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Matt Moniz summits Everest; next up Lhotse

2 hours 23 min ago

MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL 29,029ft – Boulder resident Matt Moniz stood on top of the world on May 19.  Moniz climbed with close friend and professional mountain guide Willie Benegas of Salt Lake City.

During the summit push Moniz and Benegas moved quickly in good weather (dry, low wind speeds).  Matt texted on his Delorme inReach, “We went way to fast, we are burrowed in at south summit waiting for the sun.”

Matt Moniz GPS Track.

This marks the 3rd 8,000meter peak for 20-year-old Moniz including Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyo.  It’s the 12th Everest summit for 49-year-old Benegas.

Moniz was stopped twice before on Everest.  First, in 2014 by an ice serac falling onto the Khumbu Icefall, and 2nd by the 2015 earthquake.

Next up, Moniz and Benegas will use their acclimatization from Everest and attempt Mount Lhotse the 4th highest peak in the world at 27,940ft/8516m.  Geographically, Lhotse sits next to Mount Everest.

Skiing the Lhotse Face

On May 2, Moniz and Benegas skied the Lhotse Face.  The ski descent was ruled illegal without a ski permit by the Department of Tourism and their permit to climb Everest and Lhotse was put in jeopardy.  The government later decided against any legal action and the two were allowed to climb.  Click here to read the full story as reported by the Himalayan Times.

NASA Twin Study

Moniz and Benegas are trying to recreate NASA’s Twin Study while on Everest.  It involves drawing samples of their blood, saliva, and feces.  Moniz affectionately refers to it as the “Vampire Kit”.  It’s a fascinating story and is reported in-depth by mountaineer Alan Arnette in his blog.

Matt Moniz is a sophomore at Dartmouth College studying Biomedical Engineering.

Matt Moniz and Willie Benegas.


Morning fog, scattered afternoon thunderstorms possible to end weekend

5 hours 3 min ago

DENVER -- Low clouds and fog will slowly dissipate throughout the Sunday morning hours. We'll see a few peeks of sunshine during the midday hours across the Front Range, helping to boost temperatures into the mid 60s.

A few scattered thunderstorms will be possible for the Foothills and I-25 corridor during the afternoon hours.

Storms will first form over the higher terrain, gradually moving east across I-25. Storms will be capable of producing heavy rain, strong wind and small hail. Conditions will stay dry along the Eastern Plains. Any storms that form will clear out by the evening and early overnight hours.

Temperatures will drop into the mid-40s to start the day on Monday with mostly cloudy conditions. Monday's forecast looks very similar to Sunday, with temperatures about ten to fifteen degrees warmer. Highs will reach the upper 70s and lower 80s to kick off our work week with afternoon thunderstorms possible.

The Denver metro area will stay mainly dry Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the low 80s.

We'll see a slight change in our pattern by Friday, bringing back in the chance for scattered thunderstorms to end the work week and start the weekend. Temps look to stay above average, topping off in the low 80s heading into the upcoming weekend.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes, use restrooms

5 hours 14 min ago

SEATTLE — Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers.

Starbucks said it has told workers to consider anyone who walks into its stores a customer, “regardless of whether they make a purchase.”

The company said anyone can use its cafes, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is a safety threat.

“We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome,” Starbucks said in a statement.

The two men who were arrested April 12 in Philadelphia were awaiting a third person for a meeting. One of them was denied use of a restroom because he hadn’t bought anything. A worker called police, and the men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested. They spent hours in jail before they were released.

The incident, video of which was posted on social media, was a major embarrassment for the coffee chain. Starbucks has long projected itself as a socially conscious company and promoted its stores as a neighborhood gathering place.

In response to the arrests, Starbucks plans to close more than 8,000 of its U.S. stores on the afternoon of May 29 for racial-bias training for its employees.

The men who were arrested settled with Starbucks earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. They also reached a deal with Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from city officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.

