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    Cryobanks have a diversity problem: Many of their donors are white, which creates a dilemma for people of color seeking egg or sperm donors. Non-white parents-to-be have few options if they want children who look like themselves. The problem comes from both supply and demand: Black women are less likely to seek advice about fertility issues, and cryobanks struggle to reach potential donors. There’s also a longstanding communal wariness toward medical institutions because of some of their racist histories, experts told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2017, I started buying sperm over the internet. I was 38 years old and in the very early stages of becoming a single mother by choice. The best way...
    Crystal Cox/Business Insider Two civil lawsuits filed Wednesday allege that doctors used their own sperm in fertility treatments without their patients' knowledge.  The families involved say they found out their now-adult children weren't the products of healthy anonymous sperm, as they believed, after the children used home DNA testing kits.  The cases shed light on a largely unregulated fertility industry. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Jimmy Mallas got a DNA testing kit for Christmas last year, he expected to learn something new and exciting about who he was. Instead, he said he learned his biological father was not a healthy and anonymous sperm donor, as his mother had been promised, but rather her fertility doctor,...
    THE black families starting their own town have been trolled and shockingly accused of "segregation with extra steps." The 19 Black Lives Matter families bought nearly 100 acres of land in Georgia to build what they say would be a new city that's safe for black people to live. 7The group is called 'The Freedom Georgia Initiative'Credit: Instagram 7The families bought nearly 100 acres of landCredit: Instagram The Freedom Georgia Initiative’s website states the group's "vision is to develop our vast resource-rich 96.71 acres of land in Toomsboro." The land is for the "establishment of an innovative community for environmentally sustainable-living, health & wellness, agricultural & economic development, arts & culture for generations to come," the group explains online. "Our aim is to be...
    By Jessie Pang HONG KONG (Reuters) - A group of Hong Kong families on Saturday demanded the urgent return of their activist relatives detained last month by mainland Chinese authorities as they tried to flee the city by boat to Taiwan. Relatives of six of the 12 detained activists donned masks and hats to shield their identities as they made their first public appeal for help and information on their plight, supported by several local pro-democracy politicians. Some sobbed and wept as they issued several demands, including that those detained be allowed to consult lawyers appointed by the families and not the Chinese government and should be allowed to call their relatives in Hong Kong. "I can't imagine what's the...
    FAMILIES have been forced to cancel their UK staycation holidays following the government's new restrictions on group events. From Monday, no more than six people can meet up, meaning large holidays between friends and families cannot go ahead. 3Group holidays with more than six people can no longer go ahead from next week - forcing a wave of cancellationsCredit: Alamy This can be six people from six different households, and large families living together or support bubbles are exempt. As quarantine restrictions are enforced at Brit-favourite destinations including Portugal, Spain and Greece, many have turned to a UK holiday instead this year. The latest announcement is a blow to both families as well as tour operators who face even more...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The number of families keeping their children home this fall continues to grow as parents remain skeptical of the city’s ability to safely reopening schools for in-person learning this year.  On Tuesday, the Department of Education reported that as of Friday, Sept. 4, 389,666 public school students — 23,113 more than the week prior—requested to opt-out of the city’s blended learning model where students learn in classrooms and from home. That number is expected to keep changing given that students can opt out of blended learning at any time during the school year.  Parents, teachers and principals have worried about the logical...
    Getty: "Honduran asylum seeker, Iris, looks into the United States from on the bank of the Rio Grand, as American surveillance cameras look on from across the border on December 09, 2019 in Matamoros, Mexico." There were major concerns earlier this year that a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at the Mexican camp where asylum-seekers kicked out of the U.S. by the Trump administration have been living would spark another humanitarian disaster on top of the existing one, but swift action from volunteers appears to have prevented that. “Remarkably, as COVID-19 has rampaged around the globe, there have been only five cases of migrants who have tested positive at the camp,” The Dallas Morning News reports. It’s clear that Americans face far more risk from...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) charged in a statement on Tuesday that Democrat leaders such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) believe that the American people’s “pain” will help their electoral chances in November. McConnell released a statement on Tuesday as the Senate plans to vote on a targeted Republican-sponsored coronavirus plan. The coronavirus aid bill would reportedly cost at or around $500 to $700 billion, which is far less than Pelosi’s $3 trillion HEROES Act. McConnell suggested that Pelosi and Schumer do not want to pass another coronavirus package because they believe it will help their chances in the November elections. He explained: Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer said a targeted deal...
    COSTA MESA, Calif. (KABC) -- As the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis continue, more people are facing hunger and food insecurity, especially college students.Each week, Vanguard University in Costa Mesa opens its community pantry to offer not only free food, but also hygiene items and other essentials."We were one of ten college food pantries in Orange County, but we're one of only three that has stayed opened the entire pandemic," said Amanda Lebrecht, associate dean of student success at Vanguard University.The food pantry program called The Living Well Community Resource Center has been up and running for less than year."Literally, when they opened, I started coming with my mom," said Nahomi Moran, undergrad student at Vanguard University. "We needed it...
    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden responded on Thursday night to troubling allegations from The Atlantic, which reported that President Donald Trump had made several shockingly disrespectful comments about American veterans, including dismissing those killed in action in World War I as “losers” and “suckers,” and slamming Sen. John McCain, who was brutally tortured as a POW in Vietnam as “a f*cking loser.” In a press release, Biden stated that “[i]f the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States.” Biden continued, saying that America has “one truly sacred obligation — to prepare and equip those we...
    SANTA BARBARA —  After the sun crept over the horizon Wednesday, the familiar soundtrack of this seaside city — crashing waves and circling seagulls — was, for a moment, drowned out by the reverberation of a chiming bell. The chimes pierced the air 34 times — once for each of the victims who died a year ago when the Conception dive boat burned and sank off Santa Cruz Island, marking the deadliest maritime disaster in modern California history. Sometime around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2019, crew members aboard the Conception, a 75-foot, wood-hulled vessel, woke up to a loud noise and saw massive flames in the boat’s galley. Directly below the fire, in the belly of the boat, was...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Jack Young announced a $30 million eviction prevention program on Wednesday, meant to help keep Baltimore families in their homes as the eviction moratorium expired this week. The program, set to begin in late September, builds on the city’s Temporary Rent Support program to give more extended support to families, the mayor said Wednesday. Baltimore residents can qualify if they have a household income of 50 percent or less of the average medium income, prove their issues are related to COVID-19 and provide proof of pending eviction proceedings. The percentage of Baltimore residents receiving food stamps jumped 25 percent to 33 percent from March to June, while the percentage of residents falling behind on rent during that...
