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Biden confronted on Ukraine but doesn’t answer, later links Trump to El Paso massacre

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Joe Biden performed his own version of a Texas two-step at a campaign stop in San Antonio on Friday night, letting a crowd of supporters drown out a protester who confronted him on Ukraine — before the ex-vice president could answer — and then continuing his rhetorical attack on President Trump.

It happened while Biden was assailing Trump’s record on immigration and veteran care.

“America can overcome four years of Donald Trump’s chaos and corruption, but if re-elected it will forever fundamentally change the character of who we are as a nation,” Biden told the crowd. “We can’t let this happen. This election is about the soul of our nation and Donald Trump has poisoned our soul.”

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Soon a man in the crowd – not shown on camera – interjected to ask: “What about corruption in Ukraine?”

The reference was to Biden’s past dealings in the country, where his son, Hunter Biden, reportedly held a seven-figure job with Ukraine’s largest natural gas company, Burisma Holdings. At the same time, the elder Biden — as vice president under Barack Obama — was leading an effort to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the company, raising concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

The Bidens’ history in Ukraine has been a growing concern for the White House and Republicans as Democrats in Congress pursue the possible impeachment of President Trump over a July phone call in which the president allegedly tried to make an announcement of a Ukraine investigation into the Bidens a condition for the country’s new administration to receive military aid from the U.S.

But before Biden could address the Ukraine question on Friday, the crowd booed the protester and began to chant, “We want Joe!”

Biden seemed to follow the crowd’s lead.

“This man represents Donald Trump very well. He’s just like Donald Trump,” Biden said of the protester, who appeared to leave the event, with the  crowd waving goodbye to him — though it was unclear if he chose to leave or if he was forced out either by security or other attendees.

“A great American,” Biden continued. “Just let him go. … Don’t hurt … Just let him go. … This is not a Trump rally. This is a real rally.”

With Texas considered a battleground state in the 2020 presidential race, Biden refrained from side-swiping any other top-tier Democratic rivals despite tightening polls ahead of February’s primary and caucus in New Hampshire and Iowa, respectively, the first times voters will actually help determine the party’s nominee for the White House.

With the protester gone, Biden resumed his verbal attack on Trump.

“As my mother would say, God bless me. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” Biden said, making the sign of the cross before continuing his rebuke of the president.

Biden then seemed to imply that Trump was responsible for the Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead.

“Remember in ’18, {Trump] claimed there was an invasion of Latinos coming across the border? ‘They’re going to invade and pollute America,'” Biden said. “Well guess what? The words presidents say matter. It didn’t take long after that, that a guy down in El Paso walked into a parking lot and gunned down a lot of innocent people and he says, ‘I’m doing it to prevent the invasion of Texas by Hispanics.’”

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Authorities said the suspect, Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, had written a manifesto that said the shooting was fueled by fear of an “invasion” by illegal immigrants, adding that the city’s large Hispanic population played a part in their targeting. In October, Crusius pleaded not guilty in connection with the shooting and is due to return to court Nov. 7.

Trump condemned the shooting as “an act of cowardice” on Twitter, adding, “I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.”

San Antonio, where Biden spoke Friday, is the city where long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro served as mayor before joining Obama’s administration as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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Tapeworms: How to tell if you have one

Dear Dr. Manny,

I ate something on a trip to Brazil and now I’ve been having terrible stomach issues. I’ve read about people who have had tapeworms and I don’t know if I have one. How do you know if you have a tapeworm? What do the eggs look like? How do you diagnose a tapeworm? Will the worm die on its own? Is it common to get a tapeworm? 

Thanks for your question.

A tapeworm is a parasite that you can get if you eat the infected and undercooked meat of an animal. So you could have gotten a tapeworm by eating something. It’s hard to know if you have a tapeworm on your own, but the most common symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, dizziness, trouble sleeping, and jaundice.

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When you go to the bathroom, look at your stools. If you see white pieces in there, you might have a tapeworm infection.

Your appetite might change. If you’re eating a lot more but weighing a lot less, then it might be a tapeworm.

