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2020 Dems make hard sell for organized labor, but unions in no rush to endorse

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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Labor Day, “We honor and respect the millions and millions and millions of men and women who do the hard work that keeps this country going.”

The populist independent senator from Vermont – speaking to reporters ahead of marching in the largest annual Labor Day parade in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire – added it’s a day to spotlight “the needs of working families.” Sanders, once again, made his pitch to raise the minimum wage to “a living wage,” gender pay equality, and to make “it easier for workers to be able to join unions.”

Sanders has been making a hard sell for labor support while running a second straight time for the presidential nomination. As he unveiled his “Workplace Democracy” plan last month, he called for doubling union membership and giving workers the right to strike without the fear of their jobs being filled by replacement workers.

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Meanwhile, halfway across the country, former Vice President Joe Biden was greeting voters at the Hawkeye Area Labor Council Labor Day Picnic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the state that votes first in the nominating calendar.

The front-runner among the 2020 Democrats promised in an email to supporters that “if I’m elected president, together, we’ll protect and strengthen the right to organize and collectively bargain.”

Biden held the first rally of his latest White House bid at a union hall in Pittsburgh. And, on the campaign trail, the former vice president repeatedly had emphasized his longtime close ties with organized labor.

Biden’s message to union workers this Labor Day: “I’ll never forget the battles you’ve waged and victories you’ve won, and I’ll never forget to stand with you and with labor unions every day.”

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the third of the current top-three contenders among the Democrats, said in a message Monday to union members that “the playing field today is tilted against working families, and that is why now, more than ever, America needs a strong labor movement.”

The progressive senator from Massachusetts emphasized, “I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the labor movement and with working men and women across this country.”

But, while Biden, Sanders, Warren and many of the other candidates have been courting organized labor, unions appeared in no rush to jump in and make endorsements as the record-setting field of Democrats battled for the party’s presidential nomination.

Biden, to date, has been the only candidate to land a major national union endorsement. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) backed him days after he jumped into the race. The smaller United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America union endorsed Sanders last week.

It’s a switch from four years ago when many of the powerful national unions weighed in early – as most of them backed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.

This time around, with the White House hopefuls mostly in agreement on union-friendly causes such as the push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, there’s been less of an incentive for labor to endorse early in the process.

“I think we have a plethora of good candidates. I think the vetting process is much more in-depth this time around than last time around. We only had basically two candidates,” New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett told Fox News.

A veteran Democratic strategist with close ties to organized labor said some unions were sitting on the sidelines apparently because they’re worried they’ll endorse the wrong candidate.

“No union wants to be the one that steps out and messes up unity at the convention or unity in the party to actually beat Donald Trump,” said the strategist, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.

“It is the culture of this party right now to ‘just win’ and don’t worry about who it is. It needs to be someone more to the center. So, no union wants to step out to endorse somebody further to the left early and create some fight that will, later down the road if Trump is re-elected, be blamed for messing up,” the strategist added.

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While Trump didn’t land any major union endorsements in 2016, he did gain the support of plenty of rank-and-file members. Clinton won the union vote by just 8 percentage points, down from President Barack Obama’s 18-point margin over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

But, Brackett said he thought Trump’s in for a rude awakening in 2020, telling Fox News the president “blew a lot of smoke and a lot of people believed him. And, I think after the last three years of seeing his behavior, I don’t think he’s going to enjoy the same dept of support from union members that he did in the last election. I think he’s in for a big surprise this time around.”

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2020 Dems make hard sell for organized labor, but unions in no rush to endorse

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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Labor Day, “We honor and respect the millions and millions and millions of men and women who do the hard work that keeps this country going.”

The populist independent senator from Vermont – speaking to reporters ahead of marching in the largest annual Labor Day parade in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire – added it’s a day to spotlight “the needs of working families.” Sanders, once again, made his pitch to raise the minimum wage to “a living wage,” gender pay equality, and to make “it easier for workers to be able to join unions.”

Sanders has been making a hard sell for labor support while running a second straight time for the presidential nomination. As he unveiled his “Workplace Democracy” plan last month, he called for doubling union membership and giving workers the right to strike without the fear of their jobs being filled by replacement workers.

