Man finds snake in Fla. home and it’s been living there for years

Published: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 7:54 AM

Dangerous Snakes

A Florida man found an unusual squatter, make that slitherer, making itself comfortable in the attic of his home, and animal experts say it has been there for years.

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Bob van der Herchen’s son and wife have been complaining that they’ve been hearing something moving in the attic of their Englewood home, WFLA reported.

He finally went up to take a look, and to his surprise found a large boa constrictor. 

A snake trapper was called in and had some bad news for the family. The snake wasn’t a new resident, but had been living there between two to four years. He even found some shed skin, WFLA reported.

He believes that it was someone’s pet at one point and got into their home from a tree branch that was hanging close to the house. 

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 three-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 “Dreamers,” those who are a part of 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.V.) 

Cassidy, Bill - (La.) 

Cochran, Thad - (Miss.) 

Collins, Susan M. - (Me.) 

Corker, Bob - (Tenn.) 

Cornyn, John - (Texas) 

Cotton, Tom - (Ark.) 

Crapo, Mike - (Idaho) 

Cruz, Ted - (Texas) 

Daines, Steve - (Mt.) 

Enzi, Michael B. - (Wy.) 

Ernst, Joni - (Iowa) 

Fischer, Deb - (Ne.) 

Flake, Jeff - (Ariz) .

Gardner, Cory - (Col.) 

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 - (Kty.) 

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 (Wa.)

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 (Hiwaii)

Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

Tina Smith (Minn.)

Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Tom Udall (N.M.)

Chris Van Hollen (Md.)

Mark Warner (Vir.)

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 (Nevada)

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.