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Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

(NEW YORK) — Legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.

A family member confirmed De La Renta’s passing to ABC News. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

“When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store],” he told Gotham magazine last year. “You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition.”

In 1965, the designer launched his own label, and soon caught the eye of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton would follow suit, as well as a bevy of A-list stars, from Amy Adams to Sandra Bullock to Jessica Biel and countless others.

He also launched a successful bridal line, and most recently, designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown.

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” she told Vogue last month. “Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”

The fashion designer is survived by his wife, Annette, and a son, Moises, as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

De la Renta, who won a bevy of fashion awards in his lifetime, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and two COTY Awards, always appreciated every moment of his high-profile life.

“A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you’ve deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you’d spent more time with,” he told Gotham. “I always say this: Live, love and laugh.”

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Coram, NY – Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro is announcing his traffic safety division has upgraded 121 traffic control devices throughout the town with energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s). The cost saving improvement project took place throughout the summer replacing over 1,500 bulbs so far. LED technology saves more than 80 percent in energy consumption than incandescent bulbs and can last 25 times as long.

This project started in the early summer and by the end of this year all Brookhaven Town traffic signals will be LED operated.


“This is another way I am implementing technology to improve highway department operations while simultaneously saving taxpayer dollars,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “These lights will reduce the town’s energy consumption, simultaneously reducing the amount of money spent on maintenance.”


While individual areas vary in how much they cost to operate due to size and the number of traffic lights, some intersection costs have shrunk from about $200 to $35 a month. The project is expected to pay for itself within 12 to 18 months.


“The incandescent light bulb has been in use, almost unchanged, for more than 135 years,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “This change in technology represents a milestone in infrastructure improvement.”

Americans Have No Beef with Getting Their Protein from Meat

(NEW YORK) — One of the health lessons drummed into kids’ heads is that proteins are essential nutrients in building strong bodies while providing an important fuel source.

That lesson sticks with a lot of people well into adulthood given how much Americans consume animal protein.

As it happens, the NPD Group found out in a survey that six in 10 respondents eat some kind of animal protein on a daily basis.

Tops on the list compiled by the NPD Group are beef, followed by chicken, fish, pork, shellfish and lamb.

What’s more, at least one in two adults clamors for more protein than what they’re already getting. However, they’re less inclined to turn to dairy products even though health experts say milk, cheese and yogurt and eggs are good sources of the nutrients, not to mention they’re loaded with calcium and many are fortified with Vitamin D.

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Paralysis Link Suspected as Enterovirus Spreads

(DENVER) — Simon Humphrey spent nine days in a Colorado hospital room fighting for his life.

Humphrey, 13, is one of hundreds of children across the country stricken by Enterovirus 68.

He later had problems moving his limbs.

“I couldn’t move my legs,” he told ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver. “The muscles in my arms could barely lift the weight of my hands.”

Humphrey is showing signs of improvement after the temporary paralysis. But his struggle reflects an emerging concern; young patients with respiratory infections later having trouble moving their arms and legs.

Investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are searching for links between Enterovirus D-68 and paralysis. Nine patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado — all age 18 or younger — have experienced some level of paralysis. Four of the patients tested positive for Enterovirus D-68 but, so far, doctors have not confirmed a link between the respiratory infections and paralysis. Experts say it could take a week before conclusive test results emerge.

Six of the eight children tested were found to be positive for a rhinovirus or enterovirus, and four of those cases were found to be the Enterovirus 68. The other two cases were still pending.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, said it’s important for officials to understand the scope of the problem.

“In a circumstance like that, the virus actually infects the central nervous system, the spinal cord, causes injury to some of the cells, and that’s what causes the paralysis,” Schaffner said.

Dr. Larry Wolk, the chief medical officer and executive director for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said the paralysis is rare but could be permanent.

“Parents ask, ‘Why? Why my child or why not my child?’” Wolk said. “And it’s a question we can’t answer because we don’t really know why some of these kids go on to develop this type of serious complication.”

Enterovirus D-68 is confirmed or suspected in 45 states. Authorities are investigating whether the virus killed a 4-year-old New Jersey boy Thursday.

Doctors are urging parents to keep a close eye on sick children.

“When your child is not acting the way you would expect with a cold symptom, that’s when you need to access care,“ Dr. Christine Nyquist of Children’s Hospital Colorado said. “Breathing difficulty and wheezing is important to deal with.” Read On ABC News Radio:

Clooney Wedding Celebration Continues in Venice

(VENICE, Italy) — George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are expected to make their weekend wedding official Monday with a civil ceremony in the Venice town hall. It was expected to take place between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. local time — or 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern.

The newlyweds were expected to travel from the Cipriani Hotel down the famous city’s Grand Canal to the Aman Hotel where they were married, and from there to the town hall, which is across the waterway.

The couple had dinner Sunday night with approximately 100 guests at the Granaries of the Republic, according to People magazine. The venue is part of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where many of the guests were staying.

Clooney’s rep confirmed to ABC News over the weekend that the actor and the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer wed in a private ceremony in the Italian city on Saturday. They got engaged in April.

Speaking to AFP on Sunday, Clooney’s new father-in-law called the wedding “more than perfect.” Ramzi Alamuddin added that the wedding was “very good news among the bad news we are living now,” referring to the current unrest in the Middle East.

 claims that the wedding guests were asked to leave their cellphones in their hotel room. They were provided with cameras with which they could take pictures, but the cameras had a code associated with them that allows Clooney’s camp to keep tabs on all of the snapshots, just in case there are any leaks.

The guest list for the wedding reportedly included Matt Damon, Bono, John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, and Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber.

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It’s ‘Movie Night’ on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday Night

(LOS ANGELES) — Have your popcorn ready on Monday night, because Dancing with the Stars is going to the movies.

The 11 remaining couples will dance to songs from their favorite movies. Lea Thompson’s most popular acting credit is Back to the Future, so it’s no surprise that her performance will be inspired by the classic 1980s film. But she feels some of her other movies could have worked just as well.

Thompson tells ABC News Radio, “I do have a lot of movies that people really like. We could have done Some Kind of Wonderful, or the controversial Red Dawn with my Russian.” She was referring to her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev.

What else can you expect on Dancing with the Stars’ “movie night”? Comedian Tommy Chong is planning a dance inspired by Scent of a Woman, actress Janel Parrish is working on a jazz routine based on West Side Story, and fashion designer Betsey Johnson will recreate a scene from Ghost.

An A-list movie star will be on hand to serve as a guest judge: Kevin Hart. Celebrity contestant Alfonso Ribeiro is looking forward to Hart’s commentary, though he doesn’t expect the Ride Along actor to critique each competitor’s technique.

Ribeiro tells ABC News Radio, “I think what he’s going to judge is the fun of it all, and probably what he sees from a fan point of view.”

Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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