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    Omicron, the new strain of COVID-19 that has caused worldwide alarm the last week, has now been detected in Connecticut and Massachusetts. "This evening we confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in CT," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Saturday night, Dec. 4. "This is not a cause for alarm. We have life-saving tools available and I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to fight this pandemic. Get your vaccination. Get your booster." The case involves a man in his 60s from Hartford County who developed mild symptoms on Saturday, Nov. 27. An at-home COVID-19 test was positive on Monday, Nov. 29 and a subsequent molecular test was positive on Wednesday, Dec. 1.  "A family member traveled to New York City between Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center (in Manhattan)," the Connecticut Department of Health said. "That family member developed mild symptoms on Sunday, Nov. 21, and on Tuesday, Nov. 23 took an at-home COVID-19 test that delivered a positive result.  "The family member’s symptoms have resolved....
    Omicron, the new strain of COVID-19 that has caused worldwide alarm the last week, has now been detected in New England. "This evening we confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in CT," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Saturday night, Dec. 4. "This is not a cause for alarm. We have life-saving tools available and I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to fight this pandemic. Get your vaccination. Get your booster." The case involves a man in his 60s from Hartford County who developed mild symptoms on Saturday, Nov. 27. An at-home COVID-19 test was positive on Monday, Nov. 29 and a subsequent molecular test was positive on Wednesday, Dec. 1.  "A family member traveled to New York City between Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center (in Manhattan)," the Connecticut Department of Health said. "That family member developed mild symptoms on Sunday, Nov. 21, and on Tuesday, Nov. 23 took an at-home COVID-19 test that delivered a positive result.  "The family member’s symptoms have resolved. COVID-19...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — The family of slain retired police officer Kevin Nishita are speaking out as Oakland leaders try to address the rise in violent crimes and killings in the city where he was fatally shot while on duty. The Nishita family is concerned about the lack arrests connected to the killing of their loved one. “He’s still giving even though he’s not here,” said Virginia Nishita. Nine days have passed since Kevin Nishita was fatally shot on the streets of Oakland, while working as a guard protecting a KRON-TV news crew..   “He didn’t deserve this. We wish he could come home,” said his son Enrique Serrano. On Friday, Oakland’s homicide count reached 129 for the year. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf along with east Oakland council members Treva Reid and Loren Taylor are pushing hard to add more officers by spending $5.8 million, a move they say would help fill 60 vacant positions and get the total number of officers above 730, which the city council has already approved. “There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence,” Schaaf said....
    Prince Andrew Andreevich, who was the eldest member of the Romanov family, has died at the age of 98.  The royal was a great-great-grandson in the male line of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and since the death of Prince Dimitri Romanov in 2016 has been claimant to the headship of the House of Romanov. He was born in London in 1923, growing up in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor where he regularly brushed shoulders with then Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.  As a teenager, he moved to California with £600 in his pocket, where he took on various jobs, including work as an artist, and married three times before passing away earlier this week.  Prince Andrew Andreevich, who was the eldest member of the Romanov family, has died at the age of 98 in California  Andrew belonged to the fourth branch of the Mikhailovich line of the House of Romanov.  He was a great-great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in a straight male line.  Through his grandmother, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, he was a great-grandson of Emperor...
    PASADENA (KABC) -- Community members gathered at a fundraiser for the family of 13-year-old Iran Moreno-Balvaneda, who was shot and killed in his Pasadena home last weekend.The teen was playing videos games in his bedroom when three to five shots fired outside his home. One bullet went through his window.Police are still looking for the killer."It's just important to be a support to the family at this time," said neighbor Esprit Jones.The proceeds from the fundraiser will help pay for the funeral and go towards relocating the family.Maria Balvaneda is a cousin of the Moreno-Balvaneda family. She is responsible for the fundraiser and said they sold out of food quickly."It's actually pretty surprising, we thought that not a lot of people are gonna come," said Balveneda.They raised more than $5,000 at the fundraiser.A GoFundMe page was also set up for the family.Police are offering $10,000 for information that helps them find the killer."It could have been my family member, it could have been your family member and we have to put our arms around the family as they grieve," said...
              more   A member of the Arizona House of Representatives is introducing legislation meant to teach Arizona’s K-12 students the ills of communism. “This is very personal to me, as someone who has survived a communist war,” said State Rep. Quang Nguyen (R-District 1) in a Tuesday press release.  “I have lost very close family members to the evil ideology of communism. I know what it feels to lose a nation to communism and that’s why I do not want my fellow Arizonans to ever go through what I have. It is up to us to ensure that future generations have an honest understanding of what communism truly is and the horrors it has produced for mankind.  Otherwise, it is likely to be repeated. The victims and survivors of communism deserve to have their voice heard.” Nguyen is a refugee whose family fled from communism in Vietnam and who says he “first came to America as a war refugee with a small bag of clothes on his back.” The legislation would require the State Board of Education (SBE) to re-write the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are investigating after a man was reportedly shot a family member in East Baltimore Thanksgiving afternoon. Officers responded to the 1200 block of Glenwood Ave to investigate a shooting. On the scene, they found an 18-year-old suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. READ MORE: 'It's So Heartwarming To Be Able To Help': Bea Gaddy Center Serves 10,000 Families On Thanksgiving DayHe was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. READ MORE: 'I Really Appreciate It': Active Duty Service Members Have Special Thanksgiving DinnerPreliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a family member of the victim. MORE NEWS: Last Minute Holiday Travelers Head Out Of BWI AirportAnyone with information additional investigation is asked to contact detectives at 410-396-2444. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip-line at 1-866-7LOCK-UP. You can also anonymously text a tip by visiting the MCS of Maryland website.
