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Hayden Fry, Texan who turned around Iowa, dies at 90

Hayden Fry, the Texan who revived Iowa football and became a Hawkeye State institution over two decades as a Big Ten coach, has died. He was 90.

Fry’s family announced through the University of Iowa that the former coach died Tuesday with his family at his side after a long battle with cancer. He had been living in the Dallas area with his wife, Shirley.

“We are proud to know that our father’s life had a positive influence on so many people, the players, the coaches, and the fans who played for, worked with, and supported his long and successful coaching career,” the family said in a statement. “His legend will live forever with the people he touched and inspired, and the programs he led to greater heights.”

Fry, a native of Eastland, Texas, had never been to Iowa before taking over the Hawkeyes in 1979, hired by then-athletic director Bump Elliott, the former Michigan star who died earlier this month.

The Hawkeyes had slogged through 17 consecutive years without a winning season when Fry arrived. He changed everything.

He had the uniforms redesigned to make them look more like the black-and-gold ones worn by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL’s dominant team at the time. The familiar Tigerhawk logo was unveiled during Fry’s tenure. He had the visitors’ locker room painted pink, a tradition that still stands. Roaming the sidelines in his familiar dark sunglasses and white pants, Fry coached the Hawkeyes for 20 seasons, winning 238 games and three Big Ten championships.

“Though Hayden was born in Texas and moved there more recently to be closer to our family, his love for the University of Iowa, his players and coaches, the people of Iowa, and the state of Iowa, is well known,” the family said. “Hayden often shared, ‘I’ll Always Be a Hawkeye.’”

Fry’s greatest season at Iowa was 1985, when the Hawkeyes were No. 1 in the AP rankings for five weeks and had Heisman Trophy runner-up Chuck Long at quarterback. Iowa finished 10-2 as Big Ten champions and ranked 10th in the country. He coached three Rose Bowls with Iowa, though he never won one.

“He had a special way of making you feel good all the time even in the tough games and in the tough moments,” Long said.

Fry started his coaching career at Odessa (Texas) High School in the 1950s, not long after playing quarterback at Baylor. His first college head coaching job was at SMU in 1962, and he was instrumental in desegregating the team and the Southwest Conference as both coach and athletic director. In 1965, Jerry LeVias became the first black football player to sign a scholarship with a team in the Southwest Conference.

“Coach Fry caught a lot of hell for doing what he did,” LeVias said in a statement released by Iowa. “After he left SMU, he went to North Texas, and he couldn’t get a break in Texas – sometimes coaching and having to go to good bowl games. All of a sudden, Iowa calls. When one door closes, the Good Lord has plans. It was like in the Good Lord’s plans for him to come to Iowa.”

Fry went 49-66-1 in 11 seasons with the Mustangs and then did a six-year stint at North Texas, where he went 40-23-3.

At Iowa, Fry not only produced winning teams, but also a long line of successful head coaches who worked and played for him.

Bill Snyder (Kansas State), Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Bret Bielema (Wisconsin and Arkansas) and Ferentz were among the 13 Fry assistants and players who became college head coaches.

“His Hall of Fame career is well known, but personally, he will always be the man who took a chance on me at the start of my coaching career,” Ferentz said. “I was proud to coach with him and honored to succeed him when he retired.”

Stoops on Twitter called Fry: “A man that we all loved and revered.”

Fry retired as Iowa’s winningest coach in 1998, a mark since surpassed by Ferentz. He was first diagnosed with prostate cancer before his final season at Iowa and he did his best to keep the news from his players and coaches while he received treatment.

“My doctor at the hospital said, ‘Coach, you may be the luckiest guy in the world. You’re almost 70 years old and you’re in real good physical condition other than the cancer.’ He said I could live another five years. That was 16 years ago, and I’m still here,” Fry told the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette in 2015, when he was living in Nevada.

Fry is survived by his wife, four sons, a daughter, a stepson and a stepdaughter. Plans for a memorial service are pending, the family said.

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Baltimore Ravens tie Pro Bowl record with 12 selections

Twelve Baltimore Ravens, including second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, and seven New Orleans Saints, highlighted by league-leading receiver Michael Thomas, have made the Pro Bowl.

