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Cowboys WR Cole Beasley endures brutal hit, inspires time travel meme

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is known for his speed and toughness, but he also has a good sense of humor.Beasley took a vicious hit during Sunday night's game against the Bears. As Beasley came across the middle and made a catch, he was knocked back by Chicago safety Adrian Amos. 

>> Read more trending stories While Beasley was momentarily shaken up, he stayed in the game. The Cowboys won 31-17.A meme has popped up on Twitter showing that the hit was so hard, it sent Beasley traveling back in time. Beasley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he and his wife were "dying laughing" after watching the clip and that it was one of the funniest videos he'd ever seen.

Disney is making a live-action version of 'The Lion King'

Following in the footsteps of 2016's "The Jungle Book" and 2014's "Maleficent," Disney is preparing to make a live action version of its 1994 animated blockbuster, "The Lion King."

According to a news release from The Walt Disney Co., Jon Favreau, who directed Disney's live-action "The Jungle Book," this year, will take the helm on the film.

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"'The Lion King' builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like 'Maleficent,' 'Cinderella' and 'The Jungle Book,'" The Walt Disney Company said in a news release Wednesday. "The upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast,' starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017."

Favreau hinted at his next project in a tweet on Wednesday.

There is no release date set for the reimagined "Lion King." Favreau and Disney are also working on a sequel to the live-action "Jungle Book."

Marijuana smoker receives 6-month bus ban for being too smelly

A Washington man is fuming after he was kicked off and banned from riding his town’s transit service for six months because of his smell.

The issue was not his body odor, but the overwhelming smell of marijuana.

Matthew Little is even banned from standing at bus stops.

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According to Kitsap Transit, passengers can be banned for reeking of cat urine, human feces and bad body odor, among other bad smells.

They are warned at least three times.

So far this year, Little is the only passenger to be banned because of hygiene for marijuana.

Little isn't shy about his affinity for marijuana.

"(I’m) never ashamed of any of it," he said, showing off artwork, books and a vest adorned with marijuana leaves.

Little is a well-known medical marijuana activist and user.

“Too bad you don't have smell-a-vision,” he said, opening a jar containing marijuana.

It's that very aroma that's causing a stink for Kitsap Transit.

“From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana probably because I just did," he said.

Kitsap Transit accused Little of emitting an odor on buses that “unreasonably disturbs others,” and banned Little for six months.

"Out of the blue, I'm kicked off your buses for six months? How do I get to my doctor's?” he asked.

Transit officials said that after at least four documented complaints, they banned Little for “carrying the odor of marijuana on the bus, clothes, on his person,” according to a notice of exclusion sent to Little.

Transit officials said the smell was so bad, “the driver began to choke and had to cover her nose.”

We requested surveillance video, but transit officials said their older buses, including that one, are not yet equipped with cameras.

Transit officials refused repeated requests for an on-camera interview, including with the bus driver, and sent statements saying in part, that

Little “chose to ignore repeated warnings that violating our rules of conduct would result in his exclusion.”

Transit officials then sent KIRO 7 a copy of Little's second notice of exclusion for verbally abusing a bus driver this month.

Little claims that he never cursed at the driver.

Transit officials said he’s been temporarily banned before for breaking code of conduct rules.

Asked what he thinks he smells like during an interview with KIRO 7 News, Little replied: “Ganga or Karl Lagerfeld."

KIRO 7 read through Kitsap Transit's 2013 code of conduct.

There is no mention of marijuana or its smell, even though medical and recreational marijuana is legal.

"I think it needs to be revisited," said Little.

A Kitsap Transit’s spokesman said he’s not aware of any plan to revise the code of conduct.

Kitsap Transit officials said they are “not singling out marijuana odor, but when it makes customers or drivers physically ill, it's not acceptable.”

Little is appealing the ban. 

National Coffee Day: Deals and freebies on Sept. 29

As if there wasn't a National ____ Day for just about everything, here's another: National Coffee Day. 

Chances are, more people excited and willing to partake in enjoying this "holiday" than many of the other nationally recognized topics. 

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Looking for a way to celebrate?

