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Missing California mother’s car found not far from where she was last seen

Investigators in California found a car Friday that they say belongs to a mother of three who has been missing for nearly a month, according to a report.

Heather Gumina Waters, 33, a resident of Pleasant Valley, east of Sacramento, was last seen July 16 driving her car in town.

Authorities said her black 2005 Infinity G35 was found in El Dorado County, which includes Pleasant Valley, but they wouldn’t specify where.

MOM OF CALIFORNIA WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS SAYS SHE’S ‘DYING INSIDE’

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Heather Gumina, also knowns as Heather Waters, has been missing in Northern California since last week. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

The car is being processed for evidence, the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office said, according to Redding’s KRCR-TV.

Waters had broken her collarbone a day before she went missing and had complained about being released from the hospital so soon, according to her mother.

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“It is very unlike her to not contact anyone, that’s why there’s a concern for her safety right now and a concern that she had a broken collarbone,” her mother told Sacramento’s FOX 40 after the daughter went missing.

“Her children miss her terribly and it’s been a very, very painful thing for my family every day,” she added.

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Most-frequently stolen cars list finds crooks like muscle cars … a lot

Well, they do make good getaway cars.

The Dodge Charger Hemi and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat took the top spots on the Highway Loss Data Institute’s (HLDI) most-frequently stolen car list for the 2016-2018 model years. The V8-powered muscle cars were five times more likely to be stolen than the average model.

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The Dodge brothers were followed by the Infiniti QX50, Infiniti QX80 and GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab, while the rest of the top 20 was dominated by pickup trucks, SUVs and performance cars. All told, six Dodge models were represented on the list.

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On the other end of it, the rear-wheel-drive BMW 3-Series sedan barely registered as the least-stolen car with just one theft reported during the period looked at, despite it accounting for about half of 3-Series sales, according to BMW. Second and third from the bottom were the all-wheel-drive versions of the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X, which HDLI said was likely due to their need to be plugged into a charger, which is often located inside of a secure garage.

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One vehicle that fell from the top 20 was the Cadillac Escalade, which was previously one of the most-stolen vehicles, which led to it being equipped with several new security enhancements in 2015.

Should you keep an extra eye on your vehicle? Here’s the full top 20:

Dodge Charger HEMI

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Infiniti Q50 4-door

Infiniti QX80

GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab

Dodge Challenger

Nissan Maxima  Midsize 4-door car

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab

Chrysler 300 4WD

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4-door long-wheelbase 4WD

Dodge Charger 4WD

Dodge Durango 4WD

Land Rover Range Rover

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab 4WD

Dodge Charger  Large 4-door car

Nissan Titan crew cab short bed

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab 4WD

Audi A7 4WD

Infiniti QX80 4WD

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Missing California mother’s car found not far from where she was last seen

Investigators in California found a car Friday that they say belongs to a mother of three who has been missing for nearly a month, according to a report.

Heather Gumina Waters, 33, a resident of Pleasant Valley, east of Sacramento, was last seen July 16 driving her car in town.

Authorities said her black 2005 Infinity G35 was found in El Dorado County, which includes Pleasant Valley, but they wouldn’t specify where.

MOM OF CALIFORNIA WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS SAYS SHE’S ‘DYING INSIDE’

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Heather Gumina, also knowns as Heather Waters, has been missing in Northern California since last week. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

The car is being processed for evidence, the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office said, according to Redding’s KRCR-TV.

Waters had broken her collarbone a day before she went missing and had complained about being released from the hospital so soon, according to her mother.

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“It is very unlike her to not contact anyone, that’s why there’s a concern for her safety right now and a concern that she had a broken collarbone,” her mother told Sacramento’s FOX 40 after the daughter went missing.

“Her children miss her terribly and it’s been a very, very painful thing for my family every day,” she added.

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A timeline of the royal family’s most infamous feuds

When you’re in the spotlight as much as the British royals, drama is just waiting to happen.

The royal family has made headlines over the years with reports of feuds that have been across marriage lines, among siblings, instigated by in-laws and everything else in between.

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY RELEASE PICTURES OF BABY ARCHIE TO MARK CHRISTENING AFTER PRIVATE CEREMONY

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the biggest spats among the current British royals.

