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Inside the rare art of restoring mechanical antiques
Brittany Nicole Cox is one of the only antiquarian horologists in the world. She's basically a mechanic—a mechanic from the 17th century. Cox fixes old machines with watch or clock mechanisms inside them for a living. Often, these machines are missing parts that frequently no longer exist, so Cox fashions them herself. To visit her workshop is to see what the future looked like centuries ago, and while Cox's trade is laborious, time-consuming and incredibly intricate, she is preserving a magical part of humanity's past.
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A kangaroo found hopping around South Florida was safely captured by police
Fort Lauderdale police found a lone kangaroo hopping around the city's downtown area on Thursday morning. It's at the department's stables for now until it can be released to a licensed wildlife facility.
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Mortgage rates fall below 3% for fist time ever
Mortgage rates dipped fell below 3% for the first time ever as the economy continues to struggle from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nia Long feels ‘bad’ for Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith
"It takes a lot of courage to do that."
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Ex-Lakers trainer Gary Vitti sees a level playing field in the NBA's Orlando bubble
COVID-19 did not alter the NBA's competitive balance, says longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti on the Legends of Sport: Restarting the Clock podcast.
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Zion Williamson leaves NBA bubble to deal with an 'urgent family matter'
The New Orleans Pelicans support the decision of rookie sensation Zion Williamson and hope he will return to the NBA campus in Orlando at some point.
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Florida schools say they are ready but many parents and teachers are not
Education chiefs in Duval and St Johns Counties are getting buildings and plans ready to welcome tens of thousands of students to class, but with coronavirus cases soaring, parents and teachers are saying it's way too soon.
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Barr warns of Chinese efforts to dominate industries, calls out Hollywood, tech giants for caving to pressure
Attorney General Bill Barr delivered a dire warning to the U.S. and the world on Thursday regarding what he said could be “the most important issue for our nation and the world in the 21st century”: the Chinese Communist Party’s global ambitions.
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Trump reshuffles his campaign. If only he could reshuffle himself.
He can rearrange the chairs, but he won't undertake the real necessary changes.
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There are signs Trump's base is leaving him on the coronavirus
As Covid-19 rages in America, voters are giving President Donald Trump record low numbers on his coronavirus performance.
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Despite Supreme Court ruling, Trump administration rejects new DACA applications
With officials still rejecting new DACA applications, President Trump is defying a Supreme Court ruling, experts say.
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Rwanda's Genocide Ended 26 Years Ago. Survivors Are Still Finding Mass Graves
Remains of thousands of people are still being recovered and laid to rest at a nearby genocide memorial after the 1994 mass slaughter.
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Hospital ICU deaths from COVID-19 have dropped by a third, study says
Researchers reviewed data from thousands of adult COVID-19 patients in ICUs around the world and found that the death rate decreased from 60 percent in March to 40 percent in May, according to the study.
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Alex Trebek gives update on cancer treatment, reveals 'Jeopardy!' will air old shows amid COVID-19 shutdown
Alex Trebek gave fans a health update while announcing a “Jeopardy!” first to fans. 
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Larry Hogan knocks Trump for leaving states to fend for themselves during coronavirus crisis
Hogan, a Republican, said it was "hopeless" to wait for Trump to take the lead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
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‘Indian Matchmaking’ on Netflix: How to Follow the Cast on Instagram
And more importantly: are any of the couples from Indian Matchmaking still together?
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Nick Cannon apologizes to Jewish community, keeps 'Masked Singer' hosting gig
Nick Cannon tweeted a lengthy apology to his "Jewish sisters and brothers" after a controversial interview on his podcast got him fired by ViacomCBS.
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Bipartisan lawmakers push for White House cybersecurity director
Lawmakers from both parties want the White House to appoint a national cybersecurity director two years after the position was eliminated by the Trump administration, The Hill reported Thursday. The growing support came after an uptick in cyberattacks against everything from hospitals to research groups to federal agencies during the spread of the coronavirus pandemic,...
