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Patrick Mahomes’ ankle injury leads Chiefs fans to turn to higher power in hopes he heals quicker

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ injured ankle has many fans concerned about how healthy the reigning NFL MVP is and has prompted them to turn to a higher power for help.

A Kansas church plans to hold prayer services Sunday to ask God for help in healing Mahomes’ ankle, according to FOX4KC. Mahomes’ injury may have affected his abilities to lead the Chiefs to a win against the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans in back-to-back weeks.

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“With the last two games, we kind of thought that they may need some type of help,” Dave Burton, the facilities director at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village told the station Wednesday. “We knew that his ankle was injured so we decided to possibly have a healing service to help him heal that ankle quicker.”

The church said it is open for anyone to attend the prayer services, which begin at 9 a.m. local time and go on until 11 a.m. The church will also offer prayers for anyone else’s favorite team who is in need of some salvation, according to FOX4KC.

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It’s unclear whether any services will take place before Thursday night’s game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.

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Mahomes is probable to play during the game. He has 2,104 passing yards, 14 touchdown passes and only one interception this season.

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I’m USA TODAY foreign correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard and I recently traveled to Ukraine to trace the origins of Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories. AMA!

Westlake Legal Group oXwUL8yKe0owZDEEx9B0f5DrKaryRNagQ41-BuKbMWo I’m USA TODAY foreign correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard and I recently traveled to Ukraine to trace the origins of Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories. AMA! r/politics

Hello. I’m a London-based foreign correspondent for USA TODAY. I have worked for USA TODAY for almost seven years. I report on a broad range of foreign affairs-related topics, with an emphasis on making comparisons to U.S. policy and experience. In Europe, I have covered refugee crises, immigration, terrorism, the lingering impact of disasters, Russia-related topics, the conflict in Ukraine and, above all, the extraordinary stories and experiences of ordinary people. I have also reported from the Middle East, including in Iran, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and in North Africa. USA TODAY traveled to Ukraine in early October to try to understand the source of President Donald Trump’s allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden, and also other claims of U.S. election meddling by Ukraine.

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Patrick Mahomes’ ankle injury leads Chiefs fans to turn to higher power in hopes he heals quicker

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ injured ankle has many fans concerned about how healthy the reigning NFL MVP is and has prompted them to turn to a higher power for help.

A Kansas church plans to hold prayer services Sunday to ask God for help in healing Mahomes’ ankle, according to FOX4KC. Mahomes’ injury may have affected his abilities to lead the Chiefs to a win against the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans in back-to-back weeks.

SUPER BOWL CHAMPION LINEMAN SUED OVER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS

“With the last two games, we kind of thought that they may need some type of help,” Dave Burton, the facilities director at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village told the station Wednesday. “We knew that his ankle was injured so we decided to possibly have a healing service to help him heal that ankle quicker.”

The church said it is open for anyone to attend the prayer services, which begin at 9 a.m. local time and go on until 11 a.m. The church will also offer prayers for anyone else’s favorite team who is in need of some salvation, according to FOX4KC.

CLEVELAND BROWNS’ MYLES GARRETT SAYS HE WAS SUCKER-PUNCHED AFTER TAKING PICTURE WITH ‘FAN’

It’s unclear whether any services will take place before Thursday night’s game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ALL-NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM

Mahomes is probable to play during the game. He has 2,104 passing yards, 14 touchdown passes and only one interception this season.

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G-7 Summit To Be Held At Trump’s Miami Golf Resort

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Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET

Next year’s G-7 gathering of the leaders of the world’s biggest economies will take place at President Trump’s Doral golf resort outside of Miami, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.

“We used a lot of the same criteria used by past administrations,” Mulvaney said. He later said it was almost as though the resort had been purpose-built for the event.

The Trump administration’s decision to host the high-profile international summit at Doral is sure to stoke the ongoing controversy about Trump’s decision to maintain his ownership of his businesses while also serving as president.

“We know the environment we live in,” Mulvaney said, adding that Trump was willing to take the scrutiny.

Mulvaney noted that Doral was Trump’s suggestion that staff followed up on. He said “no” when asked if it was better to avoid the appearance of self-dealing, pointing repeatedly to potential cost savings. He said he would not share documents on the decision-making process.

Trump made his interest in holding the summit at Doral known in August, while attending this year’s gathering in Biarritz, France.

