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Man accused of killing Angela Simmons' ex-fiancé denied bond

A man who allegedly shot and killed the ex-fiancé of a reality star was denied bond during a preliminary court hearing Tuesday.

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A judge heard enough to move forward with the charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during a felony against Michael Williams, Atlanta's WSB-TV reported.

Williams is accused of shooting and killing 37-year-old Sutton Tennyson, the ex-fiancé of reality television star Angela Simmons.

He turned himself in Nov. 8 after being wanted in connection with the Nov. 3 shooting. He was also denied bond at his first appearance.

Tennyson was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside an open garage on Jewel Drive in an upscale southwest Atlanta community, Atlanta police said. The suspect drove away after the fatal shooting, according to police.

>> On AJC.com: Suspect in fatal shooting of reality star’s ex-fiance turns himself in

Police Detective Darrin Smith said during the hearing that a license plate reader near the scene of the shooting helped identify Williams as the suspect. It had a hit on a 2013 BMW that was registered to Williams, WSB-TV reported.

When officers found the car at his home, Smith said, the tag was missing.

Officers also found guns at the home, but didn’t find the gun used to shoot Tennyson, Smith said.

Williams’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, told the news station that those weapons were owned by the suspect’s wife.

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Patterson also said during the hearing that Williams had previously been convicted of manslaughter.

Police said a witness — a contractor who had been discussing a job with Tennyson — is important to the case. The contractor said that before the shooting, a man drove up and got in an argument with the victim, saying Tennyson owed him money, WSB-TV reported.

Tennyson had a child with Simmons, the daughter of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, one of the founding members of legendary rap group Run-DMC. She is the niece of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and appears on WE-TV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop.”

Black Friday 2018: 7 tips to help you get the best deals

Ready your wallets, because Black Friday is right around the corner

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With deals and discounts galore, shopping on one of the biggest sale days of the year can be overwhelming. But don’t fret. Here are a few tips to help you sift through the noise. 

>> On AJC.com: The best stores for discounted Black Friday shopping

1. Create a budget

Decide how much you want to spend. Once you set your budget, use only cash while you shop and leave your credit cards at home. That way you reduce impulse shopping and spend only what you have. 

2. Prioritize your shopping list

List your items by store and by order of importance. This will help you stay on track as you travel from store to store. Once you arrive at each shop, head to the department first to locate the item on your list.

3. Buy online

Not a fan of the big crowds? Whip out your laptop and score deals from your couch. In-store Black Friday bargains are generally also available online and on apps. Doorbusters, however, are only up for grabs in person. 

>> On AJC.com: All the Black Friday deals to catch in 2018

4. Be skeptical

Some of the reductions you find may be for outdated models. Also, some products may not actually be a steal. Beware of inflated discounts when retailers offer a steep rollback for an already overpriced item. 

5. Check for early and late deals

It’s common for people to hit the malls early. In fact, many deals start Wednesday. However, you may be able to take advantage of late bargains. Some discounts become available later in the day. 

6. Understand the return policy

The rules differ at each store. While some return policies are only valid for 30 days, other may not offer one at all. It’s also a good idea to grab gift receipts to make the exchange or return process easier. 

>> On AJC.com: Black Friday 2018: Target rolls out Black Friday ad 

7. Be nice

Be friendly to employees you encounter, and chat with people you’re waiting in line with. They both may able to help you spot additional bargains.

White Castle stuffing recipe: How to make the quirky Thanksgiving dish

Apparently, you can make turkey stuffing out of White Castle burgers.

Yes, you read that right. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

>> Thanksgiving store hours: 70-plus stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018

According to Dayton.com food writer Mark Fisher’s tips and tricks for surviving Thanksgiving, it’s a pretty legit offbeat stuffing recipe – and it’s simple, too.

>> On Dayton.com: Thanksgiving tips to help you survive the holidays – literally 

Here’s how it’s done, according to White Castle:

WHITE CASTLE STUFFING

Ingredients

- 10 White Castle sliders, (no pickles) from either a restaurant or from the grocer’s frozen-foods section (thaw first)

- 1 ½ cups diced celery

- 1 ½ teaspoons dried sage

- 1 ¼ teaspoons ground dried thyme

- ¾ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 

- ¼ cup chicken broth

Directions

Combine White Castle hamburgers torn into pieces in a large mixing bowl with the celery, sage, thyme and black pepper. Add the chicken broth. Stuff the cavity of the turkey just before roasting.

