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    Video captured by Deadline Hollywood shows a man dressed as a construction worker using a hammer and axe to smash Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. Credit: Deadline Hollywood

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    Video from Deadline Hollywood shows a man dressed as a construction worker destroying Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016.Video from Deadline Hollywood shows a man dressed as a construction worker destroying Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016.

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    Recruits for Harvard’s 2012 women’s soccer team were reportedly assessed by a member of the 2012 men’s soccer team based on their sexual appeal. 

    Reported by the Harvard Crimson, a nine-page document circulated over email as a “scouting report” in 2012 gave freshmen women numerical scores and included photos pulled from social media sites. The women were also assigned hypothetical sexual positions and nicknames.

    The lewd document appeared to be a tradition, as it referred to a report from 2011.

    "Harvard University Athletics has zero tolerance for behavior of this kind and is deeply upset by these offensive and derogatory remarks," athletic director Robert L. Scalise said in a statement obtained by necn. "Harvard College students, including members of our athletic teams, are required to uphold the values of this community, which are rooted in the respect and dignity for all members of our community. University Athletics continues to reinforce with our student-athletes appropriate and respectful social behavior and team conduct."

    A member of the 2012 women's soccer team who wanted to remain anonymous called the scouting report "absoultely disgusting" in an email to necn. She said she was "deeply hurt, and beyond frustrated" that women are treated this way, not only at Harvard but at other school campuses and around the world.

    She added that the Crimson article read like a "tabloid" report at her own expense, and that of the Harvard soccer teams and athletic programs.

    Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana told the Boston Globe the team's actions are against the institute's core values. She said she is "disturbed and upset" by the allegations. "No one should be objectified."

    Pieter Lehrer, the men's soccer coach, added that he was "shocked and disgusted" by the report. He was not the coach in 2012.

    Several members of the 2012 men's soccer team declined comment when reached by the Crimson.



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    Dr. William Petit is blasting a political ad Wednesday that urged voters to "Stop Donald Trump and Republican William Petit's attack on women and families."

    Petit is the GOP candidate vying for Connecticut's State House of Representatives in the 22nd District, representing parts of Plainville and New Britain. He was the sole survivor of the 2007 Cheshire home invasion in which his wife Jennifer and daughters Hayley and Michaela were murdered.

    "To post something that says I attack women and families I thought was about the lowest of blows," he said.

    In a news conference on Wednesday, Petit called the ad libelous and pointed to his work with the Petit Family Foundation, an organization set up after he lost his family. 

    "I've worked over the past nine years to honor the memory of my family and the whole mission of what we do. We've tried to come up with programs we felt would honor Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela, would be things that they would want us to do," Petit said during a news conference on Wednesday. "For a shadowy political organization to blatantly ignore that work and publish a despicable ad is reckless and incomprehensible."

    The ad was the work of a political action committee called Labor United, according to Themis Klarides, House Minority Leader in Connecticut.

    The ad even drew criticism from Petit's opponent, Democratic incumbent Betty Boukus.

    "I am horrified by the tasteless and offensive attack ad against my opponent. It was produced by a third party with no connection to my campaign, without my knowledge, and without the involvement of anyone associated with my campaign," Boukus said in a statement on Wednesday. "I am asking those responsible to pull the ad and issue and apology to Dr. Petit and his family."

    Boukus was in attendance at Dr. Petit's news conference on Wednesday.



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    Dr. William Petit called this digital ad linking him to an attack on women and families Dr. William Petit called this digital ad linking him to an attack on women and families "libel."

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    Tunisian authorities arrested two American brothers on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization, two local sources told NBC News.

    A senior police official said the brothers, both aged in their 30s, are originally from Michigan. The source said one of the men was carrying a U.S. passport that identified him as Patrick Alan Lawwill. NBC News has seen a photocopy of the passport, which was apparently issued in July 2015 and lists Lawwill's place of birth as Michigan. The brothers had recently converted from Christianity to Islam and one of them was married to a Tunisian woman who was also arrested, the source said.

    A source in the governor's office also confirmed the arrests.

    A State Department official said it was aware of reports the pair had been arrested "on suspicion of terrorist activities" but declined to comment further because of "privacy considerations."



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    Federal and state law enforcement officials have expressed concerns about violence breaking out in the final two weeks of the long and bitter presidential campaign, and well beyond that if Donald Trump loses and refuses to accept the vote as legitimate, NBC News reported. 