Chatfield High School graduate with cerebral palsy walks across stage

14 hours 3 min ago

LITTLETON, Colo. -- When Carson Covey was born, his family knew his life would be full of challenges.

The Littleton teenager has cerebral palsy. However, he has never allowed the condition to define him.

"His whole entire life, [he] has wanted to be treated like everyone else," Covey's mother Theresa Major said.

Covey once helped the Chatfield High School football team score a touchdown. He graduated from the school on Thursday at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Two years before the graduation, Covey told his twin sister he had a special goal for the ceremony.

"He said he wanted to walk across the stage," said Brynne Covey.

Brynne, who also graduated on Thursday, was committed to making her brother's dream come true.

Carson went to countless hours of therapy to prepare.

On Thursday, with the help of a walker, Carson fulfilled his dream and he walked across the stage at Red Rocks to receive his diploma.

"I was holding my camera. I thought I would take some video and pictures. And I was so overwhelmed, I just put my phone down and bawled into my husband’s shoulder," Theresa said.

"The feel of anticipation quickly turned into amazing," Carson said through his computer. "So, I feel like it was empowering. For two years, I have been working at this," he added.

"I really do believe that was what he was trying to tell us: 'Hey, stop being lazy and get after it'," Carson's coach Bret McGatlin said.

New statewide push encourages parents to ask about about opioid alternatives

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:35

DENVER -- When a doctor prescribes a child an opioid for pain, many parents may not think about asking for alternatives.

There is a new effort in Colorado to encourage parents to speak with their kids' doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers about treatment options that avoid highly addictive opioids.

When 16-year-old Hayden Kozlow had her wisdom teeth removed, the nurse offered her a prescription for an opioid painkiller to use after surgery. However, her mother did not want to take it.

“I said, 'We don’t need a painkiller.  We’ll just go with Tylenol.' And she was insistent ,” said DeEtte Kozlow, Hayden’s mother.

The Sedalia family took the prescription, but did not use it.

“We used ice, we used Tylenol,” DeEtte said.  But she wishes there had been more of a conversation about possible alternatives.

“I had a friend pass away in December of 2016 from a heroin overdose. 8o percent of heroin addicts get started with prescription drugs, so it was a big red flag for me,” she said.

Of course, there could be a time when patients want to take the opioids, but experts recommend asking about options.

“It should not be a judgement whether you do or you don’t.  I think the important thing is that there is an active dialogue,” said Kent MacLennan with advocacy groups SpeakNowColorado.org and Rise Above Colorado.

He says parents should educate themselves about the drug their child is prescribed and for how long it is prescribed.

“One thing that we do know is that the developing teenage brain is more susceptible to addiction,” MacLennan said.

He suggests parents go to SpeakNowColorado.org and take a look at the new web page devoted to helping parents talk to their children and their healthcare providers about the risks of prescription medications.

Parker Road reopened following seven-vehicle crash

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 22:24

AURORA, Colo. -- Police closed northbound South Parker Road because of a crash involving seven vehicles on Saturday night. Westbound Quincy Avenue was also shut down.

Shortly after 10:15 p.m., the Aurora Police Department said the roads had been reopened.

The closure was near Parker Road's intersection with East Quincy Avenue.

UPDATE: NB Parker Rd is closed and WB Quincy is closed at this location. https://t.co/Uh1CAwyfy7

— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) May 20, 2018

An officer on the scene said a driver on westbound Quincy ran a red light. They initially struck two vehicles, but a total of seven became involved.

The driver suspected of causing the crash is at a local hospital. APD said there were no serious injuries.

The officer told FOX31 speed and alcohol and/or drugs are likely factors in the crash.

APD originally said Parker Road was closed in both directions.

Denver ready for 13th running of Colfax Marathon

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 21:33

DENVER -- Sunday's forecast is going to be perfect for people participating in the Colfax Marathon. The damp, cool conditions are exactly what some veteran runners say they like.

