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Father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay

The father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay, describing the decision as a “huge relief.”

In a letter shared on his Facebook page Friday, Ed Smart, 64, said he no longer feels comfortable being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which opposes gay marriage and same-sex relationships but preaches love and compassion for LGBTQ people.

Smart told Salt Lake City’s KUTV that he “struggled with this for most of his life.”

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Elizabeth Smart speaks during a news conference while her father Ed Smart looks on, in Salt Lake City.  (AP)

“I have mostly watched in silence for years as many LGBTQ individuals both in and out of The Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] have been victims of ridicule, shunning, rejection and outright humiliation,” Smart wrote.

He added: “I didn’t want to face the feelings I fought so hard to suppress, and didn’t want to reach out and tell those being ostracized that I too am numbered among them. But I cannot do that any longer.”

My parents taught me as a young child that they would love me unconditionally no matter what happened. Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family.”

— Elizabeth Smart

The Smart family gained national prominence in June 2002 when Ed went before TV cameras to plead for help finding his 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who had been kidnapped from the family’s Salt Lake City home. Elizabeth Smart was found alive nine months later. Smart and his daughter have since become advocates for other kidnapped children.

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Smart said he’s sorry for the pain caused to his longtime wife, with whom he has five children. He filed for divorce on July 5, Utah court records show.

“I love my family and always will,” Smart wrote. “Lois has been a loyal wife, and extraordinary mother, who has had to endure an impossible part of this journey. I deeply regret the excruciating pain this has caused her.”

Elizabeth Smart, now a 31-year-old mother of three, said she’s deeply saddened by her parents’ separation but that nothing could change her love for them.

“My parents taught me as a young child that they would love me unconditionally no matter what happened,” she said, without referencing her father’s orientation. “Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family.”

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Ed Smart first came out to family and friends via Facebook messenger. The Deseret News in Salt Lake City first reported about the post. He said in his statement Friday that he’s grateful for the love and support he has received so far.

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“It was, as I’ve said, incredibly hard getting to this point and I feel for so many that are struggling in my situation trying to make the decision of whether to come out or remain closeted the rest of their life,” he wrote. “That decision is deeply personal but liberating.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Daughters of Philly mayor, NJ city councilwoman arrested after late-night street brawl: police

The daughters of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and a New Jersey city councilwoman were arrested earlier this week after brawling on a bar-lined street at the Jersey shore, police said.

Authorities say the altercation between 25-year-old Nora Kenney of Philadelphia and 27-year-old Tara Tolomeo took place early on Aug. 11 in North Wildwood.

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Nora Kenney, left, and Tara Tolomeo, were charged with disorderly conduct after an alleged fight in a southern New Jersey City (City of North Wildwood)

Capt. John Stevenson told NJ Advance Media the two women were arrested around 1:40 a.m. after police caught them fighting in the city’s nightclub district.

The reasons for their alleged fight were unclear. Tolomeo’s mother, Kellyann Tolomeo, has served on North Wildwood’s city council since 2007, PhillyVoice reported.

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Tolomeo and Kenney were charged with disorderly conduct, which is punishable by fines, not jail time, NJ Advance Media reported, citing officials.

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The case is being handled by the Lower Township Municipal Court because of a potential conflict of interest with Tolomeo, Stevenson said. The women are expected back in court Aug. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ninth Circuit rejects Trump’s bid to limit accommodations to children detained at border

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a rejection of the Trump administration’s bid to limit accommodations for immigrant children detained at the border, ruled Thursday that the children must be given adequate food, clean water, soap, and toothpaste.

A three-judge panel from the left-leaning court tossed out the U.S. government’s challenge to a lower court ruling that stated authorities had failed to provide safe and sanitary conditions for the children in line with a 1997 settlement.

The settlement, known commonly as the Flores Agreement, stated that migrant children – whether accompanied by their families or not – could not be held for longer than 20 days.

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FILE: Immigrants play soccer at the U.S. government’s newest holding center for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas.  (AP)

U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee ruled in 2017 that officials had breached the settlement after young immigrants detained at the border said they had to sleep in cold, overcrowded cells and were given inadequate food and dirty water.

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At a June hearing, a U.S. government lawyer argued that officials weren’t required to provide specific accommodations, such as soap, under the agreement’s requirement that facilities be “safe and sanitary. The appellate judges disagreed.

“Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children’s safety,” the panel wrote.

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The issues at border detention have dated back years, but have drawn increased attention as the result of an ongoing rise in the number of children and families, mostly from Central America, arriving on the southwest border.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kentucky mother arrested after children found in cockroach-infested home, eating Pop-Tarts for meals: police

A Kentucky mother was arrested last week after police discovered her three young children living in a cockroach-infested home, authorities said.

