George H.W. Bush accused of groping woman while in office

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:51 AM

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A woman on Thursday said President George H.W. Bush groped her during a photo-op in 1992, while he was still in office, becoming the latest in a string of women who have made similar accusations against him.

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The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN that she was in Dearborn, Michigan, attending a fundraiser for Bush’s re-election campaign when the president groped her buttocks.

“We got closer for a family photo and it was like, ‘Holy (expletive)!’” she told the news network. “It was like a gentle squeeze.”

At least eight other women have accused Bush of grabbing them during photo-ops, although Thursday’s accusation was the first alleged to have happened while the former president was in office.

"All the focus has been on 'He's old.' OK, but he wasn't old when it happened to me," the latest accuser told CNN. "I've been debating what to do about it."

The president apologized last month in a statement through his spokesman, Jim McGrath, after actress Heather Lind accused Bush of groping her during a 2014 photo-op in a since-deleted Instagram post.

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“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” McGrath said. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke -- and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

Previous accusations

Lind, who plays Anna Strong in AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” said the president told a dirty joke and grabbed her rear end while taking a photo. She said that first lady Barbara Bush saw her husband groping Lind and just rolled her eyes.

Shortly after Lind went public with her accusation, actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that she was groped by Bush during a photo-op in August 2016.

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“We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him,” Grolnick told Deadspin. “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!’”

Author Christina Baker Kline said Bush made a similar joke to her in 2014 when he groped her during a photo-op at a luncheon in Houston. She wrote about the incident in an article for Slate.

In a Facebook post, former journalist Liz Allen accused Bush of inappropriately touching her during a 2004 business event. She told the Erie Times-News that she wasn’t happy about the incident but that, “It did not rise to the level of assault … it was in my (personal) space.”

Former Republican state Senate candidate Amanda Staples said in an Instagram post that she was groped by Bush during a 2006 photo-op, the Portland Press Herald reported. She said Bush “grabbed my butt and joked saying, ‘Oh, I’m not THAT President.’”

Another woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN that Bush squeezed her rear “a couple times” during a 2015 event in Houston.

"It was unmistakable," she told the news network. "It was not just a pat. It was a serious squeeze."

Broadway actress Megan Elizabeth Lewis told NJ Advance Media this week that she was groped by Bush in 2009 while taking a photo at a performance of “Legally Blond: The Musical” in Houston.

“I was like, ‘wow,’” she told the news site. “I remember being really grossed out.”

Roslyn Corrigan told Time magazine that she was 16 years old when Bush, then 79, groped her in 2003 during an event in Texas.

“My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan told Time. “The first thing I did was look at my mom and, while he was still standing there, I didn’t say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t have touched me like that?’”

Bush, 93, served as president from 1989 to 1993. He was vice president under President Ronald Reagan before his election to the highest office in the nation, from 1981 to 1989.

Morgan Freeman honored with lifetime achievement award at SAG Awards

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)(Christopher Polk)

Legendary actor Morgan Freeman was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — one of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment industry — which was given to him by longtime colleague and friend Rita Moreno.

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“Morgan is way more than just an actor, narrator, producer, humanitarian. This man is a national treasure,” Moreno said.

When he came to the stage, the 80-year-old icon traded a few playful jokes with Moreno, before moving on to the thank you’s.

“These moments in one’s life usually will call for an entire litany of thank you’s. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try,” said Freeman. “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”

But towards the end of his speech, Freeman commented on the SAG award statue: 

“I wasn’t gonna do this, but I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue,” he said. “It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific. Maybe I started something.”

NYPD officers help wheelchair-bound veteran who was left in front of steps in the cold

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:04 PM

Police helped a veteran in a wheelchair up the steps to his apartment Saturday. (Photo: NYPD)
Police helped a veteran in a wheelchair up the steps to his apartment Saturday. (Photo: NYPD)

Two New York Police Department officers helped an 85-year-old veteran in a wheelchair who was dropped off at the steps of his apartment in the cold and could not maneuver up them Saturday. 

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The officers from the 75th precinct, whose names were not released, were on patrol when they saw the man, who had been dropped off at his apartment by a taxi driver, leaving the man sitting outside in the cold at the foot of the steps, according to the NYPD.

The officers helped the man, who said he was a Korean War veteran, up the stairs so he could get into his house, according to police. Inside, they all talked. The officers thanked the man for his service and took some photos together before they went back on patrol, the NYPD said.

