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Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers

Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — And the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is…Demi Lovato.Demi will appear in the company’s upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She’ll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that’s launching this year. In a statement, the singer says, “My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I’m excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!”Some of the stars who’ve previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Cast Takes on 5-Year-Old Marvel Fan on “Kimmel”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Cast Takes on 5-Year-Old Marvel Fan on “Kimmel”

Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy welcomed Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, the stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The gang — bound for the movie’s premiere that took place across the street after the late-night show taped — also took on Mia Grace, a 5-year-old Marvel trivia fanatic.Because Diesel and Cooper separately voiced their respective computer-generated characters, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, they explained they’d just met for the first time backstage at Kimmel.For his part, Pratt, the star of Parks and Recreation and famous for supporting roles in movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Her, steps into leading man territory in Guardians, thanks to his character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Pratt insists he had too much fun as the dual pistol-wielding thief-turned hero — sometimes at the expense of the film’s budget.
“I would shoot this gun…and over and over again they kept yelling cut, because…during the take I’d was going [makes gun sounds]. I was like, ‘Come on, that felt really good to me!’ And they’d were like, ‘That just cost us 150 thousand dollars. Stop with making the noise with your mouth!’”On the red carpet in front of the El Capitan Theatre, Pratt remarked that Guardians is unique. “It’s comedy, drama, action, all which works simultaneously in a weird way that I don’t think has ever been done before,” he explained, before commenting that the role brings things full circle for him. “I’m excited for kids to pretend they’re Peter Quill in their backyard, like I did with all these heroes when I was a kid.”Glenn Close, who plays interstellar top cop Nova Prime, said the production was “180 degrees different” from her 2012 period piece Albert Nobbs, “but really fun in its own way.” Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro as well as Lee Pace and John C. Reilly, opens Aug. 1.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Robert Downey Jr. Tops “Forbes’” Top Earning Actors List

Robert Downey Jr. Tops “Forbes’” Top Earning Actors List

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Robert Downey Jr. has once again topped Forbes’ list of the top earning actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014 — the same amount he earned during the previous year. Downey Jr. is the highest-earning actor in Hollywood mostly due to his involvement in Marvel’s Iron Man and Avengers movies.Dwayne Johnson ranks second on Forbes’ list, with an estimated $52 million, in part because of his work in the Fast & Furious franchise. His latest film, Hercules, opens this Friday.Bradley Cooper comes in at number three. He earned an estimated $46 million the past year, during which he earned an Oscar nomination for American Hustle.  Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, which should help solidify his position on Forbes’ list.Leonardo DiCaprio takes the number-four spot, with an estimated $39 million in earnings, due to movies like The Wolf of Wall Street.Here is Forbes’ list of the top earning actors:
1. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million2. Dwayne Johnson, $52 million3. Bradley Cooper, $46 million4. Leonardo DiCaprio, $39 million5. Chris Hemsworth, $37 million6. Liam Neeson $36 million7T. Ben Affleck, $35 million7T. Christian Bale, $35 million9T. Will Smith, $32 million9T. Mark Wahlberg, $32 million
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Court Docs: Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Want ”Trust Fund’ Kids’

Court Docs: Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Want ”Trust Fund’ Kids’

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t want his children living off of his success.
The actor opted not to set aside money for his kids, reports the New York Post, citing recently filed court documents. The papers state the Oscar winner “did not want his children to be considered ‘trust fund’ kids.” Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 46 in February, is survived by three children: Willa, who is 5; Tallulah, who is 7; and Cooper, who is 10.Court-appointed attorney James Cahill Jr., who was brought in to protect the interests of Hoffman’s kids in his estate proceeding, recently interviewed the late actor’s accountant, David Friedman.Cahill says in the Manhattan Surrogate’s Court filing that Friedman told him he “recalled conversations with [Hoffman] in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him.”Instead, Hoffman wanted his estimated $35 million fortune to go to his longtime girlfriend and the kids’ mother, Mimi O’Donnell. According to the filing, Friedman said Hoffman told him he believed O’Donnell would “take care of the children.”Cahill also noted in the filing that “Friedman also advised that he observed Hoffman treating his partner/girlfriend…in the same manner as if she were a spouse.”  Hoffman explained to the accountant that he “simply did not believe in marriage.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rachel McAdams Was ‘in Awe’ of Lindsay Lohan’s Talent on “Mean Girls” Set

