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Usher hailed as ‘hero’ after stopping church shooter

Friends know Robert Engle by his middle name, Caleb.

He’s tall, kind and considerate of others. 

Engle, 22, was an usher Sunday at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, where he has attended since he was a child, when a masked gunman walked in and started firing indiscriminately at the 42 parishioners.

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"I've been going to this church my whole life,” Engle said. “I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened."

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, fatally shot a woman in the parking lot before entering the church where he shot six more people. Engle was pistol-whipped by Samson while trying to stop the gunman as he entered the church. Engle, who has a permit to carry, went to the parking lot and retrieved his gun. He ran back into church where he tackled and held Samson at gunpoint until police arrived. 

“I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing,” Engle said in a statement. “Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family and friends. They are hurting as well.” 

The six people injured suffered life-threatening injuries. Samson also shot himself, although it was unclear whether it was on purpose or accident. He was treated for the gunshot wound to his chest and released into police custody. He was charged with murder.

Engle was treated at the hospital and released Sunday night. Law enforcement officials called him “an extraordinarily brave individual.”

“He’s the hero,” Metro Nashville police Chief Steve Anderson said during a news conference. “He’s the person who stopped this madness.”

But Engle eschews being called a hero.

“I do not want to be labeled a hero,” Engle said in a statement. “The real heroes are the police, first responders, medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.” 

Engle’s grandmother said she’s proud of him.

“He’s just someone who care about a lot of people,” Rheta Engle told the Tennessean. “He has all their feeling at heart.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Could flood-ravaged Houston become jackpot spot for HGTV?

The thousands of flood-damaged homes across southeast Texas could bring a boom to at least one Lone Star industry.

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Some real estate investors are counseling buyers to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, pay for the repairs and then resell them, according to Reuters.

These property “flippers,” as they’re known in the industry, expect to take advantage of a tight housing market, especially in Houston, to reap a potentially substantial profit, Reuters reported.

Ray Sasser, a real estate investor and advisor, followed a similar plan advisors are currently reemploying to attract the home front venturers when Tropical Storm Allison struck Houston in 2001.

He bought several homes -- some for as low as 30 percent of their market value -- selling many of them a year later at full market price.

RELATED: Houston suburb tops best value neighborhoods list

At a recent Houston real estate seminar, Sasser revealed his plan to purchase 50 flooded homes for pennies on the dollar, invest 15 to 20 percent for repairs, aiming to then turn them back onto the market in a short time.

With an estimated 268,000 homes suffering some damage due to the floods, what was a tragedy for a significant number of Houstonian homeowners may be a lucrative opportunity for eager flippers.

Many homeowners may consider walking away from their damaged homes with whatever cash they can get, so flippers can buy properties at near-record-low levels.

Meanwhile, the tight nationwide housing market, combined with Houston’s diverse economy and growing population, are creating ideal conditions for flippers to find buyers.

As new homes go up on the old sites, flippers may also be looking at quick sales for prices at or near full market value.

RELATED: Some Houston neighborhoods better for investment return than others

For homeowners looking to sell their damaged homes, the Better Business Bureau posted some advice on how to avoid scams on its website, including the following:

  • Checking if the company has a local office
  • Meeting in person at the buyer’s office to learn about their processes
  • Avoiding paying any “application fees” or “processing fees”
  • Contacting the buyer’s lender to see if they have the funds to complete the purchase
  • Examining the contract to ensure that the seller is no longer obligated to make mortgage payments

Read more at Reuters.

Weird David Spade mural with Kurt Cobain quote a head-scratcher

Australian artist Lushsux painted a mural of comedian/actor David Spade on a wall in Linz, Austria last week, alongside a quote that has completely confused social media users.

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The image of Spade might be pretty good, but there’s just one problem - the quote is wrongly attributed to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died from a drug overdose in 1994 at the age of 27.

Lushux’s piece is clearly referencing a popular internet meme, which wrongly-attributes quotes to famous people beside a picture of a completely different person, but that didn’t stop people on social media from freaking out about the whole thing.

