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1th place for spelling: Sacramento street sign baffles residents

A street sign in Sacramento has residents scratching their heads.

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The sign at the corner of L Street and 32nd Street has a slight error, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The sign should read “32nd Street,” but is displayed as “32st,” the newspaper reported. That sparked a conversation among California residents in a post titled “Thirty-seconst Street?” on Sacramento’s subreddit page.

Posters had a field day.

A poster named yourcaviar wrote “I don’t get it? It’s the street that comes after 31nd street.”

Another poster, Johnnyvile, wrote “I think it (is) 32nd est. It the most thirty-secondest street in in Sac.”

CDC warns against eating raw cookie dough, cake mix

Christmas parties, work potlucks and family get-togethers mean a lot of baking in the coming weeks.

If you’re tempted to lick the bowl after mixing cake batter or dig into that raw cookie dough, however, you need to resist.

Consuming unbaked food that is supposed to be cooked can make you sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids also can get sick from handling raw dough used for crafts, the CDC says.

Most people know that eating raw eggs can contain salmonella, which can cause illness if the eggs aren’t cooked properly.

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The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.

Bacteria aren’t lurking only in eggs, though. Flour, which is usually a raw product, usually isn’t treated for germs like E. coli. The CDC reported an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick in 2016. Some E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections and other illnesses.

“Raw flour is a raw product, and it doesn’t go through any heat treatment before you get it,” Benjamin Chapman, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, told SELF Magazine in 2017. “You should treat that flour like you’re handling raw meat.”

It doesn’t mean you can never eat raw cookie dough. Dough that is commercially produced to be edible is safe. 

The CDC suggests the following safe practices to avoid getting ill:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
  • Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
    • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.
  • Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.
  • Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough:
    • Wash your hands with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces that they have touched.
    • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.

What You Need to Know: Menendez Brothers

What You Need to Know: Menendez Brothers

SUV donated to single mom whose vehicle, son's wheelchair were stolen

A single mother in New York, whose vehicle containing her disabled son’s wheelchair was stolen last month, received a nice Christmas gift Sunday.

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Roxanne Drayton chose a sangria-colored 2011 Kia Sorrento EX, given to her by the owner of the Generation Kia dealership in Bohemia, Newsday reported. 

"It was a fairy tale," Drayton, 60, told the newspaper. "It was so nice. It was so, so nice."

Drayton's 2002 Ford Explorer was stolen from the driveway of her Suffolk County home Nov. 8, News12 Long Island reported. Inside the SUV was an $8,000 custom wheelchair for her son, Todd, 28, who has Down syndrome and epilepsy, the television station reported.

Joe Catalanotto, the owner of Generation Kia, said he contacted Drayton with the offer of a free SUV from his dealership after reading about the theft, Newsday reported.

"I just wanted to make sure she was taken care of, on the car front," Catalanotto told the newspaper. “She really needed an SUV. Whenever we have the opportunity to help someone like that, to change their lives if we can, we always want to do that."

Drayton is now concentrating her efforts toward buying a new custom wheelchair. She set up a GoFundMe page for her son, and nearly $20,000 has been raised.

"I'm thankful for every single person who donated online that helped me, thankful for giving me my faith in humanity," Drayton told News12 Long Island.

Philadelphia apartment fire: 5-alarm blaze contained

About 200 firefighters worked Monday to extinguish a massive five-alarm blaze at a Philadelphia apartment building, WPVI reported early Monday.

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Update 9 a.m. EST Dec. 10: Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the fire was contained Friday morning.

“Under control doesn't mean that the fire is out, it just means the fire has been contained to the area in which it's burning,” he said.

The blaze was contained six hours after firefighters were called to an apartment complex near the intersection of 63rd and Jefferson streets around 2:15 a.m.

At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, KYW-TV reported.

Original report: Officials said the fire broke out about 2:15 a.m. at the Overbrook Gardens apartments, according to KYW-TV. At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries, authorities said. 

