** LOCAL | A16 ST. ANDREW METHODISTPanama City church plans Sunday service TUESDAYT-shower 87 / 71MONDAYSome sun 88 / 72TODAYMostly sunny 87 / 72 Panama City News Herald Want to subscribe? Call 850-747-5050 $1.50 PANAMA CITY Sunday, October 14, 2018 @The_News_Herald facebook.com/panamacitynewsherald www.newsherald.comBay County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ ce deputies Alex Young and Jared Waker watch Hurricane Michael from the Thomas Drive Â“ re station. [PATTI BLAKE / THE NEWS HERALD] STEP BY STEP By Patrick McCreless 522-5118 | @PNCHPatrickMPANAMA CITY Â„ Chris Fillyaw just wants to get out.Since Tuesday the Panama City man, his brother and his mother have been at Northside Elemen-tary School, set up by the American Red Cross as a shelter for victims of Hur-ricane Michael.He hasnÂt enjoyed his stay much so far.ÂI was sleeping outside since Tuesday because it was so hot, but then yester-day they told me I couldnÂt sleep outside,ÂŽ Fillyaw said outside the school Saturday morning. ÂPeople sweat all night in the hallways Âƒ you can just see the beads of sweat on people.ÂŽFillyaw is one of hundreds of people living in the shelter since the hurricane ripped through Bay County, dam-aging or destroying many homes in its wake. Some residents say the shelter has been poorly staffed so far, with basic necessities like proper food, water, working toilets, beds and medication coming slowly, or not at all.ÂItÂs unsanitary conditions Âƒ unhealthy living conditions, thatÂs what bothers me the most,ÂŽ Residents recount poor conditions at Panama City hurricane shelterNews Herald Staff Report PANAMA CITY Â„ Power restoration east of the Hath-away Bridge, in Panama City, Callaway, Parker, Lynn Haven, Youngstown and surrounding areas could take weeks, according to Gulf Power.West of the Hathaway Bridge in Panama City Beach, power is estimated to be restored much earlier. The west end of the Beach, west of Highway 79, should have power back on by mid-night Sunday.Panama City Beach and Bay County east of Highway 79 to the Hathaway Bridge should have power back on Gulf Power: Restoration may take weeks in Panama CityRed Cross shelter at Northside Elementary draws complaintsCrews work on power lines along East Cove Drive. [PATTI BLAKE / THE NEWS HERALD] See SHELTER, A3 See POWER, A3Business .......................................................................B9 Diversions ....................................................................B13 Weather .......................................................................A8
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If you wish to report an error or clarif y a story, call 747-5070.P.O Box: 1940, Panama City, FL 32402 | Address: 501 W. 11th St. Panama City Fl, 32401 | Phone: 850-747-5000 | WATS: 800-345-8688 | Online: newsherald.com PANAMA CITY By Katie Landeck Panama City News HeraldPANAMA CITYÂ„ A recov-ery effort of unprecedented magnitude is being staged out of parking lot trailers, damaged buildings and AT&T ÂburnerÂŽ cellphones as work begins to rebuild Bay County in the wake of Hurricane Michael.The parking lots of the 23rd Street Target and Panama City Mall were full Saturday with hundreds of vehicles from all over the Southeast Â„ sheriffÂs offices, power crews, firefighters, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, telecommunications and militaryÂ„ literally staging an army of aid.At the center of it was the Bay County SheriffÂs Department trailer Â„ a little damaged from fallen storm debris, but still going strong as the hub of law enforcement operations after two days of search and rescue efforts.Meetings were continuously being held outside, and officials, such as Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, were in and out.ÂI just got off the phone with Verizon, and they are working hard,ÂŽ Patronis said.Verizon is the main cellphone provider for the area, and the lack of serviceÂ„ due to much of the infrastructure, such as underground fiber-optic cables, being severely impactedÂ„ has added another layer of com-plication to recovery efforts, making it difficult for anyone to communicate.AT&T and some other cellphone providers are maintaining limited service.At this time, there is no official death count from the hurricane, Patronis said. But, he added,ÂŽwith a storm of this magnitude there is going to be loss of life.ÂŽThe Health Department is starting to create a data base of survivors that people will be able to use to check that status of relatives in hard-hit areas. For more information, go to PatronisÂ Twitter page, @JimmyPatronis.All of the state roads in the area are expected to be cleared by the end of Satur-day, which should help speed up the re-entry process.People with identification showing they are Bay County residents, or have a verifiable reason for coming, are being allowed in, according to Patronis.On the east side of the Hathaway Bridge it likely will be weeks before power and water services are restored. If people have a safe place outside the county to stay, officials are recommending they do not return.ÂTell loved ones to stay put (outside the disaster area),ÂŽ Patronis said.ÂAn army of aidÂDr. Shane Collins, DJ on Panama CityÂs 92.5 WPAP, is seen in his iHeart Radio studio in 2016. He and his co-workers used their radio station Friday to communicate with people affected by Hurricane Michael. [ANDREW WARDLOW/NEWS HERALD] Panama City radio stations help with hurricane reliefBy Alicia Adams315-4434 | @aliciaNWFDN firstname.lastname@example.orgPANAMA CITY Â„ When parts of Panama City and surrounding areas were demolished, tens of thou-sands of residents were cut off from the outside world.People who evacuated were unable to get back to check on their homes or loved ones. Some of those who rode out the storm were trapped in their homes without food, water and other necessities.Electric and phone lines were down and searchand-rescue efforts had only just begun. But some-how, a local radio station served as a beacon of hope for those needing help.ÂYou feel good because youÂre helping; youÂre doing something,ÂŽ Tess Connell, a morning DJ on 92.5 WPAP, said of the overwhelming number of calls the station received Friday. ÂI know that feeling of helplessness is debilitat-ing. But at the same time, it makes you realize just how bad some of these peopleÂs situations are.ÂŽiHeart Media stations 92.5 WPAP, Sunny 98.5 and 96 Rock simultaneously broadcast non-stop information about Hurri-cane Michael relief efforts. According to DJ Dr. Shane Collins, they were staying on the air with Wifi signal and generator power.Because the radio stationÂs phone lines were down, Collins gave his per-sonal cellphone number to those needing help or to let their loved ones know they were OK. People called and texted him throughout the day looking for loved ones or giving their addresses, asking if someone could bring them food and water.A local soccer coach called begging for help to find his elderly parents in Lynn Haven. His father has ALS, and they rode out the storm in their home. When he came to check on them, he found their home com-pletely gone and his parents nowhere to be found.A Wewahitchka resident called to say his parentsÂ life alert keeps going off, but he canÂt find them. A Panama City resident mes-saged the station saying they were stuck in their home and they desperately needed food and water.State Sen. George Gainer was using the Panama City radio station building as a communication point to speak with local authorities and state officials. He occasionally came on the air to give updates.Friday morning, Gainer had some good news: Verizon was repairing cell towers and phone service would be back up soon.But the good news was scarce. News of destruc-tion was constant.Paco, a 96 Rock DJ, was using the iHeart Radio van to find and rescue people when he was able. On air, he explained how he had gone out to neighbor-hoods and taken people to shelters.PacoÂs home was damaged. He said as he got choked up, but that didnÂt matter now.ÂRight now, itÂs not about if you got dam-aged, itÂs about how much damage you got,ÂŽ Paco said of Panama CityÂs condition.ÂWeÂre able to go out as much as we can, but we have to conserve fuel as well,ÂŽ Connell said. ÂWeÂre taking six-hour air shifts. ... When we can go back out, we will announce that if people see a iHeart Radio vehicle to wave it down.ÂŽAs they got word of what stores were open, where search-and-rescue efforts were taking place and loca-tions of where people could pick up donations, they shared what they had.ÂI want to thank you for allowing me to come into your home, into your radio,ÂŽ Collins said on air just before noon. ÂThank you for being the loving, giving, hardworking Amer-icans that I know. ... DonÂt you get down; help is on the way.ÂSide by side, shoulder to shoulder, hand in in hand, brother and sister. We will get through this.ÂŽÂWe will get through thisÂLee Majors, 51, a lieutenant with the Leon County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ ce salutes the American Â” ag after Â“ xing it to a pole Friday in Mexico Beach, Fla. Residents of the small beach town of Mexico Beach began to make their way back to their homes some for the Â“ rst time after Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday. [CHRIS URSO/TAMPA BAY TIMES VIA AP] A heavily damaged buildoing is seen in Panama City after Hurricane Michael on Friday [MICHAEL SNYDER/DAILY NEWS] A truck passes a damaged building in west Panama City on Friday [MICHAEL SNYDER/DAILY NEWS] Massive hurricane relief e ort in Bay County ÂI want to thank you for allowing me to come into your home, into your radio. ... Thank you for being the loving, giving, hardworking Americans that I know. ... DonÂt you get down; help is on the way.ÂŽDr. Shane Collins, DJ on Panama CityÂs 92.5 WPAP ÂTell loved ones to stay put (outside the disaster area).ÂŽFlorida Chief Financial OfÂ“ cer Jimmy Patronis
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 A3by midnight Monday.Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties are estimated to be restored by midnight, Oct. 19.ÂWeÂre committed to getting the entire community up and running as soon as possible,ÂŽ said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power spokesperson. ÂItÂs important for our customers to understand that itÂs going to take longer in some areas to rebuild our electrical system Â„ some of our major line infrastruc-ture is located in heavily wooded areas or is dif-ficult to access.ÂŽThere are currently 90,898 Gulf Power cus-tomers without power in their service area, and all of them are in the Panama City area, according to spokesperson Kimberly Blair. Blair added that 4,947 customers had power restored overnight Friday. POWERFrom Page A1said Cynthia Larson, a certi-fied nurse practitioner, who has stayed at the shelter all week because the hurricane severely damaged her house near Rutherford High School. ÂIt is a certified shelter sup-posedly Âƒ but it is not.ÂŽLarson said that in the days since the shelter opened, many of the toilet have clogged, overflowing with human waste that hasnÂt been cleaned up.ÂChildren are running around barefoot Âƒ someone is going to pick up E. coli (an intestinal bacteria)," Larson said.Larson, who also has ter-minal cancer, said Red Cross workers told her sheÂs the only person at the shelter with any kind of medical license.ÂThere is no defibrillator here Âƒ IÂm the only person here that I know who can perform CPR,ÂŽ Larson said. ÂThereÂs no special food for diabetics or cardiac patients Âƒ they were asking me the other day if I could write prescriptions for some of these patients.ÂŽAttempts to reach Red Cross officials for comment Saturday were unsuccessful. A Red Cross worker at the shelter said she was not allowed to speak with the media. She also said media were not allowed to walk through the halls of the shel-ter, but could talk to people sitting outside.In the lobby of the school on Saturday morning, the sting-ing odor of human waste was in the air. An elderly shelter resident could be heard complaining to a Red Cross worker about the uncleanliness of the bath-rooms. Rows of people on cots that lined both sides of hallways in the building were also visible.A Red Cross shelter worker, who declined to give her name because she wasnÂt allowed to speak with the media, said there were 300 people at the school, but it had housed as many as 600 hurricane sur-vivors. She said the Red Cross has three shelters in Panama City and 27 across all hurri-cane-impacted areas, with a capacity of 6,000 people.The shelher worker said there was no timeline for how long the shelters would be open.ÂThe way theyÂve treated us, IÂm not going to continue to donate,ÂŽ Fillyaw said of Red Cross.Fillyaw said portable toi-lets had only recently arrived at the shelter. And, he said, everyone had to sleep on the floor for the first two or three nights at the shelter.Food and water supplies had improved, he said, but still weren't great.Fillyaw said that on Friday, the Red Cross grilled burgers and hot dogs at the shelter for military personnel and other volunteers. Shelter residents werenÂt allowed any of the grilled food, though, and were given tortillas with a little cheese in them, he said.ÂIt wasnÂt even good cheese, it was block cheese that wouldnÂt even melt,ÂŽ Fillyaw said with a laugh. ÂAt least they could have grilled all that other food farther away from us so we didnÂt have to smell it.ÂŽSusan Schneider, living at the shelter with her husband, Henry, and five children, said the food has been sub-par.ÂMy kids barely ate the tortillas with the cheese in the middle,ÂŽ Schneider said. ÂWeÂre not dealing, not too good at all.ÂŽSchneider said the family had been at the shelter since Tuesday. They had been living at the Aqua View Motel in Panama City Beach for the last month, but canÂt return now that Henry Schneider has no income. Schneider said heÂs a mechanic at a local automotive shelter.ÂI havenÂt been able to con-tact anyone at my work,ÂŽ he said. ÂI donÂt know when IÂll be able to go back to work.ÂŽThe family had to sleep on the floor the first few nights, but have since received cots.ÂThings are getting better,ÂŽ Schneider said. ÂThey are stepping things up now.ÂŽFillyaw said he would much rather take his family to his grandmotherÂs home in Mis-sissippi, but has no vehicle to get there. Fillyaw said heÂs tried to find a way to contact the Fed-eral Emergency Management Agency to get some kind of voucher for transport.ÂWeÂve gotten no informa-tion on what FEMAÂs doing,ÂŽ he said. ÂI donÂt need money, I just need a way out of here.ÂŽ SHELTERFrom Page A1The aftermath of MichaelA sign reads ÂLooters will be shotÂŽ outside of a business on Oct.12, in Panama City, Fla. [PHOTOS BY PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] Hurricane Michael hit Panama City Beach, Fla. on Oct. 10. The Jinks Middle School gym is missing walls on Oct.11, in Panama City. A man walks past an overturned trailer moments after the wind advisory was lifted following Hurricane Michael on Oct.10, in Panama City, Fla.