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The mass confusion eventually caused the “Ridiculous 6” and “Grown Ups” star to respond on Twitter with just five words linked to the mural: “everyone is sending me this.”

The best US cities to avoid effects of climate change, according to report

Weeks after parts of Texas, Florida, Georgia, many of the Atlantic islands and other regions were ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in the wake of Hurricanes Jose and Katia and in the midst of Hurricane Maria, climate change has gained steam again in continued conversations about global warming and humans’ interactions with the earth.

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Included in those discussions are worries that parts of Florida are in danger as sea levels rise.

A new report by Business Insider lists 13 American cities that are “the best U.S. cities to live in to escape the worst effects of climate change.”

“The bottom line is, it’s going to be bad everywhere," Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider.

But “there are places that might at least temper the effects of climate change,” according to Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University.

Shandas and a group of researchers looked at a variety of factors, including policy and politics, community organization and infrastructure, to determine the cities safest from the dangerous effects of climate change over the next 50 years.

According to the report, the Pacific Northwest is the best U.S. region to live to escape the negative effects of climate change, according to Shandas, who said that “their infrastructure tends to be newer and more resilient to major shocks” like heat and rising water.

Austin, Texas, about 160 miles from Houston, which was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, is also among the top 13 cities -- in part because of durable infrastructure as well as plans to combat carbon dioxide levels and offset emissions.

“We often write off the South as somewhere that’s going get hammered by heat waves and hurricanes, but there are some really interesting places like Austin,” Shandas told Business Insider.

Here’s the full list in no particular order: 

  • Seattle, Washington
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

Read more at Business Insider.

Prince Harry visits girlfriend Meghan Markle on set of ‘Suits’

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on the set of his girlfriend Meghan Markle’s show “Suits” this week as he visited Toronto.

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Harry is in town for the Invictus Games, where Markle was spotted showing support for the British royal, and reportedly kept a low-profile on the set of the series.

“He was super low-key, met some crew and was so happy to watch his lady,” a source told Hello! magazine.

“He’s incredibly supportive of her work.”

>> Related: Jennifer Lopez to donate $1 million to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Markle, who plays Rachel Zane on the series, showed her boyfriend around the set, according to the publication.

On Sept. 23, Markle was spotted in the audience for the opening night of the Games. Harry created the Invictus Games after he served as an officer in Afghanistan in 2008.

>> Related: Photos: Meghan Markle through the years

The couple was not seated together during the ceremony; instead, Harry sat in a VIP section next to first lady Melania Trump and near Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prince is expected to remain in Toronto until Saturday, Sept. 30. 

Copperhead snake bites woman inside Longhorn Steakhouse; I felt ‘excruciating pain’

A Virginia woman on her way to dinner at a Longhorn Steakhouse was bitten three times by a venomous copperhead snake inside the restaurant. 

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Snake bite victim Rachel Myrick was walking through the second set of entry doors at the restaurant in Spotsylvania County earlier this month when she felt an excruciating pain in her foot, according to WJHL-TV.

“Initially it felt like I was stung by a bee or a hornet or something ... I reached down and grabbed my foot because of the amount of pain and under my fingers felt it wiggle,” Myrick told the TV station.

>> Related: Florida man accusedof pouring scalding water over 2-year-old

Before she could figure out what was happening, she told the news station that the snake bit her two more times. 

After shaking it loose, her boyfriend and son killed the snake by stomping on it. 

“I’ve bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,” her boyfriend, Michael Clem, told  Fredricksburg.com.

“There was no question what it was.”

She has since spent several days in the hospital and is facing about three months recovery, she told WJHL. 

Longhorn Steakhouse said in a statement it is looking into how the snake attack occurred and is taking steps to prevent an incident like this from happening again.

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Man charged after being caught train surfing

We’ve seen something similar in comic book movies, but this was real life when a 23-year-old man, literally caught a train.

The man, who was not identified, was seen train surfing on the Joondalup line over the weekend, in Perth, Australia, Perth Now reported.

