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Mugger in ninja costume gets painful lesson in manners from etiquette-teaching mom — who also knows how to kickbox

Myka Meier
told the New York Daily News she was enjoying a pleasant walk with her 3-year-old daughter Monday morning in the Chelsea area of Manhattan when a mugger in a ninja costume attacked her from behind.

A 38-year-old etiquette teacher, Meier also happens to be pretty good at kickboxing, the paper said — and she wasn’t about to play the victim on this day.

What are the details?

“It felt like he came out of nowhere,” she recounted to the Daily News, noting that the crook tried to steal her bag. “He came to my right side, where my bag was, but it was looped around my shoulder. He didn’t say anything. I still had my bag in my possession, and I kicked him. I just started kicking. The self-defense courses I’ve taken took over.”

Meier told the paper she also was in “mama bear mode” given her daughter’s presence. Here’s a lighthearted moment between them posted to Instagram a week before the harrowing encounter:

‘I think he was shocked that I fought back’

“I think he was shocked that I fought back,” she added to the Daily News. “I think I was more aggressive than he intended. But I train for this stuff. I leave my manners classes, and I go kickbox.”

Meier screamed and fought off the ninja-costumed crook — who also was wearing a red cloth around his forehead — before he took off; but she did battle long enough for two construction workers and a doorman to chase him down, the paper said.

“There was a little tug of war over the bag for maybe about a second, and then he started running once I think he saw the attention coming,” she noted to the Daily News. “The doorman and the two construction workers did their thing and just grabbed him and held him.”

Meier told the paper she was bruised on her back and arms after she fell — albeit still kicking — and tore a thumbnail. She noted that her appearance likely gave the mugger the impression she was an easy target, the Daily News said.

Oh, how wrong he was.

“I don’t want to be seen as the helpless victim,” Meier told the paper. “I teach etiquette at the Plaza Hotel. I am always in a dress and high heels, but I want people to know that you can be ladylike and fight off an attacker at the same time.”

What happened to the suspect?

Police arrested Casique Roman, 41, of Hackensack, New Jersey, and charged him with robbery, the Daily News said, adding that authorities noted he’s been busted in New York and New Jersey over the last six years for criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“We got the man, and he’s off the streets, and I hope he stays off the streets,” Meier told the paper. “This isn’t an innocent person. This is a violent man that would attack a mom with her child. He was aggressive. Had I been thinking clearly, I would have just given him my bag. I was just in mama bear mode.”

She added to the Daily News that the suspect also is in dire need of etiquette.

“I’m all about educating people on manners,” Meier noted to the paper. “This guy certainly needs some.”

Here’s a clip from Meier’s etiquette channel on YouTube recorded earlier this year:

Myka Meier — Welcome to My Youtube Channel!

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Ohio veteran walks state with ‘thin blue line’ flag to ‘back the blue’ and show people they don’t have to be afraid of COVID-19

An Ohio man wants to spread a message of support for the police and courage in the face of the pandemic by walking around his state carrying flags with him.

Conrad Allen, 52, of Putnam County carries a “thin blue line” flag, a flag supporting President Donald Trump, and a United States flag 15 to 20 miles each day around the perimeter of the state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he wants people to know “we don’t have to be afraid of each other,” telling WKEF-TV he hopes his actions will inspire people to be less afraid.

“COVID is real, but so is being free,” Allen said.

Allen is the executive director of the Committee for a Better Ohio, a nonprofit grassroots organization that advocates for conservative policies to improve Ohio. His biography describes him as “an outspoken American patriot and Christian Conservative who lived a life of adventure as an international exploration geologist.” He is a veteran, having served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Why is he carrying his flags?

“Peace, I want to bring peace,” Allen told WLIO-TV last week at the start of his journey. “You know we are here, out here, in Putnam County and near Lima here, it’s pretty much Trump country. But I am going to go through the heart of Dayton, through the heart of Cincinnati, the heart of Cleveland. I want people there to know that conservatives love them, we truly do. Some of the bad guys will probably try and take my stuff and treat me mean, but I don’t care about that, I will just keep going.”

On his daily walks Allen says people will stop and bring him water and thank him for “backing the blue.”

A sheriff in Troy even bought Allen a Wendy’s sandwich for lunch to show his department’s support for what he’s doing.

Allen shared a video of meeting Sheriff Dave Duchak of Miami County and two other officers at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy on his Facebook page, where he posts photos and videos some of his walks around Ohio.

“It’s great what you’re doing,” Sheriff Duchak told Allen in the video. “We in law enforcement just appreciate the support. There’s so much support out there that’s not getting reported on.

“Law enforcement is not the enemy, and what you’re doing is huge,” the sheriff added.

Miami Valley Today reporter Michael Ullery caught up with Allen on Tuesday when he was passing through Troy, interviewing him about his mission. He said his message is to travel the state to support our law enforcement officers, support the president, and support the United States of America.

“I’m a walking talking flag pole,” Allen told WKEF. “It’s the goodness in these flags people are reacting to.”

Allen plans to continue walking around the circumference of his state, a nearly 1,000 mile journey he expects will take around 100 days to complete. While such a trek would be daunting to some, Allen is excited to keep walking.

“Fall in Ohio is absolutely beautiful,” he said. “Walking 7 to 10 hours a day is absolutely heaven.”

