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Is Will Smith becoming Uncle Phil? Internet freaks out over bungee-jumping selfie

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:54 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:54 AM


            Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Will Smith in
Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Will Smith in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," 1990.(Ron Tom / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images)

It looks like Will Smith is actually turning into Uncle Phil.

A photo of Smith bungee jumping has made its way onto the internet, and people can’t stop buzzing about how Smith looks just like the late James Avery, his "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" co-star.

>> See the photo here

This photo of Will Smith bungee jumping looks like Uncle Phil.

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Check out some of the reactions from social media:




>> Watch the full video of Smith's jump here

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Teacher's school messaging app hacked, sexual photos sent to students

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:58 AM

Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School
Fox13Memphis.com
Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School(Fox13Memphis.com)

A Tennessee school district is investigating how explicit photos were sent to parents and students from a teacher’s district messaging app.

In a press release, Fayette County Public Schools said the teacher's Remind account, an application used to message and parents and students, and his personal email were hacked. 

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The mother, who wanted us to protect her identity, told WHBQ her daughter received some inappropriate pictures from her teacher at Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School in Fayette County.

"If he has explicit pictures of his private area and he's sending them to students that is not right,” the mother said.

Investigators in Fayette County said they are investigating the origin and sender of the messages, while a mother said her daughter is bothered.

"She’s up and down. She's uncomfortable. She doesn’t want to go back to the school,” the mother said. 

"She didn’t know what was wrong with her teacher because he sent her inappropriate pictures,” the mother said.

The mother said she spoke with school administrators and she learned the messages were not just sent to her daughter.

WHBQ called school leaders several times to learn how many students received the messages and if the teacher involved is still in the classroom. As of Tuesday morning, our calls have not been returned. 

According to Fayette County Public Schools, police have gotten involved. 

WHBQ received the following statement on Monday: 

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department has been contacted and an investigation is underway to determine the origin and sender of the content. If there was a violation of the Use of the Internet (FCPS policy 4.406), the person responsible will be disciplined according to school board policy. If it is determined that criminal activity has taken place, the person responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

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Florida city says homeowners can’t have house painted like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

A home in Mount Dora, Florida, is painted by Vincent Van Gogh's
A home in Mount Dora, Florida, is painted by Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The city says the house is breaking the law.(WFTV.com)

A Florida couple is fighting their city over the painting of their house.

Nancy Nemhauser and her husband Lubomir Jastrzebski had painted a wall that rings their property. They had permission to paint it from city officials. They had the plan to paint it as a mural for their son, who has autism. They hoped that if he was lost, it would be a beacon, or at least a landmark, to help him find his way home, the “Today” show reported.

But after the mural was done, the family got a ticket from the city saying that the paint was graffiti and that it must match the house. The city then said that the paint scheme was a sign, and a code violation in a residential area, WFTV reported.

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So instead of covering up the painting, they took the Van Gogh tribute a step further and painted the entire house so the wall and home would match as they were told to do, “Today” reported.

But the city didn’t agree with what they did and has fined them more than $10,000 for the paint scheme. A local magistrate ruled in February that the city could fine the couple, WFTV reported. The fines were stopped at the end of February after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against Mount Dora, WFTV reported.

But the family is now turning the tables on the city, suing the local government in federal court, saying their right to freedom of expression is being violated, “Today” reported.

"There's art on other homes, other buildings in the city, in the residential district as well, so why are we being chastised for ours when we did what we were told we had to do to keep the wall that our son loves," Nemhauser told WFTV.

The city did not respond to “Today’s” request for comment on the suit, but said in February that leaders are trying to “preserve the residential character of our neighborhoods.” They added that the house could be a distraction to drivers.

Both sides are trying to settle, but whether the painting will have to be covered has not been determined. But the family says they’re ready to stand up for their rights.

Reaction to the mural is split -- some love it, others don’t.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Ilka Zuijderland-Varnes told “Today.” “I think it’s art, and we’re an artsy town, and it should stay.”

But another resident, Tammy Swan Bacon, said she doesn’t like it, but says the city should not make the family take it down, “Today” reported.

City officials said in February that the city is also considering putting a lien on the property to "motivate" the homeowners to remove the mural, WFTV.com.