“We haven’t found anything that could even come close to competing with it,” Trump told reporters. He mentioned the resort’s proximity to Miami International Airport, abundant parking and private cabanas to host each country’s delegation. “It’s got tremendous acreage, many hundreds of acres, so we can handle whatever happens.”

According to Trump’s financial disclosures, he earned $76 million in income from Doral in 2018. But in a sign of how the Trump brand has struggled since he became a political figure, that’s a substantial drop from the nearly $116 million the resort earned for him in 2016.

While Trump stepped away from running the Trump Organization before becoming president, he never gave up his stake in his various businesses, which include golf clubs, hotels and office buildings around the world.

There are several lawsuits moving through the courts that allege Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which bans the president from accepting gifts and payments from foreign and state governments.

Since Trump secured the GOP nomination in 2016, his properties have become favored places for Republicans to hold fundraising and political events. Federal Election Commission records indicate that Trump’s reelection campaign, GOP committees and candidates have spent millions at Trump properties in 2019.

Mulvaney said on Thursday that he himself was initially skeptical of the idea but said the event would be “dramatically cheaper” if held at Doral. He said Trump had “made it very clear” that he would not profit from having the resort host the summit.

Trump’s international properties also have come under scrutiny. This summer, the U.S. Air Force acknowledged that hundreds of service members had stayed at Trump’s Scottish resort during refueling stops there. Vice President Pence also came under scrutiny for staying at Trump’s Irish golf resort during an official visit to Ireland.

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I’m USA TODAY foreign correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard and I recently traveled to Ukraine to trace the origins of Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories. AMA!

Westlake Legal Group oXwUL8yKe0owZDEEx9B0f5DrKaryRNagQ41-BuKbMWo I’m USA TODAY foreign correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard and I recently traveled to Ukraine to trace the origins of Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories. AMA! r/politics

Hello. I’m a London-based foreign correspondent for USA TODAY. I have worked for USA TODAY for almost seven years. I report on a broad range of foreign affairs-related topics, with an emphasis on making comparisons to U.S. policy and experience. In Europe, I have covered refugee crises, immigration, terrorism, the lingering impact of disasters, Russia-related topics, the conflict in Ukraine and, above all, the extraordinary stories and experiences of ordinary people. I have also reported from the Middle East, including in Iran, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and in North Africa. USA TODAY traveled to Ukraine in early October to try to understand the source of President Donald Trump’s allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden, and also other claims of U.S. election meddling by Ukraine.

More of my work: ‘Come with us’: A year after Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, Saudi Arabian crackdown persists Chernobyl disaster 30 years later

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I’ve Stopped Sharing My Relationship Status With Others. Here’s How It’s Changed Me.

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I knew better, and still, somehow it happened: a breakup made me reconfigure almost my entire life.

For the five and a half years we were together, I was intentional that my boyfriend and I maintain our own identities. To nurture the balance between intimacy and independence, we followed the guidance of poet Khalil Gibran: “Let there be spaces in [our] togetherness.” We didn’t abandon our separate friendships, hobbies or schedules. We prioritized each other while still honoring our individuality. 

But breaking up ruptured my illusion that we hadn’t become intertwined. As family helped me move out of the home he and I had made and into a house with two strangers, I realized our split had disrupted far more than my living arrangements; it also shifted my place in adulthood. By having a long-term partner, especially one with whom I cohabitated, I had adhered to society’s guideposts: Find a significant other and form a serious partnership. I hadn’t graduated to engagement or marriage, but by staying in my relationship, I was on the right path.

To be clear, I wasn’t with my boyfriend simply for the sake of saying I had someone. I loved him, and loved a lot about our relationship. But losing him didn’t distress me solely because I’d miss him ― I was also terrified of being single. What would it say about me that I was alone? I had tangled the vitality of my relationship and my value as a human being. 

I have a history of being hard on myself, so maybe others going through breakups are spared these doubts of self-worth. However, virtually everyone recognizes our cultural obsession with weddings. We’ve all seen, or been, the people who shriek, cheer and cry when our loved ones get engaged. We’ve bought expensive gifts, or paid for flights and hotels, to commemorate a couple getting married. Though we focus more on the ceremony than the actual marriage, it’s an expensive excitement: enough to fuel the $76 billion wedding industry

For a long time, I subscribed to this frenzy — happily attending and participating in weddings of numerous loved ones, and anticipating my own. I recognized, and wanted to meet, the societal expectation of pairing off and procreating. At the time, though, I didn’t consider if I wanted those things because they’d make me happy, or because they’d make me feel normal.

