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Former cop turned largest legal pot farmer has message for Biden

Kyle Kazan is a former Los Angeles Police Department officer who once had to arrest a man he pulled up next to at a red light who had a marijuana plant sticking out of his convertible with the top down.

“We stopped at the red light, and he had a giant plant in the back seat of his car,” Kazan told Fox News Digital. “And then, when I looked at him, people are laughing. I mean it was so ridiculous. And then he saluted me.”

Now Kazan’s one of the biggest legal pot growers in the country, the co-founder and CEO of Glass House Brands, which he says produces more than 600,000 pounds of weed a year and expects to break the million mark soon. 

The company owns 6 million square feet of greenhouse space, he said, but is using less than half of that.

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After breaking into the legal pot business with some shady partners, including an associate of the infamous LA mogul Suge Knight, Kazan said he cleaned things up, attracted legitimate investors and cultivated a California powerhouse.

But there’s a darker side of the legalized pot business, says the man who has delivered public speeches while wearing a shirt declaring, “No one should be in prison for a plant.”

Thousands of people are serving felony prison sentences for nonviolent marijuana dealing that pale in comparison to the scale of his operation.

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“Justice, then, certainly isn’t blind now, is it?” Kazan said.

According to Kazan’s estimate, there are between 2,700 and 3,000 people imprisoned on marijuana distribution charges in federal prisons. There are thousands more in state prisons. The Last Prisoner Project, a Colorado-based nonprofit, estimates that in 2018 there were 32,000 inmates around the country on cannabis-related charges.

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That’s just wrong, Kazan argued, especially when none of those people moved anywhere near as much weight as his company.

He takes the issue seriously and has even flown across the country to speak on behalf of nonviolent marijuana dealers facing decades in prison.

“I flew down to the federal courthouse in Augusta, (Georgia), at the request of a guy named Jose Valero Jr. in 2022, because he reached out to me on social media and said, ‘I’m taking a plea. I’m going to get sentenced,'” Kazan told Fox News Digital. 

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Valero was facing three charges related to eight pounds of pot, Kazan said. That’s about as much as he might sweep off the floor in one of his greenhouses and throw out on a given day, he said.

“That’s what I point out, like the judge, the defendant, everybody could own – legally – my stock with a Charles Schwab account, right now, from the courthouse,” he said. “And you’re sentencing this young man?”

He is calling for clemency for nonviolent dealers as well as reasonable regulations for the marijuana industry. And he has slammed politicians in both parties, especially President Biden, over the number of pot dealers still incarcerated today.

“Mr. Biden, unfortunately, has not wavered in his commitment to keeping people in prison, unless you’re a famous WNBA player sitting in Mr. Putin’s prison. And I’m happy she’s home, and I’m happy that he went to bat for her,” he said, wagging a pen in front of a camera. 

“But you don’t have to trade away a merchant of death when you have this, and you just need 3,000 signatures to end it.”

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He said marijuana users should be treated like alcohol users — allowed to partake legally but limited to reasonable, safe behavior.

San Francisco and the craziness in our state has made a mockery of my argument because they’re saying, ‘Oh, you just want people splayed out in the streets, and you want needles in parks where kids play,” he said. “No, I don’t. I also don’t want people out there running around with a beer, drinking in public. There needs to be some laws around this, but you can do this in a sane, rational way.”

Kazan also weighed in on a recent high-profile case involving a woman who fell into a “marijuana-induced psychosis” after smoking a high-potency strain of boutique pot, then fatally stabbed her boyfriend and plunged the knife into her own neck multiple times before police arrived.

He compared the high THC content she consumed to Jack Daniel’s whiskey having more alcohol than a beer.

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“It’s a lot less potent, but when you drink enough of it, you’re going to get to the same place,” he said.

He said he disagreed with the outcome of her trial, in which she was acquitted.

