When Anna Marie Sternberg vaulted the fence outside the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, she was doing it to protest “the death throes of our democracy.” “I see the students fighting really hard,” said Sternberg, 69, of Northern California, a Bernie Sanders supporter who plans to vote for Jill Stein. “I came here to support them and stand up for our democracy. We need to get it back.” But unlike 59 protesters who were briefly detained and fined $50 after being cited for...
Ice Bucket Challenge credited with ALS breakthrough
The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say. The challenge involved people pouring ice-cold water over their heads, posting video on social media, and donating funds for research on the condition, whose sufferers include British physicist Stephen Hawking. Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Benedict Cumberbatch and former U.S. President George W. Bush were among millions of people who took part in 2014, attracting more than 400 million views on social media.
VIDEO: Little penguin birth is first for Bronx Zoo
This baby is making history at the Bronx Zoo. For the first time in its 120 year-plus existence, a little penguin has successfully bred at the zoo. Zoo officials announced the chick’s debut on Wednesday after the baby hatched on May 10. The colony of little penguins only debuted in 2015 at the Wildlife Conservation Society-run facility. The tiny creatures who are characterized by their blue hue are also known as blue penguins, little blue penguins or fairy penguins. Adults grow to be only about...
BPD promises 'thorough investigation' after 7-year-old found dead at Carson Beach
Authorities are promising an extensive investigation into the drowning death of a 7-year-old boy who went missing from a city-run day camp and was subsequently found dead in the water near Carson Beach. Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Kyzr Willis went missing from the day camp he was attending at Curley Community Center near Carson Beach in South Boston.
Montgomery County teacher arrested for sex with students
A Montgomery County middle school teacher was arrested for allegedly sexual assaulting two high school students. Jason Todd Gattuso, a 39-year-old social studies teacher at Springfield Township Middle School, has been charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and other charges, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office....
British 'donkey whisperer' translates 'ee-aws' using technology
A self-proclaimed "donkey whisperer" is encouraging people in London to use technology to help them understand donkeys' emotions and mannerisms. Mark Ineson, owner of "Real Donkeys" in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, has been studying the animals for more than 20 years and says they are very emotive creatures. Entertainment group Merlin Events has teamed up with "Real Donkeys" to offer donkey rides "with a difference" in London's Jubilee Gardens. New technology allows children to hear the animals' sounds translated into English, and into full sentences. "We get the nudges, we get the facial expressions," he said, adding that like dogs, donkeys "give a paw, he lifts a leg to show his emotions that way," said Ineson about his 12-year-old donkey named Carl, one of 17 donkeys he owns.
Hillary delegate tossed from DNC for fight with Bernie delegate
Hopefully, Tennessee Democratic delegate Jerry Ogle had a chance to have a cheesesteak before being booted from the DNC Tuesday for allegedly attacking a Sanders delegate during the raucous first day of the convention. Ogle, a pro-Clinton delegate, was sent back home Tuesday for violating the party's "code of conduct" in an interaction with a pro-Sanders delegate, the Tennessean reported. Fellow Tennessee Democratic delegate and Bernie Sanders supporter Amanda Kruel tweeted a picture of Ogle...
Four arrested at DNC security perimeter
Several people were arrested Tuesday night after attempting to enter a Secret Service secure zone at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. Around 8:30 p.m., four people scaled an outer perimeter fence into the designated zone, authorities said. They were immediately arrested by Philadelphia Police Department and Secret Service officials. All four were arrested before they could enter the stadium, the Secret Service said in a statement released Tuesday night.
Make Hillary likable again: Democrats seek to recast Clinton
When Hillary Clinton first ran for president in 2008 she was badly stung by a backhanded compliment from rival Barack Obama, who called her "likable enough" before going on to win the Democratic nomination and the White House. Eight years later, with her party's nomination to succeed Obama firmly in hand, the question of her likability, trustworthiness and honesty still hangs over her bid to become America's first woman president, this time in a Nov. 8 election against Republican Donald Trump. The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week is, in part, an effort to reintroduce her to American voters, more than half of whom view her unfavorably, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
Insider trading by ex-banker's father becomes focus in U.S. trial
By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - The relationship between a former Wall Street investment banker charged for insider trading and his father, who traded on information about mergers he learned from him, took center stage at the start of the son's trial on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella told jurors in Manhattan federal court that tips by Sean Stewart, an ex-banker at Perella Weinberg Partners and JPMorgan Chase & Co<JPM.N>, enabled his father and another man to make over $1...
Harvard University endowment chief Stephen Blyth resigns
BOSTON (Reuters) - Stephen Blyth, who had been appointed to oversee Harvard University's $37.6 billion endowment only 18 months ago, has resigned, the Ivy League school said on Wednesday. Blyth, who took a temporary medical leave in May, is departing for personal reasons, the school said. Robert Ettl, chief operating officer at Harvard Management Co, will continue to run the university's investment arm on an interim basis as the board looks for a permanent successor for Blyth. (Reporting by...
