After over 20,000 people turned out in San Francisco to cheer on Batkid (aka Miles Scott) as the 5-year-old saved Gotham with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, his family has been moved to share their goodwill.
Batkid battled leukemia and is now in remission, and his parents released a statement that said, "We are eternally grateful and humbled by the outpouring of love and compassion we've received since Miles had his wish to be Batkid."
"We were honored to receive many offers of gifts or assistance, but now that Miles' leukemia is in remission, we want to use this moment to draw attention to other parents who are coping with serious illness," they said.
The family has now partnered with the San Francisco Forty Niners' Foundation to create the Batkid Fund, with all of the proceeds to be split evenly between the three organizations that helped the family cope during Miles' three-year battle: Make-A-Wish, the Ronald McDonald House and the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Oregon.
Thousands of people bowed their heads or clasped hands with loved ones in Dealey Plaza at 12:30 p.m. Friday to mark the precise moment 50 years ago that shots rang out to take the life of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States.
The silence was broken with the singing of America the Beautiful by the U.S. Navy choir.
The moment of reflection came midway through a solemn, 44-minute ceremony only steps from the site of the assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
"He was ambitious to make it a better world — and so were we," historian David McCullough said before reading excerpts from Kennedy speeches.
"He spoke to to the point and with confidence," McCullough said. "He knew words matter. His words changed lives. His words changed history. And rarely has a commander in chief addressed the nation with such command of language."
Dr. Norma Esparza came to visit us in-studio today to discuss her plight of being accused of killing her rapist- a crime that she did not commit.
Dr. Esparza was raped as a college student and later was forced to watch as her rapist was murdered. However, she did not commit the act herself and was unaware of the murderer's plans to take matters into his own hands.
The Orange County DA is now pushing to have her placed on trial for the murder, and has even given immunity to one of the murderers.
For more information on what you can do to help fund her defense, click on the link below.
A jury Friday deliberating the case of Angela Spaccia, former assistant city manager from the tiny city of Bell. In closing arguments, her attorney Harland Braun said that her salary of a whopping $564,000 was “staggering” but not criminal.
Braun said Spaccia may have exercised poor judgment in accepting the high pay, but added, “But where is the crime? It’s not a crime to take a lawful benefit, even if it’s outrageous.”
He asked jurors, “If someone offered you two or three times what you are making, wouldn’t you take it? He then cited salaries of actors and athletes.
(The above video was made as a tribute to our hard-working military women. Should their looks even matter?)
A top female Army officer believes that you gotta get ugly to recruit women into combat.
Col. Lynette Arnhart has declared war on featuring pretty women soldiers in Army public affairs materials — and Capitol Hill lawmakers are livid.
47-year-old Arnhart is running a study of the challenges of Army women moving into combat jobs, and she took issue with a Pentagon photo accompanying a recent magazine article.
She took issue with a magazine ad featuring Cpl. Kristine Tejada of the 1st Cavalry division in full battle rattle, pulling security on deployment in Iraq.
Arnhart thought Tejada looked too good, so she penned an email lecturing colleagues about the merits of featuring less attractive soldiers.
39-year-old European professor, Patricia Norma Esparza, was taken into custody Thursday in an 18-year-old cold case in which she is accused of helping to set up the murder of a man she claimed raped her while she was a college sophomore.
Esparza was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately following a brief hearing in Orange County's Superior Court.
Prosecutor Scott Simmons said he offered Esparza a plea deal that would require her to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and be sentenced to three years in prison. S
he declined the deal and had previously pleaded not guilty.
The case is now reportedly headed for trial.
One of the two girls cleared of driving a 12-year-old Florida girl to suicide says she doesn’t feel guilty about the teen’s death. Katelyn Roman, 13, spoke publicly for the first time, and said, “No, I do not feel I did anything wrong.”
On Wednesday aggravated stalking charges were dropped against Katelyn and 14- year-old Guadalupe Shaw, who were previously accused of bullying Rebecca Sedwick so aggressively that she jumped from a concrete factory to her death.
In an unusual and controversial measure, both girls were publicly identifed and referred to as “felons.” He insisted Wednesday he had no regrets about naming them, and said he was glad they would receive counseling and “never bully anyone again.”
LA TIMES reports that Senate Democrats voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster as a tool to block presidential appointments, upending a decades-old precedent that gave the minority party unique leverage on nominations.
After threatening to change the rules several times this year, the Democratic majority pulled the trigger on the so-called nuclear option after a series of procedural maneuvers that played out before a packed chamber.
It would allow a president’s nominees, except for seats on the Supreme Court, to be confirmed by a simple majority, rather than the 60-vote threshold that had become the norm.
Fifty-two senators voted in favor of the changes, with 48 voting in opposition.
PRESIDENT OBAMA AGREED WITH THE MOVE...
A committee that oversees school bond spending has rejected major portions of a proposal to expand the use of iPads in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The LA Times reports that district officials had sought approval from the panel for $135 million in spending. Instead, the committee on Wednesday authorized $45 million. The panel failed to approve plans to provide iPads to all teachers and school administrators. And, it reduced the number of iPads requested for students.
The decision creates new complications for the school board's the $1-billion plan.