Thousands of runners from 47 states and a number of countries will descend on Denver for Sunday's race. It's a 26.2 mile run that goes up and down what is often touted as America's main street

In addition to the full-length marathon, there are 5-kilometer, 10-mile and half-marathon runs.

Early Sunday morning, participants will make their way to City Park for the start of the 13th Colfax Marathon.

“It’s Denver’s only marathon,” Marathon CEO Andrea Dowdy said.

Because the race goes up and down a major road, traffic could be an issue Sunday morning. Drivers should prepare for road closures and delays along the race route.

A map of the route can be found by clicking here.

While most of the race is along Colfax Avenue, runners will also cruise through downtown and around Sloan's Lake Park.

“Basically Havana out to Wadsworth, no don’t be on Colfax in the morning," Dowdy said.

“Its more than just a race, it’s a community," Patrick Rizzo, a veteran runner said.

Patrick Rizzo has ran the race for more than 10 years. This year he is expected to finish first in the half marathon race.

“I travel around the country and around the world racing and I can say very few have the atmosphere that this race has,” Rizzo said.

Quadruplets graduate from high school together

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 20:57

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Wilhoit quadruplets walked across the stage in succession at Shawnee Mission West’s graduation Thursday night.

It was fitting for Overland Park, Kansas siblings Ben, Mia, Noah and Zach, who are all 19 years old. They've spent most of their lives by each other’s side.

“Four kids at the same time is kind of wild, but it was always nice having somebody to play with when you were a kid. You have three buddies right next to you," Noah said.

Tens of thousands of sets of twins are born in America each year and thousands of triplets, but the Wilhoits are in the mere handful of quadruplets. According to the organization Multiples of America, only 57 sets of quadruplets were born in the U.S. in 2015.

Ben, Mia, Noah and Zach Wilhoit as babies

“The first year was kind of psychotic. We had 80-100 volunteers that would come over every week in two-hour shifts," their father Mike said.

All four played varsity soccer for the Shawnee Mission West Vikings. Otherwise, they said they're very different from each other but not that different from any other family.

"To us, it’s just normal, but other people always get a kick out of it, like 'Oh really?'" Mia said.

“Really, I think we are just a family of kids going through school. We just happen to be the same age," Ben said.

Ben is going to the University of Kansas in the fall to study medicine; Noah will attend Kansas State and study architecture. Mia and Zach plan to attend Johnson County Community College.

“I think they are more stoked than any of us are," Zach said of their parents and the quadruplets' graduation.

“I think of mother birds when they just kick their kids out and they just hope they fly. I feel like our job's kind of done. It’s scary," their mother Jeannie Wilhoit said.

Man wins 4 lottery prizes – including for $5M and $1M – within months

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 20:32

LOS ANGELES – A lucky lottery player from Southern California has won more than $6 million in prizes in the past six months, including one worth a staggering $5 million, state lottery officials announced Friday.

The California Lottery released this photo of Antulio Mazariegos after a winning scratcher earned him $5 million.

Antulio Mazariegos recently walked into the California Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office with the $5 million-winning scratchers ticket. Mazariegos had purchased the winning ticket at Liquor Bank, located at 16925 Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, according to a California Lottery news release.

He explained there were only three remaining California Black Premium Scratchers left at the location, so he decided to buy them all.

But that wasn’t the only winning ticket the long-time lottery player was holding, according to KTLA. During the same visit, Mazariegos also turned in two other tickets worth $1,000 and $600 respectively, the release stated.

And all that was on top of the $1 million he won through another scratchers ticket last November. He bought that ticket at U.S.A. Donuts, located at 15321 Roscoe Boulevard in Panorama City.

Mazariegos told lottery officials he  just likes to play the game and isn’t sure why he has had such luck lately.

Morning fog and afternoon storms expected Sunday

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:37

We will wrap up rain and snow showers across Colorado this evening with fog, drizzle, and low clouds sticking around overnight. It has been a wet weekend so far across the state with the northeastern plains picking up the highest totals of one to 3.5 inches of rain.

