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Apparent Prime Day pricing error may cost Amazon

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Whoops: Amazon, apparently in error, priced a bunch of very expensive camera gear for $94.48 on Prime Day—and is honoring at least some of the sales.

First, someone noticed a camera normally priced at $548 was listed for $94.48 and submitted the deal to Slickdeals. It made it to the site’s front page, and soon commenters realized a bunch of other pricey cameras, camera gear, and camera bundles were listed at the same price, PetaPixel reports.

Users started sharing their hauls, including one commenter who bought a $13,000 lens and one who scored a $5,500 camera, both for $94.48 apiece. Some even reported successfully price-matching at Best Buy and other retailers. Fuji Rumors reports that there were similar reports of Amazon (likely accidentally) marking camera gear 90% off on Prime Day 2018.

But would Amazon cancel the orders? No, or at least not all of them: Many users reported getting notification their orders had shipped; others spoke to Amazon customer service and were told the orders would be shipped.

By the day after the orders started getting placed, some had even already received their order. Some people, for reasons that are not clear, could not see the $94.48 price on their Amazon accounts; others saw their accounts locked after multiple orders; still others simply didn’t see the deal before it expired and came to the post to bemoan their bad luck.

PetaPixel theorizes that if orders were placed on backordered products, those might get canceled and refunded, but “anything already handed over to shipping companies seems guaranteed to arrive at the price paid.”

Will Amazon lose money over the incident? PCMag thinks so: “That’s going to hurt.” Amazon hasn’t commented, per Business Insider. (Read more stories.)

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Parents buying toddler his first basketball say they were racially profiled, accused of stealing

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Two African American parents are upset, alleging they were racially profiled when a store manager falsely accused them of shoplifting a $12 basketball from the Nike store in downtown Santa Monica, California.

The heated dispute was captured on cellphone footage as police were called to the Third Street Promenade on July 5.

Joel Stallworth told KTLA on Wednesday that he had already paid for the ball and left the store but a manager followed him out and demanded to see a receipt. He said the whole experience was humiliating.

Stallworth said he decided to buy the ball after his 18-month-old son, Sammy, picked it up inside the store and began carrying it around.

It was to be Sammy's first basketball.

A short time after they completed their purchase and left, Stallworth said a manager called the police and demanded to see his receipt.

They showed it to her to prove they paid for the ball.

"To accuse somebody of stealing, you need to have evidence, right? So she just accused me. She had zero evidence that I stole anything. She couldn't have evidence because I bought it. She discriminated against me," Stallworth said. "She planted an evil seed in the officer, so as soon as the officer came up to me, he said, 'Sir, give me the stolen ball.'"

Stallworth said the manager never apologized. The family has hired an attorney.

"What we're hoping to do is to get Nike to have some sort of understanding and meeting of the minds to find out if this was an isolated act, or is this something that is more pervasive within the society of the employees that they hire," attorney Stephen King said.

Stallworth said he is a business owner and he would never accuse someone of stealing without evidence.

In a statement emailed to KTLA Thursday, Nike said it has apologized to the family and is investigating.

“We are taking the recent situation at our Santa Monica store very seriously, and we are currently investigating the facts," wrote KeJuan Wilkins, the vice president of North America Communications. "We have reached out to the family to express our deepest apologies, and we will continue to work with our teams to ensure we deliver on our expectations for consumer experiences.”

KTLA also reached out to the Santa Monica Police Department, but has not heard back.

Hundreds of classroom ducks being abandoned at New York City parks

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NEW YORK CITY — As schools let out and summer vacation begins, hundreds of classroom ducks in New York City are abandoned at parks, according to WPIX.

A new bill is looking to ban classroom hatching projects. Ducklings hatched in an incubator are easy to spot: they have smaller wings, they can't fly and they are larger than most. They're less likely able to protect themselves, making them easy targets for predators.

"They are well-meaning and they think they are instructing the kids, you know, on biology and how chicks are born, but it really ends up being a lesson in cruelty," Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill, said.