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The man jumped on the back of the train at the Leederville Station Saturday afternoon.

He clung to a windscreen as the train reached speeds of almost 68 mph, Perth Now reported.

He eventually made his way to the carriage when it made it to Glendalough Station. He was arrested at Stirling Station, charged with trespassing.

Kayaker finds bag full of puppies in river

A kayaker found a grain bag containing six puppies floating in a river Sunday in Uxbridge.

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The bag was tied up and the puppies were dumped in the river and left for dead, police said.

Uxbridge animal control was called to the scene and took the puppies. All of them are expected to be OK and are being taken care of.

The puppies are receiving the necessary care, and will be available for adoption after they have been medically cleared.

Uxbridge Police do not have any suspects yet.

Police: Man falls from balcony while spitting on passersby below

A man fell from a French Quarter balcony Friday night as he leaned over the railing to spit on people walking below, New Orleans police officials said. 

A police spokesman told NOLA.com that the man fell from the balcony of a bar in the 700 block of Bourbon Street. His condition was not immediately available. 

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The news site reported that about a dozen NOPD officers and Louisiana state troopers were on the scene, attempting to keep the crowd under control as an ambulance arrived to pick the injured man up. 

Officers on horseback guarded the ambulance and cleared a path for it to leave the scene. 

Snooty, oldest captive manatee, remembered by hundreds at emotional service

The South Florida Museum in Bradenton hosted a memorial and open house Sunday to give fans a chance to celebrate the life of Snooty, the beloved manatee who died in July at age 69.

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A 10-minute video tribute featuring images taken from throughout Snooty's long life drew tears from many in the audience, the Bradenton Herald reported.  “Snooty was a big part of all of our lives," Sofia Hopper said, her voice still shaking.

Julie McNellis of Bradenton, who first saw Snooty as a child in the 1970s, also cried when watching the tribute video. "There were a few tears, and I wasn’t alone," she said. 

More than 1,000 were in attendance just halfway through the five-hour memorial, according to the Herald.

>> Related: Famous Florida manatee, Snooty, oldest on record, killed in freak aquarium ‘accident’

Snooty drowned July 23 in the life-support maintenance area in the aquarium just two days after his 69th birthday. Somehow a panel dislodged, allowing Snooty access to a tunnel where he became stuck.

An outside review later determined that Snooty’s death could have been prevented. In the wake of the investigation, the aquarium director left her job.

>> Related: Petition: Replace Confederate monument with statue of Snooty the manatee

At Sunday's event, guests received keepsake stones featuring Snooty’s picture, date of birth and date of death. They signed a Snooty memorial log, viewed displays and visited the museum's remaining rehab manatees.

Read more here.

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Trump's latest statement 'a declaration of war,' North Korean foreign minister says

North Korea's foreign minister on Monday told reporters that President Donald Trump has issued "a declaration of war" against the Hermit Kingdom in the president’s most recent statements on the country.

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However, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted at a news briefing on Monday that no declaration had been made.

“We’ve not declared war on North Korea, and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,” she said.

On Saturday, Trump said that North Korea "won't be around much longer" if it continues to threaten the United States.

 

Dating rumors intensify after Scott Disick, 34, caught kissing Sofia Richie, 19

Scott Disick, best known for being Kourtney Kardashian’s long-term ex, featured Sofia Richie, the daughter of Lionel Richie, on his Instagram story over the weekend.

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The pair was quite close, suggesting more than just friendship. Disick, 34, and Richie, 19, spent part of the day in Miami with friends on a boat.

There are also other telling pictures, some posted by Richie, from the trip’s moments, including a dessert plate that said “Congratulations Scott and Sophia.”

Many fans wondered what the congratulations were for and guessed an engagement or a formal coming out to the public of their relationship.

An unnamed source told Us Weekly that the two are “definitely an item.”

“Things became official over the past week while they were in New York City together,” the source said. “It’s so weird. Not just the age difference, but mostly the fact that Sofia has been a family friend for years, and was close to Kendall and Kylie (Jenner).”

