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Pit bull dies after protecting Florida kids from snake, family says

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A Florida family is devastated that an eight-month-old pit bull died Tuesday after protecting two boys from a venomous snake.

Gary and Gina Richardson’s sons were in their backyard Monday in Sumter Country cleaning their dog Zeus’ water bowl when a coral snake slithered undetected up to the two children.

“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was close to my son and he was bit four times,” Gary told Fox 35.

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The family rushed Zeus to a vet in Ocala.

“I knew when he first came in that something was wrong and (it) was very traumatic because I knew he was dying,” Gary said.

The vet gave the puppy medicine and the family was hopeful that he would get better, but he died the next day.

“He’s been a member of the family,” Gina said. “It just killed us. We just knew the antivenom was going to work.”

Zeus had lived with the Richardsons since he was born in January.

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“Pit bulls are the most loyal dog I know of, and I’ve had a lot of different animals in my life,” Gary said.

“If you find (a pit bull) that’s aggressive, most likely, it’s because they weren’t treated right,” Gina said. “If you treat them right, they would give their life for you and I owe my son’s life to him.”

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THC products like ‘Dank Vapes’ are playing a major role in outbreak of lung illnesses, CDC says

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The CDC is warning the public to stop buying e-cigarettes of the street or “further manipulate them in ways not intended by the manufacturer” as it investigates an outbreak of illness and death associated with vaping. (Sept. 18) AP, AP

Nearly four in five people who suffered vaping-related lung injury reported using products that contained THC, alone or combined with nicotine, prompting health officials to declare THC-packed cartridges often purchased on the black market “may play a role” in the outbreak.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said of 514 injured patients who reported details on their use of vaping devices and e-liquids, 77% used products that contained THC, alone or combined with nicotine. Only 16% of injured vapers said they used nicotine-only products.

Consider this: Trump’s proposed ban on vape flavors may not stop teens from vaping, experts warn

In a separate report that examined a smaller group of vapers, health officials in Illinois and Wisconsin said about two-thirds of those injured said they used a product called “Dank Vapes,” sold in cartridges and often obtained from nonretail sources such as friends, family members or street suppliers. 

“These findings do highlight the predominate use of pre-packaged, pre-filled THC cartridges obtained through informal sources,” said Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Layden said the mostly young male vapers typically used more than one brand. In addition to Dank Vapes, other users cited THC-containing brands such as TKO, Off White, Moon Rocks, Chronic Carts, Cookies, Smart Carts and Kingpen. 

Thursday, the CDC reported the number of vaping-related lung injury cases jumped to 805 and the number of deaths to 12. The CDC report, from 46 states and one territory as of Tuesday, was an increase from last week when the tally was 530 cases and seven deaths.

The confirmed deaths include two in California, two in Kansas and one each in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Oregon. 

The Trump administration endorsed a ban of non-tobacco, flavored vaping products, and a growing number of states are working to ban or restrict the devices. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directed state health officials Friday to enact a ban on flavored vaping products. Michigan and New York are banning flavored vaping products, and Massachusetts ordered a four-month ban on all vaping products. 

Read this: Once a high-flying item, marijuana vapes take big sales hit after health scare

Sketchy THC products. Sneaky teens.  How patchwork regulations on e-cigarettes led to health crisis

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said health officials are conducting a “complex investigation” that has reached nearly all states and involves a wide range of substances and products. 

Public health officials have not publicly identified which ingredients in THC cartridges might be harmful. State health officials recover products from injured vapers and send samples to the Food and Drug Administration for testing. 

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Schuchat said people who want to avoid injuries should avoid vaping or e-cigarettes, especially products that contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The “Illinois and Wisconsin data were very compelling,” she said Friday. “The outbreak currently is pointing to a greater concern around THC-containing products.”

Still, she said, the CDC does not know whether THC cartridges are the only risky product harming a growing number of young adults who need hospital care to treat a pneumonia-like illness. 

“There may be more than one thing or risk within some of these products, and we need to follow the data to their conclusion,” she said. “At this time, we do not believe consumers can tell what’s in the product, and there is not sufficient enough information on labels to know anyway.”

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said his organization urged consumers to stay away from black market THC products.

“For the last six weeks, we have been ringing the alarm, saying illicit THC cartridges need to be avoided,” Conley said. “The CDC took far too long to release this finding, but something is better than nothing. No youth should vape, and both parents and teens need to know what product could send them to the hospital after one day of abuse.”

