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3 soldiers die, 3 hurt in Army Fort Stewart training accident

Three soldiers were killed and three more injured Sunday when an armored vehicle crashed during training exercises at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

The soldiers, with the Army’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, but details of the incident were not immediately released. Three soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene, and the others were evacuated to Winn Army Community Hospital where they are being treated and evaluated for their injuries, Fort Stewart spokesman Lt. Col. Patrick Husted said in a statement.

“Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy.”

Dogface is a term for soldiers serving in the infantry.

22 paratroopers injured: Wind blew them into trees at Camp Shelby

The investigation was continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available, Husted said. The names of the soldiers will be released Monday, he added.

Earlier this month, almost two dozen paratroopers were injured at Camp Shelby in Mississippi when troops jumping from a C-130 in high winds and were blown from their intended drop zone into a group of pine trees.

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield is home to the 3rd Infantry Division and more than 18,000 soldiers and 4,000 Army civilian workers. The 450-square-mile base is responsible for training, equipping, deploying, and redeploying active and reserve Army units.

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Fort Stewart training accident leaves 3 soldiers dead, 3 injured, officials say

Three soldiers were killed and three others were hospitalized after a training accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Sunday, according to officials.

Fort Stewart said in a news release that six 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers were involved in the incident when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle they were riding on was involved in an accident early Sunday.

“Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area,” Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, said in a statement. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more.”

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Three of the six soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene, while the three others were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital where they are being treated and evaluated for their injuries.

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Three soldiers were killed and three others were injured in a training accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia early Sunday. (Army Photo)

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy,” Aguto said.

 32 PARATROOPERS INJURED, 18 HOSPITALIZED IN MISSISSIPPI AIRBORNE EXERCISE, OFFICIALS SAY

The names of the soldiers have not yet been released, pending identification of family members, according to base officials.

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“The entire 3ID extends its deepest condolences to the families of the soldiers involved in this incident,” base officials said.

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Mick Mulvaney Melts Down Under Brutal Grilling By Fox’s Chris Wallace – Wallace repeatedly threw Mulvaney’s own remarks back in his face by playing clips from last week’s press briefing and at one point declared, “you said what you said.”

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Instagrammers risk getting ‘robbed’ recreating ‘Joker’ scene: ‘The Bronx is not a friendly place’

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Some people just want to watch the world burn, while others just want to do anything to get likes on Instagram.

A staircase in New York City has become a surprise tourist attraction after it was featured in the movie “Joker.” While fans are apparently flocking to the location to recreate scenes from the film, some locals are taking to social media to remind people that the area might not be the safest.

The stairs, located at 167th Street in the Bronx, appear in the movie when the titular character dances down them in full clown make-up. The scene was heavily featured in promotional materials for the film and clearly resonated among fans.

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Not everyone is thrilled with the area’s newfound fame, however. As one Twitter user put it, “Apparently the stairs up on 167th in the #Bronx is now called #JokerStairs and are becoming a tourist attraction… People really trying to robbed and killed for real. Not me.”

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Another user posted, “those awful stairs on 167 are now renamed ‘the joker stairs’ so I [sic] just want to remind everyone that the Bronx [sic] is not a friendly place for tourist attractions you will get robbed beloved.”

This doesn’t seem to be stopping people, however. More and more fans are posting pictures on the stairs every day and, as some users have pointed out, the location has been added to Google Maps.

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Another user described the stairs as “nothing but an asthma attack and a swift robbery set up… But you know… Welcome to The South Bronx [sic].”

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Dog runs over owner with four-wheeler in Alabama accident: report

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A dog was being blamed for an accident in Alabama in which her owner was run over by his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle.

The man, whose name was not released, was seriously injured in the incident, which happened Thursday in Loxley, a local television station reported.

The man pulled into a bakery on Highway 59 with the pooch tied to a leash, the station, WKRG-TV, reported Saturday.

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When the dog tried to run off, somehow the leash became tangled with the throttle.

The acceleration threw the man to the ground and the vehicle then rolled on top of him, according to the station.

The highway was shut down so that a chopper could land to airlift the man to the hospital.