** A4 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldScenes from MichaelHundreds stand in line at SonnyÂs BBQ in Lynn Haven on Oct. 12. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] A city worker moves debris on Oct. 11 in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] The side wall of a thrift store is missing on Oct. 12 in Panama City, Fla. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] A billboard stands in pieces moments after the wind advisory was lifted following Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10 in Panama City, Fla. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] Central Pentecostal Ministries shows storm related damage on Oct. 12 in Lynn Haven, Fla. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] Trees block the intersection of Orange plaza and Banyon street moments after the wind advisory was lifted following Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10 in Panama City, Fla. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] Gail Brown waits for supplies outside of the Lynn Haven City Hall on Oct. 12 in Lynn Haven, Fla. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] The Chambers at Lynn Haven City Hall shows signiÂ“ cant storm damage from Hurricane Michael on Oct. 12 in Panama City, Fla. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] FireÂ“ ghters work to clear the roadway on 11th street on Oct. 11 in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD] A man walks a bicycle down 11th Street on Oct. 11 in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/ THE NEWS HERALD]
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** A8 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News Herald 6 a.m Noon6 p.m Low Hazard Medium Hazard High Hazard Water closed to public Dangerous Marine Life High Low 88/71 86/73 88/65 86/73 85/75 87/67 88/66 89/67 88/67 82/62 88/67 87/66 89/68 86/72 85/74 86/71 90/70 87/7288/7287/7188/6684/66Partly sunny, warm and humid Clouds and sun, a t-storm in spots Partly sunny with showers around Partly sunny with t-storms possible8766848072Winds: SSE 6-12 mph Winds: SSE 4-8 mph Winds: SSE 3-6 mph Winds: NE 7-14 mph Winds: SE 6-12 mphBlountstown 15.50 ft. 15 ft. Caryville 10.89 ft. 12 ft. Clairborne 35.10 ft. 42 ft. Century 8.73 ft. 17 ft. Coffeeville, AL 1.92 ft. 29 ft. Through 7 a.m. Sat.Apalachicola 6:22a 1:16a 10:07p 2:37p Destin 1:10a 12:43p ----West Pass 5:55a 12:49a 9:40p 2:10p Panama City 12:20a 12:04p ----Port St. Joe 11:58p 12:44p ----Okaloosa Island --11:49a ----Milton 3:23a 3:04p ----East Bay 2:27a 2:34p ----Pensacola 1:43a 1:17p ----Fishing Bend 2:24a 2:08p ----The Narrows 3:20a 4:08p ----Carrabelle 4:57a 12:24p 8:42p 11:52pForecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. 2018FirstFullLastNew Oct 16Oct 24Oct 31Nov 7Sunrise today ........... 6:43 a.m. Sunset tonight .......... 6:13 p.m. Moonrise today ...... 11:55 a.m. Moonset today ....... 10:33 p.m. Today Mon. Today Mon.Clearwater 90/77/s 89/77/pc Daytona Beach 87/75/pc 88/73/pc Ft. 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Today Mon.Albuquerque 65/35/r 44/34/c Anchorage 49/38/pc 45/42/r Atlanta 80/63/pc 84/66/pc Baltimore 62/54/pc 73/52/sh Birmingham 84/66/pc 85/62/c Boston 59/46/s 64/49/c Charlotte 68/58/sh 80/65/c Chicago 57/38/c 48/32/pc Cincinnati 56/52/r 58/35/r Cleveland 61/49/c 59/39/r Dallas 79/44/sh 46/43/r Denver 26/12/sn 41/22/s Detroit 59/46/c 54/35/pc Honolulu 86/74/pc 85/75/pc Houston 90/73/pc 77/59/r Indianapolis 59/49/c 52/33/r Kansas City 50/31/r 47/29/pc Las Vegas 72/49/s 70/52/s Los Angeles 75/59/s 80/57/s Memphis 75/63/r 65/47/r Milwaukee 54/36/c 48/33/pc Minneapolis 42/30/pc 44/35/s Nashville 70/64/r 68/49/r New Orleans 88/76/pc 87/76/pc New York City 59/52/s 68/50/sh Oklahoma City 58/36/sh 48/38/c Philadelphia 61/53/pc 71/51/sh Phoenix 75/61/pc 78/59/s Pittsburgh 57/49/c 60/36/r St. Louis 60/41/r 50/36/sh Salt Lake City 48/29/s 51/33/s San Antonio 88/58/t 61/49/r San Diego 72/61/pc 79/59/s San Francisco 75/55/s 77/52/s Seattle 65/44/s 65/45/s Topeka 50/30/r 49/28/pc Tucson 71/54/pc 74/55/pc Wash., DC 64/58/pc 74/54/shMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Gulf Temperature: 82 Today: Wind north-northeast at 6-12 knots. Seas 2 feet or less. Visibility clear. Wind eastnortheast 6-12 knots. Seas 2 feet or less. Clear. Tomorrow: Wind from the east-southeast at 7-14 knots. Seas 1-3 feet. Visibility generally unrestricted.Mostly sunny today. Winds east 4-8 mph. Clear tonight. Winds light and variable.High/low ......................... 81/61 Last year's high/low ....... 89/74 Normal high/low ............. 82/61 Record high ............. 90 (2002) Record low ............... 44 (1977)24 hours through 4 p.m. .. 0.00" Month to date .................. 3.28" Normal month to date ....... 1.77" Year to date ................... 45.88" Normal year to date ....... 50.76" Average humidity .............. 64%through 4 p.m. yesterdayHigh/low ......................... 82/64 Last year's high/low ....... 91/77 Normal high/low ............. 80/64 Record high ............. 94 (1982) Record low ............... 38 (2000)24 hours through 4 p.m. .. 0.00" Month to date ................... 2.01" Normal month to date ...... 2.10" Year to date .................... 47.28" Normal year to date ........ 51.43" Average humidity .............. 57%PANAMA CITY Port St. Joe Apalachicola Tallahassee Perry Quincy Monticello Marianna Chipley DeFuniak Springs Pensacola FORT WALTON BEACH Crestview Destin Carrabelle Mobile Bainbridge ValdostaFLORIDA CITIESCity Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W WORLD CITIESCity Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W NATIONAL CITIESCity Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W TODAY FIVE DAY FORECAST FOR NORTHWEST FLORIDAHigh LowREGIONAL WEATHERWeather(W): ssunny, pcpartly cloudy, ccloudy, shshowers, tthunderstorms, rrain, sfsnow Â” urries, snsnow, iice. Shown is todayÂs weather. Temperatures are todayÂs highs and tonightÂs lows.Shown are todayÂs noon postions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.TIDESMARINE FORECASTBEACH FLAG WARNINGSThe higher the AccuWeather.com UV IndexÂ’ number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme10 a.m.Noon2 p.m.4 p.m.UV INDEX TODAYALMANACSUN AND MOON MOON PHASESRIVER LEVELS Offshore Northwest Florida Flood Level StageApalachicola Choctawhatchee Alabama Escambia Tombigbee Temperatures PrecipitationPanama CityTemperatures PrecipitationFort Walton Beach
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** A10 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Jim ThompsonGateHouse Media FloridaTYNDALL AFB Â„ Relief and recovery supplies have been coming in to the base as the installation, devastated by Hurricane Michael, works to re-emerge from the rubble.A team of Special Tac-tics airmen from Hurlburt Field, specially trained to open airfields, opened a runway Thursday at Tyn-dall Air Force Base. Six minutes after the runway was cleared at 7 p.m., the first aircraft to land at Tyndall since the hurricane blew through Wednesday was on the ground at the base. The first planes into Tyndall were two CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft loaded with relief supplies and additional Special Tactics personnel."Once the airfield was established, three MC-130H Combat Talon IIs from the 15th Special Operations Squadron (based at Hurl-burt Field) were rerouted to Tyndall during their return from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, where they sought shelter during the storm," according to a Friday news release from the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field.The three aircraft "landed personnel and equipment to restore com-munications and assist in search, rescue and recovery efforts, before returning to Hurlburt Field," according to the news release.On Friday, 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft returned to Tyndall, flying in with a mobile kitchen which will be operated by airmen assigned to the 823rd Red Horse Squadron, an engineering and repair unit from Hurlburt Field."Additionally, some members of Team Tyndall who stayed behind during Hurricane Michael to perform emergency man-agement functions were flown to Hurlburt Field aboard a C-146 assigned to the 492nd Special Operations Wing, where they will have warm food, access to clean water and safe lodging," according to the 1st SOW news release.In addition to the Hurlburt Field aircraft, response forces from the Air Force's Air Mobility Command at Travis Air Force Base in California have landed at Tyndall, bringing in two large C-17 transport jets loaded with equipment, supplies and personnel to help re-initiate air traffic and begin rebuilding the base.Hurlburt's Special Tactics airmen will con-tinue to play a crucial role at Tyndall, providing air traffic control as an increasing number of aircraft are able to fly into the base, headquarters of the 325th Fighter Wing and a number of other major Air Force units.The 15-member Special Tactics team "will continue to control Tyndall's air field until conventional air traffic controllers are able to get to the area and take over the airfield operations," according to an email from Lt. Jaclyn Pienkowski, public affairs advisor at Hurlburt's 24th Special Operations Wing, part of the Air Force Spe-cial Operations Command.Relief and recovery supplies coming to TyndallHurlburt Field, Travis AFB among rst bases to help in recovery e ortsThis photograph, taken from inside the cabin of a C-17 transport from CaliforniaÂs Travis Air Force Base, shows some of the extensive damage at Tyndall AFB, which was virtually destroyed after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. A runway was cleared at Tyndall on Thursday, and since then, relief and recovery supplies and personnel have been coming into the base. [TECH. SGT. LILIANA MORENO/U.S. AIR FORCE] Recovery equipment is off-loaded at Tyndall Air Force Base from an Air Force transport jet. Special Tactics airmen from Hurlburt Field cleared a runway at the devastated base, and relief supplies and personnel have been coming in since Thursday, the day after Tyndall took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. [TECH. SGT. LILIANA MORENO/U.S. AIR FORCE] Aircrew members with the 15th Special Operations Squadron load cargo onto an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field on Friday. Various units from Hurlburt Field provided relief to Tyndall Air Force Base following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, one of the most intense hurricanes ever to hit the United States [SENIOR AIRMAN RACHEL YATES/U.S. AIR FORCE]
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** A12 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldRuss Bynum The Associated PressMEXICO BEACH, Fla. Â„ Tom Garcia watched in terror as fingers of water pushed inland across the beach and began filling up his home. His wife handed him a drill and Garcia used screws to pin his front and back door shut. But soon the storm surge from Hurricane Michael was up to his chest. His dogs sat on his bed as it floated. He said it took all of his strength to hold his sliding door shut as the waters outside the glass rose higher than those flooding the house. ÂIt was life or death,ÂŽ Garcia said through tears Friday as he walked amid the destruction in Mexico Beach. Michael was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall in the U.S., and this Gulf Coast community of about 1,000 people was in its bullseye Wednes-day. While most residents fled ahead of the stormÂs arrival, others stayed to face the hurricane. They barely escaped as homes were smashed from their foundations, neighborhoods got submerged, and broken boards, sheet metal and other debris flew through the air. Hector Morales, a 57-year-old restaurant cook, never even thought about evacuating. He grew up in Puerto Rico, where he said Âyou learn how to survive a storm.ÂŽ His mobile home isnÂt on the beach. But the canal lined with boat docks behind his home quickly overflowed as the hurricane came inland. Soon, Morales said, his mobile home started floating. ÂThe water kept coming so fast, it started coming in from everywhere,ÂŽ he said as he sat outside on a broken set of stairs lying atop a mattress and other storm debris. ÂI had about 3 feet of water in my house. ThatÂs when I decided to jump.ÂŽ He got through a window of his home on to the top of his car outside when Morales saw two neighbors wading through the rushing surge. He swam out and grabbed a utility pole, then reached out and helped steady the wading couple. They fought their way onto a fishing boat that had been tied to a palm tree and climbed inside. Morales left his neigh-bors in a bathroom below the boatÂs deck, while he sat in the captainÂs chair. He said they stayed in the boat for six hours before the winds calmed and the surge receded. ÂI lost everything Â„ my clothes, wallet, credit cards,ÂŽ he said. ÂBut I made it.ÂŽ Bill Shockey, 86, refused when his daugh-ter pleaded with him to leave Mexico Beach. He said he didnÂt want to leave behind his collection of ÂGone with the WindÂŽ dishes and antique dolls. So he stashed those valuables up high in a closet before heading to his daughterÂs newly built two-story home next door. With a pocket full of cigars and his cat named Andy, Shockey watched the hurricane roll in from an upstairs bedroom. The wind shredded the roof of his single-story home. Water rose nearly to the top of his garage door. A neighborÂs home across the street got shoved off its foundation. Was he scared? ÂWor-ried, I think, is more like it,ÂŽ Shockey said. His daughterÂs home took in some floodwa-ters downstairs, but was otherwise unscathed. ShockeyÂs own home of 24 years didnÂt fare so well, though his collect-ibles survived. ÂItÂs a wipe out,ÂŽ he said, adding that he plans to sell his property rather than rebuild. ÂWhenever they want, IÂm going to move in with my son in Georgia.ÂŽ For years, Hal Summers has managed Killer Seafood, a Mexico Beach restaurant known for its tuna tacos. Michael destroyed the eatery as well as SummersÂ townhome on the beach. Summers rode out the storm at his parentÂs house nearby. They had evacuated, but an elderly friend was staying there and Summers promised to watch him. Summers knew they had to get out when, about 30 minutes after the storm made landfall, water surging into the homeÂs kitchen rose up to his neck. He opened the front door and fell in deeper when he tried to step onto front stairs that had washed away. Summers said his parents recently added a large, outdoor bathroom onto their home and he saw the door was open. The large sink was still above the water. He grabbed a bench that was floating by, and shoved it into the open bathroom to give them something to stand on. Then he helped the elderly man inside. ÂI knew we could sit on the sink or we could stand on the sink if we had to,ÂŽ Summers said. ÂI had to hold the door shut or it would just keep flooding. There was a little crack and I could just see everything flying. I thought, ÂOh my God.ÂÂŽ They never had to stand on the bathroom sink. Finally, the flood-ing receded. While Garcia and his wife survived the hurricaneÂs wrath, he was out Friday searching for his daughter and mother. Kristen Garcia, 32, and her 90-year-old grandmother, Jadwiga Garcia, were staying in a second-floor beachfront apartment Wednesday as the storm came ashore. Garcia said his daughter called him to say the apartment was flooding and they had taken shel-ter in the bathroom. He hadnÂt seen them in the two days since the storm passed, and hadnÂt been able to gain access to their apartment. ÂIt was life or deathÂ: Face-to-face with MichaelÂs fury in Mexico BeachHector Morales sits on a debris pile near his home which was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach on, Friday, Oct. 12. ÂI have nothing else to do. IÂm just waiting,ÂŽ said Morales as he wonders what he will do next. ÂI lost everything.ÂŽ [PHOTOS BY DAVID GOLDMAN / AP ] Hector Morales sits on a debris pile near his home which was dest royed by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, on Friday, Oct. 12. ÂI have nothing else to do. IÂm just waiting,ÂŽ said Morales as he wonders what he will do next. ÂI lost everything.ÂŽ
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 A13By Mike SchneiderThe Associated PressORLANDO Â„ "Scareactor" Laura Law once frightened a patron so badly at Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights that the woman peed in her pants.Graceful and mild-mannered, the 31-year-old actress didn't come across as someone who could have such an effect when she arrived recently for her transfor-mation into the Wicked Witch of the West for the 28th year of Univer-sal Orlando's celebration of all-things-horror. Law has been a "scare-actor" for five years.She was already in her purple tights and black dress, her red-hair was in a ponytail and her green contact lenses were in by the time she plopped down in a makeup chair. A black smock protected her dress as makeup designer Eric Garcia prepared to work his cos-metic witchcraft on her pale face."It's fun to be creepy and scary, right?" she said.Halloween Horror Nights is an all-handson-deck affair at the Orlando, Florida theme park resort, as well as at Universal theme parks in California, Japan and Singapore. This year, the Orlando Halloween celebration will have 10 haunted houses, several recalling slasher films or pop culture from the 1980s, including a house modeled after the Netflix hit TV show, "Stranger Things."Halloween Horror Nights lasts for 36 nights, but it's planned for more than a year. Each haunted house is a small, temporary attraction, elaborately designed and themed, built with stu-dious attention to details and populated with "scare-actors" who chase but never touch the thou-sands of patrons passing through each night. This year's Halloween celebration opened in mid-September."I don't think anybody does it bigger or better than we do," said Patrick Braillard, creative devel-opment show director at Universal Orlando.In the makeup chair, Garcia applied glue to Law's face. Next came a rubbery prosthetic that Garcia placed over her nose and forehead. Its whiteness gave her a "Phantom of the Opera" look and its shape gave her a hook nose and textured skin. Garcia then placed on a white, pointed chin prosthetic and started painting her face with white and flesh colors using a small sponge. He painted on black eyebrows and small wrinkles with a tiny brush. She said, "People don't think it's a real thing, but you can smell the fear in people a little bit."Law, who doesn't like to be scared herself, smelled the fear of the woman she made have an accident one year while working in one of the "scare zones," areas in the parks outside of the haunted houses where performers roam around giving jolts of fright to passers-by. Law casually walked up to the woman and the woman freaked out, run-ning away. Law spotted the woman a short time later on a bench, walked up next to her and just stood there. The woman ran away again. Later, the husband came up to Law's supervisor and told her the actress had made his wife pee in her pants."I was like 'Yessss!'" she said. "I didn't mean to. It was such an easy scare."In the "ScaryTales" haunted house where Law is working this year, she is the center of a plot that has the Wicked Witch of the West seizing control of the fairy tales and giving tortured fates to storybook characters such as Humpty Dumpty, who is found splattered on the walls. She is one of the last scares in the house."By then, they're terrified and they're just ready to get out," she said.The makeup designers wanted to give the witch a regal appearance. They also tried to make it seem as if her witchcraft powers were bursting from cracks in her skin, changing her from human to witch, said Skeet Karsgaard, an assistant manager for makeup.Listening to Karsgaard as the finishing touches of her makeup were being applied, Law said it helped to hear the character's back-story. "Just for your body posture and the way you do things," she said. "Makes me realize I need to stand up taller. I'm-the-boss kind-of-thing."About 3,000 people audition to be "scareactors" each year and just under half make the cut. The "scareactors" are cast by body type; a performer playing the Demogorgon from "Stranger Things" needs to be the size of a linebacker.Four of the haunted houses share break rooms and the performers learn everything about each other during a Halloween Horror Nights season. Everything, that is, except what they really look like under layers of makeup, wigs and prosthetics.Make-up, wig, cackle: Actress becomes witch at UniversalMakeup artist Eric Garcia starts the process of turning Laura Law into a witch for Halloween Horror nights at Universal Studios in Orlando. [PHOTOS BY JOHN RAOUX/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] Laura Law sits as makeup artist Eric Garcia works his craft to turn her into a witch for Halloween Horror nights at Universal Studios.