    Trump supporters held up Clinton "target practice" posters at a rally in Florida Monday, with a bulls-eye framing her face.

    Two days earlier in Virginia Beach, one Trump backer hoisted a plastic Hillary Clinton head on a stick, while others waved target signs. And several weeks ago, two armed Trump supporters protested outside the congressional campaign office of a rural Virginia Democrat, in what they said was a gesture of solidarity with closet supporters of Trump.

    Local law enforcement officials in several swing states told NBC News they did not yet have plans to alter their usual Election Day security procedures. But the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are monitoring the situation, officials say.



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    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was in pieces Wednesday morning after it was destroyed overnight by a man with an axe and sledgehammer.

    The Republican presidential candidate and former "Apprentice" host received the star in January 2007 for his role on the NBC show. The star in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, a prominent location on the Walk of Fame not far from the Hollywood and Highland Center, was broken into pieces overnight by the vandal, according to a boulevard street performer.

    Deadline Hollywood posted video of what appeared to be a man dressed as a construction worker in work boots, a high visibility safety vest and helmet smashing the star. The man took a few swings at the star with the sledgehammer, then went to work on it with a pick axe -- chipping away pieces, letters of Trump's name and the TV plaque embedded in the sidewalk star.

    The video, shot by a Deadline Hollywood employee, shows several LA Department of Transportation signs and bright orange construction cones around the star. 

    Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating the vandalism report, received at about 6 a.m. No arrests were reported Wednesday morning.

    Aerial video later Wednesday morning showed people taking photos of the damaged star, which was roped off by repair crews.

    One of the boulevard's street performers, a man painted gold and dressed head-to-toe in shiny gold clothes, described a bizarre early morning scene at the popular tourist spot. The man, who identified himself as Gregory, said the he saw a man dressed as a construction worker hammering the star with the sledgehammer.

    "He was banging on the star," Gregory said. "He took Donald Trump's name out and he took his round plaque out."

    Gregory said the man told him he intended to remove the star and sell it, then donate the money to organizations that support sexually abused women.

    Trump has faced accusations from 11 women of sexual misconduct in recent weeks as the presidential campaign enters its final stages. He has denied the accusations. 

    The Hollywood star belonging to the New York business magnate and reality show personality has become a target during the presidential campaign, ever since Trump announced his candidacy last year. It has been defaced with spray paint and surrounded by a miniature wall in protest of Trump's plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Walk of Fame star recipients are selected by a committee that considers hundreds of applications each year. The stars ane purchased for a $30,000, rather than gifted.



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    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was in pieces Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 after it was vandalized by a man with a sledgehammer.Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was in pieces Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 after it was vandalized by a man with a sledgehammer.

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    Democrat Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a nine-point lead in the battleground state of New Hampshire, while she’s tied with Republican Donald Trump in Nevada, according to two new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

    In New Hampshire, Clinton gets the support of 45 percent of likely voters, and Trump gets 36 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 10 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein is at 4 percent.

    In a two-way race, Clinton’s advantage over Trump is eight points, 47 percent to 39 percent – up from her one-point lead last month, 42 percent to 41 percent.

    In Nevada, meanwhile, Clinton and Trump are tied among likely voters, 43 percent to 43 percent, and Johnson gets 10 percent. Stein isn't on the ballot in the Silver State.

    In a head-to-head contest in Nevada, Clinton and Trump remain tied at 45 percent each.

    “In Las Vegas terms, the contest for Nevada’s six electoral votes is a ‘push’ right now,” says Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. 

    According to Miringoff, Clinton could lose Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio – but still win the presidency by holding on to New Hampshire's four electoral votes and Pennsylvania.



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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Donald TrumpFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump

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  • 10/27/16--08:15: The 'Uber for Kids' Niche

  • New ride-hailing companies are going where the traditional ones can’t, targeting kids and their parents who need help juggling work and parenting responsibilities. 

    Eleven-year old Coco, of Los Gatos, California, uses Zum app four days a week to get to home from school, get a snack and get to gymnastics when her parents are tied up at work.

    “It makes me feel independent and lets me be without my mom being on my tail all the time. It’s nice to get a break from that sometimes,” Coco, said.

    Zum is one of a handful of start-ups making inroads in the ride-hailing industry. Uber and Lyft drivers are not supposed to take unaccompanied minors, per company policies.

    Enter companies such as San Francisco-based Kango and Los Angeles-Based HopSkipDrive, which also provide drivers with childcare backgrounds to busy Bay Area parents.

