Day: October 16, 2020

Man charged in murder of girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter at NOLA hotel

A coroner determined that Jo’nyri Hawkins died from blunt force trauma as a result of injuries sustained in a NOLA hotel.

A mother will never be able to hold her baby again.

Anfernee Devante Steele, 21, is being charged with one count of second-degree murder and cruelty to a juvenile the police announced on Tuesday per NOLA.com.

Jo’nyri Hawkins was just 4-years-old when she took her last breath. The child’s mother left her in the car with Steele on the 500 block of Canal Street on Oct. 3 but when she returned, the child’s body was limp. Steele claimed the toddler fell but according to sources, that claim did not match the child’s “severe bodily injuries.”

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Jo’Nyri Hawkins (Credit: Facebook)

The coroner determined that her death was from blunt force trauma and ruled her passing as a homicide.

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Steele was dating the child’s mother, Amari Charles. When Charles returned to the child at a Downtown New Orleans Hotel, she found her daughter unresponsive. She called 911 but by the time the first responders arrived, the little girl was found dead.

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Anfernee Steele (Credit: NOPD)

If convicted Steele could spend life behind bars.

A service was held for the child on Friday at the Jones Funeral Home of Houma.

“Jo’nyri Tammi-Denise Hawkins, 4, a native of Terrebonne Parish and a resident of Houma, LA, passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020. She is survived by her parents, Joseph Hawkins and Amari Charles; brother, Ar’myhi Hawkins; sister, A’najia Steele,” the toddler’s obituary read.

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How to shop the Waldorf Astoria’s online auction

Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass., is handling the colossal sale, which features 15,000 lots, including some with multiple items. The furnishings filled nearly every public and private space in the hotel: the celebrity suites, guest rooms, lobby, bars, restaurants and fitness center. The live bidding runs through Oct. 24; the first day alone will put nearly 700 objects on the auction block. (All proceeds will go to St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy.)

“It is overwhelming,” said Stuart Whitehurst, an independent appraiser and antiques consultant who appears on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.” “This sale is a marathon, not a sprint.”

The Waldorf Astoria, which has lived at its current address since 1931, plans to reopen in 2022 with a more modern look for its 375 condominium residences and 375 hotel rooms. To make way for the new, it’s getting rid of the old, with a few priceless exceptions, such as John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair, a clock from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and Cole Porter’s personal piano. (During the renovation, the chair and clock will reside with the New-York Historical Society.) By comparison, the objects for sale are more standard-issue hotel furnishings that have been elevated by nostalgia for the golden age of hospitality and its glittery clientele.

“Although the Waldorf Astoria is an art deco landmark known for its opulent lobby and public rooms and for its famous guests, including many U.S. presidents, its interior fittings are not considered particularly noteworthy by design experts,” said Anthony Barzilay Freund, editorial director and director of fine art at 1stDibs, the e-commerce site. “That said, there is intrinsic value in living with furniture that has a compelling narrative, and you can’t put a price tag on that.”

But you can put a bid on it.

If you are new to the auction game (as I am) or are gobsmacked by the sheer quantity (as I was), Whitehurst offered some tips on navigating the sale like a paddle pro. First, he recommended skipping the first few days of the auction, which are loaded with items from the celebrity suites. Although there is no guarantee that Monroe bathed in the light of the Chinese lamps in her namesake suite or Gen. Douglas MacArthur tossed his garbage in the wooden trash cans, the real or imagined brush with fame will cause the prices to rise exponentially. For example, the day before the live auction, the current bid for two embroidered pug pillows from the Royal Suite was listed at $610, six times more than the high estimate. The bid for three framed photos of Elizabeth Taylor was double the $300 estimate. And I would love to meet the person who is willing to pay $385 for a print of a single shoe that hung in the Monroe suite and had a starting bid of $5. Maybe he or she is looking to complete a pair? By comparison, many objects from later in the week still have no bidders. Among them: a blue-and-red-striped French carved chair, a

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Man shocked by wife’s ‘surprise’ vacation plans: ‘I am not going’

A husband refused to go on a surprise vacation when he discovered his wife’s family would be going too.