Contributing: Jayne O’Donnell

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Afghan Polls Close As Voters Face Taliban Threats

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Afghan Sikhs show their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

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Polls closed Saturday in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid reports of historically low voter turnout due to Taliban threats, chaos among candidates and flawed voting procedures.

About 9.6 million Afghans are registered to vote, but only a fraction were expected to cast a ballot — fewer than the 2014 presidential election or the 2018 parliamentary elections, reporter Jennifer Glasse told NPR’s Weekend Edition. A report from the Afghanistan Analysts Network puts rough estimates of turnout from the Independent Election Commission, or IEC, at under 2 million voters. This means a small percentage of the country will determine the democracy’s fate.

The two front-runners, incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, have shared power since the 2014 presidential elections in a compromise negotiated by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In that race, Abdullah had accused Ghani of rigging the election, citing an alleged million fraudulent votes, and again warned of a possible illegitimate Ghani victory in Saturday’s election.

“The American officials are adamant that they will not ride to the rescue again,” said Kate Clark, the co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network, a Kabul-based policy research organization, adding that the sentiment stems from a stronger opinion in Washington that Afghans “have to sort things out themselves.”

Preliminary results are expected on Oct. 17 and final results on Nov. 7. With 18 candidates on the ballot, there is a chance that no one candidate will receive a majority of votes, which will force a second ballot between the top two candidates.

Another prominent candidate and former warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, warned that “if the vote wasn’t fair and transparent, he would call on his thousands of supporters across the country to perhaps go back to the battlefield,” according to Glasse. Hekmatyar is running on behalf of his Hezb-e-Islami party, a former militia that signed a peace deal with the Ghani administration in 2016.

In an interview with The Associated Press, former President Hamid Karzai, who still wields significant political power in Afghanistan, said that Saturday’s election “has all the potential and possibilities to lead the country further down to the abyss of crisis and insecurity and divisions.” Karzai said he believes elections should be held after peace is negotiated between the U.S., the Afghan government and the Taliban. Glasse said that many Afghans thought peace talks would preclude the presidential elections.

“The one thing everyone agrees with, wherever you go in Afghanistan, is they want the fighting to stop. They would like to see peace,” Glasse said.

The election, which had already been pushed back twice, comes after peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban collapsed earlier this month, prompting a spate of attacks throughout the country by the Islamic insurgent group.

“The concessions made looked like a withdrawal agreement in the end,” Clark said, referring to the failed peace deal. “The Taliban didn’t give what they needed to give, and if it had been signed, many within the Taliban were thinking it gave them carte blanche to march into Kabul.

“They didn’t see it as a peace agreement, they saw it as a means of getting rid of their main and most deadly opponent.”

On Sept. 17, the Taliban claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings that killed 48 people. One of the bombings targeted a Ghani campaign rally where Ghani himself was present.

The Taliban had warned Afghan civilians not to vote, go to polling centers, or participate in any election-related efforts. The AP reported that tens of thousands of Afghan security officers were deployed throughout the country to ensure that the polling centers are protected from Taliban attacks, although a bomb attack on a mosque designated as a polling station in the southern city of Kandahar wounded 15 earlier Saturday. Reuters reported that at least five bombs went off in Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan, killing one. The northern city of Kunduz, located in an area contested by both the Taliban and the Afghan government, was also fired upon by mortars and attacked by armed insurgents with confirmed civilian casualties, according to the AP.

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Wounded Afghans lie on a bed at a hospital after a bomb attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, on Saturday.

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Operation Resolute Support, the NATO mission in Afghanistan, has discontinued its collection of data on the number of districts and people under Taliban or Afghan government control, saying it “no longer saw decision-making value in these data,” according to an April 30 report. The most recent report on territory control from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction had the Afghan government controlling or influencing 56% of its territory as of October 2018. The Taliban held 17%, and 27% was contested.

The IEC gave several figures throughout the day as to the actual number of polling centers closed, according to a report by Afghanistan Analysts Network. The IEC had planned to open 5,373, and on Friday security officials said 445 would be closed on election day because of security concerns. Since then, the IEC has offered figures of 481 and 464 closed, with the most recent figures, given by the Ministry of Information, at 4,905 centers open and 468 closed.

“If you’ve got centers that are reported open but are not, it raises suspicions — they could provide opportunities for ballot stuffing,” Clark said.

