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    Speck, an adorable shelter dog, just wants to hold the hand of anyone who passes by his cage at the Bullock County Humane Society. As soon as someone passes Speck’s kennel, he pushes his face between the metal bars and reaches his paw out to say hi. “All he wants is people love,” Desiray Miracle-Wilder, the shelter’s director, told The Dodo. “He will reach his little hand out and he just wants you to touch him and hold his hand. And he’s so sad when you walk off to finish cleaning or whatever you have to do.” Speck was at the kennel in Alabama for a year and a half, patiently waiting to be adopted. Miracle-Wilder took a video of Speck’s adorable hand-holding routine, and he quickly became an overnight celebrity with the adorable video. Miracle-Wilder wrote on a Facebook post that he is “really hard to pass by while cleaning. He literally just wants you to hold his hand.” “You could put anything else around him — another giant dog, a cat, but he is just so fixated...
    Residents of an eastern Ukrainian city under intense bombardment by Russian forces are sheltering under a chemical plant that may be storing dangerous substances, according to a Ukrainian official. The Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk is serving as a refuge for civilians as Russian troops enter the city that is now 70% controlled by Russia, according to the governor of the Luhansk province. While the governor noted to Reuters that the bunkers underneath the chemical plant were "strong Soviet-era" bomb shelters, he worried a Russian airstrike could set off any remaining chemicals being stored at the facility, as was the case on Tuesday. "There are civilians there in bomb shelters, there are quite a few of them," Serhiy Haidai, the head of Luhansk's regional military administration, told Reuters on Wednesday. Haidai added that the Azot plant is "privately-owned" and "we can't know 100% if any chemicals are left." "We were assured that there were no [chemicals] left, but as we can see there are still some remnants," he said, referring to an airstrike that blew up a...
    The article, “Housing advocates want lawmakers to restart and replenish Minnesota’s halted rental assistance program. That’s gonna be a tough sell” called attention to the need to fund programs that address the homelessness crisis here in Minnesota. Sen. Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) questioned the effectiveness of existing housing stability programs saying, “What are we doing with the hundreds of millions in housing stability programs that we already have? That means our existing programs are failing. We need to unpack those. Why aren’t the existing programs working?” The problem isn’t that programs are failing; it’s that they are underfunded and don’t meet the scale of the challenges that exist in Minnesota. The Emergency Services Program (ESP), which is the best and most flexible source of funding to provide services to people experiencing homelessness, is a prime example of this gross underfunding. Since its creation in 1997, the Emergency Services Program has only received moderate increases and never at the scale to meet the need. In 2014, $844,000 per year was allocated to address homelessness for the entire state. Through our advocacy...
    Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter will see substantial changes implemented on the social media platform with everything from longer tweets and paid subscriptions using 'joke' cryptocurrency Dogecoin all within the realm of possibility.  Musk has vowed to let everyone say whatever they want on Twitter after his takeover of the social media giant. He is said to favor temporary 'timeouts' for users who break the new rules, rather than permanent bans such as those given to Donald Trump.  Details of his immediate plans are slim, but the Tesla chief portrays himself as a free-speech absolutist. Other mooted changes include blue verification checkmarks for anyone who subscribes to Twitter's premium Blue service, which costs $2.99 a month. Musk is said to favor a subscription-based model over advertiser funding, as it would make Twitter less beholden to advertiser pressure. He has even suggested users could pay with cryptocurrency, including joke currency Dogecoin which Musk has long had an affection for.  He's also likely to fire many of the firm's woke staff. Workers have been told the transfer of ownership will last around...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Firefighters in San Jose on Sunday remained at the scene of the burned out Home Depot store on Blossom Hill Road that was destroyed by a huge fire Saturday evening, investigating the cause of the blaze. The fire at the Home Depot location that was first reported at 5:30 p.m. Saturday quickly grew into a five-alarm inferno, triggering a response by over 100 firefighters and sending a massive cloud billowing skyward that was visible for miles. READ MORE: UPDATE: Benicia Commercial Pier Fire Could Continue for Hours Due to Difficult AccessOn Sunday morning, the San Jose Fire Department Twitter account posted that crews were still mopping up at the location making sure that the fire didn’t reignite. The fire was still smoldering and producing light smoke. People in the area impacted by the smoke were advised to continue to shelter in place with windows and doors closed. UPDATE: Crews remain on scene conducting fire watch. Fire is still smoldering and producing light smoke. Those in the path of smoke are advised to continue to shelter...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Fewer than four days after the mass shooting that’s rocked the city, the Sacramento City Council held a hastily-called special meeting as a group of fed-up neighbors push for a ballot initiative to get homeless people off the streets. The ongoing homeless crisis is creating tension between Sacramento city leaders and a community group trying to get homeless campers off the streets. READ MORE: 2 Friends Missing Since Sunday Found Dead In Vehicle Submerged In Stanislaus River Near Ripon“I don’t think it’s good process,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said of Wednesday’s meeting. The city council held an emergency meeting to discuss the community group’s November ballot proposal that would require the city to pay for more than 6,000 new shelter beds. “It would double shelter capacity by next summer,” said Daniel Conway with Sacramentans For Safe and Clean Parks. Conway is leading the group’s effort. “The city would go encampment by encampment offering people space in shelters and access to services, but also letting them know that Sacramento no longer allows people to live outside,” he said....