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Meanwhile, halfway across the country, former Vice President Joe Biden was greeting voters at the Hawkeye Area Labor Council Labor Day Picnic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the state that votes first in the nominating calendar.

The front-runner among the 2020 Democrats promised in an email to supporters that “if I’m elected president, together, we’ll protect and strengthen the right to organize and collectively bargain.”

Biden held the first rally of his latest White House bid at a union hall in Pittsburgh. And, on the campaign trail, the former vice president repeatedly had emphasized his longtime close ties with organized labor.

Biden’s message to union workers this Labor Day: “I’ll never forget the battles you’ve waged and victories you’ve won, and I’ll never forget to stand with you and with labor unions every day.”

THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the third of the current top-three contenders among the Democrats, said in a message Monday to union members that “the playing field today is tilted against working families, and that is why now, more than ever, America needs a strong labor movement.”

The progressive senator from Massachusetts emphasized, “I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the labor movement and with working men and women across this country.”

But, while Biden, Sanders, Warren and many of the other candidates have been courting organized labor, unions appeared in no rush to jump in and make endorsements as the record-setting field of Democrats battled for the party’s presidential nomination.

Biden, to date, has been the only candidate to land a major national union endorsement. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) backed him days after he jumped into the race. The smaller United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America union endorsed Sanders last week.

It’s a switch from four years ago when many of the powerful national unions weighed in early – as most of them backed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.

This time around, with the White House hopefuls mostly in agreement on union-friendly causes such as the push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, there’s been less of an incentive for labor to endorse early in the process.

“I think we have a plethora of good candidates. I think the vetting process is much more in-depth this time around than last time around. We only had basically two candidates,” New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett told Fox News.

A veteran Democratic strategist with close ties to organized labor said some unions were sitting on the sidelines apparently because they’re worried they’ll endorse the wrong candidate.

“No union wants to be the one that steps out and messes up unity at the convention or unity in the party to actually beat Donald Trump,” said the strategist, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.

“It is the culture of this party right now to ‘just win’ and don’t worry about who it is. It needs to be someone more to the center. So, no union wants to step out to endorse somebody further to the left early and create some fight that will, later down the road if Trump is re-elected, be blamed for messing up,” the strategist added.

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While Trump didn’t land any major union endorsements in 2016, he did gain the support of plenty of rank-and-file members. Clinton won the union vote by just 8 percentage points, down from President Barack Obama’s 18-point margin over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

But, Brackett said he thought Trump’s in for a rude awakening in 2020, telling Fox News the president “blew a lot of smoke and a lot of people believed him. And, I think after the last three years of seeing his behavior, I don’t think he’s going to enjoy the same dept of support from union members that he did in the last election. I think he’s in for a big surprise this time around.”

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Boat ‘Engulfed in Flames’ Leaves Over 30 Missing Off Santa Cruz Island

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OXNARD, Calif. — The United States Coast Guard is searching for more than 30 people after a scuba diving boat caught fire off the coast of Southern California early Monday morning.

Five crew members, who were on board when the fire began, were able to evacuate, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, Capt. Monica Rochester, said at a news conference. The passengers were believed to have been asleep below deck on the boat, which multiple officials identified as a 75-foot scuba diving vessel named Conception. “The crew was actually already awake and on the bridge and they jumped off,” she said.

The crew eventually made their way to a nearby 60-foot fisherman boat, The Grape Escape, owned by Bob and Shirley Hansen, who were asleep when they began to hear pounding on the side of the vessel around 3:30 a.m, Mr. Hansen said in an interview. He soon threw on a pair of shorts and opened a cabin door to find five frightened men in their underwear.

The men, said Mr. Hansen, told him they were crew on the nearby diving vessel, Conception, which they had jumped from after a fire onboard grew out of control. They used an inflatable tender boat to reach Mr. and Mrs. Hansen, the only other boat anchored in the area, in Platts Harbor, north of Santa Cruz Island, he said.

