Families Of Fallen Soldiers Remind Trump He Has No Idea What Sacrifice Means

The families of over a dozen service members killed in combat criticized Donald Trump‘s recent attacks on the parents of a Muslim-American soldier who died while serving in Iraq.

The letter, released Monday by political action committee VoteVets, called Trump’s criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan “repugnant, and personally offensive to us.” The Republican presidential nominee had suggested that Ghazala Khan was being forced to stay silent as her husband delivered a fiery address during last week’s Democratic National Convention.

“When you question a mother’s pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us,” the letter, signed by 17 families, read. “When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice. You are not just attacking us, you are cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost.”

The families called on Trump, who continued speaking out against the Khans through the weekend and into Monday morning, to formally apologize for his remarks.

The vets rights group Veterans of Foreign Wars issued an even harsher rebuke Monday.

“Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds,” the group said. “There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed.”

Ghazala Khan also responded to Trump’s comments in a Washington Post op-ed published Sunday.

“Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq,” she wrote. “Every day I feel the pain of his loss. It has been 12 years, but you know hearts of pain can never heal as long as we live. Just talking about it is hard for me all the time … my husband asked me if I wanted to speak [at the convention] but I told him I could not.”

This post has been updated to include the response from Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims – 1.6 billion members of an entire religion – from entering the U.S.


It’s All Fun And Games Until Your Neighbor Allegedly Bulldozes Your House

You’re supposed to love thy neighbor, not bulldoze his home.

But that was the result of an apparent dispute between two people in Drummonds, Tennessee, according to WIS TV.

The less-than-neighborly quarrel began Friday when Tipton County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a man firing multiple shots into the woods.

The man in question, 48-year-old John Higdon, told deputies that he saw multiple people running around in the woods near his house wearing “ghillie” suits, a type of camouflage clothing designed to blend in with nature.

Higdon told deputies that he had reported a group of prowlers shining lights earlier in the week and that he believed they were employees of his neighbor, 57-year-old Edgar McLellan, according to WREG TV.

Deputies said they found no evidence of anyone in the woods and left the scene.

A short time later, deputies received another complaint about shots being fired. They then arrested Higdon for reckless endangerment.

Around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, a neighbor called emergency officials to report that a man, later identified as McLellan, was bulldozing Higdon’s home.

McLellan was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and felony vandalism after officials found debris from Higdon’s battered home in McLellan’s backhoe, according to Fox13Memphis. 

Higdon’s house is a shambles now. The walls are caved in, the furniture is exposed to the open air and there is water damage thanks to pipes busted by the backhoe.

Higdon’s brother, Sam, told Fox13Memphis that McLellen should pay for the destruction.

“What’s he doing pushing somebody’s house down? He’s never had beef with this man,” Sam Higdon said. 

Both men are free on bond awaiting their arraignments later this week. Detectives from the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incidents and expect there will be additional charges, according to a department release.


Stay-at-home moms on the rise

Plenty of mothers would like to work, but they can’t find jobs. Even if they do find something, the pay likely doesn’t cover the cost of childcare.


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Stay-at-home moms had been in decline for decades and reached an all-time low in 1999, when only 23% of moms stayed at home. But that’s where the trend stopped, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

The share of stay-at-home mothers has slowly been rising for the last 15 years, and it’s probably no coincidence — the first jump coincides with the 2000 recession, and the second occurred during the even deeper economic downturn that started in 2007.

Today, 29% of American mothers are at home.

“There’s a big link between what the economy is doing and women’s decisions about working or not,” said D’Vera Cohn, senior writer with the Pew Research Center.

Women AND men: Why do you choose not to work?

Forget the image of rich, highly educated women who are simply choosing to stay home because their husbands earn enough to make it possible. This group, sometimes called “opt-out mothers” for their choice to put elite careers on hold, gets a lot of press, but it’s actually very small.

The more typical stay-at-home mom in America today is poor.

Over a third of these moms live below the poverty line, almost half have merely a high school level education or less, and 49% are minorities, Pew found.

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These are mothers who stay home because they can’t find work, they can’t afford childcare, and other reasons like cultural preferences, disabilities, or enrollment in school.