    What to Watch on Wednesday: Its (probably) Kaysars last stand on Big Brother All-Stars 5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday Patriot Golf Day a chance to honor fallen and disabled U.S. soldiers and their families Wesley Bauguess knows loss. Her husband, Army Major Larry Bauguess, was killed in action while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2007 in Pakistan. © Provided by Golfweek She also knows she is not alone. That Larry’s sacrifice meant something that still matters. That people remember the loss. U.S. Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney and his staff at Folds of Honor make sure of that. Each year on Labor Day weekend, Folds of Honor conducts Patriot Golf...
    An Ecuadorian couple have proven they have withstood the test of time, almost eight decades after their disapproving families refused to be present for their wedding vows.  Julio César Mora and Waldramina Quintero have been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest married couple in the world, with a combined age of 214 years and 358 days. Mora is 110 years old, and was born before the Titanic sank, while wife Quinteros is 104. The couple met in 1934 and married in 1941 - and credit their longlasting relationship to the love and respect that they have held towards each other since their very first meeting.  'Family unity under the rules of love, mutual respect, honest work, and proper education based on...
    Wednesday during a Democratic press call that aired on CSPAN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said President Donald Trump’s push to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic is asking his supporters “to choose him over their children.” Pelosi said, “I believe that President Trump is asking his supporters — who seem to be able to accept almost anything that he does — he’s asking them to choose him over their children and over their families. The health and well-being of their families, especially now as it comes to going back to school.” She continued, “He wants to give the resources largely to the schools that will actually open as opposed to those who are making their judgment that it’s in...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is asking his supporters “to choose him over their children” as he pushes for the reopening of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. In response to a question about healthcare from Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, Pelosi said, “I believe that President Trump is asking his supporters — who seem to be able to accept almost anything that he does — he’s asking them to choose him over their children and over their families. The health and well-being of their families, especially now as it comes to going back to school.” “He wants to give the resources largely to the schools that will actually open as opposed to those who...
    POPULAR tourist hotspots in Scotland have been forced to turn families away due to being fully booked, with some resorting to sleeping in their cars - and others leaving poo and rubbish at beauty spots. Brits have been choosing UK staycations over holidays abroad following a number of last-minute travel restrictions enforced by the government, with tourists given just hours to get back from destinations including France, Spain and Croatia. 2Holidays in Scotland have boomed - but hotels are full and tourists have left rubbish and faeces on the roadsidesCredit: Getty Images - Getty This has resulted in record bookings, but also meant hotels, holiday parks and campsites have sold out during the peak season. Families who haven't booked ahead...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Students and families in Baltimore should wait until notified before going to schools to pick up their devices, Baltimore City Public Schools said Monday. City Schools campuses will notify students and families through phone or email on the dates and times they can pick up their devices from the school before September 8. They said families should not show up to the schools to get devices before that date. Everyone picking up a hotspot must wear a face mask. For students under 18, only parents or guardians may pick up a hotspot with a valid student and government ID. Students over age 18 will bring their student or government ID. Charter school students are not eligible for a...
    BEREAVED families have rejected claims a mystery serial killer slaughtered their elderly relatives and insist their deaths were murder-suicides. Relatives blame mental health for their loved ones' deaths after a coroner's report suggested couples were butchered by a killer targeting frail OAPs. 6Kenneth Martin, 77, and Eileen Martin, 76, were found dead in their Davyhulme home in November 2008 6Howard and Bea Ainsworth died in 1996 in Wilmslow, Cheshire in an apparent murder-suicide Stephanie Davies, senior coroner's officer for Cheshire, has published a 179-page report into the deaths of couples across North West England between 1996 and 2011. She claims similarities suggest a serial killer could be responsible for at least two cases. Three other murder-suicides, in 2000, 2008 and...
    CamSoda Cam girls and erotic content creators tend to work from home, but the pandemic has forced some to share space with other family members. To have more privacy while filming their work, erotic content platform CamSoda created plastic pods their creators can use for free. The pods are set up in a few warehouses across the country, and cleaned between uses. There are safety protocols for entering and exiting the pods. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Cam girls, or performers who create erotic content online, are used to creating sexy photos, videos, and live chats from their homes on a daily basis. But for some, the pandemic has meant their families are home now, too,...
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have volunteered at a back-to-school charity event in what marks their first work engagement since stepping down as senior royals. Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 39, both wearing face coverings, distributed supplies, clothes and nappies at a drive-through run by Los Angeles charity Baby2Baby, which provides basic necessities for families in need. Pictures show the couple handing supplies in through the windows of vehicles at Dr Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School in South LA on Wednesday. They are dressed casually for the outing, with Meghan sporting loose khaki shorts with a white shirt and trainers, and Harry going for a similar look plus a baseball cap. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex...
    Jessica, Silvia, and Lucy Sanchez of North Carolina address the third night of the Democratic National Convention. The stories of two immigrant families were among the most powerful moments from the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. One North Carolina family, led by an undocumented mom who came to the U.S. with her infant more than two decades ago, said they feared being separated under the Trump administration. A second family to speak that night, however, had already been ripped in two. “Instead of protecting us, you tore our world apart,” 11-year-old U.S. citizen Estela Juarez said. Her mom Alejandra came to the U.S. in 1998, and while Alejandra been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2013, she’d been allowed to stay...
    SAN ANTONIO – Texas-based Tiff’s Treats and Soldiers’ Angels are partnering to give military families a sweet surprise from their deployed soldiers. Soldiers can connect with their loved ones back home with CookieVision, an augmented reality video gift message, and a dozen cookies for free. Participants can enter their information to receive an e-gift card for a dozen cookies and the video, which allows a personalized greeting. “We created CookieVision for moments just like this, where the joy of receiving warm cookies is multiplied when a recipient sees the face and hears the voice of a loved one,” Tiffany Chen, co-founder of Tiff’s Treats, said in a news release. “We can’t think of a better group to offer this connection...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama claimed on Monday night that the Trump administration was taking children from their families and throwing them into cages but failed to mention that her husband, former President Barack Obama, was the one who built them. Michelle Obama claimed that “right now, kids in this country are” watching “in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages.” Michelle’s remark was just one of many false or misleading statements that she made during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Associated Press said that Michelle Obama’s remarks were “a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats.” “But what she did not say is that the very same ‘cages’ were built...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Working full time and trying to make sure a special needs student is learning – it’s a tough task, and parents from Chicago to Northwest Indiana are worried their schools will not be able to provide the help they will need. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas on Monday showed us how some facilities are handling it. For the Martin family of Munster, Indiana, the kitchen is also the classroom. And that’s not always easy. “I have two kids in special ed,” said Tracie Martin. Martin’s kids were part of the local school district – the School Town of Munster. This year, she instead enrolled them in an online charter school. “They have flexible online scheduling options,” Martin said....