    “Three o’clock to five was a stressful time for parents. A huge productivity loss for the company too,” said Ritu Narayan, who founded Zum in Belmont after a stint at Ebay. “Both of my kids were transitioning to school and suddenly I had this challenge of being in two or three places at the same time.”

    Her company had 10 drivers when it launched last year. Now, more than 300 “Zumers” serve 3,000 families in the Bay Area and Orange County.

    “All [the drivers] come from childcare experience. They go from phone interviews to in-person interviews. They are fingerprinted, background checked. They are Trustline certified, which is the gold standard for working in California,” Narayan said.

    The majority of drivers are women: stay-at-home moms, nannies, teachers and graduate students looking to supplement their incomes.

    Plus, there are army veterans such as San Jose’s Rosanna Nguyen, who home schools her four kids.

    “Being a stay-at-home mom, you often feel hidden inside your house. You kind of feel left out,” Nguyen said.

    After only two months on the job, she says she feels empowered, bringing in anywhere from $24 to $32 per hour.

    “It feels really good too, as a financial contributor to my family. My husband was like, ‘Your confidence level has gone way up,’” Nguyen said.

    The price for parents? Rides start at $8 for carpools and $16 for solo rides, with add on costs for babysitting.

    Coco’s dad says the extra cost is worth the peace of mind. He receives notifications during every step of his daughter’s journey.

    “Life before Zum was really hectic, chaotic and unfortunately sometimes not the best for Coco. It was, ‘Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad! Where are you? Where are you?” Bobby Napiltonia said.

    For him at least, there is no guilt for not being able to leave work to drive his daughter to after school activities. He still takes Coco to school every morning and picks her up on Fridays.

    Plus, Coco prefers it this way. Going it alone makes her feel all grown up.

    “I like being independent because I’m an independent person,” she said.

    Other specialized ride-hailing companies are popping up too. Coming soon: Lift Hero for seniors and SafeHer for women. The latter launched this fall in Boston and is coming to California sometime next year.

    Narayan is planning on expanding to at least a dozen more regions throughout the U.S. next year.



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    Zum is one of a handful of start-ups making inroads in the ride-hailing industry.Zum is one of a handful of start-ups making inroads in the ride-hailing industry.

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    A new genetic study confirms theories that the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS started in New York around 1970, and it also clears the name of a gay flight attendant long vilified as being "Patient Zero."

    Researchers got hold of frozen samples of blood taken from patients years before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS was recognized, and teased out genetic material from the virus from that blood.

    They used it to show that HIV was circulating widely during the 1970s, and certainly before people began noticing a "gay plague" in New York in the early 1980s, NBC News reported.

    "We can date the jump into the U.S. in about 1970 and 1971," Michael Worobey, an expert on the evolution of viruses at the University of Arizona, told reporters in a telephone briefing. "HIV had spread to a large number of people many years before AIDS was noticed."

    Their findings also suggest HIV moved from New York to San Francisco in about 1976, they report in the journal Nature.



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    A senior al Qaeda commander involved in plots against the United States and Europe was targeted in a U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

    Nayef Salam Muhammad Ujaym al-Hababi and his deputy, Balal al-Utabi, were targeted in separate strikes in the Kunar province, a U.S. official told NBC News on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

    Sunday's attack was "the most significant al Qaeda strike in Afghanistan in several years," involving Hellfire air-to-surface missiles on each compound, which were "leveled," one of the officials told NBC News.

    Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook confirmed Wednesday night that the strikes took place Sunday, saying, "We are still assessing the results."



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    FILE In this undated handout file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a combat mission over southern Afghanistan.FILE In this undated handout file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a combat mission over southern Afghanistan.

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    Passengers were evacuated from a smoky MBTA train, some climbing out windows, in Boston's Back Bay during the Wednesday afternoon commute.

    The train's doors did not open as smoke filled Back Bay Station, though the MBTA said its doors were not supposed to open. The train's motorman opened doors manually, while passengers evacuated themselves or with assistance from authorities. 

    MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo initially told necn the train's motor overheated. The agency later said in a statement that the cause has yet to be determined, but that it was "most likely related to the motor."

    At least three people were hospitalized for evaluation.

    A video taken by Twitter user @cloudfrye and shared with necn shows responders rushing people off the Orange Line train.

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    The user, identified as Claudia, says passengers were calm until police arrived.