    The founder of the Michael Jordan brand at Nike, who recently confessed to murdering a teenager when he was 16, is being slammed by the victim's family for not telling the whole story.  Larry Miller, 72, said Wednesday in a Sports Illustrated interview that he served time in prison after fatally shooting Edward White when he was a 16-year-old member of Philadelphia's Cedar Avenue gang. Relatives say that they are yet to hear from Miller and are upset that he didn't mention White's name or the details of his life in Jump: My Secret Journey from the Streets to the Boardroom.   White, who is merely described as 'another black boy' by Miller in the book, was a former Cub Scout who wanted to become a chef. He got a job at a diner six months before his death.  The family would like his name and story to get time in Miller's new book, which will be published in January by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. 'You know his name, give him that respect, especially since you took his life,' Mariah Green,...
    By Cheri Mossburg | CNN For the fifth time in as many years, Leslie Van Houten, a former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer, has been recommended for release by California’s Board of Parole Hearings. Van Houten, 72, is “relieved,” her attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, told CNN in an email. “These hearings are very hard on her,” Pfeiffer added. Van Houten was 19 when she met Manson and became part of the murderous cult that came to be called the “Manson Family,” according to previous parole documents. “I was mesmerized by his mind and the things he professed,” Van Houten once said. In 1971, she was found guilty of participating in the 1969 stabbing deaths of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, as part of the cult and sentenced to death. But the death penalty was overturned and her sentence was commuted to life in prison. Tuesday, in her 24th appeal before the parole board, Van Houten was found fit for release, kicking off a three-month review process in which the parole board’s legal division will examine the case....
    (CNN)For the fifth time in as many years, Leslie Van Houten, a former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer, has been recommended for release by California's Board of Parole Hearings. Van Houten, 72, is "relieved," her attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, told CNN in an email. "These hearings are very hard on her," Pfeiffer added. Van Houten was 19 when she met Manson and became part of the murderous cult that came to be called the "Manson Family," according to previous parole documents."I was mesmerized by his mind and the things he professed," Van Houten once said.Read MoreCalifornia governor denies parole for Manson family member Leslie Van Houten for the fourth timeIn 1971, she was found guilty of participating in the 1969 stabbing deaths of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, as part of the cult and sentenced to death. But the death penalty was overturned and her sentence was commuted to life in prison.Tuesday, in her 24th appeal before the parole board, Van Houten was found fit for release, kicking off a three-month review process in which the parole...
    Pedestrians carrying shopping bags wait to cross a street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York on Oct. 24, 2021.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Most Americans say they don't intend to spend more than last year this holiday season – yet that doesn't mean they won't go into debt. A survey from CreditCards.com finds the average parent with kids under 18 plans to spend $276 per child on gifts. Meanwhile, the average holiday celebrant with a significant other may spend $251 on gifts for them. A lot of holiday shoppers aren't planning on increasing their budgets for this holiday season compared to last year. The survey found that 48% of respondents intend to spend about the same. Meanwhile, 21% said they intend to spend less and 13% said they anticipate spending more. The remaining 9% said they weren't sure yet. Those who plan to pare back will start with decorations, followed by entertaining and hosting, gifts and travel, in that order. More from Personal Finance:Here's how to maximize your benefits during open enrollment The 'Great Resignation' could be an...
    FAMILIES can now be denied benefit support if an unvaccinated loved one dies. It comes as more companies and businesses are issuing ultimatums and new rules in hopes of persuading employees and others to get the Covid jab. 1New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority is refusing a death benefit payment to families of unvaccinated workersCredit: AFP - Getty The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York is now refusing to award a $500,000 death benefit to those workers who die from Covid and were unvaccinated. The policy change went into effect on June 1, 2021. Previously, the death benefit payment was available to any MTA worker who had passed away from Covid, regardless of vaccination status. But when vaccines became more widely available, the policy changed. Currently, around 70% of MTA workers are either fully vaccinated against the virus or have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to a recent claim by the MTA. But that leaves a significant percentage of employees who are required to submit a weekly negative Covid test in order to work, as per a...
    DUNCANVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Duncanville Police have arrested Steven Hill, 27 and charged him with murder in the shooting death of Nissa Danielle Evans, 48, inside her home. Police said on Monday, Nov. 1 shortly before noon, officers responded to a at a home concerning an unconscious person in the 200 block of Merribrook Trail. That’s where police found Evans shot to death. During their investigation, detectives determined there was probable cause to believe a family member was responsible for the death. On Tuesday, November 2, around 1:40 p.m., the Duncanville SWAT team arrested the suspect, Hill, at a local hotel parking lot. Hill is in the Dallas County Jail with bond set at $1 million. Steven Hill mugshot (Duncanville PD) Police have said how the suspect and victim are related or what led to the deadly shooting.
    By Jack Guy, CNN Ronnie Wilson, founding member of R&B group The Gap Band, has died at the age of 73. His passing was confirmed by his wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, in a Facebook post published Tuesday. “The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am. Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing,” she wrote. “Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!!!” Ronnie Wilson, founding member of R&B group The Gap Band, seen here in 1980, has died at the age of 73.(Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)  Wilson formed The Gap Band in the late 1960s along with his brothers Charlie and Robert, according to the band’s website. The group was originally named The Greenwood Archer Pine Street Band, after three streets in a Black area of their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was targeted by a White mob during the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Related Articles ...
    NORRIDGE, Ill. (WLS) -- A Norridge family welcomed a healthy baby boy into their family last week with the help of three police officers.The officers were called to a home last Wednesday for a mother in trouble with her pregnancy.When they arrived, they found the expected mother in the process of giving birth.One officer acted quickly to help the mother, while two other officers watched the family's three other children.Norwood Park Fire Protection District Paramedics soon arrived on the scene and took over.Before they took mom and the newborn to the hospital, paramedics introduced the new family member to his older siblings."They were just jumping up and down, and so excited," said one of the paramedics."It was such a privilege to not only be part of one of the best days of this family's life, but one of that family member's first day of their life," added another.We're happy to say the mother and baby, named Greg, are both doing well!"We forever have a special link to this family and baby Greg. It's something that is very special," said a...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 74-year-old man is accused of shooting and killing a family member following a “verbal argument” Arlington Police said Tuesday, Nov. 2. Police said it happened around 9:45 a.m. in the 2100 block of Lake Country Drive. When officers arrived, they found a 31-year-old woman lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The suspected shooter, 74-year-old George Dale Heimann, was still there when officers arrived. He was taken into custody without incident and is charged with murder. George Dale Heimann (credit: Arlington PD) Police did not say how he was related to the victim. Officers recovered a firearm from the scene that was booked into evidence. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the deceased once the next of kin have been notified.
    LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in identifying a veteran whose photo was discovered on I-580 in the East Bay.The CHP says officers found a photo along with a folded American flag in a display case on the interstate near Isabel Avenue in Livermore. We need your help!! Our Officers located this on I-580 near Isabel Ave. in #livermore We hoped someone would claim this valuable property but no luck…yet. If this is your family member or friend, please reach out to us at 925-828-0466. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/KR8NUiHthm— CHP Dublin Area (@CHPDublin) October 28, 2021RELATED: Vintage photo of handsome war veteran going viralSo far, no one has claimed the property.If this is your family member or friend, you are asked to call the CHP Dublin office.
    WATERLOO, Iowa -- A vehicle struck and killed a United Auto Workers member Wednesday as he was walking to a picket line to join striking workers outside a John Deere distribution plant in northwest Illinois, the union and police said.The man, identified as 56-year-old Richard Rich, was struck at about 6 a.m. CDT at an intersection near a road that leads to the John Deere Parts Distribution Center in Milan, Illinois, Police Chief Shawn Johnson said.Rich was crossing the Rock Island-Milan Parkway at Deere Drive when he was hit by the motorist, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene."We don't believe it to be intentional, but it's still an ongoing investigation and it did happen out near the middle of the intersection where the pedestrian was crossing the roadway," Johnson told The Associated Press.RELATED: John Deere strike: Workers walk out after UAW rejects contractUAW leaders said Rich was a 15-year employee of the Deere plant. He was a member of UAW Local 79 in Milan, UAW said in a statement."On behalf of the UAW and all working families,...
    Meghan McCain dramatically kicked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the curb on Wednesday, publicly declaring that the man she once affectionately referred to as an “uncle” is not a “member of my family” and “hasn’t been for a very long time.” For years now, Graham has tried to reconcile his close relationship with the late Sen. John McCain and his undying loyalty to disgraced former President Donald Trump, who notoriously attacked McCain and derided the Vietnam POW’s war record—even in death. While Meghan McCain previously said that she refuses to “talk crap” about Graham, despite his “questionable” actions, this week appeared to be the final straw for the former View host. In her new audiobook memoir, titled Bad Republican, McCain revisited her feud with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, calling them “funeral crashers” for showing up at her father’s 2018 ceremony. “As far as I knew, they had not been invited but they showed up anyway,” she wrote of the ex-president’s daughter and son-in-law, colloquially known as “Javanka.” Graham, however, told the Washington Post that McCain was mistaken and that...
