TV station the vendor’s software was responsible for the error.

“It’s very similar to technologies that you use that are centered around GPS,” said Lawrence Bo Wright, RCSD deputy superintendent, “where sometimes the system will have mispronounced a name, and that’s how that occurred.”

But the girl’s mother doesn’t understand why the racial slur would be entered into the computer system — and the calls keep coming.

“They’re making me look like I’m slightly bananas and lying about this, when they’re saying they rectified something they haven’t rectified yet,” said Nicomi Stewart.

The school district’s information technology department is working with the vendor to determine why the Stewarts keep receiving those automated calls.

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

😂😂😂#DemDebate

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