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CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The man made famous for putting down his Big Mac to help free three women held captive for about a decade in a Cleveland house will never have to buy a hamburger in his hometown again.
More than two weeks after Charles Ramsey became an instant folk hero after telling his story to television reporters, Cleveland food blogger Michelle Venorsky said on Thursday that 15 restaurants are offering him a free hamburger, whenever he wants it.
Venorsky floated the idea to her followers after seeing Ramsey’s first interview on TV.
“He was so entertaining…I thought he should never have to pay for another meal in Cleveland again,” Venorsky said in a phone interview.
Since his first interview on local TV, Ramsey, a dishwasher at a Cleveland restaurant, has become an Internet sensation. The restaurant produced a t-shirt with Ramsey’s face and the words “Cleveland Hero” on the front, netting $ 21,000 for a fund set up for the women, who were held captive for about a decade.
Ramsey was not available for comment on Thursday. He has had brushes with the law in the past, including domestic violence convictions.
Amanda Berry, her six-year-old daughter, and two other women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, were discovered in the house of former school bus driver Ariel Castro on May 6. Ramsey heard Berry’s calls for help and he and others helped her escape and call 911.
Castro has been charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and rape. He is in jail on an $ 8 million bond.
One restaurant owner, Sam McNulty, said the offer of free burgers to Ramsey “is a communal high-five from the Cleveland restaurant industry.”
The kidnapping story has several fast food connections.
Ramsey’s story, with its mention of a McDonald’s hamburger, won him praise from the restaurant chain.
After the discovery of the women, Castro was arrested in front of a McDonald’s about a mile from the house.
As a school bus driver, Castro was once accused of leaving a child alone on a bus, telling the child “lie down, bitch,” while he visited a Wendy’s restaurant.
Also, a neighbor reported seeing Castro park his school bus outside the house and bring a large bag of fast food and several drinks inside, even though he was thought to live alone. The neighbor said his mother called police, who warned Castro not to park his school bus outside the house.
Lawyers said in a statement on behalf of the three women that they are “happy and safe and continue to heal.”
(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Grant McCool)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian FA (RFU) upheld a life ban for Chechen linesman Musa Kadyrov on Tuesday and fined him $ 16,200 for assaulting a player in a league match.
The incident occurred at the end of Sunday’s reserve game in Grozny between local side Terek and Amkar Perm when a raging Kadyrov dropped his flag and ran on to the pitch, attacking Amkar defender Ilya Krichmar.
Kadyrov, seen on video pushing 18-year-old Krichmar to the ground, then kicking and punching him, was banned for life by the Chechen soccer association on Monday.
The RFU’s disciplinary committee upheld the decision, banning Kadyrov from any involvement in the game, and fined him 500,000 roubles ($ 16,200) for a “direct attack on players which could have caused a real risk to their health”.
“Kadyrov must pay the fine out of his own pocket,” committee head Artur Grigoryants told reporters.
Kadyrov told local media that he would not appeal against the ban.
Krichmar was suspended for four matches and fined $ 490 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’, effectively banning him for the rest of the season with only four games left.
You probably take some life skills for granted, like knowing when to wake up for work or take your medicines, and how to balance your checkbook. Yet to a teen with ADHD, those tasks can become huge hurdles.
Kids with ADHD tend to be much slower than their peers to learn how to organize, plan, and prioritize, says Cindy Goldrich, EdM, ACAC. She is a certified ADHD coach and parenting specialist with PTS Coaching in Long Island, N.Y.
Kids and teens with ADHD know what they need to do. They just have trouble doing it.
“This is not a challenge of intelligence, this is a challenge of performance,” Goldrich says. “They need more structure and more skill support.”
With college or a first job on the horizon, here are seven life skills you need to start teaching your child today.
You may have gotten used to doing everything for your teen. Break that habit.
“The teen years need to involve a gradual shift of responsibility to the teen,” says Kathleen Nadeau, PhD. She is a clinical psychologist and director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland.
Let your child start doing things for herself now, like doing the laundry, cooking dinner, or setting her own dentist and haircut appointments. She’ll need those skills in a few years when she’s out on her own.
2. Time Management
Kids with ADHD have a false sense of time. “They don’t always accurately judge how long things should take,” Goldrich says.
During middle or high school you make sure he finishes his homework. Once he gets to college, you won’t be there to do that.
Goldrich recommends teaching time management skills with a timer. Figure out how long it takes your child to finish each assignment. Then, break up the total time into chunks.
“Set the timer for 20 minutes and take a 5-minute break. Do that a few times and then take a longer break,” Goldrich says.
Use the timer on your smartphone to help him remember other tasks, such as when to wake up for school, take a shower, and eat lunch.
Resist the temptation to pick up the piles of clothes, books, and other messes in your child’s room.
“If you keep organizing their room, they will not learn what works and what doesn’t,” Goldrich says.
Find a system that works for your child, such as bins or a bucket to hold their school supplies and shelves for their books.
Nadeau suggests keeping a “launching pad,” a spot to put things kids regularly use, such as their keys and phone, if they have one.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian serial killer who butchered his nine victims with a knife and hammer, and said he ate the hearts of two of them, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Prosecutors said Alexander Bychkov targeted alcoholics and the homeless out of disdain for their way of life, lured them into deserted areas, killed them, dismembered them and hid the body parts.
They said he described all nine killings in a journal with the words: “The bloody hunt of a predator born in the year of the dragon,” state-run news agency RIA reported.
A court in the Penza region convicted the 24-year-old, who sometimes called himself “Rambo”, of nine murders between September 2009 and January 2012.
Bychkov was arrested last year on suspicion of stealing 10,000 roubles ($ 320) and merchandise from a hardware store, but was charged with the murders after investigators found evidence.
RIA said he told authorities he had eaten the hearts of two victims, but he was not charged over that because there was no evidence to prove it. ($ 1 = 30.8955 Russian roubles)
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Pravin Char)
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(Reuters) – A dog’s life in Formula One, if your owner is Lewis Hamilton, means a VIP pass to the races and being pampered by the sport’s supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion who moved from McLaren to Mercedes at the end of last year, has acquired a bulldog called Roscoe which accompanied him to the last pre-season test in Barcelona.
The Briton told reporters before this weekend’s Australian season-opener in Melbourne that he had asked Ecclestone for a paddock pass for his “new best buddy” and had sent him a photograph of the puppy wearing a set of headphones.
“He has – and, yes, he will get it. I am a huge fan of bulldogs,” Ecclestone, 82, told the official formula1.com website on Wednesday.
“I have told him that I would also be happy giving the dog a pass for the grid. And I will be happy to look after the dog while he is racing.”
Animals are usually banned from racetracks, for safety reasons more than for their own welfare, with stray dogs causing problems in the past at some venues such as India.
In the United States, the Target Chip Ganassi IndyCar team have a bull-terrier mascot ‘Bullseye’ that has made appearances at race weekends including the Indy 500 winner’s news conference with Dario Franchitti in 2012.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Alison Wildey)
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