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‘Vigilant’ and ‘gracious’ police officer acts when she notices a fallen American flag. She didn’t know, but it was caught on video.

A police officer in Peoria, Arizona, noticed a fallen American flag while on patrol in the wee hours of the morning last week, and she acted. She didn’t know it, but her patriotic action was caught on camera.

The Peoria Police Department’s Officer Montes, a military veteran, saw a wind-damaged American flag lying on the ground at 3:23 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 9, FOX 10 Phoenix reported. So she picked the flag up, rolled it around the attached pole, and left it on the doorstep for the owner to find later that day.

It was all caught on video by a Ring doorbell camera, and the video was shared by the Peoria Police Department’s Twitter account.

In a note shared with the police department, the flag’s owner thanked Officer Montes.

“I don’t know who she was, but a Peoria PD Officer on watch came to my house at 3:23am this morning. I have her on Ring video,” the note reads. “My American flag had apparently separated from it’s mount during the wind last night, she was vigilant and noticed, and she was gracious enough to roll it up and leave it by my garage door. If she’s reading this, thank you and much respect.”

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White House economic chief Larry Kudlow shares powerful testimony on overcoming his own addictions

President Donald Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, opened up about his own past struggles with addiction on Thursday, delivering a glimpse into his past and humbly offering to others what worked for him in overcoming substance abuse.

What are the details?

During a roundtable discussion for the Office of National Drug Policy led by first lady Melania Trump on Thursday, Kudlow was given the floor to tell his own story.

Kudlow, the director of the United States Economic Council, began by noting that he had just celebrated 25 years of sobriety in July, before explaining, “When the president and the first lady offered me this position — which is the greatest honor of my professional life…it would not have been possible…it would not have been remotely possible. It would have been unthinkable that I could occupy such a job 25 years ago.”

“I was a hopeless abuser of alcohol and drugs,” he continued. “I had tried several times unsuccessfully to get sober. Like a lot of my peers and friends, I went through bloody hell and suffered significant consequences. I’m not alone. Most of us had the same troubles.”

The Daily Mail reported that Kudlow was a “Wall Street star in the 1990s — with chatter he could run for public office — when he revealed he left his job at Bear Stearns to enter a 12-step program in order to deal with his addictions to cocaine and alcohol.”

The outlet noted that “in 1995, his third wife Judith threatened to divorce him when he relapsed. But he did manage to make a recovery and keep his marriage.”

On Thursday, Kudlow referred to his wife of 34 years as “a saint,” saying that their marriage was able to survive “by the grace of God.” He was eventually able to get sober and remain so through the support of Judy and his friends.

“I believe sincerely today it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It forced me to change, seek a new path, return to faith,” Kudlow said. According to Fox Business, “he said that he learned God ‘could and would’ help him beat his addiction to drugs and alcohol.”

Kudlow also spoke directly to those who are currently struggling with addiction. “You will, you can get sober,” he said.

“Those who are still sick and suffering, you can. It’s not easy, but you can get sober and stay sober and you can lead a productive life, and most importantly, hopefully, like myself, we can learn to help other people,”

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A 6-year-old boy is a hero after saving his little sister from a vicious dog attack: ‘If someone had to die, I thought it should be me’

A 6-year-old Wyoming boy is being hailed as a hero for saving his younger sister from the jaws of an angry, charging dog.

What are the details?

In a now-viral Instagram post, Nikki Walker — 6-year-old Bridger Walker’s aunt — detailed the child’s harrowing experience, revealing that the child was bitten several times on his head and face.

Bridger — who had jumped between his younger sister and a neighbor’s dog — grabbed his sister’s hand and began running away to keep her safe.

Walker said that Bridger told her, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”

Bridger’s injuries required 90 stitches to close the wounds on his mouth, cheek, and near his eye.

He was treated at a local hospital and discharged to his home, where he is recovering, according to his aunt.

Walker said that she and her family feels “no resentment” toward the dog’s owners — who the family calls “really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family” — despite the horrific incident.

“We feel no resentment toward them at all, and — if anything — there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident,” she said.

Walker said she decided to share her nephew’s bravery on Instagram in hopes of getting some love from some of his favorite movie heroes such as “Avengers star Mark Ruffalo and more.

“We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks,” she wrote.

What did Walker say in the Instagram post?

In the Instagram post, Bridger’s aunt wrote, “On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.”

“He later said, ‘If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,'” she continued. “After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks.”

Some of the celebrities tagged in Walker’s post did, indeed, reach out to the child and congratulated him on his bravery for protecting his young sibling.

In the Instagram post, Walker also added that her nephew loves geology and collecting rocks, and suggested that those wanting to share their appreciation for Bridger send the child interesting rocks from their localities.

“For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use,” she wrote, and provided a P.O. box for the child to receive the gifts.

Anyone interested in sending rocks to Bridger can ship their parcels to the following address:

Bridger Walker
P.O. Box 22141
Cheyenne, WY 82003

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Peaceful protests persist despite the distraction of continued riots and looting

People are still rioting, looting businesses, and getting in violent clashes with police and civilians alike. This activity has threatened public safety, dominated the media coverage, and undermined the purpose of the protests.