The enormity of the situation became clear a moment later when Mr. Hansen saw the glow of massive flames in the dark.

“When we looked out, the other boat was totally engulfed in flames, from stem to stern,” he said, adding his boat was about 300 feet away from the Conception. “I could see the fire coming through holes on the side of the boat. There were these explosions every few beats. You can’t prepare yourself for that. It was horrendous.”

“The fire was too big, there was absolutely nothing we could do. You never anticipate something like this. We just felt so helpless,” he added.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen gave clothes to the crew members, and helped dry them off. One he believed had broken his leg, evidently during the escape, and was in pain, he said. Two of the crew went back out toward the Conception to look for passengers who may have made it off the boat; they found no one, he said.

Search and rescue operations are still being conducted, and crews are searching the shoreline for survivors, Captain Rochester said. The boat sank earlier in the morning in the harbor, about 20 yards from shore, as fire department crews fought the blaze.

“Our hearts are with the families and loved ones affected by this tragic incident,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Twitter. “We are eternally grateful for our heroic first responders that are on site — working to ensure every individual is found.”

A 75-foot boat named Conception had been scheduled for a three-day diving trip in the area beginning on Saturday, according to the website of Truth Aquatics, a Santa Barbara trip operator, which counts the Conception among its fleet.

There was still no information on Monday about the nature of the fire. Captain Rochester said the boat was fully in compliance and had no prior violations.

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Jonathan Blackman said in an interview on Monday that he had been on diving trips on Truth Aquatics boats, including one last year, and had always found the staff on board to be professional.

“They’re usually men and women who are dedicated to the sport themselves,” said Mr. Blackman, 53, who lives in San Francisco and has been diving for decades. “They want to make sure everyone has a good time. Their focus is on safety.”

On such trips, he said, passengers typically sleep below deck, where points of entry and exit can be limited. Last week, Mr. Blackman booked a four-day trip with Truth Aquatics, a tour scheduled for October aboard the Conception.

At the news conference, Captain Rochester said that 34 people were still missing, though estimates from officials had been in flux throughout the morning on Monday. (Less than an hour before the news conference, the Coast Guard itself had said in a statement that only 33 were missing.)

The Coast Guard picked up a mayday call related to the fire at about 3:15 a.m. and dispatched two helicopter crews and several boats to the scene, where they were met by partner law enforcement agencies.

Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Calif., where the local Coast Guard is headquartered, was covered in fog on Monday morning, which locals said was an everyday occurrence and frequently cleared up by the afternoon. Despite the tragedy offshore, business continued largely as usual along the harbor; out on the water were recreational boats, kayakers and paddle boarders.

Santa Cruz Island, in Santa Barbara County, is one of five islands in Channel Islands National Park, according to the website for the National Park Service, which owns and manages about a quarter of the island. The other three-quarters is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. California’s largest island, at about 96 square miles, Santa Cruz Island is about 20 miles from Ventura, the website said.

Jose A. Del Real reported from Oxnard, Calif., and Niraj Chokshi from New York.

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Jason Chaffetz: Democrats want to change the rules because their ‘ideas are not winning’

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Fox News contributor and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz said that “Democrats” want to change the rules of the electoral process because “their ideas are not winning,” firing back at MSNBC Host Chris Hayes’ who said that the electoral college would be unconstitutional “if it wasn’t specifically for the presidency.”

“The electoral college is in the constitution, so, yes, it is constitutional and has been for a couple of hundred years and it’s not going away,” Chaffetz told “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

Chaffetz said that small states such as Kansas, Utah, Delaware, and Rhode Island get representation in the presidential election to prevent from being shut out from a “popular vote,” contributed from “big states.”

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“That was the deal that our Founders came together to say, hey, this is how we find the proper balance. This is how we make sure big states don’t overrun us and it’s part of our rich heritage.”

“But It’s also part of a pattern,” Chaffetz asserted.

“They want to change the way we do things in 2020 and the future because their ideas are not winning, but they’ve got to change the rules of the road,” he said.

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Chaffetz said that [President] Donald Trump won 60% of the states in the 2016 presidential election. “He dominated. He kicked her butt, quite frankly.”