Check out these deals and freebies, which will be offered on Sept. 29:

Caribou Coffee: Caribou customers can get a complimentary medium brewed coffee with the purchase of 1lb of Amy's Blend coffee, the sales of which will go to support CancerCare. The chain will also donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers at health facilities and hospitals across the country when people purchase a cup of Amy’s Blend coffee, according to USA Today. 

Welcome back Amy's Blend! Get a complimentary medium brewed coffee when you buy 1lbs of Amy's Blend (Sept 26- Oct 2) #CaribouCoffeePosted by Caribou Coffee on Monday, September 26, 2016

Cumberland Farms: Cumberland Farms is offering a free hot or iced coffee of any size to those who text "FREECOFFEE" to 64827 on Sept. 29.

Dairy Queen: For DQ's Hardest Working Happy Hour, customers can receive a small iced coffee for $1 or a small ultimate frappé for $2 between 2 and 5 p.m.

Talk about a power trio. Visit the DQ Hardest Working Happy Hour weekdays from 2-5pm for a $1 small iced coffee, $2 small ultimate frappé, or $2 small premium fruit smoothie.Posted by Dairy Queen on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dunkin Donuts: Dunkin' Donuts customers can receive any medium-sized cup of the brand's signature hot coffee for 66 cents at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide to mark the company's 66 years in business.

Keurig: Keurig will offer 20 percent off Green Mountain Coffee recyclable K-cup pods and 15 percent off other beverages, like the Original Donut Shop, with the code GREENSAVINGS at checkout online.

Krispy Kreme: Any guest who visits a participating shop on National Coffee Day will receive a free small coffee and a free Original Glazed doughnut. 

Peet's Coffee: Peet's will give away a free medium-sized drip coffee with the purchase of any fresh food item at participating locations.

Pilot Flying J: Get one free small cup of Pilot coffee, tea or cappuccino using an online coupon.

Stop and smell the coffee this Thursday, Sept. 29 with a cup on us! In celebration of National Coffee Day, we’re offering one free small cup of Pilot Coffee – or any small hot tea or cappuccino of your choice.Posted by Pilot Flying J on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Starbucks: Starbucks isn't offering any deals, but for each cup of brewed Mexico Chiapas coffee sold at participating U.S. Starbucks stores on Thursday, the company will donate one rust-resistant coffee tree to Latin American coffee farmers in need.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett announce retirement

Former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce announced on The Players Tribune that this season will be his last as a player in the NBA. 

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"It's time to move on from the game of basketball," he wrote. "Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity."

Pierce, 38, was originally selected by the Celtics in the first round of the 1998 draft, with the 10th overall pick. He played 15 seasons in Boston, winning a championship in 2008 and returning to the NBA Finals in 2010.

He was traded to the Brooklyn Nets along with Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett in 2013 and spent one season in Brooklyn, before playing with the Wizards in 2015 and the Clippers in 2016. 

"After 18 NBA years, it's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time," Pierce wrote. "So I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."

Pierce was named MVP of the NBA Finals in 2008,  when the Celtics beat the Lakers for the championship. He teamed with Garnett and Ray Allen to form "The Big Three" that led Boston to the title. 

He is a 10-time NBA All-Star. 

Pierce's announcement came three days after Garnett posted a video on Instagram, saying, "farewell" and "thank you" after 21 seasons in the NBA.

The Associated Press reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves plan to waive Garnett so he can collect all of his $8 million salary for next season.

"I'm just thankful, man. I can't ever put that into words. I'm just thankful," Garnett said in the video. "I'm just thankful for everybody, and the love, I never would've thought that people would love me like this, but for it to be reality is just something else. Man. We gonna be (all right), man. I don't expect this to be easy, but so far, so good. Stay tuned." 

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Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are among other notable athletes who retired this year.

South Carolina school shooting: Suspected shooter's father found dead

Authorities say they believe the teenage boy who was taken into custody following a shooting at the Townville Elementary School first fatally shot his father.

Capt. Garland Major told a news conference that the shooter used a handgun and that one of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot. He said a female teacher was shot in the shoulder during Wednesday's shooting at Townville Elementary.

Two children and an adult were injured Wednesday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at the elementary school in South Carolina, according to multiple reports.