DUCHESS KATE AND DUCHESS MEGHAN

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Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP)

In 2018, rumors of a possible feud between the two duchesses came to light, with many sources indicating there was “tension” between them. Later on, reports emerged that Meghan Markle allegedly made Kate Middleton cry ahead of her and Prince Harry’s royal wedding. The family has since vehemently denied these rumors.

Although there’s no concrete evidence to support claims of a feud between the sister-in-laws, some experts believe that while the two aren’t quite fighting, they don’t seem to be very friendly either.

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“They quite quickly realized they were two pretty mature women — quite different women — and really the only thing they had in common was they’d married princes,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Glamour. “Not just Prince Harry, I think probably the world wanted them to become best friends.”

PRINCE HARRY AND PRINCE WILLIAM

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Prince Harry and Prince William are reportedly said to be feuding ever since Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance with now-wife Meghan Markle began. (Getty)

Following reports of the aforementioned Kate vs. Meghan feud, some sources later claimed it was actually the princes themselves who became entangled in hostility.

In 2018, royal filmmaker Nick Bullen told Fox News that the royal tiff was actually between Prince Harry and Prince William. However, Bullen assured those concerned that Harry and William’s rocky relationship is not uncommon with siblings.

PRINCE WILLIAM SAYS HE’D ‘FULLY SUPPORT’ HIS CHILDREN IF THEY WERE GAY

“I think it was sad,” Bullen admitted. “I think it was really, really sad because you don’t want to hear this, but again, it goes back to them being real people. We forget that they are people. We’ve all fallen out with our brothers and sisters over the years, and hopefully, it’ll be fine.”

Despite their apparent tension, it seems the brothers have since made peace, thanks to the birth of Meghan’s newborn son, Archie.

DUCHESS CAMILLA, PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON

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From left, Britain’s Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice at the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Owen Humphreys/pool photo via AP)

In 2016, author Christopher Anderson released his book “Game of Crowns,” which delved into the personal lives of all three central women in the royal family at the time, Duchess Camila, Kate Middleton, and Queen Elizabeth II.

The book disclosed some details about Camilla’s feelings towards Kate and her relationship with Prince William, including one passage claiming she was “disgusted with William and Kate sucking up all the attention,” following her quest to gain the public’s approval following her marriage to Prince Charles in 2005.

KATE MIDDLETON RECEIVES MAJOR ROLE FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH, CONTINUES ROYAL TRADITION

The book also claims Camilla tried to convince William to break up with Kate in 2007, several years before their eventual marriage. The couple did split briefly that year, before getting back together shortly after.

SAMANTHA MARKLE AND MEGHAN MARKLE

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Samantha Markle (left) has frequently spoken out against her half-sister, the Duchess of Sussex. (FOX / Getty)

Ever since it was announced that Markle, 37, was to be engaged to Harry, 34, and become a royal, several members of the Markle clan were less than pleased with the idea of engaging with their future family members.

Last year, Meghan and Harry were reportedly “frustrated” with her father, Thomas Markle, who claimed he was “terrified” of the prospect of life as a royal. Meghan allegedly went a significant period of time without contacting her father, leading to his reaction, “I think she’s under too much pressure. There’s a high price to pay to be married to that family.”

In response to the news, Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, lashed out at her sibling in the press, even going as far as to say, “If our father dies, it’s on you Meg!”

MEGHAN MARKLE’S FATHER SPEAKS OUT ON BABY ARCHIE’S CHRISTENING

Samantha later retracted her statements, admitting she kept going to the media for money. In an interview with “Good Morning Britain” days after her initial statements, Samantha claims her motives were justified.

“Let’s face it, we all have to survive,” said the 54-year-old. “Money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine.”

CHARLES SPENCER AND THE ROYAL FAMILY

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Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, and Karen Spencer arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. (Reuters)

Two decades after Princess Diana’s death in 1997 at age 36, her brother Charles Spencer blasted the royal family’s handling of her sister’s funeral, citing a specific instance involving William and Harry at the solemn event.

Spencer sat down with BBC for a 2017 interview, in which he described the family’s “bizarre and cruel” decision to have the brothers walk behind their mother’s funeral procession.