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Cops took custody of the dog for a brief time, WKRG reported. She wasn’t hurt

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This Day in History: Oct. 20

On this day, Oct. 20 …

2011: Muammar Qaddafi, 69, Libya’s dictator for 42 years, is killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelm his hometown of Sirte and capture the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime falls.

Also on this day:

  • 1803: The U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1944: During World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur steps ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after saying, “I shall return.”
  • 1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion picture industry.
  • 1967: A jury in Meridian, Miss., convicts seven men of violating the civil rights of slain civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner; the seven receives prison terms ranging from 3 to 10 years.
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  • 1973: In the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox is dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resign.
  • 1977: Three members of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, are killed along with three others in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Miss.
  • 1986: The government of Nicaragua formally charges captured American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus with several crimes, including terrorism. (Although convicted and sentenced to prison, Hasenfus would be pardoned and released by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.)
  • 1990: Three members of the rap group 2 Live Crew are acquitted by a jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., of violating obscenity laws with an adults-only concert in nearby Hollywood the previous June.
  • 1999: The government lays out new rules to protect children’s privacy on the internet and to shield them from commercial e-mail.
  • 1999: Elizabeth Dole abandons her Republican bid to be America’s first woman president.
  • 2001: Officials announce that anthrax has been discovered in a House postal facility on Capitol Hill.
  • 2004: A U.S. Army staff sergeant, Ivan “Chip” Frederick, pleads guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. (Frederick would sentenced to eight years in prison and paroled in 2007.)
  • 2018: Saudi Arabia announces that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul; there is immediate international skepticism over the Saudi account that Khashoggi died during a “fistfight.”
  • 2018: President Trump says the U.S. will pull out of a landmark arms control agreement with the former Soviet Union; he says Russia is violating the pact and that it is keeping the U.S. from developing new weapons.
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Are unions back? GM, Chicago teacher strikes show how unions can start winning again

To special education teacher Maggie Sermont, the rationale for a strike against Chicago’s public schools boils down to a simple “enough!”

And more workers are joining the call by showing a willingness to strike, reawakening the nation’s organized labor movement after decades of mostly small gains.

Unions are making a powerful comeback. Americans approve of labor unions by 64%, only two percentage points shy of the highest mark recorded in the past 50 years and 16 points above the low in 2009, Gallup reported two months ago.

Last year, there were 20 major work stoppages across several industries, the highest total since 2007. The strikes and walkouts included a lot of school districts, but also big corporate names like AT&T and Marriott. The number of workers involved, 485,000, was the highest since 1986, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

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The Chicago teachers’ walkout comes as more than 46,000 General Motors workers start voting Saturday on a tentative agreement won after a five-week strike that scored gains for the United Auto Workers union.

As for the Chicago teachers’ action, the walkout followed a string of similar strikes around the country, including ones in conservative states like Kentucky and West Virginia that might not, on their face, seem sympathetic to labor actions by public workers.

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Earlier this year, 34,000 Los Angeles educators struck for six days. Their resulting contract not only raised their pay by 6% but lowered class sizes while creating additional school nurse and librarian positions. In fact, teachers across the country have nabbed win after win.

Now, Chicago teachers are striking, hoping  that their timing is right.

“It is really a unique opportunity right now in American politics of unionism and especially the teaching profession,” said Sermont, who teaches at Chalmers Elementary and who is also a union delegate. “We have seen instances of teachers’ unions standing up saying: ‘This is enough!'”

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To those following unions’ newfound power, the explanations seem obvious. Wages for workers are up – median wages for full-time and salaried workers have risen 3.6% to $919 a week over the past year. But it’s not enough for many, especially given the yawning income gap with the super-rich.

“The average person is observing the good economic times, not sharing in it. In fact, they may be losing ground,” said Harley Shaiken, a University of California-Berkeley professor who specializes in work, technology, and global production issues. “It doesn’t do any good to watch the stock market climb,” he said, if you can’t participate in it.

Amid the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 and the overall economic boom, workers are feeling emboldened in ways they never did a decade ago. During the Great Recession, many were “very fearful, very uncertain,” Shaiken said. Now, “the political winds are shifting.” 

