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Ravens Fans Alter Girl’s Ray Rice Jersey to ‘Be Nice to Girls’

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(ELLICOT CITY, Md.) — Bryan Bartlett and his wife, Angie, were horrified when they watched a video that showed Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer.

After the NFL suspended him in the wake of video’s release, the Bartletts of Ellicott City, Maryland, struggled with what do with their 6-year-old daughter Brynn’s Ray Rice jersey.

“My wife had shown me posts on Facebook of people burning their jerseys and it just didn’t seem like a good idea,” Bartlett said in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America. “It almost seemed like a violent way to deal with a violent act.”

So the Bartletts decided to do something positive. They took Brynn’s jersey and altered it, changing the name “Rice” to “Nice” and adding a few more words to form a complete message: “Be Nice to Girls.”

A photo of Brynn wearing her one-of-a-kind jersey went viral, but the Bartletts said this simply wasn’t an art project. They are making sure that Brynn and her brother understand the meaning behind the message.

“Before we made the shirts, we had talked to both of our kids…we told them that they know that no matter how mad they get or how frustrated they get, never to hit anybody, not hit a boy, not hit a girl, never hit anybody,” Bartlett said.

Parenting expert Stacy Kaiser said the Bartletts have the right idea.

“What we’re seeing here is something that’s ideal for all parents to do, which is taking a bad situation and turning it into a good, teachable moment,” she said.

Bartlett said he was “really just thinking about my daughter and what would almost make me feel good about the message that she had on her shirt. It’s very important to me that she has pride in herself and feels empowered.”

Brynn is a fan of the jersey. “I like it,” she said. “I think it looks really cool.”

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Two Navy Fighter Jets Crash in Western Pacific, Pilot Missing

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released(SAN DIEGO) — Two Navy F/A-18 fighters from the carrier USS Carl Vinson have crashed in the Western Pacific. One of the pilots has been rescued, but Navy ships and helicopters continue the search for the second.

The two carriers from the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) crashed at 5:40 p.m. local time, according to the Navy’s Seventh Fleet. The carrier is operating in an area off Guam.

“One pilot was rapidly located and returned to Carl Vinson, and is currently receiving medical attention,” it said in a statement. “Search efforts continue for the second pilot.”

The F/A-18 fighter has a single-seater version, as well as a double-seater variant. The aircraft involved in this incident were single-seater F/A-18Cs.

Initial indications are that the two aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) and Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113).

The search for the second pilot includes guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 (HSC 15) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 (HSM 73).

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The carrier left its home port of San Diego on Aug. 22 to operate initially in the Pacific before moving on to a long-term deployment to the Persian Gulf where it would replace the carrier USS George HW Bush.

The F/A-18s aboard the Bush have been flying missions over Iraq for the past two months and were among the first U.S. aircraft to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in early August.

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Two Navy Fighter Jets Crash in Western Pacific, Pilot Missing

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr./Released(SAN DIEGO) — Two Navy F/A-18 fighters from the carrier USS Carl Vinson have crashed in the Western Pacific. One of the pilots has been rescued, but Navy ships and helicopters continue the search for the second.

The two carriers from the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) crashed at 5:40 p.m. local time, according to the Navy’s Seventh Fleet. The carrier is operating in an area off Guam.

“One pilot was rapidly located and returned to Carl Vinson, and is currently receiving medical attention,” it said in a statement. “Search efforts continue for the second pilot.”

The F/A-18 fighter has a single-seater version, as well as a double-seater variant. The aircraft involved in this incident were single-seater F/A-18Cs.

Initial indications are that the two aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) and Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113).

The search for the second pilot includes guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and helicopters assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 (HSC 15) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 (HSM 73).

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The carrier left its home port of San Diego on Aug. 22 to operate initially in the Pacific before moving on to a long-term deployment to the Persian Gulf where it would replace the carrier USS George HW Bush.

The F/A-18s aboard the Bush have been flying missions over Iraq for the past two months and were among the first U.S. aircraft to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in early August.

