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Women’s World Cup final: US takes on the Netherlands — live blog

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The U.S. and the Netherlands play Sunday in the Women’s World Cup final.

The U.S. women’s soccer team will be looking for its fourth World Cup title, while the Netherlands is hoping to pull off the upset for its first-ever championship.

The Americans and the Dutch have both beaten every opponent on their way to the final.

The U.S. is coming out of Group F with wins over Thailand, Chile and Sweden. The Netherlands players, who won Group E, defeated New Zealand, Cameroon and Canada on the way to the knockout stage.

In the knockout stage, the U.S. defeated Spain, France and England to make the final. The Netherlands defeated Japan, Italy and Sweden.

On Saturday, Sweden defeated England 2-1 in the third place bronze match.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. ET and can be watched on local FOX stations. The game can also be streamed on FOX Sports Go. Click here to read the preview.

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Ed Henry: I’m becoming a liver donor for the sister I love, so she can live a long and healthy life

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Editor’s Note: Interested in becoming an organ donor while you are alive or after death? You can learn more and sign up at the U.S. government website organdonor.gov.

When I broke the news by telephone to a close friend that I’m about to donate my liver to my beautiful and loving sister, Colleen, the guy all but exploded on the other end of the line: “What are you TALKING about? That’s great but you only have ONE liver, what are YOU going to do?”

Since I deliver the news for a living, I quickly realized by my friend’s panicked reaction that I should have been much more precise with my language. And I also figured out that telling my story now could be of service to other families going through a similar health crisis.

It is my sincere hope that talking about this journey for myself and Colleen, who has been bravely battling degenerative liver disease over the last few years, will help bring some awareness for the over 113,000 people in the U.S. waiting at this time for lifesaving organs (about 13,000 of whom need a healthy liver).

ARE YOU AT RISK FOR LIVER DISEASE?

But believe me, I am not trying to paint this as some grand plan to revolutionize organ donations in America. My goal is much simpler: I am determined to do whatever I can to give my sister the greatest gift of all, which quite simply is life.

My friend on the telephone wants what is best for my sister as well. But he, like just about every other person who I have confided in about this, knew very little about the magical power of the liver to quite literally grow again. So his concern was innocent and honest. He was just worried that in helping the sister I love, I would somehow be left with no liver at all, unlike say a kidney donation where I would at least wind up with one of two kidneys.

The reality is far less scary, and once I explained this to my friend he exclaimed: “I’m here for you – whatever you need!” That has been a constant refrain from so many good people, and now my sister and I do need something, and that is your prayers and well wishes.

On Tuesday I will be donating approximately 30 percent of my liver to my sister at a hospital in the Northeast. I will undergo about six hours of surgery to remove that portion of my liver, and in an operating room next door Colleen will go through about eight to 10 hours of surgery to entirely remove her diseased liver and replace it with part of my liver.

The liver is an amazing organ that will then regenerate in both me and my sister after the transplantation. While we know going in that nothing is for certain, if some semblance of the game plan is accomplished, we will each emerge from surgery with our own healthy liver.

So to answer my friend’s original question, my one healthy liver will become two in a matter of hours. And then I am told that within four to six weeks, both of those portions of my liver will grow back to 100 percent in each of us.

You read that right. Colleen and I could each have our own healthy livers – from one liver – in just over a month. It is nothing short of a medical marvel, and yet doctors in this great country called America perform these miracles pretty frequently.

On Tuesday I will be donating approximately 30 percent of my liver to my sister at a hospital in the Northeast. I will undergo about six hours of surgery to remove that portion of my liver, and in an operating room next door Colleen will go through about eight to 10 hours of surgery to entirely remove her diseased liver and replace it with part of my liver.

Last year, for example, there were about 8,250 liver transplants performed in our nation. Yet only 401 of those transplants were from living donors like me. The rest were livers obtained from deceased people who were kind enough to share their organs with others they would never meet.

I stepped forward for my sister because she was on the transplant list, which is very long, waiting for someone else’s liver. While Colleen has allowed me to share the broad outlines of her case, we are not sharing the specific details for obvious privacy concerns. But let’s just say her condition has been getting worse, and she needs a quick intervention. Her liver was not diseased by alcohol; but family history involving the liver impacted her, while sparing me.

There have been a lot of highs and lows since I stepped forward confidentially to see if I was a match for my sister almost a year ago. It was a secret, even to my sister for a time, because there are a lot of complicated layers to this process. That is why the hospital assigns the potential donor psychiatrists to work on your mental health, as well as your physical health, during this long process.