    LOW-income families that missed out on the $500 stimulus payments for their children are now able to still get the money due to a huge IRS reversal. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, many families did not receive the $500 promises for dependents under the age of 17, the Washington Post reported. 2Families that missed the 48 hour deadline to claim stimulus money for dependents, now have until Sept. 30Credit: Alamy Live News At the time, the issue was blamed on glitches in the system so the Internal Revenue Service created a form for non-filers to help process payments and collect information about dependents. Those receiving federal benefits like Social Security and Railroad Retirement,...
    CHICAGO looters smashed a Ronald McDonald House as terrified sick kids and their families were inside. Vandals broke several windows early Monday morning at the Ronald McDonald House at 211 E. Grand Ave in the Windy City. 7Vandals broke several windows early Monday morning at the Ronald McDonald House at 211 E. Grand Ave in the Windy CityCredit: CBSChicago 7The Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago remains open amid the coronavirus pandemic and despite the recent lootingCredit: CBSChicago More than 30 children and their families - who reside in the home because they receive treatment at the nearby Lurie Children’s Hospital - were inside the facility during the incident, according to ABC7. Ronald McDonald House Charities' Lisa Mitchell told ABC7:...
    Chicago's Ronald McDonald House had its doors smashed during rioting and looting that took place on Monday night while children were inside the home.  The facility provides a shelter and resources to families while a child receives treatment at local hospitals.  The Chicago location is close to Lurie Children's Hospital. 'We were very concerned there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk so the staff was frightened,' said Lisa Mitchell, of Ronald McDonald House Charities to ABC11. The Ronald McDonald House in Chicago was vandalized during looting early Monday morning The doors to the building were completely smashed but nothing...
    Thousands of looters stormed the streets of downtown Chicago last weekend, burglarizing and destroying property at high-end retail shops, department stores — and even a charity house for sick children and their families. What are the details?Looters brazenly smashed the doors of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, WLS-TV reported Monday. Ronald McDonald House Charities is a nonprofit organization that provides free housing to ill children and their families while they receive medical care. "[We were] very concerned, there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk so the staff was frightened," said Lisa Mitchell, a vice president...
    With the Covid pandemic shattering the parameters of working life, increasing numbers of city dwellers are dreaming of decamping to the countryside. Their desire for a fresh start, however, poses particular dilemmas. How easy will it be for those entrenched in office culture to earn a living out in the sticks? How much affordable housing is available in rural areas? And with so many seeking an escape to the country, how will society adapt? Topical questions, then — but by no means unique to 2020. Indeed, they were being asked long before coronavirus wreaked havoc on our world — by the Daily Mail, more than a century ago. Back in 1907, this newspaper launched a 'social experiment' to discover how...
    A New Jersey couple who were crowned homecoming king and queen in 1992 before going their separate ways, rekindled their romance and married in the same football stadium last weekend.  Greg Dabice and Janet Jaramillo met briefly when they were crowned Montclair State University royalty at the 50-yard line on the field on October 17, 1992. 'I caught eyes with him and he looked at me, and I was like, oh, he's so cute,' Jaramillo explained to WLNY.  Greg Dabice and Janet Jaramillo met briefly during Montclair State University's homecoming on October 17, 1992 On August 1, the pair got married after 28 years. The ceremony was held at the same 50-yard-line where the two were crowned ...
    ROCKWALL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – What happens if too many families choose in-person learning for their children when school starts in a few weeks? That’s a problem Rockwall ISD was having and leaders there came up with a solution. The families of 68% of Rockwall ISD students have chosen to have them go back to the classroom. The school district said social distancing requirements will make that impossible in its two high schools, Rockwall and Rockwall Heath. So all students will have spend as many as three days a week learning remotely. The district has informed parents that it plans to address it by having students at both schools with last names starting with A-K attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays...
    STARING down at her bed in horror, Zara Dawson struggled to control her panic. Two weeks after the agony of a miscarriage in lockdown, her sheets were soaked in blood. 12Around one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage in the UKCredit: Getty Even more traumatic, Zara’s four-year-old son and her husband were in the bed with her. The couple thought they had faced the worst of their heartbreak but Zara had then suffered a life-threatening haemorrhage. It was their third ­miscarriage in just over a year, and the couple’s fourth loss after a termination for medical reasons. They are far from alone in their agony. It is thought around one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage in the...
    CHERRY VALLEY (CBSLA) — Aggravated by high heat and strong winds, the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley continued to spread on Saturday after it nearly doubled in size overnight. The fire, which is believed to have originated from three separate fires, was initially reported shortly before 5 p.m. Friday in the area of Apple Tree Lane and Oak Glen Road, on the north end of the unincorporated community that borders Beaumont, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. By Saturday at 11:15 a.m., RCFD and CAL FIRE had issued evacuation orders for residents north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, West of Highland Springs and East of Beaumont Avenue; north of Gilman Street cross of Bluff Street; South of the County Line,...
    President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are endangering the health and lives of millions of children and their families by demanding schools around the country reopen for in-person classes as the coronavirus pandemic continues. In addition, Trump and DeVos are using the pandemic as an excuse to intensify their war on public schools, public school teachers and teacher unions. They want the American people to believe that public schools do a lousy job and that teacher unions are only interested in fattening teachers’ paychecks and protecting incompetents. The president and education secretary seem to believe the only way students can get a good education is to abandon public schools and enroll in charters or private schools. TRUMP WANTS $105B...
    By contrast, the state does very little to support pregnant people and ensure families thrive once a child is born. Alabama opted out of the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, leaving many people uninsured.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that uninsured women receive less prenatal care and are more likely to experience adverse outcomes, including low birth weight and infant mortality. The state also refuses to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and offers only unpaid family leave, capped at 12 weeks.  The situation is very similar in Texas, which also has a 22-week ban — and the second-highest amount of abortion restrictions in the country. Like Alabama, Texas opted out of the Medicaid expansion. The state...
