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Community Read book Author Speaks About Skills building In Children

03/16/17 – 3:44 P.M.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens author Sean Covey spoke at the Findlay Country Club Thursday. He told attendees that children need more than just an education to join today’s workforce.

Sean Covey

He added that the & habits are equally important for people already in the workforce. He said that the habits can help workers learn to manage themselves.

Sean Covey

After learning to be independent that habits focus on becoming inter-dependent. Covey explained that becoming inter-dependent means to work with others for win-win solutions.

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Muslim Marine is traveling the US with a sign saying, ‘Ask anything’

(Credit: Mansoor Shams) Mansoor Shams, who served for four years as a Marine, is traveling the U.S. to educate people on what it is to be a Muslim. (NEW YORK) — A U.S. Marine is traveling around the country with a sign that reads, “I’m A Muslim U.S. Marine. Ask Anything.”

Mansoor Shams, who served four years in the Marine Corps before being honorably discharged in 2004, said he aims to foster a greater understanding of his religion among people who may have never met a Muslim before.

The Baltimore, Maryland, man was inspired to go on his quest after his religious community ran a campaign called, “Meet a Muslim,” where community members would go out and engage people in conversation.

“I was inspired by that for sure and felt that I could have an ever greater impact because of the resume I held,” Shams, 34, told ABC News.

“Given the current day climate … I came to realize that it’s time for people like myself to sort of come out of their comfort zone and and engage in conversation,” he added. “That’s the only solution … within my abilities.”

Shams has stood holding his sign for a couple of hours at a time in places such as his hometown in Maryland and locales in Colorado, Washington and New York.

He recalled an encounter in Houston, Texas, that he said he’ll never forget.

“A gentleman walked by and he sort of stared me down in a very, very bad way,” Shams said.

Eventually the man came up to Shams asking him, “What did you say?”

Shams said he told the man, who appeared to be white and in his 50s, “‘You gave me an evil look, man!'”

“And I just stand there to see what’s about to happen, and he just sort of calms down,” Shams continued. “[He said] ‘You know, I just want to apologize to you. I didn’t read the whole sign.’ He only read the Muslim part.”

Shams said he then asked the man, what if that was all his sign said? He said his question led to a civil conversation in which the man said, “‘I’m sorry. You’re right. I’ve been ignorant. I feel like I’m being played like a pawn. Help me to understand.'”

The two would go on to exchange numbers and have kept in touch to this day.

Shams is now planning a trip to Tennessee and Kentucky next week. He also plans to go to Georgia and Alabama in April.

“I believe that it’s my responsibility and sort of a duty, a job, an obligation upon myself, particularly for me as a Muslim Marine,” Shams said. “I was giving back to my country in uniform and now I’m giving back to my country in a different way.”

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City bus driver takes in young child wandering streets

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — A city bus driver in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is being lauded as a hero after she rescued a young child wandering the streets in the middle of the night in some clothes and socks.

Denise Wilson, a driver with the Milwaukee County Transit System, was taking a short break during her shift in the early morning hours of Jan. 29 when she came across the 5-year-old boy.

“It’s after midnight, so I’m just like, am I really seeing what I’m seeing?” she told ABC affiliate WISN-TV. “He came out of nowhere, out of nowhere. I just happened to look over and heard him crying.”

Footage from cameras on the city bus show Wilson carrying the little boy onto the bus and out of the frigid cold. WISN-TV said the high that morning was 31 degrees; the low, 22 degrees.

“You OK?” she can be heard asking him. “Still cold? Still a little cold?”

As they waited for police to arrive, Wilson said she gave the child her jacket and something small to eat.

Milwaukee police said that the child was reunited with his family and that it was determined he’d “left the house by mistake.”

Wilson said she didn’t consider her actions as heroic.

“I’m happy I made that stop. You know, I always say God puts us in places, you know, where he needs us at times,” she said. “I don’t look at it as being a hero, [I look at it as] just being there to help.”

