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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: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/health-news#ixzz3Ei5G6VFt

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.

TMZ
 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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BLUE CRABS TOP DUCKS IN SEASON FINALE

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at Bethpage Ballpark in the final game of the 2014 regular season.

Southern Maryland took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth off Ducks starting pitcher Shaun Garceau. A two-run home run to left from C.J. Ziegler, RBI double from Jamar Walton and a RBI single from Junior Arrojo highlighted the inning.

Long Island trimmed the deficit to three in the bottom of the frame with a C.J. Retherford RBI single off Blue Crabs starter Ian Marshall. Solo home runs from Jake Opitz and Jamar Walton in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, extended the Blue Crabs lead to 6-1. Walton added a RBI single in the seventh to increase the lead to 7-1.

The Ducks plated three runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within three runs. RBI singles from Brendan Harris and Lew Ford along with a run-scoring error did the damage. Both teams later exchanged runs in the eighth inning to finalize the scoring.

Marshall (10-10) earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run ball on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Garceau (13-4) took the loss, yielding five runs on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts over five innings of work. Jorge Marban earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

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Rihanna Upset CBS Pulled Song from “Thursday Night Football”

(NEW YORK) — Rihanna is not pleased about the fact that CBS Sports last week didn’t use her song “Run This Town” to kick off Thursday Night Football – and she now appears to be threatening to stop them from using it this week.

“CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this,” the singer tweeted Tuesday. “The audacity…,” she added.

You may recall that last week, because Ray Rice’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, were playing on Thursday Night Football, CBS canceled its plans to use “Run This Town.” This was in response to an outcry from fans who argued that a song by a victim of domestic violence — that would be Rihanna — shouldn’t be used to introduce a team whose roster included a player accused of the same crime.

In a statement to ABC News, CBS Sports said, “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

A rep for Rihanna has not responded to a request for comment.

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Bishop Honors Local Veterans Hosts Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony

Northport, NY – Congressman Tim Bishop was joined by the administration of the VA Medical Center at Northport, the Vietnam Veterans of America Long Island Chapter 11, and the Disabled American Veterans as he honored the service of six Vietnam veterans.

Three of the veterans were presented with medals earned during their service that they had not received. U.S. Army PFC Joseph Borruso (Selden), U.S. Navy FN Robert M. Bove (Ridge) and U.S. Navy EM3 Ronald D. Dutcher (Shirley) were given a wide range of medals, including the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy “E” Ribbon, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

“It is extremely important that we as a country do everything we can to recognize and support our veterans,” said Congressman Bishop. “It remains a great honor to finally present medals that were not previously bestowed upon veterans who answered the call to defend life and freedom.”

Additionally, Congressman Bishop recognized the service of three Vietnam veterans who received assistance from his office with their VA disability claims. In total, U.S. Army PFC Edward A. Mahoney (South Setauket), U.S. Army SGT Kenneth Alveari (Holbrook) and U.S. Army SP5 Carmine Mucerino (Coram) will receive nearly $160,000 in retroactive compensation. The men will also receive an increase in their monthly disability payments.

“The focus of my local office has always been delivering the highest possible level of constituent service, including assisting veterans with VA claims,” said Congressman Bishop. “After loyal and selfless service, veterans are entitled to receive the recognition and the benefits they have earned.”

Veterans residing in the First Congressional district who need assistance with obtaining service medals, checking on the status of a VA claim or with other benefits are invited to call Congressman Bishop’s office at 631-289-6500.

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Joan Rivers, Comic Legend and TV Personality, Dead at Age 81

(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers, a comic legend known for her trademark snarky humor and long, wide-ranging career, has died at age 81.  

Rivers was undergoing throat surgery last week in New York City when she suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.  Her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed Tuesday that her mother was on life support. 

On Thursday afternoon, Melissa Rivers issued a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”

Rivers added, “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  After graduating from college with a BA in English literature and anthropology, she worked a handful of different jobs before turning her attention full-time to show business.  It was her agent at the time who suggested she change her last name professionally.  She took his, and became Joan Rivers.

Rivers was already a successful stand-up comic in New York City when she began making TV appearances in the early 1960s, beginning as a guest on The Tonight Show, first when hosted by Jack Parr and then, Johnny Carson.  She quickly became a familiar television presence, appearing on comedy and variety shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show, and also released her first comedy albums.

Rivers briefly had her own daytime talk show in the late 1960s, on which Johnny Carson was her first guest.  Carson served in large part as a mentor for her for decades, showcasing her often on his show, and ultimately having her serve as frequent Tonight Show guest host.  Their friendship abruptly and very publicly ended when Rivers accepted an offer in 1986 to host a rival late-night talk show on Fox, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, and reportedly didn’t tell Carson ahead of time.

Feeling betrayed, Carson never again spoke to her, and instituted a Tonight Show ban that ended only when Jimmy Fallon featured her on his first broadcast as host, in February of 2014.  Ironically, Rivers’ late-night talk show lasted only a year before she was fired.  She later went on to host her own Emmy-winning daytime talk show, The Joan Rivers Show, from 1989-1993.

Rivers continued to perform stand up and was a near constant television presence until her death.  In 1994, she and her daughter, Melissa, began providing red carpet coverage and commentary for E! Entertainment Television, and became known for catty, often hilarious comments about celebrity awards show fashion.  In 2010, that trademark snark was showcased in the E! show, Fashion Police.  She was as popular in the U.K. as she was in America, appearing frequently on game and chat shows there, and receiving an invitation to the April 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

Though never shy about offering her opinions on current events and pop culture, Rivers received increasing criticism in recent years for remarks, often about tragic news events, that many judged to be harsh or insensitive.  She sometimes explained herself, but seldom apologized.

Rivers was married twice; once for less than a year in 1955, and then to Edgar Rosenberg, from 1965 until his death in 1987.  Melissa is her only child.

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PATRIOTS COME BACK TO TAKE SERIES FINALE

(Central Islip, N.Y., August 24, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 8-5 on Sunday evening in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an opposite field two-out, two-run homer from Adam Bailey off Patriots starter Gary Moran. Somerset trimmed the deficit to one in the second on a Corey Smith solo home run off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins.

The Ducks extended their lead back to two in the fourth on a run-scoring throwing error from Moran. The Patriots responded in the fifth with a two-run single from Ty Wright to tie the game at three.

Long Island regained the lead in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run from Lew Ford. However, Somerset plated five runs in the eighth to grab the lead for good at 8-4. Luis Montanez’s RBI double, Kevin Kotch’s RBI fielder’s choice and a three-run home run from Cory Harrilchak provided the damage. The Flock cut the Patriots lead to three in the ninth on a Bailey solo home run, but they would get no closer.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Blevins yielded three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings. Moran allowed four runs over six innings on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Mike DeMark (7-2) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief despite walking two. Tommy Organ (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits in one-third of an inning of relief. Jon Hunton picked up his 41st save of the year by recording the final two outs of the game.

Cody Puckett led the Flock with three hits, while Bailey added two hits, three runs batted in and two runs.

Following a day off on Monday, Long Island hits the road for a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Right-hander Jared Lansford gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots southpaw Matt Maloney. Fans can follow all the action online, with live streaming audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks will return home on Friday, August 29 to kick off a four-game series against the Camden Riversharks. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Water Bottles, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Tickets for the game and every Ducks regular season home game are now on sale.