Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned over Lewinsky affair

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in light of the Lewinsky affair.

Speaking to The New York Times Thursday, Gillibrand, who holds Hillary Clinton’s former seat, said of whether the former president should have stepped down, “Yes, I think that is the appropriate response.”

Clinton was ultimately impeached over the scandal but was acquitted by the Senate and finished his term as president.

Gillibrand’s remarks are particularly noteworthy considering she was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton’s recent presidential campaign. She frequently spoke in support of the Clintons and traveled to campaign events to advocate for the former first lady.

“Things have changed today, and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” she said. “And I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him.”

Trump has been accused of sexual harassment on numerous occasions and memorably bragged in the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape about being able to sexually assault women.

Gillibrand has been a strong advocate against sexual assault and for women’s rights. She championed a fight against rampant sexual assault in the military and introduced legislation meant to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

There’s been a growing national furor over sexual harassment and misconduct, including a remarkable House hearing earlier this week in which lawmakers addressed what they described as a rampant sexual harassment problem on Capitol Hill.

Philippe Reines, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, blasted Gillibrand on Twitter over the remarks.

“Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite,” he wrote. “Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck.”

Reacting later Friday to Gillibrand’s comments, Hillary Clinton told WABC Radio that her husband had been “held accountable.”

“This was a painful time, not only in our marriage, but in our country, which I’ve written about,” Clinton said. “But it was investigated full, it was addressed at the time, he was held accountable. That is very different from what people seem to be remembering from that period because you can go back and look at the history.”

Clinton added: “I don’t know exactly what she was trying to say because her whole comment was somewhat contradictory. But I’ll let her speak for herself.”

Gillibrand’s comments came hours after the Democratic Party was rocked by the news that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken groped and “forcibly kissed” a woman without her consent during an overseas USO tour in 2006, two years before Franken was elected to the Senate.

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Father hopes cancer-stricken son will get help from GoFundMe

Jose Felix Diaz’ life has turned upside down twice when his wife Marlyn Machado and 19-year-old son Gustavo Diaz were diagnosed with cancer. 

Machado, who suffered from uterine cancer, didn’t make it. Gustavo’s access treatment hasn’t been easy. His oncologist said that he responded well to radiation therapy, but still needed six cycles of chemotherapy. 

After just one cycle of chemotherapy, the drugs for Gustavo’s next cycle were not available. The family would have to travel to a foreign country, so that he could access treatment. 

“These two events have changed our life dramatically,” Diaz said. 

Diaz is among the Venezuelans who have turned to social media to ask for foreign aid. While some students asking for help with buying plane tickets to flee the country, others are asking for help with scholarships. The most urgent pleas for help are related to medical treatments.  

Diaz said he is doing everything in his power to save his life amid a shortage of medication and a devaluation of Venezuelan currency. Since each vial is about $900 he is getting help from a GoFundMe effort to help them. 

John Jeffcoat Meszaros helped the family to set up the GoFundMe account from Clemson, South Carolina. In 3 months, 97 people have donated nearly $4,500. The goal is to collect $15,000. He posted a letter from Gustavo’s oncologist. 

“The need for supplying medications and getting special tests is affected by the existence of a public and noted humanitarian crisis in Venezuela,” Jeffcoat wrote. “
 

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Challenger, Skylab astronaut Paul Weitz dies at 85

Former astronaut Paul Weitz, who commanded the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Challenger, has died, according to NASA. He was 85.

Weitz, who was an astronaut for 28 years and logged more than 790 hours in space, had battled cancer, a NASA spokesperson said. The cause of his death Monday has not been disclosed.

“We’re saddened by the loss of retired astronaut Paul Weitz,” NASA said in a statement Tuesday.

The Pennsylvania native was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as the pilot on the Skylab 2 mission that launched in May 1973. The 28-day flight established what was then a world record for a single mission, according to NASA.

After working with NASA for 22 years, Weitz retired in July 1976 and returned to the Navy. He would later rejoin NASA.

“He was a pioneer. He came out of retirement to fly and that was not commonplace at the time that he did,” said Tammy Sudler, president and CEO of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. “So even amongst astronauts, even with people who are in the space community, he is known as one of the good guys.”

Led first Challenger crew

Weitz commanded the Challenger when it was launched on April 4, 1983. The Challenger was lost when it exploded shortly after launch in January 1986, killing seven crew members.

Weitz became deputy director of the Johnson Space Center before his final retirement in 1994. He received multiple awards, including the NASA Distinguished Service and NASA Space Flight medals.

Curtis Brown, a former astronaut and current board chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, said Weitz proved that age was merely a number when he came out of retirement to serve on the Challenger when he was almost 51.

“Paul Weitz’s name will always be synonymous with the space shuttle Challenger. But he also will be remembered for defying the laws of gravity — and age.”

Weitz lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the time of his death.

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Local 10, Walgreens team up for ‘Flu Shot Friday’

It’s flu season and Local 10 is teaming up with Walgreens to bring you “Flu Shot Friday.”
 
