Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Smoking Rates In U.S. Hit All-Time Low, CDC Says

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 12:02 PM PDT

NEW YORK (CBS Local/CBS News) – Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low.

About 14 percent of U.S adults admit to being smokers last year, down from about 16 percent in 2016, government figures from the CDC show.

There hadn’t been much change the previous two years, but it’s been clear there’s been a general decline and the new figures show it’s continuing, according to K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.

“Everything is pointed in the right direction,” including falling cigarette sales and other indicators, Cummings said.

The new figures released Tuesday equate to more than 30 million adults still smoking in the U.S.

Teens were also found to be less interested in trying cigarettes. Survey results out last week showed smoking among high school students was down to nine percent, also a new low.

In the early 1960s, roughly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked. It was common nearly everywhere – in office buildings, restaurants, airplanes and even hospitals. The decline has coincided with a greater understanding that smoking is a cause of cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.

Experts believe anti-smoking campaigns, cigarette taxes, and bans on smoking in public places are combining to bring down adult smoking rates. The CDC adds that people in large metropolitan areas smoked significantly less than people who live in rural areas.

The launch of electronic cigarettes and their growing popularity has also likely played a role. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into a vapor without the harmful by-products generated from burning tobacco. That makes them a potentially useful tool to help smokers quit, but some public health experts worry it also creates a new way for people to get addicted to nicotine.

There was no new information for adult use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, but 2016 figures estimate that three percent of adults are using e-cigarettes.

Vaping is more common among teens than adults. About 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.

[H/T CBS News]

Man Found Running Amok On Kennedy Expressway Tuesday Morning

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 11:23 AM PDT

(CBS) CHICAGO–A wrong-way driver on the outbound Kennedy Expressway Tuesday morning led police on a foot chase, halting inbound and outbound service on Blue Line trains between Rosemont and O’Hare.

A motorist called police to report a wrong-way driver. When officers arrived, they found the suspect’s car parked on an exit ramp.

Officers found him running around on the expressway on foot, dodging in and out of traffic.

He then hopped a fence and climbed over the CTA Blue Line rails, police said.

Police transported him to the hospital. No injuries were reported.

Officer’s ‘Racist’ Posts Key To Sterling Brown Suit Against Milwaukee Police

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 11:19 AM PDT

(CNN) — The NBA’s Sterling Brown, who was tased and arrested earlier this year after an altercation stemming from a parking violation, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee, the police chief and the officers who arrested him.

Key to the suit will be one of the officer’s alleged social media posts, which appear to celebrate the actions of officers, three of whom were suspended without pay. Though an initial police report described Brown as aggressive, Police Chief Alfonso Morales has since apologized for the officers’ behavior, saying they acted “inappropriately.” Mayor Tom Barrett said, “No citizen should be treated this way.”

The lawsuit alleges, among other things, unlawful arrest, excessive use of force and violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. It also accuses the officers of collaborating to conceal their actions. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

“For too long, African-American men have been arrested and abused and killed as a result of bad police work,” Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen, said. “That work is a stain on this city and an insult to good police officers in this city and county.”

Reached for comment, the Milwaukee Police Department said Morales will review the incident during a Thursday morning meeting “and will be available for comment afterward.”

The altercation began when the Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard exited a drug store early January 26 to find an officer — identified in the lawsuit as Officer Joseph Grams — outside his car, which was parked across two handicapped parking spots.

It quickly escalated after Grams shoved Brown and Brown told the officer not to touch him. Grams called for backup and seven officers responded, according to the lawsuit and bodycam video released earlier this month.

Officer’s Facebook posts

Tuesday’s lawsuit singles out Officer Erik Andrade, one of the responding officers, not so much for his actions during the arrest, but for his social media posts after the incident.

Some of those posts mocked Brown, according to the lawsuit:

  • “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! LOL #FeartheDeer,” Andrade wrote on Facebook, referencing the Bucks’ rallying cry.
  • Responding to a shared story about Brown’s arrest — which tagged Andrade and said, “let the man get his early morning craving of popcorn” — Andrade responded with a laughing emoji.
  • In response to another post from someone saying they wanted Andrade’s autograph because Andrade was featured in a YouTube video of Brown’s arrest, Andrade responded, “I didn’t arrest him lol.”
  • Andrade also shared a post showing three pictures of black men, including Brown, that said, “Yes, whenever something happens it’s always a epidemic of racism, police brutality or whatever lies these failed liberal hand picked so-called liberal black leaders come up with.” Above the post, Andrade wrote, “A little truth to those who wanna listen.”
  • After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, during which the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith committed a gaffe by letting the time run out when the game was tied, Andrade posted on Facebook, “I hope JR Smith double parks in Walgreens handicap parking spots when he’s in Milwaukee.”

Of the Smith post, the lawsuit says, “Defendant Andrade’s post is an admission that he and other Defendant officers are allowed to engage in unlawful attacks and arrests of African Americans without justification and then relish such events without any fear of real discipline.”

The lawsuit also alleges Andrade made other insensitive and racially charged posts:

  • Andrade wrote, “Damn…..more naps than a preschool! Lmao” above a photo of an ice cream cone with chocolate sprinkles juxtaposed with an image of the back of NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s head. The caption reads, “Who wore it better?”
  • “What comes to mind when I’m at work and I’m driving down Greenfield Ave. smh,” Andrade wrote in one post, which featured a graphic that said, “Sick and Tide of these hoes” and featured the logo for Tide laundry detergent. Greenfield Avenue is a prostitution hub in Milwaukee.
  • Andrade seemed to celebrate using force in one post, saying, “Had great time workin replacement over in D5 the other day….5+ OT and a use of force. Lol.”
  • In a May 3 post about a man fighting with Milwaukee police, Andrade wrote, “Let’s see the whole video now since people are cryin police brutality and how officers are beating an innocent black man for no reason. You social media educated fools are too much sometimes.”
  • In response to a news story about Milwaukee enacting a policy against mass incarceration, Andrade wrote, “It’s hilarious when people talk about mass incarceration lmao like wtf is that???? Mostly all the people I deal with at work do not stay locked up when they should be. Last time I checked if you don’t commit crimes you don’t get incarcerated.”

Two sets of bodycam footage

The Milwaukee Police Association initially defended the officers who arrested Brown, calling use of force “a necessary component of policing” and slamming city leaders for failing to defend the officers.

After a batch of bodycam footage was made public this month, the union softened its tone, saying it welcomes “appropriate review and oversight” of the matter.

The first bodycam footage, released in May, contradicted the initial police account and showed the situation escalated into a testy confrontation in a matter of seconds.

Brown, who was 22 at the time, and an officer approach each other. While asking the Bucks rookie for his license, the officer tells Brown to back up and lightly shoves him immediately upon giving the command. After Brown tells the officer repeatedly not to touch him, the officer calls for backup, prompting at least three more squad cars to descend on the scene.

Multiple officers surround Brown at his car and ask him questions. At one point, an officer yells at Brown to take his hands out of his pockets, and Brown says he has “stuff” in his pocket. Other officers grab the athlete and pull him to the ground before he’s tased. Brown groans from the shock.

The second batch of footage was released earlier this month and shows an officer stepping on the subdued Brown’s ankle during his arrest, despite his legs lying motionless on the ground after he was tased. It also shows other officers mocking the NBA player.

Ten of the 15 aldermen on the Milwaukee Common Council expressed concern that the second batch of footage was not included among video shared with the council two months prior. They demanded transparency, as well as “swift and appropriate action to all those involved who violated MPD policies and procedures,” the aldermen’s open letter said.

Brown was issued a parking ticket but was not charged with a crime after the incident. Hours later, sports reporters said Brown had a bruise and scab on his face before a game that night against the Brooklyn Nets.

Officers suspended

The incident prompted an internal affairs investigation. Two sergeants were suspended without pay — for 10 and 15 days, respectively — for “failing to be a role model for professional police service,” while another officer was suspended for two days for “failing to treat a member of the public with courtesy and professionalism.”

Eight others will receive remedial training in professional communications, officials said.

The Milwaukee Bucks said the officers’ actions were shameful and inexcusable.

“It shouldn’t require an incident involving a professional athlete to draw attention to the fact that vulnerable people in our communities have experienced similar, and even worse, treatment,” the team said.

Brown released a statement, he said, on behalf of Laquan McDonald, Stephon Clark and others in the black community who have been killed during police encounters.

“The common denominator in all of these situations has been racism towards the minority community, the abuse of power and the lack of accountability for officers involved,” he said in the statement.

Milwaukee police were so concerned about the initial release of bodycam footage last month that, before its release, Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson told parishioners of a Milwaukee church that the department was bracing for backlash.

“There’s going to be a video that’s going to come out soon, in the next couple of weeks, involving the department,” said Brunson, according to CNN affiliate WITI. “And I’m going to be honest with you, we’re going to need your support during the challenges.”

