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The 36-page report shows that in 2022, 39 children under state supervision died from abuse or neglect.



"These problems are worsened with severe staffing shortages, excessive overtime and social workers assigned unmanagebly high case loads and workers placed in increasingly dangerous situations," Republican State Rep. Travis Coulture said.

According to Coulture, the legislature needs to make it easier to remove children from homes where there's an active opioid or methamphetamine using parent. He's also proposing legislation that would make assault of a social worker a felony, the same protection provided to state ferry workers.


Report shows growing number of children under state care supervision are dying of fentanyl overdoses

Updated: 10:46 PM PDT October 18, 2023
 
Connecticut postmaster admits to defrauding USPS through cash bribes and credit card schemes



A former Connecticut postmaster could face 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the U.S. Postal Service of $875,000 through bribery and embezzlement schemes.

Ephrem D. Nguyen, a postmaster for a postal office in Danbury, Connecticut pleaded guilty on Oct. 13 to multiple schemes involving using USPS credit cards to pay a vendor about at least $760,000 more than necessary for maintenance and repair work, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Additionally, he said he embezzled over $80,000 with credit cards to rent vehicles for personal use and approved fraudulent travel expense reimbursement claims exceeding $8,000 for a co-worker.

 
His father described him as an introverted, high-achieving student at Mojave High School. However, it wasn’t until Green read his son’s diary that he realized there were mental health struggles.

“I believe it read, ‘My mental health is fading, the thing I fear the most is be forgotten.’ So, in reading that last sentence of his journal, that kind of propels me to come out and talk about the situation,” Green said.


‘Enough is enough,’ North Las Vegas father hopes son’s suicide inspires others to speak up

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the suicide and crisis lifeline at 988.
 
October’s full Moon peaks on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Learn how the Hunter’s Moon got its name—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

When to See the Full Moon in October 2023​

The Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination at 4:24 P.M. Eastern Time on Saturday, October 28. It will be below the horizon, so we’ll have to wait until sunset to watch it rise and take its place in the sky. Like September’s Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon rises around the same time for several nights, so start looking for it on Friday, October 27!

Hunter's Moon: Full Moon in October 2023

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An elk holds the Moon in his antlers. Credit: Gallinago/Shutterstock.
 
It was about 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning when Amanda Tanner and her husband were suddenly jolted out of sleep by their dog.

Axel, a 1-year-old border collie the family had rescued, jumped on their bed and seemed adamant they get up. When the groggy couple was slow to respond, the dog was persistent in trying to get their attention.


“He was pawing me more than normal to get me to move,” Tanner, 44, who lives in Spring, Texas, tells TODAY.com.

 
Man trapped overnight in bank vault in NYC
NEW YORK -- A man spent more than nine hours trapped inside a bank vault overnight in Midtown, Manhattan.

The vault finally opened on an automatic timer at around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, setting him free.

The customer was accessing his safety deposit box in the basement of the World Diamond Tower at 580 Fifth Ave., when the doors closed and he became trapped at around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
 
Man trapped overnight in bank vault in NYC

NEW YORK -- A man spent more than nine hours trapped inside a bank vault overnight in Midtown, Manhattan.

The vault finally opened on an automatic timer at around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, setting him free.

The customer was accessing his safety deposit box in the basement of the World Diamond Tower at 580 Fifth Ave., when the doors closed and he became trapped at around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
At least it wasn't a freezer!
 
A shocking sex attack caught on camera as a transient unzips his pants and lifts up a woman's dress in the middle of a busy Long Beach street. Eyewitness News is with the victim, and why she's now angry at the L.A. County D.A.'s response to the assault. Tonight at 11 from ABC7


 
October’s full Moon peaks on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Learn how the Hunter’s Moon got its name—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

When to See the Full Moon in October 2023​

The Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination at 4:24 P.M. Eastern Time on Saturday, October 28. It will be below the horizon, so we’ll have to wait until sunset to watch it rise and take its place in the sky. Like September’s Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon rises around the same time for several nights, so start looking for it on Friday, October 27!

Hunter's Moon: Full Moon in October 2023

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An elk holds the Moon in his antlers. Credit: Gallinago/Shutterstock.
Darn … It was too cloudy here last night so no moon.
 
Nature lovers mourn the loss of tree older than the United States
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PLANO, Texas (WFAA) – Nature lovers are mourning the loss of the oldest and largest tree in North Texas.

The tree in Plano, Texas was estimated to be older than the United States.

A drone flight carried out a month ago shows the largest and oldest tree towering majestically over Plano’s Bob Woodruff Park.

The bur oak was estimated to be 400 years old.


10.29.2023
 

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