News anchors across U.S. wearing red in honor of Amanda Davis, stroke awareness

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:06 PM

A red ribbon symbolizes the campaign to raise awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of stroke.
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A red ribbon symbolizes the campaign to raise awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of stroke.(Getty Images)

Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis, who died of a sudden stroke last week at the age of 62, was honored by African-American female colleagues across the country, who wore red in her honor and to promote stroke awareness.

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The women posted tweets of themselves in the anchor chair wearing red under the hashtag #RedforAmanda.

Amanda Davis, 62, in a publicity shot for Atlanta’s CBS affiliate where ahe was a morning news anchor. Davis suffered a massive stoke the day after Christmas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and died on Dec. 27, 2017.(CBS46)

Signs of a possible stroke include slurred speech, arm weakness and a partially drooping face, according to the American Heart Association.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. The longer the delay in treatment, the likelier the person will die.

African-American women are more likely to have a stroke than women in any other racial group and twice as likely as white women to have a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Black women are also more prone to severe strokes at younger ages.

The CDC said black women, compared to women in other racial groups, on average have higher blood pressure, consume more salt, suffer from Sickle-cell anemia and have greater rates of obesity and diabetes.

Davis was a longtime Atlanta news anchor, who waged a public battle with alcoholism, before retiring from Atlanta’s Fox affiliate, then returning to an on-air role at the CBS affiliate.

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Davis’ funeral is at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. It’s open to the public, but the family has requested no video or photos.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Amazon Prime increasing membership fee 20% to $119 in May for new members

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:40 PM

Amazon has announced a 20 percent increase in the fee for new subscriptions to its Prime service.
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Amazon has announced a 20 percent increase in the fee for new subscriptions to its Prime service.(Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Amazon is increasing its membership fee for its Prime subscription service by 20 percent starting next month, according to media reports.

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On an earnings conference call Thursday, the tech company’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said the increase takes effect May 11, MarketWatch reported.

“We're going to increase the price of our U.S. annual plan from $99 to $119 for new members," Olsavsky said.

Existing Prime members will have until June 16 to renew their membership for the year for $99.

Last week, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that for the first time, Prime has some 100 million members.

Amazon announced in January that it would increase the $99 cost for monthly Prime subscriptions for the first time in about four years. 

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Prime members receive free two-day shipping on most merchandise orders, access to streaming services and additional benefits.

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Guests use Bluetooth technology at Disney hotel to enter rooms

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Guests At Disney Hotel Use Bluetooth To Enter Rooms

Opening your hotel room door with your cell phone? Disney has started to roll out the new technology for guests to skip the front desk and go directly to their room, speeding up the start of vacations.

Disney gave WFTV anchor Jamie Holmes an exclusive look at how guests will be able to use their cellphones to get into their hotel rooms.

The theme park rolled out the technology at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Over the years, the My Disney Experience app has been an expanding feature of how guests navigate the parks and hotels.

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Guests can use it to check ride wait times and even clean up park photos.

But guests can also use it to plan their hotel stay, skip the check-in desk, and go straight to their rooms.

"If you choose to, you can actually bypass the front desk area, if that's important to you, and start your vacation earlier," Michael Trum, with Disney digital guest experience, said.

Here’s how it works: Guests take their cellphones and hold it up to their hotel room door, and that’s when a little Disney magic happens.

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"They're Bluetooth-enabled. Your phone, most smart phones. We've upgraded our locks to be Bluetooth enabled as well. So, they pair together, via security obviously," Trum said.

The technology can be used as a companion to the Magic Bands, which are required to get into the parks.

Long gone are metal hotel room keys, and for the most part, even plastic key cards are gone.

But, since most guests these days aren't far from their phones, the Bluetooth technology gives them a choice.

Many people wonder whether the new technology is safe.

Cellphone passcodes are notoriously hard to crack and Disney stands by the system.

“We obviously designed this with security in mind. We can't go into details on Disney security policies, but our guests should absolutely feel safe using this as an entry point into their rooms," Trum said.

Disney is not the first to use the Bluetooth technology. Hilton and Marriot hotels have been using it for several years.

The FBI said it has never had a case of hackers using phones to enter a hotel room in the U.S.

Disney will expand the service to other hotels over the next several months.

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Musician Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers dead at 79

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 5:04 PM

Charles Neville, saxophonist of The Neville Brothers, has died at age 73 of pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions)
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Charles Neville, saxophonist of The Neville Brothers, has died at age 73 of pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions)(Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Produ)

Musician Charles Neville, the brother of Aaron Neville and a member of the R&B funk group The Neville Brothers, has died. He was 79 years old.

Aaron Neville confirmed the news to WWL Thursday. The 79-year-old was sick for some time, the station reported. He died at his Massachusetts home.

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The New Orleans Advocate reported that the second-oldest of the four Neville brothers had pancreatic cancer. The saxophonist was part of many hits for the band, including 1989’s “Yellow Moon” and the Grammy Award-winning “Healing Chant” from that same year, according to The Times-Picayune.

Neville posted a lengthy tribute to his big brother on Facebook, saying that he was “in the heavenly band” next to jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll greats such as Charlie Parker, Fats Domino and Dizzy Gillespie.

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“My dear brother Charlie the horn man, just want you to know that if I would’ve had the choice of picking my brothers, I would definitely choose you,” he wrote in the post. “You were a great brother. You’ll always be in my heart and soul, like a tattoo. You helped to mold me into who I am today and I’ll always be thankful. I’ll always see your special infectious smile on the stage next to me, it would always give me a smile. I’m happy that we had a long hang together, the ups and downs. It took who we were and where we came from to make us who we are.”

“You take your well deserved rest with God in Heaven and play with the heavenly band. I know that you’re whole again. Jesus will wrap you in His loving arms and take away all the hurt of the world. We all love you very much. But I know that Jesus loved you best.”

In addition to Aaron Neville, Charlie Neville is survived by his daughter Charmaine, sons Talyn and Khalif; sister Athelgra Neville Gabriel, and brothers Art and Cyril.

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