“It needs to be some personal responsibility,” he said. “When I read that story, I shook my head. If you make a choice to obliterate yourself with alcohol or whatever, I think you should still bear the consequences of your actions.”

Professor defends claiming Taylor Swift fans are racist — for being Taylor Swift fans

A California professor, who is no stranger to controversial opinions, speculated that it might be racist to be a Taylor Swift fan. 

“Why do I feel like it’s slightly racist to be a Taylor Swift fan?” Melina Abdullah posted to X on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Abdullah, a professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State University Los Angeles, is a self-described “#BlackLivesMatter organizer, Pan-Africanist, Hip Hop scholar, daughter of God, womanist, truth-teller, mama,” according to her post on X. She is also listed as a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles chapter and co-director of the activist wing of the advocacy organization, Black Lives Matter Grassroots. 

When one user asked her to elaborate on her opinion she replied: “I said FEEL, not think. Kind of like that feeling I get when there are too many American flags.” In the same post someone commented that “Literally everything is racist.” Abdullah responded “Indeed!”

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A few hours later, she followed up in another post on X after the Kansas City Chiefs had won the game: “Why do I feel like this was some right-wing, white-supremacist conspiracy?!?! Booooooo!!!! #SuperBowl.”

“Folks think they’re attacking me by asking why I think everything is racist…I’m not offended. Virtually everything is racist,” she wrote in another post addressing the attention she received from her previous posts.

Fox News Digital reached out to Abdullah for additional comment. This story will be updated with any reply. 

She has previously shared controversial opinions on Twitter. In 2022, she told white people they weren’t welcome to Juneteenth celebrations. 

“Attention white people… Please don’t ask if you can come to the cookout… #Juneteenth is freedom day for Black folks,” she posted to Twitter in June 2022. “It should be #Reparations day for white folks.”

In December 2021, two days before Jussie Smollet was found guilty of staging a fake hate crime, she argued for his innocence. 

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“In our commitment to abolition, we can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom. While policing at-large is an irredeemable institution, CPD is notorious for its long and deep history of corruption, racism, and brutality,” she wrote in a statement on the Black Lives Matter website. 

The actor claimed that in 2019 he was attacked by two white men screaming “This is MAGA country” in the middle of the night in Chicago. In December of 2021, he was found guilty of falsely reporting a hate crime. 

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In 2017, at a conference on intersectionality and discrimination, Abdullah said today’s police officers are the “slave catchers” of yesteryear: “You literally have a target on your back. That is what policing was founded on and that is what it evolved out of,” according to reporting by The College Fix. 

Democrats react to Trump GOP primary victory in South Carolina

Several Democrats took to social media Saturday night to poke fun at former President Donald Trump following his victory in the South Carolina Republican primary election, with some even encouraging his last major GOP rival to stay in the race.

The primary was called for the former president and 2024 GOP frontrunner just moments after polls closed Saturday night. Trump celebrated saying he looked forward to telling President Biden in November: “Joe, you’re fired.”

In a statement following the news of Trump’s victory over former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Biden insisted that “Every day, Americans are reminded of the threat Donald Trump poses to our future as Americans grapple with the damage he left behind.”

Biden specifically took aim at Trump over the issue of abortion, saying the former president is “ripping away a fundamental constitutional right women had in this country for 50 years.”

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“We are still rebuilding the economy after Trump lost millions of good-paying jobs and sold out working families to give himself and his wealthy friends handouts,” Biden added. “And Trump is promising to once again use the presidency for his own revenge and retribution after January 6 stained our collective consciousness.”

Reacting to the news of Trump’s win, Victor Shi, the youngest elected delegate for Joe Biden in 2020, wrote on X, “Would love if mainstream media also stated pointing out the fact that President Biden won South Carolina by more than 97% of the vote and that almost 60% of Nikki Haley voters said in exit polls that they’d vote against Trump today.”

“Trump is weak and he will lose,” Shi added.