    "Basically everyone was calm and there was a ton of smoke outside the train and then a police officer starts hammering the window WITHOUT WARNING and then walks away and another police officer enters and screams for everyone to calm down," she wrote to necn. "Of course, everyone starts panicking and he opens the door and we get off the train."

    Claudia said that people were jumping out of the windows and doors of other train cars, "probably hurting themselves trying to get out because of the incited panic."

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    According to the MBTA, "some passengers began to self evacuate and were assisted by transit officers and the motor person" around 4:41 p.m. The agency said the fact that the doors did not open was not the result of a technical issue.

    "Doors on the subway remained closed because the train had moved away from the platform. Doors did not malfunction. The motor person had begun promptly opening doors to allow passengers to evacuate safely, away from the live third rail," the MBTA wrote in a statement.

    Boston fire crews evacuated the train station at 4:57 p.m., according to the MBTA. Service on the Orange Line's southbound side resumed at 5:41 p.m. and service the northbound side resumed at 6:15 p.m.

    This isn’t the first time trains along the Orange Line have had trouble. In February, passengers were forced to flee after a strip of metal from the side of a train car fell onto the tracks near State Street and sparked a fire. The MBTA then inspected all 120 of its Orange Line cars and determined 13 of them needed to be repaired in order to prevent future issues.



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    Passengers on a Boston train were evacuated during the afternoon commute on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, when smoke filed the station. Some people broke through windows to get out of the Orange Line train.Passengers on a Boston train were evacuated during the afternoon commute on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, when smoke filed the station. Some people broke through windows to get out of the Orange Line train.

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    One man was killed and 16 people were hurt, one of them with life-threatening injuries, in a fire that overtook three Upper East Side apartment buildings and sent flames shooting 20 feet into the air on Thursday morning, officials said. 

    Firefighters got the blaze under control shortly before 8 a.m. — nearly six hours after it started. Residents said they were awoken by people shouting "fire" in the street and others who were pounding on doors. 

    The blaze broke out around 3:30 a.m. and quickly overtook the upper part of the 93rd Street building. It eventually spread to the two adjoining buildings. The fire was so intense after 45 minutes that flames shot 20 feet into the air and embers and smoke fell across surrounding streets.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Lance Hayes, who lives in one of the buildings that caught fire, said someone knocked on his door to warn him. 

    "When I opened the door, I smelled the flames, so we just got out. When we checked, it was just flaming at the top," Hayes said. 

    Larry Garvin is a 12-year resident of the building that first caught fire. He said he was concerned about a man on the fifth floor who is in his mid-to-late 80s. 

    "I thought of him when I came out, but there was no way that I could get up there," Garvin said. 

    A man who lived in one of the buildings was killed and an 81-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening. Fifteen other people — 11 firefighters and four civilians — suffered minor injuries, officials said. 

    Fire officials described a harrowing scene as one firefighter worked to rescue the critically injured man. They said the firefighter was able to lower the man down using a rope but that flames coming out the window set the rope ablaze and it burned through just as the two of them reached the ground.

    "A few more minutes and it would have been a totally different scenario," an official said.

    Officials said the first building was damaged beyond repair but that the two adjoining buildings could be saved. There are about 10 to 20 apartments in each of the three buildings. 

    Matt Bonaccorso streamed the fire live on Periscope from across the street. The video shows flames pouring out of the top of the building as chunks of debris fall to the ground below. Firefighters can be heard shouting to one another as the scene unfolds.

    “You can feel the heat from here,” Bonaccorso says on the livestream. 

    A woman who lives over on 92nd Street said that she left her apartment after she heard a loud pounding.

    "I saw flames going out the window and everything, and I was like 'Thank God I left.' You could see the embers landing on the roof of my building and smoke and everything. Really scary," she said.

    The Red Cross arrived on the scene around 5 a.m. as groups of people stood by covered in blankets. It's believed that one of the buildings houses both apartments and a bed and breakfast. The organization said it was assisting nearly two dozen people early Thursday. 

    Parts of First and Second avenues were closed to traffic and it was difficult  for motorists to get around in the area as dawn broke. Officials said drivers should expect extensive delays on the FDR Drive in both directions. Subway service was also affected; northbound B and C trains were bypassing the Museum of Natural History stop, causing delays on the blue and orange lines. 



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    Dozens of women have accused a University of Wisconsin-Madison student of sexually assaulting them, NBC News reported.

