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Man found dead in car with stack of parking tickets on windshield

A Florida man was found dead Nov. 15 inside his SUV, which was parked just blocks away from the blocks Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Five parking tickets piled up on the vehicle's windshield over the course of four days before the man was found inside.

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Passerby Carolyn White was the first person to notice Jacob Morpeau, 62, sitting in the car.

"I can understand why the meter person probably didn't see him from the driver's side," White, who had parked nearby, told the Sun Sentinel.

Morpeau was found sitting in the driver's seat of a Isuzu Axiom SUV with his upper body facing down over the SUV's center console, the Sentinel reported.

"He was underneath the steering wheel, his head was in the middle of the seat, between the two seats," White said. "But you could see him on the passenger's side. That's how I seen him, from the sidewalk."

White said Morpeau was holding a credit card.

According to the Broward County Medical Examiner's office, Morpeau, who had suffered from hypertensive cardiovascular disease, died of natural causes.

Parking tickets on Morpeau's vehicle showed time stamps of 7:39 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, and 7:03 a.m. on Nov. 14. Two tickets were timed 6:39 a.m. and 6:42 a.m. on Nov. 15 for two separate meters; Morpeau's car extended into two parking spaces.

The city dismissed the $160 in parking fees "due to extenuating circumstances," an assistant clerk told the Sentinel.

It's unclear how long Morpeau was in the car before he was found Nov. 15.

"I was being nosy. I never let the meter man catch me. I never got a parking ticket, and I wanted to know why somebody else got caught. And that's what made me look inside," White said. "I wish I could have been there earlier."

Kevin McGoey, the man that made the 911 call after White discovered Morpeau, said tinted windows on Morpeau's vehicle might have been why parking attendants didn't see the man inside the SUV.

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Doctor resigns after Facebook comments about Michelle Obama cause outrage

A Colorado doctor has resigned from her position after calling first lady Michelle Obama “monkey face” in a Facebook post.

>> Trump-supporting bank VP out of a job after Facebook post about Obamas

According to KMGH, Michelle Herren, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center, posted an unflattering photo of Obama in response to a post that described her as eloquent.

“Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her!” Herren wrote along with the picture. “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”

>> Mayor resigns after replying to Facebook post calling Michelle Obama 'ape in heels'

After coming under fire for the comment, Herren argued that her comments were not racist because they were taken out of context.

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Denver Health Medical Center clearly disagreed, issuing a statement that read, “We are offended by the comments made by this individual, who was acting independently in her private capacity. Her views are contrary to the mission and values of Denver Health, and to our staff and patients. Denver Health proudly serves people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and social backgrounds – and our staff and patient population truly reflect our diverse community and nation.”

Denver Health is deeply disappointed by the remarks posted on social media by Dr. Michelle Herren against the First Lady...Posted by Denver Health on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Herren, who worked at the hospital for 10 years, has since deleted her Facebook account.

Trump blasts 'Saturday Night Live,' Alec Baldwin on Twitter – again

Donald Trump is at it again.

During this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," the president-elect took to Twitter to sound off on the show – which skewered him in its opening sketch – and actor Alec Baldwin.

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"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable!" Trump tweeted shortly after midnight Sunday. "Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad."

Baldwin, who plays Trump, quickly fired back. 

"Release your tax returns and I'll stop," Baldwin wrote. "Ha."

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Baldwin again teamed up with Kate McKinnon in Saturday's sketch, in which a preoccupied Trump ignores his security briefing to retweet his followers.

"I just retweeted the best tweet," Baldwin's Trump says. "I mean, wow, what a great, smart tweet."

After the security team objects, Baldwin's Trump continues, "This could not wait. It was from a young man named Seth. He's 16, he's in high school, and I really did retweet him. Seriously, this is real."

"He really did do this," adds McKinnon, playing Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

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After taking shots at other Trump retweets, his rumored remarks about unflattering photos and his recent dinner with Mitt Romney, "SNL" took aim at chief strategist Steve Bannon with a sight gag. Check it out here.

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WATCH: Cat rescued after its paws froze to the ground

A cat found frozen to the ground has a second chance thanks to a quick-thinking couple.

A video posted to YouTube shows a couple comforting the cat whose paws and fur froze to the ground as it sought refuge under a car in Russia.

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The couple used warm water to gently free the cat from its frozen state.

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According to Mashable, the couple said the cat was able to walk later that evening and was adopted that week.

