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Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Concerned parents are questioning why cameras were installed in a public restroom at a Texas park.

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Patrick McGrath thought teenagers were joking about security video cameras mounted inside the bathrooms at the Springtown Park, until he saw them for himself, KDFW reported.

"To see who's going in is what they're trying to get after," he said, "so why put it in the bathroom?" McGrath told KDFW. "I'm not gonna bring my kids out here to use the bathroom.”

The cameras were approved and paid for by the city. Springtown Police Chief Tony Motley, who began serving at the department in August, said he had no idea the cameras were there. 

“Anytime that you have public structure like this in a park that may not always be under observation," Motley said, "part of being safe and protecting public funds you want a higher level of security.”

Motley said the cameras were installed three years ago and are in a fixed position showing only a person walking in or out or the restroom. He says it does not show any of the stalls.

The only people authorized to see the recorded video from the cameras are Motley, his officers and the city secretary because she supervises the Parks Department. All of them go through background checks, KDFW reported.

 

Disabled teenage girl denied trip to Disneyland

A 14-year-old California girl who attends a special education class was denied a chance to go to Disneyland on a school field trip because the bus transporting the students did not have a wheelchair lift, her parents claim. 

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Madison Wolanyk was born with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism and needs a wheelchair, KGTV reported. When her class at Hilltop Middle School in San Diego attended Disneyland on a field trip in February, Wolanyk was not part of the group.

Her father, Eugene Wolanyk, said he didn't find out about the excursion until the morning of the field trip, KGTV reported. He said he learned about it after his daughter’s school bus pulled up to their Chula Vista home. Madison wasn't taking the bus that morning because of a scheduled doctor's appointment. The bus driver was surprised, Wolanyk said. "He said, 'Why? She's not going to Disneyland?'" Wolanyk told KGTV. "What trip to Disneyland?" Wolanyk called the middle school and spoke with the vice principal. "He just told me very matter-of-factly there's like 100 students going so we couldn't get the lift for the bus, so that's why Madison's not going," Wolanyk told KGTV. Wolanyk was livid, especially after that same vice principal gave him an envelope with two complimentary tickets for Disneyland that expired that day. It was too late to pack up the family van and drive two hours to Disneyland, so Wolanyk called the school's principal, who initially told him Madison said she didn't want to go. However, Madison denied that. Eugene Wolanyk said he believed the school wasn't taking his complaint seriously, so he filed a claim with the Sweetwater Union High School District. The claim states Madison also missed last year's special education trip to Disneyland for the same reason. The claim, which was rejected by the district, says school personnel violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to accommodate Madison, KGTV reported. The alleged discrimination led to Madison's "emotional distress." The claim states Madison's taxpayer-funded one-on-one aide was allowed to attend the Disneyland trip, while Madison was left behind. Eugene Wolanyk called the school's actions "cruel." "I want Madison to be given every opportunity that every other child has, especially since she's on a trajectory of attending high school until she's 22," Wolanyk told KGTV. "So I asked them why do I always have to be holding the bag?"

KGTV reported that the middle school used a charter bus for the special education trip to Disneyland. District spokesman Manuel Rubio declined to comment on the Wolanyks' claim, saying the district does not comment on pending legal matters.

A Disneyland spokesman said the park has offered to host Madison and her family with "park hopper" tickets.

Charlotte Rae of ‘Facts of Life’ has bone cancer

“Facts of Life” star Charlotte Rae revealed this week she has been diagnosed with bone cancer, People magazine reported.

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The 91-year-old actress, who played matronly Edna Garrett on “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” battled pancreatic cancer seven years ago.

“Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer,” Rae told People. “About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — which is a miracle that they found it because usually it’s too late. My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew.” 

Rae, who turned 91 on April 22, said she decided to cancel bone cancer treatment, which was to begin Thursday, People reported. 