Recipe makes about 9 cups, enough for a 10- to 12-pound turkey. If you have a bigger turkey, allow one slider for each pound of turkey.

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“At White Castle, we’re thankful for our loyal Cravers everywhere, and that’s why we want to help take your Thanksgiving celebration to a bold, new level,” Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle, said in a news release. “White Castle’s Turkey Stuffing recipe puts a classic Craver touch on the popular traditional side dish. Using the Original Slider, cooked in your own home or in one of our restaurants, gives the stuffing a unique flavor that’s sure to satisfy every guest and have them craving more.”

Find your nearest White Castle here.

2-year-old girl dies after being shot in head; father accused of putting her in danger

A 2-year-old girl was shot and killed when gunfire erupted early Tuesday at a Tennessee apartment complex, police say.

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Detectives said the girl's father, Mikal Grogan, 23, of Memphis, placed his daughter in danger by exposing her to gambling, illegal drug sales and violence. He is being charged with aggravated child neglect and endangerment.

According to Memphis police, Grogan admitted to selling marijuana out of his apartment and was playing dice and gambling the night of the deadly shooting

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: Photos of the crime scene

Grogan told police that he heard someone knocking at his door. When he asked who it was, the person opened fire, he reportedly said.

According to the affidavit, Grogan said another man named “J," who was inside the apartment, began to fire his pistol and rifle, as well. 

Grogan said another man also had about 2 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” in the apartment. 

The child suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

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Original report: A 2-year-old is dead after being shot in the head early Tuesday in Memphis' Hickory Hill neighborhood, police say.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. after a hail of gunfire at the Enclave Apartments.

Now, WHBQ has confirmed the apartment complex does not have security camera on its property. 

But Memphis police are releasing few details about the case.

Witnesses said they heard more than a dozen shots fired at the Enclave apartment homes off Hickory Hill on Tuesday morning.

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“I thought it was inside my apartment,” said Yuri Silva, a neighbor in the apartment complex.

The toddler was killed after a bullet hit her in the head.

“I was hearing a lady down here saying, ‘Oh, my God! My baby, my baby.’”

Police said it is unclear where exactly the shooting happened, but it left more than 12 bullet holes in the walls and shattered glass from a porch door.

Police said the shooter is still on the run. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers. 

Florida woman on molly, meth fractures baby's skull while darting through traffic, deputies say

A 23-year-old Leesburg, Florida, woman who said she had been taking molly and meth for three days seriously injured her infant son early Monday while running from deputies near the Silver Springs neighborhood, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies said they were called after witnesses said they saw a woman darting through traffic while holding a baby near County Road 315 and State Road 40.

Witnesses said they suspected she was on drugs because she was barking at passing cars, investigators said.

>> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Florida man steals almost $50K for new smile, puppy

Deputies said they spotted Kayla Morgan walking with the infant on State Road 40.

Investigators said a deputy tried to speak with Morgan, but she ran away, narrowly missing vehicles.

Morgan walked across the road in a zig-zag pattern while carrying the child "as if she (were) carrying a jacket draped over her right arm, allowing the victim to flail," an arrest report said.

She hid behind vehicles, sprinted and "deliberately dropped the victim head first" on the side of the road, the report said.

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The deputy shocked Morgan with a Taser twice and arrested her, officials said. They said she was grunting and making other abnormal sounds.

The deputy sat Morgan in her patrol car and asked her what her name is, to which she replied with an expletive.

"She advised she believed I was a monster trying to suck her blood," the deputy wrote in the report.

Investigators said the boy's skull was fractured from being thrown to the ground.

>> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Serial killer confesses to Marion County murder 36 years later

A worker at an apartment complex where Morgan lives told WFTV that she moved there about two months ago and that the infant is about 6 weeks old.

Morgan is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse and resisting an officer without violence.

The case is being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Washington teacher dies in childbirth - husband now suing hospital

When Jane Chang arrived at Highline Medical Center in Burien, Washington, on Sept. 29, 2017, the healthy 28-year old woman was 41 weeks and three days pregnant.

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According to a civil complaint recently filed in King County Superior Court, Chang's "labor was induced" and "a cesarean delivery was discussed." 

