ARK-ND provides therapy for kids

first_imgEvery Sunday night, Rolfs Aquatic Center fills up with student volunteers who gather with kids from the community for an hour of swim lessons and pool games. The weekly meetings function as a fun activity for the kids who attend, but they also aim to offer distraction — the club aims to help children suffering from serious medical conditions, senior and co-president of Aquatic Relief for Kids at Notre Dame (ARK-ND) Ann Iverson said.ARK-ND coordinates with local hospitals to aid pediatric cancer and diabetic patients through aquatic therapy, providing a safe environment for the young patients to have fun for an evening. ARK-ND was founded by a member of the Notre Dame women’s water polo team who suffered from cancer as a child and participated in a similar program when she was young. She founded ARK-ND to give pediatric cancer patients in their maintenance phase of treatment an opportunity to play games, connect and swim, senior and co-president Caroline Murtagh said in an email.Both Iverson and Murtagh have been involved in ARK-ND since their freshman years, and as a result, have built relationships with some of the patients who have been coming to meetings for years.“It is such a joy to work with these families … I have loved watching the kids grow,” Murtagh said.  “One girl was afraid to put her face in the water for months, so she spent every lesson doggy paddling in a bubble. Then, one day, she told me that she had a secret — she said that she learned to swim. All of a sudden, she was putting her face in the water, swimming without a bubble and jumping off the side of the pool.”Iverson also recalled kids who were afraid of the pool a few years back who have since grown up and now thoroughly enjoy swimming and playing in the water.Iverson said ARK-ND not only functions as a healthy distraction for the children, but the activities also aid the parents of the children.“I think [ARK-ND] is a good community for the kids and for their parents because they are able to be around other people who have experienced similar situations; that includes kids who have had cancer and also their siblings who can meet other kids who have siblings with cancer,” Iverson said.Murtagh said a father of a pediatric cancer patient wrote a letter about ARK-ND this year and gave it to her to show his sincere appreciation. “In the letter, he talked about how much his family had been struggling through his daughter’s cancer, but ARK provided just a short time each week where he could see his kids smile and laugh,” Murtagh said.  “Although our club is small and we play only a tiny role in these families’ lives, moments like this mean everything.”Iverson said the club welcomes any student who can swim and is interested in volunteering to join.“It’s nice because it’s pretty low commitment, but you can tell the kids love it,” Iverson said.  “It’s a good way to start out your week on a Sunday night, if you’re stressed about homework and tests — it’s a nice break.”Iverson also discussed the benefit of engaging in community service as a Notre Dame student.“Even though this occurs on campus, it’s people from the broader South Bend community we meet. … Getting to know them and hearing what’s going on in their makes me feel more connected to the community, which is important,” Iverson said.Tags: acquatic relief for kids, ark-nd, cancerlast_img read more

Her Ride: How Lindsey Larkin overcame years of medical hardship to achieve her dream of playing Division I softball

first_img God bless you Lindsey and your family. Your life story can be a blessing and a helping tool to so many people. Rev. Robert Shaner 7yr Lisa Fortunato Dougherty 7yr Jodi Larkin 7yr Published on February 17, 2014 at 3:20 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This is such a beautiful story. My daughter is a freshman pitcher for Rutgers University and I know how hard she worked to achieve her goal as a Division 1 pitcher. I can’t imagine going through what Lindsey went through medically, and still begin able to achieve her dream to play ball at a Division 1 program. All young/ high school athletes should read this inspiring story to help them to realize that if you work hard, nothing can get in your way of accomplishing your dreams … Even going through trauma and so many obstacles to overcome. Lindsey worked extremely hard to get where she is now, and she and her family should be very proud of her accomplishments ! My daughter just picked up her first collegiate win, and I know how exciting it was for her and all of us ! I’m glad her mother was there to share that big moment with her! I’m going to have my daughter read this article. Thanks for sharing and good luck to Lindsey in the future! Great photo, Emma! Someone should fix the caption on the photo of her first day of kindergarten. The black strap is on her right arm, not her left. Courtesy of Jodi LarkinBefore the first day of Kindergarten Lindsey is all smiles. Her backpack is connected to the black strap on her right arm and monitors her blood pressure throughout the day.Nothing could stop Lindsey from smiling on the first day of kindergarten. Not the early wakeup. Not the damp weather. Not the strap on her arm or the machine in her backpack that tracked her blood pressure.