Chaffetz went on to promote his book “The Power Grab,” which, he explained, is premised on what Democrats are “doing behind the scenes” to change the rules.

He cites “ballot harvesting” as something Democrats want to make “legal all around the country.” He said, “They [Democrats] can go in, you don’t have to actually go to the poll, they can gather those ballots for you and they can turn them in for you.”

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“They did it [Ballot harvesting] in California. It’s the reason we’re having another special election next week in North Carolina,” Chaffetz said.

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Bindi Irwin shares tribute video to late father Steve: ‘Love lasts forever’

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Bindi Irwin paid tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin, in honor of Australia’s Father’s Day on September 1.

The 21-year-old conservationist shared a sweet video on Instagram depicting her late dad, who died in 2006 after a long-running career of championing environmental causes and educating viewers on animals.

The video features a montage of footage of Steve and Bindi’s mother Terri playing with her as a child and introducing her to the world of animals. She giggles as her father, also known as The Crocodile Hunter, pretends to wrestle a stuffed snake and croc.

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“It’s Father’s Day here in Australia,” Bindi wrote. “Reflecting on these wonderful moments. Hug the people in your life who bring light to your heart and always remember that love lasts forever.”

This isn’t the first time this year that Bindi has paid tribute to her late father on social media. After announcing her surprise engagement to her boyfriend of six years, Chandler Powell, she posted a note about her brother, Robert, walking her down the aisle in the future.

“Dad, You would be so incredibly proud of Robert,” she wrote on Instagram. “He has been such an amazing support during this beautiful new life chapter. I know you’d be beaming with pride when the time comes that he walks me down the aisle. I wish you could be here for these moments, but I know that your spirit lives on in us.”

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Bindi previously told Entertainment Tonight that, in addition to amending the tradition of having her dad walk her down the aisle, she’s planning to change the traditional father-daughter-dance to a mother-daughter-dance with Terri.

“I think, if I was going to do a dance, it would be with my mom,” she shared. “My mom and I are so close. She’s my pillar of strength in life and I love her beyond description.

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“So I think, when the time comes, Robert will walk me down the aisle, [Chandler and I] will have our wonderful moment and I’ll have my dance with mom,” Bindi added. “I think that would be wonderful.”

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Scott Gunn: On Labor Day and every day, honoring workers honors God

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Since it became a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day has honored the labor union movement, American workers and the important work they do. As a Christian, I believe that God has given each person a unique vocation – an appointed kind of work. Honoring workers honors the work that God gives us.

Economists and politicians have a special interest in Labor Day. But so too do religious leaders. My interest is not partisan maneuvering or enrichment, but rather celebrating the dignity of work itself.

I believe that God calls each person to particular work. Some are called to be parents, others to be firefighters or factory workers, while still others are meant to be doctors or lawyers.

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When priests like me use words like “vocation” only to talk about the call to ordained ministry, we do a disservice to other workers. The plumber can do God’s work as well as the teacher or the priest.

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When we see things this way, it means that we will naturally want to encourage all people to find the thing that they are called to do. It also means we can see every kind of work as holy and important.

Thinking this way keeps me from believing that I’m better or worse than others. Seeing all work as holy and important ensures that I will be grateful for all those whose work supports others.

While Labor Day is a modern holiday, the idea of honoring work and workers is ancient. There are teachings in the Bible on this topic that are especially relevant today.

There is a flip side to seeing all work as holy and important. We need to treat all workers with dignity. It doesn’t do much good to say that factory workers are important and then to treat them poorly.

Labor Day is thus not just a celebration of workers, but also a call to action. We must each do our part to ensure that all workers are treated with dignity and that their work is honored and valued.

In this way, the connection between this holiday and the labor movement makes a lot of sense. This is a day to give thanks for workers and for all who strive to improve the conditions of workers.

While Labor Day is a modern holiday, the idea of honoring work and workers is ancient. There are teachings in the Bible on this topic that are especially relevant today.

