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More damage after fire at Paul Newman’s camp for sick kids

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More damage after fire at Paul Newman's camp for sick kids

A massive fire that ripped through late actor Paul Newman’s camp for seriously ill children in Connecticut Friday destroyed two buildings and it appeared no one was injured, authorities said.

The blaze broke out at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford shortly before 5 p.m., fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to camp through an automatic fire alarm and calls about smoke.

When they arrived, the camp’s main building was on fire. That building and a smaller one next to it were destroyed, according to NBC Connecticut.

It took firefighters about 90 minutes to put out the flames, and they were able to save the camp’s dining hall and infirmary.

Ashford Deputy Chief Tom Borgman said it appeared the building was empty at the time, according to NBC.

James Canton, the camp’s CEO, said the arts and crafts, woodshop, cooking, and camp store buildings were all destroyed.

“We are extremely grateful that it appears nobody was injured,” Canton said in a statement. “The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community devoted to hope and healing. We will get through this in the way that we always have and always will – as a family.”

Ashford fire officials and state police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

The camp, which has extensive medical facilities on site for seriously ill children, was founded by Newman in 1988.

“Through a variety of year-round programs offered onsite, in hospitals and clinics, and right in camper homes and communities, we serve more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members each year,” the camp’s website says.

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If you lose your temper on a flight, it’s going to hurt your wallet.

A passenger who allegedly smacked a Delta flight attendant in the face in October on a flight from Miami to Atlanta is being hit with a proposed $27,500 fine.

Federal Aviation Administration officials announced the penalty Friday, ABC News reported.

Pilots then returned the flight to the gate and flight attendants asked the two passengers to exit the plane.

“In response, the passenger accompanying the non-compliant traveler ignored the flight attendant’s instructions, began yelling expletives at the flight attendant and other passengers, and struck the flight attendant under her left eye,” the FAA said.

The FAA said last month it would crack down on unruly passengers without a warning. They said fines could be as high as $35,000 and passengers could face imprisonment.

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Bill Maher sounds off ahead of Trumps CPAC speech

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher sounded the alarm ahead of former President Trump’s highly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he is expected to tease another presidential run in 2024. 

Toward the end of this panel discussion on Friday night, Maher brought up a subject he “didn’t want to talk about,” which was the 45th president, whose scheduled CPAC address on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., will mark his first major public appearance since leaving office. 

“After he lost, people kept coming up to me and [saying], ‘Are you gonna?’ and I say, ‘He’s gone. Stop obsessing. I don’t want to talk about him!’” Maher began. “But knowing what’s going to happen this weekend at CPAC, I must bring this up. … The shark is not gone. We need a bigger boat. The shark went out to sea for a while, it’s going to come back, and eat more people on the shore.”

Maher continued, “He is going to say Sunday that he’s the presumptive nominee in 2024, no one is going to oppose him, there are nine panels at the CPAC convention all about how the election was stolen, none about why it was lost. That’s where they are. If you think that 2024 is not going to be a nailbiter or that he isn’t going to be the nominee, I think you’re being naive.”

Maher’s guest, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., agreed, declaring Trump the “absolute frontrunner right now,” who “very well might be” the GOP nominee in 2024, citing Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s drastic turnaround declaring that Trump would “absolutely” have his vote despite his fierce condemnation of the former president following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Fellow panelist Ezra Klein of The New York Times insisted that the “problem” isn’t Trump but instead is the Republican Party that “enables him,” adding that they “don’t have the courage” to tell the former president that he is “bad for the party at this point.”

“The two wings of the party that I can see are Trump and then the people who want to take his voters, who want to be his successor,” Maher responded. “There’s Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and Nikki Haley. They want to be the next nominee but they’re not about to get rid of his voters. They just want to be Trump’s successor.” 

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is telling California’s Santa Clara County that it can’t enforce a ban on indoor religious worship services put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The high court issued an order Friday evening in a case brought by a handful of churches. 

The justices, in early February, told the state of California that it can’t bar indoor church services because of the pandemic. The justices said at the time that the state could cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity and continue to bar singing and chanting.

But Santa Clara had argued that its temporary ban on indoor gatherings of any kind including worship services should be allowed to stand. The county, which includes San Jose, said that it was treating houses of worship no differently from other indoor spaces where it prohibits gatherings and caps attendance. The county said people could go into houses of worship to pray or go to confession, among other things, but couldn’t gather with groups of others. The county said the same was true of retail establishments, where shoppers can go but not gather for an event such as a book reading. 

The justices’ unsigned order Friday said that their action was “clearly dictated” by their order from earlier this month. The court’s three liberal justices dissented.

Santa Clara had told the court in a letter Thursday that coronavirus cases in the county have recently continued to decline and that it was already close to lifting its ban on indoor gatherings. If the data continued the positive trend, the letter said, the county expected to allow all indoor gatherings, subject to restrictions, as soon as next Wednesday.

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