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Dozens show support after deaf woman is refused service at Dunkin' Donuts

A deaf woman who was outraged by the way a Dunkin' Donuts employee treated her is getting support from her community.

Jessica Sanzillo said she's a frequent customer at a Framingham, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts and uses a texting app to order through the drive-through. She said she writes her order and what her kids want on her phone, and then will drive up the window and show them her order.

But when she drove up earlier this month, she said she was refused service because she didn't use the speaker and would not be served her coffee unless she came inside. 

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"There were three other workers there that know me, that see me every day. When the server refused to serve me my drink, none of the three people came over and told him that it wasn't OK, that she's a routine customer, she's deaf. They didn't say anything. They just stood back and watched," she told WFXT.

On Sunday, Sanzillo and several others went through that drive-through and ordered like a deaf person would. They hope this sends a message to others.

"To see, to get them the experience of people that work at Dunkin' Donuts. To know what it's like for when a deaf person is going to come through the drive-through and how to approach that better in the future,” Sanzillo told WFXT through an interpreter Friday.

Hearing people and others who have deaf family members came out to the rally, as well.

"As a parent of a deaf child, I would never want William to be excluded from anything, and so thinking of him wanting to get a cup of coffee later in life and being told he couldn't go through the drive-through like everybody else really upset me,” one parent said.Dunkin' Donuts apologized for the initial incident and said the employee involved has been fired. Read the company's statement below:

"At Dunkin' Donuts, providing a friendly and welcoming restaurant environment for all of our guests is a top priority. We are aware of the guest complaint regarding the franchised Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 334 Waverly St. in Framingham. We have been informed that upon learning of the customer complaint, the restaurant’s franchisee who owns and operates this restaurant spoke with the guest to apologize for the experience and to try to resolve the matter. Additionally, the franchisee informs us he has terminated the crew member involved in the incident. Franchisees are required by their franchise agreement to comply with all applicable laws."

MLB stars, athletes pay tribute to Jose Fernandez, dead at 24

Early Sunday, Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died at age 24 in a boating accident off Miami Beach. Fernandez is survived by his family, which includes his grandmother, his mother and his girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, who Fernandez recently revealed was pregnant with their child.

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Fernandez's fun-loving and enthusiastic demeanor, both on and off of the field, left a lasting impression on not only the Miami sports community but also the sports world as a whole.

Several prominent South Florida sports figures and teams tweeted out their condolences to Fernandez’s family and friends.

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The baseball community also took to social media to mourn the loss of a teammate and competitor that they had grown to respect during his impressive, yet all-too-short four-year MLB career.

>> WATCH: Jose Fernandez reunites with grandmother in heartwarming 2014 video

Fellow National League All-Star and Cuban Yoenis Cespedes paid tribute to Fernandez by taping a Mets jersey with Fernandez’s name and number on it in the Mets dugout. The team posted video of the tribute on Twitter.

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WATCH: Jose Fernandez reunites with grandmother in heartwarming 2014 video

Grab the tissues.

In 2014, the Miami Marlins arranged for Jose Fernandez’s grandmother, Olga, to travel to the United States to see her grandson pitch in the major league for the first time in six years.

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During an interview, Fernandez talked about how much his grandmother meant to him while he was living in Cuba as a child. He showed off a tattoo he got in his mother and grandmother’s honor.

“My mom doesn’t know as much about baseball as my grandma. My grandma is a baseball freak,” he said. The interviewer than asked if he could send his grandmother a message, what he would say. “Everything that I do is for her. I am going to keep working hard and one day, hopefully, she is going to see me here.”

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He was very frank when asked what she would say to him if she were there: “I don’t think she would be here.”

As he talked in front of the camera, his grandmother and mother walked into the room and completely blew Fernandez away.

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The two embraced for some time. “Oh, my God,” he said.

“I wanted to show her everything I did during the season, because she couldn’t be with me,” he said. He also revealed that it was his grandmother who taught him how to catch a baseball.

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Later, Olga witnessed her grandson with the Rookie of the Year award and saw him play baseball at Marlins Park. During the game, Fernandez joked that his grandmother would probably have some pointers for him after the game.

Fernandez died in the early hours of Sept. 25 after a boat he was riding crashed into rocks in Miami. He and the two other passengers died as a result of the crash.

Photos: Remembering Arnold Palmer

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LSU fires Miles as football coach

LSU fired Les Miles as its head football coach Sunday, the school confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Cam Cameron also was fired as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will be introduced as interim coach on Monday, the school said.

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LSU, ranked No. 5 in the preseason Top 25, fell to 2-2 on Saturday night after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. It was the worst start for LSU since Miles took over as coach in 2005.

 “Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”

Miles, who turns 63 in November, went 114-34 in 11 seasons at LSU and led the Tigers to the BCS national championship in 2007.

LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the season with a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, the Tigers’ first defeat in a season opener since 2002. The Tigers beat Jacksonville State and Mississippi State before Saturday's loss at Auburn (2-2, 1-1). LSU hosts Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. 

Orgeron was head coach at Mississippi from 2005 to 2007. He also served as interim head coach in 2013 at Southern California after Lane Kiffin was fired during that season, going 6-2.

GOP Florida lawmaker criticized for politicized Jose Fernandez tweet

   

A Republican Florida lawmaker was criticized Sunday for politicizing the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Matt Gaetz, who represents District 4 in the Florida House of Representatives and is running for Congress, tweeted shortly after it was confirmed that the 24-year-old Fernandez had died in a boating wreck early Sunday off Miami Beach.

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“To all who will kneel during the anthem today — just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it,” Gaetz tweeted Sunday morning,referring to the Cuban native’s efforts to reach the United States from the communist island country. The tweet referenced the trend of professional athletes — following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who kneel in protest during the national anthem. 

To all who will kneel during the anthem today - just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Fernandez escaped Cuba in 2007 after serving jail time for three failed attempts to leave the country. On his fourth try, he jumped into the water and rescued his mother after she fell out of their boat.

Lorenzo Veloz, a spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said Fernandez was one of three men who died in the boating accident.

Twitter users reacted swiftly to Gaetz’s tweet, with sports commentator Keith Olbermann calling the candidate a “cheap exploitative humanoid scumbag.”

.@mattgaetz Delete your account, you cheap exploitative humanoid scumbag.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 25, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Gaetz responded later to other posts, tweeting that “My point is that while America remains imperfect, so many do so much to enjoy our freedoms. Seems ungrateful to kneel. Just my opinion.”

He later tweeted that he wished “the national discussion was more productive on this stuff.”

In his first tweet after hearing the news of Fernandez’s death, Gaetz said he was “crushed” by the news.

I just saw the news on Jose Fernandez. As a Marlin fan, a Floridian and an admirer of the Cuban-American experience I am crushed.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Fernandez was finishing his best major league season, going 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA. He was an all-star for the second time.

He was set to start Monday's Marlins game against the Atlanta Braves.

Gaetz won the GOP primary for his district Aug. 30.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez shared baby news just before his death

Just five days ago, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez posted a picture of his girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, on Instagram, announcing that they would be having a baby together. 

The black and white photo shows Mendoza holding her growing stomach while in a bikini on the beach. 

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"I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst."

I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst A photo posted by Jose Fernandez (@jofez16) on Sep 19, 2016 at 8:23pm PDT

Authorities in Florida say Fernandez was not wearing a life vest when he was killed in a boating crash off Miami Beach early Sunday.

An official from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told reporters that Fernandez was with two friends when the 32-foot SeaVee that they were traveling in hit rocks and capsized during a boating trip.

Related: Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez death: 5 things to know

Lorenzo Veloz of the fish commission said the boat was found upside down. Two bodies were found under the vessel and one was found in the water by divers.

The boat was traveling full speed and was demolished. There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances being a factor in the crash.

The Miami Marlins released a statement about Fernandez's death saying that they are "devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez."

"Our thoughts and prayer are with his family at this very difficult time,” the statement read.

Photos: Remembering Jose Fernandez

School requires background checks for parents to eat lunch with students

One Alabama school system has a specific requirement for parents wanting to be involved at their school.

WBRC reported that if a student's mom, dad or guardians want to eat lunch with them within the Pelham City School System in Pelham, Alabama, they will need to pass a background check.

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“We have so much parental involvement that the question came up, ‘How do we know everyone in our school is safe to be around our kids?’” Dr. Scott Coefield, the superintendent of Pelham City Schools, told WBRC.

The background checks cost $15.

WBRC reported that some parents expressed concerns about the policy, with one mother saying she wonders how the policy may affect families who are unable to pay for the background check and those who may not be able to complete one because of their immigration status.

Coefield told WBRC there have already been cost cuts made to make the background check more affordable, in addition to a decrease in other fees for parents. But he won't "bend the rules for people who can't get the proper documentation."

The school system, which became independent in 2014, also has a background check policy for parents accompanying students on field trips.

N.C. to limit public access to police recordings

On Saturday, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, voluntarily released footage from the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

A week later, and it wouldn't have been the police department's choice.

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new North Carolina law that's set to take effect Oct. 1 will require city officials to obtain a court order before body or dashboard camera footage is released.

The law is designed to protect police officers in ongoing investigations. It could also protect innocent citizens, like those in domestic dispute cases.

Related: Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott

But some have argued that instead of restricting public access to videos, other steps could be taken to protect the identities of the people on tape, like blacking out their faces.

Although body cameras have been a step toward greater transparency, the footage hasn't necessarily been considered public information. Until now, North Carolina has mostly left it up to local police to release the video.