It’s paying off for workers. Under the tentative contract to end the GM strike, UAW members won pay raises, retained health-care benefits and will see signing bonuses of up to $11,000. The big loss was the inability to persuade GM, which reported $2.4 billion in quarterly profit just as negotiations got underway, to retain production at its Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio.

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Workers didn’t fight just for themselves, but for their coworkers. Creating a pathway for permanent status for GM’s temporary workers, who earn a fraction of the pay despite often doing the same job, became a big issue in the strike. It was ultimately resolved as part of the package won by the UAW, or more formally, the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.

“The UAW strike touched a nerve,” said Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center‌ in Los Angeles. Paying factory workers differently for the same tasks divides them and “will continually transform middle-class jobs into low-wage jobs.”

For Chicago’s teachers, the issues are different, but the mood is the same. The union wants the nation’s third-largest school district to hire more support staff, limit class sizes and offer higher pay to workers like school secretaries and classroom aides.

“I don’t think we’re asking for too much,” said Dian Palmer, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents some of those workers like custodians, bus drivers or special-education assistants. “We’re looking to lift our members out of poverty.”

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Chicago’s teachers, who have been offered a 16% raise over five years, have shown they can attain big goals, said Jane McAlevey, a labor organizer, negotiator and author of several books on labor, including her next, “A Collective Bargain.” She credits the Chicago teacher strike of 2012 with raising up union leaders who won’t back down and showing other teachers around the country they can do the same.

Teachers don’t just walk out and picket, she said. They use their skills as communicators and educators to show Chicagoans why they deserved more.

“It’s workers standing up for themselves,” McAlevey said. 

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They’re married! Jennifer Lawrence weds art dealer Cooke Maroney

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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to art gallerist Cooke Maroney. The “Hunger Games” star’s rep, Liz Mahoney, confirmed the news to USA TODAY Tuesday. Time

It’s wedding bells for Jennifer Lawrence!

The 29-year-old “Red Sparrow” star said “I do” to her art dealer fiancé, Cooke Maroney, 34, on Saturday, Lawrence’s representative Liz Mahoney confirmed to USA TODAY. 

Maroney is the director of Gladstone 64 art gallery on New York’s Upper East Side. The couple began dating in the summer of 2018, and confirmed their engagement in February.

It was relatively easy wedding planning for the Oscar winner. 

“I’ve been in a good place. I haven’t been neurotic about it. I’m, like, too lazy to be neurotic,” she told the “NAKED with Catt Sadler” podcast in June. “I saw a dress I liked, I was like, ‘That’s the dress.’ I saw a venue, I was like, ‘Cool, we got the venue.’ ”

But one wedding details did almost drive the “Dark Phoenix” star over the edge. After deciding last minute to throw herself a bachelorette party this summer, Lawrence found out none of her girlfriends could make the impromptu trip.

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“Yesterday was my only Bridezilla moment where I cried, because I thought I didn’t want to have a bachelorette party, and last minute I decided I did, but nobody was available because it was last minute,” Lawrence said on the podcast. “And I started crying.” (J-Law added that she was planning a do-over.)

Lawrence, who had previously dated her “mother!” director Darren Aronofsky, told Sadler that before meeting Maroney, she wasn’t in the marrying frame of mind. 

“I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him. We wanted to marry each other, we wanted to commit fully. He’s my best friend, so I want to legally bind him to me forever,” she joked. “Fortunately, the paperwork exists for such a thing. It’s the greatest. You find your favorite person on the planet, you’re like: You can’t leave.”

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Pennsylvania 11-month-old shot 4 times while sitting in car, police say

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An 11-month-old baby was in critical condition after he was shot four times while in a car in Pennsylvania, officials said.

The infant was sitting in the car with his stepmother in Hunting Park, a neighborhood of Philadelphia, when around 7:15 p.m. Saturday he was struck by gunfire.

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The baby, according to WTXF-TV, was hit in the back of the head, in the chest, and was shot twice in the buttocks.

The woman reportedly drove the child several blocks from the scene before she realized he’d been shot. She drove the infant to Einstein Medical Center, and the baby was later transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

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Earlier Saturday, police said three men were injured just blocks away in a shooting. It wasn’t immediately clear if these two shootings were related.

