Carrie Fisher Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of actress and writer Carrie Fisher, who was best-known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

Death date: December 27, 2016
Birth place: Beverly Hills, California
    Birth name: Carrie Frances Fisher
    Father: Eddie Fisher, singer
    Mother: Debbie Reynolds, actress and singer
    Marriages: Paul Simon (August 1983-July 1984, divorced)
    Children: with Bryan Lourd: Billie Catherine Lourd
    Education: Attended Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London
    Other Facts:
    Was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
    Acted in film, plays, and television, and wrote a number of best-selling books.

    Photos: Fisher through the years

    Story: A champion for mental health

    Video: Her most memorable moments

    Story: Hollywood royalty, but a writing jester

    Video: Her affair with Harrison Ford

    CNN interview: ‘I didn’t want to be famous’

    Fisher lobbied as an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment and had spoken before the California State Senate.
    She credited the psychiatric hospital Silver Hill in New Canaan, Connecticut, with helping her get her life back together after treatment for alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder. “It was one of the best places I was ever institutionalized.”
    Timeline:
    1972 –
    Drops out of high school at age 15 to appear on Broadway in the musical, “Irene,” starring her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
    1975 – Film debut in the movie, “Shampoo,” starring Warren Beatty.
    1977 – Stars as Princess Leia in the first “Star Wars” film.
    1980 – Stars in “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.”
    1983 – Stars in “Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi.”
    1990 – Release of the film adaptation of Fisher’s novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” starring Meryl Streep. The screenplay is also written by Fisher.
    February 26, 2005 – Friend and Republican media adviser R. Gregory “Greg” Stevens is found dead in Fisher’s home.
    November 15, 2006 – Her one-woman biographical play, “Wishful Drinking,” is produced in Los Angeles.
    December 2008 – Publishes the memoir, “Wishful Drinking,” based on her 2006 one-woman play.
    December 12, 2010 – Fisher’s documentary, “Wishful Drinking,” airs on HBO.
    November 2011 – Her memoir, “Shockaholic,” is published.
    December 14, 2015 – Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens premieres, with Fisher, along with Mark Hamill (“Luke Skywalker”) and Harrison Ford (“Han Solo”) reprising their original 1977 roles.
    November 16, 2016 – Fisher reveals to People magazine she and co-star Harrison “Han Solo” Ford had an affair during the 1976 filming of “Star Wars.”
    December 27, 2016 – Fisher dies four days after suffering a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
    June 16, 2017 – The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner concludes that “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors” contributed to Fisher’s death in December at the age of 60. The autopsy report notes the significance of the “multiple substances that were detected in Fisher’s blood and tissue” with regard to the cause of death could not be established.

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    Political pundit who calls Flint’s water crisis ‘overblown’ loses gig

    (CNN)In a sea of outrage over the toxic drinking water in one of America’s most beleaguered cities, one man has emerged as a leading skeptic of the catastrophe.

    Republican pundit, former state lawmaker and Flint resident Bill Ballenger, 74, says he has not been poisoned from bathing and drinking from the taps of a city where authorities continue to advise people not to consume the water.

      “The publicity … is overblown,” Ballenger told CNN on Thursday.

      That candor cost him his job as a contributing writer for Inside Michigan Politics, a political analysis newsletter.

      In a Wednesday statement, newsletter editor and publisher Susan Demas called Ballenger’s comments about the calamity “indefensible” and said he would no longer be associated “in any way, shape or form” with the publication. Ballenger drew fire after he expressed his views in a local radio interview on the day the governor apologized to the people of Flint for their water woes.

      “He is entitled to his opinion,” Demas said of Ballenger, “but not his own facts.”

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      In response, Ballenger told local WWJ-TV in Detroit that his business relationship with Demas — who bought Inside Michigan Politics from him in 2013 — will continue. Ballenger founded the publication in 1987.

      “I think Donald Trump has inspired people to use the phrase ‘you’re fired’ with reckless abandon,” he told the station.

      Still, Demas said she made her decision “with a heavy heart” and apologized to those hurt by Ballenger’s comments “at a time of already considerable anxiety and pain.”