Losing [my boyfriend] didn’t distress me solely because I’d miss him ― I was also terrified of being single. What would it say about me that I was alone? I had tangled the vitality of my relationship and my value as a human being.

When becoming single at 30 immediately made me feel worthless, I realized how much I’d internalized this expectation. More than missing my boyfriend and struggling with the transition to my new lifestyle, I felt profound shame. Given my previous issues with self-esteem, I’d even anticipated feeling unlovable because I was alone. I didn’t, however, prepare to stop believing I had value at all. But with the end of our relationship, I felt void of any meaningful contribution or achievement I’d ever had. The discipline to complete the long-distance races I ran, the boldness to move alone to a new continent (twice), and the compassion to thrive as an educator in Baltimore City Public Schools meant nothing. All that mattered was that I was single.

Even when we were together, our failure to reach engagement felt like exactly that: a failure. About a year into our relationship, people began interrogating us about our plans.

“Why aren’t you engaged yet?” 

“When are you getting married?”

“What are you waiting for?”

Though I became skilled at deflecting these questions, I never stopped wondering if something was wrong — with me, him, us. When we eventually broke up, it made our relationship feel like an exercise in Play Pretend. It hadn’t progressed to include rings or vows. We hadn’t made it last like we’re told we should have. The entire experience felt illegitimate.  

While my subsequent leap in logic — that without a relationship, I was without value — may seem dramatic, it’s not a belief I formed single-handedly. Culturally, we prefer people who are married, or at the very least partnered. This has been true for centuries; single women not only had less social, but also economic, power, than their married peers. Because so many unwed women spun thread for a living, they became known as spinsters. Married women, meanwhile, had access to more lucrative and higher-status occupations. 

Although remaining unmarried is far less countercultural than it was a generation ― let alone a century ― ago, marriage continues to be a widespread social norm. “Our culture says to be a real adult, to be successful as an adult, you get married and you have kids, and that’s just how it is,” licensed clinical social worker Rick Levinson explained in a recent podcast. When people fail to meet this expectation, we think less of them, as noted by social psychologist Dr. Bella DePaulo, who specializes in studying single life. Her research finds that, compared to married people, single people are perceived as “less happy, less secure, more immature, more fearful of rejection, lonelier, more self-centered, and more envious.” 

Between my preexisting issues with self-worth and the cultural messages that told me I was on the wrong path, my breakup splintered my sense of self. It took months, maybe over a year, before I began to feel whole again. I healed from the pain of missing my boyfriend well before I recovered from the shame of being single in my early 30s. I don’t know when or how I began to feel better, but as soon as I began to recognize value within myself, I knew I had to protect it fiercely. 

And that’s when I decided to stop indiscriminately discussing my relationship status with other people. 

I realized that I must learn how to unconditionally honor, appreciate and respect who I am; until then, I don’t want my relationship status to have anything to do with how I define myself. This breakup taught me that I needed to learn to establish how I feel about myself without the interference of cultural influences.

To form this foundation, I’ve stopped talking about my relationship status — not entirely, but certainly not on social media or among acquaintances. I’ve even minimized the number of loved ones with whom I share this information, as well as how much of it I feel comfortable divulging. For the most part, this has been as simple as not initiating the topic with anyone. If it does come up, my response varies: sometimes I answer questions vaguely, other times I thank the person for their interest, but say I’m not interested in discussing it.

The advantages of this approach to my personal life have been abundant. When I’ve been single, it’s meant sparing myself the “encouragement” toward coupledom I so often received, which only perpetuates the idea that being single is inferior to being in a relationship. “You’re too smart and pretty to be alone for long,” people used to tell me, or “It’ll happen when you least expect it.”

However, being in a relationship would come with its own hazards, namely the type of inquisition I’d gotten in the past: “Is it serious? Do you think you’ll move in together? Have you talked about marriage?”

It’s been over three years since I started keeping my personal life personal and it has been one of the healthiest life changes I’ve ever made. It has eliminated unwelcome and unnecessary pressure I’d always felt surrounding my relationships. Now, because I don’t make the topic available for discussion, I don’t feel like I’m disappointing anyone, nor do I feel the need to defend myself or my choices.

