Wheelchair dance troupe perform tribute for friend who died

Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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A video of an Ohio dance troupe's tribute performance is garnering lots of attention on the Internet.

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The video shows Revere Dance Studio's Wonders on Wheels (WOW) team dancing to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."

The tribute performance was in honor of one the dancers who died unexpectedly last year.

"We unexpectedly lost one of our dancers back in September" Tracey Burgoon, owner and choreographer at the Revere Dance Studio told WCPO. "It was actually the week we were starting back up. We were going to start back up the week she passed away."

Since then, the team has been rehearsing the choreography for the performance, which took place on Sunday. It was the first performance without their friend and fellow dancer, Katie.

The all-girl troupe, whose members range between 6 and 27, chose to the song because Katie loved Celine Dion.  

"Her favorite singer was Celine Dion," Burgoon said. "She loved ballet, so we decided to make this song a tribute to her." 

In the performance, six WOW members were joined by 14 "shadow" dancers, girls who volunteer their time to dance alongside the team and help the girls move across the dance floor.

"They help them maneuver when they can't move their arms," Burgoon said. "We just really try to work with them. It's just as important for the 'shadow' to work with the girls."

Burgoon told People there's a waiting list of dancers who want to volunteer their time with the program, which meets twice per month and is free for participants. 

Over six million people have viewed the video of the performance on Facebook. 

Check out our WOW Team and their shadows.
Posted by Revere Dance Studio on Saturday, January 9, 2016

Woman dies after 40-foot zip line fall

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016

            Woman dies after 40-foot zip line fall

Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a woman who fell from a zip line in a state park.

The 59-year-old woman fell about 40 feet from the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction Wednesday afternoon, according to the police report.

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The woman was treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The victim's name was being withheld pending the notification of her next of kin. Authorities said no one else was injured.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

What we know and don't know about Florida face-biting case

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

            What we know and don't know about Florida face-biting case
Flowers lie in front of John Stevens’ home on Southeast Kokomo Lane in Tequesta, Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Stevens and Michelle Mishcon were found dead after being attacked by Austin Harrouff Monday night at the home. The 19-year-old Florida State University sophomore fatally stabbed the two while walking home, authorities said. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) (Lannis Waters)

More than a week after Michelle Mishcon and John Stevens were killed in their southern Martin County home, Florida, much remains unknown about what led to the seemingly random, but unusually brutal, stabbings.

The couple often kept their garage door up, said Stevens’ brother-in-law, Doug Maddox, with a seat open and the TV on for friends and family. Mishcon was found stabbed to death at about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in that garage. Stevens was found dead in the driveway.

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When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home on Southeast Kokomo Lane, just north of the Jupiter border, they also found 19-year-old Austin Harrouff. The Jupiter teen was clinging to Stevens and biting off pieces of the man’s face. He already had bitten the man’s abdomen, deputies said.

A neighbor told deputies he tried to intervene in the attack but was stabbed, too. That neighbor, Jeff Fisher, went back to his home across the street and called 911. He was “bleeding profusely,” he told a dispatcher. His wife said he had been stabbed in the back.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder called Harrouff “abnormally strong.”

Yet friends of the sophomore at Florida State University said he “wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

So what was the motive?

“We may absolutely never know,” Snyder said.

Nothing indicates Harrouff knew the couple. Their family members have said they don’t recognize the teen. Fisher told a dispatcher shortly after he was stabbed that he didn’t either.

>>READ MORE: Dad says Austin Harrouff may have mental illness

Officials have been unable to talk to Harrouff, the Sheriff’s Office says, because he has been sedated or hooked to breathing tubes since he arrived at St. Mary’s Medical Center immediately following the stabbings. The details of Harrouff’s injuries, and a complete toxicology report, haven’t been released.

He arrived making “animal-like noises,” the Sheriff’s Office said, and was delusional. His parents said the teen had been acting strange for at least a week; his father said the strange behavior had been going on for months. His mother told Jupiter police that Harrouff had told her he had “super powers” and that he was immortal.

Harrouff’s dad, Wade, thinks mental illness may have triggered the attacks. The teen hasn’t been diagnosed, his dad said, but schizophrenia runs in the family.

Were drugs involved?

The sheriff speculates drugs, like flakka or bath salts, may be involved. Yet Harrouff dared deputies to drug test him after they took him in to custody: “Test me. You won’t find any drugs.”

>>READ MORE: What is flakka and what does it do to your body?

Initial tests indicate Harrouff didn’t have street drugs, like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or marijuana, in his system at the time of the attacks.