      “Flint is a public health catastrophe, as the meticulous research of Virginia Tech and Hurley Medical Center Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha clearly shows,” she said. “I cannot have anyone associated with Inside Michigan Politics who minimizes the impact of this terrible public health disaster that will impact people’s lives for decades to come.”

      Scientists not in agreement with Ballenger

      Researchers from Virginia Tech have said the Flint River is highly corrosive — 19 times more so than the Lake Huron supply.

      Flint residents have voiced complaints about their brown and foul-smelling tap water since officials switched the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the dirty Flint River in April 2014 as a cost-cutting measure.

      Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, discovered that the percentage of children in Flint with lead poisoning had doubled in recent years, she told CNN.

      “In some neighborhoods, it actually tripled,” she said. “(In) one specific neighborhood, the percentage of kids with lead poisoning went from about 5%, to almost 16% of the kids that were tested … It directly correlated with where the water lead levels were the highest.”

      Those findings went against trends across the country, which had seen lead levels dropping every year.

      Though experts have described Hanna-Attisha’s findings as incontrovertible, Ballenger isn’t convinced.

      “The idea that the entire population of Flint has been poisoned and that we all have elevated blood-levels because of this is just a total canard,” Ballenger told Detroit’s WJR radio. “It’s just a crock, and for this to be perpetuated as a story is doing a lot of damage to Flint as a community.”

      Ballenger admitted that some people have been exposed to lead poisoning, but questioned the severity of the contamination and said further studies were needed.

      Ballenger, who previously served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate, was born and raised in Flint, WWJ-TV reported.

      He lives in an upscale part of the city part time, according to CNN affiliate WJRT.

      “Lead in the water is no joke,” Ballenger’s neighbor Razan Al-Midani told the station.

      “Our water is tasting fine, but I don’t want to take the risk, so I’ve been purchasing bottled water,” Al-Midani said. “I would say, ‘Be better safe than sorry,’ even if it has been exaggerated, you still have take the precautions.”

      A former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford., Ballenger pointed to reports showing that about 2% of people tested in Flint — 43 out of 2,182 — have shown elevated lead levels.

      “There is a problem with the water in Flint,” he told CNN. “But for parts of the last decade … Flint has been pounded. It’s lost half its population. This is terrible publicity for Flint. It’s vastly exaggerated.”

      Since auto plants began closing in the 1980s, Flint — a city of 100,000 — has been struggling with declining population, spikes in violent crime and increasing poverty.

      ‘I think mistakes were made’

      Asked whether residents with lead-poisoned children or who complain about smelly and foul-tasting water were wrong, Ballenger said: “I’m not telling them they’re wrong. I think mistakes were made in the way the switch was made to the Flint River to use that as a source of water and to keep the water clean. Mistakes were made.”

      Ballenger’s stand on the crisis counters a growing tide of concern from around the nation.

      Mayor Karen Weaver, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama have declared states of emergency, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security leading Washington’s response.

      Snyder apologized for failing the people of Flint.

      State Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating whether any laws were broken. Class-action lawsuits by Flint residents will attempt to prove the culpability of government officials.

      The city switched back to the Lake Huron water supply in October, but the damage was already done to the lead pipes. The state is now handing out filters and bottled water with the National Guard.

      “The entire city was exposed,” Hanna-Attisha told CNN. “Every neighborhood had high water lead levels. And every neighborhood had children with high blood lead levels.”

      Referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, she said: “Lead is a potent known neurotoxin. The CDC, the AAP, everybody tells us that there is no safe level of lead.”

      The financially struggling city is poorly equipped deal with mitigating the impact of an irreversible neurotoxin on a community, according to experts.

      “There’s no treatment, but there’s a lot of things that we can put in place for these children,” Hanna-Attisha said, citing universal preschool, nutrition, education and health services. “We owe it to these kids to make this better.”

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      Atlanta Courthouse Shootings Fast Facts

      (CNN)Here’s a look at what you need to know about Brian Nichols and the Atlanta courthouse shootings of March 2005. On March 11, 2005, 33-year old Brian Nichols escaped from the Fulton County Courthouse while on trial for rape, and killed four people.