Baltimore tied the record for Pro Bowl players set by Miami in 1973. The NFL released the rosters Tuesday night for the game in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 26.

Joining Jackson from the Ravens, who at 12-2 have the league’s best record, are tight end Mark Andrews, long snapper Morgan Cox, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, running back Mark Ingram, linebacker Matthew Judon, fullback Patrick Ricard, tackle Ronnie Stanley, safety Earl Thomas, kicker Justin Tucker, and guard Marshal Yanda.

“This honor is all about my teammates and our coaches, because without them, the success we’ve had as a team wouldn’t be possible,” Jackson said. “I’m also grateful for all the fans who continue to support us and who have helped make this season so special. Ultimately, it’s about winning, and we still have a lot of work to do before we accomplish our biggest goals.”

Thirty teams had at least one player selected and 24 clubs had multiple players chosen. The New York Giants and Miami Dolphins failed to get any Pro Bowlers. Players on the two Super Bowl teams will withdraw from the Pro Bowl and be replaced.

Twenty-five of the players selected made it for the first time, including three rookies: San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa, Kansas City return specialist Mecole Hardman and New Orleans return specialist Deonte Harris.

The Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records.

Other AFC quarterbacks are Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City and Deshaun Watson of Houston. The NFC QBs are Drew Brees of New Orleans, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Russell Wilson of Seattle.

Perhaps the most star-studded spot on offense is tight end with San Francisco’s George Kittle, Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and Baltimore’s Andrews.

Defensive standouts include Buffalo‘s Tre’Davious White, who is tied for the league lead with New England‘s Stephon Gilmore with six interceptions. They are the top AFC cornerbacks.

NFL sacks leader Shaquil Barrett of Tampa Bay is on the NFC squad, along with perennial Pro Bowlers Aaron Donald of the Rams and Richard Sherman of the 49ers.

“To make the Pro Bowl, it’s a dream come true,” Barrett said. “That’s the best way I can sum it up. I dreamed of this growing up. It’s a huge honor and I can only hope that I’ll have more to follow.”

Two other Buccaneers, wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, were chosen.

“This is a special moment, and while I’ve worked hard to get to where I am in my career, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teammates and coaches,” Godwin said. “I’ve had the chance to play alongside some of the best in the NFL, including Mike Evans, and sharing the honor with Mike makes it even better. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

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Injured Wizards rookie Hachimura to miss at least 5 games

Washington Wizards rookie forward Rui Hachimura will miss at least the team’s next five games after hurting his groin.

The Wizards said Tuesday that Hachimura will be re-evaluated when Washington returns from a four-game road trip that runs from Friday through Dec. 26.

He was hurt in the first half of Washington’s 133-119 victory at the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Hachimura, the first player from Japan to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft, is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while starting in all 25 games for the Wizards (8-17).

Washington’s first game without Hachimura will be Wednesday at home against the Chicago Bulls.

NOTES: The Wizards signed C Anzejs Pasecniks to a two-way contract and waived G Chris Chiozza. Pasecniks is 7-foot-1 and has played in 12 games for the G-League’s Capital City Go-Go this season, making two starts. … Chiozza averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 assists in 10 games with the Wizards this season.

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Tom Del Beccaro: Trump impeachment a symptom of decades of deepening divisions

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America is a deeply divided nation. Division has been on the rise for nearly three decades and it first burst into flames with the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Today that rising division – not the truth – lies at the heart of the impeachment of President Trump.

There was a time, not that very long ago, when America was less divided.

In 1984, Republican President Ronald Reagan won the last true landslide in American presidential elections. A rising economy and soaring national spirits carried him to win 49 states to 1 over former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and there was talk of a lasting political realignment.

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With the signing of a tax increase bill, however, Reagan’s successor, President George H.W. Bush, broke a promise and lit a slow fuse to what I call The Divided Era.

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Bush’s tax increase cost him his reelection and helped draw the battle lines for what became a purely partisan tax increase by the Democrats under President Bill Clinton. In turn, that tax fight played a key role in the election the first Republican Congress in four decades and set the table for the impeachment of Clinton – an impeachment that would not have occurred but for that Republican takeover of Congress.

With that, America has never been the same.

