Posts by Alyssa Newcomb

  • Warren 'overwhelmed' by support after son's suicide

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News1 yr ago

    Pastor Rick Warren said today he and his wife, Kay, are "overwhelmed" by the support they have received following the suicide of his 27-year-old son.

    "Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words. You are all encouraging our #brokenhearts," Warren tweeted today to his almost 1 million followers.

    In a heartbreaking memo sent Saturday to his 20,000-strong congregation at Saddleback Church , Warren said that his son, Matthew, had committed suicide after a lifelong battle with mental illness .

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  • Kidnapped 89-year-old to captors: 'You got to be kind to other people'

    ALYSSA NEWCOMB and GIO BENITEZ at ABC News1 yr ago

    An 89-year-old woman who spent two days locked in her car trunk thinking she'd never be found has a message for her teen captors.

    "You got to be kind to other people if you want somebody to be kind to you," Margaret Smith said.

    The 4-foot-11 octangenerian's story began with an act of kindness on March 18.

    Smith had stopped at the Chicken Man Convenience Store in Milford, Del., for a Butter Pecan ice cream cone when two teenage girls approached her and asked for a ride across town.

    "I decided not to, then I said, 'Well, a good deed,'" Smith said.

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  • Dental assistant fired for being 'irresistible' is 'devastated'

    Alyssa Newcomb at Good Morning America1 yr ago

    After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson was fired for being too "irresistible" and a "threat" to her employer's marriage.

    "I think it is completely wrong," Nelson said. "I think it is sending a

    message that men can do whatever they want in the work force."

    On Friday, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that James Knight , Nelson's boss, was within his legal rights when he fired her, affirming the decision of a lower court.

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  • Video: Dolphin Bites 8-Year-Old Girl at Sea World

    Alyssa Newcomb at Good Morning America1 yr ago

    Feeding the dolphins at Sea World was a dream come true for 8-year-old

    Jillian Thomas, until one of the marine mammals bit into her arm, nearly

    dragging her into the water. Jillian's mother took video of her

    daughter, who says dolphins are her favorite animal, feeding them at the

    theme park's Dolphin Cove.

    Jillian was in the middle of her second visit of the day to the friendly

    looking animals when she made a crucial mistake, lifting a small plate

    of dolphin food in the air out of excitement, something the park warns

    people not to do.

    The dolphin, eager for the food, chomped down on Jillian's arm instead, nearly dragging her into the water.

    The 8-year-old walked away from the encounter with a set of teeth marks the size of dimes.

    Her parents are furious and claimed Sea World employees "trivialized the attack."

    "Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our

    guests, employees and animals," Sea World said in a statement.

    "Educators and animal care staff were at the attraction when this

    happened and immediately connected with the family."

    The Thomas family said it has no plans to sue Sea World, however they

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  • Keith Olbermann Threatens Suit Over Current TV Firing

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Former Vice President Al Gore, the co-founder of Current TV, said in a statement that the network was founded on "values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann."

    Not one to go down without a fight, Olbermann fired back on Twitter, writing that the accusations were "untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently."

    Gore's stark language in severing ties with Olbermann less than a year after the dream deal stunned media observers.

    "It's surprising to watch Al Gore, who swore he knew how to handle Keith Olbermann, essentially throw in the towel and say he and Current TV don't line up anymore," Brian Stelter, a New York Times media writer, told ABC News.

    The former host of "Countdown" on MSNBC, who was reportedly being paid $50 million for five years, was immediately replaced by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who took over the 8 p.m. slot with a show called "Viewpoint."

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  • Lawsuit: Student body pres. removed over gay prom proposal

    Alyssa Newcomb at Good Morning America2 yrs ago

    A student body president in Alpharetta, Ga., said he was removed from

    his leadership post after school administrators disagreed with an idea

    he proposed to make the titles of prom king and queen open to gay

    couples.

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  • John Edwards Denies 'Millionaire Madam' John Report

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    John Edwards today denied a report by Manhattan news site DNAinfo that he was a client of New York "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina's brothel.

    Edwards, a former North Carolina senator who ran for the Democratic presidential nod in 2008,  is the first big name to be associated with the brothel, which was broken up by vice cops in March.

    Edwards' lawyer, Allison Van Laningham, called the report by the website "false and defamatory."

    "Mr. Edwards categorically denies that he was involved with any prostitute or service.  These allegations are false, defamatory, and he puts those who would publish or repeat them on notice that they acting with actual malice by reporting or repeating them.  He has demanded a complete retraction from the only source being quoted," Van Laningham said in a statement.

    The former politician allegedly had a one-night tryst with a hooker in an Upper East Side hotel suite, DNAinfo reported.

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  • Punxsutawney Phil Isn't Always Right

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Nearly five thousand revelers hoping for an early spring were disappointed  today after Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

    But those winter jackets may be able to go in the closet sooner than the forecasting groundhog has to say.

    It turns out the ultimate prognosticator- and his copycat counterparts- are wrong more often than they are right.

    An analysis by the National Climatic Data Center found there is no correlation between Phil's predictions and the actual weather.

    But don't tell that to the members of the Groundhog club's Inner Circle in Punxsutawney, Pa.

    "I would argue with the comments he doesn't have a great track record," Jon Johnston, Phil's "Chief Healthman" told ABCNews.com. "They're missing the point then. It's always winter somewhere."

    And more often than not, Phil agrees.

    The well-fed, revered groundhog also has a penchant for seeing his shadow. Ever since the tradition began in 1887, Phil (and his ancestors) saw their shadows 99 times, while predicting an early spring only 16 times. There was no record for nine of the years.

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