Colorado's northeast plains have seen some great moisture in the past 24 hours! #cowx pic.twitter.com/fpQbEQr5Fw

— Jessica Lebel (@JessicaLebelWX) May 19, 2018

The foothills, eastern mountains, Front Range, and eastern plains will all wake up to fog Sunday morning that could be dense in some spots. Fog will clear out by mid to late morning with mostly to partly cloudy skies building in the rest of the day.

Denver will hit high temperatures in the 60s on Sunday and will feel much warmer than today thanks to mostly calm winds and possible afternoon sunshine.

The Front Range, foothills, and mountains have a 20% chance for scattered storms Sunday afternoon and evening. The timing in Denver will be between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Storms are not expected to be severe but could contain small hail, gusty winds, heavy rain, and lightning.

Temperatures will heat up to the 60s in Denver on Sunday with morning fog and afternoon storms #cowx pic.twitter.com/uzwyq5ITjp

— Jessica Lebel (@JessicaLebelWX) May 20, 2018

Monday will heat up to the 70s with another 20% chance of afternoon storms.

Temperatures will stay in the low 80s Tuesday through Friday with a chance of isolated to scattered storms each afternoon.

Check interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather Meteorologists Dave Fraser, Greg Dutra, Jessica Lebel, Matt Makens, and Chris Tomer.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

Colorado firefighters train for upcoming wildland fire season

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:07

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- New recruits tested the skills they have learned in classrooms during a field training day on Saturday to give them a taste of what it's like to fight a wildland fire.

New recruits from Fairmount, Evergreen, Genesee, Golden Gate, Golden, Foothills, Timberline and Jefferson County Road & Bridge participated in the exercises. They dug fire lines, studied weather patterns and planned escape routes.

"[We're] trying to teach them some preliminary stuff before they get on an actual fire line," said Chief Damian DiFeo with the Golden Gate Fire Department.

John Smith decided he wanted fight fires after seeing a wildland fire burn in Boulder, close to his home.

"I always wanted to be prepared rather than just getting buckets of water. I was like, 'What else can I do?' I want to be able to be prepared for something like that," said Smith.

Saturday's cold and wet weather made it more difficult to simulate the conditions the recruits will face when fighting fires. Still, DiFeo said it's critical to get them out of the classroom and put their skills to work in the real world. It's also important to get crews from different agencies together to prepare them for big fires.

"Get them used to working together, because when we do have a big fire, we are all going to be working together," said DiFeo.

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 18:15

BALTIMORE — Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years.

On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the Kentucky Derby, Justify improved to 5-0 and will go to the Belmont Stakes on June 9 looking to do the same thing American Pharoah did for Baffert in 2015. Justify showed no ill effects from a bruised heel on his left hind foot that was discovered in the aftermath of the Derby, an injury Baffert insisted would not be a problem.

Justify and Good Magic went to the lead early and traded first back and forth throughout the 1-3/16-mile race. Bravazo edged long-shot Tenfold for second, and Good Magic was fourth.

1 dead, 1 injured in mountain lion attack in Washington state

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 18:08

NORTH BEND, Wash. — One man was killed and another was seriously injured when they encountered a mountain lion Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state.

Authorities said the two men were on a morning bike ride in the foothills near North Bend when the attack occurred.

The mountain lion — also known as a cougar in Washington state — ran into the woods and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Game are trying to track it, King County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said.

The 31-year-old survivor was taken to a hospital 30 miles (48 kilometers) west in Seattle. He is listed in serious condition in the emergency room but was alert and talking, Harborview Medical Center said in a statement.

A search and rescue team has been dispatched to recover the body of the deceased man.

KIRO-TV reported that the injured man called 911 shortly before 11 a.m. and shouted, “Can you hear me? Help!” and then the call hung up.

