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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 10:07 AM
Restaurants across the nation are honoring veterans and active duty military members this weekend with deals on meals including free lunches and special items.
Most restaurants require a military identification for the deals. Note that offers may not be available at all locations. Some locations do not participate in the promotions. Check with your local restaurants before you go.
Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military can select a free meal from a menu of seven items on Saturday with proof of service.
Aspen Creek Grill: Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday when you order off a special menu.
Back Yard Burgers: All veterans and active duty military who present their military ID or who are in uniform will receive a free Back Yard Classic Burger.
Baker’s Square: Veterans and active duty military can get a choice of a free breakfast of pancakes, French toast, or a Belgian waffle on Saturday.
Bandana’s Bar-B-Q: Veterans and active duty get up to $10 worth of free food on Saturday.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse: Veterans and active duty members can get a free entrée under $12.95 on Friday and Saturday.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active duty military can get one of six menu items for free at Bob Evans restaurants on Saturday.
Bonanza Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military get a free buffet on Saturday.
California Pizza Kitchen: California Pizza Kitchen restaurants are offering veterans and active duty personnel complimentary entrées from a special Veterans Day menu.
Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans will receive a free Chick Meal (including one scoop or sandwich, plus one scoop, side, or cup of soup) and a drink on Friday.
Chuck E. Cheese: Retired or active duty military with a valid ID can get a free individual one-topping pizza (using promo code #5500).
Denny’s: Active duty and military veterans can get a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday.
Farmer Boys: Farmer boys is offering a free Big Cheese cheeseburgers on Friday.
Fazoli's: Get free spaghetti with meat or marina sauce Friday through Sunday.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Veterans and active duty service members get a free entrée when they eat-in with someone who purchases a meal Friday.
Golden Corral: The Golden Corral restaurant chain hosts a “military appreciation dinner” on Nov. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. The free sit-down dinner is available for anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserve).
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House: Get a free meal from a select menu from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at participating locations.
Hooters: All veterans and active duty military personnel can choose from one of five menu items for free at Hooters on Saturday.
IHOP: All active duty and retired Veterans can get a free order of Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Friday.
Little Caesars: Participating outlets of the Little Caesars are offering all veterans and active military members a free Lunch Combo between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
O’Charley’s: The O’Charley’s restaurant chain is offering all veterans and active duty service members a free meal from their $9.99 menu on Saturday.
On the Border: On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is offering active and former military members a free Create-Your-Own Combo Meal on Saturday.
Outback: Outback is offering veterans and active duty military a free Bloomin’ Onion, a beverage, and a discount to family members on Saturday.
Panera Bread: Covelli Enterprises will salute those in uniform with free meals on Friday in observance of Veterans Day at its 13 Panera Bread locations in Dayton, Ohio.
Red Lobster: The Red Lobster is offering veterans, active duty military and reservists a free appetizer or dessert (from a select list) on Saturday.
Red Robin: All veterans and active duty service members get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Saturday.
Ruby Tuesday: Military personnel receives one free appetizer (up to $10 in value) on Saturday. (Offer not available at locations in Guam, Manhattan, Hawaii, airports, and international locations.)
Shoney’s: Participating Shoney’s are offering veterans and active duty military a free All You Care to Eat Breakfast Bar from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Spaghetti Warehouse is offering a “buy one entree, get one free” coupon that can be redeemed from Friday through Sunday.
Sizzler: Participating Sizzler restaurants are offering all active duty and veterans a free lunch and beverage until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Texas Roadhouse: Active duty, former or retired military get a free lunch from a special menu Saturday.
T.G.I. Friday’s: Guests who show valid military identification get a free lunch (up to $12) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
— David and Louise Turpin, the California couple who were charged with torture and child abuse after authorities accused them of holding their 13 children captive in dire conditions, previously lived in Texas, several news outlets have reported.
ABC News reported Thursday that it had acquired pictures from inside the family’s former Texas home, near Fort Worth. The pictures were submitted by the home’s current owner, who took the pictures after he bought the foreclosed property about 18 years ago.
The pictures, which can be seen here, show stained carpets and walls. The current owner told ABC it required an “extensive cleanup” and that he and his wife “believed that the previous occupants destroyed the house because it was being foreclosed on.”
The anonymous owner also told ABC that feces were smeared all over the walls of every room at the time that he bought the home.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:34 PM
— A 12-year-old boy from Michigan who vomited during dinner one night, went to an urgent care facility the next night and had a flu test come back negative tragically died the very next morning.
Michael Messenger’s family can’t believe how quickly their world was turned upside-down, losing a son and a brother who had been so full of life in just a matter of days.
The timeline of Messenger’s symptoms, evaluation and death has his mother Jessica Decent-Doll urging other parents not to wait if they see signs of flu.
“Don’t wait, it’s all I can say. This flu or whatever is going around this year is unbelievably dangerous,” she told the Times Herald.
