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    Cleaning up broken glass, doors and graffiti and securing the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 attack will cost more than $30 million, Capitol staff told lawmakers Wednesday.  "Statues, murals, historic benches and original shutters all suffered varying degrees of damage, primarily from pepper spray accretions and residue from chemical irritants and fire extinguishers," Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton said at a House Appropriations Committee Hearing, according to his prepared testimony. "This damage to our precious artwork and statues will require expert cleaning and conservation."  House Lawmakers have already approved $30 million to address the expenses described by Blanton, whose office is responsible for the operations and care of the group of buildings that make up the Capitol complex, as well as to fund the perimeter fencing that has been constructed around the Capitol.  Blanton has said more money could be needed, especially if his office needs...
    (CNN)A House subcommittee is slated to hear testimony Wednesday to assess the damage as a result of the violent January 6 insurrection, and according to at least one official's testimony, the price tag to address the riot damage and increased Capitol Hill security is already $30 million.Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton is scheduled to testify before the House Appropriations Legislative branch subcommittee on the damage at the US Capitol as the result of the January 6 insurrection by writing, "the initial assessment is that most of the damage -- in areas maintained by the AOC -- on the interior and envelope of the building was broken glass, broken doors and graffiti."According to his prepared remarks posted Tuesday evening, Blanton will say that the Appropriations Committee has already approved a transfer request of $30 million to address the Architect of the Capitol's expenses incurred to date, and added that...
    The Architect of the Capitol and the House of Representatives' curator will be among the witnesses Wednesday to detail their experiences during and in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection.  The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton wrote in prepared testimony that this staff 'raced to the roof to reverse the airflows within the building to help clear the air of chemical irritants, like bear repellents and pepper spray.'  Those chemicals contributed to some of the damage found in the eight pieces of artwork in the House collection that curator Farar Elliott will testify about, including a statue of Thomas Jefferson and paintings of James Madison and John Quincy Adams.   The Architect of the Capitol and the House's curator will testify before a House subcommittee Wednesday about the January 6 insurrection. In pre-written testimony, the curator said eight pieces from the House Collection were damaged Architect of the Capitol Brett...
    The curator responsible for the House's art collection is expected to ask lawmakers to allot $25,000 to repair artifacts displayed outside the chamber that were damaged during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Farar Elliott, the House curator, is slated to say in prepared testimony on Wednesday before the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing funding for the legislative branch that the $25,000 is needed to fix eight objects in the hallways leading to the House chamber that were covered in fire extinguisher residue during the insurrection by former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE's supporters. The objects include marble and granite busts of former Speakers Joe Cannon, Champ Clark, Joe Martin, and Thomas Brackett...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 57 on the city’s Far South Side over the weekend, and a Good Samaritan who tried to help ended up getting hit by a car himself. Illinois State Police said at 3:18 a.m. Sunday, Alfreda Blanton, 27, was driving a black 2011 BMW X6 north on I-57 at 107th Street when she lost control for unknown reasons and rolled several times. READ MORE: Video Shows Brauer House In Lombard Holding Concert That Appears To Have Large Crowd, Few Masks, No Social Distancing Blanton died in the accident. READ MORE: Gov. Pritzker Signs Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill Into Law Meanwhile, Michael Holt, 29, stopped and got out to try to assist Blanton and was hit by another car, state police said. That driver did not stop and fled the scene, state police said. Holt was hospitalized with non-life-threatening...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The 39-year-old was sentenced Thursday in the August 2019 shooting death of 29-year-old Isiah Smith, which happened in front of Blanton’s then 4-year-old son in Stevens Square. RELATED: Gregory Ulrich Formally Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder In Allina Clinic Shooting A jury found Blanton guilty of first-degree manslaughter in December, though he was facing second-degree murder charges. The jury cited a number of contributing factors, including that Blanton was “acting in the heat of passion.” Blanton and his son were visiting his girlfriend at her apartment on the 1900 block of 1st Avenue South. She left the apartment at one point to drop her child off at her mother’s residence, and Smith — the father of her child — arrived unannounced soon after. RELATED: 1 Driver...
