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Implant in bicep presents alternative opioid treatment

Few doctors in the Seattle area are prescribing Probuphine, but one who is offering the new implant finds it a welcome choice for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.

 

Dr. Barbara Mendrey said she currently has two patients on Probuphine, which involves surgically placing four, one-inch sticks just below the skin on the arm. The implant, approved last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is meant to stay there six months during which it releases a steady flow of medication.

 

Mendrey said the implant works best for people who are already in recovery and who have been stable on about 4 to 8 mg of Suboxone and have paired the medication with counseling. Suboxone is a drug prescribed by doctors to wean patients off of opioids in a controlled manner.

 

One of Mendrey’s patients is Jason Fry.

 

“I should have been dead thousands of times,” Fry said.

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Fry, 42, told KIRO 7 that he was first introduced to opioids as a 12-year-old, when he was prescribed medicine after surgery. Three years later, he tore a ligament in his ankle playing sports in school, after which he was again prescribed strong pain-killers like Hydrocodone.

 

“It was like an instant love addiction,” Fry said. “Just a powerful thing. And it just kind of snowballed and grew and grew and grew.”

 

He said the problem grew until he could take up to 50 Vicodin pills a day without much effect. He said he sometimes stole pills or went to Canada to buy them, though most of his supply came from prescriptions.

 

“It’s like a little devil sitting on your shoulder, and he runs the show,” Fry said.

 

After years of addiction, Fry said his wife at the time laid out all of his pill bottles, which covered the entire dining room table. He was urged to seek treatment, so he went to a facility in Idaho for more than a month.

 

“I was so done living that way. It was exhausting. It’s like this spider web of lies,” he said.

 

Fry came back to the Seattle area and began treatments of Suboxone.

 

About six months ago, Mendrey told Fry about the possibility of implants in his arm. He had the surgery done two months ago.

 

Fry said the prospect of trying a solution that not many people have experienced is exciting.

 

While there is little research to show what should be done the implant has run its course for six months, Mendrey said the manufacturer, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, recommends replacing it with another implant.

 

But if the patient wants to wean off Suboxone entirely, Mendrey said it’s possible to remove the implant and go back to the pill-form of the medication in lower dosage.

 

The benefit of the implant is that it cannot be stolen, accidentally accessed by children, forgotten, or misplaced.

 

Mendrey said patients who are on Suboxone sometimes feel fine and mistakenly stop taking the medication. This causes severe withdrawal symptoms. The implant prevents that scenario.

 

“Some people view it as a crutch. It’s not a cure. It’s a treatment,” Mendrey said. She said that people using this narcotic in a controlled, legal manner, at a low dose, makes them functioning members of society, compared to opiate addicts who may abuse prescriptions or attempt to obtain drugs illegally.

 

The out-of-pocket cost for Probuphine can be more than $4,000 for the six-month implant.

Mendrey, who is not being compensated by Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, said the company has been working with insurance companies and offers a program for people who cannot afford the medication.

Restaurant worker fired for allegedly writing 'cops,' 'pigs' on police officer's receipt

An employee at New Jersey’s Romanelli’s Garden Cafe is out of a job after allegedly leaving an offensive message on a police officer’s receipt, according to WCAU.

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A photo of the receipt circulated social media, showing the words “cops,” “pigs” and “puercos” — which means “pigs” in Spanish — written on the officer’s bill.

The restaurant owner was quick to respond to the incident, posting a message on Facebook in which he said the note was written by one of his employees and called the worker's behavior “gross and disrespectful.”

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“I wanted to reach to everyone and apologize about an earlier post about a receipt that was handed over to police officer,” the owner wrote on the cafe’s Facebook page. “I find this very gross and disrespectful. We have reprimanded the employees involved. We support our local police department and all forms of law enforcement. I am the owner I have grown up in this town and I have always relied on the local police dept. to keep my self and my family and friends safe. I would appreciate it you could understand our frustrating situation. We would like to just let let everyone know we do not condone this type of behavior here.”

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In a reply in the comments section, the owner explained that the restaurant “handled this with termination,” indicating that the employee in question was fired.

