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Manager gives emotional farewell during final closing of Kmart

A manager’s emotional farewell during the closing of a Kmart store in Washington County is getting a lot of attention online.

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Joshua Englert, 34, recorded a video of himself giving his final farewell at the Kmart near Donaldson's Crossroads. Englert said he worked for the company for 18 years, starting when he was 16 years old.

“I wanted to take this opportunity not to sell you 40-cent plaid skirts or 5-cent panties, but instead to thank you for supporting a lifetime of memories,” Englert says in the video. “I’m the man I am today because of the people I’ve met here at Kmart.”

Englert told Yahoo Lifestyle that he was often the one to announce blue light specials over the PA system.

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“I thought the team would appreciate a sentimental one,” Englert told Yahoo Lifestyle. “I didn’t expect to get emotional, but when I was typing it, I knew it would happen.”

Kmart’s parent company, Sears, is closing dozens of stores nationwide. This week, Sears also filed for bankruptcy.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Dunkin’ Donuts apologizes to Somali woman after employee refuses service, calls police

A woman said she was refused service at a Maine Dunkin’ Donuts after speaking Somali with her family as they waited in the drive thru line. 

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Hamdia Ahmed, 20, recorded a brief video of the interaction she had Monday with the shift manager and posted it on social media.

"You’re going to disrespect me ‘cause I speak a different language than you? Is that what it is?" Ahmed emphatically said in the video. 

The employee responds:

"It has nothing to do with your language. You can leave. I don’t want to hear it. I’m done with it. You can leave or I will call the cops.”

Ahmed said she went into the store to defuse the situation, but the employee called police who issued a no trespassing notice for “disturbance -- yelling at staff,” the Portland Press Herald reported.

The order was rescinded after the store owner intervened. 

Dave DaRosa met with Ahmed and her family Wednesday and apologized. 

"I am working on a plan to help ensure this does not happen again and will keep you updated,” DaRosa said in a letter that Ahmed posted on social media. 

Ahmed, a student, activist and model, immigrated with her family to the United States in 2005 after escaping the Somali Civil War. She is studying political science at University of Southern Maine and is an outspoken anti-racist activist. She has spoken before the United Nations. She was the first Muslim woman to throw the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game. In 2017, she became the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Maine USA pageant.

"I’m proud of myself for speaking up against this because it’s not right," Ahmed told NBC News. "My family did not deserve to be treated that way, and I hope I started a conversation about why the police are called on black people for no reason."

This is not the first time Ahmed has faced discrimination at a coffee shop. 

Ahmed, who does not drink alcohol, ordered a drink at a Starbucks on Sept. 14, and asked the barista to check the alcohol content on the vanilla syrup. The employee laughed and rolled her eyes in response, Ahmed told WCSH

At the time, Ahmed contacted Starbucks, which apologized and said they would investigate the incident. 

Ahmed told WCSH the response was adequate and hoped sharing her story prompted a larger discussion on ending discrimination.

Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

Man gets life plus 60 years for posing as Uber driver, raping 2 women

A man who kidnapped and raped two young women in Buckhead while posing as an Uber driver was sentenced Friday to life plus 60 years in prison, authorities said.

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Gabriel Rendon-Villasana, 33, of Duluth, was found guilty of pretending to be an Uber driver at least twice, persuading women to get into his car when they left bars and then sexually assaulting them inside his vehicle, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Both of Rendon-Villasana’s victims got into his car with male friends, and he assaulted them after dropping the other passengers off, the jury found. In court Friday, both women spoke about the trauma they experienced, WSBTV reported.

“This man tossed aside my basic rights as a human being,” one of the women said. “The consequences of drinking are a hangover, a headache, nausea. Not rape. Not kidnapping. Not aggravated assault.”

It’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s policy to not identify victims of rape and sexual assault.

She said the attack left her traumatized and living in constant fear, WSBTV reported.

“When I take my dog outside, I’m constantly worried someone is going to shove me into their car and drive away,” she said. “It’s little everyday things like this that will never be the same for me.”

