2 injured after car crashes into Times Square barrier

An out-of-control car plowed into a recently installed concrete barrier put in place to protect pedestrians in Times Square Tuesday morning, leaving two people with minor injuries, officials said.

The 2016 Toyota with TLC license plates crashed into the barrier at the bustling intersection of West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue around 9:07 a.m., police said.

Cops say the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 42nd Street and trying to make a right turn onto Seventh Avenue when it lost control and hit the barrier.

A 25-year-old man told cops he was about to cross the street when the collision occurred, causing the barrier to strike him, injuring his right foot and toes.

Medics treated the man and transported him to Bellevue Hospital Center.

Officials say another person also suffered minor injuries.

It is unclear exactly when the protective barrier was installed, but no barriers were in place when Google last photographed the area in October of 2018.

In January of last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the city would put in 1,500 metal bollards in Times Square and other high-profile areas in an effort to ramp up safety.

The security measure came after Uzbek national Saipov Sayfullo plowed a truck into the bike path along the West Side Highway on Oct. 31, 2017, killing eight — and after ex-Navy seaman Richard Rojas intentionally drove his car up a crowded Times Square sidewalk, killing a teenage tourist and injuring 22 other people on May 18, 2017.

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Girl, 4, dies after falling ill in east Yorkshire doctor's surgery

A GIRL, four, died after she fell ill in her local doctor's surgery.

She was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance but later died.

The little girl was at The Ridings Medical Group in East Riding, east Yorkshire, when paramedics and police were called to the scene.

An air ambulance landed in a field across the road from the surgery.

She was rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary but police have confirmed the girl later died in hospital on Wednesday.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said police were called after "concerns were raised for the safety of the patient" at the doctor's office.

The child's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Her family are currently being supported by specialist police officers.

The spokesperson said: "Yesterday we were called to a medical practice on Ferry Road in South Cave to the concern for safety of a patient at the centre.

"The patient, a four year old girl, was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary. Sadly the girl died in hospital a short time later. Her family are being supported and have asked to be allowed to grieve their loss in private.

"Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for HM Coroner."




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Knicks keep plummeting after James Dolan’s big 2019-20 talk

INDIANAPOLIS — Don’t worry, an “extremely dramatic’’ change will happen by next season, according to overly optimistic Knicks owner James Dolan.

On a night when Dolan predicated free-agent coups and a deep playoff run for 2019-2020, the Knicks’ current tank machine fell deeper into the hole after building a 10-point lead in the first half Tuesday night.

Predictably they couldn’t keep that up, and lost to the Pacers, 103-98, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse despite rallying late from a 16-point deficit, and making it a one-possession game in the final 20 seconds.

Dolan, in a radio interview earlier in the day in which he defended his banning a heckler from the Garden on Saturday, said the Knicks “certainly are going to be in the playoffs and hopefully we’ll go far.’’

That, however, is next season. As for now, the Knicks, who failed to reach 100 points for a second straight game, lost their seventh straight to maintain the worst record in the NBA, now 13-55. Mercifully, there are just 14 games to go in what is shaping up as their worst season ever.

A sarcastic “Sell The Knicks’’ chant erupted for a few seconds in the first half. The Knicks, who committed 20 turnovers, finish their three-game trip Friday in San Antonio.

The Pacers began the second half on a 9-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Bojan Bogdanovic over rookie Kevin Knox to put Indiana ahead 64-52. Bogdanovic scored a game-high 24 points as all five Pacers starters reached double figures.

The Knicks had built a 10-point lead in the second quarter behind a solid shooting first half by the slumping Knox and strong inside work by center DeAndre Jordan, who was a train wreck in the loss at Minnesota on Sunday.

Knox bagged 3-of-4 3-pointers in the half while Jordan was brutish inside, scoring eight points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field. But Knox, after scoring 13 points in the first half, wound up with 16 while committing five fouls.

Jordan committed five turnovers. Early in the fourth, Jordan controlled the ball on the low block, stood with it for a few seconds then threw a pass inside to two yellow jerseys.

The Pacers (43-25) rallied from an early hole and took a 55-52 lead at halftime. Former Knick Wesley Matthews, bought out in February after being acquired from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, hit two free throws to snap a 49-49 tie, then scored on a fast break to put Indiana up 53-49. Matthews notched 11 points in the half. He now starts for the Pacers.

The Pacers, hanging on to fourth place despite losing their superstar Victor Oladipo for the season, improved to 26-9 at home.