    Former NFL player Patrick Chung has been arrested. According to ESPN, the former New England Patriots player was arrested Monday in Massachusetts and charged with assault and battery against a family member and vandalism after an alleged situation involving the mother of one of his kids. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) ESPN provided no details about what allegedly happened, but did report that Chung was released on a $10,000 personal surety. He’ll be back in court January 7.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Patrick Chung (@23patrickchung) “Mr. Chung is an upstanding member of the community, wonderful father, and he looks forward to be able to set this straight in respect to what actually occurred. He is the victim in this matter,” Chung’s attorney Sandy Pesiridis said in a statement obtained by the Boston Globe, according to ESPN. Patrick Chung faced a judge a short time ago in @Quincy.#Patriots @boston25 https://t.co/7UsfHoKUk8 pic.twitter.com/rrzcnFw7SM — Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) October 26, 2021 As always, Chung has every right to be...
    PATRICK Chung is known as a former NFL safety who played in the league for 11 years. In October 2021, the former NFL star made headlines after he was arrested in Massachusetts. 2Patrick Chung is a three-time Super Bowl champion Who is Patrick Chung? Born August 19, 1987, Chung, 34, is known as a former safety for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to being drafted in 2009, Chung was an NCAA standout who played for the University of Oregon. Throughout his career, Chung has won three Super Bowl's and was named to the Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team. Chung announced his retirement on March 18, 2021, and has since focused on his entrepreneurial career. Outside of football he is known as the co-founder of the Loyalty Development Group and the co-owner of the New England Free Jacks. What is Patrick Chung's net worth? Thanks to his decade-long career in the NFL, Chung has been able to earn an estimated net worth of $4million with a $2million salary according to Celebrity Net Worth. This number comes...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seeking a 26th term in the U.S. House, Alaska’s lone representative will face a challenger in 2022 with strong name recognition in the state. Nicholas Begich III has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to challenge U.S. Rep. Don Young’s hold on the state’s sole seat in the U.S. House. Young is only the fourth person to hold the seat since statehood and won it in a special election a year after Begich’s grandfather, U.S. Rep. Nick Begich, was declared dead after his plane went missing while flying to Juneau in 1972. But unlike his grandfather and uncles former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and current state Sen. Tom Begich, all Democrats, Nicholas Begich III is a Republican. “I think what I’ve been hearing from Alaskans is they’re ready to look forward, into the future,” the 44-year-old Begich told Alaska Public Media. Young, 88, seemed unfazed by Begich’s entry into the race. “I’m running hard and I’m running to win. Anyone is free to file, but the question is, who can best represent Alaska?”...
    DUARTE, Calif. (KABC) -- The city of Duarte is mourning Mayor Brian Urias, who was found unresponsive at his home over the weekend and pronounced dead at the scene.Firefighters responded to a medical emergency at the mayor's home in the 2000 block of Buena Vista Drive on Sunday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.There was no immediate information on a cause of death.Urias was elected to the Duarte City Council in November 2018 and became the city's mayor in December 2020.According to the city, Urias was a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, the son of immigrant parents and the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He spent time working for Reps. Hilda Solis and Judy Chu, and spent time as a board member for the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District."On behalf of the city council and city staff, our condolences and thoughts are with Bryan's family," Duarte Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Finlay said in a statement. "Bryan has a long history of public service in the San...
    It sounds like Anthony Rizzo might have enjoyed his time in New York enough to stay with the Yankees. The New York Yankees made a move at the trade deadline to bring Anthony Rizzo over from the Chicago Cubs in order to make a run at the postseason. They made it to the wild card game, where they were bounced by the rival Boston Red Sox. Since then, Rizzo’s name has not come up on the free agent hot stove very much. When it comes to available first basemen, it’s a three-horse race between Rizzo, Freddie Freeman, and Brandon Belt. Freeman is still playing with the Atlanta Braves, who made it to their first World Series since 1999. It’s probable that this is holding up the market on Rizzo and Belt as we wait to see if Freeman returns to Atlanta or tests the waters. However, we have received a possible update on where Rizzo stands with his status. According to a family member, Anthony Rizzo is quite eager to return to #Yankees in 2022. That’s an important first step,...
    Eleonore “Lorli” von Trapp Campbell, a member of the family that inspired “The Sound of Music,” died Sunday in Vermont, according to NBC News. Campbell was the second daughter of Maria von Trapp, who was the mother of the family depicted in the musical and movie “The Sound of Music,” reported NBC News. The 2nd daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family was famous for being depicted in ‘The Sound of Music,’ has died at age 90. https://t.co/9ZkFY5Kn5r — NBC News (@NBCNews) October 22, 2021 The von Trapp family left Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and traveled Europe and America performing concerts. Campbell’s daughter Hope McAndrew said the family knew all the songs from “The Sound of Music” movie and the concerts, NBC News reported. (RELATED: ‘Sound Of Music’ Star Christopher Plummer Dies At 91) “They did amazing Christmas concerts that she would describe to us. And they were really touching,” McAndrew said according to the outlet. “She had very fond memories of those Christmas concerts.” Campbell’s parents, Georg von Trapp and Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, along with her...