The complaint alleges staff at Highline Medical Center noted Chang was a bleeding risk so "a hemorrhage cart was brought into the OR."

Chang's child was eventually delivered via C-section. As her husband, Matthew Chang was in the hospital's waiting area telling family members about their healthy baby boy, his wife was bleeding to death, according to Chang's lawyer."

"As he was coming back to her room, over the loudspeaker he heard the room number that his wife was in and he heard the code blue," Amanda Searle of Connelly Law Offices, PLLC said

In that moment, Matthew Chang learned "something was wrong."

According to Chang v. Franciscan Health System and Highline Medical Center, multiple doctors ordered multiple blood transfusions; a device meant to stop the bleeding was inserted into Jane Chang's uterus but "became dislodged."

"Jane Chang became severely under transfused and died hours after giving birth to her son," the complaint alleges.

Matthew Chang is suing for negligence, hoping to learn why his wife bled to death. "It's very worrying," his attorney said. "You're in a hospital setting, you're supposed to be receiving the best care."

"You come in and expect this to be the best day of your life where you're meeting your child and unfortunately, Jane got to meet her son for a very brief moment and that moment was taken away from her," Searle said from her office in Tacoma.

Cary Evans, vice president of Communications and Government Affairs for CHI Franciscan, issued a statement on behalf of Highline Medical Center calling Chang's death "terribly tragic, and our hearts and prayers continue for her loved ones."

According to Evans, Highline's "care team included multiple physicians and staff who acted quickly and appropriately to try to save her life."

Sadly, Chang's death was one of hundreds of maternal mortality deaths annually, across the nation.

The rate of women dying during pregnancy, childbirth or during the six-weeks after giving birth has more than doubled in the United States since the 1990s -- from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 18 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

In Washington state the rate is lower -- about nine deaths per 100,000 live births -- according to Lacy Fehrenbach, assistant secretary for Prevention and Community Health for the Washington State Department of Health. "We're doing better, although of our pregnancy-related deaths, half were preventable, so we feel like we have work to do," she said.

To help lower the maternal mortality rate in our state, the Washington State Department of Health is now reviewing all factors that lead to a new mother's death, in the hopes of pinpointing the most common reasons and preventing such heartbreaking tragedies in the future. Click here for more information on the Department of Health Maternity Review Panel. 

Fehrenbach said the dozens of people working on the state's review panel give "days of their time and expertise to find out why these women died, and made recommendations so that fewer of them, ideally none of them, die in the future."

Click here for information and resources on pregnancy from the Department of Health. 

Click here for information and resources on pregnancy from the Department of Health (Spanish). 

Click here for resources from March on Dimes on maternal and pregnancy-related deaths. 

Click here for more information on new mom check-ups from ParentHelp123

Here is the full statement from CHI Franciscan:

“The death of Jane Chang is terribly tragic, and our hearts and prayers continue for her loved ones. Our care team included multiple physicians and staff who acted quickly and appropriately to try to save her life. We kept in close touch with her family to offer support during such a challenging time.” 

-Cary Evans, vice president, Communications and Government Affairs, CHI Franciscan.

2 senior Chihuahuas found in box on side of the road in Pennsylvania

The Beaver County Humane Society in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is asking for help finding the person or persons responsible for abandoning two senior Chihuahuas in a cardboard box on the side of the road.

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The dogs, determined to be approximately 8 and 10 years old, were found yesterday in Monaca Heights.

They appeared to be in need of extensive care and were taken to the Beaver County Humane Society animal shelter in Center Township.

“Our medical team discovered both dogs were loaded with fleas. In fact, the older male is missing fur along his back and tail from heavy flea infestation,” says Susan Salyards, BCHS executive director. “Along with that, they both have dental issues, with the older one having periodontal disease. The younger male is not bearing weight on his right hind leg and will need X-rays of his leg and pelvis. We have started him on pain medication,” says Salyards. “The older male also has a possible tumor and an ulcer on his right eye.”

Anyone with information on who owned the dogs or the identity of the people who committed the crime are asked to call 724-775-5801 ext. 110. 

Police: Florida woman tries to grab officer's gun, stabs him with pen

Police said a woman tried several times to grab a Daytona Beach officer's gun, and when that failed, she tried to stab him with a pen she had grabbed from his pocket. 