“Some people may be surprised that this is a group overall that is not very affluent,” Cohn said. “The well-off stay-at-home mothers are really a small slice overall.”

Related: Why I choose to not work

For women in general (regardless of whether they’re mothers or not), participation in the workforce has risen dramatically.

In 1950, only 37% of women ages 25 to 54 participated in the labor force — meaning they had a job or were looking for one. The number rose rapidly, climbing to 77% by 1999. But that’s where the progress stopped.

As of 2013, that number has fallen back to 74%.

Cornell University economists Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn point to a lack of family-friendly labor laws, as a key part of the problem. Twenty-six other countries in the world have higher labor force participation from women, and they tend to be countries that grant long paid parental leaves (not to just mothers, but fathers as well).

The United States remains the only major industrialized country in the world that doesn’t mandate some sort of paid parental leave.

Related: Best countries for working parents

What about America’s stay-at-home dads?

The numbers are still very small. Among fathers who were either married or living with a partner, only about 6% stayed at home, according to a separate Pew report released last year.

Those ranks will probably grow in the future though, Cohn said.

CNNMoney (New York) First published April 8, 2014: 11:27 AM ET

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Syria: Aleppo families begin to leave, reports say

The families moved out of eastern Aleppo on Saturday through humanitarian corridors set up by the regional government, according to the Syrian state news agency SANA.

The civilians were “besieged by the terrorist groups in the eastern neighborhoods” and crossed into the Salahaddin section of the city, where Syrian army units sent them to makeshift shelters, the news agency reported. SANA also reported that several rebel gunmen surrendered.

Syrian state TV showed what it said were women and children leaving the city along a street lined with bomb-damaged buildings.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that civilians were using a corridor in Salahaddin to enter government-controlled districts.

At least 169 civilians have left the city since Friday, the Russian state news agency Tass reported, and 69 militants have surrendered.

However, a journalist working for CNN visited the Salahaddin crossing after the initial government reports and saw no signs that it had opened.

The families are fleeing a city devastated by the relentless pounding by Russian and Syrian forces, which are trying to retake swaths of the east that have been in rebel hands for nearly four years.

Plans for humanitarian corridors

Syrian and Russian officials on Thursday announced a plan to open three relief corridors to distribute food and medical aid to civilians, and provide them — and rebels who chose to surrender — the opportunity to leave the city.

Still, the creation of humanitarian corridors by Russia and Syria has been met with skepticism.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Friday that the proposal “has the risk, if it is a ruse, of completely breaking apart the level of cooperation” between the United States and Russia.

“On the other hand, if we’re able to work it out … and have a complete understanding of what is happening and then agreement on the way forward, it could actually open up some possibilities,” he said.

The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said the creation of humanitarian corridors should be left to the U.N. and its partners. “That’s our job,” he said.

He also pressed for guarantees on the protection of civilians and said no one should be forced to leave.

“Some civilians may want to avail themselves of the possibility afforded by the corridor and by the Russian initiative,” he said. “When they do, it is crucial that they are given the option of living in areas of their own choice.”

De Mistura warned that food supplies in Aleppo could run out within weeks.

“The clock is ticking,” he said.

Matthew Rycroft, the UK ambassador to the United Nations, insisted that the humanitarian proposal be accompanied by an end to the bombing campaign.

“If the corridors could be used to allow aid into Aleppo, then that would be welcome,” he said. “But clearly, the U.N. and the rest of us cannot be complicit in anything else — for instance, any form of emptying of Aleppo, or preparing for an onslaught in Aleppo, or indeed any continuation of this medieval siege of Aleppo.”

Too wary to leave?

Amnesty International has questioned whether the corridors would prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the city, saying many civilians would likely be wary of government assurances and might not leave out of fear for their safety.

Philip Luther, director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa program, said the corridors were “not a substitute for allowing impartial humanitarian relief for civilians who remain in opposition-held areas of the city or other besieged areas, many of whom will be skeptical about government promises.”

Many Aleppo neighborhoods have come under fire for 80 consecutive days, with more than 6,000 people — mainly civilians — killed or injured. Four hospitals have been hit. Rebel fighters, striking back with artillery and bombings, have been unable to match the firepower of government forces backed by Russia.

Much of Aleppo, the country’s largest city and a vital economic hub, has been reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland.