Still, there were many peaceful protests and positive moments as people call for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery; for accountability from police officers in how they exert their authority, and for racial equality and peace. Take a look:

Monday, George Floyd’s brother, Terrence, visited the site where George was killed in Minneapolis. He prayed with those gathered, called for an end to all violence and rioting being carried out in his brother’s name, and encouraged people to fight for change through peaceful protest and voting.

George Floyd death: George’s brother Terrence Floyd says more violence won’t “bring my brother back”

BBC News put together a compilation of uplifting moments from peaceful protests around the country, showing black leaders calling for peace and love, police officers engaging in conversation and acts of solidarity with protesters, and residents cleaning up the damage caused by rioters.

In Chandler, Arizona, a police officer handed out water to peaceful protesters:

And in Pittsburgh, a protester did the same for some officers:

Protests are occurring nationwide in response to recent killings of black Americans. George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25 while being arrested for a nonviolent crime. Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville police officer in March while the officers were serving a no-knock warrant at her home after midnight. Ahmaud Arbery was killed by two Georgia residents who chased him down because they suspected that he had burglarized an unoccupied home under construction.

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Actor Denzel Washington plays hero in real life. Check out what he does for man apparently in distress on LA street.

A viral video of Denzel Washington shows the actor helping a man apparently in distress on a Los Angeles street — and police later said Washington “saved the day” and called him a “very good Samaritan.”

What are the details?

A Los Angeles police officer explained in a video posted by Twitter user
@MoPhoPix that Washington was driving when he spotted a man in the road, became concerned for the man’s safety, pulled over, and helped him to the sidewalk.

Another person recognized Washington — an iconic actor and two-time Academy Award winner — while driving by and called police, according to the officer in the video,
USA Today reported.

A separate video showed some of the May 21 encounter that included Washington — who’s wearing a face mask — speaking to the man, putting his hand on his shoulder, sitting down while talking with police officers, and standing with the man as officers handle the situation.

Image source: Daily Mail video screenshot

Image source: Daily Mail video screenshot

At one point, officers appear to handcuff the man as Washington stands with him — and afterward the actor even tries to put what looks like a bottle of orange juice in his pocket.

Image source: Daily Mail video screenshot

“We intervened, spoke with the individual, and determined that he did not want to harm himself or others, and he was on his way, and Denzel left,” the officer continues in the explanatory video. “Denzel provided him a mask to protect himself from the environment, and that was good. So Denzel helped us today. Saved the day.”

Check it out:

What was the reaction?

A number of Twitter observers couldn’t help seeing Washington’s act of kindness through the lens of this week’s rioting in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, USA Today said:

  • “DenzelWashington did what anybody should do in that kind of situation[.] I would’ve like to know that the people recording #GeorgeFloyd or Those surrounding him could’ve felt safe enough to do the same.”
  • “Can Denzel Washington go to Minnesota and teach a class?”
  • “After what happened to George Floyd, this helped take the edge off. Thank you Denzel Washington.”

Anything else?

As you may have noticed, Washington has gone on record over the last few years with a number of very powerful statements about the importance of faith in God, prayer, family, hard work, and even discerning truth from lies when it comes to the mainstream media.

Remember the inspiring college graduation speech he gave in 2015, featuring his charge that graduates “put God first”? Well, here you go:

The Dillard Commencement Address

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Retired Kansas farmer gets honorary degree after his touching gesture toward NYC medical professionals

Dennis Ruhnke, a retired farmer from Kansas, has been awarded an honorary degree from Kansas State University after his gesture toward New York City medical professionals went viral last month.

Ruhnke first made the news when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tweeted out a picture of a letter Ruhnke wrote along with an enclosed unused N95 mask that he had kept from his days as a farmer. Cuomo’s tweet has had more than 40,000 retweets and 200,000 likes.

In the letter, which Cuomo praised as “humanity at its best,” Ruhnke says, “I seriously doubt that you will read this letter as I know you are busy beyond belief with the disaster that has befallen our country. We currently (as of March 26, 2020) are a nation in crisis. Of that there is no doubt.”

Ruhnke states in the letter that he is “hunkered down in N.E. Kansas with my wife who has but one lung and occasional problems with her remaining lung. She also has diabetes. We are in our 70’s now and frankly I am afraid for her.”

Ruhnke went on to state, “Enclosed find a solitary N-95 mask left over from my farming days. It has never been used. If you could, would you please give this mask to a nurse or doctor in your city. I have kept four masks for my immediate family. Please keep on doing what you do so well, which is to lead.”

Ruhnke’s story came to the attention of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D), who attended a presentation Tuesday in which Ruhke was awarded an honorary degree from Kansas State University.

According to a post on Kelly’s Facebook page, “In 1971, [Ruhnke] was two credits away from earning his degree in agriculture when his father passed away. He chose to leave school to take care of his mother and the family farm. Dennis’ kindness and lifelong career in agriculture make him more than qualified to receive a degree.”

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Tom Hanks sends heartfelt letter to 8-year-old who was bullied for having the name Corona

Actor Tom Hanks recently made an 8-year-old boy’s day by sending a typewritten letter and gift to him encouraging him after he had been bullied for having the name Corona.

The boy, Corona DeVries, had recently sent a letter of his own to the actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, after discovering that they had tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia filming a movie. DeVries, himself from the northern Gold Coast of Australia, felt a connection with Hanks and wanted him to know he was thinking about him.