For example, I did not tell my sister at first about the medical tests I was taking to screen my compatibility because some people start the process in good faith, and then for various physical or mental reasons they may choose to back out – or the hospital could decide the potential donor just can’t go through with it.

If you tell your sibling you are going to do it, and then are unable to help for whatever reason, I can’t even imagine how difficult that gets.

This is one reason why the hospital set up two separate medical teams – one for me and one for my sister – that did not directly communicate with each other for months. The primary reason for this is that my medical team wanted to be 100 percent certain that I was healthy enough to survive the arduous surgery.

Last year, for example, there were about 8,250 liver transplants performed in our nation. Yet only 401 of those transplants were from living donors like me. The rest were livers obtained from deceased people who were kind enough to share their organs with others they would never meet.

The way I understood it was that they correctly believe that there is no point in saving the recipient’s life with a donor who may die. This is tough stuff and my medical team had to justifiably be cold-hearted about saying that as much as they cared for my sister, they could not focus on her at all; they could only make sure I was ready and would not clear me for surgery until then.

In my case, I desperately wanted to donate without reservation, but the doctors instructed me I first had to lose 10 to 15 pounds to cleanse fat from my liver and get the medical clearance needed for surgery.

As luck would have it, I was hosting “Fox & Friends” one weekend early in the process, when we had officials from a veteran-owned business called Kettlebell Kitchen on for a segment about the healthy meals they can deliver to your home. I pulled them aside and asked them to design a meal plan for me, and they were so terrific in complying without ever knowing why I was losing the weight.

The pounds came off with the low-calorie food, more regular workouts, and a big reduction in alcohol intake. As I grew closer to my weight-loss goal, I felt confident enough to tell my sister that I was going through the tests I needed to try and become a donor. She was beyond grateful and I was happy to hear the hope back in her voice.

But that hope turned to agony when the doctors told me I was still a few pounds short of my goal in the late spring, and on our phone calls my sister was expressing concern that her situation was getting more grim.

I felt helpless not being able to donate. I fought with the medical team, urging them to let me donate as soon as possible, but to their credit they held firm and pushed me to lose the last few pounds.

I was praying to God for the strength to get me across the finish line. But as with any mission like this, I could not do it alone. My wife Shirley has been a rock, and my two children have shown courage far beyond their years all because they want to see their aunt get healthy, while our parents have always been such loving role models for Collen and me.

This journey has also meant running out of work in the middle of the day for yet one more blood test, and several MRI’s. The 2020 election is already in full swing, and yet when I confided in Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace they immediately and aggressively told me to do whatever I needed to do to help my sister. I am forever grateful.

Then there is Lauren Petterson, senior vice president of morning programming & talent development, who has been with me every step of the way, and not just because she is one of my bosses. One of her friends, Amy, donated her liver to her own dad around Memorial Day in 2016. Three years later, both the donor and the recipient are healthy.

When I spoke to Amy by phone recently, she cheerfully told me she was out of the hospital just four days after surgery, but she added that it took a lot of medication to get through the tremendous pain of having your liver split up – and your gall bladder removed while the doctors are in the neighborhood.

“The sooner you start moving the better,” Amy said. “Once you start moving you go from patient to person again.”

As a golfer, I got particularly excited when Amy said her dad, who was the recipient, was back on the links within a year of his surgery. But that, of course, is a minor pleasure compared to the sheer joy I felt on June 5, when my own medical team called to tell me that I could follow in Amy’s footsteps. Two doctors had cleared me to be a donor.

My latest MRI had revealed the amount of fat in my liver had been cut by half, and the volume of my liver had actually shrunk from a healthier lifestyle. The work of several months had paid off with the best dividend of all, finally getting to call Colleen and tell her I could do it!

My sister is humble, never wants to be a burden, and always tries to shoulder as much as she can on her own. So we both cried as I tried to tell her to sit back and let me take care of her this one time.

She thanked me profusely, but then Colleen immediately started fretting about how much of a hardship this surgery would be on me. She particularly zeroed in on the fact that the operation was being scheduled to put me in the early stages of recovery around my birthday.

“Yeah, the doctors tell me this surgery will pretty much wreck my birthday this year,” I joked, trying to lighten the mood, and we both laughed.

The fact is that the risk of mortality for me is extremely low – less than 1 percent, according to the doctors. I will gladly take on the small risk of what the paperwork I signed at the hospital last week calls a “large midline incision” for the gigantic reward of having my sister around for a very long time.

