Couple changes wedding plans to make terminally ill son part of ceremony

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

A North Carolina couple changed their wedding plans so their terminally ill son could be part of the ceremony.
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A North Carolina couple changed their wedding plans so their terminally ill son could be part of the ceremony.(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A couple who wanted their month-old son to be there to witness their wedding tied the knot early at his hospice center.

Patricia and Christopher Armstrong’s son, Conner, was born with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 which causes severe birth defects.

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“Basically he has an extra eighteenth chromosome. It has more internal effects,” Conner’s dad, Christopher, told WFMY. “He has three holes in his heart.”

“We were told we didn’t have much time left with Conner,” Christopher said. “So we wanted him to be there.”

Patricia and Christopher got married in a small ceremony at a hospice center in Davidson County, North Carolina, with a few family members, including little Connor, present.

Conner died March 14 at 6 weeks old, just 3 days after the ceremony.

“He was loved by so many and always will,” Patricia wrote on Facebook.

The family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

Officers finish treehouse started by slain trooper

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 3:40 PM

File image of a treehouse.
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Three dozen law enforcement officers came together to finish a project started by New York State Trooper Joel Davis, who was killed in the line of duty July 9.

Davis, 36, had started work on a treehouse for his daughter, Jaila, but he was killed before it could be finished. Davis died days before Jaila's 13th birthday, Syracuse.com reported.

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This week, dozens of active and retired officers helped finish the building of the treehouse. A flag with a blue line was placed on the railing in memory of Davis. Jaila posed for a photo in the treehouse upon its completion.

Davis was responding to a domestic violence call when he was fatally shot, Syracuse.com reported.

Man sues after lottery officials refuse to pay $5M prize because underage son bought ticket

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

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A man is suing the California Lottery Commission, claiming officials refused to pay a $5 million prize because his underage son purchased the ticket.

Ward Thomas sent his 16-year-old son into a Mobil gas station in Long Beach to exchange winning scratcher tickets for more tickets in October, the Los Angeles Times reported. The store employee did not ask the teen for ID, the suit alleges.

The son handed the tickets to his father, who discovered that evening that one of the tickets was a big winner. Thomas validated that the ticket was a $5 million winner at a 7-11 store and at a California Lottery district office, the suit claims.

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But the lottery commission never made a payout to Thomas. The suit alleges that the lottery commission withheld the prize money because his underage son bought the ticket. One has to be at least 18 to participate in the state's lottery. The lottery commission reviews all jackpot winning tickets, including reviewing security footage from the purchase point. The state and lottery commission are accused of failure to discharge a mandatory duty.

Thomas also names the gas station as a defendant, claiming there were no signs stating that one had to be 18 to purchase lottery tickets, even if they were purchasing on behalf of someone else who was of age. The gas station is accused of breach of express and implied contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and negligence, according to lawsuit documents.

Thomas is seeking more than $50,000 in general damages.

Verizon backpack giveaway 2017: Some locations giving away free backpack with school supplies

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

Back-To-School Do's And Don'ts

Certain Verizon Wireless Zone locations will be giving away free backpacks full of school supplies on Sunday. 

Through the “School Rocks Backpack Giveaway” program, Wireless Zone, along with TCC and the Culture of Good, have prepared more than 235,000 backpacks to be handed out to children in locations around the country.

The backpacks are free on a first come, first serve basis.

The give-away will be held Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at each location. The child must be accompanied by a parent to get a backpack.  Call your local store ahead of time to verify participation in the program. 

Click here for more information. 

Below is a list of locations participating in the program.