Jesus teaches in Luke 3: “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

This warning came to tax collectors, who often abused their position to take advantage of others, but it surely applies to all workers. Refraining from dishonest business practices is a Christian precept.

Jeremiah 22 warns: “Woe to him who builds his house on wrongdoing, his roof-chambers on injustice; Who works his neighbors without pay, and gives them no wages.” This teaches us that we cannot claim to be righteous people of faith and also rob others of their wages or mistreat workers.

In the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5), God orders us to work six days and keep one day as a day of rest. God’s desire is that all people set aside time for rest and re-creation. In our culture, we’re all busy all the time. This goes against what God asks us to do.

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Obeying the commandment to rest requires that some basic conditions be met first. Too many people are not paid a living wage, and so they must work ceaselessly. Calling for a living wage supports the divinely appointed time of rest that God asks of us.

So today, let us give thanks for our own work and for the work of others. I hope each one of us will pray for guidance. Are we doing the work God has in mind for us? And are we doing what we can to dignify the work of others?

There is a beautiful prayer for workers in The Book of Common Prayer used by the Episcopal Church. We often say this prayer at bedtime. I love how it acknowledges that each one of us depends on the work of others.

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Here is the prayer: “O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Work is holy. Workers are holy people. This day, let us see the connections between our lives and the work of others. Let us honor workers and honor God.

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Boy, 11, survives near-fatal fall off bike, being run over by semi-truck: ‘I’m thankful to God’

A week after being run over by a semi, an 11-year-old boy is thanking God he can go home.

Emilio Corrales, who also goes by “Mio,” is recovering at the Wesley Medical Center after being hit by a semi after falling off his bike, Aug. 23 northbound on U.S. 83 Business, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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“I’m thankful to God because I didn’t die,” Emilio told KWCH. “I thought I was gonna die, when I got hit by a semi-truck.”

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Emilio Corrales, 11, was run over by a semi last Saturday but a week later released from the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. (GoFundMe/Little Man Emilio aka Mio)

Emilio, an avid wrestler in Colorado, got a visit from the Carroll Wrestling Club that brought him gifts and words of encouragement Sunday.

The 11-year-old’s father, Oscar Corrales, started a GoFundMe to help cover the medical expenses called “Little Man Emilio aka Mio” with the goal of raising $20,000.

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“I’m a single father trying to raise a little money for helping some of this medical stuff and bills and for Emilio transportation,” Corrales, whose heart was shattered week earlier after his son’s incident, wrote on the page.

He thanked God multiple times in a lengthy Facebook post, also thanking as many people as he could from EMTs to hospital staff to prayer warriors, noting the miracle that his son went from being hit by a semi with a fractured skull, fractured scapula, torn ACL and shoulder muscles, yet sent home a week later and expected to make a full recovery.

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“They prayed and believed in me and I’m just thankful for that,” Emilio told the local media. “I’m ready to go home, I’m happy I get to go home.”

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Dwyane Wade And Pat Riley Dancing In Saint Tropez Is Peak WTF

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Just retired Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat president Pat Riley shook up social media with a clip of them dancing. (See the video below.)

But this wasn’t some black-tie affair in South Beach. That might make sense. It was on a yacht. In Saint Tropez. Wearing “Aladdin”-like costumes. And grooving to the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.”

This belongs in the Hall of Fame of WTF.

Riley, the intense former Lakers, Knicks and Heat coach, is 74 and judging from the Instagram clip, posted Sunday by Wade, he can chill now. 

But wait, that wasn’t all. Actor and “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union posted a clip of her dancing with husband Wade in which Riley briefly joins in. Then he stops to look at his phone. Maybe he’s trying to shore up the Heat lineup for next season?

Enjoy that French Riviera vibe, everyone.

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Texas shooter was fired from job before rampage, reports say. Here’s what we know

ODESSA, Texas — Unnamed officials told the New York Times that the gunman, who left seven people dead and 22 injured after opening fire in two West Texas towns, was fired from his job hour before Saturday’s massacre. 

The shooting began with a routine traffic stop where the gunman opened fire on police, then took off in a gold car, shooting randomly for more than 10 miles.

