Marines of Lima Company remember the fallen and reunite in Nashville to halt veteran suicides


The Marines of Lima Company, 3rd battalion, 25th Marines, took some of the heaviest casualties during the Iraq War. Of the 184 Marines who deployed together from this Ohio Reserve unit, 23 were killed in action, including 15 in one roadside bomb in Anbar province, the largest single loss of life in a roadside bombing during the war. 

Those who survived the seven-month tour, including 37 who received Purple Hearts, had some of their hardest days after returning home. Their 2005 deployment on the Syrian border was to some of the war’s biggest ambush territory. They received three Silver and 11 Bronze Stars for valor. Back home, suicide became the enemy of this battle hardened unit who spent all but 10 days of their tour “outside the wire,” the safety of their base camp.

Private First Class Michael Logue on a tank

Private First Class Michael Logue on a tank

Private First Class Michael Logue was 19 years old in 2005. This native of Lebanon, Ohio, deployed six months after high school, postponed college and became the unit’s “mortar guy.”

“You know, I personally took sniper fire, machine gun fire, RPG fire bounces just feet away from your head and it’s a dud and bounces around the rooftop with you, you know, thank the Lord. Direct impact, mortars just feet above your head,” Logue recalled.

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On May 11, six Marines were killed in a deadly roadside bombing just days after two others were killed as Lima Company took a break from clearing houses. “You know, the very last house that one of our teams was clearing ended up being just a ‘kill house,’ it was concrete steel reinforced with a 50 cal machine gun under the concrete to basically be aimed up at the entryway so that when the Marines that were in there popped off their helmets,” Logue said.

It was a shooting gallery. The losses from that incident and so many others still haunt the unit, which is why their commanders reached out to The Independence Fund, which had partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in a pilot program to prevent additional suicides among veterans. The idea was born at the funeral for Derek Hills (Bravo Company, 2-508) from the 82nd Airborne in 2018. “Someone said, ’see you at the next funeral’,” recalled Danica Thomas of The Independence Fund, whose husband, Allen, a combat vet from the same unit had died by suicide. “We said, no, there’s not going to be another one.”

Lima Company preparing to head outside the wire in Iraq.

Lima Company preparing to head outside the wire in Iraq.

Sixty surviving members of Lima Company gathered in Nashville for a reunion weekend dubbed Operation Resiliency and organized by The Independence Fund from May 20-23. For some, it was the first time they had seen each other in 16 years. Last year, 571 service members died by suicide, up 13% from the year before. The VA estimates 17 veterans take their lives every day, an epidemic made worse during the isolation of the past year’s pandemic. 

“You’re always vigilant. You’re always in that hyperactive. So, you know, as a 19-year-old combat veteran returned home to Lebanon, Ohio, you know, two weeks being home, in my mind, I just felt like I wasn’t home. I felt like I was home. I felt like there was unfinished business. We left brothers, you know, and blood on the sand in Iraq,” explained Logue, who attended the Operation Resiliency weekend. He is now married and has two children, living in Cincinnati. “Statistically speaking, the highest rate of suicide in the military is combat veteran males from 18 to 25.”

As the Marines from Lima Company checked into the Nashville hotel, some were given T-shirts that said “Not all Heroes Wear Capes.” They hugged. Some cried. The weekend began with storytelling.

Their Sgt Major Dan Altieri, told them, “It’s OK not to be OK.” Therapists from the VA broke the ice with talk therapy broken up by group physical therapy and a little axe throwing, for good measure.

“Sometimes they just lose their memories or they want to forget about things that they did and they thought it was maybe a negative part of their life. So you get back together with groups like this, rekindle, listen to other people’s stories and just know that the military made them who they are today or being a large part of who they are today. And I think that’s a positive experience for everyone,” Lima Company’s Brian Hamilton said.