Some kinds of tapeworms cause anemia symptoms because they eat all the Vitamin B12. This is a problem because your body needs that vitamin in order to make red blood cells. If you have no sense of touch, trouble walking, and feel stiff, that’s a sign of anemia. Paired with the other symptoms, you might just have a tapeworm.

Tapeworm eggs look like little grains of rice or seeds. If they hatch, the larvae can sometimes crawl up your intestines and live there. This causes cold-like symptoms, such as coughing.

WHY IS YOUR STOMACH MAKING NOISES?

In many situations, however, most people don’t even know they have tapeworms. There can be almost no symptoms.

When doctors diagnose tapeworms, they do it via a stool test. They check the stool for worm parts, or proglottids, and eggs. The patient collects a sample and sends it to the lab for testing. Technicians view the sample through a microscope to see if they can find proglottids or eggs. The Centers for Disease Control mandates that three different samples be tested.

Tapeworms must be treated because they do not go away on their own. They reproduce with eggs and grow in the human intestine. Some tapeworms grow to be 25 feet long inside their hosts. The larvae travel to other parts of the body and infect parts of the tissue, in the brain and in other areas. These larvae form cysts that can cause damage.

Tapeworms are not very common in the U.S. The laws and inspection practices have ensured that infected meat is not sold.

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If you think you have a tapeworm, you need to talk to your doctor about getting tested.

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‘30s star Gracie Fields endured pressure to look glamorous, ‘had all her teeth pulled out,’ book claims

Gracie Fields wasn’t prepared for the drastic makeover she would have to endure when she arrived in New York City aboard the Queen Mary in 1937.

Sebastian Lassandro, who wrote her biography, said the actress was immediately turned into a platinum blonde as soon as she got off the boat. But the transformation didn’t stop there.

“She was sent on a photo shoot,” the author told Fox News. “And the photographer wasn’t happy with her teeth. So they had all her teeth pulled out. She said, ‘The dentist was quite brutal. He just shoved the new teeth into my mouth.

“‘I went to Charlie Chaplin’s house that night to have dinner. His chef cooked a traditional English roast dinner. I tried to chew the roast beef and the Yorkshire pudding with the new teeth in my mouth and I couldn’t manage it.’ So there was definitely pressure for her to become glamorous in 1937.”

BILL HALEY’S SON CLAIMS ‘ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK’ SINGER HAD A DARK SIDE, STRUGGLED FROM ALCOHOLISM IN MEMOIR

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Gracie Fields portrait, circa 1932. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

‘40S STAR ROSALIND RUSSELL REFUSED TO PLAY SECOND FIDDLE TO CARY GRANT IN ‘HIS GIRL FRIDAY,’ BOOK SAYS

Earlier this year, Lassandro published a two-volume biography on the British actress titled “Pride of Our Alley,” which chronicles her seven-decade career in film, theater and radio.

Fields, who at one point was Hollywood’s highest-paid star of the 1930s, passed away in 1979 at age 81 at her home in Capri, Italy from pneumonia.

“It’s been 40 years since Gracie died,” Lassandro explained. “I felt that now was the perfect time to finally get her story told completely. Previous books have failed at researching her properly and have released misinformation about her. I took a close, careful look at Gracie from birth until death. Now we have an incredibly great story of a woman who lived a full life.”

Lassandro said he reached out to Fields’ family and was given access to letters, scrapbooks and other rare documents that captured Fields’ public and personal life.

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English actress, singer and music hall comedienne Gracie Fields (1898 – 1979). (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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And while Fields’ attempts to woo Hollywood were painful, it apparently paid off.

“She kind of adopted this almost American personality,” said Lassandro. “Her acting changed. When you hear her radio shows or see the films she made in America, it’s not the same Gracie Fields. I suspect it’s what [filmmakers] expected for Hollywood… But even though they dyed her hair and gave her a whole set of teeth, she was still known as ‘our Gracie.’ She was still the same down to earth actress who was one of us.”

However, Fields still managed to face some scandal in her native England. In 1940, the actress seemingly ditched her country for good during World War II for America — a move that angered the British press and even a member of parliament.