Along with the unexpected response letter, Hanks — who is a prolific collector of typewriters — also sent DeVries a special Corona brand vintage typewriter as a gift.

“I thought this typewriter would suit you,” Hanks wrote in the letter, asking DeVries to use it to write him back.

The letter reads:

Dear Friend Corona,

Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful! Thank you for being such a good friend – friends make friends feel good when they are down.

I saw you on TV, even though I was back in the USA already – and all healthy. Even though I was no longer sick, getting your letter made me feel even better. You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown.

I thought this typewriter would suit you. I had taken it to the Gold Coast, and now, it is back – with you. Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.

In a handwritten note on the letter, Hanks, the voice actor for Woody from “Toy Story,” told DeVries that “you got a friend in me.”

“It’s awesome,” DeVries after receiving the gift, according to Metaflix. “It’s so old it must have belonged to someone before they gave it to Tom Hanks.”

In an interview with “Today” Show Australia on Thursday, DeVries said that he hasn’t written the letter yet, but he will shortly.

Here’s more about the story:

Aussie boy’s hilarious response to Tom Hanks’ vintage gift | Today Show Australia

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Crook steals car, drives off, ditches it, then tries breaking into nearby residence. But gun-toting homeowner ends his escapade.

Ryan Johnson Davis’ calendar apparently displayed a full schedule Thursday night.

What happened?

Phoenix, Arizona, police said the 32-year-old allegedly stole a vehicle near 51st and Van Buren Streets around 10 p.m., KPNX-TV reported, adding that Davis dished out a minor injury to the owner who fought with the suspect to prevent his car from being stolen.

Davis then allegedly drove a few miles away to the area of 53rd Street and Indian School Road, where he ditched the car and tried to break into a home, KPHO-TV reported.

But the homeowner had a gun — and wasn’t having any of it. KPNX said the homeowner shot Davis.

What happened to the suspect?

Soon after the suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital with an injury that wasn’t life threatening, KPNX reported.

When Davis was released from the hospital, the station said he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for robbery, theft of means of transportation, residential burglary, and trespassing.

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Alleged purse snatcher picks wrong woman to mess with — and pays for it with bite to the wrist, kick in the stomach before arrest

Sheriff’s deputies said that as a woman was walking home Tuesday night in Naples, Florida, a man ran up behind her and forcefully snatched her purse, WBBH-TV reported.

But he picked the wrong woman to mess with.

His victim put up a fight, biting his wrist to get the robber to stop, the station said. And when he didn’t relent, deputies told WBBH that the woman kicked her assailant in the stomach.

Turns out there was something of critical importance in the purse: Her anti-seizure medication, the station said.

What happened next?

As deputies were responding to the incident, her assailant threw the purse and ran, WBBH said.

Fortunately, the woman gave deputies a detailed description of the suspect, and just as she was giving her statement a K-9 found the suspect in a nearby bush, the station said.

And while the suspect wasn’t willing to come out, the K-9 was only too happy to persuade him by delivering a bite, WBBH noted.

The suspect — Jesus Gonzalez — was checked by EMS and taken to jail, the station said, adding that he’s facing charges of robbery by sudden snatching and resisting law enforcement.

Records indicate that Gonzalez, 20, bonded out of jail Wednesday. He’s scheduled to appear in court May 11.

Anything else?

One man reacting to the incident told WBBH, “People ought to be able to walk around at nighttime, and you’ve got these thugs out here wanting to rob somebody. We work hard for what we get … and it’s not right, you know?

Woman fights back when man tries to steal her purse

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‘Heartbroken’ Hoda Kotb breaks down after interviewing star quarterback Drew Brees who’s donating $5M to Louisiana for coronavirus relief

Sometimes TV news personalities feel the emotional weight of the stories and subjects they cover — and Hoda Kotb, coanchor of NBC’s “Today,” is no exception.

What happened?

Kotb on Friday morning interviewed New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees after he pledged $5 million for coronavirus relief to the state of Louisiana, which has been hit hard by the pandemic as businesses have shut down and medical supplies are badly needed.

She told Brees she was “heartbroken” seeing the new struggles citizens are dealing with in New Orleans, a city she covered earlier in her career as an anchor for local station WWL-TV.

“There’s such a need,” Kotb told Brees. “They need hospital equipment, they need all kinds of stuff. And all of a sudden on my Twitter feed yesterday, I looked and it said ‘$5 million’ and ‘Drew Brees,’ and I said, ‘Oh! He came through again!'”

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Brees noted that “there are so many people in need right now” and that the coronavirus is particularly difficult for Louisiana since “we’re a hospitality state” that can’t afford to have its restaurant industry shut down.

On Instagram Thursday, Brees said he and his wife Brittany “will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders, and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”

The couple are owners or investors in the restaurant chains and food delivery service Brees noted in his post, ESPN reported, adding that they have been heavily involved in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities through their Brees Dream Foundation since the quarterback joined the Saints in 2006 and began helping in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“Hang in there and maintain hope,” Brees told those in the state as the interview with Kotb came to a close. “Obviously, we’ve been through a lot of tough times together — whether it’s hurricanes, oil spills, floods. And this is just another one of those bits of adversity that we’re going to come out better on the other side. But we’ve got to stick together right now.”