The shooter was later named in a Facebook post by the Odessa Police Department.

The incident began when a gold-colored car was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper for failing to signal.

Police say the shooter grabbed a rifle and shot at a pair of troopers through the rear-view window — wounding one — before driving away. He then sped off and continued his rampage, firing at motorists and pedestrians before hijacking a U.S. Postal Service truck.

The shooter was killed after being chased by officers from neighboring cities Midland and Odessa.

Police say investigators are still researching potential motives for the shooting.

The West Texas community is banding together to show solidarity and support to the victims and their families. Hundreds of people gathered at a local university in the Permian Basin region Sunday evening for a prayer vigil to console each other and grieve the loss of life.

Madison Tate, spokesperson for Odessa Regional Medical Center, which initially received six shooting victims, said Monday afternoon two victims remain hospitalized “and are showing signs of improvement.” Four victims were discharged Saturday.

One victim remains in critical condition, Tate said, but is stable and showing signs of improvement. Tate said the other victim’s condition has improved and the victim is no longer in intensive care.

Police have yet to release a list of the victims’ names, but media outlets have been able to confirm some victims through GoFundMe pages and social media: 

Mary Granados

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed to the USA TODAY Network that one of its employees — 29-year-old Mary Granados — was among those killed. 

“The Postal Service is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred yesterday in the Midland-Odessa area,” a USPS statement said. “We are especially grieving the loss of our postal family member, letter carrier Mary Granados, age 29, and we continue to keep her family in our thoughts.”

USPS said its law enforcement arm, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, is working with law enforcement to assist in the investigation. 

Rosie Granados, Mary’s sister, told CNN that she heard Mary scream as she was shot while talking on the phone. 

“It was very painful,” Granados told the news outlet. “I just wanted to help her and I couldn’t. I thought she had got bit by a dog or something. I tried calling her name and she wouldn’t answer.”

Rosie Granados and a former coworker named Leslie Aide set up a GoFundMe page to offset funeral expenses.

Joseph Griffith

Joseph Griffith, 40, was waiting at a traffic light with his wife and two children when he was fatally shot, Carla Byrne, Griffith’s oldest sister, told The Washington Post.

“This maniac pulled up next to him and shot him, took away his life, murdered my baby brother,” Griffith told The Post. “Like nothing. We are so broken.”

Byrne told the news outlet that Griffith had been a math teacher who cared deeply for his students.

Becky Griffith, Joseph’s wife, urged people to attend church in a Facebook post Sunday morning.

“I’ve been up most of the night and I’d like to ask you all to get up and go to church,” Griffith wrote. “Pray for those still fighting for their lives, pray for those devastated by what they witnessed yesterday and pray for those dealing losses. Get the word of God in your heart and love each other.”

Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Arco

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Rodolfo “Rudy” Arco, 57, had left his home in Las Vegas after the anniversary of a mass shooting that took place at a music festival there in 2017, according to his sister Maria Arco. 

“He felt that Odessa was the place to go,” she said. “He sold everything in Vegas and moved there, in the hopes that things would be safer for him and the family.”

Rudy, who owned a trucking company in Odessa, was driving on Saturday when three bullets were fired at his truck. Two went through the cab and one came right through the window and killed him instantly, Arco said. 

Rudy’s daughter, Julieanna, works at Music City Mall in Odessa. After being released from lockdown there on Saturday, she headed home and saw her father’s truck on the side of the road, Arco said. Julieanna was directed to the hospital, her aunt said. 

Arco said that she, Rudy and their youngest brother, Emilio, moved with their family to the U.S. as Cuban refugees in 1969.  She described her brother as loving and joyous — the kind of person who’d always try to help other people at a party to have fun.

“He enjoyed life,” she said.

He was an entrepreneur who started the trucking business in Odessa and previously owned several taquerias in Las Vegas.

Arco described the violence in this country as a “societal ill.” 

“It’s not a geographical ill that is in this country,” she said. “We need to take care of whatever is ailing our families in our society. I don’t think it’s guns, I think it goes deeper than that. It’s not about one physical thing — I think it goes to the emotional.”