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Broken-heart syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JANUARY 29:  Israeli surgeons prepare a medical patch to cover a hole in Abdullah Siam's heart during his operation at the Wolfson Medical Center January 29, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The 6-year-old Palestinian boy, whose relative, Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam, was assassinated by Israel during its recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, is the first child from Gaza to cross the border to the Israeli hospital for life-saving heart surgery since the war ended on January 18. Siam was brought over by the Christian charity Shevet Achim to repair the hole in his heart through Save a Child's Heart (SACH), an Israeli-based international humanitarian project whose mission is to improve the quality of paediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries.  (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JANUARY 29: Israeli surgeons prepare a medical patch to cover a hole in Abdullah Siam's heart during his operation at the Wolfson Medical Center January 29, 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The 6-year-old Palestinian boy, whose relative, Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam, was assassinated by Israel during its recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, is the first child from Gaza to cross the border to the Israeli hospital for life-saving heart surgery since the war ended on January 18. Siam was brought over by the Christian charity Shevet Achim to repair the hole in his heart through Save a Child's Heart (SACH), an Israeli-based international humanitarian project whose mission is to improve the quality of paediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)(David Silverman/Getty Images)

Can you die from a broken heart?

At times in life, the stress of the loss of a loved one or a devastating medical diagnosis can sure make you think that. But is there a physiological link between heartbreak and a heart that’s “broken?”

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Doctors say there is, and they even have a name for it -- takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or “broken-heart syndrome.”

The symptoms come on suddenly and are often confused with a heart attack. People who have suffered the loss of a loved one are often affected.

A doctor in Texas suggested Monday that former president George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized a day after the funeral for his wife, Barbara, could be suffering from the syndrome.

A spokesman said Bush had an infection that traveled to his bloodstream but that he appeared to be improving. Bush is in intensive care at a Houston hospital.

What is takotsubo cardiomyopathy and will it kill you? Here’s a look at the syndrome.

What is it?
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart’s main pumping chamber – the left ventricle.
What causes the weakening of the chamber?
It’s believed that after a stressful event – such as losing a loved one, being in an accident or experiencing a natural disaster – the release of a large number of stress hormones (such as adrenaline) causes a disruption in the heart’s ability to properly pump blood. That disruption weakens the left ventricle and causes it to balloon out as the heart beats.
Is it a heart attack?
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is not a heart attack. A heart attack happens when a blockage in the arteries of the heart interrupts blood flow, causing tissue to be damaged or destroyed.
Can it kill you?
Yes, you can die from takotsubo cardiomyopathy, generally as a result of arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, but that rarely happens. In fact, most people recover from the condition within a few weeks to a month.
Some people believe the takotsubo cardiomyopathy may have contributed to the death of actress Debbie Reynolds, who died in December 2016, a day after her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack. Debbie Reynolds’ cause of death was listed as an intracerebral hemorrhage or a stroke.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms mimic a heart attack – chest pain and shortness of breath after severe stress. An electrocardiogram can show abnormalities that look like a heart attack, but with takotsubo cardiomyopathy, there will be no evidence of coronary artery obstruction that would cause a heart attack.
Tests will show abnormal movements and ballooning of the left ventricle.
Who generally suffers from broken-heart syndrome?
Overwhelmingly, it is a condition from which women suffer. According to a Harvard Medical School report, research shows women account for 90 percent of the cases diagnosed. The women in that study were between the ages of 58 and 75.
How is it treated?
Doctors usually prescribe medications such as diuretics (“water pills”), beta blockers and ACE inhibitors. They often prescribe aspirin, as well.
What does the name mean?
Takotsubo syndrome is named after a type of fishing pot used by Japanese fishermen. The pot is used to trap an octopus.
The name comes from images of the heart following an occurrence of takotsubo. The ballooning of the left ventricle causes the heart to take on a shape similar to the fishing pot.
Japanese doctors are credited with discovering the condition. It has only recently been recognized in the United States, according to the Harvard report.

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Ex-police officer heads to prison for failing 'integrity test'

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 4:28 AM

Former Georgia Police Officer Fired And Arrested Because Of Failed 'Integrity Test'

After suspicions rose about Chamblee, Georgia, police officer Jason Jones, the department set up an “integrity test”: Send him to impound a car with $500 inside and see if he puts the cash into evidence.

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“He pocketed the money,” Capt. Ernesto Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “He was brought in to our internal affairs where he was given an opportunity to explain himself, he was terminated and arrested at the same time.” 

>> On AJC.com: Ex-DeKalb cop stole $150,000 in traffic stops, indictment alleges 

Two years later, on March 23, Jones, who’d been with the department since 2002, has pleaded guilty to theft and violation of the oath of office. He is in the DeKalb County jail awaiting transfer to state prison.

Judge Daniel Coursey sentenced him to five years, with the first to be served in custody.

>> On MyAJC.com: As DeKalb police seek witnesses, parents broken by 3-year-old’s killing

Ford said the case is disappointing. 

“Obviously we don’t expect that of our police officers,” he said.

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