Between 200,000 and 300,000 people are believed to still reside in rebel-held Aleppo. Many are elderly people who are too sick or too stubborn to leave.

On Thursday, leaflets were dropped over the city with instructions on how to approach checkpoints and a map showing the corridors.

Those wanting to leave are supposed to wave the leaflet with their right hand raised above their head and the other hand either around their head or holding a child’s hand, the leaflet said. Residents would also be notified by loudspeakers and text messages.

More than 280,000 Syrians have been killed since fighting began in 2011, with millions forced to flee the country.

CNN’s Hamdi Alkhshali, Joel Williams, Clarissa Ward, Mahatir Pasha and Richard Roth contributed to this report.


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As consumers, we rely on product reviews to steer us in the right purchasing decision. It’s easy to see why we, the buyers, might need positive reviews. After all, if you have a great experience at a particular restaurant, your positive review encourages others to visit the restaurant. Hungry patrons and restaurant owners alike are thrilled about every positive review. The same can be said for movies, video games, books, service and virtually any other experience.

But what about the experiences that aren’t very good? Do we need negative reviews just as much as positive ones?

The consumers of the world – especially the ones who have been burned by bad service or bad products – argue that yes, we absolutely need negative reviews. How else will the disgruntled consumer be able to share his experience with others? How can those looking for a good experience avoid wasting money?

On the other side of that, however, companies are wary. They certainly don’t want negative reviews. Those one star, no thumb, 15 percent rankings run off would-be customers and can destroy businesses. There are, in fact, companies who have tried to penalize consumers who dare leave a bad review – even if it’s an honest review.

Avoiding Bad Reviews at All Costs

Companies have struggled with the burden of bad reviews over the years, trying to find the best way to discourage negative reviews on consumer websites while staying at least a little bit legal. While a few practices raise a few eyebrows, others fall off that fine line right into the fully illegal side of things.

Yelp, a popular review website, is one who raises a few eyebrows. Customers write reviews about their experiences in restaurants, hotels and other businesses. With the popularity of a website like Yelp, even a single negative review can have a significant impact on the business and its reputation.

Naturally businesses are leery of review sites like this because there is often no way to check and see if a review is actually true or perhaps just a malicious attack, perhaps even an attack by a competing restaurant. One hotel bad mouths another online and business grows, let’s say. It begs the question, how do websites like Yelp prevent fake reviews, especially those that might damage a business without cause?

It turns out that Yelp does have policies in place to deal with fraudulent reviews both good and bad. Unfortunately nobody outside the company seems to know what those policies are. Even a lawsuit against the company

did “not raise more than a mere possibility that Yelp has authored or manipulated content related to Plaintiffs in furtherance of an attempt to ‘extort’ advertising revenues.”

What exactly was the question of manipulating content? According to the lawsuit and many other frustrated customers, Yelp is removing reviews according to their own policies. Policies that nobody knows. This is annoying, but not illegal. What took the eyebrow-raising actions to court was that some customers believed there was a financial basis in what reviews where removed and which stayed.

One realtor called the company to figure out why a legitimate positive review was removed by the Yelp team as being fraudulent. She learned that the company seemed “to be wary of first-time reviewers.” She claimed, “If your first review is negative then they let you post other reviews, but if your first review is positive then they remove it. The same goes if all your reviews are positive.”

But the kicker came when the slighted realtor realized, “They hinted that if I advertised on Yelp this may not have occurred.”

This realtor appeared to insinuate, as the lawsuit filed against the company claimed, that Yelp would leave good reviews in place, or even remove bad ones, if you paid for advertising on the website. The lawsuit against Yelp was dismissed by a judge back in 2011 not because it was clear Yelp wasn’t doing anything wrong, but because the class-action suit couldn’t show enough evidence to prove it. That’s a thin line to walk, indeed.

Going Over the Line

Other companies have tripped well over questionable behavior into the big leagues. Jen Palmer ordered items from the website KlearGear.com. She never received the items and couldn’t get anyone on the phone to discuss the missing delivery. Finally she did a charge back on PayPal and left a negative review about the company on a popular complaint website before moving on in her life.

