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Good Samaritan spots elderly cancer patient being attacked, alerts police; suspect arrested

1 hour 3 min ago

A man who sprang into action to help a 74-year-old woman with cancer who, police said, was being beaten by a would-be robber in Miami Beach said the disturbing incident, which led to the suspect’s arrest, left him shaken.

Vellon Modesto broke down in tears when asked what he saw unfold in broad daylight on Sunday.

“She will never come back to the beach anymore. It’s not fair,” he said.

He’s talking about the victim in the attack, a cancer patient who, police said, was attacked by Eric Gospodarek.

“He was really tall,” said Modesto.

“[He stands] 6-feet-2, 190 pounds, attacks a helpless 74-year-old woman in broad daylight, 1 in the afternoon on a Sunday,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.

But because of Modesto’s bravery, Gospodarek, is off the beach and behind bars.

Investigators said the woman was sitting on a concrete bench when the suspect attempted to take her bag. When she resisted, she was hit.

“Punches her three times,” said Rodriguez.

The blows knocked the victim into the bushes, investigators said.

“Good Samaritan jumped into action,” said Rodriguez.

Modesto flagged down a city employee cleaning the beach before Ocean Rescue and officers showed up.

“The first police officer arrived, and I pointed at the guy, I told gim, ‘This guy hit the lady three times,'” said Modesto.

The victim did not suffer serious injuries.

Meanwhile, Gospodarek appeared in bond court.

“Victim’s an elderly 74-year-old female, cancer patient, sitting on a concrete partition bench,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy S. Glazer.

“She’s afraid to to press charges. I told her, ‘If you do, I will be your witness,'” said Modesto.

The good Samaritan, 69, said he is dealing with his own health issues from a recent surgery.

“I got a plate,” he said as he pointed to a scar in the back of his neck.

But he was well enough to have done the right thing, and with compassion, too.

“I hugged her. I hugged her [and I said], ‘Mami, you’re not by yourself,'” he said.

Authorities and court records say that Gospodarek has committed similar crimes in other states like Pennsylvania. He is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade.

Sheriff: 1 dead, 2 injured after dispute over mask at Georgia grocery store

1 hour 42 min ago

(CNN) — A dispute over a mask Monday at a grocery store led to shootout that left an employee dead and two people, including a sheriff’s deputy, injured, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox.

The suspect entered the Big Bear Supermarket at South DeKalb Mall in Decatur, in the Atlanta-metro area, where there was an argument with the cashier over a mask. Maddox gave few details about the argument but said it was over a face mask.

The suspect then shot the employee and she died from her injuries, Maddox said at a news conference Monday.

A reserve deputy working security at the store fired at the suspect, who returned fire. Both were injured and taken to local hospitals.

Maddox said the reserve deputy was a 30-year veteran of the force prior to retiring and joining the reserve unit. He is in stable condition.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and DeKalb County Police are investigating the incident.

‘Tomorrow War’ stars Pratt, Strahovski talk time travel, UFO reports

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How do you fight a war that’s not even happening yet? Chris Pratt is learning on the fly. He’s time-traveling and battling aliens in his new Amazon Prime flick “The Tomorrow War,” and Miami is in the crosshairs, of course.

A message from the future.

Jasmine Mathews (as Lt. Hart): “Our enemy is not human. We need you to fight.”

A hero from the present.

Sam Richardson (as Charlie): “How are you so calm?”

Chris Pratt (as Dan): “Long story.”

Sam Richardson (as Charlie): “Are you ex-military?”

Chris Pratt (as Dan): “Yeah. Kind of a short story, I guess.”

In “The Tomorrow War,” Chris Pratt is trying to save humanity from an alien invasion happening 30 years from now, and considering the recent news that the U.S. government can’t rule out the possibility aliens exist…

Chris Pratt: “This is a documentary! People don’t realize that. It’s a documentary about time travel and alien attacks. Maybe. We’ll see, man. Who knows?”

That’s co-star Yvonne Strahovski sitting next to Chris. Their characters team up 30 years in the future.

Yvonne Strahovski (as Romeo Command): “We are literally living on borrowed time.”

She told Deco what she’d want her real life to be like then.