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Paul Batura: Cop with 35 years on the streets offers five powerful lessons for life

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It’s a sad reality that police officers don’t usually make the headlines until they’re accused of doing something wrong.

If everything goes right, they’re either nameless or known only by the number on their badge.

If something goes haywire, their name is everywhere – and all too often convicted in the court of public opinion before all the facts are even known.

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At the risk of stating the obvious, it isn’t easy to be a cop these days, if it ever was.

U.S. law enforcement officials are the umpires of American life. According to recent statistics, there are nearly 18,000 police agencies across the country. From major city departments to one-sheriff towns, close to 700,000 brave men and women wear a badge of some sort, vowing to put their lives on the line in order to protect your life and mine.

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Up until this past Monday, Steve Pugsley was one of these heroes on the thin blue line. A 29-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Steve joined the force in 1991 after serving six years as an officer back in his hometown of Chicago.

But after being shot at five times in the last 2½ years in Colorado, Steve decided enough was enough.

“I didn’t think pushing my luck any further was smart,” he texted me. “I’ve pushed the limit long enough.”

Steve and I have been friends for over 20 years, and I’ve long admired him as a police officer straight from Central Casting.

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With a cool and calm demeanor, Steve is the guy you want in the middle of a crisis. A member of the bomb squad, as well as a beat cop for years, he’s unflappable – and indefatigable.

During two separate Olympic games in 2002 and 2004, Steve served as a “runner guard” for the Olympic torch relays, which covered thousands of miles. There were some days when he ran more than 30 miles – and would then get up the next day and do it all over again.

But the curtain falls on even the most storied career, and this past Monday Steve found himself in the community room of the Falcon substation, a modest outpost that sits just south of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A normal retirement ceremony usually attracts about 50 people – but there were over 150 jammed inside, every seat taken and others ringing the walls, overflowing out into the lobby.

“To you it is a call for service,” Steve told his fellow officers, referencing the dozens of emergencies each day. “But for those we’re calling on, it might be the moment that changes their life, potentially forever.”

After the tributes and gifts, Steve stepped up to the lectern and bid farewell in his typical low-key fashion, lauding his fellow officers, but also sharing some lessons from a highly decorated career:

1. Try to learn something new every day. All the world is a classroom. Listen more than you talk. Ask questions. Steve patrolled a gritty part of town and got to know many of the more challenging people on a first-name basis, even learning from some along the way.

2. Beware of ruts. Nothing in life is routine. “To you it is a call for service,” he told his fellow officers, referencing the dozens of emergencies each day. “But for those we’re calling on, it might be the moment that changes their life, potentially forever.”

 3. Be brave – but be humble. “Instead of being a badge in front of a person,” he reminded them, “be a person worthy of wearing the badge.” Humility keeps us grounded – and teachable. Steve never considered himself superior to anybody, but felt great empathy for everybody. He kept his patrol car trunk filled with hats and gloves for those living on the streets. “Nobody freezes to death on my watch,” he said.

4. Stay active – but activate the right things. “You can pump all the iron you want, but if you don’t take care of your heart (emotional health) you’re wasting your time,” Steve said. In subtle and sober terms he alluded to the rise in police suicides and the stress and pressures of the role. “Don’t let the job eat you alive. Find your outlet. Talk it out. Look out for your buddy.”

 5. Endure. We can often do more than we think we’re capable of doing. An ultra-marathoner, Steve mentioned competing in the grueling Leadville 100 mountain race in 2000 and carrying with him this reminder on a card: “You’ll never know how far you can go until you’ve gone too far.” He carried that card in his “go-bag” for the last 19 years of his career.

Steve likened his tenure to the parable of the starfish – the ancient story of the old man who scoffed at a young boy for throwing the beached creatures back into the sea.

“Son,” the man snickered, “there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

Smiling, the boy picked up another starfish and tossed it back into the roaring surf.

“I made a difference to that one,” the little guy said softly.

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“We can’t save them all,” Steve remarked in closing, referencing all the cases and all the people of the city. “But don’t miss the opportunity to save the one in front of you.”

I’m grateful for Steve and all his fellow police officers near and far, America’s brave guardians who keep watch so that we can live in peace.

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