Boy undergoing cancer treatment uses robot to attend class

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 7:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 7:30 AM


            Boy undergoing cancer treatment uses robot to attend class

A south Florida middle school student is undergoing cancer treatment out of state, but is still able to go to class and hang out with friends through a robot.

Kyle Weintraub does almost everything his seventh-grade classmates do at the David Posnack Hebrew Day School, except he gets cancer treatments in Philadelphia.

His family said the robot is irreplaceable.

"He's no longer isolated. He's part of the class. He's a normal kid sitting or standing, whatever your perspective is on what the robot is doing, zooming in zooming out right there in front of the classroom," said Kyle's father, David Weintraub.

The robot cost about $6,000. Students at Kyle's school helped raise the money to buy it. 

Ohio college student is best grocery bagger in country

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 9:49 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 9:49 PM


            Ohio college student is best grocery bagger in country

Ohio’s top grocery bagger for two consecutive years finally took home the gold.

Brady Long, 23, won first prize and $10,000 at the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger championship last Monday at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“It was very exciting,” Long told the Medina Gazette. “This year, I was a lot more confident.”

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Contestants are judged on speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution and style.

Long, an accounting student at the University of Akron, beat 23 other baggers from across the country. The national competition started in 1987.

“Baggers and courtesy clerks are often the last impression a customer has of a store, and because of this, superior bagging skills, along with friendly customer service, are critical elements to a positive shopping experience for the consumer,” Peter J. Larkin, grocery association president, said in a release. “The Best Bagger competition truly epitomizes the spirit and work ethic of the supermarket industry.”

'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM


            'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Thousands of protesters are expected to spend their day off Monday to take to the streets in protest of President Donald Trump.

The “Not My Presidents Day” rallies are planned in several cities, including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, according to NBC News.

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“While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people,” Nova Calise, one of the organizers of New York event, told USA Today.

Sparked by plans for a Presidents Day demonstration in Los Angeles, organizers collaborated for about three weeks to plan their own.

"We want to fight the entirety of the administration," Laura Hartman, Chicago rally coordinator, told NBC News.

McCain defends media: 'That’s how dictators get started'

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 11:27 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 11:27 PM


            McCain defends media: 'That’s how dictators get started'

Sen. John McCain is defending the media after President Donald Trump tweeted that certain newsgroups are “the enemy of the American People.”

An adversarial, free press is a fundamental part of democracy, McCain said.

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"I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time (without a free press),” McCain said in an interview with "Meet the Press" that airs Sunday. “That's how dictators get started."

"When you look at history," McCain continued, "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

McCain clarified that he was not calling Trump a dictator, but said suppressing a free press is one of the first thing an autocratic administration attempts.

 "A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press, McCain said jokingly. “I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you."

Father, son killed by each other in head-on collision

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 6:05 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 6:05 PM


            Father, son killed by each other in head-on collision

A father and son are dead after their trucks collided head-on early Sunday, according to AL.com.

Alcohol was a factor when Jeffrey Brasher lost control of his truck and hit his son Austin Brasher's pickup around 4:10 a.m., Alabama state troopers said.

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Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

Jeffrey Brasher, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said. Austin Brasher, 22, died about five hours later at the University of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.

State troopers continue to investigate.