'Wrestling moves’ kill toddler, police say; mother, boyfriend charged

A Missouri couple are facing charges after a 2-year-old died after her mother’s boyfriend performed what he called “wrestling moves” on the little girl.

Police and EMTs responded to a call last week that a child was having seizures. She was taken to a Jefferson County hospital where she later died, KTVI reported.

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Police said that the unnamed girl had obvious signs of trauma when they responded to the home.

Police eventually arrested the girl’s mother, Cheyenne Cook, 19, and her boyfriend, Richard Gamache Jr., 24, accusing them of torturing the toddler, KTVI reported.

Police said that Gamache used what they called “wrestling moves,” including a “Batista Bomb,” on the 2-year-old, KTVI reported.

Police told the television station they also found evidence that the couple tried to hide signs of abuse.

Police said that Cook knew about the abuse but did not intervene or get medical help for her daughter, KTVI reported.

Gamache was charged with abuse of neglect of a child and was granted a $500,000 cash-only bail, St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. Cook was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and has a $2,500 cash-only bail.

Massive landslide blocks scenic California highway

Part of California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway is covered in dirt and rocks after a landslide covered the highway near Big Sur.

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Many believe that PCH is one of the country’s most scenic drives in the country, but more than a million tons of dirt has buried between a quarter to a third of a mile of California State Route 1 in about 35 feet of dirt, CNN reported.

The landslide also fell into the ocean.

The highway has been closed, and officials are not sure when it will reopen.

No one was injured in the landslide. Officials had closed the highway before the slide because crews had been trying to remove dirt from an earlier slide. Work had been stopped, and equipment had been removed before this weekend’s slide because of threats of more landslides, CNN reported.

7 things to know now: Manchester bomber; Trump meets pope; bodies found in Everest tent; Jon Stewart

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Suspected bomber named: Police in England said Tuesday that Salman Abedi, 22, was the suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured nearly 60 when he detonated a bomb at an arena in Manchester. Abedi did not act alone when he attacked the crowd as they left a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande, the country’s home secretary said. Manchester police have arrested four men in connection with the bombing.

2. Trump meets pope: President Donald Trump met and exchanged gifts with Pope Francis Wednesday. The two had never met in person but exchanged tweets during the past year. Pope Frances attacked Trump’s plan for a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, and Trump said the pope “would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President” if and when the Vatican is attacked by the Islamic State group.

3. Brennan testifies: John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, told Congress Tuesday that he personally told Russian officials to stop meddling in the U.S. election. Brennan said he could not say whether anyone in Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russian officials, but he warned the Russians amid growing concerns over their contacts with people in Trump’s campaign.

4. Bodies found in tent: The bodies of four climbers were found inside a tent on Mount Everest Wednesday, according to authorities in Nepal. The tent had been pitched at the highest camp on the mountain. The bodies were discovered when a team of rescuers arrived to remove the body of a Slovak climber who died over the weekend. Ten people have died on Everest this climbing season.

5. No Jon Stewart show: HBO will not be producing a new show from comedian Jon Stewart. The show, a short-form digital animated project, proved to be too difficult to produce and distribute “given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material," a joint statement from Stewart and HBO read. The statement said the network has other projects planned with Stewart.

And one moreSean Hannity said Tuesday that he would no longer talk about the 2016 shooting death of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee employee. The move came after Fox News removed a story about Rich’s death from its website, claiming "it was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting." The report suggested a link between Rich and the publication by WikiLeaks of thousands of emails from the DNC. Hannity had talked about Rich’s death but said he would no longer do that after Rich’s family requested that he stop.In case you missed it

 

Sean Hannity speaks out after Fox News retracts Seth Rich story

Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was shot and killed in 2016 in what authorities have said was an attempted robbery.

Since his death, some conservative media outlets have suggested that Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks – a claim Rich's family said it had "seen no evidence" of – and may have been killed for political purposes, CNN reported. Recent developments regarding former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and the investigation into any potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s administration and the Russian government also were met with stories suggesting a cover-up in Rich’s death.

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The slain DNC staffer’s family has since asked outlets to stop touting the conspiracy theory, according to CNN.