    OXNARD, Calif. (KABC) -- Southern California communities are facing serious challenges. Putting food on the table shouldn't be one of them.ABC7's Feed SoCal program partners with local food banks to support our communities, particularly during this time of extraordinary need in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic."It's a really big help for us. From my heart, thank you very much for your help," said Eugene, an unemployed Oxnard resident who has two children. In order to feed his family, he depends on the weekly food distribution event at Oxnard College Park supported by Food Share Ventura County."We're going to be feeding 2,000 families right now," said Ventura County resident and volunteer Marlene Fuentes. "If we didn't have people donate, there...
    (CNN)Our nation is reckoning with its history of discrimination. Much of that conversation has rightly been focused on the systemic and institutional racism that has dictated our criminal justice and policing systems -- and the way those systems have upended the lives of families for centuries. Kirsten GillibrandAs the Covid-19 pandemic causes disproportionate harm to communities of color, it is further exposing and amplifying these issues, and others, that have always existed in our country and often hit children hardest of all. Many American families were already greatly hampered by the child care and early education crisis in our country, which also disproportionately affects children of color and children from low income communities. With many schools planning to operate remotely...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Director the American Federation for Children Shaka Mitchell to the show. During the third hour, Mitchell weighed in on the current status of Metro government’s decision to keep kids out of school for the fall. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmakers line by our good friend Shaka Mitchell who is the Tennessee state director for the American Federation for Children. Shaka welcome. Mitchell: Hey good morning. Thanks for having me on again. Leahy: The big issue now...
    Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing legislation aimed at denying visas to foreigners who have engaged in espionage or intellectual property theft against the United States Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced the Protecting America from Spies Act on Tuesday with a particular focus on China, a country against which the Trump administration is turning up the pressure on several fronts. Harztler introduced her version of the bill last month while Cruz dropped his in the evening on Tuesday. Their goal is to empower the State Department to ensure that any espionage and illicit tech-transfer activity makes one ineligible for entry into the U.S. To do so, the Republicans aim...
    Immigrants seeking asylum hold hands as they walk across the ICE South Texas Family Residential Center, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Dilley, Texas. Eric Gay / AP Photo For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Time has run out for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release the more than 100 children currently being held in immigration detention. After several delays, a federal judge’s ruling that ICE must release minors held in the agency’s three family detention centers is set to go into effect today. On Saturday, the Trump administration asked Judge Dolly Gee of the US District Court of Los Angeles to delay the order again, but Gee held firm. Her message was clear:...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Families in Tarrant County demonstrated Monday against one of the longest classroom shutdowns in the state, and were encouraged by the county judge to get local school boards to push back. Parents and students chanted in front of the Tarrant County Administration Building, holding signs advocating for their freedom to choose to send children back to school. The demonstrations come nearly a week after three doctors designated as the local health authorities in the county, directed public and non-religious private schools to only offer virtual instruction until at least September 28, with few exceptions. Families demonstrate in front of Tarrant County Administration Building over freedom to choose how students go back to school. (CBS 11) In...
    Families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will not be asked to read aloud the names of their loved ones at this year's memorial ceremony, due to coronavirus safety precautions.  A letter from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum about the change said that the decision was made 'out of an abundance of caution'.   Instead, a recording will read aloud the names of the nearly 3,000 victims, while the rest of the emotional service, which has taken place every year since 2002, will remain unchanged. Families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will not be asked to read aloud the names of their loved ones at this year's memorial ceremony, due to coronavirus safety precautions. Visitors...
    International students have fallen victim to a 'virtual' kidnapping scheme which has cost their families more than $3million in ransom payments.  Eight Chinese students living in Sydney were convinced to fake their own abductions and demand money from their family for their 'safe release'.  Ransom payments ranging between $20,000 to $2million have been paid this year alone.  NSW Police is working alongside the Chinese government to track down the gangs responsible.   International students have fallen victim to a 'virtual' kidnapping scheme robbing their families of more than $3 million in ransom payments (one of the fake abduction pictures) Over eight instances this year, ransom payments ranging between $20,000 to $2 million have been paid to the scammers...
    ABCSALAMANCA Updated: 07/24/2020 20: 48h Save The Salamanca City Council held this Friday an emotional tribute to the victims of COVID-19 in the San Carlos Borromeo cemetery in the city, which was attended by numerous authorities and family members. In the place where during the months of confinement a tent was set up to bid farewell to the deceased in privacy, a commemorative plaque was placed to remember the victims and their families, which will become from now on «A special place for your permanent memory and to keep alive the lessons learned», as noted by the mayor, Carlos García Carbayo, and collected Ical. Representing all these families, the prosecutor Juan José Pereña, expressed with emotion how the...
    A sandwich shop owner in Buford, Gwinnett County Georgia, is angry that his fellow Georgia residents who lost their jobs to coronavirus don't want to come to work for him for $8.50 to $10.00 an hour. He says it's because of that sweet $600 a week they're getting in unemployment insurance (which expires at midnight tonight). But it might have something to do with the fact that coronavirus infection rates in Gwinnett County are among the highest in the state. In fact 209 of the state's deaths and 14,442 of the state's 156,500 cases were there, as of Friday, July 24. But according to the would-be employer, it's lazy people sitting at home on their fat $600. Get out here and...
    Ivanka Trump stopped by a child care center in Denver on Friday where she met with the staff and praised “child care providers and educators” for their work during the pandemic. “Every parent in America, myself included, respects the work of childcare providers and educators more than ever before,” the first daughter explained during a tour of the local center with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner in a clip posted on Twitter from the White House Speciality Media Director. (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Yellow And Black Floral Dress During Munich Trip) WATCH: “Every parent in America, myself included, respects the work of childcare providers and educators more than ever before” ⁦@IvankaTrump⁩ touring a local Denver childcare center with ⁦@SenCoryGardner⁩ pic.twitter.com/Y7TX5h2lB2...
    The United States is gradually grinding to an educational collapse as the giant bureaucracies and extraordinarily powerful teachers’ unions ignore children and education in pursuit of power. Many of the wealthiest school systems have decided that they simply will not go back to school this fall. They will offer virtual classes even though the evidence is overwhelming that for younger children virtual classes are dramatically less effective than in-person instruction. Nearly every organization of pediatricians and children-oriented specialists have said it is vital for children to be back in school. SEATTLE, OTHER KING COUNTY SCHOOLS IN WASHINGTON STATE PLAN TO GO ONLINE-ONLY IN THE FALL However, to the teachers’ unions, the children don’t matter. Power matters. Children have been getting...