It is worth remembering that President Clinton’s Gallup poll approval rating rose 10 points after his impeachment began – despite clear findings of wrongdoing that led to his disbarment as an attorney.

Clinton’s rising poll numbers were in part a reflection of a dislike of political fighting at a time that 71 percent of Americans said, in a January 1999 poll, that this was “the best economy of their lifetime.”

As a byproduct of that impeachment, Democratic anger toward the Republican Party rose. The flames of that ire were fanned by an increasingly partisan media that relentlessly prosecuted Republicans for their prosecution of Bill Clinton.

In the years that followed, George W. Bush became the first president in over 100 years to be elected despite losing the popular vote. Bush tried to rise above division by championing a bipartisan education bill. In return, he was greeted by an impeachment-angered Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who responded to Bush’s election by refusing to grant hearings to dozens of Bush judicial nominees.

While the 9/11 terrorist attacks later saw Bush’s approval rating soar above 90 percent, the growing division fostered by the second Iraq War, its accompanying claims of false pretexts for the conflict, and the Great Recession, left Bush severely wounded. His Gallup poll approval rating would eventually plummet below 40 percent with the help of the increasingly partisan media.

President Barack Obama began his presidency amid international fanfare but he never achieved bipartisan success. Appealing only to Democrats with a purely partisan spending bill along with a similar ObamaCare bill in his first two years, Obama’s Democrats lost a historic high of 63 House seats in his first midterm election.

After winning reelection with one of the smallest margins on record, Obama spent much of the last years of his presidency with an upside-down approval rating that ran along strictly partisan lines.

After a bitter 2016 campaign, President Trump became the second president in the last 100 years to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote. In the 36 years between Reagan’s famous warning that “government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem,” and Trump’s election, federal government spending tripled.

With every additional dollar spent, our political stakes rose. The Democratic Party moved steadily left to the point that an avowed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, came close to winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Today the Democratic Party has become the party of government.

It is a party that fights for its version of social justice in the courts. Consequently, it mightily fears every Trump judicial appointment with good reason. Meanwhile, many Democratic leaders seek government assurances of employment and the government takeover of health care.

With every such decision, government picks a winner and a loser and someone to pay for it – fostering, or rather igniting, partisan fights with each dollar spent. With total government spending at 37 percent of the economy and totaling nearly $8 trillion, the fight for control of our state, local and federal governments has reached a fevered and divisive pitch.

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Amidst all of it, it is more than telling that despite a historically strong economy, in an early December Quinnipiac poll 79 percent of Democrats disapproved of President Trump’s handling of the economy. Obviously, that is driven more by partisanship than reality and lays bare the depth of The Divided Era. It is “us versus them,” no matter the state of the economy.

That 79 percent figure also represents the clear difference between the Clinton impeachment and the Trump impeachment. Recall that 71 percent of Americans were more than bullish about the economy during the Clinton impeachment – a sentiment that helped Clinton not only survive, but thrive. Today Trump receives no such credit and never will from most Democrats.

To the contrary, partisanship is the core reason for Trump’s impeachment. Unlike Clinton, there has been no clear finding of wrongdoing against Trump. Instead, we find intense partisan rancor championed by Democratic allies in the media.

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On a larger scale, Trump’s presidency has received the most resistance of any presidency since the South seceded in response to President Abraham Lincoln’s election. The 2016 resistance to a Republican president fueled the Democratic takeover of the House in 2018 and fuels Trump’s impeachment – and, keep in mind, that it is an impeachment made possible only because of the Democrats’ 2018 takeover of the House.

It is also an impeachment that will gravely increase divisions in America and with each such passing day national unity eludes us. It will not end with impeachment nor with the 2020 election. It will only begin to ebb when we realize that the more government decides, the more it divides.

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Building’s owners where architect killed knew of facade issue for more than year: report

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A prominent Manhattan architect was killed Tuesday by a chunk of facade that fell from a building whose owners knew for more than a year that the structure was crumbling — but did nothing to fix it.

Erica Tishman, 60, of the Upper East Side, was hit with the debris around 10:45 a.m. while on 49th Street near Seventh Avenue. Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

But the freakish death was entirely avoidable, according to experts and records reviewed by The Post.