    Terrifying footage has revealed the moment a CBS reporter dived to shelter as a massive bomb exploded behind him during a live report from Kyiv.  Charlie D'Agata was broadcasting live for CBS from Ukraine on Thursday night and was handing the segment back to Elaine Quijano at the US offices of the news station when an explosion went off behind him.  Footage shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D'Agata.  Charlie D'Agata was broadcasting live for CBS from Ukraine on Thursday night and was handing the segment back to Elaine Quijano at the US offices of the news station when an explosion went off behind him Footage shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D'Agata D'Agata immediately turns around to face the explosion before turning back to his colleagues and saying: 'What the hell was that?' He adds: 'I don't know it was almost like lightning. It was a big flash and then...' D'Agata trails off as...
    The creature had escaped, WJW-TV reported. "The crate was just demolished. The hospital room was demolished. He had clambered up on a set of shelves and then reached over — this was no easy feat, let me tell you — he managed to stretch over to a window," Beth Shoaf, Wildlife Works' executive director, told PhillyVoice at the time. "These windows are high at the top of the walls. They're not windows you look out of, you know? And he chewed the window seals to force the window open — and out he went!" Mystery animal that might be a dog escapes from Pennsylvania rescue.https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/01/27/mystery-animal-escapes-Pennsylvania-rescue-Wildlife-Works/5711643313699\u00a0\u2026 — Sunny Days \ud83c\udf1e (@Sunny Days \ud83c\udf1e) 1643897489 Shoaf added to the outlet that "nobody in the world thought something like this could happen. He was half-dead." PhillyVoice noted that a Wildlife Works Facebook post — which has since been deleted — said the group is upset the animal escaped: He never acted aggressive or distressed, and there had been no evidence of escape attempts. We had...
    From his home across the street from a homeless shelter in Venice, Shawn Stern sometimes turns on his video camera to document a disturbance that has grabbed his attention. On Nov. 6, he recorded a gray-haired woman walking down Main Street, screaming and gesturing at passing cars. Ten days later, another woman sat on the sidewalk, surrounded by three outreach workers, screaming at them that she did not want their help. Later, she too was walking down the middle of the street. His most poignant video, made on the night of Nov. 30, caught a woman, naked from the waist down and with just one shoe on, mumbling incoherently. “It’s like this on a regular basis down here,” the 61-year-old punk rock musician and festival promoter said in a text accompanying the videos. “It’s extremely sad. These women are in need of help & they aren’t getting any. They often end up victims of violent assault & rape.” For tourists, it may appear that the Ocean Front Walk of old has returned — quirky shops, beachfront restaurants,...
    As the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the deaths of seven puppies while being transported by a Pets in Need animal shelter in Palo Alto in early August, employees are alleging a series of mistakes caused the tragedy. Three employees have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect in connection with the deaths, which at least 10 co-workers contend were caused by a combination of avoidable mistakes and violations of shelter operating guidelines. The co-workers say the seven Labrador-pit bull mix puppies, each weighing about 10 to 15 pounds and who showed signs of being sick even before the trip began, were crammed into a crate meant to hold dogs weighing a total of 40 pounds for the journey from the Central Valley back to Palo Alto. The crate was placed on the floor of a van behind one of the front seats, not a designated kennel space, and there was a wooden board blocking airflow from getting to the crate from the front of the vehicle, they say. “Putting them in that crate...
    THE world's loneliest house stuck on the side of a remote mountain range had lain empty for 100 years - but its mystery remains. Situated nearly 9,000ft above sea level in the midst of in Italy’s sprawling Dolomite Mountains, is this extraordinary home embedded in the side of the rockface. 4The incredible Buffa di Perrero is spectacularly embedded in the side of the Dolomite MountainsCredit: Alamy 4The unbelievable architecture is said to have been created by savvy Italian soldiers during WWI Buffa di Perrero's bizarre location has puzzled people for decades - while others speculated how on earth removal men could ever make it up there. But remarkably, the impressive property is believed to have been constructed over 100 years ago during World War I. Savvy Italian soldiers are said to have built the shelter for a place to rest while battling the Austro-Hungarians across the rugged terrain. They would have used the concealed pad to store supplies and take shelter from the enemy as well as the elements. The unbelievable architecture would have only been accessible by...
    A Massachusetts woman who was bludgeoned to death in her own home 20 years ago was apparently killed by her half-brother after detectives used DNA on the heavy conch shell used as the murder weapon to link him to the brutal slaying and crack the cold case.  David Reed, 53, allegedly beat Rose Marie Moniz, 41, to death with a cast-iron kettle, a fireplace poker and the shell in March 2001. His DNA was in a database after he attacked another woman - this time with a tire iron - and stole her purse in 2003.  Police finally pieced together the clues this year when detectives were able to get DNA from the conch shell by envisioning how the attacker might have held it.  Based on the abrasions on Moniz's face, they determined that she was probably struck by the shell's spiny point, and that the attacker probably held the shell with his fingers inside its opening for leverage. The DNA evidence led them to Reed, a career criminal who has fled multiple states to avoid prosecution. He was finally...
    TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Police are investigating a possible road rage incident that led to the lockdown at Towson University Monday evening. Preliminary investigation revealed that the incident began in the Unit block of Stevenson Lane. Officials said the suspect continued onto Osler Driver where he was involved in a hit and run near Cross Campus and Emerson Drive. READ MORE: Gov. Larry Hogan Announces More Than $155M To Support Maryland Child Care ProvidersA responding officer was assaulted on the scene before the suspect took off on foot. Authorities were contacted a short time later for a reported carjacking at an area hospital. The suspect was arrested in Baltimore City during a bailout. Officials said this incident involves multiple locations and victims and will update when more details become available. The officer was not seriously injured and it’s unknown at this time if a weapon was involved. The shelter in place at Towson University has been lifted. READ MORE: Howard County Set To Announce $1.5M In Funding For Substance Use Disorder Residential TreatmentOfficials advised that the campus is now clear...
    A rescue dog whose jaw was completely destroyed by a mysterious infection that left the poor pup's face rotting and 'smelling like death' has made a miraculous recovery - and is now living a healthy, happy life with new owners.  Two-year-old pit bull Bud was left at an animal shelter in Mexico in the summer of 2020, where workers found that he was suffering from a horrific infection that was causing his jaw to decay.   The infection had worked its way through much of his mouth and was so severe that carers were unsure whether they would be able to save him.      They turned to the experts at Animal Pad, a San Diego-based shelter, which brought Bud to the US and helped to secure a vet who agreed to perform a risky operation to remove the rotting half of his jaw.  Transformed: A two-year-old pit bull named Bud has made an incredible recovery after being dumped at a Mexican shelter with a horrific infection that was causing his mouth to rot Upset: The mysterious flesh-eating illness left...
    This story was originally published at Prism. When Prism first reported on Susana Coreas in April, she was waylaid in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, with 43 other trans women, all of whom were waiting for their opportunity to request asylum in the United States. Coreas first arrived in Mexico after migrating from El Salvador with a group of trans women in January 2020. But because of the double whammy of COVID-19 and the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies, Coreas couldn’t safely undergo the asylum process. So, Coreas waited out her time in Mexico by building Casa de Colores, a shelter for trans and gender nonconforming migrants waiting for their chance to request asylum in the U.S. Coreas was Casa de Colores’ unofficial house mother. The others at the shelter called her “mom” and relied on her for food, resources, friendship, and support. While Coreas did want to eventually leave the shelter to request asylum and see her son in Minnesota, she also feared leaving the other women behind. But that day came on May 4, and the circumstances weren’t ideal. Coreas and a handful...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A federal appeals court heard arguments Wednesday in the city and county of Los Angeles’ bid to vacate a judge’s order forcing the city to offer shelter to every homeless person on Skid Row by the middle of October, but made no ruling on the matter. U.S. District Judge David Carter issued the mandatory injunction against the city in April. Carter’s ruling requires that all homeless inhabitants of Skid Row must be offered some form of shelter by Oct. 18, beginning with single women and unaccompanied children. READ MORE: LA Clinicians Rush To Vaccinate Community as Delta Variant Of COVID Spreads LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 16: People walk past a homeless tent encampment in Skid Row on September 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Skid Row is home to thousands who either live on the streets or in shelters.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Both the city and county immediately appealed the ruling, requesting that the U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals issue a stay pending the appeal. The LA Alliance for Human Rights, an association of...
    Massachusetts police have issued an urgent shelter-in-place warning for residents in two towns near Boston after eight heavily armed men fled into woodland during a traffic stop.  A state trooper spotted the men pulled over by the side of Interstate 95 between the towns of Wakefield and Reading at 1.30 on Saturday morning, and asked them for identification.  The group were dressed in tactical-style gear and armed with both pistols and rifles.  The group refused to comply with orders to put down their weapons and subsequently ran into the woodland by the side of the road.    "The Wakefield Police Department is assisting the Massachusetts State Police with a dangerous incident on Route 128 Northbound in the area of Parker Road. "During a motor vehicle stop, several heavily armed men claiming to be from a group that does not recognize our laws exited their vehicles and fled into the woodline off 128 in the area of Parker Road/Elm Street. "Approximately eight males fled into the woods carrying rifles and handguns and appear to be contained in the wooded area adjacent to...
    Working as a security officer in a New York homeless shelter is rewarding, yet can be very challenging. Every day, we take risks to serve our city’s most vulnerable day and night — we often have to navigate hostile interactions and de-escalate dangerous confrontations. Even though I have been working in homeless shelters for over two years, my job never gets easier. Currently, I work at a men’s shelter on Pitkin Avenue, where my priority is to make sure the clients have a safe place to temporarily call home. However, My fellow security officers and I often struggle to keep everyone safe. I, and most of the other security at shelters, are Black, Brown, and immigrant, just like most clients we serve. We make little above minimum wage, have a hard time getting the health care we need, and often lack the necessary training to perform our duties.