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Thunder angry after Russell Westbrook-fan fight: Wrong ‘bad guy’

Former Knicks guard Raymond Felton is playing some defense in support of Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook got into a shouting match with a Jazz fan who was heckling him in Utah on Monday night, at one point yelling at him: “I’ll f–k you up. You and your wife. I’ll f–k you up.”

“It’s a touchy subject, man. I’m going to speak on this and I want everybody to hear it and to really tune into this and really understand,” Felton told reporters Tuesday. “At the end of the day, we’re human beings and we have feelings. Just like [fans] got feelings, we have feelings, too. That was unnecessary what they said to Russ, that’s not fair, that’s not right.

“And this ain’t the first game it’s happened, it happened in Portland. It’s happened in pretty much every arena we go to. They’re always picking on Russ, and it’s just not right.”

Westbrook told reporters after the game that the fan, later identified as Shane Keisel, had yelled at him to “get down on my knees like you used to.” The All-Star guard thought the phrase was racial and disrespectful.

“It’s not fair to tell a man to get on his knees, that’s what you’re used to doing. And then turn around and his wife reiterates it and says it right back to him again. That’s not right,” Felton continued. “Then, everybody wants to make a big deal about what he said, but let’s talk about what they said to him first.

“He’s not coming off and talking to the fans and just saying stuff to them, just blurting out words. He’s not. They’re coming at him first. When is it gonna be a point where there’s gonna be protecting of us players? People can say whatever they want to say to us during games and yell out stuff and talk about our families, talk about our kids. Our kids. We’re fathers and we have families and people can just blurt out what they want to say about us, and that’s just not fair. That’s not right.”

Felton admitted players occasionally react inappropriately.

“But as soon as we respond and we say something in the heat of the moment, and yeah, sometimes you may something that’s not the appropriate thing to say at the time. But when you’re in the heat of the moment in a game or you blocked out from playing and somebody blurts out something disrespectful to you, sometimes you respond,” he said. “We’re human. You respond in the wrong way and say the wrong words and yeah, you think about it later, but in the moment you don’t care because you’re mad somebody just disrespected you as a man.”

Felton also took issue with security at Vivint Smart Home Arena for not intervening sooner. Westbrook also had an issue with fans in Utah during last season’s playoff series against the Jazz, slapping a man’s cellphone by the tunnel after the Thunder were eliminated in Game 6.

“The security was standing right there and never said one thing,” Felton said about Monday’s incident. “He didn’t say one word, he just looked at the people and turned around. Nothing was said. That’s not right. So as soon as Russ goes off, now all of a sudden, all the security and everybody want to come and say something. Now they want to post it and put it all on the internet and make him out to be the bad person.

“Listen, I’ve been around this guy … since he’s been in the league, 10 years, and I’ve been playing with him the last two. I know him personally, he’s like a brother, and he’s not that type of guy. They’re trying to make him out to be this bad guy.”

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Maine fire chief dies after suffering medical episode while attending firefighter's funeral

Berwick (Maine) Fire Capt. Joel Barnes, left, and Oxford (Maine) Fire Chief Gary Sacco. Sacco was pronounced dead after attending Barnes’ funeral.
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A Maine fire chief died Sunday after suffering a medical episode while attending the funeral of a firefighter who was killed battling a blaze earlier this month, the state's governor said.

The Portland Fire Department told Fox 23 it responded to a parking garage outside the downtown Cross Insurance Arena approximately one hour before the scheduled start of the funeral service for Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes. Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco was pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center. Further details were not immediately available.

Sacco was named Oxford fire chief in June 2017. He previously retired as chief in nearby New Gloucester in 2015 after 12 years in that job.

"Our hearts, already broken by the loss of Captain Joel Barnes, also mourn the loss of Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco. In a testament to his own character, Chief Sacco lost his life while honoring that of his fallen brother, fellow firefighter Captain Barnes," Maine Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement. "I join with people across Maine in offering my thoughts and prayers to Chief Sacco's family and friends, the Oxford Fire Department, and all of Maine's first responders. The State of Maine has given two of its best to the Heavens."

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Barnes, 32, was injured and later died after he shielded a colleague from a March 1 four-alarm fire at an apartment building in Berwick. He and another firefighter encountered a wall of flames on the third floor and had to be rescued. Five firefighters were injured that day, and Barnes died at a hospital in New Hampshire.