    Alec Cook, 20, was arrested last week after a fellow student reported he had assaulted her at his apartment on Oct. 12. More victims came forward soon after, leading to nine charges against Cook. But a search warrant states dozens of women have been coming forward to speak about “unknown acts related to Cook.”

    A detective who searched Cook’s apartment said he found a notebook with a list of women, how he met them and what he liked about them. The warrant states that statement of “kill” and “sexual” desires were also listed.

    Cook is under emergency suspension from the school and is banned from campus. The university is urging survivors of sexual assault to come forward.



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    This undated photo provided by the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Madison, Wisconsin, shows Alec Cook, a University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting and choking a woman on Oct. 12, 2016. Prosecutors say Cook is expected to face additional charges after investigators were contacted by dozens of other women.This undated photo provided by the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Madison, Wisconsin, shows Alec Cook, a University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting and choking a woman on Oct. 12, 2016. Prosecutors say Cook is expected to face additional charges after investigators were contacted by dozens of other women.

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    Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he plans to take up arms if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump loses on Election Day.

    "On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump," Walsh tweeted. "On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket," asking his nearly 80,000 Twitter followers, "You in?" [[398768881, C]]

    When CNN's Jake Tapper replied, "what exactly does that mean?" Walsh responded, "It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back."

    Walsh, who hosts a syndicated radio show on AM-560, later told NBC5 that the tweet was tongue-in-cheek.

    "We're talking about a musket," Walsh said. "I could've said grab your slingshot and let's go. Metaphorically, I meant grab your muskets, if Trump loses, man, we're going to do what we have to do. We're going to protest and boycott and practice civil disobedience. We may start a third party."

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    "We're going to do a lot of things to get our country back, that's what I meant," Walsh added.

    Walsh is no stranger to controversy. In July, he came under fire for an inflammatory tweet after multiple police officers were shot, five fatally, by two snipers at the end of a peaceful protest in Dallas. 

    “3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded,” Walsh tweeted at the time. "This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

    Walsh later tweeted that he “wasn’t calling for violence, against Obama or anyone.”

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    “Obama’s words & BLM’s deeds have gotten cops killed,” he wrote. “Time for us to defend our cops.”

    Walsh served one term in Illinois as the representative for the state’s 8th Congressional District before being defeated by Rep. Tammy Duckworth in 2012.



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    A red building in Amatrice that survived an earthquake that struck central Italy in August crumbled on Oct. 26 after the area was hit by aftershocks. The Palazzo Rosso and the city hall came down following the three tremors. Piles of red rubble fill the streets of the historical part of the town, which was almost entirely wiped out by the original 6.2-magnitude quake.

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    Actor Mark Ruffalo and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson join Native American protesters attempting to block construction of Dakota Access Pipeline. "The irony is they sent Native Americans out on these reservations to perish, only to find that there was great wealth beneath the soil," Jackson said.

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    David Wallach and his son, Johnny, were living a dream come true watching the Cubs, their favorite team, play in a World Series game.

    Sitting in the bleachers before Game 1 in Cleveland on Tuesday, things couldn’t have started better. Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler threw a ball into the stands during batting practice. The ball fell into the hands of an Indians fan who then gave it to Johnny, who was celebrating his upcoming 8th birthday. 

    “There was no way to describe how amazing it was,” said David Wallach, of Northfield. “It was everything you could ever dream of. Everything I’ve ever dreamed of was coming true.”

    The father-son duo was stunned by the history they were witnessing — their beloved team in a World Series for the first time in 71 years.

    “It was really cool,” Wallach said. “The game started, it was electric and it was insane and we were having a blast.”

    But things quickly took a turn for the worse – just as the Indians scored their first home run of the game.

    Indians fans were quick to celebrate, and one of them elbowed Johnny in the head while cheering, knocking the young boy out for about 30 seconds.

    “He spun around and I caught him, he was crying hysterically,” Wallach said. “That’s when things kind of went off the rails. Things went from being a dream to a nightmare so quickly.”

    With no help in sight, David Wallach took his son out of the stands before flagging down a police officer. The officer started bringing them into a tunnel when Johnny’s knees buckled and the young boy could no longer walk.

    “Fans were heckling him,” Wallach said. “Here I am on the ground with my 7-year-old son and they’re shouting, ‘Cubs suck.’”