Rachel McAdams Was ‘in Awe’ of Lindsay Lohan’s Talent on “Mean Girls” Set

Paramount(NEW YORK) — Ten years ago, Lindsay Lohan’s career was on fire ahead of her acclaimed performance in Mean Girls, and her co-star Rachel McAdams noticed. The actress tells the August issue of Allure she thinks it’s odd to hear that director Mark Waters says LiLo was apparently intimidated by her on set.”If anything, I was in awe of her talent,” McAdams recalled. “I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural. It’s just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we’ve got it together.”Before the release of Mean Girls, McAdams appeared in the Rob Schneider comedy The Hot Chick, in which she performed a striptease — a challenge for her. She says, “I just remember breathing deep and thinking, Oh, my God, I have to go out there and do this striptease, as a man…as a woman. How did I get here?”She continues, “It was probably one of the scariest moments I’ve had in my career. It stretched me in ways I could never have imagined.” After a pause, she adds, “Literally.”McAdams, 35, appears on the cover of Allure’s August issue, which hits newsstands July 29.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“The Bachelorette” Recap: The Men Tell All

“The Bachelorette” Recap: The Men Tell All

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — The eliminated contestants on the current season of The Bachelorette reunited Monday night for the traditional “Men Tell All” special on ABC.Of course, the two men who still remain in the competition heading into next week’s finale — Nick Viall and Josh Murray — were not present. The “Bachelorette,” Andi Dorfman, was interviewed, but she didn’t discuss either finalist.During her relatively brief appearance, Andi addressed the bachelors she sent home during the previous two episodes: Chris Soules and Marcus Grodd. She told Chris, who was dismissed last week, that while the hometown visit to his farm in Iowa was her favorite, she just didn’t feel there was a foundation in their romance that would even lead her to consider living a rural life with him.As for Marcus, she appreciated his honesty, but she wasn’t on the same page as he was. Don’t feel too badly for Marcus, though — he’s one of the stars of Bachelor in Paradise, the new spin-off that premieres in two weeks.Andi spent several minutes learning some of the results of the lie detector test that was administered to several guys on a group date in Italy. She also denied rumors that she’s pregnant.In the most bizarre moment of “The Men Tell All,” a female audience member from Canada named Petra interrupted host Chris Harrison’s interview with Chris the farmer, hoping to ask a question. She joined Chris Soules on the couch and asked him if he thinks he’ll ever find love in Iowa, then admitted she’d like to date him. They chatted a little, though it remains to be seen whether Chris Soules will actually make Petra’s dream come true.Before Andi emerged from backstage, there was a somewhat-heated exchange regarding JJ’s claim from earlier in the season that Andrew used an offensive term to describe the African-American contestants on the show. Andrew denied he’d use the term, and said the claim had affected his personal life.Marquel, who is African-American, said it was hurtful to him that he didn’t know whether the allegation was true, though he said he took JJ at his word.Interestingly, no mention was made of Eric Hill, the contestant who died in a paragliding accident following his elimination.The special ended rather cryptically, with Harrison delivering a letter from one of the finalists to Andi in her dressing room. Andi stared at the note, but it’s unclear — for now — whether she read it.”The Men Tell All” began with an appearance by former Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert and her husband, J.P. Rosenbaum, who are expecting a child in October. A sonogram performed on the show revealed they’re having a boy.Next Monday night, The Bachelorette season concludes with Andi potentially deciding between Nick and Josh in the Dominican Republic.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coloradans Still High on New Pot Laws

Coloradans Still High on New Pot Laws

iStock/Thinkstock(HAMDEN, Conn.) — How do state voters feel now about Colorado Amendment 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana by adults as well as sales of one ounce or less by licensed stores?About the same as they did in April, when Quinnipiac University previously asked the question.Fifty-four percent say they support the overall passage of Amendment 64. However, it was as high as 58 percent last February.In other findings, two-thirds of Coloradans maintain that people who want to smoke marijuana should only do so in their homes or at members-only clubs.Meanwhile, just over six in 10 respondents to the Quinnipiac poll say that smoking pot should not be allowed in establishments that serve alcohol or at any venue that charges admission.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lunchtime Shocker! Most Kids Like Schools’ Healthier Meals

Lunchtime Shocker! Most Kids Like Schools’ Healthier Meals

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Do kids really hate the healthier foods that have been mandated in school lunch programs?A study out of University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that first lady Michelle Obama may have been on the right track when she pushed for tougher nutrition standards, even as more schools now seem to be resisting the program that covers some 30 million kids.Administrators from more than 500 elementary schools were asked by researchers how their students reacted to the meals that emphasized more fruits and vegetables and less junk during the 2012-2013 year, when the policy first went into effect.The result was that over seven in ten agreed or strongly agreed that primary school students liked the lunch choices they were being offered.According to the survey, the new lunches were better received in larger schools where youngsters qualified for free meals or those at reduced prices, while students in either urban or suburban areas were less apt to turn their noses up at the lunches than youngsters in rural parts of the country.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Possible Downside of Too Much Religious Training