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Children of Uzi Shooting Victim Charles Vacca Pen Letter to 9-Year-Old Girl

ABC News(PHOENIX) — The children of the Arizona weapons instructor who was killed last month when his 9-year-old student lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and accidentally shot him have penned a letter to the young girl.

“You’re only 9 years old,” wrote the four children of the slain instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca. “We think about you. We are worried about you. We pray for you, and we wish you peace.”

“Our dad would want the same thing,” they wrote.

Vacca left behind sons Christopher Vacca, 11, and Tylor Vacca, 14, and daughters Elizabeth Vacca, 5, and Ashley Moser, 19, when he was shot Aug. 25 at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.

Vacca was standing next to the 9-year-old girl when she squeezed the Uzi’s trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and Vacca was fatally shot once in the head.

“Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life,” Vacca’s children wrote to the girl, who has not been identified.

“You should not let this define you,” they wrote. “Someday we hope we can meet you, hug you, and tell you that it’s OK.”

The 9-year-old girl and her family were vacationing in Las Vegas when the shooting occurred.

James Goodnow, a member of Lamber Goodnow at Fennemore Craig, the Phoenix law firm hired by Vacca’s family after the shooting, said it was the children’s idea to write the letter. He provided a video of the children reading the letter to ABC News.

“I was touched when they told me they wanted to do this,” Goodnow said. “It’s rare to see something so human in a legal situation like this.”

He added: “This is about extending out, reaching out to someone who was hurt by this, and saying it’s OK.”

Marc Lamber, also an attorney for the family, said the family wanted “the public to know who Charlie was, and the kind of person he was.”

No charges have been filed in the case and responding officers noted that they believed it was an accidental shooting. The range allows anyone above the age of 8 to shoot automatic weapons if the instructor believes they are suitable.

The incident was filmed on an iPhone by the girl’s parents as they stood behind her and Vacca. The girl’s mother shared that video with police as soon as police spoke with her at the gun range’s restaurant.

The family of the 9-year-old girl issued a statement through their lawyer shortly after the police report of the incident was released earlier this month.

“They are devastated by this accident that turned what was supposed to be a unique and brief excursion from their summer vacation into a life changing tragedy,” the statement read. “Words cannot express the family’s sadness about the accidental shooting of Charles Vacca. They prayed day and night that he would survive his injury, and they continue to pray for his family during this terribly difficult time.”

In their letter to the 9-year-old girl, Vacca’s children also took an opportunity to describe their dad, who was a range master at the Last Stop range.

“Our dad wasn’t just an instructor,” they wrote. “He was funny, strong, a protector, a hero, and our friend. He was a good man.”

“Like you, we are living through this tragic event that we cannot shut off,” the letter concluded. “It’s with us all the time.”

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Children of Uzi Shooting Victim Charles Vacca Pen Letter to 9-Year-Old Girl

ABC News(PHOENIX) — The children of the Arizona weapons instructor who was killed last month when his 9-year-old student lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and accidentally shot him have penned a letter to the young girl.

“You’re only 9 years old,” wrote the four children of the slain instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca. “We think about you. We are worried about you. We pray for you, and we wish you peace.”

“Our dad would want the same thing,” they wrote.

Vacca left behind sons Christopher Vacca, 11, and Tylor Vacca, 14, and daughters Elizabeth Vacca, 5, and Ashley Moser, 19, when he was shot Aug. 25 at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.

Vacca was standing next to the 9-year-old girl when she squeezed the Uzi’s trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and Vacca was fatally shot once in the head.

“Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life,” Vacca’s children wrote to the girl, who has not been identified.

“You should not let this define you,” they wrote. “Someday we hope we can meet you, hug you, and tell you that it’s OK.”

The 9-year-old girl and her family were vacationing in Las Vegas when the shooting occurred.

