Concerned citizen posts photo of dog locked in hot car on Facebook

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 1:55 PM

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An observant citizen with social media savvy helped save a dog’s life at a Texas water park.

According to this KPRC report, Xochitl Dalton spotted a yellow Labrador retriever inside a car in the Splash Town water amusement park located in Spring, in the Houston metropolitan area. The dog appeared to be hot and the window was barely rolled down for air.

The temperature at the time was over 90 degrees, but investigators say that inside the car the temperature could have been as high as 140 degrees.

Dalton sprang into action, calling police and posting photos of the trapped dog to the Facebook pages of several animal rescue organizations in the area.

The community response was immediate, with people bringing bricks and hammers to break the windows, if necessary, to free the overheated dog.

Fortunately, a park worker spotted the commotion and managed to get his hand inside the window opening. He unlocked the door and rescued the panting dog. 

The owner was not located until after the amusement park closed. He was not identified, but he was charged with animal cruelty and booked in the Harris County Jail.

The dog received a health evaluation and is being taken care of by local authorities.

WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 8:01 PM


            WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

UPDATE, 5:42 p.m. EST: The Animal Adventure Park gave an update in a Facebook post. In an update from a vet, it said, "Progression continues. We cannot confirm active labor at this time, however giraffes hide their signs as a natural instinct, that is why until we see hooves we will not announce active labor ... We are just waiting for the calf!"

 
Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, 9:42 a.m. EST: A live stream video was made active again on YouTube before the birth of April the giraffe's calf.

UPDATE, 8:02 a.m. EST: Officials from Animal Adventure Park took to Facebook Live to address YouTube's removal of the April the giraffe live stream.

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, 7:37 a.m. EST: The live stream of April the giraffe was removed from YouTube early Thursday.

"Upset Youtube has suspended the LIVE FEED for nudity & sexual content? LET THEM KNOW," Animal Adventure Park wrote on Facebook. "You can thank Animal Rights Extremists for this issue."

The park said it will address the issue at 8 a.m. EST on Facebook Live. We will provide the stream when it is available.

We will be FACEBOOK LIVE from the Giraffe Barn at 8:00 AM EST

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

ORIGINAL STORY: The impending birth of a baby giraffe has the internet waiting with bated breath.

April the giraffe is getting ready to welcome a calf with her mate, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

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Animal Adventure Park has a webcam in April's quarters, capturing all the moments leading up to the birth.

>> Watch the live stream here

April is 15 years old, and this will be her fourth calf. Oliver is 5 years old, and this is his first calf. 

For more information, visit Animal Adventure Park's YouTube stream.

Single mother's tax return Facebook post goes viral

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:31 PM


            Single mother's tax return Facebook post goes viral

A Facebook post a single mother wrote about her tax return has gained a lot of attention online.

The woman, Christina Knaack, posted a photo of receipt and wrote, “I got back $5,600 on my taxes. Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics, I paid my rent for the year.”

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Knaack posted the photo Wednesday. As of Thursday afternoon, the post had received more than 90,000 shares and more than 26,000 comments.

Many have commented in support of Knaack: “Great job!” “Wow!! Good for you!!” and “You are such an example of a responsible mother! I don't know you, but I'm so very proud of you!”

Knaack told WHNS she is a single mother raising a 4-month-old and 2-year-old on a minimum-wage job.

"It's pretty crazy," she told WHNS. "I was just sharing a milestone with my friends and family."

Posted by Christina Knaack on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In switch for Trump, White House signals opposition to recreational marijuana use

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:58 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:58 PM

A day after touting “states’ rights” in moving to lift an Obama Administration directive on transgender bathroom use in public schools, the Trump Administration signaled on Thursday that while it supports the legalization of medical marijuana, it might be ready to clamp down on states that have legalized personal marijuana use.

“I think there’s a big difference between that (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

“I think when you see something like the opiod addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” as Spicer suggested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department would be looking at the issue.

“They are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana,” Spicer added.

That explanation from the White House is directly at odds with what President Trump had said on the campaign trail – in early August of 2016, he did an interview with KUSA-TV in Denver, where Mr. Trump made clear he thought the states should be allowed to legalize pot.

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“You think Colorado should be able to do what it’s doing?” reporter Brandon Rittiman asked the GOP nominee about the Colorado law that allows people 21 and over to legally have up to one ounce of marijuana.

“I think it’s up to the states, yeah. I’m a states person,” Trump said. “I think it should be up to the states, absolutely.”

In October of 2015, Trump was asked about marijuana at a rally in Nevada, where he said he was all for medical marijuana, and then addressed recreational use.

“And then I really believe you should leave it up to the states; it should be a state situation,” Trump said.

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Nevada was one of four states to approve recreational marijuana use in the 2016 elections, along with California, Maine and Massachusetts, joining Colorado and Washington State.

It’s unclear how the Justice Department might shake things up in those states, in what would be a U-turn for President Trump on recreational marijuana use.

John Boehner: Repealing Obamacare just ‘happy talk’

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:58 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:58 PM

John Boehner: Repealing Obamacare just ‘happy talk’

Despite repeated Republican pledges to scrap the 2010 health law, former House Speaker John Boehner said most of the law known as Obamacare “is going to stay there” because GOP lawmakers have never agreed on what to replace it with.

At a health care conference Thursday in Orlando, Fla., Boehner warned that Republicans will take the political blame for breaking the current health care system if they cannot immediately approve a substitute to take its place.

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Boehner, who represented West Chester until his retirement in 2015, said “all this happy talk” among Republicans after the November election that they should promptly cancel Obamacare and later pass a substitute made him laugh “because if you pass repeal without replace, first anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

He said he bluntly told congressional GOP leaders that if they “pass repeal without replace, you’ll never pass replace because they will never ever agree on what the bill should be,” Boehner said. “The perfect always becomes the enemy of the good. And so you’ve got to marry them together, that’s the only chance you’ll get it done.”

“In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never ever one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like,” said Boehner. “Not once.”

Instead, Boehner flatly predicted “most of” what is called the Affordable Care Act signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 “is going to stay there,” including allowing those under age 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans and federal financial help for middle-income people to buy their own individual plans.

Boehner’s remarks, delivered during a healthcare information technology conference, were made available on a video tape by the sponsor, HIMSS-17.

Boehner’s comments reflect growing doubts among Republicans that they can muster the votes in the House and Senate to scrap and fully replace the law, which provides health-care coverage to more than 20 million Americans — including about a million people in Ohio — who were without health coverage before Obama signed it into law.

The law expanded coverage through federally subsidized private insurance plans and an expansion of Medicaid, the joint state and federal program that provides health coverage to low-income people.

Boehner’s remarks placed him at odds with House GOP conservatives such as Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana, who took part in an effort to topple Boehner from the speaker’s chair in 2015.

In a statement released after learning of Boehner’s comments, Jordan said “now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House, it would be unacceptable to send anything less than a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare to the president’s desk.”

David Schnittger, a Boehner spokesman, said Boehner “has every confidence that congressional Republicans and President Trump will right the many wrongs of Obamacare, whether your preference is to call it a repair, a replacement, or something else.”

“His point was that the process of doing it from start to finish will not be an instantaneous one, and I think that’s already been borne out by recent developments."