    Washington (CNN)The New York Post temporarily deleted, and then edited and republished, a debunked article that falsely claimed that copies of Vice President Kamala Harris' book were being included in "welcome kits" given to migrant children at a shelter in Long Beach, California.The Post's major revisions to the article came after the inaccuracies had already spread widely in conservative circles -- and prompted baseless accusations that Harris, whom President Joe Biden has assigned to lead the effort to stem the flow of migrants to the southern border, was personally profiting from the immigration situation. The Post's Tuesday changes to the article, which was originally published on Friday, followed a Washington Post fact check in which a Long Beach spokesman explained that a community member had donated a single copy of the Harris children's book, "Superheroes Are Everywhere," as part of a book drive -- and that the book would not be handed out in a welcome kits. The spokesman, Kevin Lee, told the Washington Post and later CNN that neither the federal government nor the city government had purchased copies...
    The plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit about homelessness are calling for the city and county of Los Angeles to offer some form of shelter to skid row’s most vulnerable by August. The legal move — a request for a preliminary injunction — comes as lawyers for the group of mostly downtown business owners and residents are said to be inching toward a settlement with the city that would require it to provide new housing or shelter for thousands of homeless people across the city. At the same time, it would allow the city to use anti-camping laws to clear anyone remaining on the streets. Attorneys for the plaintiffs want the city and county to offer some form of shelter or housing within 90 days to every homeless person between 3rd and 8th streets and Alameda and Main streets, a downtown quadrant that essentially encompasses skid row. Their brief describes how homeless people are dying on the streets of Los Angeles every day and how, on April 7, a man in a wheelchair burned to death in a tent...
    Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the only female member of the Grateful Dead. (Photo by Susana Millman) Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay and Jeff Mattson are behind “Shelter.” (Courtesy of Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay) Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay performs at SiriusXM. (Courtesy of Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay) Jeff Mattson is best known as lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra. (Photo by Suzy Perler) Show Caption of Expand While the pandemic has been hard on working musicians, it’s had its blessings as well. Not to be Pollyannaish about it, but it’s given them time for reflection and introspection that they might not have had otherwise. For singer-songwriter Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the only female member of the Grateful Dead, a heartfelt ballad she originally recorded 14 years ago called “Shelter” took on new meaning for her during the long months of quarantine and lockdown....
    Three luxury resorts in Hawaii have partnered with the Maui Humane Society to host shelter dogs for a single night and some guests will be able to stay with these furry friends. The guests who get a chance to stay with the dogs will be top fundraisers from the humane society’s “Wags to Riches” campaign. According to a press release for the event, the resorts that are participating in the “Wags to Riches Slumber Party” are the Four Seasons Resort Maui, F airmont Kea Lani and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Guests who raise the most funds for the contest will be invited to spend a VIP night at one of the three resorts on May 1 and they will also get to choose the dog they want to spend time with. Meanwhile, other fundraising participants will be offered an opportunity to spend a night in a kennel at the Maui Humane Society. “We love the idea of taking a homeless shelter dog to a world-class resort where they’ll be spoiled for the night,” said the Maui Humane Society’s CEO Steve MacKinnon, in a statement. “Alternatively, those...
    Three luxury resorts in Hawaii have partnered with the Maui Humane Society to host shelter dogs for a single night, and some guests will be able to stay with these furry friends. The guests who get a chance to stay with the dogs will be top fundraisers from the humane society’s "Wags to Riches" campaign. ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP FLIES HUNDREDS OF PETS FROM HAWAII TO NORTHWEST US According to a press release for the event, the resorts that are participating in the "Wags to Riches Slumber Party" are the Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Guests who raise the most funds for the contest will be invited to spend a VIP night at one of the three resorts on May 1, and they will also get to choose the dog they want to spend time with. HAWAII BEACHES PACKED WITH HORDES OF MASKLESS SPRING BREAKERS: REPORTS Meanwhile, other fundraising participants will be offered an opportunity to spend a night in a kennel at the Maui Humane Society. "We love the idea of taking...
    An Alabama TV weatherman who was tracking a massive tornado learned live on-air that his house was in the direct path of the storm and stepped away to text his wife to ensure she made it to shelter. ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann was in the middle of warning residents of Shelby County to take the shelter on Thursday as deadly twisters ravage the state. But he had to step away when he realized that the storm he was watching was heading directly for his own home and his wife Karen. As the broadcast switched to a live feed of the tornado, Spann can be heard saying:  'What I'm doing is texting my wife to be sure she's in the shelter.'  Reporters in the ABC 33/40 newsroom managed to contact his wife, who told them: 'Oh, it's a miracle. A huge tree just missed our house!' She added: 'It's unbelievable! There is so much damage everywhere.' Scroll down for video  Spann confirms to viewers after returning to the broadcast that his home was struck by the storm 'the reason I had...
    An international dog rescue group that saves dogs from the Chinese meat trade is opening its first U.S. shelter in Jersey City. The No Dogs Left Behind shelter will open at the end of March at 10 Webster Ave. The nonprofit organization rescues dogs from Chinese slaughterhouses and then provides them with medical care, before flying them to the U.S. for adoption. The Jersey City digs will serve as an all-vegan base station that will house up to nine dogs, and serve as the hub for the junior volunteer program, fostering program and social media outreach, HobokenGirl reports. The organization is seeking volunteers of all ages to help "fight the good fight with us in this global war against cruelty and a global fight for sustainability." Click here to get involved.