The Possible Downside of Too Much Religious Training

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — There are a lot of benefits to a religious upbringing, but one of the unintended consequences is that strong beliefs might make kids more gullible.In a comparison between children who learn religious stories and those who don’t, Boston University researchers say that youngsters who have a deep and abiding faith more often accept fiction as the literal truth.The researchers made their finding by reading stories considered realistic, religious and fantastical to groups of 5- and 6-year-olds. When it came to non-fictional characters, both religious and secular children were able to correctly answer questions at the same rate.However, the 79 percent of children who attended church or religious school identified religious characters as real compared to six percent of secular kids. In terms of characters described as magical, 41 percent of children exposed to religious teaching accepted them as real while only 13 percent with no religious teaching believed they existed.Study author Kathleen Corriveau says religious teachings often require a suspension of disbelief, which is why the churchgoing children might apply these fictional events outside of their faith.Nonetheless, Corriveau contends this is not necessarily a bad thing because it might make learning counterintuitive phenomena easier for them as well.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Achieving Diversity in the Workplace Can Hurt the Achievers

Achieving Diversity in the Workplace Can Hurt the Achievers

Steve Hix/Somos Images/Fuse/Thinkstock(BOULDER, Colo.) — It’s obviously good to value diversity in the workplace, but there are times when it can backfire.Specifically, a University of Colorado study says that women and minorities in executive positions who believe that things will be better with more women and minorities at their job often wind up making things worse for themselves.For example, women who promote other women are viewed as less warm, while non-white executives seeking to hire more minority candidates are seen as less competent.These opinions usually turn up in their performance reviews. 
On the other hand, male white executives who try to foster more diversity are often lauded for their efforts in their reviews.David Hekman, one of the study’s authors, maintains that self-interest plays a role in this disparity, concluding, “People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man.”Hekman suggests that there are a number of ways to level the playing field, such as using the term “demographic-unselfishness” rather than “diversity.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pregnant Smokers Could Put Children at Greater Risk for ADHD

Pregnant Smokers Could Put Children at Greater Risk for ADHD

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The dangers of smoking during pregnancy have been well documented. One possible side effect is that a cigarette habit might put a child at a greater risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.As a result, physicians have recommended that if a pregnant woman can’t quit cold turkey, they switch over to nicotine-replacement products such as patches or gum.However, a new study out of the University of Denmark suggests that while these products might do less harm to the mother, the nicotine they’re ingesting could still boost their child’s chances of developing ADHD.Study author Dr. Jin Liang Zhu says that while no definitive link has been established between nicotine and ADHD, health experts have long believed that cigarette smoking can lead to abnormalities in the fetal brain.As a result, any woman who smokes is advised to quit if they wish to get pregnant or are pregnant, and to come off nicotine-replacement therapy as quickly as possible.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Poll: Most Americans Not Anxious to Get Involved in Foreign Entanglements

Poll: Most Americans Not Anxious to Get Involved in Foreign Entanglements

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The upheavals overseas have made Americans more skittish about any kind of U.S. military involvement, according to a new POLITICO survey.For instance, 67 percent of those polled say that military action should only be taken when there is a direct threat to national security. Only 22 percent believe that the U.S. should be compelled to act whenever democracy is threatened elsewhere.The survey of 834 adults, which was taken before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed over eastern Ukraine, found that just 17 percent feel the U.S. should do more to help the central government in Kiev, while 34 percent want less involvement and three in ten contend the current policy is correct.In regards to Afghanistan, nearly three-quarters agree on the timetable to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country. Twenty-three percent oppose a complete withdrawal.As for Iraq, 51 percent believe the worsening situation there has little or no effect on national security, while 42 percent says it affects national security “a lot.”Another source of concern is the ongoing civil war in Syria, although just 15 percent believe the U.S. should do more. Meanwhile, 68 percent agree with the present U.S. policy or think it should be limited further.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