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Detroit suspect attacked officers ‘unprovoked’ with apparent intention to kill: police

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — A 60-year-old man suspected of allegedly shooting and injuring two Detroit police officers fired at the two policemen “unprovoked” with the apparent intention of killing them, police said.

The suspect who police said has no history of violence, though he had two burglary convictions 20 years ago, was arrested late Wednesday blocks from the scene on Detroit’s west side where he had earlier opened fire on two officers.

“The suspect armed himself, fired several shots striking both officers, unprovoked,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Thursday morning of the incident the night before. “Clearly he was aggressively trying to kill our officers.”

One of the injured officers was wearing body armor that stopped two bullets toward his chest, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle. The other officer was shot in the neck, Craig said. Their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

After shooting the two officers, the suspect “continued to make an attempt to engage them as they were trying to gain some concealment and cover,” Craig said.

The suspect then fled a few blocks away. As other officers approached him there, “he, in a second attempt, tried to attack these officers. Fortunately he was taken into custody without incident,” Craig said.

The two injured officers have not been identified. One is a 20-year veteran of the police force, and his partner is a four-year veteran, police said.

The suspect, who has yet to be charged, also suffered a gunshot wound in the exchange of fire with the two officers. His injury is also not life-threatening, police said.

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Boy, 10, dies after being trapped in snow pile from late-winter storm

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 10-year-old boy died in upstate New York on Wednesday after becoming trapped in a pile of snow from this week’s storm.

Investigators believe the boy was digging a tunnel into the snow pile when it collapsed on him in the town of Pendleton, New York, some 15 miles east of Niagara Falls. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident at approximately 3:40 p.m. ET and the child was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy’s name is being withheld until family members are notified.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said the death is being investigated by its criminal investigation bureau but the incident appears to be accidental.

The incident marked the sixth weather-related death from the late-winter snowstorm that pummeled the Northeast region on Tuesday.

Because the storm shifted west from its originally projected path, the New York City-area got notably less snow than anticipated while some towns further inland were buried. The National Weather Service reported 16 inches of snow had fallen in Niagara Falls and about 28.8 inches had accumulated in Lockport, some 7 miles northeast of Pendleton.

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Barack Obama visits Hawaii, hits the links and enjoys fine dining

Noi Thai Cuisine(NEW YORK) — Barack Obama is making the most out of post-presidency life.

The former commander-in-chief headed to the Aloha State this week, where he’s been spotted hitting the links, dining out and, of course, attracting throngs of photo-snapping fans wherever he goes.

On Tuesday night, Obama headed to Noi Thai Cuisine at Honolulu’s Royal Hawaiian Center, where he had dinner in a private dining room with a group of friends and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, a restaurant spokeswoman tells ABC News.

The restaurant’s general manager, Ying Rosawan, says Obama was “very friendly and down to earth, as well as very cool.”

Rosawan adds, “We wanted President Obama and his party to have a nice, quiet dinner at Noi Thai. We did our best to keep it under wraps the whole day — even diners on the other side of the restaurant had no idea the president was eating here. Only a handful of people knew he was coming. We only told our staff just before he came. In the end, it was so worth it, and we really hope to see him on his next visit back home to Hawaii.”

Noi Thai Cuisine posted photos of Obama with restaurant staff on its Facebook page, writing “It was an honor to welcome former President Barack Obama in Noi Thai Cuisine Hawaii. He was as warm and friendly as anyone you could meet!!”

Earlier Tuesday, Obama was spotted playing golf at Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua.

Obama is believed to have arrived in Hawaii, where he was born, on Monday. That evening, he dined at one of his regular spots, Buzz’s Steakhouse in Kailua.

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Alabama kidnapping victim escapes by jumping out of car trunk

iStock/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — An Alabama woman managed to escape from a reported robbery and kidnapping incident on Tuesday by jumping out of the trunk of a moving vehicle, police said.

