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    Macy’s removed a line of dinner plates featuring portion control circles from stores’ shelves after the dishes seemed to upset several customers. >> Read more trending news  The portion control circles on the plates were labeled from “skinny jeans,” the smallest circle, to “favorite jeans” and then “mom jeans,” the largest circle.  The plates started trending on social media after science reporter Alie Ward asked, “How can I get these plates from Macy’s banned in all 50 states?” the Huffington Post reported.“I wasn’t being literal at all in terms of a legal ‘ban,’” Ward told the publication.  She said she was trying to get the retailer’s attention to let it “know that what they carry and display matters, it can hurt people, and they’re accountable for it,” she said. Macy’s did respond to Ward saying it had “missed the mark” with the plates and would pull the line from its stores. The company that makes the plates, Pourtions, said it never intended the plates as a “hurtful” message, The Hill reported. “As the creators of Pourtions, we feel badly if what was meant to be a lighthearted take on the important issue of portion control was hurtful to anyone,” Pourtions president Mary Cassidy told The Hill.  Cassidy said the plates were meant as a “gentle reminder” to be conscious of eating moderately. “That was all we ever meant to encourage,” Cassidy said.
  • A South Carolina woman is suing a Myrtle Beach water park, contending she contracted necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating bacteria after scraping her arm on the bottom of a pool. >> Read more trending news  The plaintiff, Beverly Lanham, is seeking $1 million in damages for medical bills she incurred after the 2017 incident at Wild Water & Wheels, according to news reports. Lanham said she was knocked over by a wave in a pool at the park, scraping her arm. The lawsuit alleged that’s when “the flesh-eating organisms entered the plaintiff’s body and began eating her right arm,” Myrtle Beach online reported. The victim underwent multiple surgeries, suffered “permanent disfigurement” and is in ongoing pain, according to WCHS-TV. The suit also accuses the water park of failing to clean and test the pool waters. Wild Water & Wheel owner Mark Lazarus disputes the allegations and said the park meets all requirements established by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
  • A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a 22-year-old South Florida man, who police said had a loaded rifle underneath the driver's steering wheel, police said. >> Read more trending news Jacobi Baker was pulled over at 1:40 a.m. Sunday after allegedly running a stop sign in Delray Beach, WPTV reported. When an officer from the Delray Beach Police Department approached the silver Chevrolet, he said he noticed a black and tan American tactical rifle on the floorboard near Baker's right leg, WPEC reported. Police said the weapon was loaded, according to WPTV. Baker was arrested and charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm and carrying a prohibited weapon, the television station reported.
  • Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed has been suspended for six games for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.  The suspension stems from an incident in early 2017 in which Reed was not arrested or charged. The city of Bellevue sent the following statement about the incident to KIRO 7:  'In 2017, after a careful review of the case, prosecutors believed there was insufficient evidence to prove 'beyond a reasonable doubt' the alleged crime. As with all criminal cases, prosecutors take any incident related to domestic violence very seriously.'  Reed’s appeal was denied Friday morning, according to Rapoport.  'We are aware of the situation involving Jarran Reed and have followed league and law enforcement protocol since the alleged incident in April of 2017,” a spokesman for the Seahawks wrote on Twitter.  Reed responded to the news of his suspension in a tweet:  Reed, 26, was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft after starring at the University of Alabama.  Reed had 10.5 sacks in 16 games for the Seahawks last season.  The Seahawks are scheduled to open training camp Thursday. KIRO 7 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
  • An Alabama K-9 officer will be buried this week after his death last week following a prison sweep at a correctional facility in Elmore County. >> Read more trending news The dog, named Jake, fell ill, becoming immediately unresponsive after alerting on a substance at the Station Correctional Facility, WHNT-TV reported. The substance was synthetic marijuana, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.Jake, a K-9 officer since 2014, was first taken to a veterinarian, WHNT reported, then to the Auburn University Veterinarian Clinic, where he died Saturday after developing pneumonia and abnormal vital signs.  The ADOC issued a statement calling Jake one of the agency’s “best narcotics detection K9s” and the governor announced a commendation for the dog. The investigation into the deadly substance is ongoing and authorities said they plan to prosecute anyone connected with the dog’s death.