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Kanye West 911 call: 'Don't let him get any weapons,' dispatcher says

Prior to his nine-day hospitalization in Los Angeles, rapper Kanye West exhibited signs that something may have been wrong with him.

After several onstage rants, the prolific rapper abruptly canceled the rest of his cross-country tour and retreated to his home.

Shorty after the tour was called off, a personal altercation led West’s doctor to call for backup.

On Thursday, the doctor's heavily redacted 911 call was released. During the call, he asks for police backup after determining that medical first responders may not be fully equipped to handle the situation.

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“I’m one of his doctors, request if we could have some police backup,” the doctor says in a recording published by TMZ, the Los Angeles TimesKABC and other outlets.

“He definitely is going to need to be hospitalized.”

Rumors have abounded about what caused West’s hospitalization, and the doctor's explanation is redacted from the phone call.

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Whatever his condition may have been, a 911 dispatcher warns the caller to make sure West stays away from things that could harm him.

“Don’t let him get any weapons or anything like that," the dispatcher says.

West was reportedly released from the hospital last week.

WATCH: Girl's reaction to shooting first deer goes viral

A video of a 7-year-old Texas girl shooting a deer for the first time has gone viral.

Video uploaded to Facebook by Cory Klapper on Monday shows his daughter, Lilly, focusing on her target, before successfully pulling the trigger and shooting a deer in front of her. Lilly, excited about the result, then has a huge grin on her face as her father celebrates the shot.

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“I respect and understand that this video may not be for everyone. If you think that you might be offended by this video that has my daughter shooting a deer with a modern hunting rifle, please keep scrolling,” Klapper wrote on Facebook.

Thousands of people have commented on the video, pointing out Lilly's reaction as well.

“Cody, I don’t know you but I can tell you that the discipline and concentration that young lady shows while waiting on the shot far exceeds some adults I know,” one commented wrote. “And her gun safety by keeping her finger off the trigger until ready to make the shot, and immediately putting the safety on after the shot is awesome and is a testimate (sic) to you as her Dad and mentor. You are doing it right sir! Congrats! That is a special moment indeed!”

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“The smile on her face was priceless! She did great!” another commenter wrote.

According to KDFW, Lilly has been working on her shooting skills since she was 5.

The video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times and has been shared more than 45,500 times.

Child, 3, run over by float at Christmas parade

A 3-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday night after being seriously injured after falling from and being hit by a Christmas parade float.

The boy somehow fell from the float while it was in motion and was hit by the tires on the trailer, Valdosta police Lt. Adam Bembry told WALB.

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Emergency crews were on scene almost immediately and the boy was taken to Shands Hospital in Florida, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.

“We’re praying for the child and hoping for the best,” Valdosta police Chief Brian Childress told the Times.

 Authorities are investigating the incident.

Florida woman narrowly escapes Tennessee wildfire

A St. Augustine, Florida, woman had to leave her car behind and run down a mountain after flames spread to her neighborhood near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Cathy Johnson Conner said she and another woman were at home in Wears Valley when the electricity went out.

They had just gone outside to walk their dogs but the wind was strong so they decided to go to bed, Conner said on Facebook.

Then they got a phone call from their builder, who told them the mountain they were on had caught fire.

Conner said they got in the car and tried to drive down the mountain, but most of the homes in the neighborhood were on fire and the exit was blocked by flames.

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They left the car and started running down the mountain, Conner said. Three minutes after they fled the home, Conner said she got a text from her home security system that said the house was on fire.

Conner said they saw Wears Valley firefighters trying to help as they were fleeing the flames.

"I have so many emotions right now but most of all I thank God we are alive," Conner wrote on Facebook.

In all, 13 people were killed, about 85 were injured, and nearly 1,000 homes and businesses were charred or destroyed in the fires near Gatlinburg.

Car, Bibles stolen from World War II veteran

Paul Cassarino was 22 when he served with the 447th Bomb Group of the 8th Army Air Corps, flying 30 bombing missions over Germany during World War II.

After the war, he married his wife, Phyllis; the two were togther for 69 years until she died of dementia two years ago, according to WVIT.

He visits her gravesite twice a day until two weeks ago when his car was stolen from his garage as he prepared to go to the cemetery.

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He wrote an open letter to whoever took his vehicle and his most valued possessions, the Bibles he and his wife used to read from.

