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Rep. Steve Scalise cheered as he throws out first pitch at Nationals’ playoff game

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park.
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park.(Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, who was shot and wounded in June during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, received a standing ovation Friday night when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Washington Nationals’ playoff game against the Chicago Cubs.

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Scalise, R-La., used crutches to reach a spot several feet in front of the mound at Nationals Park before Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series between the Nationals and the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, Fox News reported.

Holding onto a walker and wearing a red Nationals jersey with his name and No. 3 on the back, Scalise -- who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Friday, tossed a strike to U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was also wounded in the June 13 attack at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Bailey and his fellow congressmen were practicing for the annual game that pits a team of Democrats against Republicans and is played at Nationals Park, Fox News reported.

Zack Barth and Matt Mika, the other shooting victims, were honored after Scalise’s pitch, Fox News reported.

The Nationals lost 3-0 to the Cubs.

Halloween-costumed men rob bank, police say

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

Men In Halloween Costumes Rob Bank, Police Say

Oviedo police are searching for three men they said wore Halloween masks and costumes to rob a bank.

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The men walked into the Trustco Bank at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday with guns and robbed the bank tellers, then forced them into a back room to open a safe, police said.

The men then fled in an older model tan or gold Ford Explorer, police said.

Georgia Rep. Betty Price suggests ‘quarantine’ for HIV patients

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) stands with his wife Betty Price before being sworn in as the new Health and Human Services Secretary, on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) stands with his wife Betty Price before being sworn in as the new Health and Human Services Secretary, on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Georgia Rep. Betty Price, R-Roswell, in a study committee this week, asked if the government could “quarantine” people with HIV.

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Price is married to Tom Price, who recently resigned as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Her comments came in a discussion of the spread of HIV and disparities in care within the state. The committee is dedicated to examining and addressing barriers to access to healthcare in Georgia.

“And I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it,” Price said. “Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition. So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise, or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?”

According to an official biography, Price was conferred her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at McGill University in Montreal. 

“She worked for over 20 years in the medical field practicing Anesthesiology in Roswell and Marietta (Georgia),” the biography reads. “She served on the Boards of the Medical Association of Atlanta and the Medical Association of Georgia and is a past president of the American Medical Women’s Association in Atlanta.” 

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Price’s statements were first reported by Project Q Atlanta.

Mandalay Bay to lock hotel room of Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas shooter, indefinitely

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

New Details Emerge On Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock

The suite rented by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock will remain locked indefinitely as hotel employees work to preserve evidence related to the shooting, the New York Post reported.

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MGM Resorts International, which owns and operates the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, announced Thursday that it will not rent the 32nd-floor room following the Oct. 1 massacre that killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 others attending a country music concert.

“This was a terrible tragedy perpetrated by an evil man,” MGM said in a statement, according to the Las Vegas Sun. “We have no intention of renting that room.”

The company decided to shutter the room indefinitely Thursday as Mandalay Bay officials were ordered to preserve photos, surveillance video and other evidence pertaining to the incident.

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It’s unclear what Mandalay Bay will do with the infamous room once the investigation is completed. The company is said to be cooperating with investigators. It has been asked to hand over all of Paddock’s gambling records there.

Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher)(John Locher/AP)

Cub Scout kicked out of den for questioning lawmaker about gun control, comments about black people

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

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A Cub Scout in Colorado was kicked out of his den, allegedly for asking pointed questions to a state senator during a meeting organized by the Boy Scouts, The Denver Post reported.

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On Oct., 9, Ames Mayfield, 11, a fifth-grader and a Scout for five years, asked Colorado Sen. Vicki Marble questions about gun control and about comments she made about the mortality rates among black people at a 2013 legislative meeting.

The boy’s mother, Lori Mayfield, on Wednesday claimed that Ames was kicked out of his den as a result.

“He is still kind of reeling from this,” Mayfield said. “He is really sensitive, my heart breaks for him.”

Ames’ questions, and other Scouts’ questions, were recorded and posted on YouTube by Mayfield in a video titled “Vicki Marble denies chicken-gate.”

“I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat,” Ames said to Marble at the Scout meeting.

“I didn’t, that was made up by the media,” Marble said. “So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”

According to the Post, in 2013 Marble said: “When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race. Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can’t help it.

“Although I’ve got to say,” she said, “I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

On Oct. 9, Marble responded, in part, to Ames’ question: “We have multicultural foods in the United States and we are very blessed to have it. And we all love it and we all eat it. And we just better figure out our genetics.”

Marble also told the Scouts that she is from a multi-ethnic background that includes “black, Mexican … Jew … Native American” and the “lousy Irish!” the Post reported.

“Decisions about who is in or out of a den are internal organizational matters that I won’t second guess,” Marble said Wednesday night in an email to The Post. “I don’t blame the boy for asking the questions, since I believe there was an element of manipulation involved, and it wasn’t much different from the questions I normally field in other meetings. The invitation to meet with the Scouts was never intended to cause friction and controversy.”

A den leader was upset by Ames’ line of questioning, Lori Mayfield said. She is looking for a new den for Ames to join.

“I felt my son followed directions. He asked hard questions, but he was not disrespectful,” she said.

Other Scouts asked Marble about the border wall, fossil fuels, and voting for President Barack Obama. No other Scout was dismissed from the den, Mayfield said.

Nicole Cosme, marketing director of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, told the Post that Ames was offered membership in other dens.

“We would like Ames to stay in Cub Scouts and become a Boy Scout,” she told the Post.