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New York bowler rolls perfect game in 86.9 seconds

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Bowling a perfect game is difficult, but rolling a 300 game in less than 90 seconds is mind-boggling.

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Ben Ketola of Preble, New York, rolled 12 consecutive strikes at 281 Bowl in Cortland on April 5, racing from lane to lane and finishing in 86.9 seconds, Syracuse.com reported.

The 23-year-old, who works at 281 Bowl, used a different ball on each lane and collected strikes on each of the alley’s 10 lanes. Then he ran back to lanes 1 and 2 to complete the unusual perfect game.

“It was fun to do. I honestly wasn't expecting to do it,” Ketola, who averages 225 per game, told Syracuse.com. “I just wanted to see how quickly I could get across the house and get strikes.”

There is no official speed category in the official United States Bowling Congress' record books, but Ketola wanted to try to beat what had been billed as the world’s fastest game by professional bowler Tom Dougherty. Ketola had watched a 2015 YouTube video posted by Dougherty, who threw 12 strikes over 12 lanes in 1 minute, 50.99 seconds. 

“One day while I was practicing I decided I wanted to give it a try and see if I could do it,” Ketola told Syracuse.com.

Ketola, who said he bowls at least 50 games a week, tried three times April 1 but his best effort was seven strikes in a row and 11 out of 12 in 1:35. On April 5, co-worker John Bishop challenged Ketola to try for the record again after their shift was over. Bishop filmed the attempt on his cellphone camera.

Ketola didn't see most of his strikes as he sprinted to each lane for his next shot. He used eight of his own bowling balls and two house balls to set the record, Syracuse.com reported.

“I saw it as a challenge,” Ketola told Syracuse.com. “Next time I may set up all spares on the lanes and see how fast I can make those.” 

Florida woman tells trooper: ‘I want to kiss you’

A former Florida middle school teacher who faces several charges after police say she drove drunk and caused a crash put on quite a performance for a state trooper.

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Saryna Parker, 43, is shown telling the trooper, “I want to kiss you,” in Florida Highway Patrol dashcam video obtained by WTVJ. “If you don’t stop looking at me like that, I’m going to kiss you.”

Parker, who troopers said was driving with her 10-year-old son in the car in the March 19 accident, at first said she wasn’t the driver and tried to leave to use a bathroom, according to the Miami Herald

As Parker goes through sobriety tests in the video, her speech seems slurred. Parker was arrested and after troopers put her in the patrol car, she kicked one of them in the groin, according to the arrest report.

Parker also can be heard complaining about the students she taught, WTVJ reported.

Miami-Dade Schools officials said Parker was on probation, has been fired and will never be allowed to apply to their schools, according to WTVJ.

Parker was released on bond the next day, WSVN reported. She faces charges of DUI, DUI with property damage, careless driving and battery on a police officer, which is a felony.

1876 documents that launched MLB headed for auction

It could be called the Ten Commandments of Major League Baseball, even though it’s 74 pages long. Or perhaps, since it has just been discovered, it could be baseball’s version of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Regardless, the 1876 “Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball” are a valuable piece of sports memorabilia. The documents will go on sale May 24 in online bidding sponsored by SCP AuctionsSports Collectors Daily reported.

The artifact is a handwritten document that officials from California-based SCP Auctions claim is of “unprecedented historical significance.” The contents became part of baseball’s early bylaws, but the location of the original documents had been a mystery. They had been in the possession of the family of a longtime National League executive and had been passed down through the generations, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

“This is a huge revelation,” SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler told USA Today. “This is not a document that has made the rounds publicly. It’s never been exhibited in a major institution. It’s never been sold previously in a prior auction. It has never appeared anywhere.”

Baseball became a professional sport in 1869 thanks to the barnstorming tour of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, and in 1871 the National Association was formed. But after the 1875 season, baseball owners realized that more rules and structure were needed to make baseball more successful and profitable. In a meeting held on Feb. 2, 1876, in New York, Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert proposed a blueprint for operating professional baseball.

The other owners hammered out a plan and a new association was formed, dubbed “The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs.” The league’s inaugural franchises would be located in Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Hartford and Louisville.

Copies of the plan were given to each club but the one coming to SCP Auctions is the first original known to have survived, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

“Very few documents of this importance exist in tangible form,” Imler told USA Today.

