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Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 8:19 PM
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A restaurant owner who has pledged not to air NFL games while players protest during the national anthem says business has been up - a lot.
Bill DeFries, owner of Beef O’Brady’s in Beavercreek, pledged last week not to air or stream NFL games during the protests in which athletes take a knee or link arms during the playing or performance of the national anthem.
The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals stood and locked arms during the anthem before their game in Cleveland Sunday - but Beef O’Brady’s customers didn’t see that. One Bengals player apparently attempted to kneel, but no one joined him.
“Every day our sales have been up between 200 and 300 percent,” DeFries said Sunday. “People we have never seen before are driving hours to support us and the employees. We have received heartwarming and supportive phone calls, emails and direct messages from people all over the United States thanking us.”
DeFries, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, first told this news outlet of his decision. But since then, he and his stance have made national news, appearing on Fox News, the Sporting News, the Washington Times and elsewhere.
“I feel good, but it’s not about me,” DeFries added. “It has less to do with me now than it has to do with we. It turns out the enormous amount of pride and reverence that we have for the national anthem and everything that it means to us as a free people … is shared by the vast majority of Americans, and I’m seeing it firsthand.”
Sunday’s NFL games began at 1 p.m. While most NFL players have stood, a number have kneeled or raised their fists.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:05 PM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets.
Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation.
The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting.
“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill.
State Dept: Pence planned to meet with North Koreans to "drive home the necessity" of abandoning nuclear/ missile programs, but North Korea pulled out "at the last minute."https://t.co/CdVuTVpoZA— Axios World (@AxiosWorld) February 21, 2018
News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group.
“We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death."
Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.
From the State Dept: Pence agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics -- North Korea cancelled at the last minute pic.twitter.com/mVuSTDuUB6— Matt Marohl (@mattmarohl) February 21, 2018
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:28 AM
TUCSON, Ariz. — An Arizona couple is facing child abuse charges after police say they locked their four adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricting access to food and bathrooms.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:36 AM
MOBILE, Ala. — An Alabama police officer who was shot Tuesday night has died, authorities say.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) called an Alabama push to arm teachers “the dumbest idea [he had] ever heard” and “crazy.”
Alabama’s state House is considering a bill that would allow teachers to carry firearms. State Rep. Will Ainsworth – who is sponsoring the bill – introduced it during a press conference at an Alabama elementary school. Ainsworth, a Republican, said teachers carrying guns would be required to undergo 40 hours of training before being certified to carry a gun in the classroom, AL.com reports. The state won’t pay for a teacher’s gun.
Ainsworth said the law was about giving kids “a fighting chance.”
“The only way we can do that is to have people armed in the schools to fight back,” he said.
But to Jones, the new law doesn’t make any sense. He told WKRG: “I think that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I think it’s crazy. You don’t need 40 to 50 guns in there, and it’s a cost issue. You’re going to have to train those teachers. You don’t need to arm America in order to stop this; you just need to be smart about it.”
Jones was elected to the upper chamber in December after a heated race with Republican candidate Roy Moore. The former U.S. attorney has advocated for gun control in the past while simultaneously being a Second Amendment supporter. During the Senate race, the National Rifle Association spent almost $55,000 on mailers against him. He was the first Democrat elected to a Senate seat from Alabama in over two decades.
This isn’t the first time that pro-gun politicians have suggested arming educators, but the notion is getting another push in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 dead. A sheriff in one of Florida’s biggest counties said his department is putting together a program to train and arm teachers. Even Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been asked about the idea, although she declined to take a stand on the issue, instead saying: “I think this is an important issue for all states to grapple with and to tackle. They clearly have the opportunity and the option to do that and there are differences in how states approach this.”