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Handcuffed DUI suspect dies after jumping off Seattle bridge

A handcuffed man jumped off a bridge after being pulled over for a suspected DUI. But the incident raises the question: What happens when someone crosses over from being a private citizen to being in police custody?

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The Kirkland, Washington, man suspected of DUI died Friday morning after he jumped, while handcuffed, from the 520 bridge east of Seattle.

The short answer is the trooper or the arresting officer is responsible. But as happened on the 520 bridge early that morning, even a routine arrest can go horribly wrong.

It was dark and just past 1:30 a.m. Friday. 

A Washington State trooper pulled over a 31-year-old Kirkland man suspected of driving under the influence on Highway 520 near the west high rise. But WSP says when the trooper arrested the man and placed him in handcuffs, he ran and jumped off the bridge and into Lake Washington.

"Placing a person into custody for a DUI is very different from placing a person into custody for a high level felony," said Dr. David Makin, Washington State University criminology professor, "meaning when you have a reason to believe there's a flight risk. "

He was asked whether putting handcuffs on a suspect changes their relationship.

"When you place a person into custody," said Makin, "you take on the responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect them from -- and here's the really important thing -- foreseeable risk."

He says with a DUI arrest, the trooper might reasonably not foresee the suspect would try to flee.

"However if you look online you can see hundreds of videos of suspects fleeing police while in handcuffs," said Makin. "Unfortunately you can do everything within policy and these unfortunate outcomes occur."

A state patrol spokesman said the trooper tried to grab the man but stopped short of jumping into Lake Washington to go after him.

"It's not as if troopers won't go into the water to make rescues," said WSP Capt. Ron Mead. "Listen this is a 65-75 foot drop. We train our troopers for water rescues. But we also train them to know when it's appropriate."

WSP's regulation manual cautions troopers: "The time between the arrest and incarceration is very critical for officer safety. Facing the loss of freedom," the manual says, may cause a suspect to "become extremely desperate and dangerous. Therefore, the transporting officer must be on guard for any eventuality." 

Makin says even if an arresting officer fears the suspect might flee, he or she will have to weigh the risks of using great force to prevent the suspect from getting away.

"Finding the balance is really critical," said Makin. "I'm empathetic to the family of the man and the Washington state trooper involved in this incident."

"Why," he was asked.

"Because this is a very unfortunate, traumatic event," he said. "And I think this is something often that maybe we minimize in terms of officers' fate. That officer tried to do their very best and sometimes you can do everything within policy and you can have an unfortunate outcome."

That was borne out by Capt. Ron Mead regarding the incident on the 520 bridge.

"The trooper involved, as you can imagine, is devastated," he said.

The man suspected of jumping off the 520 bridge has not been identified. 

Because this incident involves a Washington state trooper, the investigation has been turned over to Seattle police. 

Police: Two shot during high school football game in Florida

Two people were shot, one critically, at a practice football game in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday night, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

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“Deputies have arrived on scene and are currently gathering more information. We do not believe this is an active shooter incident,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera told the Palm Beach Post.

“Suspect information and motive of the altercation is unknown at this time,” she told the newspaper.

Spectators and students fled the bleachers following the incident.

A helicopter later landed on the field where a man was being treated, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The victims have been taken to area hospitals, according to police. They were not students, police said.

FHP spokesman Lt. Alvaro A. Feola said in a statement early Saturday that both victims remain hospitalized, and one is in critical condition.

Read more on the Palm Beach Post here.

Avoid low-carb diets if you want to live longer, study suggests

Previous studies have shown how a low-carb diet can help with weight loss, but cutting such foods might also shorten your life, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston recently conducted a study, published in the Lancet, to determine the long-term effects of restricting carbohydrates. 

To do so, they examined more than 15,000 people ages 45 to 64. The participants completed surveys about the types of food and drink they consumed and their portion sizes. The analysts then calculated their average caloric intake from carbohydrates, proteins and fats and followed up after about 25 years.

After analyzing the information, they found that those who got 50 to 55 percent of their energy from carbohydrates, which they considered moderate, had a lower risk of death, compared to the low- and high-carb groups.

“Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy,” Sara Seidelmann said in a statement. “However, our data suggests that animal-based low carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span and should be discouraged.”