Berwick Fire Chief Dennis Plante said Barnes had made "the ultimate sacrifice" and called him "my hero."

Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes pulling a ladder on the scene of a June 2017 structure fire in Somersworth N.H. (Erin Thomas via AP, File)

Barnes became the first Maine firefighter to die while battling a fire in nearly 40 years. Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety told The Associated Press that the last time it happened was in 1980 when Portland Firefighter Joseph Cavallaro Jr. died of burns and asphyxiation while fighting a three-alarm fire at the Phoenix Nightclub.

The day started with a private Mass for Barnes in Old Orchard, where he grew up. Then a procession escorted Barnes' body up I-95 to South Portland, where the casket was placed in a fire truck.

From there, the procession headed across the Casco Bay Bridge where fire boats saluted Barnes en route to the arena, one of the few venues in the state large enough to host such a gathering.

Barnes' uncle, also named Joel, grew teary as he described a nephew who grew up dedicated to serving the community as a firefighter. He recalled how an elderly neighbor once gave a plastic firefighter hat to then-toddler Joel, who soon became "obsessed" with studying fire science books and preparing himself for a career that took him from Maine, to Massachusetts, to South Carolina and back to his family in Maine.

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"Without hesitation, he gave his life to save the life of another firefighter," Barnes said. "And he did it in the most selfless, courageous way possible."

Mills lowered flags to half-staff to honor Barnes. She said his life and service exemplified "unfaltering courage, selflessness and love for his fellow man."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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5-year-old girl dies after doctors dismiss appendicitis symptoms

A 5-year-old girl whose appendicitis was dismissed by doctors as a tummy bug said “Daddy, I love you” moments before her tragic death.

An inquest heard Elspeth Moore told medics her stomach “felt on fire” but her parents were told she simply had a viral infection.

They took her home – without being given advice on how to monitor her symptoms – and she tragically died in her bed several days later as her worried father lay next to her.

Despite being diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis, Elspeth was actually suffering from appendicitis which developed into peritonitis and sepsis.

The inquest heard Elspeth had been sent home from school on July 2 last year following a bout of diarrhoea.

Her “freaked out” parents rushed her to Southampton Children’s Hospital after her GP said she was dehydrated and should be put on an IV drip.

Instead they took her observations, finding she had a fever of 38.3C and an increased heart-rate.

They set up a ‘fluid challenge’ whereby her parents gave her 5ml of water every five minutes for two hours to see if she could ‘keep it down’.

As it was past Elspeth’s bedtime, her parents asked to leave the hospital and continue the fluid challenge at home, meaning a second set of observations were not carried out.

The inquest heard they were allowed to leave without a discharge letter, and were only given verbal advice by the doctor.

Speaking at Winchester Coroner’s Court, Elspeth’s father Steven Moore said staff told them they were “happy” for her to be discharged.

At home the next day Elspeth seemed a little better, he said, eating more food than she had done previously.

But by July 5 her condition had deteriorated and her high fever and diarrhoea had given way to vomiting.

Devastated dad Mr Moore told how he stayed up, going into Elspeth’s room every half hour to check on her before finally going in at 11pm to see if she was awake.

“I said ‘I’m going to stay in here with you’, and lay down on the floor next to her. I said ‘love you’ and she said ‘love you daddy’.”

Several minutes later he said he heard a “weird noise, like something was catching in her throat”.

When he asked if she was okay and asked her to sit up, Elspeth didn’t respond and he discovered she was unconscious.

He and his wife called an ambulance but Elspeth was pronounced dead an hour later at A&E in Southampton General Hospital.

Recording a death by natural causes, Central Hampshire coroner Grahame Short said that gastro enteritis was not an “unreasonable diagnosis” as Elspeth had an unusually positioned appendix.

However, he said doctors could have advised the parents better.

“I find however there was insufficient advice given on how to look after Elspeth at home and most importantly what to look out for,” he said.

“Although Dr Hawkins gave general advice it was not clear to them.”

Dr Peter Wilson, clinical director for women and children’s services at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said:  “Elspeth’s death was a tragic event and no words can express the profound regret we feel in such circumstances.

“Diagnosing appendicitis early can be difficult due to overlapping or missing symptoms and this was acknowledged by the coroner, however, an extensive investigation highlighted a number of areas in need of improvement.

“These included making changes to the management of patients in the emergency department and paediatric assessment unit and we are developing a new patient safety checklist.