PRINCESS DIANA’S WORKOUT SWEATSHIRT FOR SALE

“I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t,” he claimed, later deeming the experience to be “the most horrifying half an hour of my life.”

Harry confirmed Spencer’s account in an interview with Newsweek that same year. “My mother had just died and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he confessed. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

PRINCE PHILIP, PRINCE CHARLES AND FERGIE

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Sarah Ferguson arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (Gareth Fuller/pool photo via AP)

When Duchess of York, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson first began her relationship with Prince Andrew, it seemed things would roll over smoothly, but things quickly went south.

SARAH FERGUSON SAYS HER FATHER ‘WAS NEVER THE SAME’ AFTER HER UNCLE DIED FROM AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO A SANDWICH

Prince Philip reportedly saw Fergie to be a constant attention seeker, leading him to infamously label her as “that woman,” according to The Daily Beast. It didn’t help that Fergie was a constant target in the British press, and her eventual divorce from Andrew in 1996 did not do their relationship any favors. However, per The Sun, recent sources reportedly have claimed that Philip no longer holds a grudge against Fergie after all, so could the two have buried the hatchet?

With the status of her relationship with Philip still up in the air, it seems that Fergie’s reputation has also put her at odds with another royal, Charles, especially after news broke that Fergie and Andrew may have rekindled their relationship.

BARBRA STREISAND HINTS AT PRINCE CHARLES AFFAIR RUMORS: ‘I COULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST JEWISH PRINCESS’

According to Marie Claire, Prince Charles “snubbed” Fergie of an invite to Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception, and allegedly still “holds a grudge” against her, dating back to a widely-publicized scandal in which financial advisor John Bryan was caught sucking Fergie’s toes, shortly following her divorce from Andrew.

Fergie was also rumored to have a rivalry with Diana, but she recently denied these rumors in a new interview, while also slamming other rumors of a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

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“Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with each other in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt,” she said.

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‘Real Housewives’ stars reveal their plastic surgery secrets

The women of “The Real Housewives” franchises aren’t afraid of being completely candid with their fans and the Bravo audience.

So much so, they even speak openly of something that is still taboo to discuss in society: plastic surgery.

Most don’t admit it, but “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga, and “Real Housewives of New York City” star Sonja Morgan are proud to talk about getting “work done.”

HEIDI MONTAG ADMITS SHE GOT PLASTIC SURGERY BECAUSE OF INTERNET TROLLS

“New nose, who this?!” Morgan, 55, told Fox News. “I was fine before but I wanted to have a little work done.”

“Being on the ‘Housewives’ we’re all very open and honest with every that we do. ‘Housewives’ are known for that,” said Gorga, 40. “None of us have hidden that we’ve had noses done or boobs done or people have had injections.

“It’s about doing what you want to do to make yourself feel confident,” the mother-of-three added.

“Overall for me when we talk about getting work done is just overall thinking, overall wellness, eating healthy, being conscious,” explained Williams, 38, who also makes no bones about getting a breast enhancement.

‘REAL HOUSEWIVES’ STAR JENNIFER AYDIN’S PLASTIC SURGERY TRANSFORMATION: ‘MY HUSBAND CONTOURED MY BACK’

The women dropped a music video last week in partnership with Fiber One Brownies which went through a rebranding makeover. Also featured in the video are fellow “Wives” Dorinda Medley and Tamra Judge.

As for the critics out there who have keyboard courage when it comes to commenting on someone else’s look, Gorga said: “Being in pop culture the way that we are, we’ve learned to basically have thick skin. You need to feel good about yourself.”

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Melissa Gorga (L), Porsha Williams (C), and Sonja Morgan (R) (Fiber One )

“There’s always going to be scrutiny but it really is about self-confidence and owning who you are,” she added. “If you want to get work done, good for you. Do what makes you happy.”

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“It’s about being your truest self,” Morgan chimed in.

Williams agreed the scrutiny can be rough. “You’re under a microscope,” she said. “Whenever I’m around any of the girls it’s all love because we understand each other’s lives.”