** A14 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Savannah Evanoff315-4406 | @savannahenwfdn email@example.comEDITOR'S NOTE: Gatehouse Media Florida Staff Writer Savannah Evanoff and photographer Michael Snyder drove from Fort Walton Beach to Panama City on Friday to deliver supplies to their colleagues at the Panama City News Herald and report on the area.Along the entire drive to Panama City, Michael Snyder and I discussed how lucky we are in Fort Walton Beach to have not suffered the aftermath from Hurricane Michael.Luck seems like such a strange word to use under the circumstances. Luck couldn't possibly have anything to do with this level of devastation.As we drove through South Walton, we saw some trees had fallen but the majority of buildings incurred only minor wind damage.Each town we crossed seemed unluckier than the one before, with more trees uprooted, fences fallen and structures damaged.The first foreshadowing of what was ahead appeared with the collapsed roof of a Texaco gas station. It would only get worse.Parts of Panama City Beach still had power, and stores were openÂ„ accepting only cash. We tried to use a restroom in a store, only to realize that despite having electricity, there was no water. The grocery stores were well-stocked with non-perishables and water.We passed a couple of gas stations, with lines so long they snaked onto the streets next to them.The Hathaway Bridge from Panama City Beach to Panama City was definitely one of the distinctions between the damaged areas and those left untouched. It appeared to act as a barrier for the neighbor-hoods behind it, as some houses looked safe from the damage. Then, Panama City.The destruction was eerily precise, with perfectly intact homes and trees less than 10 yards from damaged ones. ItÂs difficult to wrap your mind around the harsh separations.Golden Chick, a fast-food restaurant in Panama City, looked the same as I imagine it did the first day the doors opened. Next door, Dunkin Donuts was less easily recognizable.In some areas, the angle of the trees even revealed the circular nature of the storm.One automobile repair shop had so many power lines, wires and insula-tion inside, it looked like the inside of a computer modem. The Panama City News Herald building was a similar sight, with no way to trudge through its crushed interior.Katie Landeck, a Panama City News Herald staff writer, said after the storm passed through, they reported from the parking lot.She assured us it got worse the farther you drove into Panama City. The worst damage she had seen in the Panama City area was in Callaway, which appeared to be hit the hardest.More trees were on the ground than in it. Some parted homes, and others crushed the cars beneath them. ÂPanama City might not have shade for 50 years,ÂŽ Landeck said.The most pressing issue for people right now is communication, Landeck said. She could only com-municate through Twitter and Google Hangouts on her phone. Verizon cellphone towers were down, so many people couldnÂt reach their families and friends or request help, she said.Because of communica-tion issues, Landeck was able to help connect the Springfield mayor with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the first time after the hurricane, she said.LandeckÂs home was windowless, but still intact. One of her coworkers was not so lucky; she wonÂt return to her home, Lan-deck said.One mobile home in the area where we dropped off supplies was missing an entire wall. The recliner and lamp were visible from the street, giving it the appear-ance of a living room set for a TV sitcom. This shred of normalcy seemed out of place amid the forest of broken trees that used to be a neighborhood.Joe Burgoyne was at the Panama City News Herald, assisting Phoenix Restoration with mitiga-tion in the area.ÂI went to Tyndall (Air Force Base) yesterday,ÂŽ Burgoyne said. ÂIt looked like a precision air strike Âƒ it looked like 100 tornadoes.ÂŽWe were only able to talk to a few people in Panama City, but the distinctions in their dispositions were as apparent as the ones noticeable amid the destruction. Some were in OK spirits, grateful to be alive.Some even had a sliver of humor left in them. Snyder photographed a sign planted atop a collapsed building that read: ÂMichael who?ÂŽSome people were devastated. One woman was standing outside the ruins of her former business, crying. It was hard to watch.Some seemed numb. They had accepted that this post-apocalyptic environ-ment was their new normal.Some had no home. Some had no workplace. They had nowhere to go.What humbled me most was the resilience of the residents and reporters in the area."It's just stuff," I heard one woman say to her family.None of the staff writers at the Panama City News Herald asked us to take them back with us. Their reporting wasnÂt done.One of my friends from college reports for a TV news station in Panama City. I texted her to ask if she needed anything, and she firmly (but sweetly) denied wanting any help. Why? There were people who needed it more, she said.A ride through the aftermath of Hurricane MichaelA sign alludes to a joke out front of a house in Panama City on Friday, October 12. Hurricane Michael roared into the beach town on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, causing extensive damage and power outages. [PHOTOS BY MICHAEL SNYDER/DAILY NEWS] Good samaritans ride through streets in Panama City on, Friday, October12, distributing water to anyone who needs it in the hurricane stricken areas of the city.
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 A15By Savannah Evanoff315-4406 | @savannahenwfdn firstname.lastname@example.orgChris McCauley loves his grandma.He loves Dorothy Rose Hodge so much, he drove and walked through the outskirts of Hurricane MichaelÂs terror and after-math to make sure she was safe Â„ with the help of a Good Samaritan at every turn. Hodge was a patient at Sea Breeze Health Care in Panama City.ÂWhen I got there, I went and I hugged her and sat and held her hand,ÂŽ McCauley said. ÂOne of the first things we did was try to get a picture of her and send it to our family.ÂŽMcCauley was in the Fort Walton Beach and Niceville area during the first part of the storm, but when he saw beach cameras displaying the storm zeroing in on Panama City, he had to get to his grandmother.McCauley and his wife, Elizabeth McNamara, drove down Highway 20, until reaching a point where one tree blocked the entire road, and they couldnÂt move it.ÂWe couldnÂt do any-thing, then this guy pulled up behind us in a Chevy truck with a tow strap,ÂŽ McCauley said. ÂHe would hook up the tow strap and we would sit there and pull it until it got out of the way until we got to the next one Âƒ Every time, he would wait on us and make sure we got through Highway 20.ÂŽThe unnamed man who helped them plow through the highway was headed to Tyndall Air Force Base to reach his loved ones.McCauley and his wife later crossed paths with another man who was using his chainsaw to cut an 8-foot path in the road for cars to get through, McCauley said.Once they reached the junction at U.S. Highway 77 and U.S. Highway 390 in Lynn Haven, the road conditions wouldnÂt allow them to drive farther. The two began using their alternate means for transportationÂ„ their feet.After a 10-mile trek Wednesday, the two were a mile away from his grandmotherÂs facility when the police stopped them.ÂWe had made it all the way across town,ÂŽ McCau-ley said. ÂWe were almost there, then they decided to put on a mandatory curfew and they wouldnÂt let us get past the last intersection to my grandmaÂs place.ÂŽA family offered them a place to stay.ÂThey fed us, gave us water,ÂŽ McCauley said. ÂThey were exponentially helpful. As soon as curfew lifted, they gave us a ride as far as they could make it toward the nursing home. We took back onto foot.ÂŽThursday morning, they were among the first people to arrive at the healthcare facility, where many people were bedridden or wheelchair-bound.ÂThe first thing we heard from those people was, ÂAre you here to rescue us?ÂÂŽ McCauley said. ÂNo one had a chainsaw. Unfor-tunately, we were just people. Number one, we were there for Grandma, and number two, we didnÂt have a truck or anything to get people out with."ÂWe didnÂt know what we were walking into,ÂŽ he said.A man stopped on the way to his own family and friends at another nursing home and used a chainsaw to cut trees around the facility.ÂI donÂt know his name, but heÂs a damn good person,ÂŽ McCauley said.The facilityÂs residents waited all day for buses to evacuate patients Â„ including Hodge Â„ to alternate locations in Destin, Pensacola and Crestview. But, there were 15 patients left when the dusk curfew took effect.ÂThose were the ones that were hardest to move, the ones that were bedridden,ÂŽ McCauley said. ÂWhat wouldÂve hap-pened? I just went to make sure my grandma was safe and leave. But, when you go and you see it, you canÂt leave."ÂYou canÂt leave people behind,ÂŽ he said.McCauley and McNamara, along with a few staff members and volun-teers, stayed until the last resident was transported to an alternative facility with their medications and medical charts. They loaded patients from their bed into shower gurneys and from there into the back of a van.Niceville residents help evacuate bed-ridden patients
** A16 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Collin Breaux News Herald Staff WriterPANAMA CITY Â„ Despite not having two walls, Saint Andrew United Methodist Church planned to hold Sunday services, just days after Hurricane Michael went through the city.ÂWeÂll have worship service on Sunday some-where,ÂŽ said John Blount, the churchÂs senior pastor. ÂNot in the sanctuary, but (weÂll) probably set up chairs outside. WeÂll be proclaiming God is good all the time.ÂŽBlount has been at the church since Tuesday night, the evening before the full force of Hurri-cane Michael hit the city. He and about two dozen church members rode out the storm in the church.ÂA 250-year-old oak tree came down,ÂŽ he said.The severity of Hurricane Michael came as a surprise to many in Panama City, according to Blount.ÂPeople who went to bed thinking weÂre going to have a Category 3 (hurricane) woke up to a Category 4,ÂŽ Blount said.Because he stayed at the church, Blount has thus far only been able to see his own home from some dis-tance away, but the news for him has been mostly good.ÂThe house is intact,ÂŽ he said, although there is a tree on top of it and the rest of the trees in the yard are down.ÂMainly, the house is good,ÂŽ he said. ÂMy neigh-bors are good. Everyone I talked to is good.ÂŽDuring a recent interview, Blount clearly retained some sense of shock at the damage brought by the hurricane. But heÂs also grateful, he said, particularly for the fact that his congregation is safe.Blount took time to advise people who evacu-ated the area in advance of the hurricane to stay away until recovery efforts are further along than they are now.Also, Blount thanked people who have been involved in the recovery effort. He also praised people who rode out the storm and have since spent time helping each other as the community works to come back from Hurricane Michael.That work, Blount said, is a testament to the spirit of the people of Bay County.St. Andrew United Methodist plans Sunday servicePortions of the walls and ceiling are missing at the St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Oct.11 in Panama City. [PATTI BLAKE/NEWS HERALD] Despite severe damage, Panama City church will meet
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B1By Tina Harbuck315-4466 | @DestinLogTina email@example.comFrom clearing a path or sharing a home or a meal, the people in Bay County are making the best of an over-whelming situation left by the wrath of Hurricane Michael.Here are the stories from a few of folks around the area. Pipeline Road resident Â„ Josey FreemanJosey Freeman, 30, was taking a breather standing alongside what was left of his chain link fence after pulling out trees to clear the road into his neighborhood off Pipeline Road.ÂWe got out here and pulled off the trees as soon as we could ... snatching them out,ÂŽ with his truck, Freeman said.Freeman, who lives at the corner of Country Lake and Amanda Circle, rode out Hur-ricane Michael in his mobile home along with his girlfriend, dad, dog Chance and six cats.ÂI grew up in St. Joe, so I was used to hurricanes,ÂŽ he said.He stayed up and watched the news the night before and it looked as if the storm was going to go more east.But by the time they realized it was up to a Category 4 storm and it wasnÂt a good idea to stay, it was too late to evacuate.ÂIt was bad when it first started blowing ... it was the worst,ÂŽ Freeman said.ÂThere were times you couldnÂt see out the windows. It was like a whiteout,ÂŽ he said.They threw the dogs and six cats in the bathroom and they hunkered down.ÂIt felt like the Wizard of Oz Âƒ like the whole house would just lift off,ÂŽ Freeman said.ÂIÂve been through it, but never again.ÂŽSince his home didnÂt take off with the wind, and his damage is not as bad as some, mostly just shingles off the house and fence, heÂs work-ing on clearing out the road.Next project is to hook up the pump to the generator and get some water flowing.ÂHopefully I can take a shower tonight,ÂŽ he said. Transmitter Road Â„ Spring eld Community ChurchÂGod helped us, so weÂre not going to turn them down,ÂŽ Kenetha Pitts, wife of Pastor Eddie Pitts of Spring-field Community Church off Transmitter Road, said as she stirred the huge pot of vege-table soup.The long-standing church, founded by the Rev. J.W. Hunt, had a table set up out-side Friday to serve up food and water to whoever was in need. Pitts said God helped them by answering a prayer in just a matter of minutes.She said they had been cooking and had to ration it out because there were a lot of people to feed and she was worried about running out of water. So they stopped and prayed and decided to share what they had with whoever was in need.And in a matter of about 15 minutes a car from Mississippi drove up with a trunk and backseat full of cases of water and diapers. ÂHe came through and just unloaded on us,ÂŽ Pitts said.ÂSo if we share, God will take care of us ... and he did,ÂŽ she added.But before they set up the tables to share food, Pitts and her husband started to ride out the hurricane in the parsonage beside the church.ÂIt started shaking, so we ran over to the church because the roof started falling in,ÂŽ Pitts said.ÂWeÂve been through storms ... but it was terrifying,ÂŽ noting that they had been through Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.ÂBut we just prayed and trusted God,ÂŽ she said.They found table in the corner in the church.ÂThen I thought it (the church) was going to collapse. ... It felt like the walls were breathing,ÂŽ Pitts said.But they made it through and have literally been serv-ing the community since then.From corn dogs to vegetable soup and whatever else, ÂWeÂve been right here helping our people and feeding people,ÂŽ she said. Callaway Â„ Fox AvenueThey had decided to stay, but the biggest decision during the storm was trying to figure out which room to Stories from the stormBay County residents recount how they dealt with Hurricane MichaelJosey Freeman has lived off Pipeline Road for four years, but said he will not stay for another hurricane of the magnitude of M ichael. [PHOTOS BY TINA HARBUCK/GATEHOUSE MEDIA] Kenetha Pitts, wife of Pastor Eddie Pitts of SpringÂ“ eld Community Church, helped serve up soup and more to the hungry on Friday. See STORIES, B2Destiny Kenny (background) takes a break from digging through debris while her children Charlie and Cali play.