“We have also made improvements to the way safety netting advice is given to parents upon discharge from hospital as a result, ensuring that patients are either given written advice or sent advice electronically using the comprehensive Healthier Together website.

“We appreciate greatly the time Mr and Mrs Moore have given to us at such a difficult time to understand the findings of our investigation and support us in making changes to improve practice.”

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After Coronation Street sparked a rift by using the word 'mingebag' – we have a row using some other regional put-downs

Tracy McDonald, played by Kate Ford, blasted screen hubby Steve (Simon Gregson) with the slur when he took her to a curry house doing discounted meals.

“Mingebag” is everyday slang “oop North” for a person who is tight with their cash — but one of many regional put-downs that would force outsiders to use their loaf.

Above, Northern lass Lynsey Clarke, from Yorkshire, and Southern belle Joely Chilcott, from Hertfordshire, have a “bull and cow” (row) using some other regional favourites.

We translate below.

1.NORTH: Would you refrain from chattering into my ears, you stupid person?

SOUTH: Good friend, kindly stop nagging me.

2.NORTH: You were extremely intoxicated, young lady.

SOUTH: It was a night of debauchery and I simply wish to rest.

3.NORTH: You have been grumpy all day, like a sulky child.

SOUTH: I feel rather emotional. I am hungover and you are making me angry.

4.NORTH: I found your telephone in the alleyway between the houses, you silly fool.

SOUTH: Yes, I misplaced my phone. Everyone was drunk and the establishment was full of disagreeable people.

5.NORTH: You look tired. Get some food and sleep as soon as you possibly can.

SOUTH: I am very hungry and going to McDonald’s. Please don’t be jealous of my food.

6.NORTH: You smell foul and are causing me to retch.

SOUTH: Be quiet. I smell good. You are irritating me.


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Arizona man rescued after getting stuck in quicksand for hours at Zion National Park

The man was stuck in quicksand at Zion National Park for hours.
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An Arizona man was rescued Sunday hours after he got his leg stuck in quicksand and was forced to wait out a snowstorm at Zion National Park, officials said.

The unidentified man and a female companion were hiking the Left Fork Trail in the national park in Utah on Saturday when the 34-year-old got his leg stuck in quicksand at a creek, park officials said. After several attempts to free the leg, his friend left him with “warm gear and clothing” and went to look for help.

The woman hiked for three hours until she had enough cellphone service to call 911.

Rangers located the woman, who had signs of hypothermia after the hourslong hike, and it took several more hours to reach the trapped hiker who was knee-deep in the quicksand. He was also suffering from exposure, hypothermia and extremity injuries.

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The rangers spent two hours trying to free the man’s leg.

“Late into the night, Rangers were able to free the male from the quicksand and began efforts to rewarm him and treat his leg. Rangers spent the night with the patient in frigid conditions,” park officials said, adding that 4 inches of snow also fell overnight.

Winter storms continued to delay rescue efforts into Sunday afternoon.

“Only after a small break in the weather occurred in the afternoon, the DPS helicopter was able safely extricated the patient with a hoist rescue operation,” officials said. “The patient was transported to an awaiting ambulance and transported to the hospital.”

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Temperatures in Zion National Park reached a high of 43 and low of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, according to Accuweather.com. Temperatures dropped the next day to a high of 37 degrees as 2.5 inches of snow fell.

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Mum guilty of MURDER after four-month-old son ‘died of untreated NAPPY RASH causing baby's diaper to become riddled with maggots’

Iowa woman Cheyanne Harris, 21, had pleaded not guilty after the lifeless body of her four-month-old infant was found "rotting" in a baby swing.

But, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports it took the jury about four hours on Wednesday to find her guilty of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

The charges stem from the death of Sterling Koehn, whose body was found August 30, 2017, in a maggot-infested diaper at an apartment in Alta Vista.

First responders discovered his body in a mechanical baby swing, inside a sweltering bedroom.

The Associated Press said the infant was "rotting", and that a medical examiner found maggots in his clothing and skin.

He weighed less than seven pounds, reports the Des Moines Register.

A forensic entomologist who examined insects on the infant's body concluded he had been left in the swing for nine to 14 days in the same diaper.

An autopsy showed he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in a maggot-infested nappy for up to two weeks.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, reports the New York Post.

BLEEDING FROM HIS MOUTH

The baby’s father, Zachary Koehn, has already been sentenced to life in prison in the case.