Fields was also married to her producer Monty Banks, who was born Mario Bianco. When Italy entered the war, Banks was considered an enemy alien. The New York Times shared that once he left for their Santa Monica, Calif. home, Fields went with him.

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Gracie Fields, circa 1938. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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“Lots of people at the time thought she was a traitor and running away because Britain was being bombed,” said Lassandro.

However, Lassandro stressed this was far from the truth. It turned out, Fields left the UK at the request of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who told her to “earn American dollars, not British pounds.”

“She was doing charity work,” he explained. “She was raising money for charities at the insistence of Winston Churchill. Gracie worked throughout the war years without taking a wage for herself. She bankrupted herself on a number of occasions while earning for all of the war charities.”

Fields did extensive tours in both America and Canada, as well as Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She would ultimately tour Europe at the end of the war. She “entertained troops in every theater of operations during World War II,” the New York Times reported. Fields would go on to give 10 command performances for British royalty.

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December 15, 1945: During an ENSA tour of Italy, singer and comedienne Gracie Fields (1898-1979) poses with members of the Allied Forces in Rome. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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According to the outlet, one of her tours lasted a year without a break and it raised more than $2 million for wartime charities.

“She was dedicated to the war effort,” said Lassandro. “She knew she had this God-given talent of performing and she wanted to give back in the best way she knew how. She wanted to give those who were in the trenches hope. That was her goal.”

According to Lassandro, the British press did eventually apologize for the harsh media scrutiny she endured.

Banks passed away in 1950 at age 52 from a heart attack. After his passing, the Times reported Fields retired to Capri. In 1952, she married her third husband Boris Alperovici, whom she first met when he went to her villa to fix a broken radio.

Lassandro said Fields spent her final years pursuing what she loved best — entertaining her audience.

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Queen Elizabeth II talks to actress and singer Gracie Fields before the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

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“She would always come back to England to do variety shows, radio and television,” he said. “When she wasn’t working, she was in her beloved Capri and enjoying the sunshine. But even in her 70s and 80s, she was in demand. At age 70, she had a two-week run in England. In 1978, she opened a theater under her name. And then the year that she died, she was made a dame, the highest award you can give to a female performer. Even until her death, she was in demand and she kept busy.”

Lassandro hopes Fields, who is now seemingly forgotten in Hollywood, will be reexamined by new, curious fans.

“I hope they get an appreciation to how important Gracie was to the entertainment industry, both in England and America,” he said. “The British audience may have turned their back on her for a little bit during the war, but she persevered.”

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8 things to keep out of your garage during winter

The garage tends to be a catch-all place to store items that don’t really have a home or spot inside your house. That’s usually OK, but the changes in temperature in your garage could damage some of your stuff, which is why you shouldn’t leave these things in your garage this winter. Also, make sure you don’t store these things in your car during the winter, either.

Paint or wood stain

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Since paint and wood stain separates or solidifies during freezing temperatures, you shouldn’t keep either in your garage during the winter. (iStock)

Since paint and wood stain separates or solidifies during freezing temperatures, you shouldn’t keep either in your garage during the winter, according to Vineta Jackson, a home improvement and DIY expert. “Even a heated garage can cause problems if the cans are along uninsulated exterior walls,” Jackson says. Paint is one of the few things, however, that you should store upside down.

Propane tanks

Never store propane tanks indoors, and that includes your garage. If a tank springs a leak, the spaces may fill with gas and potentially explode, according to Jackson. Instead, consider storing it under the deck stairs, hidden from sight, so it still has plenty of airflow to disperse any leaking gas, Jackson says. Propane tanks are one of the things you should never store in your garage, no matter the time of year.

Off-season clothes

So many people keep off-season clothes in the garage, but it’s definitely something you will regret leaving there in the winter. Moisture from melting snow off your car can seep into cardboard boxes and ruin them and your clothes, Jackson says. “If your closets are truly overflowing, store your extra outfits in plastic bins and keep them off the concrete floor and on storage shelves,” Jackson says. A seasonal clothing switch won’t stress you out if you know how to store off-season clothes.

