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People Who Used To Live At Oakland’s Ghost Ship Are Not Surprised By The Fire

The latest news from the Oakland Ghost Ship fires has the death toll at 36.

A dance party on Dec. 2 turned tragic when a fire broke out in the Ghost Ship Artist Collective warehouse in Oakland, Calif. So far, authorities have not released a cause for the fire as they continue to search for more victims. Here’s what we know so far.

The Ghost Ship was hosting an EDM dance party.


The warehouse was a regular place for DJs and electronic dance music lovers to gather and dance, according to The Ghost Ship’s website.

The death toll is up to 36 people with 70 percent of the building searched.


As of Dec. 5, authorities have confirmed that 36 bodies have been removed from the warehouse with 11 being positively identified. So far, only seven names have been released.

Eleven victims have been positively identified but authorities have only released 7 names.


Authorities are still working to identify the rest of the victims and are withholding the new names in respect of the victims’ families. One name of the original 8 identified was not released because the victim was a minor.

There still isn’t an official cause for the fire, according to authorities.


There has been an investigation opened into determining the cause of the fire.

The founder of the warehouse collective, Derick Ion, was illegally renting the space to artists and throwing parties.


According to USA Today, Ion never bothered to secure the permits necessary to use the warehouse for housing and parties. “Those permits had not been taken out,” Darin Ranelletti, the director of Planning and Building at the city of Oakland, told the press during a news conference, according to USA Today.

Ion has pissed people off with his insensitive Facebook post about the fire.


In a post in his now deleted Facebook page, Ion mourns the loss of, “Everything I worked so hard for.” People were quick to point out that he ignored the people who died in the fire.

There have been several complaints made about the safety and maintenance of the warehouse.


“I was not shocked that [the fire] happened. I was saddened that so many people had to die for the truth to come out,” Shelley Mack, who used to live at Ghost Ship, said during a press conference, according to KRON. Mack added that there were “all kinds of electrical cords running through there illegally. Massive extension cords. Heavy musical equipment. That place was just a death trap. I didn’t think it was going to last this long before it went up or somebody shut it down.”

This story is still developing and we will bring you updates as they become available.


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A 13-Year-Old Boy Was Shot Point-Blank, Unprovoked In His Front Yard; His Family Demands Answers From Police

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A 13-Year-Old Boy Was Shot Point-Blank, Unprovoked In His Front Yard; His Family Demands Answers From Police

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A family in Riverdale of Clayton County, Georgia is expressing frustration at the lack of progress the police have made in finding the killer of 13-year-old son Brayan Zavala. “We want justice,” said Brayan’s 16-year-old brother, Jesus. “We want to find whoever killed my brother so he can go to jail and pay for what he did.”

According to the deceased boy’s family, last Thursday, Brayan had been working on the front lawn with his brother and father when a masked gunman approached the property. The gunman didn’t answer when Brayan’s father asked him what he wanted. Instead, unprovoked, the stranger took out his shotgun and shot Brayan at point-blank range in the face. Stunned, the family tried to fight for Brayan’s life as the gunman fled the scene.

“The shooter didn’t even say I want your money, or this is a robbery or I’m assaulting you. He just came, stood there (in) silence and shot my brother.” his 16-year-old brother, Jesus, explained to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We tried to stop all the blood but by the time the police got here, it didn’t seem like he had life or a chance to live.”

The children of Mexican immigrants, the death is especially tragic. “We decided to live here for a better life, turns out it is worse,” Jesus told local news station Fox 5. “This is just like Mexico. They kill because they wanna kill. That is what just happens.”

According to Jesus, Brayan was a A-student on the honor roll, always trying to stay out of trouble. “Me, my brother, my sister, we study and then do our chores, and study. We’re just focused on doing the things, you know, productivity. And going somewhere,” said Jesus told local news station Fox 5.

“He was a cheerful kid. Always smiling, joking. Like I said, always avoiding problems instead of causing problems. I don’t know why this happened to him.”

The senseless killing has shaken the community who don’t understand what would provoke an inexplicable murder of a child. Law enforcement, as well, can’t make sense of it.

“As a Clayton County police officer for over 38 years very little shocks me. But, this brutal, senseless murder has overwhelmed me,” a Clayton County Police officer named Doug Jewett wrote to the AJC. “I send my prayers to the family.”

As of now, the family is trying to pick up the pieces of their life, setting up a GoFundMe page to finance Brayan’s funeral costs. The Clayton County police department has asked anyone with information to call (770) 477-4479. As of now, no suspects have been reported or arrested, and the family is calling for justice.

“It’s been a week now since my brother died and I haven’t heard anything, no answers from police,” Jesus told Atlanta 11 Alive news. “It makes me feel really frustrated that they don’t think it’s a big deal. I mean, they killed my little brother.”

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Keke Palmer’s Facialist Dermaplaned Her Whole Dang Baby Hairs Off And I’m Screaming

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Keke Palmer’s Facialist Dermaplaned Her Whole Dang Baby Hairs Off And I’m Screaming

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Keke Palmer has suffered one of the worst styling blows.

A week after showing some appreciation and love for her natural-hair growth, the actress and BLM activist has had a pretty wild setback. All thanks to a facial gone wrong.

Over the weekend, the actress shared a selfie video of a recent mishap with her baby hairs.

Taking advantage of the current reopening of beauty business after a long stretch of months without them due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Palmer sought help for her acne from an aesthetician by dermaplaning. As Palmer explains “I just got a facial from this lady,” Keke says in the video. “My skin was acting up —it’s acting up again — and I love the facial. As you can see, the skin is glowing. I mean, whoa. I have a lot of hair on my skin that contributes to me having acne — trying to tweeze it, trying to get rid of it, whatever.”

The facialist used a dermaplaning technique, which is an exfoliation method that sloughs off dead skin cells and facial hair with a blade. The method can help remove causers of acne.

And while it’s always great to be thorough when it comes to facials, as Palmer said in the video, the aesthetician “got all up in there.”

“Removed a lot of that hair. You know, was getting in good,” Palmer said in the video. “But when she was getting the hair, getting my little fur beard lightweight, she ended up also getting my baby hairs. My baby hairs! She took ’em!”

Palmer let out a few groans as she showed the sad empty space that used to be her edges.

In a caption for the video Palmer wrote “SHE TOOK EMMMMMM.”

Of course, as Instagram goes, fans were quick to lighten up the sad news with some laughs and tips.

“Just oil it up … it’ll grow back,” one user wrote while another advised “Cut the dairy, sugar, and drink LOTS of water.”

RIP to Keke’s loved ones.

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