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Authorities responded to the active shooter situation around 1:45 p.m.at Townville Elementary. The school, near South Carolina's border with Georgia, evacuated students to Oakdale Baptist Church, according to WYFF.

Townville Elementary has more than 280 students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, according to The Greenville News

Nearby schools were also put into lockdown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tim Tebow homers in first professional at-bat

Football star turned baseball player Tim Tebow homered Wednesday in his first at-bat in the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

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Tebow, who signed a pro contract with the New York Mets organization, homered to left-center off left-hander John Kilichowski. Kilichowski is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. 

ESPN posted a video of the home run. 

Tebow, 29, is a 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback. 

The 255-pound outfielder received a $100,000 bonus when he signed with the Mets in an arrangement that allows him to maintain his commitment as an analyst for the ESPN-owned SEC Network.

Before signing with the Mets, Tebow hadn't played organized baseball since 2005 during his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA Today reported.

Clemson University bans Harambe memes for promoting racism, rape culture

Clemson University is putting the kibosh on all public displays of Harambe, the oft-memed gorilla who was shot and killed in the Cincinnati Zoo in May, claiming that his image promotes racism and rape culture.

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In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Clemson Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis informed resident advisors that "We are no longer allowing any reference to Harambe (or any other spelling) to be displayed on doors, halls, billboards, or windows."

"Harambe should not be displayed in a public place or a place that is viewed by the public," the email said.

>> Related: RAs criticized after sending email telling students not to make Harambe jokes

Artis, who claimed that Harambe memes have been used to "add to rape culture" and can be a "form of racism," said that the announcement was spawned after a Harambe meme was used maliciously toward a student, though he did not get into further detail about that incident.

Artis also threatened that anyone who violated the new rules would "get in some trouble" and may be reported to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards or Title IX for the use of biased language.

>> Related: Cincinnati Zoo deletes Twitter account after being trolled by Harambe memes

"While we are not banning the word, I want to encourage you to think about what you are saying and how someone who may be a different gender, race, culture, or sexuality than you may take the comment," Artis wrote.

The one exception to the Harambe meme display ban, Artis clarified, is in dorm rooms, "where people would have to be invited into the space to see said decoration."

Rudy Giuliani: Hillary Clinton 'too stupid to be president'

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is "too stupid to be president" because she didn't know about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's affair with her husband, according to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, made the statement after Monday's presidential debate while defending the business mogul's record on gender issues. A video of the comments was posted to Twitter by Elite Daily political writer Alexandra Svokos.

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani takes aim at Hillary Clinton's health: 'All you've got to do is go online'

"The President of the United States, her husband, disgraced the country with what he did in the Oval Office," Giuliani said. "She didn't just stand by him – she attacked Monica Lewinsky. And after being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn't know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you're too stupid to be president."

Hillary Clinton stood by her husband when the scandal broke in 1998 during Bill Clinton's presidency. She has subsequently said Bill Clinton was able to hide the affair from both his family.

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani claims Islamic terrorism started under Obama, apparently forgets 9/11

Giuliani told Svokos that he would have brought up Hillary Clinton's response to Lewinsky during Monday night's debate. He later took to Twitter to emphasize the Trump did not plan to address Bill Clinton's personal life.

Trump has said in multiple interviews that he decided against bringing up the scandals in respect for the couple's daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

"When she hit me at the end with the women, I was going to hit her with her husband's women and I decided I shouldn't do it because her daughter was in the room," Trump said Tuesday during an interview on "Fox and Friends."

FBI, North Carolina cops search for 11-year-old who vanished after getting off school bus

Local, state and federal officials are searching for a North Carolina girl who vanished Tuesday afternoon after getting off of a school bus near her Catawba County home.

Emily Dowdle, 11, was last seen getting off the bus at 2:40 p.m., when the driver saw her walk toward the back of her house, according to WSOC-TV. The driver told investigators that it was the Catawba Elementary School student’s normal routine.  

When the girl’s mother got home 15 minutes later, Emily was nowhere to be found. Her mother called police a short time later after searching the area.

Search teams with K-9s conducted a grid search overnight, but did not find the girl, who is described as 5 feet tall, with long light-brown hair and hazel eyes. She wears black-framed glasses and was last seen wearing a pink shirt and capri jeans, WSOC-TV reported.

