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Police officer helps homeless man with shave so he can get job

A good deed caught on camera shows how police in Tallahassee, Florida, serve and protect their community.

The Tallahassee Police Department posted the video of Officer Tony Carlson helping an unidentified homeless man get a job, WTXL reported.

Carlson was at a local McDonald’s when the man applied for a job, but the restaurant said they couldn’t hire him because of his beard, WTXL reported.

So Carlson helped the man, grabbed some clippers and helped shave the beard away while they stood outside a gas station next door, according to WTXL.

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A person recorded the video and shared on social media. 

Toronto shooting: 2 killed, suspect dead after gunman shoots 14 in Greektown, police say

Two people were killed and the suspect is dead after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday, police said.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 8:05 a.m. EDT July 23: The slain suspect was a 29-year-old man, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said in news release Monday morning.

The release, citing “preliminary information,” said the man “fired shots at groups of people several times” along Danforth Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday, hitting “several people” and fatally injuring two people.

“Officers located the man on Bowden Street and an exchange of gunfire took place,” the release continued. “The man fled the area and was located, deceased, on Danforth Avenue.”

The unit, which has assigned three forensic investigators and six investigators to the case, looks into “reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault,” the release said.

Update 7:51 a.m. EDT July 23: A second victim has been pronounced dead after a gunman opened fire late Sunday in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood, Toronto police tweeted Monday morning.

>> See the tweet here

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister tweeted his condolences Monday morning to the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Toronto.

“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery,” Trudeau tweeted. “The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.”

>> See the tweet here

Update 2:01 a.m. EDT July 23: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the child in critical condition is an 8- or 9-year-old girl, the Washington Post reported. He described the victim who was killed as a “young lady,” according to The Associated Press.

No further information about the condition of the victims was immediately available.

Saunders said the shooter used a handgun in the rampage and was killed after exchanging gunfire with officers. The shooting did not appear to be random, Saunders said.

One witness, John Tulloch, said he heard as many as 30 gunshots, the AP reported.

A video circulating on Twitter appeared to capture the sound of gunfire.

>> Click here to watch (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Update 1:06 a.m. EDT July 23: The child who was shot, a young girl, is currently in critical condition, according to Toronto police.

Police say it is “too early to say whether the shooting is terrorism,” The Associated Press reported.

One city official, Councillor Paula Fletcher, said the shooting was not gang-related. Fletcher and Councillor Mary Fragedakis also said the gunman was emotionally disturbed.

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David Bowie’s first demo found in bread basket, auction set for September

A bread basket held a secret of rock ‘n’ roll history -- the first demo track recorded by then unknown David Jones. No not that Davy Jones of Monkees fame, but the singer who would become David Bowie.

A demo of “I Never Dreamed”, recorded by a then 16-year-old saxophonist, was found in an old bread basket, The Guardian reported.

Bowie was part of his first band, The Konrads, which made the recording. Bowie left the band citing artistic differences, The Guardian reported.

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The tape was found by band member David Hadfield. Hadfield was the band’s drummer and manager. He was moving when he found the recording in a bread basket that had been owned by Hadfield’s grandfather. 

He also found booking forms, photographs, promotional sketches, letters and bills. The treasure trove was found in a loft above a garage, The Guardian reported.

The tape, which is described by the auctioneer as , “completely unique and of great historical interest, being the earliest studio recording of a fledgling musician who would go on to super stardom,” will go on the auction block in September, NME reported

The never-before-released recording is expected to bring in at least $13,000 at an auction.

A new box set will be released later this year. “Loving the Alien” will contain eight albums that date from 1983 to 1988 and will also include previously unreleased content. It is scheduled for release on Oct. 12.

Bowie died on Jan. 10, 2016, surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Man accused of abusing toddler, causing irreversible brain damage, police say

A Georgia man was arrested after he allegedly abused a 2-year-old boy, causing the toddler to have irreversible brain damage and flatline twice before being revived, authorities said.

Pedro Tamayo, 27, of Marietta, was charged with felony aggravated battery and first- and third-degree child cruelty, according to a warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was arrested Thursday after the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force discovered he left the area and went to Dallas, Texas. 

>> Mom gets 40 years for murder of 2-year-old son who wet bed, gave her ‘sideways look’

The alleged assault took place June 20 in the 3000 block of Nature Walk Trail. The child’s mother initially told police she was home with the boy when he began having diarrhea, bleeding from the mouth and ears and breathing abnormally, according to the warrant.