    SAN ANTONIO – Military veterans and their families can receive free admission to SeaWorld San Antonio throughout the summer. SeaWorld announced that starting Wednesday, veterans and retirees can redeem free tickets for themselves and up to three guests through Nov. 11 via www.wavesofhonor.com. The offer is valid at SeaWorld San Antonio, as well as SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Upon reopening, the offer will be valid at SeaWorld San Diego and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Veterans can also receive a 50% discount for four additional guests, according to SeaWorld. Waves of Honor already offers active duty military free admission for members and three guests, SeaWorld stated in a news release. “It is an honor and privilege for the SeaWorld...
    SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is saluting those who serve by offering free admission to veterans and their families for the rest of the summer though its annual Waves of Honor program. In a promotion that began Wednesday and will run until Veteran's Day on November 11, U.S. military veterans, retirees and up to three family members or friends can visit SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and Busch Gardens Tampa theme parks, free of charge, Fox 13 reports. Trained orcas jump out of the water during a show at the SeaWorld amusement park in Orlando, Fla. on June 11. (Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images) VETERAN SAYS SERVICE DOG HELPED HIM ACCOMPLISH GOAL OF TAKING SON TO THEME PARK Military...
    Earlier this summer, Kristina Boshernitzan and a group of neighbors stood in the driveway of her Austin home for a socially distanced meeting to figure out how to take greater control of their childrens’ educations. With the coronavirus spreading unpredictably and plans to safely reopen schools shifting day by day, the parents grappled with the increasing prospect that it might be unsafe, or impossible, to send their children back to school in the fall. Each faced difficult decisions. One neighbor's husband had stage 4 cancer, and she didn’t want her children to expose him to the new coronavirus, which they might pick up in a classroom. Another mother had young twins with lung issues. Just a cold is enough to...
    Citing new coronavirus cases at detention facilities for migrant families, the federal judge overseeing litigation surrounding protections for undocumented minors in U.S. custody on Friday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release children the agency is holding with their parents or legal guardians. U.S. Judge Dolly Gee of the federal district court in Los Angeles gave ICE a July 17 deadline to release all minors who have been in the agency's custody for more than 20 days. Gee, who oversees the government's compliance with the Flores Settlement Agreement, which governs the care of minors in U.S. immigration custody, cited the first coronavirus cases among the migrant families ICE holds at its three Family Residential Centers, or FRCs. "Given the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the topic among parents with school-aged children. Will they be going back to the classroom? What will the school year look like? It’s mid-July and there are no real answers. What is certain is that from Westfield to Marshfield, families across Massachusetts are making their own decisions. “I think at this point we would probably be most comfortable with a hybrid type of situation. Maybe a couple of days in the classroom at school and the rest distance learning,” said Matt Collins of Westfield. His 11-year-old daughter attends intermediate school. “I have a lot of real concerns about her [my daughter’s] safety and really primarily the safety of the teachers,” said Ashley Anechiarico...
    Seventy-five percent of American parents witnessed a key moment in their child’s life while in self-isolation, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans — of which about 1,200 were parents — asked respondents about their time sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the perks of being surrounded by family. From developmental milestones to simple heart to hearts, three-quarters of parents polled experienced a key moment, which they otherwise may have missed, with their children while in lockdown. SWNS Respondents were asked to share the key moments they experienced and one respondent said their child got to meet an aunt for the first time, while another was able to successfully potty train their little one. Another...
    Seventy-five percent of American parents witnessed a key moment in their child’s life while in self-isolation, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans — of which about 1,200 were parents — asked respondents about their time sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the perks of being surrounded by family. From developmental milestones to simple heart to hearts, three-quarters of parents polled experienced a key moment, which they otherwise may have missed, with their children while in lockdown. SWNS Respondents were asked to share the key moments they experienced and one respondent said their child got to meet an aunt for the first time, while another was able to successfully potty train their little one. Another...
    SEVENTY-FIVE percent of American parents witnessed a key moment in their child's life while in self-isolation, a new study has revealed. The survey of 2,000 Americans, including about 1,200 were parents, asked respondents about their time sheltering in place due to the coronavirus pandemic and the perks of being surrounded by family. 3 75 percent witnessed a key moment in their child's lifeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Three-quarters of parents polled experienced a key moment, which they otherwise may have missed, with their children while in lockdown. Respondents were asked to share the key moments they experienced, and one respondent said their child got to meet an aunt for the first time, while another was able to successfully potty train...
    Two dismembered bodies found stuffed inside a suitcase in Seattle by teenagers making a TikTok video have been identified as a mother-of-four and her boyfriend. Now their families are raising money to offer as a reward for information leading to their killer's arrest.  The bodies of Jessica Lewis, 35, and Austin 'Cash' Wenner, 27, were discovered on Seattle's Alki Beach on June 19.  The TikTok users who found the suitcases containing the victims' dismembered bodies alerted the authorities and posted video online.  **WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT**  The human remains that were found by TikTok users in Seattle last month have been identified as belonging to Jessica Lewis, 35 (left), and her boyfriend, Austin 'Cash' Wenner, 27 (right) The King...
    Nearly one-third of American families have been unable to make full housing payments for July, a new survey has revealed as the US economy struggles to bounce back from crushing coronavirus losses.   The survey by Apartment List, an online rental platform, found that 32 percent of US households did not make their full July payments on time.  It marked the fourth month in a row with a 'historically high' number of households that were unable to make the payments on time and in full - up from 30 percent in June and 24 percent in April.   About 19 percent of survey respondents said they may no payment at all during the first week of the month, and 13 percent paid...
    Families that import women for cheap and customized child care are denouncing President Donald Trump’s temporary curbs on the J-1 visas for au pairs, according to the Wall Street Journal. Under the headline, “Au Pairs Ensnared by Work Visa Ban: Thousands of families counting on foreign nannies to help with child care find plans on hold following President Trump’s order,” the newspaper reported parents who decided that their fellow Americans could not provide adequate and cheap child care to their children: Mrs. Baca ran the numbers: A full-time nanny in suburban Virginia would run her family about $45,000 a year. Hiring an au pair, Mrs. Baca estimated, would come closer to $29,000—comparable to her daughter’s day care. The family settled on...