“I wanted to think about it first,” she told the magazine. “I think I’m going to go for it. The side effects were not too bad when I did it originally. I’ve had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I’d like to choose life. I’m grateful for the life I’ve already had.” 

Rae’s philosophy echoes the theme song for “Facts of Life,” which aired on NBC from Aug. 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988: “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have the facts of life.”

Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’

We know what you’re thinking: Where was this mom when we had stacks of homework to do as kids?

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Bunmi Laditan, a mother, author and blogger, sent an email to her 10-year-old daughter’s school, WJW reported, telling officials that “my kid is done with homework.”

Laditan told teachers she is allowing her daughter Maya to cut down on her work because she is “very stressed” and has begun experiencing chest pain, WJW reported.

Laditan, a contributor to the Huffington Post whose next book, “Confessions of a Domestic Failure,” will be released May 2, said children need to wind down after school, just like adults do after work. 

Maya “is in school from 8:15 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily,” Latidan writes in her Facebook post, “so someone please explain to me why she should have two-three hours of homework to do every night?

“How does homework until 6:30, then dinner, then an hour to relax (or finish the homework) before bed make any sense at all?”

Laditan’s Facebook post, containing a portion of her email, has received more than 68,000 reactions and more than 18,000 shares.

Woman accused of embezzling $9,000 one pizza at a time

A Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, woman is accused of embezzling close to $9,000 from Mazzio’s Pizza.

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Officials said Diana Pruett managed to pull in the money one pizza at a time through refunds.

A manager at the store discovered something suspicious with the number of returns and refunds. Police were called in. When they contacted Pruett, she reportedly admitted to officers that she faked returns and kept the money.

Pruett reportedly admitted to doing it for about a year.

FOX23 did some math and figured that, for example, if an average order is $20, it’d take close to 450 pizzas or orders to bring in that much cash.

Pruett is facing a felony embezzlement charge. FOX23 reached out to Mazzio’s but they have not yet provided a statement.

Fiona goes for a swim, internet goes crazy

On Friday, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shared a video of Fiona, the premature hippo that was born at the zoo earlier this year, taking a swim, and the internet couldn’t have been more excited.

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Fiona has become quite the online sensation over the past several months, with fans from all over the world closely following her journey.

Her care team said hopefully this June zoo visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of Fiona swimming and splashing in the hippo pool.

Professor: ‘10 concerts’ Facebook meme may reveal answer to security questions

If you’ve opened your Facebook app recently, your feed has likely been flooded with statuses of your friends posting “10 Concerts I’ve Been To, One is a Lie.”

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A meme prompted the engaging challenge, in which people ask their friends to comment which concerts they truthfully attended.

But national security and information experts – locally and nationally – warn it could be a threat to your online privacy and security.

University of Washington crisis information professor Kate Starbird sent out a tweet on Friday morning explaining that many security questions ask users to submit their first concert as an answer.

Additionally, privacy experts caution the “10 concerts” poll could reveal too much about a person’s background and preferences and sounds like a security question.

Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, called the threat moderate. He told The New York Times that the poll is similar to other quizzes on Facebook, and that the answers can reveal specifics about someone’s upbringing or culture.

Despite others warning of risk, Alec Muffett, a software engineer and security researcher, suggested that password protection for security questions begins with what users submit.

Muffett said, “The usual aphorism is: ‘Your password should be secret, but ‘secrets’ make really bad passwords’ — especially when they are just discoverable or guessable facts.”

Security experts advise that it’s best to make up an answer to your security answer, rather than a truthful one that could be easily obtained. 

Biopic in works will look at troubled life of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s life seemed made for television. As the daughter of legendary rhythm and blues singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, she was destined for greatness.

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But her life came to a shocking end in 2015 when she was found facedown in a bathtub. In part, her death was caused by drugs, including morphine and alcohol.

Now a made-for-television movie is coming that will detail Brown’s short life. TV One has announced that they have picked actors for the major roles, including Demetria McKinney as Whitney Houston and Hassan Johnson as Bobby Brown. Disney Channel star Joy Rovaris will play the ill-fated Bobbi Kristina.