In a follow-up post, Shi insisted that Trump “hasn’t even surpassed 60% of the vote today” and that “he’s in a weak position.”

“The Republican Party is in disarray. Democrats are united behind President Biden,” Shi said.

Democratic political strategist Adam Parkhomenko also weighed in following Trump’s victory, writing in a post to X, “Things are not going well at the Trump event in South Carolina.”

Parkhomenko’s post included a clip of Trump welcoming South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham to the stage as he gave his victory remarks. In the clip, Graham could be seen walking to the mic as the crowd of Trump supporters booed the senator.

Josh Marshall — the founder and editor-in-chief of Talking Points Memo, a liberal political news and opinion website — penned an article titled “Face It: This is a Weak Showing for Trump in South Carolina.”

In the article, Marshall wrote, “I’m not going to speculate what it means for the general election. But this is a lot of persistent opposition for a candidate who has always been running as a de facto incumbent.”

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“Even if you set that de facto incumbency aside, it’s quite a lot for a candidate who is, whatever technicalities you want to get caught up in, the presumptive nominee. 40% of Republican primary voters are still showing up to say they don’t want Trump even when they know they’re definitely going to get him,” he added.

Others are looking to Haley to stay in the race to compete with Trump.

During an appearance on CNN, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said he believes Haley should stay in the race against Trump.

“I believe Nikki Haley should stay in the race,” Clyburn told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Clyburn’s comments came after California Gov. Gavin Newsom told MSNBC Saturday during an interview that will air Sunday that he believes Haley is one of the Democratic Party’s “better surrogates” for making the case against Trump.

“I don’t know why Democrats would want her out of the race,” Newsom told the outlet. “She’s one of our better surrogates. I mean, she’s defining the opposition to Trump credibly, effectively.”

“She’s making points I’m applauding every single day,” he added.

Despite many Republican calls for Haley to drop out of the race, the former UN ambassador said Saturday night that she isn’t going anywhere. Haley had pledged to stay in the race even if she lost the Palmetto State, and she said she’s sticking with that.

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“I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” she told supporters gathered at a watch party in Charleston.

Fox News projected Saturday shortly after polls closed that Trump will win the state’s GOP primary. Trump has three times as many delegates as Haley; he will win up to 50 more tonight.

But Haley intends to keep the race going through Super Tuesday. “We’re headed to Michigan tomorrow. And we’re headed to the Super Tuesday states throughout all of next week,” she said.

Sportscaster faces heat for branding Trump supporters as a ‘toxic cult’

Sportscaster Bob Costas drew ire from “The Big Weekend Show” panelists hours after slamming Trump supporters as members of a “toxic cult” on CNN’s “Smerconish” on Saturday.

“74, 75 million people in this country voted for Donald Trump. I’m not sure that’s a great look [for Costas],” Guy Benson, radio host and Fox News contributor, said.

As discussion pivoted from former President Donald Trump’s cruise to victory in Nikki Haley’s home state of South Carolina on Saturday, Benson, along with Fox News contributors Katie Pavlich and Lisa Boothe, laid into Costas with their own takes on the current state of politics.

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“From sports to saying Trump supporters are a cult… It was a deplorable moment for him,” Pavlich weighed in.

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Boothe alleged the criticism would apply to anyone dominating the Republican race to retake the White House in November. With that race down to two people – and with Donald Trump securing all primary and caucus victories so far – the spotlights have mostly turned in his direction.

“Let’s say Nikki Haley did get the nomination, but she’s not going to. He would be turning the same ire toward her, right? Remember, they called John McCain racist. Mitt Romney was a sexist. Basically, if you’re a Republican, you have a target on your back,” she said.

“They’re going to criticize Donald Trump, but we’re seeing, with Joe Biden, a fracturing coalition of the people that propelled him to victory in 2020, saying, ‘You know what? We thought that you were going to be better. You weren’t.’ And now Trump’s going in and can easily say, ‘Things were good under my watch…’” she continued.

