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One Whopper Jr., Hold the Toy

In the climactic scene of “Toy Story 3,” Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the crew narrowly escape death when a remote-controlled claw lifts them from an incinerator just before flames engulf them.

Now Burger King is set to enact an alternative ending — collecting, sorting and chopping up hundreds of thousands of tiny toys, before melting them into hot plastic at a factory in northern England.

To anyone with childhood memories of beloved action figures, this may sound like an act of carnage — more Dante’s “Inferno” than Disney Pixar. But the “meltdown” is intended as a grand environmental gesture. Faced with growing public concern over the proliferation of single-use plastic, Burger King has vowed to stop giving away plastic toys with children’s meals in Britain and has encouraged customers to deposit old toys in collection bins at the chain’s locations there.

In December, the recycling firm Pentatonic will melt those orphaned action figures, then turn the raw material into playground equipment and reusable tray tables. Burger King plans to eliminate non-biodegradable toys from all its restaurants worldwide by 2025.

“That might be a shame for a tiny minority of people,” said Alasdair Murdoch, the chief executive of Burger King in the United Kingdom. “But it’s very clear that long term, people think that we’re doing the right thing.”

For decades, fast-food toys have operated as marketing tools designed to get children eating French fries and Chicken McNuggets. Politicians and public health advocates in the United States have repeatedly tried to ban them, arguing that fast-food marketing aimed at children contributes to obesity.

Those health concerns never swayed the major fast-food companies, but a viral British petition arguing that the toys “harm animals and pollute the sea” has made a stronger impression. It’s part of a growing public backlash against single-use, disposable plastic items like straws and cups, as well as myriad other plastic objects piling up in landfills, littering beaches and floating in oceans.

Burger King is not the only chain contemplating a toyless future. In 2018, McDonald’s established a task force to explore “ways to lessen the impact of the toys,” according to Elaine Strunk, the chain’s director of sustainability.

Based on the task force’s recommendations, McDonald’s has moved to scale back the distribution of plastic toys in Britain and other markets outside the United States, although it has stopped short of pledging to discontinue them. In October, McDonald’s offered its British customers Happy Meals with a choice of a toy or a bag of fruit.

Next year, children at its British locations will be able to choose between a toy or a book. In the past, McDonald’s has handed out Roald Dahl books, as well as stories about dinosaurs by the English author Cressida Cowell.

“We are on a journey across all of our categories and then beyond to make more sustainable environmental footprints,” Ms. Strunk said. “It’s always a lens through which we look at decisions we’re making.”

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Burger King is collecting old plastic toys at its British locations. Next month, the toys will be melted so the plastic can be reused.Credit…Chelsie Craig for The New York Times

But environmental experts say it’s not clear whether eliminating plastic toys would meaningfully advance plastic reduction efforts in the fast-food industry, let alone make a dent in the broader pollution problem.

Burger King has said ending distribution of the toys in Britain would reduce its annual plastic footprint by more than 300 tons. But the context for that number is unclear: Burger King has not calculated the total amount of plastic it uses across its global markets, according to its chief marketing officer, Fernando Machado. And at some restaurants in the United States, Burger King continues to serve drinks in foam cups, even as McDonald’s and other chains have banned the environmentally harmful products.

McDonald’s officials said the company was still working out an effective way to calculate its overall plastic footprint and declined to reveal the volume of plastic toys it distributes each year.

“If you’re a company like Burger King whose packaging is seen as a big part of the problem, it doesn’t make sense to act on the toys but not on your packaging,” said Conrad MacKerron, who helps run As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group that has pushed major fast-food companies to cut down on plastic. “The company seems to be trying to impose a certain priority on this which I don’t think is necessarily merited.”

Mr. Machado said Burger King planned to eliminate foam cups soon. And in the coming months, he said, the company will publish a website detailing the steps it has taken to reduce pollution.

“We’re not sitting here on any level saying that we are perfect,” said Mr. Murdoch, Burger King’s chief in the United Kingdom. “We’re on a journey, and we’ve got a long way to go, but we’re pretty keen on it.”