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According to People.com, the film will offer “an intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman.” It also said “Bobbi Kristina’s high-profile life -- and untimely death -- may have been shrouded in mystery, but this film will reveal her humor, quirks, deepest fears and longings.”

Baby revived with naloxone, mom facing charges

A Pittsburgh-area mother is facing charges after police said her 10-month-old ingested heroin and fentanyl.

Laurel Hopta, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said when they and paramedics arrived at the Aleppo Township home, they saw Hopta standing outside fully dressed in warm clothing, clutching her baby, who was wearing only a diaper.

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The baby was showing all the signs of having ingested heroin, according to police.

Paramedics had to administer naloxone twice before the baby responded, police said.

WPXI asked Chief Norbert Micklos what Hopta said happened. He said, “she had gone to draw a bath for the baby and when she came back into the room, the baby was unresponsive.”

Police said that the child must have allegedly ingested the heroin when Hopta's ex-boyfriend left it in the house before moving out, according to Hopta.

Two weeks prior to the incident, Hopta was arrested in the parking lot of a grocery store in Bellevue for using heroin, police said. She did not have her daughter with her at the time.

The 10-month-old is now being cared for by family members.

Man, woman arrested after hours-long SWAT standoff

Deputies took a man and a woman into custody after an hours-long SWAT standoff in Lancaster County, South Carolina, earlier this week.

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Investigators said they were called around 11:20 p.m. Monday to a townhome on Sandal Brook Road in Indian Land after a man said he was robbed at gunpoint.

When deputies arrived, they found the victim outside. He told them that a woman he knew, 23-year-old Morgan Varn, invited him to her townhouse. He said there were four other people inside the home, including 23-year-old Jonathan Robinson.

The victim told investigators that Robinson was armed with a handgun and that Varn demanded his cellphone and cash. Varn also threatened him with an ashtray.

The victim walked out of the house and went to a neighbor to call 911.

Three deputies arrived and tried to get everyone inside the house to come out. They said two men walked out but the other three, including Varn and Robinson, refused.

The SWAT team and a negotiator were then called to the scene and a search warrant was obtained. Neighbors were evacuated to a safe location while authorities tried unsuccessfully for hours to get in touch with the three people in the townhouse.

Eventually, Varn and another woman opened the door and walked out, but Robinson stayed inside, refusing to answer negotiators’ calls. A short time later, the SWAT team entered the home and took him into custody.

Police searched the home, finding a pistol and ammunition. Officials said the pistol had been stolen during a car break-in last summer.

“We had three people and a pistol inside that home and for hours did everything we could to get them to come out,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “When they didn’t, we had to go in and get them. Fortunately, no weapons were discharged and nobody was hurt. That is the outcome we always want.”

Robinson and Varn were booked into the Lancaster County Detention Center. Robinson was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a stolen pistol.

Varn was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and malicious injury to personal property.

School superintendent warns parents about '13 Reasons Why' series

In one of the nation’s largest school districts, the superintendent is warning parents of a “dangerous trend” among students after they watched the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” 

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The series, released March 31 on Netflix, tells the fictional story of the suicide of a 17-year-old girl who leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she said were partially responsible for her death. 

Robert Avossa of the Palm Beach County School District in Florida sent a letter home to parents Friday detailing why he is so concerned.

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Police: Cemetery plant thief is flower shop owner

A police surveillance operation to determine who was stealing flowers and plants from a New Jersey cemetery came to a startling conclusion: The suspect is a flower shop owner.

Theft complaints at First Reformed Church Cemetery prompted police to use surveillance cameras to monitor for criminal activity. Lynda S. Wingate, 59, was captured Monday night on surveillance video stealing plants from a grave, police said.