I am motivated also by the fact that she is one heck of a mom to my niece and nephew. Her son has always been delightfully shy and reserved, but he blew me away with a text that came in a few days after I called Colleen with the good news.

“Happy Father’s Day Uncle Ed!” he wrote. “Thank you so much for doing this for my mom, it means everything to her and me.”

As for Colleen, she was a little hesitant at first about me sharing the story on Fox News. But then she texted that while she wanted to hold back on speaking publicly herself for now so that she can rightly focus on the surgery ahead, she wanted me to talk about it.

“It is truly a heartwarming story about the love & bond between a brother & sister,” she wrote.

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And here I thought I was the talented writer in the family. Yet again, my sister blew me away with her ability to rise to the occasion at a trying time, and she reminded me exactly why I am willing to do whatever is humanly possible to make her feel even a little bit better.

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LSD-fueled rampage in California leaves 8 injured after man stabs others with pencil, lawn light: police

This was one very bad — and violent — acid trip.

A man in California was shot by police on the Fourth of July after a drug-fueled rampage left eight people injured and a vehicle lodged in a rental home.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the suspect, 32-year-old Betai Koffi, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of carjacking for the incidents leading up to the officer-involved shooting.

Koffi, of San Francisco, was staying with five “longtime friends” who had rented a home in Bodega Bay for the Independence Day holiday weekend and arrived on Wednesday.

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During the day on Thursday, police said that Koffi consumed about two doses of the hallucinogenic drug LSD, also known as acid, and had become “delusional” by 3 p.m. around the home as friends had tried to calm him down. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Koffi then took two more doses of acid and, by 8 p.m., wanted to leave as his friends tried to stop him.

“Several members of his party took a half tab of acid, but Koffi took four doses of acid and he had a really bad trip with it,” Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt Spencer Crum told KTVU.

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Betai Koffi was shot at least three times by police after a drug-fueled rampage in Northern California on the Fourth of July that left eight injured. (KTVU)

As he was hallucinating, police said Koffi punched a woman in the chest and side, then stabbed a man with a pencil before choking another man and punching a third man in the face. The 32-year-old was able to get outside the home into his rental car, backed into another car behind him, then drove toward one of the men who dodged him and crashed into the garage of the home, lodging it in the structure, according to police.

Koffi then took off on foot and encountered a security guard who patrols the subdivision, attacking him.

“He picks up a landscape light, like a solar landscape light, and picks it up and then stabs the security guard with the metal end of it, knocking the security guard to the ground,” Crum told KTVU.

After stabbing the security guard in the chest, Koffi then stole his truck, which was unlocked and running, speeding away. He then drove straight toward a couple who were walking on the road and “violently hit” a woman, leaving her with “significant injuries,” according to police.  The man was struck on the arm but was not seriously injured.

After striking the first couple, the sheriff’s office said Koffi then drove toward another man and woman who were walking, and “aimed at the woman and hit her with the truck, causing significant injuries.”

“He’s intentionally running people down, intentionally ran four people down,” Crum told KTVU, adding the rampage was captured on home security cameras. “The couple that did not see it coming, who are walking arm in arm, it’s really sad. And when you watch the video you can’t help feel emotional.”

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The rampage finally came in an end when a sheriff’s deputy and California Highway Patrol officer arrived, by which time Koffi had driven through someone’s yard, hit a wall, and continued back on the road.

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The incident happened in the coastal town of Bodega Bay, located about 70 miles north of San Francisco. (KTVU)

The sheriff’s office said that when Koffi saw the officers, he turned the truck and drove straight at police when the deputy who had gotten out of his car started firing. Koffi continued accelerating and struck the CHP vehicle as the deputy fired his weapon, according to police.

Koffi was struck at least three times through the windshield and was airlifted to the hospital, along with the first woman he ran over. He was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. The woman received significant injuries, but were not life-threatening, according to the sheriff’s office.

“If this guy had kept going who knows what he could have done to other people,” Crum told KTVU, “He was just blatantly just going after people, driving after them.”

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The security guard and second woman hit by the truck were transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance and were expected to survive their injuries. Koffi’s friend in the house treated their own injuries.

The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by Santa Rosa Police and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, while the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the assaults and events leading up to the shooting. The deputy has been identified as Jason Pasero, an 18-year veteran of law enforcement who served for 14  with the San Bruno Police Department before being hired by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office four years ago.

