Here's why Texas Gov. Greg Abbott uses a wheelchair

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

VIDEO: Mass Shooting at Texas Church

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott responded to the Texas church shooting late Sunday following the tragedy that killed more than 25 people ages 5 to 72 and injured more than 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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Officials identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, a white man in his 20s. Kelley began shooting outside the church, then went inside where 50 parishioners were worshiping, officials said. He killed at least 26 people, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter.

“As a state, we are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Abbott said at a press conference Sunday. “There are so many families that have lost family members. The tragedy is worsened that it happened in a church, a place of worship. We mourn their loss, but we support their family members.”

Abbott appeared on camera in a wheelchair, sparking high search interest online about his disability and condition.

Here's why Abbott uses a wheelchair:

In 1984, when he was 26 years old, Abbott became partially paralyzed after an oak tree, which had become weak after a storm, fell on him during his run. 

According to the Dallas Morning News, doctors found bone fragments in his broken spine, as well as fractured ribs and damaged kidneys.

Abbott was forced to lie on his back for a month before beginning rehabilitation. He has been using a wheelchair ever since.

File photo. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At the time of his freak accident, Abbott was a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and was studying for the bar exam, which he passed a year after the injury.

He has said that the accident literally gave him a spine of steel.

“Some politicians talk about having a steel spine. I actually have one. I will use my steel spine to fight for Texas’ values every single day,” Abbott said in 2013 when he announced his candidacy for governor, the Austin American-Statesman reported. 

About four years ago, Abbott released the terms of a settlement with the homeowner and tree care company involved in the accident. He won a settlement agreement worth approximately $9 million.

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Lena Dunham slammed for defending 'Girls' producer accused of rape

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 7:29 AM

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Social media users are slamming actress and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham after she defended one of the show’s producers, Murray Miller, following allegations that he raped a teen actress, Page Six reports.

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“Life comes at you fast @lenadunham,” S.E. Cupp tweeted with a screenshot of one of Dunham's previous tweets, which reads, “Things women lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape,” side by side with her defense of Miller.

After actress Aurora Perrineau accused Miller of raping her when she was 17, Dunham and co-showrunner Jenni Konner responded in a joint statement, saying, “While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

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Dunham continued her thoughts on Twitter, later writing, “I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.”

However, that was also met with the ire and mocking from users:

In her statement, Perinea, now 23, claimed she woke up in Miller’s bed after consuming alcohol with him at a hotel, and he was “having sexual intercourse with me.” On Friday, she filed a police report in regard to the incident. Miller has since “categorically and vehemently” denied the allegation.

Boy, 10, dies after getting tangled in park swing

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:38 PM

Child Dies After Becoming Tangled In Swing Chains

A 10-year-old boy died Friday night after becoming tangled in chains on a swing at a park in Northwest Jacksonville, deputies said.

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Jacksonville sheriff's deputies responded at 6:15 p.m. to Charles "Boobie" Clark Park where they found the unresponsive boy, who investigators identified as NaShon Green.

Earlier, NaShon's mother walked with NaShon and her other three kids -- ages 9, 6 and 4 -- to play at the park. NaShon was standing on the swing, police said.

When the mother looked back at the boy, she saw the swing’s chains wrapped around his neck. She took him down from the swing and called 911.

NaShon was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died of his injuries. 

The child's mother and other children are being questioned, but police said no foul play is suspected and the incident is being called a tragic accident by JSO.

Suspect named in Pennsylvania police officer's shooting death

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3:54 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

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New Kensington police
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Here’s what we know about the fatal shooting of a New Kensington, Pennsylvania, police officer:

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Venus Williams' Florida home burglarized, $400,000 in goods stolen during U.S. Open

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:31 AM

Venus Williams – Fast Facts

The Florida residence tennis star Venus Williams calls home was burglarized as she played in the U.S. Open in September, according to a Palm Beach Gardens police report released Thursday.

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Though what was taken from the home at BallenIsles Country Club is redacted from the report, police indicate more than $400,000 worth of items were taken from the residence.

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Palm Beach Gardens police indicate in the report that the last time the items were known to be in the home was Sept. 1, the day Williams’s sister, Serena, gave birth to her first daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

That was the same day Williams beat Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari in the U.S. Open in New York. Williams made it to the semifinals where she lost to U.S. player Sloane Stephens in three sets on Sept. 7.

The burglary was reported on Sept. 5, according to the report.

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This is not the first time this year Williams has been part of a Palm Beach Gardens police report. On June 9, Williams collided with Linda and Jerome Barson at an intersection near her home. Jerome Barson died weeks later from complication of blunt traumatic injuries.

Williams was not charged in the crash, but Barson’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against her.