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Trump Threatens China With New Tariffs On Another $200 Billion Of Goods

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 11:00 AM PDT

(CNN Money) — President Donald Trump just raised the stakes in the fight with China over trade.

The White House said Monday evening that if China goes through with its promise to retaliate against the US tariffs announced last week, the United States will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

“Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods, and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States,” Trump said in a statement.

The Trump administration said Friday that it will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese exports. China, claiming the United States had “launched a trade war,” retaliated almost immediately, outlining its own tariffs on US goods worth $50 billion.

The escalating conflict between the world’s two largest economies has rattled markets and companies, which fear disruption to their global supply chains.

The Chinese Commerce Ministry reacted quickly to Trump’s announcement, accusing the United States of “extreme pressure and extortionist behavior” and warning it would “strike back hard.”

Related: American businesses brace for pain from trade fight with China

Analysts warned that the risks are growing of an increasingly damaging clash that will ripple around the globe.

“The tit for tat brings the two sides closer to a full-blown trade war,” Louis Kuijs, head of Asian economics at research firm Oxford Economics, wrote in a note to clients. “While there is in principle still room for negotiation, attitudes seem to be hardening.”

The Trump tariffs, which the US government says are punishment for intellectual property theft, will be enacted in two waves. More than 800 exports, about $34 billion worth, will be subject to tariffs starting July 6. Another 280 or so still need to undergo a public comment period, and will take effect later.

Trump said Monday that China’s response “indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage.” China’s tariffs would target agricultural products, cars and seafood, among other items.

Related: Stocks in Asia sink as Trump ups the stakes in China trade fight

“China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology,” he said. “Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong.”

He directed Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional 10% tariffs, which would be enacted “if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced.”

Trump also said that if China retaliates yet again, the United States would pursue additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods.

In a separate statement, Lighthizer said that he supported Trump’s action and that his agency “is preparing the proposed tariffs to offset China’s action.”

The planned new wave of tariffs would have to go through a similar process of public consultation and comment as the earlier ones before taking effect.

“If the United States loses its senses and comes up with a new list, China will be forced to strike back hard, and launch comprehensive measures that match the US move in quantity and quality,” the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

But Beijing faces challenges in retaliating directly: China ships far more goods to the United States ($505 billion last year, according to US figures) than come back in the opposite direction ($130 billion).

To respond to Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on as much as $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, Beijing would have to find other ways to respond.

Analysts say the Chinese government could target trade in services between the two countries rather than physical products. That means things like tourism and education, industries from which the United States benefits a lot more than China does.

Related: Trade war: America risks killing the global growth it needs

Beijing could also seek to make life difficult for big US companies that rely on the Chinese market for a big chunk of their revenue. It showed a willingness to do that to South Korean businesses last year during a period of tension between the two Asian countries.

Top US brands such as Apple, GM and Boeing generate large amounts of sales in China.

In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he didn’t expect a full-blown trade war to break out and dismissed the notion that iPhones, which are assembled in China, would end up subject to tariffs.

But analysts say it’s unclear which government will back down in the confrontation, predicting both economies will be able to withstand the initial waves of tariffs without much impact on overall growth.

“Neither side will be brought to its knees — which is one reason to think the trade dispute could drag on,” research firm Capital Economics said in a note to clients on Friday. “For China’s part, its leaders will be determined not to be seen to back down to foreign pressure.”

— Steven Jiang contributed to this report.

Updated: This article has been updated to add Trump’s threat to possibly follow the new round of tariffs on $200 billion of goods with another round.

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Man Charged With Vandalizing Police Cars On Lower Wacker Drive

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 10:38 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 24-year-old man has been charged with vandalizing several unmarked police cars last month on Lower Wacker Drive, while officers were attending an awards ceremony at a nearby hotel.

The windshields of at least six Chicago Police Department vehicles were smashed around 1:20 p.m. on May 11 on the 100 block of East Lower Wacker Drive.

The vehicles had been parked on Lower Wacker Drive while officers were at the 57th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Tuesday afternoon, police announced 24-year-old Patrick Vaughan, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, was identified as the suspect, and was arrested Monday night on the 300 block of North Lower Stetson Avenue. The home address provided by police is the Pacific Garden Mission, a homeless shelter.

Vaughan has been charged with one felony count of criminal damage to government property, and one felony count of felony possession of a controlled substance.

He was due to appear for a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Watch: Circus Bear Jumps Off Skateboard, Attacks Handler

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 10:37 AM PDT

(CBS NEWS/CBS LOCAL)- Shocking video from a Russian circus shows a bear turn on its handler and viciously attack him during a show. The audience watched in horror as the bear jumped off a skateboard it had been riding and leaped towards the humans in the circus ring.

Video from the circus in Russia’s Volgograd region, posted by the Daily Mail, shows the bear sliding down a ramp on the skateboard while a handler holds on to its leash. At the end of the ramp, the bear gets rambunctious, and strains against the leash. The bear then pulls away from its handler and starts running towards another circus member inside the ring.

Other handlers are seen trying to swat the bear away with a large sticks. The bear follows a handler around the small circus ring and then jumps on top of the man.

The man appears to try and fight back against the giant predator, but the bear overtakes him. The bear and the man wrestle in the ring as other circus members continuously beat the bear with long sticks. Audience members are heard yelling in horror in the background of the video.

The bear pulls the man across the floor of the circus ring, and the tussle continues for several seconds, with the bear violent shaking the man. Eventually, the bear lets go and the man stands up. He does not appear to be badly wounded, as he is able to stand, and once he is freed from the bear he walks over to pick up a stick.

Members Of Sessions’ Church Accuse Him Of Child Abuse For Border Policies

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 10:02 AM PDT

(CBS) — Hundreds of United Methodists have brought church law charges against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is a member of the denomination. In a June 18 statement, more than 600 members of the denomination, including clergy, accused Sessions of child abuse by helping enforce the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from parents who illegally crossed the southern border.

The group of United Methodists also accuses Sessions of racial discrimination, immorality, and “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines” of the United Methodists. The Rev. David Wright, a United Methodist clergyman from Washington State, told the United Methodist News Service that he and others in the denomination decided they had to act after Sessions quoted the Bible to defend the child separation policy.

“I really never would have thought I’d be working on charges against anybody in the Methodist connection, much less a lay person,” Wright told the News Service.

The denomination’s Book of Discipline allows for a member to be expelled from the United Methodists after a trial, the Rev. William Lawrence told the News Service, but this is exceedingly rare in practice. Wright said that he does not want Sessions to be kicked out of the United Methodists, and would prefer he “reclaim his values” with the help of his pastor.

“I would look upon his being taken out of the denomination or leaving as a tragedy. That’s not what I would want from this,” Wright said.

The United Methodist Church has been critical of the Trump administration’s border policies. “The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or shunning those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ,” Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, a church leader, said in a statement over the weekend.

Former first lady Laura Bush, a United Methodist, has also deep extremely critical of the Trump administration’s child separation policy.

“It is immoral,” Bush wrote in The Washington Post over the weekend. “And it breaks my heart.”

NBA Draft: Storylines And Players To Watch

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 10:02 AM PDT

By Norm Elrod

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
How to Watch: ESPN

Deandre Ayton #13 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after dunking against the USC Trojans during the championship game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wildcats won 75-61.

Deandre Ayton (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Who will be the top pick? A lot of experts have Deandre Ayton slated to go first, and with good reason. A first-team All-American at Arizona as a freshman, the 7’1″ center averaged over 20 points and 11 rebounds. He’s an NBA-ready player to build around and the Phoenix Suns, which hold the top pick, need help up and down the roster. The Suns haven’t drafted well in recent years, aside from Devin Booker (2015) and possibly Josh Jackson (2017). Will they make the right call this year?

Just how stacked is this year’s draft? A recent mock draft from Gary Parrish at CBSSports.com projects the following players to go one through five: Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr., Luka Doncic, and Mohamed Bamba. The downside grows (or the upside shrinks) the further we get into the draft pool. Note that Parrish’s top five doesn’t include Trae Young, who was the biggest story in college basketball for much of last season, or Michael Porter, Jr., who entered the year as the projected top pick prior to back surgery. And players like Mikal Bridges, a great shooter who who just won a national championship, and Miles Bridges, a strong shooter and passer who can guard multiple positions, will likely be day-one contributors wherever they end up. This draft class has talent, but every draft class has talent, so how will this draft class compare with those from other years?

Real Madrid's Slovenian Luka Doncic (R) goes for the basket past CSKA's US center Othello Hunter during the Euroleague Final Four second semifinal match between CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid at Belgrade's Stark Arena on May 18, 2018.

Luka Doncic (Photo Credit: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Luka Doncic have NBA-level athleticism? Doncic may be the most polished European prospect ever. He has played three seasons with Real Madrid, debuting in 2015 at the age of 16 and winning the league MVP award in 2018. The teenager helped lead Slovenia to its first EuroBasketball championship in 2017, collecting All-Tournament Team honors along the way. Despite the prodigy’s stellar career to date (and the fact that he’s already played with and against NBA-level talent), questions remain about his ability to transition to the NBA. Is he athletic enough? Can he make space and get to the rim?