Even with protected polling centers and motivated voters, Al-Jazeera reported that “voters complained that lists were incomplete or missing and biometric identification machines intended to reduce fraud were not working properly or people were not adequately trained on how to use them.”

Between threats from the Taliban, mismanaged or closed polling centers, and the possibility of chaos if the results are disputed by candidates, Afghans face a tough decision — leave the election in the hands of others and stay home, or head out to polling centers and express their opinion at the possible cost of their lives.

Alexander Tuerk is an intern at Here & Now.

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Did the White House Hide a Bombshell Memo From Mueller?

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FAA to review whether airplane seats are too small for safe evacuations

You may see economy seats with more legroom in the future, thanks to updated plane safety rules.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be conducting tests to see whether the current seat sizes comply with plane evacuation requirements. The tests will analyze how fast passengers can evacuate from a plane, which could result in minimum seat sizes being compulsory for the first time.

Current rules say airlines must be able to evacuate passengers within 90 seconds but do not set requirements on seat size. However, with seats getting smaller and passengers getting bigger, there could be safety implications.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be conducting tests to see whether the current seat sizes comply with plane evacuation requirements. The tests will analyze how fast passengers can evacuate from a plane, which could result in minimum seat sizes being compulsory for the first time. (iStock)

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The FAA will conduct evacuation tests with 720 people over 12 days in November, Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell said at a US House hearing on Thursday.

“Americans are getting bigger and seat size is important but it has to be looked at in the context of safety,” Elwell said. “We are going to get you an answer on seat pitch.”

Seat pitch – the distance from one seat back to the next – on low-cost US carriers such as Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines are among the smallest at 28 inches in economy. UK airline Ryanair currently has 30 inches while EasyJet has 29 inches.

Congress passed a law in October 2018 directing the FAA to set minimum seat standards for pitch, width and length for passenger safety within one year.

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“Later this year we’re going to establish the necessary seat pitch, width length based on safety,” Elwell added.

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Current rules say airlines must be able to evacuate passengers within 90 seconds but do not set requirements on seat size. However, with seats getting smaller and passengers getting bigger, there could be safety implications. (iStock)

In July 2018 – before the legislation was passed – the FAA said in response to a petition filed with a federal appeals court that it would not regulate seat size. Airlines margins could suffer if they had to reconfigure planes to create more space.

Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan, a Republican who is over 6-feet tall, asked at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing: “I am not exactly a dainty guy. Why don’t you look around the room?”

“There’s a lot of not so dainty people. I am not sure the models are being used really reflect current air travelers,” he said.

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Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian defended coach seats in an appearance before the Economic Club of Washington. (iStock)

American Airlines and United Airlines are configuring many of their newest aircraft at 30 inches of seat pitch, while adding premium economy seats at 34 inches.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Ed Bastian defended coach seats in an appearance before the Economic Club of Washington.

“The legroom is fine. What you find when you’re flying coach is its more entertaining. So, you don’t worry about your leg room,” Bastian said.

He added that the seats may seem smaller because planes are more crowded.

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This story originally appeared in The Sun. Read more content from The Sun here.

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THC products like ‘Dank Vapes’ are playing a major role in outbreak of lung illnesses, CDC says

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The CDC is warning the public to stop buying e-cigarettes of the street or “further manipulate them in ways not intended by the manufacturer” as it investigates an outbreak of illness and death associated with vaping. (Sept. 18) AP, AP

Nearly four in five people who suffered vaping-related lung injury reported using products that contained THC, alone or combined with nicotine, prompting health officials to declare THC-packed cartridges often purchased on the black market “may play a role” in the outbreak.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said of 514 injured patients who reported details on their use of vaping devices and e-liquids, 77% used products that contained THC, alone or combined with nicotine. Only 16% of injured vapers said they used nicotine-only products.

Consider this: Trump’s proposed ban on vape flavors may not stop teens from vaping, experts warn

In a separate report that examined a smaller group of vapers, health officials in Illinois and Wisconsin said about two-thirds of those injured said they used a product called “Dank Vapes,” sold in cartridges and often obtained from nonretail sources such as friends, family members or street suppliers. 

“These findings do highlight the predominate use of pre-packaged, pre-filled THC cartridges obtained through informal sources,” said Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Layden said the mostly young male vapers typically used more than one brand. In addition to Dank Vapes, other users cited THC-containing brands such as TKO, Off White, Moon Rocks, Chronic Carts, Cookies, Smart Carts and Kingpen. 