For years, McDonald’s and Burger King have resisted attempts to regulate the distribution of plastic toys, which began proliferating in the 1980s. The toys have proved to be powerful marketing devices. A study by researchers at Dartmouth found that knowledge of fast-food toys among young children “was associated with greater frequency of eating at McDonald’s.”

“It’s been a pretty important part of the business model of the companies that use them,” said Joel Bakan, the author of “Childhood Under Siege,” a 2011 book about marketing efforts aimed at children. “Both the packaging of the Happy Meal and the addition of the toy to it was highly effective in reaching children.”

In 2010, legislators in San Francisco voted to bar fast-food restaurants from giving away toys with children’s meals that fell short of nutritional standards, arguing that the figurines promoted unhealthy eating. But McDonald’s got around the ban on giveaways by charging 10 cents for each toy.

In the last decade, officials in New York, Nebraska and Wisconsin have tried and failed to ban the plastic toys, stymied in part by the lobbying muscle of the fast-food industry.

Now, rising environmental concerns over plastic waste appear to be succeeding where the obesity argument failed. And fast-food chains have grown increasingly focused on digital marketing tools, such as giving children scannable codes that can unlock games on branded apps, making plastic figurines less crucial to attracting younger customers.

“Maybe this is not the key for them anymore,” said Sara Ribakove, a policy official at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has campaigned against fast-food toys. “There’s a strong shift in the digital environment and the way we’re seeing marketing. It’s become much more personalized. It’s coming to everyone’s doorstep in a different way.”

Over the next few years, Burger King will gradually replace plastic toys with digital alternatives, company executives said, though the chain could also develop toys made from biodegradable materials.

A handful of other fast-food chains have scrapped the toys for commercial rather than environmental reasons. In 2013, Taco Bell announced that children’s meals would not be a part of its “long-term brand strategy.” Jack in the Box stopped giving away toys in 2011, saying, “We focus on adults and not children.”

But the major rival of McDonald’s and Burger King, Wendy’s, continues to offer the plastic figurines. Recently, the chain rolled out a line of Transformers toys. A Wendy’s spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

McDonald’s has experimented with toy alternatives in a number of markets, including Germany and France as well as Britain. In Japan, McDonald’s allows customers to return toys so the company can convert them into trays, a project similar to Burger King’s initiative in Britain. In the coming years, McDonald’s officials said, the company expects to distribute fewer plastics toys, as books and other alternatives become more popular.

“It’s all about choice,” said Kandice McLeod, a McDonald’s official who oversees Happy Meal toys. “Our customers want to know that they have a choice in what they’re going to receive.”

In the United States, however, one crucial constituency appears to remain broadly supportive of plastic toys: children.

On a recent Sunday night at a McDonald’s in Brooklyn, 8-year-old Amber Smith sat quietly, playing with the miniature Pokeball that had come with her Happy Meal. As far back as she can remember, she said, fast-food toys have been her favorite part of McDonald’s.

“All the toys, in my opinion, are super awesome,” she said. “I’m not picky with the toys.”

Asked about the prospect of a toyless Happy Meal, Amber balled her hands into fists. “I like the food, too,” she said. But without the toys, “I’d make a tantrum.”

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Nunes at impeachment hearing: Intelligence committee ‘hijacked’ by ‘partisan extremists’ to remove this president

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Partisan House Democrats have “hijacked” the Intelligence Committee and are attempting to concoct “ludicrous” theories about President Trump to aid their impeachment efforts, said Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., during his opening statement on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

“The Democrats on this committee spent three years accusing President Trump of being a Russian agent,” he began. “The Democrats vowed… to present a further ‘comprehensive report’ after they finished their investigation into Trump’s treasonous collusion with Russia. For some completely inexplicable reason, after the implosion of their Russia hoax, the Democrats failed to issue that comprehensive report.”

