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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:06 PM
LAS VEGAS — While some have passed blame to the NRA for the massacre in Las Vegas at a country music concert perpetrated by a man in hotel room whose motives remain unclear, and others like Nancy Sinatra have said all NRA members should be shot by firing squad, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has blamed none other than President Donald Trump.
Video recorded in the classroom obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows assistant professor Tessa Winkelmann opining about a tragedy she said she saw coming to her History 407 class.
“Right when he got elected, I told my classes, three semesters ago, that some of us won’t be affected by this presidency, but others are going to die. Other people will die because of this,” the history teacher said, linking Stephen Paddock’s murderous assault directly to the election of Trump, before then admitting she had no proof of a link.
“I don’t know that these events would have inevitably happened whether or not he got elected, but he has rhetorical powers every president has to encourage or to discourage [violence]. So far all he’s done is to encourage violence,” she said.
The students, as shown in the video, were not entirely on board with their professor’s remarks.
One student who wished to remain anonymous out of fear told the Las Vegas-based news outlet that the comments were “appalling,” and added, “Some of us wanted to walk out of the class.”
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
While the calendar may say it is spring, another winter storm threatened the East Coast on Wednesday, prompting the federal government to close down offices in the Washington, D.C. area, and canceling public events for President Donald Trump at the White House.
While there was little snow on the ground as the sun came up on Wednesday, forecasters were warning of big snow totals from the nation’s capital, up the I-95 corridor through Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
But as the morning commute continued, there was little evidence in some spots of that storm.
“Total accumulation so far 1” of Salt,” tweeted Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), as he documented empty streets on his commute to the U.S. Capitol, as lawmakers from the heartland subtly mocked the snow scare.
The biggest snowfall totals seemed to be to north of the Washington area, up near the Mason-Dixon line along the Maryland and Pennsylvania border, where as much as two feet of snow could fall.
But federal officials did not take any chances, as they closed government offices on Wednesday.
Despite the weather threat, Congress was in session today, though some committees had scrapped hearings set for Wednesday morning, worried about the snow.
Both the House and Senate were still going to be in session, as lawmakers were trying to finish a giant funding bill, facing a Friday night shutdown deadline.
At the White House, it was a snow day as well – even without any snow on the ground in the morning – as the President erred on the side of caution, and canceled two events, including a Cabinet meeting.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:02 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Jen Pratt used to walk the halls of Children’s St. Paul when she was a child. She was diagnosed and treated for a tumor in her leg.
She visited the hospital for a year as she received chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor, WCCO reported.
Pratt became a Make-A-Wish kid, receiving a trip to Walt Disney World.
She was 11 years old at the time and knew then what she wanted to do with her life when she grew up.
Pratt wanted to go into medicine, WCCO reported.
Flash forward a few years and now Pratt is called Dr. Pratt and she’s now on the other side of the hospital beds, treating the patients at the same hospital that saved her life.
“Some of the nurses that I had during my treatment are still nurses at Children’s, so I actually get to work with them,” Pratt told WCCO.
But Children’s St. Paul isn’t the only location from her cancer treatment she’s revisiting. During her trip to Disney, she stayed at Give Kids the World resort. She’s planning on volunteering at the hotel later this fall, WCCO reported.
Click here to learn about volunteering with Give Kids the World.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:18 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:18 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — A suspect in the deadly package bombings in Austin, Texas, is dead, law enforcement sources told the Austin American-Statesman.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
DUNMORE, Pa. — Two parents from Lakawanna County, Pennsylvania, have been arrested after police said that the they left their two children home alone while the mother traveled to Florida.
The investigation started when police were alerted to a case of children who had been left alone for weeks. When they visited the home, they found a 10- and 11-year-old alone, in a home that had food, boxes, pills and trash on the floor, WNEP reported.
Police said that Nicole Sciortino told them that she was not far away, but then admitted that she was in Florida. She then told the authorities that the children’s father Vincent Licciardello was watching the children.
He told police he dropped them off at Sciortino’s home on March 5 and he would stop by over the following days to give the children food, WNEP reported.
Sciortino told police that she didn’t know that it was against the law to leave the children home alone.
Both she and Licciardello were arrested, charged with endangering the welfare of children and are free on $10,000 unsecured bail. The children are staying with friends of the family, placed there by children and youth services, WNEP reported.