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Biden once saw diversity as ‘poppycock,’ lamented US lack of unifying ethnicity

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing new scrutiny over his past ncomments that diversity in the U.S. was “a bunch of poppycock.”

Biden, who has established himself as the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, has more recently stressed the importance of America’s diversity and criticized President Trump over his immigration policies.

“This is America, and we are strong and great because of this diversity, Mr. President, not in spite of it,” Biden said on the Democratic debate stage last month.

“America’s strength is and has always been rooted in our diversity,” Biden wrote in a tweet last month.

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But Biden took an opposite view back in 1976, during his days as a U.S. senator from Delaware, and bemoaned in that bicentennial year that there was no single ethnicity that united the country, the Washington Examiner reported.

“I told you [in a previous speech] about my view that the uniqueness of America didn’t lie in the fact that we’re a great melting pot,” Biden said during an annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Boise, Idaho, in February 1976.

“We hear that all the time, about it being black and white, rich and poor, Christian and Jew — therefore we’re strong. I told you then, I thought that was a bunch of poppycock.”

— Joe Biden

“We hear that all the time, about it being black and white, rich and poor, Christian and Jew — therefore we’re strong. I told you then, I thought that was a bunch of poppycock,” he continued.

“The fact we are black and white doesn’t bring us together as a nation. The fact that we’re Christian and Jew doesn’t send us running into one another’s embrace to herald our differences. The fact is that people fear differences. The fact that the reason this nation is able to be the most heterogeneous nation in the history of mankind is not because it’s a melting pot. It’s because unlike any other nation in the world, we are uniquely a product of our political institutions.

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“If France tomorrow, for example, were to turn in [sic] a monarchy, I told you, I did not believe that France would substantively change. Because in France there’s an ethnicity that binds them together, a cultural tie. You don’t have that in America,” he concluded.

“In France there’s an ethnicity that binds them together, a cultural tie. You don’t have that in America.”

— Joe Biden

The remarks are sure to give ammunition to progressive Democrats running for president. They have criticized the former vice president over his previous opposition to federal desegregation efforts and his past touting of his ability to work with segregationists in the Senate.

Biden has been stumbling on the campaign trail over the issue of race relations. Back in a June he was criticized after saying in a Chicago speech, “That kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger.”

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who’s also running for president, criticized Biden, saying, “This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”

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This week, Biden told a crowd in Iowa that “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.” After a very brief pause, Biden quickly continued speaking, adding: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”

In response, President Trump told reporters Friday that Biden “is not playing with a full deck,” adding, “He made that comment and I said, ‘Whoa.'”

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Why we don’t know more about rare polio-like illness

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A rare and mysterious illness capable of causing paralysis in young children is growing in the United States, and doctors say the clock is ticking until it strikes again.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the gray matter of the spinal cord. It can weaken and ultimately paralyze the limbs of the body by damaging the cells in the spine that process signals related to motor control and movement.

According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published this month, 233 confirmed cases of AFM occurred in the United States in 2018 — the most ever reported since the CDC began surveillance of the disease in 2014.

AFM first appeared on the radar in a big way in 2014 with 120 confirmed cases across 34 states.

Since then, the illness has followed a biannual trend — spiking every two years — with the overall number of cases growing with each outbreak as well as the number of states affected.

Doctors believe that the next major outbreak is set to occur in 2020, and they want to be ready for it.

There is a problem, however: Although AFM can be diagnosed, it’s still unclear what actually causes it.

A search for the cause of AFM

The leading candidate, according to experts in the field, is known as enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68), although the link between the virus and AFM hasn’t been conclusively established.

“That will be the one that most folks expect might be the culprit, but we don’t know yet for sure,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee.

“We’re kind of where we were years ago with Legionnaires’ disease: For the longest time we could define the illness, but we didn’t have the cause. That turned out to take a little bit longer before the laboratory gave us that answer,” he added.

The presentation and severity of AFM also has researchers looking at another deadly virus, one already eradicated in the United States: poliovirus. In fact, read anything about AFM and chances are you’ll see it described as a “polio-like” illness.

Polio is a highly infectious neurologic disease transmitted by the poliovirus that can cause limb weakness and paralysis.

Before the advent of the polio vaccine in 1955, polio was responsible for more than 15,000 cases of paralysis annually in the United States alone.