"My car is my survival for transportation to empty trash at the landfill, to go to the grocery store, go to my church, and to go to the cemetery every day to visit, talk and read the Bible to my late wife. In my car were my Bibles that my wife and I read together and that I would take to the cemetery to read to her; my tools that I have had for over 50 years; my personal belongings and other memorabilia that is priceless to me. My English version daily reader of the Vulgate Bible New Testament was especially dear to her and me. I read it to her every day when we were together and took it every day to the cemetery to read to her.

"I appeal to you to return my car together with its contents of my walker, tools, glasses, sun glasses, umbrella and 3 bibles. Please."

Statue of Fred Rogers unveiled in Pennsylvania hometown

A life-size bronze statue of Fred Rogers was unveiled Saturday morning in America’s beloved neighbor’s hometown.

The statue was dedicated during a public ceremony at James H. Rogers Park, named for Rogers’ father.

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Originally scheduled to be dedicated in June, the statue's debut was put on hold when the sculptor, Jon Hair, became ill. Hair was in attendance for Saturday’s ceremony, as was Rogers’ sister, Nancy Rogers Crozier.

"I am so excited about this," Crozier said. "We've been waiting a long time."

Fred Rogers died Feb. 27, 2003, after a battle with stomach cancer.

Jeff Foxworthy pays for woman's groceries

A woman got a nice surprise when someone she thought was just another stranger offered to pay for her groceries.

Robin McFadden said she was in line with her three sons at a Publix grocery store in Johns Creek, Georgia, trying to get her coupons in order.

She said a few items were not ringing up properly and she was scrambling to figure out what was wrong as her children fussed.

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Behind her someone asked, “How much is she short?”

McFadden said she turned around and gasped when she realized the person asking was comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Before she could say anything, Foxworthy paid for her groceries.

“I told him that he was going to make me cry and then I took the photo. I’m so thankful for him,” McFadden said.

Pete Rose bookie found dead in apartment

A Franklin man best known as Pete Rose’s one-time bookie was found dead in his apartment last month.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office said Ronald Peters was found dead in the bedroom of his apartment about 5 p.m. Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin police. Coroner’s investigator Doyle Burke said police were called to the apartment building after residents complained of strange odors. Burke said the last time Peters was seen alive was Nov. 8

He said there were no signs of foul play and that an official cause of death is pending until toxicology tests are completed.

Burke said Peters received an indigent cremation and the remains were turned over to his family. The two-sentence death notice only said that he had passed away, with services at the convenience of the family.

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“The last few years were really tough on him,” said David Chicarelli, a Franklin attorney who represented Peters over the years. “He had a lot of major illnesses and tried to work … . The last time I saw him was six to eight months ago.”

Chicarelli said Peters traveled setting up car auctions for dealerships and had always kept a place in Franklin.

“He was very personable and was a very good, confident golfer,” Chicarelli said. “Everyone liked him.”

He said Peters had owned Jonathan’s Cafe, a downtown Franklin bar that was the place that everyone went to in the 1980s. The bar has since been razed. It was at that bar where Rose, baseball’s hit king, has admitted to placing bets with Peters through Thomas Gioiosa and Paul Janszen, who were Rose’s associates.

The three were the primary witnesses in the 1989 investigation by baseball lawyer John Dowd that led to the agreement in which Rose accepted a lifetime ban. As the concerns about Rose’s gambling were investigated, Peters claimed to have taken bets from the former Cincinnati Reds All-Star and manager exceeding $1 million during a two-year period. Chicarelli said that Peters was never bitter toward Rose.

Chicarelli said that while Peters regretted what happened to him and Rose, he felt Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.

When Rose finally admitted to betting on baseball in his 2004 book, Chicarelli said, “This whole thing was about everybody calling Ron a liar. Well, when I say everybody, Major League baseball believed him. If you want to use the word vindication, (Peters) told the truth.”

Chicarelli said Peters had said in the past that Rose bet on baseball, but never said he bet on the Reds.

In 1989, Peters agreed to a plea bargain and was convicted and sentenced to 24 months in prison on federal charges of cocaine distribution and making a false statement on his 1985 income tax return.

In 2001, Peters was sentenced to six months in prison for owing $39,000 in dependent support. He previously served a year in prison, from April 1998 to March 1999, for a theft conviction, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

In June 2004, Peters was shot in the head outside a Dayton grocery store parking lot. A security guard for a nearby church told police he heard two shots, then saw another man get out of a Thunderbird and run.

