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‘Veggie Tales’ creator releases creative Bible that is for kids and adults

For decades Phil Vischer created animated stories sharing biblical stories in a creative way through “Veggie Tales” and now he’s created a Bible for kids.

“The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids,” which came out Tuesday, has 52 five-minute stories from Genesis to Revelation.

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“After ‘Veggie Tales,’ I wanted to take kids deeper into the Bible,” Vischer told Fox News, adding he did a series but wanted to put all the research and knowledge into an actual storybook Bible to “give kids a big-picture view of the entire Bible.”

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A story about Jonah from the Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids, written by “Veggie Tales” creator Phil Vischer. (Hachette Book Group)

Made for kids ages 6 to 10, Vischer says it is also fun for parents, many of whom may not be familiar with the entire Bible narrative.

“The Bible has such a reputation for being daunting and boring, but it actually surprises people to say you’re going to have fun reading this with your kids,” he added.

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Each story, which averages to about a five-minute read, include a family connection with questions, discussion, and prayer.

The “Veggie Tales” creator admitted he made the Bible so that parents reading along can be just as engaged, in some cases, reading the stories for the first time and not feel embarrassed or not be able to teach their youngsters.

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“The whole family can learn together,” he said.

Vischer points to a generation searching for morals and identity in places like Disney films as thousands of people have actually dressed up as characters for their weddings and fiction like the Harry Potter series as quidditch teams pop up on college campuses across the nation.

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One thing he wants to show is how everyone who reads the Bible can actually “find their own place in it.”

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Reindeer accident hospitalizes 12 Finnish soldiers in Lapland

A dozen Finnish soldiers were hospitalized Tuesday when their armored carrier swerved to avoid a reindeer in the road and was struck by another military vehicle, officials said.

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The transport vehicles carried a total of 28 members of the Kainuu Brigade at the time of the accident near Lake Kemijärvi in the province of Lapland, the Finnish military said in a news release.

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Hundreds of thousands of reindeer populate Finland. (iStock)

None of the dozen conscripts were seriously injured, an army spokesman told the Helsinki Times.

The military said in an update Wednesday that all conscripts involved in the accident returned to their ranks to continue training.

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The Finnish Army had earlier tweeted that conscripts were performing military exercises in several locations throughout Finland to “serve to develop local defense readiness and capability.”

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Reindeer number in the hundreds of thousands in Finland. During the winter, the Finnish Road Safety Agency reports that up to 20 reindeer a day can be involved in traffic accidents, according to Euro News.

Vehicles have killed thousands of the roaming animals. Herders have resorted to painting the reindeer antlers in fluorescent colors to reduce their traffic deaths. Red noses were unavailable.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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With Trump Hungry for Credit, Advisers Brag About North Carolina Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Trump’s top advisers claimed credit Wednesday for a Republican’s narrow victory in a special House election in North Carolina the night before, even as Democratic and Republican officials alike said Dan Bishop’s two-point win in a district Mr. Trump easily carried only underscored how the widening urban-rural divide is complicating 2020 for both parties.

Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, told reporters on a conference call that the president’s Monday night rally in Fayetteville, N.C., was pivotal to Mr. Bishop’s success in energizing Election Day voters after the Democrats mobilized many of their supporters to cast early ballots.

“There’s no question that he is the congressman-elect this morning because of the personal efforts of President Trump,” Mr. Parscale said of Mr. Bishop.

Mr. Parscale’s victory lap was conducted on behalf of a president who privately grumbled to several aides on Tuesday that he was not getting the credit he deserved for delivering a Republican victory in the closely watched special election.

And it came with a dose of ribbing for Democrats, who believed their nominee, Dan McCready, a Marine veteran, could eke out a win in a district Mr. Trump carried by 12 percentage points in 2016. Bill Stepien, one of Mr. Trump’s top political advisers, sarcastically congratulated Democrats for a “moral victory” before saying his party would gladly take the “actual victory.”

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Yet what was effectively the final contest of the 2018 election — state officials ordered a redo of the race after Republicans were discovered to have funded an illegal vote-harvesting scheme in a rural county — was most revealing for demonstrating that the demographic divisions that shaped the midterms are only growing.

Mr. Bishop, who was not on the ballot in 2018, won in large part because he improved on the Republican performance in the more lightly populated parts of the sprawling, Fayetteville-to-Charlotte district. And Mr. McCready, who was the Democratic nominee in 2018 and ran again in the special election, performed even better in the upscale Charlotte suburbs on Tuesday than he did last November, even as he lost by a larger overall margin.