    FRANKLIN FURNACE — Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman announced two Franklin Furnace, Ohio men have been rearrested after their prior arrests during a drug raid in Franklin Furnace, Ohio on January 6, 2021. The arrests come after their cases were presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury by a Southern Ohio Drug Task Force detective and the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office. During the drug raid on January 6, 2021, approximately 635 grams of suspected methamphetamine a.k.a “ice”, 90 grams of powder suspected of being heroin and/or fentanyl, (7) firearms, $28,308 cash, and additional evidence of drug trafficking were seized. The grand jury voted to charge 53-year-old Larry Stapleton of 2584 Cartro Road Franklin Furnace, Ohio for (16) criminal offenses ranging from Aggravated Trafficking in Methamphetamine, a felony of the 1st degree, to Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree. The grand jury also voted to charge 57-year-old...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body has filed a notice of appeal in Clark County. Appellate attorneys for Joseph Oberhansley — who was found guilty in September of murder and burglary in the death of Tammy Jo Blanton — filed an eight-page notice of appeal on Oct. 27. They requested numerous documents and exhibits, including transcripts and accompanying evidence from 42 hearing dates as far back as 2014. Victoria Casanova, part of the legal team representing Oberhansley in the appeal, told the News and Tribune that the team will review all documents before determining which potential issues to pursue. Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael sentenced Oberhansley to life in prison without parole on Oct. 13 based on a jury recommendation. The body of Blanton, 46, was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, badly...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body has filed a notice of appeal in Clark County. Appellate attorneys for Joseph Oberhansley — who was found guilty in September of murder and burglary in the death of Tammy Jo Blanton — filed an eight-page notice of appeal on Oct. 27. They requested numerous documents and exhibits, including transcripts and accompanying evidence from 42 hearing dates as far back as 2014. Victoria Casanova, part of the legal team representing Oberhansley in the appeal, told the News and Tribune that the team will review all documents before determining which potential issues to pursue. Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael sentenced Oberhansley to life in prison without parole on Oct. 13 based on a jury recommendation. The body of Blanton, 46, was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014,...
    A MAN convicted of eating his ex-wife's brain and heart after butchering her to death with a saw has been sentenced to life in prison.  Yesterday, a judge told Joseph Oberhansley, 39, he will not be eligible for parole as he was locked away for life for killing Tammy Jo Blanton.  5Joseph Oberhansley ate the brain and heart of Tammy Jo Blanton after slaughtering her with a saw in 2014Credit: Refer to Caption 5Police discovered Blanton's badly mutilated body after she had not shown up to workCredit: Facebook Officials discovered the badly mutilated body of Blanton in September 11, 2014 in Jefferson, Indiana.  Parts of the 46-year-old victim's skull was found on a dinner plate beside a skillet and pair of tongs covered in blood.  The rest of her body was found in a bath.  According to police, she was also raped during the brutal attack.  At an earlier hearing,...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole. Joseph Oberhansley was found guilty Sept. 18 of murder and burglary in the death of Tammy Jo Blanton. Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael sentenced Oberhansley based on a jury recommendation. The body of Blanton, 46, was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, badly mutilated with more than 25 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries, authorities have said. Oberhansley testified that “two Black guys” had been at the victim’s home when he arrived around 4 a.m. that day and said they were responsible for Blanton’s death and knocking him out. He awoke when police knocked on the door looking for the victim. Oberhansley also was sentenced to six years to be served concurrently on the burglary charge,...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole. Joseph Oberhansley was found guilty Sept. 18 of murder and burglary in the death of Tammy Jo Blanton. Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael sentenced Oberhansley based on a jury recommendation. The body of Blanton, 46, was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, badly mutilated with more than 25 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries, authorities have said. Oberhansley testified that “two Black guys” had been at the victim's home when he arrived around 4 a.m. that day and said they were responsible for Blanton’s death and knocking him out. He awoke when police knocked on the door looking for the victim. Oberhansley also was sentenced to six years to be served concurrently on the burglary charge,...
    SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) — Decades of memories line the hallway of 93-year-old Harry Blanton’s home. Some of his most cherished possessions are his pre-World War I-era coin collection with coins dating back to the late 1800s. Those memories were robbed last week when a thief broke into his home in the middle of the night. They stole a collection of his coins and two wallets with hundreds of dollars and pictures of wife Pearl, who died last year. “After they broke in, I didn’t know it until the next morning. It was all gone,” said Blanton. The culprit first tried to break into a side door, then smashed a window and ripped a screen door in the backyard to get inside. They also stole a stack of rare $2 bills. “They were right in the bedroom where I was at,” he explained. “It wrecks your privacy.” The army vet slept...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body was convicted of a murder charge Friday. Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the guilty verdict against Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville in Tammy Jo Blanton’s death. The 46-year-old victim’s body was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, badly mutilated with more than 25 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries, authorities have said. The jury convicted Oberhansley of murder and burglary, but reached a not guilty verdict on rape charges against him. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull in his closing statement challenged Oberhansley’s testimony Thursday as the lone defense witness that he was suffering from head injuries when he was coerced into a confession after nearly three hours of police interrogation following the discovery of Blanton’s body. Oberhansley testified “two Black guys” had been...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A jury began deliberations Friday in the murder trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body. Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville is accused of killing Tammy Jo Blanton. The 46-year-old victim’s body was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, badly mutilated with more than 25 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries, authorities have said. Oberhansley is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull in his closing statement challenged Oberhansley's testimony Thursday as the lone defense witness that he was suffering from head injuries when he was coerced into a confession after nearly three hours of police interrogation following the discovery of Blanton’s body, the News and Tribune reported. Oberhansley testified “two Black guys” had been at her home when he arrived around 4 a.m....
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A jury began deliberations Friday in the murder trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body. Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville is accused of killing Tammy Jo Blanton. The 46-year-old victim’s body was found at her home the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, badly mutilated with more than 25 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries, authorities have said. Oberhansley is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull in his closing statement challenged Oberhansley’s testimony Thursday as the lone defense witness that he was suffering from head injuries when he was coerced into a confession after nearly three hours of police interrogation following the discovery of Blanton’s body, the News and Tribune reported. Oberhansley testified “two Black guys” had been at her home when he arrived around 4 a.m....
    "CANNIBAL killer" Joseph Oberhansley allegedly butchered his ex girlfriend with a saw and "ate her brain" as cops have revealed the horror at finding the victim's body. In an interview between Jeffersonville Police and Oberhansley - which was played in Clark County courthouse on Tuesday - the 39-year-old suspected killer admitted to cannibalism, according to WLKY. 6Joseph Oberhansley has been charged with murder, rape and abuse of a corpse of his ex girlfriendCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Oberhansley allegedly slaughtered Blanton, 46, after breaking into her homeCredit: Refer to Caption 6Oberhansley allegedly slaughtered his ex after breaking into her home and using an electric saw to open her skullCredit: Mydrim Jones Oberhansley, 39, has been charged with the murder, rape and abuse of a corpse of his ex in her Indiana home in a scene prosecutors described as "worse than a horror movie." The gruesome 2014 murder of his ex Tammy Jo...
    A new trial is now underway for an Indiana man accused of raping and butchering his ex-girlfriend before eating parts of her body - as jurors have already been warned they will be shown crime scene photos worse than any horror film.  Joseph Oberhansley's murder trial started in Clark County in southern Indiana on Friday.  The 36-year-old is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary in the 2014 death of his 46-year-old ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton.  Oberhansley's first trial ended abruptly late last year when the judge declared a mistrial after a prosecution witness brought up his past drug use and prison time while testifying in front of jurors. Jurors in the second trial have been selected from Allen County in the state's north-east because of the intense media coverage the case has received in southern Indiana.  Scroll down for video  Joseph Oberhansley's murder trial started in Clark County...
    A NEW trial begins for an Indiana man who stands accused of murdering and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend's body after the first ended in mistrial on Day 1. Joseph Oberhansley, 39, is charged with the murder, rape and abuse of a corpse of Tammy Jo Blanton in her Indiana home in a scene prosecutors described as "worse than a horror movie". 5Joseph Oberhansley, 39, is charged with the murder, rape and abuse of a corpse of Tammy Jo BlantonCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Oberhansley allegedly slaughtered Blanton, 46, after breaking into her homeCredit: Refer to Caption Oberhansley allegedly slaughtered Blanton, 46, after breaking into her home and using an electric saw to open her skull. Blanton had called the police to report that Oberhansley was trying to break into her home about 3am Septermber 11, 2014. When police arrived, he agreed to leave but when Balton didn't turn up to work...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The murder trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body began with a prosecutor warning jurors that they'll see photos of the 2014 crime scene “worse than anything you would see in a horror movie.” Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Friday during his opening remarks in Joseph Oberhansley’s trial that Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, “met a fate that’s very difficult to describe” at the hands of the Jeffersonville man, who is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary. Mull warned the jurors, who were drawn from Allen County in northeastern Indiana because of the intense media coverage the case has received in the south of the state, that the evidence they would see will include gruesome photos. Defense attorney Bart Betteau asked jurors to be wary of “emotional evidence” that wasn’t relevant to the...