For now, teams of people rescue the ducks abandoned at parks.

Video shows Mississippi man running for his life as possible tornado closes in on him

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VICTORIA, Miss. — A man says he ran for his life after he encountered a possible tornado on Tuesday. It was part of a storm system that left a trail of damage in Marshall County.

Tennail Richard was on his Marshall County property working in his shed when the powerful storm hit, according to WREG.

Four security cameras were rolling and clearly showed Richard's concern as the wind and rain moved in. He knew he had to come up with an escape plan.

"I had seconds to think about how I was going to survive this storm. I kept thinking about the lake. I can't swim, but I got to go to the lake," he said.

That's right. The body of water would end up being Richard's safe haven, but first he'd have to get there.

Video shows Richard getting into his pickup truck. Perhaps he was planning to drive to safety, but instead he took off as fast as he could and ran toward the lake. A huge tree then fell and narrowly missed him.

"I was saying to myself, 'I wasn't going to make it. You ain't gonna make it.' I could hear the voices saying it, and I made it."

Once he jumped into the lake he struggled to hold on to the other downed trees so that he could stay afloat until the storm passed. He didn't get a scratch, but his car was crushed by the same tree that nearly took him out.

Richard admits the experience left him emotionally drained, but very thankful.

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Her software put men on the moon, now Margaret Hamilton has a moonlit tribute

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(CNN) — The first footsteps on the moon belonged to two men, but they may never have made it there if not for Margaret Hamilton.

The software engineer developed the onboard computer programs that powered NASA’s Apollo missions, including the 1969 moon landing.

So, it’s only fitting that for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, a portrait of the bespectacled pioneer will reflect the light of the moon.

Google has unveiled a giant tribute to Hamilton in California’s Mojave Desert: More than 107,000 mirrors reflect moonlight to form her image.

The artwork, at more than 1.4 square miles wide, is larger than New York’s Central Park, Google says. It’s on the grounds of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar thermal power plant.

Hamilton famously posed in 1969 next to books of the code she developed for the computer, stacked as high as she stood.

The image resurfaced in April, drawing comparisons to a photo of Katie Bouman, the 29-year-old scientist who developed the algorithm that produced the first image of a black hole, proudly presenting the rows of hard drives that contained her data.

Hamilton was honored in 2016 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her contribution to science and space travel.

US President Barack Obama presents mathematician and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016. Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Who is Margaret Hamilton?

Hamilton effectively invented the term “software engineer” with her work developing the Apollo guidance computer, the lifeline for astronauts that controlled the spacecraft, Google said in announcing the artistic honor.

She regularly brought her young daughter, Lauren, to work with her on weekends, according to the search giant. Lauren played in the simulator that her mother built to test in-flight programs and inadvertently led Hamilton to rethink her strategy.

Lauren once crashed the simulator, ending the mission prematurely by hitting a button while the craft was in flight.

So, Hamilton programmed backstops to prevent an astronaut from doing the same midflight, a mistake that would yield far more dire consequences in space, Google says.

“There was no second chance. We knew that,” Hamilton wrote in 2009 for MIT. “We had to find a way and we did.”

Hamilton’s software prevented Apollo 11 disaster

It’s a good thing she prepared for emergency scenarios. The computer processor on the Apollo 11’s lunar module nearly overloaded as the craft neared the moon, which could’ve forced Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to abort, Google says.

But the software cleared all tasks each time it neared overload, allowing the astronauts to enter the landing commands. The software’s emergency preparedness is thought to have helped save the mission, Hamilton wrote.

“Looking back, we were the luckiest people in the world,” she said of the team that developed the software, which had never existed in such a capacity. “There was no choice but to be pioneers.”

Hamilton never left the Earth’s atmosphere, but without her groundbreaking software, it’s unlikely that the American flag would’ve been planted on the moon in July 1969.

