• U.S.
    The Wrap

    Quaden Bayles’ Family Turns Down Disneyland Trip, Will Donate $470,000 to Charity

    The family of Quaden Bayles, an Australian boy with dwarfism seen crying and expressing a desire to kill himself in a social media video last week, has declined a trip to Disneyland following a GoFundMe campaign, saying it will donate the funds to charity instead.“What kid wouldn’t want to go to Disneyland, especially if you have lived Quaden’s life. To escape to anywhere that is fun that doesn’t remind him of his day to day challenges,” Bayles’ aunt Mundanara Bayles told Australia’s NITV News on Thursday.“But my sister said ‘you know what, let’s get back to the real issue’. This little fella has been bullied. How many suicides, black or white, in our society have happened due to bullying?” she added. “We want the money to go to community organizations that really need it. They know what the money should be spent on, so as much as we want to go to Disneyland, I think our community would far off benefit from that.”Also Read: Stars Rally to Send Quaden Bayles to Disneyland After His Mother Posts Heartbreaking VideoThe family noted Dwarfism Awareness Australia and Balunu Healing Foundation as two organizations they would like to see benefit from the fund.“We need to come together and work out how to make sure young people like Quaden don’t have to deal with what they have been dealing with,” Bayles said. “We’ve had seven kids at the Murri School in Brisbane, where I am on the board, take their lives in the last ten years.”In a video streamed to Facebook by his mother Yarraka Bayles Tuesday, 9-year-old Quaden Bayles cried and at one point requested a knife with which to kill himself. He trended on Twitter Thursday and Friday of last week as more and more people watched the video and spoke out, from everyday users of the platform to celebrities.One comedian, Brad Williams, set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of sending Bayles and his mother to Disneyland, writing, “I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy. I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland.” As of this writing, the fundraiser has reached over $470,000.Also Read: Facebook Purges Record Amount of Hate Speech and Harassment PostsThe end of the GoFundMe campaign reads: “After all the flights, hotel, tickets, and food is paid for, any excess money will be donated to anti-bullying/anti-abuse charities.”Meanwhile, Quaden’s mom has said she’s working on “Quaden’s Law,” a package that will focus on building “emotional resilience” and identifying bullying traits in the hopes that it will be a mandatory component of school curricula.The Indigenous All-Stars of Australia’s National Rugby League invited Bayles to lead them out at Saturday night’s game while Australia native Hugh Jackman posted a video of himself assuring the child he’d always have a friend in the actor and reminding people that bullying is never okay.Read original story Quaden Bayles’ Family Turns Down Disneyland Trip, Will Donate $470,000 to Charity At TheWrap

  • World
    National Review

    California Monitoring 8,400 People for Coronavirus, 33 Have Tested Positive

    California is monitoring 8,400 people who arrived in the state on domestic commercial flights for the Wuhan coronavirus, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday.33 individuals have already tested positive for the virus, five of whom have been moved out of the state."We knew this was inevitable," Newsom said at a press conference. State officials remain in "constant contact with federal agencies," the governor stressed, adding that the state's top priority was obtaining more testing kits since current supplies are "inadequate.""We’re not just preparing — we’ve been actively participating in addressing this issue for many months, aggressively," Newsom said.The announcement came after other locales in the U.S. have announced similar monitoring efforts, though none as extensive as in California. 608 people were being monitored under self-quarantine in Massachusetts, with 377 of those released without symptoms. Meanwhile, a Seattle high school announced it would close until Friday after a staffer self-quarantined following an international trip.The CDC on Wednesday confirmed a coronavirus case in central California with unknown origins, days after the agency initially refused to test the patient because they "did not fit the existing CDC criteria.""At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown," the CDC said in a statement. "It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States."

  • Politics
    The Week

    Democrats float Sherrod Brown as 'white knight' 2020 nominee, Michelle Obama as vice president

    Some Democrats are reportedly growing interested in grabbing someone not currently running for president to be the party's out-of-left-field 2020 nominee.For an article published Thursday, The New York Times interviewed 93 Democratic superdelegates, finding that Democratic establishment leaders are "not just worried about Mr. Sanders' candidacy, but are also willing to risk intraparty damage to stop his nomination at the national convention in July if they get the chance."Amid these fears, Democrats have reportedly "placed a steady stream of calls" to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) suggesting he could "emerge as a white knight nominee at a brokered convention." Brown passed on a 2020 run, deciding "the best place" for him would be in the Senate.Democrats are "urging" former President Barack Obama to get involved and "broker a truce," the Times also writes, but beyond that, Democratic National Committee member William Owen suggested tapping former first lady Michelle Obama as vice president, saying "she's the only person I can think of who can unify the party and help us win" an election that's "about saving the world."Other superdelegates are reportedly floating the idea of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) getting back in the mix, while Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) rattled off a whole bunch of suggestions for a surprise nominee including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), somebody "that could win and we could all get behind and celebrate."Regardless, of the 93 superdelegates the Times interviewed, only nine said Sanders should become the nominee based on arriving to the convention with a plurality but not a majority, with Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas.) saying, "If 60 percent is not with Bernie Sanders, I think that says something, I really do."More stories from theweek.com CPAC speaker instructs crowd to boo Mitt Romney 'every time his name is mentioned' Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Trump freaks out about all the wrong things

  • Sports
    Motorious

    Ferrari Blacklisted These Celebrities From Purchasing Their Supercars

    You don't own a Ferrari, Ferrari owns you.Even if you have deep pockets, one still may not get past Ferrari's acceptance to purchase one of their new supercars. Owning one of these cars is more of a lifestyle than anything else, and they call the shots on who they

  • Entertainment
    Total Film Magazine

    New on Netflix (March 2020): All the movies and shows arriving this month

    Castlevania, Ozark, and more are new on Netflix this March

  • Business
    Consumer Reports

    How the Spread of Coronavirus Could Affect Your Travel Plans

    The coronavirus has now spread well beyond Asia, hitting the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of the globe. As new cases continue to erupt in different countries, what should American consume...