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Seahawks’ Baldwin calls for change after shootings

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is calling for a review of training policies for law enforcement across the country, saying the message NFL players are trying to send with their actions during the national anthem now needs some follow-through.

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Baldwin gave a prepared statement on Thursday, similar to what teammate Richard Sherman did Wednesday. Baldwin said the situation has reached a point where action is needed. Baldwin said he has consulted with his father, a police officer, to gather information. "The situation that's upon us right now, what's going on in our country, it's devastating. ... We cannot tolerate this," Baldwin said.

Doug Baldwin begins his news conference reading from the US Constitution & calls for accountability. — Cale Ramaker (@CaleKIRO7) September 22, 2016 Doug Baldwin: demanding all 50 state Attorneys General review police training & emphasize deescalation over order. — Cale Ramaker (@CaleKIRO7) September 22, 2016

>> Related: Richard Sherman says anthem protests message getting lost

#Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin opened his availability today with a statement similar to teammate Richard Sherman pic.twitter.com/pcz1UUBYMT — Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) September 22, 2016

Washington’s attorney general reached out to Baldwin on Twitter after the news conference.

.@DougBaldwinJr Watched your press conference today with interest. I’ll be reaching out soon to see if you'd like to sit down and chat. -BF — WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) September 22, 2016

Baldwin and Sherman's statements came in the wake of a pair of police shootings this week, one in Charlotte, North Carolina; and another in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Yankees fans orchestrating 'Moon Big Papi Night' for Ortiz’s New York finale

David Ortiz is down to the final weeks of his major-league career and a group of New York Yankees fans are planning a less-than-cordial sendoff.

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A group has founded a website called Moon Big Papi and they want fans to moon the Boston Red Sox star when he plays his final game at Yankee Stadium next week. Ortiz owns a career .315 average against the Yankees, with six homers and 13 RBI.

>>RELATED: Company honors Ortiz's career walk-off with special edition shoes

The site says “if 10 people moon Big Papi, they'll be arrested, but if 10,000 do it it will be a story for the grandkids.”

Panthers’ Olsen: Sunday’s game must go on

More than 70,000 fans are expected in Charlotte this weekend to watch the Carolina Panthers vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

For now, the game will go on as scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

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The Panthers have tried to keep it business as usual on the field despite the chaos that’s unfolded the past two nights, but safety is never far from their minds.

Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen said his family normally tailgates on game days, but this week they will likely head right to the stadium, not because he fears for their safety, but just in case.

Olsen said the game must go on. He said sport can heal at a time like this and as silly as it sounds, this game matters.

“Is the game itself as important as the issues at hand? No. But is the game itself a big piece of healing and bringing people together and letting people put their differences aside and just start that process of inclusion and being less divisive? I do,” Olsen said.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was a coach with the San Diego Chargers when San Diego was struck by wildfires.

“While the circumstances now are obviously different, playing again was an important step in that community's healing process,” Rivera said. 

Florida school district: Students must have permission to kneel during national anthem

Orange County school district officials in Florida said students must have parents’ permission to kneel during the national anthem at sporting events, WFTV reported.

The issue has been making national headlines since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of social injustice.

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Some athletes are starting to follow national players’ lead on the issue, although none did at a football game  Thursday night in Orlando between Evans and Jones high schools.

Several school districts said it has not happened in central Florida, but a southwest Florida school district said students needed written permission to kneel.

Orange County Public Schools officials said it has interpreted state law to treat the national anthem like the Pledge of Allegiance.

District officials said they like the policy on the Pledge of Allegiance, students may kneel if they have permission in the form of a letter from a parent.

“I have to stay neutral, but whatever they do, I’m going to support them. That’s really between that individual and their family,” Jones High School football coach Elijah Williams said.

A school district spokesman said that if any of the students had kneeled, they would not have gotten in trouble.

Orange County Public Schools said its legal team is still reviewing state law.

Florida statute mentions students should stand for the national anthem, but only mentioned students being excused by a written letter for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Beyoncé helps organize surprise proposal, stops concert during 'Single Ladies'

One of Beyoncé's most well-known lyrics might be: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it."

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The 35-year-old singer stopped her concert in St. Louis on Saturday during the popular song "Single Ladies" to allow a concertgoer to do just that -- put a ring on it.

"I think (there's) somebody I need to bring on the stage," Beyoncé said during the song, prompting unsuspecting fans to scream in the hopes that they'd be chosen to join her.

"Is it you?" she teased, pointing to one audience member. "Is it you?" she asked, pointing to another. 

Before long, a man joined Beyonce and her two dancers onstage, and she handed him the microphone.

The man, John Silver, walked toward Ashley Everett, Beyoncé's lead dancer and dance captain, and embraced her.

"I feel like it's only right to come out here in front of my hometown and show you guys what the epitome of a young woman looks like," Silver told the crowd. "I know that you think don't I express my love to you in front of everybody, so I feel like what better time than now to do it in front of (a crowd of people)? ... Will you marry me?"

The couple embraced before being congratulated by Beyoncé.

A photo posted by Ashley Everett (@ashleycmeverett) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:04am PDT

"Let's see if you can do the choreography after that," she said.

Everett, who took a few moments to collect herself, got back into formation and finished the choreography to "Single Ladies," flashing her new ring while doing the movements.