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Colombian cartels killing anyone who doesn't obey coronavirus lockdown orders: report
Colombian cartels warned residents in nearly half the country's states that armed fighters would kill anyone who disobeyed coronavirus lockdown restrictions. 
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Kohl’s to require customers to wear masks at stores nationwide
Kohl’s has joined retail heavyweights like Walmart and Best Buy by requiring all customers at every store to wear masks beginning Monday to fight the spread of coronavirus. “As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, face covering mandates have grown to apply to approximately 70 percent of our store base — therefore we’ve made the decision...
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Infiltrating the committee that controls your emojis
Jenny Lee was on a mission: to spice up her texts with some new food emojis. Little did she know she'd face a multinational consortium of internet power brokers like Facebook and Microsoft before she'd taste emoji success.​
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Trump supporter’s libel case against MSNBC’s Joy Reid lives on
Court overturns dismissal, insists that the target of Reid's social media postings wasn't a public figure.
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Dutch city cuts ties with Polish twin over 'LGBT-free zone'
A city in the Netherlands has severed ties with its sister city in Poland after the latter declared itself an "LGBT-free zone."
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Huawei security chief: We are not improperly accessing data
Huawei Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy says Huawei can prove it is not improperly accessing and sending data back to China. He says the new US sanctions "forced" the United Kingdom into its decision to ban Huawei.
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House GOP resolution accuses Ilhan Omar of ‘anti-American’ remarks, ‘Marxist’ policies
A resolution introduced Thursday by House Republicans condemns allegedly “anti-American” statements by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after remarks in which she called for supporters to begin “dismantling the whole system of oppression.” 
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Dwyane Wade designs special Pride sneakers for daughter Zaya
The basketball great is one proud dad.
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How Trump deals with that sinking feeling
Is there anybody left to fire?
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‘The Hurt Locker’ Writer Mark Boal Sets Apple Thriller ‘Echo 3’
The 10-episode series tracks the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant scientist along the Colombia-Venezuela border.
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In ‘A History of My Brief Body,’ Billy-Ray Belcourt triumphs over oppression through lyric essays
The Rhodes Scholar’s collection explores his queer and indigenous identity.
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Trump hosting White House event to highlight deregulation efforts
President Trump will host an event Thursday at the White House to tout his administration’s efforts – a day after he announced sweeping rollbacks to the environmental review process for largescale infrastructure projects.
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ISIS bride can return to UK to fight removal of British citizenship, judges rule
A woman who was stripped of her British citizenship after running away from London to marry an Islamic State fighter in Syria has now won the right to return to her former home to challenge the decision. 
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The White House’s campaign against Anthony Fauci is a symptom of a bigger problem
Donald Trump’s administration has begun publicly attacking the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top government scientist on infectious diseases. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Trump and his officials have consistently ignored or tried to discredit scientists like Fauci. The White House decided this week — the same week the US is seeing record Covid-19 cases nationwide, driven by the outbreaks in California, Florida, and Texas — was the right time to try to discredit the most widely respected scientist in the Trump administration, Dr. Anthony Fauci. He was first targeted with a whisper campaign by administration sources to top White House reporters. A few days later, Trump’s top trade official dispensed with the whispering and said it loud and clear in a USA Today op-ed: Fauci should not be trusted. The public, it appears, would disagree. Fauci continues to enjoy a much higher approval rating and much more public trust than the president of the United States. As an earthy but authoritative voice on the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci inadvertently broke the first rule of the Trump White House: Nobody gets to outshine the president. The disinformation campaign against him from Trump loyalists can likely be explained, at least in part, by those clashing personalities. But the White House’s cold war against Fauci reveals a more fundamental problem with the Trump administration’s coronavirus response: an unwillingness to defer to science over politics, and to allow the advice of public health experts to dictate the pace of the recovery instead of proceeding at a rate that may help the president’s reelection prospects. When I asked experts about the differences between Trump’s record and Joe