The woman told police that she was walking to her apartment in Birmingham, Alabama, when an unknown man approached her with a gun and demanded money, the Birmingham Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.

The unidentified woman told police that the suspect forced her to get into the trunk of a car after she told him that she did not have any money.

Recognize this man? Person of interest in recent Robbery/Kidnapping. If so please contact @BhamPolice or @CSMetroAL

— Birmingham Police (@BhamPolice) March 15, 2017

After the suspect drove to a gas station and convenience store in Birmingham, the woman was able to open the trunk and escape just as the vehicle was starting to pull away, police said. She then ran inside and called 911 for help.

The victim, 25, suffered minor injuries when she jumped out of the car, according to ABC News affiliate WBMA-TV.

Police are still searching for the suspect, and circulated an image of the man based on the gas station’s surveillance footage.

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Police say no evidence of criminal activity involved in crash at train crossing

moodboard/Thinkstock(BILOXI, Miss.) — Police in Mississippi say that they have found no evidence to suggest any criminal activity related to the train-bus crash earlier this month that left four people dead.

In a statement Wednesday night, the Biloxi Police Department said that the driver, Louis Ambrose Jr., 60, was an employee of Echo Tours. Ambrose is believed to have been en route to Boomtown Casino, and police say that “it doesn’t appear he was familiar with the area.”

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing, police noted.

On March 7, a casino charter bus driven by Ambrose got stuck while traveling over a hump at a train crossing. The crew of a CSX train attempted to stop when it spotted the bus, but was unable to avoid the collision.

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Hawaii judge puts Trump’s revised travel ban on hold

AlexStar/iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A federal judge in Hawaii has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued his ruling Wednesday after hearing arguments on Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order involving the ban.

His ruling prevents the executive order from going into effect Thursday.

Hawaii argued that the ban discriminates on the basis of nationality and would prevent Hawaiian residents from receiving visits from relatives in the six mostly Muslim countries covered by the ban.

The state also argued the ban would harm its tourism industry, as well as its ability to recruit foreign students and workers.

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Dramatic audio captures air traffic controllers helping pilot land with broken throttle

mokee81/iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — A small-aircraft pilot recently got to thank a team of air traffic controllers who helped her land safely last year when her plane’s throttle broke, leaving her stranded in the air.

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration released dramatic audio from the Feb. 14, 2016, incident.

In the nearly six minutes of edited audio, air traffic controller Mason Braddock and his team could be heard calmly explaining to pilot Cathy Lewan how to land her single-engine Cessna at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Georgia.

Lewan was alone in the plane and had been taking pictures.

“We’re going to touch down and cut power immediately to the airplane,” an air traffic controller says. “Whenever you’re ready, we can set you up for that. Like I said, we’ll have equipment standing by to help you on the runway.”

Lewan, getting emotional, then asks for a favor.

“Would you call my husband for me?” she says. “If you could, ask him to put a prayer chain out to my church and ask the whole church to start praying, and everybody else that’s listening. … Tell him that I love him and call my mother. And I know I’m going to be fine ’cause you’re helping me and the good Lord’s helping me.”

Braddock tells Lewan to give the team her husband’s cellphone number.

“We’ll make sure that he knows that you’re coming in,” he says. “We’re gonna call him. … It’s just gonna be a normal landing. … It’s gonna be fine. … There’s no rush.”

Lewan was able to land the plane safely. During a news conference Tuesday, Lewan met with Braddock as well as the rest of the air traffic controller team that helped her last year.

“They just really, really were there in every way for me,” she said during the news conference. “What I got was my own personal SWAT team — the super, wonderful Atlanta team.”

Braddock and his team from the FAA facility in Peachtree City, including Clay Sutton, Nicole Surunis, Patrick Burrows and Keith Tyus, are expected to receive one of aviation’s highest honors for lifesaving work at a ceremony next week in Las Vegas.

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