    AUBURN GRESHAM — Belle McClandon was getting ready to go to bed around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night when she heard fireworks going off near the back porch of her Auburn Gresham home. Moments later, she discovered the drapes in the rear of her home at 8731 S. Bishop St. “I had taken my bath and was in my robe,” McClandon said. “My husband was getting ready to take a shower and all of a sudden heard some firecracker popping noises at the back of the house. He said, ‘What is that?’ I went to see what it was and heard the popping and then saw the inside drapes had started burning. That means the outside was burning for a...
    It’s not yet clear if the forms of economic activity resuming in most states will quickly reduce the nation’s high unemployment rates, but one thing is certain: it won’t happen without diapers. Most child care operators will not accept a baby or toddler unless parents supply disposable diapers. This has always been a barrier to employment for families in poverty. Pre-COVID-19, one in five U.S families reported missing work or school because they lacked the diapers required to leave their baby in child care. As so many people experience losses of income, that barrier becomes far more common. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is urging Congress to fund diaper assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) has been working behind the scenes to urge...
    The United States of America observes its Independence Day on July 4. Every year there is large gathering for celebration of this wonderful day. This day is celebrated with fireworks, parades, carnivals, family reunions, political speeches, and much more. But owing to the ongoing crisis, this year many have avoided public gatherings and instead kept it as a low-key celebration with loved ones. Preity Zinta and Sunny Leone, who are currently in the US, have also celebrated this day with their families. Kim Kardashian’s Husband Kanye West Announces 2020 Presidential Run (View Tweet). Bollywood actresses Preity Zinta and Sunny Leone have shared pic and video, respectively, and shared a glimpse of their Fourth of July celebrations with their families....
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Elected officials joined members of 32BJ airport workers at a rally in Queens to demand that airlines and terminal operators pay medical benefits to their employees, especially following the COVID-19 outbreak in which workers became sick and some died. Some of those present not only contracted the contagion, but they also lost family members after they brought the coronavirus home. The elected officials, led by state Senators Michael Gianaris, John Liu and Alessandra Biaggi are seeking passage of the Healthy Terminals Act (S.6266/A.8142), which would provide access to quality, affordable insurance for tens of thousands of airport workers. “The Healthy Terminals...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Months of selflessness by New York City school teachers kept families from going hungry during the worst of the pandemic. CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock spoke to the Queens educators who took it upon themselves to nourish more than their students’ minds. “These kids are struggling,” said teacher Sabia Din. She’s one of several teachers from IS 61 in Corona, Queens who decided to do so much more than educate through the pandemic. In March, they started a mission to feed their students and their families. “We decided we wanted to deliver food to them,” Din said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Ask Dr. Max Your Health...
    Following the police killing of George Floyd and amid the Black Lives Matter movement that it galvanized, parents around the country are wondering how to tackle the tough topic of racism with their kids. The Post spoke to four families, who share their strategies for broaching these difficult but crucial conversations. Celebrate black culture For San Antonio, Texas-based psychologist and “parent coach” Ann-Louise Lockhart, 47, of A New Day Pediatric Psychology, discussions about racism began when her two children were young. She had no choice — when her now-7-year-old son, Noah, was just 3, a kid in his preschool told him he didn’t want to play with him because of the color of his skin. “[It] was really a brand-new...
    Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop for Bay Area high school students, a two-week intensive course at journalism. Students in this year’s virtual program report and photograph real stories under the guidance of professional journalists. Before the pandemic, Maggie Oyamot and her family were uneasy about adopting a pet due to their swamped schedules. But now that the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving them with more time on their hands, they adopted Rocket, a 4-month-old pit bull Labrador mix, from the Humane Society Silicon Valley in late April. “We’ll take him on walks, try to play fetch, work on some training, and my favorite, cuddle with him while he’s napping,” Maggie said. The Oyamot family...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all state buildings Tuesday to honor the elite firefighters from Prescott who died in 2013 while battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position. Ducey called it was one of the most tragic days in state history. “The brave Yarnell 19 had their whole lives ahead of them," the governor said. “They had families, loved ones and friends who cared deeply about them. They knew the dangers of their job, but they did it anyway, with courage and an abiding sense of duty and commitment...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many people stopped going to the doctor since the pandemic, and that has put many kids behind on their vaccines. The Ronald McDonald House Charities Mobile Care Unit is helping families by coming to their neighborhood with free vaccines and doctor’s visits, and it’s completely free for families. Dr. Elizabeth Miller, director of population health at UPMC Children’s Hospital, says they’ve seen over a 50 percent drop in the volume of their visits since the pandemic. “We have the potential of a massive public health crisis on top of what is already unprecedented in terms of this global pandemic,” Dr. Miller says. With kids missing vaccinations, they’re susceptible to getting preventable diseases like measles, pertussis or...
    As her mother lay dying in a Southern California hospital in early May, Elishia Breed was home in Oregon, 800 miles away, separated by not only the distance but also by the cruelty of the coronavirus. Because of the pandemic, it wasn’t safe to visit her mom, Patti Breed-Rabitoy, who had entered a hospital alone, days earlier, with a high fever and other symptoms that were confirmed to be caused by COVID-19. Breed-Rabitoy, 69, had suffered from lung and kidney disease for years but remained a vital, bubbly presence in the lives of her husband, Dan Rabitoy, and three grown children. She was a longtime church deacon and youth leader in Reseda, a fan of garage sales, bingo games and...
    Democratic activists and legislators demanded this Saturday that the government of President Donald Trump not separate children from their parents Democratic activists and legislators demanded this Saturday from the government of the president Donald Trump than free also to parents of minors They must leave the family detention centers after the order issued late Friday by a federal judge. The magistrate Dolly Gee ordered that the minors are free before July 17 to try prevent them from spreading after the spread of coronavirus in several of these centers. He Roots group, who defends migrant families, said this Saturday that it is not a “good news”That the judge could not order ICE the release of minors with their parents. However,...
    WASHINGTON - Twenty-year-old Eileen Huang is an English major at Yale University. Growing up in a Chinese immigrant family in a small town in New Jersey, racism in the United States was a topic she rarely discussed with her parents.     But earlier this month, her open letter, "A Letter from a Yale student to the Chinese American Community” provoked a rare debate in the Chinese community in the U.S. and on Chinese social media.    Since George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American,  died in police custody in late May, protests against racism have spread across communities throughout the United States, changing attitudes among millions of Americans about the legacy of slavery and discrimination that still impacts Black Americans.    According to...