“This episode shows how the Democrats have exploited the Intelligence Committee for political purposes for three years, culminating in these impeaching hearings,” Nunes added. “No conspiracy theory is too outlandish for the Democrats… Clearly, these ludicrous accusations don’t reflect committee members who are honestly searching for the truth. They are the actions of partisan extremists who hijacked the Intelligence Committee… and turned it into a beachhead for ousting an elected President from office.”

Nunes began listing theories long held by Democrats about Trump’s nefarious actions, including the claim that he himself is a Russian agent. He also highlighted claims that the Trump campaign thrived on stolen documents, was assisted by Russia, was blackmailed by Russia, and that Trump was laundering Russian cash through his real estate ventures.

“It’s a long list of charges, all false,” Nunes said. “You have to keep that history in mind as you consider the Democrats’ latest catalog of supposed Trump outrages.”

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Nunes also called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., for proceeding with impeachment without bipartisan support, despite making promises to seek the cooperation of both parties.

“The key figures behind this impeachment crusade — all proclaimed that impeachment is so damaging to the country that it can only proceed with bipartisan support,” he said. “Are those declarations suddenly no longer true? Did impeachment become less divisive?

“Of course not,” Nunes continued. “They know exactly what kind of damage they’re inflicting on this nation. But they’ve passed the point of no return.”

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Nunes’ comments came as European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland acknowledged a “potential quid pro quo” situation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I shared concerns of the potential quid pro quo regarding the security aid with Senator Ron Johnson,” Sondland said Wednesday. “And I also shared my concerns with the Ukrainians.” He stressed he never got a clear answer on why the aid was held up, saying in the absence of an explanation he came to believe that the aid and the investigations were linked.

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Civil War log cabin discovered during house demolition

A house that was being torn down in Prescott, Ark., has revealed an incredible secret that may date back centuries.

A log cabin, thought to date to the Civil War era or even earlier, was found inside the house, according to the Nevada County Depot and Museum. The cabin may even have witnessed a Civil War battle.

“The footprint of the log cabin is 18′ X 20′,” the museum explained in a Facebook post. “The cabin had been added onto and the exterior encapsulated with siding.”

COUPLE DISCOVER 19TH-CENTURY LOG CABIN DURING HOME RENOVATION

The cabin was moved to its location on Greenlawn Street in Prescott around 1953 to 1955 and was once located on Miller Hill, according to the museum. After researching land patents, experts found that the cabin was once on land owned by a man named John Vaughn, which would date it to the period between 1850 and 1860.

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The log cabin is thought to date to the Civil War era or even earlier. (Nevada County Depot and Museum)

The records indicate that it may have been located near the site of the Battle of Prairie D’Ane, which took place in 1864. The engagement resulted in a victory for Union forces and the battlefield is now part of the Camden Expedition Sites National Historic Landmark.

“It is made of hand-hewn timbers and predates the coming of the railroad in the 1870’s, which brought sawn lumber,” the museum said in the post. “There is a great possibility that the house is likely a civil wartime structure, if not antebellum. If all of this is proven true, then this log cabin could very well have stood on the edge of the Prairie D’Ane during the battle.”

CIVIL WAR CANNONBALL DISCOVERED LODGED IN A TREE AT HISTORIC MISSOURI HOUSE

The museum also explained that thanks to a donation from a local benefactor, it has purchased the cabin and plans to dismantle it, store it, and at some point, reassemble it on the Prairie D’Ane battlefield.

“What a great find of Prescott history!” it wrote on Facebook.

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The cabin was discovered inside a house that was being torn down in Prescott, Arkansas. (Nevada County Depot and Museum)

Other historic log cabins have been discovered in recent years. In 2017, a couple renovating their new home in Dublin, Ohio. found a perfectly-preserved 19th-century log cabin within the structure.

Incredible artifacts from the Civil War have also been uncovered in unlikely places. A Civil War cannonball was recently discovered lodged in a walnut tree at a historic house in Independence, Mo.

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The cabin is made from hand-hewn timbers, according to the Nevada County Depot & Museum. (Nevada County Depot and Museum)

Fox 4 Kansas City reported that the incredible find at the Overfelt-Johnston house was made after the diseased 100-foot tree was cut down.