President Obama Backs Statehood for DC

President Obama Backs Statehood for DC

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — While there’s a new move afoot in California to split it into six states, there has been talk for years about making Washington, D.C. the 51st state.On Monday, President Obama revealed that he supports the idea of statehood for the District of Columbia.The president explained his rationale like this: “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else.”According to Obama, he’s no Johnny Come Lately to making Washington a state, claiming that he’s long been behind the idea.However, the president acknowledged that getting Congress to approve statehood for D.C., just like other initiatives he’s promoted during his five-plus years in office, would no doubt be difficult.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.
“This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “At some point we’re going to have to make a call. I can’t say he’s going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now.”
A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.
Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.
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First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.
Bowlsby said Catherine “Cat” Conti will be on the field during Kansas’ home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.
The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, “she is just a darned good official.”
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Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Cancer

Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Cancer

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Dream head coach and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer. Cooper has taken a leave of absence from the team and will have surgery this week, the Dream said on Monday.
Assistant coach Karleen Thompson will fill in for the 58-year-old, who is expected to miss two weeks. Cooper will have surgery at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and is expected to make a full recovery.
“I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection,” said Cooper. “I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon.”
Cooper won five NBA titles while playing for the Lakers during the “Showtime” era. He also won consecutive WNBA titles as the coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. This is Cooper’s first season with the Dream, which currently holds a 15-6 record.
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Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(DALLAS) — During his annual state of the league address at the Big 12 media day, commissioner Bob Bowlsby proclaimed Monday that “cheating pays” in intercollegiate athletics.
“Enforcement is broken. The infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a year,” said Bowlsby. “It’s not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”
Bowlsby continued by saying he does not believe cheating is a widespread epidemic, but that he fears for the future of the NCAA and its student-athletes.
“We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits,” explained the commissioner. “I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated.”
While slamming college sports’ governing body, Bowlsby did come to the defense of the collegiate model, saying that he was against the unionization of student-athletes.
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Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts Awarded Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts Awarded Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts is the sole survivor of an outpost that came under fierce attack in one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan. On Monday, the former paratrooper became the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“In Ryan Pitts you see the humility and the loyalty that define America’s men and women in uniform,” President Obama said at a White House ceremony.
Pitts insists that the honor is not his alone. It’s a distinction he shares with the men he fought alongside that fateful day in the summer of 2008. Nine died and 27 were wounded, including Pitts, in the battle of Wanat, one of the fiercest of the entire war.
“Valor was everywhere that day and the real heroes are the nine men who made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us could return home,”  Pitts told reporters Monday. “It is their names, not mine, that I want people to know.”
It was before dawn when hundreds of Taliban fighters launched their attack, far outnumbering the United States troops defending their partially completed base outside the village of Wanat in northeastern Afghanistan.
For nearly two hours, Pitts, who was 22 years old at the time, helped fend off the enemy fighters from his isolated observation post. After suffering severe shrapnel wounds and being patched up by a fellow soldier who was later killed, Pitts crawled from position to position, lobbing grenades and firing at the enemy, resigning himself to certain death, the president said.
“As the insurgents moved in, Ryan picked up a grenade, pulled the pin, and held that live grenade — for a moment, then another, then another — finally hurling it so they couldn’t throw it back. And he did that again. And he did it again,” the president explained.
“Unable to stand, Ryan pulled himself up on his knees and manned a machine gun. Soldiers from the base below made a daring run, dodging bullets and explosions, and joined the defense. But now the enemy was inside the post — so close they were throwing rocks at the Americans, so close they came right up to the sandbags. Eight American soldiers had now fallen. And Ryan Pitts was the only living soldier at that post,” Obama said.
The enemy got so close that Pitts could hear their voices. “He whispered into the radio he was the only one left and was running out of ammo,” Obama said.
The battle later spurred an investigation and, as the president noted, a report concluded Wanat had “significant vulnerabilities.” As Commander-in-Chief, the president said one way to honor the fallen is, “by heeding the lessons of Wanat.”
“When this nation sends our troops into harm’s way, they deserve a sound strategy and a well-defined mission. And they deserve the forces and support to get the job done,” he said. “That’s how we can truly honor all those who gave their lives that day. … They’re hard lessons, but they’re ones that are deeply engrained in our hearts.”
Pitts now lives in Nashua, N.H., where he works in business development for a software company. He is married and has a 1-year-old son, Lucas. Monday is also his second wedding anniversary.
“As Ryan put it, it’s going to be tough topping this one, as anniversaries go,” the president joked. “But let me just give you a piece of advice as somebody who now has been married for over 20 years: You should try.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Boston Red Sox 14 (47-52) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (51-49)
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (56-45) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (52-47)
San Francisco Giants 7 (55-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (43-56)
Texas Rangers 4 (40-59) – New York Yankees 2 (50-48)
Miami Marlins 3 (46-52) – Atlanta Braves 1 (54-45) – 10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 3 (48-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-50)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (55-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (51-48)
Minnesota Twins 4 (45-53) – Cleveland Indians 3 (50-49)
Washington Nationals 7 (54-43) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-59) 
Detroit Tigers 4 (55-41) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (43-56)
Seattle Mariners 5 (53-46) – New York Mets 2 (46-53)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (54-44) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (59-39)
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Gun Control Takes Center Stage on Chris Christie Conn. Trip