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Investigators said the woman also tried to strangle her live-in girlfriend and threatened to kill a 9-year-old girl. 

Police body camera video shows the moment backup arrived as an officer struggled to arrest 25 year-old Valencia Leno.

“This started as domestic violence, where our suspect was trying to strangle her partner. Then she ran out the door,” said Daytona Beach Police Department spokesperson Lyda Longa. 

Leno is facing charges of battery and resisting arrest with violence, along with other charges.

According to a police report, Leno allegedly tried to choke her partner and said, "You want me to kill your kid?"

Leno is accused of trying to grab the officer’s gun and Taser before using two ink pens from his pocket to stab him in the chest area.

“Of course, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, so that saved him from being injured,” said Longa. 

As she struggled to avoid being placed in a police car, she said to police, “Just kill me,” according to police. 

The Department of Children and Families is now investigating because a child was involved in the incident. 

Leno's partner told police the fight started because Leno refused to get a job.

Truck hauling chicken waste spills load on interstate causing holiday traffic backups

Major traffic delays formed on eastbound Interstate 40 in Burke County, North Carolina, after a truck hauling chicken waste spilled some of its load on the roadway. 

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Burke County EMS was at the scene of several crashes when the truck carrying 70,000 pounds of chicken waste slammed on its brakes. 

Department of Transportation officials said the right lane was closed near Exit 116 (Old North Highway 10) near Connelly Springs.

One of those first responders was knocked to the ground when the waste came flying out of the big rig.

Lenoir Houston showed the inside of his car where some of the chicken waste landed. He has responded to more than 1,000 crashes as part of Burke REACT. 

The organization helps direct traffic around crashes

Houston was hit by the waste from the truck.

“I didn’t see it,” he said. “It knocked me down like this. I was reaching here, like this, and when it hit me, it just knocked me down.”

The truck had left Case Farms in Morganton. 

The driver said he had tried to avoid another car that had stopped on the interstate for the other accidents

An ambulance and firetruck that were already at the scene also got hit by the airborne waste.

Deputies: Florida man steals almost $50K for new smile, puppy

A 52-year-old Florida man used a stolen identity to pay for $40,000 worth of dental work and to buy a $10,000 puppy, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies said Timothy Powell told them he was recruited by thieves who encouraged him to have his teeth extracted and replaced with dental implants so he would look better for future fraudulent transactions.

Powell said the personal information of an 80-year-old DeBary man with dementia was bought on the dark web, investigators said.

The victim's caretaker said she learned of the fraudulent purchases when the victim received two bills from a South Florida dental clinic in the mail.

Jake Brenner, the victim's brother, told Channel 9 his niece notified him of the incident about a week ago.

"I never heard about anything like that," he said. "It's kind of different."

Finance companies that loaned Powell the money said they are going after him for repayment.

Investigators said Powell also used the victim's identity to spend almost $10,000 on a French bulldog puppy.

They said he made large withdrawals from another victim's account at various Regions Bank locations in Volusia County.

"I don't know how they go about catching people like that, but I'm glad they did," Brenner said.

Deputies said Powell's fingerprints were discovered on paperwork at the dentist's office, and they obtained photographs of him.

Investigators said they are searching for a possible second suspect who may have recruited Powell.

Advocacy group releases annual 'dangerous toys' list ahead of holiday season

It lights up, scurries around and is loud enough to damage kids hearing.

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A toy jet and other toys just like it have found themselves on the Washington Public Interest Research Group's list of "Dangerous Toys 2018."

It's the 33rd annual "Trouble in Toyland" report.

The bipartisan consumer advocacy group says over that length of time, its reports have led to 150 toy recalls.

This year, they're focusing on social media toys, including the “Wonder Workshop Dash” programmable toy that they say has the potential to listen in on private conversations.

"Unfortunately, along the way, many of these toys collect information on children, share consumer information and potentially violate a child's privacy," said Hannah Thoreson with WashPIRG.

The company behind Dash say it does not store sounds on a server.

WashPIRG warns that another attractive toy for kids, a fun slime, may contain boron, which could be harmful to a child's health. 

Doctors at Harborview in Seattle, Washington, say they see kids every year at the emergency room, and the risk isn't just from toys.

"Among the most severe and deadliest (risks) for young children ... are distracted or impaired driving," said pediatrician Dr. Beth Ebel.

That also comes with a seasonal risk.

