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Focus on the Family in Colorado vandalized with graffiti days after Club Q tragedy: 'Blood is on your hands'

Focus on the Family in Colorado vandalized with graffiti days after Club Q tragedy: 'Blood is on your hands'

A sign outside the Focus on the Family facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was vandalized on Thanksgiving, just days after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ bar left five people dead and 17 wounded.The morning of Nov. 24, officials reported graffiti at the facility that read: “Their blood is on your hands five lives taken.” A piece of metal was left leaning against the large stone sign, which quoted 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.A day later, the graffiti message was mostly covered with cardboard and plastic.
A photo of the Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
(Kathryn Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)Focus on the Family president Jim Daly addressed the vandalism, calling for community members to love and pray and not to spread hate.COLORADO CLUB Q SHOOTING SUSPECT MAKES FIRST VIRTUAL COURT APPEARANCE, HELD WITHOUT BAIL”We recognize the community is hurting in the aftermath of the reckless and violent actions of a very disturbed individual. This is a time for prayer, grieving, and healing, not vandalism and the spreading of hate,” Daly said in a statement to Fox News Digital.He added: “Focus on the Family is privileged to be one of many organizations in our city positioned to help and support the needs of struggling individuals and families.”COLORADO CLUB Q SHOOTING SUSPECT IS ‘NON-BINARY,’ PUBLIC DEFENDERS SAY
A sign at the Calvary United Methodist Church about a mile from Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)”The families of the five individuals killed in Saturday night’s senseless attack are in our prayers. We urge everyone to pray for peace and we also pray for the individual or group responsible for this mischievous and unwarranted defacing of our ministry’s property,” Daly also said.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Some people have criticized Focus on the Family, a global Christian outreach ministry, for being homophobic as it often differs from the LGBTQ community on issues of sex education and gender ideology, among others. 

What's the best tailgate food? Georgia football fans share their favorites

What's the best tailgate food? Georgia football fans share their favorites

ATHENS, Ga. – Thanksgiving may be in the rearview mirror, but college football fans are settling in for a second feast this weekend: tailgating.No one celebrates the time-honored tradition quite like the SEC, so Fox News visited the University of Georgia during a recent home game to ask one simple question: What is the best tailgate food?
Amy made a Tex-Mex themed butter board for her family’s tailgate Nov. 5, 2022, at the University of Georgia.
(Hannah Ray Lambert/Fox News Digital)SPICED PUMPKIN AND CHORIZO SOUP-CHILI HYBRID RECIPE IS ‘THE PERFECT FALL DISH'”Jambalaya,” Jones told Fox News. “It’s the perfect dish. You got rice, you got meat. It fills you up, and it has good stuff in it.”The butter board, an appetizer taking TikTok by storm, made an appearance at one tailgate. Amy seasoned it with cilantro, onions, jalapeños and a variety of spices to fit the Tex-Mex theme of her family’s banquet, which included taquitos, salsa, sopapillas and “a little bit of Arby’s thrown in for good measure.”SEE THE ‘GREATEST TAILGATE IN AMERICA’:WATCH MORE FOX NEWS DIGITAL ORIGINALS HEREBarbecue was a crowd favorite, but some fans found joy in simpler snacks.”I appreciate pigs in a blanket,” Drew said. “It’s underestimated, but they do the job.”
The main course at the Libation Station was 120 pounds of London Broil.
(Hannah Ray Lambert/Fox News Digital)Rick Floyd and his friends were grilling 120 pounds of London Broil at the Libation Station, the biggest tailgate Fox News found at UGA.”I need you to act like it’s not your last meal,” Floyd implored the crowd of roughly 175 people. Standing on a stage made of coolers, he offered a brief prayer, then led the crowd through an eardrum-bursting “calling of the dawgs.”
Around 175 people visited the Libation Station, a tailgate that started at University of Georgia in the 1980s.
(Hannah Ray Lambert/Fox News Digital)Floyd and his college buddies started the Libation Station in the ‘80s. Now it’s a favorite fall hangout for dozens of families.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”This is the tailgate I’ve been going to for a couple of years now, or, basically my whole life,” Sinclair, 9, told Fox News. Her favorite food is macaroni and cheese because “it’s so cheesy.”Click here to hear fans’ full responses.