Woman furious after man who raped her gets 45-day sentence

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DENVER - A plea deal has left a Denver rape victim feeling victimized twice, first by her attacker, then by the judge, according to KDVR.

Denver District Court Judge John Madden sentenced Jared Bates to 45 days in jail last Friday after the 29-year old man agreed to plead guilty to attempted sexual assault.

But since Bates had already served 47 days after his initial arrest, the judge released him for time served.

"I want women to know his face, I want them to know his (Bates') name. I want them to know the judge's name, I want them to know that he (Madden) decided how this was going to go," said Maria Crow.

The 31-year-old was drinking with Bates in her apartment on June 23, 2018, when she blacked out. Her brother Michael Crow walked in and said he saw his sister lying unconscious with Bates standing over her with a knife.

"I saw my best friend Jared Bates standing over my sister and he was putting his private parts back into his pants, zipping up his pants," Michael Crow said.

Michael Crow said he realized immediately his sister had been raped while she was passed out.

"She wasn't breathing. That really freaked me out and so I called the police," he said.

Denver police arrested Bates within minutes and the district attorney charged him with six counts, including sexual assault of a helpless victim.

Maria Crow felt her case was as strong as they get.

"I had DNA on my clothes. I had DNA on my face. I had residue all over my body. My pants were down... And my brother walking in and he was the witness to the crime," she said.

But just before the trial, prosecutors struck a plea deal. Bates would plead guilty to attempted sexual assault and register as a sex offender.

In an email to KDVR, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office wrote, "Our office negotiated a plea agreement - that the victim approved - and which called for Jared Bates to serve up to three years in prison. At sentencing, we requested a three-year prison sentence."

Instead, Madden gave Bates 45 days and 5 years probation.

Investigative reporter Rob Low spoke to Bates at the front door of his apartment. Bates refused to answer as to whether he thought the sentence was too lenient and initially said he couldn't offer Maria Crow an apology but eventually did.

"If she were to listen to this, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything. I’m sorry for anything and everything," said Bates, who said he was trying to move on with his life.

Maria Crow's family says it hasn't been easy for them to move on, especially because of the judge's sentence.

"He shouldn't be a judge no more if he's going to give out sentences like this," said Michael Crow.

Maria Crow, referring to Judge Madden said, "An explanation would be nice."

She doesn't blame prosecutors but in hindsight wishes, she had taken her chances with a jury at trial, where Bates would've faced more serious felonies.

"After hearing all the details of this case, I cannot see 12 people looking at me [and saying] I deserve something like this," Maria Crow said.

On Thursday evening, Colorado Judicial Department spokesman Rob McCallum said that under the Judicial Code of Conduct, Madden is prohibited from discussing cases and rulings.

Maria Crow's father tells the Problem Solvers he intends to start a recall effort against the judge.

Excessive Heat Warning continues… Scattered thunderstorms, cooler temps to follow

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Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Saturday evening.

What a scorcher!!  Temperatures are already in the 90s with heat index values approaching 110 degrees!!

Like last night, temperatures will be extremely warm with overnight lows around 80 with heat index values around 90 most of the night!

The last chapter to all this extreme heat takes place on Saturday with daytime highs well into the 90s again and heat index values around 110.

That night into Sunday is when we end the heat as a cold front charging out of  Canada slides through carrying a broken line of showers and thunderstorms.  A few showers may trail behind this line as late as Monday morning before skies quickly improve that day.  The major highlight will be the dry and refreshing summer temperatures all next week with lower 80s the first few days before climbing in the upper 80s by the following weekend.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Dozens of beachgoers helped save a pod of beached whales

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Dozens of beachgoers stepped in to help several pilot whales that beached on a coastal Georgia island on Tuesday, according to local authorities and videos shared on social media.

Dixie McCoy, who witnessed the rescue and posted live footage of it on Facebook, told CNN at least 20 whales came near the shore of St. Simons Island's East Beach.

About five or six whales from the pod beached themselves, and bystanders worked to push the animals back to sea, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesman Tyler Jones told CNN in an emailed statement.

