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Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
— In the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, a GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the victims and the families of those who were killed.
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak and Sheriff Joe Lombardo created the account with a fundraising goal of $500,000. Sisolak donated the first $10,000 to the account according to a tweet on his account. Click here to visit the GoFundMe page.
You can also donate through the American Red Cross. The Southern Nevada chapter of the Red Cross accepts donations on its website, by phone at 702-369-3674 or via mail at 1771 East Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119.
In addition, officials in Las Vegas have asked for donations of blood from anyone in the area who can make it to a donation site. More than 500 people were transported to hospitals in the area following the shooting.
Photos of people lining up to donate are being posted on social media sites.
You can donate through United Blood Services. Check with the United Blood Services website for more information. Here is a link to the Nevada portal for UBS which operates throughout the United States.
You can also find a Red Cross blood drive near you using a ZIP code by going to the Red Cross website.
Blood donation sites in Las Vegas for those in the area and able to pic.twitter.com/FylaX9vUMm— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) October 2, 2017
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.
A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN.
The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car.
Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic.
Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH.
Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Haitians living in the U.S. under the temporary protection status will get to keep working in the country -- for now.
The work authorizations were set to expire this week, but starting Thursday, workers will be able to re-register their paperwork, officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said.
Officials will automatically extend the validity of the documents for Haitians with TPS for 180 days, through July 21.
Wilna Destin had no idea what would have happened to her and her husband if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hadn't announced the extension.
"Yeah, it's really a relief for us," Destin said. "Everything is good for now. For now, but yeah."
The extension was good news for immigrants, but also for companies like Rosen Hotels and Resorts, which rely on the Haitian refugees who make up a large part of the workforce.
The company operates numerous hotels in Orlando, and without the Haitian workers, president Harris Rosen said that they wouldn't be able to operate.
"A third of our associates are from Haiti, and without them, we could cease to exist," Rosen said. "We need them so desperately."
About 50,000 Haitian refugees live in the United States, and if their temporary protected status isn't extended again in July 2019, all will have to leave at some point.
Rosen didn't understand why the Trump administration would cause so many people to be forced from the country, and vowed to push back.
"They're working," Rosen said. "We love them. Why disrupt their lives?
"We are fighting, fighting to make sure that TPE is going to be extended."
Disney union leaders reiterated Rosen's stance, saying they will be fighting for the hundreds of Haitian refugees currently working for the company.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:51 PM
— A memoir written by the surviving members of the Beastie Boys is expected to be published this year.
Mike D, speaking in an interview with Matt Wilkinson, said the highly anticipated memoir will be unlike any other music book and should be available in the fall.
“We’re actually going to finish it, and it’s going to come out finally. Like many things we embark on, there are many false starts and, honestly, directions we went in that we realized were not the directions we should be going in, but it’s gonna be coming out in the fall of this year,” he said.
In the wake of Adam Yauch’s death in 2012, surviving group members Mike D and Ad Rock signed a deal in 2013 for a book to be published by 2015. The timeline for its completion continued to be pushed back.
“To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from," Mike D said. "So New York City in the Eighties, you had all this incredible, exciting music, art, film. All of that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it, so I think that's No. 1."
Mike D added:
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Theme-parkgoers at Disney World are always trying to crack the code to see when it’s the best time to visit.
Channel 9’s Jamie Holmes crunched the wait time numbers and learned the quieter times at the park are changing.
Peter Pan has been flying over Neverland since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. The wait time is still among the longest of all the rides at all four parks.
The website said on average the wait to get on the Peter Pan ride in December was 74 minutes. It January, the wait time edged down to 72 minutes.
EasyWDW said the best time to ride Peter Pan is in September with a 49-minute wait.
“September is the one lull after the end of summer and the start of Halloween and convention season, which makes it a great time to go, especially on weekdays, and even weekends in September aren't that bad,” said Rick Munarriz, with The Motley Fool.
To add to the crowds, Brazil is slowly emerging from a recession and the euro is stronger.
Financial analysts have said with the Toy Story and Star Wars attractions coming soon, the quieter times may be gone forever.
"This may be the end of the slow season as we know it. Which is good for Orlando tourism in general, but maybe not so good for us as pass holders,” Munarriz said.
Disney didn't comment for the story.
Wait times don't always reflect park attendance.