“I don’t think he did (use drugs),” Wade Harrouff said. “I guess we’ll find out when the test comes.”

Those drug tests of Austin Harrouff’s blood -- which are being done by the FBI -- will show whether drugs like flakka or bath salts were in the teen’s system.

Until then, detectives are in “a holding pattern,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Is Austin Harrouff’s condition affecting the investigation?

The teen’s condition also is stalling the investigation.

The day after the fatal stabbings, Snyder said Austin Harrouff’s injuries were “life-threatening” and that his condition was getting worse. Eight days after the attack, officials are saying the teen is in critical, but stable condition.

On Tuesday, though, his father said his organs were failing. His son’s liver is malfunctioning, his lungs are filling with fluid and he has bleeding of the esophagus. The Sheriff’s Office said it would not release details of Austin Harrouff’s treatment plan at the hospital.

The night of the attack, Harrouff was out to dinner with his parents at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Jupiter with his parents. Harrouff left the restaurant, his father said, and went to his mother’s house. There he attempted to drink cooking oil, according to his father.

Afterward, Harrouff’s mother, Mina, brought him back to the restaurant. There, Harrouff’s father became upset with his son and grabbed him by the collar.

It’s unclear if there was a fight, but surveillance video from the restaurant shows Harrouff eventually leave, walking calmly out of the restaurant. He then made his way to Stevens and Mishcon’s home, about four miles north along Island Way.

What happened when Harrouff reached the garage?

The Sheriff’s Office said the teen may have ingested something “caustic” in the couple’s garage.

“There were things he could have consumed, and that first night at the hospital, the hospital speculated based on what they were seeing in his body fluids, that perhaps he had ingested something caustic from the garage,” Snyder said.

The blood test results “will provide a big piece of the unknown,” Snyder said.

What happens when Harrouff is released from the hospital?

As soon as Harrouff is released from St. Mary’s Medical Center, the Sheriff’s Office said it will charge him with two counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.

Another woman has come forward with allegations against Roger Ailes

Updated: Friday, July 29, 2016
By: Samantha Crook

According to a new report, yet another woman has come forward with allegations against former Fox News executive Roger Ailes.

New York Magazine reports Laurie Luhn's complaints are about more than just the former CEO; they're about the Fox News organization more broadly.

Luhn is a former director of booking at Fox News. In the interview, she called Ailes a "predator" and said he sexually harassed her for more than 20 years.

She also accused the network of working to cover up the harassment and said she went along with Ailes' sexual advances to further her career.

Luhn's interview follows a lawsuit filed earlier this month by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who says he "sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances."

Carlson's lawsuit sparked a wave of accusations from other women who'd worked with Ailes.

According to New York Magazine, those confessions include one from current Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who reportedly told investigators Ailes made advances toward her when she was a young reporter.

Ailes resigned from Fox News earlier this month. Carlson told The Washington Post shortly afterward she "felt angry that it took so long."

She went on to tell the outlet that her focus has been on maintaining a sense of normalcy for her family.

Shortly after Carlson filed her lawsuit, 21st Century Fox — the company that owns Fox News — announced Rupert Murdoch would step in and replace Ailes. That announcement made no mention of the sexual harassment accusations. 

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Mom posts heartbreaking video of baby with whooping cough to stress importance of vaccines

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Mom posts heartbreaking video of baby with whooping cough to stress importance of vaccines
Via Sandra Tee / Facebook

An Australian mom's heartbreaking video of her 5-week-old daughter – along with a plea for parents to vaccinate their children – has gone viral.

This video may distress some people but I'm sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated. This is my 5 week old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing.  Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates. Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don't cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren't in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7 the outcome would be fatal. Please don't ignore the warning signs- our baby girl only had a slight cough to start. Please share this to educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.
Posted by Sandra Tee on Sunday, August 21, 2016

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In an Aug. 22 Facebook post, Sandra Tee of Sydney shared the video of her baby girl, Heidi, wearing an oxygen mask in the hospital.

"This video may distress some people, but I'm sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated," Tee wrote. "This is my 5-week-old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing. Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe, and unfortunately, we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates."

She added, "Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don't cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren't in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7, the outcome would be fatal."

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Tee told Inside Edition that Heidi caught the disease after her 3-year-old brother contracted it at day care. 

"Heidi is too young to be vaccinated and relies on others not to spread this disease," Tee told Inside Edition. "If everyone, at any age, is vaccinated, we may eradicate certain illnesses altogether."