2 young children die in hot cars in Texas during scorching temperatures over the weekend

iStock/PetrBonek(HOUSTON) — Two young children have died in Texas after they were left in hot cars during scorching temperatures over the weekend.

A 1-year-old died in Galveston Saturday after his father, Abner Peña, left him in the family’s Chevrolet Tahoe for about five hours while he worked, Sgt. Xavier Hancock, public information officer for the Galveston Police Department, said in a statement. The father had arrived to work at about 11 a.m. and found the child unresponsive when he returned to the car around 4 p.m., Hancock said.

The father worked at the Los Lazos Tex Mex restaurant, ABC Houston station KTRK reported.

It was about 91 degrees outside when the child was discovered, according to the station. The boy, who was not secure in a car seat at the time, was transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he was pronounced dead, Hancock said.

No charges have been filed against the parents but the investigation is ongoing, Hancock said.

Separately, a 4-year-old died on Saturday in Aubrey, about 50 miles north of Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The child was found in the car by a family member and was airlifted to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas in critical condition but died at the hospital, according to the local newspaper.

It was 97 degrees outside when the child was found, and most of northern Texas was under a heat advisory at the time, the Dallas Morning News reported. It’s not clear how long the child was in the car.

Charges have not been filed but the case is still under investigation, according to the Morning News.

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Activists say they’re accepting nothing less than Medicare for all

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) — The health care proposal dubbed Medicare for all first gained traction as a campaign promise from Sen. Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential run.

The largest nurses union in the country, National Nurses United, actively campaigned for the policy then and has ramped up its grassroots push on the cause in recent months.

ABC News Correspondent David Wright examined the debate over transitioning to Medicare for all on ABC’s This Week Sunday, speaking with experts and activists about the increase in support for the policy.

Building on the premise that access to health care is a right, Sanders’ version of Medicare for all would replace most private insurance with a single-payer program based on the Medicare plan that is currently available to seniors and the disabled.

Matrese Chism, a registered nurse from Chicago who has been working on the issue at the grassroots level with the National Nurses United, sees the fight for universal health care as a civil rights issue.

“The United States is one of the largest, the greatest country in the world. And for us not to insure everyone, that is inhumane,” she told Wright.

Many Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have supported the policy. Fellow Democratic candidates and Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren regular reference the policy on the campaign trail and signed on as cosponsors for Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill in the Senate.

The momentum has made Medicare-for-all advocates hopeful.

“This is our moment, this is our time,” Chism told Wright.

However, some health care experts have cautioned against the policy, which some estimates say could cost the federal government $32 trillion over 10 years.

“Making Medicare the litmus test on the Democratic side is a very bad idea,” Ezekiel Emanuel, the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, told Wright. “We should be open to lots of ways of getting to universal coverage in the United States, but I also think it’s a big political hill.”

“It ought to be Medicare for none,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News in April. “You want to turn American into a socialist country, this is the first step.”

For some Democratic candidates, the proposal is a bridge too far.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed expanding Obamacare.

“Whether you’re covered through your employer or on your own or not, you all should have a choice to be able to buy into a public option plan for Medicare,” Biden said at his campaign kickoff in April.

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Red Sox legend David Ortiz out of ICU, remains in ‘good condition’

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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former Red Sox great David Ortiz was released from the intensive care unit on Saturday, just one day shy of two weeks since he was shot in a blundered murder attempt in the Dominican Republic.

The Red Sox issued a statement Saturday afternoon from Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, saying the future Hall of Famer’s condition continues to improve.

“David was moved out of the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital,” Tiffany Ortiz said. “He remains in good condition and continues to recover under the care of Drs. David King and Larry Ronan.”

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Ortiz was shot at Dial Bar and Lounge, a bar in the country’s capital of Santo Domingo, in a case of mistaken identity. The island’s attorney general’s office said Ortiz’s friend, Sixto David Fernandez, was the actual target in the shooting, but the gunman told police that he got confused. Fernandez and Ortiz were sitting at the same table and dressed similarly at the time of the shooting, according to police.

The bullet entered Ortiz’s back and come out through his midsection, authorities said. The shooting did extensive damage to his liver and small intestines, with doctors having to remove part of the latter.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, the New Jersey man accused of shooting Ortiz in the Dominican Republic, was charged Wednesday with conspiring to distribute heroin in his home state. He allegedly ran a heroin mill in Paterson, New Jersey, that was busted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in January.

Ferreira-Cruz remains in custody in the Dominican Republic.

Ten people have been charged in connection to the shooting.

Victor Hugo Gomez, named by authorities in the Dominican Republic as the mastermind of the shooting, remains at large. He allegedly was angry at the intended target, Fernandez, for naming him in a 2011 drug bust that led to his imprisonment.

Two others involved in the shooting remain at large as well: Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, who took the picture of Ortiz at the bar and sent it to the hit man, and Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, nicknamed “The Surgeon.”

Ortiz played with the Red Sox from 2003 to 2016 and won three World Series (2004, 2007, 2013). He also made 10 All-Star teams with the Sox.

He finished his 20-year career with 541 home runs, 1,768 runs batted in, 632 doubles and a .931 on-base plus slugging percentage.

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Posted On 23 Jun 2019