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Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 10:41 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 12:10 PM
CHICAGO — Attorneys for a Kentucky physician who was forcibly removed from his United Airlines seat after he refused to voluntarily give it up said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago that they will likely file a lawsuit against the airline.
Attorneys for David Dao, 69, requested an order in Cook County Circuit Court requiring that Chicago officials and United keep “all video, cockpit recordings and other reports from the flight, along with the personnel files of the Aviation Department officers who pulled Dao from the plane,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
“Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably,” Chicago-based personal injury lawyer Thomas Demetrio said Thursday. “As you know, we’ve taken a step ... to protect and preserve certain evidence we’re going to need down the line. It’s not just a matter of throwing the video up and asking the jury, ‘OK, who wins?’”
A hearing on the order is scheduled for Monday.
Dao suffered injuries, including a severe concussion, a broken nose and an unspecified injury to his sinuses, Demetrio said. He will need reconstructive surgery and lost two front teeth.
“He’s shaken,” Demetrio said, adding that the doctor was discharged from a hospital on Wednesday after spending three days recovering from his injuries. “This was not a troubled passenger. This was not a nut job.”
Demetrio said the incident, reported Sunday, was more horrifying for Dao than went he left Vietnam during the fall of Saigon and came to the United States in 1975. Demetrio categorized the confrontation as a continuation of bullying tactics used by airlines, particularly United.
“They have treated us less than maybe we deserve. I’ve concluded that based upon hundreds of tales of woe, of mistreatment, by United,” Demetrio said. “Dr. Dao … has come to understand that he’s the guy .... to stand up for passengers going forward.”
Crystal Pepper, one of Dao’s five children, thanked the public for its prayers and concerns.
“It has been a very difficult time for our entire family, especially my dad,” she said at the news conference. “What happened to my dad should have never happened to any human being, regardless of the circumstances. We were horrified and shocked and sickened to learn what had happened to him and see what had happened to him.”
Passengers started filming Sunday on United Airlines Flight 3411 on Sunday after Dao refused to give up his seat, even after airline crew members called police to have him removed. Dao was traveling with his wife, also a doctor, out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.
Video posted on social media showed Dao being manhandled by the officers as he screamed before they dragged him, bloodied, down the plane’s center aisle.
Another video showed Dao appearing disoriented after he made his way back to the cabin. Demetrio said Dao has no memory of returning to the plane.
"Just kill me. Kill me," he repeats in the clip. "I have to go home."
The Chicago Department of Aviation officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave as city officials investigate the incident.
Demetrio said the city could face some culpability for the situation.
“Just because United is responsible doesn’t mean the city of Chicago isn’t responsible,” he said.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:16 AM
A study by the company shows that residents of cities across the country love this classic comfort food as much or more than their Lone Star State counterparts.
An internal analysis conducted by Wienerschnitzel in honor of National Chili Day on Feb. 22 named the top 10 chili cities in the United States. Residents in the top cities eat more chili per person than residents of other cities, have access to more restaurants known for their chili and are more likely to enter or attend a chili cook-off.
Among the top cities was San Antonio, Texas, the city credited with first popularizing chili in the 1890s.
According to Wienerschnitzel, the top 10 chili cities are:
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
— Funeral arrangements have been announced following the death of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham. The well-known religious figure, who counseled several presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.
Billy Graham passed away this morning at his Montreat, North Carolina, home and met his Savior, Jesus Christ. Mr. Graham was 99. For more visit: https://t.co/BqTSDigeaT— BGEA (@BGEA) February 21, 2018
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Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:14 AM
— McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back at some locations this week.
This year, there is no other flavor. In 2017, the restaurant had four Shamrock Shake flavors outside of the mint one: frappe, chocolate, hot chocolate and mocha. Instead, McDonald’s is offering a Shamrock Shake Finder app on iOS and Android so customers can locate the popular dessert.
“Fans simply need to download the app and from there, locate participating restaurants locations, swap Shamrock Shake-themed stickers and raise a shake with friends to toast St. Patrick’s Day,” McDonald’s said of the app in a Feb. 12 news release. “In addition to helping fans find the nearest Shamrock Shake, the app also features a brand new camera mode, featuring an augmented reality (AR) experience for iPhone X.”
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:32 AM
“Last October, we truly meant well when we brought back a super-limited batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it quickly became apparent we did not make enough to meet the expectations of our fans,” McDonald’s said in a Thursday news release. “We did not anticipate the overnight crowds, the cross-state travel and the amazing curiosity, passion and energy fans showed.”
“Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t near enough to meet that demand. We disappointed fans and we are sorry. To fully make amends, we felt it was important to not only bring back much more sauce this time, but to also admit our mistakes, answer questions and give fans access to the story behind the story.”
Last year, McDonald’s announced a “one-time only, limited-edition” run of the sauce, which was first released in 1998 as a promotional tie-in with the release of Disney’s animated movie “Mulan.” Twenty years later, the sauce has a fan following, which was referenced in an episode of “Rick and Morty.” The limited batch was at a few McDonald’s locations Oct. 7.
When the day came, however, fans were left rejected. In some restaurants, customers only got one packet of sauce and in others, no sauce was available despite posters promising otherwise. Some customers were so upset that police had to be called to locations.
McDonald’s officials say this time will be different.
“We have hundreds of packets (of the sauce) per restaurant to satisfy that sauce craving, so we encourage customers to get ‘em while we’ve got ‘em, whether they come into the restaurant, use Mobile Order & Pay, or order through McDelivery on Uber Eats where it’s available,” Debbie Wright, a franchise owner for Dayton, Ohio, McDonald’s, said in a release.
“We’ve worked every day since October to bring back much, much, more of the sauce our fans have been craving,” the company said. “And we’re excited to announce that starting Monday, Feb. 26, 20 million packets of Szechuan Sauce will be available across all U.S. McDonald’s restaurants with a qualifying purchase, while supplies last (which this time around, we hope is a while).”
The sauce will be available starting at lunchtime on Monday. To obtain it, a customer must buy an item on the menu.