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24-pound cat needs new home, help to slim down after Irma

A sweet -- and very large -- feline could be classified as a Hurricane Irma victim, but instead she’ll probably become famous as she goes viral. 

Faye, weighing in at a whopping 24 pounds, was dropped off at the Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, Florida, and is up for adoption Wednesday.

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Facebook post about the cat went up Tuesday night and had already been shared more than 600 times by Wednesday. 

According to the shelter, the 12-year-old cat is an attention hound and needs a loving home where someone will help her cut back on food and treats. 

“Faye loves attention and likes when you scratch right above her nubby tail,” the post said. “She will need a loving home to help her lose weight at a slow and steady pace outlined by our veterinarian.”

Faye was brought in after Hurricane Irma, but her owner contacted them before the storm for help, so shelter officials aren’t totally blaming the storm.

Those interested in adopting Faye or other pets at the North Florida shelter can visit the Jacksonville Humane Society website

Missed Comcast service from Irma? Here’s how to get a credit 

Want to request a credit from Comcast for missed Xfinity cable, internet and phone service due to Hurricane Irma?

The company has set up two ways to ask for it. Customers can either call its customer service line at 1-800-391-3000 or fill out a short online form at xfinity.com/florida-form.

The online way is likely faster, since it doesn’t require customers to log in.

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Those without internet at home may be able to use their smartphone or find a place with available Wi-Fi. 

A Comcast employee will respond, and credits may take one to two billing cycles to be posted to your account, according to the company.

As of Monday, there were nearly 900,000 cable customers without service in Florida. That number includes a number of internet provider, not just Comcast. A Comcast spokeswoman said Tuesday that 97 percent of its customers have had their service restored.

AT&T’s U-verse cable service has also been hit hard by outages, but the company has been mum about whether they will offer credits. It’s not mentioned on AT&T’s Irma support page. When reached for comment about the issue last week, a spokeswoman never responded to Palm Beach Post.

“Unfortunately our equipment that services internet and TV took a hit,” a post on the AT&T support forum said. Due to the nature of the equipment, it can take time to replace or repair depending on the damaged caused by the water. Also power may not have been restored to our equipment as residential areas take priority. Just because you have power at your home, does not mean power has been restored in other areas that push the signal to your home.

“We do have many crews out there trying to restore service to get everyone back up. I know this is a stressful time for everyone out there. Please know that AT&T is doing what we can to help. “

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., asked the CEOs of America’s largest cell service and cable providers last week to waive late fees and issue rebates for victims of Irma. Hardly any of the companies responded.

Comcast is also waiving a variety of fees, including late payment fees, early termination fees and fees for requipment that has not been returned.

6 women all showed up at a wedding in the same dress, and they weren’t bridesmaids

 

It’s one of a woman’s worst fears, to attend a party or event and run into someone else wearing the same thing.

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That not only happened at a wedding on Saturday, it happened to six women, who all showed up at the reception wearing the same dress. 

One of the women, Debbie Speranza, posted a photo of the women on Facebook saying, “Imagine the odds.” 

"My cousin and I walked into the reception and saw each other [in the same dress] and started laughing, but then another walked in … then another one … and another one,” Speranza told the Telegraph.

The group was photographed with the bride at one point and actually looked like they could be her bridesmaids.

The dress was sold by Forever New for $160, and Speranza had some advice for the company.

“You really should start a bridal registry so that your customers can inquire whether anyone else has purchased one of your dresses for the same event,” she said on Facebook.

 

‘Stranger Things’ bar receives nerdy cease-and-desist letter from Netflix

When it comes to scary things in the Upside Down, it turns out that a Demogorgun is no match for intellectual property lawyers.

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“The Upside Down,” A “Stranger Things”-themed pop-up bar in Chicago, has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Netflix after it was found in violation of intellectual property laws because it never received Netflix’s blessing.

But Netflix didn’t sent just any cease-and-desist letter. No, they got in on the spirit of the show with a nerdy, yet firm, directive for the bar’s owners:

The bar, designed by the same folks that created the Windy City’s Emporium Arcade Bar, debuted on Aug. 18 in Logan Square. According to Eater Chicago, patrons of “The Upside Down” can order show-themed drinks, such as “Eleven’s Eggo’s,” served with a waffle wedge; and a drink named for the Demogorgun, the show’s big monster.