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The log cabin may have witnessed the Battle of Prairie D’Ane in 1864. (Nevada County Depot and Museum)

Two Civil War cannonballs were recently discovered on a South Carolina beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

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Legal Research Reports: Supply Chain Regulation of Pharmaceutical Samples

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This research surveys several countries’ regulations regarding “serialization” of pharmaceutical products and whether these regulations apply to free medicinal product samples. The attached reports explore the specific “track and trace” or “serialization” laws and regulations in the European Union, Japan, and Turkey. While technical aspects of serialization differ across jurisdictions, one widely used benchmark for legislation is the voluntary GS1 standards, and specifically the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN). Globally, it is estimated that 70 countries have based their regulatory requirements for traceability of pharmaceuticals on these standards.

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Last Updated: 11/13/2019

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Megathread: Sondland testifies Trump ordered Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ through Giuliani

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U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified Wednesday that there was a quid pro quo between Ukraine conducting politically motivated investigations and getting a meeting between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland said the connection between these two issues was widely known throughout the administration. “I know that members of this Committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes,” Sondland said in his opening statement. He also said he worked with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine issues on “the president’s orders,” confirming Trump’s active participation in a controversy that threatens his presidency.

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Republicans seek to subpoena Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower, DNC files

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has sent a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff asking that Hunter Biden and the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump be subpoenaed to appear before the committee.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., along with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, penned a scathing letter to Schiff in which they slammed the “sham ‘impeachment inquiry’” and notified the chairman of their intent to subpoena Biden and the whistleblower. Jordan, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has been appointed as a temporary member of the House Intelligence Committee.

“The American people understand how you have affirmatively prevented Republicans from examining serious issues directly relevant to the issues,” the two GOP lawmakers told Schiff in their letter. “Therefore, to provide some basic level of fairness and objectivity to your ‘impeachment inquiry,’ we intend to subpoena the anonymous whistleblower and Hunter Biden for sworn testimony in closed-door depositions.”

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Nunes and Jordan added that they plan to subpoena the whistleblower’s documents and communications regarding the complaint, the records surrounding Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings and the Democratic National Committee’s communications with Ukrainian officials and records relating to Alexandra Chalupa.

A Ukrainian-American consultant for the Democratic National Committee, Chalupa allegedly had meetings with officials at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to discuss incriminating information about Trump campaign officials during the 2016 presidential election.

This is the second letter that Nunes has sent to Schiff that relayed his intentions to call the whistleblower and Hunter Biden.

Earlier this month, Nunes sent a similar letter to Schiff about wanting those witnesses, but it remains unclear how many of the Republicans’ proposed witnesses will be approved by Schiff. A recently approved resolution governing the impeachment inquiry gave the approval power to the chairman and the members of the majority.

“To provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process, and after consultation with [House Oversight Committee] Ranking Member Jim Jordan and [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the American people deserve to hear from the following witnesses in an open setting,” Nunes said in his earlier letter.

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The impeachment inquiry began when a whistleblower reported that Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch a public investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine—specifically, why former Vice President Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings.

Hunter Biden worked for a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kiev. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president or his son.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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88 Days of Recovery: How a Girls’ Soccer Team Healed a Broken Coach

By Manny Fernandez and

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Nov. 20, 2019


EL PASO — Luis Calvillo has an angel on his shoulder.

The tattoo covers his left arm, the archangel Michael wielding a sword over howling demons. But Mr. Calvillo, 33, believes it was an angel he could not see who kept him alive that day in August.

It was a Saturday morning outside a Walmart in El Paso, and the soccer team he leads was selling snacks to raise money for an out-of-state tournament. One moment he was chatting with a fellow coach; the next, a man was spraying the outside of the store with gunfire, and Mr. Calvillo was on the ground, blood pouring from his leg. Several soccer parents were also shot. His father, Jorge Calvillo García — his real angel — was killed.

“I never thought about anyone else,” Mr. Calvillo said. “I was just thinking that it was going to be the last time that I was going to breathe. The last time.”

