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Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 8:19 PM
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A restaurant owner who has pledged not to air NFL games while players protest during the national anthem says business has been up - a lot.
Bill DeFries, owner of Beef O’Brady’s in Beavercreek, pledged last week not to air or stream NFL games during the protests in which athletes take a knee or link arms during the playing or performance of the national anthem.
The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals stood and locked arms during the anthem before their game in Cleveland Sunday - but Beef O’Brady’s customers didn’t see that. One Bengals player apparently attempted to kneel, but no one joined him.
“Every day our sales have been up between 200 and 300 percent,” DeFries said Sunday. “People we have never seen before are driving hours to support us and the employees. We have received heartwarming and supportive phone calls, emails and direct messages from people all over the United States thanking us.”
DeFries, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, first told this news outlet of his decision. But since then, he and his stance have made national news, appearing on Fox News, the Sporting News, the Washington Times and elsewhere.
“I feel good, but it’s not about me,” DeFries added. “It has less to do with me now than it has to do with we. It turns out the enormous amount of pride and reverence that we have for the national anthem and everything that it means to us as a free people … is shared by the vast majority of Americans, and I’m seeing it firsthand.”
Sunday’s NFL games began at 1 p.m. While most NFL players have stood, a number have kneeled or raised their fists.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:41 PM
Cocoa, Fla. — Four teenagers and one adult who recorded a man’s drowning and laughed as it happened will not be criminally charged, the State Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Jamal Dunn, 31, of Cocoa, Florida, died in July 2017.
A passerby found Dunn’s body in a pond at Bracco Pond Park days after he died, investigators said.
Teens who laughed, did nothing as they recorded Cocoa man's drowning death won't be charged https://t.co/PbN1G9NA0n— WFTV Eyewitness News (@WFTV) June 22, 2018
In the two-and-a-half-minute video, the teenage boys can be heard yelling, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”
There is no Florida law that requires a person to provide emergency assistance.
Prosecutors had considered charging the group with failing to notify a medical examiner of a death, but said they could not appropriately apply it in Dunn’s case without new legislation.
At the time the video was taken, the group ranged in age from 14 to 18.
After the incident, a Florida state legislator crafted a good Samaritan bill that would have made it a crime not to assist someone in need, but lawmakers rejected it.
“I know that everyone was sickened by the callous disregard for human life exhibited by these young people. We can only hope that this was an isolated and rare circumstance that will never happen again,” State Attorney Phil Archer said.
“Unfortunately, Florida law does not address this behavior and we are ethically restrained from pursuing criminal charges without a reasonable belief of proving a crime beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:33 AM
— With temperatures consistently reaching over 100 degrees, snakes in Arizona may try to find respite from the heat in any way possible. A family in Buckeye, Arizona are now warning pool users to check their noodles before jumping into the water.
According to the Buckeye Fire Department, the unidentified family left two noodles against a wall and found rattlesnakes inside them. The fire department posted the warning over the weekend on Facebook, but did not say when the homeowners found the snakes.
But they said that it is not uncommon. They have found other reports of snakes that lay eggs, depositing the eggs in pool noodles that have been left outside.
A snake expert told KNXV that the snakes are looking for a hiding place because of the high summer temperatures and the best way not to be surprised by a snake in pool toys is to not leave them out.
“Anything that a snake or a rodent can hide under, try to eliminate it,” Greyson Getty, a snake relocater told KNXV. “Try to keep everything neat and tidy.”
He added that snakes are looking for dark areas, so keep pool toys in a container that can close or on a shelf, KNXV reported.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:52 PM
LEXINGTON, Va. — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night.
TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.”
A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave.
Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter.
“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.”
Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the “Hate Plate”. And appetizers are “small plates for small minds” https://t.co/rHEVdcQwwh— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018
The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides.
While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.”
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:48 PM
MATAWAN, N.J. — A couple celebrated their golden anniversary, as they have 49 others, at Burger King.
Lloyd and Sandy Howard’s tradition started innocuously. The couple was running late for a movie in New York on their first wedding anniversary and stopped at the restaurant for something quick to eat -- a couple of flame-broiled Whoppers, according to WPIX.
“And we decided that, every year afterwards, no matter where we were, we were going to go to a Burger King, even if it meant just having a drink or an ice cream, just to say that we went to Burger King,” Sandy Howard told WPIX.
The couple, who wed on June 22, 1968, celebrated their 50th anniversary with their children and grandchildren at a Matawan Burger King.
And their plans for their 51st anniversary?