Many social media users found the potential couple’s relationship strange, citing their 15-year age difference.

“Scott is totally romancing her and she is under his spell. He ... is spoiling her with shopping trips and sweet gestures,” an unnamed source told E! News. “Sofia has been interested in him for a long time. She feels like she knows a different side of him and that they are good for each other. She is falling hard and thinks this is the real thing.”

Another unnamed source told the tabloid the relationship isn’t serious. 

“They just get along great and share very similar friends. Sofia’s been all over the place lately and seems like she is not serious about most things especially getting serious with a dude. It’s light and fun between them at the moment,” the source told E!.

According to Us Weekly, Disick and Richie were spotted together as early as May, during a birthday trip for Disick in Cannes, France.

Richie tweeted once in May and again in June, saying her relationship with Disick was just a friendship. 

“The last time I'm gonna say it. Scott and I are just friends. I'm single and focused on friends, family and work,” she wrote.

Disick shares three children with Kardashian, Mason, 7, Penelope, 5, and Reign, 2.

Zuri Daviscontributed to this report.

Elderly man beaten for several minutes on NYC street, police say

An elderly man who refused to hand over his money to two would-be robbers was beaten for several minutes in an attack caught on a home surveillance camera. 

The 79-year-old man was walking on a Bronx sidewalk early Friday morning when two men got out of a car and approached him, NBC New York reported. Police officials told the news station that the men demanded cash from the victim. 

In the video, which was obtained by the news station, one man shakes the victim’s hand, then rears back with his arm and punches the elderly man in the face. The victim falls to the ground, raising his hand up to ward off any other blows.

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Both men continue to attack him, even as he crawls into the street to get away. The NBC affiliate, which stopped the video as one of the men delivered the first kick to the victim’s face, reported that the punches and kicks were repeated for several minutes before the attack ended.

The men fled when bystanders approached, the news station reported.

The victim, who suffered a broken jaw, is seen in the video shakily getting to his feet and stumbling away. 

The suspects remained at large Monday. 

NFL stadium worker quits job after national anthem protest

After working for nearly three decades at New York’s New Era Field, a man quit his job Sunday after Buffalo Bills team members knelt in protest during the national anthem.

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“I waited until the national anthem ended,” stadium worker Erich Nikischer told WGRZ. “I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground (and) walked out.”

Nikischer told the news station that he felt Bills players were being disrespectful with their failure to stand during the anthem, echoing statements made by President Donald Trump over the weekend in which he criticized players who have used the pre-game anthem for protest.

“That’s a total disrespect for our heritage,” Trump told a crowd gathered in Alabama on Friday. “That's a total disrespect for everything we stand for.”

Trump’s comments drew both criticism and applause.

>> Related: Trump slams players, NFL responds by taking a knee

Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement Saturday that the team had a meeting in the wake of Trump’s comments, which they called “divisive and disrespectful.”

“We tried to use them as an opportunity to further unify our team and our organization,” the statement said. “Our players have the freedom to express themselves in a respectful and thoughtful manner, and we all agreed that our sole messages is to provide and to promote an environment that is focused on love and equality.”

Nikischer told WGRZ that he will miss his co-workers, but added that he will not return to the stadium until after the national anthem protests end.

“I believe people have the right to protest,” Nikischer said. “I just don’t believe that’s the proper venue for it.”

Bob Costas slams Trump, says ‘patriotism comes in many forms’

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas on Monday slammed President Donald Trump for his comments about NFL players who don’t stand for the national anthem, saying, “Patriotism comes in many forms.”

Costas, appearing on “New Day,” defended former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who chose to kneel during the anthem to protest the treatment of black people by police officers and sparked Sunday’s protest by NFL teams.

“Patriotism comes in many forms, and what has happened is it’s been conflated with a bumper-style kind of flag-waving, and with the military only, so that people cannot see that in his own way (how) Colin Kaepernick, however imperfectly, is doing a patriotic thing,” he said. “And so, too, are some of these other players.