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Dan McCready and his wife, Laura, after he conceded to Mr. Bishop on Tuesday night.CreditLogan R. Cyrus for The New York Times

“The national pattern seems to have played out,” said Michael Bitzer, a professor of political science at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., adding of the county that includes Charlotte: “I think certainly the collapse of the Republicans in Mecklenburg is continuing.”

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These seemingly inexorable trends — the red growing redder while the blue gets bluer — underscore how difficult it will be for Republicans to reclaim the sort of metropolitan seats they need to win back the House majority next year. But the same pattern also illustrates why it will be difficult for Democrats to retake the Senate in 2020 unless they can improve their performance with rural voters.

For Mr. Trump, the North Carolina results amounted to proof that he enjoys rock-solid support with his base of working-class white voters — but that such devotion may not be sufficient for him to win a second term if he cannot improve his standing with suburbanites, particularly women.

Even as he and his high command were crowing about their success on Wednesday, their morning-after glow was jarred by a new ABC News/Washington Post national poll. The survey showed Mr. Trump with lackluster approval ratings and indicated that, if the election were held today, he would lose to a handful of his potential Democratic rivals. Most striking was the test heat between the president and Joseph R. Biden Jr.: Mr. Biden was leading Mr. Trump by 55 percent to 40 percent among registered voters, according to the poll.

But it is far from settled whom Democrats will ultimately nominate, and whether they will rally behind a candidate who aims an appeal at moderate voters or someone further left who can motivate progressives in a way Hillary Clinton failed to in 2016.

Many leading officials in the party are fretting about what many Republicans are counting on: that Democrats will put forward a candidate Mr. Trump can portray as out of the political mainstream.

If that happens, there could be a repeat in some states of what took place Tuesday in and around Lumberton, N.C., at the eastern edge of the district.

Mr. McCready won the surrounding county, Robeson, by more than 15 percentage points in 2018 against Mark Harris, his previous Republican opponent. On Tuesday, Mr. McCready won the county by only 1.1 percent.

Phillip M. Stephens, chairman of the Robeson County Republican Party, said the county remained majority Democratic but also very conservative. “Robeson County is a county with some of the last Blue Dog Democrats on the face of this earth,” he said.

Mr. Stephens said he believed that Mr. Bishop outperformed Mr. Harris in the county because of his relentless and focused messaging that reminded voters that Mr. McCready supported abortion rights and was aligned with a party that had drifted too far left.

“That doesn’t play well with these unaffiliateds and these conservative Democrats,” Mr. Stephens said. “It plays very well within the Democratic Party, but it does not play very well with Robeson County.”

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North Carolina Special Election Results: Ninth House District

Sept. 10, 2019

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Richard Fausset reported from Charlotte, and Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman from Washington.

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White House Reportedly Wanted NOAA To Lie About Hurricane Forecast

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The White House reportedly wanted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to contradict scientists saying Alabama would not be struck by Hurricane Dorian after President Donald Trump continued to falsely claim the state was in the storm’s path.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have NOAA repudiate forecasters who pushed back on Trump’s claim, according to a report by The New York Times. The stupidity began earlier this month after Trump falsely tweeted that Alabama would be one of the states to be hit by the hurricane.

The Birmingham branch of the National Weather Service corrected Trump, tweeting that “no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.” That only drew the ire of the president, who continued to insist that he was right and went so far as to present a weather map seemingly altered with a Sharpie to give the impression Alabama was threatened by the storm.

NOAA then rebutted Brimingham’s tweet, apparently at the behest of the White House, saying it “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

According to the Times: 

In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.

The release of the NOAA statement provoked complaints that the Trump administration was improperly intervening in the professional weather forecasting system to justify the president’s mistaken assertion. The Commerce Department’s inspector general is investigating how that statement came to be issued, saying it could call into question scientific independence.

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Is It Time to Quit Vaping?

Public health officials have long been wary of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens. But after an outbreak of serious lung illnesses this summer, those concerns became much more urgent.

Last week, federal health officials announced that e-cigarettes — which people can use to vaporize and inhale liquids containing nicotine or T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical in marijuana — could be behind at least 450 cases of severe lung disease in 33 states. The number of reported deaths reached six on Tuesday.

Most scientists and doctors think e-cigarettes are probably safer than regular cigarettes, though some states and cities have started to limit their use. It remains unclear just how much safer they are, especially given the recent spate of illnesses. And on Wednesday, Trump administration officials said they would move toward a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes.

Public health officials are still trying to figure out why so many people have gotten sick, and have recommended that people cut back on vaping in the meantime.

