California father continues Christmas tradition to honor late daughter

Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 3:13 AM

Christmas decorations.
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Christmas decorations.(Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group)

For 19 years, a California man has decorated his home for Christmas and has invited community members to visit. The holiday display is a tribute to a daughter he lost in a plane crash.

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Bob Taylor oldest daughter died in the plane crash.

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“She loved Christmas,” Taylor told KRON. ” I mean, that was her favorite time of the year and she loved to decorate.”

Taylor said his two other daughters got the idea to decorate the home in their sister’s honor. What began as a small tribute became something bigger.

The family’s Christmas display is extensive and takes more than three months to perfect, KRON reported. 

“I just tell everybody that I want it to be bright enough that she can see it from heaven,” Taylor told KRON.

These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:54 AM

Amazon.
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Amazon.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

Plenty of big cities aren’t on Amazon’s long short list of 20 places it’s still considering for a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs.

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While the Seattle-based giant kept Atlanta in the running, here are some of the notable cities that aren’t:

  • Phoenix

  • San Diego

  • Charlotte

  • Detroit

  • Cincinnati

  • San Francisco

  • Houston

  • Montreal

  • Kansas City

Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

Roy Halladay pitched 16 seasons in the major leagues before retiring in 2013.
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Roy Halladay pitched 16 seasons in the major leagues before retiring in 2013.(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

An autopsy on former major-leaguer Roy Halladay showed that he had amphetamines, morphine and a sleep aid in his system when he died in a plane crash off the west coast of Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday.

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Halladay, 40, died Nov. 7 from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor, according to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was flying his personal plane -- an ICON A5, which is an amphibious two-seat plane with foldable wings -- when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey, the Times reported. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the case.

Dr. Bruce Goldberger, a pathologist and director of the University of Florida’s Health Forensic Medicine center, said the drugs found in Halladay’s system were a concern, the Times reported.

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“The drugs are particularly important in the assessment of the impairment of Mr. Halladay while operating the plane,” Goldberger told the Times. “The NTSB will take this evidence under consideration during their investigation of this accident.”

The autopsy did not say whether Halladay had prescriptions for the medications found in his system, the Times reported.

Halladay, a father of two, was an All-Star during his 16-year major-league career with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He had a 203-105 record and won the Cy Young Award in 2003 with Toronto and in 2010 with Philadelphia.

Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:52 AM

Campbell's tomato soup cans.
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Campbell's tomato soup cans.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Amanda Mattuchio said her parents use a fake can of Campbell's Tomato Soup to hide their cash.

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Unfortunately, they stored it alongside real soup cans in their kitchen.

“The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills,” she said. “The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned goods they wanted to donate to the senior center.”

Her parents cleared out their soup cabinet, not giving their donations a second thought until several weeks later.

“When they went to put some more money into the can, they realized it had been put in with the donations. It was kind of devastating,” Mattuchio said. 

Frank Leary runs the Middleton Food Pantry where those cans ended up. He says on average, they receive hundreds of donated cans of soup a week. They searched every single one but still haven't found that can.

“I would love to find the can of soup. That amount of money is a terrible, terrible loss for anyone,” Leary said. “For all I know, that Campbell tomato soup is sitting in someone's cabinet right now and they don't even know it.”

Mattuchio’s parents are retired and live on a fixed income. She is asking anyone who went to the Middleton Food Pantry within the past few weeks to open their cabinets and inspect their soup cans. 

“I just hope whoever did find the money. If it has been found that they see this and they find it in their heart to return it,” Mattuchio said. 

Leary said he will remain vigilant in hopes of finding the can. Middleton Police said they have reached out to the family to see what they can do.

“If I opened a can of soup and expected to get a hot bowl of soup and got a hot bowl of cash, it would make an impression on me that I would want to talk to my friends about it,” Leary said. \

Mattuchio's father said if the person who found the can doesn't return it, he hopes they can use the money to help make their own life a little easier.

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Tom Petty Death Caused By Accidental Drug Overdose

Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose after taking a variety of medications, the family for the legendary rock star said Friday. 

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Petty, who suffered emphysema, knee problems and more recently a fractured hip, was prescribed various pain medications including Fentanyl patches, his family said. 

“On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” his family wrote on Facebook

The family called Petty’s Oct. 2 death an unfortunate accident. 

“As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.”

DOVER, DE - JUNE 22: Tom Petty performs onstage at the Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 22, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)(Theo Wargo)