Only later did he have another thought: “My dad’s soul stayed there to protect me,” he said.

Mass shooting stories are usually told at funerals and candlelight vigils, cataloged by the number of dead left to bury when the gunfire stops. Surviving is a much longer story, often left unrecorded. There are the first chaotic minutes and hours in the paramedics’ van and the operating room. And there are the days and weeks of uncertain recovery that follow, the slow-motion coda of mass violence that unfolds painfully and privately. It took Mr. Calvillo nearly six weeks to be able to get a haircut, seven weeks to move without a walker for the first time.

The gunfire that day left 22 people dead and two dozen injured. The white gunman wrote that his attack was a response to “the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” a hateful motive Mr. Calvillo has struggled to understand, having survived combat as an American soldier with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Iraq.

“We didn’t deserve this,” he said. “We’re good people. We’re not bad people. And this dude just came to ruin everything.”

The soccer team — the El Paso Fusion, for girls ages 9 to 12 — and its supporters were spread out that day between the store’s main entrance and exit doors, facing the parking lot. Mr. Calvillo, an operations manager for a trucking company who founded the Fusion and served as its head coach, was standing near the team’s canopy, talking to his friend and fellow coach, Guillermo Garcia. Mr. Calvillo’s wife and 10-year-old daughter were nearby. His father had just pulled up.

He felt the first bullet before he heard it: “I turned around to find out what was happening and I see him coming toward us, shooting at us.”

Mr. Calvillo knew he was losing blood fast. His Army training kicked in: He stopped talking, to preserve energy, and he went into survival mode.

Seven of the people shot on Aug. 3 were part of the Fusion family. Two coaches — Mr. Calvillo and Mr. Garcia — and four parents were wounded, and Mr. Calvillo’s father was killed. The 10 players who were there managed to escape the gunfire but were affected in unseen ways. One day at school not long ago, a door slammed and Mr. Calvillo’s daughter, Emylee, started running.

“What did he gain?” Mr. Calvillo said of the gunman. “Nothing. What did we gain? Just pain, that’s all.”

As the hours of recovery have stretched into weeks and then months, he has looked for a way through. The ink on his arm — a tattoo he got years ago, this one on his left wrist — once again seemed to offer a message. Looked at one way, it reads Pain. Looked at another way, it says something else.

Love.

Day 35

Mr. Calvillo was shot five times with an AK-47-style rifle — twice in his left leg, and three times on the side of his back.

But as he lay on his bed at the University Medical Center of El Paso in early September, nearly five weeks after the shooting, it was his left foot that was causing him the most anguish. Sometimes his wife, Marcela Martinez, 38, massaged his foot. But other times he grimaced, and asked her not to touch it.

“You’re here 24 hours with nothing to do other than to wait for those pills or wait for that pain to come.”

Mr. Calvillo’s wife, Marcela Martinez, tried to comfort him as he experienced painful side effects from new medication.

None of the bullets hit major organs or arteries. But the nerves in his left leg were still reverberating from the trauma and sending shock waves through his foot.

And there was everything else — breathing exercises for his lungs, roughly 30 pills to take a day, an infection that set back his rehabilitation, a bald patch. When he first arrived at the hospital, he was unconscious for days in the intensive-care unit, and the hair where the back of his head rested on the pillow still had not grown back.

Mr. Calvillo could get in and out of bed. He had recently showered for the first time (“I was almost crying,” he said). But he was still counting the number of steps he could take — slowly, clutching a walker — without giving in to the pain.

“The first week when they got me up, I did 180 steps,” he said.

The next time, he pushed himself. He did about 300.

Day 38

After the 48 staples stitching him together were removed, Mr. Calvillo’s wife, Ms. Martinez, decided to keep them. It was his pain. But it was hers, too.

After Aug. 3, Ms. Martinez stopped working as a teacher to be with her husband full time. One day in early September, she spent a rare morning at home and took Emylee, a fifth-grader, to school.