Given the similarities between polio and AFM, researchers looked to see if the poliovirus was the culprit. It wasn’t.

The data remains inconclusive, but further research should uncover whether EV-D68 is the real culprit.

“The reality is that at this time we don’t have a way to determine which children may be at an elevated risk for developing AFM, or the underlying explanation that predisposes them to develop AFM in the first place. The search for a biomarker from the blood or cerebrospinal fluid would be helpful to identify those at elevated risk,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC.

Who’s at risk?

The risk of AFM remains very low, but there is still important information that parents should be aware of.

AFM can affect people of all ages, but it occurs most frequently among children, similar to polio. According to the CDC, among those confirmed to have contracted AFM in 2018, the median age was around 5 years old.

Also just like polio, EV-D68 is an intestinal (enteric) virus that is primarily spread through fecal bacteria coming in contact with the mouth. So good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, is a practical measure for keeping you and your family healthy.

“Young children are less hygienic than older persons, and these enteric germs obviously spread more readily among children because they spread it easily among each other,” said Schaffner.

What are the signs of AFM?

Symptoms of AFM may not be immediately obvious, and can resemble a mild respiratory infection at first. More severe symptoms, which include muscle weakness, facial drooping, difficulty swallowing, and slurred speech, need to be taken seriously. AFM can result in paralysis, but the severity of its effects may differ from one individual to the next.

“The long-term effects of AFM are unclear at this time. While some patients have recovered rapidly, others have remained paralyzed and require a high level of ongoing care to support their breathing and monitor for neurological deterioration,” said Glatter.

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There is no specific treatment for AFM, but basic preventative measures should be taken by parents and children alike.

“It’s important to adhere to standard precautions and steps to reduce the risk of developing AFM by staying up-to-date on vaccinations, washing your hands thoroughly, and taking precautions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites,” said Glatter.

This article first appeared on HealthLine.com.

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Nursing home staffers accused of taunting dementia patient, 91; outraged family suing: reports

Two staff members have been fired and arrested and an Illinois nursing home now faces a lawsuit after video footage allegedly showed them taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient.

The suspects, arrested on misdemeanor charges, were identified as Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa, caretakers at the Abington of Glenview nursing home, about 24 miles north of Chicago.

Both employees “were immediately terminated,” the home’s administrators wrote in a statement.

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But the patient’s family disputes that, claiming the pair remained on the job for another week because they were initially cleared of wrongdoing.

“They violate her safety, her privacy, and then they do a slow walk to correct the behavior?” the patient’s son, Tom Collins, asked Chicago’s WLS-TV.

According to reports, Snapchat video footage recorded last December – four days before Christmas — showed Cortez waving a hospital gown at the elderly woman, knowing that the sight of the gowns was a source of fear and anxiety for her. Montesa allegedly held the camera.

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Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa face misdemeanor charges after being accused of taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient, authorities say. (Glenview Police Department)

“You just can’t believe you’re seeing this,” Joan Biebel, Collins’ daughter, told Chicago’s WGN-TV. “You think your mom is safe and now this is going on. You’re just trying to figure out what the heck is happening here.”

“You just can’t believe you’re seeing this. You think your mom is safe and now this is going on. You’re just trying to figure out what the heck is happening here.”

— Joan Biebel, daughter of dementia patient

Cortez told police the taunting of the patient was considered an “ongoing inside joke,” the station reported.

The video was labeled “Margaret hates gowns,” with two laughing emojis added, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reported.

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“It’s abuse,” said Margate Battersby Black, an attorney representing the elderly woman. “They knew that she didn’t like this and they persisted in doing it.

“Not only did she not get the care she needed,” the lawyer said, “but she got bullied and taunted instead. They had two staff members who were in her room for the sole purpose of playing a sick game.”

The two nursing assistants are due in court later this month. The elderly woman has been moved to a different facility, WBBM reported.

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Steve Levy: We can easily prevent election hacking by Russia or anyone else – Here’s how

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Isn’t it ironic that the hysteria related to Russia potentially hacking our election system has been totally created by American politicians?