Koffi’s Facebook page shows he is a Stanford-educated software engineer who worked at Microsoft before now working as an engineer at YouTube.

The sheriff’s office said the incident was captured on video and intends to release the deputy’s body-worn camera footage.

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New Jersey suspect stole iPhone, posted selfie to victim’s Instagram story, police say

Talk about leaving a trace.

Authorities in New Jersey are asking the public to try to track down an alleged thief who snapped a selfie from a stolen iPhone.

The Kearny Police Department said Wednesday on Facebook a man reported on May 16 that his iPhone had been stolen.

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Shortly after the theft, the suspect posted a close-up photo of himself making a bizarre expression on the victim’s Instagram story using the stolen phone.

The photo showed a bearded man with brown eyes, glasses and wearing a green fleece or jacket.

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Authorities said they were turning to Facebook for help in tracking down the suspect.

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Anyone who can help identify the person is asked to contact the  Kearny Police Detective Bureau by emailing tips@kearnynjpd.org or by calling 201-998-1313 (2833).

All tips will remain confidential, according to police.

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Solo Uber ride for orphaned baby bird to Utah rehab center

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An orphaned baby bird traveled to a wildlife rehabilitation center — all by itself — after a group of drunk friends who encountered it ordered the animal an Uber, as they were unfit to drive.

The group came across the orphaned lesser goldfinch while drinking in Utah on June 29. They said the bird fell from a tree and needed help.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” one of the men, Tim Crowley, told KSTU.

Crowley said that, at first, calling an Uber for the bird felt like a joke. But “then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.'”

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The first Uber driver, upon learning of the situation, canceled the ride, he said. The second driver, Christy Guynn, didn’t seem to question the situation.

“If you’re paying for it, I’m all for it,” she said.

Less than an hour later, the bird arrived at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always SOMEONE out there to prove us wrong,” officials for the rehab center wrote in a Facebook post last month of the situation.

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The Uber driver said she believes a lot of men, drinking and having fun, would’ve most likely decided to “just throw [the bird] to the cats or throw it in the garbage.”

“So my heart goes out to those guys,” she said of their kind deed.

The center’s director, Dalyn Marthaler, said the bird — who they nicknamed “Petey — was thin and dehydrated upon arrival. He said the lesser goldfinch should be released into the wild in Utah in the coming weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wisconsin man running naked in parking lot on ‘tons of acid,’ he allegedly told cops

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A Wisconsin man was arrested last weekend after he was allegedly caught running around naked while claiming to be on “tons of acid.”

Benjamin Snapp, 29, was arrested on June 29 after he was found running around a parking lot and yelling incoherently, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

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Authorities found Snapp in a parking lot, where they said he appeared to be “under the influence of drugs.”

When the man was asked why he was running around naked, he allegedly told police officers: “You already know, man. … There’s nothing wrong with this. … Oh, that’s what all those drugs are for.”

“Are you really going to make a [expletive] deal out of this?” Snapp asked police, according to the news outlet. He allegedly said he took “a lot of drugs,” and questioned: “What’s wrong with being a heroin addict?”

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Snapp then allegedly confessed to being on “tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of acid.”

The 29-year-old was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New account of Kavanaugh confirmation reveals clashes behind scenes of historic hearing

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In the moments before his make-or-break appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to dispute allegations of sexual assault in high school, then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was getting sharply conflicting advice.

Some advisers and friends were urging Kavanaugh to embrace George W. Bush-like restraint in pushing back; others recommended a full-throated Trump-esque denial.

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After one aide, on that September 2018 day of his testimony, suggested Kavanaugh be gentle in talking about accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, a fired-up White House counsel Don McGahn demanded everyone leave the Capitol Hill war room where the nominee was preparing. “Everyone!” McGahn shouted, even prompting Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, to get up, before being told she could stay.

These and other newly reported details about Kavanaugh’s fiery confirmation process are included in the forthcoming book “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino. The book is set for release Tuesday.

Kavanaugh, that day, opted for the latter approach. Visibly emotional and angry, Kavanaugh told senators on the Judiciary Committee that he was being falsely accused and his name had been “totally and permanently destroyed” by these “false” allegations.

He was responding to the testimony that same day from Ford, who maintained she’s “100 percent” sure he tried to force himself on her 36 years earlier.

“Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life,” Ford told the committee.

Kavanaugh’s decision to discard deference for Democratic senators and passionately fight back against the allegations may have helped save his nomination. But the book reports that Kavanaugh’s advisers were split on how he should approach that day.