Advocates for the new law point out there will at least be one path for the public obtaining police recordings. Whether that path is too restrictive remains to be seen.

Police arrest 27 people for drag racing cars, motorcycles, 4-wheelers

Memphis police arrested 27 people for drag racing and other charges Saturday.

MPD told WHBQ officers responded complaints of street drag racing involving motorcycles, cars, and 4-wheelers in Memphis, Tennessee.

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An officer sitting in an unmarked car in a parking lot saw a large group of vehicles pull up and stop on the side of the road across from the lot.

Police said there were several pick-up trucks with trailers hauling motorcycles and off-road vehicles. MPD said there were also several high-performance street racing vehicles.

MPD said an orange cone was placed in the middle of the street to mark a quarter of a mile from a starting line and numerous vehicles and people blocked the street to watch the races.

Officers said they responded after several motorcycles began racing at a high rate of speed, and they created a block to stop people from fleeing.

Numerous cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles were towed to the city lot.

Police said they found $12,700 inside one of the vehicles that were towed. Officers said they also recovered a stolen motorcycle.

One person was also charged with marijuana possession. 

Police arrest man with pistol, magazine in his bag at Carolina Panthers game

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they found a pistol in a man's bag Sunday outside the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, ahead of the Panthers game. 

Officers arrested Bruce Garmon when they found the unloaded pistol, as well as a fully-loaded magazine. 

The Charlotte Interim City manager and CMPD had declared the Panthers vs. Vikings game an extraordinary event, after days of protests against a deadly officer-involved shooting.  

An extraordinary event allows for tighter security and bans certain items such as backpacks from being brought into the event.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez death: 5 things to know

The death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has rocked the world of Major League Baseball. The 24-year-old died in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida, early Sunday.

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Here are 5 things to know about the death of Jose Fernandez:

Speed may have been a factor in the accident

"It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Lorenzo Veloz said in a press conference Sunday morning, The Palm Beach Post reported. The boat was travelling at a high rate of speed when it hit the jetty.

The time the crash occurred is not clear

Officials said the boat, a 32-foot Sea Vee Center Console, was seen overturned on a rock jetty off the coast of Miami Beach. It was found by a Coast Guard crew. "At 3:40, 3:50, approximately, a.m. this morning, the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue fire boat received a call about a capsized vessel in the vicinity of government cut," said Capt. Leonel Reye,s of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Marine Services Bureau. Veloz said the jetty was not visible. "The vessel has traveled several times in this area, so that person was obviously very aware of where they were," Veloz said, adding that there are no lights in the area. "I have stopped that boat before for safety inspections with other Marlins players on board, so we know that this boat knows this area," Veloz said. "We just can't answer why this happened." Further investigation will determine more details of the accident.

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Fernandez was not driving the boat

Fernandez was a passenger on the boat. He never drove it, Veloz said. The person who drove the boat was a friend of Fernandez, whom Veloz said is "very well connected with several Marlins players." Reyes said two bodies were found underneath the vessel and another was found in the water on the southside of the jettys.

Fernandez was not wearing a life jacket

Veloz said none of the three men on the boat were wearing life jackets, including Fernandez, The Palm Beach Post reported. The other two men on the boat, whose ages ranged from 24 to 27, were "personal friends" of the pitcher.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been involved

"Alcohol, as of right now, was not involved, or no other illict drugs were found on the vessel," Veloz said. An autopsy will determine if any drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

Michelle Obama, George W. Bush hug, social media loves it

A photo of First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush has people talking, but not for anything salacious.

President Obama, the First Lady, Laura Bush and former President Bush attended the opening Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday in Washington, DC.

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The museum has been over a decade in the making since Bush and Congress authorized its construction 13 years ago in 2003.

As the Obamas made their way to their seats next to the Bushes, Michelle Obama gave George W. Bush a big hug, as Bush leaned his head over to reciprocate.

Twitter thoroughly enjoyed the photo:

Female officers are rarely involved in deadly police shootings

Since 2005, 77 police officers have been charged with manslaughter or murder over an on-duty shooting. Only three of those officers were women.

Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby is the most recent woman to face charges; she was accused of first-degree manslaughter Thursday after she fatally shot Terrence Crutcher.

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But Shelby's case is rare. The New York Times reports female officers are estimated to be responsible for only a handful of the approximately 1,000 people killed by police officers each year.

That's partly because there aren't many women in policing. A 2010 survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found women make up only 15 percent of the force in large local police departments.

But even proportionately, female police officers have been found to use less force and incur fewer excessive force complaints then their male counterparts.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker says female cops are "more likely to control the situation with voice and presence than any kind of physical tool."

If Shelby is found guilty of manslaughter, it'll be a rare verdict. The other two on-duty female officers who faced similar charges since 2005 were not convicted.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has died

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