Autistic Florida boy, 5, found dead in pond after wandering from home

Autistic Florida boy, 5, found dead in pond after wandering from home

A 5-year-old Florida boy with autism wandered from his home and was located by authorities dead in a nearby pond on Thanksgiving morning.Aaron Peña had been missing from his home in Orlando since the day before at around noon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He was wearing dinosaur-print pajama pants and a brown shirt with a bear but no shoes at the time of his disappearance.His mother, Melissa Stanton, said she noticed her son had gone missing when she did not hear him making any noise in the home.FLORIDA POLICE PREVENT ‘MASS CASUALTY’ EVENT AFTER STOPPING WOMAN FROM DRIVING CAR THROUGH 5K ROUTE
A 5-year-old Florida boy with autism wandered from his home and was located by authorities dead in a nearby pond on Thanksgiving morning.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Office)”I wasn’t hearing any type of laughing sounds or him singing over and over — like, repetitive songs — he does that, or he’ll usually create a scenario where he’ll talk to himself about the birds and colors and songs that he watches on YouTube,” she told News 6.’LIFE SENTENCE’: MOTHER OF FLORIDA LAWYER KILLED IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT DETAILS FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
Aaron Peña had been missing from his home in Orlando since Wednesday at around noon.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Office)Stanton looked through the entire house and saw that the back door had been left open. She explained that the door is usually latched and believes her son figured out how to unlock it.Aaron’s body was discovered in the pond around 12 hours after his mother noticed he was missing.
Aaron’s mother, Melissa Stanton, said she noticed her son had gone missing when she did not hear him making any noise in the home.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Office)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”It’s with a heavy heart that we must report that Aaron Pena was found, deceased, in a body of water not far from his home,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “We are grieving his loss and our prayers are with his family.”

Today in History: November 26, the NHL is founded

Today in History: November 26, the NHL is founded

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2022. There are 35 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 26, 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea. On this date: In 1825, the first college social fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York. In 1864, English mathematician and writer Charles Dodgson presented a handwritten and illustrated manuscript, “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” to his 12-year-old friend Alice Pleasance Liddell; the book was later turned into “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” published under Dodgson’s pen name, Lewis Carroll. In 1883, former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1917, the National Hockey League was founded in Montreal, succeeding the National Hockey Association. In 1941, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kichisaburo Nomura (kee-chee-sah-boor-oh noh-moo-rah), setting forth U.S. demands for “lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific area.” The same day, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.In 1943, during World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed. In 1973, President Richard Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she’d accidentally caused part of the 18-1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair. In 2000, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore in the state’s presidential balloting by a 537-vote margin. In 2008, teams of heavily armed Pakistani gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, leaving at least 166 people dead in a rampage lasting some 60 hours. In 2020, Americans marked the Thanksgiving holiday amid the coronavirus pandemic, with many celebrations canceled or reduced; Zoom and FaceTime calls connected some families with those who didn’t want to travel.Ten years ago: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly quit politics, saying in a surprise announcement, “I feel I have exhausted my political activity, which had never been a special object of desire for me.” New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced that he would be seeking re-election, so he could continue to guide the state through a recovery from Superstorm Sandy.Five years ago: Congressman John Conyers of Michigan gave up his leadership position as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, while denying allegations that he had sexually harassed female staff members. Amid allegations that he had groped women in the past, Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken said he felt “embarrassed and ashamed,” but that he looked forward to gradually regaining the trust of voters. (Franken announced less than two weeks later that he was resigning from Congress.) One year ago: A World Health Organization panel classified a new COVID-19 variant as a highly transmissible virus of concern, and named it “omicron” under its Greek-letter system. The United States, Canada, Russia and a host of other countries joined the European Union in restricting travel for visitors from southern Africa. Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, died at his Connecticut home at the age of 91. Today’s Birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 84. Singer Tina Turner is 83. Singer Jean Terrell is 78. Pop musician John McVie is 77. Actor Marianne Muellerleile is 74. Actor Scott Jacoby is 66. Actor Jamie Rose is 63. Country singer Linda Davis is 60. Actor Scott Adsit is 57. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 57. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 57. Actor Kristin Bauer is 56. Actor Peter Facinelli is 49. Actor Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 48. DJ/record label executive DJ Khaled (KAL’-ehd) is 47. Actor Maia (MY’-ah) Campbell is 46. Country singer Joe Nichols is 46. Contemporary Christian musicians Anthony and Randy Armstrong (Red) are 44. Actor Jessica Bowman is 42. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 41. Actor Jessica Camacho is 40. Rock musician Ben Wysocki (The Fray) is 38. Singer Lil Fizz is 37. MLB All-Star Matt Carpenter is 37. Actor-singer-TV personality Rita Ora is 32. Actor/singer Aubrey Peeples is 29.