Costas, during his appearance on “Smerconish,” titled Trump the “most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history” in addition to calling out his supporters. 

“He [Trump] is a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits,” he told host Michael Smerconish.

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“You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and in a toxic cult to believe that Donald Trump has ever been, in any sense, emotionally, psychologically, intellectually, or ethically fit to be President of the United States,” he added. “But his supporters are locked in on that.”

Costas additionally rebuked President Biden for running for re-election and thereby risking plunging the country into “insanity” by setting the stage for Trump to take office again.

“He could lose to Trump and subject the nation to four more years of this kind of ongoing insanity. Or if he squeaks by, it’s very likely that he cannot complete his second term. He‘d be 86 at the end of it,” he said.

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Former President Trump quickly secured a win over former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in Saturday’s showdown in the Palmetto State, another essential victory as he looks to clinch the nomination and face off against President Biden in a November rematch.

Both candidates now eye Super Tuesday, slated for March 5.

Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.

Pentagon responds to craft interception over US year after China spy controversy

The Pentagon said the latest high altitude balloon detected over the United States is a “likely hobby” craft, about a year after a Chinese spy balloon traversed the continental U.S., sparking controversy. 

“After yesterday’s fighter intercepts, and in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the North American Aerospace Defense Command monitored the likely hobby balloon via ground radars until it left US airspace overnight,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said Saturday in a statement, reported by ABC News and other outlets. No further information was immediately available. 

Two defense officials told Fox News that the balloon detected flying over the U.S. has been identified as the property of an amateur balloonist and is not from China. The balloon was spotted over Utah and was heading east. 

NORAD first announced the high altitude balloon on Friday, noting that it was observed at between roughly 43,000 and 45,000 feet.

“The balloon was intercepted by NORAD fighters over Utah, who determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security. NORAD will continue to track and monitor the balloon,” NORAD said. “The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety.”

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There has been heightened interest in reports of balloon overflights after the military identified — and eventually shot down — a large, white Chinese spy craft that crossed much of the country last year. But officials said the balloon intercepted Friday was not sent by a foreign adversary and posed no threat to aviation or U.S. security, according to the Associated Press. 

The Chinese spy craft flew from Alaska to the East Coast, where it was shot down by the military over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4, 2023. The Pentagon said in June that while the Chinese balloon had “intelligence collection capabilities,” it did not collect and transmit data before it was shot down. 

Intelligence agencies have concluded that the Chinese craft was used for spying, not weather-related issues as China had claimed. 

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It is unclear why the spy mission seemed to fail, but officials said intelligence agencies used countermeasures to prevent data collection. 

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Liz Friden and Brie Stimson, as well as the Associated Press contributed to this report.

First girl to win high school state title, defeats boys at their own game

An Arizona teen became the first female to ever win a high school wrestling state title while competing against boys this past weekend. 

Audrey Jimenez, an 18-year-old from Sunnyside High School in Tucson, won the Division 1 title in the 106-pound weight class, and she can forever call herself a state champion. 

“The crowd was just super crazy,” Jimenez told Scripps News Phoenix. “So that’s what made it seem more of like, ‘Oh wow, like I just won state.’”

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In a video posted to X of her match, you can see Jimenez is sort of in shock that she won the title, while the crowd is roaring in celebration as the referee raised her arm to signify the victory. 

Now, Jimenez is used to winning state titles in her high school career, but it always came against girls. For the past three years, she’s been required to compete against girls despite facing boys during the regular season. 

This year, however, her coaches asked the Arizona Interscholastic Association to allow Jimenez to compete against boys in the state tournament, which was granted. 

Scripps News Phoenix adds that Jimenez’ parents, her father Billy and mother Denise, have always spoken highly of their daughter’s work ethic. 

When the AIA gave her the ability to compete against boys in the state tournament, they both knew she would make the best of her opportunity. 

