Comedy King Jerry Lewis Has Died at 91, His Agent Confirms

Comedy King Jerry Lewis Has Died at 91, His Agent Confirms

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LAS VEGAS, NV –  (Alexis Loinaz and Char Adams, People Magazine.  Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

Comedy king Jerry Lewis, whose manic style amused generations of moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic, yet whose popularity often confounded critics, has died, his agent confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 91.

Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Katsilometes confirmed the news on Twitter on Sunday, writing that Lewis’ rep told him in a statement that he died at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning in his home in Las Vegas

In June, the actor was hospitalized in Las Vegas after developing a urinary tract infection, the latest in a history of health issues. In June 2006, Lewis suffered a mild heart attack in San Diego. Still, his manager told PEOPLE at the time, “He’s doing very well. He’ll be standing on that stage at the [Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association] telethon on Labor Day.” In its time, the annual fundraiser, which Lewis started in 1966 (he stopped hosting as of 2010), is said to have raised more than $2 billion for medical research

Congressman Mike Bost Statement on Violence in Virginia

from George O’Connor, Communications Director, Congressman Mike Bost

O’FALLON, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost issued the following statement in the aftermath of the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK do not represent American values. The president needed to call out these hate groups, and I am glad he did so. I also welcome the Department of Justice opening a civil rights investigation into the car attack in Virginia last weekend. We must reject and denounce the hatred and bigotry that was on display in Charlottesville

Three men murdered at a Wisconsin dragstrip last night

UNION GROVE, WI (Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Please click on the link for the full story and video above.  Here is an excerpt below.)

Three men were shot to death at Great Lakes Dragaway on Sunday, Kenosha County sheriff’s officials said.

The suspect remains at large, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said at a news conference Sunday night. Authorities are searching for a black vehicle, he said.

The victims were shot at “point blank” range, he said.

The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s wearing blue jean shorts and a black hoodie.

The sheriff said he didn’t know if the gunman knew the victims.

New Hampshire hospital evacuated after suspected chemical leak

The scene outside Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, after the emergency room and operating room were evacuated on Aug. 11, 2017. CBS Boston

EXTER, NH – (CBS News.  Please click on the link above for the full story, updates, and live video stream.  Here is an excerpt of the story below.)

Seventeen staff members were evacuated from the Exeter Hospital operating room in New Hampshire after they began to feel dizzy.

In a statement, Exeter Hospital said staff and patients in the operating room complained of dizziness Friday morning due to “an unknown cause.” The hospital said it closed the emergency and operating rooms “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Epping Fire Department said it was dispatched for a carbon monoxide problem.
The emergency room, which is located near the operating room, was evacuated as a precaution, CBS Boston reports, even though no patients in that area complained of dizziness.

Urbana, Carbondale not worried about Chicago’s lawsuit against President Trump

(Dan McCaleb, Illinois News Network.  please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

A handful of Illinois’ welcoming communities say they’re not worried about Chicago’s lawsuit that challenges President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city policies.

A number of municipalities outside of Chicago are or have been thinking about becoming welcoming communities, which according to the group Welcoming America are “guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome, including immigrants and refugees.” They would have pretty much the same policies for illegal immigrants as Chicago.

Carbondale city councilman Adam Loos said the biggest difference is that downstate cities don’t run their own jails and don’t have to worry about informing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about immigration violations.

“In Carbondale, we’re not going to use our limited resources to enforce federal immigration law,” Loos said. “There’s a whole arm of the federal government who’s job it is to do that.”

Bost Works Behind the Counter at Cahokia MotoMart

by George O’ Connor, Communications Director of Congressman Mike Bost

Congressman Bost at Motomart in Cahokia (Photo provided by Congressman Bost’s office)

CAHOKIA, IL – Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) worked behind the counter at the MotoMart in Cahokia, interacting with employees, serving customers, and conversing with constituents about issues important to them. Bost partnered for the special event with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)’s In Store program.

“Convenience stores are vital small businesses that provide essential services to time-starved consumers with one-stop shopping, grab-and-go food service, a variety of merchandise and fast transactions,” said Representative Mike Bost. “I was excited to have had the opportunity to participate in the NACS In Store program and witness firsthand the many benefits convenience stores offer to the residents of Cahokia.”


“Convenience stores are the anchor of communities across the country, and they are also where community conversations take place,” said Henry Armour, NACS President and CEO.  “More than half of the country visits a convenience store on a daily basis, whether to buy fuel, use the ATM, wash their cars or quickly buy snacks, drinks or meals. The NACS In Store program gives elected officials a perfect opportunity to experience how these stores serve the public in their home districts.”

Bost Bill to Overhaul VA Appeals Process Passes Senate

By George O’ Connor, Communications director for Congressman Mike Bost

Washington, D.C. Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Chairman Mike Bost (R-IL) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of legislation he authored to modernize the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Bost introduced the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2288) in May and helped guide it to quick passage in the House later that month. After minor technical changes were made in the Senate, the legislation is expected to head back to the House for a vote on final passage in September.

“I applaud Republicans and Democrats in the Senate for passing this critical legislation,” said Bost. “For too long our veterans and their families have faced unacceptable delays during the VA’s benefits claims appeal process. There are currently hundreds of thousands of veterans still waiting on a decision from VA. This simply is unacceptable. We need to get this legislation to the President’s desk for signature as quickly as possible.”

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 would create three “lanes” for veterans’ appeals, including the “Local Higher Level Review Lane” in which an adjudicator reviews the same evidence considered by the original claims processor; the “New Evidence Lane,” in which the veteran could submit new evidence for review and have a hearing; and the “Board Lane,” in which jurisdiction for the appeal would transfer immediately to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

Bost, Bergman Demand Investigation into Alleged Mismanagement at Marion VA

Press Release from George O’Connor, Communications Director for Congressman Mike Bost and Amelia Burns, Communications  Director for Congressman Jack Bergman

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro, IL) and House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) called on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center that may have compromised quality of care and patient safety.

“According to a memorandum dated May 31, 2017, written by the VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) program manager, the Marion VAMC has experienced significant declines in patient safety culture metrics and employee morale since these areas were last assessed in 2014. Specifically, the memo describes a 2015 visit by NCPS to investigate employee complaints pertaining to worsening organizational and patient safety culture at the facility. Employees also alleged that senior leadership retaliated against them for reporting such problems,” the members wrote. “VA internal documents demonstrate a strong need for the Central Office to investigate and take action to address the safety concerns.”  

The full text of the letter is available here and below.

NCPS memo is available here.



One dead, seven injured after ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair

Telegraph UK photo

COLUMBUS, OH- One person was killed and other seven were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.

A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned and broke apart on the opening day of the fair.

Five of the injured were taken to either Wexner Medical Center or Grant Medical Center in critical condition. The remaining injured were taken to local hospitals in stable condition.

Authorities have not identified any of the victims at this time.

Trump Says Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

WASHINGTON, DC – (Julie Hirshfield Davis, and Helene Cooper, New York Times.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

President Trump arriving with the first lady, Melania Trump, in Vienna, Ohio, for his rally on Tuesday.
Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them.

Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after talking to generals and military experts, whom he did not name.

Here are the tweets below:

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming………victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you