Thursday, the CDC reported the number of vaping-related lung injury cases jumped to 805 and the number of deaths to 12. The CDC report, from 46 states and one territory as of Tuesday, was an increase from last week when the tally was 530 cases and seven deaths.

The confirmed deaths include two in California, two in Kansas and one each in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Oregon. 

The Trump administration endorsed a ban of non-tobacco, flavored vaping products, and a growing number of states are working to ban or restrict the devices. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directed state health officials Friday to enact a ban on flavored vaping products. Michigan and New York are banning flavored vaping products, and Massachusetts ordered a four-month ban on all vaping products. 

Read this: Once a high-flying item, marijuana vapes take big sales hit after health scare

Sketchy THC products. Sneaky teens.  How patchwork regulations on e-cigarettes led to health crisis

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said health officials are conducting a “complex investigation” that has reached nearly all states and involves a wide range of substances and products. 

Public health officials have not publicly identified which ingredients in THC cartridges might be harmful. State health officials recover products from injured vapers and send samples to the Food and Drug Administration for testing. 

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Schuchat said people who want to avoid injuries should avoid vaping or e-cigarettes, especially products that contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The “Illinois and Wisconsin data were very compelling,” she said Friday. “The outbreak currently is pointing to a greater concern around THC-containing products.”

Still, she said, the CDC does not know whether THC cartridges are the only risky product harming a growing number of young adults who need hospital care to treat a pneumonia-like illness. 

“There may be more than one thing or risk within some of these products, and we need to follow the data to their conclusion,” she said. “At this time, we do not believe consumers can tell what’s in the product, and there is not sufficient enough information on labels to know anyway.”

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said his organization urged consumers to stay away from black market THC products.

“For the last six weeks, we have been ringing the alarm, saying illicit THC cartridges need to be avoided,” Conley said. “The CDC took far too long to release this finding, but something is better than nothing. No youth should vape, and both parents and teens need to know what product could send them to the hospital after one day of abuse.”

Contributing: Jayne O’Donnell

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NYC threatens up to $250G in fines for using terms like ‘illegal alien,’ threatening to call ICE

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New York City’s Commission on Human Rights announced on Thursday that residents could face up to $250,000 in fines if they use terms such as “illegal alien … with intent to demean, humiliate or harass a person.”

“Hate has no place here,” a tweet from the City of New York read. The city’s announcement ticked off a list of offensive ways to address immigrants — including threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or harassing someone for their “limited English proficiency.”

“Threatening to call ICE when motivated by discrimination, derogatory use of the term ‘illegal alien,’ and discrimination based on limited English proficiency are unlawful discriminatory treatment under the NYC Human Rights Law,” the announcement read.

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It clarified that calling ICE with a “discriminatory motive” was a violation. It was not immediately clear what New York City would consider a call to ICE lacking in “discriminatory motive.”

“Fines of up to $250,000 can be assessed for each act of willful discrimination, and damages are available to complainants,” the city said.

New Yorkers could also face fines if they use similar language towards a lawful resident or citizen whom they perceive to be in the country illegally.

“The NYC Commission on Human Rights … defines discrimination on the basis of perceived or actual immigration status and national origin under the New York City Human Rights Law in public accommodation, employment, and housing,” the announcement read.

The Commission on Human Rights has a history of censoring speech it deemed harmful. Composed of political appointees, the committee previously enacted a ban on employers and landlords using gender pronouns other than those preferred by employees and tenants. Violations of those regulations similarly carried a $250,000 fine if the offenders engaged in “willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.”

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Thursday’s announcement came as Democrats hammered the administration’s immigration enforcement raids and cautioned against using the term “illegal alien.” “No one is an ‘alien,'” Rep. Ilham Omar, D-Minn., tweeted in June after Trump used the term.

The Associated Press has similarly admonished reporters for using “illegal” as a descriptor for immigrants. The wire service’s 2013 style guide, instead, was updated to read: “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.”

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But as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pointed out, “illegal alien” is the term used under federal law. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions specifically directed his Justice Department not to use terms other than “illegal alien,” which he said was based in U.S. code.

“The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in US code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country,” he reportedly said in an agency-wide email.

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7 more arrested in connection with Long Island teen’s fatal stabbing

Seven Long Island teens were arrested Friday on gang assault charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of a high school student that was recorded by onlookers earlier this month.