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They talked about some of the worst days of their deployment: like May 11, when Michael Logue was traveling in a convoy of Amphibious Assault Vehicles, which at that time were not armored and were being used by the Marines on land. “There’s nothing assault about it. It’s a big, large, soft target. It has an aluminum underbelly,” Logue explained. The Marines bolted armor to the sides for makeshift protection but that made the vehicles move slowly. “We’ve got 17 Marines packed into it, knees interlocked. Shoulder to shoulder. We’re sitting on about 50,000 rounds of ammunition.” His platoon sergeant ordered him to switch assault vehicles at the last moment, a decision that saved his life.

“I stand up on overwatch and we start rolling forward. And 30 seconds later, I see a Marine in the open. I see a fireball. And then I see I, you know, start to feel explode, you know, start to hear the explosion because you always kind of feel it and see things first and then then you actually hear it,” Logue told Fox News. “It was a pressure plate, IED with like hacksaw blades, and it shot the amount of explosives, had a piece of steel over top of it. So it creates a big shaped charge. And it just sliced right through the aluminum underbelly of this Amphibious Assault Vehicle hitting all the jet fuel, hitting all the 50,000 rounds of ammunition.”

Fifteen Marines were killed instantly.

On May 11, 15 Marines were killed instantly by an IED.

On May 11, 15 Marines were killed instantly by an IED.

One of his fellow Marines, Mike Strahle, was flung by the blast into an open field. He survived and has spent recent years traveling the country with a display of the boots and dog tags of Lima Company and telling their story in “Eyes of Freedom.”

They mounted the display in Nashville along with the photo and dog tag of Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Erdy – who was on the vehicle that blew up on May 11, 2005, shortly after Michael Logue was told to change vehicles.

“It’s the first time in 16 years I kind of mentioned this inside,” said Lima Company’s Jeff Valentine. “it almost felt like we were deployed again. It was fun. We’re all away from our normal homes. It’s just the guys. We’ve got to tell our stories freely and laugh and joke. And it was great. … The biggest thing for me was every stressor I have in my everyday life was gone for the last 72 hours. And I just it was like a reset. It felt great. I don’t know. I felt like I was 22 years old. It was fun.”

They did a service project: painting shelters for homeless vets.

“Something like this, you know, this program helps me kind of understand, ‘Hey, I’m not the only one, you know, I’m not the only one,'” Leighton Redhouse explained. “It’s kind of opening my eyes like, oh f–k, yeah, I’m not the one. Because when it’s you, you kind of think I’m the only one going through this.”

They visited the Johnny Cash Museum, where Cash’s nephew played guitar and a bugler played the national anthem and taps for those who did not come home.

Lima Company 3/25 killed in action:

• Private First Class Christopher R. Dixon 5/11/2005

• Lance Corporal Christopher P. Lyons 7/28/2005

• Staff Sergeant Anthony L. Goodwin 5/8/2005

• Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Youngblood (Navy Corpsman) 7/21/2005

• Sergeant Justin F. Hoffman 8/03/2005

• Staff Sergeant Kendall H. Ivy II 5/11/2005

• Lance Corporal Nicholas William B. Bloem 8/3/2005

• Corporal Andre L. Williams 7/28/2005

• Lance Corporal Grant B. Fraser 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Aaron H. Reed 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Edward A. Schroeder II 8/3/2005

• Sergeant David Kenneth J. Kreuter 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Jourdan L. Grez 5/11/2005

• Lance Corporal William B. Wightman 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Timothy M. Bell, Jr. 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Eric J. Bernholtz 8/3/2005

• Corporal Dustin A. Derga 5/8/2005

• Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Erdy 5/11/2005

• Lance Corporal Wesley G. Davids 5/11/2005

• Sergeant David N. Wimberg 5/25/2005

• Lance Corporal Michael J. Cifuentes 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Christopher J. Dyer 8/3/2005

• Lance Corporal Jonathan W. Grant 5/11/2005

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans can also reach out to the Veterans Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.