"As we arrived at the beach, we noticed a group of people in the water. At first we thought they had dolphins doing some sort of show," McCoy said. "As we got closer, we couldn't believe what we saw."

"It was so sad to see so many whales on the beach," she continued. "Everyone was trying so hard to get them back in the water. "

It is unclear why the animals beached on the island, although pilot whales "are among the most likely species of whale to beach," according to the DNR. "They are highly social animals and will frequently follow leaders and attempt to congregate around sick or injured individuals," the DNR said.

"While stranding is a known natural occurrence, the only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea," wildlife biologist Clay George said in a separate statement that the DNR released Wednesday.

Thanks to the volunteers and first responders, the majority of whales made it back to the water to continue their journey, the DNR said.

Two of them died -- one on East Beach, and the other about half mile south of St. Simons Pier on private property, the department said.

The corpses of the two animals are slated for removal and will be taken to a wildlife management area for necropsy.

Glynn County's emergency management agency called the incident "an unusual occurrence" on a Facebook post, adding that events like these "can really show the level of care and support from our community."

Pilot whales are members of the dolphin family and second in size only to the killer whale, according to the American Cetacean Society.

Man escapes high-rise fire by climbing down ‘Spider-Man’ style

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Did Philadelphia’s friendly neighborhood “Spider-Man” just escape an apartment fire?

The fire department responded to an apartment fire around 9:30 p.m. Thursday in West Philadelphia, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. When they arrived at the 19-story high-rise, they saw a truly shocking sight: a man climbing down the outside of the building to escape the fire.

Video shows him grappling down the balconies and railings of several floors until he got to the ground level, where anxious authorities jumped in to lend a hand.

The fire was believed to have been started by a trash compactor, said WPVI.

The building was evacuated, and while some residents were unaccounted for, no injuries have been reported, the station said.

Tiger takes catnap on bed in Indian home after fleeing huge floods

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A family in India found a wild tiger “relaxing on a bed” in their house following a deadly monsoon which flooded parts of South Asia this week, according to Indian conservationists.

In an image released by India’s Wildlife Trust, the massive predator can be seen lounging on a bed in the unnamed family’s home in the village of Harmuti, in the northeastern state of Assam.

#JustIn our vet @samshulwildvet is making plans with #AssamForestDepartment @kaziranga_ to tranquilise a #tiger that has entered a house and is relaxing on a bed! #AssamFloods bring in unusual guests! #Kaziranga Zoom in to see #OMG wish them luck! @action4ifaw @deespeak

— Wildlife Trust India (@wti_org_india) July 18, 2019

The tiger is believed to be have come from the neighboring Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to tigers, elephants, bears, and the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses.

“Our vet is making plans with Assam Forest Department to tranquilize a tiger that has entered a house,” the group said in a social media post Friday. “Assam floods bring in unusual guests!”

Rohini Ballave Saikia, Deputy Director of Kaziranga National Park, said that there had been attempts to move the tiger but eventually it left of its own accord. “This is the time for their regular activities as it is cooler,” he said.

Saikia said that the animal was ultimately not tranquilized because “it was calm and did not pose a danger.”

With only 3,900 tigers living in the wild, the animals are considered endangered, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

The tiger wasn’t the only creature who had fled the flash floods. The Wildlife Trust said the park had lost track of deer, rhinos and elephants during the recent disaster.

Response to the survival question. Rhinos taking shelter in one of the natural High grounds of Kaziranga National Park.#AssamFloods #Kaziranga #Flood #Rhino #AssamForest #Highlands #Wildlife #Worklife #Foresterlife #IFS

— Arun Vignesh C S, IFS (@arunvigneshcs) July 17, 2019

Officials estimated that more than 95% of Kaziranga National Park was underwater due to the incessant rains. On Friday, Arun Vignesh of the Indian Forest Service tweeted a shocking image of rhinos seeking shelter from rising water. In another video, a rescue team is shown pulling a small rhino calf into a raft.