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The FBI was on the scene Wednesday morning, though authorities have said that they do not yet suspect foul play. The case is being handled as a missing person case.

“The investigation is geared towards her safety, and there’s some things we just can’t disclose at this time because we don’t want to jeopardize what we are concerned of at this time,” Catawba police Chief Dwane Coozen told the news station.

Investigators said Emily apparently skipped school for several days before attending class on Tuesday and knew she was in trouble for her actions. They are interviewing classmates and will block off the road near her home Wednesday evening and conduct a checkpoint.

“My concern is that she is 11 years old,” Coozen told WSOC-TV. “She’s out there … it’s a different world than what is was years ago. The survival part … knowing how to cope with things she may run into.”

He said Emily lives with her father and stepmother and doesn't have a cellphone or cash.

News of Emily's disappearance was being shared across social media, with users imploring people to share her picture and be on the lookout for her.

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Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Department at 828-464-3112.

Letters pour in for boy with autism who said he had no friends

A father is thanking people around the world for reaching out to his son with autism, who said he has no friends.

Last week, Bob Cornelius, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, posted a photo to Facebook, showing one of his son’s class assignments that highlighted his loneliness.

Under a question that asked students to list some of their friends, his son, Christopher, 11, wrote “No one.”

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"No One":For those of you who don't know, my youngest son, Christopher, is on the autistic spectrum.  I went to his...Posted by Bob Cornelius on Monday, September 19, 2016

“Never have five letters cut so deep, and they weren’t even directed at me,” Cornelius wrote in the now-viral Facebook post.

One week later, Cornelius said he is overwhelmed with the showing of support from around the world.

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Today's mail...Posted by Bob Cornelius on Monday, September 26, 2016

In the past seven days, Christopher has received letters and gifts from people as far away as Australia and Argentina, WCBS reported.

“This is humbling. This is overwhelming,” said Cornelius. “It makes me feel grateful–,  grateful that people have the kindness to reach out to a boy.”

Cornelius said he hoped this opens a larger conversation about encouraging kids to have more empathy for kids with special needs.

“I was hurt, I was devastated, and I was trying to find a solution,” Cornelius told News 12 New Jersey. “The only solution I could come up with was raising awareness, and having parents talk to their kids about being kind and including those that are different than them.”

Why are electronics like Galaxy Notes exploding?

Samsung said it has collected more than 60 percent of all the Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in the U.S. and South Korea.

A worldwide recall of the phones was issued earlier this month because the batteries can start fires while charging.

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The company plans to release a new version of the phone at the end of this week.

But phones aren't the only gadgets that have been malfunctioning. A Delta flight was diverted last weekend when a tablet burst into flames.

And last Christmas' must-have, the hoverboard, was banned by airlines after many of them caught fire. There have also been numerous stories of e-cigarettes exploding and burning smokers.

All of the items are powered by lithium batteries.

Wentworth Institute of Technology assistant engineering professor Aaron Carpenter showed WFXT what happens inside a phone before it bursts into flames.

To do that, he forced the short circuit of an AA battery. Just like the batteries found in a smartphone, the battery has a positive side and a negative side.

When they're able to connect, a fire ensues.

The battery inside many electronic devices is much stronger than a lithium ion battery, with a thin piece of plastic that helps protect the battery from fire.

When the piece of plastic breaks down, the chemicals on either side react, sparking flames.

Carpenter told WFXT that there are two reasons why it happens. In the case of the Samsung recall, it's a manufacturing error.

In the case of hoverboards, it's likely that the toy has been banged around, cracking the battery's separator.

Carpenter said scientists are always working to make batteries more powerful.

"Everyone wants to be able to have their phone last longer and charge faster," he said.

Ramping up that ability means that scientists are constantly tinkering with strong chemicals, powering dozens of items that we use every day.

"As things are getting more compressed and concentrated, we're more likely to have these kinds of issues," Carpenter said.

Carpenter said the chance of catastrophic failure is very small -- less than one in 1 million.

Hoarder mom may have unknowingly lived with son’s body for 20 years

An elderly New York hoarder earlier this month was found living with the body of her dead son, who authorities believe died as long as 20 years ago.