“Once you see it done, you know it’s possible,” Jimenez said. 

Jimenez won the match, 7-5, after being down 4-2 early on. She beat four male wrestlers, including her championship match opponent, to win the title. 

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Jimenez also wrestles for USA Wrestling, recently securing a bronze medal in the Pan American Championships over a female Canadian opponent. 

Costco item sparked death threat between executives over the pricing

Costco’s signature $1.50 hot dogs remain an ever-popular staple for shoppers at any of the retailer’s 602 warehouses nationwide, but exactly how has the big-box store kept the price of the all-beef cuisine so cheap since its introduction in 1985?

The reason, at first, was sentimental.

Costco’s late chairman Jeffrey Brotman, who co-founded the warehouse empire with its since-retired CEO Jim Sinegal, told the now-defunct King County Journal newspaper in Bellevue, Washington, in the early 2000s that his first business venture was operating a hot dog cart at the Seattle Center with his brother in the late 1970s, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

After Brotman teamed up with Sinegal in 1983 to form Costco, the pair pledged never to raise the price of the hot dog and soda combo.

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With inflation pushing costs higher over the ensuing decades, the financial Motely Fool wrote in an article published last year that Costco should be charging at least $4.25 for the combo meal.

But in a 2018 interview with Seattle-based publication 425 Business, then-CEO Craig Jelinek recounted the famous response from Sinegal, who had since retired, to being told that the hot dog price wasn’t sustainable.

“I came to (Sinegal) once and I said, ‘Jim, we can’t sell this hot dog for a buck fifty. We are losing our rear ends,'” Jelinek said. “And he said, ‘If you raise the effing hot dog, I will kill you. Figure it out.'”

Jelinek recounted how he solved the issue by building Costco its own hot dog manufacturing plant in Los Angeles, and later another plant in Chicago, to avoid using more expensive third-party suppliers.

With the plants up-and-running, Jelinek told the outlet that the hallmark item was making “enough money to get a fair return.”

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Jelinek was questioned again whether the hot dog price tag would ever change in a July 2022 interview on CNBC’s “Squak on the Street.”

Jelinek simply replied, “No.”

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Other leaders at the warehouse giant have issued similar answers about their intentions with the hot dog and soda combo prices during shareholder meetings.

In 2022, Costco’s then-CFO Richard Galanti told investors that the $1.50 price was not in danger of disappearing any time soon when asked about the believed margin squeeze over the cheap cost, MarketWatch reported at the time.

“We really don’t look at it that way,” Galanti said. “Some businesses that are doing well with margin … those things help us be more aggressive in other areas, or, as you mentioned, hold the price on the hot dog and the soda a little longer — forever.”

With Jelinek retiring last year and Galanti stepping down last month, some have wondered whether the price of the combo meal was in jeopardy. But Costco has shown no sign of breaking its co-founder’s pledge any time soon.

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Last month, an Ohio resident went viral after eating nothing but the $1.50 hot dog and soda combo from Costco for an entire week. He explained to Fox Business that the rising costs of food in the past few years pushed him to undertake the challenge, spending a total of about $45 on the meals. 

Divers find human remains in lake ‘we pass every day’ after vanishing in 1982

The chief of a volunteer dive team couldn’t believe it when his diver, Scott Rose, radioed, “We got a bravo,” a code word the team uses when a diver finds something important. 

First, it was a radiator that matched a specific car they were looking for from a 1982 cold case, then came two wheels with hubcaps from the same car, Sidney Dive Team Chief Steve Swain told Fox News Digital.

“At that time, we asked the diver to do a search around the vehicle, and that’s when he found a few remains” in a deteriorated Camaro buried about 15 feet deep in Jack’s Creek in Washington, North Carolina, Swain said.

That could be the key to solving the mysterious disappearances of William Clifton, David McMicken and Michael Norman, who seemingly vanished on Dec. 10, 1982, after leaving a bar in Chocowinity, about a 30-minute drive from the dive site.

