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Dems downplay disturbing footage of colleague aggressively berating staff

A Pennsylvania state representative is under scrutiny after video was posted to social media seeming to show him harassing bartenders at a local restaurant.

State Rep. Kevin Boyle, a Democrat representing part of Philadelphia County, is under investigation after a video taken at Gaul and Co. Malt House in Rockledge Township, Pa., appeared to show him arguing with bartenders and threatening to shut down the bar.

“I can end this bar by the way,” the subject identified as Boyle said in the video posted to social media. “I’ll end this bar.”

“This bar is done. Do you know who I am?” he continued. “The bar is done tomorrow. Do you know who I am? This bar is done!”

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The Montgomery County Chief of Police told reporters that law enforcement officers arrived at the restaurant around 12:18 a.m. on Thursday following a 911 call from the bartender.

Boyle has not been charged with any crime and police say there is no evidence of him getting into a vehicle following the altercation.

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Pennsylvania House Democratic Leadership released a statement following the incident.

“We are aware of video circulating on social media. It is very troubling. Rep. Boyle has been open about his personal challenges. We are encouraged that our colleague and dear friend is seeking help,” the statement said. According to local outlets, the statement added, “Our commitment to delivering mental health services does not stop at the Capitol Steps. One of the main reasons we advocate so strongly for mental health access is the reality that challenges can and do happen to anyone, and seeking treatment should be encouraged, not stigmatized.”

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Police say that they are investigating the “threats” made by Boyle in the video. Boyle has yet to issue a public statement on the alleged outburst.

80-year-olds don’t mince words regarding blistering DOJ report on Biden’s memory

Several 80-year-olds weighed in on President Biden’s age and his ability to serve after the release of the Special Counsel report, which highlighted the president’s memory and age. 

A group of older, conservative friends in Arizona told the New York Times that the 2024 election was like a choice between “grandpa and crazy,” Biden, who is 81, and Donald Trump, who is 77. They all told the New York Times that they would prefer younger candidates.

“You don’t bounce back,” Jan Kallheim, 83, told the Times. “I don’t care how physically active you are, if you take pills or not — your acuity at 80 isn’t as good as it is at 60. There is deterioration.”

Kallheim, a retired nurse, tends to vote Republican, according to the media outlet, but said she would never vote for Donald Trump.

“I don’t think like I did when I was younger,” Lorene Bleess, 85, told the Times.

Sarah Shankman, an 80-year-old Democrat who lives in California, told the outlet that she wished the president would step aside. 

“I think his heart is in the right place, but I think his ego has gotten in the way,” she said. “I think Biden is having a very difficult time just coming to face the inevitable.”

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Others suggested the questions surrounding the president’s age had been blown out of proportion. Some cited the president’s bike rides, as well as an overall bias against older generations. 

“I have been in a position where I was asked something on the spot and I have stumbled here and there,” Beverly Edmond, 74 and a Democrat, told the outlet. “It happens, but it is not a reflection of intellect or capability. This has been blown out of proportion.”

Another said he felt “insulted,” on behalf of all older Americans, and said, “I think it’s time in this country we understood everybody’s going to age.”

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Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents spotlighted the president’s memory.

“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse,” the report stated. “He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 — when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’).”

“He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died,” it continued. “And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he ‘had a real difference’ of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, when, in fact, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly in his Thanksgiving memo to President Obama.”

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Harry W. Hepburn III, an 82-year-old Republican and supporter of Trump, told the New York Times that he feels “exceptional” for his age, but didn’t believe that was the case for Biden. 

“I think he has lost his ability to think on his feet,” he told the outlet. “He scares me. Watch how he walks — he walks like a guy who doesn’t have it anymore.”

Israel issues blunt warning to Hamas terrorists on impending conclusion

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that victory over Hamas in Gaza is “within reach.”

Netanyahu made the statement during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” with host Shannon Bream. He said Israeli forces have beaten Hamas back to its final stronghold in Gaza and argued the campaign must continue to deliver the final blow.

“Victory is within reach,” Netanyahu said. “We have already destroyed three-quarters of Hamas’ organized terrorist battalions. Three-quarters, 18 out of 24 – we’re not going to leave the other six. That would be like you leaving a quarter of ISIS in Iraq in place and you say, ‘Well they can have their little territory. It’s OK.'”

“Obviously, ISIS would re-establish itself. Hamas-ISIS would re-establish itself, too, if we don’t finish its last remaining bastion,” he added.

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Bream asked Netanyahu about recent comments from President Biden that appeared to criticize Israeli operations in Gaza. Biden said on Thursday that “the conduct of the response in the Gaza Strip has been over the top.”

Netanyahu told Bream that he was not sure what Biden meant by the statement and added he has not spoken with Biden since he made the comment.

