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Authorities believe Vincent Jackson could have died days before he was found dead in a Tampa-area hotel room.

According to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s report, the hotel staff went to Jackson’s room on Saturday and Sunday and saw him slouched over the couch but thought he was asleep.

‘They assumed he was sleeping and left the room,’ the initial case summary released to ESPN and TMZ stated.

On Monday, the 38-year-old was found in the same position. That is when the staff called 911.

Jackson was declared dead that morning.

The medical examiner said there was no trauma to his body other than a small laceration on his toe, the Daily Mail reports. Jackson’s cause of death has not been released, and a formal autopsy report may take several months.

Jackson’s family has chosen to donate his brain to Boston University’s CTE Center to see if he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy—a degenerative disease associated with blows to the head. Many retired NFL players have suffered from the disease.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told the MJ Morning Show that his family believes he suffered from concussions.

He played 155 NFL games from 2005-16 in his career.

‘Vincent being who he was, would have wanted to help as many people as possible,’ said Allison Gorrell, a spokeswoman for the Jackson family, told the New York Times. ‘It’s something his family wanted to do to get answers to some of their questions.’

Jackson had been staying at the hotel since early January. His family reported him missing on February 11. Deputies located him at the hotel on February 12. and deemed him fit to remain at the hotel.

ESPN and TMZ reported that Jackson had a history of alcohol use and smokeless tobacco use. However, he was not known to use drugs.
Chronister said he was an alcoholic during a radio interview and mentioned his “long-standing health conditions that contributed to his passing because of alcohol abuse.”

‘We got the autopsy report that will be released today showed, unfortunately, he suffered from chronic alcoholism,’ Chronister told the MJ Morning Show.

Chronister added that the family believes Jackson suffered from CTE.

‘Well, this is true speculation but what the family is telling me is that he suffered from CTE,’ Chronister said. ‘They believe he had a lot of concussion problems, and when you suffer from that, you’re not yourself.

‘[The family believes] wholeheartedly all of these actions are the result of what he suffered while he was playing in the NFL.’




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Chicago Teen Helps Elderly Community Sign Up For COVID-19 Vaccine After Seeing Grandparents Struggle With Technology

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A Chicago teen has created a Facebook group dedicated to helping the elderly community sign up for their COVID-19 vaccination.

“Chicago Vaccine Angels” is the new Facebook group created by 14-year-old Benjamin Kagan. The group’s mission is to help facilitate the elderly community with scheduling their Coronavirus vaccines after seeing his grandparents struggle with technology.

“Yeah, so, the process was super complicated, and my grandparents don’t know how to refresh a page. My grandfather doesn’t even own a cell phone. So, for them to try to navigate the system where tons of people were vying for very few slots, I knew that it wasn’t going to work. And, I care about them so much that I needed to make sure they got vaccinated,” said Kagan.

“So, I went in, and I had four computers open, and I- after my third attempt on the county’s website, I got them their shots. Now I’ve helped over, my group’s helped over 425 people get vaccinated in the same fashion,” Kagan said.

Kagan added that because there is a slew of people trying to get vaccines, he and other volunteers open several computers to flood the system. “A bunch of people are always checking different websites and you have to always be looking out for different tips from the larger group, the Chicago Vaccine Hunters,” said Kagan, mentioning that he does the community service effort while doing homework.

The teen says the best advice he would give someone is to be “flexible” when scheduling an appointment. “You have to be flexible. I texted someone this morning, and I said, ‘Hey, I have an appointment for you. It’s in four hours,’ and then two people responded back and said, ‘Yes, we’ll be there.’” Kagan said sometimes a person interested in getting vaccinated might have to travel outside of their community.

Kagan says this mission is important to him because the country can’t “get back to normal” until people are vaccinated. “In addition to that, some of these people have just incredibly heartbreaking stories. You know, I spoke to a woman yesterday who I got vaccinated who said she’d been seeing her grandson for the last year through a glass door. She’d been driving out to him every weekend and seeing him through a glass door, and now that I got her vaccinated, she can go hug her grandson this weekend.”

 




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Hasbro drops gender neutral name change for Mr. Potato Head after public backlash

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Fans of classic toys were shocked when Hasbro announced a gender neutral makeover for Mr. Potato Head on Thursday.

The company decided to drop the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Potato Head for the more gender neutral Potato Head.

The company announced the change would appear on toy boxes later this year. Mr. Potato Head was first introduced to children 70 years ago.

Hasbro announced the toys would reflect today’s modern family of two dads and two moms.

“It’s a potato. But kids like to see themselves in the toys they are playing with,” said Ali Mierzejewski, of The Toy Insider, referring to transgender children.

Liberals celebrated the change, but Hasbro backtracked after a furious public backlash to the company’s “woke” agenda.

“Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD.”

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Mom Of 7-Month-Old Upset That Daycare Worker Gave The Baby To A Stranger

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A Florida daycare is in hot water after a distraught mother filed an administrative complaint after her 7-month-old baby was handed over to a stranger by a staffer.

The Hillsborough County Child Care Licensing Office seeks to revoke Orient Road Child Development Center’s license to operate over the complaint, WFTS Tampa Bay News reported.

The mother, Trinity McCoggle, called 911 on January 25 after she arrived at the center to pick up her son, Adonis, who was not there.

McCoggle said that the staffer “went to the back to get him, and when she came back, she said, ‘He’s not here.’ I said, ‘What do you mean he is not here?’”

The baby had been given to another person who arrived at the facility earlier.

On the 911 call, McCoggle is heard screaming that her baby is missing.

The licensing office later confirmed that Adonis was handed over to a stranger who didn’t provide proper identification.

Within an hour, the stranger—a woman—who picked up Adonis returned him to the daycare. Trinity and deputies were there waiting.

Danice Donaldson, the owner of the daycare, responded to I-Team Investigator Jackie Callaway’s message, saying, “This child was the last child in the room, and when the elderly family member came, she pointed and said she came to pick up her grandson. The teacher who released the child never asked for ID as she assumed that she was the parent (family member or guardian).”

However, an investigation into the daycare revealed this wasn’t the first time it had misplaced a child, I-Team reported after reviewing county records over the last four years.

One incident involved a 4-year-old girl left inside a broken-down van. When the child woke up alone, she left the van and wandered inside a nearby building. Someone at the location called the sheriff’s office.

The licensing office cited the daycare with three class-one violations. The most serious violation was for leaving the child inside the van. The daycare was also hit with a $750 fine.

McCoggle said if she had known about the daycare’s previous violation, she “would have never taken my baby there.”

A year later, in 2018, two center inspections found several violations, including staff-to-children ratio issues.

The news outlet interviewed Child Care Licensing Manager Lisa Bragano earlier this month and was told that the center received another class one violation over what recently happened to 7-month-old Adonis.

A spokesperson for the county said that regulators conducted “a complete review of this incident and the facility’s compliance history, it was determined that revocation of the license is the appropriate action to take at this time.”

The attorney representing the daycare said that his client plans to appeal the county’s decision. The daycare has 15 days to respond to the administrative complaint that seeks to revoke its license.




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