    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The murder trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body began with a prosecutor warning jurors that they'll see photos of the 2014 crime scene “worse than anything you would see in a horror movie.” Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Friday during his opening remarks in Joseph Oberhansley’s trial that Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, “met a fate that’s very difficult to describe” at the hands of the Jeffersonville man, who is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary. Mull warned the jurors, who were drawn from Allen County in northeastern Indiana because of the intense media coverage the case has received in the south of the state, that the evidence they would see will include gruesome photos. Defense attorney Bart Betteau asked jurors to be wary of “emotional evidence” that wasn’t relevant to...
    Two kids, ages 4 and 5, are missing in North Carolina after their mom’s car was swept away in a flood, authorities said. The unidentified mother called 911 around 1 a.m. Tuesday for help after her car went off the road and into a nearby creek in Smithfield, news station WRAL reported. Emergency crews on one of the rescue boats were able to grab one of her two kids, but then the vessel overturned amid the rough waters and they lost the child, news station WNCN reported . Four boats capsized during the search efforts, though rescuers were ultimately able to save the mother and bring her to safety, the outlets reported. The car was recovered before 7 a.m., but the woman’s kids are still unaccounted for, WRAL reported. Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said they were still conducting the search Tuesday as a rescue effort, not a recovery...
    SMITHFIELD, N.C. -- Two children are still missing after an overnight flash flood swept their mother's car off the road in Smithfield, North Carolina.Rescue crews were able to save the mother after rising water washed out part of Galilee Road in Smithfield.Just after 5 p.m., Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said the search for her children had been suspended. It will resume at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.WATCH: Daylight reveals damage, continued flooding in Johnston CountyEMBED More News Videos Two children are still missing from a swift water rescue attempt overnight in Smithfield. Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said rescue crews had the mother and at least one child in recovery boats on the way to safety when fast-moving water capsized the boats. All members of the rescue team and the mother were able to get to safety, but the child slipped away in the fast moving water."The water was so turbulent...
    Two children, ages four and 5, are lacking in North Carolina after their mother’s automotive was swept away in a flood, authorities stated. The unidentified mom referred to as 911 round 1 a.m. Tuesday for assist after her automotive went off the highway and into a close-by creek in Smithfield, information station WRAL reported. Emergency crews on one of many rescue boats have been capable of seize certainly one of her two children, however then the vessel overturned amid the tough waters and so they misplaced the kid, information station WNCN reported. 4 boats capsized in the course of the search efforts, although rescuers have been in the end capable of save the mom and produce her to security, the shops reported. The automotive was recovered earlier than 7 a.m., however the lady’s children are nonetheless unaccounted for, WRAL reported. Smithfield Hearth Chief John Blanton stated they have been...
    Two kids, ages 4 and 5, are missing in North Carolina after their mom’s car was swept away in a flood, authorities said. The unidentified mother called 911 around 1 a.m. Tuesday for help after her car went off the road and into a nearby creek in Smithfield, news station WRAL reported. Emergency crews on one of the rescue boats were able to grab one of her two kids, but then the vessel overturned amid the rough waters and they lost the child, news station WNCN reported. Four boats capsized during the search efforts, though rescuers were ultimately able to save the mother and bring her to safety, the outlets reported. The car was recovered before 7 a.m., but the woman’s kids are still unaccounted for, WRAL reported. Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said they were still conducting the search Tuesday as a rescue effort, not a recovery mission, WTVD...
    A North Carolina mother was rescued but her two young children remain missing after the car they were riding in was swept away by floodwaters early Tuesday morning. A woman dialed 911 in Smithfield, N.C., around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning to say her car with her two children inside was swept off the road near Galilee Road and West Smithfield Elementary School by floodwaters and landed in the adjacent creek, local TV station WRAL reported. STRENGTHENING HURRICANE LAURA PROMPTS MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ALONG GULF COAST  The car was recovered before 7 a.m., but no one was inside. Four rescue boats capsized amid the turbulent waters. Rescuers managed to reach the woman and one child, but the child was lost again when one of the boats overturned, Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said at a press conference at 8:40 a.m. He said the effort to find the two missing children...