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Top UNC donor opposed hiring ‘1619 Project’ founder


A top UNC-Chapel Hill school of journalism donor and newspaper publisher staunchly opposed hiring controversial 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones, newly unearthed emails reveal.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman Jr. — for whom the school is named — argued in 2019 that the move would expose the school to a lengthy backlash.

“I worry about the controversy of tying the UNC journalism school to the 1619 project,” Hussman wrote to top school brass, according to The Assembly.

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“I find myself more in agreement with Pulitzer prize winning historians likes James McPherson and Gordon Wood than I do Nikole Hannah-Jones.”

Amid ongoing questions about her reporting methodologies, the journalism school declined to offer tenure to Hannah-Jones this month and instead opted for a five-year teaching contract.

Hussman — who donated $25 million to the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media in 2019 — contended that the New York Times staffer prioritized political ideology over objective journalism.

“Based on her own words, many will conclude that she is trying to push an agenda, and they will assume she is manipulating historical faces to support it,” 

Hussman said that an official attachment to the architect of the 1619 Project — which asserts that America was founded primarily to prolong slavery — would tarnish the school’s image.

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“My hope and vision was that the journalism school would be the champion of objective, impartial reporting and separating news and opinion, and that would add so much to its reputation and would benefit both the school and the University,” he wrote. “Instead, I fear this possible and needless controversy will overshadow it.”

Despite Hussman’s protests, dean Susan King continued to pursue Hannah-Jones — an alum of the school — for a faculty position.

She blasted the retraction of the tenure offer this month and said Hannah-Jones was fully deserving of what is considered a lifetime appointment.

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King said Hannah-Jones “represents the best of our alumni and the best of the business.”

Hannah-Jones has threatened to sue the school if it does not reinstate the tenure offer by June 4.

“As a black woman who has built a nearly two-decades long career in journalism, I believe Americans who research, study, and publish works that expose uncomfortable truths about the past and present manifestations of racism in our society should be able to follow these pursuits without risk to their civil and constitutional rights,” she wrote.

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California DA urges gunman in road rage killing of a 6-year-old to give up


A California district attorney is losing patience with the killer who fatally shot a 6-year-old boy during a road rage attack, saying he will have “less sympathy” the longer the suspect takes to come forward. 

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer issued a message Sunday to the killer of Aiden Leos, who was shot May 21 while riding in a car with his mother on State Route 55. 

In a tweet, Spitzer wrote “the longer this goes on… the less sympathy I’ll have. You killed a 6 year old boy for God’s sake. Come forward. Turn yourself in.”

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Leos’ mother, Joanna Cloonan, told KNSD, the NBC-owned TV station in San Diego, she was driving her son, who was sitting in a booster seat on the rear passenger side, to school around 8:10 a.m. when a white Volkswagen cut her off in the city of Orange. She said a bullet went through the trunk of the car moments later and struck the boy.

“I tried to save him by calling 911, but he was losing a lot of blood… he just didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that,” she said. 

Leos died at a nearby hospital. He recently celebrated his sixth birthday. 

Cloonan, who was uninjured, told another driver who pulled over to help that she had “flipped off” the car before shots were fired. 

Investigators are searching for a white 2018 or 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with a sunroof. They have released several images of the suspected vehicle in an effort to track down the driver. 

Alexis Cloonan, sister of 6-year-old Aiden Leos, cries at the memorial erected on the Walnut Avenue overpass at the Costa Mesa 55 freeway in Orange on May 25. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Alexis Cloonan, sister of 6-year-old Aiden Leos, cries at the memorial erected on the Walnut Avenue overpass at the Costa Mesa 55 freeway in Orange on May 25. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Cloonan said she saw a woman driving the car and a man in the passenger seat. A $400,000 reward also is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

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During a Friday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Spitzer conveyed his frustration over the case.

“I have run out of patience. I put out a warning yesterday. They have 24 hours to turn themselves in or I’m really not going to have any consideration for their fate when I consider what charges to bring against them,” he said. 