"Now it's getting dark around 4:30 p.m., visibility really matters, so get a reflective strap for your kid's backpack, get a dog leash that's reflective," she said

The goal of this year's dangerous toys list is simple -- to make parents and family think ahead in terms of kid's safety during a busy holiday season and avoid a trip to the emergency room.

Judge held in ex-wife’s killing received ‘second chance’ from powerful friends 

Ronald Williams is heartbroken.

Williams, of Atlanta, was planning to spend Thanksgiving with his girlfriend, Ohio elementary schoolteacher Aisha Fraser. Instead, he is coming to grips with the fact that Fraser, 44, is dead, allegedly stabbed to death Saturday by her ex-husband, disgraced former Cuyahoga County Judge Lance Mason. 

“She was a gift and, to me, she was just the love of my life,” Williams told WKYC in Cleveland in a telephone interview. “She was an extraordinary mother, daughter, friend, a light, energy, special spirit, strong, independent, super super smart.”

Related story: ‘There’s blood everywhere’: 911 call released in former judge’s alleged killing of ex-wife

Williams said he became worried Saturday morning when he could not reach Fraser via text. He called her mother. 

“I said, ‘Mama Fraser, is everything OK?’ and she said, ‘No it’s not, Ron, I’m sitting in front of a crime scene and I’ve been here for an hour and I don’t know what's going on,’” Williams told the news station. “I immediately started to freak out.”

Williams, who first met Fraser in college and began dating her in 2016 after she got divorced, told WKYC that he feared deep down that Mason, 51, would someday lash out violently at her. It had happened before. 

Mason was removed from the bench in 2014 after viciously beating Fraser so badly that she required reconstructive surgery to repair a broken eye socket. After serving nine months of a two-year prison sentence, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson hired Mason last year as the city’s minority business development director. 

The mayor announced Mason’s firing after Fraser’s slaying and the former judge’s arrest. 

Jackson on Monday defended the hire and, according to WKYC, refused to apologize. 

“No, I am not apologizing to the family,” Jackson told the news station. “I will tell the family I am greatly sorry for their loss.”

Jackson has a “second chance” policy in which many former prisoners are hired to work at Cleveland City Hall. The policy, and his hiring of Mason, has come under intense criticism. 

Cleveland.com editorial cartoonist Jeff Darcy on Tuesday resurfaced a November 2017 cartoon decrying Jackson’s hiring of Mason, in which Mason’s picture is shown on a poster in the city human resources office. The poster proclaims him “Wife-Beating Employee of the Month,” and Harvey Weinstein and O.J. Simpson are seen applying for jobs.

In the updated version, the word “FIRED” is stamped across Mason’s face, and Simpson’s job application states it is for “Lance Mason’s old job.”

Darcy writes in the accompanying opinion piece that Jackson’s hiring of Mason, and his defense of the hiring, are “derelict” and “disgusting.”

“Mayor Frank Jackson has blood on his hands, and it's not from harvesting a Thanksgiving turkey,” Darcy writes. 

Related story: Ohio judge removed from bench for beating wife in 2014 accused of stabbing her to death

Darcy is not the only person outside of Fraser’s circle of loved ones who has spoken out. Jim Swift, deputy online editor of The Weekly Standard, wrote on Twitter that the suspects who mugged him in high school got more prison time than Mason did. 

“Which. Is. Insane,” Swift wrote. “Mason should have been in prison for years, not months.”

Others on social media talked of organizing protests in Fraser’s name. 

The mayor admitted to WKYC that some of the felons hired by the city have served time for homicides. He would not say how many, the news station said. 

Jackson also said that, while Mason was the most qualified candidate for the position out of a field of 16 candidates, nothing was done to determine if the former judge posed a potential threat to his co-workers. 

“We did nothing to see if he was rehabilitated,” Jackson said

Cleveland.com reported that at the time of the 2014 assault on Fraser, the then-estranged couple were returning from a family member’s funeral, their two young daughters in the back seat of the SUV. 

Mason, then a common pleas judge, punched Fraser about 20 times, slammed her head repeatedly into the vehicle’s dashboard, bit her and choked her before forcing her out of the SUV and driving away with the girls. In a frantic 911 call, a battered Fraser begged police to find her children. 

