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Dad arrested for breaking traffic laws in rushing daughter to hospital; nurses bond him out

Hinkle admitted he does not have a valid driver’s license and said he was speeding on the way to the hospital on Thursday, but said he did it because his 1-year-old daughter was choking on a penny.

He said by the time he arrived at the hospital, more than a handful of police officers with different agencies were behind him.

Hinkle said he was taken into custody once he arrived at the hospital.

The 1-year-old’s mother said she arrived at the jail when a woman she didn’t recognize was there to bond Hinkle out.

That’s when she learned a group of nurses chipped in money to bond the father out.


Nurse adopts girl who had no visitors during hospital stay

Smith said she began visiting Gisele at the end of each workday. (Liz Smith)

Gisele, was born at 29 weeks gestation in July 2016, and was diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome due to her birth mother’s drug use during pregnancy.

According to Franciscan Children’s blog, Gisele, who was born weighing just under 2 pounds, spent three months in the NICU on ventilator support before she was transferred to Franciscan Children’s, and had developed an oral aversion.

The infant had allegedly no visitors during her time at Franciscan Children’s, except for 45-year-old Smith, who herself had recently learned that she was not a good candidate for IVF.


Suspect arrested after 10-year-old girl dies following apparent road rage shooting in Phoenix

20-year-old Joshua Gonzalez,
20-year-old Joshua Gonzalez,

“He was ready to start shooting. I got out of my vehicle, and asked him, ‘What’s going on?’

Because he stopped at my house,” said Dharquintium. “I asked him, ‘What’s up?’ And he just got to firing.

He shot my car, and he shot me, and he shot up my house and he killed my daughter.”

Officials identified the suspect as 20-year-old Joshua Gonzalez, who was booked into jail on a count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Police say they have had numerous contacts with the suspect in the past.


59-Year-Old Man Attempted Oral Sex On 11-Year-Old Boy, Asked For Nude Photos

A criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court stated that 59-year-old Russ John Van Dassor met the victim and his family through church in 2017.

The following year, Dassor invited the boy over to his home three times to help him make things in his workshop.

During the boy’s first visit to Dassor’s home, the accused took him out to play games.

He also let the boy ride his car and made him sit on his lap. During the second visit, Dassor made the boy watch an adult movie and instructed him to not tell anyone about it.

The man also told the victim to take photos of his genitals and
send it to him by email.


NIGERIAN CHILD BRIDES AS YOUNG AS 10 YEARS OLD SOLD TO OLD MEN VIA FACEBOOK

Girls as young as 10 years old, known culturally as “money women” or “money wives,” are sold to much older men in exchange for money or traded goods.

While the tradition of child brides far predates the era of social media, some argue that Facebook has made the marketing of these young women very easy and widespread.

The article emphasizes the fact that this practice, and Facebook’s role in it, is not limited to just Nigeria, but spans across Africa, with one recent case involving a young girl from South Sudan.

The girl’s father allegedly discussed the sale of his daughter with five separate bidders, some of which were reportedly senior officials in the South Sudanese government.


Chiropractor who served in the Navy faces charges in North Dakota quadruple homicide

Mug shot for Chad Isaak, 44, a North Dakota chiropractor charged with killing four people Monday at a buisness that manages rental properties. (North Dakota Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Program)

Chad Isaak, 44, of Washburn, N.D. was arrested Thursday, three days after the killings at RJR Management, a business that collects rents for property owners, including the suspect’s landlord.

The murders happened in Mandan, a town near the state capital of Bismark with a population of 22,000 and a tiny police force.

There hadn’t been a murder in Mandan since 2016.


A man fell off the edge of the Grand Canyon, the third visitor death in eight days

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, pictured in 2017. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

On March 28, another visitor tripped while taking a photo.

The tourist from Hong Kong fell over a 1,000-foot rim near the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The horseshoe shaped bridge, a famous observation and photo sight on the Hualapai reservation, was closed to the public the following day, the Associated Press reported.

Two days earlier, on March 26, another male body was discovered by authorities in a forested area nearby a hiking trail.

A National Park Service spokeswoman said that Wednesday’s fatality was the “first over-the-edge death” at Grand Canyon National Park this year; the March deaths happened outside the national park’s boundaries.


FEDERAL COURT RULES KENTUCKY ABORTION ULTRASOUND REQUIREMENT IS CONSTITUTIONAL

Under the law, HB2, physicians must show an ultrasound image and play audio of the fetal heartbeat before a woman is allowed to have an abortion.

Women are permitted to look away from the ultrasound and ask that the volume of the heartbeat, if present, be turned down.

Doctors who violate the law face up to $250,000 in fines and possible suspension or revocation of their medical license.

“We hold that HB 2 provides relevant information,” Judge John Bush wrote in the decision, according to the Journal.

“The information conveyed by an ultrasound image, its description and the audible beating fetal heart gives a patient a greater knowledge of the unborn life inside her.

This also inherently provides the patient with more knowledge about the effect of an abortion procedure: it shows her what or whom she is consenting to terminate,” Bush wrote in the decision, the Journal reported.

A heartbeat typically becomes detectable between six and nine weeks in pregnancy.

Pro-life activists stage rescue at abortion clinic

While the House GOP remains steadfast in its effort to force a vote on the born alive bill, grass roots activists are doing all they can to discourage abortions in towns and cities across the country.

One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.