“It's really remarkable to think that a document of such historical importance has never been unearthed until now," SCP Auctions spokesman Terry Melia said Sunday. "We're just excited to see what kind of reaction the original MLB constitution gets from the collecting community when our online bidding starts May 24.

“We expect it will be very strong." 

Authenticating the constitution took several months, as experts confirmed the age of the ink and the paper. The handwriting was analyzed and baseball historian John Thorn added his expertise as a consultant, USA Today reported. 

The baseball constitution continues a trend of originating documents that have come to auction. In 2016, SCP Auctions sold a set of 1857 documents representing the original rules of baseball for $3.26 million on auction, Sports Collectors Daily reported. James Naismith’s original 13-page “Rules of Basket Ball” sold for $4.34 million in 2010 by Sotheby’s to a consortium put together by Josh Swade, who chronicled his quest in his 2013 book, “The Holy Grail of Hoops One Fan’s Quest to Buy the Original Rules of Basketball,” and in an ESPN documentary.

The SCP auction for the baseball constitution documents will close on June 10.

Doritos sends dates to prom in helicopters

Four teens got the chauffeured experience of a lifetime when they were taken to their prom by helicopter.

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Shaedon Wedel asked his friend Carson Wittmann’s sister, Carli, who has Down syndrome, to prom. He wore a custom Doritos T-shirt and tweets of the video plea to his prospective prom date caught the attention of the chip maker last month.

So Doritos sent two red helicopters to pick up Wedel and Carli as well as Carson and his date Saturday. A Wisconsin couple sent Carli a fancy evening gown so she could complete her dream of being Cinderella.

“This is absolutely amazing, this is so cool,” Wedel told the Kansas City Star. “Such a cool experience. Especially to do it with her though: to be able to have her this happy, it’s all I wanted.”

Doritos also gave Carli a year supply of chips.

Protests, pride on display for Confederate Memorial Day

State offices will be closed Monday in Alabama and Mississippi -- the only two states that honor Confederate Memorial Day.

The day observes those who died fighting for the South during the Civil War after those states seceded from the U.S.

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Opponents are against it because they say it honors those who fought to maintain slavery. Supporters say the holiday recognizes the history and legacy of those who fought in the Civil War.

“I’m troubled that in a state made up of 40 percent people of color, our leadership continues to openly sanction the use of taxpayer funds to endorse a neo-Confederate agenda,” Lea Campbell, president of the Mississippi Rising Coalition, said in a release.

The group has a protest planned for Monday at the Harrison County Justice Court in Gulfport.

The Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says it is a historical group working to preserve history and the day honors the legacy of those who fought.

Alabama and Mississippi are not the only states that celebrate their Confederate past. 

Georgia removed the “Confederate” designation from its holiday in 2015 but state employees still have the day off. Now the last Monday in April is called “State Holiday.”

In South Carolina, Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated in May to mark when Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Student dies in hammer throw accident at college track-and-field event 

A freshman at Wheaton College died after being accidentally hit during the hammer throw while volunteering at a track-and-field event Saturday.

Ethan Roser, 19, was struck about 4:15 p.m. during the hammer throw event, in which competitors throw a weighted, tethered iron ball, at Chicago-area college the school said in a statement.

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Roser was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the statement.

Roser was a 2016 graduate of Mason High School in Ohio, where he played soccer, according to MaxPreps.com.

"Our hearts are heavy as we absorb the news about this tragedy. All of Roser's family and friends are in our thoughts as we mourn together," Mason City Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson said in a statement to WCPO.

“We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope," Wheaton College President Philip Ryken’s said in a statement. "We ask people to pray for Ethan's family, his friends and our campus community."

Scott Baio offers condolences after co-star Erin Moran's death

Scott Baio will miss Erin Moran.

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On Sunday, Baio shared his condolences after hearing about the sudden death of “Joanie Loves Chachi” co-star Erin Moran.

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“May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. I always hoped she could find peace in her life. God has you now, Erin,” he wrote on Facebook.

Baio shared the same message on Twitter adding, “My sincere condolences. #ErinMoran #HappyDaysFamily.”

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Moran died Saturday night after she was found unresponsive. She was 56 years old. The cause of death has not been released.