Upon further investigation, they discovered low-carb diets full of plant-based proteins and fats, such as nuts and legumes, were particularly linked to a lower risk of death, compared to those rich in animal proteins and fats, such as beef, lamb, pork, chicken and cheese.

The authors believe Western diets with few carbs result in people eating eat less fruits, vegetables and grains and more animal fats and proteins.

“If one chooses to follow a low carbohydrate diet, then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy aging in the long term,” Seidelmann explained.

Their findings also revealed the average life expectancy after age 50 was an additional 33 years for those who ate carbs moderately. That’s four years longer than those with very low carb consumption and one year longer than those with high carb consumption.

The scientists did note their study was observational and does not prove cause and effect. They also acknowledged limitations. The data they reviewed was self-reported, and they said dietary patterns could have changed over time. 

Nevertheless, coauthor Scott Solomon said, “This work provides the most comprehensive study of carbohydrate intake that has been done to date, and helps us better understand the relationship between the specific components of diet and long term health.”

ESPN will not air national anthem before Monday Night Football

ESPN will not air the national anthem before Monday Night Football games, network officials said Friday. 

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"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year,” network president Jimmy Pitaro told Axios. “Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem."

The network aired the national anthem three times last season, a moment of silence after the Houston hurricane and the Las Vegas shooting as well as at the Dallas vs. Arizona game, Axios reported

The national anthem has intertwined sports with politics after Colin Kaepernick started kneeling two years ago to protest racial inequalities in the United States during performances of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Numerous other athletes in the NFL as well as other sports have also taken up the practice since then. Creating further political hay of the issue, President Donald Trump has tweeted multiple times about it.

Restaurant receives backlash for hanging pride flag on storefront

A restaurant owner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, received a one-star review on Yelp for having a pride flag hanging outside his establishment.

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Born in Italy, Nino Barbalace's American dream was to obtain U.S. citizenship and open up his own restaurant. 

Barbalace eventually achieved both dreams, and now calls Zia Gianna on Dorchester Avenue his home. Having put his heart and soul into the restaurant, Barbalace offers up food made with love and a welcoming environment for all, an inclusive place open for anyone. 

However, a Yelp post with a one-start review of Zia Gianna caught his eye one day.

"I saw one star and I said, 'wow, what happened?'" said Barbalace. 

In the review, the person said, in part, "well, that flag says all when you delve deeper and see the real customer base here."

The post went on to say "it's clearly geared and catered only to those who rally behind the rainbow flag."

"It was personal," said Barbalace. "If you go to a place and you’re not happy with the food or the service, I understand that if I made a mistake because we all make mistakes. This is a restaurant, not politics."

Upset by what was written, customers rallied around Barbalace.

"We thought we were beyond that at this point," said Tiffany Andrade, a customer.

Andrade specifically came to the cafe Friday to show her support.

"Luckily we live in the land of the free and people are entitled to their own opinion, but I do think it’s something to understand that we are an open community and there are people who come from all different countries and all different backgrounds and we should be welcoming of everyone," said Andrade. 

Barbalace responded by sharing a post on the restaurant's Facebook page, saying:

"All are welcome at Zia Gianna, even this gentleman. We'd love to show him some kindness from the LGBTQ community because love always wins."

The Yelp post has since been taken down, but the flag will remain on the establishment’s front window. 

Barbalace says they don't always have to agree, but his doors are always open if that person wants to give him a second chance.

"I'm here to serve the food. If he is hungry, he is welcome to come here," said Barbalace

Vultures a swooping menace at university in Virginia

A flock of unwanted guests have joined the student body at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and the unruly bunch are causing a lot of damage.

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Unfortunately for university officials, the troublemakers can't be expelled. A university office building has become home to a group of vultures. "They're big, they're scary, we want them to leave," CNU External Relations Director Tom Kramer told WAVY.

The birds arrived about a month ago, Kramer said, and they've started to attack cars. The vultures seem to like the rubber and foam strips that can be found on windshield wipers, WAVY reported. Some school employees have had to file insurance claims because of the damage the birds have done to their vehicles.

While no attacks on humans has been reported yet, some university staff have reported the birds swooping close to their heads.