On Tuesday, Fox News retracted one of its stories about Rich.

Many wondered how Fox News anchor Sean Hannity would react, as he has spent a great deal of time discussing the conspiracy theory.

On Tuesday, Hannity told his radio audience that he would stay the course.

“I feel so badly for this family and what they have been through and what they are going through,” he said, mentioning the family’s desire to “find the truth.” Hannity also said he sent his “thoughts and prayers.”

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From there, Hannity said finding a connection between WikiLeaks and a whistleblower in the DNC – “take Seth out of it” – was important as “the Russia collusion narrative is hanging by a thread.” Hannity suggested that the existence of the whistleblower would show that the source of the WikiLeaks revelation came from an internal source, not Russia.

“These are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask,” he said, promising to “do the mainstream media’s job.”

“And all you in the liberal media, I am not FoxNews.com. I retracted nothing,” he added.

Audio from Hannity’s show was shared by several sources, including liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America. The Fox News anchor accused the organization of trying to get him fired, referencing its published list of his advertisers:

But later Tuesday evening, Hannity appeared to soften his tone during his television show.

"Out of respect for the family's wishes for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time," Hannity said.

He added, “To the extent to my ability, I am not going to stop trying to find the truth. ... And at the proper time, we shall continue and talk a lot more." 

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'Dancing With the Stars' crowns new winner

Congratulations to Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, the new winners of "Dancing With the Stars."

Jennings came into night two of the two-part finale on the top of the leaderboard. On Monday night, he and partner Slater performed two back-to-back flawless routines that left the judges and audience on their feet. He first performed a flawless Viennese waltz followed by a funky freestyle that earned high praises from the judges.

After part one of the finale, it was clear Jennings had his game face on.

For part two, Jennings and Slater performed a cha-cha and tango fusion as their “24 Hour Challenge.” Slater applauded Jennings’ willingness to “go there” throughout the season.

Bruno Tonioli called the performance “dazzling” and told Jennings he was a “rising star” throughout the competition. Len Goodman shared that was surprised Jennings made it to the finals and applauded him for making it all the way to the end. And fans will be happy to hear that Jennings is joining the summer “DWTS” Summer Nights tour.

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The duo earned 39 out of a possible 40 points.

The pair smiled as Jennings took one more final bow with his new trophy surrounded by his fellow season 24 competitors.

Monica Lewinsky rips Roger Ailes for launching 'culture of exploitation'

Monica Lewinsky penned an op-ed piece in the New York Times ripping former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who died last week.

She opened her piece by saying her words are not meant to be another obituary for Ailes, but "I hope, instead, an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally,” she wrote.

>> Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77

She continued, “Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day.”

>> Medical examiner: Roger Ailes' death was accidental

She emphasized that their tactic worked like a charm. The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal hooked viewers as it unraveled, turning casual viewers into Fox loyalists. Fox cemented itself as the No. 1 news station, where it has remained for the last 15 years. Lewinsky also said that last year, the network made about $2.3 billion.

Lewinsky called it “a culture of exploitation,” and she railed on the environment fostered at Fox News and other cable news networks that use titillating stories to drive ratings.

"Their dream was my nightmare. My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly,” Lewinsky wrote. “Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings. My family and I huddled at home, worried about my going to jail — I was the original target of Kenneth Starr’s investigation, threatened with 27 years for having been accused of signing a false affidavit and other alleged crimes — or worse, me taking my own life. Meantime, Mr. Ailes huddled with his employees at Fox News, dictating a lineup of talking heads to best exploit this personal and national tragedy."

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Lewinsky said the firing of Ailes after sexual harassment allegations, and more recently the firing of disgraced former Fox News ratings king Bill O’Reilly following multiple sexual harassment allegations and some $13 million in settlements paid to women, shows that Fox News’ culture extended beyond the ratings game.

“The irony of Mr. Ailes’s career at Fox — that he harnessed a sex scandal to build a cable juggernaut and then was brought down by his own — was not lost on anyone who has been paying attention,” Lewinsky wrote.

NFL loosens up celebration dance rule

The National Football League is relaxing some rules around celebration dances for players, according to an announcement from Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday.