How to watch Barack Obama's first post-White House speech

Barack Obama’s vacation days are coming to an end and this week he’s set to deliver his first speech since leaving the White House. 

On Monday, the former president will attend an event at the University of Chicago to discuss civic engagement and community organizing with young leaders.

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Hundreds of people are expected to attend, but those without tickets can still take part in the occasion.

Here’s what you need to know:

Tell me more about the event.

“A Conversation with President Obama and Young Leaders” is a part of Obama’s post-office goal to encourage and support future leaders around the country and the world. Young adults from Chicago area schools have been invited to participate in Monday’s meeting to discuss ways to improve society.

When is it?

It will be held at 11 a.m. CT Monday at the University of Illinois Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts building. 

How can I watch?

livestream will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. CT. You can also add the event to your Google, Apple or Outlook calendar to receive a notification at the start of the conversation. It will also be televised. 

Will Michelle Obama be there?

The former first lady is not expected to attend, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Will he speak on Donald Trump’s presidency? 

Although the mark of the president’s first 100 days is approaching, Obama is not expected to address the topic.

5 people dead in New York house fire

At least five people are dead after a fire ripped through a two-story house Sunday afternoon in New York’s Queens borough. 

There were three children and two adult victims. They have not yet been identified. A sixth person was home but escaped by jumping out of a window on the second floor.

The fire started around 3 p.m. and spread to a home next door. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames by 4:30 p.m., according to WPIX

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The fire commissioner and Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the scene.

“This is the biggest loss of life in a New York City fire in roughly two years. There will be a full investigation by our fire marshalls,” de Blasio said in a series of tweets. “We don’t have all the answers about what happened here. Our job now is to get down to the bottom of what happened and do everything we can to make sure that no family ever suffers like this again. ”

A man was seen being led away in handcuffs but it was not clear if he was involved, according to WPIX

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Watch: 4-year-old girl falls from back of bus on busy highway, firefighter rescues

A dash camera caught the harrowing moments after a 4-year-old girl fell from the back of a bus onto a busy Arkansas highway and was rescued by a local volunteer firefighter.

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Ryan Ciampoli was traveling behind the bus down Highway 65 in Harrison on Wednesday when his dash-mounted camera, running the entire time, caught a scene he couldn’t quite wrap his mind around.

“I saw it happening, and it blew my mind,” he said. “It was like I wasn’t even seeing what I was seeing.”

The video shows the back door of the bus fly open, with a 4-year-old girl hanging on. She falls to the ground and lies motionless, as the bus continues to drive away and Ciampoli’s vehicle rolls up to her and stops.The volunteer firefighter went into action.

“Obviously, you (normally) want to leave her there if she’s not in danger,” Ciampoli said in a CNN interview, “but we’re in the middle of a state highway, so I couldn’t leave her just lying there.”

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The video shows him very gently rolling her over and keeping her body stable as he moves her out of the way.

“Then the shock kicked in her little body and she started kicking and screaming and ‘where’s my mommy?’,” Ciampoli said. “Stuff like that is really heartbreaking.”

The girl’s mother told CNN she had a broken jaw and would require surgery but is expected to make a full recovery. The girl’s father said he expects the 4-year-old to be released from the hospital on Monday.

 

Trump boots Obama surgeon general, replaces with deputy nurse

President Donald Trump has appointed Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams as acting U.S. Surgeon General after asking for the resignation of former President Barack Obama’s surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy on Friday.

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Murthy was asked to step down after “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Alleigh Marré said, according to the New York Times. She said Murthy was still a member of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.

But the Times reported Murthy’s wife said on Saturday that her husband was fired after he refused to resign. 

Trent-Adams, who was Deputy Surgeon General under Murthy, is one of the first nurses to serve as U.S. Surgeon General. She also served as Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from November 2013 through May of 2016.

50,000 bees found in 9-foot long beehive under roof of AZ home

A giant 9-foot long beehive with some 50,000 bees inside was discovered under the eaves and in the attic of a guest house on a property in Tucson, Arizona.

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Homeowner Cindy Stewart called in bee experts to help relocate the massive hive of Africanized honey bees last week, according to KOLD-TV.

Stewart said trying to handle the colony by herself seemed risky.

"They're very aggressive, and they can sting you more than once," she told KOLD.

