100 students, 1000 explicit pictures

As a parent and big supporter of social media stories like this put me in a tough spot. Police just busted an Instagram sex ring that spans 6 counties in my state. More than 100 teens were involved and more than 1,000 risque or nude photos posted. The scandal was brought to light after a parent noticed their 15 year old posting inappropriate pictures on instagram.
Police started inviestigating and that led to finding accounts linked to a third party website where the photos showed up. The youngest featured on this site.. 14 years old.
So far more than 20 phones of the teens have been seized but no charges pressed yet. Yep, I said charges. Possessing pictures of minors is child porn people. It’s a felony. Although sexting may be common among teens these days.. .it’s dangerous and this is a good reminder it could land you in trouble with the law.

Egg hunt and marshamallow harvest

Great Country Farms did it again! Another beautiful weekend for an old fashion egg hunt and peeps marshmallow harvest! Adora had a great time looking for eggs. Bob got to meet the Easter Bunny for the first time. We roasted marshmallows and hitched a ride on the cow train. This is such a fun family tradition! The farm is now open daily 10am-5pm in April. If you missed the egg hunt.. the Strawberry Jubilee in May is always really fun and worth the drive.

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Leukemia Ball Raises $3 Million

WHOA! What a monster night of giving. It was incredible to see the best of our community at work. Supporters of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society showed up Saturday night ready to give. They exceeded our expectations helping raise more than $3 million dollars to fund the fight against blood cancer.
A touching part of the night.. when Redskins Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell was honored and revealed he just lost his best friend to the disease. I think there were tears in just about everybody’s eyes. We also met the sweet patient ambassadors Logan, Tyler and Brianna. These children remind us there is hope for a cure.. not someday but today.
Special shout out to my co-emcees Comcast SportsNet’s Julie Donaldson, FOX5′s Sarah Simmons and ABC7′s Eileen Whelan. It was an honor to share the stage with such grounded and generous women in our biz. It was pretty cool to see some of our peacock family in the house too– thanks Dianna and Vance!
Comedian Ryan Hamilton was very funny… and what can I say about Huey Lewis and the News. It was obvious with the standing room– the heart of rock’n'roll had arrived at the Washington Convention Center that night. If you came out to support or have ever made a donation to LLS… thank you.

Photos by Imijination Photography

Sweet taste of Spring

Families get a sweet taste of Spring while helping others! Dozens of parents and their kids gathered at Wildfire Restaurant  at Tysons Galleria for a Spring Cookie Making and Decorating Class benefiting a good cause.  Adora helped me with the hosting duties. The interactive playdate was led by Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq who showed the kids how to make cookies. The children then took on the fun duty of decorating. Congratulations to our top decorators Elsa, Elizabeth and Zachariah! A portion of the proceeds went to Food for Others the largest distributor of free food serving people in Northern Virginia!

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Cookie Making on News4 Today!

Cookie Making Class at Wildfire 2014 from OhMyGOFF on Vimeo.

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The “who can keep their hands on the wall the longest” game.

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Post cookie making dinner with News4 Mammas!!

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Oh did we mention it was like 70 degrees outside!!

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American Activist Live-Tweets from Cairo Jail

A political activist from D-C live-tweets custody in Cairo jail.
She’s a fixture on capitol hill and many dc reporters know her well for her American rights and peace protests that include interrupting congressional hearings (fake bloody hands behind Sec. Kerry)  and even the President (speech on Yemen).
“Help! They broke my arm. Egypt Police” Media Benjamin the co-founder of anti-war group CODEPINK wrote on Twitter this morning.
Before that she posted a photo of what she says is the cell she’s being held in at the Cairo Airport.According to her string of tweets, she’s been there for the last 9 hours.

Code Pink’s website says Benjamin was headed to Gaza for a women’s conference with plans to protest the Israeli blockade.We still don’t know why Benjamin is in custody.. but the state dept did recently issue a travel alert for Americans warning of risks of going to Egypt because of political and social unrest. Still unknown whether detention is  linked to Egypt’s crackdown on Hamas– a group Benjamin in the past has voiced support of.
Uncomfirmed: Hearing from reporters in Mideast… that US Embassy in Cairo is close to resolving the issue.

New Free Shovel Service

There’s a news free service in our area that is helping people in need dig out of all this snow! Snowcrew.org is for senior citizens, the disabled or anyone physically unable to shovel. The site aims to match those in need with people who can help. Once on the site.. click “request assistance”  and type in your address. That will trigger an alert  for pepole on the platform who can help you shovel. You’ll be notified by phone call or email. We checked and so far 50 people in the DC area have signed up to volunteer to help shovel. You can sign up too! Follow @snowcreworg on twitter.

Bob & Ava Meet their Extended News Family

Big thanks to dear friends Rebecca Cooper and Jill Collins for throwing the best Sip ‘n’ See at Carmine’s for Bob and Alison Starling’s little Ava. It was a wonderful way to get the babies together (which you can tell Ava is already crushin’) and show them off to all our great friends in the business! Photos by Daniel Schwartz and Rebecca Cooper.
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Operation Convert (to twitter)

So I had a really great time visiting with resident of Riderwood in Silver Spring this week. I was invited to come and speak about how social media is changing and shaping news. I talked about how we use these new tools to help tell stories and add new dimensions. I also tried to drive home how it’s important it is for our viewers to get on board. Now more than ever you have a voice in what we cover and how we cover it. Journalism is no longer a one way street. A man named Bob asked me why we never report on all this growing petitions online that seem newsworthy. It was the perfect question because in the last week someone tweeted me a link to a white house petition.. I sent it to producers and we ended up using it on-air during our show. I also told them how cool their grandkids would think it was if they saw gramps on twitter :) Overall it was a lovely experience and I’ve since learned their computer lab is going to host a twitter “how to” class to show residents how to tweet! I LOVE THIS STUFF!

 

Jewels of Asia

It was a night that sparkled! The Asian American Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual business awards and this year the theme was “Jewels of Asia”. It was a wonderful way to honor Asian American business leaders who have made contributions to our community. A big group of local leaders attended including Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and Fairfax County Supervisor Sharon Bulova. I was honored to emcee an event that really makes me proud. Shout out to Grace Han Wolf and Jenet Ahn for putting together another successful show! Photos by Joey Darley.

 

ARMY Mom Strong

Anyone who’s had a baby knows just how tough it can be to get back in shape. Imagine having to have to take a physical fitness test and meet a weight requirement 6 months after delivery! It’s the reality for the brave women in our military. The good news.. there’s a unique program that is helping pregnant soldiers stay fit physically and emotionally. Tune in for my story from Fort Meade Maryland this evening. It airs on News4 at 4 after Ellen!

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