Three years – more than 1,000 days – later, she was contacted by KlearGear and told that she had violated a non-disparagement clause buried in the terms of service. Not only had she violated the clause, claimed the company, she would “immediately be billed $3,500 USD for legal fees and court costs until such complete costs are determined in litigation.”

Shocked to learn that she was going to be billed $3500 in legal fees that didn’t even exist yet from a potential future suit, she also read that after thirty days her “unpaid invoice would be forwarded to our third party collection firm and will be reported to consumer credit reporting agencies until paid.”

In short, KlearGear had a statement buried in the fine print “to ensure fair and honest public feedback, and to prevent the publishing of libelous content in any form” telling customers they couldn’t post negative feedback if they purchased products from the site. In short, three years after the company failed to deliver a product or answer the phone, Jen Palmer was told, post a negative review and be ready to pay $3500 for the coming lawsuit. Or battle collections agents while your credit score drops if you don’t pay. Your call.

When the news story broke in 2013, it went viral and the internet jumped into the fray. Tim Cushing at TechDirt dug through the internet archives to learn that the non-disparagement clause didn’t even exist on KlearGear’s website at the time that Jen Palmer ordered the item that was never delivered. If the clause didn’t exist, it certainly can’t apply to her situation, but apparently nobody at KlearGear bothered to check this out (or they just didn’t care) before they requested $3500 for a not-yet-started-lawsuit.

As the outrage in the online world raged on, it was noted that KlearGear had misrepresented the Better Business Bureau’s rating on its website as well, which is another serious concern. Story after story was written and shared and eventually KlearGear shuttered its social media accounts. No lawsuit was filed, no money collected, but KlearGear retreated behind a closed Facebook account and protected Twitter. This is probably not the sort of move a $47 million company makes when it is trying to show the world it has nothing to hide.

Determining the Value of Negative Reviews

In some cases when companies try the say-nice-things-and-we-won’t-sue clauses, the Federal Trade Commission takes action. After one such case, the FTC recruited a top researcher, Paul A. Pavlou, to analyze whether suppressing negative reviews would actually harm consumers in some way.

Granted, most consumers want to know about bad products and services, but do we need to know about them? That was the question posed to Dr. Pavlou.

After researching the question and drawing upon years of additional experience in the field, the answer was straightforward. In his thirty-page report, Dr. Pavlou says unequivocally that the use of non-disparagement provisions and related threats and warnings has a negative effect on consumer welfare.

Threatening consumers willing to post negative reviews does two things. It inflates the perceived value of the product and it also prevents customers from learning about possible problems with the products.

Negative reviews may not be what the company wants, but by artificially suppressing the reviews, at least one expert claims consumers are getting hurt – either in the wallet or perhaps in the stomach as well. Without real customers experiences to examine it’s hard to tell.

The Truth behind Negative Online Reviews

There are numerous studies that have shown online ratings are tied to online purchases. Researchers from Wayne University  proved this easily, but went further in their research to see just what additional relationships existed between online reviews and sales.

The Wayne University researchers wanted to see what happened when companies – much like Yelp – tried to filter reviews. The experience the researchers set up filtered out reviews that would not enhance product sales, or basically bad reviews. Then, after a period of time, the filter was changed to allow all product reviews through.

Where you might assume that sales would now drop with the added negative reviews, the researchers found something else entirely. Apparently “by providing unbiased filtering, companies actually increase the positive impact of online reviews on online transactions.” By allowing a collection of both positive and negative reviews to be posted, sales actually increased online.

The Good Thing about Bad Reviews

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Other researchers have delved into the data surrounding product reviews and unearthed some truths that companies should probably know.

Online reviews help customers.

The reviews others leave online help steer customers toward or away from purchases. Increasingly customer reviews are considered by other consumers to be unbiased and non-profit driven. This is obviously not the case for company-generated (or company filtered) materials. In fact, this lack of sincere consumer posts created by the experimental filter above may be why sales increased when negative reviews started making it online again. Customers respond to honesty and unbiased opinions.

Online reviews can raise prices.

Strong ratings can reduce a customer’s uncertainty about a product and actually boost demand. Higher demand often leads to higher prices, which is a huge plus for the seller. Online reviews are self-governing and allow customers to make informed decisions about online markets – often an asset for niche markets and developing businesses.

Negative reviews protect customers.