Stewart got help from American Bee Control’s Greg Denker, who said it took at least a year for a hive to grown that big.

"This is a bee hive that has been undisturbed by people for a long time, so it's grown very large,” Denker said.

The agency is relocating the Stewart’s bees to hives and bee boxes in southern Arizona. 

 

New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

Violet Mosse-Brown of Jamaica is officially the oldest living person in the world, at 117 years of age.

Mosse-Brown earned the title after the death of Emma Morano of Italy, who died earlier this week at 117 years, 137 days old.

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Mosse-Brown has a simple secret to her longevity.

“Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and them things,” Mosse-Brown told the Jamaica Gleaner in a 2010 interview in honor of her 110th birthday.

Mosse-Brown was born in 1900 and still lives in the same house with family members. The home has been in their family for the past 200 years.

According to a biography posted by the Violet Mosse-Brown Foundation, started by her family, she was a sugarcane farmer for much of her life.

According to CNN, she is the last living subject of Queen Victoria from when many of the Caribbean islands were ruled by the British.

 

Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’Reilly.com

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A banner across the top of the site reads, “Monday. The no spin news returns.” O’Reilly usually started off his Fox show “The O’Reilly Factor” with the phrase “You are about to enter the no spin zone.”

Fox is also paying O’Reilly, 67, a reported $25 million over the next year, according to NBC News, after he inked a new four-year contract with the network just last month guaranteeing he’d make at least that much.

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O’Reilly was terminated from the network last week after the New York Times reported in early April that Fox had paid out $13 million to five women over several years to settle sexual harassment allegations against the longtime Fox anchor.

In a statement after his ouster, O’Reilly denied the allegations, calling them “unfounded claims.”

His top-rated cable news show, on the air since 2001, generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Fox and consistently netted more than 3.5 million viewers a night in recent months.

Missing Alabama teen found safe in Texas 16 months later

An Alabama teen who vanished without a trace two years ago after taking out the trash has been found.

Alissia Freeman, who was more than 1,000 miles away in El Paso, Texas, reached out to her mother, Vickie Metcalf, on a video call Monday after being out of contact with her family since she disappeared on Dec. 13, 2015. She was 17 at the time.

“Alissia told her parents she was going outside to take out the trash. A neighbor spotted her walking down the road, and then she vanished. She has not been seen or heard from since, and suddenly she reached out to her mom several days ago,” WSFA's Lindsey Rogers told KPRC.

That was 16 months ago.

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Metcalf saw her daughter in person for the first time in almost a year and a half Wednesday afternoon as the two reunited in Texas.

For a long time, Metcalf had been sharing posts like this one on Facebook:

The family, which had been targeted by scammers in the past, confirmed along with law enforcement that Freeman was safe.

“I have seen her,” Metcalf told AL.com. “I’m with her now and so happy. Of course.”

Although the mother couldn’t be happier, she said there are people out there sending her daughter "ugly messages."

Metcalf did not specify why her daughter ran away but said “she went through some things when she was younger.”

“She’s had a hard time with it and our communication wasn’t the best and she didn’t think I’d understand (my fault not hers) we are working on that now,” Metcalf wrote. “She is just trying to heal now.”

Speaking to KPRC, Freeman’s uncle, Calvin Thornton, said he and his wife, Theresa, have kept a candle light burning in their window in the hopes that it would help their niece find her way home.

“I’m very grateful for all the well wishes, people praying. We’ve had people come here and pray with us,” Calvin Thornton said. “All I care about is the fact that my niece has been found. She’s safe, she’s alive. Right now that’s the biggest focus and that’s the only thing we’re going to focus on. We’ll get the answers in time.”

Rape case lawyer says women are 'especially good' at lying

A lawyer for a wealthy Tennessee businessman who was later found not guilty in a Memphis rape trial made a comment during closing arguments Thursday that raised some eyebrows.

According to WHBQ, Steve Farese, attorney for Mark Giannini, said women are "especially good" at lying.

"People can be very good at lying," Farese said. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex."

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Memphis Area Women's Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb told USA Today that she was "stunned" by the comments.

"It's despicable," she said. "It's absolutely despicable."

Farese told USA Today that his job "is not to care if anybody gets offended" and "smart people will see it for what it is."