Connecticut

  • 68 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT 06810 | 203-798-0008
  • 712 North Main St, West Hartford, CT 06117 | 860-231-8001
  • 1188 Farmington Ave, Bristol, CT 06010 | 860-940-6569
  • 1105 Killingly Commons Drive, Dayville, CT 06241 | 860-774-2000
  • 361 Boston Post Road, N. Windham, CT 06256 | 860-456-7000
  • 351 North Frontage Rd. Ste 11, New London, CT 06320 | 860-439-1000
  • 220 Rt.12 Ste 4, Groton, CT 06340 | 860-448-9000
  • 119 South Main St. Colchester, CT 06415 | 860-537-1000
  • 695 Main Street, Monroe, CT 06468 | 203-459-1661
  • 228 South Main Street Suite #6, Newtown, CT 06470 | 203-748-4704
  • 100 Main Street North, Southbury, CT 06488 | 203-405-3093
  • 842 Queen Street, Southington, CT 06489 | 860-276-1044
  • 960 White Plains Road, Trumbull, CT 06611 | 203-459-2600
  • 1051 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, CT 06705 | 203-755-6629
  • 128 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801 | 203-628-7312
  • 1071 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 | 203-202-2966
  • 25 Glen Ridge Road Suite 4, Greenwich, CT 06831 | 203-531-8800
  • 139 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 | 203-966-6400
  • 572 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851 | 203-529-3220
  • 1285 East Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT 06878 | 203-637-5441
  • 385 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 | 203-221-0000
  • 711 Canal St Suite 120R, Stamford, CT 06902 | 203-442-4988
  • 330 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477 | 203-799-8110
  • 207 Kennedy Drive, Putnam, CT 06260 | 860-928-5400
  • 290 Hope St, Stamford, CT 06906 | 203-764-2163

Washington D.C.

  • 703 8th St, Washington, DC 20003 | 202-364-1911
  • 3307 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 | 202-791-0553

Delaware

  • 122 Lantana Drive, Hockessin, DE 19707 | 302-235-0402
  • 302 Suburban Drive, Newark, DE 19711 | 302-283-9991
  • 935 N Dupont Hwy, Milford, DE 19963 | 302-424-1900
  • 17146 S Dupont Hwy Floor, Harrington, DE 19952 | 302-398-6040

Florida

  • 923 N. Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145 | 239-394-2010
  • 2724 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040 | 305-296-8300
  • 5800 Overseas HWY Suite 21, Marathon, FL 33050 | 305-998-4046
  • 3280 Tamiami Trail Ste 55B, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 | 941-235-9700
  • 7335 Radio Rd #108, Naples, FL 34104 | 239-513-0100
  • 325 Jacaranda Blvd, Venice, FL 34292 | 941-412-3490
  • 2119 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470 | 352-351-2585
  • 7272 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601 | 352-796-9919
  • 2105 S. Parrott Ave Ste 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974 | 863-467-2919

Illinois 

  • 106-C N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010 | 847-852-7050
  • 1515 Butterfield Road #101, Aurora, IL 60502 | 630-820-5800
  • 131 W Ogden Ave, Westmont, IL 60559 | 630-541-3461

Indiana

  • 724 N Burkhardt Rd, Evansville, IN 47715 | 812-202-1264
  • 529 N Line Street, Columbia City, IN 46725 | 260-244-2929
  • 9924 Illinois Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 | 260-387-7956
  • 4201 Coldwater Rd #312, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 | 260-471-2022
  • 3084 John Williams Blvd, Bedford, IN 47421 | 812-277-1900
  • 3313 16th Street, Bedford, IN 47421 | 812-279-3353
  • 8300 Bell Oaks Drive Suite C, Newburgh, IN 47630 | 812-858-7100

Iowa

  • 521 Industrial Ave Ste B, Grinnell, IA 50112 | 641-236-1022

Kentucky

  • 2600 US Highway 41 N Suite C, Henderson, KY 42420 | 270-826-2277
  • 13210 Shelbyville Rd. Suite 105, Louisville, KY 40223 | 502-253-5575
  • 5035 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301 | 270-689-2404
  • 35 Madison Square Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431 | 270-825-1101