Above all, Arco said society must take a collective stand against violence.

“I just think it’s too many,” she said. “Our legislators can only do so much, but I think society is the one that needs to say, ‘Okay, we’re done here.’”

A GoFundMe has been started for Rudy’s family.

Leilah Hernandez

Leilah Herandez was the youngest among the dead.

Leilah’s grandmother, Nora Leyva, told The Post that she spent two years helping the family plan the girl’s quinceañera, which they celebrated in May. 

Leyva described to The Post how Leilah’s mother was stunned as she mourned the loss of her 15-year-old daughter. The family remained gathered at the Odessa hospital where they awaited updates on the condition of Leilah’s 18-year-old brother, Nathan, who was shot while his arms were around her.

The Ector County Independent School District tweeted it was mourning the loss of one of its students but didn’t name Leilah. 

“We are heartbroken and outraged by the violence that struck our community and our school district today,” the school district tweeted. “We are learning that we have lost friends, family members, as well as one of our students.”

The district added that it will provide additional councilors to help staff, students and families process the tragedy.

Kameron Brown

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Kameron Brown survived the deserts of Afghanistan as a U.S. Army soldier before he was gunned down in the country he called home.

Standard Safety & Supply, a first-aid and fire protection service based in Odessa where Brown was employed, mourned the loss of its former employee on the company Facebook page.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of our team died tragically as a victim of the senseless and horrifying shootings that occurred in and around Odessa on Saturday,” the company wrote. “We ask that the privacy of our team member and his family be respected during this most difficult time.”

The company also shared a link to a GoFundMe page, which described Brown as being a resident of Brownwood, Texas, a city nearly 200 miles east of Odessa.

“The funds raised through this campaign will provide financial assistance for Kameron’s family as they make funeral arrangements for their beloved family member,” the GoFundMe page said. The page’s organizer, Meghan Farmer, did not specify her relationship with Brown or his family.

The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, expressed its condolences on Facebookand said Brown had attended school in Coleman, east of Midland. 

Edwin Peregrino

Edwin Peregrino, 25, was visiting his parents in Odessa when he went outside to investigate the sound of gunshots and was hit, The Post reported.

His sister, Eritizi Peregrino, told the news outlet her brother was visiting after recently moving to San Antonio. 

“You’re not even safe at your own house,” Peregrino told The Post.

Peregrino’s husband also was shot, but is recovering. 

22 others injured

Nearly two dozen other people were injured in the mass shooting, including a 17-month-old girl and three law enforcement officers.

One of those officers was Zack Owens, 28, with Midland’s police department.

According to a GoFundMe page created for him, Owens was shot multiple times in the arm and hand. His most serious injury was glass shards in his eye.

The page’s creator, Abigail McCollough, is Owens’s cousin by marriage.

“What we really need is a lot of prayer. Not only for Zack, but for everyone impacted by today’s events,” McCollough wrote in a Facebook post.

Owens has been an officer with the department since December 2014, according to a Police Department post on Facebook. On Sunday, the Midland Police Department posted on Facebook a message of thanks to the community, including their “cherished brother” Owens.

Daniel Munoz, 28, who was injured, recalled the harrowing details of coming into the path of the gunman, who was later killed by officers. Munoz was in his car on the way to meet a friend for a drink, when he yielded to a car coming off Interstate 20. He noticed what he feared to be a barrel of a rifle in the hands of the driver.

“This is my street instincts: When a car is approaching you and you see a gun of any type, just get down,” Munoz, who moved from San Diego about a year ago to work in oil country, told The Associated Press. “Luckily I got down. … Sure enough, I hear the shots go off. He let off at least three shots on me.”

He’s not exactly sure, but it appeared one shot hit the engine, another struck the driver’s side window and a third a rear window. Some shattered glass punctured his left shoulder, causing him to bleed and go to a nearby hospital. He said he’s physically OK but bewildered by the experience.

“I’m just trying to turn the corner and I got shot — I’m getting shot at?” Munoz said. “What’s the world coming to? For real?”