      About Brian Nichols:
      Birth date:
      December 10, 1971
      Birth place: Baltimore, Maryland
      Birth name: Brian Gene Nichols
        Children: with Sonya Meredith: a son, March 8, 2005; with Stephanie Jay: Jasmine Jay, 1992
        Victims:
        Judge Rowland Barnes, 64, Fulton County Superior Court Judge
        Julie Brandau, 46, court reporter
        Hoyt Teasley, 43, sheriff’s deputy
        David Wilhelm, 40, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent
        Timeline:
        1995 –
        Moves to Atlanta with his family.
        1996-1999 – Is on probation from 1996 to 1999 for a felony drug case in Cobb County, Georgia. He is arrested with a small amount of marijuana.
        Summer 2004 – Is charged with the rape of his former girlfriend.
        March 11, 2005:
        8:45 a.m. –
        While being escorted to his retrial for the rape and other charges, Nichols attacks a sheriff’s deputy when she removes his handcuffs, in a struggle that lasts about three minutes and is caught on surveillance video. He takes the key to a lock box where her gun is stored.
        Nichols retrieves the gun, changes clothes and crosses a sky bridge into the next building and heads for the courtroom.
        Nichols then goes to Judge Rowland Barnes’ private chambers, tears out the phone lines, takes three hostages and inquires about the judge’s whereabouts. He leaves a number of times, finally returning with another deputy taken hostage.
        8:55 a.m. – Seizes the second deputy’s gun and enters the courtroom from behind the bench, fires a single shot into Barnes’ head, then shoots and kills court reporter Julie Brandau.
        Nichols goes down the stairwell, leaves through an emergency exit and sets off an emergency alarm.
        On Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, witnesses say he fires multiple shots into the abdomen of another sheriff’s deputy, Hoyt Teasley.
        9:05 a.m. – Nichols first steals a dark SUV (2001 Mazda Tribute), drives fewer than three blocks and crashes through the gate of another parking deck.
        9:07 a.m. – A tow truck driver, Deronte Franklin, says that after he directs police into the deck, Nichols comes back down and steals his truck at gunpoint.
        9:14 a.m. – Nichols then drives to another deck about six blocks away where Almeta Kilgo, an employee of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says he stole her 2004 Mercury Sable. She says she escaped after refusing Nichols’ order to stay in the car.
        9:15 a.m. – Atlanta Police Command staff are notified at APD Communications that a Fulton County deputy has been shot.
        9:16 a.m. – Nichols carjacks a blue Isuzu Trooper from Sung Chung, at 250 Spring St.
        9:19 a.m. – The A-tow truck (1999 Ford F-350) stolen at 9:07a.m. is recovered at a parking deck at 98 Cone St.
        9:20 a.m. – Nichols drives a couple more blocks to another deck, Centennial Parking, 130 Marietta St., where he steals the car of AJC reporter Don O’Briant, a green 1997 Honda Accord. He says Nichols orders him into the trunk and pistol-whips him when he refuses. O’Briant manages to run away.
        9:30 a.m. (approx.) – Police say they believe Nichols moved unnoticed across the street through a crowd gathering for a college basketball tournament, making his escape on a MARTA subway train to the Lenox area. Officials say nothing about Nichols’s whereabouts for the next 13 hours.
        9:45 a.m. – The Atlanta Police Department takes command of the crime scene.
        By about 7 p.m. – Authorities announce they are offering a $60,000 reward for information leading to Nichols’ capture.
        10:40 p.m. – Nichols attempts to rob a couple at an apartment on Lenox Road, getting into a scuffle before fleeing.
        Sometime later but less than five minutes away on foot, Nichols encounters US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent David Wilhelm and he shoots and kills Wilhelm, taking his gun, his badge and his blue Chevrolet pickup.