Here’s what we know so far.

The lung illness associated with vaping starts with symptoms that can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, coughing and fever, escalating to shortness of breath that can become so extreme as to require hospitalization. Some patients have needed supplementary oxygen.

On lung scans, the illness looks like bacterial or viral pneumonia, but no infection has been found in testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an official health advisory regarding the illness last month. It said people concerned about the disease should “consider refraining from using e-cigarette products.”

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An X-ray of a patient with a vaping habit shows whitish, cloud-like areas typically associated with some pneumonias, fluid in the lungs or inflammation.CreditIntermountain Healthcare

Read more about the sickness and its symptoms.
What You Need to Know About Vaping-Related Lung Illness

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There are also broader concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes.

Although e-cigarettes do not contain the tar and other carcinogens of traditional tobacco products, questions remain about the effects nicotine may have — especially on young people. Some experts say that nicotine may have harmful effects on a developing teenager’s brain, and some research has suggested that ingesting nicotine can affect the heart and arteries.

There are also reports of e-cigarettes causing fires and explosions, often because of malfunctioning lithium batteries. Explosions have killed at least two vape pen users in recent years.

Vaping gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. According to a history compiled by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association, modern e-cigarettes did not make their way to the United States until 2006.

By 2014, “vape” was the Oxford Word of the Year.

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As vaping became popular, mounting evidence suggested that it was far less dangerous than smoking. E-cigarette users can inhale nicotine without the deadly tar found in tobacco products, and many smokers use vape pens as a quitting aid.

But some American public health experts, led by the C.D.C., have been suspicious of e-cigarettes. And regulations have largely banned vaping product companies from making broad claims about health and harm as compared with tobacco products — at least not without extensive data.

Skeptics of the devices have warned about the potential for unknown risks, as well as the dangers of opening a new door to addiction for children and teenagers. Flavored products were considered especially worrisome, especially when it became clear that vaping products were popular with minors.

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The Food and Drug Administration gained jurisdiction over e-cigarettes in 2016. Two years later, the agency mounted an aggressive campaign against the major manufacturers of vaping products that appeal to young people, focusing on Juul, a popular brand of e-cigarette vape pods. Juul stopped selling most of its popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, but some look-alikes have since popped up.

On Monday, amid heightened concerns about the proliferation of lung illnesses, the F.D.A. said Juul had violated regulations by touting its vaping products as safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

San Francisco became the first city to ban e-cigarettes in June, and other communities have similar measures in the works. Last week, Michigan said it would ban all flavored e-cigarettes, becoming the first state to do so. Several state attorneys general have called for the federal government to ban flavored e-cigarettes, and bills to stop sales of flavored vaping products have been introduced in California and Massachusetts.

It’s still unclear what caused the illnesses this summer.

Some people who were sickened said they had vaped with oil containing T.H.C., and some doctors reported that cannabinoid oils vaporized in cartridges may have caused some of the lung inflammation.

The F.D.A. said that a significant subset of samples of vaping fluid used by sick patients included T.H.C., and also contained a compound called vitamin E acetate, which has been a subject of further investigation.

Read more about the people who have suffered from lung illnesses in recent months.
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White House Wanted NOAA To Lie About Hurricane Forecast: Report

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The White House reportedly wanted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to contradict scientists saying Alabama would not be struck by Hurricane Dorian after President Donald Trump continued to falsely claim the state was in the storm’s path.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have NOAA repudiate forecasters who pushed back on Trump’s claim, according to a report by The New York Times. The stupidity began earlier this month after Trump falsely tweeted that Alabama would be one of the states to be hit by the hurricane.

The Birmingham branch of the National Weather Service corrected Trump, tweeting that “no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.” That only drew the ire of the president, who continued to insist that he was right and went so far as to present a weather map seemingly altered with a Sharpie to give the impression Alabama was threatened by the storm.

NOAA then rebutted Brimingham’s tweet, apparently at the behest of the White House, saying it “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

According to the Times: 

In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.

The release of the NOAA statement provoked complaints that the Trump administration was improperly intervening in the professional weather forecasting system to justify the president’s mistaken assertion. The Commerce Department’s inspector general is investigating how that statement came to be issued, saying it could call into question scientific independence.

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White House Wanted NOAA To Lie About Hurricane Forecast: Report

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The White House reportedly wanted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to contradict scientists saying Alabama would not be struck by Hurricane Dorian after President Donald Trump continued to falsely claim the state was in the storm’s path.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have NOAA repudiate forecasters who pushed back on Trump’s claim, according to a report by The New York Times. The stupidity began earlier this month after Trump falsely tweeted that Alabama would be one of the states to be hit by the hurricane.