Literature has shown that negative reviews are an important element of the online sales community. The negative ratings warn customers about hazardous products or items that are of lower quality.

Negative reviews predict sales.

The vast majority of online reviews are positive. Negative reviews are fewer in number, which makes them more potent as a predictor of sales. Negative reviews are considered informative, helpful and diagnostic for would-be consumers.

Negative Reviews Harm Companies

It was found by both the pair of researchers from Wayne State University and another set of researchers from Harvard Business School that suppressing negative reviews can harm companies. A bad product can hurt a company, of course, but more indirectly, simply trying to squash neutral or negative reviews about a decent product can backfire on companies as well.

Fraud, distortion and the manipulation of product reviews damage the credibility of companies and their brand value. Manipulating online reviews lowers their value and can harm a company’s image, sales and potentially harm customer welfare as well.

The Consequences of Negative Reviews

Dr. Pavlou, who specializes in consumer behavior including online reviews and sales, had dire predictions for companies who try and suppress naturally occurring negative reviews. Suppressing negative reviews would not just hurt the company, but could prove dangerous to consumers as well who aren’t told of real problems people have experienced.

It would seem Dr. Pavlou was on the money when he claimed suppressing reviews would harm both the company and consumers. Consumers don’t stay quiet long when questionable activities come to light. According to Dr. Pavlou, it would seem customers don’t like it when companies “allegedly made baseless claims for their products, and then threaten to enforce “gag clause” provisions against consumers to stop them from posting negative reviews and testimonials online.”


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The Families

The Families use the same logo as Feud Baseball Team.


African-American Street Gang


Drugs Trafficking

Weapons Trafficking

Vehicles Trafficking

The Families are a large African-American street gang in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. They are based around the areas of South Los Santos.


The Families have territory in the whole of Chamberlain Hills and Strawberry neighborhoods. They hold a bitter rivalry with the neighboring Ballas gang and the Los Santos Vagos gang on the southeast side in Rancho. Their signature green attire mainly comes from the support of the colours of the Los Santos Corkers Baseball Team and the Feud Baseball Team. The “Forum Gangsters” may as well support the San Andreas Magnetics as seen by Lamar’s general attires, and Franklin’s purchasable clothing. Also it is clear that the “Davis Neighborhood Families” also support the Dust Devils hockey team due to the members of this set seen wearing Dust Devils attire with their logo.


The Families are possibly based upon the Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles.


The Families control the entire neighborhoods of Chamberlain Hills and Strawberry. However, Forum Drive and the Crystal Heights projects are particular hotspots for activity. Families have slightly more territory than Ballas. Members are often seen drinking, driving vehicles, walking dogs, engaging in illegal races, and standing on the sidewalks. They usually stand in groups of 2-10. Their weapons of choice include Micro SMGs (rarely), Pistols, and knives. They are often seen drinking Pißwasser lager and smoking cigarettes or marijuana, while chatting about their gang lives and such.



Online Player – Friend of Lamar, associate of Gerald and Trevor, and hired gun for The Families and Trevor Philips Enterprises.

Trevor Philips – Leader of Trevor Philips Enterprises and friend of Lamar, Franklin and Michael, and associate of the Online Player.

Michael De Santa – Friend of Franklin and Trevor, and associate of Lamar.

Benny – Friend of Lamar, associate of the Online Player and possible associate of The Families.

Hao – Friend of Lamar and Franklin, and possible associate of The Families.


There are at least five distinct sets of the Families in Grand Theft Auto V.

Chamberlain Gangster Families (CGF):

The Chamberlain Gangster Families are the largest set. Their territory consists of the entire Chamberlain Hills neighborhood. They are also referred to as  “The Hills” or “Killer Hills”. They hang around the Crystal Heights project buildings. They normally wear black, white, or green track jackets with the Feud or Corkers logo in front as well as green, white or black caps. Other members wear black and white tank tops. It is possible, that Chamberlain Gangster Families and are also known as “26 Set”, because this tag can often be seen near other set’s tags. CGF is most likely based on the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips in Inglewood (which Strawberry is based on), as they are the largest set of Families within Strawberry and the Rollin 60’s are the largest Crip set in Inglewood. This gang district was mentioned at the mission The Long Stretch. While shooting some Ballas, Lamar will shout “CGF for Life!”.