    TWO children are still missing after rescue boats carrying them capsized during a harrowing water rescue that saved their mom from a submerged car in North Carolina. Smithfield firefighters received a call from the mom just after 1AM Tuesday morning, saying she and her two children were stuck in her car when it was swept off the road by severe floodwaters. 6Authorities are still searching for two missing children after a boat carrying them capsized during rising a swiftwater boat rescueCredit: ABC 11 6A mom and her two children were stuck in a submerged car after rainwater flooded the road and dragged them into a creekCredit: ABC 11 The car, carried into a creek near Galilee Road and West Smithfield Elementary School, wasn't found until just before 7AM, with emergency services saying it was unclear if the two tots were still inside. Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said his department...
    Authorities in North Carolina are searching for two children who were in a car that was swept away by floodwaters early Tuesday. A woman called 911 around 1 a.m. and reported that her car was swept off a road and into a creek near Smithfield with her and her children inside, CBS affiliate WNCN reported. The woman was rescued, but her children, ages 4 and 5, remained missing, Smithfield Fire Chief John Blanton said. Four rescue boats overturned during the efforts and crews also had to be saved, Blanton said. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Searches were ongoing for the two young children. Authorities in Smithfield, North Carolina are searching for two children who were in a car that was swept away by floodwaters early Tuesday. WNCN Multiple roads in Johnston County are either flooded or washed out after torrential rains hit the area, WNCN reported. About...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that killed four African-American girls during church services in 1963. September 15, 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of the bombing.Facts September 15, 1963 - A bomb blast at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, kills four African-American girls during church services. At least 14 others are injured in the explosion, including Sarah Collins, the 12-year-old sister of victim Addie Mae Collins, who loses an eye. Three former Ku Klux Klan members are eventually convicted of murder for the bombing.Read MoreVictimsAddie Mae Collins, 14Denise McNair, 11Carole Robertson, 14Cynthia Wesley, 14TimelineSeptember 15, 1963 - Four girls are killed and 14 injured in a bomb blast at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.- Riots break out, and two African-American boys, Virgil Ware, 13, and Johnny Robinson, 16, are also killed. In all, at least 20 people are injured from the...
    A man accused of shooting and then running over a Springfield teenager has turned himself into the courts, Springfield Police said. Anthony Eberhart, 40, of Springfield, went to the Hampden Hall of Justice, the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 19, and was arrested on a warrant. Eberhart is being charged with murder, carrying a loaded firearm with a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, police said. Eberhart’s arrest stems from an incident on Friday, Aug. 14, in a discount liquor store parking lot on Central Street. Eberhart then allegedly got into an argument with Justin Blanton, 19. They apparently began shooting at each other, police said, and Blanton suffered a fatal gunshot wound. After shooting, Eberhart got in his vehicle and allegedly backed up and ran over Blanton, dragging him for several feet, police said. During the commotion, Andre Blanton, 27, picked up a gun...
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield police have identified and issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in a double shooting late last week that left a 19-year-old man dead and another man injured, authorities said Monday. Police responded to a business parking lot at about 8:45 p.m. Friday for reports of gunfire and found the two victims, police spokesman Ryan Walsh. Both were taken to the hospital, where the 19-year-old man died. The other shooting victim, identified as Andre Blanton, 27, of Springfield, is facing assault and firearms charges in connection with the shooting, police said. He is expected to survive. Neither the other victim nor the suspect were publicly identified. The shooting stemmed from an argument, Walsh said. The suspect and the 19-year-old exchanged gunfire before the suspect backed over the victim then drove away. Blanton picked up a gun and fired at the fleeing car, police said. The...
    TEXAS – An Irving resident was shocked by her life by purchasing a scratch-off lottery ticket. This is the “Instant Millionaire” game with which Sandra Heard Blanton earned nothing more and nothing less than $ 1 million. The ticket was purchased at the Stop N Shop located at 401 E. Pioneer Drive, Irving. “I felt like I was not seeing correctly. I was incredulous, ”Blanton said of the juicy award. She explains that it is not the first time that she has won a lottery prize since she had previously won others of $ 1,000 and up to $ 2,300, but she never believed that this time she would take so much money. Blanton explains that he always bought his tickets at the same place in hopes of winning one day.
    IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The “Instant Millionaire” scratch ticket name is fitting for one Irving woman who has claimed one of its $1 million prizes. The Texas Lottery said Wednesday that the winner, who was identified as Sandra Blanton, bought the scratch ticket from the Stop N Shop on East Pioneer Drive in Irving. (Credit: Texas Lottery) Blanton described her experience getting the winning ticket. “I felt like I wasn’t looking at it right; I was in disbelief,” she said. “I stopped scratching midway through to see if I really won and then when I realized I did, I started hollering at the lady at the cash register to let her know. I went back to the house and called all of my children and grandchildren. They thought I was joking.” The Irving resident told the Texas Lottery that she’s won multiple $1,000 prizes  from scratch tickets, including a $2,300...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Blanton died of natural causes. He was being held at Donaldson prison near Birmingham, prison officials said. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ivey, in a statement, called the bombing “a dark day that will never be forgotten in both Alabama’s history and that of our nation.” This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama...
    Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Blanton died of natural causes. He was being held at Donaldson prison near Birmingham, prison officials said. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ivey, in a statement, called the bombing “a dark day that will never be forgotten in both Alabama’s history and that of our nation.” When asked by the judge during sentencing if he had any comment, Blanton said: “I guess the good Lord will settle it on judgment day.” Sen. Doug Jones, who prosecuted Blanton, said the fact that...
    (CNN)The last convicted bomber in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African American girls has died in prison, nearly 60 years after the terror attack targeted the US civil rights movement.Former Ku Klux Klan member Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was convicted in 2001 of murdering the four young African American girls killed after a powerful bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963.1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Fast FactsThe bomb collapsed a basement wall, killing Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson -- all 14 -- and Denise McNair, 11, in a lounge they used for changing into their choir robes.Blanton -- one of three former KKK members convicted of murdering the girls -- died of natural causes Friday while serving a life sentence, according to a statement released by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. "His role in the hateful act on September 15, 1963...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Blanton died of natural causes. He was being held at Donaldson prison near Birmingham, prison officials said. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ivey, in a statement, called the bombing “a dark day that will never be forgotten in both Alabama’s history and that of our nation.” When asked by the judge during sentencing if he had any comment, Blanton said: “I guess the good Lord will settle it on judgment day.” FILE-This undated file photo shows...
    Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Blanton died of natural causes. He was being held at Donaldson prison near Birmingham, prison officials said. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ivey, in a statement, called the bombing “a dark day that will never be forgotten in both Alabama’s history and that of our nation.” When asked by the judge during sentencing if he had any comment, Blanton said: “I guess the good Lord will settle it on judgment day.” Sen. Doug Jones, who prosecuted...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Blanton died of natural causes. He was being held at Donaldson prison near Birmingham, prison officials said. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Ivey, in a statement, called the bombing “a dark day that will never be forgotten in both Alabama’s history and that of our nation.” When asked by the judge during sentencing if he had any comment, Blanton said: “I guess the good Lord will settle it on judgment day.” Sen. Doug Jones, who prosecuted Blanton,...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. When asked by the judge if he had any comment, Blanton said: “I guess the good Lord will settle it on judgment day.” Gov. Kay Ivey's office said Blanton died of natural causes. The church bombing, exposing the depths of hatred by white supremacists as Birmingham integrated its public schools, was a tipping point of the civil rights movement. Moderates could no longer remain silent and the fight to topple segregation laws gained new...
    A Golden Retriever and a dolphin that met at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida, have become best friends. Gunner was an 8-week-old puppy when they met. Attracted by Gunner's calm demeanor, Delta the dolphin, then 4, would come to say hello, and bring Gunner toys, wanting to play with him. Eight years later, their unlikely friendship is still going strong. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. There's nothing more wholesome than an animal friendship that spans species. Except maybe one that's also spanned almost a decade. Delta often brings Gunner toys. Marie Blanton Gunner, 8, and Delta, 10, a Golden Retriever and a dolphin, met at Florida's Dolphin Research Center eight years ago, and have been best buds ever since. Marie Blanton, a senior trainer at the center and Gunner's mom, told Insider that trainers work to build relationships with dolphins and to...
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