** B2 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldMeikeila Johnson was happy to have the boxed lunches the Salvation Army offered Friday in the Walmart parking lot on Tyndall Pa rkway. [TINA HARBUCK/GATEHOUSE MEDIA] get in as Michael made his presence known.Destiny Kenny along with her husband Thomas, their three chil-dren Â„ Charlie, Bryson and Cali Â„ and her 90-year-old grandfa-ther rode out the storm in their home Wednesday.ÂIt was so scary. ... I had this baby in my lap the whole time,ÂŽ Destiny said of 18-month old Charlie.ÂWe couldnÂt figure out which room to get in,ÂŽ she said.They started out in the laundry room, and then moved from one bedroom to another before they finally just crawled up under a mattress.ÂThe wind was so loud you couldnÂt hear the trees snapping,ÂŽ Thomas said. ÂAt one point we could see the eye,ÂŽ Destiny said.She said it was calm for about 30 minutes, which gave them time to change bedrooms.ÂThen it came again, 10 times worse,ÂŽ Destiny said. But they survived.ÂWeÂve been trying to clean up all the debris, rationing out food and trying to stay hydrated,ÂŽ she said.ÂWeÂre going to stay until we know what to do,ÂŽ she added.The Kennys have family flying in from Atlanta. ÂWeÂre going to be swap-ping grandchildren for supplies,ÂŽ Destiny said jokingly.Their house sustained water damage but is livable.ÂWe were lucky the trees fell the other way,ÂŽ Thomas said. Salvation Army Stop Â„ Meikeila JohnsonWalking to the car with six Styrofoam boxes filled with chips and a sandwich courtesy of the Salvation Army set up in the Walmart parking lot on Tyndall Parkway, Meikeila Johnson was thankful for the food, not knowing if she even has a job to go back to.Johnson, 33, a mother of three ranging from 7 to 13 years old, lives in the St. Andrews neighborhood of Panama City but decided to ride out Hurricane Michael with her brother on Southgay Avenue in Calloway. She said she was afraid to stay in her home because it was on a slope near the water.ÂAnd thank God we stayed with him,ÂŽ she said. A tree had fallen on her home and about a foot of water had gotten in it.ÂThis is the most devastating thing IÂve ever been through. I literally freaked out. ... I had a panic attack,ÂŽ she said. But Johnson finally got her wits about her, know-ing she had three children to care for.The family was fine at her brother's in Callaway. They are still staying with him.ÂWeÂre a family of seven now in a twobedroom apartment,ÂŽ Johnson said.ÂBut that was a blessing. and thank God for it.ÂŽShe said that although the water had receded from her home in St. Andrews, she can smell mold.ÂIÂd rather sleep on the floor than put my kids through that. I just thankful we all have our lives,ÂŽ Johnson said.The next step is to find a job. She said she worked for a convenience store that was badly damaged in the storm.ÂItÂs hard to do when you have no phone or gas,ÂŽ she said.ÂBut when youÂre a mother, you do whatever it takes.ÂŽ Cedar Grove Mobile Home Park Â„ East AvenueSitting in a lawn chair, Suzanne Buholtz looked at the massive bruise on her arm. She wasnÂt exactly sure how she got it.But from the looks of whatÂs left of the threebedroom mobile home where she and Michael Nelson rode out Michael, itÂs not surprising sheÂs a bit black and blue.ÂWe huddled in my room and watched the roof fly off, then the walls started caving in,ÂŽ Buholtz said.ÂOne nail at a time,ÂŽ Nelson chimed in.ÂIt was the most horrendous wind,ÂŽ Buholtz added.When the storm finally passed, they just walked out through the walls.Since then, Buholtz and Nelson have been digging through the rubble and sleeping under the stars.Nelson said East Avenue didnÂt look much better.ÂIt reminded me of Vietnam ... looking down East Avenue with all the trees down,ÂŽ he said.In the meantime, Nelson has contacted the Federal Emergency Man-agement Agency about their dire situation.ÂThey asked me some crazy questions, like can it be fixed. I said, ÂI think itÂs totaled,' ÂŽ Nelson said. Still, they have hope.ÂWeÂve still got good spirits,ÂŽ Buholtz said.ÂI survived Vietnam. I can survive anything,ÂŽ Nelson said. STORIESFrom Page B1Suzanne Buholtz and Michael Nelson stand behind their mobile home on East Avenue in Panama City. [TINA HARBUCK/GATEHOUSE MEDIA] The signs says it all for Michael Nelson and Suzanne Buholtz, who survived Hurricane Michael in their threebedroom mobile home. [TINA HARBUCK/GATEHOUSE MEDIA]
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B3By Dan JolingThe Associated PressANCHORAGE, Alaska Â„ Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus moth-ers most often choose ice.Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, thereÂs going to be far less ice around.How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of a legal fight over whether walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them an added protection against human encroachments.The federal govern-ment in 2008 listed polar bears as a threatened species because of dimin-ished sea ice brought on by climate warming. That year the Center for Biological Diversity peti-tioned to do the same for walruses.However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service con-cluded in October 2017 that walruses are adapt-ing and no one has proven that they ÂneedÂŽ sea ice.ÂIt is unknown whether Pacific walruses can give birth, conduct their nurs-ing during immediate post-natal care period, or complete courtship on land,ÂŽ said Justice Department lawyers in defending the decision.A federal judge in Alaska will hear the cen-terÂs lawsuit challenging the governmentÂs deci-sion not to list the walrus as threatened.Pacific walrus males grow to 12 feet (3.7 meters) long and up to 4,000 pounds (1,815 kilo-grams) Â„ more than an average midsize sedan. Females reach half that weight. Walruses dive and use sensitive whiskers to find clams and snails in dim light on the sea floor.Historically hunted for ivory tusks, meat and blubber, walruses since 1972 have been shielded by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Only Alaska Native subsis-tence hunters may legally kill them.An Endangered Species Act listing would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate criti-cal habitat for walruses and plan for their recov-ery. Federal agencies, before issuing permits for development such as offshore drilling, would be required to ensure walruses and their habitat would not be jeopardized.Inaccessibility protected walruses for decades, but a rapid decline in summer sea ice has made them vulnerable.In the Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia, where Pacific walrus females and juve-niles spend their summer, ice could be absent during that season by 2060 or sooner, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.Since 1981, an area more than double the size of Texas Â„ 610,000 square miles (1.58 million square kilometers) Â„ has become unavailable to Arctic marine mammals by summerÂs end, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.By late August, as sea ice recedes beyond the shallow continental shelf, female walruses and their calves face a choice: Stay on ice over water too deep to reach the ocean floor for feeding Â„ or come ashore for rest periods, where the smallest animals can be crushed in stampedes triggered by a hunter, airplane or bear.More open water already has meant more ship traffic. Walruses also could find more humans in their habitat with a reversal of U.S. policy on Arctic offshore drilling. Former President Barack Obama permanently withdrew most Arctic waters from lease sales, but President Donald Trump in April 2017 announced he was reversing Obama, a deci-sion being challenged in court. The administra-tionÂs proposed five-year offshore leasing plan includes sales in the Chukchi Sea.Designating walruses as threatened would mean oil exploration companies would have to consult with federal wildlife officials to make sure drill rigs donÂt endanger the ani-mals. However, TrumpÂs Interior and Commerce departments in July proposed administrative changes to the species law that would end automatic protections for threatened plants and animals and set limits on designating habitat as crucial to recovery.Walruses are notoriously difficult to count Â„ and population estimates range widely. A preliminary one in 2017 put the number at 283,213, with the caveat that it could be as low as 93,000 or as high as 478,975.The array of stresses and uncertainty about the walrusesÂ future are enough evidence for list-ing them as threatened, the Center for Biological Diversity argues.In the last decade, walruses that gathered on shores have suffered hundreds of stampede deaths, and the loss of ice floes has pushed them away from feeding areas, said Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the nonprofit conservation group.ÂTheyÂre not adapting. TheyÂre suffering,ÂŽ Wolf said.Scientists advising the Fish and Wildlife Service say the answer is not so clear cut, and much is unknown about how sea ice loss will affect walruses.Chad Jay of the U.S. Geological Survey said itÂs unknown, for exam-ple, why female walruses give birth on ice instead of land.ÂOne of the thoughts is that ... thereÂs more protection for the young from predators,ÂŽ he said. ÂTheyÂre offshore, and itÂs a cleaner envi-ronment, too, for giving birth. But those are hypotheses that are dif-ficult to prove.ÂŽA nursing walrus needs to consume more than 7,800 clams per day, according to a federal assessment. And summer is the usual time for animals to fatten up.When ice melted in alarming quantities, forcing females and their calves to shore in herds as large as 40,000, government scientists in 2008 tagged and tracked walruses to see how the changes affected their feeding.They learned that females, forced to rest on beaches instead of ice, were still visiting their favorite feeding areas. However, the longer swims drew down fat reserves critical for lactating.The walruses should be fine, the study concluded, if they can replace calories with additional feeding in winter, but whether thatÂs happening is unknown. Undernourished females produce smaller offspring less likely to survive. The declining size of polar bear cubs in the southern Beaufort Sea was a factor in the decision to list them as threatened.Endangered species law does not require perfect science to dem-onstrate adverse effects, Wolf said. When thereÂs uncertainty, she said, the benefit of the doubt goes to the species.There have been previous geological time periods when walruses experienced a lack of sea ice, said Jay.ÂMaybe they can get through that sort of an environment. Maybe they canÂt,ÂŽ he said. ÂNo one really knows.ÂŽAs sea ice melts, agency says harm to walruses not provenThis Sept. 19, 2013, photo shows a female PaciÂ“ c walrus resting in Point Lay, Alaska. [RYAN KINGSBERY/U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** B4 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Gisela Salomon,The Associated PressMIAMI Â„ A dozen Venezuelan doctors volunteered to join the USNS Comfort as the Navy hospital ship visits three South American countries that are strug-gling to cope with a flood of migrants from crisis-wracked Venezuela.The doctors all live in the United States, but they wanted to help fellow Venezuelans who have fled widespread shortages of food and medicine amid an economic collapse that has pushed millions of people into poverty.ÂThis is like a BandAidÂŽ that will provide only temporary relief, said Dr. Marco Bologna, a cardiologist who now lives in Florida, where he is a member of the Vene-zuelan American Medical Association. ÂBut it is the right thing to do and it helps us to do something for our country.ÂŽThe Comfort has been described as a threat by VenezuelaÂs socialist government and it will not visit that country during its 11-week tour of Latin America. The ship sailed from Norfolk, Vir-ginia, on Thursday.It will spend several days at two Colombian ports one of which is just a one-hour drive from the border with Venezuela. The ship will also dock at ports in Ecuador and Peru, two other nations that are now home to hundreds of thousands of struggling Venezuelans. It will wrap up its tour in the Central American country of Honduras.U.S. officials said the itinerary was designed with several local needs in mind, including the plight of Venezuelan migrants who are desperately seeking health care. A report published this month by a group of Venezuelan civil society groups estimated 20,000 doctors have left Ven-ezuela since 2012. ÂEach of the countries that we will spot was closely consulted. We have worked closely with them to ensure that we are providing the right care, at the right time, and at the right loca-tions,ÂŽ said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Poul-lin, director of operations at the U.S. Southern Command. ÂObviously one of the factors that we considered was the Venezuelan crisis and the opportunity to treat Venezuelan migrants.ÂŽAccording to the United Nations, 1.9 mil-lion Venezuelans have left their country since 2015. The most recent migrants have little money for transport and many have been trying to reach their destinations on foot, in perilous journeys that can take several weeks.The Venezuelan Amer-ican Medical Association said it has been working with the Southern Com-mand for several months to prepare the mission. It said more than 1,000 civilian doctors applied to serve on the ship, but there were spots for only a dozen volunteers on board the vessel, whose crew of 300 is made up mostly of Navy personnel.One of the applicants who got left out was Gabriel Pinedo, a Ven-ezuelan doctor who now delivers mail in Orlando, Florida, because he hasnÂt been able to have his degree validated in the United States.Pinedo said he is currently applying for asylum in the U.S. and his lawyer told him that it would not be wise to leave the country. ÂIt is frustrating not to be able to go,ÂŽ he said. ÂI already saw myself there.ÂŽThe Comfort is equipped to attend to 750 patients a day during its South American journey and doctors on the ship will be able to perform 20 surgeries a day.The shipÂs visit to South America comes just weeks after the U.S. put financial sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas MaduroÂs wife. President Donald Trump has described Maduro as a dictator and said that Âall optionsÂŽ are on the table when it comes to restoring democracy in Venezuela, including military intervention.VenezuelaÂs government allowed a Chinese hospital ship to visit the country in September, but it has refused humanitarian aid from Western countries, arguing that such offers are just ploys for meddling in the countryÂs affairs.Venezuelan doctors on US Navy mission to help compatriotsSeveral members of the board of directors of the Venezuelan American Medical Association (VAMA) Â„ Dr. Rafael Gottenger, Dr. Marco Bologna, Dr. Belen Esparis, Dr. Pedro Morales and Dr. Simon Angeli Â„ pose for a photo in Miami. VAMA is joining a U.S. humanitarian mission to Colombia to assist Venezuelan refugees. [GISELA SALOMON/MIAMI HERALD] The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is seen in 2010. It has docked on ColombiaÂs Caribbean coast to assist in treating thousands of Venezuelan refugees that have crossed the border. [FILE PHOTO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Mary EschThe Associated PressALBANY, N.Y. Â„ AmericaÂs recycling industry is in the dumps.A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill.Mountains of paper have piled up at sorting centers, worthless. Cities and towns that once made money on recyclables are instead paying high fees to processing plants to take them. Some financially strapped recycling processors have shut down, leaving municipal-ities with no choice but to dump or incinerate their recyclables.ÂThereÂs no market. WeÂre paying to get rid of it,ÂŽ said Ben Harvey, president of EL Harvey & Sons, which handles recyclables from about 30 communities at its sorting facility in West-borough, Massachusetts. ÂSeventy-five percent of what goes through our plant is worth nothing to negative numbers now.ÂŽIt all stems from a policy shift by China, long the worldÂs leading recyclables buyer. At the beginning of the year it enacted an anti-pollution program that closed its doors to loads of waste paper, metals or plastic unless they are 99.5 percent pure. ThatÂs an unattainable standard at U.S. single-stream recy-cling processing plants designed to churn out bales of paper or plastic that are, at best, 97 per-cent free of contaminants such as foam cups and food waste.The resulting glut of recyclables has caused prices to plummet from levels already depressed by other economic forces, including lower prices for oil, a key ingredient in plastics.The three largest publicly traded residential waste-hauling and recycling companies in North America Â„ Waste Management, Republic Services and Waste Connections Â„ reported steep drops in recycling revenues in their second-quarter financial results. Houston-based Waste Management reported its average price for recycla-bles was down 43 percent from the previous year.