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“We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown," Goodell said a letter to fans. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”

The New York Times reported that the decision was made by NFL owners as one of several rule changes at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago Tuesday.

Other rule changes include decreasing regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10, allowing two players to come off of injured reserve instead of one, banning jumping over the line to block kicks, and the elimination of one of the preseason roster cuts.

The letter lists some examples of celebrations that will be allowed under the new policy: 

  • Using the football as a prop after a touchdown, such as simulating a basket ball jump shot with a football,
  • Celebrating on the ground -- such as making snow angels, and 
  • Group demonstrations, like a coordinated dance move.

Those approved types of celebrations, allowed after scores, are illustrated in the letter in GIF form. 

Still, it’s not a free for all, ESPN reported.

“In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition and setting good examples for young athletes,” Goodell said. “That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent will still be penalized.”

So things like weapon imagery, such as a machine gun simulation, or sexually suggestive acts -- like Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s end zone twerking, are still things that can be penalized.

The strategy may lessen the number of unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties called on touchdowns. According to ESPN, the 2016 season had the highest number of penalties of the past five seasons with 29 called. Of the past three seasons, it has the highest cost of fines for touchdown celebrations at $310,301, up more than $240,000 from the 2015 season.

Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Authorities continue  to sort out what happened Monday night when a man who police believe was a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside an arena in Manchester, England.

The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

At least 22 have been confirmed dead and 59 injured as of 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Here's what we know now about some of the victims:

Amanda Seyfried is in love with being mom

In March, Amanda Seyfried and husband, Thomas Sadoski, welcomed their first daughter together.

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And it’s been a dream come true for the new mother, according to a red carpet interview with E! Online.

“Man, I love being a mother... I love my family so much. I couldn’t, like, be more in awe of my life right now,” she told a reporter from the website at the debut for the “Twin Peaks” relaunch.

>> RELATED: It’s a girl for Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, who just welcomed their first child together

One question is on everyone’s mind: When will we see the baby? Seyfried, of “Mean Girls,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Veronica Mars” and “Twin Peaks” stardom, has always kept her private life just that: private.

Even her wedding was witnessed by just a minister and her dog.

It seems as if it might be some time before we see pictures of her daughter, whose name we don’t even know yet. E! asked when to expect her to debut their baby, she said “I probably never will. I probably never will. She’s a secret.”

Theresa May upgrades UK terror threat to highest possible level

In the wake of yesterday’s suicide bombing in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned the United Kingdom that another attack may be “highly likely,” if not “imminent.” May also announced that the nation had raised the national terror threat level to its highest possible level: critical.

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The prime minister also announced that military units would be deployed alongside police to maintain order and public safety, the BBC reported. Armed service members will patrol concerts, sports matches and other high-priority targets to add additional security.

>> RELATED: President Trump won’t call terrorists monsters — he’s got a much harsher term for them

It is only the third time in history that the United Kingdom has formally raised the threat level in this manner. The threat level also reached critical in 2006 and 2007.

May and other politicians temporarily suspended campaigning in the wake of the suicide bombings. The United Kingdom is scheduled to vote on June 8, which is year, just two weeks from now.

The death toll stands at 22, with nearly 60 people still hospitalized.

New footage shows teacher kissing his young student on lips

Recently obtained surveillance video shows a Florida teacher kissing a 10-year-old male student in his classroom.

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Brian Kornbluth, 28, was arrested in February after the principal at Somerset Academy in Boca Raton reported the incident to police. The principal told police that he had been notified by another teacher about Kornbluth’s unusual requests to have certain students moved into his class. The principal then repositioned the camera in Kornbluth’s classroom so that it faces his desk, leading to the discovery of his inappropriate conduct.

The video, which was recently released by police, shows the February incident in which Kornbluth was alone in his classroom with a student. In the footage, the student walks over to the teacher’s desk, where Kornbluth then briefly kisses him on the lips.

When police interviewed the student’s sister after reviewing the video, she informed them that the teacher had also kissed her once when she was attending the school. Kornbluth was also accused of trading gummy bears for kisses. He later admitted to kissing the student, but denied kissing his sister.

Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to one battery charge and was sentenced to a year of probation. His attorney indicated that he is not currently teaching, but plans to continue his career as a teacher at another school, which she claims he is allowed to do while on probation.

School staff members caught on camera fighting in classroom

A teacher and a paraprofessional were caught on camera fighting in front of students at Stone Mountain Middle School on Friday.

Video shows at least two students trying to break up the fight, but it didn’t work. Another staff member had to intervene to stop the two adults from punching each other.

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“I mean that’s not a good example in front of kids. That was just bad,” parent Valerie Stewart said. “We send our kids to school to learn, for an education, not to sit there and witness a fight between two adults.”

School officials are investigating why the fight broke out. Both staff members have been removed from the classroom during the investigation.

“I really couldn’t believe it. Like I thought it was kids fighting and then found out it was teachers. It was just bad,” student Madison Hall said.

The school sent a letter home to parents Monday telling them that two staff members were “engaged in a physical altercation that caused a major disturbance in a classroom.” The letter assured parents that both adults will face appropriate discipline.

School officials declined an on-camera interview while the investigation is open, but sent a statement that said, “The interaction and conduct in the video is completely unacceptable and contrary to our district’s tenets and core principles. Those staff members that participated in the conduct have been removed from the learning environment.”

School officials said both staff members have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in a public place.

The staff members are still employed by the school district because the school is a public entity, and by law, employees can keep their jobs pending the outcome of an investigation.

Tampa Bay mayor’s joke about shooting media, watch them ‘cry like little girls,’ falls flat 

 A Florida mayor’s joke about firing blanks from a machine gun at the media has landed him in hot water. 

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who joked about pointing the gun at reporters as part of a military exercise, said he has told that same joke before but it didn’t get much criticism until he told it again at a Special Operations Industry Conference last week, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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“The first place I point that gun is at the media,” Buckhorn said to a room of more than 1,000 attendees, the Times reported. “I’ve never seen grown men cry like little girls, for when that gun goes off those media folks just hit the deck like no one’s business. It’s great payback. I love it.”

Buckhorn’s words went viral, leading to dozens of complaints made to City Hall. In a statement, his spokeswoman told the Times that Buckhorn, the son of a wire service reporter and brother of a CNN cameraman, respects the media and didn’t intend to offend anyone with his joke.

>> Related: Toddler recovering after shooting himself

Buckhorn, who is part of the Democratic Party, dismissed complaints made by war correspondents at first, saying they were silly, but the story gained national attention, and the mayor’s spokeswoman said his joke was never meant to be taken seriously, the Times reported.

The two-term mayor will leave office in 2019 because of term limits.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

Police: Manhunt underway for killers who lured 2 people in Craigslist-type transaction

A multiagency manhunt is underway for the people who allegedly killed two men during a robbery in Georgia.

Sheriff Joe Chapman said the two men were lured to Clegg Farm Road in Social Circle, Georgia, on Monday to be robbed. They ended up being shot.

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Tire marks can be seen where a truck veered off the road and crashed into the fence. Investigators said the victims had posted something on a website -- it was that item the suspects were after.

“With the ambulance, the fire truck and the police tape going up, it looked more like a crime scene,” neighbor Larry Sneed said.

Sneed said the crash happened about 150 yards from his driveway. He said a truck had veered off the road and slammed into his neighbor’s fence.

“This is something more than a one-car accident,” Chapman said. “Two people had been shot. There were two fatalities.”

Chapman said the victims were lured to the county.

“Robbery. It was a transaction, some social media-type transaction, Craigslist-type situation,” Chapman said.

The sheriff said the two victims drove 75 miles from Meriwether County to sell an item they had advertised online. Something went wrong during the transaction and both men ended up shot to death, investigators said.

Chapman said a 16-year-old is in custody and charged with two counts of murder and aggravated assault.

Investigators don't think he acted alone.

“We're looking for any and all persons involved,” Chapman said. “It is a current and ongoing investigation continuing as we speak … one more, two or three more."

The sheriff has put up a $5,000 reward for an arrest and conviction.