The mother, Sarah Herald, 27, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Police responded to the home in Georgetown – about 70 miles east of Louisville – on Saturday after a neighbor reported seeing three “filthy” children who’d been playing outside unsupervised for a long period of time, an arrest citation said.

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Sarah Herald reportedly told police she’d tried using spray to address the bugs, “but it’s not working, obviously.” (Scott County Detention Center)

An officer saw three stained mattresses full of cockroaches and bedbugs – both dead and alive – outside the home. The officer said a foul odor emanating from the home could be smelled outside, Lexington’s Fox 56 reported.

The children – ages 2, 4, and 5 – were found inside the home “rolling in copious amounts of trash, dirt, discarded food and crawling cockroaches,” the arrest citation said. Police said the children were barefoot and “extremely dirty,” including dirty fingernails and toenails, the Herald-Leader reported.

The officer saw trash, cockroaches, dead insects, and insect feces throughout the hours, the arrest citation said. Bedbugs were also found on the children’s mattress, according to police. In the kitchen, police found a pile of garbage with cockroaches crawling over it, court documents said.

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Herald reportedly told an officer she’d tried used spray for the cockroaches, “but it’s not working, obviously.” She also told police her children were eating Pop-Tarts for meals because the food in the fridge – which police said was moldy and expired – was not safe for them to eat, court documents said.

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Child Protective Services removed the children from the home and placed them with their paternal grandmother, the arrest citation said.

Herald was arrested and placed in the Scott County Detention Center. She was formally arraigned on Tuesday.

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Fresno cops interrupt music video shoot, arrest 16-year-old over stolen handgun

The recording of a music video in Fresno, Calif. was cut short Tuesday evening after police arrested a teen allegedly armed with a stolen .40-caliber handgun.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a group drinking alcohol, flashing gang signs and shooting the video, police said.

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Fresno police on Tuesday obtained a .40 caliber handgun and 12 .40 caliber cartridges during an arrest.  (Fresno Police Department)

A 16-year-old who matched the caller’s description allegedly was carrying a gun magazine loaded with 12 .40-caliber cartridges, the Fresno Bee reported, citing a police spokesman. The teen allegedly told officers he had hidden a handgun inside his pants.

The gun was a Smith & Wesson model SD 40 VE semi-automatic handgun, which police later determined was stolen five years ago in Cathedral City, Fresno’s KSEE-TV reported.

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The teen allegedly told officers he was an active member of the Fresno-based gang “College Street Bulldogs.”

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He was arrested on multiple firearm-related charges and booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall, according to the paper. His identity was not released.

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Chinese tech giant apologizes for saying typhoon killed 99 million people

China’s largest video streaming giant, Tencent Video, apologized Wednesday for saying Typhoon Lekima killed everyone in Shandong, a province which has about 99 million people.

The blunder was contained in a push notification that Tencent Video sent to its subscribers on Monday, BBC reported.

“Typhoon Lekima has left the entire province (of Shandong) dead, seven people are missing,” said the push notification, citing the Shandong Emergency Response Office.

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Rescuers search for victims of a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima in Yongjia county in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.  (Chinatopix Via AP)

The actual death toll from the typhoon in Shandong is five and nationwide it’s 56, according to official reports. Typhoon Lekima slammed eastern China on Saturday before it charged north over the weekend.

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The typhoon has forced around two million people to leave their homes and halted more than 1,000 flights, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

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Tencent Video issued an apology on the Chinese social media platform “Weibo” and promised to review its editorial practices.

According to a May financial report, Tencent Video had 89 million subscribers.

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California man arrested on suspicion of running over, killing peacocks: police

A California man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately running over and killing two wild peacocks in northwest Los Angeles last month, police said.

Floyd Belton, 61, turned himself in on Tuesday and is facing two counts of animal cruelty, KABC-TV reported, citing the L.A. County sheriff’s Lost Hills station as its source.

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A suspect wanted in the deliberate vehicular killing of peacocks last month, has turned himself in, police say. (maine.gov)

Police began looking for the suspect after surveillance footage surfaced. The incident wasn’t caught a camera, but a witness told police she saw the driver hit the birds moments later, according to the station.

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Residents of the Chatsworth Lake Manor community – about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles – alleged that the driver of a silver pickup truck intentionally hit the birds on a road.

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Belton was being held on $80,000 bail, the report said. It was unclear whether he has a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan cop put on leave after KKK application allegedly found in home

A Michigan police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a would-be homebuyer allegedly found a framed application to the Ku Klux Klan along with Confederate flags while touring the cop’s home.