  • A Texas man accused of driving while intoxicated was killed Sunday when the patrol car he was riding in was hit by another suspected drunken driver on a Houston freeway, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  The 42-year-old man was not identified, police said. Patrick Mukuria Njogu, 39, who suffered a broken leg in the crash, was driving the wrong way on the Westpark Tollway at 11:30 p.m. when he hit the car carrying the man and two Harris County deputies, KPRC reported. One deputy suffered a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, while the other deputy suffered a concussion, KTRK reported. Njogu was charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer, the television station reported. 'It wasn’t like a wrong turn,' Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney's Office, told KPRC. 'The information we have -- this guy was going for quite a while the wrong way on the Westpark Tollway before he hit these three people.' Authorities said Njogu's blood alcohol content was .23, nearly three times the legal limit in Texas. Authorities also said Njogu has five DWI arrests and three convictions in Illinois and Missouri, KTRK reported.
  • Aaron Carreto was enjoying his 10th birthday, playing outside his Compton home on July 6 when two neighbors tossed a lit, homemade firework at him, his family said. The boy reflexively grabbed the illegal firework, which exploded in his left hand, destroying four fingers and most of his palm, the Los Angeles Times reported. Aaron also lost a finger on his right hand and suffered burns on both hands, his face and his torso. One of the neighbors, Walter David Revolorio, 27, was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty and possession of a destructive device, the Times reported. The investigation is ongoing, but no charges had been filed against a second neighbor as of Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials had no immediate comment on the status of the investigation. Aaron told Fox 11 in Los Angeles he was playing outside in his neighborhood when he walked over to the neighbors to say hello. At one point, the men called out his name. “They said my name, and then I turned and my hand flipped over, so that’s when they handed the firework to me,” Aaron said. “I was about to throw it and it exploded in my hand.” The explosion was so great, it rocked nearby cars, Fox 11 reported. >> Read more trending news The Times reported that Aaron was immediately taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent a series of emergency surgeries. Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center attached his left arm to his stomach to hopefully preserve nerve and skin tissue they can use to reconstruct his hand. Aaron’s older sister, Adriana Carreto, said doctors also reattached the finger her brother lost on his right hand. Carreto wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help with Aaron’s medical expenses that he has a long recovery ahead, including at least two additional surgeries. Photos and video of the boy on the fundraising page, as well as on social media, show him with burns on his face and his left arm hidden under a hospital gown. Pain is etched on the boy’s face. “This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits,” Carreto wrote. “Everyone knows him as a social butterfly, always friendly to his teammates on the soccer team. He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs.” Carreto wrote that her brother loves riding his bike with neighborhood friends and playing the popular online video game 'Fortnite' with classmates over their summer break. “Now with his new disability, he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle,” Carreto wrote. As of Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $47,000 of the page's $50,000 goal to help Aaron and his family. Carreto said along with the physical pain her brother is in, he is also psychologically scarred. “He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up,” Carreto wrote on the GoFundMe page. As of Monday, Aaron had been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home. “I been reading all the positive and kind words to Aaron from his donors and he said he appreciates all the help and support,” Carreto wrote. “He said he feels happy with each and every one of you guys.” The distraught sister told ABC 7 she, however, is angry. “I’m angry because those two guys are adults and one of them has kids,” Carreto told the news station. “I’m pretty sure if it was his kid, he wouldn’t have let that happen.” Aaron told KTLA he wants to see both men punished for what they did to him. “Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more,” Aaron told the news station. “I just wish that they could be in jail.” Revolorio remained Monday at the Los Angeles County Jail, where records show he is being held in lieu of $630,000 bond. The second neighbor accused in the incident has not been publicly identified.
  • A woman who won a stuffed animal at a Maryland carnival was shocked to learn there was a razor blade inside the toy, WJZ reported. >> Read more trending news The woman won the plush animal prize Saturday evening in a Wiffle ball game at the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company carnival, according to the Carroll County Times. According to a release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the woman's dog was playing with the stuffed toy Sunday when she heard a 'crunch.' The dog was not injured, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies and officials from the Fire Department are asking residents to check stuffed animals they won at the game, WJZ reported. The Wiffle ball game was not owned by the fire company, the Times reported. The carnival ended Saturday. The Reese & Community Fire Department acknowledged the incident in a post on its Facebook page, noting the Sheriff's Office had been contacted and an investigation had been launched.