About 50 people have been displaced by the fire, WPVI reported.

WPVI’s Jeannette Reyes tweeted just before 7 a.m. that fire officials said they are “nowhere near done” battling the blaze and can’t get inside the building because it may collapse. 

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Christmas 2018: Florida bikers raise money, hand out toys for children

More than 30,000 motorcyclists in South Florida helped raise money for a local hospital during Sunday’s 31st annual Toys in the Sun Run, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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The motorcyclists, some of whom wore Santa suits and elf costumes, rode 24 miles on a rainy morning to help raise money for patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, WSVN reported. They also handed out toys to thousands of children, the television station reported.

Money also will go to the James Junior Fund in Davie, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Sections of I-95 and I-595 in Broward County were closed for a few hours to accommodate the bikers, the newspaper reported.

“It’s a fun ride,” Bruce Sonnenblick, a police officer who has been riding in the parade since 2003, told the Sun-Sentinel. “There’s no other time you can ride on 95 and 595 and not have to deal with vehicle traffic. All along the route, you have hundreds of people cheering us on. People get out of their cars to watch us go by.”

Rick Case, whose business sponsored the event, said the parade helps benefit the community.

“There’s thousands and thousands of motorcycles out here, bringing thousands and thousands of toys for kids in South Florida who may not have gotten one for this holiday season,” Case told WSVN. “It’s a wonderful thing.”

Skip Hop convertible high chairs recalled over fall, injury risks

Parents of small children, take note.

Skip Hop announced last week that it is recalling more than 32,000 of its Tuo convertible high chairs over potential fall and injury risks. According to the recall notice, "the legs on the high chair can detach from the seat." 

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The company said it has received 17 reports of the chairs' legs detaching, but "no injuries have been reported," the notice said.

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The recalled high chairs, which can be converted into toddler chairs, are "charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric" and "have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, five-point harness, beachwood foot rest and legs." They were sold at Babies ”R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Kohl's, Dillards, Amazon, SkipHop.com and other children's retailers from June 2017 to December 2018.

The affected products include the following:

  • Style No. 304200 (charcoal gray) with date codes HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092717, HH030518, HH05182018, HH05312018;
  • Style No. 304201 (silver/white with clouds) with date codes HH092917, HH010518.

If you have one of the recalled chairs, please stop using it immediately. Customers can get a full refund or e-gift card from Skip Hop by calling 1-888-282-4674 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or by visiting SkipHop.com and clicking on "Recalls."

Read the complete recall notice here.

Boy, 15, killed after gun goes off in friend's home, police say

A 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed in New Castle after a gun in the hand of a 19-year-old discharged, according to police. 

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Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Liberty Street around 1:36 a.m. Saturday for an unresponsive male.

When they arrived, officers saw Zach Mulford, 15, lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. A friend of Mulford was still on scene and attempted CPR, but Mulford died from his injuries.

Police said Mulford and his friend went to a residence to hang out with other friends. When they knocked on the door, 19-year-old Kyle Harris opened the door holding a gun. 

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When Harris realized who was knocking, he lowered his gun and let them both in, police said. As Harris removed the magazine from the gun and began to clear the chamber, the weapon discharged and a bullet struck Mulford.

Harris fled before officers arrived. Police said he subsequently turned himself in and provided a matching statement to a witness at the scene. 

He also showed officers where the gun was. Police said it was stolen.

Harris is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property.

Mulford's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

Zach’s mother, Stacy Mulford, held back tears as she spoke about him with Channel 11, saying she just wanted people to know that Zach was a good kid.

“He’d get so excited and he’d just be so happy because he was getting to do something with his hands and build it. He just loved it,” she said. “This is hard. He had his future planned out and now he doesn’t have his future anymore.”

1990 basketball card appears to show Menendez brothers in background 

A sports card that has been practically worthless for more than 25 years has suddenly become a sensation in the collectibles hobby.

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That’s because the two men in the background of a 1990-91 Hoops basketball card of Mark Jackson look like the infamous Menendez brothers, the New York Daily News reported.