“Martin Luther King was a patriot. Susan B. Anthony was a patriot. Dissidents are patriots. Schoolteachers and social workers are patriots,” Costas said.

Costas also said it was clear that Trump had more fervor in attacking football players for kneeling during the anthem then he did in condemning the white nationalists who took part in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Clearly the president had more passion and conviction for those remarks (about NFL players) … then he did for distancing himself from white nationalists,” Costas said.

Watch the entire interview below.

Who is Anthony Weiner?

Updated Sept. 25, 2017: Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday, to 21 months in prison for “sexting” a 15-year-old girl. 

The Chicago Tribune reported that Weiner dropped his head into his hand as he stood in court when the sentence was announced. 

Prosecutors had been seeking a 21 to 27-month sentence. 

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FBI sources said Friday that new emails, which “appear be pertinent” to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, were discovered during an investigation into allegations of sexting with a minor made against former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The FBI is investigating Weiner, who is the estranged husband of Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin, on charges he sent illicit texts to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

It’s not the first time Weiner has been the center of a “sexting” scandal.

FBI director James B. Comey informed members of Congress on Friday via a letter that emails had surfaced in a case that “appear to be pertinent to the investigation” of Clinton's use of a private email server.

According to the New York Times, the e-mails were contained on four electronic devices seized from Weiner and Abedin, and it was those emails that led the FBI to re-open its investigation into Hillary Clinton.

So who is Anthony Weiner and what are his connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton? Here’s what we know about him.

  • Weiner was born and raised in New York City. He served the New York's 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011, when he resigned after a sexting scandal was made public.
  • Weiner is married, but separated from, Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Abedin. The couple were married in July 2010 by former President Bill Clinton. Their reception was held at the Clinton’s home.
  • The couple has a 4-year-old son.
  • Weiner resigned as a New York congressman in 2011 after he sent photos of himself, clad only in underwear, to 40,000 Twitter followers, when he was trying to send the photo to a woman. That was the first of his sexting scandals.

Here is a look at all of his known sexting incidents.

May 31, 2011

Weiner accidentally posted a photo of himself clad only in his underwear to 40,000 Twitter followers instead of the 21-year-old woman he intended the photo to go to. The woman, Gennette Cordova, said she had never met Weiner. Weiner said his Twitter account was hacked and that he did not send the photo.

June 6, 2011

Days later, Weiner recanted his hacking story and admitted he sent the photo. He said he had sexted with six women over a three-year period. “I have done things I deeply regret. I apologize to my wife and our families. I’m deeply ashamed,” Weiner said.

June 11, 2011

Five days later, amid calls for him to resign, Weiner took a leave of absence from Congress to “seek professional treatment.”

June 16, 2011

Weiner announced his resignation from Congress.

July 23, 2013

Weiner again admits that he has been sexting was a woman as he is in the middle of a campaign for mayor of New York.

July 26, 2013

Some reports say Weiner’s wife, Abedin, is considering leaving him. Weiner loses the election.

May 20, 2016

The documentary “Weiner” is released. It shows the couple in some of their worst moments during the mayoral campaign, including when one of the women he sexted shows up at a campaign event.

Aug. 28, 2016

A photo of Weiner on a bed with his sleeping son by his side is published on the front of the New York Post. Weiner again is clad only in underwear. The story says he was sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl at the time. According to the story, Weiner had referred to his son as a “chick magnet.”

Abedin announces the next day that she and Weiner are separating.

In the week after the latest revelation, a child-welfare agency announced its investigating Weiner after it was revealed that he sexted explicit photos of himself that also showed his 4-year-old asleep next to him.

Man dies after fall at Wallace Falls

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit and SnoHAWK 10 aerial support recovered the body of a Seattle man who fell from Wallace Falls in Snohomish County earlier Sunday. 

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A woman called 911 around 5 p.m. and reported that her 33-year-old husband had fallen over an embankment near the Sky Valley Lookout at Wallace Falls. The couple was on a hike with family and friends when the man fell.

The Sky Valley Lookout is 2.4 miles up the trail from the Wallace Falls State Park parking lot. 