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He went on to list the various efforts Israeli forces are making to minimize the loss of civilian life in Gaza.

Fighting in Gaza remains fiercest in the southern city of Khan Younis, where Hamas’ top leaders are believed to be holed up in a network of tunnels.

Netanyahu has said Israeli forces will remain in Gaza for an extended period following the war, another friction point for the Biden administration. Biden has argued that occupying Gaza after the war would be a “mistake” and has urged Netanyahu to work out a two-state solution.

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“The Palestinian people deserve a state of their own and a future free from Hamas,” Biden wrote in a November 2023 opinion piece in the Washington Post.

Critics argue a two-state solution is currently unrealistic. Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says Palestinians “are not willing” to accept a Jewish state, and added that any Palestinian state would be extremely likely to become a terror state.

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“I do not think a two-state solution is possible, and, even if possible, it is not advisable. For more than 50 years, hundreds of self-proclaimed ‘peacemakers,’ led by the United States, have attempted to coerce Israel and the Palestinians into a two-state solution,” he said. “The efforts repeatedly fail regardless of who’s in charge.”

Grieving mom of shooting victim confronts far left DA over lax crime policies

A Los Angeles shooting victim’s grieving mother confronted progressive District Attorney George Gascón with tough questions last week, slamming his allegedly soft-on-crime policies to his face.

“My child was killed by a gang member, and you had more sympathy for that gang member than my child who was killed in front of my home,” Emma Rivas said during a district attorney debate over policies on gang-related crime enhancements last Thursday. 

“Can you explain to me? Because I’ve been looking for you for four years.”

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Gascón responded, “I am broken-hearted for your loss,” before defending his stance on criminal justice reform, adding, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. We as a country have been doing the same thing for generations.”

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Rivas, whose son was murdered in Los Angeles in 2016, joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday to follow up on the tense exchange she had with the embattled DA.

“We cannot have that kind of progressive DA in office,” she said. “This is the first time in history, 180 years, that we’ve ever had a DA that has a heart for criminals and not a heart for the victims. There are parents that lost their children to murder that are 16, 17 years old and getting five years in jail. Where’s the justice in this?

“And he sits there smiling and laughing, and he just doesn’t care. He’s not fit to be a DA, and his assistant is a defense attorney. How did we get to this? And why aren’t people realizing this man is no good for LA? He already ruined San Francisco, and now he’s doing the same thing in Los Angeles County.”

Gascón barred prosecutors from pursuing advanced punishments for gang members after taking over as district attorney, according to FOX 11 in LA.

Multiple deputy district attorneys running against him voiced their disagreement with the policy last Thursday.

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Rivas, meanwhile, slammed the policies’ impact on sentencing for her son’s killer.

Gascón has previously defended his crime policies, telling KTLA-TV in June 2022 that he knows “how to keep communities safe,” blaming rising violence in the county on the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also garnered the endorsement of The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board for his re-election bid as its members insisted “voters would be wise to reject the nonsense and keep Gascón on the job and criminal justice reform in place.”

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Fox News’ Landon Mion contributed to this report.

Boy rushed to hospital after dream birthday trip to New York City takes terrifying turn

A Texas family’s trip to the Big Apple for their 10-year-old son’s birthday turned into a nightmare, after their son became violently ill and was induced into a coma at a New York City ICU.

Riker Stippick’s family surprised him with a birthday vacation to New York City to experience the popular Broadway musical, Hamilton, and to eat his first slice of New York City pizza.

“Bless his sweet little heart,” David Stippick, Riker’s dad, told FOX 7. 

“He wanted to go to the Weehawken dueling ground where Aaron Burr and Hamilton had their duel,” he said.

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Stippick said that on his son’s tenth birthday, the last thing on his mind was that his son could become violently ill.

“Your kid is happy and healthy and 10, you kind of assume they’re going to stay that way,” said Stippick.

On the way to the World Trade Center, Riker’s health took a turn, and he shared with his parents that he was experiencing the “worst headache” he had ever had.

“There’s a building over there that we walked through and as soon as we walked through that building he said, ‘Oh, I have a really bad headache. This is the worst headache I’ve ever had,’” Stippick told the local outlet.

Moments later, the birthday boy vomited and laid down near a bench to rest.

“It was like a shriek of pain,” said Stippick.

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They took him to the hospital, where doctors put him in a medically induced coma.

“It’s as awful as it sounds, you know what I mean?” said Stippick.

New York City doctors told Riker’s parents that they believe that he may have experienced an arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal connection between his arteries and veins and can cause bleeding into the brain or spinal cord.

Doctors said that the 10-year-old experienced an aneurysm inside his arteries and veins– leading to his excruciating pain.