Maine

  • 1209 Main St, Sanford, ME 04073 | 207-490-9000
  • 20 Topsham Fair Mall Rd, Topsham, ME 04086 | 207-729-8002
  • 570 Stillwater Ave Unit 1, Bangor, ME 04401 | 207-942-1004
  • 139 High Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605 | 207-667-8383
  • 19 Moosehead Trail, Newport, ME 04953 | 207-355-0100
  • 175 Madison Avenue, Skowhegan, ME 04976 | 207-858-0020
  • 765 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769 | 207-760-5025

Maryland

  • 3229 Spartan Road, Olney, MD 20832 | 301-570-9663
  • 220 Marlboro Ave Suite 2, Easton, MD 21601 | 410-820-9455
  • 7603 Crain Hwy Suite F-140, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 | 301-627-6405
  • 1700 Kingfisher Dr Suite 12, Frederick, MD 21701 | 301-846-9663
  • 20 Maryland Ave Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850 | 240-428-0556

Massachusetts

  • 21 Drum Hill Rd, Chelmsford, MA | 978-654-5066
  • 28 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven, MA 02719 | 508-984-8882
  • 77 West State St, Granby, MA 01033 | 413-467-9777
  • 18 Main St, Townsend, MA 01469 | 978-597-0701
  • 234 Washington St Suite 3, Hudson, MA 01749 | 978-567-9300
  • 581 Chickering Rd, North Andover, MA 01845 | 978-208-4385
  • 98A Main Street, Medway, MA 02053 | 508-533-0400
  • 95 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021 | 781-828-8886
  • 1415 Providence Highway, Norwood, MA 02062 | 781-769-8881
  • 438 West Grove St, Middleboro, MA 02346 | 508-947-8854
  • 566 Washington St, South Easton, MA 02375 | 508-230-7990
  • 169 Rt 6A, Orleans, MA 02653 | 508-255-5557
  • 162 North King Street, Northampton, MA 01060 | 413-341-3473
  • 197 Boston Post Road W, Marlborough, MA 01752 | 508-481-8001
  • 975 Merriam Ave, Leominster, MA 01453 | 978-840-1986
  • 999 S Washington Street, N Attleboro, MA 02760 | 508-699-8998

Michigan

  • 212 S. Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734-327-5300
  • 6877 S. State St, Saline, MI 48176 | 734-295-9620
  • 3644 Carpenter Rd Suite F, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 | 734-327-5400
  • 250 North Ortonville Rd Suite A, Ortonville, MI 48462 | 248-627-2000
  • 223 North Main St., Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | 989-652-5700
  • 4104 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843 | 517-545-1300
  • 103 East Maple St., Mason, MI 48854 | 517-604-6180
  • 1031 E Main St, Owosso, MI 48867 | 989-723-9663
  • 2546 E Jolly Road Suite 3, Lansing, MI 48910 | 517-993-6333
  • 1515 N West Ave, Jackson, MI 49202 | 517-787-2020
  • 9175 Cherry Valley Ave Ste 8, Caledonia, MI 49316 | 616-891-0072
  • 4021 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 | 616-696-2395
  • 104 W. Main St., Fremont, MI 49412 | 231-335-2336
  • 1315 E. Colby St. Suite B, Whitehall, MI 49461 | 231-894-0332
  • 9290 Lee Rd Suite 101, Brighton, MI 48116 | 810-360-0767

Minnesota

  • 115 Elm St, Farmington, MN 55024 | 651-344-7300
  • 919 Vermillion St, Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-437-4800
  • 3836 150th St W, Rosemount, MN 55068 | 651-423-1200
  • 740 Main St Suite 102, Mendota Heights, MN 55118 | 651-454-0707
  • 17442 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952-898-9663
  • 5466 St Croix Trail, North Branch, MN 55056 | 651-277-9122
  • 2034 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116 | 651-330-0217
  • 9420 Dunkirk Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55311 | 763-424-9660
  • 637 Ryans Way, Buffalo, MN 55313 | 763-684-4252
  • 10340 Baltimore St NE #160, Blaine, MN 55449 | 763-780-7995
  • 14303 Edgewood Drive Suite 100, Baxter, MN 56425 | 218-454-2075
  • 209 12th Street SW, Forest Lake, MN 55025 | 651-464-2388