According to WHBQ, the jury on Friday found Giannini not guilty on all charges in case. A woman had claimed that he raped her in 2014 when she visited his Eads mansion for what she thought was a job interview.

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As the verdict was read, the woman had an emotional breakdown in the courtroom. Giannini and Farese embraced one another.

The woman who accused him of rape has filed a $6 million lawsuit against Giannini.

If he had been found guilty, he would have faced up to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Donald Trump reveals where he'll be instead of the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Every year, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is one of the social events of the spring. For almost 100 years, journalists, government officials and celebrities have gotten together to crack jokes and eat expensive meals. The event has been attended by Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington. In 2011, then-President Barack Obama roasted Donald Trump (who was in attendance), and some speculate that night was the moment when Trump decided he wanted Obama’s job.

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However, this year, now-President Trump won’t be in attendance. His decision came via a tweet in February. While it’s not traditional for a president to skip the event, Trump’s ongoing war with the media had many expecting that he wouldn’t be stopping by the Washington Hilton on the evening of the event.

The last president to skip the event was Ronald Reagan in 1981, though Reagan was recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted during an assassination attempt only days before, and he did call in to the event. Nixon also skipped the dinner twice.

Instead, Trump announced Saturday morning via Twitter that he will be holding a rally next weekend in Pennsylvania.

The White House has not said where the rally will be held, and Trump’s website does not have any rallies listed. His last event was in Nashville in March.

14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head

A 14-year-old girl is going home following a long hospital stay. Police say two teenage boys shot her in the head and left her for dead in a canal near their school.

Deserae Turner of Smithfield, Utah, was found in extremely critical condition Feb. 17, KSL reports.

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Two 16-year-old boys are accused of luring Deserae to join them after school, then shot her in the back of her head. Prosecutors say they stole her belongings and left her in a dry canal.

KSL reports that friends who were searching for her later found her unconscious in the canal.

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The teenage boys, who remain unnamed because they are minors, are charged with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and obstruction of justice.

Authorities testified during hearings that the teenage boys came up with the plan to “get rid” of Deserae while playing video games because one of the boys was tired of getting messages from Deserae on Snapchat.

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On Thursday, Deserae appeared at a press conference smiling and holding her mother’s hand. Pieces of the bullet still remain inside her head.

“I am so thankful to be here today, to be alive,” Deserae said. “I told by dad that I am tougher than a bullet. It is still with me today.”

At the press conference, Deserae wore a T-shirt that had the word “happy” written on it.

“It says happy on it, and I’m happy to go home,” Deserae said.

Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo

A police officer is going viral after teaching a boy how to tie a tie when he was “too embarrassed” to ask for help.

X’zavier was at the Indiana Statehouse recently to receive the “Youth of the Year” award from his local Boys and Girls Club, according to Inside Edition.

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X’zavier was escorted to the ceremony by his aunt, Victoria Mada, and her sister. After they ate lunch, X’zavier’s tie came loose.

“My sister & I do not know how to tie a tie & my nephew was too embarrassed to ask anyone else,” Mada wrote in thank-you note shared by the Indiana Going Blue Facebook page.

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Mada asked an officer for help, and he immediately stopped to teach X’zavier how to fix his tie. Before leaving, the officer congratulated X’zavier on the award and shook his hand.

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“As a former 911 dispatcher, it meant a lot to me to show my nephew that cops are not bad people & that he can trust them & count on them to help him in any situation, even something as small as tying a tie,” Mada wrote.

Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease

A beloved crossing guard is saying goodbye to her students, for now, as she begins a battle with cancer.

Sanjuana Torres has been a part-time crossing guard at the Rusk School in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. She knows just about every child’s name, and they love her.

“She’s family. She’s everything. She was our first friend,” one student told KHOU.

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Torres recently had her first doctor’s appointment in five years. At that appointment, she learned she had cancer in her abdomen.

Torres is a single mom of five sons. She lost her mother and her sister to cancer and was devastated to learn she had cancer, too.

“First thing that came to my mind, ‘Why me?'” Torres told KHOU.

Because she is a part-time worker, she will not be paid for the time she misses work for surgery. The earliest she will be able to return to work is August.

Staff members and friends at the school set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Torres while she’s out of work.

If you would like to donate, click here.

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