“We're not Atlanta. This doesn't happen every day so (we’re putting) all effort we have into it,” Chapman said.

There are five agencies actively working on this case.

If anyone knows anything about this crime, they are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff's Office at (770) 267-6557 immediately. 

Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need.

“I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.”

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For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations in their area. She passed away in 2015, but Clayton has continued the tradition.

“She was a seamstress,” said Clayton. “I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame, because I was always an outside person.”

Clayton came up with the idea for the project after talking to his son, who is a police officer. He said police blankets go a long way to help comfort those in need.

“We could show up to a crash, and the weather could be like it is now, where it’s nice and cold, and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.

>> Related: Elderly couple dies holding hands after 62 years together

Clayton spends some of his own money to make the blankets, but most of the money comes from friends, family and others who hear about the work and want to help.

 

Ariana Grande back in Florida hometown after concert bombing

Ariana Grande has reportedly returned to her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, after her Manchester, England, concert was the site of a terrorist bombing on Monday night.

According to E News, Grande and her mother Joan Grande were greeted at Boca Raton Airport earlier today by boyfriend and musician Mac Miller. Sources from People magazine reported that as she departed the private jet, the 23-year-old singer “looked distraught and like she has been crying. They hugged for a while before they headed to a waiting car.”

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The Daily Mail reported that she was taken to the home of a family member in a gated community.

Grande, who had just finished her set at the Manchester Arena before the explosion that killed at least 22 people and injured more than 50, had previously tweeted her disbelief at the situation, saying,“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry.”

According to TMZ, Joan Grande, who was at the Manchester show with her daughter, helped get some scared young fans sitting near her in the front row backstage to safety.

Related: Manchester explosion: Ariana Grande's mother reportedly helps fans to safety

The suspect who detonated a suicide bomb near one of the exits has been identified by police as Salman Abedi, 22. The ISIS state has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shortly after Monday’s explosion, Grande reached out to longtime friend Misha Lambert, whose father, songwriter Dennis Lambert, said, “No sooner had I heard the first reports when my daughter Misha called to say she was in touch with Ari and all of her people are safe and unhurt.”

Senior student barred from Christian school's graduation because she's pregnant

Maddi Runkles is a senior at The Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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With a 4.0 grade point average, athletics commitments and a leadership role in the school’s Key Club, she was all set to graduate this spring.

Then came her son, Grayson.

Runkles learned she was pregnant in January. The Heritage Academy, a conservative Christian school, considers premarital sex a violation of its code of conduct, as do many institutions with similar values.

Despite the fact that she attends a Christian school, she said she considered an abortion. A 2014 study found that nearly 60 percent of women who have abortions identify as Catholic or Protestant.

“I had worked so hard for (graduation), and I made one mistake, and all my hard work was being taken away from me,” she told WUSA-9.

WUSA-9 reported that she was first removed from her position on the student council and suspended for two days. She was also told that she’d be forced to finish the school year at home, by herself.

But that changed when a group of students and parents petitioned the school to allow her to finish the year.

“I mean, all I did that was wrong was just have sex before marriage, which they don’t agree with,” said Runkles, who said carrying the child was“the right decision.”

That’s not how her high school sees it. Principal Dave Hobbs planned to tell the entire school about her pregnancy and resulting suspension, according to Students for Life, an anti-abortion group that’s gotten involved on her behalf.

When interviewed, Hobbs said the school’s code of conduct is applied on a case-by-case basis, but that the school has already been generous in allowing Runkles to finish her school year on the premises.

Her father, Scott Runkles, said he resigned from his position as a member of the school’s board because of how his daughter was treated.

Read more at WUSA-9.

Man ‘dared’ United crews to ‘drag him off’ flight

People aboard a United Airlines plane chanted “lock him up” as a “disruptive man” was escorted off a flight, authorities said. 

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The flight from Shanghai to New Jersey was reportedly delayed for hours Sunday because a man allegedly commandeered a row of seats and wouldn’t get out of a seat that wasn’t his, NBC4 reported. 

While passengers were deplaning, it was unclear what happened to the unidentified man, according to NBC4.

Read more at NBC4.

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