“I’m not the district attorney of LA County or the district attorney of San Francisco. You did your crime in the wrong county and now you are going to have to face me,” he added. “I am not one of these woke DAs who just looks the other way on these serious crimes and actually thinks that the shooter is a victim. These people killed a young person in cold blood.” 



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DHS Inspector General reviewing huge no-bid contract with company connected to former Biden official


EXCLUSIVE: The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office is evaluating a multi-million dollar contract awarded to a Texas company that employs a former Biden transition official, multiple sources with the probe confirm to Fox News.

A DHS IG official tells Fox News the contract, with the San Antonio-based nonprofit Endeavors, is the subject of an ongoing evaluation to look at how “ICE plans to house migrant families in hotels, and how ICE selected a contractor to implement these plans.” The Formal title of the probe is, “ICE’s Contract to House Migrants in Hotels.”

Tens of thousands of migrants are crossing the southern border every month, with nearly 180,000 encountered by Customs and Border Patrol along the Southwestern Border in April 2021. 

Thousands of those migrants are now being housed in hotels, thanks to Endeavors. The company recently landed a couple of massive government contracts worth upwards of a half-billion dollars.

On January 20th, 2021, the very day President Joe Biden took the oath of office, Endeavors put out a news release announcing the hiring of Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, a former Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official who also served as a Biden transition advisor on Homeland Security issues.

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Less than two months after Lorenzen-Strait’s arrival, federal records show endeavors entered into a no-bid contract with the Department of Health and Human Services for up to $579 million and another no-bid with Homeland Security for $87 million. 

“This is a no-bid contract, and those should be used in only the most extraordinary circumstances,” said Tom Jones of the American Accountability Foundation, a conservative-leaning watchdog organization. “It’s typical and it’s terrible. Both sides do it. It’s why we have a massive budget deficit and a debt going through the roof…There’s scumminess and swampiness on both sides of this but we need to root that out.” 

Endeavors declined to answer questions about the contracts but in a statement to Fox News called Lorenzen-Strait “a valued leader on the Endeavors team. He is a recognized expert in migrant child and family welfare who consulted with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations after he left his career in federal government in May 2019”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to answer our specific questions about the scope of its contract with Endeavors but wrote: “The border is not open, and individuals continue to be expelled under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) public health authority. The families that come into ICE custody will be housed in a manner consistent with legal requirements for the safety and well-being of children and their parents or guardians.”

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The Republicans on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra over concerns about the no-bid nature of the contract, for Endeavors, which is sometimes referred to as Family Endeavors. 

“Under the contract, the U.S. government has already obligated $255.2 million, with a potential award amount of $529.5 million for the purpose of ‘emergency intake site and wrap around care services in support of the [Office of Refugee Resettlement] Unaccompanied Children’s Program’ in Pecos, Texas,” the Republicans wrote. “This is the second sizeable government contract Family Endeavors has received in recent weeks without going through fair and open competition. The most recent contract, potentially valued at $529.5 million, is more than twelve times Family Endeavors’ most recent annual budget, raising questions about its ability to effectively perform the contract and meet the contract requirements. Further, there are other, likely more experienced contractors that would also be able to perform the work, but due to the sole-source award, they will not get a chance at the opportunity. Most concerning, it appears that Family Endeavors won these contracts just months after hiring Andrew Lorenzen-Strait as Senior Director for Migrant Services and Federal Affairs.”

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Such no-bid contracts were a rallying cry for Democrats during the Trump Administration. “If you know a little bit about monster trucks, you know one of them is called ‘Swamp Thing.’ That’s Trump. He is a swamp thing,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on April 27th, 2017.

When reached by phone, Lorenzen-Strait told Fox News he works at Endeavors but had no further comment. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to end its contract with Endeavors in September, The Department of Health and Human Services in July. 

HHS has acknowledged receipt of our inquiries but has not responded.