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Wingate is a former police dispatcher and current owner of a flower shop. It was unclear why Wingate was stealing the cemetery floral displays, as it does not appear she was reselling them, police said.

Wingate was charged with theft of movable property, according to the Pequannock Township Police Department news release.

Houston bakery creates treats inspired by the Unicorn Frappuccino

A bakery in Texas is cashing in on the buzz around Starbucks' latest beverage creation, the Unicorn Frappuccino.

El Bolillo Bakery in Houston has created "uniconchas," which are brightly colored, shell-shaped pastries.

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The bakery is working on a tres leches unicorn cake, according to KHOU.

Woman’s reaction to sandals prompts severely swollen feet, ER visits

An unsuspecting woman was confined to a wheelchair and visited multiple hospitals when her ankles blistered and swelled uncomfortably and alarmingly.

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When Jessica Jones noticed a small, red spot on her ankle in February, she thought it was a spider bite. When she saw a doctor, he told her it was cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection, WVUE reported. He gave her medicine and sent her home. 

But the next day, the spot on Jones’ ankle had grown, and it was inflamed and painful.

Jones visited a local emergency room, where doctors told her she had bullous pemphigoid, a rare skin condition that causes large, fluid-filled blisters. Again, she was given prescriptions for medication and sent home.

But the blisters continued to grow, causing Jones more pain.

“She essentially had, at the end of the day, second-degree burns,” dermatologist Robert Benson told WVUE.

Visits to two more hospitals left Jones with a diagnosis of a photosensitivity rash and lupus erthyrematosus. Each time she was given medication, but nothing eased Jones’ pain or reduced the swelling and blisters. Before long, Jones couldn’t walk and she was confined to a wheelchair.

“It scared me because I’m thinking, ‘What if they have to amputate my feet?’ That was going through my mind,” she told WVUE. “They’re telling me this is lupus, bullous impetigus, and I said, ‘This is getting worse.’ I said, ‘I’ve been on all these antibiotics, steroids, creams -- nothing’s working.”

Two weeks after her first doctor’s appointment, Jones called an ambulance and was taken to a third hospital. While at Oschner Hospital in New Orleans, a doctor asked a question that the others hadn’t. She asked if Jones had worn any new shoes recently. Jones said she had. 

“I noticed a couple of days after wearing them, the top(s) of my feet (were) getting sore, but I didn’t think anything of it. Shoes have always done that whenever I tighten the straps up on them,” Jones told WVUE. “The doctor said, ‘Where the strap is located on the shoe is exactly where your burns are.’ She says, ‘This is looking more like a chemical burn from leather more than bullous impetigus or lupus.’”

The doctor diagnosed her with contact dermatitis, a result of the severe allergic reaction Jones had to a material out of which the shoes were made.

Jones, who doesn’t blame the shoe manufacturer, said she may never wear leather again. 

“As soon as you see (your skin) with redness, blisters and irritation, don’t wait too long to get checked out,” Benson said.

Read more at WVUE.

North Korea test-fires missile

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country.

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The missile reportedly exploded within seconds of launch and landed in the Sea of Japan according to CNN.

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The test took place in an area north of the capital city of Pyongyang.

While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer range North Korean ballistic test.

The launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with Pyongyang and sent a U.S. aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters.

Please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

How to get a $1 Jimmy John's sub on May 2

Jimmy John's is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day on May 2 with $1 sub sandwiches.

Select Jimmy John's locations will be participating in the promotion, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Customers can use a tool on Jimmy John's website to find a participating location.

The promotion applies to in-store orders only, not deliveries.

Kindhearted cops give homeless man makeover

A police department’s act of kindness for a New York man who they say has been “down on his luck” is going viral.

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The Rome Police Department on Tuesday shared photos of the man, whom they identified as Bobby, before and after he was given a haircut, a shave, a shower and new clothing.

“Bobby left looking like a whole new person and couldn’t thank us enough,” police said in a Facebook post.

