Paralyzed Kitten has New Adventures in Toy Wheelchair

A weeks-old kitten who was abandoned by his mother and unable to walk has found new hope.

Things turned around for the tiny feline when he was rescued and brought to an animal hospital in Long Island. Dr. Ned Horowitz of Massapequa Pet Vet told NBC 4 that the kitten was partially paralyzed in both of his back legs.

A few of the technicians at the animal hospital made a wheelchair for the kitten, who was named Mac, by connecting some Legos together, according to NBC4. After making the chair, they posted a video on their Facebook page of Mac trying it out for the first time.

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When Mac was brought in, he was just laying in his cage, Horowitz said to NBC 4. As soon as he was put in the wheelchair, “he totally took off.”

It isn’t clear what caused Mac to be partially paralyzed, but he does have some feeling in his legs, which Horowitz said is a good sign. The Facebook post said that the animal hospital hopes to rehabilitate Mac and then find him a good home.

Horowitz told NBC 4 that he hopes Mac will be able to walk in a few weeks. As soon as he finds Mac is ready, he will be put up for adoption.

NBA to Move 2017 All-Star Game Out of North Carolina if LGBT Law Remains

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday that the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved out of Charlotte if North Carolina does not change its controversial law.

He called it “problematic” for the league to move forward with the game, scheduled for Feb. 17, if there is not a change in the law, according to ESPN. The sports network reported that Silver has “applied direct pressure” but has not yet given an ultimatum.

“We’ve been, I think, crystal clear that we believe a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event,” Silver said at an Associated Press meeting for sports editors on Thursday.

The law, signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on March 24, bans people of the transgender community from using public bathrooms that don’t correspond to their biological sex, CNN stated.

A March 24 tweet by McCrory reads, “Ordinance defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/locker room for instance. That’s why I signed bipartisan bill to stop it.”

ESPN reported that Silver sees a bigger issue than just the All-Star Game: the Charlotte Hornets. He and the league faced criticism for not moving the game out of North Carolina sooner, but he said it caused problems to do that and then have the Hornets host their home playoff game, according to

“I’m only saying that whatever we do, we have to keep an eye on the fact that we have one of our 30 franchises operating in that state,” Silver said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Thursday. “We have a much bigger issue in North Carolina than the All-Star Game: It’s the ongoing operation of our team.”

The NBA’s announcement is just the latest in the backlash of this law. Several musicians, such as Bruce Springsteen and former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, have canceled their North Carolina shows in boycott of the law, according to the New York Times.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and the Los Angeles City Council have enacted policies that ban all nonessential, publicly funded travel to North Carolina and Mississippi, which also passed a discriminatory LGBT law. Both states are predicting millions of dollars in tourism loss, the New York Times reported.—qbDiZGuHza1H2/

The Most Common and Costliest Homeowner Claims

The majority of homeowner claims in recent years are weather-related, according to a review of data from Travelers Insurance Company.

The company just released information that identified claims that were the most common and costliest to homeowners.

From the period of 2009-2015, weather incidents were the most common cause of damages. The major issues included wind, freezing or bursting pipes, ice dams and roof leaks. According to Travelers Insurance, these issues resulted in more than half of the claims they received.

“Any number of things can go wrong with a home, and it’s impossible to predict them all,” Pat Gee, senior vice president of personal insurance claims at Travelers, said in a statement. “But if consumers focus on these particularly common risks and take preventive steps and perform routine maintenance, it may help lessen the likelihood of damage.”

According to the information received by Travelers over the six-year time period, the most common causes of home claims are exterior wind damage, 25 percent of all losses; non-weather-related water damage (such as plumbing or appliance issues), 19 percent; hail, 15 percent; weather-related water damage (rain, melting ice or snow), 11 percent; and theft, 6 percent.

The information was broken down into regional differences. Wind damage is the most common cause of claims in the Northeast and fire was the costliest. In the South, wind was also the most common but hail was the costliest. Hail was both the most common and costliest in the Midwest and West.—oPEodbLkDvuo/


Sergeant to Retire Three Years After Pursuit of Boston Marathon Bombers

MBTA Transit Police Sgt. Dic Donohue is retiring almost three years after being critically injured in the pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombers, according to WCVB.

Donohue said that he is still not 100 percent despite having fought through “pain and limitations” to be able to return to active duty.

“I did not want my career to be taken from me without a fight,” he said to WCVB. “Unfortunately, I must now acknowledge the extent of my injuries and limitations. Physically, I cannot perform at 100 percent and must do what is right for myself, my co-workers, and my department. Therefore, I will step away from the job that I love so much.”

Donohue was in active pursuit of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the brothers attempted to flee Boston after the bombings when he was injured severely.

“I am forever grateful to my fellow first responders and the doctors who saved my life. There are too many to list, but they each have a special place in my heart,” he told WCVB.

His decision to retire has come after living with almost constant pain in his legs, even with extensive rehabilitation. He said that the pain has made it impossible to fulfill his duties as a police sergeant.

“I am alive, and I have many plans for the future,” he said. “If I had a choice, I would continue to serve as a police officer for decades to come, but those were not the cards I was dealt.”

After retiring from the MBTA, he will teach criminal justice as an adjunct professor at a local college.

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