He consulted Reddit’s r/AmITheA****** forum to find out whether he had made the correct decision. His wife surprised him with a romantic dinner and a pre-planned three-week vacation in a secluded cabin — but that wasn’t all.

“I adore my wife but I absolutely hate her family. Her mom is a know-it-all who thinks everything is her business,” he wrote. “Her sisters are b***** snobs who criticize everything despite being anything but successful themselves. Their kids are spoiled brats. Her dad is just a broken man who seems to have given up decades ago and the rest of her extended family is pretty much like the rest. Somehow and in some way, my wife got all the good genes and ended up being an extremely sweet, beautiful, caring, empathetic woman.”

His wife surprised him with the trip, and at first, it sounded like a dream. 

“My wife decided to surprise me. She prepared a really romantic meal, wine, candles — the whole shebang for my shabby a** after I got home from work,” he explained. “And she told me we were going on a three-week-long vacation to a secluded cabin in a great hiking area of my country. Given I had to take up my vacation weeks anyway, I was honestly pretty damn excited. I love hiking.”

Then she dropped the family bomb.

“She revealed with the biggest smile that it would be a huge family vacation with her mom, her dad, her sisters, their kids and a cousin and her kids,” he said. “And honestly, my heart just dropped. Trust me, I do my absolute best to stand these people when I see them for the sake of my wife and act like the perfect son-in-law. But the idea of spending my only vacation days in a cabin with these absolutely horrible people is just a full-on no for me … I straight up said that I was not going to do that again and that she was free to go but I am not going. She started crying and seemed extremely upset I reacted the way I did, despite never hiding how I feel about her family.”

Reddit didn’t think the husband was obligated to go on the surprise vacation.

“A three-week vacation is something you discuss before finalizing plans,” one person commented.

“She’s free to spend time with her family, doesn’t mean you have to use up all your vacation time on them,” another wrote.

“She shouldn’t have expected you to go for three weeks with people she knows you don’t like,” someone else said.

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Dwayne Haskins returns to practice, Ron Rivera unsure if QB will travel to New York

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins returned to practice Friday after missing the past two days with an illness, but coach Ron Rivera said he was unsure if the 23-year-old would travel with the team to New Jersey for Sunday’s against the New York Giants.

Haskins was a full participant in practice and was not listed as questionable or out. Rivera, though, didn’t commit to Haskins making the trip.

“We’ll see what happens and how he is [Saturday],” Rivera said. “He’s got a little bit of a stomach ailment and we’ll go from there.”

If Haskins makes the trip, he is likely to be inactive Sunday. Haskins was demoted last week from starter to third string, with Kyle Allen and Alex Smith ahead of him on the depth chart. Allen will start against the Giants.

Rivera said Haskins “looked good” in Friday’s practice.

“He went out and did the things that he was supposed to,” Rivera said. “It was good to see him out there. A bunch of his teammates came up and dapped him up to let him know they were glad to have him back. That’s what I was hoping for.” 

Washington, meanwhile, activated right guard Brandon Scherff off injured reserve Friday, paving the way for his return from a knee injury. To make room on the roster, Washington placed cornerback Greg Stroman (foot) on injured reserve.

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Mass. loosens coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions on visitors from 4 states

Massachusetts officials on Friday moved California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Washington from the higher-risk category to the lower-risk category for COVID-19 transmission, meaning visitors to Massachusetts from those four states will have an easier time when they get here.



a sign on the side of a building: A "Welcome to Boston" sign hangs on the facade of a structure as two workers assemble a portion of a roof at Terminal E, where most international flights arrive and depart, at Logan Airport in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.


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A “Welcome to Boston” sign hangs on the facade of a structure as two workers assemble a portion of a roof at Terminal E, where most international flights arrive and depart, at Logan Airport in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the change in a statement and said the state was also changing the way it assesses the risk level posed by people arriving from different states.