The Birmingham branch of the National Weather Service corrected Trump, tweeting that “no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.” That only drew the ire of the president, who continued to insist that he was right and went so far as to present a weather map seemingly altered with a Sharpie to give the impression Alabama was threatened by the storm.

NOAA then rebutted Brimingham’s tweet, apparently at the behest of the White House, saying it “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

According to the Times: 

In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.

The release of the NOAA statement provoked complaints that the Trump administration was improperly intervening in the professional weather forecasting system to justify the president’s mistaken assertion. The Commerce Department’s inspector general is investigating how that statement came to be issued, saying it could call into question scientific independence.

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‘Psychic’ Florida woman who promised to lift family curse sentenced for $1.6M scheme

A woman in Florida who claimed to be a psychic fortune teller has been sentenced to over three years in prison for scamming a Texas woman out of $1.6 million to lift a made-up curse on her and her family.

Sherry Tina Uwanawich, who also goes by Jacqueline Miller, first met the unidentified victim in 2007 when she lived in Houston, federal prosecutors said in a news release Monday.

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The 28-year-old Uwanawich became the woman’s confidante and used her trust to convince her that her family was in supernatural trouble, according to the statement.

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Uwanawich moved from Texas to South Florida, where she continued to scam her victim out of $1.6 million dollars until she came clean in 2014. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The victim, a medical student, had been suffering from depression after her mother’s death, The New York Times reported. Uwanawich reportedly blamed her mother’s death on a witch’s curse.

Bob Nygaard, a retired New York police officer and psychic fraud private investigator, told the paper confidence crimes that exploit a victim’s fears are common across the country.

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“Don’t look down on the victim,” he said. “Credit the con.”

The fictitious fortune teller claimed she needed “large sums of money” to buy crystal balls, candles and other items for meditation ceremonies to lift the curse, prosecutors said. The victim was led to believe that harm would come to her and her family if she didn’t pay.

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The scheme continued on for years, even after Uwanawich moved to South Florida, investigators said. The scheme ended in 2014 after Uwanaich told the woman she had made up the curse.

Uwanawich previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced last week in Miami, over a decade after the scheme began, according to the statement. She must also pay restitution.

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Megan Rapinoe Reflects On Trump’s ‘Ridiculous’ Interference With The World Cup

If it wasn’t already crystal clear just how little time Megan Rapinoe spends thinking about the president and his disdain for her, allow her to spell it out for you ― while looking extremely badass ― on the cover of Marie Claire’s October issue.

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The World Cup champion is one of four cover stars picked to celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary. As has become the norm, the magazine asked Rapinoe about President Donald Trump, her now-famous quote about refusing to visit the White House and Trump’s extremely un-presidential response, which came while the team was in France advancing in the tournament.

And she didn’t mince words.

“I certainly understand the gravity of a Trump tweet, how he uses social media to rile up his base, to attack people, to attack women in particular,” she said. “But it just seems so ridiculous, to be frank. It was unbelievable that it was happening, but it rallied the team even more.”

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So, do we have Trump partially to thank for what would become the U.S. Women’s Soccer Teams’ fourth World Cup win? No, of course not ― but we’re all for channeling negative energy into positive motivation, especially when it means another victory for the nation’s favorite sporting team.

In the interview, Rapinoe also discusses her relationship with WNBA star Sue Bird, who she refers to as the “Benjamin Button of sports,” her ongoing fight for equal pay and the contradictory way people treated her both before ― and after ― her big win.

“Even when they do call male athletes arrogant, it’s almost in a positive way,” she said. “But when it comes from a woman, they’re like, ‘How dare she? How dare she know she’s one of the best players in the world? How dare she take a moment to let 55,000 fans absolutely adore her?’ You know? We don’t allow women the space to be that way.”

Marie Claire’s fourth-anniversary issues hit newsstands Sept. 19.

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How To Help Hurricane Dorian Survivors In The Bahamas

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Debris left by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour after it decimated the island of Abaco a week ago on Monday, September 9, 2019.

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The Bahamas’ government is sharing a wish list of materials to help the island chain give food and shelter to its residents who are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian. Officials say they need lots of help and supplies — but they also want targeted donations.

“Officials here for instance don’t want to be inundated with cans of green beans when what they really need is telephone poles,” NPR’s Jason Beaubien reports from Nassau.

They’re facing a relief and reconstruction job that’s likely go on for years.