    (CNN)So many people are adopting dogs in this time of pandemic-induced loneliness that shelters are being emptied out. A recent "biting incident" involving a certain presidential pup, though, might have some reconsidering.Major, a German shepherd adopted by the Bidens in 2018, was removed from the White House last week after he displayed aggressive behavior toward a member of White House security. He and Champ, the Bidens' older German shepherd, were sent to the Biden family home in Delaware. (The move may not be permanent -- the dogs have been known to stay there when the first lady is out of town.) Photos: People are fostering and adopting pets during the pandemic Photos: People are fostering and adopting pets during the pandemic Animals shelters across the United States are emptying out thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, as people stuck at home are fostering or adopting animals. The Hillery family adopted Mase the pit bull from the San Diego Humane Society. Hide Caption 1 of 10 Photos: People are fostering and adopting pets during the pandemicAdam Bohn, a junior mechanical engineering student...
    A senior dog named Baby Girl has finally found a forever home after spending over six years living at a shelter in Lufkin, Texas. Although Monica and Mark Deaton already have three pups, they recently added another to their pack, KTRE reported Sunday. “It was immediate, I could tell. She reminded me of my elderly dog that passed at 17 and a half… with her… just her personality and everything. I was like, ‘yes, she’s coming home,'” Monica told the outlet. Baby Girl lived at the Winnie Berry Humane Society since 2014 before being adopted last week. “Just looking into her eyes, I couldn’t understand why she had been there so long. Looking at her, you just kinda knew that she would fit with the family. She just had part of it,” Monica recalled. The shelter shared a photo of the lucky pup with Mark and two employees in a Facebook post on Thursday. “The staff and board of directors at the Humane Society of Angelina County are so excited to announce that after 2,326 days at the shelter, our longest resident...
    (CNN)They can happen at any time and threaten every corner of the United States. It is time to prepare for one of the world's most destructive types of weather: tornadoes.On average, the United States sees more than 1,200 tornadoes per year, far more than any country in the world. While tornadoes can be deadly, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones before, during and after disaster strikes. 1. Get alertsJUST WATCHEDTornado watch vs warning explainedReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHTornado watch vs warning explained 00:59First things first: Understand the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning, and be able to identify your city and county on a map.Read More Outdoor sirens -- While sirens can be useful, they are not always the best way to receive tornado warnings, since they are not widespread. Local television -- Local stations will provide on-air coverage for your area during severe weather, but the TV won't wake you up if a tornado warning occurs at night. NOAA Weather Radio -- While it may sound...
    Best single-season TV shows The 10 Worst States for Millennials This content comes from our friends at Sportskind.  © Provided by For The Win Watch out! Dog on the loose!  A soccer match in Bolivia had to go into time out when a stray dog ran onto the pitch with a rogue cleat in his mouth.  Watch the moment players scramble to get a hold of the dog above.  The dog was eventually lifted up and carried off by Tigre player Raúl Castro, who handed him to a police officer. Two days later, local animal rescuers spotted the same dog when he was hit by a car and brought to a shelter for treatment.  Raúl Castro, who had carried the dog off the pitch during the match, heard the news of the dog’s injury, called the shelter, and offered to adopt the dog! The two are now living happily ever after.  MORE:JJ Watt reportedly has 'several' offers from teams with at least one willing to pay big money Post Malone's Hootie and the Blowfish cover for Pokemon anniversary...
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a donation to a Texas women's shelter that was impacted by Winter Storm Uri.  Through the Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex donated to the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Dallas.   The shelter's roof was damaged during back-to-back winter storms that hit the state earlier this month.   The amount of the donation has not been disclosed, but according to shelter representatives, the money will go towards helping them repair their facility.  Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a donation to the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Texas that was impacted by Winter Storm Uri earlier this month The shelter's roof (pictured) was damaged during back-to-back winter storms that hit the state earlier this month. The amount of the donation has not been disclosed, but according to shelter representatives, the money will go towards helping them repair their facility 'Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional...
    Loading the player... A Baltimore man was reunited with his beloved pet dog Barak after nearly four months of separation. Back in October, an explosion in the city left the man’s home in ruins and he suffered life-threatening burns that left him hospitalized and in a coma for months. “It was by a miracle that they narrowly survived the disaster, which resulted in other fatalities,” BARCS Animal Shelter said in a statement, per PEOPLE, adding, “Barak was transferred to BARCS and his dad to shock trauma where he was put into an induced coma for life-threatening burns.” Read More: Baltimore church established by slave owners creates reparations fund The dog dad, who has not been identified, reportedly begged EMTs and doctors to save Barak and return him upon the owner’s recovery.   “A few days after Barak arrived at our shelter, we learned that his dad’s expected time in the hospital was at least a month,” the shelter said. “Up until recently, guaranteeing a month-long hold or longer — even for an emergency — wasn’t always easy or even...