The Department of Public Health’s metric for determining a state’s risk level for purposes of interstate travel policy will consider two weeks of data before moving a state from lower-risk to higher-risk, the statement said.

The metric will consider one week of data before moving states in the other direction, into the lower-risk category, the statement said.

The state also said it would be raising the threshold of cases per 100,000 that would designate a state as higher-risk, from 6 cases per 100,000 to 10 cases per 100,000. The statement said officials were “bringing Massachusetts’ standard more in line with other states.” (Massachusetts itself had been failing to meet its own standard since late September, when its case rate went over 6. This week, the rate was 8.7 percent.)

The change had immediate implications for visitors from four states.

“Following this, Massachusetts updated today its state travel list, moving California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington state from the higher-risk category to the lower-risk category. This is effective at 12:01 am on 10/17,” the statement said. “Travelers arriving from these states will no longer need to fill out the MA Travel Form and follow quarantine rules under the travel order.”

The full list of low-risk states on the Massachusetts website Friday: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington.

Visitors to Massachusetts from any other state must either quarantine for 14 days once they arrive or produce a negative coronavirus test that had been administered up to 72 hours prior to getting here. They must also fill out an official Massachusetts Travel Form.

“All individuals arriving in Massachusetts by any means or mode, including Massachusetts residents who have left the state for anything more than transitory travel, are covered by the Massachusetts travel rule,” the state says on its website. “Accordingly, even travelers not required to complete the form should act in compliance with the rule.”

There are a number of exceptions to the rule, including commuters coming into Massachusetts for work or school, patients seeking or receiving medical treatment, military personnel traveling to the state for official duty, and workers providing critical infrastructure services, according to mass.gov.

Dasia Moore of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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Dutch king cuts short vacation in Greece after criticism

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and his wife cut short a vacation to Greece on Friday after coming under criticism for travelling during the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Dutch Royal family pose during an official photo session in The Hague, Netherlands July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool

“We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima said in a statement published by the Royal House late on Friday.

“We wish to leave no doubt that it’s necessary to follow the guidelines in order to get the COVID-19 virus under control. The discussion over our vacation is not contributing to that.”

Though the king’s vacation in Greece did not break any of the Netherlands’ lockdown rules, including new restrictions introduced this week amid one of Europe’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks, the government has discouraged unnecessary travel.

“This is unwise and incomprehensible,” the ANP news agency quoted lawmaker Joost Sneller of the D-66 party, one of the coalition partners in Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s governing coalition, as saying of the King’s vacation.

Rutte had urged the nation in an televised address on Tuesday “not to test the boundaries of the rules.”

“You can go on vacation, but then go to the place where you’ve booked your cottage or hotel room and don’t move around,” the prime minister said. “If you do go abroad — well your options are limited as there are few countries that want to have us anymore.”

Willem-Alexander, who has a private villa in southern Greece, travelled by government jet, ANP reported.

The Netherlands reported nearly 8,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, a record.

Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima issued an apology after a previous vacation to Greece, in August, after a photo was published showing them breaking social distancing guidelines on the island of Milos.

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Covid-19 Saliva Tests, Flu Shots To Be Administered At Hackensack Recreation Department on Monday, October 19

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Hackensack Recreation Department is slated to hold free Covid-19 saliva tests and flu shots on Monday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the site located at 116 Holt Street in Hackensack, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced.

The mobile testing is made possible via the Bergen County Regional Community Testing Program, which is available to all county residents thanks to a partnership between the County of Bergen and the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Monday’s mobile testing site includes community partners South Hackensack, Moonachie, Teterboro, Rochelle Park, Maywood, River Edge, Bogota, Little Ferry and Lodi. Priority hour for public school staff will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Residents can pre-register for their test at a Regional Community Mobile Testing site through an online portal to receive priority processing. To pre-register visit BergenCOVIDTesting.com. Residents who choose to pre-register for testing must bring their mobile device for check-in.