Printed photographs

Keep the photos you cherish in mint condition, and store them indoors. This is especially true if you don’t have digital copies. If you do leave printed pictures in the garage during the winter, the cold can quickly ruin their quality. Since your garage isn’t an option, note these tips to keep antique photos looking their best.

Firewood

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No matter how much firewood you buy, it’s a waste if the logs freeze in the garage. (iStock)

No matter how much firewood you buy, it’s a waste if the logs freeze in the garage, according to Stephany Smith, a home improvement expert at Bob’s Handyman Services. And that’s not the only reason you’ll regret storing firewood in the garage during the winter. “Keep in mind that wood is a natural material, and some pets can make their homes in the log piles,” Smith says. “If you bring insects, like termites, ants, or beetles, together with the wood indoors, they can migrate to your wood furniture and cause damage.” The safest storage option is to elevate covered firewood on metal racks at least two inches above the floor, Smith advises. Consider donating unused firewood like this family.

Old electronics

Cold weather is one of the biggest enemies of your old-school PC, spare parts, radio, appliances, and old cameras, too. Smith says not to store these things in an unheated garage because extreme temperatures and rising dampness could cause parts of your gadget to rust, crack, or short later on. So opt for re-selling, upcycling, or donating them. And don’t worry if your electronics are super old, there really are ways to recycle just about anything.

This article originally appeared on Reader’s Digest.

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Lindsay de Feliz, best-selling author, found dead in Dominican Republic in shallow grave: reports

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A best-selling British author has become the latest victim of deadly violence in the Dominican Republic, according to reports.

Lindsay de Feliz, 64, best known for two memoirs about living as an expatriate in the Caribbean, was found dead Thursday in a shallow grave in a wooded area near her residence, her body wrapped in a sheet and plastic bags and showing signs of strangulation, The Independent reported, citing information reported by Hoy, a local news site.

Her 50-year-old husband, 29-year-old stepson and a third man, age 37, have all been arrested in connection with the death, authorities said. There was no immediate information about a motive.

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“We are in close contact with the police in the Dominican Republic following the death of a British woman in Mao,” a spokesperson for the U.K. Foreign Office told The Independent

De Feliz was born in the United Kingdom and attended Wolverhampton University and Bradford University, the news outlet reported. Her best-known books were titled, “What About Your Saucepans?” and Life After My Saucepans.”

In one of the books, de Feliz describes having been shot in her throat during a botched robbery attempt, the report said.

She had moved to the Dominican Republic to pursue a passion for scuba diving, The Sun reported.

After she went missing, a friend posted on Facebook, offering a $1,000 reward for information about her whereabouts:

Her death continued a string of violent episodes involving foreigners – including Americans – who had either relocated to or vacationed in the country, which forms the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti to the West.

Other incidents in the Dominican Republic in recent months have included:

— The brutal death of Patricia Ann Anton, a former elementary school teacher from Michigan, whose body was found bound and strangled inside her home in November, in an apparent robbery attempt. Eight suspects were later arrested.

— The death of Georgia resident Tracy Jerome Jester, 31, who succumbed in March after a day of sightseeing with his sister. Officials denied the death involved foul play but the family remained skeptical.

— The vicious beating of Tammy Lawrence-Daley, a Delaware woman who claimed she was attacked by a hotel employee in the Dominican Republic during a vacation in January. She filed a $3 million lawsuit in July against the operators of the luxury resort where she was staying with her husband.

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— The alleged drugging, rape and assault of a Staten Island, N.Y., woman who requested to remain anonymous. She claimed that a man she met at a poolside bar later threw her from a second-story balcony after raping her, reportedly causing injuries to her spine and one of her hands.

Also sparking headlines was the June shooting of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic who took a bullet to his back while in a Santo Domingo bar. Authorities said Ortiz was not the intended target of the gunman, who had reportedly been paid to shoot another man — who was seated next to Ortiz at the time.

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Mike Kerrigan: What a rock song — and a cat — taught me about love

Juliet was my family’s cat for one reason and one reason only: the British rock band Dire Straits. I’ll explain.