When Harris appeared in Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars late last month, she left the courtroom sobbing during the first day of her trial after prosecutors showed photos of her lifeless son in his swing set, bleeding from the mouth.

A public defender said that while the baby's death was a tragedy, it wasn't a planned murder, as Harris suffered from postpartum depression, but didn't intend harming her boy.

Nichole Watt said: "The monster, in this case, is mental health."

During last year's trial of Zachary Paul Koehn, prosecutors told a court in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, that the infant perished after his skin became infected with bacteria after spending up to a fortnight in the same nappy.

The monster, in this case, is mental health.

Assistant Attorney General Coleman McAllister said that the baby's heavily soiled nappy had attracted bugs that had laid eggs, which hatched into maggots.

The resulting nappy rash led to ruptured skin, and e.Coli bacteria set in.

"He died of diaper rash. That's right, diaper rash," McAllister said.

Koehn's lawyers had argued that the baby's death was a tragedy, but not a crime.

But the prosecution rubbished the defence’s claims, saying Koehn was an experienced parent noting that the accused’s two-year-old daughter was also in the apartment and was healthy.

They also argued that Koehn had money to buy food and baby supplies adding that he was a drug user.

Nurse and county rescue squad emergency medical technician Toni Friedrich testified that she was the first to arrive at the apartment after Koehn called 911 to report the baby had died.

Friedrich said Koehn showed no emotion when he led her to the dark, hot bedroom where the baby's body was.

The baby's "eyes were open, and it was a blank stare," she said.

Friedrich said when she touched the baby's chest, his clothing was crusty. When she moved his blanket, gnats flew up, she said.





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Ariana Grande Fires Back After Being Accused of Cultural Appropriation

Ariana Grande has never had a problem speaking her mind and refuses to sit back while false claims are being made against her.

On February 3, the singer took to Twitter to finally set the record straight about her misspelled tattoo that is continuing to make headlines.

After getting a hand tattoo with a Japanese phrase that currently translates to “Japanese BBQ Grill,” Grande has continuously been getting called out for cultural appropriation and wants to finally set the record straight.

Grande has been facing tremendous backlash

On January 29, Ariana Grande revealed that she had gotten a new tattoo to commemorate her hit single, “7 Rings” being no.1 around the world.

The singer planned on getting “7 Rings” tattooed on her hand in Japanese but after revealing the new ink, fans quickly pointed out that the tattoo said something else.

Fans revealed to Grande that instead of getting the name of her song, she actually had “barbecue grill” tattooed on her hand.

After learning of the mistake, Ariana Grande took to Twitter to reveal how she was fine with her new tattoo and even wrote why her tattoo says what it says.

In a now deleted tweet, Grande wrote, “Indeed, I left out ‘つの指,’ which should have gone in between. It hurt like f–k n still looks tight. I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao. But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough I’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time.”

Ariana Grande then went on to have the tattoo “fixed” but only made it worse by having the tattoo now say “Japanese BBQ Grill.”

It all began with a tweet

Soon after Ariana Grande revealed her now completed ink, fans still called out the singer for her failed attempt at fixing a tattoo.

A laser removal company even offered the singer $1.5 million to get rid of her mistake if she agrees to be part of a few promotion endevours.

On February 3, Ariana Grande replied to the offer on Twitter by writing, “I’ll give y’all a million to get off my nuts.” 

After that initial tweet, the singer then went on a Twitter rant calling out those individuals who continue bring up her misspelled tattoo.

Grande wrote in a now-deleted string of tweets, “I also went back and got it fixed with the help of my tutor to be more accurate. I can’t read or write kanji obviously. what do you want me to do? it was done out of love and appreciation. what do you want me to say?”

Ariana Grande continued, “u kno how many people make this mistake and DON’T care just cause they like how it looks? bruh … i care soooo much. what would you like me to do or say? forreal.”

Many fans have been viciously calling out Grande for appropriating the Japanese culture not only with her tattoo but also with her merchandise.

Ariana Grande took the time to touch upon that in her tweets, “There is a difference between appropriation and appreciation,” she added. “My japanese fans were always excited when i wrote in japanese or wore japanese sayings on my clothing. however, all of the merch with japanese on it was taken down from my site not that anyone cared to notice.”

This is not the first time Ariana Grande has been accused of cultural appropriation.

Just last month, the singer received a tremendous amount of backlash after fans believed she was appropriating black culture in the “7 Rings” music video.

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