“The animals seek higher ground once the rains begin on their own, but they have to cross a national highway to get to higher ground,” said Saikia. “Animals that are left behind if they are injured while crossing the highway are assisted by park staff.”

Field staff of Kaziranga are one of the sincerest and I am proud of working with him.#AssamFloods #Kaziranga #Floods #Rhino #Rescue #AssamForest #Conservation #GuardiansOfNature #Wildlife #KazirangaNationalPark

— Arun Vignesh C S, IFS (@arunvigneshcs) July 16, 2019

Between July 13 and 18, a total of 83 animal deaths in the sanctuary were recorded by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

The tiger itself was spotted near the highway yesterday at 8.30 a.m. moving away from the park, according to Wildlife Trust India. The organization said the animal was “probably disturbed (and) jumped across the wall of a scrap garage and took refuge in the dark room.”

More than 227 people have died since the rains in southeast Asia began in mid-July. Over 10.3 million people have been affected in total.

‘America: Love or leave it’: Sign outside Virginia church sparks support, criticism

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APPOMATTOX, Va. – “America: Love or leave it.”

That’s the message on a sign outside a church in Virginia. Images of the sign spread on social media this week.

You’ll find it outside Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Virginia. Pastor E.W. Lucas, founder of the church, said the message was meant to be a commentary on politics, according to WSET.

As you can imagine, he’s received a lot of feedback—both negative and positive.

“Since we’ve had favorable comments on it, I thought I’d just leave it alone,” Lucas said. “Preachers, by and large today, are afraid they’re going to hurt somebody’s feelings. And when I get into pulpit, I’m afraid I won’t hurt somebody’s feelings.”

Lucas has been placing messages in front of the church since its founding in 1979. While some have taken exception to the sign—especially the “leave it” part—Lucas said people should take a step back.

While he understands the U.S. faces challenges, he believes Americans have it better than people in many other countries.

“People that feel hard about our president and want to down the president and down the country and everything, they ought to go over there and live in these other countries for a little while,” Lucas told WSET.

He tried for years to join his 13-year-old daughter in the US. Now they’re finally reunited – at her deathbed in Queens

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Manuel Gámez clutches the hand of his only child, her dark eyes partly open and her motionless body blanketed by intravenous lines and a breathing tube.

His 13-year-old daughter, Heydi Gámez García, lies in a raised bed in a Queens, New York, pediatric hospital room. A pair of stuffed animals sit by her side.

Gámez hadn’t seen Heydi since he sent her away with a hug and kiss from their violent hometown in Honduras four years ago. He says he feared for her safety after her grandfather was gunned down by MS-13 gang members.

Since then he’s tried repeatedly to join her in the US, only to be rebuffed by immigration authorities.

But this is not the reunion he and his family imagined.

Heydi, who had been despondent about being separated from her father, attempted to hang herself earlier this month in the suburban Long Island home of one of her aunts. Doctors say she is brain dead and won’t recover.

Immigration officials released Gámez from a Houston detention center last week on a 14-day humanitarian parole “to tend to the matters of his daughter’s passing,” according to an order from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He is to return to Texas July 27 to face deportation.

Now the 34-year-old father and his sisters face a wrenching decision. They plan to take Heydi off life support Thursday and bury her early next week in a Long Island cemetery, nearly 2,000 miles from the town in northwest Honduras where she grew up.

“Please forgive me for failing you,” Gámez says he will tell his daughter. “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there… I never meant to leave you.”

They sought a safer life in the U.S.

Heydi’s short life — a story first reported by The New York Times — is yet another reminder of the human toll of the ongoing immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border and beyond.

Gámez says Heydi’s mother walked out on the family when the girl was less than two months old. They have not seen her again. He says he moved to New York as an undocumented immigrant when Heydi was about one, leaving her behind with his parents in Honduras. He worked for several years on Long Island, where his sister Jessica had settled after being granted asylum.