    CHAPPELL, Neb. (AP) — At least 48 cats were killed in a fire at a western Nebraska house that doubled as an animal shelter. The fire last Friday started in the laundry room of Michelle Tynan’s house in Chappell, about 370 miles (600 kilometers) west of Omaha. Tynan, who co-founded the Nebraska Loves Cats nonprofit, said she discovered the dryer was on fire when she awoke to the smell of smoke shortly after midnight. Tynan said she called 911, grabbed as many cats as she could and broke some windows so other cats could escape as she ran outside. Tynan said first responders wouldn't let her re-enter the house to rescue more animals. “I could hear the cats crying and I was begging for somebody to please let me go back in and get the animals out,” Tynan said to the North Platte Telegraph. “I was just beside myself in grief, screaming.” Tynan said several cats that initially escaped the fire ran back inside as the house burned. The Nebraska Loves Cats group said 48 cats died in the fire....
    A huntsman spider has been spotted devouring a frog after luring it into a fake shelter made of leaves, in Madagascar, Africa.   The grizzly spectacle was discovered by scientists conducting a bird count in the village of Ambodiala, in Marojejy National Park in the island country's northeast.  Using its silk, the spider had sewn two leaves together, leaving an opening where an unsuspecting frog could enter and take shelter – but inside the spider lurked, waiting for its next meal. Researchers took some snapshots with a smartphone of the spider and its unfortunate frog prey, identified as Heterixalus andrakata, which is endemic to Madagascar.  The spider, measuring only about half an inch (1.5cm) in length, is of the Damastes genus, a variety of huntsman spider.   The huntsman family contains some of the largest spider types in the world, including the giant huntsman spider (Heteropoda maxima), which can have a legspan of a whole foot.  Researchers captured shots of the spider (Damastes) feeding on the unfortunate amphibian  in northeastern Madagascar HUNTSMAN SPIDERS Huntsman spiders are large, long-legged spiders. They're mostly grey to...
    MOUNT POCONO, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A shelter-in-place has been lifted in the Poconos following a series of shootings that left at least four people hurt. The Monroe County shelter-in-place was lifted around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police have lifted the shelter in place order for Coolbaugh Township. pic.twitter.com/VOcLyXDWv2 — Monroe County OEM (@MonroeCtyOEM) January 19, 2021 Shots rang out not far from each other in at least four different areas of Monroe County, Pennsylvania. A woman was flown to a hospital with a gunshot wound to her back, while another victim appeared to be shot in the head, Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner said at a Monday night news conference, during which he said no suspects had been arrested. Police were interviewing people of interest in the shootings, which they believe were connected. Police have also requested multiple search warrants and have witnesses, Wagner said. One of the other victims suffered a gunshot to the arm and the fourth victim was hit in the leg. None of their medical conditions were disclosed Monday night. The Monroe County Office...
    Not the author, not her mother My Christmases have not always been good ones; they also haven’t always been bad ones. Strangely, the Christmas I recall most fondly is a bit of both, from the holiday season I lived at the Salvation Army shelter in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, when I was 12. My mom and I had moved to the shelter after we got kicked out of a nasty freeway motel at the very fringes of the suburbs where I’d spent my entire life. Our homelessness had begun when we’d moved in with my aunt and cousin earlier that summer after losing our house. To a seventh grader, the fancy hotels were exciting at first, but soon we could only afford the worst sorts of places—and then suddenly, we couldn’t afford anything at all. Somehow, less than two weeks before Christmas (a very high demand time for shelters), my mom managed to get us a set of bunk beds at a shelter just south of the college where I’d eventually get my bachelor’s degree. The barracks-style building was already decked out...
    MEHOOPANY, Pa. (CBS) — A Pennsylvania nonprofit organization is dealing with the same USPS woes that many Americans are — delays. Their year-end mailers soliciting donations have not yet been delivered. These animals who reside at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary depend on donations to fund their food, shelter and medical care. The shelter’s owner says because of the mail delays, they’re coming up short. The sanctuary in Dalton saves Farm Animals from dire situations and gives them a safe place to live out their lives. If you’d like to help out, you can do so by clicking here. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Independent Report Blasts Philadelphia’s Handling Of George Floyd Protests, Civil Unrest DA Krasner Charges 19-Year-Old Man With Attempted Murder Of Philly Police Officer Stimulus Check Latest: $2,000 Relief Payments Blocked By House Republicans
    In other cities, 64-square-foot aluminum and composite sheds are being used as quick and inexpensive emergency shelter for homeless people. Not in Los Angeles. Here, plans to employ the minimalist structures, known as “tiny homes,” have blossomed into expensive development projects with access roads, underground utilities and concrete foundations — and commensurate planning delays. At the city’s first tiny home village, scheduled to open in January, each of the 39 closet-sized homes is costing $130,000, about 10 times what some other cities are spending. Five more villages are planned to open later. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the program in March, signaling that the concept of sheltering people in tiny homes, long neglected in Los Angeles, had emerged as a leading strategy in the city’s response to a federal lawsuit alleging it has done too little to get homeless people off the streets. He told the court that the city had purchased 50 of the prefab structures as the first installment of a plan to shelter homeless people in villages of tiny homes around the city. A resident...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- With the holidays just around the corner, and a stay at home advisory in place, being a homeless youth is harder now more than ever. The Covenant House Illinois youth homeless shelter is hosting events up until Thanksgiving to raise awareness and funds for youth who are currently homeless."We like to say that the youth that the least interesting thing about the youth that we serve is that they're homeless," said Judith Coleman, Major Gifts officer at the youth homeless shelter.Coleman said since the pandemic hit, the shelter's services have increased. Covenant House Illinois offers wrap around services for youth ages 18 to 24 year-old, currently housing 12 residents. On Tuesday, Two Fish Crab Shack donated one-hundred Marianos gift cards to the shelter to help with food expenses.Coleman said they help youth that come from all walks of life, with dreams as big as anyone else's."What brought me here was gun violence, I lost my sister to gun violence and covenant house came to me with open arms here with what I had to deal with," said...