ÂA year ago, a bale of mixed paper was worth about $100 per ton; today we have to pay about $15 to get rid of it,ÂŽ said Richard Coupland, vice president for municipal sales at Phoenix-based Republic, which handles 75 million tons of munic-ipal solid waste and 8 million tons of recycla-bles nationwide annually. ÂSmaller recycling com-panies arenÂt able to stay in business and are shut-ting down.ÂŽKirkwood, Missouri, announced plans this summer to end curbside recycling after a St. Louis-area processing facility shut down. Officials in Rock Hill, South Carolina, were surprised to learn that recyclables collected at curbside were being dumped because of a lack of markets. Lack of markets led officials to suspend recycling programs in Gouldsboro, Maine; DeBary, Florida; Franklin, New Hampshire; and Adrian Township, Michigan. Programs have been scaled back in Flagstaff, Arizona; La Crosse, Wis-consin; and Kankakee, Illinois. Other communities are maintaining recycling programs but taking a financial hit as regional processors have raised rates to offset losses. Richland, Washington, is now paying $122 a ton for Waste Management to take its recycling. Last year the city was paid $16 a ton for the materials. Stamford, Connecticut, received $95,000 for recyclables last year. The cityÂs new contract requires it to pay $700,000.A big part of the problem, besides lower commodity prices overall, is sloppy recycling.In the early days of recycling, people had to wash bottles and cans, and sort paper, plastic, glass and metal into sep-arate bins. Now thereÂs single-stream recycling, which allows all recycla-bles to be tossed into one bin. While single-stream is efficient and customers like it, itÂs been a challenge on the contami-nation side.Market forces put recycling industry in the dumpsUnsorted recyclable refuse is ofÂ” oaded and added to a giant pile in a processing building at EL Harvey & Sons, a waste and recycling company in Westborough, Massachusetts. Recycling programs across the United States are shutting down or scaling back because of a global market crisis blamed on contamination at curbside bins. [CHARLES KRUPA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B5 The Associated PressLONDON Â„ The royal wedding of Princess Eug-enie and Jack Brooksbank was a big hit in terms of British TV viewership. ITV said Saturday that it added roughly 2.1 mil-lion viewers during its extended morning program that showed live coverage of FridayÂs wed-ding at Windsor Castle. ITV was the only U.K. broadcaster that showed the entire service live from St. GeorgeÂs Chapel. Competitors BBC and Sky News showed snippets of the wedding and the crowds thronging the streets of Windsor outside the castle. BBC blamed a failure of its voice recognition system for a subtitle that briefly referred to Euge-nieÂs Âbeautiful breastsÂŽ rather than her Âbeautiful dressÂŽ as she walked up the stairs to the chapel. Eugenie is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and ninth in line to the British throne.UK fans ocked to TV to watch Princess EugenieÂs weddingPrincess Eugenie of York, right, and Jack Brooksbank smile as they t ravel from St GeorgeÂs Chapel to Windsor Castle after their wedding at St GeorgeÂs Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, on Friday. [AP PHOTO/RUI VIEIRA] Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank after their wedding ceremony at St GeorgeÂs Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, on Friday. [JONATHAN BRADY, POOL VIA AP] BritainÂs Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St GeorgeÂs Chapel after their wedding at Windsor Castle, near London, England, on Friday. [TOBY MELVILLE, POOL VIA AP] Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, smile as they wait for the bridal procession at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St GeorgeÂs Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, on Friday. [AP PHOTO/ALASTAIR GRANT, POOL] From left, US actress Liv Tyler, her husband Dave Gardner, Kate Moss and her daughter Lila attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St GeorgeÂs Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, on Friday. [AP PHOTO/ALASTAIR GRANT, POOL] In this photo released on Saturday by Buckingham Palace, BritainÂs Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank are photographed in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle with from left, back row, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Theodora Williams, Isla Phillips, Louis De Givenchy. Front row, Mia Tindall Savannah Phillips and Maud Windsor, following their Wedding, at St GeorgeÂs Chapel, Windsor Castle on Friday. [ALEX BRAMALL/BUCKINGHAM PALACE VIA AP] In this photo released on Saturday by Buckingham Palace, BritainÂs Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank embrace, in the Scottish State Coach, upon its return to Windsor Castle following the Carriage Procession after their Wedding, at St GeorgeÂs Chapel on Friday. [ALEX BRAMALL/BUCKINGHAM PALACE VIA AP]
** B6 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy David Adlerstein Gatehouse Media Florida On Thursday morning, Franklin County Property Appraiser Rhonda Skipper set out on foot, with her nephew and grand-son in tow, to survey the damage done to water-front properties.They walked from west of the Crooked River Lighthouse all the way east to the St. James Bay golf course.By Saturday morning, with the roads cleared and the Apalachicola Regional Airport bustling with activity, their job was easier, as they took to the skies to survey the damage.But the findings were much the same.ÂItÂs bad,ÂŽ she said. ÂWeÂre going to see a huge drop in the tax rolls.ÂŽBills for property taxes for 2018, which go out in two weeks, wonÂt be affected, since those valuations were as of Jan. 1, 2018. But Skipper expects that many property owners will see their taxes plummet right along with the valuations of their homes and property.ÂSome of them could go all the way down to an unbuildable lot,ÂŽ she said.From the vantage point of the back seat of a Sirrus SR 22, donated for the job by Tallahassee attor-ney John Lockwood and piloted by Gary Settle, Skipper sized up the situ-ation from the air.On Alligator Point all the way to Bald Point on the southern tip, lots of beach erosion could be seen, as well as several homes with the roofs torn off. The surge cut through the peninsula in several places, submerging platted lots.ÂThey had a beach view,ÂŽ she said. ÂNow they have a beachfront lot.ÂŽ The former Pelican Inn on remote Dog Island, closed for several years, was now entirely washed away. In the water on the eastern end of the island, three miles off the Carrabelle coast, floated building debris.Skipper confirmed from longtime Dog island residents Terri and Randy Cannon that four east end homes had been entirely demolished by the storm, while on the west end of the island, one had its roof blown off, another was leaning on its side and another presented a panoramic view of the Gulf looking directly through the center of it.The situation on St. George Island and Alli-gator Point was brighter, but not for older homes built directly on the ground. Ground crews for the property apprais-erÂs office said three on Alligator Point were demolished, and two others had three feet of water reflected in their walls.The same fate for ground level homes could be found in Lanark Village, a community that sprouted mainly in the 1950s, after the Army closed down Camp Gordon Johnston that trained troops for beach landings in the Pacific during World War II.Hurricane MichaelÂs amphibious assaults had taken down several homes in Lanark.ÂSome of them were totally leveled down to the ground,ÂŽ Skipper said. ÂMost of the gulf-front homes, even if they are standing, the back side was blown out by water.But for those gulf-front homes standing several feet above the ground, the Franklin County slowly revivesAbove and below: Hurricane Michael storm damage on Dog Island near Apalachicola Fla. [PHOTOS BY DAVID ADLERSTEIN/APALACHICOLA TIMES] See FRANKLIN, B7
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B7the loss was limited to portions on the ground designed to break away in the event of high winds and storm surge.Several of the trailers parked in the RV parks along the Franklin County coast were deci-mated by the hurricane, leaving year-round resi-dents like Ray Bastian homeless.Originally from Chattahoochee, Bastian and his family relocated to the coast after he retired, mainly to fish.ÂMother Nature is stronger than any of us,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe have to adapt, or get broke.ÂŽ Just down US Highway 98 in Eastpoint, near where Bastian lived, sev-eral of the few remaining seafood houses with concrete floors along the waterfront were damaged but salvageable, while the restaurants along the coastline, mainly wooden buildings, were destroyed.ÂI donÂt think theyÂll be repairable,ÂŽ Skipper said.In downtown Apalachicola, Danny Itzkovitz and his fellow restaurateurs, drawing on donated food from the area grocery stores, have been busy operating a makeshift food kitchen, offering free meals to all in need, from sunup to sunset, when a nightly curfew takes effect.ÂHeÂs feeding the community is what heÂs doing,ÂŽ said City Manager Ron Nalley. ÂItÂs fantastic.ÂŽGovernor Rick Scott paid a visit to the food kitchen, right after stopping in Eastpoint at a site where Florida National Guardsmen were distrib-uting meals and bottled water, while they set up a building supplying wash-stands and showers.In Carrabelle, which was expected to have its power restored by Duke Energy no later than Monday night, the power company massed its recovery operation at the airport, just as the company had at the Apalachicola airport. The Apalachicola airport was one of the only available airports between Pensacola and Tallahassee in the immediate aftermath of the storm.On the beach about a mile east of town, the recently completed Island View Park, a two-acre stretch with almost 900 feet front-ing St. George Sound, was broken, the concrete side-walks buckled, The new park was one of the first NERDA (Natural Environmental Resource Damage Assessment) projects to be completed, funded by recreational dollars stemming from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.West of Carrabelle, the consolidated Franklin County High School was largely spar ed, but the road into the school, U.S. 98, was washed out in several parts. Superintendent Traci Moses said she did not expect the schools to open for at least a week.Centric Aviation, the fixed base operator in Apalachicola, managed to get 11,000 gallons of jet fuel in as of Saturday, so they were busy handling military search and rescue flights from the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security as early as Wednesday evening.Since that time, said manager Tara Maugham, the work has transitioned to relief operations, with the arrival of Chinook C-47 helicopters bring-ing in supplies, as well as private sector pilots who have flown in in an effort launched by World Hope out of Gainesville. ÂWeÂre expecting any-where between 50 and 100 in smaller twin-engine planes to bring in supplies,ÂŽ said Maugham.At a briefing Wednesday afternoon by Duke Energy at the Franklin County emergency operations center, several law enforcement personnel reported that their vehicles had suffered punctured tires as they rode through rough ground littered with debris.ÂThere are so many boards with nails sticking up,ÂŽ said Skipper. ÂYou get close enough and thereÂs big sheets of metal in the road.ÂŽIn addition, due to the many septic tanks that dot the landscape, the odor is in some parts unmistakable.ÂWeÂve been walking through raw sewage everywhere,ÂŽ Skipper said. FRANKLINFrom Page B6Above and below: Hurricane Michael storm damage on Dog Island near Apalachicola. [PHOTOS BY DAVID ADLERSTEIN/APALACHICOLA TIMES]
** B8 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Ken ThomasThe Associated PressWASHINGTON Â„ Beto OÂRourkeÂs response to a question during a Houston town hall meeting this past summer lasted only four minutes. But for some Demo-crats it said everything. It was authentic.In an exchange that quickly went viral, the Democrat congressman and Senate hopeful was asked whether he found NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to be disrespectful. A passionate OÂRourke told the room of Texans, not necessarily a sympathetic crowd, that he could Âthink of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights.ÂŽClips of his answer were viewed millions of times online, generating buzz in OÂRourkeÂs uphill battle against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.For national Democrats, it was the type of moment that epitomized a common buzz-word in Democratic circles Â„ ÂauthenticityÂŽ Â„ and the push to present candidates in a more open, unvarnished manner offering a window to their values. One of the widely accepted lessons from Democrat Hill-ary ClintonÂs loss in 2016 to Republican Donald Trump was that voters gravitate toward candidates they per-ceive as real, even if flawed. TheyÂre drawn to politicians willing to deliver unexpected candor.ÂI donÂt think politicians give voters enough credit for the fact that people want to know who you are, what you stand for and what your values are,ÂŽ said Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist. ÂEven if they disagree with you, if they think youÂre coming from a principled position, they can respect that.ÂŽIn an effort to deliver that authenticity this election season, the party has tried to assemble a group of candidates with nontradi-tional backgrounds. TheyÂve recruited veterans, women and politicians with diverse histories. TheyÂve encouraged them to talk openly about their lives in ads and to make casual, unscripted social media posts.ThereÂs no hiding that some of this effort borrows from the man Democrats are hungry to beat.TrumpÂs fans often say they admired his candor and willingness to defy political conventions. Another model is Bernie SandersÂ campaign against Clinton for the nomination, which was marked by the Vermont senatorÂs unwillingness to play the part of a slick, poll-driven candidate as he railed against income inequality. Clinton was often described as too careful, rehearsed and robotic.The push also coincides as the #MeToo movement has demanded greater accountability, and social media allows a candidate such as OÂRourke to draw thou-sands of Twitter views of his speeches from behind the wheel of his pickup truck.His campaign announced a record $38.1 million raised during the past three months.Democrats who may consider a White House run in 2020 are watching closely. TheyÂve become more acces-sible in the months before the formal start of that campaign.Massachusetts Sen. Eliza-beth Warren has released a decade worth of tax returns, held frequent town hall meet-ings and started engaging with journalists for Senate hallway interviews after shunning them in the past.In one notable move, Warren cooperated with an exhaustive Boston Globe investigation during the summer. The paper found that the senatorÂs career as a law professor was not helped by her assertions that she has a Native American heritage.Other senators who are potential 2020 contenders, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobu-char of Minnesota, displayed a visceral reaction to the Supreme Court nomina-tion of Brett Kavanaugh and tried to delay the proceed-ings during the then-judgeÂs first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Commit-tee. Harris later staged a walk out before a key vote as sena-tors considered allegations of sexual assault made against Kavanaugh.ÂWe are at a point in this country where there is greater distrust of politics and political institutions than at any point in modern history,ÂŽ said Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist and veteran of presidential and congressional campaigns. ÂIf you canÂt show what youÂre doing and why youÂre doing it, nobody will believe you will actually do it.ÂŽIn less contentious settings, potential candidates such as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are pointing to their unusual backgrounds to vouch for their everyman appeal. Hickenlooper notes that he was laid off from his job as a geologist during the 1980s, a period that led him to open a Denver brew pub. He later became the cityÂs mayor.