Mason was later arrested at his home, where investigators found smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest and a sword, according to Cleveland.com

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Mason was indicted on charges of kidnapping, domestic violence, felonious assault, attempted felonious assault and endangering the welfare of his children, Cuyahoga County court records show. He pleaded guilty to the domestic violence and attempted felonious assault charges, and the remainder of the charges were dropped. 

He was sentenced in September 2015 to two years in prison but served less than half. Besides the prison time and removal from the bench, he was also prohibited by the Ohio State Bar Association from practicing law again.

Cleveland.com reported Tuesday that the license revocation wasn’t for a lack of trying to save his career. When Mason’s case went before the disciplinary board, a plethora of high-profile people -- including four sitting judges and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge -- vouched for Mason’s character. 

The news site obtained dozens of glowing letters of support written on his behalf in early 2017. 

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Hollie Gallagher and Brendan Sheehan wrote that, during their time working with Mason, he was “pleasant, fair and judicious,” Cleveland.com said. Judge John J. Russo, the pleas court’s administrative and presiding judge, wrote that only Fraser could forgive Mason for what he had done.

“What happened with Lance Mason was unfortunate and indefensible,” Russo wrote, according to Cleveland.com. “But I hope the Board of Professional Conduct considers the entirety of Lance Mason’s career and future potential in making their decision. He lost everything that day, but there is still time for the Lance Mason I once knew to put his skills to use in helping others.”

Fudge, who is vying to become Speaker of the House, wrote about the lawyer, prosecutor, state legislator and judge she had known for three decades prior to the attack on his wife. 

“Lance accepts full responsibility for his actions and has assured me that something like this will never happen again,” Fudge wrote in 2017. “Lance Mason is a good man who made a very bad mistake. I can only hope that you see in Lance what I and others see.”

Fudge on Monday night told the news site that she was heartbroken over Fraser’s slaying. She said the person who committed the crime is not the Mason she knew.

“It was a horrific crime,” Fudge said. “I and everyone who knew Aisha are mourning her loss.”

Another Mason supporter who walked back his support since the homicide is civil rights attorney Subodh Chandra, who in 2017 wrote that Mason’s “chance at recidivism (was) nil,” Cleveland.com reported. Chandra also quoted William Shakespeare: “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

He wrote that Mason was too young to have all the good he’d done be forgotten.

Chandra said in a statement Monday that he wrote those words about a man he only thought he knew.

“When responding to the request of Judge Mason’s attorney, I talked about the distinguished public servant and well-respected judge I thought I knew -- believing that Aisha Fraser and their children deserved to have Mason support them financially,” Chandra said. “Now my heart is shattered for those children.”

The letters by Mason’s supporters, along with letters he wrote to his wife and daughters while in prison, failed to persuade the state bar of his remorse. Richard Dove, the director of the Board of Professional Conduct, wrote that Mason not only could not explain what made him attack Fraser that day, but that he could not assure board members it would not happen again. 

“How can I speculate or anyone speculate what they would do in a circumstance they never thought they would be in?” the records quote him as saying during his hearing. 

“It is important to note that (Mason’s) attack of his wife on August 2, 2014, was not a mere loss of temper resulting in a single strike or even two,” Dove wrote, according to Cleveland.com. “It was a crazed attack involving multiple strikes, multiple bites, and pursuit.

“When those who knew (Mason) would not have believed him capable of the acts he committed on August 2, 2014, and the evidence presented does not sufficiently explain the acts of that date, the reasonable conclusion is that, in the right circumstances, the events of that date could very well happen again.”

The board recommended that Mason be barred from practicing law for life.

That recommendation did not stop Jackson from hiring Mason last year. 

Williams told the news station Mason should have still been in prison after beating Fraser four years ago and that he should not have had access to his children. He also said he wants those who supported Mason and allowed him early release to be held accountable. 

“They are all collectively responsible for Aisha’s death and the kids witnessing for the second time what a brutal evil monster that other parent was,” Williams said

Who was Juan Lopez, the suspected Chicago Mercy Hospital shooter?

A man shot and killed his former fiancee Monday afternoon outside Chicago’s Mercy Hospital & Medical Center before opening fire on people inside the hospital, killing a police officer and a first-year pharmacy resident, according to authorities.