She later changed her story and said she was at work and the child, along with his sisters, ages 5 and 8, were home alone with Tamayo, warrants allege.

The 8-year-old girl told authorities the toddler defecated on himself, prompting Tamayo to take him into the bathroom to bathe him.

The girl then said she heard “hysterical crying” until the boy suddenly stopped crying, according to the warrant. The girl then entered the bathroom and said she saw her brother and Tamayo on the ground with the toddler bleeding from his mouth, nose and hip, the warrant said.

>> Baby found dead after mom left him home alone for 10 hours while she worked, police say

Tamayo, after noticing the child’s breathing was abnormal, immediately left the home with the toddler, according to the warrant.

The toddler was originally brought to WellStar Cobb Hospital and was treated for wounds to his head and midsection, the warrant said. The child was later airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite after additional injuries were discovered, raising concerns.

During the flight, the child flatlined twice and needed to be revived twice with CPR, according to the warrant. 

Upon arrival, the toddler required a shunt to reduce pressure to the brain, but officials said he experienced an extended period of oxygen deprivation to the brain, causing irreversible damage. 

The extent of the damage isn’t known yet, but a CT scan revealed the brain bleeds that were not an accident, authorities said. The boy remained in a coma a day after the alleged abuse, according to the warrant. Authorities have not provided an updated condition. 

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The toddler’s injuries were described in the warrant as redness, bruising and blistering on his buttocks, in addition to abrasions and bruises to his mid-back, legs, abdomen, upper chest, left side of the neck, forehead and behind both of his ears. Authorities said the toddler’s genitals and thighs also suffered severe swelling, bruising and abrasions. 

During their investigation, authorities discovered Tamayo was previously deported from the United States in 2012, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Glenn Daniel said in a statement. 

Tamayo remains in the Dallas County Jail, awaiting extradition.

Ga. lawmaker urged to resign after using racial slurs, dropping pants in TV show

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday.

Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened legal action to prevent the network from airing footage of him.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston calls on State Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after Spencer appeared on a TV show using a racial slur and exposing himself. Spencer said last week he was tricked into appearing on Sacha Baron Cohen's show.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) July 23, 2018

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In a statement shortly after the episode aired, Ralston said Spencer’s actions and language in the video are “reprehensible,” according to our investigative partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AJC.com.

“Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” said Ralston. “Georgia is better than this.”

Other Republican leaders also swiftly condemned Spencer. Secretary of State Brian Kemp removed the lawmaker from his list of endorsements ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff for governor and urged him to apologize.

Gov. Nathan Deal called his language “appalling and offensive.”

“There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever,” said Deal, “and I am saddened and disgusted by it.” Although Spencer was defeated in the Republican primary in May, he remains a state legislator until the new class of lawmakers takes office after the November election. 

 

The actions and language used by Jason Spencer are appalling and offensive. There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it.— Governor Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal) July 23, 2018

 

Cohen, who played an Israeli military expert, persuaded Spencer to take part in what he was told was a counterterrorism video. Cohen gets him to yell racial epithets and shimmy his exposed rear-end toward purported attackers screaming “USA” and “America” by saying it will ward off terrorists.

In the show’s closing minutes, Spencer returns to the screen with a “message to the terrorists.”  He then repeats a racial slur, this time threatening to cut off an attacker’s genitals. Then it shows him stabbing a knife into the groin area of a dummy clad in a black hijab, and shoving another item in the dummy’s mouth. The segment ends with him reminding the audience he’s an elected official - and a Georgia peach logo.

The New York Times called the segment the “most humiliating yet to air” on Cohen’s show, which last week featured several Republican lawmakers and gun rights supporters backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners to use firearms.

Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the show’s producers “took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone” to convince him to appear on the program. 

“They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” said Spencer, who said he was denied the chance to have final approval over what will air. “This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”

Spencer has declined further comment, and could not immediately be reached late Sunday about Ralston’s demand for his resignation. Showtime has denied that Cohen or the show’s producers acted improperly. 

Spencer was defeated by a Republican challenger after four terms representing a conservative southeast Georgia district, where he grabbed headlines that enraged lawmakers from both parties despite having little influence in the Legislature. 

He faced calls for resignation late last year after he warned a black former state legislator that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continued to call for the removal of Confederate statues in South Georgia. 

And Republican leaders roundly criticized his legislative proposal that would bar women from wearing burqas on public property, forcing him to withdraw the legislation.  