        11 p.m. – An AJC employee finds O’Briant’s green Honda Accord on a different level of the same downtown parking garage, Centennial Parking.
        March 12, 2005:
        About 2:30 a.m. – Ashley Smith
        returns from running an errand to her apartment in Duluth, about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta. Nichols forces his way into her apartment at gunpoint and binds her hands and feet.
        Smith says as they spoke for hours about religion and family, Nichols began to relax, and eventually unbound her hands and feet.
        After 6 a.m. – Smith says she followed Nichols so he could hide the truck and then took him back to the apartment in her car. She says that Nichols did not take any weapons on the trip, and that she had her cellular phone but did not call police.
        About 6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m. – Construction workers arrive at David Wilhelm’s home, find his body and call police, who put out an alert for the blue Chevrolet pickup truck.
        Smith says Nichols allowed her to leave for a 10 a.m. to visit her daughter. Nichols gives her money, saying he was going to stay at her apartment for a “few days.”
        About 9:50 a.m. – Smith dials 911 and within minutes, a SWAT team converges on the building.
        About 11:24 a.m. – Nichols is taken into custody after surrendering by waving a white t-shirt or towel.
        After capture:
        March 15, 2005 –
        Nichols makes his first court appearance after being captured.
        May 5, 2005 – A Fulton County grand jury indicts Nichols on 54 counts, including four counts of felony murder. District Attorney Paul Howard says the state will seek the death penalty. In addition to the felony murder charges, Nichols is indicted on four counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, 18 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery, seven counts of kidnapping and kidnapping with bodily injury, seven counts of armed robbery and five counts of robbery by force, theft by taking, escape and hijacking a motor vehicle.
        May 17, 2005 – Nichols pleads not guilty to all 54 counts.
        September 27, 2005 – Ashley Smith’s book “Unlikely Angel” is published by Zondervan/Harper Collins. The book recounts the seven hours she spent as Brian Nichols hostage.
        February 8, 2006 – Superior Court Judge Hilton Fuller rules that Nichols’ trial will take place at the Fulton County Courthouse, the scene of some of the crimes.
        November 9, 2006 – Judge Fuller rules that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom, though he leaves open the possibility of some restrictions once the trial begins.
        October 15, 2007 – Jury selection begins.
        October 17, 2007 – Judge Fuller suspends jury selection indefinitely due to lack of state funding for the defense.
        January 30, 2008 – Judge Fuller announces he is stepping down from the case due to the perception by many that he is biased.
        July 10, 2008 – The trial resumes and jury selection begins. Nichols pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.
        September 17, 2008 – A jury of eight women and four men (six black females, two white females, two black males, one white male and one Asian male) is selected.
        September 22, 2008 – Opening statements begin.
        November 7, 2008 – After twelve hours of deliberation, a jury finds Nichols guilty on all 54 counts. The jurors reject the defense attorneys’ claim that Nichols suffers from a mental illness.
        December 13, 2008 – Superior Court Judge James Bodiford sentences Nichols to life in prison without parole, the maximum for all counts, a day after the jury deadlocks on a death penalty sentence.
        READ MORE: Jury deadlocked on penalty for Atlanta courthouse shooter
        August 18, 2015 – Ashley Smith’s book “Unlikely Angel” is published by HarperCollins/William Morrow as “Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero.”
        September 18, 2015 – The film “Captive” is released by Paramount Pictures. It is an adaptation of Smith’s book and stars David Oyelowo as Brian Nichols.