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Police on Tuesday identified the gunman as Juan Lopez, 32. Officers said Lopez shot and killed Dr. Tamara O’Neal, an emergency room doctor, after an argument over the return of her engagement ring. The pair had been set to marry in late October, but O’Neal called off the wedding in September, WLS-TV reported.

>> Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting: What we know about the victims

Authorities said Lopez then shot and killed police Officer Samuel Jimenez, a married father of three who had been with the force for less than two years, and Dayna Less, a pharmacy resident who joined the hospital this year after graduating from Purdue University.

Here’s what we know about Lopez:

Lopez had been married and divorced once before

In 2014, his wife at the time filed for an order of protection against him after he started sleeping with a gun under his pillow, where it was accessible to their child, WLS-TV reported. She also accused Lopez of going after a neighbor with a gun and pulling a firearm on a realtor during an apartment appraisal, WBBM-TV reported.

Months later, she filed for divorce, according to WBBM-TV.

Lopez was kicked out of the Chicago Fire Department training

Lopez had been training in 2014 to become a firefighter, but he stopped showing up to training after he was told that he would be disciplined for allegedly making threats against a female cadet, fire department spokesman Larry Merritt told The Associated Press.

>> Chicago Mercy Hospital Shooting: 4 dead, including police officer, gunman

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told WLS-TV that Lopez was accused of “bullying” female cadets. He was fired after he went AWOL from training, the news station reported.

Lopez bought several guns in recent years

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Lopez legally purchased four guns in the last five years. He had a permit to carry a concealed firearm, according to the AP.

Lopez worked for the Chicago Housing Authority

The Chicago Housing Authority hired Lopez in February to work as an associate program specialist, WLS-TV reported.

Officials told the news station that background checks are required before employment with the housing authority. The news station reported that Lopez was approved for hire after the background check and that the agency had no history of complaints about him during his employment.

>> Photos: Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting leaves 4 dead, including officer, gunman

“This was an unthinkable act of violence,” Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones Jr. said in a statement. “We are filled with overwhelming sadness and our hearts go out to the families of those who died and to all affected by this horrific tragedy.”

Lopez died Monday during the shooting at Mercy Hospital, though authorities said it was not immediately clear whether he had been shot by officers or he had taken his own life.

Authorities continue to investigate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Romaine lettuce not safe to eat: CDC, FDA issue warnings ahead of Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a food safety alert days before Thanksgiving as there has been a multistate outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce.

An investigation by the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health and regulatory officials in several states and Canada found that the infections may be linked to the lettuce.

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“CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak,” the group said in the Tuesday alert. “This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.”

According to the alert, 32 people in 11 states reported they “have been infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7.” The reports of onset illnesses range from Oct. 8 to Oct. 31. Thirteen people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC advised that restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any of the lettuce, even that included in mixed salad. Those with any kind of romaine lettuce in their home, opened or not, should throw it out. Areas of the fridge where the lettuce was stored should be sanitized and washed.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea that lasts more than three days, diarrhea with blood in the stool, a high fever or vomiting to the point that you can’t keep anything down and passing little urine. 

More information on the alert, including how to sanitize and clean your fridge and the latest outbreak information, is at CDC.gov.

Rolling Stones announce U.S. portion of 2019 'No Filter' tour

The Rolling Stones are bringing their No Filter tour to the United States with a 13-date schedule at stadiums beginning April 20, the band said on its website Monday.

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The tour will open at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and will end June 21 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, according to the website.

There will be a presale on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. through the band’s site at rollingstones.com/tour. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Nov. 30 at 10 a.m., the band said.

The tour also will make stops in Jacksonville, Florida; Seattle; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Pasadena and Santa Clara, California; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the states,” lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement. “The energy is always amazing.”

“I’ve always loved playing in the states,” lead guitarist Keith Richards said in a statement. “It’s a great crowd.”

This will be the iconic rock ’n’ roll band’s first extended U.S. tour since 2015’s Zip Code tour, Rolling Stone reported.

Thanksgiving store hours: 70-plus stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018

More than 70 retailers have confirmed they will buck the recent trend of starting Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday, according to a list compiled and  updated regularly by BestBlackFriday.com. 

In early October, 60 retailers confirmed they would close on Thanksgiving Day, but the list has since grown. 