“Cash is king. For us to rebuild these communities, we need funds,” Barry Rassin, president of Rotary International, tells Beaubien.

Saying money is the most flexible aid tool, Rassin is calling on people to give to established charities and hold them accountable.

“Make sure we report back what we got and how we spent it,” he says.

The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency has published a page with instructions for anyone wanting to contribute to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund.

The Bahamian government has also issued an “exigency order” to allow relief supplies to quickly reach affected areas. It lists its greatest needs, ranging from tents and mosquito netting to plumbing fixtures and building materials.

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Electric poles lay broken on the road to Marsh Harbour on the island of Abaco, Bahamas, a week after Hurricane Dorian decimated the town on Monday, September 9, 2019. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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Electric poles lay broken on the road to Marsh Harbour on the island of Abaco, Bahamas, a week after Hurricane Dorian decimated the town on Monday, September 9, 2019.

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In an update Wednesday, NEMA spokesperson Carl Smith said some 2,5000 people have been reported missing in the Bahamas. But he added that the list has not yet been cross-checked against the names of people who have been evacuated, or those who are in shelters.

More than 5,500 people have been evacuated to New Providence from Grand Bahama and Abaco, Smith said, citing the help of commercial air carriers and private pilots.

Abaco suffered extensive damage to its power supply system; Smith said the Marsh Harbour power station was completely destroyed, and there’s “a 20-mile stretch where all poles are down.”

Chef and philanthropist Jose Andres has been in the Bahamas for more than a week, and his World Central Kitchen delivered its 100,000th meal in the islands on Tuesday.

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Reknowned chef Jose Andres, right, is interviewed by ABC News’ before Andres leaves for his first mission to Abaco Islands to deliver food to stranded Bahamanians who survived Hurricane Dorian at Odyssey Aviation in Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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Reknowned chef Jose Andres, right, is interviewed by ABC News’ before Andres leaves for his first mission to Abaco Islands to deliver food to stranded Bahamanians who survived Hurricane Dorian at Odyssey Aviation in Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

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“I arrived to Marsh Harbor Tuesday 3rd to bring some meals and water, increasing production daily!” Andres said. “We were safe, we felt safe…..when you feed people, and they see you comeback they become your angel guardians.”

Calling the relief effort “a massive operation with many moving parts,” NEMA added in its briefing on Tuesday, “People’s lives and livelihoods are at stake.”

The rush to bring aid has also caused some problems, as Bahamian officials are confronted with both a wide-ranging disaster and a crippled infrastructure that has sometimes limited its ability to welcome what has been a huge humanitarian response.

One of the government’s first meetings with relief groups drew nearly 150 representatives from local NGOs, according to NEMA. Acknowledging “the frustrations that arise at times” during the relief effort, the agency says it has asked the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to help it mange the flow of information among groups.

Here’s a rundown of other organizations that are undertaking this work.

Of course, NPR isn’t endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. And because scam artists often seek to profit from times of crisis, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research on any charity before you donate to it.

One place to start is Charity Navigator — which evaluates nonprofits and tracks where their money goes. The group has published a list of highly rated groups that are working to respond to Dorian.

Among those working with Andres in the Bahamas are Global Shadow Marine — which is using a large expedition ship to ferry supplies and aid to the Bahamas from Florida. On Wednesday morning, the group said it had just made an overnight trip from the U.S., arriving back in Freeport with 500,000 pounds of food and water.

The ship had spent two days at the Pier 66 Marina in Fort Lauderdale, where members of the local fire department helped load pallets of supplies.

Another group bringing supplies is Sol Relief, a St. Petersburg Fla., non-profit that organizes relief flights to bring aid to disaster-stricken areas. As of late Tuesday, the group said it had just completed its 50th flight between the U.S. and Bahamas.

NPR staff who are reporting on the recovery effort in the Bahamas say they’ve seen the Bahamas Red Cross in numerous locations, along with U.N. agencies, the World Food Program and the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO.

And the group World Health International says it’s been able to establish a clean water station at the Abaco Primary School. Its volunteers have also worked at Marsh Harbour and Green Turtle Cay.

On the far western tip of Grand Bahama Island, the Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour has declared itself a landing spot for aid, accepting more than 70 vessels this past Saturday alone. But the group, which operates a private marina, was forced to close briefly after a video was posted online showing relief supplies sitting on its dock.

The company says via Facebook, “people were storming the resort and beach and a lot was taken including drugs, baby formula, and two coolers full of insulin that were desperately needed.”

That closure lasted less than 24 hours, as Old Bahama Bay reopened after the government offered to boost the security and police presence at the resort.

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