Also trending on your Wednesday: Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested after third man overdoses at his home, Merriam-Webster adds the nonbinary pronoun 'they' to its dictionary and a Florida couple was arrested for DUI ... then they had sex in the patrol car ... before the man fled ... naked.
'Jeopardy!' host Trebek says he's resumed chemotherapy
NEW YORK (AP) — "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he's had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.
Trebek told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his "numbers shot up" and doctors ordered him back on the treatment.
The 79-year-old game show host announced in March that he had advanced pancreatic cancer. But he hasn't missed a day on the show, which tapes episodes in advance.
Trebek said his goals for the summer were to get his strength and hair back, and his progress on both fronts was dismal.
There have been no changes to this season's taping and production schedule, producer Sony Pictures Television said. Trebek is taping the Tournament of Champions shows Tuesday and Wednesday as planned. Those episodes, with last season's star James Holzhauer among the 15 contestants, will air Nov. 4-15.
So far, 40 episodes have been taped out of the 230 planned. "Jeopardy!" typically has a compressed shooting schedule which, as Trebek has said, gives him long breaks.
Trebek said he didn't feel terrible, although he had fatigue and occasional pain in his back.
"There are moments when, for no reason at all, I feel this surge of sadness, depression," he said. "It doesn't last for very long, but it takes over your whole being for a period of time."
While he's concerned about what his passing would mean for his loved ones, Trebek said he's not afraid of what lies ahead.
"I'm 79 years old," he said. "I've had one hell of a good life."
A Florida couple was arrested for DUI. Then they had sex in the patrol car. Before the man fled, naked.
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man and a woman who were stopped for drunken bicycling in a Florida beach town had sex in a deputy's patrol car before one of them fled naked.
Nassau County Sheriff's Office deputies last Friday arrested Aaron Thomas and Megan Mondanaro. Both face charges of resisting arrest with violence, committing a lascivious act and exposing sexual organs.
The Florida Times-Union reports a deputy was patrolling Fernandina Beach when he spotted the bicyclists almost get hit by a car.
An arrest report says that after they were put into the squad car to await being taken to jail, they took off their clothes and started having sex. A naked Thomas was removed from the cruiser but fled. He was later captured.
Court records showed no attorneys for them.
High school cheerleaders ‘on probation’ after posing with Trump banner, NC district says
Cheerleaders at a North Carolina high school were put on probation after a picture of them with a pro-Trump banner during a football game circulated on social media — and some people aren’t happy about it.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association placed the cheerleading squad at North Stanly High School on probation for the remainder of the season, Stanly County Schools announced Monday.
But the NCHSAA “has not defined the terms of the probation,” and the team is expected to continue cheering, the school district said in a release.
“The focus of Friday night football games should be on our students – the players, cheerleaders, band members – the focus should not be on politics,” officials said. “For this reason, we are hopeful the situation will resolve, and our student athletes can have a successful fall season.”
NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker told McClatchy news group in a statement Monday that probation — which can last up to one year — is not a form of punishment.
“It serves as a notice of behavior or action that is against NCHSAA Handbook Policy or contrary to expectations of sportsmanship and proper behavior,” she said.
The NCHSAA can issue subsequent fines or suspensions if those actions continue, Tucker said.
In a photo posted on Facebook Aug. 30, at least seven North Stanly cheerleaders in uniform are seen posing around a banner reading “Trump 2020: Make America Great Again.” The students appear to be on a high school football field with referees in the background.
damn #NorthStanly y'all went out sad
North Stanly High School is roughly 40 miles east of Charlotte.
Commenters questioned at the time whether such political messages were allowed during a school-sanctioned event.
“Why in the world would the school board allow this to happen,” one person wrote. “I am sad and very disappointed with NS. This is a High School football game, not a political rally. Shame on them.”
The following day, district officials issued a statement confirming the act was not endorsed by the school or its staff.
A student reportedly brought the banner and the photo was taken before the game started, officials said.
Stanly County Board of Education policy bars political advertisements on campus or at school events, according to the statement on Aug. 31 . The district also said it does not make political endorsements.
“This policy does not prohibit students from speaking their minds or engaging in protected First Amendment activities,” district officials said in the release Monday. “Because the cheerleaders were in uniform and were acting as representatives of the school, the display of the sign could be perceived as the school or school system endorsing a political campaign.”
The cheerleaders were not punished by the school or district, but officials have asked them not to display the sign again, the district said.
Residents have taken to social media to share their concerns over the the NCHSAA decision.