ÂI was out of work for almost two years and you see a different person in the mirror,ÂŽ Hickenlooper said at a recent Bro okings Institution event alongside Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, as he pointed to the need for skills development.The emphasis on authenticity has been a hallmark of a number of Democratic candidates this year who are pledging to challenge status-quo politics.Kentucky congressional candidate Amy McGrath, for example, has drawn nearly 1.9 million views on YouTube for an ad that describes her path to becoming a combat pilot in the Marines and her pledge to protect health care.The South DakotaÂs race for governor features Billie Sutton, a state senator and former rodeo star who was paralyzed from the waist down more than a decade ago after he was thrown from his horse at a North Dakota rodeo. Sutton, an underdog against Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican backed by Trump, says the injuries were a turning point in his de cision to enter public service.Authenticity now the attribute craved by DemsIn this June 22 photo, Beto OÂRourke speaks during the general session at the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. [RICHARD W. RODRIGUEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] By Collin BinkleyThe Associated PressBOSTON Â„ For 35 years, Ruth DÂEredita tried to dismiss her former professorÂs behavior Â„ the way he touched her, groped her and kissed her. But last year, as dozens of women came forward to share similar encounters with powerful men, she started to see her memories differently.ÂIt made me look at that incident and say, no, it was wrong,ÂŽ said DÂEredita, a 1984 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, a womenÂs school in Massachusetts. ÂI went there with a heart full of passion, eager for scholar-ship, just to throw myself into it, and this man looked at me as a potential sexual partner.ÂŽSheÂs now among a wave of women inspired by the #MeToo movement to report past sexual misconduct to their colleges, breaking sometimes decades of silence in an attempt to acknowledge the wrongdoing, close old wounds and, in some cases, seek justice.The reports from deep in the past have also raised big questions about how to inves-tigate such cases and how to usher them through newer discipline systems built upon updated ideas about right and wrong.In many ways, schools say, they face the same frus-trations that arose in last monthÂs Senate hearing over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexually assaulting another teenager in the mid-1980s. Memories fade. No one agrees. Witnesses stay quiet.But unlike the Senate or the White House, which have broad investigative powers, colleges are left to tease out the truth with legal authority that does not extend beyond their campuses.ÂWe donÂt have subpoena power. We donÂt have the same kind of reach or author-ity that courts would have,ÂŽ said Rob Kent, interim chief of the Title IX office at Michi-gan State University.Colleges from New England to the West Coast say theyÂve seen an uptick in ÂhistoricalÂŽ complaints over the past year, a shift they credit to the national reckoning sparked by #MeToo. Cases that were never reported in the past are coming to light as much as 50 years later.In the first half of 2018, for example, Michigan State University received 22 com-plaints from two decades ago or longer, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press. In the previous five years combined, there were just nine cases that old. Most cases involve women who say they were harassed or assaulted by male profes-sors, advisers or others who worked on campus.ÂPeople feel theyÂve got a voice,ÂŽ said Saunie Schuster, a lawyer who advises colleges across the country and co-founded the Association of Title IX Administrators. ÂI think itÂs a trend weÂre going to see for the coming few years.ÂŽThe uptick has prompted some schools to rethink poli-cies that placed time limits on investigations. Rutgers Uni-versity dropped a two-year limit this month, saying it will now look into all sexual misconduct complaints.At Mount Holyoke, DÂEreditaÂs case is among at least three that have emerged from the 1980s. In a letter to the school in October 2017, she described how a professor drove her to an art museum for an academic outing, but then began forcefully kiss-ing and groping her in the car and later in an empty museum gallery.The professor, who still works at the college, denied the accusation. The school hired an outside firm to investigate but ultimately concluded there was not enough evidence to prove her account.She said she views the final decision as Âwrong but understandable.ÂŽÂI know what he did to me. I know where he did it. I have been reliving it,ÂŽ said DÂEredita, who now lives in Vienna, Virginia.Mount Holyoke officials declined to comment on the case but said they are craft-ing a new policy on historical complaints and have hired the schoolÂs first full-time Title IX coordinator, among other changes.DÂEreditaÂs case illustrates the bind that some colleges are in: They encour-age victims to come forward but struggle to verify their claims. Often it comes down to deciding which side is more credible, based on whatever scant evidence may exist.Even deciding whether to investigate can be a challenge. Many alleged offenders have retired or taken new jobs, placing them outside the schoolÂs reach. And while federal rules now require schools to take action if a Âhostile environmentÂŽ exists, they are not obligated to explore older cases that pose no threat.As a result, some schools pass by older complaints to focus on newer ones.Kellie Brennan, Title IX coordinator at Ohio State University, said her office takes complaints as they come in and tries to determine if they need to be addressed. ÂThe older they are, the less likely that is,ÂŽ she said.Additionally, many schools weigh alleged misconduct against rules that were in force at the time, not those in effect now. The issue often arises in cases dealing with relationships between faculty and students, which many schools allowed until the past decade.ÂWhat constitutes harass-ment might be much different now than what it was in 1980, but the reporting that weÂre getting is based on standards of conduct that apply today,ÂŽ said Kent, at Michigan State. If officials find the offense wouldnÂt violate rules at the time, he added, Âa lot of times it stops right there.ÂŽInvestigations can also carry a hefty cost. Ohio State has paid an outside firm $1.4 million for an ongoing inquiry into a former team doctor accused of sexual miscon-duct against scores of athletes dating back to the 1970s.And even when schools verify misconduct, if the offender has been hired else-where, many opt not to notify the new employer for fear of a defamation suit. Only recently have some started drafting policies requiring such disclosure, including the University of Wisconsin.Campus officials from across the country gathered to discuss such matters on Thursday at a conference for Title IX administrators. Michael Dunn, who helped lead a panel on the topic, encouraged officials to ask victims what they hope to gain from reporting. Some want an investigation, he said, but some just want their stories to be heard.ÂWe need to be really thoughtful and sensitive to whatÂs motivating someone to come forward now,ÂŽ Dunn, who is Title IX director at St. MaryÂs College of Maryland, said in an interview. ÂWhat are the steps that theyÂre looking for, and what are the steps the college needs to take?ÂŽ#MeToo inspires wave of old reports to collegesRuth DÂEredita graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1984 and last October reported that a professor sexually assaulted her when she was a sophomore in college. Universities have seen an increase in decades-old sexual misconduct complaints amid the MeToo movement. [JACQUELYN MARTIN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B9Dear Mr. Berko: Could you please explain how the rule of 72 works for growing the principal and income value in a stock portfolio? I've been out of college for nine years. I am 30 years old and have two children. My spouse and I have paid off all our debts (except for our house and car), and we're ready to invest. We don't want to be aggressive, and we've heard the rule of 72 makes sense for the long term. We'd appreciate your explaining how this works. Â„ NB, Weatherford, Okla. Dear NB: The rule of 72 is a 20-to-30-year strategy and assumes that you'd rather earn a slow $20 than make a fast $10. The rule of 72 could make your life uncomplicated and comfortable. R/72 magically tells you the number of years it takes for money to double when compounded at a fixed rate. In this example, consider a $10,000 certificate of deposit paying 4 percent. Because 72 is our magic number, we divide it by 4 (the fixed interest rate), giving us 18. This tells us that $10,000 at 4 percent, compounded once a year, will grow to $20,000 in 18 years, when you'll be 48. So after 18 years, you'd earn $800 in annual interest (4 percent on $20,000) from a $10,000 investment made when you were 30. That's 8 percent. If the CD compounded at 4 percent for 18 more years, it'd grow to $40,000 by the time you're 66. You'd be earning $1,600 in interest (4 percent on $40,000) from your original $10,000 investment made 36 years previously. That's 16 percent. Assume you have a $10,000 CD paying 6 percent. According to R/72, if the CD were compounded once a year, it would double in 12 years, to $20,000. You'd be 42 and earning $1,200 in interest on a $10,000 investment made when you were 30. That's 12 percent. If you allowed the CD to compound for 12 more years, it would double again, to $40,000. You'd be 54 and earning $2,400 in interest on a $10,000 investment made when you were 30. That's 24 percent. And if you allowed that 6 percent CD to compound for 12 more years, it would grow to $80,000. You'd be 66 and earning $4,800 on a $10,000 investment made 36 years previously. And if you let it compound for another 12 years, at 78, you would have a $160,000 CD, and you'd be earning $9,600 a year in interest. That's 96 percent, with little risk, fuss or bother. If you compounded this $10,000 6 percent CD quarterly like a stock dividend Â„ that's four times a year Â„ it would grow more quickly and be worth $160,000 when you're 74 years and 6 months old. You'd be earning $9,600 in interest three years and six months sooner. Let's raise the interest rate to 8 percent. Compounding $10,000 at 8 percent annually would double it every nine years, and it would grow to $160,000 in 35 years. But compounding $10,000 quarterly, it would grow to $160,000 in 32 years and eight months, and your income would grow to (8 percent of $160,000) $12,800. So, select a portfolio of dividend growth stocks, such as AT&T, Altria, Iron Mountain, Omega Healthcare, Southern, AmeriGas Partners, Dominion Energy, W.P. Carey, Exxon Mobil, Owens & Minor, and Uniti Group, which yield 4 to 8 percent and grow their dividends yearly. Reinvest your increasing dividends quarterly and allow the magic power of compounding interest to grow your retirement income more quickly. A $10,000 investment in most of the above issues, with growing dividends reinvested quarterly, could double in 10 years, quintuple in 20 years and be 16 times higher in 30 years. Those are commanding returns. However, many are terribly boring and unexciting.Are you following the rule of 72? M a l B e r k o Mal BerkoBy Claire TsosieNerdWalletItÂs a dilemma many 20-somethings face: You badly want to travel the world. But if your bank account could talk, it would say, ÂAre you kid-ding?ÂŽ When youÂre just starting out, even a week-long vacation might seem like a one-way ticket to credit card debt Â„ espe-cially if you have a modest income or lack access to paid time off. But with the right moves, you can budget for travel without going into the red. START SAVINGFor Krista Aoki, the key to avoiding debt while travel-ing is simple: Save. Before a big trip, ÂI try to always start with a big cushion. I always save up beforehand, and I try to save up more than I need to,ÂŽ says Aoki, 26, an online business manager who does consulting and virtual assistant services for other online businesses. She estimates it takes her about three months to save up for a big trip. She now travels full time and is currently in Kealakekua, Hawaii. To save for travel she spends less on other items, such as clothes. She also hasnÂt owned a car in 2 years and often relies on public transporta-tion. You might not be able to pay for a vacation in full right this second. But that doesnÂt mean you need to choose between taking on credit card debt or being a hardcore homebody. By spending less in certain areas now and setting aside money consistently, you might have enough to cover a small getaway in a few months. DECIDE WHERE TO MINIMIZE COSTSThe best vacation isnÂt necessarily the most expensive vacation. By aggressively reducing your basic costs Â„ flights, transportation, lodging, food Â„ you might be able to squeeze in more explor-ing for a smaller price.Instead of booking hotels, for example, you might opt to stay at hos-tels, which are more like college dorm rooms. Often, staying in a hostel means sharing a room and bathroom with others and sleeping in bunk beds rather than on queen-size mattresses. But theyÂre a good way to meet other travelers and can be star-tlingly cheap.ÂA nice co-working hostel in Chiang Mai in Thailand is like $10 a day,ÂŽ says Aoki, who says she spends most of her time in Thailand. ÂIÂve been to two, and theyÂre really clean and pretty comfortable, and they include breakfast and a working office.ÂŽ If youÂre willing to sacrifice some privacy, staying at one might make it easier to pay your credit card bill in full when you return from your trip. USE CREDIT CARD REWARDSWhen Leah Gervais was 24, she traveled in South-east Asia for four months without going into debt, in part by using credit card rewards to pay for her flights.ÂItÂs not that I had a lot of savings ready to go,ÂŽ says Gervais, now 26, founder of lifestyle website Urban 20 Something. ÂWhat I did have was a lot of frequent flyer miles.ÂŽ She got the miles in college by earning sign-up bonuses on airline credit cards; she didnÂt carry balances on them. With those miles, she was able to fly from New York City to Siem Reap, Cambo-dia, and back to New York City from Bangkok for just the cost of taxes and fees. (She paid cash for other shorter flights she took throughout Southeast Asia, which were quite afford-able, she says.)If youÂve been using a rewards credit card, log on to your online portal to tally your miles or points. It might be enough to cover part of your trip. MAKE MONEY WHILE TRAVELINGBoth Aoki and Gervais have something in common: They work while they travel. That gives them flexibility to visit more places and stay on the road longer.ÂI started doing some freelance writing work while I was (in South-east Asia),ÂŽ Gervais says of her four-month trip, noting that the cost of living in Cambodia was significantly lower than it is in Manhattan, where she live s. On that trip, she also worked as a bar-tender for a short time. Because she was traveling frugally, her income from these jobs was enough to support her abroad.Wanderlust ... on a budgetHow to see the world in your 20s without racking up debt
** B10 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News Herald The Associated PressA roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:NOT REAL: Food Fight! Jailbird Bill Cosby Slapped With Chicken Patty In PrisonTHE FACTS: Comedian Bill Cosby, now inmate No. NN7687 in a Pennsylvania prison, was not slapped with a chicken patty or a hot dog bun during food fights, despite stories circulating online. Reports claiming inmates were throwing food at the 81-year-old Cosby began circulating on online news sites and social media soon after he was sent to prison for sexual assault. He was sentenced to three-to-10 years in prison Sept. 25, after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden told The Associated Press that Cosby had not been involved in any food fights since his incarceration. And, she noted, he does not eat in the main dining room with other inmates.NOT REAL: Texas Democrat Slapped With Federal Charges Com-pletely Destroys His 2018 RaceTHE FACTS: Demo-cratic Congressman Beto OÂRourke of Texas, who is running against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for a Senate seat, has not been charged with federal campaign finance violations as suggested in claims circulating online. The claims stem from a letter the Federal Election Commission sent the OÂRourke campaign, dated Sept. 30, that identified potentially Âexcessive, prohibited and impermissibleÂŽ contributions from supporters. OÂRourke raised nearly $24 mil-lion through the first half of 2018 in his challenge against Cruz, defying expectations and making the Senate race one of the most expensive of the midterm elections. Claims on social media have mischaracterized the letter to suggest OÂRourke had been Âslapped with federal chargesÂŽ that will derail his candidacy. However, the FEC said it routinely sends similar letters to political campaigns and the notices carry no civil or criminal penalties. CruzÂs campaign has received the same notices, including one as recently as June, according to FEC filings. A look at what didnÂt happen this weekIn this Sept. 25 photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Cosby, now in a Pennsylvania prison, was not slapped with a chicken patty during a food Â“ ght despite reports circulating online. [MATT SLOCUM/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]By Imad Isseid and Fares AkramThe Associated PressBIDYA, West Bank Â„ Palestinians on Saturday buried eight of their dead Â„ a woman killed when a stone hit her in the head while riding in a car in the West Bank, an attack blamed on Jewish set-tlers, and seven who were shot by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza the previous day.It was the latest aftermath of another day of violence in the coastal strip. The Israeli military said 14,000 Palestinians had thronged the border fence areas, burning tires and throwing rocks, fire-bombs and grenades at soldiers stationed atop earth mounds on the other side of the barrier.The 48-year-old Palestinian woman and mother of eight, Aisha Rabi, was traveling with her husband and two daughters to their home in the village of Bidya in the northern West Bank when she was struck in the head by a stone early on Saturday.Her cousin, Isam Rabi, said the familyÂs car was pelted with stones. Aisha was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her husband saw a group of settlers nearby, Rabi said.Israel said it was inves-tigating the incident and imposed a gag order on the process.The area is near several ultranationalist Jewish settlements. Last Sunday, a Palestinian assailant killed two Israe-lis in a nearby settlement. And on Thursday, a Pal-estinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier there, raising the possibility of a revenge attack.Thousands of relatives and neighbors attended AishaÂs funeral later Saturday. Her body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag as grievers carried the coffin to the cemetery.