Yvonne Strahovski: “Sitting on an island, just relaxing in the sunshine, clear waters. Hopefully islands are still around in 30 years.”

If “The Tomorrow War” previews are any indication, Miami won’t be around. Look closely — that’s the 305 under attack.

We asked Chris what he’d want to save in SoFlo.

Chris Pratt: “The Dolphins. Not the animals, not the mammals that live in the sea, but the actual football team. It’s important to me that they get an opportunity to win a Super Bowl.”

Another Super Bowl win? From Chris’ lips to the gods of football’s ears.

And, since time travel is involved in the movie, Chris told Deco he’d would like to go back in time to relay a message to himself.

Chris Pratt: “2002 turning into 2003, the Delano Hotel in Miami, where young Chris was getting drunk at the bar, and I would say, ‘Hey, man, just keep on doing exactly what you’re doing. Don’t change a thing. It turns out great. Even though you’re probably riddled with anxiety, this acting thing is gonna work out.'”

“The Tomorrow War” will be available to stream on Amazon Prime starting July 2.

Soggy FL, Active Tropics

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A wet pattern will remain across the region thru Thursday. By then some Saharan Dust is forecast to move in drying out the atmosphere. This dust is an irritant however. Folks with respiratory issues should try an avoid too much exposure.

7 Day Rain Chances

We should remain soggy through Thursday. It begins to dry out for Friday and the weekend.

Active Tropics

The National Hurricane Center is watching three areas. A depression which could turn into Tropical Storm Bill on Tuesday, a disturbance in the SW Gulf of Mexico with a high chance for organization, and a weak wave in the Far Eastern Atlantic. We do not expect much from the Easterly Wave as Saharan Dust is forecast to snuff it out soon. The disturbance in the SW Gulf, even if no development, will drop plenty of rain across Coastal Mexico. In the long run, it could be a concern for TX and LA.

Pilot becomes tearful while introducing ‘VIP’ father as he takes him on first flight together with him at controls

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A pilot teared up while introducing his father on the first flight they would share together with him at the controls.

Anselm Dewar is a captain for Envoy Air/American Eagle, a regional airline for American Airlines, based in Miami.

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Dewar has been a pilot since 2011, but in that time, he never got the opportunity to fly a plane with his parents on board.

However, that all changed, and Dewar was joined by his father on a flight from Miami to Charleston, South Carolina and back.

“The flight was super special to me,” Dewar told 7News.

Before take off, Dewar introduced his father to the passengers as a “VIP” guest, and even started tearing up as he told his father’s story.

Dewar said he had wanted to be a pilot since he was 3.

“My father is a cartographer and he had a bunch of computers and put Flight Simulators on it for me to play so, because of him is where it first started,” Dewar said.

Dewar said they are still working on getting his mother on a plane.

Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective

4 hours 31 min ago

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the U.S. and Mexico, potentially offering the world yet another weapon against the virus at a time when developing countries are desperate for doses.

The two-shot vaccine was about 90% effective overall, and preliminary data showed it was safe, the American company said. That would put the vaccine about on par with Pfizer’s and Moderna’s.

While demand for COVID-19 shots in the U.S. has dropped off dramatically and the country has more than enough doses to go around, the need for more vaccines around the world remains critical. The Novavax vaccine, which is easy to store and transport, is expected to play an important role in boosting supplies in poor parts of the world.

That help is still months away, however. The company, which has been plagued by raw-material shortages that have hampered production, said it plans to seek authorization for the shots in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere by the end of September and will be able to produce up to 100 million doses a month by then.

“Many of our first doses will go to … low- and middle-income countries, and that was the goal to begin with,” Novavax CEO Stanley Erck said.

While more than half of the U.S. population has had at least one vaccine dose, less than 1% of people in the developing world have had one shot, according to a data collection effort run in part by the University of Oxford.

The Novavax shot stands to become the fifth Western-developed COVID-19 vaccine to win clearance. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are already authorized for use in the U.S. and Europe. Europe also uses AstraZeneca’s formula.

Novavax’s study involved nearly 30,000 people ages 18 and up. Two-thirds received two doses of the vaccine, three weeks apart, and the rest got dummy shots. Nearly half the volunteers were Black, Hispanic, Asian American or Native American, and 6% of participants were in Mexico. Altogether, 37% had health problems that made them high risk, and 13% were 65 or older.