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    OAKLAND — The man described in turns as a pimp or the maligned boyfriend of a relative of two Bay Area law enforcement officials claims Oakland police were biased against him when they sought a warrant for his arrest because his alleged victim is related to Richmond police chief Bisa French and her husband, an Oakland police sergeant. In a sprawling case that involves three Bay Area departments, 34-year-old Napa resident Joe Goldman, also known as Oho McNair, has been charged with felony pimping and pandering of the French family member. Bisa French and her husband, Sgt. Lee French, have been placed on leave after the 18-year-old family member accused them of attacking her and Goldman, who she contends is her partner. And Goldman’s mother has separately accused the couple of threatening her when they came to her home in Vallejo last month, according to the Frenchs’ lawyer. The case has led to simultaneous investigations across three public agencies, including a Vallejo police probe into the Frenchs’ alleged threats against Goldman’s mother and an internal Oakland police investigation regarding the...
    Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., who was indicted Tuesday on charges of lying to the FBI, has deep connections to The Family, the secretive Christian group that has been tied to multiple political scandals in recent years. Fortenberry was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he lied to federal investigators about illegal campaign payments funneled to him by a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire. In a video, Fortenberry maintained his innocence. He is blaming the prosecution on politics even though the investigation began under the Trump administration. The indictment is not the first time a Family politician has made headlines. Rep. Mark Siljander went to jail for funneling funds tied to a terrorist organization through The Family (he was pardoned last year by President Trump). The Family also played cameo roles in the sex scandals surrounding former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and others. Fortenberry's involvement with The Family has not been previously reported. However, his chief of staff, Andy Braner, is a fellow insider who has spoken publicly about his attendance at the National Prayer Breakfast dating back to...
    U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), indicted on federal charges on Tuesday for allegedly lying to the FBI about campaign finance issues, is a longtime member of the highly secretive, highly political, and largely evangelical Christian group known as The Family. That organization was recently highlighted in a Netflix documentary inspired by Jeff Sharlet's investigative book, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power." In addition to its highly secretive political work The Family also hosts the annual National Prayer Breakfast, which has been attended by every U.S. President since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many Americans became aware of the existence of The Family a decade ago when it was revealed the group had ties to the Uganda lawmaker pushing extreme legislation known as the "Kill the Gays" bill. The Family allegedly supported the bill. It provided the death penalty for homosexual acts, and after years of international outrage the text was watered down to become the "Jail the Gays" bill, imposing a life in prison sentence for LGBTQ people. It was signed into law in 2014, and later...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago firefighters said goodbye to another member of their family as they gathered in Bridgeview Saturday morning for Michael Pickering's funeral.Katie Basic, the paramedic in charge at the Chicago Fire Department, spoke of Pickering's service."He was a hero on multiple levels," Basic said. "As a paramedic as a firefighter and as a family member." Services for member Michael Pickering underway. CFD thanks Burbank and Evergreen Park for providing flag trucks at services. pic.twitter.com/VyfGPgK9Qc— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) October 16, 2021The loss of any colleague hits close to home for these firefighters, but this one is especially hard for Basic. She met Pickering when they were both 19 years old.SEE ALSO | Stepson of 4th Chicago firefighter dead from COVID-19: 'last thing any of us saw coming'"Knowing somebody for that long," Basic said. "It's important to understand that we've seen each other's successes and triumphs and growth throughout all the years and that's kind of what are the different kind of bond and I can say is in some ways I see them truly as a brother."It was...
    (CNN)A California man who was accused of sending threats to a congressman and multiple journalists has pleaded guilty to one count of making threatening interstate communications. At his change of plea hearing Friday, Robert Lemke pleaded guilty to the count related to a threat he made to a family member of a New York City-based journalist, saying in court, "I am regretful and I admit what I did was wrong and against the law." A prosecutor confirmed that other counts Lemke faced would be dropped at his sentencing, which is scheduled for December 14. Lemke could face between 15 and 21 months in prison, but ultimately it is up to US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein to determine the length of his sentence. Prosecutors say Lemke sent the relative of the New York journalist a message saying the journalist's "words are putting you and your family at risk. We are nearby armed and ready. Thousands of us are active/retired law enforcement, military, etc. That's how we do it," according to the complaint. Lemke said in court Friday that he sent texts...
    Vallejo Police Chief Shawny K. Williams says his department is investigating an incident involving members of the Richmond and Oakland police departments that has seen Richmond police chief Bisa French be put on leave. “As the chief of police, when an incident occurs in Vallejo which involves police officers employed by another department, it is my responsibility to contact the employing department to inform them of accusations involving one of their members, so the employing agency can launch an internal affairs investigation,” said Williams in a press release on Thursday. “All communications with the Richmond and Oakland police departments were conducted in accordance with standard operating procedures,” Williams continued. “Since this is an ongoing investigation, no further details can be provided at this time.” French is on leave after she and her husband, an Oakland police sergeant, were accused of abuse by a family member who they claim is being manipulated by her pimp. This follows several incidents involving the close family member, an 18-year-old woman, who has accused French and police Sgt. Lee French of attacking her and threatening...