ÂWith our blood and our spirit we will redeem the martyr,ÂŽ shouted the angry mourners. AishaÂs brother, Ibrahim Bolad, said there was no doubt, Âsettlers threw stones at the car.ÂŽThe Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, con-demned her death.In Gaza, funerals were held for seven Palestinians shot dead by Israeli troops during FridayÂs weekly protest. Ismail Haniyeh, HamasÂ politi-cal leader, attended one of the funerals, pledging to keep up the protests until a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian block-ade is lifted.Since March, Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the security fence dividing Gaza and Israel, pressing for an end to a stifling Israel-Egyptian blockade imposed since the militant group wrested control of Gaza in 2007.Israeli fire has killed 155 Palestinians since the protests began. An Israeli soldier was killed over the same period.Of the seven killed on Friday, four died in one location, where the Israeli military said it opened fire on a crowd of Pales-tinians who had breached the fence and approached an army post. One Palestinian was initially wounded and died later in hospital. No Israeli troops were harmed, the army added.The army said several Gazans tried to infiltrate into Israel again on Saturday through the fence but returned after being warned by the military. One unarmed Palestinian was arrested and taken in for questioning.In May, about 60 protesters were killed in a single day, making it one of the deadliest since a 2014 war between the two sides.The blockade has restricted HamasÂ ability to govern and plagued most of GazaÂs 2 million residents. Electricity is supplied for roughly four hours a day, unemploy-ment stands at more than 50 percent and tap water is unpotable.Repeated attempts to reconcile Hamas and the West Bank-based administration of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have all but faltered, increasing the desperation that has in large part fueled the demonstrations.Hamas seeks a ceasefire with Israel securing an easing of the blockade but accuses its rivals in the West Bank of thwart-ing the effort. In recent weeks, it has stepped up its campaign, holding nighttime protests and adding new locations, such as along the beach. Hamas says the escalation of protests is a response to the unre-solved cease-fire talks.Palestinians bury woman killed in West BankRelatives of Aisha Rabi, 48, mourn at the family home during her funeral Saturday in the West Bank village of Biddya. [MAJDI MOHAMMED/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B11By Bernard Condon, Stephen Braun and Tami AbdollahThe Associated PressNEW YORK Â„ HeÂs booked hotel rooms and meeting spaces to them, sold an entire floor in one of his buildings to them and, in desperate moments in his career, gotten a billionaire from the country to buy his yacht and New YorkÂs Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park.President Donald TrumpÂs ties to Saudi Arabia run long and deep, and heÂs often boasted about his business ties with the kingdom.ÂI love the Saudis,ÂŽ Trump said when announcing his presidential run at Trump Tower in 2015. ÂMany are in this building.ÂŽNow those ties are under scrutiny as the president faces calls for a tougher response to the kingdomÂs government following the disappearance, and pos-sible killing, of one of its biggest critics, journalist and activist Jamal Khashoggi.ÂThe Saudis are funneling money to him,ÂŽ said former federal ethics chief Walter Shaub, who is advising a watchdog group suing Trump for foreign government ties to his business. That undermines Âconfidence that heÂs going to do the right thing when it comes to Khashoggi.ÂŽTrump paid his first foreign visit as president to Saudi Arabia last year, praised its new young ruler and boasted of striking a deal to sell $110 billion of U.S. weapons to the kingdom.But those close ties are in peril as pressure mounts from Congress for the president to find out whether Khashoggi was killed and dismembered after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey, as Turkish offi-cials have said without proof.Trump said Friday that he will soon speak with Saudi ArabiaÂs king about KhashoggiÂs disappearance. But he also has said he doesnÂt want to scuttle a lucrative arms deal with the kingdom and noted that Khashoggi, a U.S. resi-dent, is not a citizen. For its part, Saudi Arabia has called allegations it killed Khashoggi Âbaseless.ÂŽThe presidentÂs links to Saudi billionaires and princes go back years, and appear to have only deepened.In 1991, as Trump was teetering on personal bankruptcy and scrambling to raise cash, he sold his 282-foot Trump yacht ÂPrincessÂŽ to Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal for $20 million, a third less than what he reportedly paid for it.Four years later, the prince came to his rescue again, joining other investors in a $325 million deal for TrumpÂs money-losing Plaza Hotel.In 2001, Trump sold the entire 45th floor of the Trump World Tower across from the United Nations in New York for $12 million, the biggest purchase in that building to that point, according to the brokerage site Streeteasy. The buyer: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Shortly after he announced his run for president, Trump began laying the groundwork for possible new business in the kingdom. He registered eight companies with names tied to the country, such as ÂTHC Jeddah Hotel Advisor LLCÂŽ and ÂDT Jeddah Technical Services,ÂŽ according to a 2016 financial disclo-sure report to the federal government. Jeddah is a major city in the country.ÂSaudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million,ÂŽ Trump told a crowd at an Alabama rally on Aug. 21, 2015, the same day he created four of the enti-ties. ÂAm I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.ÂŽThe presidentÂs company, the Trump Organization, said shortly after his 2016 election that it had shut down those Saudi companies. The president later pledged to pursue no new foreign deals while in office.In a statement this week, the company said it has explored business opportunities in many countries but that it does Ânot have any plans for expansion into Saudi Arabia.ÂŽSince Trump took the oath of office, the Saudi government and lobbying groups for it have been lucrative customers for TrumpÂs hotels. A public relations firm working for the kingdom spent nearly $270,000 on lodging and catering at his Washington hotel near the Oval Office through March of last year, according to filings to the Justice Department. A spokesman for the firm told The Wall Street Journal that the Trump hotel payments came as part of a Saudi-backed lobbying campaign against a bill that allowed Americans to sue foreign governments for respon-sibility in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia cited the payments by the Saudi lobbying firm as an example of foreign gifts to the president that could violate the ConstitutionÂs ban on such ÂemolumentsÂŽ from foreign interests.The Saudi government was also a prime customer at the Trump International Hotel in New York early this year, according to a Washing-ton Post report.The newspaper cited an internal letter from the hotelÂs general man-ager, who wrote that a Âlast-minuteÂŽ visit in March by a group from Saudi Arabia accompanying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had boosted room rentals at the hotel by 13 percent for the first three months of the year, after two years of decline.Saudi Arabia has also helped on one of TrumpÂs key policy promises, and helped the presidentÂs friends along the way.Last year, the kingdom announced plans to invest $20 billion in a private U.S.-focused infrastructure fund managed by Blackstone Group, an investment firm led by CEO Stephen Schwarzman. Blackstone stock rose on the news. Earlier this year, Trump unveiled a $200 billion federal plan to fix the nationÂs airports, roads, highways and ports, tap-ping private companies for help and selling off some government owned infrastructure.Schwarzman, who cel-ebrated his 70th birthday at the presidentÂs Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, accompanied Trump on his visit to Saudi Arabia.Trump business ties to Saudis run deepIn this July 4, 1988, photo, Donald TrumpÂs yacht, the Trump Princess, is seen in New York City. In 1991, as Trump was teetering on personal bankruptcy and scrambling to raise cash, he sold his 282-foot Trump Princess yacht to Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal for $20 million, a third less than what he had reportedly paid for it. [MARTY LEDERHANDLER/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]
** B12 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News Herald The Associated PressVATICAN CITY Â„ Pope Francis on Sat-urday defrocked two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how heÂs responding to the churchÂs global sex abuse crisis, the pontiff publicly explained why they were removed.The VaticanÂs unusu-ally detailed statement announcing the laicization of Jose Cox Huneeus and Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signaled a new degree of transparency following past missteps that appeared to under-estimate the gravity of the scandal.Explaining the latest removals as ChileÂs church is called to account for decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups, the statement made clear the two were defrocked for abusing minors with evidence so overwhelming that a canonical trial was unnecessary.The Vatican said the move could not be appealed.Previously, the Vatican has rarely, if ever, announced laicizations of individual priests and only issued a single-line statement if a bishop had resigned, without further explanation. Before FrancisÂ papacy it was practice to reveal if resignations were retirements due to age, or for some other ÂgraveÂ reason that made them unfit for office.Advocates for abuse survivors have long complained about the VaticanÂs secrecy in handling such abuse cases, and the lack of transparency when arrived at judgments.Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said SaturdayÂs more detailed statement suggested a new trend in the way the Vatican will announce results of investigations of bishops accused of abuse.The issue of church sex abuse came up in a papal audience earlier Saturday with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique, who also met with the Vati-can secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.Pope defrocks 2 Chilean priests accused of sex abuseChileÂs President Sebastian Pinera meets Pope Francis during a private audience Saturday at the Vatican. [ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Jennifer PeltzThe Associated PressUNITED NATIONS Â„ Banned charcoal exports from Somalia are thriving, generating millions of dollars a year for al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremists Â„ and often passing through Iran to have their origins obscured, according to U.N. sanctions monitors.Six years after the U.N. Security Council pro-hibited exports of prized Somali charcoal to try to choke off a money stream to al-Shabab, an estimated three million bags of the commod-ity are making their way out of the Horn of Africa country each year, the monitors say in excerpts of a yet-unpublished report seen by The Asso-ciated Press.The main destinations are ports in Iran, where the charcoal Â„ already falsely labeled as coming from Comoros, Ghana or Ivory Coast Â„ is transferred from blue-green bags into white bags labeled Âproduct of Iran,ÂŽ the report says. The bags are then loaded on Iranian-flagged ships and sent to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with cer-tificates claiming Iran as the charcoalÂs country of origin.Iran Âhas been a weak link in implementationÂŽ of the charcoal ban, the monitors said, adding that Tehran largely didnÂt cooperate with their investigation.There was no immedi-ate response to inquiries made Friday evening with the U.N. missions of Iran and the UAE. The monitors credited the UAE with seizing some Somali charcoal but said the Persian Gulf country didnÂt Âsubstantively engageÂŽ with their questions about the shipments allegedly made through Iran.There was no immedi-ate response on Saturday from Somali officials.Made from acacia trees, charcoal from Somalia is cherished in Gulf nations for the sweet aroma it lends to grilled meats and to tobacco burned in waterpipes.ItÂs also highly valued by the Somalia-based al-Shabab, which effec-tively taxes the charcoal at checkpoints, accord-ing to the U.N. monitors tasked with assessing compliance with sanctions on Somalia and Eritrea.The monitors say the checkpoint payments yield at least $7.5 mil-lion a year for al-Shabab, which a year ago carried out the deadliest terror attack in sub-Saharan AfricaÂs history. The October 2017 truck bombing killed at least 512 people in SomaliaÂs capital, Mogadishu.At a U.N.-sponsored summit in May on the illicit charcoal exports, Somali officials asked for international cooperation to stop them, saying they fuel insecu-rity by channeling money to extremists and worsen environmental degrada-tion as trees are cut down in a country already vul-nerable to drought, flood and famine. ÂWe need cooperation to implement the U.N. Security Council (sanctions) resolution and ensure the environmen-tal, economic and human losses that happen because of illegal charcoal trade are curbed,ÂŽ Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled told the gathering.The excerpts of the monitorsÂ report seen by the AP donÂt specify what individuals or groups may be involved in the illicit charcoal trade, aside from al-ShababÂs de facto tax collectors. The group controls parts of southern and central Somalia and continues to target high-profile areas of the capital with suicide bombings.The report says some of the fake origin cer-tificates for the exported charcoal are outright forgeries, made without any official involvement from the relevant nations. But others, such as the Iran certificates, are Âevidently issued through official chan-nels,ÂŽ the monitors said.The monitors said other countries such as Ghana and Ivory Coast Âhave allowed charcoal traffickers to exploit weaknessesÂŽ in their systems for issuing such certificates and Âbear some responsibilityÂŽ for the patchy enforcement of sanctions.UN: Banned Somali charcoal exports pass through IranIn this Oct. 30, 2012, photo, Somali porters ofÂ” oad charcoal from a truck at a charcoal market in Mogadishu, Somali. A new report by U.N. monitors says banned charcoal exports from Somalia are thriving, generating millions of dollars a year for al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremists. [FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B13 DIVERSIONSÂTrivia FunÂŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? WC@ TriviaGuy.com 1. Is the book of Romans in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What Moabit woman became ancestress of King David through her marriage to Boaz? Sarah, Jezebel, Ruth, Leah 3. From biblical times, what was a rough, coarse cloth worn as a mourning symbol? Sackcloth, Shadrach, Shiloh, Sling 4. Who was the father of the Apostles James and John? Zechariah, Zephaniah, Zebedee, Zebulun 5. What was the site for MosesÂ burial place? Paphos, Beth-peor, Petra, Beth-shan 6. From 2 Samuel 12, who said, ÂThou art the man.