ARCHITECT KILLED NEAR TIMES SQUARE AFTER CHUNK OF BUILDING DISLODGES

The owners of 729 Seventh Ave. obtained permits to repair its deteriorating roof and 17th-floor facade in October 2018, but sat on their hands — leading to a $1,250 citation from the city on April 29, 2019, for “Failure to maintain exterior building facade and appurtenances.”

Buildings inspectors specifically flagged the “damaged terra cotta at areas above 15th floor in several locations which poses a falling hazard for pedestrians.”

The Department of Buildings ranked it a “class 1” violation, which requires that the infraction “must be corrected immediately.”

The owners paid the fine, but never actually made the repairs, and the violation was still active Tuesday, records showed.

On July 18, the owners — 729 Acquisition LLC — renewed the construction permit for “Masonry repair and parapet replacement at penthouse and main roof level,” the records show.

Two months later, an architect hired by the building’s owners was also issued a permit to install a sidewalk shed to protect pedestrians while the repair work was underway — but the protective covering never went up.

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The Department of Buildings finally issued an order that the sidewalk shed be erected after Tishman’s death Tuesday.

Crews were working to install the shed Tuesday night under the watch of DOB inspectors, the city said.

The architect named on the sidewalk shed permit did not return a call seeking comment.

The building owners issued a statement Tuesday saying the company was “saddened by this tragedy,” and said it would “fully cooperate with the city in the ongoing matter” — but did not respond to questions about its failure to keep the public safe.

“It’s their responsibility to maintain the building,” said Sara Director, a Manhattan attorney with Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson who specializes in construction safety.

“They were put on notice of a very dangerous condition and they failed to timely act upon it. Their negligence in not fixing this facade and putting up the sidewalk shed resulted in this preventable, tragic death,” ­Director said.

“It’s every New York City tourist, pedestrian — it’s our worst nightmare,” she added.

“I believe that there are many more instances of falling debris that simply is not reported because it might go unwitnessed, it might not injure somebody, or the injury might not be severe enough to be reported.”

Big Apple pedestrians agreed — with many trying to keep a safe distance from the Seventh Avenue building where Tishman died.

“It could have been me,” said Himad Zafar, 40, an accountant in town on business. “I come to New York for work and I am staying in this area, so I could have been walking by there.”

“I’m not walking there, not on that side,” agreed Glenn Swan, a 50-year-old music producer whose studio is around the ­corner.

“I don’t know if something else is coming down,” he said. “A lot of families are walking around here right know. Anybody, it could have been anybody.”

North Carolina tourist Chris Cheek was taking her family to see the Rockettes at Radio City when they came upon the grisly scene of Tishman’s death.

“Just a random person. To die like that? Crazy.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will conduct an investigation into the incident.

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“It’s a horrible incident,” he said. “My heart goes out to the family. There’s obviously a full investigation going on.

“We need to know how that happened and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who represents the district where the tragedy occurred, called for a probe.

“I’m urging the city to look at this case very closely,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

“If there was any wrongdoing involved, the full weight of the law must be directed at the responsible parties.”

The city began requiring scaffolding and sidewalk shelters in 1980, following the death of a 17-year-old Barnard College student who was hit by falling debris.

The law also made city inspections for building facades over six feet mandatory every five years — with fines for violations.

Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton, David Meyer and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

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Doug Collins: Democrats’ rush to impeach Trump like ‘last-minute Christmas shopping’

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House Democrats’ rush to an impeachment vote against President Trump before the end of the week is like impulsive “last-minute Christmas shopping,” the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday during a marathon day of contentious hearings on Capitol Hill.

“When you’re [under] the tyranny of a clock and that calendar, nothing else matters,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told the House Rules Committee. “It’s like what’s gonna happen here in the holidays is, you’re getting close to that day and you’re supposed to get that gift and nothing else matters, you just gotta go get it.

“At the last minute if you don’t have anything,” Collins continued, “you just go out and you buy the first thing you get.”

“At the last minute, if you don’t have anything, you just go out and you buy the first thing you get.”

— Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.

