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Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 7:00 AM
MIAMI — A South Florida high school team is going viral, and it’s not because of their dance moves.
The Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s dance team’s costumes have been stirring up some controversy because some believe they’re too sexy for the young students.
Several videos of the teens dancing have been posted online, which sparked the debate.
Some social media users don’t see a problem with the costumes and say people should be focusing on their dancing, not what they’re wearing.
Everyone on here who thinks it’s a problem need to leave my school alone. What they have on is only a costume and goes with the theme.— Your Goddess (@goddess_tay) September 26, 2017
Nothing is wrong with these girls wanting to dance and play the part their given. The dance teacher sends all her girls to the top dance— Your Goddess (@goddess_tay) September 26, 2017
Love it your skills, the team...ABSOLUTE art— That Girl (@Pj1052) September 23, 2017
Others thought the outfits looked more like lingerie and were not appropriate for girls 18 and younger.
Why are we sexualizing our babies like this? This is ridiculous. Our worth as women is better than this.— Lynette (@18327Lynette) September 24, 2017
Our young girls should not be made to dress provocatively. The fact that some- especially women- can't see this as an issue is problematic— #TakeAKnee (@marclaw69) September 24, 2017
this seriously is crossing the line. I believe this is extreme over-sexualization of children. Garter stockings?— Kinzo Benzo (@KinzoBenzo) September 24, 2017
However, parents and guardians of the students approved of the costumes and don’t see an issue.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
— A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption but defended his actions by telling them, “When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung, in New Braunfels.
The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
Robison, who also presides in Hays County, did not respond to a message left with his court coordinator, Steve Thomas, who said the case is pending.
The Herald-Zeitung reported that Robison recused himself before the trial’s sentencing phase and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele. The defendant’s attorney asked for a mistrial but was denied.
Robison’s actions could trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which has disciplined Robison in the past.
In 2011, the commission slapped Robison with a private reprimand for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather who had called him a fool for a ruling Robison made in a child custody case involving the man’s granddaughter.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
— Traveling with an “emotional support animal” on a Delta flight is about to get a little trickier.
Emotional support animals in special vests have become a more common sight around airports and on flights in recent years. But in the wake of a horrific mauling of a passenger by another traveler’s emotional support dog on a Delta plane last year, the airline is changing its policy.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
— The fight over a border wall, the fate of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a U.S. government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government up and running.
While negotiations on a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution, are ongoing, House Republican leaders said late Wednesday that they lacked the votes to prevent a shutdown, but that they are pressing members to back Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), on the temporary spending bill.
“I think it passes,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, (R-North Carolina), told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I think it passes.”
What would happen if no bill is passed and the government “shuts down?” Here’s what to expect:
First, a government shutdown doesn’t mean the government completely shuts down. Employees and services deemed “essential” would remain in place. About half of the federal employee workforce, however, could be furloughed – sent home without pay.
Government agencies would shut down because of the lack of a bill that funds services those agencies provide. What Congress will be considering Thursday night and Friday is a continuing resolution, a way to temporarily fund the government.
What is a continuing resolution?
A continuing resolution, or “CR,” is legislation that funds government operations at the current spending level. In normal years, a bill that funds government operations is signed by Oct. 1, which is the end of the fiscal year. That didn’t happen this year.
CRs can fund the government for days, weeks or months. The CR that could be considered Thursday would fund the government through Feb. 16.
Here is a list of services and how they would be affected if a CR is not passed by Friday night:
Air travel would not be affected as federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and Transportation Security Administration screeners would remain in place.
For about two weeks, federal courts would continue operating normally. After that time, the judiciary would have to furlough employees not considered essential.
The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls. Most routine safety inspections would be halted.
Patients in the National Institutes of Health would continue to be treated. New patients would not be accepted until a funding bill is in place.
You could still get a passport and visa applications would still be processed by the State Department. Fees collected when someone applies for a visa or a passport fund those services.
The Federal Housing Administration, the agency that guarantees about 30 percent of all American home mortgages, wouldn't be able to underwrite or approve any new loans during a shutdown, causing a delay for those using one of those loans to purchase a home.
You would still get mail, as the U.S. Postal Service is not funded by taxpayer dollars for everyday operations.
Active-duty military personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed.
All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums. Visitors in overnight campgrounds in national parks would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.
School lunches, SNAP and WIC
School breakfasts and lunches funded by the federal government would not be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, could be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which used to be called the Food Stamp Program, would continue to be funded and SNAP benefits would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.
The National Weather Service would keep forecasting weather.
Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits would be paid, but new applications for those payments could be delayed.
Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs would continue.
Sources: The Associated Press; Politico; the Congressional Research Service
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:11 PM
CARROLLTON, Texas — Witten Ramirez is fighting for his life after doctors said he contracted a brain infection caused by the flu.
Witten’s mother, Desiree, said that the whole family had the flu last week, but the 8-year-old had it worse than the others, KXAS reported.
She said he was sleeping too much and stumbled when he walked.
To be safe, Desiree took him to the emergency room, thinking that he might be having a reaction to medication.
Instead, testing found that somehow the flu had caused an infection in his brain, which was attacking the part of the brain that controls movement.
Witten now cannot walk, sit, stand or talk, Desiree told KXAS.
A healthy 8-year-old boy was diagnosed with the flu. The next day, his mother says, doctors discovered the flu caused a life-changing infection in the boy's brain: https://t.co/SOPbsMF8VU— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) January 19, 2018
Neurologists said the infection is called cerebellitis, an inflammatory process that can be a complication from the flu in rare cases with no risk factors.
“You can have otherwise seemingly healthy individuals whose bodies handle flu in such a way to lead to a neurologic complication, which is why we spend so much time focusing on prevention,” Dr. Benjamin Greenberg told KXAS.
Prevention, Greenberg said, is the flu vaccine.
Witten’s mother said her son didn’t get a flu shot this year as he had in previous years.
Children can recover from cerebellitis, but doing so will involve rehabilitation, which is already planned for Witten, KXAS reported.