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Surgeons had to drill a hole into Riker’s skull to drain blood and fluid and to remove clotting.

“We don’t know the genuine hope of if and when he does come out of this, what kind of therapies or treatments are going to be needed down the line,” said Stippick.

Doctors still need to do an MRI on the boy before they can give his family an official diagnosis.

They told Riker’s parents that he must become stable and get off of his tubes and machines before they can fully diagnose him.

Now the Stippicks are praying that their son will wake up from the coma and that they will receive answers to their many questions about their son’s health.

“We never expected it to be our reality, but it is,” said Stippick.

The family’s support system, including their church in Texas, has rallied around the family during their nightmare.

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Their church’s lead pastor at Peace of Christ Church opened a GoFundMe account that reached more than $78,000 in just a few days.

“I don’t have the words to say thank you to everybody outside the words thank you,” said Stippick.

Health officials confirm the first human bubonic plague case is in the US

An Oregon resident has been infected with the state’s first case of bubonic plague since 2015, health officials said last week.

The resident was likely infected with plague by their symptomatic pet cat, Deschutes County Health Services said in a news release on Wednesday.

“All close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent illness,” Dr. Richard Fawcett, the Deschutes County health officer, said in the release without identifying the infected resident.

Officials said there was little risk to the community since the case was identified and treated in the earlier stages of the disease. No additional cases of plague have emerged during the communicable disease investigation. 

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The bubonic plague can progress into the more severe and difficult to treat septicemic plague (bloodstream infection) and/or pneumonic plague (lung infection) if not diagnosed early.

The last case of human plague in Oregon was reported in 2015, according to Oregon Health Authority.

Humans typically begin to show symptoms of the plague within two to eight days of exposure. Symptoms can include a sudden onset of fever, nausea, weakness, chills, muscle aches and visibly swollen lymph nodes called buboes.  

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Humans can be infected through bites or contact with infected fleas or animals.

In Central Oregon, officials warned that the most common animals to carry bubonic plague are squirrels and chipmunks, though they noted that mice and other rodents can also carry the disease. 

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To prevent the spread of the plague, officials recommend that residents and pets avoid all contact with rodents and fleas, including sick, injured or dead rodents. 

Taylor Swift becomes catalyst in cancel culture’s effort to change ‘racist’ Chiefs name

As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to compete in Sunday’s Super Bowl, a group of Native Americans is renewing their call for the team to drop its name, mascot and fan-driven “tomahawk chop” ritual.

Activist Rhonda LeValdo is one of the individuals leading the fight to see the use of Native American imagery and references in sports come to an end. She is the founder of a Kansas City-based group called Not In Our Honor. 

LeValdo and dozens of Indigenous activists have traveled to Las Vegas, the site of Super Bowl LVIII, to protest and demand the team alter its nickname, abandon its logo, and cease certain game rituals they view as offensive. Protesters had the same goal a few years ago when they organized a demonstration outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, ahead of the start of Super Bowl LV.

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The Chiefs lost that Super Bowl to the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I’ve spent so much of my personal time and money on this issue. I really hoped that our kids wouldn’t have to deal with this,” LeValdo said. “But here we go again.”

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LeValdo, who is Acoma Pueblo, has been in the Kansas City area for more than two decades.

Some sports teams have argued their mascots are intended to honor and respect the tribes.

The protests have led to some change. In November 2021, then-Cleveland Indians baseball team changed its name to the Guardians. The team also stopped using its Chief Wahoo mascot.

The 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis prompted Washington’s NFL franchise to drop “Redskins” from its name. Many Native American groups and others considered the term a racial slur. After a season of simply being referred to as the Washington Football, in February 2022 the team became the Commanders.

Beginning in 2020, fans were barred from wearing headdresses or face paint referencing or appropriating Native American culture in Arrowhead Stadium, though some still have.

“End Racism” was written in the end zone. Players put decals on their helmets with similar slogans or names of African Americans who were killed by police officers.

“We were like, ‘Wow, you guys put this on the helmets and on the field, but look at your name and what you guys are doing,’” LeValdo said.

The Chiefs retired their mascot “Warpaint” in 2021.

However, the team’s name and arrowhead logo remain, as does the “tomahawk chop,” in which fans chant and swing a forearm up and down in a ritual that is not unique to the Chiefs.

Singer Taylor Swift’s relationship with Travis Kelce has brought a new level of attention to the Chiefs. In light of the heightened attention, LeValdo said her fellow activists made a sign for this weekend reading, “Taylor Swift doesn’t do the chop. Be like Taylor.”

“We were watching. We were looking to see if she was going to do it. But she never did,” LeValdo said.

The Chiefs say the team was named after Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle, who was nicknamed “The Chief” and helped bring the franchise to the city in the early 1960s.