What will the Cavaliers do with the eighth pick? The Cavaliers have LeBron James, the best player in a generation, and next season they may not. With that uncertainty, the team will need to select the player that best fits their future plans, whatever those might be. Do they take the best player that’s available? Do they take the player with the biggest potential upside? Do they take a player that they can turn around and trade quickly, if they need to. Or do they trade down (or out) and stock up on picks and NBA contributors?

Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks at the court after passing the half court line against the Texas Longhorns at Lloyd Noble Center on February 17, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Longhorns defeated the Sooners 77-66.

Trae Young (Photo Credit: Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Draft Order (First Round):

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn Nets)
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit Pistons)
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat)
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota Timberwolves)
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder)
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans Pelicans)
23. Indiana Pacers
24. Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland Cavaliers)
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets)

Rising Temps Could Lead to Influx of Brown Recluse Spiders in Michigan

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 09:58 AM PDT

CBS (Grand Rapids)–The brown recluse spider isn’t native to West Michigan but you may find it there anyway.

“They’re not found in Michigan very much at all. If you do, they’re probably ones that hitchhike from down south somewhere. Somebody moved up north and a spider got into their boxes and wound up in their basement,” Dan Hemmann, an area curator at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, said.

The small spiders about the size of a quarter find a dark place and that’s where they typically stay.

“Garages, basements, kind of anything that is very quiet. They’re very shy spiders so they don’t like a lot of activity. They like where it’s dark and quiet and they can kind of just go about their business,” Hemmann said. “They also don’t like to bite at all so you really have to kind of bother them.”

But if they do bite, it can be serious business. Just ask Jeff Lasich of Nunica, who was bitten last week.

“I thought it was a tick,” Lasich said. “Turns out it was a brown recluse and I guess I’m one of the lucky people this year.”

On his birthday Tuesday, he was spending sometime outside doing yard work.

“I didn’t feel anything. I set the blocks down, went back inside, relaxed, had a beer. Next morning I got up and had just a small dot about the size of a dime (on my upper leg),” Lasich said.

Then the pain started getting worse and wrapping around his leg. His wife told him to get it checked out, so they went to Mercy Health in Muskegon. He says a physician’s assistant walked in and knew exactly what it was.

He was given antibiotics, pain medication and Benadryl. He’s feeling better now and has only a small scab.

But it could have been worse. Hemmann at John Ball Zoo said the skin can begin to necrotize, or die, after a brown recluse bite, at which point it has to be removed surgically.

“There are people that don’t even know they’re bit until a few days later when they notice the redness and the welts and the tissue damage,” Hemmann said. “They can be life-threatening if they bite you.”

He said that if you have a questionable bite, you should seek professional medical care. Redness, swelling and pain are common signs you’ve been bit by a brown recluse. In severe cases, the skin around the bite will begin to die and turn black. The earlier the bite is treated, the better.

Hemmann added we may start seeing more brown recluses here in West Michigan.

“The things that keep brown recluses out of Michigan are our cold winters. You know, we’ve had some mild winters recently and so the brown recluses that are up here are better able to survive the winters,” he said. “So there’s a possibility they can become more prevalent as time goes on and the winters get warmer.”

The venomous arachnids typical don’t stray further north than southern Illinois, but they’ve been spotted in rare cases in the northern part of the state.

If you get a positive ID on a brown recluse, you’re asked to contact the Michigan State University Extension, which is tracking the spiders.

Junior High Coach Pursued Sexual Relationship With Student

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 09:42 AM PDT

CBS (CHICAGO)–A volunteer basketball coach at a junior high school in south suburban Peotone is accused of “grooming” a student for a sexual relationship, according to the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

“Grooming” means an adult prepares an underage person for eventual sexual contact.

The coach, 50-year-old Samuel Burks, was found guilty of two counts of grooming on Monday. He’s facing up to 10 years as a registered sex offender and up to three years in prison.

Burks allegedly asked a female player on the school basketball team for nude photos and texted her graphic messages back in 2016, according to the State’s Attorney.

The girl’s mother discovered what was going on after she saw her daughter getting into his vehicle and decided to check the girl’s phone.

Burks was named a Junior High Girls Coach of the Year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association in 2015 for his work with seventh-graders.

Peotone Community Unit School District 207-U serves students from the south, central and eastern region of Will County, and a small portion of northwestern Kankakee County.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6.




230 New Officers Graduate From Chicago Police Academy

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 09:40 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — It's graduation day for the latest group of Chicago Police Department recruits, who celebrated their graduation Tuesday morning at Navy Pier.

The new officers are part of the city's promise to add nearly 1,000 more officers to the ranks by the end of the year.

The graduation comes on the heels of the bloodiest weekend of the year in Chicago, with 56 people shot from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Ten of those people were killed.

A recruit class spokesman gave a speech about the fun and difficulty of choosing a career in law enforcement. He said he and fellow officers want to bring honor and integrity back to the Chicago Police Department.

The mayor's office said the class of 230 new officers are 30 percent female, and 64 percent minority.

"We have a very diverse city, so if our department kind of reflects that, I think that's great; and I think the people and the citizens of Chicago will appreciate that as well," graduating Officer Michael McGehee said.

The new officers were joined at graduation by 50 newly promoted sergeants and 13 newly promoted lieutenants.

McGehee reflected on what he feels was the most important part of his training.

"Working with the community, being able to talk to people, trying to de-escalate issues when you come across them, really working just to mitigate things before they escalate," he said. "I think that's really important as officers. We really want to make sure people leave feeling we were professional the whole time, as well as we've provided the service that they requested when they called 911."

Future academy classes will add yoga to their studies. Academy teachers recently completed trauma-sensitive yoga training, which is aimed at helping cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other complex trauma.

Police: Men Leave Alligator Inside Florida Wawa

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 09:32 AM PDT

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (CBS Local) — Customers at a Florida Wawa found an unexpected and unusual surprise in the middle of the night last week after an alligator was dumped inside the store.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office got a call at 2:24 a.m. last Friday about a three-foot alligator dropped off by a pair of men inside the Lakewood Ranch Wawa. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow said that authorities called the Fish and Wildlife Commission to take care of the gator, which had apparently suffered some sort of injury.

The alligator was trapped and removed from the store, officials said.

Police are now searching for the two men that brought the alligator to the Wawa.

Anyone with any information about the case can call FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

Manny Ramirez Wore A $530 Yankees Hat To Rangers-Royals Game As Disguise

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 08:51 AM PDT

Ryan Mayer

Avert your eyes Boston Red Sox fans. Manny Ramirez was in attendance at last night’s Rangers-Royals game in Kansas City and the disguise he wore is likely to make Red Sox fans’ blood boil.

Instagram Photo

Yes, that’s the Red Sox legend sporting a maroon Yankees hat. Odd color aside, the hat is also reportedly pretty pricey. According to Busted Coverage, the hat that Ramirez is wearing in the photo is a $530 Gucci Yankees hat. Between the hat, the sunglasses and the lack of his trademark dreadlocks that he sported during his career, you have to admit it’s a pretty good disguise.

Bucks’ Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Over Stun-Gun Arrest

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 08:30 AM PDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is suing the city and its police department because officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation in January.

Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday alleging excessive force and unlawful arrest.

Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens. Officers swarmed Brown and took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.

Eight other officers are undergoing remedial training in professional communications.

On Big Night For ‘Black Panther,’ Chadwick Boseman Honors Hero In Waffle House Shooting

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 08:24 AM PDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (CBS) — The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel’s blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April.

“This is going to live at your house,” Boseman told Shaw, giving him the show’s golden popcorn award. The actor said while it was an honor to be recognized for playing a superhero, it was more important to “acknowledge the heroes we have in real life.”

Shaw charged a gunman at the Tennessee Waffle House in April, wrestling him to the ground and grabbing his weapon. Shaw’s hands were severely burned from grabbing the AR-15.

After the shooting, which killed four people, Shaw said he “took the gun so I could get myself out” of the situation, and that he was glad to save other lives as well.

Boseman, who starred as T’Challa in “Black Panther,” also won the award for best performance in a movie. Michael B. Jordan, who played the villain Erik Killmonger, won best villain.

“Stranger Things” was the top television honoree, winning four awards including a repeat win for best show. The awards were handed out Saturday and were broadcast Monday night.

The awards show is known for bringing fresh talent to light, as well as acknowledging established celebrities in more quirky categories like best kiss and most frightened performance. Host Tiffany Haddish donned a variety of costumes throughout the ceremony, including nods to classic film and TV roles such as Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Starlet from “The Carol Burnett Show.”