Chicarelli believes that the shooting may have contributed to his death. He had a number of illnesses afterward.

He said nearly two years ago that Peters asked him to review a contract and had received an advance for a book deal. However, Chicarelli said he never heard what had become of that deal.

Body of woman, children recovered in Gatlinburg wildfire

The bodies of a mother and her children burned in the wildfires in Tennessee were recovered, extinguishing a grandfather's hope that his family was safe.

Chloe and Lilly Reed, the granddaughters of Grant Reed, as well as his daughter Contance Reed, were found dead following the wildfires in Tennessee.

“With profound sadness that is now a part of my soul I am sorry to share the passing of Constance, Chloe and Lily,” Grant Reed, of Centerville, Ohio, wrote on Facebook. “Please continue to pray for my son Michael and his son Nicholas.”

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Saturday was the fifth day Grant Reed’s daughter-in-law Constance and his granddaughters — Lily, 9, and Chloe, 12 — were missing.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department told the family it was apparent Constance had been fleeing the fire on foot when she died, according to WHIO-TV affiliate WVLT-TV. She and her daughters became separated from her husband, Michael Reed.

Constance Reed’s mother told WVLT-TV she was told there were two bodies found around Constance. They have not been identified as the daughters by officials, but the family has confirmed the deaths.

The Reeds' church established a fund for the family.

“We received confirmation through the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department that the body of Constance has been discovered,” said pastor Phillip Morris, of Parkway Church of God in Sevierville, Tennessee. “We appreciate the outpouring of love from around the nation and specifically here in Sevier County. Your strong support means so much, and this family is going to really need your support even more in the days and weeks to come.”

Large fire burns several Cambridge buildings

Firefighters have contained a 10-alarm fire that raged for several hours Saturday, burning about a dozen buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

There were several minor injuries during the fire, but no one was taken to the hospital. The Cambridge fire chief credits that to the fire starting in the daytime. 

"People were awake and available. We are just very fortunate right now," Chief Gerald R. Reardon said.

The fire started about 2:55 p.m. at a building under construction and then spread to 11 buildings, including mostly apartments. One of them sustained a major collapse.

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"It's the spacing of the buildings and getting the ladders and apparatuses in this area of the city," Reardon said. 

About 140 firefighters from 17 fire departments helped battle the blaze.

Smoke could be seen across the city before the sun set, as high winds stoked the fire. A crowd gathered as the fire destroyed cars and homes in between Kendall and Inman Square.

Officials said most of the apartments affected are low-income housing. The Red Cross is helping and a shelter has been set up at Cambridge High School and War Memorial Center. Anyone who needs help or a place to sleep is welcome to go there.

"I'm in shock. There's no place for these people to go now and I don't know how to help," said one neighbor, Paula Sousa, who has lived in the area for years. 

The Cambridge mayor's office set up a GoFundMe account to help families as well. 

Cambridge police and the Fire Marshal's Office are at the scene investigating the cause. 

Oakland warehouse fire: 5 things to know

A massive fire broke out at a warehouse party in California Friday night, causing extensive damage and killing at least nine people.

Here is what we know about the incident.

1.) Authorities are preparing for a “mass casualty” event: Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead, and others remain missing. According to the sheriff, authorities are preparing for up to 40 deaths. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed told The Associated Press that 50 to 100 people were inside the building when the fire broke out.

2.) The cause of fire is unknown at this time: While a cause for the fire has not been determined yet, Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said in a news conference that the way the warehouse was set up, with wood pallets used as a staircase to an upper floor, may have facilitated how quickly the fire spread throughout the building. The warehouse was divided into makeshift artist studios, according to Deloche-Reed, and potential exits were cluttered with art supplies.

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3.) Search is ongoing: Fire officials are attempting to secure the building before continuing their rescue and recovery mission. The roof collapsed during the fire, hampering search efforts. Heavy debris need to be moved so firefighters can complete a search of the building. 

Authorities have removed nine bodies for the coroner to identify. Crews are working slowly, pulling debris and searching for more victims.

4.) Facebook Safety Check is active: People are using the Facebook Safety Check feature to post and seek information on family and friends who may have been at the party. The Alameda County Sheriff's Coroner's Bureau, at 510-382-3000, is also fielding calls from concerned family members.