    The Real co-host Jeannie Mai Jenkins says that 'trust issues' stemming from sexual abuse she endured as a child meant that for years, she didn't want to have kids of her own — but now she is excitedly awaiting the birth of her first child.  The 42-year-old and her husband, rapper Jeezy, are expecting a baby after doing IVF, but Jeannie admitted in a new episode of her YouTube show Hello Hunnay that she still worries about whether she will be able to protect her child in the way that she wasn't protected herself. 'It still scares me whether or not I can keep a kid safe from someone else who might hurt them,' she admitted.  But she's hopeful, too: 'I'm so thankful because I've never felt this ready. I've been through so much, and I've survived and I'm shining. My heart is ready. I was meant to be a mom.' The Real co-host Jeannie Mai Jenkins says that 'trust issues' stemming from sexual abuse she endured as a child meant that for years, she didn't want to have kids of...
    In a case that has ensnared three police departments across the Bay Area, the Richmond police chief is on leave after she and her husband, an Oakland police sergeant, were accused of abuse by a family member who they claim is being manipulated by her pimp. Richmond police Chief Bisa French has taken leave following several incidents involving the close family member, an 18-year-old woman, who has accused French and police Sgt. Lee French of attacking her and threatening to kill her and the man she insists is her partner. The partner, 34-year-old Napa resident Joe Goldman, was charged Wednesday with pimping the French’s family member. Lee French is also on personal leave from OPD. Meanwhile, police in Vallejo are investigating an incident involving French and her husband at Goldman’s mother’s home there. And Oakland’s internal affairs department has launched an investigation into OPD chief LeRonne Armstrong’s communications with the Vallejo police chief about that incident. Court records and interviews with authorities give differing accounts of the incidents involving the Frenchs, their family member, and Goldman. In a restraining order...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Southwest Airlines is playing catch up after thousands of flight delays this weekend, at Midway, O’Hare and across the country. Southwest flights have been canceled at Midway while many others were delayed, leaving thousands of people inconvenienced in both small and big ways. READ MORE: White Sox Players And Fans Ready For Do Or Die Game 4 Vs. Astros; 'It’s Going To Be Electric'CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra has the story of a Chicagoland family’s devastating story of the milestone they missed. They were flights to a wedding booked back this spring. The family said Southwest had already changed their flights a few times, but what happened this weekend was down to the wire. That made what was supposed to be a happy day one of their saddest. There is video of the moment Kimberli Romano married her husband Kyle on Sunday but that and the photographs are all her family has. “It’s the most important day of my life thus far and I didn’t have a single family member present at my wedding,” said Kimberli Romano. She,...
    A man was shot dead in Tennessee over the weekend after confronting someone for allegedly fondling a member of his family.  Maurice Walker, 33, was driving home with his brother in Memphis Saturday evening when he pulled over and confronted 26-year-old Denorius Butler, FOX 13 reported, citing the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  The two started fighting after Walker accused Butler’s brother of sexual misconduct, the sheriff’s office said. Both Butler and another gunman allegedly opened fire, striking Walker and nearby cars and homes.  CHICAGO WEEKEND VIOLENCE LEFT 3 DEAD, 39 SHOT; MOTHER WITH YOUNG KIDS CARJACKED AT KNIFEPOINT Walker’s brother dragged him behind a car and returned fire, FOX 13 reported. Butler handed off his gun and ran for cover, according to the sheriff’s office.  Walker was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said.  Butler and his brother were taken in for questioning. Butler is charged with 2nd-degree murder, attempted 2nd-degree murder, tampering with evidence, employing a firearm with intent to commit a dangerous felony, and felony drug charges, the sheriff’s office said. ...
    A child exploitation survivor who was groomed by a 'boyfriend' who used her to sell drugs has shared her story in a documentary shining a light on the hidden world of girls in gangs.  Aliyah Morgan, now 24, was born to a drug user father and grew up surrounded by domestic abuse in a house in south London. 'My mum and my dad would argue all the time. My dad would beat my mum up, we would get beaten,' she recalls in BBC documentary Hidden Girls.  'There would be no food or no money on quite a few occasions. Me and my sister Paris, we would quite literally cry ourselves to sleep on top of our bunkbed together.' Aliyah Morgan, now 24, was born to a drug user father and grew up surrounded by domestic abuse in a house in south London. She revealed how she turned her life around in a documentary shining a light on the hidden world of girls in gangs (pictured) From her earliest years, Aliyah understood that the mood in the family home was ruled...
    Of the over 200 million recorded survivors of SARS-CoV-2 infection, many millions suffered in an ICU for weeks and months before being discharged. Their return home, often the result of cutting-edge medical care, is cause for celebration. And yet many of these patients are now living with massive and likely life-long disabilities that include dementia-like cognitive impairment, PTSD, depression, and muscle and nerve disease. This devastating form of Long COVID fits under the medical umbrella of something called Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), a near-invisible epidemic of cognitive and physical impairment that often follows an extended ICU stay. These two entities, Long COVID and PICS, have many overlapping forms of suffering that must be acknowledged by health-care professionals and loved one for survivors to feel validated and heard. People throughout society in all our communities are now struggling with new disabilities following COVID-19 that are due to both the disease itself and the unintended side effects of ICU management. Over the past 25 years, we in critical care learned that many of our standard treatment protocols—including sedating and immobilizing patients and...