ÂŽ? Boaz, Samson, Isaac, Nathan ANSWERS: 1. New, 2. Ruth, 3. Sackcloth, 4. Zebedee, 5. Bethpeor, 6. NathanTRIVIA BY WILSON CASEY ACES ON BRIDGE: BOBBY WOLFF DEAR ABBYMom is ustered to nd her family therapist on dating siteDEAR ABBY: I am conflicted about boundaries being crossed between my family therapist and me. My 7-year-old son and I have been seeing someone we both bonded with and felt comfortable with. That is, until the therapist and I found each other on an online dating site. We matched a few months ago. Once I realized it was him, I felt embarrassed and blocked him on the site. He sent me an email within three minutes acknowledging that he knew it was me. He said he thought I was ÂawesomeÂŽ and that I look better in person than in my pics. I was so embarrassed I didnÂt respond. A couple of months went by and neither of us brought it up. My son invited him to his birthday party and he did attend. It wasnÂt until later that I realized therapists are not supposed to attend social events with patients. We also text often, during late-night hours. A couple of weeks after my sonÂs birthday party he tried matching with me again on the dating site. I was surprised and sent him a text asking him what he was doing. He responded by asking me if I was enjoying it, but did not answer my question. I do have a slight crush on him, but IÂm not sure what his intentions are. I am aware that itÂs unethical. Â„ UNETHICAL CRUSHDEAR UNETHICAL: You are correct that what the therapist has been doing is a breach of professional ethics. There is a reason for it. Patients are extremely vulnerable to manipulation. When the online flirtation first started, you should have changed therapists. Heaven only knows how many other patients he has done this with. My advice is to draw the line, establish a working relationship with another therapist, and decide whether you want to report him to the association that licensed him to practice. You may have a crush on him, but what he is doing is predatory.DEAR ABBY: Common manners are going extinct quicker than the dinosaurs did. I was raised to open doors, stand up for women sitting down at the table, etc. Nowadays opening the door for most women feels like getting slapped in the face. There is no acknowledgment of any kind. Has our society disintegrated that far? These days if I open the door for someone and she doesnÂt acknowledge the courtesy, I say, ÂThank you!ÂŽ loud enough for her to hear and watch the reaction. IÂm waiting for someone to slap me one day. Â„ GOOD MANNERS IN TEXASDEAR GOOD MANNERS: I agree that when a courtesy is extended, it should be acknowledged. However, if it isnÂt, shouting at someone is rude and makes you appear more like a petulant boor rather than the genteel individual your parents raised you to be. P.S. When a gentleman opens a door for me Â„ old-fashioned girl that I am Â„ I always thank him. Then I add, ÂYou were raised RIGHT!ÂŽ which is true, and we go our separate ways with a smile. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby. com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Jeanne PhillipsWORD SCRIMMAGE: JUDD HAMBRICK Wilson Casey
** B14 Sunday, October 14, 2018 | The News HeraldBy Steven Mufson, Brady Dennis and Chris MooneyThe Washington PostIf the worldÂs largest companies live up to the promises theyÂve made to slow climate change, together they could reduce emissions by an amount equal to those of Germany.The corporate pledges gained renewed attention this week after an ominous report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said that govern-ment policies alone wonÂt ensure the Âunprece-dentedÂŽ societal changes needed over the next decade to stem climate change.That puts the onus on the business sector to clean up a mess it helped create.To a greater extent than ever before, the best interests of many businesses and those of the planet are aligned.ÂWeÂve gone from saying Âit would be nice to do, but it would cost us,Â to saying Âif we donÂt do it, we wonÂt be able to grow, we wonÂt be able to have tomorrowÂs economy,Â Â said Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute. ÂBusiness leaders, they realize that.ÂŽAs Feike Sijbesma, chief executive of Royal DSM, put it: ÂWe need to future proof ourselves.ÂŽThe report said that holding the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels set forth by the Paris climate agreement will require creating entire new industries to remove carbon from the air as well as the overhaul of the vast energy infrastructure that has been built over more than a century.Historically, corporations have been complicit in the worldÂs climate problem. One analysis shows that half of the globeÂs emissions since 1988 are traceable to just 25 private and state-owned fossil fuel corporations. And many have lobbied against policies that would limit greenhouse-gas emis-sions. They have done so both directly and through support of groups that have cast doubt about climate change.Recently, however, thereÂs a palpable change in the way business lead-ers talk about climate change.Sijbesma said, Âsome of my investors and banks asked me what do you want to do: Improve the world or make money? I said, ÂWell, both.Â ÂWith trillions of dollars at stake, corporations have forged ahead to create sustainable businesses. They are taking steps to lower their carbon footprints and overhaul their supply chains in a race against rising seas and tempera-tures. Others are trying to come up with the ulti-mate goal: how to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and use or store it.From Apple to Walmart, from IKEA to Google, dozens of firms have embraced renewable energy. UPS is shifting toward electric vehicles. Costco has installed solar systems on top of at least 100 of its warehouses, and some locations use solar power in parking lots. Google in 2017 offset all of its office and data center electricity use by adding renewable energy to the grid.Some of the biggest changes are coming from what companies donÂt do. EuropeÂs largest bank, HSBC, this year stopped funding new coal power plants, oil sands develop-ment and Arctic drilling, joining a growing number of investors and lenders to shun ambitious fossil fuel projects.Making real strides will be expensive. The U.N. report said that hitting the 1.5 degree Celsius target would cost an average of $3.5 trillion a year through 2050 almost $1 trillion a year more than the current pledges made by govern-ments in Paris in 2015.The bulk of the money will have to come from the private sector. Analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate that global investment in whatÂs called Âclean energyÂŽ came to $138.2 billion in the first six months of 2018, down one percent from the same period in 2017. The slippage reflected lower capital costs for photovoltaic projects, with fewer dollars spent per megawatt installed; and a cooling-off in ChinaÂs solar boom, the firm said.Consumer demand and employee expectations are driving some of the investments. In many cases, companies are finding that their own customers and employees prefer to buy and work at firms that are responsive to climate issues. And thanks to the falling prices of renewable energy, it can be cheaper to be cli-mate-friendly than not.Walmart, for example, has installed more than 1.5 million energy-efficient LED light fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in 10 countries, driving down lighting costs by hundreds of mil-lions of dollars over the past decade, the company said.Walmart also exceeded its goal to double the efficiency of its trucking fleet by 2015. Working with equipment manufacturers and others, the retailing giant saved nearly $1 billion and avoided emissions of almost 650,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015 compared to 2005.Many of the nationÂs biggest utilities have figured out that they can make more by selling less, especially when public service commissions can guarantee them healthy rates of return.New Jersey-based PSEG, one of the nationÂs largest utilities, last month unveiled a six-year $4.1 billion climate plan, with two-thirds of the money aimed at boost-ing energy efficiency. An additional $300 million will go toward 40,000 new charging stations for electric vehicles. At the end of 2017, New Jersey had just 517 public charg-ing stations.ÂI really do believe that while we pay an appropri-ate amount of attention to solar and wind, where we should be focusing far more of our attention is energy efficiency,ÂŽ said Ralph Izzo, chief execu-tive of PSEG.A physicist by train-ing, Izzo said the time for action is now, since the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere wonÂt dissipate for centuries.ÂWe need to step up our game,ÂŽ he said, Âand thatÂs what weÂre intend-ing to do.ÂŽThe worldÂs major oil companies including BP, Shell and Total have ponied up $100 million each to establish a fund called the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, which invests in small companies working on technologies that could sharply cut emissions. ExxonMobil and Chevron recently joined the group.That amount pales next to the big oil companiesÂ commitment to oil and gas: $100 million is less than two daysÂ capital spending for Royal Dutch Shell, for example.ÂWe cannot continue on this capitalist-driven carbon binge and hope voluntary actions will solve the climate crisis,ÂŽ said Erich Pica, head of Friends of the Earth. ÂThe fossil fuel industry canÂt buy their way out of this self-created problem by tossing pennies toward small projects to save their public image.ÂŽNonetheless, Pratima Rangarajan, chief execu-tive of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, said the money is a start and a way for big companies to find useful technologies.The fund has invested in Clarke Valve, whose co-founder Kyle Dan-iels said that if his firmÂs valves were installed in natural gas wells, they could capture 50 percent of the leaked emissions of methane, a potent green-house gas.Larry Fromm, executive vice president of Achates Power, said that his firm has figured out how to make an internal combustion engine 30 to 50 percent more efficient. He said Achates put one of its engines in a Ford 150 pickup truck, the nationÂs best-selling vehicle, and it had the same fuel efficiency as a Honda Accord. Fromm said Achates has licensed its technology to the U.S. Army and to ten automo-bile makers.Finding out what all of this adds up to isnÂt easy. But researchers are homing in on some answers.Current pledges by companies who both pro-duce electricity and use it could lead to between 570 and 935 million tons of reduced carbon diox-ide equivalent emissions in 2030, according to Angel Hsu, who directs Data-Driven Yale. For comparison, the emissions of Germany, the largest emitter in Europe, were 935 million tons in 2016.But the potential is far greater. Hsu calculates that if major corporate initiatives to reduce emissions can keep enrolling major companies, there could be over a billion tons of additional gains by 2030.Not every company walks a straight line for-ward. Mars, the chocolate giant, says it will reduce its emissions 27 percent by 2025 over 2015 levels, and by 67 percent by 2050. But last year the companyÂs greenhouse gas emissions increased slightly, a result of growth in some business areas.Even among companies that recognize climate change, uncertainty underlies many of the big questions: How much? How bad? When?These are the sort of questions the insurance industry is built on. And yet it suffered economic losses of $125 billion in Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and eco-nomic losses of $213 billion during the three big hurri-canes last year.ÂUsually insurers look to historic data and assume that the near future is the same or sim-ilar to what has happened in the past,ÂŽ said Ernst Rauch, chief climate sci-entist at the insurance giant Munich Re. ÂWith climate change this is simply not the case.ÂŽIn some cases, insurance becomes more expensive for businesses and home owners near shorelines or in flood plains. But big insurers also have new opportu-nities to insure properties that are suddenly deal-ing with growing climate perils.Robert Litterman, cofounder of a hedge fund called Kepos Capital, has made his career calculating odds and building sophisticated models for investors. In the fund world, he is known as a Âquant.ÂŽBut lately Litterman has been forced out of his comfort zone. The problem? Investors keep asking about climate change.Clean up climate change? ItÂs good for businessEmissions rise from the American Electric Power Co. coal-Â“ red John E. Amos Power Plant, July 18 in WinÂ“ eld, W.Va. [LUKE SHARRETT/BLOOMBERG]
** The News Herald | Sunday, October 14, 2018 B15By Alex HortonThe Washington PostThe Japanese martial art of jujitsu operates under a tested philosophy: The force of your opponent can be used as a weapon against them.That idea has been har-nessed numerous times since the 2016 election campaign. Think Âdeplo-rables,ÂŽ Ânasty womanÂŽ and Ânevertheless, she persistedÂŽ becoming rallying cries by politi-cal opponents after they were first uttered by the opposition.Now another one appears primed to enter the lexicon Âimpolite arrogant woman.ÂŽThat is how White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly described Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in the days following the Trump administrationÂs 2017 travel ban, according to emails obtained by BuzzFeed news under the Freedom of Information Act.That disclosure means the White House may have inadvertently gifted a potent catchphrase for Warren, a 2020 Democratic front-runner, to use as a blunt political instrument.Warren had demanded answers about the ban from Kelly, then homeland security secretary, after travelers were detained at BostonÂs Logan International Airport.ÂAbsolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone,ÂŽ Kelly wrote to Kevin Carroll, then his senior adviser at the agency, according to an email written on Feb. 8, 2017. ÂWhat an impolite arrogant woman. She immediately began insulting our people accusing them of not fol-lowing the court order, insulting and abusive behavior towards those covered by the pause, blah blah blah.ÂŽShannon Fx Watts tweeted ÂRetweet if youÂre proud to be an impolite, arrogant woman. #BlahBlahBlahÂŽWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not return a request for com-ment on the email.Trump administra-tion critics have already seized on #impolitearrogantwoman, as has Warren herself.Someone thought enough of the phrase to reserve the domain impolitearro-gantwoman.com and direct visitors to a CNN recording of President Donald TrumpÂs lewd ÂAccess HollywoodÂŽ tape. The website was registered on Thursday evening after the BuzzFeed story was published, according to WhoIs.Icann.orgÂImpolite arrogant womanÂŽ may be poised to join other insults and attacks that were quickly transformed into badges of honor for the other side.Trump supporters proudly call themselves ÂdeplorablesÂŽ after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton used the term to describe some of his voters. Women in support of Clinton adopted Ânasty womanÂŽ after Trump insulted his rival during a debate.And last year, when Warren was admonished for criticizing attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lectured her using a phrase that Democrats and supporters then used as shorthand for feminist resilience: ÂNeverthe-less, she persisted.ÂŽThe tense 2017 discus-sion between Kelly and Warren arose from her frustrating bid to open communication lines with Kelly, she wrote on her campaign website Friday. KellyÂs and WarrenÂs staffs could not connect over the issue, she said, and Kelly provided only a general Homeland Security phone number when she asked for a direct line.Warren said Kelly accused her of fabricat-ing claims of her efforts to speak with him. ÂI happened to be looking at all the emails between his staff and my staff when he said this, so I started reading them to him. He accused me again of making it all up,ÂŽ she wrote.Warren, who clearly understands the power of syntax and viral mes-saging, connected the moment back to that other political moment.ÂSo what happened next? You guessed it I persisted,ÂŽ she wrote. ÂI asked again for his number. He hemmed and hawwed . LetÂs just say thatÂs when the conversation really started getting awkward and that I persisted longer than he did.ÂŽHe then gave Warren his cell number, she said.In the original email exchange obtained by BuzzFeed News, KellyÂs then-adviser Carroll also referred to the Senate incident.ÂToo bad Senate Majority Leader McConnell couldnÂt order her to be quiet again! Warren is running for presi-dent so early, trying too hard, and chasing bad pitches,ÂŽ Carroll wrote.Now, it appears the White House may have given Warren a pitch to work on.Warren turns KellyÂs insult into rallying crySen. Elizabeth Warren asks a question during a March 1 hearing in Washington. [ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG]
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