“Can you see the black thing on my arm, Mom?” she asked, as she danced around the wooden porch, her apple name tag flapping off the white T-shirt that did little to hide the strap on her right elbow.“Nope Lindsey, I can’t see a thing,” Jodi answered.“Good!” Lindsey said, jumping off the porch as her backpack let out a low hum.School was different for Lindsey. Around lunchtime, every day, she’d visit school nurse Lori Dempsey to have her blood pressure recorded and take medicine for her kidneys. If a classmate brought in cupcakes for a birthday, she’d have to decline.But while she was watched closely by her parents and teachers, she also learned to take care of herself.That’s how I always knew her. The girl who needed the most attention of all the ones I baby-sat, really needed the least.Dolores Purtell, Lindsey’s babysitter for many yearsShe fell in love with sports in grade school, and played them just like everyone else. She tried basketball, football, dancing and gymnastics — even though the last two make her cringe looking back — but fell in love with baseball.Courtesy of Jodi LarkinLindsey started out playing baseball until she switched over to softball when they made a team for her to play on. She wasn’t happy at first, but then fell in love with the sport.She played baseball with all the boys until she was 12 and the town formed a softball team for her to join. She was reluctant, but started garnering attention on the mound immediately after she made the switch.“Once I got to regionals and I saw all the talent and saw how I did with those caliber of girls,” Lindsey said. “I thought playing college softball was actually an option.”Then she zeroed in on that goal. When Lindsey was 13, she told her parents she needed a new pitching coach after the coach told her she’d never throw 60 miles per hour or play collegiately.They obliged, and two months later she was putting 60s and 61s on the speedometer.She started training with strength and conditioning coach Dennis Dewane at CNY Speed Training.When he opened the gym in the morning, she would be there waiting for him. And when he closed it at night, she’d want to keep going.In high school, Jodi would text Lindsey over and over asking if she’d be home for dinner. Lindsey’s phone was in her bag on the side of the G. Ray Bodley softball field, as Lindsey threw pitch after pitch into the backstop. No catcher. No coach. No one around.Most nights, she’d heat up a plate of food while icing down her left arm.“Even if she can’t remember all of it, her past and what she went through has everything to do with the hard worker she has become,” Jodi said. “It’s just inside of her that no one can tell her what she can or can’t achieve.”Lindsey was just a freshman reliever and didn’t expect to pitch when Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross told her to prepare to take the mound in the team’s second home game last season.Senior Stacy Kuwick had already gone six innings and sophomore Lindsay Taylor was sidelined with an injury. So heading into extra innings, Ross handed Lindsey the ball.“She was nervous,” said SU pitching coach Jenna Caira. “I told her I wanted three things. I wanted a first-pitch strike, I want a strikeout and I want a ground ball.”When Lindsey jogged out to the mound for the start of the seventh inning, tears started streaming down Jodi’s face in the stands.Courtesy of Jodi LarkinLindsey trains in the Central New York snow, working on her strength and conditioning as part of her workout routine.Lindsey threw a first-pitch strike and turned to Caira, a smile spread across her face.Jodi kept crying, now shaking in her seat.Then Lindsey got a ground out and looked at Caira again, her smile wider this time, her mom juggling the past with the present and standing to cheer for every out.She may not have gotten the strikeout that Caira wanted, but after throwing four innings, Lindsey walked off the field with her first collegiate win.“All I thought was ‘Lindsey, you’ve come so far,’” Jodi said.Many years ago, when she looked out the back window of the Caravan at Syracuse, Lindsey’s head was full of questions. Her future was uncertain. Her health always the focus for her and her family. But now when Lindsey drives toward the Adams Street exit and into the city that saved her life, she no longer wonders where she’s going.Banner photo by Emma Fierberg | Asst. Photo Editor Comments Another day. Another check-up. Another drive that Jodi Larkin could make with her eyes closed if her 5-year-old daughter Lindsey wasn’t in the car.Jodi walks out of their Oswego, N.Y., home and straps Lindsey into the back seat of their Dodge Caravan. She settles behind the wheel, puts the key in the ignition and starts to pull out of their driveway.But before they leave, Lindsey rattles off a few questions.Where are we going?…Are we going to the doctor?…Am I sick?I don’t feel sick.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJodi turns around to see her daughter, blonde hair bouncing with the engine, brown teddy bear clasped to her chest.