While there has been no confirmation that the two men pictured are indeed Lyle and Erik Menendez, it is possible that the brothers, convicted in 1996 for their parents' murders in 1989, could have been sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

Neither the brothers nor Jackson have commented about the card.

Twitter user John Rosenberger tweeted Friday that a poster on the Reddit website named Pirate_Redbeard wrote that Lyle and Erik Menendez appear to have been sitting in front-row seats when Jackson's card photo was taken during the 1989-90 NBA season.

Which game was it? The Knicks played 28 home games before the brothers were arrested in March 1990, and no opposing players are included in the photo, so it’s difficult to say.

The Reddit entry echoed an Aug. 9 Instagram post by jgold50, a self-described “collector of random things, mostly mortality subject matter.”

Lyle Menendez, now 50, and Erik Menendez, who turned 48 on Nov. 27, are now serving life sentences without parole after fatally shooting Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez on Aug. 20, 1989. Both men are currently serving time at the R.J. Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to CBS News.Before the brothers were arrested in Beverly Hills, California, on March 8, 1990, they spent a large amount of their parents’ money, according to court records. The brothers took trips and bought cars. Lyle Menendez bought a chicken wing restaurant in New Jersey, the Los Angeles Times reported in 1994.

Darren Rovell, a sports business reporter for The Action Network, tweeted that the Jackson card was selling on eBay for as much as $30

“This checks out,” Rovell wrote in a different tweet. “Menendez murder happened Aug. 20, 1989. Brothers were apprehended March 1990. Photo was taken at MSG in 1989-90 season and set came out before 1990-91 season.”

Jackson played seven of his 17 seasons in the NBA for the Knicks and coached the Golden State Warriors from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a commentator for ESPN.

By Sunday night, Amazon had eight cards for sale. One seller jokingly referred to it as the “Menendez Brothers rookie card.”

Rob Veres, the owner of Burbank Sportscards in Southern California, told Sports Collectors Daily he sold 130 of the Jackson cards recently. 

“We knew about it a few months ago and bought up a few hundred of them thinking it could be something special if the general public discovered it,” Veres told the collectibles website. “Those cards, along with 100 cards we had in regular stock, gave us a nice quantity. We started selling them at $7.99 months ago and they moved all right, but when the Reddit post went viral and it hit Bleacher Report as well as the hobby sites, things got crazy.” 

Even after raising prices, Veres told Sports Collectors Daily said he was able to sell the cards for as much as $24.99 apiece.

“The mind-blowing stat is the 8,349 page views for this single listing, 7,000 of which have been in the past 36 hours,” Veres said. “I can’t recall ever seeing anything like that.”

It’s not the first time infamous persons have appeared in the background of a photograph. A photograph exists of John Wilkes Booth in attendance at the second presidential inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1865, History.com reported in 2015. Six weeks later, Booth would assassinate Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

The Jackson card now becomes an oddity among sports cards, to be placed next to the 1989 Fleer baseball card of Billy Ripken with an obscenity written on the bat knob and the 1994-95 Pinnacle hockey card of Sylvain Turgeon, which featured future Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane watching from the stands as a child.

 

5 children, including 1-year-old twins, killed in Ohio house fire

Five children are dead after a fire broke out at a home in Youngstown, Ohio, late Sunday, multiple news outlets are reporting.

According to WFMJ, firefighters responded to 434 Parkcliffe Ave. after a neighbor reported the fire about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The children’s mother, who jumped from a window to escape the blaze, said five children were trapped inside, authorities said. 

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Three children were removed from the home but later died at a nearby hospital, rescuers said. The two other children died inside the house, WKBN reported.

Fire officials said the children ranged from 1 to 9 years old. The two youngest were twins, according to WKBN.

The mother and one firefighter were hospitalized for injuries, WKBN reported. Another firefighter was hurt and treated at the scene, officials said.

Officials don’t know yet what caused the blaze but said foul play is unlikely, WKBN reported.

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