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Tennis great 'so sad' over Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from French Open


After tennis star Naomi Osaka announced on Monday that she would withdraw from the French Open amid scrutiny over her decision to boycott talking to the media, many current and former athletes shared their thoughts on Osaka’s decision.

Martina Navratilova, an 18-time singles Grand Slam winner, supported Osaka in a tweet saying, “we are all pulling for you!”

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“I am so sad about Naomi Osaka. I truly hope she will be ok,” Navratilova wrote. “As athletes we are taught to take care of our body, and perhaps the mental & emotional aspect gets short shrift. This is about more than doing or not doing a press conference. Good luck Naomi.”

Following Osaka’s announcement, French Open organizers released a statement saying that it’s “unfortunate” that she withdrew from Roland-Garros, but they “wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery.”

“First and foremost, we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka. The outcome of Naomi withdrawing from Roland-Garros is unfortunate. We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery, and we look forward to having Naomi at our Tournament next year,” the statement read. “As all the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, we remain very committed to all athletes’ well-being and to continually improving every aspect of players’ experience in our Tournament, including with the Media, like we have always strived to do.”

Osaka made the decision to withdraw from the French Open after she was fined $15,000 for skipping a post-match press conference. She explained her decision in a lengthy statement.

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“This isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago,” Osaka wrote. “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.

“More important I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.

“Though tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media. I get really nervous and find it stressful to always engage and give you the best answers I can.”

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Osaka continued: “So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences. I announced it preemptively because I do feel like the rules are quite outdated in parts and I wanted to highlight that. I wrote privately to the tournament apologizing and saying that I would be more than happy to speak with them after the tournament as the Slams are intense. I’m gonna take some time way from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the playoffs, press and fans.

“Anyways hope you are all doing well and staying safe, I love you guys I’ll see you when I see you.”

Last week, Osaka announced she was going to skip the press conferences following matches at the French Open. She said mental health concerns were the reason for her decision.

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Tournament organizers said Osaka was fined for failing to “honor her contractual media obligations.” The four-time Grand Slam tournament winner addressed the fine in a tweet after her 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig.

“Anger is a lack of understanding,” Osaka tweeted at the time. “Change makes people uncomfortable.”

Each of the four Grand Slam tournaments released a joint statement threatening to default her for violating the players’ Code of Conduct rules.

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Top UNC donor opposed hiring ‘1619 Project’ founder


A top UNC-Chapel Hill school of journalism donor and newspaper publisher staunchly opposed hiring controversial 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones, newly unearthed emails reveal.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman Jr. — for whom the school is named — argued in 2019 that the move would expose the school to a lengthy backlash.

“I worry about the controversy of tying the UNC journalism school to the 1619 project,” Hussman wrote to top school brass, according to The Assembly.

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“I find myself more in agreement with Pulitzer prize winning historians likes James McPherson and Gordon Wood than I do Nikole Hannah-Jones.”

Amid ongoing questions about her reporting methodologies, the journalism school declined to offer tenure to Hannah-Jones this month and instead opted for a five-year teaching contract.

Hussman — who donated $25 million to the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media in 2019 — contended that the New York Times staffer prioritized political ideology over objective journalism.

“Based on her own words, many will conclude that she is trying to push an agenda, and they will assume she is manipulating historical faces to support it,” 

Hussman said that an official attachment to the architect of the 1619 Project — which asserts that America was founded primarily to prolong slavery — would tarnish the school’s image.

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“My hope and vision was that the journalism school would be the champion of objective, impartial reporting and separating news and opinion, and that would add so much to its reputation and would benefit both the school and the University,” he wrote. “Instead, I fear this possible and needless controversy will overshadow it.”

Despite Hussman’s protests, dean Susan King continued to pursue Hannah-Jones — an alum of the school — for a faculty position.

She blasted the retraction of the tenure offer this month and said Hannah-Jones was fully deserving of what is considered a lifetime appointment.

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King said Hannah-Jones “represents the best of our alumni and the best of the business.”