This year, he shifted his focus toward a bill that would have allowed adult survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits. The bill didn’t pass amid stiff opposition from the Boy Scouts and some other nonprofit organizations.

As word spread about the footage early Monday, other groups echoed Ralston’s demand for Spencer’s resignation. Among them was the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has long tangled with Spencer. 

Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the director of the group’s Georgia chapter, said “enough is enough.”  “The ignorance and malice behind Islamophobia has led Mr. Spencer to not only pursue bad policy,” he said, “but engage in humiliating and hateful behavior unbecoming of anyone - especially a state legislator.”

This article was written by Greg Bluestein with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Lawmaker who used racial slurs, dropped pants on Sacha Baron Cohen show urged to resign

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday.

Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the N-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened legal action to prevent the network from airing footage of him.

In a statement shortly after the episode aired, Ralston said Spencer’s actions and language in the video are “reprehensible.” 

“Rep. Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” Ralston said. “Georgia is better than this.”

>> On AJC.com: Georgia lawmaker duped by Sacha Baron Cohen: This is why Trump won

Although Spencer was defeated in the Republican primary in May, he remains a state legislator until newly elected lawmakers take office after the November election. 

Cohen, who played an Israeli military expert, persuaded Spencer to take part in what he was told was a counterterrorism video. Cohen gets him to yell racial epithets and shimmy his exposed rear-end toward purported attackers screaming “USA” and “America” by saying it will ward off terrorists.

In the show’s closing minutes, Spencer returns to the screen with a “message to the terrorists.” 

He then repeats a racial slur, this time threatening to cut off an attacker’s genitals. Then it shows him stabbing a knife into the groin area of a dummy clad in a black hijab and shoving another item in the dummy’s mouth. The segment ends with him reminding the audience he’s an elected official  and a Georgia peach logo.

>> Trump tweets fiery warning to Iran's Rouhani: 'Never, ever threaten the United States again'

The New York Times called the segment the “most humiliating yet to air” on Cohen’s show, which last week featured several Republican lawmakers and gun rights supporters backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners to use firearms.

Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the show’s producers “took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone” to convince him to appear on the program. 

“They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” said Spencer, who said he was denied the chance to have final approval over what will air. “This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”

Spencer has declined further comment and could not immediately be reached late Sunday about Ralston’s demand for his resignation. Showtime has denied that Cohen or the show’s producers acted improperly

Spencer was defeated by a Republican challenger after four terms representing a southeast Georgia district, where he grabbed headlines that enraged lawmakers from both parties.

He faced calls for resignation late last year after he warned a black former state legislator that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continued to call for the removal of Confederate statues in South Georgia. 

>> Read more trending news 

And Republican leaders roundly criticized his legislative proposal that would bar women from wearing burqas on public property, forcing him to withdraw the legislation.

This year, he shifted his focus toward a bill that would have allowed adult survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits. The bill didn’t pass amid stiff opposition from the Boy Scouts and some other nonprofit organizations.

As word spread about the footage early Monday, other groups echoed Ralston’s demand for Spencer’s resignation. Among them was the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has long tangled with Spencer. 

Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the director of the group’s Georgia chapter, said “enough is enough.” 

“The ignorance and malice behind Islamophobia has led Mr. Spencer to not only pursue bad policy,” he said, “but engage in humiliating and hateful behavior unbecoming of anyone – especially a state legislator.”

Police officer killed in crash while pursuing suspect in Washington state

A police officer in Kent, Washington, was killed in a crash Sunday morning while pursuing a suspect on State Route 516.

Another police officer was seriously injured

Family and friends confirmed on Sunday to KIRO-TV’s Deborah Horne that the Kent officer killed was Officer Diego Moreno.

Police were pursuing a suspect in a red truck, which witnesses identified as being involved in a shooting Sunday morning.

>> On KIRO7.com: PHOTOS: 1 Kent police officer killed, 1 injured in pursuit of suspect

Officers chased the truck on westbound State Route 516 near Meeker Street. At one point, the vehicle made a U-turn and sped off.

Washington State Patrol officials said a Kent police officer deployed spike strips. Preliminary information is that the officer deploying spike strips, Moreno was hit by a responding officer pursuing the suspect.

A second officer involved in the pursuit was involved in a crash and rushed to Harborview Medical Center, officials said.

Kent police said that officer was in critical condition Sunday morning.

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Officials said the vehicle being pursued later crashed near State Route 167 and one person was arrested. An unknown number of people ran from the scene.