For one day only, on Friday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Walgreens will offer flu shots to Local 10 viewers at dozens of stores throughout South Florida. 
 
At this event, uninsured and underinsured individuals will be given a flu shot voucher, allowing them to receive the flu vaccine at no cost. Flu shot vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.  

The flu shot vouchers are donated by Walgreens and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national program to make flu shots available to those without health insurance coverage or to those who are unable to afford a flu shot. 

Each voucher is good for one flu shot at any Walgreens and is subject to the terms and conditions on the voucher.

“For more than a decade, Walgreens pharmacists have been a trusted and accessible community resource for flu shots and other immunizations,” said Georgia Lehoczky, Walgreens regional health director and Roy Ripak, VP for South Florida. “Every flu season is unpredictable, which is why an annual flu shot is the first and most important preventive measure to take to protect yourself and those around you throughout the season.”

The campaign is for one day only, and no appointment is necessary.
 
For your convenience, below is a list of Walgreens stores near you providing flu shots, along with hours of operation.  

Broward County 

Coconut Creek
4600 Coconut Creek PKWY
Coconut Creek, FL 33063
24 hours 

Fort Lauderdale 
2355 NE 26 Street 
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33305
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

3895 West Broward Blvd. 
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312
24 hours 

Hallandale Beach
1300 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. 
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
24 hours 

Pembroke Pines
9005 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
8 a.m. – midnight 

Pompano Beach
1101 East Atlantic Blvd. 
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

3573 North Federal Highway 
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Tamarac
6401 West Commercial Blvd.
Tamarac, FL 33319
8 a.m. – midnight 

Miami-Dade County 

Hialeah 
400 Hialeah Dr.
Hialeah, FL 33010
24 hours 

Homestead 
861 NE 8th Street 
Homestead, FL 33030
8 a.m. – midnight 

Miami Beach
17534 Collins Avenue 
Miami Beach, FL 33160
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

7340 Collins Avenue 
Miami Beach, FL 33141
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Central 
3595 Coral Way 
Miami, FL 33145
24 hours 

North
1695 NW 20th Street 
Miami, FL 33142
24 hours 

655 NW 57th Avenue 
Miami, FL 33126
24 hours 

7910 NW 27 Avenue 
Miami, FL 33147 
24 hours 

750 NW 119th Street 
Miami, FL 33168
8 a.m. – midnight 

South
11690 SW 72 Street 
Miami, FL 33173
24 hours 

Monroe County 

2805 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 
Key West, FL 33040
8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
 

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Rick Shaw’s life honored with children’s charity event

The memory of radio personality Rick Shaw, who died more than a month ago at age 78, continues to be honored.

On Sunday, dozens gathered at Gulfstream Park’s Sport of Kings to remember and honor the man who introduced South Florida to the Beatles by donating to a cause that was important to him — the children in the community.

“He did not want a funeral. He didn’t want people standing around crying about him,” Shaw’s son, Sean Hummel, said. “He wanted people to celebrate. He wanted people to appreciate and remember his legacy and his life.”

The people who gathered were all friends, family and loved ones of Shaw, who introduced South Florida to the Beatles and helped launch so many successful careers.

“We’re all here to remember a man that touched South Florida in so many ways,” said radio personality Tom Caminiti, who is known as the Tell Italian. “He cared about the community, cared about the kids and was wonderful to all of us. He gave me my start in radio and so many others, and he was an icon to the radio industry in South Florida.”

Speeches were made, music was played and a number of tears were shed, but most importantly, money was raised and toys were collected for the organization Kids in Distress, a charity that provides shelter for victims of child abuse. It was a cause Shaw supported for many years.

“The children were his special thing,” Hummel said. “I know that as a child, and he was a great father during my entire life, but he always had a really special soft spot in his heart.”

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$500,000 allocated for African museum in Miami Gardens

The Miami Gardens-based African Museum of Arts and Culture was awarded $500,000 in a state allocation on Thursday by Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami.

The award was presented at the Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. The city said in a statement that the allocation is a milestone toward creating the center that “is designed to be a magnet for culture, tourism and economic activity in the area.”

“I am honored to have been able to obtain funding to help establish the first African American Museum in the State of Florida. This is a great step in the right direction for our community as a whole,” Campbell said. “We are empowering youth with knowledge about their past and we are also providing a needed foundation for emerging artisans and entrepreneurs to get the exposure and opportunities they need to succeed.”

The 2017-2018 appropriation request was sponsored in the House by State Rep. Cynthia Stafford and supported by Sen. Oscar Braynon, II.

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners donated the land for the museum upon the request of District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan, the release said.

The African Museum of Arts and Culture is a planned, state of the art multipurpose facility that seeks to teach visitors about the cultural, educational, economic, and social enrichment of the citizens of Miami Gardens.

The facility will house and exhibit art and cultural artifacts, including programming, production and presentations of art, music, dance and related disciplines.

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