Kotb added to Brees that she believes “a lot of things are contagious, including generosity” and that she hopes because he made a “big, generous donation” that others will say, “Hey, maybe I can help out, too.”

‘I’m so sorry’

As soon as the interview concluded, Kotb was overcome with emotion and wasn’t able to deliver the tease of program’s next segment, trying to hold back tears and shuffling papers. “I’m so sorry,” she said, her voice breaking.

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“Oh, Hoda, I know it’s a lot,” coanchor Savannah Guthrie told Kotb. “Hoda, I’m so sorry, hon. Take a moment. It’s a lot. I know where your heart is, my dear, I do.” With that Guthrie offered to tease the next segment, to which Kotb replied, “Yes, please.”

In the replies underneath the “Today” video tweet of Kotb’s emotional moment, many commenters said they were touched by her humanity.

“We are in the midst of a world crisis and it’s stressful and hard,” one commenter wrote. “I’m happy to see some honest, caring, and real emotion from the wonderful Hoda.”

Kotb and Guthrie later recapped the interview and Kotb’s emotional moment:

You can watch her full interview with Brees here.

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What do studio vocalists do when COVID-19 forces them to self-isolate? They form a cellphone choir and sing ‘It Is Well With My Soul,’ that’s what.

In these strange days of social distancing and self-isolation, perhaps many of us feel very much alone as we try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

But amid this health crisis, pockets of people have responded by doing what humans often do in hard times — they adapt, they innovate, and they overcome. Like nature forcing its way up through concrete to bloom atop sidewalks, it’s not easy to keep the human spirit down.

And we’re seeing that spirit pop up in more and more places: Companies are switching gears and making medical masks and ventilators to aid doctors, nurses, and the sick. Others are donating what they have to the cause. And people in Italy — one of the nations hardest hit by COVID-19 — recently were caught on video singing to each other from balconies as they self-isolate.

Cellphone choir

Vocalists who sing in recording studios aren’t immune from the coronavirus carnage. In Nashville, among the biggest music meccas in America, background singers have to practice social distancing and self-isolation just like everyone else.

So what do these vocalists do when COVID-19 prevents them from coming together — and likely missing out on performing opportunities they’d otherwise get if not for the limitations the pandemic is causing?

They form a cellphone choir and sing their hearts out, that’s what.

WSMV-TV reported that among the members of this choir are vocalists who’ve belted it out for the biggest stars in the world and all kinds of records.

What are the details?

TenTwoSix Music noted that 31 of these singers used their cellphones during Nashville’s Safer at Home order to “record and lift their collective voices to share a message of hope and encouragement during these challenging days.”

The song they performed? The beloved hymn “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Check it out — and don’t forget your tissues:


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5,000 respirator masks found in crypt of DC National Cathedral. They’d been in storage since 2006 bird flu scare — and now are being donated for coronavirus.

A stonemason discovered what one might call a national treasure.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic that’s depleting much-needed hospital beds and medical supplies around the country, the skilled tradesman happened upon 5,000 masks — the N95 variety — in a crypt in the Washington National Cathedral, the iconic church noted on Twitter.

They are respirator masks, WUSA-TV reported. According to the Food and Drug Administration, an “N95 respirator is … designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The ‘N95’ designation means [it] … blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.”

What’s happening to the masks?

On Wednesday the cathedral said it donated the stash of masks to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Hospital. The cathedral will keep a small number of them for pastoral care needs, WUSA said.

“Seek and ye shall find, apparently,” the cathedral’s Twitter account read. “Today
@WNCathedral sent 3,000 N95 masks to @MedStarGUH and 2000 to @ChildrensNatl after a stonemason found a forgotten stash in the Cathedral crypt. Certified by manufacturer as still good.”

How did observers react?

After a Twitter commenter asked why the masks were there in the first place, the cathedral replied, “We acquired them after the 2006 bird flu scare, and got them to protect our staff and thousands of visitors if we ever needed them in a future pandemic. That future is now.”

Seems like a good news type of tale, right? Indeed, a number of folks commented positively underneath the cathedral’s tweet. “Awesome work!” one commenter said.

But after another user tweeted, “Good news is needed and this is great news!! God surely works in mysterious ways,” someone followed up the praise with “god didn’t buy them.”

With that, a different commenter stepped up to the plate and blasted the naysayer: “I don’t usually bother atheists with my beliefs but really this time just shut the motherf*** up.”

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Home burglary suspect late to meeting with undercover cops to sell stolen items — allegedly because he was busy stealing from another home

An Oregon home burglary suspect was late for a meeting with undercover police officers to sell them stolen items last week because he was busy burglarizing yet another residence, KPTV-TV reported, citing the Portland Police Bureau.

What are the details?

Officers were called to a home on the morning of March 12 where thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen, the station said.

But lo and behold, investigating officers spotted the stolen tools listed for sale on a website, KPTV said.

With that, officers set up a meeting with the suspect — identified as 38-year-old Eric Lamberton — to buy the stolen tools, the station said.

Officers met Lamberton at Southeast 52nd Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard around midnight Wednesday — after which cops identified the stolen tools inside Lamberton’s van and arrested him, KPTV said.