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Once they found the remains, they needed to “put plan B together,” Swain said. “What are we going to do next?”

“We thought the car was upside down, but it was actually sitting on its wheels, but just everything above the wheels had deteriorated,” Swain said. 

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That’s when they called the local authorities, which in this case was police from Washington, North Carolina, to figure out the best way to get the pieces of the car out of the water without destroying potential evidence.

After getting the necessary permits and preparations, they ultimately drained most of the body of water while the university anthropology experts studied the remains. 

As the water was pumped out, they were able to get to the car, and the VIN number was a match to the missing 1975 Camaro that the missing trio drove in 1982.

Throughout the operation, family members, including McMicken’s daughter, Kayla Melendres, stayed on scene. 

“Stepping onto the site, the reality hit me deeply,” she said. 

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Swain remembers the family members thanking Swain, Rose and the team for all their efforts. 

“They were supportive of our efforts and appreciative to our team, and you know that’s why we’re here,” Swain said. “Most of dives are rescue missions, they’re recovery missions. But we want to bring some closure to the family to help the healing process. 

The eeriest part about the whole mission, Swain said, is how many times they all drove by that body of water. 

It’s like a retention pond in a busy area that feeds into Pungo Creek in Beaufort County, North Carolina. 

“We all rode passed this pumping station thousands of times over the years, and we just never went in there,” Swain said. 

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The reason they were there at all is a YouTuber named Jason Souhrada, a Myrtle Beach native, found something peculiar in the water while he was using a remote-controlled sonar device. 

He took the sonar images to several experts, including the all-volunteer dive team, and Swain said, “It definitely looked like something we should dive for.”

That was back in December. The team made preparations, and set up the dive for Feb. 9, when they made the incredible discovery. 

“I’m just so thankful the guy with the sonar took the initiative to look at this cold case, and say, ‘Hey, I think there’s something here,'” Swain said. “We’re very fortunate to do what we did and accomplish what we got done.”

What’s next?

Police said they would have to wait for the remains to be positively identified before determining whether any foul play might have been involved.

The families of the missing men are now awaiting the results of the identification process. In a joint statement, the families have requested privacy to grieve, reflect and process these events in their own time.

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“They were very appreciative of us,” Washington Police Chief Rollinson said. “They expressed how thankful they were that so many people were involved in the effort to recover the vehicle and what remains we could recover. We just want to give them some closure.”

Lea Rose, Clifton’s daughter, emphasized the families’ collective gratitude.

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“Without Jason Souhrada’s sacrifice, taking time away from his family to help ours, we wouldn’t have this potential chance for closure,” she said. “This has reopened wounds, initiating the grieving process anew for three families. Despite the pain, there’s a slight relief in finally having some answers.”

“I feel like I am in a dream of sorts,” ReAnne Mayo, Clifton’s other daughter, told Fox News. “I never thought to prepare myself had we found them. For years, I may have been watching the sunset near the creek with my father nearby and never knew it.”

Fox News Digital’s Emily Robertson contributed to this report.

Husband’s social media post goes viral for summarizing age-old couple’s challenge

A husband’s social media post has gone viral for summarizing — in 2024 — an age-old couple’s challenge: Is the guy pulling his weight around the house?

The post on Reddit has grabbed over 2,300 reactions and 1,400 comments in less than 24 hours.

A husband, 36, said he and his wife, 38, have been married for eight years. They have two kids, ages 7 and 5.

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“She is a stay-at-home mom,” he wrote, “in charge of all the housework and childrearing while I work and cover us financially.”

He added a caveat right away, adding, “Before you start attacking me, hear me out.”

He said the couple “ran into a bit of bad luck with debt a few years ago,” and as a result, he said he works about 50-60 hours a week “to help us get out of it.”