Gun Control Takes Center Stage on Chris Christie Conn. Trip

Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen(GREENWICH, Conn.) — When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Connecticut to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, the issue of gun control dominated the evening.Outside one of the fundraisers Christie attended, he was greeted by about 170 protesters angry at his decision in July to veto legislation that would have banned magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition. In this state still reeling from the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, protesters from Newtown, Connecticut held signs that said “Not One More” and “Be a Gun Sense Voter.”At a diner he stopped at with Foley earlier he was asked by a voter from Newtown how he would limit gun violence in the nation without limiting access to high-capacity magazines, and Christie answered that he believes there is, “no evidence that high capacity magazines does anything to limit violence.””If you really want to limit mass violence in the country, you need to get at the mental health system in this country, which doesn’t deal with these folks,” Christie told the man named Richard Boritz. “Every one of these instances of mass killings, we had people with significant mental health issues. And that needs to be dealt with. It’s not the sexy part of it. It’s not the stuff that gets you big headlines when you are a politician. It’s the stuff that actually gets the job done. So I think we should stop doing the headline-grabbing stuff and start doing the actual work that makes a difference.”Boritz attempted to continue the conversation, but Christie said he is “not engaged in a debate.” “You asked a question,” Christie told him. “That’s my answer. I am not going to debate you. If you run against me someday I will debate you all you like.”Newtown families attempted to meet with Christie the day he vetoed the legislation and they have accused him of refusing to meet with them. On Monday, Christie told reporters that he met with the families a year ago, but he, “didn’t feel like it was necessary to meet with them again, especially after I had made the decision.””The fact is we have an honest disagreement,” Christie told reporters at the diner. “Now people on issues across this country can disagree, we disagree. I made the decision that I felt was best, they disagreed, that is certainly their prerogative to do so and to express themselves.”He added that he has “nothing but sympathy” for the families, but he doesn’t believe the bill in New Jersey, which passed the Democratic controlled state legislature, was an, “effective way to deal with it so I vetoed it; it’s a difference of opinion, but it’s nothing personal.”Foley chose not to reveal if he agreed with Christie’s veto.Christie was also asked if he thought he could be a viable 2016 presidential candidate if he did not veto the bill and he answered, “I don’t make decisions on what bills to sign or veto based upon someone’s perception of viability.”The protesters gathered at the bottom of a private road leading to the home of the fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association, where Christie serves as chairman. Katherine Morosky of Newtown, accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter Marie, held a politically-charged sign that read, “Stop Playing Politics, Children’s Lives are Not Trivial, Fewer Bullets Save Lives.”It was a reference to what Christie said in his veto message, writing he could, “not support such a trivial approach to the sanctity of human life.”Marie was not a student at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, but her mother claimed she was friends with five of the children killed, as well as some of the surviving children who were able to escape when Adam Lanza reloaded. Morosky said she was “extremely offended” by Christie’s veto, adding mental health is an issue, but there is still “easy access” for those with mental illness to ammunition making it possible to “kill 25 people in five minutes.””It’s such easy access to those weapons used for war and you can take out a lot more people out that way,” Morosky said of the higher-capacity magazines. “It makes a very big difference.”Sandy Hook resident Cindy Carlson held a sign that read, “My Kids are Not Trivial,” and said those moments when a murderer reloads is crucial. “The difference is when a person with bad intentions must stop and reload it gives potential victims time to escape,” she said.Christie and Foley appeared at the Glory Days Diner, appropriate for the devoted Bruce Springsteen fan. He was greeted there by a supportive crowd, with one woman shouting at the possible 2016 presidential candidate, “Hey good looking!” Another woman told him she once received a kiss from President George W. Bush so she needed one from him. He obliged saying to the cameras surrounding him, “You gotta do what you gotta do” with a smile.  Foley ran previously in 2010 losing to current Gov. Dannel Malloy by just over 6,000 votes. One of the fundraisers Monday night was for the RGA and the other was to raise money for the Connecticut GOP, that one was held at the home of former hedge fund manager Brian Olson.
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