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        Ralph Nader Fast Facts

        Here’s a look at the life of consumer advocate and former candidate for president Ralph Nader.

        Personal:
        Birth date:
        February 27, 1934
        Birth place: Winsted, Connecticut
        Birth name: Ralph Nader
          Father: Nathra Nader
          Mother: Rose (Bouziane) Nader
          Education: Princeton University, A.B., 1955, Harvard Law School, L.L.B., 1958
          Military: US Army, 1959
          Green Party presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000; Independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.
          Speaks Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
          Son of Lebanese immigrants.
          Timeline:
          Early 1960s
          Practices law in Hartford, Connecticut.
          1961-1963 Lectures at Hartford University.
          1964 Is hired by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan as a consultant on auto safety.
          1965 Publishes “Unsafe at Any Speed,” an indictment of the auto industry in Detroit. Nader accuses car makers of putting style ahead of safety in the design of their cars. He focuses specifically on the Chevrolet Corvair.
          February 10, 1966 Testifies before a Senate subcommittee on auto safety.
          March 1966 – James Roche, president of General Motors, apologizes in front of the Senate for hiring private investigators to spy on Nader.
          September 9, 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act into law.
          1967 Lobbies Congress to pass the Wholesome Meat Act, increasing inspections of slaughterhouses and meat processing plants.
          1967-1968 Lectures at Princeton University.
          1969 Helps establish the Center for Responsive Law, a non-profit studying consumer issues.
          1970 Settles a harassment lawsuit against GM for $425,000.
          December 29, 1970 Congress establishes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which had been strongly lobbied for by Nader.
          1971 Founds Public Citizen Inc., a consumer lobbying group.
          1983 Founds the US Public Interest Research Group.
          August 19, 1996 Is nominated as the Green Party’s candidate for president.
          November 1996 Receives 685,000 votes ( .71%) in the presidential election.
          June 25, 2000 Is again nominated as the Green Party candidate for president.
          November 2000 Receives 2.8 million votes in the 2000 presidential election, approximately 2.75% of the vote. Is on the ballot in 33 states and the District of Columbia as the Green Party candidate and is listed as an Independent on the ballots of eight states.
          January 2001 Establishes the League of Fans, a sports reform and advocacy project.
          February 22, 2004 Announces he is running for president as an Independent.
          August 9, 2004 Two lawsuits are filed in Pennsylvania on behalf of Democratic voters challenging Nader’s petitions to get on Pennsylvania’s ballot, alleging that thousands of the signatures are forged or fictitious.
          October 13, 2004 A state court removes Nader from Pennsylvania’s presidential ballot, citing thousands of fraudulent signatures.
          November 2, 2004 Gets 411,304 votes (1%) in the presidential election. Is on the ballot in 34 states and the District of Columbia.
          January 2005 A judge orders Nader and his running mate, Peter Camejo, to pay over $80,000 in legal fees incurred by a group who challenged Nader’s petitions to get on the Pennsylvania ballot.
          October 30, 2007 Sues the Democratic National Committee, the Kerry-Edwards campaign, the PAC America Coming Together and others in District of Columbia Superior Court, alleging that they conspired to keep him off the ballot in several states and from “taking votes away” from nominee John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
          November 27, 2007 – Nader’s DC Superior Court lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and others is moved to District of Columbia federal district court.
          December 3, 2007 Nader’s DC federal district court case against the Democratic National Committee and others is dismissed by Judge Jennifer Anderson before the initial scheduling conference.
          January 30, 2008 Launches a presidential exploratory committee website for the 2008 election.
          February 24, 2008 Nader announces that he is running for president as an independent.
          February 28, 2008 Nader chooses former San Francisco Board of Supervisors president Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.
          May 2008 Nader files an administrative complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Democratic National Committee and others that they “conspired to deny him and his running mate ballot access in numerous states as candidates for President and Vice President in the 2004 general election” which they say is against the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.
          November 4, 2008 Nader loses in the presidential election with little to no impact on the electoral map.
          November 2009 Nader files a Superior Court lawsuit in Washington County, Maine against the Democratic National Committee, the Maine Democratic Party, the Kerry-Edwards campaign, and others alleging the defendants used illegal tactics to attempt to keep Nader off the ballot in Maine and other states.
          June 11, 2010 Nader loses his May 2008 complaint against the FEC and files charges against the Federal Election Commission in DC federal district court.
          November 16, 2010 A judge in Maine dismisses a November 2009 lawsuit filed by Nader that accuses Democrats of conspiring to keep him off the ballot in the 2004 presidential race.
          June 2011 Relaunches the League of Fans, his sports reform project, and as part of an 11-part sports manifesto, pledges to bring an antitrust suit against the Bowl Championship Series.
          November 9, 2011 Nader loses his June 2010 federal case against the FEC and files an appeal.
          April 19, 2012 Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturns the 2010 dismissal of the 2009 Superior Court lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and others.
          September 20, 2012 Maine Superior Court Justice Kevin M. Cuddy rules that the 2009 lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and others will go to trial.
          April 2012 Informally endorses former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson for president during a press conference.
          May 23, 2013 – The Maine Supreme Court orders that Nader’s lawsuit against the Democratic Party be dismissed.
          April 29, 2014 – Releases a new book, “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.”
          September 27, 2015 – Nader opens the American Museum of Tort Law in his Winsted, Connecticut, hometown.