Molly and Hope, my teenage daughters, grew tired of hearing me lament the woeful state of their generation’s love songs. Whenever I heard one of their saccharine favorites, I’d hijack Spotify, dial-up “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits and say with unapologetic dad-gusto “now that’s a love song.”

As love songs go, it’s admittedly bittersweet. Unlike in the tragedy, Juliet seems to be over her Romeo in the ballad. Still, anyone who’s felt it knows the aching love in Romeo’s longing for what once was. That’s what makes the song so beautiful.

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What could I do then when I — not a cat person — came home from work one day and saw that my girls had adopted a rescue kitten named Juliet? Before I could register my other-than-fuzzy feelings for felines, Molly put the tiny fur-ball in my arms while Hope played “Romeo and Juliet” on the stereo.

Clever girls, they are. That very first night in our kitchen, they won the war without ever firing a shot. Thus began three of the unexpectedly best years I’ve ever shared with a pet.

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Don’t get me wrong. A dog’s affection is great; I love Rudy, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. But I also know what Charles Dickens meant when he asked what greater gift there was than the love of a cat.

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Juliet nuzzled next to me in bed at night whenever I’d write, and there she slept beside me. Each morning she sat on the sink while I brushed my teeth, and moved into the nearby towel basket during my shower. If I rode a motorcycle to work, there’s no doubt who’d be in my sidecar.

When I came home in the evening, it blissfully happened all over again. She was my constant and quiet companion, purring when she was particularly pleased, but otherwise radiating enviable contentment throughout our chaotic home.

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I say all this because very recently, after a sudden and mysterious illness, we had to put our beloved Juliet down. After a week of bleak and bleaker diagnoses, we knew it was time to say goodbye to our emaciated little friend.

In trying to teach my daughters a lesson about love songs, they taught their father a lesson about love. We have more room for it in our hearts than we could ever imagine.

The bittersweet namesake song that helped her first find purchase in our home also turned out to be prophetic. Juliet left long before I, her Romeo, would have liked, but not before teaching me something valuable.

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Before her, I thought I was not a cat person, but I was wrong. I just hadn’t met Juliet yet. And in trying to teach my daughters a lesson about love songs, they taught their father a lesson about love. We have more room for it in our hearts than we could ever imagine.

We’ll get another cat before too long, but not right away. When I stop tearing up while listening to “Romeo and Juliet,” I’ll know it’s time.

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Joshua Rogers: I asked for permission to marry my girlfriend — her father’s answer stunned me

I had only been dating my girlfriend for three months when I decided to ask for her father’s permission to marry her. It didn’t go well — not at first.

On a sunny Saturday morning, I sat across from her dad trying to make small talk as my omelet grew cold, but I couldn’t focus. My heart was racing and I just wanted to get it over with, so I went for it.

“Charlie,” I said with bated breath, “I need to ask you something.”

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He looked up.

I burst into a grin and then blurted it out: “I’d like to have permission to marry your daughter.”

Thus began an exhausting 90-minute conversation in which we went round and round discussing whether this was the right time for Raquel and me to get married.

Charlie raised legitimate concerns — for example, Raquel was starting an MBA program and working full time. I tried to respond to his questions the best I could, but we kept retreading the same ground, which always led him to the same conclusion: “I’m not a total green right now, but it’s not a red light either. It’s yellowish.”

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Finally, Charlie asked a question that turned the conversation upside down: “When were you planning on doing this?”

“I’d like to ask her to marry me on her birthday so she won’t see it coming,” I said.

Charlie looked down and paused as I waited for him to respond. When he looked up, his eyes were filled with tears.

“You have my permission,” he said. “It’s a green light — 100 percent. God showed Raquel’s mother and me that this was going to happen.”

After composing himself, he said, “A year ago, Raquel’s mother was awake and had a vision. She saw a small birthday cake with one candle on it and there was an engagement ring around the base of the candle. We wondered what the birthday cake vision meant. Well, now we know. That engagement ring on the birthday cake belongs to Raquel.”

