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Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 8:07 AM
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — When 13-year-old Ryan McKenna walked into the U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, he never dreamed he'd be on the news.
McKenna and his family had been looking forward to watching the Patriots face off against the Eagles at the 52nd Super Bowl, but were definitely surprised to see Justin Timberlake walk up to them during his Super Bowl halftime show.
Halfway through his performance of "Can't Stop The Feeling", the last song on Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show set list, he walked up to the audience and picked lucky McKenna for a chance to snap a fan selfie.
With a swift swipe of a screen, McKenna immediately switched his phone screen from the video he was recording into selfie mode.
"I just thought to myself, 'I'll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,'" McKenna told the Pioneer Press.
It was that reaction that turned McKenna into an instant sensation.
"My phone started blowing up," father John McKenna told the Pioneer Press. "It died, like, instantly after it happened. We had friends from all over reaching out, I couldn't believe it."
McKenna, a seventh-grader at Derby Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts, posted the selfie to his social media accounts and has already gone viral.
The McKenna family flew into Minneapolis around noon on Sunday and had plans to fly out first thing on Monday morning, but those plans may already have changed.
“It’s been so crazy,” McKenna said. “I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane. I’ve gotten so many notifications, I’ve got like 36 Snapchats, like 21 DMs, and like 150 follower requests on Instagram."
McKenna was born in Greenville, North Carolina, and his family ran a boat business as they lived in New Bern, North Carolina, before they moved to Boston in 2013, WNCT reported.
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:07 AM
SEATTLE — A self-proclaimed white nationalist was banned from a Fremont gym after the owners learned he is a leader in the alt-right community.
The owners of Northwest Fitness Project say Greg Johnson is longer welcome there.
“The trainer terminated his contract and we banned him from the gym,” said Kyle Davis, a co-owner of the gym.
It's a move that has some people wondering if it violates a city ordinance that says "places of public accommodation" can't discriminate based on a person's beliefs.
But the owners of the gym say that ordinance doesn't apply -- because it’s not a public space. To use the space, you must be the client of a trainer.
“There’s no open gym membership, it's not like people can come and go as they please,” Davis said. “Trainers come and run their own businesses out of this location."
“There's a right of first refusal of the independent trainer. And (the trainer) chose to not work with him anymore due to the harm it would cause his reputation, and not wanting to be associated with those views,” Davis said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Greg Johnson an "international figure for white nationalism” and “one of the leading voices of the far-right.”
In September 2017, the New York Times interviewed him undercover and posted it on its website.
In the interview, Johnson says, “I would identify myself as a white nationalist. That states the goals I have politically.”
When asked about people who are Jewish, Johnson says, “The solution would ultimately (be) to expel them.”
Davis said he’s disturbed to hear Johnson’s views.
“I would feel threatened, yes,” he said. “I'm converting to Judaism, my fiancée is Jewish and we want to raise our kids Jewish.”
The owners say after Johnson was banned, a white nationalist publication told followers to post negative reviews on the gym's Yelp and Facebook pages.
“We were at a five (star average review); it went down to a three,” said Matthew Holland, the other co-owner of Northwest Fitness Project.
But hundreds of people supported the gym on social media, helping it bounce back.
“Now we're to like a 4.8,” Holland said. “We have a great community and we didn't realize how awesome they all were. Going through a rough time like this, it was just so encouraging.”
The Puget Sound Anarchists first published last week that Johnson lives in Seattle. It’s also how the gym owners found out about Johnson’s beliefs.
Johnson did not comment.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:24 PM
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Several sinkholes opened in The Villages Thursday, threatening several homes, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.
Four homes have been evacuated. Officials said the largest of the three holes is 35 feet deep and 18 feet wide.
One of the sinkholes that opened up is outside Frank Newman’s home.
He said he heard strange sounds and wasn’t sure what was going on.
“At about 12:30 I was watching the Olympics when I heard something that I thought was thunder,” Newman said.
Hours later, he found out what was actually going on.
“My front door bell rings about 3:10. It was a policeman saying, ‘You got to get out of your house,’” Newman said.
The sinkholes go beneath two of the homes.
Cracks formed outside Newman’s neighbor’s home and a hole opened up near her front door.
“In her house, she is seeing cracks inside the house on the floor and stuff,” Newman said. “She can’t get her car out of the garage because the garage door won’t open.”
Signs have been placed outside some of the homes warning the houses have been condemned.
Golf course officials are draining a lake to help the situation. Utilities officials said that if a water main break occurs, they will be able to handle it, but 20 homes could potentially lose water service if that happens.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM
— The Broward County sheriff said he was honored to visit a young student who survived the Feb. 14 South Florida school shooting that's left a community reeling.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office published a photo of Sheriff Scott Israel holding the hand of Anthony Borges, 15, in his hospital room.
"Fortunately, he is recovering -- but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed," the Sheriff's Office posted. "Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act."
The Sheriff's Office said in the Facebook post that Borges was shot five times during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Seventeen people, including students and staff, were killed in the shooting.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, who admitted to the shooting, remains in custody at the Broward County jail after being ordered held without bond on 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:50 PM
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Sheriff Grady Judd in Polk County, Florida, went on the news Saturday to talk about the so-called “Sentinel Program” as a possible legislative response to mass shootings like the one that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week, that left 17 dead.
Judd called the program a “game changer” by arming select educators whose backgrounds have been vetted thoroughly, who have been psychologically evaluated and trained in weapons more intensely than law enforcement by state standards.
FL Sheriff: 'Game Changer' If Some Teachers Trained to Carry Gunshttps://t.co/eVAvi6xN7o— FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) February 17, 2018
The sheriff argued that the solution is not something he wants, but it’s something that must happen.
“We have got to wake up, wake up and understand that we have to have … specially trained people that have concealed firearms that can run to the threat and protect our children,” he said.
“Do you know that there is gun control on every campus in Florida -- and, I would submit, across the United States -- that you can’t bring a gun on campus. And no one does, except the crazed person, the active shooter. There has to be a line of defense,” Judd said.
“There’s no absolutes in life, but I can tell you this: At least two coaches were killed standing in front of and trying to protect kids. Don’t you believe it would be a game-changer if they had a gun to defend the children?”
Students and parents have responded to the mass shooting perpetrated by Nikolas Cruz by calling for stricter guns laws in Florida.
"WE CALL BS!" Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez leads chant to institute stricter gun laws in Florida after the mass shooting at her school. More on the protest here: https://t.co/Nm3wM7Hgx7 pic.twitter.com/0eeR05U875— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) February 17, 2018
Many participating in the #NeverAgain campaign seem to agree that they don’t want to arm teachers, but want “genuine, lasting change.”
We don't want higher fences and metal detectors. We don't want our teachers to have guns. We don't want to go to school in a prison. We want CHANGE. We want genuine, lasting change.— carly (@car_nove) February 17, 2018