Image source: Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau

Tsk tsk tsk

Police told the station that they learned Lamberton was late to the meeting with the undercover officers because he was burglarizing another home — and fortunately items belonging to the other burglary victims also were inside his van.

Lamberton was booked into jail on multiple warrants from Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, KPTV said, adding that police indicated evidence recovered from the incident will result in additional charges.

(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)

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‘Above and beyond’: Anonymous couple in Texas leave almost $10K tip to help pay restaurant staff

As American restaurants struggle with the financial fallout of the Wuhan coronavirus — formally known as COVID-19 — some anonymous customers in Houston tipped a restaurant almost $10,000 in order to help the owners pay their staff.

According to a story at KTRK-TV on Tuesday, the hefty $9,400 gratuity was left Monday just hours after local officials ordered restaurants to stop serving dine-in customers.

“We were amazed by their generosity. We didn’t expect it. They went above and beyond what was necessary,” restaurant owner Louis Galvan told the Houston Chronicle of the payout. The newspaper adds that the tip came from a couple who eat at the restaurant regularly and was split between cash and a credit card.

Galvan says that the wait and kitchen staff will split the amount evenly, getting around $300 per person.

According to the new restrictions on Houston-area establishments, which went into effect Tuesday morning, bars and nightclubs have to temporarily shut down while restaurants are permitted to offer only pickup, drive-through, or delivery options.

“I know this is very difficult. It’s a difficult time, and that’s why we’re taking extraordinary measures,” Harris County Judge Lina Hildago said of the measures, according to KHOU-TV. “History will say that we prioritized human life. History will say that we erred on the side of action. This doesn’t work unless we all buy in.”

“What we are attempting to do is slow down the progression and not burden our healthcare system,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted of the order on Monday. “Every time we take a step, it does affect people’s lives. Galvan says that, right now, he’s just trying to keep things afloat while paying his employees.”

Meanwhile, government officials around the country have put in place similar restrictions on dining in at restaurants in efforts to slow the spread of the virus, while other businesses have voluntarily opted to close their own dining areas. In guidance issued on Monday, the White House recommended that people avoid eating and drinking at restaurants, food courts, and bars for 15 days as a precautionary measure.

In response to his current circumstances, Galvan said he’s just trying to keep the business afloat while still paying his employees.

“We’re just trying to make it to that window where everyone has a consistent paycheck,” Galvan told CNN. “We’re not even worried about profitability at this point. We’re in survival mode.”

KTRK has more on the story here:

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Texas GOP Gov. Abbott letting restaurants deliver alcohol with food orders to boost sales amid coronavirus social distancing

With the restaurant industry hitting a sudden, staggering slump due to closure orders stemming from coronavirus social distancing, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott offered a statewide reprieve that just may be what the doctor ordered.

What are the details?

Abbott on Wednesday issued an immediate waiver letting restaurants with mixed beverage permits deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers, including beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

The governor’s office said the waiver is in response to the disproportionate financial hardship COVID-19 caused within the hospitality industry.

“The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees,” Abbott said. “These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing.”

Abbott also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive certain provisions to allow alcohol manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to repurchase or sell back unopened product from restaurants, bars, and clubs affected by event cancellations due to COVID-19.

“These next few weeks it’s important to support our restaurants,” Abbott tweeted Wednesday night. “They’re a great source of food for Texans.”

How are folks reacting?

As you might guess, commenters on Abbott’s tweet raised their glasses to him — and some asked him to make the waiver permanent:

  • “So, Gov. Abbott just got re-elected for like, ever. #GodBlessTexas.”
  • “This is fantastic leadership. I hope this is considered to remain after the virus passes — it [incentivizes] doing the right thing if people have had a drink at home and want some food and a beverage with it — they can have it delivered. Brilliant!”
  • “I love you Gov!”
  • “Best governor EVER!”
  • “Love you Abbott! Thank you for taking care of Texas!”
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Seattle woman who recovered from coronavirus has a message for all of us: ‘Don’t panic’

Elizabeth Schneider of Seattle went to a party in late February — and three days later started feeling sick, Agence France-Presse reported.

“I woke up and I was feeling tired, but it was nothing more than what you normally feel when you have to get up and go to work, and I had been very busy the previous weekend,” the 37-year-old told AFP in an interview Wednesday.

But by the middle of the day, Schneider told the outlet she had a headache, fever, and body aches — so she went home and took a nap.

‘A little concerning’

When she woke up, Schneider had a high temperature, which peaked at 103 degrees, the AFP said.

“And at that point, I started to shiver uncontrollably, and I was getting the chills and getting tingling in my extremities, so that was a little concerning,” she added to the outlet.

She picked up some over-the-counter flu medications and called a friend to be on alert in case she needed to be taken to an emergency room — but the fever began to go away after a few more days, the AFP noted.

Schneider had taken note of coronavirus in the news — particularly that the first U.S. case reared its head in Washington in late January — but the bioengineering Ph.D. didn’t have the most common symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, the outlet said.


But a few days later, she saw a friend’s Facebook post stating that several people from the party she attended in late February had developed similar symptoms, the AFP reported, adding that in the end at least five other partygoers were infected.

Some of the party attendees saw doctors, who determined they didn’t have the flu but also didn’t offer coronavirus tests, since they — like Schneider — weren’t coughing or having trouble breathing, the outlet said.