Rob Mathis, who is black, and his wife were touring the Muskegon home with the prospect of purchasing it when they allegedly found the racist paraphernalia hanging on the wall.

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A Michigan man said he found an application to the KKK while touring a cop’s home that was for sale. (Rob Mathis/Fox 17)

Had it been only for the Confederate flags, Rob said he would’ve considered purchasing the home anyway. But the additional find of a KKK application completely dissuaded him, he said.

“In the bedroom, right across … there was a plaque up there, all by itself,” Mathis told Fox 17. “So being nosy, I walked over there, and it was an application for the KKK. I said ‘oh no.’ I told my son, ‘don’t touch nothing.’”

Rob said he walked outside to try and calm down while he waited for his wife.

“I’m outside. I’m trying to calm myself down because I was touching those doorknobs,” Mathis said. “I’m just sickened by even being in this house.”

Mathis posted the ordeal on Facebook. Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson identified the officer as Charles Anderson, who has been on the force for 20 years.

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“We do take this sort of issue, seriously, and we are working hard to understand if/how this may impact his ability to safely and fairly police our community,” Peterson told Fox 17 in an email.

Mathis said Anderson should lose his job because there “is no way a person who is racist should police the public. Muskegon is a very diverse community.”

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Anderson declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

In 2009, Anderson shot and killed parolee Julius Johnson following a struggle. Johnson, who was black, had fled a traffic stop on foot before Anderson caught up with him in a residential backyard. A report by then-Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague found that Johnson hit Anderson in the head with a police radio and “another blunt object” and noted that Anderson was forced to get a metal plate installed in his head.

The prosecutor found that Anderson was “justified in using deadly force.”

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Social media personality ‘Real Tarzann’ arrested on burglary, battery charges in Florida

A Florida man known on social media as “The Real Tarzann” for his apparent connection with wild animals is facing burglary and battery charges after he was arrested Friday.

Jail records show that Michael Holston, 25, has been charged with burglary with assault or battery, felony battery, and misdemeanor battery. He was being held without bond.

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Michael Holston, famous online for his wildlife content, is facing battery charges.  (Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation)

The circumstances surrounding Holston’s arrest were not immediately clear. However, WPLG reported that a judge ordered him to stay away from two men. The station identified one of the men, Jason Leon, as a South Florida python hunter who caught a 17-foot-long snake at Big Cypress National Preserve in 2017.

Holston is known online as a wildlife advocate, boasting 5.8 million Instagram followers and more than 510,000 YouTube subscribers. His Instagram page shows his numerous interactions with wild animals, including giraffes, lions, and sharks.

After of Saturday afternoon, Holston’s Twitter account, which had 41,600 followers, was suspended.

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Holston previously worked with Miami-Dade’s Zoological Wildlife Foundation, where he filmed some of his videos. The organization told the Miami Herald it was “very surprised at Holston behaved” the day of his arrest, but declined to elaborate.

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California middle school teacher draws scrutiny for giving students gender identity cards

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A middle school science teacher in California caused an uproar this week for giving his students a “Gender Unicorn” sheet that explained gender identity and sexual attraction.

Luis Davila Alvarado, who teaches at Denair Middle School in California’s San Joaquin Valley, passed out the paper on Wednesday so his students could understand why he uses “Mx.” rather than “Mr.,” the Modesto Bee reported.

The activity was part of a “getting to know each other” exercise on the first day of school, Denair Unified School District Superintendent Terry Metzger told the paper.

“He gave a handout discussing gender in [his] first and second periods. It was not an assignment and students were not required or asked to fill it out,” Metzger said.

The handout, provided by Trans Student Education Resources, shows a simple drawing of a unicorn, with a chart explaining gender and sex, as well as sexual and emotional attraction.

Metzger said the school’s principal happened to be in Alvarado’s classroom during his second period and “directed him to stop distributing it.”

At least 50 students received the handouts, Metzger said. Per California’s public school curriculum, gender identity is discussed during health classes but not science classes.

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A handful of parents called the school with complaints.

“I’ve talked to a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents and I know a lot of them have called the school and complained about it,” grandmother Tammy Stout told Sacramento’s Fox 40.

“I don’t care what your identity as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom,” wrote one of the student’s parents on Facebook.

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Another person commented: “Let’s say the kids are confused about what to call him/her. How in the hell does this … clear up any confusion about him/her?!?! What a crock of s—!”

School officials would not comment on any disciplinary actions taken against Alvarado.

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