She kicked off the show with a “Black Panther” skit, foreshadowing the film’s big night, noting in her opening monologue that is it the first African-American film to earn more than $1 billion at the box office. Throughout the night, Haddish also parodied other hit films such as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “A Quiet Place.”

“Black Panther,” about a king and virtuous superhero of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, broke barriers earlier this year as the first Marvel film to feature a black lead. Its massive popularity overshadowed competing films like “Wonder Woman” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Haddish, who also won an award for her breakthrough role in “Girls Trip,” noted that she is the first black woman to host the awards show, which is in its 27th year.

The gay teen comedy “Love, Simon” won for best kiss for a scene between Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale.

While Robinson wasn’t there to accept the award, Lonsdale gave some encouraging words to LGBTQ youth.

“I just want to say to every kid,” he said. “You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender.”

In addition to winning best show, kids of “Stranger Things” also won awards for most frightened performance, best musical moment and best performance for Millie Bobby Brown. The actress, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn’t make the event because of a broken kneecap. Brown accepted the award for best performance via satellite.

Other winners included Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom in “Riverdale” for scene stealer, Gal Gadot for best fight as Wonder Woman and the young cast of “It” for best on-screen team.

“Gaga: Fight Foot Two” won the award for best documentary. The Netflix feature followed Lady Gaga during the production of her fifth studio album “Joanne.”

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Recording artist Lady Gaga speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)

Common presented Lena Waithe with the trailblazer award for her activism, writing and “deeply honest art.”

During her acceptance speech, Waithe paid tribute to “Paris is Burning,” the 1990 documentary released about the drag scene in New York during the late ’80s. She called those documented, many who aren’t alive anymore, “the bravest human beings that ever lived”

“I’m doing what we as a society should have done a long time ago and give them the glory and shine that they deserve,” she said.

Chris Pratt mixed humor and religious messages while accepting the show’s generation award, telling the crowd to “breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.”

He also urged fans to “learn to pray” and accept that they are imperfect.

The show also featured musical performances by Nick Jonas and Mustard, as well as rising stars and Beyoncé protégés Chloe x Halle.

Former Immigrant Shelter Worker Says He Was Told To Separate Hugging Siblings

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 08:05 AM PDT

(CNN) — When Antar Davidson was ordered to separate two brothers and a sister tightly hugging each other, he realized his time as a youth care worker at an Arizona immigrant children’s shelter was coming to an end.

“I was told that they should not be able to hug,” said Davidson, “and (I) basically realized that being in Southwest Key would mean — continuing to remain there, despite the good I was doing — would mean that I had basically come up to doing things I felt were morally wrong.”

Davidson spoke out Monday night and Tuesday morning with CNN about his former job at Southwest Key, a non-profit group that runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters across Texas, Arizona and California.

The former shelter employee explained how the job sharply changed after the Trump administration began its zero-tolerance policy toward illegal immigrant crossings. The new policy has had the immediate effect of separating parents from their children with an unclear process for getting them back together.

‘Crying for their mother’

Previously, the children coming in to the shelter were better behaved and relatively calm, Davidson said. Overall, these children had been prepared for the journey and knew that they would spend some time in a shelter and then would be reunited with their parents, he explained.

But about six weeks ago, he started to notice more children coming to the shelter who were extremely distressed, erratic and showed signs of trauma.

“Over the past six weeks, they’ve been seeing more and more kids who weren’t prepared for the situation, that were basically lifted from their parents’ arms,” Davidson said. “And as such, they were running around and crying for their mother and basically generally displaying signs of trauma, as any child would who doesn’t know where they are or where their parent is.”

Cindy Casares, director of communications for Southwest Key Programs, defended its staff in a statement.

“Southwest Key has experienced, trained staff to provide comfort and counseling and to help the child feel more comfortable,” she said. “Hugging is absolutely allowed.”

In all, Davidson said his former position was an intense job. The job boards, he said, were full of open positions and brutal job reviews because of the “horror” of working in that environment.

“(The) job reviews which kind of show not only the horror … that the children are going through, but also that the workers are going through,” he said. “The issue at Southwest Key is many problems wrapped up in one.”

He also rejected the simplistic conclusions of those who had only visited immigration facilities for a quick tour.

“It’s easy for a person on an official visit being shown by the organization itself to determine that the facility is nice,” he said. “It’s a different thing to basically work there day in and day out. You can’t determine the widespread treatment. You have so many interactions, so many facilities, so many employees that on one visit to unequivocally say that everything is fine is quite a stretch.”

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Police: Couple Arrested For Having Sex Near Busy Intersection

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 07:59 AM PDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS LOCAL) — Traffic is usually a given during a rush hour commute, but one street in Oklahoma City got backed up for a racier reason. Police say a couple was found allegedly having sex on the ground near a busy intersection.

According to authorities, the Oklahoma City Police Department received a call around 5:30 in the evening from a woman claiming she saw a man with pants “halfway down” on top of a woman under a tree. When police arrived, sure enough they found a man and a woman allegedly still in the act.

Forty-eight-year-old Tony Willis and 42-year-old Verna LeClair were arrested after the responding officers say Willis was observed rolling off LeClair as they approached.

The two were charged on counts of indecent exposure and public drunkenness and booked at the Oklahoma County Jail.

According to reports, this is the second time LeClair has been arrested for the very public display of affection. In 2017, he was caught having sex in the parking lot of a liquor store. That charge was later dismissed.

Former Top Federal Prosecutors Call On Sessions To End ‘Zero Tolerance’ At Border

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 07:45 AM PDT

(CNN) — A bipartisan group of more than 70 former US attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Trump administration’s policy of prosecuting all people who cross the border illegally, saying it is “dangerous, expensive, and inconsistent” with the values of the Justice Department.

“Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation’s Southwest Border. And like a majority of Americans, we are appalled that your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children,” the prosecutors wrote on Medium in a post published Tuesday morning.

The most visible byproduct of the Trump administration’s practice, known as “zero tolerance,” has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents when apprehended at the border, because unaccompanied minors can only be held in immigration detention for a short period of time.

Trump administration officials have said they do not want to separate children from their parents, but have also vigorously defended the policy over the last week as it has come under growing scrutiny and a number of high-profile Republicans have called for an end to the practice.

“We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully … placing those children at risk,” Sessions said Monday. “They can go to our ports of entry if they want to claim asylum and they won’t be arrested.”

Yet the prosecutors in Tuesday’s letter say requiring 100% enforcement of the policy, without exceptions, was an “ill-conceived” plan.

“US Attorneys under both Republican and Democratic administrations have for decades been given discretion to determine how and when to charge misdemeanor illegal entry cases to address the needs of their districts,” they added. “Now, under your policy, because children cannot accompany their arrested parents to an adult criminal detention center, these children, apparently including infants and toddlers, are routinely separated from their parents.”

Prosecutors from both Republican and Democratic administrations signed on to the letter, including Preet Bharara, the former US attorney in Manhattan, and Chuck Rosenberg, the former acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and former US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The Trump administration has vigorously defended its zero-tolerance policy amid outrage over the family separations. Speaking at the White House Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reiterated the administration’s position that it is enforcing the law and called on Congress to take action. Previous administrations, however, have avoided separating parents from their children, instead releasing families with court dates for immigration proceedings and various monitoring tactics.

Asked about the policy on Fox News Monday night, Sessions said authorities are “taking care of these children.”

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Police: Cancer Patient Found Dead In Woods, Killed For Her Painkillers

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 07:43 AM PDT

RABBIT HASH, Ky. (CBS LOCAL) —  The body of woman with stage four lung cancer was found in the woods, and police believe she was killed by her cousin who was trying to rob her of her painkillers.

According to authorities, Denita Satchwell was reported missing on June 11 and police claim her body was placed in the trunk of a car overnight and dumped in the woods the next day. “As a…cancer patient Satchwell was frail and in poor health, as well as having a large amount of narcotic painkillers on scene, which made her an easy target for the robbery,” court records state.

Three men have been charged with murder in connection to Satchwell’s death, including 38-year-old Kenneth Jones, who was identified as the victim’s cousin. Along with Jones, 18-year-old Braedon Reaves and an unnamed juvenile were also charged. Police say that Jones and the juvenile tried to remove DNA evidence from the vehicle used to transport Satchwell’s body.

According to WKRC, Satchwell’s daughter said Jones had recently visited Satchwell and begged her for the painkillers after relapsing.

Reaves and Jones are currently in Kenton County Jail awaiting trial, while the juvenile is being held at the Campbell County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Saudi Arabia’s World Cup Team Plane Catches Fire In Midair

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 07:26 AM PDT

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The beginning of the Saudi Arabia men’s national team’s World Cup experience hasn’t exactly been smooth. The Saudis opened tournament play with a 5-0 loss to host country Russia last Thursday and then on Monday, the team’s flight to Rostov was rocky with the plane catching fire in midair.