Fans of the show’s theme music from Austin band S U R V I V E can indulge in a few kegs of Goose Island’s GI5-5538, a red ale that was brewed specifically for the band. 

The bar is also decorated with a ton of “Stranger Things” memorabillia, including a huge mural of Eleven, the Byers family couch, Christmas lights (complete with the alphabet), an A/V rig and some props designed to look like the Hawkins Energy Department. Check out photos of the bar here.

As one might guess, having all of this out in the open without permission would be cause for some concern from Netflix. The bar was originally scheduled to close after a six-week run, with plans for an extension if it was profitable. As it stands now, the bar will close on Oct. 1.

Nevertheless, this looks like a win-win for the bar and the streaming service. The second season of “Stranger Things” debuts next month, and the letter does leave future pop-ups open to consideration, so both groups get publicity.

So, Chicago, start pedaling your bikes over to the bar before the portal to the Upside Down closes. And Austinites, you’ve got 10 days to get yourself a flight to Chicago. 

Teacher repeatedly slapped during fight between students

Community members are reacting to video from a local middle school showing a teacher caught in the middle of a fight.

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School officials are remaining tight-lipped about the incident, but residents are not.

WSB-TV spoke residents who were in disbelief when they saw YouTube video of an incident inside a classroom at Rome Middle School in Floyd County.

“That’s a very unfortunate situation, unfortunate for that teacher to get caught up in that,” said resident Rosemary Ringer.

The cell phone video appears to show two students fighting, with a teacher standing in the middle, then getting caught in a crossfire of slaps.

“People just taking things into their own hands and not stopping, taking a breath, assessing the situation,” said resident Abby Holcomb.

WSB-TV reached out to Rome school district officials to find out what happened. At first, they said they didn’t know what we were talking about. But after we sent them the video, the superintendent called and said they are aware of the incident, but had no further comment.

Officials did not tell us when it happened or the circumstances. Residents said the situation highlights what some teachers have to deal with.

“I know my daughter went to school for early childhood and once she got in the classroom and saw the behavior of the students, she said, ‘It’s not for me,’ and she took another avenue and I can’t blame her,” Holcomb said.

The superintendent said he would not tell us about any disciplinary action, citing privacy issues.

Residents we spoke with said Rome Middle School is a good school and they believe this was an isolated incident.

Octopuses aren’t solitary sea creatures after all, turns out they like company

For decades, scientists have assumed so-called gloomy octopuses (or octopus tetricus) were just a bunch of loners. But now there’s evidence these marine creatures hang out in small octo-cities, sometimes tens of them at a time.

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An international team of marine biologists found a site of 15 of the common Sydney, Australia, cephalopods in Jervis Bay, off of Australia’s eastern coast in December 2016, and appropriately named the city “Octlantis.”

Lead researcher David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University told Quartz.com the discovery, published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology this month, was a surprise. 

“These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms,” he said.

>> Related: Red the full ‘Octlantis’ study

But this isn’t the first time a site like this was discovered. In 2009, researchers found another gloomy octopus site near Jervis Bay with up to 16 animals. That site was named “Octopolis.”

According to study co-author Stephanie Chancellor, both Octopolis and Octlantis had several seafloor rock outcroppings on otherwise flat and featureless grounds.

>> Related: Strange creatures discovered off Australian coast

“In addition to the rock outcroppings, octopuses who had been inhabiting the area had built up piles of shells left over from creatures they ate, most notably clams and scallops. These shell piles, or middens, were further sculpted to create dens, making these octopuses true environmental engineers,” she said in a statement.

Does this mean octopus behavior is changing? According to Scheel, it’s more likely that humans’ ability to observe behavior has improved with better cameras and technology, Quartz reported.

>> Related: No, you’re not seeing things. That’s really a great white shark in the public pool

And just because these sites may exist, doesn’t mean they’re common.

“Congregations such as these probably occur wherever shelter is limited to small patches of habitat, and food is plentiful,” he said, but added that he suspects gloomy octopuses have been socializing for a long time.

