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A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.

The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States.

Tragic photo shows toddler and dad who died trying to cross the Rio Grande

TRAGIC: This image of a young father and his toddler, lying dead along the southern border, reveals the grim reality facing many Central American migrants who make the dangerous journey to America.https://cbsn.ws/2IOWA0z... Read More

Medal of Honor: ‘He saved his entire squad’

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) — President Trump presented Staff Sergeant David G. Bellavia the Medal of Honor on Tuesday. Bellavia is the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the honor.

Bellavia was recognized for his actions on November 10, 2004 during the second battle of Fallujah. Bellavia’s platoon was clearing a block of buildings when armed insurgents attacked. Bellavia took action, killing and wounding insurgents and single-handedly saved his entire squad, according to the Army... Read More

Police seek person who threw 2 kittens from vehicle

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey are seeking the person who threw two kittens from a vehicle.

Toms River police posted on Facebook witnesses observed a passenger in the vehicle toss the kittens onto Route 70 on Saturday night. One of the kittens was struck and killed by another vehicle.

On Saturday June 22, 2019 at approximately 8:00 PM police were called to the intersection of Route 70 and Massachusetts…

Posted by Toms River Police Department on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The second kitten was rescued, but ran off into the woods and has not been found.

Police say the vehicle was a red Nissan Pathfinder with black roof racks... Read More

What’s Driving You Crazy? – Pedestrian Safety

Speaking
out about pedestrians and their role in their own safety

Faytima
says that what’s driving her crazy are:

”Pedestrians who cross when drivers have the turning arrow right of way and they have the don’t walk sign. Besides jaywalking, some of them even take their time crossing. Also: pedestrians with no physical ailments who take their time crossing and holding up traffic trying to make a turn before a light turns red. Drivers are to yield to let them cross, but that doesn’t give pedestrians a reason to stroll leisurely or focus more on their phones/companions than crossing the street.”

Excellent points, Faytima.

Just about any law enforcement agency or safety advocacy group will for sure point out the importance of pedestrians looking out for themselves. Yes, drivers have plenty of responsibility when it comes to pedestrians, but anyone walking across any intersection can certainly help themselves make it safely to the other side... Read More

Substitute teacher fired for filming pornographic video in classroom

EL CAMPO, Texas (AP) — A Texas school district has fired a substitute teacher after receiving a tip that she made pornographic videos that included footage recorded in a classroom.

The Victoria Advocate reports investigators believe the videos were recorded last month at El Campo High School, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southwest of Houston.

The El Campo School District says the teacher had worked in the district for three months and was fired last week.

Police say no students or other staff members were involved in the videos, portions of which were filmed in a classroom and workroom and were apparently intended for the internet. El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill says the woman “closed the door and had clothes on” in the school footage and that no criminal charges are expected... Read More

Las Vegas home prices are fastest-growing in the nation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Home prices in Las Vegas are the fastest growing in the nation, bucking a trend of lower prices among many big cities.

Southern Nevada prices were up 7.1% from April 2018 to April 2019 in the S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller index released Tuesday. The rest of the country saw a more modest, 3.5% gain over that same period.

Vegas home values grew more any of the other 20 large markets in the survey for the 11th consecutive month. Our neighbors in Phoenix were not far behind with a growth-rate of 6%, followed by Tampa, Florida at 5.6%. Nine of the 20 cities reported greater price increases in the year ending April 2019 versus the year ending March 2019. ... Read More

As the weather warms up, scorpions are escaping the heat

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – As the weather continues to warm up, many people around the valley aren’t the only ones trying to escape the heat. So, are scorpions.

Pest control services say they’re dealing with an influx of calls.

“I’m an entomologist and a pest control technician,” said Grady Jones.

Jones works at Delcon Termite & Pest Control in Las Vegas.

“We had some different weather this year. So, it was cooler longer,” Jones said. “We’ve been getting a ton of scorpions this year a ton of calls.”

The cooler temperatures gave scorpions more breeding time.

“I can do spiders, snakes, other bugs,” said Emily Elzeftawy. “There is just something about scorpions.”

Now, scorpions are being spotted all across the valley. Elzeftawy uses glue traps to catch them.

“The bark scorpion, the smaller scorpion, is significantly venomous,” said Jones. ... Read More