When Ms. Martinez was by herself, she suddenly felt it was time. She was ready to visit what nearly everyone in El Paso had seen: the memorial outside the Walmart. She pulled into the parking lot and walked over, her eyes filling with tears.

There were thousands of candles, crosses, teddy bears, flowers and American and Mexican flags along a chain-link fence, the trinkets of a border city’s binational heartache. She and her husband were born in El Paso but raised by their families in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez; they embraced both cultures, both languages.

Until then, Ms. Martinez had been unable to get this close to a big-box store. When Emylee had needed a pair of jeans, Ms. Martinez had driven to Target but could not bring herself to get out of the car. She sat in the parking lot, and then drove away.

The jeans would have to wait until later. She had no idea when.

“I don’t think people understand that lives change, and not for good, after all this,” she said.

Ms. Martinez and the relatives of other victims hiked up Mount Cristo Rey in nearby New Mexico to lay crosses at the top of the mountain.

The crosses honored the 22 victims of the shooting.

Ms. Martinez has been juggling her own grief, supporting Mr. Calvillo through his recovery and taking care of their daughter, Emylee.

At home, she helped Emylee get ready for school.

She is equal parts soccer mom …

grieving daughter-in-law …

and survivor’s wife.

Day 43

His foot was bothering him again. But he ignored it.

“You got elected to student council?” he asked Emylee.

It was mid-September, several weeks after the start of school, and his daughter was visiting him at Kindred Hospital, where he had been transferred for wound-care treatment. They talked as he sat in a wheelchair, pumping an arm bike.

“Yes, but I didn’t want to do it,” Emylee said.

“If you have the opportunity, do it,” he told her. “I know you can do it.”

Regaining the use of his leg was one thing; being a hospital-bound father and coach was another challenge entirely. With the onset of the school year, he had started a new team for older girls and was constantly texting with Fusion parents, keeping his phone on the bed beside him or on his chest.

There was a secret to Mr. Calvillo’s recuperation:

He insisted on being a father in a hospital gown, a coach from his sick bed.

Being shot five times often seemed more an inconvenience than a trauma. He even shut out his grief …

for now.

Getting out of the hospital was about recovering, but it was about grief, too. His father had been cremated but his mother postponed the funeral, wanting her son to be there.

Emylee came up to him, smiling big.

“You know what I dreamed?” she asked. In her dream, she was wearing a blue dress that sparkled at the quinceañera that would happen on her 15th birthday. And her grandfather was there, too.

“Your grandpa is going to visit you a lot in your dreams,” he told her. “He didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.”

Day 49

The sound of a referee’s whistle filled Room 1001.

The shrill noise was coming out of Mr. Calvillo’s phone. The girls had a game. His wife was on the sideline, live-streaming the action as he watched from the hospital.

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“If they push you, push them back,” a Fusion girl told another player.

“Hey!” Mr. Calvillo shouted. That was not the way they played ball.

The Fusion ended up losing. The nurses came in periodically to take his temperature and blood pressure, but his eyes stayed riveted on the phone.

“There are so many things that I had already worked on that they’re not doing, and it frustrates me,” he said.

Soccer, once a weekend pastime, had transformed into a devotion that was as closely tied to his rehabilitation as the arm bike down the hall. It had happened before. After serving in Iraq, Mr. Calvillo had started experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. It became so severe he had suicidal thoughts. But the Fusion had helped pull him out of it.

Now he was relying on them again, just as they were counting on him, coaching from his hospital bed.

“When I started the team, I found a lot of comfort,” he said. “So that’s why I take so much pride and I take it too serious. Because that’s my getaway.”

Day 56

He held his wife’s hand as she drove him home. It was Sept. 27. He had spent nearly two months in two hospitals, undergone five operations and lost about 40 pounds.

He did not stay home for long. He had something to do. Hours after he was released from the hospital, he was sitting in his wheelchair on the grass at a Fusion game.

“Talk to each other, ladies!” Mr. Calvillo yelled into a megaphone.

Coach Luis was back.