  • Kimberly Wiegand and her husband Alan Wiegand have broken their personal silence concerning the death of their 18-month-old daughter n.le Wiegand, who fell from the 11th deck of a Royal Caribbean ship as it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 7. Chloe was on the Freedom of the Seas with her parents and grandparents. >> Read more trending news Her grandfather, Salvatore Anello had lifted her to sit on a railing, according to the family's attorney, the Indy Star reported. He had thought there was glass behind the railing, similar to what he had found at hockey rinks where he allowed her to bang on the glass. But there was no glass at the railing of the ship, and Chloe fell 11 stories to a concrete surface on the pier. Originally The Associated Press had reported police in San Juan said Anello had held Chloe outside a window. Police then said that Anello sat the girl on a railing, the AP reported the day after she died. 'He was extremely hysterical,' Kimberly Wiegand told the 'Today' show in an interview that aired Monday morning. 'The thing that he has reportedly told us is, 'I believed that there was glass.' He will cry over and over. At no point ever, ever has Sam ever put our kids in danger.'  Kimberly Wiegand called Chloe her grandfather's best friend. But the family has questions for the cruise line: Why wasn't there glass behind the railing? And the family isn't satisfied with the answer. 'And their response to that was, 'We need ventilation.' Well, to that I would say, 'Get a fan. Come up with some other mechanism to make your guests comfortable, rather than creating a tremendous safety hazard that cost our child her life,' Kimberly Wiegand said during the 'Today' interview. The family is taking Royal Caribbean to court.  'There's no doubt this was an accident,' family attorney Mike Winkleman, said, according to the 'Today' show. 'Really the singular question is, were there safety measures that could have been in place and should have been in place? If they were in place, again there would have been no tragedy.' Royal Caribbean released a statement to the 'Today' show saying: 'We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our hearts go out to the family. We have assisted the authorities in San Juan with their inquiries, and they are the appropriate people to address further questions.' The Puerto Rico Department of Justice categorized the investigation status as in advanced stages but would not elaborate further, the 'Today' show reported.
  • Clearly, this was not the first rodeo for a Texas police officer. >> Read more trending news  An officer for the Kilgore Police Department, responding to a noise complaint, quickly became the life of the party Saturday night, KLTV reported. The party was for a woman's 22nd birthday. After telling the revelers to keep the noise down as the party continued past midnight, Officer Besser -- whose first name was not released by the department -- saw a mechanical bull and could not resist taking a ride, Kilgore Police Department officials wrote in a Facebook post. 'It wouldn’t be a memorable birthday celebration without KPD showing our bull riding skills. We think Officer Besser may have some experience at this?' according to the Facebook post, which included a video of the officer riding the bull.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere announced that he will not seek reelection today, after more than 20 years in city government. Persampiere said the decision is because he wants to spend more time with his family, and work on growing his business. Previously, he had served as an Oviedo city councilman before running for mayor. He’s been serving as Mayor since 2011.  Two months ago, Persampiere was involved in a dispute with a neighbor that led to police involvement, but a judge dismissed an injunction filed against him.
  • Disney World is hiring part-time workers to operate it's Disney Skyliner, set to debut in late September. The new transportation system will connect Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and four nearby resort hotels.  Skyliner workers will be responsible for greeting guests, loading and unloading the gondolas, as well as, monitoring the gondola system and providing audience control, according to a job posting.  The starting pay will be $12 an hour according to the posting, but Skyliner workers will be eligible for Disney's new starting rate of $13 as of September 29, 2019  Click here to apply
  • Aaron Carreto was enjoying his 10th birthday, playing outside his Compton home on July 6 when two neighbors tossed a lit, homemade firework at him, his family said. The boy reflexively grabbed the illegal firework, which exploded in his left hand, destroying four fingers and most of his palm, the Los Angeles Times reported. Aaron also lost a finger on his right hand and suffered burns on both hands, his face and his torso. One of the neighbors, Walter David Revolorio, 27, was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty and possession of a destructive device, the Times reported. The investigation is ongoing, but no charges had been filed against a second neighbor as of Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials had no immediate comment on the status of the investigation. Aaron told Fox 11 in Los Angeles he was playing outside in his neighborhood when he walked over to the neighbors to say hello. At one point, the men called out his name. “They said my name, and then I turned and my hand flipped over, so that’s when they handed the firework to me,” Aaron said. “I was about to throw it and it exploded in my hand.” The explosion was so great, it rocked nearby cars, Fox 11 reported. >> Read more trending news The Times reported that Aaron was immediately taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent a series of emergency surgeries. Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center attached his left arm to his stomach to hopefully preserve nerve and skin tissue they can use to reconstruct his hand. Aaron’s older sister, Adriana Carreto, said doctors also reattached the finger her brother lost on his right hand. Carreto wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help with Aaron’s medical expenses that he has a long recovery ahead, including at least two additional surgeries. Photos and video of the boy on the fundraising page, as well as on social media, show him with burns on his face and his left arm hidden under a hospital gown. Pain is etched on the boy’s face. “This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits,” Carreto wrote. “Everyone knows him as a social butterfly, always friendly to his teammates on the soccer team. He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs.” Carreto wrote that her brother loves riding his bike with neighborhood friends and playing the popular online video game 'Fortnite' with classmates over their summer break. “Now with his new disability, he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle,” Carreto wrote. As of Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $47,000 of the page's $50,000 goal to help Aaron and his family. Carreto said along with the physical pain her brother is in, he is also psychologically scarred. “He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up,” Carreto wrote on the GoFundMe page. As of Monday, Aaron had been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home. “I been reading all the positive and kind words to Aaron from his donors and he said he appreciates all the help and support,” Carreto wrote. “He said he feels happy with each and every one of you guys.” The distraught sister told ABC 7 she, however, is angry. “I’m angry because those two guys are adults and one of them has kids,” Carreto told the news station. “I’m pretty sure if it was his kid, he wouldn’t have let that happen.” Aaron told KTLA he wants to see both men punished for what they did to him. “Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more,” Aaron told the news station. “I just wish that they could be in jail.” Revolorio remained Monday at the Los Angeles County Jail, where records show he is being held in lieu of $630,000 bond. The second neighbor accused in the incident has not been publicly identified.
  • President Trump continues his public criticism of House democrats Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He tweets, “The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” These comments come after President Trump last week said those four freshman House Democrats should 'go back to the crime infested places' from which they came. This also comes after a crowd at a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina chanted 'send her back.
  • A California woman and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with their newborn son’s death after investigators learned they strangled the boy at the hospital shortly after he was born, authorities said. Andrea Torralba, 20, and David Villa, 21, both of Oxnard, are being held in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony assault on a child causing death, Oxnard Police Department officials said. Jail records show Villa, who is described as a field worker, is being held in lieu of $5 million. ABC 7 in Los Angeles reported that Torralba’s bail was set at $1 million. >> Read more trending news  Oxnard police investigators said officers were called just before 8 a.m. Friday to St. John’s Medical Center, where they learned a newborn boy was in critical condition with serious injuries. The boy was found unresponsive and despite all medical efforts, he died of his injuries. Detectives from the department’s Family Protection Unit learned that Torralba and Villa strangled the newborn until he lost consciousness, police officials said. Oxnard police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told ABC 7 that the couple, when questioned by detectives, admitted they did not want the baby. Both were arrested and charged in the boy’s death.

Washington Insider

  • President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed on Monday to a two-year budget plan which will increase spending in 2020 and 2021, and allow the national debt to go up for a two year period, while including little in the way of budget savings, continuing a trend of higher government spending and larger deficits under the Trump Administration. 'If this deal passes, President Trump will have increased discretionary spending by as much as 22 percent over his first term, and enshrine trillion-dollar deficits into law,' said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who labeled the deal a 'total abdication of fiscal responsibility.' The agreement includes only $77.4 billion in budget offsets to pay for an estimated $320 billion in extra spending over two years. While the President tweeted his support, joined by Congressional leaders in both parties, a handful of lawmakers said the deal made no sense, because it guaranteed more deficit spending. With the White House already forecasting deficits above $1 trillion for the next four years, this agreement would do nothing to ease that tide of red ink, which had dropped to $438 billion in 2015 - but has steadily increased over the past three years. 'With more than $22 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford deals like this one,' said Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee. 'It’s not too late to reject the Pelosi-Mnuchin spending deal and strike a better deal for all Americans that cuts spending,' argued Jessica Anderson, a former Trump budget official. But those voices have faded into the wilderness in recent years in the GOP, as deficits have steadily increased under President Trump. “It’s pretty clear that both houses of Congress and both parties have become big spenders, and Congress is no longer concerned about the extent of the budget deficits or the debt they add,” said the Club For Growth, which has seen its influence on Capitol Hill dwindle in recent years.