    Fact check: Sharpie is perfectly fine for Michigan ballots. In some counties, it is preferred. Marvels WandaVision will stream on Disney Plus starting Jan. 15 TikToks Josh Richards Becomes Partner in Dog Food Company that Gives Back to Shelter Pups Josh Richards doesn't want the world to be dog eat dog, but dog for dog. © Provided by People Courtesy Josh Richards The TikTok star confirmed to PEOPLE that he has become a partner of Dog for Dog, a pet company that donates one bag of dog food to an animal shelter for each bag of food purchased. Richards, 18, is in good company, and famous, on the Dog for Dog team. Dog for Dog was founded by businessman Ryan Kavanaugh and has several celebrity investors, including Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Handler, and Michael Bublé.  Along with purchasing a 10 percent stake in the compassionate company, Richards will also serve as a global ambassador for the brand. According to Richards, it was his own dog, a Siberian husky named Buddy, that inspired him to become part of Dog for Dog...
    For four years the White House of the United States forgot the barking and antics of dogs, but with the arrival of Joe Biden, president-elect, things will change because the Democrat has two pets. Biden’s family has two dogs: Champ, a German shepherd that they bought in 2010 from a dog kennel, which is why he was harshly criticized, since those places are stigmatized for raising dogs as if they were a consumer product. The second is Major. The Elle portal mentions that in 2018 the president-elect’s family wanted a second pet, but this time they didn’t make the same mistake and went to the Delaware Humane Association to adopt. There they met Major, a dog who arrived at the shelter very ill with his brothers. When the adoption occurred, the organization wrote on Facebook, “Today is Major’s lucky day! Not only did Major find his forever home, he was adopted by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden!” And They added, “Major and his littermates were just a few of the thousands of animals...
    The surveillance video says it all. A homeless person is curled up Wednesday night on the sidewalk outside the doors of St. Andre Bessette Church in downtown Portland, Oregon. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot Then into the camera frame comes a marching group of black-clad Antifa militants. One of them approaches the area where the homeless person is curled up, pays no attention to the individual, and proceeds to the task at hand: Busting up the church's doors and windows. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot He then pathetically holds open the busted out door, presumably to let his comrades inside to do their usual ransacking and pillaging — but they ignore him as the terrified homeless person runs off. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot Finally, one of his buddies armed with a black umbrella has to pry the thug away. Image source: Saint Andre Bessette video screenshot All in a...
    A GUNMAN was killed in a shootout that wounded a cop in Virginia. Police asked residents to shelter in place with their doors and windows locked on Monday morning. 1The shooter has diedCredit: WUSA9 Officers were dispatched to reports of shots fired in the area of the 600 block of 1st Street in Alexandria. When they arrived they learned that the shooting was a result of a robbery. Officials told DVM that an officer sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound after being shot in the lower body. The police officer was then taken to hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Alexandria Police Department spokesperson, Courtney Ballantine, told the Washington Post that the suspect was killed when gunfire was exchanged. Most read in News'FOUR MORE YEARS OF GEORGE'Trump slams Biden after he mistakes president for GEORGE BUSHDRIVE-BY DEATH Pregnant teen shot in the head after being 'boxed in in shock attack'‘IN TROUBLE’Biden says TRUMP is ‘round the bend’ & claims Rudy ‘fed Russia disinformation'ARMED 'SICKO' Man 'walking streets with long-gun says he is "going to kill black people"'VIRUS TOLLWorst-hit Covid...
    (CNN)When Embrace, a Wisconsin-based domestic violence shelter, put up Black Lives Matter signs in its offices earlier this summer, employees expected it would prompt tough conversations from people in the community.Their locations in the state are not too far from where George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police in May -- and the signs were the shelter's gesture of solidarity with the nationwide movement against racial injustice.Instead of tough conversations, however, the shelter was met with backlash, said Katie Bement, executive director of Embrace.Bement said the non-profit, which serves about 90,000 people in four different counties in the state, was stripped of $25,000 of its funding from Barron County, and its services with more than a dozen local police departments were dismantled."We never expected our funding to be held hostage or to have joint services benefiting survivors dismantled," Bement told CNN.Read MorePushback from local officials, law enforcementWhen Embrace first put the signs up in its offices, Bement said the organization received pushback from local law enforcement, who argued the signs were anti-law enforcement. In September, Embrace released a...