    Pro-immigrant associations and Democratic congressmen on Saturday demanded that the government of President Donald Trump also release the parents of minors who must leave the detention centers for families due to a ruling issued by a federal judge. Magistrate Dolly Gee ordered last night that minors detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) be released before July 17 to prevent them from catching the new coronavirus, following the detection of Covid-19 outbreaks. in several of these establishments. The ruling, which strongly criticizes the Trump government for its actions in this crisis, includes 124 children detained in three centers: one in Pennsylvania and two in Texas. The Raices group, which defends immigrant families, considered that it is not “good...
    IF you have watched Coronation Street this week you will have seen the heartbreak of Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald as they come to terms with their son, Oliver’s diagnosis with the rare genetic condition, mitochondrial disease. It's a tragic storyline, particularly at this time when we are all are getting a taste of living with a deadly disease that currently has no cure. The fear and uncertainty that Leanne and Steve are facing is something we can all relate to on some level. 5Coronation Street's tragic storyline of mitochondrial disease will help shine a light on the rare genetic condition, says Liz CurtisCredit: ITV 5Liz Curtis founded The Lily Foundation in memory of her daughter Lily who died aged...
    On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines. Thanks to the hard work of community food advocates, with support from the NYC Council Progressive Caucus, to win the fight for a universal free lunch in 2017, this summer, every NYC public school family will get a Pandemic EBT card with $420 per student to pay for groceries. In order to remove the stigma of school lunch, these funds will support families to buy...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For months nursing homes have sounded the alarm about a lack of personal protective equipment. Then when the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent 15,000 nursing homes PPE earlier this month, some nursing homes said the supplies were ‘unusable’. Nursing home operators reported receiving from plastic gowns that look like trash bags, paper-thin masks, and gloves too small for most adult hands. This week FEMA began sending out a second round of PPE but nursing homes say it’s not nearly enough. This week nursing home operators and family members voiced their frustrations to U.S. lawmakers in a special House subcommittee hearing on nursing homes. Delia Satterwhite testified to lawmakers that the lack of PPE at her brother’s...
    Washington D.C.- Some US citizens were left without their economic stimulus money for an unusual reason, the immigration status of their partners. So on Thursday, US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) presented the Coronavirus American Citizen Relief Act to modify the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). . As passed in March, the law prohibits a US citizen who files a tax return with a spouse without a Social Security number from receiving an economic stimulus check. According to a statement, this new bill would ensure that a citizen is not denied federal coronavirus assistance because he is married to a foreigner who is not currently a citizen of the United...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Hollywood Bowl has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the iconic amphitheatre is still being used to serve the community. Thousands of families lined up in the venue's parking lot to receive donated food items -- a necessity amid COVID-19.During their June 17 distribution, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank provided nearly 3,000 families with shelf-stable boxes, protein kits and fresh produce. Cars lined up in separate lanes and boxes of food were placed in their trunks, so people would not have to leave their vehicles."The fact that there are so many people willing to help out in a situation like this [by donating] for others is just an amazing thing," said Pamela...
    New York Yankees: Some players are prioritizing health and will leave families behind during season By: Andres Chavez June 25, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesFor MLB players, baseball is a way of life. They only imagine themselves playing, and so far, it has been enough not only to have fun in the process, but also, to put food on their families’ table. They don’t want to do anything else other than play the game, but they also want to protect their loved ones. That’s why some New York Yankees‘ players will leave their families behind as they rejoin the team for the short season. ...
    SANTIAGO – Her hand clad in a blue latex glove, her face masked by a perspex shield, the woman lovingly stroked her father’s gray curls, cradled his head and pressed her mouth as close to his cheek as she could manage. Doctors in the Chilean capital of Santiago fought for weeks to save 76-year-old Don Jaime from the clutches of the coronavirus pandemic, but last week recognized they would lose the battle and invited his family into the hospital to say goodbye. Around the world, a need to slow the spread of the highly-contagious virus in hospitals has been placed above providing patients with the comfort of being with their families at the end of their lives. One of the...
    FAIR OAKS (CBS13) — Over the past few months, more people have turned to bikes for fun and relaxation. For families in the Fair Oaks area, Family FreeRide provides more opportunities for kids and families to hop on two wheels. Garrett McDermid started the nonprofit last year. “Any kid on a bike is going to be happy,” McDermid said. “We wanted to find a safer spot for the kids to ride, and here is the Fair Oaks Bike Park.” This bike-friendly space at Phoenix Park has been in the making for the last year. With a $30,000 contribution from Measure J funds, the park is being improved to add a dirt pump track. It’s like a BMX track but smaller...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Continuing weeks of activism, demonstrators converged on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s house in Logan Square on Tuesday night to protest police brutality. In the middle of it, staging their own peaceful sit-in, was a group of South Side families trying desperately to keep their daycare open. Little Angels Learning Center in Englewood is at risk of shutting down permanently in just a few days, director Nashone Greer-Adams said. The city is only funding Little Angels through June 30. The daycare was one of many community childcare centers across the city to lose funding last year. The stripped city dollars account for more than one-third of the daycare’s annual budget. Asked about Little Angels, a spokesperson for the city’s...
    SANTIAGO – Her hand clad in a blue latex glove, her face masked by a perspex shield, the woman lovingly stroked her father’s gray curls, cradled his head and pressed her mouth as close to his cheek as she could manage. Doctors in the Chilean capital of Santiago fought for weeks to save 76-year-old Don Jaime from the clutches of the coronavirus pandemic, but last week recognized they would lose the battle and invited his family into the hospital to say goodbye. Around the world, a need to slow the spread of the highly-contagious virus in hospitals has been placed above providing patients with the comfort of being with their families at the end of their lives. One of the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Hammond will have fireworks shows at four locations on the Fourth of July, and is asking people to stay home to watch with their families. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott’s office said fireworks shows will be presented at four schools around 9:30 p.m. on July 4: Clark Middle/High School, Morton High School, Eggers Middle School, and Gavit Middle School/High School. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people will not be allowed to watch the fireworks at the schools, and are being urged to stay home to watch with their families and friends.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A suburban cemetery is underwater. Family members coming to pay respects to their ancestors finding a dozen of their burial plots flooded. They turned to CBS 2 for answers. CBS 2’s Chris Tye has more from the Silverman and Weiss Cemetery in Forest Park. It’s happened for years, and still no fix. For those buried along the western edge of the cemetery, resting in peace doesn’t come easy. “I’m the the last one in my family,” Berstein said. “I’m the only one left now. My brothers, sisters and aunts and uncles are all gone. And there’s one grave there waiting for me.” They’re all buried at the 140-year-old Silverman and Weiss Cemetery. What’s waiting for any visitor to...