According to her website, Everett, who dropped out of Julliard to dance on tour with Beyoncé, has danced with the singer for the last 8 years and has also shared the stage with Robin Thicke, Usher, Ciara, Ne-Yo, LaToya Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Tina Turner. 

In honor of this years #VMAs another throwback from #2013 #blurredlines with @robinthicke @pharrell & who can forget @mileycyrus in this performance A photo posted by Ashley Everett (@ashleycmeverett) on Aug 28, 2016 at 8:59am PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

As 'Sully' premieres, passengers of Flight 1549 remain grateful

The movie "Sully" premieres in theaters nationwide Friday night, and the heroic emergency landing has special meaning for Charlotte.

Many of those on board during the "miracle on the Hudson" were headed home to Charlotte that day eight years ago when 155 passengers stood ankle deep in freezing water, perched on the wings of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 as it floated in the Hudson River.

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"I get chills every time I watch this," passenger Vicki Barnhardt said as she watched the movie trailer.

Barnhardt said she's not really sure she even wants to see the movie, because she's not sure how she'll react.

"I was thinking I was going to die and I'd never see my children," Barnhardt said. "You know, those are the things that certainly bring back emotions, which I suspect may happen, or those thoughts and feelings will come back as I watch the movie."

The movie, which stars Tom Hanks, focuses on the pilot, Chesley  "Sully" Sullenberger, who managed to land Flight 1549 safely on the Hudson after bird strikes took out both engines seconds after takeoff.

Passenger Ben Bostic said he can't help but remember the uncertainty he felt that day.

"There was a lot of stuff running through my mind," Bostic said. "That was the most terrifying part of the ordeal. Like, not knowing."

For Bostic, and many others on the plane, the years after "the miracle on the Hudson" have been marked by deep gratitude for second chances at life.

Jim Whitaker is a Charlotte architect who boarded Flight 1549 as a last-minute standby passenger. 

"You realize how thankful you are that, 'Well, I'm alive. My family's still here. I still have my faith,'" Whitaker said.

Whitaker's story includes more than his own survival. Just before impact he clutched to his chest the infant son of the panicked woman sitting next to him.

"Of all the people on that plane, the smallest, most defenseless, the one that needed the most help was the little bitty baby sitting next to me," Whitaker said.

Flight 1549 has left its passengers feeling both blessed and, like the plane itself, scarred, but also changed.

"I take more risks now, I think," Bostic said. "I'm more open to doing a lot of things because you never know how long I've got to be here."

As for Sully, the passengers agreed without hesitation that his actions were heroic and that he, not they, deserves the spotlight of a Hollywood movie.

Flight 1549's lasting legacy may rest most profoundly in the hearts of its survivors.

 "No matter what happens, whether it's this event or anything else, I don't want something to stop me from living the life that I'm meant to live," Barnhardt said.

A New Hampshire beach will be topless this weekend

Go Topless Day is headed to Hampton Beach for a second year.

Beachgoers will be topless all day Sunday, according to the event’s Facebook page.

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The event will take place in more than 300 cities across the country as part of the “Free the Nipple” movement. Participants aim to exercise their “legal rights, celebrate, and to raise awareness about the double standard that says men's nipples are normal and safe and women's are obscene and dangerous.” New Hampshire is a topfree state, meaning it's legal to go topless at any time. 

Last year, dozens of women took part at Hampton Beach, despite the rainy and cold weather.

On Sunday, the weather at the beach is expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 80s, according to Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz.

For more information on the event, visit the Go Topless Day Hampton Beach Facebook page.

 

Coach strips to underwear to protest Olympic wrestling match

It's common for emotions to run high during the final seconds of any Olympic event. Sometimes, outcomes are contested.

But one man undressed Sunday afternoon as he contested the final scoring of a wrestling match.

In the 65kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match, Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navaruzov beat Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 8-7 in a match that ended in controversy and two Mongolian coaches taking off their clothes at the Olympic venue.

In the final seconds of the match, Ganzorig led by one and began dancing to celebrate his imminent medal. That celebration didn't last long.

According to The Associated Press, Uzbekistan challenged the scoring. Officials awarded Navaruzov a penalty point, which also gave him the bronze medal because tie matches are decided by the wrestler who last scored a point. 

Then began the unlikely turn of events.

Two Mongolian coaches stormed the mat in protest and began angrily shedding their clothes, with one getting all the way down to his blue briefs while the crowd chanted "Mongolia! Mongolia!"

That led to match officials awarding yet another penalty point.

Police eventually escorted the coaches from the mat.

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Photos: Dragon Con 2015

What makes an Olympic swimming pool 'fast'?

The oldest Olympic swimming records are from the 2008 games in Beijing. Setting new record times has become a bit of a trend since then.

Yes, these are some of the most capable swimmers on the planet. But experts think the pools themselves might have something to do with it, too.

"It's by far the fastest pool in the world. And when I say fast, I'm talking about deep water," NBC's Rowdy Gaines told NPR in 2008.

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Since the Beijing games, all the Olympic pools have been 3 meters deep, the recommended Olympic depth set by swimming's world governing body.

By accident or by design, it's deep enough that the waves the swimmers generate don't rebound off the bottom, so the water at the surface stays calmer.

Lane lines, unoccupied buffer lanes on either side and special gutters along the edges of the pool all help reduce the effect waves and turbulence have on the swimmers.

And the benefit would seem to be in the numbers. During the Rio Olympics, swimmers set more than 10 new world or Olympic records.

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