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May 20, 2019

PELOSI GETS JFK HONOR

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been honored with the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Pelosi was recognized for her efforts to pass former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law and for helping Democrats reclaim control of the U.S. House during last year’s elections.

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late president, calls the California Democrat “the most important woman in American political history.”

Kennedy said Pelosi, who has served in the House since 1987, “leads with strength, integrity and grace under pressure.”

The award was presented to Pelosi in a evening ceremony last night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

TEMPLE MEMORIALIZING PARKLAND VICTIMS BURNED AS SYMBOLIC GESTURE OF HEALING

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A wooden temple built as a memorial to the 17 victims of a Florida high school mass shooting has been set ablaze in a symbolic gesture of healing.

The “Temple of Time” public art installation was set afire yesterday at a ceremony hosted by the cities of Parkland and Coral Springs, where Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students live.

The families of several Parkland victims attended the ritual burning of the 35-foot tall temple. Described as “therapeutic” by some, the ceremonial fire is supposed to symbolize the release of pain still left inside.

San Francisco-area artist David Best created the 1,600-square-foot Asian design with a spire roof, helped by several volunteers.

A gunman killed 17 students and staffers and injured 17 others on Feb. 14, 2018.

PETE BUTTIGIEG SNAPS BACK AT TRUMP

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has jabbed at President Donald Trump, saying he understands why people are mesmerized by the president’s tweets because “it is the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away.”

Buttigieg spoke yesterday during a Fox News town hall. Asked about how he responds to Trump’s tweets and name-calling, Buttigieg said, “I don’t care.” He says Democrats need to talk more about what they’ll do for Americans than about Trump.

Trump criticized Fox News earlier yesterday for “wasting airtime” on Buttigieg, saying Fox “is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems.” He repeated his nickname for the Indiana mayor, calling him Alfred E. Neumann, the “Mad” magazine character _ and said he’ll never be president.

TRAYVON MARTIN’S MOM SEEKING ELECTIVE OFFICE

MIAMI (AP) — A mother who turned to activism after the slaying of her black teen son Trayvon Martin has announced she is running for office in Miami.

The Miami Herald reports Sybrina Fulton will be entering the race to join the 13-member board of Miami-Dade County commissioners.

Fulton said in a statement on Saturday that she would continue working to end gun violence. She will challenge Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for the seat that is up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits.

Trayvon’s parents head a foundation and have been recognized for their work on gun reform and social justice.

Trayvon was unarmed when shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. His death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

FORMER NFL PLAYER SAYS VANDALS DESTROYED THOUSANDS OF CHERRY TREES ON HIS LAND

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry says vandals have destroyed nearly half of the 4,000 cherry trees recently planted at his Northern California orchard.

Newberry tells the San Francisco Chronicle that a worker at his Newberry Cherry Farm arrived May 15 to find 2,000 new trees plucked from their roots and snapped.

Contra Costa County sheriff’s officials say deputies responded to the Brentwood orchard to take a report.

Newberry says he can’t imagine the effort it must have taken to cause such widespread damage. He says he’s heartbroken, but will replace the $30,000 worth of destroyed trees. And he plans to set up surveillance cameras.

The farm is still open for customers to pick cherries by the bucketful for purchase.

Newberry is 43. He played nearly two decades in the NFL before retiring in 2009.

MOM RUN OVER AFTER CHILD ACCIDENTLY PUTS CAR IN REVERSE

CHELMSFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a mother has been struck by her own car and seriously injured after her child accidentally put the car into reverse while she was loading the vehicle.

Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney says the 37-year-old woman, who authorities haven’t identified, is expected to survive the Sunday morning incident.

Police say the woman’s 9-year-old son shifted the car into reverse while she was standing at the open driver’s side front door. They say the woman tried to dive for the brake pedal, but was pinned and run over by the vehicle.

The vehicle continued down the driveway and came to a stop after striking a rock wall opposite the house. The child wasn’t injured.

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