Hannah-Jones has threatened to sue the school if it does not reinstate the tenure offer by June 4.

“As a black woman who has built a nearly two-decades long career in journalism, I believe Americans who research, study, and publish works that expose uncomfortable truths about the past and present manifestations of racism in our society should be able to follow these pursuits without risk to their civil and constitutional rights,” she wrote.

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California DA urges gunman in road rage killing of a 6-year-old to give up


A California district attorney is losing patience with the killer who fatally shot a 6-year-old boy during a road rage attack, saying he will have “less sympathy” the longer the suspect takes to come forward. 

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer issued a message Sunday to the killer of Aiden Leos, who was shot May 21 while riding in a car with his mother on State Route 55. 

In a tweet, Spitzer wrote “the longer this goes on… the less sympathy I’ll have. You killed a 6 year old boy for God’s sake. Come forward. Turn yourself in.”

FAMILY MEMBERS HOLD VIGIL FOR AIDEN LEOS 

Leos’ mother, Joanna Cloonan, told KNSD, the NBC-owned TV station in San Diego, she was driving her son, who was sitting in a booster seat on the rear passenger side, to school around 8:10 a.m. when a white Volkswagen cut her off in the city of Orange. She said a bullet went through the trunk of the car moments later and struck the boy.

“I tried to save him by calling 911, but he was losing a lot of blood… he just didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that,” she said. 

Leos died at a nearby hospital. He recently celebrated his sixth birthday. 

Cloonan, who was uninjured, told another driver who pulled over to help that she had “flipped off” the car before shots were fired. 

Investigators are searching for a white 2018 or 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with a sunroof. They have released several images of the suspected vehicle in an effort to track down the driver. 

Alexis Cloonan, sister of 6-year-old Aiden Leos, cries at the memorial erected on the Walnut Avenue overpass at the Costa Mesa 55 freeway in Orange on May 25. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Alexis Cloonan, sister of 6-year-old Aiden Leos, cries at the memorial erected on the Walnut Avenue overpass at the Costa Mesa 55 freeway in Orange on May 25. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Cloonan said she saw a woman driving the car and a man in the passenger seat. A $400,000 reward also is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

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During a Friday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Spitzer conveyed his frustration over the case.

“I have run out of patience. I put out a warning yesterday. They have 24 hours to turn themselves in or I’m really not going to have any consideration for their fate when I consider what charges to bring against them,” he said. 

“I’m not the district attorney of LA County or the district attorney of San Francisco. You did your crime in the wrong county and now you are going to have to face me,” he added. “I am not one of these woke DAs who just looks the other way on these serious crimes and actually thinks that the shooter is a victim. These people killed a young person in cold blood.” 



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Giants hit 3 more homers to back Cueto, beat Angels 6-1


Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer in the fourth before later leaving with a sore right side muscle, LaMonte Wade Jr. connected the next inning to back Johnny Cueto, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Monday.

Cueto (4-1) tipped his cap and smiled walking off the mound to a standing ovation from the crowd of 13,144 after an impressive 1-2-3 seventh to finish his stellar day. He allowed five hits and one run, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

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Wade had earlier hit a splash hit foul ball into the water in McCovey Cove beyond the right-field arcade, but made the next one count for his first homer with the Giants and third of his career since hitting two for the Twins in 2019.

Mauricio Dubon hit a two-out homer in the sixth to chase Angels starter Dylan Bundy (0-6). The Giants, who took three of four on the road from the rival Dodgers to complete a 5-1 road trip, have multiple home runs in six straight games.

The Angels shifted across the bay — where they were already staying — to face the Giants in a two-game interleague series after splitting four games with Oakland.

Justin Upton greeted Cueto with a single on the first pitch of the game. He quickly recovered with Upton forced out at second on a grounder by Kean Wong, who then got picked off at first.

Bundy began the day with a majors-low 1.58 runs of support and again didn’t get much help. Pitching in the Giants’ waterfront ballpark for the first time since August 2016 with Baltimore, he was done after 5 2/3 innings.