“We’re just going for a ride, sweetie,” she responds.They go back and forth. Lindsey, always inquisitive, drilling her mom with question after question. Jodi, always careful, masking their destination as long as she can. But as they come around a bend, Lindsey starts noticing a familiar landscape. She recognizes the highway, the Crowne Plaza — or as she calls it, “the round hotel” — and the Syracuse skyline.“Are we going to my hospital, Mom?” she asks.Sitting by a window in Goldstein Student Center 15 years later, Jodi looks out at the snow-laden SU Softball Stadium. She stares deep into the field that Lindsey now calls home, and tears up remembering the journey her daughter took to get there.“It was really hard hearing your little girl refer to the hospital as ‘her hospital,’” Jodi said. “But that’s just how it was.”Lindsey Larkin will be the first to tell you how much she cries, and show you how much she smiles.The 20-year-old pitcher often finds herself speaking in cliches. They make her blush, trail her eyes to the ground or let out an awkward laugh. Sometimes laughter turns into tears.But she grins more than she doesn’t — that’s the Lindsey everyone has always known.“That kid was always beaming, and still is,” said Millie Sherman, Lindsey’s grandmother. “Sometimes I didn’t know how, but she really never stopped.”Courtesy of Jodi LarkinAlways smiling but also intense. Lindsey started playing all sports at a young age and didn’t let her medical problems stop her from running around with everyone else.Now a sophomore pitcher on the Syracuse softball team, Lindsey’s smile punctuates the story that hides behind it. A story that includes regular hospital visits from the time she was 8 weeks to 8 years old, a gastroenterologist, urologist, nephrologist, cardiologist, otolaryngologist, infectious disease specialist and pediatric surgeon.A life-threatening allergy, a severe kidney reflux and a life-changing surgery that finally healed her, and the family that never lost hope or sight of a healthier future.Yet when she’s asked about the eight years that now define her as a person and athlete, Lindsey squints her eyes. She racks through her brain and looks up, searching for anything that resembles a memory.She finds it impossible to vividly recall a thing.If you go through a traumatic experience such as being in the hospital until you’re 8 years old, you don’t really want to remember any of that.Lindsey LarkinDr. Manoochehr Karjoo’s voice bounced off the walls of the hospital room.“Get this baby off milk. You are killing her!”Lindsey was just 8 weeks old and, as her parents put it, lifeless at Crouse Hospital. She was initially scheduled for a five-day visit, but it took another six — with a spinal tap, numerous doctors and multiple research teams from Upstate Medical School — to find that a milk-protein allergy was on the verge of taking her life.The Larkins had started giving her formula and the hospital was doing the same. The doctors had never seen this combination of side effects before.But tests finally revealed that it was the protein in the formula that gave her high fevers, colitis, urinary tract infections and E. coli in her bloodstream.“It was like two weeks of hell,” Jodi said.That was the first time she survived. The doctors stabilized Lindsey and told the Larkins that she could never have milk, chocolate, ice cream or any other dairy products.Courtesy of Jodi LarkinWhen Lindsey was in the hospital, her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse so they could be close to her. She started doing charity work with the organization as she got older, and here she is walking in a fashion show with Dr. Michael Ratner, a pediatric surgeon who helped her through her medical problems.But somehow, she’d accidentally eat dairy and each time she did they’d be right back in the hospital where it all started.“I vaguely remember hating that,” Lindsey said, “being a kid and just having to lay there.”Then at a year and a half, the urinary tract infections returned. When they didn’t stop a year later, she was referred to Dr. Umeschandra Patil, an urologist and pediatric surgeon at Crouse.Dr. Patil found that Lindsey had a severe kidney reflux caused by a birth defect. Her ureters — muscle fibers that propel urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder — were undersized and her valve hadn’t developed. The reflux caused infections that destroyed function in both of her kidneys.That’s when the hospital visits picked up — sometimes multiple times a week. When Lindsey would go to Crouse, Jodi and her husband, Cliff Larkin, would pack a bag of clothes to stay overnight.They’d bring their son James, who is four years older than Lindsey, to Jodi’s parents down the street and try to return the smile to their bedridden daughter’s face.When we went to the hospital, we never knew when we were coming back.Cliff LarkinIn 1999, the rate of Lindsey’s kidney loss was continuing and she needed surgery as soon as her bladder wasn’t irritated.And on July 6, 2000, Dr. Patil performed a miracle.Cutting a 10-inch incision from side to side, Patil built bigger ureters from Lindsey’s own body tissue. He