The plane did land safely and no one was injured in the incident, but video of the plane in flight surfaced on Twitter and it’s frightening.

The Saudi Football Association issued a statement following the incident reassuring everyone that all members of the team had arrived safely in Rostov-on-Don.

The team is preparing for its second match of the tournament as they will meet Uruguay in Group A play on Wednesday before wrapping up group play on Monday, June 25th against Egypt.

New Thunderstorms Hit After Heavy Rains Caused Flash Floods In Rockford Area

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 07:23 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — More thunderstorms were hitting the far northern suburbs Tuesday morning, hours after heavy rain caused significant flooding in the Rockford area Monday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, 3 to 5 inches of rain fell across the Rockford area in less than four hours Monday evening.

Additional rain was moving through Tuesday morning, and heavy downpours could aggravate flooding in some areas.

Flash floods on Tuesday turned roads into rivers in Rockford.

Mark Pickett and Ryan Craig helped rescue an elderly man who was stuck in his car, perched precariously against a railing alongside a swollen creek.

The entire rescue went on for several minutes, and as Pickett and Craig pulled the man out, his car ended up flipping onto its side in the creek.

A witness said the man didn't want to get out of the car, because he was worried about his wallet.

Rockford firefighters rescued 15 other drivers who were stranded in the flooding.

Multiple homes and businesses also flooded, including the Walmart in Rockford. Store crews frantically tried to whisk out the water with squeegees, as parents used shopping carts as boats to keep kids dry.

The store reopened Tuesday morning after drying out.

The heavy storms also caused a watery scene inside Mercy Hospital in Rockford. One woman who identified herself as a hospital employee took to social media as the water started to pour in.

The National Weather Service reported the lower floors of the hospital took on four to five feet of water. The hospital was evacuated as a precaution, but has since reopened. No patient-occupied areas were affected by the flooding.

A flood warning remained in effect for the Rockford area until noon Tuesday. Many area roads were still covered in water early Tuesday, and might not dry out completely until the late morning. The National Weather Service cautioned motorists not to drive across flooded roads, or risk stalling out.

Teen Dies One Day After Being Mistaken For Dead In Little Italy Shooting

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 06:49 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 17-year-old boy died early Tuesday, nearly a day after he was shot in the head in the Little Italy neighborhood, and covered with a sheet while paramedics treated others wounded in the same shooting.

Erin Carey, of the Austin neighborhood, was among six people shot around 4:45 a.m. Monday at the ABLA Brooks Homes public housing complex near 13th and Loomis.

A 22-year-old woman, Shalonza McToy, was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been shot in the head, chest, and arm. Four other people were wounded in the shooting,

Carey was shot several times in the head. First Deputy Police Supt. Anthony Riccio confirmed paramedics initially presumed he had died, and covered him with a sheet, then moved on to treat another shooting victim. Later, police officers noticed movement under the sheet.

“Officers who were present notified the paramedics this man is still alive, and treatment began on him as well,” Riccio said.

Paramedics took Carey to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Riccio said he did not know how long the teen lay under the sheet before paramedics began CPR.

“That is something that I think definitely has to be looked at to find out exactly why that happened,” he said.

Trump To Meet With Republicans Ahead Of House Immigration Votes

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 05:52 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — President Donald Trump will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Republicans, as the House prepares to vote on two competing immigration bills.

The meeting comes amid a growing political firestorm over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy of separating children from their families while parents are prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.

Trump has falsely claimed his administration is forced to separate children from their families, blaming Democrats for a law he claims he hates. However, there is no such law requiring the practice. Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself announced the change in policy last month.

That shift has led to asylum seekers who previously would have been released pending a hearing to be held behind bars, while their children are sent to separate shelters.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the practice.

"No more free passes. No more get out of jail free cards. No more lawlessness," she said.

Sessions also has defended the zero tolerance policy, saying it's about deterrence.

"Hopefully people will get the message, and come through the border at the port of entry, and not break across the border unlawfully," he said.

Some Republicans, like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, have planned legislation to halt the family separation policy.

"Kids need their moms and dads, and we can keep the families together while these cases are pending," Cruz said.

Democrats are skeptical.

"As long as President Trump insists on being a hardliner on immigration, it will be quite difficult for there to be consensus bipartisan legislation," U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) said.

The White House has demanded more comprehensive immigration legislation that includes funding for Trump's border wall.

"If the Democrats would sit down, instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly," Trump said.

However, every Senate Democrat has co-sponsored legislation that would prevent the president from keeping the family separation policy in place. No Republicans have yet endorsed the Democrats' "Keep Families Together Act."

Republicans have written their own immigration bills that will get a vote in the House sometime this week. At least one would still require children to be detained, but in the same facility as their parents.

Officer Rialmo To Testify In Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed By Quintonio LeGrier Family

Posted: 19 Jun 2018 05:05 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The officer at the center of the fatal police shooting of two people in 2015 was expected to testify Tuesday at the trial stemming from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the teenager he killed.

Officer Robert Rialmo wasn't in court for opening statements on Monday at the Daley Center. His attorney, Joel Brodsky, said it was in Rialmo's interest not to appear.

Rialmo shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and his 55-year-old neighbor, Bettie Jones, on Dec. 26, 2015. Rialmo and his partner were responding to a domestic dispute when Rialmo opened fire on LeGrier, killing him, and accidentally killing Jones, who was standing behind LeGrier.

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A Chicago police officer shot and killed Bettie Jones (left) and Quintonio LeGrier (right) while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Dec. 26, 2015. Police said LeGrier was combative, and officers opened fire, killing him, and accidentally killing Jones. (Family provided photos)

Brodsky has argued Rialmo was forced to shoot when LeGrier came at him with a baseball bat, saying the two were only a few feet away from each other when the officer shot. He also has claimed the city did not properly train Rialmo.

However, LeGrier's family has challenged the officer's account of the shooting, claiming he was outside on the sidewalk, several yards away from the teenager inside the front hall, making LeGrier no threat to Rialmo.

While Rialmo has testified for two depositions before trial, Tuesday will mark the first time he's told his story in open court.

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Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo (picture courtesy Joel Brodsky)

The jury that will hear Rialmo's version of the shooting does not include any African Americans. That's a concern for both sides in the case. Rialmo is white and LeGrier was black.

"That's always a concern; but that's the American way, unfortunately," said Jim Montgomery, the attorney for LeGrier's mother, Janet Cooksey.

Brodsky said he was disappointed attorneys representing the city excluded the only two black candidates in the jury pool for the trial.
"I would have felt much better, and I think Officer Rialmo, too. If an innocent verdict is brought in, and there's representatives from the African-American community on the jury, there would have been no question then," Brodsky said.

Rialmo and the city are separate defendants in the case.

Jones' family also filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the shooting, but the city has reached a tentative $16 million settlement agreement in that case.

Hinsdale School District Changes Boundaries After Claims Of Discrimination

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:39 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Claims of discrimination and angry protests took place at a school board meeting in the Western suburbs over Hinsdale School District 86's decision to change the high school attendance boundaries.

CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports Brett Rapaport and his wife built their house on a Willowbrook lot for several reasons.

They say one of the biggest reasons they chose the location was so that they could live in the so-called buffer zone, giving them the choice to send their son to Hinsdale South or Hinsdale Central High School.

"The ability to go to Hinsdale Central High School, being one of the most renowned high schools in the state was probably the kind of thing that put it over the edge for us," said Brett Rapaport.

The school board voted to get rid of the buffer zone and change District 86's boundaries at a packed and contentious meeting Monday night.

Rapaport said the decision will be a hit to him educationally and economically.

"The property value in this area is driven by the Hinsdale Central school district, so you buy the house at one price and take a hit, that's frustrating," he said.

But there's another side to the argument.

"It's really about fairness and equality," said Zachary Mottl, Burr Ridge Village Trustee and Hinsdale South alumni.

Mottl is one of the 800 people behind a civil rights complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education. The complaint argues Hinsdale South families face unlawful discrimination, based on course offerings and boundaries – the latter, funneling predominately white, affluent students to Hinsdale Central and a more diverse, less affluent population to Hinsdale South.

"One side of town is very diverse and the other side is not and if you don't allocate resources equally, that's where the problem is," said Mottl.

Talk of putting in almost $200 million referendum on the November ballot for school improvement is adding fuel to the emotional fire.

Mottl says they expect to hear back from the office of civil rights in the next few weeks, which could impact their next steps.

Culver’s Restaurants Raise Money For Family Of Fallen Chicago Firefighter

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:29 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Seven Culver's restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area are helping raise money for the family of a fallen Chicago firefighter.

Juan Bucio, a marine unit diver with the Chicago Fire Department, died on Memorial Day while trying to save a boater who went overboard in the Chicago River.

Monday night, firefighters served customers at various locations while a Chicago Police bagpiper performed.

15% of the proceeds from Monday night's sales will go to the Juan Bucio Memorial Foundation to help the two young sons Bucio left behind.