    SAN DIMAS, Calif. (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is searching for a 62-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing his brother in San Dimas Wednesday.Joseph Dambra allegedly used a semiautomatic handgun to kill his brother, 68-year-old Richard Dambra, in the 200 block of South Valley Center Avenue around 7 p.m., LASD Lt. Brandon Dean said Thursday at a press conference.Richard Dambra, a Florida resident, was visiting his mother in San Dimas when his brother Joseph arrived at a family member's home on South Valley Center.After the suspect fatally shot his brother at the home, Dean said Dambra fled the scene and drove to another residence in the 500 block of East Allen Avenue and shot into another brother's unoccupied vehicle. It was unclear if the brother was at the home at the time.Dean said Dambra intended to shoot his other brother, too."We believe he went to that location specifically looking for that other brother, intending to shoot him as well," Dean said.Dean said the shootings possibly stemmed from internal family problems, but declined to go into specifics.Dambra...
    Despite warnings that those spreading misinformation will face the consequences, COVID-19 misinformation has been rampant since the start of the pandemic. From “miracle” cures like drinking bleach, taking ivermectin, and gargling Betadine, anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 deniers have spread a variety of hoaxes, including advising some not to go to the hospital. But one hoax has received more attention than the others—and not just by those susceptible to believing it. A Texas man is heading to prison for a hoax he spread on social media in which he claimed he paid someone infected with COVID-19 to lick food items at multiple grocery stores. According to a news release issued by the Justice Department, 40-year-old Christopher Perez posted two “threatening messages” on Facebook at the beginning of the pandemic last year to “scare people away from visiting the stores.” On Monday, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for two counts of false information and hoaxes related to biological weapons. “Those who would threaten to use COVID-19 as a weapon against others will be held...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been a great year for Animal Friends connecting families and people with their newest furry family member. READ MORE: North Allegheny Named Among The Best School Districts In PennsylvaniaOn Tuesday, the shelter celebrated its 1,000th adoption in 2021. Bali, a dog adopted by a family of four, was the shelter’s 1,000th adoption. READ MORE: West Virginia Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For His Role In Meth Bust“Thank you to everyone who has opened their hearts and homes to our residents,” the shelter said on its Facebook page. Congratulations to Animal Friends and here’s to 1,000 more. MORE NEWS: 'It Feels Pretty Bleak': Butler Health System's Chief Medical Officer Says Of Wait Times For Emergency RoomsIf you want to help Animal Friends or find a new furry member for your family, check out their website at this link.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – CHP officers are continuing to search for the hit-and-run driver who killed a father and son along the freeway in North Highlands on Monday. The victims pulled over on Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue, after running out of gas. READ MORE: Suspected Thieves Caught On Camera Stealing From Rocklin Apartment Complex“They told me my husband and my son had both been killed,” said Pixie Charlesworth. Late Monday night, two Chaplains met Pixie at her Sacramento home, with the devastating news that her husband, Donald Charlesworth Jr. 63, and her son Donald Charlesworth III, 26, are both gone. “My only consolation is they were together,” she said. Scandia employee Daniel Bell saw the suspect who he describes as bald, shirtless, and had tattoos. The man cut through the mini-golf course and disappeared into the neighborhood behind the park. READ MORE: Police Respond To Threat Made Toward Woodcreek High Campus In Roseville“I don’t understand how he’s gotten away so far. I mean, he was on foot,” he said. It’s a question we took to the CHP who said there...
    RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Richardson ISD announced Monday, Oct. 4  it is mourning the loss of a student and teacher. Both died last week as a result of complications from COVID-19, Superintendent Jeannie Stone told staff and parents in a letter. Sha’Niyah McGee was a junior at Berkner High School. Stone described her as “a kind, respectful and valued member of the BHS family.” Eroletta Piasczyk was a teacher at the Christa McAuliffe Learning Center. Stone described her as “a compassionate, gracious, and talented educator.” Both Nienie and Eroletta were highly cherished members of our RISD family and they will be fondly remembered and missed by their classmates and fellow teachers. Counselors will remain available for any students or staff who would like help dealing with this loss. Here is the full letter Supt. Stone sent out Monday: Dear RISD Staff and Parents, After confirming with their families and getting permission to communicate this information with you, it is with great sadness that I share that last week both an RISD student and a staff member passed away as...