There were 77 cases of COVID-19 — 14 in the group that got the vaccine, the rest in volunteers who received the dummy shots. None in the vaccine group had moderate or severe disease, compared with 14 in the placebo group. One person in that group died.

The vaccine was similarly effective against several variants, including the one first detected in Britain that is now dominant in the U.S., and in high-risk populations, including the elderly, people with other health problems and front-line workers in hospitals and meatpacking plants.

“These consistent results provide much confidence in the use of this vaccine for the global population,” said Dr. Paul Heath, director of the Vaccine Institute at the University of London and St. George’s Hospital.

Side effects were mostly mild — tenderness and pain at the injection site. There were no reports of unusual blood clots or heart problems, Erck said.

A study underway in Britain is testing which of several vaccines, including Novavax’s, works best as a booster shot for people who received the Pfizer or AstraZeneca formula. Industry analyst Kelechi Chikere said the Novavax shot could become a “universal booster” because of its high effectiveness and mild side effects.

Novavax reported the results in a news release and plans to publish them in a medical journal, where they will be vetted by independent experts. The Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company previously released findings from smaller studies in Britain and South Africa.

COVID-19 vaccines train the body to recognize the coronavirus, especially the spike protein that coats it, and get ready to fight the virus off. The Novavax vaccine is made with lab-grown copies of that protein. That’s different from some of the other vaccines now widely used, which include genetic instructions for the body to make its own spike protein.

The Novavax vaccine can be stored in standard refrigerators, making it easier to distribute.

As for the shortages that delayed manufacturing, Erck said those were due to restrictions on shipments from other countries.

“That’s opening up,” he said, adding that Novavax now has weeks’ worth of needed materials in its factories, up from just one week.

The company has committed to supplying 110 million doses to the U.S. over the next year and a total of 1.1 billion doses to developing countries.

In May, vaccines alliance Gavi, a leader of the U.N.-backed COVAX project to supply shots to poorer countries, announced it signed an agreement to buy 350 million doses of Novavax’s formula. COVAX is facing a critical shortage of vaccines after its biggest supplier in India suspended exports until the end of the year.

Novavax has been working on developing vaccines for more than three decades but hasn’t brought one to market. Its coronavirus vaccine work is partly funded by the U.S. government.

Dr. Peter English, a vaccine expert previously with the British Medical Association, called the Novavax results “excellent news.” English said that because vaccine production is complicated, it’s crucial to have as many shots as possible.

“Any minor imperfection in the production plant can shut down the production for days or weeks,” he said in a statement. “The more different manufacturers we have producing vaccine, the more likely it is we will have availability of vaccines.”

He said it was also encouraging news that Novavax would be able to adapt its vaccine to any potentially worrying variants in the future if necessary.

Coast Guard seizes 7,500 pounds of cocaine at Port Everglades

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Drugs worth millions of dollars have been seized at sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded more than 7,500 pounds of cocaine at Port Everglades Monday.

It’s from three busts in the eastern pacific ocean back in april.

The estimated street value of this massive amount of drugs is more than $143 million.

Florida to begin requiring moment of silence for school prayer, meditation

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside at least one minute of silence for children to meditate or pray.

His visit to the Shul of Bal Harbour, a Jewish community center in Surfside, Florida, had the air of a campaign event.

DeSantis seemed to blush when the Rabbi Sholom Lipskar introduced him as a “great governor and future world leader.” It has been speculated that the governor, who is running for reelection next year, might run for president in 2024.

DeSantis visited the temple to sign two bills into law. One would expand the role of volunteer ambulance services, while the other makes Florida one of at least 15 states, a legislative analysis said, that would compel schools to hold moments of silence at public schools. The state had already been among roughly 18 other states that gave schools the option to do so.

“It’s something that’s important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to be able to reflect and to be able to pray as they see fit,” DeSantis said. “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful — I’m sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that.”

The ambulance bill allows some volunteer first responders, including those run by faith-based groups, to use emergency lights and sirens when responding to emergencies. Some Orthodox Jews rely on these volunteer ambulance services to help overcome religious sensitivities that prevent some people form using traditional emergency services.