    Oyster-Adams school houses a fallout shelter in its basement. The Washington Post/ Getty There's an abandoned fallout shelter from 1962 under the Oyster-Adams school in Washington, DC. Since the shelter remained untouched for more than five decades, many of the supplies are still there.  From food to portable toilets, the abandoned fallout shelter stands as a reminder of the Cold War.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy sent out a letter to American citizens warning them about the threat of nuclear war. His solution: fallout shelters.  "We owe that kind of insurance to our families and to our country," his letter read. "The time to start is now. In the coming months, I hope to let every citizen know what steps he can take without delay to protect his family in case of attack. I know you would not want to do less." Congress allocated $169 million to find locations in public and private buildings that would protect communities from nuclear attacks. These shelters were to act as temporary homes as...
    Utah officer charged after allegedly ordering K9 to attack Black man who was surrendering National Cheeseburger Day 2020: Find deals and free food Friday at McDonalds, Applebees and more Jon Hamm Adopts Dog That Was Returned To Shelter Twice Due To His Puppy Energy Actor and dog lover Jon Hamm just added a little bundle of energy to his life. According to I Stand With My Pack, a nonprofit animal welfare group based in Los Angeles, the “Mad Men” star adopted an adorable new pup named Splash. Splash is just about 6 months old, but since arriving at the shelter in July, he’s been returned twice because of his “puppy energy”: View this post on Instagram Hamm, 49, has been an advocate for shelter adoption and has previously shared heartwarming stories about his rescue dog, Cora, who died in 2017 at age 17. He told People magazine five years ago that Cora had changed his life. “I wish more people would take advantage of pet rescue,” Hamm said at the time. “It’s easy to do and inexpensive. Cora...
    By Eric Tucker | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for comparing lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery. In remarks Wednesday night at an event hosted by Hillsdale College, Barr had called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery. His comments, at a Northern Virginia event hosted by the school, also criticized his own prosecutors for behaving as “headhunters” in their pursuit of prominent targets and for using the weight of the criminal justice system to launch what he said were “ill-conceived” political probes. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democratic leader, told CNN that Barr’s remarks were “the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful things I’ve ever heard” because they wrongly equated human bondage with a measure aimed at saving lives. “Slavery was not about saving lives. It was about devaluing lives,” Clyburn said. “This pandemic is a threat to human life.” It’s not the first time Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders. He has previously said that some orders were ” disturbingly close to...
    About 150 people are trapped by a raging wildfire near Mammoth Pool Reservoir in northern California, where officials are warning they may have to jump into the water to survive. The Madera County Sheriff's office said on Saturday night that approximately 150 people are sheltering-in-place at the reservoir in Sierra National Forrest with 10 injuries reported.  Evacuation routes are blocked and people in the area were told to shelter in place — even if that means getting into the water, officials said.  The reservoir is roughly 90 miles east of Fresno. Earlier reports that up to 1,000 people were trapped were later revised.  Smoke from a wildfire rises into the air near Shaver Lake, California on Saturday. The fires in the Sierra National Forest have prompted an evacuation orders  People park their trucks as traffic comes to a stop at Highway CA-168 and Lodge Road on Saturday, the bottom of the 'four-lane,' as residents are evacuated near Shaver Lake The Creek Fire is threatening a range of mountain resources, including structures, communities and power lines. The fire had burned 36,000 acres and...
    AT least 77 people have died and over two million have been impacted after monsoon floods hit villages already tackling coronavirus in India. Heavy rains have reportedly left thousands of villages across the northeastern state of Assam submerged by water. 10Up to two million people have been impacted by flooding in Assam, IndiaCredit: EPA 10Rescue efforts are underway across the stateCredit: Alamy Live News 10A woman carries some belongings through a flooded village in the Kamrup districtCredit: Getty Images - Getty Monsoon rains are an annual occurrence in India, but this year has brought unusually high levels of rainfall in a number of states. Homes, roads, and grasslands have been hit by flood waters across Assam, with 26 of the state's 33 districts affected. The floods come as India continues to tackle one of the world's worst outbreaks of coronavirus. The country has so far seen almost one million confirmed cases of the virus, though only 24,865 people are so far known to have died. The floods have caused one of Asia's largest rivers,...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're among the lucky few who can work from home, chances are you're eating up a lot of your data in Zoom meetings. All that extra time spent at home streaming videos can be a data hog.Many of the protections put in place to help consumers get through the pandemic are about to expire. People working at home and those struggling to pay their bills may be among the first to be hit.Waivers on data caps and late fees expire on Tuesday, leaving consumers with little protection from higher bills.Companies such as Comcast, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint voluntarily gave many of their customers unlimited data to help out -- but that's over on Tuesday.Mark Toney of The Utility Reform Network said that should not have been allowed to happen."Make sure that people have access to essential communications to go to work, to go to school, to go see their doctors, and everything else to be able to shelter in place and keep this virus from spreading," said Toney.Customers are advised to monitor their data usage to...
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