Biden’s proposed response plan, they singled out the reliance on science and experts like Fauci. I heard the same when I asked about the differences between the US response and those of other countries that have more successfully suppressed the virus. “Clearly, big differences are the emphasis on science and experts,” Jennifer Kates at the Kaiser Family Foundation told me. Biden would emphasize “putting science/public health leaders at the forefront and big focus on public health guidance.” It’s tempting to view Trump versus Fauci as an interpersonal rivalry, two New Yorkers with big personalities and a talent for television finding themselves at odds during this high-profile crisis. But the feud with Fauci is merely the symptom of a broader syndrome: Trump and many of his top aides have actively ignored or sought to discredit scientific experts on the best ways to handle the coronavirus response. Anthony Fauci versus Peter Navarro and the Trump White House, explained Fauci leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health. It’s a position he’s held for more than 35 years, making him by default the top government scientist in a pandemic. And he has, from the start, been a key figure in the coronavirus response. He has also, with more and more frequency over the spring and summer, found himself at odds with the president and his economic advisers on important issues. He’s contradicted Trump on hydroxychloroquine, on testing and travel bans, on restarting the NFL season, and on reopening schools in the fall. By April, Trump was approvingly quoting a tweet from one of his supporters with a #FireFauci hashtag. Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN https://t.co/d40JQkUZg5— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020 The nation’s top infectious disease expert appears to have lost the president’s personal confidence months ago. Fauci told the Financial Times last week that he hadn’t personally briefed Trump in two months. But the tension escalated with a new intensity over the weekend. Fauci’s sin seems to have been his downcast assessment of America’s coronavirus outbreak, as cases continue to pick up, hospitalizations and deaths surge, and testing backlogs hamper the country’s ability to nimbly respond to the crisis. Trump said in an interview last week he disagreed with Fauci’s assessment of the situation on the ground. Then the White House sent a document to the Washington Post that read like the kind of opposition file usually deployed against a political rival in a campaign, not a top government scientist in the middle of a pandemic. As Post reporter Josh Dawsey described it in a Saturday story: A White House official released a statement saying that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things” and included a lengthy list of the scientist’s comments from early in the outbreak. Those included his early doubt that people with no symptoms could play a significant role in spreading the virus — a notion based on earlier outbreaks that the novel coronavirus would turn on its head. They also point to public reassurances Fauci made in late February, around the time of the first U.S. case of community transmission, that “at this moment, there is no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.” The White House press shop tried to wave away any claims of their malicious intent against Fauci, provoking virtual eye rolls from seasoned political reporters: They didn’t put their names on the “response” laid out in format of an oppo doc, gave background statement to several reporters expressing “concern” about Fauci’s accuracy. If they want to do it they should own it, not pretend it didn’t happen. https://t.co/MI0vkivaIl— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 13, 2020 Some of Fauci’s early comments certainly do read differently now than they would have in January and February. He has reversed himself on the question of laypeople wearing masks, as most of the scientific community has. But the White House also appears to have willfully misconstrued some of his statements to make them look worse than they were. As the New York Times noted, the White House oppo file singled out a February 29 interview in which Fauci said there was no need for Americans to change their day-to-day routine — but left out his comment from the very same interview warning the coronavirus could eventually become a major outbreak. An op-ed in USA Today by top Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro dispensed with any equivocation: “Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.” Navarro dinged Fauci for initially opposing Trump’s China travel ban, for allegedly downplaying the virus’s threat, for flip-flopping on masks, for doubting the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, and for minimizing the recent decline in US Covid-19 deaths. The only problem, as a separate USA Today fact-check made clear, is most of Navarro’s claims were false or misleading. It’s not at all clear the China ban had a significant effect on spread as many US infections may have been imported from Europe instead. Fauci was always warning that the coronavirus can develop into a more serious problem, while Trump and the White House consistently minimized the threat. Fauci has for months been urging people to wear masks, ever since the scientific consensus shifted. Most medical studies have affirmed Fauci’s doubts about hydroxychloroquine. And Covid-19 deaths have begun rising again, as experts predicted they would once cases started increasing again. The White House communications office once again tried to put some distance