James Goodnow, a member of Lamber Goodnow at Fennemore Craig, the Phoenix law firm hired by Vacca’s family after the shooting, said it was the children’s idea to write the letter. He provided a video of the children reading the letter to ABC News.

“I was touched when they told me they wanted to do this,” Goodnow said. “It’s rare to see something so human in a legal situation like this.”

He added: “This is about extending out, reaching out to someone who was hurt by this, and saying it’s OK.”

Marc Lamber, also an attorney for the family, said the family wanted “the public to know who Charlie was, and the kind of person he was.”

No charges have been filed in the case and responding officers noted that they believed it was an accidental shooting. The range allows anyone above the age of 8 to shoot automatic weapons if the instructor believes they are suitable.

The incident was filmed on an iPhone by the girl’s parents as they stood behind her and Vacca. The girl’s mother shared that video with police as soon as police spoke with her at the gun range’s restaurant.

The family of the 9-year-old girl issued a statement through their lawyer shortly after the police report of the incident was released earlier this month.

“They are devastated by this accident that turned what was supposed to be a unique and brief excursion from their summer vacation into a life changing tragedy,” the statement read. “Words cannot express the family’s sadness about the accidental shooting of Charles Vacca. They prayed day and night that he would survive his injury, and they continue to pray for his family during this terribly difficult time.”

In their letter to the 9-year-old girl, Vacca’s children also took an opportunity to describe their dad, who was a range master at the Last Stop range.

“Our dad wasn’t just an instructor,” they wrote. “He was funny, strong, a protector, a hero, and our friend. He was a good man.”

“Like you, we are living through this tragic event that we cannot shut off,” the letter concluded. “It’s with us all the time.”

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Children of Uzi Shooting Victim Charles Vacca Pen Letter to 9-Year-Old Girl

ABC News(PHOENIX) — The children of the Arizona weapons instructor who was killed last month when his 9-year-old student lost control of an Uzi submachine gun and accidentally shot him have penned a letter to the young girl.

“You’re only 9 years old,” wrote the four children of the slain instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca. “We think about you. We are worried about you. We pray for you, and we wish you peace.”

“Our dad would want the same thing,” they wrote.

Vacca left behind sons Christopher Vacca, 11, and Tylor Vacca, 14, and daughters Elizabeth Vacca, 5, and Ashley Moser, 19, when he was shot Aug. 25 at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.

Vacca was standing next to the 9-year-old girl when she squeezed the Uzi’s trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and Vacca was fatally shot once in the head.

“Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life,” Vacca’s children wrote to the girl, who has not been identified.

“You should not let this define you,” they wrote. “Someday we hope we can meet you, hug you, and tell you that it’s OK.”

The 9-year-old girl and her family were vacationing in Las Vegas when the shooting occurred.

James Goodnow, a member of Lamber Goodnow at Fennemore Craig, the Phoenix law firm hired by Vacca’s family after the shooting, said it was the children’s idea to write the letter. He provided a video of the children reading the letter to ABC News.

“I was touched when they told me they wanted to do this,” Goodnow said. “It’s rare to see something so human in a legal situation like this.”

He added: “This is about extending out, reaching out to someone who was hurt by this, and saying it’s OK.”

Marc Lamber, also an attorney for the family, said the family wanted “the public to know who Charlie was, and the kind of person he was.”

No charges have been filed in the case and responding officers noted that they believed it was an accidental shooting. The range allows anyone above the age of 8 to shoot automatic weapons if the instructor believes they are suitable.

The incident was filmed on an iPhone by the girl’s parents as they stood behind her and Vacca. The girl’s mother shared that video with police as soon as police spoke with her at the gun range’s restaurant.

The family of the 9-year-old girl issued a statement through their lawyer shortly after the police report of the incident was released earlier this month.

“They are devastated by this accident that turned what was supposed to be a unique and brief excursion from their summer vacation into a life changing tragedy,” the statement read. “Words cannot express the family’s sadness about the accidental shooting of Charles Vacca. They prayed day and night that he would survive his injury, and they continue to pray for his family during this terribly difficult time.”