    LONDON (AP) — The families of the three victims of a stabbing rampage in a English park paid tribute to their loved ones Tuesday, saying how their hearts have been broken at losing them in what is being treated as a terror attack. Police named the dead as James Furlong, David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett. The three friends were enjoying a warm Saturday evening when they were attacked at Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people some 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old suspect is in custody but officials say the motive for the carnage is unclear. In a joint statement, the families each offered a reckoning of their grief. The parents of David...
    LONDON (AP) — The families of the three victims of a stabbing rampage in a English park paid tribute to their loved ones Tuesday, saying how their hearts have been broken at losing them in what is being treated as a terror attack. Police named the dead as James Furlong, David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett. The three friends were enjoying a warm Saturday evening when they were attacked at Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people some 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old suspect is in custody but officials say the motive for the carnage is unclear. In a joint statement, the families each offered a reckoning of their grief. The parents of David...
    A PAIR of beautiful doppelgangers from different continents with a seven-year age gap have met up after discovering their uncanny likeness online. Bianca Mihai, 18, a singer from the Romanian city of Buzau, learned about Palestinian-Syrian model Lana Al Beik, 25, through a photographer pal who spotted they were the spitting image of each other.  6Bianca Mihai, right, and Lana Al Beik, left, after they met upCredit: Central European News 6The women's family's cannot even tell them apartCredit: Central European News Singer Bianca was told about model Lana, who lives in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by friend Alexandra Danciu, could not believe her eyes and she showed the images to Bianca and her parents. Bianca said: "My parents...
    Families and attorneys for people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Miami Herald that their loved ones and clients have essentially gone missing for weeks at a time while in custody, notified of their location only after the media outlet reported on their disappearances or pressed officials for information. Detainees, they eventually found out, had been hospitalized after becoming sick with COVID-19, with no notification to relatives or advocates. Maria Carolina Moros-Rodriguez told Miami Herald she had no idea about her dad’s location since May 30. “My phone just stopped ringing with calls from my dad. He just disappeared without a trace.” She found out he’d been hospitalized with pneumonia and COVID-19 only after the outlet pressed ICE this week. “I told [the employee] that ‘the only reason my father would...
    Coronavirus — He Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cañizares, This Saturday expressed the “deep pain” of the entire diocese for “The many, we do not know how many, but thousands of deceased” because of the COVID-19, of which “we do not forget any, less God” and stressed that “The Cross is life and victory over death.” This has been stated in the funeral mass for those killed by the pandemic, held at the Parish Church of San Martín in Valencia this Saturday. The cardinal has assured that “We are all filled with deep pain and sadness for the great sufferings that the victims and their families have experienced, aggravated because many of them have not even been accompanied in their...
    Minnesota’s efforts to protect its most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic is also having an unintended consequence — the isolation is killing some of them. “Families are literally watching as their loved ones die of loneliness,” said Kris Sundberg, executive director of Elder Voice Family Advocates. “We know full well, isolation has a significant impact on both physical and mental well-being.” Sundberg and other advocates for seniors and vulnerable adults say the recent guidance the state Department of Health released for window and outdoor visits doesn’t go far enough. After more than three months in isolation, long-term care residents desperately need contact with their loved ones, they said. “So many of our families are just desperate to see their...
    (CNN)For the past decade, Sheldon Smith has been dedicated to helping young African American fathers better their lives and the lives of their children.Through his non-profit in Chicago, the Dovetail Project, he has taught hundreds of young fathers like himself parenting and life skills to become positive role models and responsible parents.And when Covid-19 hit, Smith mobilized to make sure they have the resources and support they need."When businesses were closing and doing layoffs, many of our young men lost employment," said Smith, a 2016 CNN Hero. "We wanted to just make sure that our fathers knew that we were there for them."Sheldon Smith and his team are providing essential supplies to young fathers during Covid-19.To keep program participants safe...
    Many of our political conversations remain superficial, not considering the purposes behind the things that we argue over. What should the minimum wage be? Who should be married to whom and should there be a limit on how many spouses one has? Which substances that produce a mind-altering effect should we legalize? While important debates, these are secondary concerns to an understanding of human flourishing. Societies don’t exist because of freedom of conscience, freedom of choice, or even freedom of speech, that most cherished and beloved American right. Societies exist because families exist — families are societies. We are born into families and flourish (or not) within them. Without families there is no foundational structure upon which to build a...
    Washington (CNN)The families of six US oil executives detained in Venezuela are pleading for their release as concerns mount over their health amid the global coronavirus pandemic.The "CITGO 6" -- Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira -- have been detained in Venezuela without trial since November 2017. As the virus threatens Venezuela's collapsing medical system and reports have emerged of cases within the prison facility where the men are held, family members say their loved ones are in "mortal danger." And despite calls from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release the men, there are no indications that embattled President Nicolas Maduro -- with whom the US has severed diplomatic...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who has supported the right of protesters to flout the law without consequence and has done woefully little to stop looting during those protests, spoke out against Jewish families in Brooklyn on Tuesday, saying without a hint of irony, "We're not going to allow people to take the law into their own hands." De Blasio's comments occurred during an ongoing row regarding the usage of the Middleton Playground in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. Jewish families, incensed that the protests inspired by the death of George Floyd have been allowed to occur regularly with the mayor's blessing despite social distancing guidelines, have repeatedly broken through chains on gates to...
    Three-quarters of American families are in need of a digital detox after self-isolation, according to new research. The survey asked 2,000 American parents of children aged 2-18 about their sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it’s had on their family. Parents surveyed said they expect to ask their children to get off a digital device an average of seven times a day, so it’s no wonder 68% said they plan to limit their family’s screen time this summer. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Circle, the survey found that 45% of parents surveyed plan to limit their household’s screen time for a few hours each day, whereas another 28% of respondents said they even plan...
    ROME (AP) — A survey conducted in Italy on the psychological impact of coronavirus lockdowns on children has quantified what many parents observed during weeks cooped up at home: kids were more irritable, had trouble sleeping and for some of the youngest, wept inconsolably and regressed developmentally. Those symptoms were more pronounced in families in which the parents were particularly stressed and in families with elderly relatives at high risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19, the national survey by the Giannina Gaslini Pediatric Hospital in Genoa in conjunction with the University of Genoa found. Italy’s Health Ministry on Tuesday released the results of the anonymous survey of 6,800 people who voluntarily responded to an online questionaire March 24-April...