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Parents give teachers wine bottles with picture of son’s face for Christmas

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

An Ohio couple gave teachers  wine for Christmas with homemade labels featuring thier son’s face, saying they needed something a little stonger than a mug for coffee.
DJ Sommers
An Ohio couple gave teachers  wine for Christmas with homemade labels featuring thier son’s face, saying they needed something a little stonger than a mug for coffee.(DJ Sommers)

In most cases, a coffee mug would suffice as a Christmas gift for a hard-working teacher. 

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But Mary Sommers of metro Dayton, Ohio said the teachers who taught her son this year deserved something a little more intoxicating. 

“How many coffee mugs does a teacher need?” Sommers asked. “But who doesn’t need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?” 

Good thing her friend just happens to work at a printing company. 

As a joke and a thank you, Sommers and her husband gifted their son Jake’s teachers at Ascension School in Kettering, Ohio with bottles of white wine with personalized wine labels reading: “Our Child Might Be The Reason you Drink So Enjoy This Bottle On Us.” 

The Sommers’ oldest son, Daniel Joseph “DJ” Sommers, a sophomore at Ohio State University, posted a photo of the bottles on his Twitter page and the post went viral. So far, it has had more than 5,400 retweets and 36,000 shares. 

Sommers said her son is not a bad kid, but he is “that kid.” 

In Jake’s case, the buckeye didn’t fall far from the tree. Somemrs said she was “that kid” when she was a student at Ascension, too. 

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“My four older siblings were good kids and it was hard to live up to that, so I didn’t try,” she recalled. “(Jake) always has something to say. He’s that kid.” 

DJ and Jake both said they were surprised by how much attention the post has received. 

DJ said he’s been contacted by a representative from “Good Morning America” and CNN, as well as television stations from around the country. 

Besides being a fun joke, DJ said the wine was also meant as a gift for the teacher who has served his family. 

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Jake, Daniel Joseph, Sarah, Mary and Paul Sommers of Beavercreek, Ohio. A photos Daniel Joseph, DJ, posted on Twitter show the wine bottles his parents gave teachers went viral. (Photo contributed by Daniel Joseph Sommers)

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His sister Sarah also attended Ascension. As an eighth grader, this is Jake’s final year. 

“It is a farewell from my family,” DJ said. 

For his part, Jake said he thought it was pretty funny. 

“I guess my teachers deserve it (the wine),” he said.

Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski found dead with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

WSU Quarterback Found Dead Found Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Police in Pullman, Washington, say officers have found Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski dead Tuesday in an apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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At about 4:30 p.m., officers responded to an apartment to check on the welfare of a football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day. 

When officers arrived, they found Hilinkski, 21, deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

Police said a rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a note was found. 

Washington State president Kirk Schulz tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family.”

Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning, who recently left for a position at UCLA, tweeted , “Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!”

Hilinski, from Claremont, Calif., recently finished his redshirt sophomore season for the Cougars.

He started in place of Senior Luke Falk in the Cougars loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl. 

Hilinski played 11 games in his Cougars career, passing for 1,149 yards and seven touchdowns.

Hilinski was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM

In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, Anastasia Gruzdeva poses for selfie as the Temperature dropped to about -50 degrees (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) in Yakutsk, Russia. Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia have dropped to near-record lows, plunging to -67 degrees Centigrade (-88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. (sakhalife.ru photo via AP)
Anastasia Gruzdeva/AP
In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, Anastasia Gruzdeva poses for selfie as the Temperature dropped to about -50 degrees (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) in Yakutsk, Russia. Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia have dropped to near-record lows, plunging to -67 degrees Centigrade (-88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. (sakhalife.ru photo via AP)(Anastasia Gruzdeva/AP)

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.

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According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.

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In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.

A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.

Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.

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It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.

(H/T Twitter)

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Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:33 AM

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An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff.

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Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent.

Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament.

Wrestlers will need to contact the coach about scheduled meets.

The district asks that ill students stay home when school resumes.

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Haitians under protected status call on administration to process work permits

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Haitian and American flags(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Haitian and American flags(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Thousands of Haitians living in Central Florida said they're just days away from being forced out of their jobs.

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Many of those worried are workers at Disney World.

They were granted Temporary Protected Status after an earthquake devastated their country in 2010.

They’re now finding out their jobs are in limbo, because their work authorizations are about to expire and new applications aren't being processed.

The change affects more than 500 workers at Disney, many of whom have families and homes in Central Florida.

In October, dozens of Haitians marched through the streets of Pine Hills, calling on the Trump administration to renew their TPS.

Many were facing the possibility of being forced to leave the country before the administration extended TPS until July of 2019 for more than 50,000 Haitians living and working in the U.S.

But now, they're facing another dilemma.

Wilna Destin has lived in Orlando 18 years.

She's married with two children and she has no idea what will happen next week when her and her husband's work authorization permits expire.

"That hurts, you know. It hurts your family,” she said.

TPS workers in Central Florida said they've learned the administration is not even processing their work authorization applications, which they need to stay employed.

Sano Leger, a union representative, said it affects workers all through the tourist corridor.

"Most of those big hotels, they have people who have TPS working in there,” he said.

The Disney unions are planning a rally Thursday afternoon outside the crossroads entrance to Disney to bring attention to their dilemma and to demand that the Trump administration allow Haitian TPS holders to work.