Seventeen-month-old Anderson Davis had shrapnel in her right chest and injuries to her face. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said her mother, Kelby Davis, texted: “Her mouth is pretty bad, but will heal and can be fixed. Thankfully it doesn’t seem like her jaw was hit. Just lips, teeth and tongue. … We are thanking God for healing her and appreciate continued prayers.”

Abbott said the girl’s mother also texted: “Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play.”

A joint public statement issued by the Davis family offered thanks to emergency responders, hospital staff and “strangers who offered to help us on the street.”

Eric Finley, spokesman for UMC Health System in Lubbock, said in an email that the toddler was released from hospital Sunday.

A local funeral home, Perches, offered to provide free funeral services for families impacted by the shooting.

The shooter

At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said police knew the shooter’s identity, but refused to release it to the media. Gerke said he wouldn’t give the mass shooter additional notoriety. 

The shooter was identified as 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator in a Facebook post by the Odessa Police Department.

Westlake Legal Group  Texas shooter was fired from job before rampage, reports say. Here’s what we know

Online court records show he was arrested in 2001 for a misdemeanor offense that would not have prevented him from legally purchasing firearms in Texas, although authorities have not said where he got the “AR style” weapon he used.

Police said his arrest was in the county where Waco is located, hundreds of miles east of Odessa. Records show he was charged then with misdemeanor criminal trespass and evading arrest. He entered guilty pleas in a deferred prosecution agreement where the charge was waived after he served 24 months of probation, according to records.

Searches under his name yielded few results on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Public records list his address in Lorena, Texas — a small city with a population of roughly 1,800 people, according to census data. The city is approximately 300 miles east of Odessa-Midland.

Records also suggest he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas in 2005, and appeared to have attended McLennan Community College, also in Waco, between 2007 and 2013.

Rodriguez reported from McLean, VA. Contributing: Molly Duerig, Perry Vandell, George Schroeder and Marco della Cava, Arizona Republic; the Associated Press.

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Count on hurricanes to spark storms of online misinformation

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The names of hurricanes may change, but one thing seems to stay the same: Misinformation spreads quickly during these dangerous storms.

Hurricane Dorian, an extremely powerful Category 4 storm that has brought misery to the Bahamas since making landfall Sunday, is expected to be no different.

Here’s a sampling of false information, fabricated photos and hoaxes that have accompanied other big name hurricanes. While some of the misleading information — much of which is spread on social media — may be lighthearted, it can also create confusion or lead to dangerous situations.

CLAIM: All shelters and hotels are required to take in pets.

THE FACTS: It depends on the shelter. Before heading to a shelter or hotel, check to make sure that they allow pets. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act does require that hotels and shelters take in service animals, according to FEMA.

CLAIM: Keeping a window slightly open will prevent wind pressure from breaking them.

THE FACTS: This is false. All doors and windows should be kept closed so debris doesn’t come in, according to NOAA. Windows should be boarded up with plywood, not taped.

CLAIM: Generators can be used indoors.

THE FACTS: A portable generator should never be turned on indoors, even if doors and windows are open. Generators release carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to keep a generator at least 20 feet away from the house. Don’t refill the generator with gasoline while it’s still turned on.

CLAIM: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement along with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials check for citizenship status at shelters.

THE FACTS: FEMA rebutted this claim during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. During Harvey, ICE and CBP released a statement stating that routine noncriminal immigration enforcement operations would not be conducted at evacuation sites or at shelters or food banks.

An ICE spokesman told The Associated Press in an email that the statement holds true for Dorian.

“Despite false rumors to the contrary, ICE does not conduct immigration enforcement operations at hurricane evacuation sites or shelters, such as during and immediately after hurricanes,” he said.

CLAIM: Don’t remove wet carpeting and flooring until FEMA assesses it.

THE FACTS: Cleaning up after the storm won’t stop you from receiving FEMA assistance. Take photos and video of damaged property for FEMA, and clean up as soon as possible to prevent mold.

Probably the most popular image to circulate on social media when there is a storm or flooding is a manipulated image of a shark swimming in a flooded roadway by a car. And by Thursday, such an image was being floated on Facebook.

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