The ambulance bill was championed in the state Senate by Democrat Jason Pizzo, the only elected Democrat to take the stage with the governor during the bill signings.

Pizzo also supported the legislation that requires moments of silence in schools, saying the students won’t be required to pray during those moments set aside by schools.

“It’s like a moment of meditation, relaxation, connection,” he said.

DeSantis used the event to tout his support for Israel, which he visited in his first year of office. During his speech, he referred to the United Nations as corrupt, saying the world body does more to sanction Israel than castigate China, which he lumped with what he referred to as “rogue regimes.”

As DeSantis began speaking, authorities forcibly removed a heckler from the hall. It was unclear what message the man was making as police pulled him away, most of his words inaudible to those watching a broadcast of the rally.

Man speaks out on homophobic attack at hands of neighbor at Miami apartment complex

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A South Florida man said he was the victim of a hate crime when, he claims, a neighbor who had hurled homophobic slurs at him became physically violent.

Camilo Gutierrez claims the assailant left him scars and bruises on his neck, Saturday.

“He comes up to me out of nowhere and just strangles me, lifts me up off the ground,” he said.

The tail end of the violent encounter in Miami was captured on cellphone video and eventually ended with 40-year-old Jonathan Watts arrested for battery.

“Targeting me for being gay,” Gutierrez said. “That’s the reason why.”

Gutierrez said he’s been at the receiving end of homophobic slurs for weeks from Watts, his downstairs neighbor.

He said Saturday was the first time things became violent.

“I think it’s honestly crazy that we’re in 2021 and things like this are still going on,” he said.

It started nearly a month ago when Gutierrez and his friends were making a video in the courtyard of his apartment complex.

Watts then chimed in.

“Sometimes I beat gay people,” he said in the video.

Gutierrez said Watts started to threaten them after they told him to mind his own business.

“Say it again,” he said to the group.

Then he got confrontational.

“You just choked me. Choke me again,” Gutierrez told Watts in the video.

Gutierrez said he complained to the community’s homeowners association after those threats. One month later, Watts attacked him.

“Don’t complain about me or my dog again,” Watts said to Gutierrez.

Gutierrez was left bruised and beaten. Now he’s fearful about what’s going to happen next.

“I definitely am so scared that he’s gonna come back and possibly kill me,” he said. “I got him arrested, and I know he’s gonna get out and be extremely furious.”

Gutierrez is hoping that the neighbor gets evicted after his arrest.

Watts out on bond, and he is expected to appear before judge later this week.

He has only been charged with misdemeanor battery, but police said they are still investigating an open hate crime case.

Davie residents say unconfirmed tornado damaged mobile homes

6 hours 23 min ago

Residents of a mobile home park in Davie said a tornado, that has not been confirmed by meteorologists, caused extensive damage to their homes, as a line of thunderstorms sweeps across South Florida.

Monday’s possible tornado strike happened as heavy rains and winds blew through Broward County.

Diego López, one of the mobile home park residents, said he saw a funnel cloud.

“I was outside and I seen the tornado coming from there, it started right there, and it came this way and it went that way,” he said. “I don’t know how many houses it hit afterwards.”

López said he sought shelter inside his home.

“We had to run to the back of the house because that whole part started flying away,” he said.

López said the tornado caused part of his roof to collapse.

“We were just talking, and then she goes, ‘Oh, there’s a tornado warning, and I’m like, ‘For real?'” he said, “and right after she said that, it started.”

“I came outside, I see everything blown down, my thing blown off in the house,” said area resident Daniel Jones.

“It was like a train. I heard it,” said resident Pete Deluca. “Moved my golf cart 10 feet away. The brake was on. That’s how I knew something had happened, and then I saw [my neighbors’] house.”

Officials said one home was destroyed, but another damaged home can be fixed.

“The main concern was the structural damage, and so, I actually came upon it initially and immediately evacuated the occupants, made sure they were moved to a safe area” said Davie Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Andrew Popick. “I had my crew go out through the development to check to see if there was any other life-threatening damage or anybody else in need of any type of rescue. There was none found.”

On Alligator Alley, near Mile Marker 31, driver Ernesto Delhonte said his SUV was struck by lightning.