    Florida residents are deeply criticizing the state's new surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo for his deadly, anti-scientific advice on COVID-19. In a letter to The Tampa Bay Times with the title, "Dead Right," Charles Chamberlain, an 81-year-old Florida resident, delivered a stinging rebuke of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' newly appointed official. Chamberlain pushed back against Ladapo's recent remarks seeming to dismiss the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. He's "spot on," Chamberlain wrote. "I am aware that he is correct because of a recent experience with a member of my family," Chamberlain added. "He had a severe infection from COVID-19. He is past that now, and is completely immune — not only from COVID-19, but flu and other respiratory infections as well." Chamberlain added a verbal jab as he offered clarity about his family member's condition. He wrote, "Of course, we are burying this family member next write, Chamberlain's letter follows numerous remarks that Ladapo has made discrediting science, mask-wearing, lockdowns and the COVID-19 vaccine. Ladapo has even downplayed the importance of quarantining after COVID exposure. According to HuffPost, last...
    Charles Chamberlain's letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times may at first appear to praise Florida's new surgeon general for his remarks on the 'great protection' that natural immunity provides from been infected by COVID-19. But upon closer inspection, Chamberlain's sarcasm and contempt for Dr. Joseph Ladapo, the Sunshine State's new surgeon general as of September 21, who made waves himself this week after offering the observation that those that have been infected with the coronavirus will develop an immunity to the infection. 'I am aware that he is correct because of a recent experience with a member of my family,' Chamberlain writes of the remark Dr. Ladapo made last week.  'He had a severe infection from COVID-19. He is past that now and is completely immune -- not only for COVID-19 but flu and other respiratory infections as well.' 'Of course, we are burying this family member next week.'  Pictured: Charles Chamberlain's letter to the editor, which went viral for its sarcastic nature and tone Dr. Joseph Ladapo, pictured, Florida's new surgeon general, made waves after saying that those that have been...
    (CNN)At first glance, Charles Chamberlain's letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times seems to praise Florida's new surgeon general for his observation that the natural immunity that comes from being infected with Covid-19 provides "great protection" from the coronavirus."I am aware that he is correct because of a recent experience with a member of my family," Chamberlain writes of the remark Dr. Joseph Ladapo made last week. "He had a severe infection from COVID-19. He is past that now and is completely immune -- not only for COVID-19 but flu and other respiratory infections as well." Then comes the tragic twist: "Of course, we are burying this family member next week."DeSantis names doctor skeptical of Covid-19 measures as Floridas new state surgeon generalChamberlain's letter swiftly gained attention on Twitter, where readers (at least those who actually read to the very end) applauded his message and empathized with his grim sense of sarcasm. But Chamberlain doesn't pay attention to social media, so he was "kind of stunned" when a reporter from The Washington Post contacted him and told him...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- This week's First Responder Friday we honor FDNY firefighter Juliane Leigh Forsyth.She is a third-year FDNY member.Forsyth is a fourth-generation FDNY and the 10th member of her family to join.She is an accomplished artist and recently completed a mural in Staten Island just north of the Verrazano Bridge near Fort Wadsworth on Bay Street.It's 1,000 square feet big.Thank you to Forsyth and her entire family!Whether it's helping out, celebrating a milestone of service, or a first responder in need -- we want to hear about it!Tag Amy Freeze on Facebook, on Twitter @AmyFreeze7 or on Instagram @AmyFreeze to nominate someone for First Responder Friday.You can also email us by filling out the form below.----------* Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
    POP star Gloria Estefan opened up about being sexually abused by a family member when she was nine years old who also threatened to “kill” her mom if she talked.  The 64-year-old singer said she remained silent about being molested while attending a music school run by a "trusted" relative. 4Gloria Estefan opened up about being sexually abused by a family member when she was nine years oldCredit: Facebook 4As a little girl when she pleaded for her molester to quit, she said he threatened to kill her momCredit: Redferns “...When I revolted and I told him 'This cannot happen!’ and ‘You cannot do this!’ he goes: ‘Your father's in Vietnam, your mother's alone and I will kill her if you tell her,’” she said the unidentified man told her.  Estefan shared her truth seated next to her grownup daughter Emily and niece Lili. "Ninety-three per cent of abused children know and trust their abusers. And I know this because I was one of them," she said breaking into tears as she clenched her family members’ hands.  CLARE CRAWLEY MOLESTED...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Denton Police Department said the Aubrey Police Department arrested Denton Police Officer Daniel Neighbors for assaulting and injuring a family member and interference with an emergency request for assistance. “The Denton Police Department is not involved in the criminal investigation and is cooperating with Aubrey PD,” Denton Police said in a brief news release. Officer Neighbors was put on administrative leave pending an outcome from the criminal case and the concurrent administrative case, per department policy. He has been with the Denton Police Department for nine years and has been a patrol officer the entire time, the department said. No other details about the incident have been released as of yet, including when or where it happened.
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Denton Police Department said the Aubrey Police Department arrested Denton Police Officer Daniel Neighbors for assaulting and injuring a family member and interference with an emergency request for assistance. “The Denton Police Department is not involved in the criminal investigation and is cooperating with Aubrey PD,” Denton Police said in a brief news release. Officer Neighbors was put on administrative leave pending an outcome from the criminal case and the concurrent administrative case, per department policy. He has been with the Denton Police Department for nine years and has been a patrol officer the entire time, the department said. No other details about the incident have been released as of yet, including when or where it happened.