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Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Homer Simpson will get his day at Cooperstown on Saturday as he will be inducted into “inducted” into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 years after the “Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”aired on Fox.

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“Homer at the Bat” aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and featured the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco and Steve Sax, ESPN reported.

In a prepared “statement,” Simpson said it is “truly an honor for me to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.” 

“My record for eating hot dogs will never be broken. I've been a fan for 40 years, which is how long some games take. And I can't wait for the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.”

D’oh! The Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, not Canton (the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame).

The episode will be shown Saturday in its entirety on an outside screen at baseball’s shrine. Simpson’s induction will include his onscreen acceptance speech, Hall of Fame officials said.

Sax, who won two World Series rings and was a five-time All-Star, said he gets asked more about his role in “The Simpsons” than about his career.

"I get asked as much about being on `The Simpsons' as I do about baseball," Sax told ESPN. "They don't want to know how it was to hit against Nolan Ryan. They want to know about being on that show."

In the episode, Simpson pinch hits for Strawberry with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. He gets hit in the head with a pitch, giving his Springfield team a 44-43 victory.

NFL player keeps side job helping others

A football player who was once drafted by the Atlanta Falcons is making a difference off the field.

Bernard Reedy spends his spare time picking up people who cannot drive in the Tampa, Florida, area.

Reedy began working for Care Ride eight hours a day, five days a week, in 2015 after he was waived by the Falcons.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver still works there when he is not practicing or playing.

Reedy said he loves helping and meeting people.

"I’m just blessed. This kept me above water when I was unemployed, so I felt like why would I stop when I get a job again?” Reedy said.

Reedy went home to St. Petersburg after the Falcons cut him

He took the Care Ride job to pay the bills and was later signed by the Buccaneers.

Memorial Day Deals: 2017

Memorial Day Deals: 2017

Cop rescues baby deer from drain

A police officer in New Jersey went above and beyond the call of duty and this isn’t the first time he had to rescue an animal.

Officer Tim Majek rescued a baby deer who got trapped in a storm grate in Woodbridge, WTXF reported.

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The police department posted the rescue video on its Facebook page.

This is the third deer that Majek has had to rescue, WTXF reported.

Pennsylvania man sets Plinko record on ‘The Price Is Right’

A Pennsylvania man was feeling pretty chipper on “The Price Is Right,” as he won a record $31,500 playing Plinko on the daytime show, TMZ reported.

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In the segment that aired Thursday, 23-year-old Ryan Belz of Millerton was animated from start to finish as he dropped five Plinko chips down a zigzag maze to win cash prizes of various amounts up to $10,000. The Penn State graduate broke the previous mark of $30,500, KCBS reported.

The game debuted on the show in January 1983. A player technically could win $50,000 if all five chips hit the $10,000 slot in the middle of the board. 

Belz hit the $10,000 spot on his first chip, then added $1,000 with his second. He connected for $10,000 on his third attempt and then added $500 on his next try. On his final try, Belz kissed the Plinko chip and let it go. It went straight to the $10,000 spot again, and Belz, who had been demonstrative throughout his appearance, kicked his excitement into overdrive.

Belz plans to use his winnings to pay off his college loans, TMZ reported.

Drug Counselors Overdose At Halfway House, Found By Recovering Addicts

Drug Counselors Overdose At Halfway House, Found By Recovering Addicts

Teachers disciplined after giving student ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ certificate

A group of teachers at a Houston area junior high school are being disciplined after officials said they gave a student a certificate naming her “most likely to become a terrorist.”

Lizeth Villanueva, 13, received the “award” during a mock award ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High.

The certificate was given to Lizeth a day after the Manchester arena attack in Great Britain, The Washington Post reported.

Lizeth said that when she was handed the paper, teachers laughed.

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“(The teacher) said that some people might get offended, but she doesn't really care about our feelings,” Lizeth told KHOU. “She was laughing about it.”

Other children were given certificates that said “most likely to cry for every little thing” and “most likely to become homeless,” The Post reported.

Lizeth’s mother wasn’t laughing when she saw what her daughter, who is in an advanced academic program and has not had a discipline issue, received.

She took her complaint to the school’s principal, who apologized.

A district spokesperson told KHOU that the teachers involved in the prank are being disciplined but did not say what disciplinary action is being taken.

Lizeth, who has not been back to class since she received the certificate, told KHOU what she would like to see happen to the teachers.

“Get fired, at least, or something,” she said.

7 things to know now: Kushner being investigated; Gianforte wins; ESPN’s college football schedule

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Kushner investigation: Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, will cooperate with the FBI as it investigates possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Kushner's lawyer says. According to a person familiar with the investigation, the FBI is looking into a meeting that Kushner had with Russian officials in December. 

2. Trump shove: President Trump had tongues on social media sites wagging on Thursday when he appeared to shove the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way so he could stand in front of a group of leaders at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting when a photo was being taken. A video of the moment shows Trump coming up from behind Dusko Markovic and pushing him as he moves in front. Markovic looks surprised, then smiles when he sees it is Trump. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump wasn’t jockeying for position because leaders are assigned spots when such a photo is taken.

3. Gianforte wins: Greg Gianforte won a special election to fill Montana’s U.S. House seat Thursday, a day after he was charged with assaulting a reporter at his campaign office. Gianforte, a Republican, will fill the seat of Ryan Zinke, who resigned to take a place in Trump’s administration. Nearly 70 percent of votes in Montana were cast before the alleged assault took place on Wednesday.

4. Travel ban heads to Supreme Court: The Trump administration says it will fight a federal appeals court ruling that shuts down the executive order banning travel to the United States from predominantly Muslim nations. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. 

5. Active season: NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has forecasts an above-normal hurricane season for 2017, with a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes, and two to four major hurricanes. “The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or nonexistent El Nino, near- or above-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. 

And one more

ESPN has announced its Week 1 televised college football schedule. The September 2 prime-time game will be between Alabama and Florida State. Earlier in the day, Florida will take on Michigan, Georgia will play Appalachian State and Penn State goes up against Akron. The college football broadcast season begins on Thursday, Aug. 31, when Ohio State plays Indiana.

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Luxembourg’s ‘first gentleman’ joins NATO spouse photo

The traditional spouses photo at this week’s NATO conference has broken barriers.

The first gentleman of Luxembourg joined the wives of world leaders.

The photo broke ground because Gauthier Destenay is the husband of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, People reported.

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Bettel and Destenay entered a civil partnership in 2010 and married in 2015 after Luxembourg approved same-sex marriage.

Bettel was already in office and was openly gay during his campaign.

Bettel is the only gay leader currently in power. Former Iceland Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir and Belgium’s Elio DiRupo left office in recent years after their terms were over.

The group was posing for photos before a spouse dinner at the Royal Castle of Laeken, the Daily Mail reported.

Destenay joined the spouses earlier for a tour of the Magritte Museum.

NYC substitute teacher charged with hate crime

A New York City substitute teacher was charged Thursday morning with a hate crime after he  yanked an 8-year-old student's hijab off her head, police said.

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Oghenetega Edah, 31, was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of aggravated harassment as a hate crime and endangering the welfare of a child, WPIX reported

According to the criminal complaint, Edah kicked the child's foot and hit her hand in a classroom at P.S. 76 before threatening her, saying "If you don't behave, I'm going to take your scarf off."

The victim, who is in second grade, told him that he couldn't take off her hijab because it is against her religion and others are not allowed to see her hair, according to the complaint. The teacher responded "I want to see your hair" and took off her hijab in front of the classroom, according to the complaint.

The girl was treated for an eye injury after the attack, WPIX reported.

Edah surrendered to police on Wednesday.

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