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          San Antonio driver says he didn’t know immigrants were in truck

          San Antonio( CNN) Mobbed inside of the simmering tractor-trailer, they took turnings taking breaths from a hole in the semi. Some fainted. Others banged on the wall to get the driver’s attention but he maintained going, one human who survived the journey told federal authorities.

          The driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr. told federal researchers he had no idea dozens of undocumented immigrants were stuffed inside tractor-trailer he was hauling. The 60 -year-old Florida man was charged Monday with knowingly transporting undocumented immigrants.

          The deputy public federal defender who is representing Bradley couldn’t be reached for remark.

          Fire chief: Truck had austere conditions

          Man who survived Las Vegas shooting killed in hit-and-run, wife says

          (CNN)A man who survived the Las Vegas massacre in October died several weeks later in a hit-and-run in southern Nevada.

          Roy McClellan, 52, was killed Nov. 17 when he was hit by a car in Pahrump, about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.
          He was walking on the roadway when he got hit by a Chevrolet Camaro that fled the scene, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
            McClellan and his wife made it out safely when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1, killing 58 people, his widow said.
            The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
            Nearly seven weeks later, she’s facing another tragedy.
            “I don’t understand why he wasn’t taken at the shooting, but a month later he was taken this way,” McClellan’s widow, Denise, told CNN affilliate KSNV. “I hope my husband found peace and he’s safe now.”
            The shooting “was really messing” with McClellan’s head and “he was going to therapy,” she told the affiliate.
            Authorities found the car involved in the crash and charges against the driver are pending, KSNV reported.
            McClellan is not the only survivor of the Las Vegas massacre who has died in the past weeks.
            Dennis Carver, 52, and his wife, Lorraine, 53, died in a car crash on October less than a mile from their home in Riverside, California.
            The couple were killed when their Mercedes smashed into a metal gate and brick pillars outside their community.
            A massive fire erupted after the wreck, the California Highway Patrol said. It took firefighters nearly an hour to contain the blaze.
            The couple’s youngest daughter, Madison Carver, said she heard the crash from her bedroom. When she ran outside and down the street to find out what had happened, she recognized her family’s vehicle in flames.

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            Las Vegas massacre: Rescue mission by firefighter’s spouse

            Las Vegas( CNN) Even though she could see it in his eyes that he was going back in, Debbie Gomez wanted her husband to leave the Route 91 Harvest Country Musical Festival with her. But as a Clark County Firefighter, Jesse Gomez was trained to respond to emergencies. It didn’t matter that he was off obligation at the time.

            As Jesse’s cousins Opal and Steve Ruiz start driving out of the parking lot, other people are urgently trying to get a ride too. “People only started pounding on the car, ” Debbie said, beginning to cry as she remembered her anxiety. “I was still on the floorboard only screaming, ‘you can’t leave! You can’t leave! Jesse’s still there! ‘”

            Do you know an officer who has run above and beyond what the job involves? E-mail us at BeyondtheCallofDuty @cnn. com.

            But Steve and Opal also realise they needed to help, telling Debbie that they were going to set victims in her auto to get them to the hospital. Debbie, still in shock about leaving Jesse behind, couldn’t wrap her head around what they were asking of her.

            Lindsay Lohan Fast Facts

            (CNN)Here’s a look at the life of singer and actress Lindsay Lohan.