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OHTANI SITS

Two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani had most of the day off before drawing a two-out walk in the ninth as a pinch-hitter.

“Without question one of the more talented players in baseball, one of the more dynamic players in baseball, and obviously does something that nobody else can do in being able to play and perform at the highest level both ways,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “Also a guy that can bring quite a bit of positive energy and attention to a club. He’s been fun to watch from the perspective of a manager but also just taking a step back and watching him as a fan, incredible, incredible talent.”

CRUSHING IT

The Giants have 78 home runs this season and their six straight games with multiple homers marks the first time for the club doing so since July 24-29 2001, according to STATS.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: A day after his start in Oakland, LHP José Quintana went on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, though he will undergo further tests. Lefty José Quijada was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his roster spot. “That’s what we’re thinking it is but we want to make sure. He was feeling it that last inning out there and of course the velocity was coming down,” manager Joe Maddon said. “When he says he’s hurt, he’s hurt.” … C Max Stassi concluded his four-game rehab assignment while recovering from a concussion and “he’s ready to go,” Maddon said.

Giants: RHP Kevin Gausman underwent an MRI exam a day after leaving his start at Dodger Stadium with left hip tightness after pitching six shutout innings. C Curt Casali has been dealing with a troublesome wrist that affects him swinging the bat. “Both are doing fine,” Kapler said… LHP Scott Kazmir was placed on the restricted list “to attend to a personal matter at home,” according to Kapler and LHP Conner Menez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

MINOR TRADE

The Giants acquired RHP Sam Delaplane from the Seattle Mariners for cash and optioned him to Sacramento.

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LHP Andrew Heaney (2-3, 5.24 ERA) pitches for the Angels on Tuesday night looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year while pitching for the first time in San Francisco. He gave up seven earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in his lone previous outing against the Giants on April 20, 2018.

LHP Alex Wood (5-2, 2.44) pitches for the Giants, having lost his last two starts.



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Woman found naked in Florida storm drain is rescued again!


A woman who was missing for three weeks and then rescued from a Florida storm drain found herself in another underground tunnel system in Texas over the weekend, according to media reports. 

Lyndsey Kennedy, 43, climbed out of a 6-foot drain pipe Saturday night and was taken to a hospital, her mother told West Palm Beach, Fla.,-based WPEC, a CBS affiliated TV station, Kennedy had been checked into a rehabilitation facility in Texas when she wandered off, she said.

She was last seen in the area near the Dallas suburbs of Grand Prairie and Arlington, authorities said. Fox News has reached out to the Grand Prairie Police Department but has not heard back.

Kennedy’s friend, Brady Morgan, told the news outlet that Grand Prairie officers spotted her. When they approached her, she slipped into a nearby storm drain, the news outlet reported. Her family tracked her using an app on her cell phone that noted her last location prior to going underground. 

Lyndsey Kennedy, 43 was rescued from a Florida storm drain earlier this year before finding herself in another tunnel system in Texas over the holiday weekend. She was found safe and taken to a hospital.

Lyndsey Kennedy, 43 was rescued from a Florida storm drain earlier this year before finding herself in another tunnel system in Texas over the holiday weekend. She was found safe and taken to a hospital.
(Grand Prairie Police Department )

As a precaution, her loved ones dropped bags of food and Gatorade in nearby manholes in an effort to sustain her.

Kennedy was in the hospital on a psychiatric hold, the TV station reported. Her family reportedly said she has psychosis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from years of being in an abusive relationship. 

In March, Kennedy was pulled out of a storm drain while naked in Florida’s Deray Beach after having been missing for three weeks. 

She told authorities she became trapped while exploring a tunnel she found while swimming in a canal near her boyfriend’s home. She got lost inside the tunnel system after several turns, she said. 