“I’ve been out of the hospital for less than five hours,” he said. “And I’m here. And I’m here for you guys because I care about you guys and I care about everyone that is here, all these families, all right?”

The Fusion failed to score a goal, but it did not matter. Mr. Calvillo leaned on his cane and called the girls to him.

Bring it in, he told them. It was time for one last chant.“Family on three!”

Mr. Garcia, the other Fusion coach who was wounded, remained in a hospital, but his wife, Jessica Garcia, was at the game, cheering their daughter, Karina. The field and sidelines were crowded with men, women and children who had fled or were struck by gunfire only a few weeks before. But that went largely unspoken. The gunman had forever changed their lives, but he would have no place on this green field at dusk.

Day 78

Mr. Calvillo sat in the front pew of St. Mark Catholic Church, staring at the stone box holding his father’s urn. It was mid-October, more than two months since the shooting, but the passage of time did not make the funeral any easier.

His father had been his lifelong mentor. Jorge Calvillo García, an accountant and business executive, had been born in Mexico but lived in El Paso with his wife, Eva Calvillo, 61. They would have celebrated their 38th anniversary in December, but their children and grandchildren had been the real center of their lives.

Ms. Martinez recalled a day years ago when she was pregnant with Emylee and there was an unexpected knock on her door. “I open the door, and it was both of them, Eva and Jorge, with everything you can think a baby can need — the car seats, stroller, the crib,” she said. “They bought everything for us.”

At the church that day, Mr. Calvillo was very much a grieving son — he wore the St. Jude chain his father had been wearing when he was killed — but for the family gathered there, his mere presence in the pews was a kind of miracle. After the Mass, the hugs he received from the long line of relatives and friends had some sadness in them, but a touch of welcome home, too.

One life lost. One life broken, but found.

“I just think I got a second chance at life,” Mr. Calvillo said. “I can’t change things. I got to just keep on going.”

Day 88

Mr. Calvillo keeps the wheelchair and walker in the garage. He walks on his own now. At home in late October, nearly three months after the attack, he revved up his new toy: a three-wheeled motorcycle.

Ms. Martinez was preparing to return to her fourth-grade class in December. She fought her fear and took Emylee to Target to buy supplies for a science project.

“Our lives are going to be before and after — before Walmart and after Walmart,” Ms. Martinez said.

Mr. Calvillo went back to work at the trucking company. One of the first things he did after getting out of the hospital was buy a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson. “It’s just for protection,” he said. “I’m not going to experience the same thing again.”

As he ate a late dinner with his wife and daughter, Mr. Calvillo hardly looked at his new tattoo. It was on his right arm, opposite the angels and demons. It read El Paso Strong. In the center was the Fusion.

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Lizzo Nabs Most 2020 Grammy Nominations Of Any Artist

We’re cryin’ ’cuz … the 2020 Grammy Awards love Lizzo as much as we do.

Lizzo is the most-nominated artist for the upcoming Grammy Awards, racking up nods in a total of eight categories.

The nominations were announced Wednesday via livestream and on “CBS This Morning.”

Lizzo’s song “Truth Hurts” took home nods for Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of The Year, and Record of the Year. “Exactly How I Feel” featuring Gucci Mane was nominated Best R&B Performance, and “Jerome” was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

All three of the songs come from her album ‘Cuz I Love You,’ which was nominated for both Best Urban Contemporary Album and Album of the Year.

The 31-year-old was also nominated for Best New Artist alongside fellow multi-nominee Billie Eilish. The two will be up against one another in the big four categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Lizzo shared her excitement about the nominations on Twitter on Instagram, thanking her fans on Wednesday morning with a series of happy tweets and posting a hilarious photo of herself on a plane in her Instagram Story:

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The song that brought in the most individual nominations for Lizzo, “Truth Hurts,” is one of her oldest on the album. Released on Sept. 19, 2017, the song didn’t pick up steam until 2019 after gaining popularity on TikTok and later appearing in the Netflix movie “Someone Great.”

Alicia Keys, who has 15 Grammy Awards herself, will host the 62nd annual ceremony on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.

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