5.) Building may have been unsafe before fire: According to the East Bay Express, the warehouse’s property owner had received "habitability" complaints as recently as last month. The city’s investigation was ongoing at the time of the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Police department's recruitment video featuring Stormtrooper a big hit

A police department in Texas enlisted assistance from the Galactic Empire for its latest officer recruitment campaign.

The Fort Worth Police Department posted the recruitment video Friday on Facebook, where it quickly went viral. The video features a police officer observing a Stormtrooper attempting to strike a paper target. Darth Vader makes a special appearance. A message at the end, scrolling like the “Star Wars” credits, invites those with better aim than a Stormtrooper to join the force.

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The Galactic Empire's second attempt at getting into a Fort Worth Police Academy class. The next civil service exam dates are Jan.10-11, 2017. We are accepting applications until Dec.12, 2016. Visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/hr/PoliceRecruitment/ for more information. "Good luck and may the "force" be with you."Posted by Fort Worth Police Department on Friday, December 2, 2016

The Fort Worth Police Department will be accepting applications through Dec. 12, 2016.

Woman says Florida cop groped her, cracked her tooth during traffic stop

A Florida woman claims a police officer touched her inappropriately after she got pulled over for a ticket in November.

That woman spoke only to Action News Jax after filing a complaint with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Department.

"It seemed like a routine traffic stop," Angel Johnson said. "I didn't think twice about it."

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Now, Johnson said she can’t stop thinking about Nov. 18, the night she was pulled over by a JSO officer.  

"He basically told me if I didn't get out of the car to sign the ticket that he would mess me up," Johnson said.

Johnson said she was pulled over after failing to yield at a red light before turning right.

According to a JSO incident report, the officer smelled marijuana and asked Johnson to get out so he could search the vehicle.

A Jacksonville mother says a JSO officer touched her inappropriately and slammed her head into the car during a traffic stop:Posted by Action News Jacksonville on Friday, December 2, 2016

But Johnson said she was told to get out of her vehicle to sign the traffic citation.

"At that point, I’m scared," Johnson said. "I get out of the car, but as I’m getting out of the car, he's grabbing my arm."

That’s when she said she was handcuffed. She said the officer got aggressive.

"Slams my mouth into the car door and splits my lip and cracked my tooth," Johnson said.

As Johnson was walking to the patrol car, she said she asked if she could pull up her falling pants.

“He just ignores me and he says he’ll do it," Johnson said. "And his fingers touched my vagina. At that point I dropped on the side of the car and start screaming."Action News Jax got a copy of the complaint that she filed with Internal Affairs.

"I don't think it's fair that I had this done to me and he's still able to go patrol the streets," Johnson said.

A spokesperson for JSO said it violates the law to confirm any internal complaint or contents prior to it being investigated, per statute 112.533. 

The spokesperson did confirm that the officer is a current employee assigned to patrol Zone 5.

Police: Ex-postal employee opened mail to sell items for crack

An intoxicated former U.S. Postal Service employee broke into a branch office in Florida, opening packages inside and hoping to sell items for crack, police said.

Francis Keller, 56, faces one count of burglary and remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on $3,000 bail, according to court records.

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On Friday night, police were called to a Boynton Beach postal service branch office, located across the street from the police station, to investigate a possible burglary. Once inside, they found Keller “extremely intoxicated” and opening packages, police said. According to police, he told them he planned to sell any expensive items he found for crack.

Keller said he worked for the post office for 30 years and was able to get in using an old security code, police said.

University of Central Florida fraternity member arrested on child porn charges, investigators say

A two-month investigation has landed a University of Central Florida student in jail on child pornography-related charges, according to investigators at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Kevin Estrada, 20, faces 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

Agents with FDLE arrested him Thursday night at Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house. The investigation began in September, according to the FDLE.

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"Everybody's pretty horrified, I guess. It's just not something right,” a student told WFTV.com.

A spokesperson for the fraternity said in a statement that it has a zero-tolerance policy and immediately kicked him out of the fraternity.

Investigators said in their report that they found "multiple files of child pornography” on Estrada’s laptop.

The graphic images involved boys and girls ages of 7 to 10 years old, investigators said.

A university spokesperson confirmed Estrada was a team captain of Knight-Thon, a dance marathon that raises money for Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network hospitals. A spokesman said Estrada was immediately removed from the position.

 

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