Charges dropped against remaining officers in Freddie Gray case
Prosecutors dropped charges against the remaining three police officers in connection with the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, the Washington Post and CNN reported on Wednesday. Last week the prosecutors failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction against a police officer in the case, and Baltimore's police union called on prosecutors to drop the charges against three officers still awaiting trial.
Judge frees Reagan attacker John Hinckley
John Hinckley Jr., who wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt, should be freed after 35 years and released to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley no longer posed a danger to himself or others and could be released from a government psychiatric hospital in Washington.
Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman on the odd way they met on 'Indignation'
Onscreen and off, Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman have great chemistry. In James Schamus' adaptation of “Indignation,” based on Philip Roth’s 2008 novel, they play Marcus, a young Jewish collegiate, and Olivia, a troubled fellow student, who begin a turbulent relationship in Ohio during the Korean War. Paired together they’re more comfortable, giggly. Early into our chat, Logan — the 24-year-old former child star of the “Percy Jackson” movies and “Fury” — confesses he doesn’t trust doctors. Gadon...
Eagles head coach a big fan of Jon Dorenbos on 'America's Got Talent'
There aren't too many magicians in NFL locker rooms. Come to think of it, there really aren't too many on TV either. But Jon Dorenbos has never been one to care about things like that. He's proven to pretty much everyone that he is both a talented football player and magician. And this offseason he's been making himself a household name. "I am pulling for him," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said with a jovial smile Wednesday. The Philadelphia long snapper has been advancing week after week...
'Gleason' is more than a mere triumph-of-the-human-spirit doc
‘Gleason’ Director: Clay Tweel Genre: Documentary Rating: R 3 (out of 5) Globes The waterworks start early. Steve Gleason, the NFL player who was diagnosed with ALS at 34, stares into the lens. His disease is in the middle of robbing him of his voice and soon other faculties, so his speech is slurred. He keeps at it anyway, for what we’re watching is a fuzzy, low-res video diary he’s recording for the son who’s about to be born, who will never know him as a strapping athletic god, and will be...
Julia Stiles on not making out with the hero in 'Jason Bourne'
Julia Stiles has something to brag about: She’s the only actor who’s been all of the “Bourne” movies that feature Matt Damon (other than Matt Damon himself, that is). Her character has changed a lot, too. When we met her in “The Bourne Identity,” Nicky Parson’s was a mere technician working for a shadowy part of the government. By “Ultimatum” she was on the run with Bourne. When we reunite with her in the new “Jason Bourne,” she’s essentially Edward Snowden, looking to leak files that expose a...
3 things to watch for at Patriots training camp: Malcolm Mitchell to step up?
With much of New England stuck in what feels like a never-ending heat wave, it’s hard to believe that fall isn’t too far away. No, we aren’t trying to rush the summer away. But the New England Patriots begin training camp this week, which means football season is just around the corner. The Patriots are full of storylines headed into the 2016 season. Deflategate is no longer one of them, but the after-effects of it certainly are. You’ll see Tom Brady take part in training camp and preseason,...
MLB trade rumors: Red Sox should be interested in James Shields
Some old-school Red Sox panic hit the streets of Boston Wednesday as the Sox fell, 4-3, to the Tigers - with Detroit completing a three-game sweep. It was the first time the Red Sox have been swept all season and with the MLB trade deadline just days away (Aug. 1), there is surely a sense of urgency on Yawkey Way. Fittingly, a new name appeared on the trade market Wednesday and it's a name in which Dave Dombrowski will surely ask about. MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweeted out Wednesday, "James...
Hillary Clinton and Stone Cold Steve Austin break the glass ceiling together (YouTube video)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the candidate with the strongest pro wrestling background. The man hosted not one, but two WrestleManias at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, appeared in a hair vs. hair match against Vince McMahon at another WrestleMania and, ya know, constantly talks as if he's delivering a shoot wrestling promo. This week, however, Hillary Clinton made her wrestling presence known as she "shattered the glass." The term is well known by wrestling fans as the sound...
Red Bulls' Felipe jumps in as reporter, interviews teammate Ronald Zubar
Over the past month, New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe has done a lot on the field for the Red Bulls, scoring goals and stepping up his play in the center of the field. Now he’s taken on a new task, that most sacred duty that is the sixth estate. Felipe was a reporter covering the team, at least for a few moments. While the media gathered around defender Ronald Zubar, who scored a goal on Sunday in an emphatic 4-1 win over rival New York City F.C., Felipe stood off to the side. When offered...