“We have never had these many confirmations in early October, and we are expecting the list to grow to over 100 national and well-known regional stores by Thanksgiving Day,” said Phillip Dengler, head of editorial and content marketing for BestBlackFriday.com

According to a BestBlackFriday.com survey, only 24.67 percent of Americans actually favor stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. Forty-seven percent dislike Thanksgiving openings.  

Here is a list of retailers that have told BestBlackFriday.com they plan to stay closed Thanksgiving Day. (Click the links above to find the most updated list.)

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Acme Tools
  • Allen Edmonds
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • AT&T (company-owned stores)
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Bob's Discount Furniture
  • Burlington
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • Dressbarn (majority of stores)
  • Fleet Farm
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • Ikea
  • Joann Stores
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Music & Arts
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (some mall retail stores and kiosks may open on Thanksgiving)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

 

 

East Coast haze caused by California fires

Some of the skies above New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia can be hazy, but that’s due to smog. Residents in those areas Monday saw a different kind of haze on a day that was sunny and mild -- the smoke blowing east from the deadly California wildfires, WNBC reported.

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Gary Szatkowski, the former head of the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly, New Jersey, office, tweeted a map from NOAA showing the direction of the smoke as it advanced on the East Coast, NJ.com reported. The smoke could be seen from Philadelphia to the metropolitan New York City area, Szatkowski said.

The smoke is not expected to be a health hazard on the East Coast. Last week, meteorologist Tom Kines told the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, "The smoke is so high up in the atmosphere. It's kind of diluted anyway as it heads eastward."

People from different parts of the country have also been tweeting about the haze:

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: What time, what channel, who is performing?

Turkey Day is quickly approaching, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition for many families. 

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Since 1924, thousands have flocked to the New York City streets to watch marching bands, floats and celebrities participate in the festivities, and this year will be no different. 

“This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will redefine spectacle with a jaw-dropping mix of must-see entertainment for millions of spectators,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of the affair, said in a statement. “Featuring an amazing line-up of high flying balloons, dazzling animated floats, world-class marching bands and performance groups ... the Macy’s Parade will once again herald the arrival of the holiday season.” 

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Want to know how to prepare for 92nd annual event? Here’s everything you should know. 

When is it?

The parade will take place on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24 in Manhattan. It begins at 9 a.m. EST on 77th Street and Central Park West and ends around noon near Herald Square. Take a look at the route map here

How can I watch?

If you’re not able to make it to Manhattan, there are plenty of ways to watch from the comfort of your home. The show will air live on NBC. You can also catch it on NBC’s website or Verizon's YouTube channel.

The “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the broadcast.

Who is performing?

Diana Ross, John Legend, Kane Brown, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Rita Ora, Sugarland and Anika Noni Rose are expected to perform.

How many floats will be in the parade?

This year, there will be 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; and more than 1,000 clowns. The lineup will also feature 12 marching bands.

What’s new this year?

Tom Turkey, the parade’s oldest float, will be debuting a new look.

“This year we’re updating him. We’re giving him more of a spotlight,” said Rick Pomer, vice president and creative director for Macy’s Entertainment. 

There will also be four new floats, including Elf Pets by The Elf on the Shelf and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon.

 What else should I know?

Visit macys.com/parade for regular updates, including behind-the-scenes previews, interactive historical information and more. Also, follow #MacysParade to keep up with the conversation. 

Holiday shopping: Three big retailers announce gift card restrictions to prevent scams

If you're planning on purchasing gift cards this holiday season, then there are some important policy changes that you'll need to know about. 

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced nationwide gift card policy changes at a news conference Tuesday. 

Three major retailers Walmart, Target and Best Buy have all agreed to new restrictions. There will be reductions in gift card limits, as well as restrictions on using gift cards to buy other gift cards. There also will be more employee training for people who work in the stores to help recognize scams when they are happening.

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Shapiro said gift card scams have quadrupled in recent years. 

"Data shows that scammers were making use of this tactic to steal money from consumers all across Pennsylvania," he said.

The scam usually involves the scammer telling the unknowing victim they can pay them with a gift card, just give them the scratch off number on the back of a target or best buy gift card. The scammer will then use that number to buy third party cards like Google Play and iTunes and then sell these cards on the black market for pure profit.

Best Buy decreased it's per-card limit from $2,000 to $500, Walmart's per-card limit dropped rom $1,000 to $500. 

Target and Best Buy stores will also stop accepting gift cards as payment for third party cards.

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