The New York Post reported that Rita Wolfensohn’s sister-in-law made the gruesome discovery Sept. 15 when she went to the woman’s Brooklyn home to pack a bag to take to her at a hospital. In a garbage-packed second-floor bedroom, she found Louis Wolfensohn’s intact skeletal remains lying on a mattress on the floor, dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt.

Though the room stunk of rotten food, there was no smell of human decay, the Post reported.

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When asked about her son, Wolfensohn told investigators that he had moved out. Family members, who said they did not have a close relationship with Wolfensohn, reported that they had not seen Louis Wolfensohn in about 20 years.

The Post reported that police believe the woman, who is legally blind, may legitimately not have known her son was dead in the bedroom. They also believe he died of natural causes.

The newspaper reported that public records showed Wolfensohn’s husband, Jesse, died in 1987. The couple had two sons, Michael and Louis. Michael Wolfensohn died in 2003 at the age of 38.

Louis Wolfensohn would now be 49 years old if he were still alive. 

Police identify man who turned in iconic 9/11 flag

The man who handed Everett firefighters an iconic 9/11 flag from Ground Zero has now been identified.

In Nov. 2014, police started investigating after a man, who identified himself as “Brian” at the time, dropped off a flag at an Everett fire station. The man had claimed that it was the original flag raised by New York City firefighters at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The flag disappeared from Ground Zero during the site cleanup.

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Nearly two years after the flag was turned in, Everett resident Brian Browne had seen national coverage on the investigation of the flag. He identified himself and gave more information about the flag’s journey to police.

After detectives interviewed Browne, who described himself as a flag collector, they were able to determine that he was the man who had dropped off the flag.

According to police, Browne received the flag from a friend at a Veteran’s Day gathering in 2006. He believed the friend had received the flag from the wife of a former New York City employee.

"Brian was able to sensibly and chronologically retrace the steps of the route that the flag had traveled from New York City to Everett," said Detective Mike Atwood. "He was also able to corroborate details about the flag and about his initial visit to the fire station."

Everett police investigated the origin and authenticity of the flag. Their investigation included DNA analysis, photographic comparisons, and eyewitness identification.

"My motivation was to return what I thought was lost property, and now to come forward with the actual events for the historical record," Browne said in a statement.

“Ultimately, our detectives concluded that there was enough compelling evidence to determine that this was likely the ground zero flag,” said Chief Dan Templeman. “We then began working with our contacts in New York to develop a plan to return and preserve the flag.”

The flag was donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, where it will remain. 

David Ortiz writes heartfelt letter to Yankees fans

David Ortiz, known by fans as Big Papi, will play his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. 

Hours before playing at the stadium on Tuesday, Ortiz released an open letter to Yankees fans that made many loyal Red Sox fans love him even more. 

Published in The Players Tribune, the letter is titled, "Thanks for the Memories, New York," and in it, Ortiz tells Yankee fans that he has a love for them. 

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"When I came to this country, and I was trying to make it to the big leagues, I looked at guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and I was almost in awe," Ortiz wrote. "When I got to play against the Yankees my first few years, I would watch some of the things Jeter would do in the field like I was just a fan.

"I learned a lot from watching DJ. I never got to tell him that when he was playing, but I did. The way he handled his business, and how much respect he had for this game, it made me want to be a better player.

"For real, I looked forward to hitting doubles against the Yankees so I could get to second base and say, 'What's up?' to DJ."

Ortiz, 40, wrote that the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox is part of what made playing baseball fun for him. 

"Our rivalry with the Yankees made me who I am," he wrote. "The intensity of that competition is what I'm gonna miss the most when I'm done. I could wake up in the morning and my body could be feeling (bad), but as soon as the bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium and I see that white fence on the upper deck, I'm like, 'It's on.'"

While he was growing up in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz said everyone not only wanted to go to New York, but they rooted for the Yankees. 

"We looked at New York City like the American dream," he wrote. "The Yankees were like a symbol of everything. If you wore a Yankees hat, maybe your cousin or uncle sent it down to you from New York, and it was like that hat was a symbol of everything you were dreaming to be."

