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Students help hospitalized classmate feel included after he misses exciting field trip

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 8:28 AM

Children visit Willis Tower. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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A group of students went above and beyond to help a sick classmate feel included, even when he couldn’t make it to a highly anticipated field trip.

Sixth-graders at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee look forward every year to a field trip to Chicago.

Phinehas Wiley was also looking forward to going, but he’s missed more than a month of school this year after doctors diagnosed him with Crohn’s disease. As his classmates prepared to go on the trip, Phinehas was still hospitalized and couldn’t attend.

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“I’ve sort of gotten used to not going to school,” Phinehas told WITI.

So Phinehas’ classmates and teachers came up with a plan.

“We didn’t want him to feel left out, so we brought him along in a different way,” said Mark Schaefer.

Phinehas’ friends took a laminated photo of Phinehas, stuck it on a stick and brought it along on the trip. They took photos of the paper version of Phinehas in Chicago with his classmates.

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At the end of the trip, they all went to the hospital to surprise Phinehas. He wheeled down to the lobby and saw his entire class waiting for him.

“I was really surprised. It was the whole class,” said Phinehas.

Phinehas said seeing what his classmates did to cheer him up helped lift his spirits.

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Teens stop basketball game to take knees, pay respect during funeral procession

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM

Teens Stop Basketball Game, Kneel During Funeral Procession

A group of teens hitting the hoops near Baton Rouge are going viral for a simple gesture of respect.

They stopped their basketball game in Franklinton, Louisiana, on Friday to take a knee, paying respects to the recently departed during a funeral procession, WAFB reported.

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Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud attended the funeral for their cousin, Velma Kay Crowe.

They were the ones who saw the teens stop their game and pause as the cars went past, WAFB reported

Bienvenu posted the photo to Facebook where it is getting noticed.

Bienvenu said of the teens, “They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor. There was not an adult in sight to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.”

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She told WAFB that one teen contacted her on social media to give his condolences for the loss of Crowe, whom the teens did not know personally.

They were identified to WAFB as Shimar Davis, Shimon Davis, Edward James, Brandon Burton, Qundon Burris, Stacy Ard, James Bickman, Avant Money, Malachi Martin and Kalarrian Dillon.

This is not the first time the teens have paused their game. Others have told Bienvenu that they have been seen doing the same thing for other funeral processions.

Many residents told WAFB that coaches and teachers at Franklinton Junior High School have repeatedly told students that they should show respect when a funeral procession drives by.

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Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

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Shania Twain has apologized for comments she said were in response to a question that caught her off guard.

The country-pop singer was quoted in an interview with The Guardian published Sunday in which she said she would have voted for President Donald Trump.

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“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” Twain told The Guardian. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want (expletive). I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

Twain, a Canadian, could not vote in the US presidential election.

The comments didn’t sit well with fans and others, prompting a thread of apology tweets from the singer.

“I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard,” Twain said Sunday. “As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.

“I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President. 

I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited “understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician

“My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”

Twain is known for songs that espouse women’s empowerment in relationships and she’s previously expressed support of the LGBT community in interviews, celebrating the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to baby boy

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:09 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Gives Birth to Royal Baby

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace tweeted Monday

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The 6 deadliest hurricanes ever recorded

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

Devastating Hurricanes in U.S. History

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that has devastated a multitude of Caribbean islands in its path, is now the most powerful hurricane as measured by wind speed to form in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Weather Service.

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Irma and its record-breaking 180 mph winds are headed toward Miami, according to the National Hurricane Center’s advisory at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The storm could also reach Georgia and the Carolinas.

According to the National Weather Service, Irma may potentially break the all-time sustained hurricane wind speed record of 190 mph, currently held by 1980s Hurricane Allen.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Irma has reportedly killed at least 10 people. The death toll is expected to rise.

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In this satellite image released by NASA/NOAA GOES Project, Hurricane Irma reaches Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. A decade-long lucky streak of decent weather that helped rescue one of Florida's biggest home insurers from collapse could come to a wet, violent end if predictions about Hurricane Irma prove true. (NASA/NOAA GOES Project via AP)(AP)

Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas on Aug. 25 and flooded the Houston, Texas, area with 52 inches of rain, killed at least 70 people, according to the Washington Post.

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The six deadliest hurricanes in recorded history are as follows:

Great Hurricane of 1780

Death toll estimate: 20,000-22,000

Cost damage estimate: unknown

The deadliest Atlantic hurricane devastated the Caribbean regions of Barbados, Martinique and Sint Eustatius in mid-October 1780.

According to the National Weather Service, the hurricane struck in the midst of the American Revolution and drowned thousands of French soldiers off the coast of Martinique. 

Hurricane Mitch - 1988

Death toll estimate: 10,000-12,000

Cost damage estimate: $6.2 billion

As it approached Honduras as a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Mitch destroyed much of the coast and offshore islands. But according to Weather.com, the storm’s heavy rainfall, flooding and mudslides caused some of the major infrastructure damage.

Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize felt the brunt of Mitch, the deadliest hurricane to hit the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years.

The exact death toll varies between 10,000 to more than 11,000, according to various reports. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reported Central America lost 9,000 people with another 9,000 missing.

Galveston Hurricane - 1900

Death toll estimate: 8,000-12,000

Cost damage estimate: $30 million

The 1900 Galveston Hurricane in Galveston, Texas, was the most deadly to hit the U.S.

It began near Cuba as a tropical storm, moved through the Gulf of Mexico and eventually reached Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Sept. 8, 1900.

The Texas city suffered a storm surge up to 15 feet high, killing roughly 8,000 people. Some reports estimated the number killed to be as high as 12,000.

Hurricane Fifi-Orlene - 1974

Death toll estimate: 8,000-10,000

Cost damage estimate: $1.8 billion

Hurricane Fifi, or Hurricane Orlene, is recorded as the fourth deadliest hurricane in Atlantic history.

Fifi emerged near the Caribbean Sea and devastated Honduras, Jamaica and Belize and then began to merge with another storm, Orlene, as it headed toward Mexico.

Most fatality estimates range between 8,000 and 10,000.

Hurricane in the Dominican Republic - 1930

Death toll estimate: 2,000-8,000

Cost damage estimate: $50 million

This 1930 tropical storm affected several areas in the Atlantic basin, but left the heaviest impact on the island of Dominica and the Dominican Republic, where it made landfall in early September as a Category 4 storm.

Death toll estimates vary between 2,000 and 8,000.

Hurricane Flora - 1963

Death toll estimate: 7,000-8,000

Cost damage estimate: $528 million

After emerging near the Cape Verde islands on Sept. 26, 1963 Flora reached the Caribbean islands as a Category 3 hurricane, struck Haiti as a Category 4 storm and roared over Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and other regions.

Hurricane Flora is regarded as the deadliest in the Atlantic basin since the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, killing between 7,186 and 8,000 people.

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