Comedian absolutely nails AOC impression

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has signature facial expressions and body movements that are made to be imitated.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has signature facial expressions and body movements that are made to be imitated.

The impression is terrifyingly spot-on.

Limperis captures Ocasio-Cortez’s emphatic way of announcing her syllables and characteristic hand movements.

She knows exactly where she places her gaze and just how often she twists her neck in a mini-fit of irritation.


N.Y. Fed raises U.S. second quarter GDP growth view near 2%

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is growing at a 1.95% annualized pace in the second quarter based on a stronger-than-expected report on domestic manufacturing in March, the New York Federal Reserve’s Nowcast model showed on Friday.

“Positive surprises from the ISM manufacturing survey accounted for most of the action,” the New York Fed said on its website.

Meanwhile, the N.Y. Fed’s forecast program estimated U.S. gross domestic product likely grew at a 1.40% pace in the first quarter, compared with a 1.31% projection the week before.

Politics:


Democrat Congresswoman Tired of Republicans Trying to Stop Infanticide: “Oh My God, They Just Will Not Quit”

Democrat congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Democrat congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

The federalist author puts things into perspective for Schakowsky:

This purpose of this bill is not to limit the abortion entitlement, however. As freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas put it:

What this bill says is during an attempted abortion, and the baby is actually born alive, should the doctor actually save it?

Now the next question you might ask is, why are we doing this?

Is this a question that actually needs answering?

Well no actually, because of policies proposed in Virginia and New York and Vermont, we feel that we actually have to put this into law.

We actually have to put into law that a baby born with ten fingers and ten toes and a heartbeat, a baby that is breathing, deserves to live because it has value, because it is a human life.


BETO O’ROURKE PAID HIS AND HIS WIFE’S COMPANY $110,000 IN CAMPAIGN FUNDS

Amy Sanders O’Rourke, wife of Beto O’Rourke, listens to her husband. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Either O’Rourke or his wife owned Stanton Street — a small web development firm that O’Rourke founded in 1998 — during the vast majority of those payments.

Such payments are legal, so long as the campaign is charged for the actual cost of the services, but ethics watchdogs have criticized the practice as a form of self-dealing.

O’Rourke’s wife, Amy Sanders O’Rourke, took over Stanton Street as the Texas Democrat entered Congress in January 2013. She controlled it until early 2017.

Amy O’Rourke sold her stake in the company on March 31, 2017, according to Beto O’Rourke’s 2017 year-end financial disclosure report. He listed the sale value in the $100,001 to $1 million range.

Beto O’Rourke doubled as both candidate and treasurer during his first congressional campaign in 2011 and 2012, according to FEC records.

Beto for Texas paid the candidate’s own business for services including “consulting” and “social media” during that time, FEC records show.


Rhetoric vs. reality: Kamala Harris’ progressive platform undercut by prosecutor past

Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., arrive at the chamber for the final vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, at the Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press)

But Harris’ legacy remains on the state’s books: She pushed a state-wide truancy law modeled after her San Francisco program.

It has resulted in hundreds of parents in often less affluent and less politically liberal California counties being prosecuted.

Harris’ approach at the time was considered smart politics for a politician seeking to run statewide.

Throughout her career, Harris worked to win over powerful police unions.

She refused to support a bill requiring her office to investigate shootings involving law enforcement officers.

In 2015, she declined to back statewide standards for body cameras, arguing that individual departments should decide how to use the technology.

A scathing op-ed published in January in The New York Times, written by a law professor who directed the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, kickstarted renewed scrutiny on Harris.

World News:


Libya at risk of descending (back) into civil war

A local militiaman, belonging to a group opposed to Libyan renegade general Khalifa Hifter, stands on an armored vehicle the group said they seized from Hifter’s forces at one of their bases in the coastal town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, April 5, 2019, hours after Hifter’s forces were pushed back from a key checkpoint less than 17 miles from Tripoli. GETTY

Since the 2011 civil war that led to the toppling and murder of longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Libya has been divided in two, with rival governments in east and west.

An array of mostly Islamic extremist groups, along with criminal gangs, have all capitalized on the chaos for almost a decade, carving out small fiefdoms and running weapon and human trafficking rings.

Hifter, with his Libyan National Army (LNA) defenders, is based in the eastern city of Torbruq, while the nation’s capital city Tripoli is home to the U.N.-backed Government of the National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

Social media accounts that back al-Sarraj’s government said Friday that he had signed a decree ordering airstrikes and the use of military force in defense of “civilians and critical facilities against terrorists, criminal groups.”


May’s Brexit talks with Labour stall, delay request fails to convince EU

May wrote to Brussels asking European Union leaders to postpone Britain’s exit from next Friday until June 30.

But they have insisted that she must first show a viable plan to secure agreement on her divorce deal in the deadlocked parliament.

Labour, which she turned to reluctantly after failing three times to get her deal passed, said the government “has not offered real change or compromise” in three days of talks.


Storms kill 3 in Brazil; 20,000 evacuated in Paraguay

About 3 inches (77 millimeters) of rain fell overnight in the Piaui state capital of Teresina, flooding a neighborhood and killing three.

In neighboring Ceara state, meteorologists say 6.4 inches (162.3 millimeters) of rain fell on the city of Granja so far in April.

That’s flooded the Coreau River. Meteorologists say rains are expected to continue through Friday.

Commentary/Opinion:

When Is It A Baby?

DC weighs in on when human life begins and when human rights begin.