Only a pair of scuffed, bloody knees can be seen on Lyndsey Kennedy, 43, before she’s loaded onto a stretcher en route to a Florida hospital for medical treatment. Kennedy was rescued from a Florida storm drain earlier this year before finding herself in another tunnel system in Texas over the holiday weekend. 

Only a pair of scuffed, bloody knees can be seen on Lyndsey Kennedy, 43, before she’s loaded onto a stretcher en route to a Florida hospital for medical treatment. Kennedy was rescued from a Florida storm drain earlier this year before finding herself in another tunnel system in Texas over the holiday weekend. 
(Delray Beach Fire Rescue )

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After she was rescued, authorities said she was so weak she couldn’t stand on her own. 

“I don’t know how much longer she would have been OK down there,” Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Dani Moschella told the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper at the time of the rescue. “The idea that somebody might be down there for any length of time is disturbing. It’s dirty, dangerous, there’s snakes, rats, garbage, dirt and leaves, anything that’s on the street that washes into a sewer, and it smells terrible.”



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Patrick McEnroe, Billie Jean King weigh in on Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from French Open


Tennis legends Patrick McEnroe and Billie Jean King shared their thoughts on Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from the French Open on Monday afternoon amid media boycott backlash.

McEnroe, who won doubles at the French Open in 1989, made an appearance on “Good Morning America” and he gave “a lot of credit” to Osaka for raising awareness on the topic of mental health, however, he feels “once you become a professional athlete, you decide to play by certain rules of the game.”

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“Quite frankly, I was surprised initially to see her take this stance although she has been at the forefront of other very important issues — the Black Lives Matter issues last summer,” McEnroe said. “She is using her platform to bring awareness to certain issues, very important ones — mental health is an incredibly important topic. I think there may have been a few missteps along the way from Naomi and her team, looking at how this was going to play out.”

McEnroe continued: “The federation has reached out to her, she apparently didn’t respond which is why they released this statement which I felt was a little bit heavy handed in sort of threatening her with disqualification. I didn’t like that at all. I think the conversation needs to happen, there’s been a lot of other athletes who have dealt with this so I give Naomi an awful lot of credit for bringing this attention.

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“She is a professional tennis player, she is an athlete so you have to abide by certain rules, one of which is speaking to the press on a regular basis. Now maybe that could be. We could work with her, the powers that be — they’d like to have that discussion.

“She is the highest paid female athlete on the planet,” McEnroe continued. “She has a huge platform, and a great player but I thought that was too much, going too far threatening her. The statement up until that was fine, they reached out to her about mental health awareness. They said, ‘Is there any way we can work this out, maybe come to some compromise in the short term?’ But in the long term, you can’t have players just deciding to do whatever they want to do.

King, on the other hand, tweeted on Sunday that she was “torn” over the issue as she tries to “learn from both sides of the situation.”

“While it’s important that everyone has the right to speak their truth, I have always believed that as professional athletes we have a responsibility to make ourselves available to the media,” King said. “In our day, without the press, nobody would have known who we are or what we thought. There is no question they helped build and grow our sport to what it is today.”

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King acknowledged that things are different now with social media, but she believes that the media plays an important role in telling the stories of athletes. However, she says that “at the end of the day, it is important that we respect each other and we are in this together.”

Osaka made the announcement on Twitter – one day after she was fined $15,000 for skipping a post-match press conference. She explained her decision in a lengthy statement.

Following Osaka’s decision to withdraw, French Open organizers released a statement saying that it’s “unfortunate” that she withdrew from Roland-Garros, but they “wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery.”

Last week, Osaka announced she was going to skip the press conferences following matches at the French Open. She said mental health concerns were the reason for her decision.

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Tournament organizers said Osaka was fined for failing to “honor her contractual media obligations.” The four-time Grand Slam tournament winner addressed the fine in a tweet after her 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig.

“Anger is a lack of understanding,” Osaka tweeted at the time. “Change makes people uncomfortable.”

Each of the four Grand Slam tournaments released a joint statement threatening to default her for violating the players’ Code of Conduct rules.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.



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