between the administration officials bashing Fauci and the president, saying the Navarro op-ed didn’t go through proper internal channels before it was published. But reporting from the Los Angeles Times quickly complicated that characterization; an administration official told the newspaper that Trump had “authorized” and “encouraged” the op-ed. Fauci, for his part, took all the drama in relative stride and suggested that the ploys against him were doomed to backfire. “When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president,” he told the Atlantic on Wednesday. And as for Navarro, his new public rival: “I can’t explain Peter Navarro. He’s in a world by himself.” Spoken with the confidence of a man who, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey, 65 percent of Americans say they trust to tell the truth about the coronavirus. Just 30 percent of the public says the same about Trump. “He may be out of the loop and in disfavor with the White House, but it’s clear from the numbers, voters would like Dr. Fauci back on call,” Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy said. Fauci was back at a White House task force meeting on Wednesday, the day after Navarro’s op-ed went up, a fact subtly revealed in a tweet from Vice President Mike Pence. But the Trump administration’s general attitude toward scientists like Fauci doesn’t bode well for this newfound warmth lasting for very long. The Trump administration has sought to discredit all kinds of public health experts and advice Fauci can, at times, sound as if he is fact-checking Trump in real time. Last Tuesday, the president was touting “a tenfold decrease in mortality” and “the lowest mortality rate in the world.” The same day, at an event with Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, Fauci said “that it’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death” given the other complications of the disease and the possibility that deaths will start to rise again (as they have). This has been happening for months and it often draws a rebuke from the White House or from the president himself. In June, Fauci sounded skeptical that the NFL would be able to safely start its regular season in the fall. Trump, who is betting his reelection fortunes on a swift return to normalcy, didn’t appreciate the comment. Tony Fauci has nothing to do with NFL Football. They are planning a very safe and controlled opening. However, if they don’t stand for our National Anthem and our Great American Flag, I won’t be watching!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020 But this kind of disparagement against scientific authorities isn’t limited to Fauci as an individual. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as an institution, has been consistently undermined by the White House. The agency went months without holding press briefings on Covid-19. The discord has been on display again in the last few weeks as Trump seizes on reopening schools as the next big political issue for him. The CDC has laid out their guidelines for schools hoping to bring students back to their buildings in the fall. Trump and other top administration officials have been dismissive of those standards. “To be very clear, we don’t want CDC guidance to be a reason why people don’t reopen their schools,” Vice President Mike Pence said this week. This has been happening for months. In April, the White House formally convened a task force to consider the best strategies for reopening the economy — and a few days later, the president was tweeting support for protesters agitating to “LIBERATE” states from their stay-at-home orders. In May, the CDC released a watererd-down version of its recommendations for states’ reopening after the White House judged the original guidance “too prescriptive.” Now the administration has ordered hospitals to stop reporting their Covid-19 data to the CDC and start providing that information to the main health department instead. Experts worry the change could lead to the Trump administration burying data that doesn’t fit its preferred narrative of the pandemic — much as Fauci has been cut out and called out for dissenting from the party line. These paragons of public health have been sidelined and bowled over by a Trump White House weathering a global pandemic in the middle of an election year. Rather than take the hard steps necessary to contain the outbreak, the White House has tried without success to wish it out of existence. Months ago, Fauci was telling the public and presumably the president that the best way to safely reopen the economy was to improve testing and contact tracing. Today, as Fauci finds himself on the wrong side of the White House’s whims again, a testing backlog is debilitating the country’s ability to surveil the disease, contact tracing has been largely ignored by the federal government, and hasty reopening appears to have led to the spike in cases and deaths that experts warned it would without the necessary precautions. Six months into the pandemic, with no signs that it will soon abate, the Trump administration is still not heeding the advice of its best-known public health expert. Instead, the president and his allies sound intent on blaming the messenger. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Judge gives Trump until July 27 to add new challenges to subpoena in taxes case
A federal judge endorsed the schedule put forward jointly by President Donald Trump's legal team and the Manhattan district attorney's office, giving the President's lawyers until July 27 to file additional challenges to a grand jury subpoena for his financial records.