Rome police Officer Jeff Buckley told WSTM that his fellow officer, Aaron Page, spoke with Bobby on Monday and realized that he could use some help.

"It was obvious he needed some simple things clothing-wise," Buckley told the news station. "He literally had just the clothes he was wearing."

Page told Bobby to come the next day to the station, where he was met by Page, Buckly, Officer George Gebo and Sgt. Frank Fragapane, WSTM reported. The group had gathered donated clothing for Bobby and Page brought along a pair of clippers to cut down the thick growth of his beard and hair.

"We are always trying to come up with new ideas of how to help and give back to our community," Buckley told WSTM. "Officer Page spearheaded the idea on this one, and it was a great way to help someone who simply needed a hand."

The police department’s efforts spread quickly on social media. The post had garnered more than 22,000 likes and reactions and had been shared nearly 10,000 times by Friday afternoon.

Miley Cyrus' brother launches solo career

Talent runs deep in the Cyrus family. We’ve known for years that Billy Ray and Miley can sing, act, write songs and, um, twerk. OK, the latter may be just Miley.

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Now, we’re getting to know two more members of this creative clan.

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Miley’s little sister (and Billy Ray’s daughter) Noah made her debut earlier this year on the Billboard pop charts with her first single, “Make Me (Cry),” and on April 14 she released the follow-up single, “Stay Together.” Both are from her forthcoming debut album “NC-17.” While she’s clearly not planning to follow her father’s country music path, in a March “Billboard” podcast, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter called Billy Ray her “biggest musical inspiration.”

Now, Miley and Noah’s older brother, Trace, is also stepping into the spotlight. Already somewhat well known as the former lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the pop band Metro Station, the 28-year-old musician and tattoo enthusiast is embarking on a solo career with his newly released single, “Lights Out,” which “Billboard” says combines “pop, electronica and a dash of emo.” There’s definitely no resemblance whatsoever to “Achy Breaky Heart,” the best-know hit from dad Billy Ray, who adopted a very young Trace and his sister Brandi after marrying their mother, Tish, in 1993. Trace is clearly carving out his very own niche.

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Still can’t get enough of this accomplished family? You’re in luck. You can also catch Brandi and mom, Tish, on their new home design makeover show, “Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer,” set to premiere on Bravo in May. As the show’s title suggests, they’ll be competing against each other on each episode. Let the games begin!

NICU babies get hero capes for Superheroes Day

They are some of the smallest fighters, but they, and their parents, are heroes in their own right.

And to honor the children being taken care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Allegheny Health network in Pittsburgh, the newborns got their own super hero capes in honor of National Superhero Day.

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The national observation was founded to honor superheroes -- both those from fantasy like Captain America and those in real life, like the nation’s military and first responders.

National Superhero Day is celebrated on April 28.

Chip Gaines of HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' sued by former business partners

“Fixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines have made a name brand for themselves on their HGTV program in which they renovate old homes and redecorate them. But two old business partners of Chip’s have filed a suit against him alleging fraud.

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According to documents, Chip Gaines bought out John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, two former owners, of their realty company, Magnolia Real Estate Company, days before their show “Fixer Upper” was picked up of by HGTV, KWTX reported. The show makes many references to ventures featuring the word “magnolia.”

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The 24-page suit was filed Wednesday at the state district court in Waco, Texas.

“Lewis and Clark were equal partners with Gaines in founding the Magnolia Real Estate Company in 2007,” KWTX reported.

Gaines bought each partners’ share for $2,500.

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“With this insider information in hand, Chip Gaines convinced plaintiffs to sell their membership interests in Magnolia Realty quickly to him before a public announcement that ‘Fixer Upper’ was picked up by HGTV,” the suite claims.

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Since the launch of the show, the Magnolia name has been integrated into nearly all of their projects, including a magazine titled “The Magnolia Journal” and Magnolia House, a bed and breakfast.

“We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” Gaines’ attorney told Fox News.

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