Baby born during Hurricane Irma found dead in mother’s car

The body of a baby born at 29 weeks gestation during Hurricane Irma was found days later in its mother’s car, according to Florida Department of Children and Families records.

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It’s unclear whether the infant was born alive, but DCF records indicate the infant died Sunday, Sept. 10, when Irma was felt most strongly in Palm Beach County.

At about 9 Thursday night — four days after the delivery — the mother went to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. It’s unclear exactly why the woman went to St. Mary’s. When hospital staff learned about the delivery, they contacted the sheriff’s office’s special victims units.

The county’s Medical Examiner’s Office took the body, which state records indicate was found in the mother’s car. It is unclear where the mother is from or where in the county the car was.

The sheriff’s office will determine whether anyone will face criminal charges in the case after the Medical Examiner’s Office determines the cause of death.

DCF did not return calls for comment about the case by Wednesday afternoon.

At 29 weeks gestation, a baby weighs about three pounds and is about 16 inches long. Babies born that early often need time in an intensive care unit before going home. A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks.

That infant’s death is the 13th child death this year in Palm Beach County that the state is investigating. An infant died last month less than a day after he went to a hospital with breathing problems and was released with only eye drops.

>> Related: Florida’s first responders to child abuse overwhelmed by workload

DCF looks into child deaths that are called into the Florida Abuse Hotline and suspected to be the result of caregiver abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The last reported case of a newborn death in Palm Beach County through the hotline was in October 2015. The baby, born to a 17-year-old mother who didn’t know she was pregnant, was found unresponsive in a home after the mother was rushed to a hospital, state records indicate. The teen delivered the baby in a bathroom.

Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres announce separation after Torres photographed with another man

Another one of Hollywood’s longest relationships has come to an end.

People reported that actors Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres have separated. The news has been confirmed by Torres after Page Six published photos of Torres kissing another man Tuesday.

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“With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year,” Torres said in a statement Wednesday. “There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected.

“Happily, however, our family remains intact and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe. As well as raise each other up with respect and love and the continued understanding that we’re in this together, if not side by side.”

Torres, 48, and Fishburne, 58, were married for 14 years and were married in 2002. They are parents to one daughter, Delilah Fishburne.

In 2003, the two appeared in together in “The Matrix Reloaded” and again in the TV series “Hannibal,” which ran from 2013 - 2015. 

Photos of Torres with another man were taken last week while the two were at lunch in Los Angeles, according to Page Six. The gossip site also said the man is an entrepreneur and solar energy investor.

E! News reported that the two had not been seen together at a public event since December 2015 and neither had been seen wearing wedding rings in recent months.

WAPO: Manafort offered 'private briefings' to Russian billionaire

Just weeks prior to Donald Trump accepting the Republican presidential nomination, then-Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, offered briefings to a Russian billionaire with ties to the Kremlin, according to the Washington Post.

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The offer was reportedly emailed to an intermediary intended for Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch whom Manafort had worked with in the past, according to the post. There was no evidence that Deripaska received the message.

>>RELATED: Trump's controversial decisions in office under scrutiny by Mueller 

The emails are part of an ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller to determine if Trump associates coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election.

Read more at The Washington Post.

Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over billboard mocking English language skills

A lawyer for Melania Trump threatened a lawsuit after a private English language school in Croatia used billboards with a photo of the first lady, and the billboards were taken down, The Associated Press reported.

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“Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English,” read the billboard next to a photo of the first lady giving a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

American Institute, a private English language school in Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, used Trump to encourage others to learn English.

“They used Mrs. Trump’s image and personality for commercial purposes without her consent, which is a breach of the advertising code and the law on obligations,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told The Washington Post.

Trump was born in Slovenia, which neighbors Croatia. 

According to the school, the use of her image was out of the highest degree of respect, according to The Post.

“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady,” said school spokeswoman Ivis Buric. “It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model ...  (Trump is) the most recognized emigrant to the U.S. from this region.”

“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads,” said Natasa Pirc-Musar, Trump’s lawyer. “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps.”

Pirc-Musar said that the school needed to do more than apologize, suggesting a statement to state news media. The school, which reported the ads as “very successful,” said that they would put up new ads without the first lady’s image.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

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