Forum Drive Families (FDF):

The Forum Drive Families, more commonly referred to as the “Forum Gangsters” was a set started in secret by Lamar and Franklin, who were apart of the Chamberlain Gangster Families set, presumably within a year or two from the beginning of GTA V. By the events of GTA V, Franklin is eager to have Lamar speak up about the grouping to long-time CGF Stretch, who is still trying to run the two as a high ranking member of CGF. However Stretch continues to put down their set, telling them CGF is in their blood. This could possibly make the set a clicc witch is a set within a set, due to most of its members and territory being apart of the “Chamberlain Gangsters set”. Regardless of this, Lamar and Franklin proceed with growing their set who are possibly known as the “88 Set”.

Carson Avenue Families (CAF):

Hostile to the Chamberlain Gangsters and presumably other sets. Their territory consists of the Strawberry section of Carson Avenue though they sometimes appear in Chamberlain Hills. Members of this set often sport varsity jacket attire with the letter “C” for Chamberlain, which also stands for “Corkers”, the baseball team supported by the gang. Other members wear green black or white shirts with either the Feud or Corkers logo. CAF is most likely based on the Eight Tray Gangster Crips as they have close ties with the CGF, who are based on the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips

Davis Neighborhood Families (DNF):

Their territory is on the west side of Davis. They are at war with East Side Ballas, because East Side Ballas’ turf is the east side of Davis. They are known as “Dirty Davis Devils” or “Davis Devils”. They can often be seen around Forum Drive and other Chamberlain Set territories. Members can be identified by their white, grey, and black sport clothes, many with the the word “Davis” on the back. The fronts will have one of three or four Dust Devils (a local hockey team) designs. Some members have a dust tornado in the front of their shirt which is one of the logos for the team. Others wear the normal Families outfits of green plaid shirts, beanie hats, green, black feud caps. Sometimes, when starting a fight with someone from the set, they can be heard screaming: “Davis Gang, bitch!” or “DNFG”. Davis Neighborhood Families could be based on the Neighbor Hood Crip Card, as the Families are based on the Crips and Davis is based on The Neighborhood Card.

Their territory consisted of Grove Street, the Families’ former HQ and main base of operation. It is stated by Lamar that the OGs of this set eventually moved on with their lives and abandoned the gangbanging lifestyle, possibly to become rich CEOs. At some point the Ballas took over Grove Street. Grove Street Families seems to be the most famous and legendary set of all, since Jimmy De Santa asks Franklin during friendship activities if he is from Grove Street or whether Grove Street just a myth. Franklin answers, that it is not a myth, but was not at the beginning of the nineties either, referencing the possibility of events similar to events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 1992. Grove Street Families were also the gang with the most influence in Los Santos when the gang’s co-leader, “CJ” Carl Johnson took over many, if not, all of Los Santos and severely weakening the Families’ rivals to the point that they have to go into hiding. This family set was gone when the Ballas took over Grove Street and the OGs of this set moved on with there lives and give up the gangbanging lifestyle.


Gang Green : They refer to themselves as gang green because of the gang color.

Fam/Family: Greeting/Respectful

Loc: Greeting to fellow gang members

OG/Original Gangster: High-ranking, influential and well-respected member. One that has put in a lot of work

BK/Balla Killer/Balla Killa: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Ballas

Ball-Sacks/Ball-pushers/Ball-less: Disrespectful term used by the Families for the Ballas

VK/Vago Killer/Vago Killa: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Vagos

Va-Hoes: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Vagos

AK/Azteca Killer/Azteca Killa: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Aztecas

Mission Appearances


GTA Online


Artwork of The Families members doing a drive-by.The Families graffiti with gang members in front.Franklin attacking the Ballas whilst driving a green modified Manana.

Dead Families member and Franklin’s friend.

Grove Street Families tag. Former set of the Families.

Chamberlain Gangster Families vs Original Covenant Ballas gang war in Grove Street.

Davis Neighborhood Families members.

DNF members showing 2 of the Dust Devils t-shirt designs.

Carson Avenue Families members.

One of the Families’ modified Peyotes.One of the Families’ modified Mananas.