“I am a survivor,” he said. “It sounded, ‘Boom! Boom!’ I’m going through the road, and [the SUV] was hit by lightning. I saw a light, and the car is broken.”

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the lightning may have hit the road first.

Delhonte sai he’s grateful to have survived.

“I’m alive. It’s a miracle for me,” he said.

Two Pompano Beach city employees had a close call as well, when lightning hit near their boat. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The inclement weather also caused flooding along A1A and some downed trees.

Back in Davie, the residents of the mobile home park said they feel lucky the outcome wasn’t worse.

“As long as nobody was hurt, it’s just physical damage. That can be repaired,” said Deluca.

The residents of the home that was declared a total loss said they were in the middle of renovating it and now they have to start over from scratch.

US intel report warns of more violence by QAnon followers

7 hours 36 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement’s false prophecies don’t come true.

Many QAnon followers believe former President Donald Trump was fighting enemies within the so-called “deep state” to expose a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden disillusioned some believers in “The Storm,” a supposed reckoning in which Trump’s enemies would be tried and executed. Some adherents have now pivoted to believing Trump is the “shadow president” or Biden’s victory was an illusion.

The report was compiled by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday by Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat. It predicts that while some QAnon adherents will pull back, others “likely will begin to believe they can no longer ‘trust the plan’ referenced in QAnon posts and that they have an obligation to change from serving as ‘digital soldiers’ towards engaging in real world violence.”

As major social media companies suspend or remove QAnon-themed accounts, many followers have moved to less well-known platforms and discussed how to radicalize new users on them, the report says.

The report says several factors will contribute to QAnon’s long-term durability, including the COVID-19 pandemic, some social media companies allowing posts about the theories, societal polarization in the U.S., and the “frequency and content of pro-QAnon statements by public individuals who feature prominently in core QAnon narratives.”

The report does not identify any of those public individuals. But Trump, who while in office praised QAnon followers as “people that love our country,” has repeatedly refused to acknowledge the election is over and spoken baselessly of his victory being “stolen,” despite multiple court rulings and a finding by his own Justice Department upholding the integrity of the election. One longtime ally told The Associated Press that Trump has given credence to a conspiracy theory that he could somehow be reinstated into the presidency in August.

Heinrich pressed FBI Director Chris Wray in April to release an assessment of how the government views QAnon. “The public deserves to know how the government assesses the threat to our country from those who would act violently on such beliefs,” he said then.

The movement around QAnon has already been linked to political violence, notably during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in which some rioters believed they would reverse Trump’s defeat. At least 20 QAnon followers have been charged with federal crimes related to Jan. 6, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

Some charged in the riot wore attire bearing the telltale letter “Q” when they stormed the Capitol. One of the defendants, Jacob Chansley, calls himself the “QAnon Shaman” and famously wore a furry hat with horns, face paint and no shirt that day. Others had posted about QAnon on social media before the riot.

The Justice Department has arrested more than 400 people in the insurrection, where pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, did about $1.5 million in damage and sent lawmakers running for their lives. Five people died and dozens of police officers were wounded. Defendants have argued that Trump himself spurred them on, or they were just following the crowd, or law enforcement allowed them in, or they were the victims of disinformation stoked by right-wing media.

Lawyers for some of the defendants have argued their clients were specifically misguided by QAnon.

Defense attorney Christopher Davis argued that his client, Douglas Jensen, is a victim of internet-driven conspiracy promoted by “very clever people, who were uniquely equipped with slight, if any, moral or social consciousness.” Jensen now realizes that he “bought into a pack of lies,” his lawyer maintains.

“For reasons he does not even understand today, he became a ‘true believer’ and was convinced he doing a noble service by becoming a digital soldier for ‘Q.’ Maybe it was mid-life crisis, the pandemic, or perhaps the message just seemed to elevate him from his ordinary life to an exalted status with an honorable goal,” Davis wrote.

A witness told the FBI that another defendant, Kevin Strong, expressed a belief that Jan. 6 would usher in “World War 3″ and the military would be involved. Strong, who was a Federal Aviation Administration employee in San Bernardino, California, had a flag with a QAnon slogan on his house and has declared that he had “Q clearance,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

“He had recently purchased a new truck and believed that QAnon would cover the debt,” the agent wrote.

Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite criticizes UEFA for resuming game following Christian Eriksen’s collapse

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(CNN) — Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite has criticized UEFA, European football’s governing body, for forcing the players to play their Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday after teammate Christian Eriksen’s collapse.

The match was suspended following prolonged efforts from the medical staff to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator. Players from both teams were visibly distressed as he was being attended to by medics.

When it was announced the match would be restarted, UEFA said in a statement the decision was made “following the request made by players of both teams,” but Braithwaite says that the players were not prepared to play the match.

“We had two choices from UEFA, to go out and play the match immediately or play the next day at noon,” he said during a press conference on Monday. “None of those choices were good. We took the lesser of two evils to finish the match. Many of the players were not in a condition to play this match. We were in a different space.

“It was not our wish. Those were the only options we had. We had two options and in that situation were told we had to make a decision. That is all I can say on that.

“Had we wished there was a third option because you don’t want to go and play football in that way, but UEFA says we had two options — play immediately or the following day at noon. Those were the options we had.”

“UEFA is sure it treated the matter with utmost respect for the sensitive situation and for the players,” the governing body told CNN in a statement. “It was decided to restart the match only after the two teams requested to finish the game on the same evening.

“The players’ need for 48 hours’ rest between matches eliminated other options.”

‘Violent experience’

On Sunday, Denmark’s team doctor said Eriksen “was gone” before being resuscitated from cardiac arrest.

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who helped comfort Eriksen’s partner at the side of the pitch, described the incident as a “violent experience” for him and his teammates.

“The hardest part was the thought of what could happen,” he said on Monday. “The consequence that could be. His wife and children and his family were to sit and watch it. That was definitely the hardest part.

“For me, the only heroes there are the doctors who saved him,” Schmeichel added when asked about the players being portrayed as heroes. “We are professional football players and dedicate our lives to playing football, but these people dedicate their lives to saving lives.

“Being able to do it under normal circumstances is a miracle. But to be able to do it under the circumstances that they were in here … I cannot describe how much admiration I have for them.

“It is a violent experience to have to see a friend and teammate lying and fighting. It is clear that you are very moved by this, but he is here today and I’m very, very grateful for that. I am grateful for the doctors we have. Our doctors, physiotherapists and the paramedics who ran on the field and helped him … it’s a miracle that they did what they did.”

Lochte fails to advance in 200 free prelims at US trials

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Olympic champion Ryan Lochte failed to advance from the preliminaries of the 200-meter freestyle on Monday, his first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The 36-year-old Lochte, attempting to make his fifth Olympic team, posted a time of 1 minute, 49.23 seconds — only good enough for 25th place overall.

The top 16 advanced to the evening semifinals, led by Kieran Smith at 1:46.54. Caeleb Dressel was second in 1:46.63.

Smith won the 400 free on Sunday to earn his first trip to the Olympics.

Lochte was also entered Monday in the 100 backstroke, but he scratched that event. Defending Olympic champion Ryan Murphy easily advanced from the preliminaries, as did 36-year-old Matt Grevers, the 2012 gold medalist.

Even though Lochte initially entered six events at the trials, it appears the 200 individual medley is the only race in which he has any realistic shot of earning a trip to Tokyo. He scratched the 400 IM on Sunday.

Lochte has won 12 Olympic medals, including six golds. Now married with two children, he hopes to make it to one more Olympics to erase the stigma of an incident at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, where he lied about being robbed at gunpoint.

Justin Bieber, Lil Baby to headline Made in America festival

9 hours 23 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber and Lil Baby are set to headline Jay-Z’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

Organizers announced Monday that Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda and A$AP Ferg will also perform at the two-day event on Sept. 4-5 over Labor Day Weekend.

Last year’s festival was canceled because of the coronavirus. This year’s festival, held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the REFORM Alliance.

Other performers include Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Freddie Gibbs, Tinashe, Baby Keem, Morray, 42 Dugg and EST Gee.

Officer in critical condition after crash in NW Miami-Dade

10 hours 15 min ago

An officer is in critical condition after a crash in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The City of Miami officer was involved in a crash along Northwest 57th Avenue and 208th Street, Monday morning.

