Man pays off all students' overdue lunch fees at elementary school

Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 5:20 AM
Updated: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 5:20 AM

Parents of 89 students don’t have to worry about their child’s overdue lunch balances thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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Jerry Fenton, a motel owner in Burlington, Iowa, donated about $700 to Grimes Elementary, his former school, to cover all overdue lunch balances there.

“I find it hard to believe that in this day and age there are kids that go hungry. It’s just unfathomable in this day and age,” Fenton told WQAD.

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The outstanding balance was $458, so his donation will help cover future overdue balances, as well.

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Delta Airlines bans pit bulls as support or service animals; ASPCA slams dog ‘stereotype’

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

What is an Emotional Support Animal?

Update June 21, 4:55 p.m. EST: Matt Bershadker, CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), said Delta’s new policy banning pit bulls spreads “false and life-threatening stereotypes.”

“Every dog is unique, even dogs within the same breed, and their behavior is influenced by many factors,” Bershadker said in a Twitter statement. “Delta Airlines should resist unwarranted breed prejudice and rescind its breed ban.”

Original story: Delta Air Lines will limit each passenger to one emotional support animal and will prohibit pit bulls as service or support animals on flights, effective July 10.

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It’s a further tightening of the Atlanta-based airline’s policy on emotional support and service animals.

Delta said the latest policy changes are due to “growing safety concerns” after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support animal last week.

The incident occurred in Atlanta during boarding of a flight to Tokyo Narita, and one employee was medically treated on site, according to the airline. The passenger and animal were removed from the flight.

Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.

Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals. (File photo)

The changes come after a Delta passenger was mauled by an emotional support dog on a flight last year.

Delta said it carries 700 service or support animals a day. Since 2016, the airline said it saw an 84 percent increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals, including urination or defecation and biting.

“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta said. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs.”

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McDonald's offering free cold brew coffee to celebrate start of summer

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

McDonald's is offering a free small Cold Brew Frozen Coffee or Cold Brew Frappe through its app June 21. (Photo by McDonald's)
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McDonald's is offering a free small Cold Brew Frozen Coffee or Cold Brew Frappe through its app June 21. (Photo by McDonald's)(McDonald's)

McDonald’s is offering a new promotion to kick off the start of summer.

Customers who have the free McDonald’s app can get a free small McCafe Cold Brew Thursday. The new drinks are offered as a Cold Brew Frozen Coffee or Cold Brew Frappe. No purchase is needed to get the drink, but the offer may not be at every location.

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According to a June 13 news release from the fast-food restaurant, the drinks are available on menus for a limited time.

In addition to a free cold brew coffee, participating McDonald’s locations are offering a Frylus -- a stylus in the shape of a fry -- to help customers take selfies without getting messy fingerprints on their phones. For more information on where to snag a Frylus, visit Frylus.com.

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Boy sick of eating salad calls 911 on parents -- twice

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

Child Calls 911 After Parents Made Him Eat Salad

A 12-year-old boy decided he had enough and called 911 to report that his parents were forcing him to eat salad.

Police said he was so distressed that he called 911 twice, the CBC reports.

In the first call, the boy stated that one of his parents made a salad he didn’t like. Before police arrived, he called 911 again to see how much longer he would have to wait for a police officer, reiterating how much he disliked salad.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police decided to give him a break and use this as a teaching moment for the family.

“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Cpl. Dal Hutchison posted on Facebook. “The improper use of 911 is an issue with all age groups and it ties up valuable resources, preventing emergency first responders from dealing with real emergencies.”

When asked what type of salad it was, Hutchinson told the CBC, “Obviously one to his dislike, because he called 911.”

Hutchinson said the 12-year-old's parents "were not impressed" with what their son had done when police arrived at their door.

After a conversation with the family, officers decided not to fine the boy for misusing 911 emergency services. 

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Melania Trump wears 'I don't really care' jacket ahead of visit with detained child migrants

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:59 PM

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First lady Melania Trump wore an olive green jacket with the words “I don’t really care, do u?” printed on it Thursday as she boarded a plane bound for Texas ahead of a tour of a migrant child detention center.

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A spokeswoman for the first lady said “there was no hidden message” in Trump’s choice.

“It’s a jacket,” the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told BuzzFeed News after Trump’s trip. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe."

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Trump wore a different, pale yellow jacket later Thursday, when her plane landed in McAllen her visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, The Associated Press reported. The center is holding 55 children.

The jacket choice raised the eyebrows of some social media users, who questioned the optics of Trump wearing such a coat, considering the purpose of her trip.

Trump visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center and a border patrol processing center. Grisham told CNN the trip was planned because the first lady wanted “to see what’s real.”

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"She wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV,” Grisham said. “She wants to see a realistic view of what's happening."

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The visit came one day after he husband signed an executive order ending the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border. 

She previously said in a statement through Grisham that she “hates to see children separated from their families.”

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart," Grisham said, according to CNN.

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