Dead Rabbit Tests Positive For Rare, Potentially Deadly Disease

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:26 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Officials are warning Tinley Park residents to keep their dogs within sight and on a leash after a rare, but potentially deadly disease was found in a dead rabbit.

CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports Tinley Park resident Roger Schneider is worried about his dog, Dover.

"It's bad enough we've got to watch for the coyotes. Now we have to watch for the rabbits," he said.

Schneider says he and his Tinley Park neighbors received a letter from city officials over the weekend.

The letter stated a dead rabbit was found down the street. The dead animal tested positive for tularemia or rabbit fever.

"Tularemia is a bacteria that both humans and animals can contract. Family pets can contract the disease and spread it to humans," explained Dr. Matthew Mottel of Avenue Animal.

He said people with tularemia should look for a fever or flu-like symptoms, rashes, or red lesions on the skin.

Dr. Mottel said there are multiple signs to look for if your pet has been exposed to a dead animal.

"If a dog just isn't acting right, maybe they are a bit lethargic so decrease in energy, maybe decrease in appetite [they may have tularemia,]" he warned.

Officials say it's important not to touch a dead rabbit or any dead animal. They say leave it alone and call your county animal control as soon as possible.

While officials say the disease can be life-threatening, it can typically be treated with antibiotics.

Hot Temperatures Affect Travel, Sporting Events Around Chicago

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:22 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The weather caused the Cubs versus Dodgers game to be delayed Monday night.

CBS 2's Jeremy Ross reports from Wrigley Field where he says the rain ponchos were plentiful.

"It was worth it, bearing the heat for the Cubs," stated Cubs fan Leonard Hernandez.

The rain sent Cubs fans out of the ballpark searching for cover, as Mother Nature put a pause to the baseball game and to the sweltering heat Monday.

"The rain feels good," said Cubs fan Anne Marie Rodriguez, "but earlier today it was so hot!"

Those working outside in the extreme temperatures felt the oppressive heat and humidity build over the last 48 hours.

The sun and muggy air laid the foundation for health hazards.

Many construction workers say they took periodic breaks and water to avoid heat-related illnesses.

"[It was] unbearable. The heat was so bad, as soon as you walked out you were sweating," said Rodriguez.

A Metra drawbridge, host to Metra and Amtrak trains, shut down due to unsafe travel conditions. Amtrak says they had to shut down the bridge, saying the bridge was unsafe to travel on due to the heat.

Workers cooled the track, eventually allowing traffic to continue.

Bauer, Indians Beat Sliding White Sox 6-2

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:19 PM PDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer shut out Chicago for seven innings before a rain delay ended his night, and Jason Kipnis homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 win over the sliding and sloppy White Sox on Monday.

Bauer (6-5) allowed just three hits, struck out eight and was in line to potentially pitch his first shutout. However, the game was halted by rain in the seventh inning for 35 minutes, and manager Terry Francona pulled the right-hander following the delay and 100 pitches.

Roberto Perez drove in two runs off Dylan Covey (3-2) as Cleveland improved to 15-4 in its last 19 home games against Chicago.

The White Sox committed three errors — one by Covey — in the first three innings, lost their fifth straight and dropped a season-high 23 games under .500.

Matt Davidson homered in the ninth for Chicago.

Chicago’s hitters couldn’t get anything going against Bauer, who struck out 12 in a tough loss against the White Sox and Covey last week. Bauer was bidding to tie a club record held by two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber with his fifth consecutive game of at least 10 strikeouts.

Bauer got to eight, but was denied any more because of a line of storms off Lake Erie and Francona’s decision not to push him further. Bauer has thrown at least 100 pitches in all 16 starts this season.

Perez’s two-run, ground-rule double highlighted Cleveland’s three-run second inning, which was set up by Chicago second baseman Yoan Moncada’s fielding error.

The Indians loaded the bases on two singles and the error before Perez, who came in batting .100 (7 for 70) against right-handers, hit a shot to right that got wedged in the outfield wall’s padding. Kipnis was forced to stay at third, but then scored when Francisco Lindor followed with a sacrifice fly.

Kipnis made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the third, and he hit his fifth homer in the fifth to put Cleveland up by five over Covey, who came in 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his previous five starts.


Looking for bullpen help, the Indians signed veteran reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. The left-hander previously pitched for Cleveland from 2013-15, appearing in 145 games.

The club currently needs a lefty reliever with both Andrew Miller and Tyler Olson on the disabled list. Rzepczynski could be an option.

“It’s a guy we know,” Francona said. “We’re down to one lefty right now, so it’s a guy that certainly could come here and help. He didn’t sign to stay in Triple-A.”

Francona joked that he still has trouble spelling the lefty’s last name.

“I’ve got it in my phone: Z-E-P,” he said.


White Sox: Manager Rick Renteria said OF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) is progressing well on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. Garcia’s status will be reassessed after he plays Tuesday and Wednesday. He’s been on the disabled list since May 24.

Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder. Zimmer felt discomfort while throwing after he initially strained the shoulder while doing drills after being sent to Columbus to work on his game. “I don’t think he thought it was anything, and it just didn’t feel good. So, we’re going to go ahead and get him looked at,” Francona said.


Indians RHP Mike Clevinger will face the White Sox for the second straight start. He set a career high with 11 strikeouts and held Chicago to one run over seven innings last Thursday. Carlos Rodon will start for the White Sox.

Water Pours Into Rockford Hospital And Walmart Store

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:17 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Rockford hospital was evacuated Monday night for a flash flood emergency after the downpour outside caused a water train inside the building.

One woman, who identified herself as a Mercy Hospital employee, took to social media as water started to pour in.

A Rockford Walmart store also experienced flooding inside the store as crews frantically tried to whisk out the water with squeegees.

Parents used carts as boats to keep kids dry.

This is a developing story. 

Cubs-Dodgers Game Postponed Due To Power Outage

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:09 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Cubs versus Los Angeles Dodgers game was postponed Monday night due to a limited power outage in the ballpark.

According to a press release, the game was postponed due to an outage that affected the operation of lights in the right field, along with the continuation of rain throughout Monday evening.

The game will be made-up tomorrow, June 19 with a double-header. The game will start at 12:05 p.m. and will be followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.

Separate tickets will be required for each game.

Tickets from Monday night’s game will be honored for the 12:05 p.m. make-up game. No ticket exchange is necessary.

2 People In Critical Condition After Vehicle Goes Into Pond

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 08:04 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Huntley Fire Department says they received a call just before 6 p.m. Monday night about a car in a pond.

The incident happened in the 3900 block of Willow View Drive.

Officials say two sisters, a 19-year-old and 33-year old, were inside the car at the time the vehicle went into the water.

According to the Huntley Fire PRotection Deputy Chief, the 19-year-old is listed in serious condition and the 33-year-old went into full cardiac arrest and is also in critical condition.

Both of the females were taken to Centegra Hospital in Huntley.

Lake in the Hills Police, Huntley Fire Department, Carey Fire Department, Crystal Lake Fire, and Wauconda Fire officials were all on the scene.

It is unknown what caused the car to go into the water. Officials say they do not believe the cause was weather-related.

This is a developing story. 

“Gaming Disorder” Recognized As A Mental Health Condition

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:44 PM PDT

(CBS) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.

In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players.

WHO said classifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 percent of all gamers believed to be affected.

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health and substance abuse, said the agency accepted the proposal that gaming disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, citing “the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world.”

But Dr. Joan Harvey, a spokeswoman for the British Psychological Society, warned that the new designation might cause unnecessary concern among parents.

“People need to understand this doesn’t mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help,” she said.

Others welcomed WHO’s new classification, saying it was critical to identify people hooked on video games quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don’t seek help themselves.

“We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they’re seeing their child drop out of school, but because they’re seeing an entire family structure fall apart,” said Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists. She was not connected to WHO’s decision.

Bowden-Jones said gaming addictions were usually best treated with psychological therapies but that some medicines might also work.

Cam Adair, founder of the website Game Quitters, says when he started gaming it was fine, but it ultimately led to him dropping out of high school.

“I was pretending to have jobs playing video games up to 16 hours a day and eventually I actually wrote a suicide note and that’s when I realized that I need to make a change,” he told CBS News.

Psychologist Michael Fraser says he’s seen an increase in the number of patients in his practice seeking help for compulsive gaming.

“There’s a lot of arguing sometimes it escalates and gets physical where the parents have to pull the controller out of their kids’ hands,” he said.

Fraser also told CBS News that excessive gaming can be a condition connected to other mental health issues.

“They may be depressed. They may be anxious. They may be socially anxious,” he said. “What these video games provide for these children is a social outlet where they don’t have to leave their house. They don’t have to run the risk of being bullied”

The American Psychiatric Association has not yet deemed gaming disorder to be a mental health problem. In a 2013 statement, the association said it’s “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion” in its own diagnostic manual.