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For the COVID-19 saliva test, residents are asked not to eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival. Identification is necessary; credentials including a driver’s license/ID card, school identification card, social security card, passport, or birth certificate are required. Proof of Bergen County residency is required.

Monday’s testing will be subject to change due to weather conditions. For updates, go to co.bergen.nj.us or County Executive Jim Tedesco’s Facebook page.

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Third annual MOSAIC celebration presents special cultural offers and hotel deals in The Palm Beaches this fall

Florida’s Cultural Capital® invites visitors to “restart with the arts” with safe cultural experiences for the whole family

From spacious museums and historical sites to breathtaking botanical gardens and nature preserves, visitors can safely experience The Palm Beaches and enjoy cultural offers and hotel deals during MOSAIC (Months of Shows, Art, Ideas and Culture).
From spacious museums and historical sites to breathtaking botanical gardens and nature preserves, visitors can safely experience The Palm Beaches and enjoy cultural offers and hotel deals during MOSAIC (Months of Shows, Art, Ideas and Culture).
From spacious museums and historical sites to breathtaking botanical gardens and nature preserves, visitors can safely experience The Palm Beaches and enjoy cultural offers and hotel deals during MOSAIC (Months of Shows, Art, Ideas and Culture).

Lake Worth Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County recently announced its third annual MOSAIC (Months of Shows, Art, Ideas and Culture), celebrating arts and culture in The Palm Beaches this fall with special offers and hotel deals designed to restart cultural tourism.

From spacious museums and historical sites to breathtaking botanical gardens and nature preserves, visitors can safely experience The Palm Beaches with these cultural offers and discounts on hotel stays.

Cultural organizations in The Palm Beaches recognize that safety is the top priority for visitors. In addition to state guidelines in place for attractions, restaurants and things to do, Palm Beach County has a local ordinance requiring facial coverings in public places, indoors or outdoors, wherever social distancing isn’t possible. Cultural organizations also have specific guidelines, allowing guests to experience the arts while maintaining proper safety precautions. Many have also signed The Palm Beaches Pledge, promising to follow guidelines from health and government officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe.

Below is a sampling of exciting MOSAIC offers from local cultural organizations. For more offers and a schedule of upcoming in-person and virtual events, please visit MOSAICPBC.com. 

  • Arts Garage (Delray Beach): $10 off admission for virtual and in-person tickets to the “Music At Home & Live from Arts Garage” series now through December 31. Use coupon code MOSAIC2020 to redeem.

  • Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts (Lake Worth Beach): A special deal for Glassblowing Class for Two for students through December 31. Two students work one-on-one with a glass artist to make their own glass masterpiece. Only $130 for 2 students. 

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton): 2-for-1 regular and senior admissions through October and November. 

  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (Jupiter): $50 off private behind-the-scenes tours for 1-10 people ($75 for MOSAIC, regularly $125). Tours are offered Monday through Saturday; times vary depending on availability. 

  • Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum (Jupiter): Buy one, get one children’s admission now through December 31. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be a minimum of 48 inches tall to climb the Lighthouse.

  • Lighthouse ArtCenter (Jupiter): Buy one, get one free deal on “Select Fridays” classes. To redeem, call the School of Art and mention MOSAIC. Offer is subject to class availability and only available to new participants.

  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center (Juno Beach): Buy one, get one deal on public guided tours with the coupon code MOSAIC2020 (must

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One Of Newport’s Newest Waterfront Properties

Located in the heart of downtown Newport, Rhode Island, Hammetts Hotel opened in the summer of 2020 at a time many hotels were struggling amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The silver lining of opening a property during such a time? “As a new hotel, we are implementing the highest standards of both operational and cleanliness procedures, which will lay the groundwork for consistent safeguards to ensure the health and safety of both guests and employees,” said general manager Randi Milewski.