Here’s how your senator voted on reopening the government after the shutdown

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

The Senate on Monday passed a temporary spending bill to end the 3-day-old government shutdown at least through Feb. 8.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), said his party would “vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating" after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kty.) made a deal to begin debating an immigration bill by Feb. 8 that included deciding the fate of the nearly 800,000 young immigrants involved in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.

Eighty-one Senators voted yes on the bill; 18 voted no. Of the 18 voting no, two were Republicans. Below is a list of senators and how they voted. 

Republican senators voting yes: 

Lamar Alexander - (Tenn.) 

John Barrasso - (Wy.) 

Blunt, Roy - (Mo.) 

Boozman, John - (Ark.) 

Burr, Richard - (N.C.) 

Capito, Shelley Moore - (W.Va.) 

Cassidy, Bill - (La.) 

Cochran, Thad - (Miss.) 

Collins, Susan M. - (Maine) 

Corker, Bob - (Tenn.) 

Cornyn, John - (Texas) 

Cotton, Tom - (Ark.) 

Crapo, Mike - (Idaho) 

Cruz, Ted - (Texas) 

Daines, Steve - (Mont.) 

Enzi, Michael B. - (Wy.) 

Ernst, Joni - (Iowa) 

Fischer, Deb - (Neb.) 

Flake, Jeff - (Ariz) .

Gardner, Cory - (Colo.) 

Graham, Lindsey - (S.C.) 

Grassley, Chuck - (Iowa)

Hatch, Orrin G. - (Utah)

Heller, Dean - (Nev.) 

Hoeven, John - (N.D.) 

Inhofe, James M. - (Okla.) 

Isakson, Johnny - (Ga.) 

Johnson, Ron - (Wisc.) 

Kennedy, John - (La.)

Lankford, James - (Okla). 

McCain, John - (Ariz.) – Did not vote

McConnell, Mitch - (Ky.) 

Moran, Jerry - (Kansas) 

Murkowski, Lisa - (Alaska) 

Perdue, David - (Ga.) 

Portman, Rob - (Ohio) 

Risch, James E. - (Idaho) 

Roberts, Pat - (Kansas)

Rounds, Mike - (S.D.) 

Rubio, Marco - (Fla.) 

Sasse, Ben - (Neb.) 

Scott, Tim - (S.C.) 

Shelby, Richard C. - (Ala.) 

Strange, Luther - (Ala.) 

Sullivan, Dan - (Alaska) 

Thune, John - (S.D.) 

Tillis, Thom - (N.D.)

Toomey, Patrick J. - (Penn.)

Wicker, Roger F. -- (Miss.)

Young, Todd - (Ind.) 

Republicans voting no:

Lee, Mike - (Utah) 

Paul, Rand - (Kty.) 

Democratic senators voting yes: 

Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.)

Michael Bennet (Colo.)

Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

Ben Cardin (Md.)

Tom Carper (Del.)

Bob Casey (Pa.)

Chris Coons (Del.)

Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)

Dick Durbin (Ill.)

Maggie Hassan (N.H.)

Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)

Tim Kaine (Va.)

Angus King (I-Maine)

Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)

Joe Manchin (W.V.)

Claire McCaskill (Mo.)

Patty Murray (Wash.)

Bill Nelson (Fla.)

Gary Peters (Mich.)

Jack Reed (R.I.)

Brian Schatz (Hawaii)

Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

Tina Smith (Minn.)

Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Tom Udall (N.M.)

Chris Van Hollen (Md.)

Mark Warner (Va.)

Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

Democrats voting no: 

Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)

Cory Booker (N.J.)

Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Kamala Harris (Calif.)

Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)

Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Ed Markey (Mass.)

Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)

Bob Menendez (N.J.)

Jeff Merkley (Oregon)

Chris Murphy (Conn.)

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Jon Tester (Mont.)

Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Ron Wyden (Oregon)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Senate leaders have reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Father, daughter found dead in frigid house sought help for furnace repair, police say

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

File photo. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
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A father and daughter had asked for help to fix their furnace days before their frozen bodies were discovered in their frigid house, according to police.

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The bodies of Albert Bivins, 81, and Patricia Bivins, 55, were discovered by police after a neighbor called and said he had not seen them, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The Bivins had gone to the Ferry Street Resource Center, to ask for help to get their furnace fixed. The agency, which offers job placement and housing assistance, does not give money for furnace repair, but referred them to a group that does. It is unclear if they sought help, which can take time to get approval.

“They did not come back in here with any paperwork or any bids,” Greg Nasstrom, director of the Resource Center, told the South Bend Tribune.

Gas and electricity were working in the house, which was about 32 degrees when police arrived, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Police are still investigating the cause of death but believe it to be accidental.