Police said the officer was off-duty at the time of the crash.

Truck crashes into wall in Lauderdale Lakes

10 hours 18 min ago

A truck crashed into wall in Lauderdale Lakes.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the crash along Northwest 34th Way and 44th Street, Monday morning.

The driver of the truck was checked out by paramedics at the scene.

7SkyForce hovered over the scene where the white utility truck could be seen with heavy front-end damage. Debris could be seen scattered in the roadway around the downed wall.

7 high school graduates finally received their diplomas — 52 years later

10 hours 36 min ago

(CNN) — A high school in Maryland held a special ceremony to finally give seven students their diplomas 52 years after they graduated.

Some students from the class of 1969 at La Plata High School were punished for being part of a sit-in that occurred the same year.

“The graduation came on the heels of student unrest, a sit-in and protests spearheaded by black students after no students of color were selected for the majorette or Warriorette squads,” Latina Wilson, chairperson of the Charles County Board of Education, said at the ceremony.

The students who participated were able to walk for graduation in 1969, according to Wilson, but the actual diplomas were mailed to them after school ended for the year. Seven diplomas never made it and were returned to the Board of Education.

Fifty-two years later, during the pandemic, Wilson said the school staff found the diplomas still in their envelopes and decided to return them to their rightful owners.

“Your actions improved the culture at La Plata High School and set an example for students who would follow,” Wilson said. “You followed your conscience and you risked the consequences. It could have not been easy to stand your ground.”

The students’ actions and persistence led the school to agree that the selection was unjust. The board of education, at the time, even released a statement saying that the process was undemocratic. The school came up with a new selection process that included both white and black judges as a direct result of the protest.

“We do not wish to bring up old wounds,” former student Dale Contee said before she received her diploma. “Naturally we felt hurt and disappointed that we could not receive our diplomas with our classmates, but we want to make it known we were peaceful back then and we are peaceful today.”

Contee said none of the students have any animosity towards the current board of education.

“All that we suffered and endured did not make us bitter, it made us better,” Contee said.

Those in attendance walked across the stage and finally received their long awaited diploma.

62-year-old Fort Lauderdale missing for 2 months found dead

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A Fort Lauderdale man who was missing for two months has been found dead.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department announced, Monday, that 62-year-old William “Bill” Schureck was found dead by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Schureck had been missing since April 12.

Former President Donald Trump turns 75 on Monday

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Happy Birthday former President Donald Trump.

The 45th President of the United States turns 75 on Monday.

Trump was born in New York City on this day back in 1946.

When he was in office, Trump was the oldest person to become president, but now President Biden holds the title at age 78.

Attorney general will discuss Trump administration media probe with leaders of CNN, WaPo, NYT

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(CNN) — Leaders from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post will meet with US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday to discussthe Trump administration’s controversial leak investigation that involved seeking reporter records from all three media outlets.

The planned meeting comes after the revelation that Department of Justice officials took aggressive steps to obtain 2017 phone records, and in some cases email records, of reporters at the three outlets, including CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr.

In an extraordinary step, a gag order was placed on CNN general counsel David Vigilante to keep a leak probe from being disclosed to the public, or even to Starr.

CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, who will be attending the meeting on Monday, provided details during Sunday’s broadcast of “Reliable Sources.”

Feist said Garland’s previous statement that the Biden Administration would never use the same tactics against the media as Trump’s DOJ officials isn’t enough to fix the problem.

“What we’re asking the attorney general tomorrow is to try to bind future administrations,” Feist said. “Don’t just send a memo. Change policy.”

Feist told CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter that the Trump DOJ gag order on Vigilante lasted 11 months. Feist said he doesn’t think that the three news organizations caught up in the probe were chosen by accident.

“These are the organizations that were at the top of [Trump’s] list of enemies of the American people,” Feist said. “Whether Merrick Garland knows the details of how that came about, we don’t know, but we’re certainly going to ask.”

Feist pointed out that tomorrow’s meeting will take place one day after the 50th anniversary of The New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

“Our goal is to make sure that the Pentagon Papers and other stories of extraordinary public interest could be published in the future,” he said. “It is to protect the freedom of the press now and in the future.”