Ortiz said that he was able to bring his mother to New York City while he was playing in the minor leagues in 1997, but she died in a car accident before he became a part of the Red Sox. 

"My life has turned out amazing, but the only thing I wish is that she could be here for all this. When I take the field at Yankee Stadium for the last time, she's not gonna be there to see it. That's kind of tough, to be honest with you. But I know she would be so proud that we made it to the top of the world."

And even though he grew up loving New York, he said that's not where he belongs.

"Boston is not just my team. Boston is my city," he wrote. "I consider myself a Bostonian, and it’s the thing I’m most proud of in the world.

"The Red Sox let me be me. You see my beard? The Yankees wouldn’t let me have that beard. I'd be shaving twice a day. But it goes beyond that. The Red Sox let me say what I feel. They let me be myself. If I was a Yankee, I'd be just like my boy, DJ."

Ortiz ended the letter by thanking Yankee fans, but promising that he's bringing his all to his final games at Yankee Stadium. 

"When our bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium today, I'm gonna be ready to go," he wrote. "And when I hear you boo me, I'm gonna try to hit the ball over that white fence, all the way to the ... choo choo train.

"Respect."

Ortiz also told The New York Times that over the course of his 20-year career, Yankee Stadium has been one of his favorite places to play.

"Yankee Stadium -- it might be my favorite place to hit, to play, regardless," he said. "The dimensions are perfect for a left-handed power hitter. All the emotions, all the adrenaline, all the competition -- competing against the Yankees has been outstanding."

Ortiz has a lifetime .970 on-base slugging percentage against the Yankees, according to The New York Times.

But despite Ortiz's respect for the Yankees, ending the season doesn't mean getting praise from the team's fans. He wants and expects to be booed.

"When you get used to something and you do well with it, you just don't want to change it," he said. "Basically, I'm so used to them booing me when I step on the field. It feels weird when it doesn't happen."

Read Ortiz's full letter at The Players Tribune and read more at The New York Times.

Police: Florida man with tattooed face found asleep in stolen truck at Walmart

A 25-year-old Florida man is behind bars after police found him asleep Friday morning in a Walmart parking lot behind the wheel of a stolen truck.

Robert Hardister told police he’d borrowed the 1998 black Ford F-150 from a friend to move furniture to his new apartment. He’d paid the friend $20, he said.

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He parked in the Walmart parking lot to get some sleep before a construction gig later that day.

Hardister said he didn’t know the truck was stolen, but police still charged him with vehicle theft.

He has pleaded guilty to multiple theft charges and spent time in jail for them in the last few years, court records show.

Hardister is being held in the Palm Beach County jail on a $4,500 bond, according to court records.

Hardister’s distinctive mug shot shows his face nearly covered in tattoos.

If photos from previous bookings in the Palm Beach County Jail are an indication, Hardister appears to have gotten most of the facial ink since Feb. 15, 2013, when he was arrested by Tequesta police for an out of town warrant. In that mugshot, Hardister sports only a tear drop under his right eye and a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Eleven months later when arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies on a fraud charge, Hardister had added a tattoo to the left side of his neck.

Hardister’s mugshot on Feb. 17, 2013, after an arrest on several charges including burglary shows added artwork including a star under his right eye and lettering on his neck, left cheek and chin.

By the time Hardister was arrested in July for a probation violation, his face was almost entirely tatted up, leaving only a small area on the right side of his face without ink.

Hardister did not show any new markings on his face following his arrest Friday by Jupiter police for alleged vehicle theft. But his hair — brown in previous mugshots — had been bleached blonde.

Trayvon Martin's parents to release book about son

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will release a book in January, nearly five years after their son was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

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Chris Jackson, editor-in-chief of Random House's One World, announced the book in an interview with the entertainment site.

"Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" by Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will be released on Jan. 31. The book focuses on Martin's life as seen by his parents and the aftermath of his death.

>> Related: Officials: George Zimmerman punched in face for allegedly bragging about killing Trayvon Martin

"It's amazing," Jackson said. "Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter. It's not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it's also how that moment ignited this global movement."

Martin died on Feb. 26, 2012, after he was shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford. Zimmerman called police to report that Martin appeared to be casing the neighborhood. A scuffle ensued and Martin was killed.