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Police-involved shooting leaves 1 dead

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Police-involved shooting leaves 1 dead

A police officer-involved shooting at a residence in Albuquerque, New Mexico Friday afternoon left one person dead, authorities said.The Albuquerque Police Department said the fatal shooting escalated from a domestic disturbance call that police officers responded to at about 3:30 p.m.  A woman in the home reportedly made the call, telling police her husband and son were in a dispute.According to local news outlet KRQE, police arrived at the home and made contact with the father, then saw the son exit the house with knives in his hands.
The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing.
(iStock)Police Chief Harold Medina said the three officers then attempted “less lethal methods” in an effort to subdue the son, but were ineffective. They then used lethal force, he said.FLORIDA POLICE PREVENT ‘MASS CASUALTY’ EVENT AFTER STOPPING WOMAN FROM DRIVING CAR THROUGH 5K ROUTEChief Medina said the son’s mental health or alcohol may have contributed to the situation. The officers were placed on standard leave pending an investigation. No officers were harmed. At least two rounds were fired, with one being fatal, according to KRQE.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe age of the deceased is not known at this time.

'Miracle': Missing cruise ship passenger found OK in water

'Miracle': Missing cruise ship passenger found OK in water

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Coast Guard says a passenger who went overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued on Thanksgiving after likely being in the water for hours.The 28-year-old man was reported missing at noon Thursday while the vessel, the Carnival Valor, was heading to Cozumel, Mexico. According to Carnival Cruise Line, the man was with his sister at a bar on Carnival Valor Wednesday at 11 p.m. and went to use the restroom. His sister reported him missing the next day after the man did not return to his stateroom.The Coast Guard launched search and rescue crews Thursday afternoon and alerted nearby ships to be watchful.Coast Guard Lt. Seth Gross said a cargo ship later saw a person in the water about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, and the mouth of the Mississippi River. Gross said the man confirmed he was the missing cruise ship passenger after he was hoisted into a helicopter about 8:25 p.m. Thursday.“He appeared to be suffering from mild hypothermia, shock, dehydration, but his condition overall appeared stable,” Gross told WWL-TV, adding the man was taken for medical care.Gross called the rescue “a miracle especially on a holiday like Thanksgiving.”In a statement, Carnival said: “We greatly appreciate the efforts of all, most especially the U.S. Coast Guard and the mariner who spotted the guest in the water.” The man’s name has not been released.

Illinois police save drowning child in icy pond, mother says she thought her son 'was not going to be here'

Illinois police save drowning child in icy pond, mother says she thought her son 'was not going to be here'

Police in a suburban Chicago town saved a child who was drowning in an icy pond on Wednesday.The 9-year-old child fell into an icy retention pond on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. while trying to get a football, according to the Aurora Police Department. When officers got to the scene, they saw that an adult woman also went in the pond to save the child from drowning.Officers went into the pond and saved both the woman and child and brought them back to land, officials said in a Facebook post.The 9-year-old was sent to a local hospital with minor injuries after the incident, in addition to two police officers who rescued the child in the pond.CHICAGO POLICE ARREST MAN CLAIMING TO HAVE BOMB AT O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Police in a suburban Chicago town saved a child who was drowning in an icy pond on Wednesday.
(Aurora Police Department)All individuals have been released from area hospitals.In body camera video released by the police department, officers can be seen using a water rescue kit to bring both the child and adult back to land, while two officers went into the water.ILLINOIS MAN ROBBED TWO BANKS WHILE ON COURT-SUPERVISED RELEASE FOR TWO OTHER BANK HEISTS
The 9-year-old child fell into an icy retention pond on Wednesday at around 4:30 p.m. while trying to get a football, according to the Aurora Police Department. When officers got to the scene, they saw that an adult woman also went in the pond to save the child from drowning.
(Aurora Police Department)In an interview released by the police department, the mother of the child drowning said that she thought her “son was not going to be here” when she saw him drowning.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The mother and child are pictured.
(Aurora Police Department)”I want to thank all the people who rescued him,” the mother said.