    Eventually, paramedics arrived and decided Johnny needed to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

    Meanwhile, Wallach’s wife was calling the field to see if they could retrieve the family’s belongings, which they left at their seats as they searched for help. 

    No answer, they said.

    “There was no one that ever showed up to help us,” Wallach said.

    When they were finally discharged from the hospital at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Wallach said, he and his son were stranded, unsure of where they were or how to get back to their car. And still, no word from officials at the field. 

    “It was scary and confusing and awful and I felt like we were just hung out to dry,” he said. “You don’t see that in Chicago. I would never expect that in Chicago in a million years.”

    Johnny was left with a concussion and a birthday gift wasted on a World Series he didn’t even get to see.

    “The best thing about it is, he said, ‘Dad I still had a great time and I forgive the man who hit me,’” Wallach said. “From a little boy, that’s a great lesson for all of us.”

    Wallach said he was later contacted by StubHub, which agreed to refund 50 percent of their ticket purchase. He also said the Cubs contacted the family and offered them support and sent Johnny a gift. 

    “I think I’m just used to the way Chicago fans act,” Wallach said. “Just kind of shocking.”

    A spokesperson for the Indians did later call the family to apologize, Wallach said, and offered them tickets to a game in Cleveland. 



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    David Wallach and his son, JohnnyDavid Wallach and his son, Johnny

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    Remember that old saying "If at first you don't succeed...?" Well try, try again (and again and again) is exactly what 3-year-old Crosslyn Vest did when she wanted to get back on her horse Bo, according to the "Today" Show.

    She tries to hop up not once. Not twice. But 16 whole times before she finally makes it.

    Even better than her unwavering dedication is the look of pure joy on Crosslyn's face after finally achieving her goal.



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    A little girl didn't get discouraged when her first attempt at climbing into her pony didn't work.A little girl didn't get discouraged when her first attempt at climbing into her pony didn't work.

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    San Francisco filmmaker and activist Kevin Epps, who was arrested and released this week in the fatal shooting of a man inside his home, applauded the city's justice system Wednesday during an interview with NBC Bay Area.

    Epps was arrested Monday on suspicion of homicide after 45-year-old Marcus Polk, was found shot to death in Epps' home in the city's Glen Park neighborhood. The award-winning filmmaker was released Tuesday after the District Attorney’s Office declined to charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

    Epps said he couldn't provide details about the incident, but he and his attorney said the DA's office made the right decision. He cried and wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke to NBC Bay Area on Wednesday.

    "I can’t really convey what I’m feeling because it’s highs, lows," Epps said. "This whole experience is still foreign to me. I’m just really about uplifting and empowering my people."

    Epps has been doing that for the past 20 years through his films. He’s best known for documenting the effects of violence in San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods in the documentary "Straight Outta Hunters Point." Epps, who is a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association, also directed the 2006 documentary "Rap Dreams." 

    Rudy Corpuz, the founder of youth anti-violence group United Playaz, said he was stunned when he heard Epps was arrested in the killing. 

    "He’s a revolutionary; he helped many many people," Corpuz said.

    Epps also never imagined he would become the focus of a homicide investigation.

    "I can tell you it’s a case of self defense, and it was a shooting and a death," Epps' attorney, Mark Webb, said.

    Investigators have said Epps and Polk knew each other. Polk’s son said Monday his father may have gone to Epps' home uninvited.

    "If you don’t like that, call the cops," Polk Jr. said. "You don’t have to kill him, man."

    Epps' release has not closed the case and there is the possibility there could be further charges, Webb said.

    "That’s why we’re being very careful about what we say," the attorney said.

    Both Webb and Epps applauded San Francisco’s criminal justice system for not pressing charges.

    "There is justice for a black man," Epps said. "I got a lot of friends and stories, and I’m one of them. I thank San Francisco for making the right and just decision."



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    Filmmaker Kevin Epps talks about his experience after being arrested in a fatal shooting.Filmmaker Kevin Epps talks about his experience after being arrested in a fatal shooting.

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    Many of the schools across America that house polling booths will not be open on Election Day for the first time after parents raised fears over violence.

    Public schools, with their ample parking, handicapped-accessible spaces, and capacity to hold large crowds, have always made for popular polling places.

    And while numerous states or cities have always closed schools on Election Day in past years, the particularly contentious nature of this presidential campaign has brought up more concerns than usual.



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    File photo of voting booths in Bradenton, Florida.File photo of voting booths in Bradenton, Florida.

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