If this is indeed an existential threat to our democracy, why aren’t our leaders simply suggesting that we return to the good old-fashioned lever machines or paper ballots (without the scan) that were totally reliable, far cheaper than their electronic counterparts, and totally immune to hacking?

Let’s recall what prompted this dumb effort to create a solution for a problem that didn’t exist. It was the 2000 presidential election and the controversy over “hanging chads” in Broward County, Fla. sparked a frenzy among officials who needed to show they would do something to ensure this fiasco never happened again.

Talk about an overreaction! The very easy solution would’ve been to junk the ridiculous butterfly ballot that they employed in that Florida county. Instead, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which led us down a needless path of spending billions of dollars to “upgrade” each state’s voting infrastructure with electronic voting machines.

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As a New Yorker who had been voting on lever machines since my 18th birthday, I never faced a problem casting a ballot, and the integrity of an election was never a question.

As the old saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Bit elected officials concluded they had to fix our election system anyway, and decided high-tech was the way to go.

A cottage industry of electronic voting machine manufacturers swooped in on every state capitol, with ample campaign contributions in tow. Before you knew it, it wasn’t a question of whether states would purchase these machines, but which bells-and-whistles version they would choose.

About a decade ago, New York state passed legislation requiring each of its 62 counties to purchase electronic machines. Residents were taxed hundreds of millions of dollars to help subsidize the procurement.

But other costs ensued. In Suffolk County we were forced to spend over $1 million in the depths of the recession to build a wing on our elections building because the machines had to be stored in a climate-controlled setting.

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We were so outraged we sued the state to prevent it from forcing us to ditch our reliable lever machines in lieu of the electronic version. Our argument didn’t center just on costs. We also raised the fact that we would all rue the day we went electric because of the potential exposure to hacking.

Why would we jeopardize the integrity of our electoral process for no valid reason? Anyway, we lost. And so did the American public.

Electronic machines were not enough for the tech set. Online voting would revolutionize the franchise, they said. Amazingly, 32 states to this day permit some form of online balloting, despite warnings the systems are not secure.

An analysis by Silicon Valley executives warned that “potential criminal electronic attacks on computer software, such as destructive ‘viruses’ or ‘Trojan Horse’ software, create a serious threat to Internet voting.”

In 2004, the Pentagon canceled a proposed Internet voting program for overseas military personnel due concerns about hacking.

And in 2010, a University of Michigan professor answered a challenge made by the Board of Elections in Washington​, D.C., which was testing a new Internet voting device in a mock election. The professor hacked it within 36 hours.

Meanwhile, some in our free-spending Congress seek to pay homage to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s warning of future hacking attempts by calling for the spending of $750 million over the next two years to protect the voting system infrastructure and require paper ballots to accompany the electronically scanned votes.

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Instead, they should go back to the old-fashioned lever or paper systems that were never broken in the first place, and toss the electronics into the ash pit of failed experiments.

Perhaps those hundreds of millions of dollars would be better spent dealing with the homeless camping out on the streets of our major cities.

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Bill Maher finds ally in NBC News’ Richard Engel in ‘hoping’ US economy slides to oust Trump

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NBC News correspondent Richard Engel was the lone voice to side with “Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday night, after the comedian reiterated his “hopes” that a U.S. economic recession would help block President Trump‘s reelection in 2020.

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution,” Engel argued.

“Right!” Maher replied. “Thank you very much.”

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution.”

— Richard Engel, NBC News

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None of the other members of Maher’s panel wanted to see the U.S. stumble.

“I’m not wishing for a recession,” Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” said.

“Neither am I,” Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell agreed.

But Maher — a multimillionaire whose investments include a stake in MLB’s New York Mets — tried to make the case that economic hardship for the nation might help him and other liberals realize their dream of preventing a second Trump term.

“You should wish for a recession because that would definitely get [Trump] unelected,” Maher shot back, earning him a few claps from his Los Angeles studio audience.

Another guest, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, attempted to lower the temperature of the conversation.

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“You don’t really want a recession,” Scaramucci tried to convince Maher.

“I really do,” the host replied. “We have survived many recessions, we can’t survive another Donald Trump term.”

Last week, Maher had revived his stance that a recession would be “worth it”  because it would hurt Trump’s reelection.

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