Missouri

  • 122 Corum Rd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 | 816-637-5100

New Hampshire

  • 150 Bridge Street, Pelham, NH 03076 | 603-508-6900
  • 15 Freetown Rd, Raymond, NH 03077 | 603-244-1682
  • 1106 Union Ave, Laconia, NH 03246 | 603-524-1900
  • 594 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264 | 603-536-6090
  • 62 D’Amante Dr, Concord, NH 03301 | 603-223-9979
  • 459 West St., Keene, NH 03431 | 603-357-7700
  • 19 Wilton Road Suite 7, Peterborough, NH 03458 | 603-924-3379
  • 410 Glen Ave, Berlin, NH 03570 | 603-752-3663
  • 71 Calef Hwy, Lee, NH 03861 | 603-740-7474
  • 11 Plaistow Unit 11 C Road, Plaistow, NH 03865 | 603-382-0092
  • 15 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH 03885 | 603-775-7253
  • Steeplegate Mall 270 Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301 | 603-226-3248

New Jersey

  • 329 West Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728 | 732-462-8888
  • 642 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738 | 732-530-1901
  • 87 Route 9 South Bld C, Marlboro, NJ 07746 | 732-853-1831
  • 18 West Main Street, Denville, NJ 07834 | 973-664-0404
  • 1885 Rt 57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 | 908-852-3838
  • 353 Rt 31 South, Washington, NJ 07882 | 908-223-1470
  • 977 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933 | 908-580-0800
  • 1711 Route 10, Morris Plains, NJ 07950 | 973-998-7515
  • 141 Bridgeton Pile Unit G, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 | 856-478-6199
  • 1692 Clements Bridge Road Suite N, Deptford, NJ 08096 | 856-845-7000
  • 859 NJ Rt 45 Unit D, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098 | 856-441-2848
  • 2960 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 | 609-873-3130
  • 950 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ 08690 | 609-588-9000
  • 580 Brick Blvd, Brick, NJ 08723 | 732-864-9400
  • 578 Milltown Rd, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 | 732-846-9855
  • 424 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ 08884 | 732-723-1111
  • 117 Franklin Turnpike Unit 20, Mahwah, NJ 07430 | 201-684-0008

New York

  • 774 North Bedford Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507 | 914-244-1800
  • 111 Independent Way, Brewster, NY 10509 | 845-279-3444
  • 50 Livingstone Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 | 914-674-8800
  • 231 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 | 914-893-5660
  • 129 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 | 845-628-9800
  • 83 Purchase Street, Rye, NY 10580 | 914-921-1819
  • 159-20 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414 | 718-738-2600
  • 38 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 | 518-891-7300
  • 137 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126 | 315-216-4430
  • 7395 Turin Rd, Lowville, NY 13367 | 315-874-4004
  • 26397 Johnson Rd, Evans Mills, NY 13637 | 315-629-6075
  • 1100 Champlain St, Ogdensurg, NY 13669 | 315-393-4300
  • 201 Market St, Potsdam, NY 13676 | 315-265-1900
  • 123 Grey Street, East Aurora, NY 14052 | 716-652-3430
  • 5883 S Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094 | 716-439-0300
  • 231 S Cascade Dr, Springville, NY 14141 | 716-592-4756
  • 5 Franklin Plaza, Dansville, NY 14437 | 585-612-0999
  • 3193 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624 | 585-247-3610
  • 17 E. Market St, Corning, NY 14830 | 607-654-7838
  • 37 Main St, Hornell, NY 14843 | 607-324-5888
  • 89 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River, NY 10965 | 845-620-3787

