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.

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Cross-country team cleans up overflowing trash in elderly couple’s yard

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

Trash blowing from a nearby shopping center has been a problem for an elderly New York couple.
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Trash blowing from a nearby shopping center has been a problem for an elderly New York couple.(Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

A high school cross-country team in upstate New York helped an elderly couple take out the trash Saturday -- lots of it.

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Ann and Robert Dobson live in the Rochester suburb of Greece. For more than six years, garbage from a nearby shopping plaza has blown onto the Dobsons’ front yard, Rochester First reported

"Last summer when I cleaned up, I filled 240 gallon trash bags of litter just in the front yard," Robert Dobson told Rochester First. 

"It never stops. You pick it up, and a week later you got the same amount back out there again," Dobson told WHAM. "And if you get any strong windstorms, it's even worse."

Dobson said he does his best to keep a clean yard. But that's getting harder to do with the amount of litter blowing in their yard.

"Certainly, we want to have a nice looking yard, but it's pretty hard to when you have to go out there once a week and clean things up," he told WHAM.

The couple has lived at the same location for 50 years, and the street they live on is named for them. But this past week, the Town of Greece issued the couple a citation for not cleaning up the litter, WHAM reported.

Enter the McQuaid Jesuit cross-country team. On Saturday, several members of the squad picked up all the trash and installed a barrier fence, Rochester First reported.

People passing by also stopped to lend a hand, said Karen Donahower, whose two sons are members of the McQuaid squad.

"It wasn't just us; people were stopping. A women and a couple little girls stopped and helped with the trash cleanup and a man came over and helped with the fencing," she told Rochester First. 

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said the town came up with an additional solution to help the Dobsons.

"They have agreed to issue locks for all the dumpsters to prevent that from happening and they also agreed to police the area behind the plaza and will pick up the trash on the Dobsons’ road," Reilich told Rochester First.

 

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Delta latest company ending discounts, benefits for NRA members

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Delta Air Lines will be ending discounts for NRA members.
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Delta Air Lines will be ending discounts for NRA members.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members.

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The move comes as some other businesses broke ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.

“We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,” Delta said in a written statement.

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The move comes as some other businesses break ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month

Following is a list of some of the companies that have cut ties or distanced themselves from the NRA:

  • United Airlines -- United tweeted Saturday, "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website." 

  • Delta Air Lines -- Delta issued the following statement Saturday: "Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website." 

  • First National Bank of Omaha -- The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.

  • The Hertz Corp. -- The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.

  • MetLife Inc. -- The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website

  • Enterprise Holdings Inc. -- The car rental company that also owns Alamo and National cut off discounts for NRA members.

  • Symantec Corp. -- The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.

  • Chubb Ltd. -- The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.

  • Best Western -- The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.

  • Wyndham Hotels -- The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.

  • Starkey Hearing Technologies -- We have made the decision not to renew our discount program with the NRA. We will be asking them to remove our information from their website.

    The NRA has released the following statement: 

    "The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the NRA to expand member benefits.

    "Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationship with the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community. We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment.

    "The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.

    "Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.

    "Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world."

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    Police: Teen mother arrested, accused of killing newborn baby

    Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:08 PM

    Teen Mother Arrested and Accused of Killing Newborn Baby

    A Texas teenage mother was arrested Friday, accused of killing her newborn child earlier this month, police said.

    Erica Gomez, 17, is accused of stabbing her newborn child, wrapping the infant girl in a bathrobe and hiding the body in a storage shed at a home in the El Paso area, police said. The infant's body was found Feb. 9 by authorities, the El Paso Times reported. 

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    The infant had a stab wound and cuts to the neck and body, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

    Gomez was charged with capital murder and is being held on $800,000 bond, according to records from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

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    College student discovers true paternity in science class

    Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

    A genetic experiment yielded a big surprise for a college student.
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    A genetic experiment yielded a big surprise for a college student.(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

    One woman got a whole lot more than she paid for in a college science class when she uncovered a nasty family secret.

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    The unnamed student discovered that her father — the man who had raised her since she was a child and who she called “dad” for her entire life — wasn’t really her father. He was her uncle. And the story is just as bizarre as it sounds. Thankfully, Twitter user “Anya” managed to explain it:

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