In 2014, he says he was forced to return to Honduras after MS-13 members, angered over his father’s refusal to make extortion payments they called “war taxes,” shot and killed the 59-year-old man in the street. With the health of Gámez’s mother rapidly deteriorating, he said he worried about who would look after Heydi and his younger sister, Zoila.

The following year he sent Heydi to the United States with an uncle, followed by Zoila, now 21, to protect them from MS-13. Heydi was granted asylum in June 2016. ICE documents show Zoila was granted asylum the following year.

Heydi’s aunt Jessica Gámez, 32, says the girl adjusted quickly to her new life in the United States. She learned English in less than a year, did well in school and loved listening to music and visiting a local Chinese buffet.

Heydi spoke with her father almost every day, teaching him new words in English and correcting his pronunciation, he recalled, his eyes welling with tears. She spoke of one day becoming a nurse or a pediatrician or even a Hollywood actress.

“She was a normal kid — happy and mischievous, like most children,” Jessica Gámez says. “She had many dreams. She was very smart.”

But she longed for her father to join her.

Three times he crossed the US-Mexico border. The first two times he was detained and sent back to Honduras. The third time was just last month.

Gámez kept promising Heydi they would soon be together.

“Heydi was always asking, ‘When is papi coming?'” Jessica Gámez says. “I would tell her to be patient. We’re doing all we can.”

A father’s struggle to rejoin his family

Gámez’s quest to join his daughter in suburban New York predates the Trump administration’s hardline stance on immigration enforcement, including family separations at the border and forcing some asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases make their way through immigration courts.

In April 2016, Gámez was picked up by US Border Patrol agents near McAllen, Texas. He was ordered removed in September, and deported to Honduras early the following month, ICE said.

Gámez and his lawyer, Anibal Romero, said immigration authorities concluded the basis of his asylum claim was not credible. CNN has not been able to verify this with ICE.

He tried again in September 2017 but was detained near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, ICE said in a statement. Gámez was convicted of illegal re-entry in late October of that year and sent back to Honduras a second time in November, ICE said.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which screens most asylum applications, declined to comment on Gámez’s case, citing privacy concerns.

Romero, his attorney, says Gámez is just one of many immigrants in the US who are good people and only asking for an opportunity to become legal residents.

“How is it possible that man who is running away from his country with his kid and his sister gets sort of caught up in this broken immigration system where his daughter is granted asylum, his sister is granted asylum and he ends up getting deported?” Romero wonders.

Every failed attempt by her father to reach the US seemed to plunge Heydi into a deeper depression, her relatives say.

Gámez worried about making promises he couldn’t keep, such as vowing to be by Heydi’s side for her quinceañera, or 15th-birthday celebration.

“She was losing faith that I would be with her,” he said.

Gámez recalls a phone call with his daughter shortly before his final border crossing. According to ICE, immigration authorities apprehended Gámez June 1 near Sarita, Texas.

“She was crying, ‘Papi, you’ll never make it. They always catch you,'” he says. “I promised her, ‘Daughter, this is the last time I try and God will grant me the opportunity.’ But I got caught again.”

Heydi’s fading hopes

In recent months, Heydi’s dream of a reunion with her dad began to fade.

Heydi lamented to her aunts that, unlike her classmates, she did not have a father or a mother to visit her school. In December, she tried to cut her wrist at school and was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, Jessica Gámez says. Heydi also was seeing a therapist until about two months ago, she says.

Jessica Gámez, 32, says Heydi even talked about returning to Honduras to be with her father. The girl said her “life had no meaning” without him.

“I feel I didn’t take proper care of her. Like I failed her in some way,” says Jessica Gámez, who lived with Heydi at her home in Bay Shore, New York, about an hour and a half east of New York City.

“I was suppose to be protecting her,” she says. “I would never send her to Honduras. But I never thought something bad would happen to her here.”