In their letter to the 9-year-old girl, Vacca’s children also took an opportunity to describe their dad, who was a range master at the Last Stop range.

“Our dad wasn’t just an instructor,” they wrote. “He was funny, strong, a protector, a hero, and our friend. He was a good man.”

“Like you, we are living through this tragic event that we cannot shut off,” the letter concluded. “It’s with us all the time.”

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Report: Sources Say Rice Told Goodell About the Punch

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Roger Goodell’s credibility is again being called into question after four sources told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice made it clear to the NFL commissioner that he punched his then-fiancee inside an Atlantic City casino elevator last February.

Goodell has said repeatedly that he did not learn the exact circumstances of the incident until viewing a surveillance video last Monday that showed Rice delivering a left hook to the face of Janay Palmer, who was knocked out cold by the force of the blow.

The sources insisted that Rice told the truth about what happened in the elevator when he was interviewed by Goodell. A fifth source, however, said Rice told Goodell he slapped Palmer, who he later married.

These new revelations, if true, raise questions as to why the commissioner initially gave Rice a two-game suspension, a decision roundly criticized as being too lenient. Goodell later amended the NFL’s policy involving domestic violence, increasing penalties on future offenders who commit domestic abuse.

However, Goodell and the NFL are clearly on the hot seat as to what they exactly knew about the Feb. 15 incident at the recently-closed Revel Casino Hotel and when they learned about it.

Meanwhile, the NFL said that it has authorized an independent probe into the entire matter to be headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Rice, who was cut by the Ravens this week and suspended indefinitely by the NFL, plans to appeal the decision by the league once he receives a letter that details the reasons for his suspension.

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Notorious High School Shooter Caught Following Escape from Prison

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(LIMA, Ohio) — T.J. Lane, who was serving multiple life sentences for a notorious high school shooting spree, was caught after escaping Thursday night from an Ohio prison, officials said.

Lane, who is now 19, broke out of the Allen Correctional Facility along with two other prisoners.

Officials are warning residents of Lima, Ohio, near the prison to not open doors to strangers or pick up hitchhikers. A police dragnet was moving through the town, and police asked residents not to tweet the location of officers.

Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish said Thursday that three prisoners, including Lane, had escaped the prison, but one was apprehended. Shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, officials said that Lane had been taken back into custody.

No further details were provided about how Lane and the other inmates escaped.

Lane shot and killed three students at Chardon High School on Feb. 27, 2012. He was sentenced to three life sentences.

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Notorious High School Shooter Caught Following Escape from Prison

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(LIMA, Ohio) — T.J. Lane, who was serving multiple life sentences for a notorious high school shooting spree, was caught after escaping Thursday night from an Ohio prison, officials said.

Lane, who is now 19, broke out of the Allen Correctional Facility along with two other prisoners.

Officials are warning residents of Lima, Ohio, near the prison to not open doors to strangers or pick up hitchhikers. A police dragnet was moving through the town, and police asked residents not to tweet the location of officers.

Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish said Thursday that three prisoners, including Lane, had escaped the prison, but one was apprehended. Shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, officials said that Lane had been taken back into custody.

No further details were provided about how Lane and the other inmates escaped.

Lane shot and killed three students at Chardon High School on Feb. 27, 2012. He was sentenced to three life sentences.

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Students at New Jersey Day Care Sickened After Accidentally Drinking Bleach

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — Thirty students at a day care facility in Jersey City were sickened on Thursday after they a mistake caused them to drink a small amount of bleach.

The Jersey City Fire Department told ABC’s New York affiliate WABC that a substitute teacher or aide was providing the students with water, but accidentally used water from a bottle that contained a small amount of bleach used by teachers for cleaning. The incident occurred at The Growing Tree II Learning Center.

All 30 children were conscious and alert upon their arrival at Jersey City Medical Center, and none of them were believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

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