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I was dumbfounded as Charlie and I drove away from the café. God wanted Raquel and me to be together, and if there was any doubt, He had just cleared it up.

The spiritual intimacy in our marriage hasn’t been forged in the moments of unmistakable divine intervention. It has been forged on the precipices, the moments when we’re standing on the mountainside, shivering and afraid we won’t make it.

It’s been 12 years since the night I got engaged to Raquel. We haven’t had a supernatural experience quite like that since but I think we’re actually more aware of His presence now.

Any married couple will tell you that if you stick it out long enough, you’ll walk through plenty of valleys that you never anticipated prior to marriage — valleys in which it feels like God is nowhere to be found. But I never anticipated just how good the valleys would be for us.

The gift of the valleys is that they often move us to a place of desperation as we face the unique challenges that come with marriage.

We’re too weak to climb the cliffs of sickness, grief, job issues, raising kids, and/or financial challenges. We need a third person climbing with us — one who’s much stronger and can lift us up. For Raquel and me, that person has been Jesus, the one who brought us together in the first place.

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The spiritual intimacy in our marriage hasn’t been forged in the moments of unmistakable divine intervention. It has been forged on the precipices, the moments when we’re standing on the mountainside, shivering and afraid we won’t make it.

In those moments, we wrap our arms around each other and cry out to our heavenly Father. And when we raise our heads and open our eyes, we realize that His arms are tightly wrapped around us. He’s the one who brought us together in the beginning, and He’s the one who holds us together now.

This essay is adapted from the author’s forthcoming book “Confessions of a Happily Married Man: Finding God in the Messiness of Marriage.”

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Florida schoolboy, 14, beaten over MAGA hat, parent claims, as shocking video goes viral

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Five young students in Florida were charged Friday after a video posted online allegedly depicted the group pummeling a 14-year-old classmate on a school bus – an attack the boy’s family claims occurred after their son previously wore a MAGA hat to school and voiced support for President Trump.

The five students in Hamilton County were charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from the Nov. 21 incident, the sheriff’s office told WCTV-TV of Thomasville, Ga.

The mother of the 14-year-old boy posted a video of the incident on Twitter on Thursday, saying her attorney approved its release. As of early Saturday, the graphic video — which Fox News is not posting here because it shows minors — had been retweeted nearly 17,000 times.

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“Keep in mind this is only the first 21 seconds of the video,” the mother, using the Twitter handle @AmericanDiaries, writes. “Please RT to have these two girls and 3 boys held accountable.”

In the video, which the woman claims was shot by another student and obtained from school officials, one female student in particular appears to overpower the boy as he tries to defend himself. He does not appear to be wearing a MAGA hat or any other Trump gear at the time. Other students are seen throwing an occasional punch at the boy as well.

The boy’s mother claims her son required medical treatment for head contusions after the incident, radio station WFTL of West Palm Beach reported.

The woman also wrote Nov. 22, the day after the incident, “To be clear, my son bought his #Trump2020 hat with his own money at the flea market a few weeks ago. He was proud to wear it. He wore it to School, but due to immediate bullying he put it away & didn’t wear it to school again, sadly the damage was already done & was now a target.”

The boy’s attorney, Foye B. Walker, reposted the video on Twitter on Thursday, writing: “I represent this victim who was assaulted & injured because he exercised his right to #FreedomOfSpeech by wearing a #maga hat to school.  This assault occurred ON THE SCHOOL BUS In Hamilton County, FL!”

“It’s bullying as well as an attack on our rights of Free Speech provided by the First Amendment!” he added in a separate tweet.

Walker tagged President Trump, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis in several tweets.

The mother also tweeted a photo of her son in a hospital bed with his face covered, writing:

“I am sitting in the hospital with my 14 year old kid because he was just jumped by 8 black kids on the school bus, I guess that’s what happens when a kid wears a #Trump hat to school. And who’s the violent ones again? Earlier today they poured milk all over his head.”

Superintendent Rex Mitchell said in a letter released Friday that a Hamilton County School District investigation conducted within the 22 days since the fight occurred revealed “no evidence” that the student was wearing “a political hat showing support for President Trump” at “the time of the altercation or that his wearing of such apparel on a prior occasion motivated the incident.”