One night in early July, Heydi broke down in tears to Zoila and said she no longer believed the stories about being reunited with her father. She talked about becoming a lawyer to help him win his freedom.

Heydi then said she wanted to be alone. Two hours later, Zoila Gámez discovered her niece had gone into a closet and tried to take her own life. She did not leave a note, relatives say.

One week later, doctors at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens declared Heydi brain dead.

“Heydi arrived in a neurologically devastated state and there was no hope for recovery,” Dr. Charles Schleien, a senior vice president at the hospital, said in a statement.

“We’ve worked with this family and supported them through their anguish with our multidisciplinary team. In the end, they chose to turn tragedy into the gift of life. Heydi is an organ donor and her final act will be to save others.”

Wearing a GPS-monitoring ankle bracelet, Gámez has been holding a bedside vigil with his siblings at the hospital. Sometimes he and his sister Jessica take Heydi’s hands in theirs and weep.

“We love you,” Manuel Gámez whispers to his mute daughter. “Don’t leave us.”

Outside the hospital, Jessica Gámez struggles with her own grief.

“I tried to give Heydi all she needed,” she says. “But her only dream was to be with her father.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) . It is a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within your state. 

Depression and suicidal thoughts are often exhibited in many ways. Warning signs for suicide can include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die; conveying feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or being a burden; and displaying extreme moods. 

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises that you do not leave the person alone, call a prevention hotline, and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website.

Boy fighting to recover after losing hand to firework on 10th birthday

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COMPTON, Calif. – Aaron Carreto was playing outside his Compton home on his birthday earlier this month when his life changed forever. Two neighbors tossed a lit homemade firework at the 10-year-old boy, which exploded, claiming the child's left hand, his family said.

After undergoing four operations, the young patient is still fighting to recover from injuries that also included burns to his face and stomach, older sister Adriana Carreto wrote on an online fundraising website. He initially lost all the fingers on his left hand due to the injuries in the July 6 incident, according to KTLA.

The men tossed the firework at Aaron just before it exploded, leaving no time for the boy to react, she said.

"This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits," Adriana Carreto wrote. "He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs."

Aaron loves riding his bike around the neighborhood with friends and playing video games, she said. "Now, without his hand, he won’t be able to live a normal life like any other kid would."

At least two more operations are planned, Adriana Carreto said.

In addition to his physical injuries, the experience has also been psychologically traumatic, the sister said.

"He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up," she said.

One of the men believed to be involved in the incident has been arrested, family members said. The second remains under investigation.

"Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more," Aaron said. "I just wish that they could be in jail."

A fund has been established online to help the boy's family.

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Trying to Get First Place in Crafting

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We know we aren't going to win any Emmys anytime soon... but we've got potential!

On Friday, July 19th during Nailed It or Failed It, we worked very hard on three trophies for the finalists of our Best Pork Tenderloin Poll. Have you voted yet? We will reveal the first, second, and third place winners during Good Morning Quad Cities next week!

To make these trophies, make a visit to your local craft store and pick up wooden numbers, blocks, paint, and paint brushes. Glue the number to the block - then start painting! It's as easy as that. We think. Click the video above to see how we did.

Ketz's Concoction - After eating a big pork tenderloin, you probably need a cocktail that's light in calories, so Jon looked up one of those drinks, and found out a Gin and Tonic has just 110 calories!

According to The Forked Spoon, here's what you need:

  • gin
  • tonic water
  • fresh lime wedges
  • ice

Here's how you make it:

  1. Chill your glasses. Approximately 20 minutes prior to serving chill your glasses in the freezer. This is optional, but if you can remember this step it really does help keep your drink cooler, longer.
  2. Add ice. Once ready to prepare, add ice cubes to the chilled glasses. Larger ice cubes work best as they provide less surface area for the ice to melt.
  3. Add the gin plus the first lime. Pour the gin over the ice and squeeze in one lime.
  4. Add the tonic water and second lime. Fill each glass with tonic water and garnish with an additional lime wedge.



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