I love that people can’t even subconsciously project their perceptions onto me because they don’t know if I’m single, or dating, or in a relationship. Instead, they know the things about me that are true regardless of my relationship status: my passions, goals and concerns.

Deliberately defining myself outside the parameters of my relationship status has shown me how confined I felt for all the years that I did openly disclose that information. I love that people can’t even subconsciously project their perceptions onto me because they don’t know if I’m single, or dating, or in a relationship. Instead, they know the things about me that are true regardless of my relationship status: my passions, goals and concerns. 

While the effects of this decision thrill me, I know that it hasn’t been an easy transition for some of my loved ones. They’ve been gracious as I’ve started withholding information, and understanding in the instances when I decide I’d like to talk about it. If they’ve questioned my trust in them, or wondered if I’m trying to distance myself from them, they haven’t shown it. Instead, they’ve supported me ― even when it might have been uncomfortable for them to do so ― as I’ve learned what works best for me. At the beginning of this process, one friend helpfully commented, “I don’t think people will ever stop wanting to talk about it, but you don’t owe any of us anything.”

Of course, this decision also affects anyone who I date or form a relationship with. So far, no one has felt slighted; either they’ve had a similar mentality, or they haven’t minded that I’m selective about sharing this type of information. One man, for instance, explained why he doesn’t share details of his relationships on social media: “That part of my life is too sacred to tell just anyone about it.”

I recognize, however, that not everyone would feel comfortable with this arrangement. Potential partners might feel that I’m embarrassed of them or our relationship; alternatively, they could suspect that I only want to keep what we have private so I’d be free to maintain simultaneous relationships. While I wouldn’t fault anyone for feeling this way, and would be open to talking through it with a potential partner, it doesn’t make me reconsider my choice. The driving force behind this decision has been to do what is healthiest for me; conceding to another person’s comfort defeats the reason I chose to do this in the first place. 

I certainly recognize that this shift is possible in part because of my privilege. I’m a heterosexual, cisgendered woman; my preferences in a partner are not scrutinized or criticized by anyone. For some people, keeping their relationship status or sexual identity private isn’t a matter of choice, but safety. Every time I’ve reflected on how grateful I am for the benefits of opting to keep my personal life personal, I also resent that this isn’t a luxury afforded to everyone.

I don’t know how long I will continue to essentially keep my relationship status a secret. On the one hand, I recognize that the firmer my self-love and self-worth, the less people’s opinions of me will matter. On the other hand, the emphasis we place on relationship status concerns me; keeping my personal life personal is one way I can resist that cultural message. I don’t want anyone to feel unworthy because they’re not married, or for people to stay in unhappy, or even unhealthy, relationships just to avoid the stigma of being single. I’d love to live in a society where people partner because a relationship brings fulfillment, not social status. Hopefully, each of us will acknowledge our own value, and the value of one another, independent of the presence of someone by our side. 

In the meantime, I will continue to answer only to my own preferences and expectations, not the ones society wants me to follow.

Kerry Graham lives, teaches, writes and runs in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has appeared in The Citron Review, Gravel, and Role Reboot, among others. Kerry runs a weekly collaborative newsletter called In This Together. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to learn more: @mskerrygraham. 

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Iowa Family’s Basement Is Soaked With 5 Inches Of Animal Blood

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The sperm trees of Los Angeles, CA

You might know the carob tree for the fake chocolate that’s made from its mashed up seedpod. But if you live in a reasonably warm and sunny part of the nation, you might recognize this popular street tree from its aroma, which, according to many educated noses, is a dead ringer for semen. For the most concentrated experience of this arboreal jizz-bomb, you couldn’t do much better than strolling through the Carob Tree Grove in LA’s Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium. One trip and you’ll agree, the sperm tree belongs to LA.

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Impeachment inquiry: Trump ambassador ‘disappointed’ with Rudy Giuliani’s influence in Ukraine policy

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says the failure of a State Department official to show up at a deposition as part of House Democrats’ impeachment investigation is “yet additional strong evidence” of obstruction of Congress. (Oct. 8) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told the House impeachment panel investigating President Donald Trump on Thursday that he was disappointed that he had to consult with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy.

Sondland also told the committees – Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform – that withholding military aid for a political investigation would be wrong.

“Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong,” Sondland said. “Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared a formal impeachment inquiry Sept. 24 after reports about a July 25 call when Trump urged Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has called the investigation a partisan witch hunt and said he was absolutely justified in urging Zelensky to fight corruption.