12-year-old Michael Messenger died last week after having flu-like symptoms for a few days. https://t.co/ILoR9h5vva— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 17, 2018
Messenger vomited during dinner Jan. 9, was taken to an urgent care the next evening where he was cleared for flu and administered anti-nausea medication and was found unresponsive at home in bed the morning of Jan. 11.
An hour and a half later, he was declared dead at a hospital.
Decent-Doll said her son’s vital signs were deemed normal at the urgent care center and that the family was advised to give him fluids.
DEADLY FLU WARNINGS: The death of 12-year-old Michael Messenger of Clay Township, Michigan, of flu-like symptoms after a rapid flu test at an urgent care came back negative is raising new questions about the epidemic. @GioBenitez reports. pic.twitter.com/tpJdY2Qpbg— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 19, 2018
By 9:15 a.m. Thursday, it was clear Messenger’s life was in grave danger.
“I ran upstairs, and I sat with him, and I tried to get him to respond to me, but there was no response, nothing,” Decent-Doll said. “It’s indescribable, it really is.”
The grieving mother said that her son had just gotten a flu shot in December and that he “never stopped, ever. He loved science. He loved his family.”
Kristen Ervinck started a GoFundMe to help the grieving family:
"Mikey was so full of life and so energetic he lit up the room with his smile," it read.
Michael Messenger's funeral was Thursday. His family is still waiting for the results of his autopsy.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 10:49 PM
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday.
As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners. About 100 donors were expected Saturday night, with their contributions going to the RNC and Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Eric and Lara Trump and McDaniel also spoke to about 100 local Republican activists in West Palm Beach on Saturday morning, urging them to work to preserve the GOP’s imperiled majorities in the House and Senate.
“We’re very, very lucky that we have majorities in the House and Senate. I mean, we’re very, very, very lucky. But let’s not take that for granted as a party because honestly, 2018 will be as important as ever,” Eric Trump told the Republican group at the West Palm Beach Marriott. “His great work is hugely, hugely impeded if we lose that and I’m going to fight every single day between now and those elections to make sure that those majorities are stronger than ever.”
President Trump had planned to visit Mar-a-Lago on Friday for the 12th time since taking office. But he remained in Washington as congressional Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a spending agreement to keep the government running past midnight.
After Friday’s cancellation, the White House left open the possibility of a Trump trip to Palm Beach on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory for an arrival after 2 p.m. Saturday, but rescinded it by mid-afternoon. The latest FAA notification indicated no presidential travel planned to Palm Beach County this weekend.
“No plans to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an email Saturday morning.
Brian Ballard, the Tallahassee lobbyist who was Florida finance chairman for Trump’s 2016 campaign, came to Palm Beach for Saturday’s event and said he understood the president’s choice to remain in Washington.
“I think it was the right decision. I haven’t talked to anyone that’s down here for the event that doesn’t agree,” Ballard said. “We’ll celebrate the one-year anniversary sometime soon.”
Trump supporters, who regularly gather near Southern Boulevard and Flagler Drive to cheer the president’s motorcade as it passes, showed up in Trump’s absence, numbering about 25 at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s the one-year anniversary of President Trump and the mainstream media is ignoring all of his accomplishments. All they want to talk about is the government shutdown over DACA and illegal immigration,” said Lamarre Notargiacomo of Vero Beach, who held an “Eliminate Sanctuary Cities” sign.
Most Senate Democrats voted against a spending bill to keep the government running for four weeks because the legislation did not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields from deportation about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors by their parents.
Another group of Trump supporters gathered a few blocks away near the garishly decorated “Trumpmobile” and other vehicles adorned with pro-Trump messages. That group left for Palm Beach to drive by an anti-Trump demonstration that police said drew 600 to 700 protesters.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
— Jim Rodford, bassist for popular rock band The Kinks from 1978 to 1996, has died at 76, according to the band.
The Kinks, whose hits include “You Really Got Me,” “Lola,” “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” “A Well-Respected Man,” “Victoria” and “Waterloo Sunset,” made the announcement Saturday on its official social media accounts.
“It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away – he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us #JimRodford,” the band said on Twitter.
It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away - he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us #JimRodford https://t.co/LmWFGd9ZRV— TheKinksOfficial (@TheKinks) January 20, 2018
Founding member Dave Davies also expressed his sorrow over Rodford’s “sudden loss.”
“I’m devastated Jim’s sudden loss I’m too broken up to put words together it’s such a shock I always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion – strange – great friend great musician great man – he was an integral part of the Kinks later years RIP,” he wrote on Twitter.
I’m devastated Jim’s sudden loss I’m too broken up to put words together it’s such a shock i always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion - strange - great friend great musician great man - he was an integral part of theKinks later years RIP #JimRodford pic.twitter.com/rL5vAuuVwp— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) January 20, 2018
Although Rodford did not play for the band when they burst onto the scene in the ’60s, he was credited by Davies as being an integral part of “The Kinks” in their later years. Rodford would later return to the band The Zombies.