The group noted that much of the scientific literature about compulsive gamers is based on evidence from young men in Asia.

“The studies suggest that when these individuals are engrossed in Internet games, certain pathways in their brains are triggered in the same direct and intense way that a drug addict’s brain is affected by a particular substance,” the association said in that statement. “The gaming prompts a neurological response that influences feelings of pleasure and reward, and the result, in the extreme, is manifested as addictive behavior.”

Dr. Mark Griffiths, who has been researching the concept of video gaming disorder for 30 years, said the new classification would help legitimize the problem and strengthen treatment strategies.

“Video gaming is like a non-financial kind of gambling from a psychological point of view,” said Griffiths, a distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. “Gamblers use money as a way of keeping score whereas gamers use points.”

He guessed that the percentage of video game players with a compulsive problem was likely to be extremely small — much less than 1 percent — and that many such people would likely have other underlying problems, like depression, bipolar disorder or autism.

WHO’s Saxena, however, estimated that 2 to 3 percent of gamers might be affected.

Griffiths said playing video games, for the vast majority of people, is more about entertainment and novelty, citing the overwhelming popularity of games like “Pokemon Go.”

“You have these short, obsessive bursts and yes, people are playing a lot, but it’s not an addiction,” he said.

Saxena said parents and friends of video game enthusiasts should still be mindful of a potentially harmful problem.

“Be on the lookout,” he said, noting that concerns should be raised if the gaming habit appears to be taking over.

“If (video games) are interfering with the expected functions of the person — whether it is studies, whether it’s socialization, whether it’s work — then you need to be cautious and perhaps seek help,” he said.

DNA Test Identifies Creature That Sparked Wild Theories

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:38 PM PDT

(CBS) — In May, a large wolf-like creature was shot by a rancher in Montana, and its identity puzzled local experts and social media users around the nation. Was it a wolf? An unusual bear? Some even started speculating about Bigfoot or a real-life dire wolf from “Game of Thrones.” A DNA test was ordered up to determine the animal’s true identity — and the results may be a disappointment for Bigfoot-hunters.

The animal was shot on a ranch outside Denton on May 16, but it looked as if it came out of the Ice Age. Photos taken by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) showed a raggedy wolf-like creature with some slightly unusual features. It had long grayish-brown fur, a large head and a snout; but its ears seemed larger than average, and its legs and body too short for a typical wolf.

“We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back,” Bruce Auchly, information manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told The Great Falls Tribune at the time.


A man shot the animal when it appeared on his ranch, then called Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks who took it to their lab.  MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS

Now, about a month later, the DNA results are in and the mystery has been solved once and for all.

“The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is actually a gray wolf,” Montana FWP wrote in an announcement Monday.

“DNA from the animal … was tested at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic laboratory in Ashland, Oregon. The lab compared the animal’s DNA with thousands of other DNA samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs,” the official state agency said. “The conclusion was clear — this animal is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains.”

Montana FWP says confusion over the animal’s identity may have been caused by its appearance in the photos. It seemed to have short legs and big ears but inspection of the animal at the wildlife lab in Bozeman “revealed a relatively normal looking, dark brown wolf” Montana FWP says.

The wolf “measured 45 inches from the tip of the nose to the rump and weighed 84.5 pounds,” the announcement said. It is a non-lactating female, estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old. Mary Curtis, geneticist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says physical variations aren’t unusual for animals.

So the mysterious animal was actually just one of the approximately 900 wolves roaming Montana. At least the mystery is finally solved.

Seizure Warning Issued For Some Scenes In “Incredibles 2”

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:31 PM PDT

(CBS) — “Incredibles 2” crushed a box office record this weekend for the biggest animated opening of all time, but the highly anticipated sequel has also sparked health concerns for some viewers. Some doctors and theaters are warning moviegoers that scenes in the film with bright, flashing strobe lights could cause epileptic seizures in people with certain conditions.

After the Disney and Pixar movie premiered on Friday, some patrons took to Twitter to warn others of the possible safety hazard and to implore Disney to alert audiences.

“TO ANY FRIENDS WHO HAVE EPILEPSY, SEIZURE DISORDERS OR LIGHT SENSITIVITY: please be careful if you’re seeing the Incredibles 2,” one Twitter user said. “I unfortunately had an issue and don’t want this happening to anybody else.”

“Just saw Incredibles 2. It was awesome! However, someone in our theater had an epileptic seizure due to some visual effects. Be safe,” another warned in a tweet.

Veronica Lewis offered a breakdown of the problematic flashing light scenes in the movie and asked that Disney issue a warning to future moviegoers.

“I am not calling for a boycott of Incredibles 2, or to change the movie. It is very well done, and the strobe lights are an important point in the plot. I just wish Disney/Pixar and theaters alike would issue a warning that the movie contains several scenes with strobe lights,”she tweeted.

On Saturday, the Epilepsy Foundation issued a statement calling for the same.

“To avoid any serious medical incidents, the Epilepsy Foundation is requesting that Disney Pixar post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels, about what has been described as ‘flashing’ and ‘strobe’ lights in its ‘Incredibles 2’ movie,” the organization said in a statement. “There should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features.”

Lewis tweeted an update on Saturday night with photos of signs at various theaters warning people about the flashing lights in “Incredibles 2.” It’s being reported that Disney asked theaters to post the warnings, but the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CBS News.

“‘Incredibles 2’ contains a sequence of flashing lights which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photo sensitivities,” the signs read.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities, or with certain visual patterns, can trigger seizures in about 3 percent of people with epilepsy. The condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it’s more common in children and adolescents.

Epilepsy affects more than 3.4 million people in the United States and 65 million around the world. This year, another 150,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite a number of available treatments, at least 3 out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures and many more experience less than optimal seizure control.

Japan Earthquake: Death Toll Climbs After 6.1 Temblor Strikes Osaka

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:24 PM PDT

(CBS) — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country’s second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings and left many homes without water or gas. The quake also grounded flights in and out of Osaka and paralyzed traffic and commuter trains most of the day.

By evening, bullet trains and some local trains had resumed operation, and stations were swollen with commuters trying to get home, many of them waiting in long lines. An exodus of commuters who chose to walk home filled sidewalks and bridges.

Some commuters took refuge in nearby shelters instead of going home. NHK public television showed dozens of men wearing ties and carrying briefcases sitting on gym mats at a junior high school gymnasium in Ibaraki city, where some families also gathered.

Water flows out from cracks in a road damaged by an earthquake in Takatsuki

Water flows out from cracks in a road damaged by an earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.   KYODO / REUTERS

Takatsuki city confirmed another victim late Monday, as the death toll rose to four. City officials didn’t have details of the victim, but NHK and Kyodo News reported that an 81-year-old woman was found dead underneath a wardrobe that fell on her at her home in Takatsuki.

Also in Takatsuki, a concrete wall at an elementary school fell onto the street, killing 9-year-old Rina Miyake as she walked to the school. NHK showed the collapsed upper half of the high wall, which was painted cheerfully with flowers, trees and blue sky and surrounded the school swimming pool.

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A police officer stands guard at the site where a girl was killed by fallen wall caused by an earthquake at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Mon., June 18, 2018.  REUTERS

Mayor Takeshi Hamada apologized over her death because of the wall’s collapse. The city acknowledged that the wall did not meet building safety codes. The structure was old and made of concrete blocks – a known risk in earthquakes. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga ordered the Education Ministry to conduct nationwide safety checks of concrete block structures at public schools.

More than 1,000 schools were closed in Osaka and nearby prefectures, Kyodo News reported. Wall cracks and other minor damage were found at several schools.

A man in his 80s died in the collapse of a concrete wall in Osaka city. An 85-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookcase fell on top of him at home, according to the disaster management agency.

BBC News cites officials who say another tremor could happen in the next few days.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 307 people were treated for injuries at hospitals. Most of the injured were in Osaka. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.

BBC News also notes that several key industrial areas near Osaka were affected. Companies like Panasonic and Daihatsu are suspending production at their affected sites.

The quake struck shortly before 8 a.m. north of Osaka at a depth of about 13 kilometers (8 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The strongest shaking was north of Osaka, but the quake rattled large parts of western Japan, including Kyoto, the agency said.

Dozens of domestic flights in and out of Osaka were grounded, while train and subway service in the Osaka area, including bullet trains, was suspended to check for damage. Passengers exited trains on the tracks between stations.

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Train guide electric boards tilt following an earthquake at Ibaraki-shi Station in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018.  GETTY

Some subway service resumed in the afternoon, but stations remained crowded with passengers waiting for trains to restart, many of them sitting on the floor. Long lines of people waited to board bullet trains as they resumed operation.

Some manufacturers, including automakers Daihatsu Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co., electronics makers Panasonic and Sharp Corp., and confectioners Ezaki Glico Co. and Meiji Co., temporarily stopped production lines at their factories in the region for safety checks, news reports said.