Sondland said he considered Zelensky a reformer with a strong mandate from voters, but that he was told at a May 23 White House briefing that Trump was skeptical about whether he would fight corruption. Sondland said a call and meeting between Trump and Zelensky, who was elected April 21, would be postponed, while the ambassador was told to consult with Giuliani.

But Sondland said he didn’t understand until months later that Giuliani’s agenda included urging Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter. Sondland said he didn’t participate in Trump’s call July 25 or learn of the contents until a summary was released Sept. 25.

“It was apparent to all of us that the key to changing the president’s mind on Ukraine was Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland said. “Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the president’s personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine.”

Sondland said he conferred with Giuliani under the president’s direction. During phone conversations, Giuliani mentioned possible interference in the 2016 election and urged an investigation of Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden served as a director. But Sondland said he wasn’t aware of the Biden connection to the firm.

“I do not recall that Mr. Giuliani discussed former Vice President Biden or his son Hunter Biden with me,” Sondland said, adding “nor do I recall taking part in any effort to encourage an investigation of the Bidens.”

Sondland said on Sept. 9, after the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, raised concerns about linking military aid to the investigations, he called Trump. 

“What do you want from Ukraine?” Sondland said he asked.

“Nothing. There is no quid pro quo,” Trump replied, according to Sondland. “And as I recall, the president was in a bad mood.”

A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., would not comment on Sondland’s testimony, but said his opening statement was “very damning.”

The opening statement was “further confirmation that the president’s personal lawyer was engaged in an effort, a shadow State Department effort to persuade the Ukrainians to begin an investigation against one of his political adversaries, and members both inside the State Department and outside the State Department played a variety of different roles in helping to execute that,” Cicilline said. “I think it was very damning.”

Sondland’s deposition under subpoena comes more than a week after the State Department blocked his voluntary appearance before the panels on Oct. 8. The marching orders came the same day the White House notified Pelosi that the administration wouldn’t cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Trump tweeted that he didn’t want Sondland to go before a “kangaroo court.”

Trump has blasted the investigation as a partisan witch hunt. The White House has notified Pelosi that the administration won’t cooperate. And Trump said he was justified in urging Ukraine to fight corruption. 

More: Republicans complain about limited access to closed-door impeachment investigation sessions

Sondland’s appearance comes three days after Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council expert on Russia, told lawmakers that former national security adviser John Bolton referred to Giuliani as a “hand grenade who is going to blow everybody up,” according to The Associated Press. Hill also said Bolton wasn’t part of whatever deal Sondland and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney “are cooking up,” according to AP.

Sondland on Thursday praised Yovanovitch as “an excellent diplomat with a deep command of Ukrainian internal dynamics.”

“I was never part of any campaign to disparage or dislodge her, and I regretted her departure,” Sondland said.

Texts between diplomats questioning Ukraine policy were released as part of the investigation’s testimony from Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine.

“Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?” William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, asked in a text message to Volker and Sondland on Sept. 1.

“Call me,” Sondland texted back.

Taylor texted again Sept. 9: “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” 

Sondland responded that the assertion was “incorrect” about Trump’s intentions. “The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind,” he said in a text message.The Washington Post reported Oct. 12 that Sondland called Trump between Taylor’s text and his own reply and that the message came from the president.

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In his testimony Thursday, Sondland denied that he was trying to avoid making a record of his conversation by urging Taylor to call him. Sondland called Taylor “an insightful, strategic and effective representative of U.S. interests.”

“In my view, diplomacy is best handled through back-and-forth conversation,” Sondland said.

Taylor is scheduled to meet with the committees Tuesday.

Besides Sondland’s testimony, the committees are seeking messages on his personal electronics that could shed light on Trump’s relations with Ukraine. The text messages or emails were provided to the State Department, but not to Congress, according to Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Delta Air Lines flight attendant who graduated from ‘first class of stewardesses’ has died at 103

A woman who graduated from Delta Air Lines’ first-ever class of flight attendants has died at the age of 103.

Sybil Peacock Harmon was hired by Delta in 1940 at age 24, right after graduating from nursing school. (Flight attendants were formerly required to have nursing degrees, according to Delta.) She flew with the airline until 1943, at which point she left the carrier to contribute to the war effort, eventually earning the rank of first lieutenant, before going back to nursing full-time.