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Collins made the remarks before the rules panel ultimately approved procedures for Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings in a 9-4 party-line vote. The House Judiciary Committee last week voted to send two articles of impeachment to the House floor, alleging Trump obstructed Congress and abused the powers of his office. Articles related to other Democratic allegations, such as bribery, were notably absent.

“The clock was running out and they found a phone call they didn’t like, they didn’t like this administration, they didn’t like what the president did,” Collins continued during his testimony. “They tried to make up claims that there was pressure in all these other things outlined in the report, but at the end of the day it’s simply last-minute Christmas shopping.

“They ran and found something and said ‘We can do it!’” he concluded.

The panel’s meeting Tuesday laid the procedural groundwork for the House debate on Wednesday, outlining the timetable and other factors for the historic and divisive moment in Washington. At the core of the inquiry is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats allege that Trump’s push for investigations into the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden’s conduct in the country was part of an attempted quid pro quo in exchange for a White House meeting and the unlocking of military aid. Trump denies this.

Speaking after Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., introduced the Democrats’ case Tuesday, Collins also compared what’s happening in the Democrat-led House to the 1865 chidlren’s novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

“What’s up is down and what’s down is up,” Collins said. “We’re more ‘Alice in Wonderland’ than we are House of Representatives.”

“What’s up is down and what’s down is up. We’re more ‘Alice in Wonderland’ than we are House of Representatives.”

— Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.

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On Wednesday, House Democrats will convene to adopt the rules for the impeachment debate shortly after 9 a.m. ET, followed by six hours of debate evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Some members will be afforded only one minute to speak, and no amendments to the impeachment resolutions will be permitted.

The final vote sequence will likely begin well into the evening hours, with one vote held on each article of impeachment, Fox News was told. It will likely end with Trump becoming just the third U.S. president ever to be impeached — a history-making development that Trump has said reflects far worse on congressional Democrats than it does on him.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Seattle-area suspected DUI crash into clothing store left toddler critically injured, 10 others hurt, authorities say

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A 2-year-old boy was the most gravely injured victim Monday when a van driven by an allegedly impaired driver plowed into a crowded clothing store near Seattle, injuring 11 people, a King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman revealed one day after the crash.

The young child didn’t have a pulse when police arrived, according to a report. The boy remained in the intensive-care unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition but was expected to survive. Police and medics performed CPR and were able to revive him, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbot told The Seattle Times.

The 2-year-old, who was in a stroller, became pinned by the van and had to be extricated by officers and medics, Abbott said.

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Meanwhile, the unidentified boy’s grandfather was reported in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit, a hospital spokesman said.

In addition, a 21-year-old man — a employee of the Burien, Wash., store who was working at the jewelry counter — suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery early Tuesday but was expected to be discharged later in the day, his mother said.

Seven others – including an infant who suffered bumps and bruises – were taken to Highline Medical Center and one person was taken to Valley Medical Center to be treated, according to Abbott.

The 51-year-old driver — who suffered minor injuries in the crash — was treated at a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue before he was briefly booked at the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Regional Jail in Des Moines at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Abbott said.

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Jail records show the unidentified driver was later transferred to the Maleng Regional Justice Center (RJC) in Kent about five hours later, where he was being held on investigation of vehicular assault.

Police suspect the driver was impaired by drugs and obtained a search warrant to draw his blood, with toxicology results pending, Abbott said. The man was expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

The man’s 49-year-old passenger had allegedly shoplifted items described as “knick-knacks” from the store at about 9:15 p.m. Monday. She then got into the front passenger seat of a white 1998 Dodge van, according to Abbott.

As the driver attempted to leave the parking lot, he struck a car before careening through the store’s front windows, striking several people as the van plowed 40 feet into the store, the newspaper reported.

The passenger was also booked into the SCORE Jail before she, too, was transported to the RJC, jail records show. She was arrested on a bench warrant issued by  Seattle Municipal Court for failing to appear on a theft charge filed in March and is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail, according to jail and court records.

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Initial reports said no store employees were injured from the incident, but that has changed, the Times reported.

Danielle O’Donnell of Des Moines said her son, 21-year-old Harley Hatch, was working near the front of the store on Monday night when the van crashed through the glass doors and hit him.