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Battle for control over Cirque du Soleil leads to deal with lenders
Cirque du Soleil has accepted an offer to sell itself to its lenders in a deal that would kick its current private equity owner, TPG Capital, out of the tent, The Post has learned. The bankrupt circus giant, known for dominating the box office in Las Vegas, OK’d the lenders’ offer on Wednesday night —...
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MLB experiencing ups and downs with testing procedure
What I'm Hearing: USA TODAY Sports Bob Nightengale discusses that while a large majority of players are testing negative for the coronavirus, there is still an issue of getting test results on time.       
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Chris Cuomo criticizes Trump for Goya endorsement: 'In the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans?'
Chris Cuomo criticized Donald Trump for having time to promote Goya products on social media in the middle of a pandemic.        
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CNN Heroes: A lifeline for people with disabilities in Colombia
The pandemic forced 2016 CNN Hero of the Year Jeison Aristizábal to close the center where he serves young people with disabilities in Cali, Colombia. But that is not stopping him from providing them with the resources and support they need.
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New delivery service aims to help hospitality workers with dumplings
Cali Dumpling Delivery delivers dumplings to Los Angeles and Orange County and donates the profits to hospitality workers affected by COVID-19.
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Oklahoma football reports zero positive COVID-19 tests for second consecutive week
Oklahoma football program tested 98 players and 30 staff members on Wednesday, and for the second consecutive week, had zero positive COVID-19 tests.       
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Mary Trump's memoir sells 950,000 on first day, setting a record for publisher
'Too Much and Never Enough,' Mary L. Trump's book on her uncle Donald Trump sets record for Simon & Schuster. But POTUS has nothing on Voldemort.
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Ray Romano’s been quarantining with his four adult kids during the pandemic
Everybody really does love Raymond.
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2020’s latest problem is this bear with fierce nunchuck skills
He's got a black belt in Zoojitsu.
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Space tourism company Virgin Galactic hires ex-Disney exec as CEO
Virgin Galactic, the ambitious space tourism company that hopes to take wealthy customers on joy rides to the edge of space, is bringing in an ex-Disney executive to lead the company.
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CVS and Target join other major retailers in requiring masks in US stores
CVS and Target just became the latest major retailers to require customers to wear masks in their stores across the United States as the number of Covid-19 cases rises.
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Imperial College vaccine enters second round of human trials
Imperial College's vaccine trial volunteers are entering the second round of human trials. CNN's Nina dos Santos reports.
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Security guard paid man $425, tacos for Johnny Depp’s iPhone, court hears
A security guard had to buy Johnny Depp's phone off a homeless man after Amber Heard threw it off a balcony -- costing him $425 and “three chicken tacos."
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Pelicans' Zion Williamson leaves NBA campus for 'urgent family medical matter'
The New Orleans rookie plans to rejoin the team, but he'll face COVID-19 testing and possible quarantine. The season is scheduled to restart July 30.      
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Family of tech CEO Fahim Saleh calls murder ‘nothing short of evil’
The family of murdered tech CEO Fahim Saleh called his vicious death “nothing short of evil” as they remembered him as “brilliant and innovative.” “No words or actions to provide any of us comfort except the capture of the person who exhibited nothing short of evil upon our loved one,” said the family’s statement, obtained...
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