Ohio

  • 7040 Hospital Drive, Dublin, OH 43016 | 614-389-2082
  • 1586 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43201 | 614-291-9500
  • 5 Atterbury Blvd. Ste. 2, Hudson, OH 44224 | 330-571-5807
  • 990 High St. Ste. B, Wadsworth, OH 44224 | 330-696-2606
  • 4900 Delhi Ave Suite 3, Cincinnati, OH 45238 | 513-451-9663
  • 6302 Harrison Ave Suite D, Cincinnati, OH 45247 | 513-574-0029
  • 8465 S Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040 | 513-229-8857
  • 1440 Secor Dr Suite 120L, Toledo, OH 43607 | 419-531-1444

Pennsylvania

  • 420 Blair St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 | 814-695-2115
  • 6684 Towne Center Blvd, Huntingdon, PA 16652 | 814-641-9663
  • 242 Chippewa Town Centre, Chippewa, PA 15010 | 724-846-1845
  • 1155 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017 | 412-564-5070
  • 92 Highlands Mall Shoppes, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 | 724-226-4590
  • 100 Tarentum Bridge Road, New Kensington, PA 15068 | 724-334-2761
  • 42 Trinity Point Drive, Washington, PA 15301 | 724-228-9663
  • 4120 Washington Rd, McMurray, PA 15317 | 724-941-2552
  • 812 Vanderbilt Road, Connellsville, PA 15425 | 724-626-1081
  • 2701 Sharky’s Dr, Latrobe, PA 15650 | 724-539-0105
  • 397 Hyde Park Road, Leechburg, PA 15656 | 724-842-0244
  • 2118 Summit Ridge Plaza, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666 | 724-691-4730
  • 208 Resort Plaza Dr, Blairsville, PA 15717 | 724-459-5737
  • 21892 Route 119, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 | 814-938-3235
  • 300 Walmart Drive #140, Ebensburg, PA 15931 | 814-472-0600
  • 170 BonAire Plaza, Butler, PA 16001 | 724-256-5556
  • 2505 W State St, New Castle, PA 16101 | 724-202-6607
  • 7A Hilltop Plaza, Kittanning, PA 16201 | 724-545-1453
  • 6885 US Route 322 Suite 5, Franklin, PA 16323 | 814-516-1643
  • 2809 Market Street #5, North Warren, PA 16365 | 814-726-4988
  • 4291 Buffalo Road, Harbor Creek, PA 16510 | 814-899-1682
  • 300 Spring Plaza, Roaring Spring, PA 16673 | 814-729-7032
  • 1071 N Front St, Philipsburg, PA 16866 | 814-343-6412
  • 114 Townsedge Drive, Quarryville, PA 17566 | 717-806-1119
  • 304 Town Center, New Britain, PA 18901 | 215-997-5000
  • 1034 Second Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954 | 215-355-9955
  • 912 North Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002 | 215-540-8005
  • 110 E Street Road, Feasterville, PA 19053 | 215-357-7357
  • 920 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | 215-351-5252
  • 322 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | 215-923-8255
  • 225 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355 | 610-408-0480
  • 553 York Rd, Warminster, PA 18974 | 215-675-2228
  • 1014 Pennsylvania Ave, Tyrone, PA 16686

Rhode Island

  • 76 Gate Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852 | 401-886-8484
  • 599 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, RI 02879 | 401-783-4770
  • 1700 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 | 401-333-3007
  • 40 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, RI 02920 | 401-463-6699
  • 25 Airport Road, Warwick, RI 02889 | 401-734-9559
  • 579 Atwells Avenue Suite 106, Providence, RI 02909 | 401-421-0085

Texas

  • 1100 West Business 380 Suite A, Decatur, TX 76234 | 940-626-4422
  • 404 N. Interstate 35e #110, Lancaster, TX 75146 | 972-217-3238
  • 739 SW Wilshire Blvd, Burleson, TX 76028 | 817-349-0003