Prosecutors say the teens were involved in the Sept. 16 brawl in Nassau County which left 16-year-old Oceanside High School student Khaseen Morris dead They were arrested Friday.

Earlier this week, Tyler Flach, 18, of Lido Beach, L.I., was charged with second-degree murder. He is being held without bail.

Police have said between 50 and 70 teens watched the bloody brawl, and several recorded the fight on cell phones while doing nothing to help Morris.

SUSPECT, 18, HELD IN MURDER OF NEW YORK TEEN WHO WAS FATALLY STABBED WHILE STUDENTS RECORDED ATTACK: COPS

The victim’s sister told Newsday that she was comforted by the additional arrests.

“People cannot do this to someone so good and think there’s not going to be any kind of justice,” Keyanna Morris, 30, told the paper.

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Tyler Flach, 18, of Lido Beach (top left) was charged with murder in the stabbing death of Khaseen Morris. Seven others, including Haakim Mechan, 19 (top center), Javonte Neals, 18 (top right), Marquis Stephens Jr., 18, Taj Woodruff, 17, Sean Merritt, 17 (bottom, from left to right) were charged with gang assault in the case. (Nassau County Police Department )

Those arrested included 19-year-old Haakim Mechan, 18-year-old Marquis Stephens, 18-year-old Javonte Neals, 17-year-old Taj Woodruff and 17-year-old Sean Merritt, all of Long Beach.

They all pleaded not guilty to second-degree gang assault at their arraignment Saturday in Hempstead.

Two 16-year-olds also were charged with gang assault but were not named by police because of their age. Scott Gross, an attorney for one of the 16-year-olds, said his client “played no role” in the killing.

LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECORDED ATTACK INSTEAD OF HELPING STABBED TEEN WHO LATER DIED, COPS SAY

Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said at a news conference Saturday the fight at a strip mall near Oceanside High School started because Morris was with the ex-girlfriend of one of the suspects.

Fitzpatrick said the suspects all took part in the attack on Morris.

“Each one of them had an active role,” he said. “They came with the intention to seriously hurt him. Khaseen got killed as a result.”

“It’s the first step toward justice,” Fitzpatrick said of the arrests, according to WPIX-TV.

Morris’ funeral was being held Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Democratic Texas judge apologizes for joke about accident that left governor paralyzed

A Democratic judge in Texas apologized Friday for saying the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, ‘hates trees because one fell on him,’ a reference to an accident 35 years ago which left Abbott paralyzed.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt made the quip during a discussion at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin about the Texas Legislature overriding local ordinances such one in the state capital regarding the cutting down of trees.. Eckhardt’s comment drew laughs from the panel’s audience.

The comment was first reported in a tweet by The Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson.

“In my panel today at the Texas Tribune Festival on ‘Public Enragement’ I spoke about the importance of being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Then I said something disagreeable,” Eckhardt said in a statement, according to The Texas Tribune. “I want to apologize to Governor Abbott. I made a flippant comment that was inappropriate. The comment did nothing to further the debate I was participating in, much less further the political discourse in our community, state, and nation. While the Governor and I disagree on a number of issues, that is no excuse to be disagreeable.”

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Abbott, 61, was left paralyzed from the waist down since 1984 when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging in Houston. He has used a wheelchair ever since.

Travis County Republican Party chairman Matt Mackowiak said Eckhardt’s remark showed a “profound lack of compassion” towards someone with a disability.

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“Judge Eckhardt apparently believes that his disability is open to ridicule if it helps her make a political argument. This joke represents a profound lack of compassion from Judge Eckhardt,” he said in a statement. “There is no place for insulting Americans with disabilities and Judge Eckhardt should know better.”

Abbott’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

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After his injury, Abbott sued the homeowner whose tree fell on him, along with the tree service company that had inspected the tree before it fell on him. Abbott received a multi-million dollar settlement in 1986, which he has said he would gladly give back to regain the use of his legs.

“Money doesn’t heal anything. Money doesn’t allow me to walk. It doesn’t allow me to dance with my wife. It doesn’t allow me to pick up my daughter. It doesn’t allow me to walk my daughter down the aisle when she gets married,” Abbott told The Texas Tribune in 2013, during his first campaign for governor. “If you could name the person I could write the check to, I’d send all this money right back if I could walk again.”

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