Search crews originally arrived at the scene and located the victim, but could not attempt a rescue because of treacherous terrain.

SnoHAWK 10 was able to lower rescuers to the scene and later transported the body to Taylor's Landing, where it was turned over to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office.

Fire District 26 personnel were able to rescue the family's dog, which had also fallen over the embankment.

Trendy raw cookie dough shop being sued for making people sick

A raw cookie business that’s gotten a lot of attention for its social media presence and intriguing photos has suddenly found itself in the middle of a lawsuit.

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Two Manhattan College students have filed a class-action lawsuit against Dō, alleging that the business’ product caused food poisoning, Eater New York reported.

The crux of the lawsuit is that Dō’ states on its website that raw cookie dough is “completely safe to consume” and specifically says, “That means no chance of food-borne illness or the risk that comes along with eating raw flour products.”

The business further described consuming their pasteurized egg and heat-treated flour product as “worry-free.”

If what is alleged is true, that is not the case.

Dō has responded publicly to the suit, telling Eater, “We stand behind the safety of our products and our representations about our products. We will fully and faithfully defend ourselves against any and all false accusations.”

Grub Street reported that the plaintiffs are named as Julia Canigiani and Katherine Byrne. They claim they both got sick even though they ordered different things.

Canigiani and Byrne alleged that Dō has fraudulently concealed, negligently misrepresented and unjustly enriched itself off of an unsafe product and are consequently suing for upward of $5 million in damages.

State to pay $550,000 to convicted murderer because of amputation

The state of Georgia has agreed to pay $550,000 to a diabetic inmate serving a life sentence for murder to settle his lawsuit alleging that he lost his left leg because of improper care and neglect by a prison doctor.

The settlement means Michael Tarver’s case against Dr. Chiquita Fye, the medical director at Macon State Prison, won’t go to trial as scheduled this month and ends an improbable legal proceeding that began three years ago with a lawsuit written in longhand and filed without the aid of an attorney.

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Tarver’s federal lawsuit asserted that Fye, the lone defendant, was deliberately indifferent to his injury as he languished for months in the prison infirmary. Deliberate indifference to a prison inmate’s medical needs violates the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits governments from imposing cruel and inhuman punishment.

U.S. District Judge Marc T. Treadwell signed off on an order Monday stating that a settlement had been reached.

The case was scheduled for trial starting Sept. 25 in Treadwell’s court in Macon.

The amount of the settlement was disclosed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Mike Brown, an Augusta attorney who began representing Tarver when the case entered the discovery phase. Brown said Tarver, who is 55 and serving a sentence of life without parole for the 1994 murder of a Columbus convenience store clerk, plans to distribute a “good portion” of the money to his family.

Fye, 65, has been the medical director at Macon State Prison since 2006, making her one of the longest-tenured physicians working for Georgia Correctional HealthCare, the branch of Augusta University that provides medical services for the Department of Corrections. The Emory-trained doctor receives an annual salary of $159,324 to oversee a facility that employs 20 nurses and upper-level providers and provides 24-hour care to men from multiple institutions.

Despite the settlement, Georgia Correctional HealthCare stands behind Fye, a university spokeswoman said. Christen Engel, the school’s associate vice president for communications, said that conclusion was reached after what the university believes was an extensive review of Fye’s conduct.

“GCHC human resources professionals interviewed providers at Macon State Prison and found that Dr. Fye continually exhibits professionalism and sound judgment when caring for her patients,” Engel wrote in an email.

Engel added that the organization is taking steps to improve wound care education for all its providers.

Fye still faces another potential trial in federal court stemming from a lawsuit in which she is accused of failing to ensure the safety of a man who was abruptly cut off from his prescribed daily dose of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. The man, William Stoner, ultimately suffered a seizure and had to be transported by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.

Tarver’s amputation and Stoner’s seizure were among the issues detailed by the AJC last month in a story in which six former healthcare workers at the prison 130 miles south of Atlanta in Oglethorpe questioned Fye’s care of inmates. In depositions and interviews, the six said Fye’s disdain for criminals at times caused her to withhold vital treatment when she believed inmates were faking or otherwise trying to take advantage.