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Knowing that she would also likely be turned down for the test, she decided to enroll in a research program called the Seattle Flu Study, hoping it might provide an answer. The team behind the study sent her a nasal swab kit, which she mailed back and waited several more days.

“I finally got a phone call from one of the research coordinators on Saturday (March 7), telling me that ‘You have tested positive for COVID-19,'” she said.

“I was a little bit pleasantly surprised, because I thought it was a little bit cool,” Schneider admitted, laughing, though her mother cried when she told her.

“Granted, I probably would not have felt that way if I was severely ill,” she said. “But from a scientific curiosity perspective, I thought it was very interesting. And also the fact that I finally got confirmation that that’s what I had.”

At that point, the outlet said, Schneider’s symptoms had subsided, and local health authorities told her to stay home for at least seven days after the onset of symptoms or 72 hours after they subsided.

When she spoke to the AFP, it had been a week for her of feeling better, and Schneider said she’s started running errands but is still avoiding large gatherings and continuing to work from home.

Indeed, the outlet said, Washington has become the U.S. epicenter for coronavirus, with more than 260 cases and at least two dozen deaths, compared to nationwide stats of more than 1,100 cases and 30 deaths.

A message for all of us

Schneider told the AFP that she hoped her story — which likely will be typical of a vast majority of coronavirus cases — could be a comfort to others.

“The message is don’t panic,” she added to the outlet. “If you think that you have it, you probably do; you should probably get tested.”

She also warned in an interview with KING-TV that “I think a lot of people are contracting this virus and not really realizing it.”

But Schneider offered a bit of fun advice as well, the AFP noted: “If your symptoms aren’t life-threatening, simply stay at home, medicate with over-the-counter medicines, drink lots of water, get a lot of rest and check out the shows you want to binge-watch.”

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Knife-wielding man tries to rob employee closing Buffalo Wild Wings for night. But she isn’t about to play victim — and kicks him until he runs away.

A Michigan man most definitely chose the wrong Buffalo Wild Wings employee to allegedly rob at knifepoint — and now he’s paying the price.

What happened?

A female employee was preparing to close the Kochville Township restaurant just after 1 a.m. Monday, Saginaw County Sheriff William L. Federspiel told MLive.

“Toward the end of the night, she went to move her car so it would be closer to the door,” the sheriff told the outlet, adding that after she exited her vehicle “out of the shadows comes this guy.”

The man — who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a covering over his face — asked the woman what time it was, and she told him about 1 a.m., Federspiel told MLive.

“That’s when he pulled out this knife and told her to give him her purse,” he added to the outlet. “He said, ‘Give me your purse’ and called her a name, the B-word.”

‘Fight or flight’

With that, the sheriff told MLive the employee “went into flight or fight mode.”

After she tried getting back into her car and he lunged at and blocked her, Federspiel told the outlet the victim began kicking her attacker in his torso and legs, after which the man took off running.

She called 911, MLive said, and a sheriff’s sergeant in the area found the suspect behind a nearby former Toys R Us store and arrested him.

Police also recovered a folding knife from Justin V. Sabin, 38, of Sebewaing, the outlet said.

The sheriff told MLive the woman wasn’t injured.

What happened to the suspect?

Sabin on Tuesday was arraigned on one count of assault with intent to rob while armed, the outlet said, adding that the crime is punishable by up to life in prison.

The judge set Sabin’s bond at $50,000 cash-surety, MLive said.

Sabin on Wednesday afternoon was listed as an inmate in Saginaw County Jail. He’s scheduled for his next court appearance on March 13.

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Cops arrest two — one charged with hate crime — after elderly Asian man threatened, attacked, mocked on video while collecting cans

San Francisco police have made two arrests in connection with an
elderly Asian man who was threatened, attacked, and mocked on video while he was collecting cans for recycling.

What’s the background?

A disturbing viral video showed an attacker chasing an elderly man in San Francisco and taking a swing at him with a stick or pole while observers stood by, laughed, and recorded the incident on their cellphones. The clip also showed the victim crying as his attacker stole his cans and others mocked the victim. At one point a voice cried out, “I hate Asians.”

Here’s video of the incident (content warning: language, racial slurs):

said the incident took place about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 on Osceola Lane in the Bayview District. The victim, a 68-year-old man, was struck on the back of the head, police said, adding that while he complained of pain, he had no visible injury. Police said a cart full of recyclables was stolen.

Arrests made

Dwayne Grayson, 20, was arrested on charges of robbery, elder abuse, probation violation for a prior robbery conviction, and a hate crime enhancement, police said. Grayson recorded and posted video of the incident on social media, police said, adding that his mug shot is from a 2019 arrest.

Dwayne GraysonImage source: San Francisco Police Department

TheBlaze asked police why Grayson was charged with robbery if he recorded the incident on video, and police replied that investigators “would have probable cause to believe he committed” robbery but provided no further explanation.

Jonathan Amerson, 56, surrendered himself at Bayview Police Station around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, police
said, adding that he was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of elder abuse. The second set of charges stem from an incident about two months ago in which Amerson reportedly robbed the same victim of his recycling materials in the same area, police said.

Jonathan AmersonImage source: San Francisco Police Department

‘He’s a very proud old man’

The victim in the attack was described as a “very proud old man” who came to the United States from China less than six years ago, speaks no English, and earns a living collecting cans rather than accepting benefits or social services, KPIX-TV reported.