Authorities found the mountain lion standing over the body of the dead biker, the station reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the two victims were biking together or separately.

No further details were immediately available.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan remembered at funeral

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:33

AURORA, Colo. -- On Saturday, dozens of people filled the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora to celebrate the life and legacy of Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.

Hogan died last Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. The mayor was elected in 2011 and was instrumental in unifying the community after the theater shooting in 2012 that killed 12 people.

Hogan was a well-respected city leader who was considered "the heart of Aurora." His friend Rick Crandall delivered the eulogy.

"The best life Steve lived didn't just benefit him; it helped us all," said Crandall.

Before his passing, Hogan penned a farewell letter to the city. 

"Aurora is my heart. She has gracefully transitioned from a gateway suburb on the plains to the 54th largest city in the country," Hogan wrote.

Friends agreed he put his all into making Aurora better.

"Steve Hogan lived every second of his life for others -- a servant's life that we would all do well to strive for," said Crandall.

Hogan's son Timothy recounted memories from his childhood as his father dedicated over 40 years of his life to politics.

“I always tried to make time individually to make us feel special," said Hogan.

Friends and colleagues said it was a fitting tribute for a man who served this city so well.

"He was a model of what I would tell my children I would want an elected -- an appointed official to be," said colleague Mike Beasley.

"He was truly a man of grace and gratitude and an inspiration to many of us," said friend Peggi O'Keef.

Many said it was a privilege to know a man from whom one could learn valuable lessons, particularly in regard to transforming Aurora into the place it is today.

"Without folks like him, it wouldn’t be possible," said Beasley.

Colorado WWII, Vietnam veterans travel to D.C. to see memorials

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:13

DENVER -- Six World War II and Vietnam War veterans are spending this weekend in Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor them.

The veterans and their families met at Denver International Airport Thursday for the special send-off.

"It means a great deal to me, given the fact that there was 58,000 that never came back...it’s for them as well," said Vietnam War veteran Antonio H. Garcia, as he talked about the number of American and allied troops who died in the war.

Garcia was also hoping that seeing the memorial would bring him some closure.

"We never came home to any parades and this helps with the hurt that is in my heart and has been with me all these years," Garcia said.

Another one of the veterans headed to Washington, D.C. was Ellie Sawyer.

She served in the Army Signal Corps where she was a driver for American leaders, including the general who would become the 34th president of the United States.

"General Eisenhower," Sawyer said. "One day he had a driver, but she was out sick and they called the motor pool and I was next in line to go out. And I was so surprised it was General Eisenhower."

Wish of a Lifetime organized and paid for the veterans' trip to D.C., as it does for hundreds of special trips for senior citizens.

If you know a senior citizen who is also a veteran and would like to be considered for a future trip, learn how to nominate that person here.

Grandma’s accidental selfie video leads to internet fame

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:23

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A Phoenix grandmother became an internet sensation after she experienced some user-error on her new smartphone, according to KPHO.

Adrienne Gutowski was gifted a smartphone from her granddaughter on Tuesday, but she quickly became convinced that it was more of an annoyance than advantageous.

“Apryl! Why did my phone turn into a mirror?” Grandma Adrienne said as she accidentally recorded her reaction. “I’m looking at my face and, oh my, look at all these wrinkles! You’ve got to be kidding me.”

In the video, Adrienne’s granddaughter, Apryl Gastelum, tried to explain what was happening, but they didn’t get very far in the tutorial.

“You have it on selfie mode, grandma,” Apryl said.

“A selfie? What the heck is a selfie?” Adrienne said.

Several days later, the duo talked about how the grandma still doesn’t know how to work the smartphone and just wants her flip phone back.

“And I don’t have it no more. Apryl threw it out,” Adrienne said. “It’s way over my head. I just don’t understand it.”

The Gastelum children, however, get a kick out of watching grandma with the smartphone.

“It was funny. She was cute. She’s not really a technology person,” Adrienne’s granddaughter said.