Virginia

  • 13340-E Franklin Farm Rd, Herdon, VA 20171 | 571-449-3234
  • 25031 Riding Plaza Suite 125, South Riding, VA 20152 | 703-542-2546
  • 3518 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 | 571-429-5650
  • 8191 Brook Rd Suite H, Richmond, VA 23227 | 804-553-1153
  • 24 Kingston Drive, Daleville, VA 24077 | 540-992-5220
  • 145 Holt Garrison Parkway Suite 120, Danville, VA 24540 | 434-797-2970
  • 2017 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24015 | 540-904-5114
  • 400 Old Franklin Turnpike Suite 103, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 | 540-352-3950
  • 3440 Orange Avenue NE Unit A, Roanoke, VA 24012 | 540-206-3886
  • 65 Westlake Rd. Unit 110, Hardy, VA 24101 | 540-266-3082
  • 294 Commonwealth Boulevard West, Martinsville, VA 24112 | 276-226-4328

West Virginia

  • 132 Thompson Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330 | 304-848-5025
  • 2399 Meadowbrook Road #870, Bridgeport, WV 26330 | 304-848-5025
  • 9500 Mall Road #709, Morgantown, WV 26501 | 304-381-4076
  • 410 Suncrest Towne Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505 | 304-241-5225
  • 734 Venture Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508 | 304-381-4053
Wisconsin
  • 2521 Hils CT Suite D, Menomonie, WI 54751 | 715-231-2345
  • 940 W Paradise Dr, West Bend, WI 53095 | 262-888-0861
  • 1659 N Spring Street Ste. 103, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 | 920-319-4044

Great American eclipse: Celestial mechanics or act of God?

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

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Man has always looked to the cosmos for answers, with delight, in fear, and for signs.

In August, the boldest sign the universe can bring — a midday midnight — will be on display for millions of people as a total solar eclipse paints a black ribbon coast-to-coast.

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It is mechanical, an alignment predictable to the second, an event ripe for scientific study. Yet, it is also an apparition so profound that historically, and even today, a total solar eclipse is considered by some a signal from a higher power, or a harbinger of apocalypse.

“Total eclipses are so phenomenal and so overpowering and so amazing that some people have ascribed a ‘super spirituality’ to them,” said Dan McGlaun, a 12-time total solar eclipse viewer who runs the website Eclipse2017.org. “That’s why so many cultures have created stories and myths about eclipses throughout history.”

>> Related: South Floridians prepare for total solar eclipse.

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is the first in 99 years to cross the U.S., traveling from Oregon to South Carolina. Everyone in North America will be able to see the eclipse, but only those in the 70-mile wide path of totality will witness a black hole open in the daytime sky as the moon envelops the sun.

The cross-country eclipse will take 90 minutes, beginning at 10:15 a.m. PST in Newport, Ore., and ending 4:10 p.m. EST in Charleston, S.C. For two minutes, 40 seconds, darkness will reign in the strip of totality where 12 million people live and millions more will journey.

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In ancient times, mythical animals were often blamed for the darkness, eating the sun bite by bite to starve people of life-giving light. An invisible dragon swallowed the sun in China. India had a serpent head with no body munching on the bright star. Demon dogs did the deed in Scandinavia. The Mayans thought a giant Jaguar was the culprit.

Some Australian aboriginal tribes thought the eclipse was the joining of the moon and sun as man and wife, or the moon (man) pulling the curtains of the sky closed for privacy as they came together.

“That’s really the sweetest one I’ve heard,” said Lika Guhathakurta, NASA’s lead scientist for the eclipse. “Most cultures have regarded eclipses with great trepidation and fear, and you can understand why when all of a sudden darkness descends during the day and you don’t know why.”

>> Related: Best places to see the 2017 solar eclipse.

Guhathakurta said in remote parts of India people hold onto folklore beliefs that food cooked during an eclipse is poison and people bang pots and pans together to frighten away the moon so the sun can shine again. There is also a misconception that solar eclipses can harm pregnant women, who are asked to stay indoors during the event.

As recent as 1995, Guhathakurta said she saw the pots and pans ritual in India. In 1998, she saw the same thing in Mongolia.

“Even in our country, there are all kinds of ideas,” said Guhathakurta.