Kent police said Moreno was an eight-year veteran of the department.

A post on the department's Facebook page reads, “his contributions to our department, and positive impact on his co-workers and the community, have been significant.”

>> See the post here

Police and fire agencies around Washington state shared their sympathies Sunday with the Kent Police Department.

>> On KIRO7.com: See thoughts shared with the department here

SR 516 was closed for investigation.

– Visit KIRO7.com for the latest on this developing story.

Trump tweets fiery warning to Iran's Rouhani: 'Never, ever threaten the United States again'

President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to issue a fiery, all-caps warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who told Trump hours earlier to stop "playing with the lion's tail ... or else you will regret it."

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"To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE," Trump wrote in the 11:24 p.m. tweet. "WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!"

>> See the tweet here

Iranian state media called Trump's tweet "passive" and said he was just imitating previous remarks from Iranian leaders, The Associated Press reported.

Trump's comments came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech slamming Iran, comparing its government to the mafia and accusing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, of having "his own personal, off-the-books hedge fund called the Setad, worth $95 billion."

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"Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitized to the regime’s authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence abroad, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government’s many abuses – and the United States under President Trump will not stay silent, either," Pompeo said Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California. "In light of these protests and 40 years of regime tyranny, I have a message for the people of Iran: The United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you."

>> Watch his speech here

Pompeo's official Twitter account later shared several quotes from the speech. 

>> See the tweets here

 

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Family makes emotional plea after daughter's wheelchair disappears

A Massachusetts family is issuing a desperate plea after a Brighton girl's wheelchair disappeared from their driveway.

The 6-year-old girl with special needs depends on her customized wheelchair to get around, and her parents believe it could be months before they replace it.

The family keeps the wheelchair in the driveway because it's difficult to carry up and down the stairs. 

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They say they're not sure why someone would take it, but they want the thief to know how much this is already affecting their child's life.

"She's pretty much stuck. She's big. She's heavy. We have to carry her everywhere," said Gabriella Rodriguez, the girl's mother.

Rodriguez has been carrying her daughter, Maliyah, since her wheelchair vanished Friday.

"I panicked because it's the only thing she has to get around," Rodriguez said.

>> On Boston25News.com: New wheelchair allows 12-year-old with cerebral palsy to enjoy beach

Maliyah suffered brain damage during a traumatic birth and isn't able to walk on her own. Her family is struggling to understand why someone would take the girl's only source of mobility.

“It’s horrible. Not only is it a wheelchair; it’s a child’s wheelchair," said Marina Rodriguez, Maliyah's grandmother. "For someone to come onto our property and take it is disgusting."

Maliyah's father believes whoever took the wheelchair did so intentionally but perhaps didn't realize how much it means to his child.

“You don’t have to say anything. I don’t care if it’s in the middle of the night, just give it back. We just want it back," said Keith Roberts, Maliyah's father. "That way I don’t have to go through the hassle of getting a new one."

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The family says it could take up to six months and could potentially cost them thousands of dollars, even after insurance.

Without it, her parents don't think she'll be able to attend summer camp this week. 

"We will not press charges; no questions asked. Just bring the wheelchair back," Marina said.

A report has been filed with police.

Mexican-American man recovering from stabbing he says was racially-motivated

Police are investigating a stabbing the victim believes was racially-motivated.

The victim, Humberto Sanchez, 26, needed 25 stitches and told Channel 2's Michael Seiden he believes he is targeted because of his skin color.

The assault happened at a bar in Kennesaw on July 13.

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Sanchez, who works in construction and lives in Marietta, said he had just spent a night out with coworkers when two white men approached him and started making racist comments, asking if him if he had any drugs for sale. 

He said they accused him of being a member of a Mexican drug cartel 

“They were like, 'Yeah, you have it. Can I get some?’ I was like, ‘No. I don’t even know what you're talking about,” he said.

Sanchez said he felt uncomfortable and decided to start walking toward his car, parked at another bar about a mile away. But about five minutes into his walk, Sanchez said a car pulled up from behind him and someone got out.

"That’s when I got hit from the back and I got cut. I didn’t even second guess what was going on. I ran, I ran," he said.

Sanchez ran for his life and immediately called his family who alerted police

He said he believes his attackers are the same men who confronted him outside the bar.

“I just want to get everything over with, hopefully these guys get caught," he said.

An employee at the bar told Seiden racism won't be tolerated and said they handed over surveillance video to police in hopes of identifying the attackers.  

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