formed them to fit her 6-year-old body, and so they would continue to grow as she did.center_img What a great and inspiring story! Having been on the (far) sidelines, watching this family; first, struggle with, and overcome, Lindsey’s health issues with grace and endurance; and then Lindsey’s fierce determination and passion to overcome any and all obstacles put in her way! ex. Not allowing coach “A” to have any negative impact upon her dream, where another may have simply thrown in the towel so to speak! While amazing as Lindsey is, many Kudos to Jodi and Cliff for doing whatever was necessary, exhausted or not, to ensure Lindsey every opportunity to reach her dreams and goals! Congratulations on your successful journey, live the dream!!!!! Teri Sweeney 7yr syrguy 7yr Jean Brown 7yr On behalf of our family, we’d like to thank Jesse Dougherty. We all had kind of put that behind us and moved on with our lives and really never looked back. When he first asked me last year about doing this story, we were all hesitant and said no. I am so glad he asked again. What Jesse did with all our most precious moments was beautifully written. It was hard to share but I am glad we did. If Lindsey’s story inspires even just one person to dream big and follow their dreams then every bit of it was worth it.Enjoy life! Show morelast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Everton 0

first_imgA sprightly Chelsea dominated large spells of the first half but lacked a killer instinct in front of goal.Nemanja Matic was the first to have a pop, evading two snappy challenges before firing into the Shed End, while Willian’s curling effort dipped just over the crossbar.But it was Everton who had the clearest chance of the opening 10 minutes with their first attack. Ross Barkley picked out Romelu Lukaku, whose drilled shot was blocked by the legs of the recalled Petr Cech.Juan Cuadrado, on his home debut, looked lively in patches and flashed a shot across the face of goal, while Loic Remy – in ahead of Didier Drogba – produced a fine save from Everton keeper Tim Howard.Howard also clung on well to Eden Hazard’s fierce low drive from the edge of the box as the hosts continued to press.Kurt Zouma was also brought back into the Chelsea side and he enjoyed the better of an intriguing match-up with former Blues striker Lukaku.Everton often got men forward in support of their counter-attacks but lacked the invention to cut through the Chelsea backline. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard; Remy. Subs: Courtois, Cahill, Ake, Filipe Luis, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Steelers Emmanuel Sanders Fined 50K For Faking Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders was fined $50,000 by the NFL for faking an injury during a game in Cincinnati on Oct. 21.Sanders initially played coy in public comments about the incident, but in recent weeks has said the matter was being handled internally.Also fined on Friday by the league were Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura and Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, $21,000 each; Titans safety Michael Griffin, $20,000; Raiders cornerback Tyvon Branch, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, and Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, $15,750 each; Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe, $10,000; Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn, and Steelers safety Will Allen, $7,875 apiece.During the Steelers-Bengals game, NBC announcers openly discussed their belief Sanders apparently was deliberately feigning an injury for the purpose of saving a timeout.Anderson said it found no evidence the Steelers, on an organization-wide basis, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes.“If I believed that to be the case, the discipline would be substantially more,” Anderson said. “Instead, it reflects the commissioner’s strong view that it is the responsibility of the club to insure that its players are familiar with and in compliance with the league’s competitive rules.”In an open letter to Sanders and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, Anderson cited video evidence to the contrary of Sanders’ contention that he was in severe pain while lying on the ground, before or after the play.Sanders sat out one play — a team trainer attended to him — and then returned to the game for the next play, a Pittsburgh punt. Anderson noted that Sanders outran his teammates and downed the ball.“The video of the play shows Sanders running swiftly and effortlessly toward the punted ball, and then leaving the field with no sign of discomfort,” Anderson wrote. “Sanders also played the rest of the game without difficulty.”The NFL sent out a memo to team general managers and coaches in September that said, “The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries.” The league reiterated it had the power to fine players, coaches or teams or even take away draft picks.This is the first punishment the league has handed out for faking an injury.When asked two days before his meeting with the league if he thought the NFL had a problem with faking, Sanders said “Not that I know of.” read more