            Birthplace: New York, New York
            Birth name: Lindsay Dee Lohan
              Father: Michael Lohan, an ex-Wall Street trader
              Mother: Dina (Sullivan) Lohan, a television personality, actress and manager
              Other Facts:
              Lindsay performed on the soundtracks to the movies “Freaky Friday” (2003), “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” (2004), “Mean Girls” (2004), “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” (2004), “Herbie Fully Loaded” (2005), and “A Prairie Home Companion” (2006).
              Timeline:
              1989 –
              Begins working with the Ford Modeling Agency and doing commercials.
              1996-1997 – First regular television appearance is on the soap opera, “Another World.”
              July 29, 1998 – Appears in her first movie role, as identical twins, in “The Parent Trap.”
              December 7, 2004 – Her first album, “Speak,” is released on Casablanca Records and sells more than 250,000 copies domestically in the first week.
              2007 – Is nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “Bobby.”
              January-February 2007 – Stays at the Wonderland Center rehab facility in Los Angeles.
              May 26, 2007 – Is arrested in a Beverly Hills car accident and charged with DUI, possession of cocaine, and misdemeanor hit and run. She is briefly hospitalized.
              May 29, 2007-July 13, 2007 – Stays at the Promises rehab facility in Malibu, California.
              July 24, 2007 – Is arrested in Santa Monica, California, on DUI charges for alcohol, possession of cocaine, transporting a narcotic into a custody facility and driving on a suspended license. Her bail is set at $25,000 and paid, following which Lohan checks into another California rehab facility.
              August 23, 2007 – Is charged with seven misdemeanors and pleads guilty to two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance; pleads no contest to charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving. Lohan is sentenced to 36 months probation, an 18 month-long alcohol education program, 10 days community service and court-ordered rehab at the Cirque Lodge in Utah, and one day in jail. The charges stem from the May and July 2007 incidents.
              October 5, 2007 – Is released from court-ordered rehab at the Cirque Lodge in Utah.
              November 15, 2007 – Reports to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California, for a minimum 24-hour stay, but is released after 84 minutes due to overcrowding
              2008 – Launches her own fashion line, 6126 – named after her idol Marilyn Monroe’s birthday, June 1, 1926.
              March 2009 – An arrest warrant is issued after Lohan violates her probation. Updated county paperwork proves she is not in violation of probation, and the warrant is dropped.
              October 16, 2009 – Her three year probation sentence from 2007 is extended a year so she can complete required alcohol counseling.
              May 20, 2010 – Fails to appear in court after purportedly losing her passport at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The judge issues an arrest warrant and sets bail for $100,000.
              May 24, 2010 – Appears in court after completing 10 of 13 required alcohol counseling sessions. Conditions for bail include no alcohol, weekly random-drug testing, and wearing an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.
              July 6, 2010 – Is sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation and missing alcohol counseling sessions.
              July 20-August 2, 2010 – Is handcuffed in a Beverly Hills courtroom and taken to jail. Serves 13 days in the same Lynwood facility where she served 84 minutes in 2007. She leaves Lynwood and goes directly to court-ordered rehab at UCLA Medical Center.
              August 24, 2010 – Is released from rehab when a new judge decides she can complete the program at home in West Hollywood.
              September 24, 2010 – Appears in court after failing a drug test a week earlier. Her probation is revoked, and she is jailed. The decision is later overturned, and she is released on $300,000 bail and ordered to wear a new alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.
              September 27, 2010 – Checks into the Betty Ford rehab facility in Rancho Mirage, California.
              October 22, 2010 – Lohan is ordered to remain in rehab until January 3, 2011.
              December 12, 2010 – Dawn Holland, a Betty Ford Clinic staffer, accuses Lohan of criminal battery. The investigation is suspended on December 24 after Holland drops charges against Lohan.
              January 3, 2011 – Is released from Betty Ford Clinic.
              January 22, 2011 – While shopping in Venice, California, she walks out of a store wearing a one-of-a-kind necklace worth $2,500. The store clerk reports the necklace missing to the LAPD.
              February 9, 2011 – Lohan is arraigned and booked on felony grand theft charges and released on $40,000 bail.
              February 23, 2011 – Attends court regarding the felony charges for necklace theft. Terms of a plea bargain offers are not made public and the judge informs her that plea agreement will contain jail time.