With Covid protocols firmly in place—from rigorous cleaning and sanitization to contactless approaches where it makes sense while still providing hospitality—the hotel has successfully opened its doors and embraced city, state, and national standards when it comes to health and safety.

Hammetts is a nod to Newport’s historic mercantile wharves and seafaring heritage in a modern context. Guest rooms are modest in size with industrial-design touches but offer great views of the water and boating life. In fact, one of the highlights of the property is the 9,000-square-foot deck overlooking Newport Marina. In this age of social distancing, having so much space to gather safely and take in the surrounding views is truly unique and welcome. The Quarter Deck is on the west end of the hotel and is reserved for hotel guests away from the foot traffic of the Wharf Deck. The open-air patio is an ideal location to watch the sunset while enjoying a drink or happy-hour nibble. The space features water views of Newport Marina along with furniture for comfortable, spaced seating.

The property has 84 rooms, and guests have an immediate sense of place when they enter the expansive, sun-drenched lobby lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows bringing the Newport scene in. The waterfront location is in the heart of the city, with dozens of restaurants, shops, and attractions within walking distance.

This upscale boutique property combines the historical setting of the city’s turn of the century mercantile wharfs in its design and decor with the aesthetic of a modern yacht club.

Rooms

Guest rooms draw from Newport’s seafaring heritage with a fresh color palette of grays, crisp whites, unfinished woods, and pops of reds and navy. Adding an industrial-chic style are antiqued black-iron sconces, polished-nickel pendant lamps, and touches of wood to accent the room decor. Statement headboards are upholstered in dark navy fabrics then framed with black iron and distressed leather straps. The beds are Serta Presidential Line outfitted with luxury Mascioni linens.

Dining

Giusto, Italian for “just right,” opened in September and is located adjacent to the Hammetts Hotel. The restaurant boasts beautiful water views and an expansive patio alongside intimate indoor dining. Note: Some of the best water views are from the bar, so feel free to enjoy your meal there. The energy of the

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Suffolk Parks & Recreation to offer youth soccer, basketball clinics this winter

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk Parks & Recreation will be offering youth Soccer Skills Clinics and Basketball Skills Clinics this winter.

The clinics will be held in January and February at the recreation centers in Suffolk. Skills Clinics are a great way to keep your children active this season.

Youth Soccer Skills Clinics

The soccer clinics will be held at Oakland Recreation Center located at 5505 Godwin Boulevard. Registration begins October 21 and ends December 15. The cost of the program is $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of age is required at registration. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.

Times and ages groups are as follows:

  • Session 1: January 9 through January 30, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (6-7 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (8-10 year olds)
  • Session 2: February 6 through February 27, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (11-12 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (13-15 year olds)

The clinics provide a fun, safe, and structured environment for participants to learn new skills, learn how to play soccer, and build friendships.

Youth Basketball Skills Clinics

The basketball clinics will be held at Kings Fork Recreation Center located at 350 Kings Fork Road. Registration begins October 21 and ends December 15. The cost of the program is $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of age is required at registration. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.

Times and ages groups are as follows:

  • Session 1: January 9 through January 30, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (6-7 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (8-10 year olds)
  • Session 2: February 6 through February 27, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (11-12 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (13-15 year olds)

The clinics provide a fun, safe, and structured environment for participants to learn new skills, learn how to play basketball, and build friendships.

Safety Precautions & COVID-19 Information

To comply with the Governor’s Forward Virginia Phased Plan regarding recreational sports, city officials released information on the COVID-19 safety rules and procedures in place.

Adults accompanying minors should use the adult’s best judgment with respect to placing face coverings on a minor between the ages of two through nine while inside the clinic facility.

For all participants age 10 and up, masks must be worn when entering the facility but may be removed while participating.

Everyone entering the facility will be asked health screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, and temporal no-touch body temperature scans will be taken. No one with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will be permitted in the clinic facility.

Everyone entering the clinic facility will be required to maintain 10 feet of social distancing between non-family members where practicable.

In order to reduce the number of people in the facility, participants and

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