United States immigration policy causes uproar amid family separation controversy

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEarlier Story: Trump digs in on immigration policy amid ‘family separation’ controversyWASHINGTON (AP) — Facing rising outrage from some Republicans as well as Democrats over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again blaming Democrats and declaring he would keep the U.S. from becoming “a migrant camp.”Democrats have turned up the pressure over the administration policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the separation policy “cruel” and “immoral” while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation.Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday, as he detoured from planned remarks on U.S. space policy to defend his administration’s policies. “I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault,” he said at the White House.“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he added. “Not on my watch.”“We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress,” she said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans. Like Trump, she called on Congress to reform immigration laws.Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.Nielsen said that releasing parents with their children amounts to a “get out of jail free card” policy for those in the country illegally.Speaking at the same conference, Sessions echoed Nielsen’s defense of the policy, and called on Congress to act.“We do not want to separate parents from their children,” Sessions said. “If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won’t face these terrible choices.”Trump asserted Monday that children “are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth” as a way to enter the United States. He tweeted: “Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border,” calling it “historic.”Criticism is rising from both sides of the political aisle. In a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday, Mrs. Bush made some of the strongest comments yet from a Republican.“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” she wrote. She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called “one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.” Posted: June 19, 2018 Read my statement on the Department of Homeland Security immigration policy here: https://t.co/aA3TjX55Bj— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) June 18, 2018___AP writers Colleen Long, Zeke Miller, and Ken Thomas in Washington and Kevin McGill in New Orleans contributed. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rejected criticism accusing her department of inhuman and immoral actions. Monday, DHS Secretary Nielsen took questions to clarify some of the misleading talking points that have arisen regarding the Trump administration’s immigration policy. The Trump administration says they are not separating all immigrant families, but that it must be done in cases where they need to detain the adult for a crime. President Trump weighed in on the controversy over separation of illegal immigrant families at the US-Mexico border today saying, “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. You look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at what is happening in other places, we cannot allow that to happen to the United States, not on my watch.” I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.https://t.co/he1uw1E96A— Laura Bush (@laurawbush) June 18, 2018 AP Updated: 4:42 PM AP, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe issue has sparked outrage from both democrats and republicans. President Trump continually pushes back claiming democrats created the problem, and he is determined to fix it. In studio to talk more about the issues going on at the border is Principal Attorney of Valdes & Associates, and Coronado School Board Candidate, Esther Valdes. Her complete interview can be seen in the video below. Stay up to date on the latest from the George W. Bush Institute and President and Mrs. Bush. Sign up to receive updates: https://t.co/mHu9WTZNbN pic.twitter.com/OGjwo1cWyt— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) June 18, 2018Underscoring the emotional tension, first lady Melania Trump, who has tended to stay out of contentious policy debates, waded into the issue. Her spokeswoman said that Mrs. Trump believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.”“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.RELATED STORY: House minority leader Nancy Pelosi visits US-Mexico border and tours illegal immigrant detention centersThe signs of splintering GOP support are spreading.The Rev. Franklin Graham, a longtime Trump ally, called the policy “disgraceful.” Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents.Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said Monday on CNN that it “doesn’t feel right” for the Trump administration to blame Democrats and use the issue as a way of pressuring Democrats into negotiating on a Republican immigration bill.Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she favors tighter border security, but expressed deep concerns about the child separation policy.