              March 6, 2011 – Surveillance video of Lohan in the jewelry store is sold and later airs on “Entertainment Tonight.”
              April 22, 2011 – For violating the 2007 drunk driving probation Judge Stephanie Sautner sentences Lohan to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service, 360 hours to be served in a women’s center and the remainder at the Los Angeles County morgue. Directly after the sentencing she is taken into custody. Bail, $75,000, is posted after her lawyer files notice of appeal and Lohan is released from jail within hours of being taken into custody.
              April 22, 2011 – Judge Sautner reduces charges in the necklace theft from felony to misdemeanor, reducing the possible jail time, if convicted, to a year or less.
              May 6, 2011 – Begins community service at the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, working less than three hours of her 360 hour sentence.
              May 11, 2011 – Hearing for necklace theft case takes place; Lohan’s lawyer enters a plea of no contest. The sentence remains the same as was handed out on April 22 with two days credit for time served plus three years probation.
              May 26, 2011 – Lohan arrives at a Los Angeles County jail three weeks early to begin serving her 120-day sentence. Due to overcrowding in the Los Angeles correctional system, Lohan is fitted with an electronic monitoring device and sent home to serve her sentence under house arrest. The home confinement will last approximately 35 days.
              June 23, 2011 – Despite home confinement in the 2011 theft case, Lohan is called to court in connection with her probation for the 2007 drunk driving case. The judge orders her to entertain no more than one person at a time after she fails a blood alcohol test and pictures surface of her partying while under house arrest.
              June 29, 2011 – House arrest ends after 35 days. She is still on probation.
              October 19, 2011 – During a court appearance Lohan’s probation is revoked, bail is set at $100,000 and she is removed from the courtroom in handcuffs. She makes bail within 2 hours.
              October 21, 2011 – Begins new court-ordered community service assignment in the Los Angeles County Morgue.
              November 2, 2011 – At a scheduled hearing, Lohan is told she must serve 30 days in jail beginning November 9, 2011. Following that 30-day term, if Lohan does not show up to work 12 days at the county morgue and attend counseling sessions, she will be locked up for another 270 days.
              November 6, 2011 – Lohan reports to jail early to begin serving her sentence. She is released in the early morning hours of November 7th, after serving only a few hours of her 30-day sentence.
              December 2011 – Lohan earns a reported $1 million to appear nude in the January-February 2012 issue of Playboy.
              March 29, 2012 – A judge ends Lohan’s felony probation, but she remains on informal probation for two more years on 2011’s misdemeanor shoplifting conviction. Lohan has spent 250 days in rehab, 35 days on home confinement, 67 days doing community service, 19 days in court, and has made six trips to jail.
              September 19, 2012 – Is arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Lohan was driving into the parking lot of the Dream Hotel in New York when she allegedly hit an employee of the restaurant next door.
              November 29, 2012 – Is arrested at a club in Manhattan after an alleged altercation.
              December 13, 2012 – Probation is revoked for the 2011 theft case.
              March 18, 2013 – Pleads no contest to misdemeanor charges stemming from the 2012 car crash and is sentenced to 90 days in a rehab facility, 30 days of community service and 18 months of therapy.
              March 9, 2014 – Lohan’s reality show “Lindsay” begins airing.
              Oct. 2, 2014 – Lohan makes her London theater debut in a West End revival of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow.”
              May 28, 2015 – Probation ends for Lohan after she completes 125 hours of community service for her car wreck charges.
              June 12, 2017 – It is announced that Lohan will be appearing in Season 2 of the Sky 1 comedy “Sick Note.”
              January 12, 2018 – During an interview on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Lohan reveals that she is working on several projects including designing an island that is part of The World Islands archipelago off the coast of Dubai and a makeup collection.

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              5 dead, 4 injured after truck plows into bicyclists

              ( CNN) A Tuesday night group bicycle ride turned to tragedy as a driver hit a group of cyclists, killing five and seriously injuring four others, according to authorities.

              The riders were hit by a blue Chevrolet pickup truck while riding on the shoulder of a local street, Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Getting told.

              The driver was a 50 -year-old man from western Michigan. He was procured a short distance away from the crash police and is in custody. Charges will be filed after police reports are completed, according to Getting.