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If the player is playing as Franklin and wanders into Families territory with the police chasing, the Families’ gang members will sometimes shoot the police to aid Franklin. However, this only works at 1 and 2 stars, since at 3 or more stars the gang members will just run away. Although all armed gangs will attack the police if a police officer is seen aiming a weapon on their territory.

Even if Franklin is affiliated with The Families, they will still attack him if he attacks or provokes nearby Families gang members, however this is only if he directly attacks a member, otherwise they may just ignore him. If, however, playing as Michael/Trevor and is hanging out with Franklin after engaging The Families, they will shoot Franklin as well, as if he was a hostile pedestrian.

If the player is playing as Michael, the gang members will remain neutral towards him unless he provokes them. If playing as Trevor then the members will act hostile and attack him unprovoked, although they may occasionally leave him alone.

The Families own their unique bright green and black coloured and highly modified versions of their gang cars. They can usually be found parked beside sidewalks or rarely driving around Chamberlain Hills and Strawberry (especially in Forum Drive).

Their favorite radio stations are Radio Los Santos, Space 103.2 and WCTR.

According to Lamar during the mission Hood Safari, The Families used to own Grove Street. This conversation only happens if Franklin escapes with Lamar during the mission. Also a Ballas gang member can be heard mentioning this during the shoot out.

When listening to phone conversations in Chamberlain Hills, some members of The Families can be heard saying “What’s good, CJ?”. In one of the dialogue used by random Families members, they also mention “OG Johnson”, whose surname is used by Carl Johnson and his family in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In The Underbelly Of Paradise, it is implied that the Families have territory in Davis. This suggests that Families are supposed to have territory in Davis, however they are not programmed to spawn there. It is also implied that there are various other sets in addition to the known ones.

The gang outfit for Xbox Live Avatars is oddly called “Grove Street Families Outfit”. This may be a reference to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but it could possibly be a mistake, since Grove Street is not a Families’ gang area during the events of Grand Theft Auto V or Grand Theft Auto Online.

Despite the GTA Online Protagonist being on good terms with the Families and being associated with them, the player can still fight them in a Gang Attack. However, this is with the Carson Avenue set, evidenced by the gang members’ attire and the location of the Gang Attack, which is at a project off Carson Avenue. Also during the gang attack members of the gang can be heard shouting out “CARSON AVENUE!”.

The Families will tell the GTA Online Protagonist to leave their territory despite the fact that the GTA Online Protagonist works for Gerald and the Families.

The Families will still become hostile towards the GTA Online Protagonist if they provoke or attack The Families, prompting them to open fire at him/her.

If the protagonist defeats the Carson Avenue Families in five gang attacks, within one session, a presumable shot-caller or OG who goes by “The Boss” (not to be confused with the Professionals gang leader) will place a bounty on the protagonist’s head and send a threatening text message: “Damn bitch. We gonna get somebody to bust a cap in yo ass.”

All three Family sets seem to be based off the Family sets in GTA: San Andreas with the Chamberlain Gangster Families being based off the Grove Street Families, the Caron Avenue Families being based off the Seville Boulevard Families, and the Davis Neighborhood Families being based off Temple Drive Families.

Three Families skin set exist in the game files. They are; FamCA (means Carson Avenue), FamFor (means Forum Gangsters), and FamDNF (means Davis Neighborhood Families).

Gangs in the real life Los Angeles carry secondary colors, as Bloods will use green and Crips would use purple. However, Rockstar Games said in an interview that they flipped and applied the secondary colors to revoke any sort of favoritism (Bloods become purple, as Ballas, and Crips become green, as Families). Favoritism was diminished as the Crip inspired gang wins, using Blood colors however.

Various Families members (such as Lamar Davis, Franklin Clinton, and Harold “Stretch” Joseph) refer to each other using the word “Loc”, just as how the real life Crips do.

It is generally believed the Families are based on the Bloods, due to their initial occupation of Grove Street’s cul-de-sac (in which it is based on Spruce Street). However, this isn’t necessarily the case in GTA V. There is no real evidence in GTA: San Andreas that Families were based on Crips; Ballas probably were, as they occasionally use an animation where they throw up C’s, and Families occupy Spruce Street’s equivalent. It is possible that Rockstar may have switched various aspects of the details and traits for GTA V.