Tarver’s leg was amputated above the knee in November 2012, six months after he slipped and fell on a wet floor in the prison kitchen, opening a dime-size cut above his ankle. As a diabetic, Tarver was particularly vulnerable to infection, but evidence developed through his lawsuit indicated that the wound was allowed to become dangerously toxic even as he was under observation in the infirmary.

One former prison nurse said in a deposition that the wound became so foul-smelling that the odor was noticeable outside Tarver’s room. Another testified she had informed Fye that tissue within the wound had turned black, but the doctor didn’t respond.

One of the country’s foremost wound care experts, Dr. John Macdonald, also provided a deposition in which he was highly critical of Fye. Macdonald, a professor at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine who has established a wound clinic in Haiti, testified that Tarver’s treatment violated the basic tenets of wound care and that what happened to him “would have never happened in Haiti.”

Fye testified that she did not notice the smell or the black tissue. She further argued that her treatment was adequate because she twice prescribed antibiotics for Tarver and had him admitted at one point to a local emergency room.

Lawsuits filed by prison inmates “pro se” -- without an attorney -- often do not survive early procedural challenges, but Tarver’s case, initially written by hand on 26 lined pages, was different.

Eventually realizing that he needed an attorney, Tarver hired Brown, who obtained the deposition testimony.

Evidence developed by Brown also showed that some of Tarver’s medical records are missing, including an order for a wound consultation that a former physician assistant testified she wrote when Fye wouldn’t do one.

In pre-trial filings, Brown stated that key documents had been destroyed and asked Treadwell to make that known in his jury instructions. The judge had yet to rule on the request when the case settled.

Brown said Tarver, now incarcerated at Augusta State Medical Prison, has a prosthetic leg but mostly gets around using a wheelchair. Weight fluctuations caused by Tarver’s diabetes limit his use of the prosthetic device, the attorney said.

Fye’s issues mark the second time in the last two years that Georgia Correctional HealthCare has been forced to deal with questions regarding one of its doctors.

In 2015, the organization fired the physician most responsible for treating female inmates, Dr. Yvon Nazaire, after the AJC revealed how nine women had died in his care under questionable circumstances  at Pulaski State Prison and Emanuel Women’s Facility. The AJC’s series also cast doubt on the truthfulness of the resume Nazaire submitted when he was hired for his position.

Since the AJC first began reporting on Nazaire, three lawsuits have been filed dealing with his treatment of inmates and another is expected, according to a notice of claim filed in that case earlier this year.

Medical board fails to act

The Georgia Composite Medical Board can sanction physicians when it finds they failed to provide appropriate medical care. However, it has yet to take action against Dr. Chiquita Fye, the medical director at Macon State Prison.

The board did not sanction Dr. Yvon Nazaire, who oversaw healthcare for Georgia women inmates, even after a state report found that the deaths of inmates in his care clearly demonstrated that his treatment fell below community standards. Nazaire avoided discipline through a loophole: He allowed his Georgia license to lapse.

Some women in Nazaire’s care told the AJC about botched cancer diagnoses. You can read that story here: http://bit.ly/2jOq2t4

In Fye’s case, six former prison healthcare workers said she withheld vital treatment and medication from sick or injured inmates. Find out what they had to say here: http://bit.ly/2ixad9O

Rumored mom-to-be Kylie Jenner shares first pictures since pregnancy gossip intensified

Kylie Jenner has posted on Instagram for the first time since the rumors of her pregnancy intensified.

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The 20-year-old “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star shared a picture of herself with some female companions, including best friend Jordyn Woods and entrepreneur Heather Sanders, wearing matching white robes.

“Mornings,” Jenner captioned the photo.

Jenner later shared another image to Instagram, which featured Woods, during her 20th birthday celebration.

Jenner was recently seen in Las Vegas attending the a music festival, where her boyfriend, Travis Scott, was performing.

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