“He’s a very proud old man,” Michael Wong of the Community Youth Center of San Francisco told the station. “He’s been doing it for several years. Going out every day. He said he went around to the place where the incident happened, and he knows the African-American people living there. He said they are very kind to him. Some neighbors collect cans and give them to him.”

When the CYCSF asked the victim if he applied to any agencies for benefits, welfare, housing, Wong told KPIX that man answered, “‘No, no, no.’ He has stopped working so he makes a living just picking up cans. And his wife is a part time IHSS worker. Home health supportive work services, taking care of seniors. So, very low income. Living in the Bayview.”

Wong added to the station that the victim believes in being independent.

“He keeps saying, ‘I don’t need benefits. I just want to go out and pick up cans and make a living,'” Wong said.

However, the youth center started a GoFundMe page for the victim and collected over $40,000 as of Monday afternoon — and the page noted that “after discussions with the family and relaying the community’s messages of support, the family has decided to graciously accept donations through CYC. The funds raised through this campaign will go to help the family financially with rent, utilities, and other bills.”

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Ax-wielding man busts through back door of home where mom is with her kids. Unfortunately for him she’s an armed off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

An ax-wielding man was on a bit of a rampage Tuesday afternoon in Apopka, Florida, attempting to break into multiple homes in the Rolling Oaks subdivision, WFLA-TV reported.

Finally he arrived at a home on Yvonne Street around 5:30 p.m. and used the ax to smash through the back door, authorities told the station.

What happened next?

Inside the residence were children and their mother, WFLA said — but this mom also happens to be an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy.

Fearing for her life and for the lives of her kids, the off-duty deputy shot the intruder multiple times in the lower half of his body — but he still got inside, the station said.

The intruder wrestled with the deputy — but the two-year vet got the upper hand and managed to handcuff the suspect, WFLA reported.

When more deputies arrived at the scene, they used tourniquets to stop the intruder’s bleeding, the station said.

It was the first time the deputy used her department-issued gun, WFLA said.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina told the station the deputy has been “trained to react to something like this, but we don’t expect that in our own home.”

Authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Steven Thayer, WKMG-TV reported, adding that he’s was in stable condition and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling with a deadly weapon.

Steven ThayerImage source: Orange County Sheriff’s Office

“This could happen to anyone, but our deputies are trained to protect ourselves, protect our communities, and this person broke into a deputy’s home with an ax — and who knows what his intentions were — but anyone like that is going to be met with lethal force by our deputies, and I think she did a great job,” Mina told WKMG.

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Newlywed cops enjoy off-duty date night at restaurant — until armed masked man walks in demanding cash. The lovebirds win this one.

Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown serve on the Elizabethtown, Kentucky, police force — and just got married six months ago, WDRB-TV reported.

They met when he was a patrol officer and she was a dispatcher, WEVV-TV said, citing the department.

“At our church, we’ve been focusing on marriage,” Chase McKeown told WDRB, adding that weekly date nights also have been encouraged.

Image source: WDRB-TV video screenshot

So, on Saturday the off-duty couple drove to Louisville to enjoy a date night at Raising Cane’s restaurant, the station said, adding that the eatery holds a special place in their hearts since it was the first spot they had a meal after their wedding.

But their fun wouldn’t last.

What happened next?

At one point 30-year-old Justin Carter walked into the restaurant wearing a mask, WDRB said, citing an arrest report — and police said he pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

“I think we kind of both saw him at the same time,” Nicole McKeown told the station.

She figured Carter was wearing the mask because it’s flu season, and he might be sick — but WDRB said that as she continued watching, she knew something wasn’t right.

Turning to her husband, she said, “That’s kind of odd,” the station noted.

Image source: WDRB-TV video screenshot

Then the couple realized a robbery was in progress, WDRB said.

Chase handed his cellphone to Nicole and told her to call 911, the station said — but she wasn’t about to let him handle this one solo.

“No,” Nicole recalled to WDRB, “I’m gonna help my husband.”

The jig is up

Surveillance video shows the McKeowns leaving their booth with their guns drawn and racing over to Carter.

Image source: WDRB-TV video screenshot

With that, he dropped his gun and ran out the door, the station said.

Image source: WDRB-TV video screenshot

But the husband-and-wife cops were in hot pursuit.

Image source: WDRB-TV video screenshot

WDRB said they held Carter at gunpoint a few blocks away until Louisville police arrived to arrest him.

Carter has pleaded not guilty to robbery, receipt of stolen property, and being a felon in possession of a gun, the station said.

Image source: WDRB-TV video screenshot

‘We are extremely blessed that they chose to dine with us’

Detective Dan Mason of the Louisville police said the McKeowns acted “honorably and heroically,” WDRB reported.

“We are extremely blessed that they chose to dine with us,” a Raising Cane’s representative added to the station. “It’s because of good people like Chase and Nicole who give us good hope for tomorrow … we’ll never be able to thank them enough.”

Anything else?

Chase said he and his wife don’t feel like heroes, noting to WDRB that their “training kicked in.”

Nicole added to the station that they’ll definitely be returning to the scene of the crime for another bite to eat: “Oh absolutely, I love Raising Cane’s.”