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“When I was 9, I told everyone, ‘I’m going to go all over the world,'” Sybil Peacock Harmon told Delta in 2018. “And I did.” (Delta Air Lines)

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“You felt like a celebrity,” Sybil told Delta of her time as a flight attendant. “People would come out to the airport with their children and they would say, ‘Look, that’s the stewardess!’ They even asked for our autographs.”

After parting ways with Delta in the ‘40s, the carrier reached back out to Sybil just before her 102nd birthday, after the discovery of an old promotional photo.

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Last year, a fellow resident at Sybil’s nursing home found a photo of her from 1940. “I showed it to Sybil and she said, ‘That’s me!’ She had a tear in her eye,” fellow resident Don Fries told Delta. (Delta Air Lines)

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The photo, which shows Sybil standing at the door of a Delta aircraft in 1940, was brought to the attention of Sybil’s fellow retirement-home resident Don Fries, whose son found it at the Delta Flight Museum website.

“I showed it to Sybil and she said, ‘That’s me!’ She had a tear in her eye,” Fries remarked.

And at her 102nd birthday last July, which was organized by Delta and Sybil’s retirement home in Acworth, Ga., Sybil recalled her tremendous career flying as a “stewardess” for the airline, remembering such tidbits as the planes she was assigned to (usually DC-3 21-seaters) and the fact that those aircraft weren’t pressurized, requiring her to pass out chewing gum before takeoff. She also recalled that air sickness bags were just quart-sized ice cream containers that were stored under the seats, per Travel and Leisure.

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Sybil’s family, too, had a long tradition with Delta. She married an army captain who formerly worked as a reservations agent and rejoined the company after the war. And her daughter became a Delta flight attendant in 1973, working with the carrier until 2008.

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Delta helped organize Sybil’s 102nd birthday party last June, where she celebrated with friends, family and a couple of current Delta employees. (Delta Air Lines)

“We’re saddened to learn of Sybil Peacock Harmon’s passing,” Delta said in a statement shared with Fox News. “Sybil was a beloved member of the Delta family who left her mark as a member of our first class of flight attendants. We will cherish her memory and wish her loved ones well in this difficult time.”

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Sybil, though, had said she achieved some of her biggest dreams while working as a stewardess, or as an officer for the military.

“Flying was special because I was going places,” she said, per a Delta press release shared on her 102th birthday.

“When I was 9, I told everyone, ‘I’m going to go all over the world.’ And I did.”

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Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger booted from trip for dangerous swimsuit selfie: ‘What an absolute idiot’

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but posing in such a precarious position surely isn’t worth a thousand Instagram likes.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger has been slammed as an “absolute idiot” for climbing over a balcony railing to take a swimsuit selfie high above the ocean. One witness has claimed she was later kicked off the ship when it eventually docked in Jamaica for the reckless stunt.

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One Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger, pictured, has been slammed as an “absolute idiot” for climbing over a balcony railing to take a swimsuit selfie, high above the ocean. (Peter Blosic)

Peter Blosic, who snapped the photo, was recently traveling through the Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas when he spotted the unnamed woman in a blue bathing suit, after she had apparently climbed over a balcony railing on the starboard (right) side of the ocean liner. According to Blosic, the daredevil ventured out on the massive ship’s narrow perch to take photos of herself, The Sun reports.

“What an absolute IDIOT. You cannot fall off of a ship unless you are acting like a moron!” he exclaimed.

Blosic said he immediately contacted guest services, and that ship officials soon tracked down the woman. Later, the selfie-snapper was booted off the ship when it docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, Blosic claimed.

A spokesperson for the cruise line was not immediately available to offer further comment on the story.

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According to Royal Caribbean’s guest conduct policy, passengers are forbidden from “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers, or tampering with ship’s equipment, facilities or systems” for their own safety. (iStock)

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According to Royal Caribbean’s guest conduct policy, passengers are forbidden from “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers, or tampering with ship’s equipment, facilities or systems” for their own safety.

Failure to comply may result in intervention by ship security, law enforcement and, ultimately, removal from the ship at the next port of call.

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Earlier this week, a Carnival Cruise Line passenger was critically injured after falling over a railing and landing on a deck 16-feet below. And last year, Royal Caribbean banned a guest for life after he jumped from the 11th deck of the Symphony of the Seas while the ship was docked. A global study published last summer also revealed that 259 people have died while taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.

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