The quake knocked over walls, broke windows and set off scattered building fires. It toppled furniture in homes and goods onto shop floors. It also cracked roads and broke water pipes, leaving homes without water.

Many homes and buildings, including a major hospital, were temporarily without power, though electricity was restored at most places by midafternoon.

Due to damage to underground gas lines, 110,000 homes in Takatsuki and Ibaraki cities were without gas, and repairs are expected to take as long as two weeks, according to Osaka Gas Co.

More building damage was found in the afternoon as disaster and relief workers inspected and cleaned up the affected areas. Roofs and roof tiles at homes and at least one temple fell to the ground in Osaka. At a shrine in Kyoto, stone lanterns broke and collapsed to the ground.

Defense troops joined rescue and relief operations in parts of Osaka, along with special vehicles to deliver clean drinking water.

Residents cleaned up debris at home and stores throughout the day. Meteorological agency officials warned of strong aftershocks in the area, urging residents to stay away from damaged structures.

The earthquake reminded many of the magnitude 7.3 Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 people in the region. Monday’s quake also followed a series of smaller quakes near Tokyo in recent weeks. Japan’s northern prefectures are still recovering from a magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami in 2011 that killed more than 18,000.

“It was not as bad as the Kobe quake,” said Jun Kawanami, a 30-year-old lawyer in Osaka. He said his wife ducked under a table and elevators in his office building were out of operation. “I used the stairs but I was out of breath by the time I arrived at my office on the 22nd floor,” he said.

2 Firefighters Accused Of Making Pornographic Videos In Firehouse

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:18 PM PDT

(CBS) — Two Ohio firefighters have been placed on leave following allegations they created pornographic videos in an Akron Fire Department station, reports CBS affiliate WOIO. At a press conference Monday, Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said his department is still investigating when and where the alleged incidents happened, but confirmed some of the content was reported to be made on city property.

He said the city of Akron has launched an internal investigation after receiving a tip about pornographic content that had surfaced online.

The department said the firefighters — a man and a woman — were known to be in a long-term relationship and were assigned to different firehouses. The firefighters were identified as Art Dean, a lieutenant, and Deann Eller, a provisional lieutenant, officials said.

Tucker called the allegations “shocking and distressing to say the least” and said his department would take prompt disciplinary action following an internal investigation. He said the allegations bring “unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment to this department and this city.”

“I know this department, and this is not who we are,” he said. “As chief I will never condone or tolerate any behavior that violates the trust the public places in us.”

The two firefighters involved have been placed on administrative leave and face possible termination. There are no allegations of criminal activity and Akron police are not involved.

XXXTentacion, 20, Shot And Killed In Florida, Sheriff’s Office Says

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:13 PM PDT

(CBS) — Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday afternoon. He was 20 years old. The sheriff’s office said the rapper, whose given name was Jahseh Onfroy, died in the hospital after a shooting in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Detectives said Onfroy was leaving RIVA Motorsports shortly before 4 p.m. ET when he was approached by two armed suspects. They said at least one of the suspects opened fire, striking Onfroy. Both suspects fled the scene in what police described as a “possible robbery.”

He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office urged anyone with information on the shooting to contact homicide detectives at (954) 321-4210.

Earlier Monday, he posted to Instagram that “he was planning a charity event for this weekend in Florida.”

Onfroy’s music first rose to prominence in 2015 when he released his track “Look at Me!” on SoundCloud. In August 2017, he released his debut album titled “17” that climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. In March of this year, his sophomore album “?” reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

However, the rapper faced serious legal trouble, including more than a dozen felony charges. He was awaiting trial on charges that he allegedly beat his pregnant girlfriend — an allegation he denied.

Spotify and Apple Music removed his music from their curated playlists last month but later rolled back its anti-hate policies after they were criticized by some players in the music industry.

Trump Directs Pentagon To Create Military Space Force

Posted: 18 Jun 2018 05:08 PM PDT

(CBS) — President Trump officially directed the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military in space on Monday. Speaking at a National Space Council meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump called for a “space force” to ensure American dominance on the high frontier.

The president also signed his administration’s third Space Policy Directive, calling for establishment of new protocols and procedures to manage and monitor the increasing numbers of satellites in low-Earth orbit and the tens of thousands of pieces of space junk and debris that pose an increasing threat to costly spacecraft.

The directive follows on the heels of two other major space policy initiatives being implemented by the National Space Council, one calling for returning humans to the moon before eventual missions to Mars and another aimed at streamlining the federal space bureaucracy to reduce red tape and streamline licensing and oversight of commercial space activity.

In remarks that ranged over a variety of unrelated topics, Mr. Trump began by saying current U.S. employment levels were the best “in recorded history” and blaming current immigration problems on the Democrats, saying “we have the worst immigration laws in the entire world” and that ongoing issues could be resolved “very quickly if the Democrats come to the table.”

“Everybody wants to do it,” he said. “We want to do it more than they do. If they come to the table, instead of playing politics, we can do it very, very quickly.”

Turning his attention to space, the president praised the National Space Council and its chairman, Vice President Mike Pence, for its work re-focusing national space policy, saying “for too many years, our dreams of exploration and discovery were really squandered by politics and bureaucracy. And we knocked that out.”

“My administration is reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest space-faring nation,” he went on. “The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers. But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security.”

He said when it comes to defending America, “it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.”

“Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. … We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”

President Trump Meets With National Space Council At White House

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House on June 18, 2018.  ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES

Turning to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Trump said “it is going to be something. So important. Gen. Dunford, if you would carry that assignment out, I would be very greatly honored. … Got it?”

“We got it,” Dunford replied.

Space is a critical element in U.S. military operations, providing satellite-based intelligence, secure communications, weather forecasting and weapons command and control. Protecting those space-based assets also is critical given the development of anti-satellite weapons by China and Russia.

The idea of a space force that would oversee those efforts as a stand-alone Pentagon entity has surfaced several times in the past, but the Pentagon has resisted such calls, leaving it to U.S. Air Force Space Command to oversee such efforts.

Mr. Trump provided no details and no timetable, but the establishment of a new branch of the military would be a major undertaking requiring extensive debate and congressional support.

The Pentagon’s chief spokesperson Dana W. White issued a statement suggesting the process will take some time.

“We understand the President’s guidance. Our Policy Board will begin working on this issue, which has implications for intelligence operations for the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. Working with Congress, this will be a deliberate process with a great deal of input from multiple stakeholders.”

In a letter to lawmakers last year, Defense Secretary James Mattis “strongly” urged Congress to reconsider a proposal to establish a separate “Space Corps,” saying it was “premature” to set up a new organization “at a time I am trying to reduce overhead.”

“The creation of an independent Space Corps, with the corresponding institutional growth and budget implications, does not address the specific concerns nor our nation’s fiscal problems in a responsive manner,” The Hill quoted Mattis.

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who once flew aboard a space shuttle and who is running for re-election, was quick to object Monday, tweeting his take on Mr. Trump’s remarks before the National Space Council meeting even ended.

“The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don’t want,” he wrote. “Thankfully the president can’t do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake.”

In any case, Mr. Trump signed Space Policy Directive 3 and then left the room, leaving Pence to manage the third public meeting of the National Space Council.

Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, reported good progress reducing regulatory overhead and red tape in the commercial space market and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said her department is making major changes to speed up licensing of commercial launches and landings to encourage private-sector development of low-Earth orbit, including space tourism.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s new administrator, told the council the civilian space agency is working to implement Space Policy Directive 1, which calls for astronauts to return to the moon as the nation’s next major space objective.

NASA is developing concepts for an orbital “gateway” space station circling the moon that would serve as a base of operations, a technology testbed and a jumping off point for future flights into deep space.

“The goal is sustainability,” Bridenstine said. “We do not want this to be ‘Lucy and the football’ again. When we go to the moon, we’re going, as the president said in his speech, this time we’re going to stay. The gateway gives us that great opportunity.

“It’s also important to note that as NASA develops these capabilities, each one of these capabilities feeds forward. The reason we go to the moon is we want to land Americans on the surface of Mars. The technologies, the capabilities, the in situ resource utilization that we develop for the moon will ultimately get us to Mars.”

The council then heard from two panels of experts who all agreed with the current plan to send astronauts back to the moon as the immediate goal of America’s human space program. But Terry Virts, a veteran shuttle astronaut and space station crew member, argued against building a gateway similar in concept to NASA’s current space station.

“It essentially calls for building another orbital space station, a skill my colleagues and I have already demonstrated on the ISS,” Virts said. “Gateway will only slow us down, taking time and precious dollars away from the goal of returning to the lunar surface and eventually flying to Mars.”

“Most importantly,” he added, “any future exploration plan must be bipartisan. Unless these efforts are truly bipartisan, from the beginning, they will be doomed to eventual cancellation. You see, getting back to the moon and eventually to Mars does not depend on rocket science. It depends on political science.”