If the Families are attacked by the player, the whole street will not turn on him, and individual nearby sets will attack. On rare occasions, some Families will kill others who attack the player, however the Ballas have never been seen to do this, and attack as a union (like the real Bloods). This disagreement or disorganization represents the confederate gang mentality of the Families; even from the same gang, they still disagree and fight. Crip sets are infamous for civil war, and apparently, so are the Families.



The battle to save Langston Hughes’ home from gentrification

And that’s before anyone talks about the fact that one of America’s great writers — a hero of the Harlem Renaissance — lived there for much of the 1950s and 60s, until he passed away. His typerwriter is still on a shelf.


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Pressure to sell “Hughes House” is escalating. The current owner listed it for a mere $1 million a few years ago, but it didn’t sell. For now, the home sits empty. The owner doesn’t live there. No one does. Paint is chipping off the front steps.

Renee Watson thinks it’s a tragedy. That’s why she started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $150,000 to rent the home and turn it into a cultural center honoring Hughes.

“The more Harlem changes, the more I’m motivated to do something,” says Watson, a writer who lives nearby, and has watched gentrification flood in. A Whole Foods is set to open in the area early next year. Realtors predict prices will skyrocket even further.

“We — the community — must hold on to the space,” says Watson. “I feel a sense of urgency.”

So far, the initiative to save Hughes House has raised just over $25,000.

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‘Nothing is sacred’ in New York City

Watson remembers memorizing Hughes’ poem “I, too, sing America” in 3rd grade in Portland, Oregon. As a young black artist, she felt that Hughes was holding up a mirror to her soul.

Just over a decade ago, Watson moved to New York City. One of her first pilgrimages was to East Harlem to find Hughes’ house at 20 E. 127th Street. She was shocked to find it eerily quiet. There was no museum, no cultural center, just a small plaque that’s hard to read from the sidewalk.

When the New York Times dubbed East Harlem the last “good deal” in Manhattan earlier this year, Watson knew she had to act. She reached out to the owner and pleaded.

langston hughes typewriterLangston Hughes’ typewriter

“If someone made [the owner] an offer, she would definitely sell it, but like me, she doesn’t want it to become condos or a coffee shop,” says Watson. (The owner declined to speak with CNNMoney. Real estate records show she has held the deed to the home since 1999).

Watson sent out the “bat signal” to other authors in her network to ask for donations and support. Over 250 people have given money already.

Young adult author Jason Reynolds signed up immediately. He remembers when the house was for sale a few years ago. He never wants to see that again.

“I kept thinking, this is just like New York, nothing is sacred,” Reynolds told CNNMoney.

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Can they raise the money in time?

Reynolds is one of many authors, especially in the African-American community, who dream of doing a reading there. The plan is to turn the main parlor into a space for events and use the upstairs rooms as places for artists to work or for classes.

The current owner has agreed to hold off on selling to see how the project unfolds.

“Hughes is deeply influential and important not only to me, but many writers of color,” says author Jacqueline Woodson, who is also involved in the initiative. Her book “Brown Girl Dreaming” won the National Book Award. It opens with a Hughes poem.

langston hughes aurthorsAuthors and artists sit on the steps of Langston Hughes’ home. They are part of the campaign to turn it into an artist collective.

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The great fear is that the funds to rent and restore the home won’t be raised in time. The neighborhood is gentrifying…fast. There are signs of money everywhere: Old brownstone homes are being gutted or knocked down completely to make way for modern apartment buildings.

Marsha, a long-time resident of the block, told CNNMoney that middle class African-Americans began to move back into East Harlem in the early 2000s. But “we didn’t get the amenities.”

Hughes himself once wrote, “Misery is when you heard on the radio that the neighborhood you live in is a slum but you always thought it was home.”

Now white families are increasingly moving in and so are big chain stores and restaurants. In 2013, actor Neil Patrick Harris paid $3.6 million for a property not far from Hughes House.

“Once the Starbucks came, you knew the neighborhood had completely changed,” says realtor Jen Lee of BLU Realty Group. “Everybody’s expecting property values to go shooting up again in Harlem.”

CNNMoney (New York) First published August 19, 2016: 8:32 AM ET

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