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They also say they have worked in recent years to eliminate offensive imagery.

“We’ve done more over the last seven years, I think, than any other team to raise awareness and educate ourselves,” team President Mark Donovan said prior to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

In 2014, the team created the American Indian Community Working Group, which includes a group of Native Americans that serves as advisers to the team. The representatives have appeared at Chiefs home games in the years since.

During Chiefs home games, LeValdo and other Indigenous activists stand outside Arrowhead with signs saying, “Stop the Chop” and “This Does Not Honor Us.”

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For LeValdo, the pain fueling her activism is rooted in the oppression, killing and displacement of her ancestors and the lingering effects those injustices have on her community.

“We weren’t even allowed to be Native American. We weren’t allowed to practice our culture. We weren’t allowed to wear our clothes,” she said. “But it’s OK for Kansas City fans to bang a drum, to wear a headdress and then to act like they’re honoring us? That doesn’t make sense.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Adele puts Taylor Swift haters in their place: ‘All of you that are complaining…’

Whether you like it or not, Taylor Swift is at the epicenter of Super Bowl LVIII conversation, with fans and media alike awaiting her arrival at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, as if she’s a player.

Poised to make her 13th appearance this season at an NFL game Sunday night, Swift has garnered immense backlash for publicly supporting boyfriend Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, throughout the year. 

But popstar Adele, who is currently performing her residency in Las Vegas, has absolutely zero tolerance for those ridiculing Swift for inundating football culture.

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On the eve of the Super Bowl, Adele spoke about who she was rooting for, while also defending Swift. In a video posted to X, the pop star contemplated who she would be rooting for in the big game.

“I’m a bit torn because I kind of want the [San Francisco] 49ers to win, but I’m also a Chiefs fan. I think I want the Chiefs to win just because… Taylor Swift’s boyfriend,” she said to an animated crowd. “And all of you that are complaining about Taylor Swift being at games, get a f—ing life, it’s her f—ing boyfriend.”

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“It’s like she made it a bit more enjoyable to watch, cause like I said, I have no idea what’s going on,” Adele admitted.

Earlier this weekend, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt offered similar sentiments to Fox News Digital, saying it’s been “so exciting and completely unexpected” for Chiefs Kingdom to gain a fan in Swift.

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“As a result, we do have a whole bunch of new fans, and that’s been fantastic. Not only here in North America, but really across the globe,” Hunt stated.

“I’m so excited to have Taylor bring in all the Swifties, so many women and young girls, because it’s our favorite sport, but they didn’t know it was their favorite sport, and we’re certain it will be going forward,” Tavia Hunt added.

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Since September, when Swift appeared at Arrowhead Stadium to watch Kelce play, their relationship has been tabloid fodder. Swift has frequently been shown during television broadcasts and on stadium screens while appearing at the games, something she has made clear that she cannot control.

“I don’t know how they know what suite I’m in,” she told Time in December of photographers. “There’s a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don’t know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once.”

Swift added, “I’m just there to support Travis. I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and p—ing off a few dads, Brads and Chads.”

Law catches up with YouTuber accused of recording motorcycle ride going 150 mph

A Texas YouTuber accused of recording himself going more than 150 mph on a motorcycle down a Colorado highway has been arrested in his home state, and the extradition process is underway. 

Rendon Dietzmann, 32, was arrested Feb. 7 in Denton County, Texas, on Colorado State Patrol’s extraditable warrant, the El Paso County District Attorney announced Friday. The process of taking him back to Colorado, for his first court appearance, is in progress.

Denton County Sheriff’s Office online arrest records show Dietzmann was charged with assault, which is not one of the charges listed on the warrant for the speeding case from Sept. 28, 2023, when Dietzmann allegedly zoomed between Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area in 20 minutes on Interstate 25 for social media purposes. 

The drive between the two cities typically takes an hour.

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The video, no longer on YouTube but shared by CSP last month, appears to show Dietzmann going at high speeds while squeezing through small gaps in traffic and traveling on the highway shoulder. 

Dietzmann is known as Gixxer Brah on YouTube. His page description says, “I like to wheelie… and go fast.” The account has more than 250,000 subscribers and nearly 500 videos posted to its page, with the most recent upload six days ago. YouTube previously told Fox News Digital that it has removed content from the channel in the past, adding that its policies prohibit “harmful or dangerous acts” that “have a serious risk of severe bodily harm or death.”

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Dietzmann was wanted on charges of menacing, engaging in a speed contest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding 40 mph over the limit, engaging in an exhibition of speed and driving without license plates attached.  

Colorado State Patrol coordinated with the Dallas Police Department in Texas and the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office to identify the rider as Dietzmann. He was arrested at a home in Justin, Texas.