Getting rid of the vultures won't be easy, because the birds are protected by law, WAVY reported. The university has hired a wildlife control expert and is getting creative in ways to encourage the birds to find a new home. In addition to owl decoys and spinners, time might be the best solution of all. Vultures migrate like many other birds, and university officials are hopeful that they will leave the campus soon.

Pizza delivery leads to discovery of woman’s decomposing body

Police in New Hampshire are investigating the death of an elderly woman whose body was discovered when the woman’s adult son had a pizza delivered to their home.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that the woman, identified by neighbors as Florence Cotter, of Salem, was found dead around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Her son, Gary Cotter, had to be removed from the home through a hole that first responders busted through an exterior wall. 

Salem police Capt. Joel Dolan told the Union Leader that a pizza delivery man called police for a welfare check after he attempted to deliver a pizza and Gary Cotter asked him to slide the pizza in through a window instead of approaching the door. Dolan told the newspaper that the delivery man could see hoarding conditions inside the home -- and Florence Cotter’s body lying on the floor.

The odor of decay could also be detected near the home Wednesday, the Union Leader said

A neighbor, Pam Avallone, told the newspaper her daughter had been home when police arrived and had watched as officers with a megaphone tried for two hours to get Gary Cotter to leave the house. 

First responders ultimately busted through the wall below a window.

“They had a really hard time getting him out,” Avallone told the newspaper

Avallone said she had not seen Florence Cotter for a couple of years. Other neighbors told the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Massachusetts, that they has seen her outside the home earlier this year.

“We thought we saw her earlier this summer on our way to the beach,” Tony Difruscia told the Eagle-Tribune. “It was a hot day and we remember questioning why an older woman like that was outside weeding.”

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Another neighbor, Joe Bolis, told the Union Leader that he had been delivering the Cotters’ mail and mowing their lawn for a while. He said he had also been bringing groceries to Gary Cotter through a window for about a year because Cotter had an infection in his legs. 

“He’s been sick for a while,” Bolis, 80, said.

He said Florence Cotter, who was in her 80s, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. 

The death investigation is being conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the state police’s Major Crime Unit and the Salem Police Department, a statement on the attorney general’s website said.

Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be four-day event

A day after the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, details are emerging about official plans to celebrate her life.

The musician died at age 76 in her home in Detroit. She had been battling pancreatic cancer.

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WDIV reported that the funeral for Franklin will be a four-day event. Her body will lie in repose at Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit for a viewing open to the public Aug. 28 and 29.

Related: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies: A look back at her legacy

The Detroit News reported that publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said Franklin will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum.

A private funeral for close family and friends will be Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple, according to WDIV. Her body is being held at Swanson Funeral Home, which is also handling funeral arrangements, according to Detroit Free Press.

Related: ‘Thank you, Aretha’: Fans, friends remember the ‘Queen of Soul

Organizers are also working to decide on a venue for a musical tribute to Franklin with major musicians.

Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, where her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett are entombed.

Police arrest ‘Hellcat’ driver caught on Facebook driving nearly 200 mph

A 22-year-old North Carolina driver has been charged with street racing and reckless driving after authorities say he reached speeds of 198 mph.

William Jefferson was speeding on U.S. 1 near the Triangle Expressway in Wake County last month, WTVD reported.

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According to the Highway Patrol, somebody sent a seven-minute YouTube clip shared on Facebook as part of a complaint, The News & Observer reported.

“It’s one reason why I don't want my kids on the roads late at night,” Maryanne McAdams told WTVD. “I don't have a driver yet -- we're about a year away, but it's that kind of stuff that makes me really nervous.”

The video shows Jefferson in his Dodge Challenger “Hellcat,” allegedly driving nearly 130 mph over the speed limit on U.S. 1, WTVD found. The video also shows Jefferson take the car over 100 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said.

“I don't think that road is particularly dangerous but anybody going 198 mph and it's going to be particularly dangerous," McAdams told WTVD. “It's really a miracle that nobody was hurt or killed in that.”

Prosecutors have asked for permission to examine Jefferson’s cellphone. A search warrant was returned to the Wake County clerk’s office Wednesday, The News & Observer reported.

Jefferson is expected back in court in September.

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