The man, who didn’t share his location but called himself “ThrowRA_boiyy,” said he’s a carpenter “so the days are long, and sometimes I drive quite a bit to get to the work sites. By the time I get home, I am exhausted and pretty much eat, then collapse into bed.”

“I never thought I was one of those guys.”

He described the family’s weekend routines, noting he takes his son and daughter to soccer games, then is “back home for lunch, while my wife goes to [her] book club [meetings, has] lunch with her friends, then usually [does] some sort of hike or yoga class. She is back by midafternoon, at which point she takes back over the kids.”

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The husband said he makes dinner Saturday nights and “maybe [does] a bit of laundry and cleans the floors.”

On Sunday, “it is reversed. I go out with my mates. By mid-afternoon, I return, we have our babysitter come around and we spend the night together.”

He said he’s read a lot on social media “about men not doing enough at home — but I never thought I was one of those guys.”

Yet, recently, he wrote, his wife came to him “saying that I need to start doing more around the house. That I need to do more cleaning, organizing, looking after the kids, grocery shopping, cooking.”

“I don’t know physically how to find more time to contribute on weekdays.”

He added, “I know that she does a lot, and I am in no way saying she doesn’t deserve a break, but I am working really hard, too. Especially at the moment. I feel like I do the best I can with how much work I’m doing.

“I explained this to her and she said I was being ridiculous. That I spend all day having fun at work with my workmates, while she deals with the children and all of the house chores. Then I get home and just eat and go to bed. This isn’t the plan forever — but I thought it was going all right for now.”

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He invited others to weigh in on the situation. Fox News Digital attempted to reach the original poster for further comments. 

In an edit to his post, the man added afterward, “I take care of all the bills, car payments, insurance dates.” He also added of his wife, “When she expressed her need for help, it was nothing specific and when we had this discussion she did not give me any specific examples. And even if she did, I leave at 5 a.m. and I’m not usually back ’til 7:30 p.m.”

He said, “I get home and shower, eat and put laundry into the machine, unpack my work gear, I play/read/clean up our kids, and I’m in bed by 8:30 p.m. I don’t know physically how to find more time to contribute on weekdays.”

Many commenters on the social media thread had questions for the husband — with one asking if he left items around the house and expected his wife to clean up after him as well as after the kids. 

Another person wrote that the wife “lost any support I would have given her as soon as she said he gets to go to work and ‘have fun all day’ with his mates.”

A different commenter said, “I am guessing she is maybe lonely during the week and in need of other grown-ups to talk to.”

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Overall, most commenters on the thread felt he was not in the wrong for how he’s handling things, given the demands of his line of work. One person who is the main financial provider in the home wrote, “This [debate over household chores] was actually a reason I ended up divorced.”

The Associated Press noted a few years ago in relation to a new report, “Experts say one reason women report doing more house and child care work is not only because they actually do more — which is often true — but also because men are not always aware of all the work involved. That includes planning family activities and organizing appointments and even things like providing children with emotional support.” 

“Women are much more likely than their husbands to care for children on a daily basis, shop for groceries and wash dishes.”

Gallup also reported in 2020 that “although women comprise nearly half of the U.S. workforce, they still fulfill a larger share of household responsibilities.”

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The organization added, “Married or partnered heterosexual couples in the U.S. continue to divide household chores along largely traditional lines, with the woman in the relationship shouldering primary responsibility for doing the laundry (58%), cleaning the house (51%) and preparing meals (51%). At the same time, men continue to take the lead in keeping the car in good condition (69%) and doing yardwork (59%).

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“In addition to laundry, cleaning and cooking, women are the primary decision-makers when it comes to home decor in 62% of households. Although there is more equity in some of the other tasks, women are also much more likely than their husbands to care for children on a daily basis, shop for groceries and wash dishes.”

However, as Rebecca Brown Wright, a blogger and mother of three based in Utah, wrote recently, “Housekeeping is an adult responsibility. It is NOT synonymous with motherhood.”

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