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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who were locked in a well-documented feud months ago over the latter’s account of a phone call between the president and the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, may have a new reason to renew their spat.
Wilson has announced two weeks ahead of Trump’s first State of the Union address that she will be following in the footsteps of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calf.) and others by ditching the occasion.
The Florida Democrat said “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations” were the reason why she won’t be on hand for the speech.
“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address. I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies,” she said in a statement, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“During his disappointing and destructive first year in office, Mr. Trump has demeaned the presidency at every opportunity and cast doubt on our nation’s standing as a global leader. The United States’ reputation is smoldering in the ashes of his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations,” she continued. “Many of his proposed domestic policies are harmful to people of color, low-income communities and the middle class. It would be an embarrassment to be seen with him at a forum that under any other president would be an honor to attend.”
As mentioned, Waters also announced that she will not be attending the SOTU.
Waters, who also called Trump a “racist,” went on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” to say Trump “does not deserve her attention.”
“Oh no, I didn’t go to the inauguration. I didn’t go to the joint session that was held after that; I don’t intend to go to this one. Why would I take my time to go and listen to a liar, to someone who lies in the face of facts?” she said.
“What does he have to say that I would be interested in?” she added.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:19 PM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Charges are pending for a driver who hit and killed a girl while she was walking to the bus stop with her mother.
The crash happened at Rays Road and Central Drive in DeKalb County. The mother, Dawt Chin Sung, was holding Tluang Tha Men, 8, in her arms when the car struck them.
Friends and relatives said they're still in shock.
“Everyone is praying for them,” a friend said, asking not to be identified.
Close friends and relatives of Tluang gathered at the little girl’s home in Stone Mountain after they heard the horrible news.
“They hit them at the bus stop,” the friend said.
Authorities said Sung was carrying her daughter to a bus stop at the corner of Rays Road and Central Drive, which is very close to their home.
Police said they were walking in a crosswalk when Ejigayheu H. Tsegaye, 38, hit them.
Witnesses told police the bus driver put out the stop sign arm but the driver went through the green light at the intersection anyway.
The little girl was killed. Her mother was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, police said.
DeKalb PD: 8 year old girl, struck by vehicle while crossing street to get on school bus. She is in critical condition. Mother was struck as well with moderate injuries. Both transported to the hospital. The driver is still at the scene. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/5NP5heaJkx— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) February 16, 2018
Investigators said they have to recreate the scene and decide if they’re going to charge the driver with a crime or not.
The driver’s relatives said that the mother and daughter were not walking in the crosswalk.
“When the accident happened, the lady, she’s not crossing in the crosswalk, she cross in the road,” the driver’s cousin, Lung Thawng, said.
Police will have the final say and the victim’s relatives said they’ll withhold their judgment pending the outcome of the investigation.
“If the stop sign was up and hit her, that’s a different story. But if the bus stop wasn’t there, I don’t know what to say about that,” the friend said.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 14-year-old Charlotte girl who disappeared five months ago was found in Georgia this week.
Nakia Williams was last seen Sept. 7, 2017, after leaving her home on Wiegon Lane, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Georgia law enforcement officials were able to confirm Wednesday that she was seen in Emanuel County, Georgia, and that she was possibly staying in Toombs County, Georgia, a neighboring county.
“And I thought I heard something wrong, and I was like, 'What did you say?' And she repeated, 'We found her,'” Shrounda Alston, Nakia’s cousin, said.
Nakia’s mother told Channel 9 that she was found that same day in Lyons, Georgia, which is more than 250 miles away from Charlotte.
“I was just able to wrap my arms around her, and just, we just cried for about five minutes,” Cherise Williams-Stowe, Nakia’s mother, told Channel 9. “We were just so happy to see each other.”
The family received the tip they have been praying for for months.
Family and friends did everything they to find Nakia, including handing out flyers and posting on a Facebook page called “Our missing hearts.”
Williams-Stowe told Channel 9 she still doesn't know the whole story of why Nakia disappeared and what happened in the past five months.
“She said she learned a lot while she was out,” Williams-Stowe said. “She learned it was hard trying to be out there on your own and everybody doesn't love you.”
Many of those questions are still being investigated, but Alston said the family can finally rest knowing Nakia is back home.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
FREDERICK, Md. — A Maryland woman says there was a live surprise in a package of fish she purchased at Costco last week.
Emily Rhoades Randolph said she purchased a package of fresh cod on Feb. 9 at Costco. On Monday, she recorded video of what appears to be a worm wriggling around a corner of the sealed package and posted it on her Facebook page on Wednesday. The sell-by date on the package is the same day she recorded the video, according to Randolph.
Randolph said in the Facebook post that when she returned the contaminated fish to Costco, the clerk at the seafood counter commented that another customer had returned salmon with worms in it. Randolph said she did not receive an apology for the incident.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis mother is accused of feeding her child a dangerous homemade concoction in an attempt to "cure" the child's autism, police said.
The woman's husband claims his wife placed drops of hydrochloric acid and a water purifying solution that contained chlorine into their child's beverage, FOX59 reported. The woman reportedly referred to the mixture as the "miracle mineral solution" and said she found the recipe on a Facebook group page. The husband told police that his wife had fed their child the toxic mixture a few weeks ago, but he only found out about it last weekend.
The “miracle mineral solution” has been reviewed by the FDA, which warned that it is essentially bleach, FOX59 reported. The mixture is often promoted as being a cure-all for everything from cancer to autism.