On June 21, 2015, Rendon-Villasana sped off with a 19-year-old woman in the back of his car after dropping off her male friend at a hotel at Tower Place and Piedmont Road, the release said.

Her friend called Atlanta police to report the kidnapping, and the woman was found on Lakemore Drive by a good Samaritan after being raped by Rendon-Villasana, the release said.

Four months later, he did almost the exact same thing to a 22-year-old woman after dropping off her male friend at his home, the release said. Sandy Springs police spotted his Kia Sorrento about 14 miles from the man’s home, but Rendon-Villansana ran away and escaped police.

During the search of his Kia, seven pairs of used female underwear were found, the release said. He was arrested one day later in Marietta. 

He was convicted of 10 charges between the two incidents, including rape, aggravated assault with intent to rape and kidnapping, Fulton County Jail records show. He also had an immigration customs enforcement hold placed on him.

Exploding toilets prompt recall of 1.4 million flushing systems

Officials are recalling 1.4 million pressure-assisted flushing systems manufactured between 1996 and 2013 after nearly 1,500 of the systems burst in toilet tanks, causing about $710,000 in damage and 23 injuries.

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One of the injuries was severe enough to require foot surgery, according to officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The agency on Thursday issued a recall notice for Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems, which can burst at or near vessel weld seams and release stored pressure, sometimes with enough force to lift the tank lid and shatter the tank.

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The units were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide, through plumbing contractors and distributors, and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Corona, Crane, Kohler and Mansfield, according to CPSC. The systems were also sold through several online retailers between September 1996 and December 2015.

Officials released the following description of the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems under recall:

The units are rounded oval, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. Recalled units have a date code/serial number that is 15 characters long and is located on the label on top of the Flushmate II 501-B unit. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for units included in this recall in MMDDYY format is 090396 (September 3, 1996) through 120713 (December 7, 2013). The model code is 10 characters long and is located on the same product label. The model code starts with M and ends with F.

Officials recommended that people who have Flushmate II 501-B systems stop using them, turn off the water supply to the units and flush the toilets to release internal pressure. Consumers were asked to contact Flushmate to request a free replacement and installation by a technician.

The recall issued Thursday included about 17,300 flushing systems sold in Canada. Officials said Flushmate received seven reports of the systems exploding in the country.

Officials noted that millions of Flushmate III pressure-assisted flushing systems were previously recalled for the same reason in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Florida firefighter dies while clearing Hurricane Michael debris

A Florida firefighter died Thursday after a tree fell on his tractor while he was helping family members to clear debris left by Hurricane Michael, officials with the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Deputies said Gulf County Fire Coordinator Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka, died at the scene. Price worked as a firefighter and paramedic in Bay County and previously worked for Lynn Haven Fire and Emergency Services.

He was draped in an American flag Thursday and taken to the Bay County Medical Examiner’s Office by a procession of emergency vehicles.

Price was known for his service to his community and for coaching softball for several years, deputies said.

“Gulf County lost one of our own today,” officials with Gulf County Fire and Emergency Services said Thursday in a statement. “To Brad’s entire family and friends, on behalf of all the firefighters and emergency staff in Gulf County, we love you, grieve with you and are praying for all of you.”

63 fetuses removed from Detroit funeral home in widening investigation

Police removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home Friday as part of a widening investigation into improperly disposed remains at two funeral homes in the city, according to multiple reports.

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Authorities found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers while raiding Perry Funeral Home on Friday, The Detroit News reported.

“I’m stunned,” police Chief James Craig told the newspaper. “My team is stunned. God help those families.”

Officials found remains dating as far back as 2015, WDIV reported, citing the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The agency suspended the funeral home’s license Friday and the license of its director, Gary Deak, citing “heinous conditions and negligent conduct,” according to WDIV.