While there’s plenty she can’t do, there is one thing that Grandma Adrienne can do with ease on the smartphone.

“She’s really good at deleting stuff. Stuff you don’t want to delete. I don’t know how many times I’ve programmed my phone number into her phone,” Apryl said.

Grandma Adrienne’s video was shared thousands of times on Facebook and is still making the rounds. Now, the family is just trying to deal with their newfound fame.

“I’m having a lot people sending me pictures of their grandma…I think a lot of them are having the same struggles with their phones,” Apryl said.

Meghan, Harry attend evening wedding reception at Frogmore House

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:46

WINDSOR, England — The Duchess of Sussex made an appearance Saturday evening ahead of her second wedding reception in a bespoke gown designed by Stella McCartney.

Meghan and her new husband Harry left Windsor Castle shortly after 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) in a silver-blue Jaguar E-Type driven by the prince. The couple were on their way to the private evening reception, hosted by the groom’s father, Prince Charles.

Harry had also changed his outfit, appearing in traditional black tie rather than the military dress he wore for the earlier ceremony.

Meghan’s lily white gown featured a high neck and is made of silk crepe. She paired the dress with silky satin heels by Aquazurro, a luxury Italian shoe label. They feature a nude mesh and the soles are painted in baby blue.

Meghan’s hair was styled for the second reception by George Northwood, a London-based hair stylist.

Around 200 close family and friends received invitations to Frogmore House for the event, another royal residence in Windsor.

The royal bride surprised onlookers earlier in the day when she revealed a couture design by Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller. Waight Keller was hardly mentioned by bookies and fashion experts in the lead up to the big day.

Meghan will make a speech at the evening event, Kensington Palace told CNN’s Max Foster earlier Saturday.

Traditionally, it is unusual for the bride to make a speech at her wedding reception, that honor usually being reserved for the bridegroom, best man and father of the bride.

Frogmore House is not accessible to the public for most of the year, only opening its doors to visitors for three days in the spring. All proceeds from those visits are donated to charity.

Stella McCartney, the 46-year-old daughter of Paul McCartney, is one of the most renowned and respected female designers in the notoriously male-dominated world of luxury womenswear. Her clothes, which combine elements of traditional femininity with Savile Row-quality tailoring in her designs, have been worn by the likes of Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Since founding her eponymous label in 2001, following a term as creative director of Parisian fashion house Chloé, McCartney has been a advocate for sustainable fashion. She rejects the use of fur and leather, and has been vocal in denouncing the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry.

“It’s just the way I was brought up,” she told CNN in 2015, when asked about her environmental advocacy. “It’s been ingrained in me to have respect for fellow creatures and to be mindful of how one approaches life, so it was a no-brainer for me to take that into the way that I conduct myself in business.”

It’s a point of view that may have resonated with Markle. She and Prince Harry requested that, in lieu of gifts, well-wishers donate to seven charities, including two environmental charities: Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK.

A number of other guests at Saturday’s ceremony arrived wearing Stella McCartney creations. Oprah Winfrey wore a blush, double-tiered dress with lace trim made of sustainable viscose by the female designer, while Amal Clooney stunned onlookers in a Stella McCartney golden yellow gown.

Around 200 close family and friends received invitations to Frogmore House for the evening reception, another royal residence in Windsor.

The royal bride surprised onlookers earlier in the day when she revealed a couture design by Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller. Waight Keller was hardly mentioned by bookies and fashion experts in the lead up to the big day.

NFL star J.J. Watt wants to pay for funerals of those killed in Texas school shooting

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:29

HOUSTON — Houston Texans football star J.J. Watt intends to pay for the funerals of those killed in Friday’s school shooting in Texas, ESPN reports.

Ten people were killed Friday morning and 13 more were wounded when a 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and revolver opened fire at Santa Fe High School about 30 miles from downtown Houston.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said most of those killed were students.