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“We absolutely do not condone the use of physical force between students,” Mitchell said. “This was a very unfortunate incident completely unrelated to any political statements or agendas. However, we will continue to evaluate our safety procedures to prevent a future event and ensure the safety of all students in the Hamilton County School District.”

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Texas woman convicted in $5.5M health care fraud scheme, DOJ says

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A Texas woman was convicted Friday on six counts of health care fraud in connection with a $5.5 million federal workers’ compensation overbilling scheme, U.S. Justice Department officials said.

Melissa Sumerour, 48, of Lorena, was found guilty by a federal jury following a five-day trial, DOJ officials said in a statement.

Sumerour and co-defendant Latosha Morgan, 42, of Grand Prairie, billed the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers Compensation for more physical therapy work than was actually provided, officials said. Morgan has pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing in March 2020.

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Both women worked for Dr. Les Benson, a physician who played pro football for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s, KWTX-TV of Waco reported in October 2018. That story said Benson had been indicted twice in connection with the case, which dates back to 2011, but Friday’s DOJ statement makes no mention of him so his current status was unclear.

An affidavit reviewed by KWTX in 2018 said Sumerour and Morgan worked as billing clerks for “Physician A,” whom sources told the station was Benson.

Criminal complaints stated that Physician A “incentivized Melissa Sumerour and Latosha Morgan to maximize billing by offering a bonus if their respective clinics billed over $50,000 in a week.”

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One complaint said Sumerour and Morgan “submitted and/or taught others to submit” false health care claims between January 2011 and March 2017, KWTX reported.

Since its creation in March 2007, the DOJ’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged more than 4,200 defendants who had billed the Medicare program for nearly $19 billion, the DOJ statement said.

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Arizona girl Willa Rawlings’ body found 2 weeks after storm surge swept her away

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The body of 6-year-old Willa Rawlings — who, along with two other children, was swept away two weeks ago when her family allegedly drove around a barricade to cross surging creek waters — was discovered Friday in a large lake reservoir in rural Arizona.

Her body was found in the area of Indian Point on the north side of Roosevelt Lake on the Tonto Creek Arm just before 2:30 p.m., the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials confirmed Friday night the child’s body had been identified as that of Willa Rawlings and her family had been notified, FOX 10 Phoenix reported.

“My condolences and prayers go to the Rawlings Family, who have lost three young children and I am grateful we were able to find Willa today. As this concludes this operation this event will have a lasting effect on all of us,” Sheriff of Gila County J. Adam Shepherd said in a statement.

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The girl was one of nine family members, together for the Thanksgiving holiday, in a military-style truck that became stuck Nov. 29 while trying to cross Tonto Creek, about 20 miles north from where her body was found. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued by helicopter from a small island in the middle of the creek after getting caught up in a cascade of water caused by an intense runoff from a powerful storm, according to FOX 10.

Three children stayed in the truck, which was later swept away. The bodies of her brother Colby Rawlings and cousin Austin Rawlings, both 5, were found the next day.

Searchers and volunteers had spent the last two weeks combing the area by ground and by air for any sign of the girl. Crews used drones, boats and sonar equipment in their search. Rescuers initially recovered a shoe and a pair of pants belonging to her. After six days, authorities reclassified their efforts as a recovery mission.

The creek crossing was marked as closed with barricades and signs when the family tried to cross, authorities said.

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Gila County has applied repeatedly for federal funds to pay for a bridge where the family truck was swept away, but it hasn’t won a grant for the project, county spokeswoman Jacque Sanders said. About 1,000 people are cut off when the creek floods during heavy rains.

Gov. Doug Ducey said last week he will consider providing money in next year’s state budget to help build a bridge over the creek. He told reporters that with the state in a good financial position, looking at ways to fund a $20 million bridge to serve the small community is in the mix. The county has sought $17 million in federal funds and would pay for the remainder.

The three children bring the total number of people who have died crossing Tonto Creek in the past 25 years to eight, according to Gila County.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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