The bodies were discovered one week after authorities found the bodies of 11 infants hidden in the ceiling of Detroit’s Cantrell Funeral Home. Officials had closed the facility in April after finding conditions that posed "an imminent threat to public health and safety,” including bodies in an advanced stage of decomposition, "covered in what appeared to be mold," according to authorities.

>> Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of Detroit funeral home

Craig said at a news conference Friday that a parent came forward after seeing reports on Cantrell Funeral Home to report that remains were improperly disposed of at Perry Funeral Home. 

Lawyers for the father and mother involved in the case told the Detroit Free-Press that they believe the bodies of as many as 200 infants may be found in improper possession of the Perry Funeral Home.

According to attorneys Peter Parks and Daniel Cieslak, employees of the home regularly left infant remain with the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, “then failed to follow up with parents’ wishes for the remains to be used in research by the WSU school of medicine,” the Free-Press reported. In the lawsuit, Parks and Cieslak also alleged that Medicaid and the Detroit Medical Center may have been fraudulently billed for burials that the Perry Funeral Home failed to perform.

Among other alleged violations, WDIV reported that employees at Perry failed to certify and file death certificates within 72 hours of death and failed to supervise the final disposition of bodies within 60 days of receiving them.

“This may be much larger than we know,” Craig said. “I hope this is isolated to these two. I can’t say that with certainty.”

Authorities said there were no early indications that the cases were connected.

"(There are) no connection that we know of between the two funeral homes, but there are similarities, including the improper disposal of fetuses," Craig said, according to the News. “I've never seen anything like it in 41-and-a-half years (as a police officer)."

Authorities continue to investigate.

Floyd Mayweather reportedly drops $2,000 on Mega Millions tickets

Don’t feel bad if you spent $2 on a Mega Millions ticket Friday and did not win the jackpot. Feel good. Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather reportedly spent $2,000 Thursday trying to win the $1 billion jackpot, and he didn’t win, either.

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Mayweather reportedly went to a gasoline station in Los Angeles and told the cashier to start printing out tickets, Fox Business reported, citing a TMZ report.

>> 4 things to know if you win Powerball or Mega Millions

The jackpot reached $1 billion, but climbed to $1.6 billion after no one picked the correct numbers Friday. The next drawing is at 11 p.m. Tuesday, and the jackpot could top $2 million.

The chances of winning the Mega Millions lottery are one in 302.6 million.

Inflatable colon stolen in Kansas City

This might be a little tough to digest.

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A 10-foot, 150-pound inflatable colon used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer was stolen from the University of Kansas Cancer Center, KMBC reported.

The colon, valued at $4,000, was stolen from the bed of a parked pickup truck in Kansas City, KMBC reported. It was in Kansas City for a walk/run event scheduled for Saturday in Swope Park, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” John Ashcraft, surgical oncologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, said in a news release Friday. “Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150-pound, 10-foot-long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”

The Cancer Coalition ships the inflatable item across the country for walkers and runners to see and learn about the progression of colon cancer in a unique way, according to a news release.

Report: South Florida candidate compares Parkland activists to Hitler

A South Florida City Council candidate used Facebook posts to compare two teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Adolf Hitler, communists and actors, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Ximena Hommel is running for a seat on the Plantation City Council. Although her social media posts have been deleted, Hommel has posted links and memes about David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who gained national attention after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at the Parkland high school Feb. 14.

A Feb. 21 post included a link to a story about Hogg reading “it’s all theater,” and suggested he was rehearsing scripted lines. A March 25 post included side-by-side photos of Hogg with his right arm raised, next to a saluting Hitler.

On the same day, Hommel posted a photo showing Hogg and Gonzalez wearing Russian-style hats with the caption, “Give us your guns, comrades,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Hommel, a former police officer in Plantation, told the newspaper she had no regrets about the posts and will not apologize for reposting links and memes.

“I shared it and I made it public,” Hommel told the Sun-Sentinel. “I posted it from other pages because I don’t believe (Hogg and Gonzalez) represent the victims of the school. Go talk to the real victims.

“I don’t like they are portraying themselves as the victims ’cause they’re not.”

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