>> Related: Justice Department says no charges to be filed against George Zimmerman

The shooting stirred protests across the nation and sparked a national conversation about the criminalization of being black.

Public outcry led to Zimmerman's arrest on one count of murder six weeks after Martin's death. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013.

Home Depot to pull Scary Peeper Creeper Halloween decoration

Home Depot said the company would pull a Halloween decoration after a Canadian woman complained that the product bares a likeness too similar to a Peeping Tom and trivializes predatory behaviour against women, The Toronto Sun reported.

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Breanne Hunt-Wells told CBC News that the "Scary Peeper Creeper" decoration is "inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society."

"I fail to see the humour in it," Hunt-Wells told CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "It makes light of a very serious crime. Voyeurism is a crime in Canada."

A description on Home Depot's website describes the item as "perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year" and a "realistic face (that) looks just like a real man is peering through the window at you."

Home Depot responded to criticism saying it is "currently in the process of removing this product from (its) assortment."

"We agree that this is not in line with our core values," Home Depot spokeswoman Emily DiCarlo said. "We've reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We're sorry for any offence that was caused."

>> Disney pulls controversial Maui costume from store

The move comes after Disney yanked a costume timed to the release of the movie "Moana." The costume, designed for boys, is based on Maui, a Polynesian ancestral figure to many Pacific Islanders. Critics found it culturally insensitive.

Fox News host Brit Hume: Hillary Clinton didn't look 'attractive' at debate

The internet was not happy with comments made by Fox News host Brit Hume after the first presidential debate on Monday.

"She looked, I think, for the most part, she looked composed, smug sometimes, not necessarily attractive," he said.

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People immediately started tweeting about Hume's opinion Monday night. Some berated him for what they called his "sexist" take on Clinton's looks. Others criticized Hume's appearance.

Hume also shared some criticism of Donald Trump, but his comments were not about Trump's attractiveness.

"He looked annoyed, put out, uncomfortable," Hume told his colleagues after the debate Monday.

Hume wasn't the only person to critique Clinton's appearance. But the question is, would any host ever describe a male presidential candidate as "not necessarily attractive?"

Magazine editor David Frum apparently apparently thought Clinton smiled too much. He later acknowledged he offended some people — in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek way.

Hume said Tuesday evening he wasn't commenting on Clinton's appearance.

"Well, I was commenting on the candidate's demeanor, which is what you evaluate as a political journalist when you're watching a debate," Hume said.

Regardless, it would probably be in Hume's best interest to be careful about what he says about women. His comment came just weeks after Fox News settled a lawsuit from former anchor Gretchen Carlson for $20 million. Carlson accused former chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

>> Related: Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes settled for $20M

Ailes resigned his post at Fox News in July. He is now reportedly advising Donald Trump.

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Who was Shimon Peres? Here's a quick look.

Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister and president who served his country for more than sixty years, died Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke.

Peres, the last of the generation that fought to carve out a homeland for Jews,  was at the forefront of every achievement the young country celebrated. While he was seen as a hawk when it came to defense of his country, his efforts to promote peace between Arabs and Jews is perhaps what he will be best remembered for.

Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for brokering the Oslo Accords, a peace plan that, for the first time, led to the official recognition of each other by the Palestine Liberation Organization and  the State of Israel.

Here are a few things to know about Shimon Peres.

 • He was born in Wiśniew, Poland in 1923.

• He and his family moved to Mandatory Palestine – an area ruled by the British – when he was 9. Mandatory Palestine became Israel.

• Peres was a founder of the State of Israel. He secured arms for those who fought in the War of Independence in 1948.

• He served the government of Israel in some form for 60 years – at one time or another, serving in all of the cabinet positions.

• He was the man who headed up Israel’s nuclear weapons program in the late 1950s.

• He was the country’s ninth president. He also served as prime minister three times.

• He won the Noble Peace Prize in 1994, sharing it with Israeli President Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

• He was the world’s oldest head of state when he retired as Israeli president in 2014.

• He was the last of Israel's original founding fathers. 

Peres funeral is set for Friday  in Jerusalem.

 Here is Shimon Peres during a Ted Talk in 2015.

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