“He was working at the jewelry counter when he heard a crash and [the van] just drug him back through the store,” O’Donnell said by phone Tuesday.

O’Donnell said her son’s fiancée was not hurt. Her son thought two of their co-workers may have been injured, said O’Donnell.

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North Carolina boy’s kin ‘not happy’ fired deputy faces only misdemeanor charges in bodyslam case

A former North Carolina sheriff’s deputy— who was fired from the department after surveillance video allegedly showed him violently slamming an 11-year-old middle school student to the floor twice and then dragging the boy down the hall – was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges, officials said.

Warren Durham, who was a resource officer at Vance County Middle School, located about 45 miles north of downtown Raleigh, was charged with assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor child abuse and failure to discharge duties, the county’s prosecutor’s office said. He had been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into the incident reported Thursday. By Monday, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said – without releasing the resource officer’s name – that he was no longer employed by the sheriff’s office. Durham was being held on a $10,000 bond.

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John Miles, the child’s grandfather and a pastor, said he was “totally disappointed in the law itself” over misdemeanor charges and claimed that his grandson still had sling on his arm after the incident.

“I still stand today and forgive this man for hurting my grandson. I am not happy with the misdemeanor charges,” Mile told the Raleigh News & Observer. “One bad apple does not spoil the whole sheriff’s department. Sheriff Brame did a great job on this.”

“My grandson said to me last night, ‘Granddaddy, what did I do to deserve this?’ I said to my grandson, ‘You haven’t done anything’,” he added in an interview with Raleigh’s WTVD-TV.

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This undated department photo shows former Vance County sheriff’s deputy Warren Durham. Durham faces three misdemeanor charges after allegedly slamming an 11-year-old student into the floor twice before dragging him down the hallway.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, District Attorney Mike Waters said “by the grace of God” the student – whose identity has not been released – did not suffer severe enough injuries for his office to pursue felony charges, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

“I don’t think there is any kind of training or anything like that, that would lead someone to act like that with an 11-year-old,” Waters said. “Had the child received more severe injuries we would be having a different discussion.”

The State Bureau of Investigation launched a probe Thursday after the Vance County school district filed a complaint “regarding the assault on an 11-year-old boy by a law enforcement officer,” the newspaper reported. A security camera at the school in Henderson, N.C., captured the alleged assault.

The video captured Thursday and released to local news outlets Friday appears to show an officer escorting a student wearing a red sweatshirt down a school hallway. It was unclear in the muted video what was said between the officer and student. The video shows the officer lift the student up and slam him head-down into the floor. He then picks up the child a second time and throws him to the ground before finally dragging the student by the shirt toward the camera before the clip ends.

Waters said the child suffered bruises but was not hospitalized. The student reportedly did not suffer from broken bones, broken teeth, fractures or a concussion. Under North Carolina state law, felony injuries are defined as those that “create a risk of death, disfigurement, coma or extreme pain.”

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Durham had worked for the department for two years and had no prior convictions or disciplinary concerns, Raleigh’s WRAL-TV reported. He could face up to 90 days in jail if convicted, Waters said.

The school district sent an emailed statement to the Observer that said:

“We are deeply concerned by the actions that took place. School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws. The safety of our students has been and continues to be of the utmost importance to our district.”

The district attorney’s office added that the office was investigating a second incident between Durham and another student at the school.

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Buttigieg donor list leaves off names of more than 20 contributors: report

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Pete Buttigieg left the names of some of his biggest donors, including former U.S. ambassadors and Obama donors as well as a Hollywood producer, off a newly released list of his campaign’s top financial supporters, according to a report.

The news comes after the South Bend, Ind., mayor aimed to quell criticism from top-tier Democratic rival Sen. Elizabeth Warrenwho took aim at him last week, accusing him of lacking transparency and mingling with the wealthy to fund his presidential run.

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On Friday, Buttigieg’s campaign published a list on its website of more than 100 people who have raised at least $25,000 for his bid for the White House. Politico reported Tuesday that the public list omitted more than 20 high-level fundraisers.

The names left off Friday’s list included those of Boston power broker Jack Connors Jr., who vouched he was “all in for Pete Buttigieg” in an invitation to a June fundraising event, and Hollywood producer Jordan Horowitz, who produced the critically acclaimed film “La La Land,” according to Politico.