Some community members created an event on Facebook scheduled for Friday night to support the cheerleading squad, which they say was wrongly punished.
“Please come out and help me show the school and the NCHSAA that freedom of speech is not dead,” the event description states. “Please bring all your Trump and MAGA gear and lets throw our support behind the North Stanly High School cheerleaders.”
More than 90 people had RSVP’d by Monday afternoon while another 749 people had marked themselves “interested.”
“Ridiculous!!! Whether or not you like the president should not play a factor,” one person wrote on the event page. “We live in a country with freedom of speech!! Let those girls cheer!!!!”
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Imelda could bring heavy rainfall, flooding to Houston area
HOUSTON (AP) — Imelda is threatening to dump up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana as the tropical depression moves inland over the next few days.
Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist and director of flood operations for the Harris County Flood Control District in Houston, said the main threat from Imelda remained the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding.
"We have a few things in our favor. The ground is dry. It's been dry for a while here as we've come through summer," Lindner said. "The initial parts of this rainfall will go toward saturating the ground."
Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, said the Houston area and parts of the upper Texas coast and East Texas could get significant rainfall through Thursday as the storm moves north. Imelda's rain bands were also stretching into Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday that Imelda had weakened to a tropical depression and was located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north-northwest of Houston.
Imelda is the first named storm to impact the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey , according to the National Weather Service. Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches (130 centimeters) of rain on parts of the flood prone city in August 2017, flooding more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area and causing an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.
Meanwhile Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Humberto in the Atlantic Ocean is posing a stronger threat to Bermuda , though it was about 285 miles (455 kilometers) away. Tropical Storm Jerry became the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, though it remained far from land Wednesday. Meteorologists also said newly formed Tropical Storm Lorena in the Pacific Ocean could produce heavy rains and flooding in Mexico by Thursday.
Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested after third man overdoses at his home
LOS ANGELES — The prominent Democratic donor and LGBTQ political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed last week, officials said.
Buck was charged with three counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Buck is accused of injecting the victim, who survived, with methamphetamine on Sept. 11.
He is scheduled in court Wednesday.
The charges come after two mysterious deaths in his Laurel Avenue apartment in West Hollywood. In both cases, black men — Gemmel Moore 26, and Timothy Dean, 55 — were found dead inside. The first death in 2017 involved drugs, but authorities said there was insufficient evidence to file charges.
In January, after a second man was found dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it will take another look at the first case. The deaths have sparked protests from activists who complain authorities are not doing enough.
Last year, prosecutors declined to file charges against Buck in connection with Moore’s fatal overdose in 2017, citing insufficient evidence, according to court records.
Los Angeles County coroner’s officials had concluded that Moore died from an accidental methamphetamine overdose in Buck’s apartment, which was littered with drug paraphernalia. Paramedics found Moore naked on a mattress in the living room, the coroner’s report said.
They ruled Moore’s death an accident, and an initial review by sheriff’s deputies found nothing suspicious. But in August 2017, homicide detectives launched a new investigation after Moore’s mother and friends questioned whether the drugs that killed him were self-administered.
A notebook found in Moore’s possession indicated he used drugs with someone whose name is redacted in the coroner’s report. The Los Angeles Times has reviewed pages of that journal, in which Moore purportedly wrote about using crystal methamphetamine.
“Ed Buck is the one to thank,” Moore appears to have written. “He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.”
Prosecutors are asking that his bail be set at $4 million. If convicted as charged, Buck faces up to five years and eight months in state prison.
Merriam-Webster adds the nonbinary pronoun 'they' to its dictionary
(CNN) -- Merriam-Webster has officially added the nonbinary pronoun "they" as an entry in its dictionary.
Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that the word "they" can be used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary along with three other separate definitions.
Merriam-Webster uses the word in a sentence as an example: "I knew certain things about ... the person I was interviewing.... They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary -- that is, neither male nor female. They were in their late 20s, working as an event planner, applying to graduate school."
Merriam-Webster acknowledges that "they" consistently has been used a singular pronoun since the late 1300s. While adopting the pronoun as a nonbinary description is vastly preferable for some, Merriam-Webster says, there has also been some debate that it is ungrammatical.
"Much has been written on they, and we aren't going to attempt to cover it here," a post on the dictionary's website reads.
Merriam-Webster also notes it has evidence in its files of the nonbinary "they" dating back to 1950, and that it's likely there are earlier uses of the nonbinary pronoun out there.
Merriam-Webster's latest batch of updates includes 533 new words and meanings added to the dictionary.