“What the administration has decided to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you,” she said. “That’s traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country.”House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the policy “leaves a dark stain on our nation.”“Ripping vulnerable little children away from their parents is an utter atrocity that debases America’s values and our legacy as a beacon of hope, opportunity and freedom,” she said Monday.Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid the election-season debate over what has been one of his favorite issues. The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure with key proposals supported by the president. The White House has said Trump would sign either one.Both House proposals face broad opposition from Democrats, and even if a bill does pass, the closely divided Senate seems unlikely to go along.Trump’s former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Steve Bannon argued that that effort risks alienating Trump’s political base and could lead to election losses in November, when Republicans hope to preserve their congressional majorities. June 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a statement on the controversy surrounding parents being separated from their children after entering the United States illegally.Later Tuesday evening, Congressman Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista) yelled, “Don’t you have kids?” at President Trump as he departed the US capitol following his meeting with the House GOP caucus on immigration. The congressman’s actions can be seen in the video posted below. United States immigration policy causes uproar amid ‘family separation’ controversy Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Downtown highrise building evacuated after suspicious packages found

first_imgSuspicious package outside the @sdut building this morning. #journalism pic.twitter.com/KV7ovOEW5f— Kate Morrissey (@bgirledukate) October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:00 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The downtown San Diego building that houses the San Diego Union-Tribune and an office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was evacuated Wednesday for about an hour after a cluster of suspicious packages was found on top of a patio table near a corner of the building.Officers responded to 600 B Street about 8:15 a.m. and ordered the evacuations of the 24-floor building as well as several businesses in the area, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. Police also closed Sixth Avenue between A and B streets to traffic during the evacuations.About an hour later, police determined the boxes were filled with everyday items.Officers scanned the boxes and determined they were filled with various items including shoes, children’s books, a football and bags of potato chips, Lt. Kevin Wadhams said.The boxes, which were on top of a patio table next to an orange air pump, were not addressed to anyone in particular, Wadhams said.Surveillance video showed a person dropping off the boxes around 1:45 a.m., but officers were unable to identify the person from video, Wadhams said.The buildings nearby the location were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” Wadhams said.Augie Lopez, 27, who works at the front desk of the building as a security guard said it was the first time the building has been evacuated in the three years he has worked there.The evacuations in downtown San Diego came on the same morning several suspicious packages were discovered across the country.The Secret Service intercepted a series of suspicious packages containing potential explosives that were sent to Hilary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. CNN also reported a suspicious package was sent to its building in Manhattan. Packages were also sent to former CIA chief John Brennan and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz.The fact that Harris — an outspoken Democratic critic of President Donald Trump — has an office in the San Diego building raised concerns that the suspicious packages might be linked to the other cases.“Our office was evacuated today after suspicious packages were found near the building,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said on Twitter. “The packages were not addressed to the senator or our office. We are grateful to the San Diego Police Department for their work to swiftly investigate this issue.” SDPD Lieutenant Kevin Wadhams updated us on the evacuation of the WeWork building in downtown San Diego. He said the building was evacuated and the streets shut down out of an abundance of caution. The boxes were filled with children’s books, a football, a shoe, and an empty bag of potato chips.San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kate Morrissey tweeted out the following picture and information after evacuating. Downtown high-rise building evacuated after suspicious packages found Categories: Local San Diego News October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more