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“Kavanaugh had been deluged with advice until the end. His Bush friends, by and large, told him … not to show too much emotion,” Hemingway and Severino wrote. “But he received calls from a few senators encouraging him to show his righteous indignation.”

Hemingway is a writer at the Federalist website and a Fox News contributor. Severino is the chief counsel of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, which advocated for Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The authors reported that McGahn, who worked to shepherd the nomination through Congress, was worried there were “too many people” telling Kavanaugh “too many things.”

They also detailed how Kavanaugh tore up his planned opening remarks the day before the hearing, after anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti went public with allegations from a client claiming Kavanaugh was involved in gang rapes in high school – an accusation Kavanaugh later dismissed as a “farce.”

Kavanaugh finished writing his remarks the night before, the authors wrote, but made one addition the day of the testimony – adding a story about his daughter Liza saying they should pray for Blasey Ford.

“He added a note with a black Sharpie permanent marker, his editing tool of choice. Having learned from practice that some parts of the speech would be hard to make it through, he had indicated with his Sharpie where to stop to breathe,” the authors wrote.

The book acknowledges one misstep Kavanaugh made in front of the cameras that day after Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked him if he’s ever had so much to drink he could not remember the previous evening. “Have you?” an annoyed Kavanagh shot back.

During a recess, Kavanaugh’s wife told him to clean up his comments.

“As soon as they returned to the holding room, McGahn told Kavanaugh it was time to reel it in,” the authors wrote. “Ashley told Kavanaugh to calm down and encouraged him to find a way to address what he had said.” Kavanaugh apologized to Klobuchar after the break.

The book credits South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s defense of Kavanaugh during the hearing as a major turning point, saying it was “cathartic for those Americans whose views had been sidelined by the media in the previous two weeks.” Graham raised his voice in calling the hearings the “most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics” and turning to Democrats said, “Boy, y’all want power. God, I hope you never get it.”

After the explosive hearing, Kavanaugh took phone calls from both Trump and former President George W. Bush to “commend him for his testimony,” the book said.

“Text messages and emails poured in from people he knew in high school, college, law school, the independent counsel’s office, and the White House. He heard from people he knew during his clerkships and parents of children he had coached,” the authors wrote. “It was a survey of his life’s work, and it was reassuring and encouraging.”

Fox News’ Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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Jason Wright: Why God loves handprints

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Recently, I was visiting another church in another city for a meeting when I noticed tiny handprints on the glass doors. I had time to spare and my first thought was to grab a rag and some Windex and wipe them off.

Instead, I sat in a nearby chair and stared at them.

How old were the prints?

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How old were the kids who left them?

What was happening just before the moment of impact?

I answered the questions by allowing my mind to wander slowly to any Sabbath morning.

A mother and father ready their wild gaggle of children for church.

A single mom struggles to get her little ones dressed, fed and to the chapel on time.

A teenager comes with a younger sibling while their guardians guard the couch and television.

The day’s service, classes and the joyful singing are all glorious. All ages at their own level learn, worship and grow.

At the end of the meetings, hungry, pint-sized disciples of Christ wait patiently — or not — for the family to finish their foyer chats and hallway how-are-yous.

Wait! Just another two minutes. Because someone hasn’t hugged Ann yet, or maybe Penny or Deborah or Dolores.

No rush. Someone else still needs to check with Chris, Larry, Paul or the other Paul about this, that, or whatever is happening on Wednesday.

Naturally, while they wait, small hands pass time by making their mark on glass that belongs to God.

Isn’t it beautiful?

I confess my mind wandered even further that day. My thoughts flew all the way to places like Galilee, Gethsemane and Golgotha.

I pictured the hands of Savior of the world. Miraculous. Loving. Forgiving. Pierced. Bleeding. Scarred. Revealed.

They’re never hidden. His prints are everywhere!

His prints are on His scriptures, His gospel, His people.

They’re on my life and yours, if only we’ll allow them.

His prints are especially on His most beloved of all — little children.

Soon I was focused again on those dirty prints on an otherwise clean, pristine glass surface.

How gorgeous, I thought.

Loving families worshipped together.

Children were encouraged to sit still for a moment, to listen, to sing, to pray, to worship.

Where else would Christ want children on His day than in His house?

I know those prints are probably gone by now, wiped clean by well-meaning adults who rightfully desire to keep the Lord’s building clean and tidy.

But I hope they didn’t rush to wipe away the evidence that God’s children were right where they needed to be. Learning about the most holy hands in history and why those prints still matter all these years later.

