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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.

Facebook follow me hoax making rounds again

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

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Another day, another Facebook Hoax.

This time you may have seen people warning you on your Facebook feed that there’s a secret list of people following your posts. They’re supposedly not your friends, but complete strangers.

The posts then direct you to search “Following Me” in your Facebook account and there will be a list of names you won’t recognize, The Times Union reported.

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The problem is, it is all a hoax that your Facebook friends are unknowingly perpetuating.

This isn’t the first time a following hoax took root on social media. Snopes investigated a similar claim in January that people from “Facebook security” were paid to watch people on the platform.

Both are untrue, according to Snopes.

So how can you find out how who really is following you?

According to Facebook’s Help Center, you go to the right corner and select settings, then click public posts, then select friends or public next to who can follow me.

Salma Hayek pledges $100,000 donation to Mexican earthquake victims

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

Salma Hayek attends the 70th Anniversary of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
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Salma Hayek attends the 70th Anniversary of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)(Antony Jones/Getty Images)

Actress Salma Hayek is giving back to her home country of Mexico in a big way.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard” star, 51, shared a video on Instagram Wednesday encouraging people to donate money toward relief efforts in Mexico City and surrounding areas after they were devastated by a huge earthquake on Tuesday. She also revealed that she has survived a previous natural disaster.

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“After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building,” Hayek said in the video. “A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very close to me.”

“I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude, and it’s horrific,” she continued. “I am starting a Crowdrise to try to raise money to help families who are going through this nightmare right now in Mexico.

“I implore to your hearts ... to your compassion to help,” she added. “Anything that you can give will make a big difference. I will match the first $100,000 that are donated.”

Hayek wrote on Instagram that her donated funds are going to UNICEF.

More Than 200 Killed In Central Mexico Earthquake

Fallen sailor's return home moves airplane passengers to tears

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:22 AM

VIDEO: Fallen Sailor's Return Home Moves Airplane Passengers To Tears

The touching moment a sailor’s body was taken to home her family moved an airplane full of passengers to tears as they watched the emotional scene unfold.

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The U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswains Mate Handler on board the plane was Brooke Newton, 25, who died in San Diego on Aug. 30, according to an obituary published in the Edmond Sun.

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Brooke Raelynn Newton, 25, passed away August 30, 2017 in San Diego, California. She was born April 17, 1992 at Tinker...

Posted by Remembering Brooke Newton on Monday, September 11, 2017

Mike Helms, who was on the plane, said that when the craft touched down, the pilot asked passengers to remain on board while the fallen hero was removed.

They were at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Thursday night when Helms wrote on Facebook, “This moment hit me hard for some reason. I couldn’t hold back tears. As I looked around the plane, I was hoping nobody would see my moment of weakness … But to my surprise, damn near everyone on the plane was crying.”

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My plane landed in Oklahoma City last night. When we stopped at the terminal, the pilot announced that he would like to...

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When Helms and the rest of the passengers looked out the window, they watched as Newton’s family was given the casket containing their daughter’s body.

‘He can’t hear you’: Police officer shoots deaf man as neighbors scream warning

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Deaf Man Fatally Shot By Oklahoma City Officers, Criminal Investigation Underway

An Oklahoma City police officer fatally shot a deaf man Tuesday night as the man’s neighbors screamed warnings that the man could not hear them.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene in his front yard, according to police officials. Sanchez, who authorities confirm had no criminal record, was a resident alien from Mexico who had lived in his home for about five years, a neighbor told the Oklahoman

The neighbor, Julio Rayos, witnessed Sanchez’ death. He told the newspaper he does not believe the shooting was justified. 

“I don’t think they had to shoot him,” Rayos said of the officers, both of whom are white. 

Capt. Bo Mathews, a police department spokesman, confirmed witnesses’ statements that they tried to tell the officers that Sanchez could not hear them demanding he drop the metal pipe he held in his hand. 

“The witnesses did hear the officers giving the verbal commands, but they were also yelling, ‘He can’t hear you,’” Mathews said.  

Mathews said it is possible that the officers did not hear the witnesses’ screams. 

“In those situations, very volatile situations, when you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision or you can really lock into just the person that has the weapon that'd be the threat against you,” Mathews told reporters at a news conference Wednesday morning. “I don't know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point, because I was not there. But they very well could not have heard, you know, everybody yelling, everybody yelling around them.”

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Mathews said that officers were working a hit-and-run accident just after 8 p.m. Tuesday when a witness told them they could find the green truck involved in the crash at a nearby house, which turned out to be Sanchez’s home. When Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the scene, Sanchez was on the porch with what was first described as a large stick. 

Mathews said the item turned out to be a two-foot-long metal pipe wrapped in material, with a leather loop at the end.

“He had this in his right hand and he was holding it up,” Mathews said of Sanchez. 

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Mathews said when Sanchez advanced toward Lindsey, the officer, who had pulled his Taser, called for backup. That backup arrived in the form of Sgt. Christopher Barnes, who pulled his duty weapon.

Both officers yelled commands for Sanchez to drop his weapon, Mathews said. 

“The witnesses also were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf and could not hear,” Mathews said. “The officers didn't know this at the time.”

Lindsey deployed his Taser and Barnes simultaneously fired multiple shots at Sanchez, striking him as he stood about 15 feet from the officers, Mathews said. They provided medical attention until emergency medical personnel arrived, but Sanchez died in his yard.

It was later determined that Sanchez’s father was the driver involved in the hit-and-run accident. Sanchez was not in the vehicle, Mathews said.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews demonstrates how Magdiel Sanchez reportedly held a metal pipe before he was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Mathews said that the Oklahoma City police officer who opened fire on Sanchez may not have heard witnesses screaming that the deaf man could not hear officers telling him to drop the pipe.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Barnes was placed on paid administrative leave, though Lindsey remains on active duty, Mathews said. The shooting is being investigated by the department’s homicide unit, as all officer-involved slayings are. 

The information from the investigation will be turned over to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, where prosecutors will determine if the killing was justified, he said. Once that determination is made, the department will conduct an internal investigation into Barnes’ actions. 

When asked if any of the officers involved were wearing body cameras, Mathews said that officers responding to the shooting wore cameras, but Lindsey and Barnes did not. 

Rayos told the Oklahoman that besides being deaf, Sanchez also had developmental disabilities and was non-verbal.

“The guy does movements,” Rayos told the newspaper. “He don’t speak, he don’t hear, mainly it is hand movements. That’s how he communicates.”

Rayos said he believes Sanchez was frustrated as he tried to communicate with the officers. 

NPR reported that another neighbor, Jolie Guebara, said Sanchez often carried the pipe when walking through his neighborhood. He used the pipe as protection from a number of stray dogs that roamed the area, she said.