Shortly after news of the shooting broke, Watt, a defensive end for the Texans, responded with a tweet:

Absolutely horrific.

— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 18, 2018

Watt is well-known for his activity and help in the Houston area. After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas last year, he raised more than $37  million dollars for relief efforts. He was awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his charity work.

Pueblo County deputies shoot, kill man who drew gun during arrest

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:12

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — Colorado authorities say officers shot and killed a man who pulled a gun on them in Pueblo County.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were investigating a suspicious vehicle Saturday morning when they discovered that a person in the vehicle had felony warrants.

Officials say the man pulled out a gun as deputies were trying to arrest him.

One or more deputies opened fire and shot the man. Neither the man nor the deputies involved have been identified.

It’s unclear whether the man fired his weapon. Neither the deputies nor a second person in the man’s vehicle were injured.

Sheriff’s office officials say the deputies were investigating a suspicious vehicle when they found out that an occupant of the vehicle had existing felony warrants.

Substitute teacher with ‘lust for life’ among Texas school shooting victims

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 13:48

SANTA FE, Texas — A substitute teacher who relatives say had a “lust for life” and a foreign exchange student from Pakistan whose father expected her home in a few weeks are among the first confirmed victims of a mass shooting at a Texas high school.

Among those injured Friday are a school resource officer and a sophomore baseball player.

Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was being held on a capital murder charge after authorities say he fatally shot 10 people and wounded at least 13 others at his high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

Here are some of their stories:


Family members confirmed that substitute teacher Cynthia Tisdale was among the victims killed in the shooting.

Tisdale’s niece, Leia Olinde, said Tisdale was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses last year.

“She helped me put it on, she helped fix my hair,” Olinde said through tears.

“She was wonderful. She was just so loving,” said Olinde, 25. “I’ve never met a woman who loved her family so much.”

She said Tisdale was married to her husband for close to 40 years and that the two had three children and eight grandchildren.

Tisdale’s house was the center for family gatherings, and she loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner and decorating her house, Olinde said.

Olinde’s fiance, Eric Sanders, said of Tisdale that “words don’t explain her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people.”



Abdul Aziz Sheikh was expecting his daughter Sabika to return home to Pakistan in a few weeks for Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Instead, he learned that his oldest child was among those killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, where Sabika arrived as an exchange student last August.

Surrounded by mourning friends and family at his home in Karachi on Saturday, Abdul Aziz Sheikh fought back tears as he relived his frantic efforts to check whether his daughter was safe half a world away. She wasn’t returning his calls and neither were her friends. He eventually learned from the exchange program that she was among the dead.

“We are still in a state of denial. We can’t believe it. It’s like a nightmare,” Sheikh told The Associated Press.

He said his daughter was a hard-working and accomplished student who aspired to work in civil service, hoping one day to join Pakistan’s Foreign Office.

“One should not lose his heart by such kind of incidents,” he said. “One should not stop going for education to the U.S. or U.K., or China, or anywhere. One must go for education undeterred. But controlling such incidents is the responsibility of the respective governments.”



School police officer John Barnes was shot in the arm when he confronted the gunman.

A bullet damaged the bone and a major blood vessel around Barnes’ elbow, which required surgery to repair, said David Marshall, chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He said Barnes was in stable condition.

Barnes was the first to engage Pagourtzis, according to Marshall.



Sophomore baseball player Rome Shubert says the gunman walked into his classroom and tossed something onto desks.

Shubert told the Houston Chronicle that he then heard “three loud pops” before the attacker fled into the hall. Shubert says he realized he’d been wounded as he was running out the back door.

Shubert says he was hit in the back of his head with what he says was a bullet, but that it “missed everything vital.” He also tweeted that he was OK and stable.

I’m so greatful and blessed that god spared me life today. Today I was shot in the back of the head but i am completely okay and stable.

— Romeshubert (@rome_shubert17) May 18, 2018