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And yes, leaving a few prints of their own while they wait.

For you. For me. For Him.

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Philadelphia street sign honoring Patti LaBelle spelled incorrectly

The Philadelphia street sign recently presented to honor Patti LaBelle will be replaced this week after the city misspelled the singer’s name.

A stretch of Broad Street in LaBelle’s Pennsylvania hometown, between Locust and Spruce streets, was renamed “Patti LaBelle Way” during a ceremony Tuesday.

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Patti LaBelle, pictured here at a ceremony on Tuesday, was honored by the city of Philadelphia with a stretch of Broad Street renamed “Patti LaBelle Way.” (Associated Press)

But the city’s Streets Department spelled the singer’s name incorrectly — with a lowercase “b” in her last name.

Deana Gamble, a city spokeswoman, told the Philadelphia Inquirer the city was aware of the error and had plans to fix the street sign this week. A sign that LaBelle autographed during the ceremony had the correct spelling.

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A worker hangs a street sign before a ceremony honoring singer Patti LaBelle, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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LaBelle, 75, thanked fans who came out to the event, and reminisced about her parents walking down that very stretch of Broad Street.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Author of ‘Gone Girl’ slams attorney’s claim linking Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance to book

The author of “Gone Girl” says that allegations connecting missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos to her book’s main character — who concocts her disappearance to make it seem as though her husband murdered her — makes her sick.

Author Gillian Flynn said she’s been following 50-year-old Dulos’ story, and describes the situation as “so incredibly painful.”

“I’ve seen in recent coverage that Jennifer’s husband and his defense attorney have put forward a so-called ‘Gone Girl theory’ to explain Jennifer’s disappearance,” Flynn told WTNH-TV. “It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos’s lawyer as a defense, and as a hypothetical, sensationalized motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance.”

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Flynn’s story “Gone Girl,” published in 2012, revolves around a seemingly happy married couple. On their wedding anniversary, the wife suddenly disappears, and the husband becomes the prime suspect.

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Jennifer Dulos, pictured here, was reported missing on May 24. She was last seen dropping off her children at school in New Canaan, Conn. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

Norm Pattis, a lawyer for Fotis Dulos, Jennifer’s estranged husband, told Fox News last month that Jennifer “had a troubled past,” and described her as a writer who “wrote a manuscript similar to ‘Gone Girl.”

He said Fotis was “emotional, tired, distraught” over the “exhausting ordeal,” and the disappearance of Jennifer.

A spokesperson for the missing woman’s family and friends slammed the comments, saying: “This is not fiction or a movie. This is real life, as experienced every single day by Jennifer’s five young children, her family, and her friends.”

“We are heartbroken. Jennifer is not here to protect her children, and these false and irresponsible allegations hurt the children now and into the future,” spokesperson Carrie Luft added. “Evidence shows that Jennifer was the victim of a violent attack in her New Canaan home.”

Jennifer Dulos was reported missing on June 24 and was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban as she dropped off her kids at their private school in New Canaan.

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The couple was in the midst of a bitter custody battle over the five children. Pattis said Jennifer Dulos “seemed intent” on moving the children to New York, where her mother lived, against the joint custody agreement.

However, court documents revealed Jennifer Dulos was “terrified for [her] family’s safety.” She alleged that her husband, a custom home builder who was born and raised in Greece but attended Brown University in the U.S., “has a history of controlling, volatile and delusional behavior.”

Luft said Pattis’ suggestion that Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance was tied to a book she wrote was nonsensical.

“I read Jennifer’s novel in installments as she was completing the manuscript,” Luft said. “She finished the draft around 2002. (This was before she was dating Fotis Dulos.) Her book has nothing to do with Gone Girl (published in 2012).”

She added, “Jennifer’s novel is not a mystery. It’s a character-driven story that follows a young woman through relationships and self-discovery over a period of years. Like all of Jennifer’s writing, it expresses a deep longing for human connection and the need to be accepted as one’s true self.”

Fotis Dulos and his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, both pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in June.

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Pattis, in a previously released statement, said, “We are continuing our investigation of Ms. Dulos’s disappearance, and believe it to be entirely consistent with the evidence to conclude that she was not a victim of foul play at the hands of third parties.”

He continued, “Efforts to distance Ms. Dulos from a Gone Girl-type scenario are well-meaning, to be sure. But the fact remains that Ms. Dulos remains accountably ‘Gone,’ and had the imagination, means and motive to disappear.”

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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