Other names left off the list: John Petry, a hedge fund investor; William Rahm, senior managing director at the private equity firm Centerbridge Partners; Nicole Avant, a former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas; and John Phillips, a former U.S. ambassador to Italy. Both Avant and Phillips have supported Barack Obama.

Fox News has reached out to both Buttigieg and Warren’s campaigns for comment.

The 20 people and couples left off the new list were previously disclosed in an internal campaign fundraising report obtained by Politico. In a statement to the news outlet, Buttigieg’s campaign said some bundlers – the names of people in its “Investors Circle” sent out internally to donors over the summer — were “inadvertently” left off the new public disclosure list.

“In creating this updated list, we went through to recalculate totals from the earlier list to make sure we were being accurate,” Buttigieg campaign spokesman Chris Meagher said in a statement.

Amid tightening polls ahead of a New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus early next year, Warren, D-Mass., has taken aim at Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden for accepting campaign donations from the wealthy and well-connected.

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Buttigieg has also faced criticism from the left for an alleged lack of transparency about his work for global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. He responded last week by releasing a summary of his work there and called on the company to release him from the nondisclosure agreement he had signed. It later did, and Buttigieg released a list of clients for whom he had worked.

His clients from 2007 to 2010 included Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, Canadian grocery store and retail chain Loblaw’s, Best Buy; a combination of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, for an energy project; environmental nonprofit the Energy Foundation, the Department of Defense working on building the economies of Irag and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Paul Steinhauser and Tara Prindiville contributed to this report.

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Most Americans want a device-free holiday season, new study claims

According to a new survey, four in five parents would be willing to go on a “digital detox” to be more present with their families this holiday season.

The new study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Groupon, found that 86 percent of parents have had their child complain that they spend too much time on their phone. In fact, more than half (53 percent) say they’ve missed out on an activity or bonding experience with their child because they were preoccupied with a phone or other device.

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Sixty-four percent of respondents claim to have had their holidays disrupted by technology, with at least one member of the family staring at a screen while everyone is together. (iStock)

The poll of 2,000 parents found that nearly 80 percent say they want a break from their devices over the holidays, because instead of reaching for the presents on Christmas morning, 72 percent of parents polled say they reach for their phone instead.

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Forty-three percent say they spend more time on their phone on Christmas Day than any other typical day — with over half (51 percent) admitting that they check social media more frequently during the holidays.

And the average parent polled will spend four hours a day on their devices during the holidays — amounting to a total of 80 hours (more than three days) across all their digital devices in a single holiday season.

But, while it’s great to capture memories with digital devices, it’s important to soak up those memories as well. Fifty-five percent are planning a device-free holiday dinner this year. In fact, 31 percent claim they have banned phones and devices from the holiday dinner table in the past, and wil do so again this upcoming holiday season.

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Overall, three in four would prefer the holidays be a social media-free occasion. And over eight in ten say having digital devices at the dinner table is distracting, disruptive and ruins quality family time. This is most likely due to the fact that 55 percent have had the unfortunate experience of having a family holiday dinner disrupted by someone using a phone, or another device going off.

In fact, 64 percent claim to have had their holidays disrupted by technology, with at least one member of the family staring at their screen while everyone is together. A further 47 percent say they’ve had their holiday ruined because of social media.

Results also revealed that the average household is outnumbered three to one by their digital devices — as the average American household has around 12 in each home.

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Parents, it seems, are more eager to change these habits, as 85 percent would like to be more “present” when they are with their family during the holidays.

According to the results, “going to the movies” was the top experience parents want to share with their children over the holiday season. Other experiences and activities include attending holiday concerts (41 percent), traveling somewhere (40 percent), decorating the tree (35 percent) and going ice skating (35 percent).

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“Given some of the staggering stats that we found from speaking to parents, it comes as no surprise that eight in 10 are looking to take a break from their devices during the holidays,” said Brian Fields, Groupon’s Head of Experiences. “While devices are critical tools that we use for managing our lives and buying gifts for everyone on our list, it’s also important for parents to set aside some time over the next few weeks to make and cherish memories with their children.”

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