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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a candidate who believes in the optimism that fuels the nation’s democracy and warning against the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump.
“America is already great. America is already strong,” he declared to cheering delegates Wednesday night at the Democratic convention. “And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”
For Democrats, the night was steeped in symbolism, the passing of the baton from a barrier-breaking president to a candidate trying to make history herself.
Obama urged Americans to summon the hopefulness of his first White House campaign eight years ago, before recession deepened and new terror threats shook voters’ sense of security. He robustly vouched for Clinton’s readiness to finish the job he started, saying “no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”
Earlier Wednesday, Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, introduced himself to the nation as a formidable foil to Trump in his own right. With folksy charm, he ridiculed Trump’s list of promises and imitated one of the GOP candidate’s favorite phrases.
“Believe me!” he said mockingly, as the audience boomed back, “No!”
Obama’s vigorous support for Clinton is driven in part by deep concern that Republican Trump might win in November and unravel his two terms in office. He warned repeatedly Wednesday that the billionaire businessman is unprepared for the challenges that would await him in the Oval Office.
Trump fueled more controversy Wednesday when he encouraged Russia to meddle in the presidential campaign. On the heels of reports that Russia may have hacked Democratic Party emails, Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening,” it would be desirable to see Moscow find and publish the thousands of emails Clinton says she deleted during her years as secretary of state.
Wednesday night’s Democratic lineup was aimed at emphasizing Clinton’s own national security credentials. It was a significant shift in tone after two nights spent reintroducing Clinton to voters as a champion for children and families, and relishing in her historic nomination as the first woman to lead a major political party into the general election.
The convention’s third night was also a time for Democrats to celebrate Obama’s legacy. Vice President Joe Biden, who decided against running for president this year after the death of his son, called it a “bittersweet moment.”
A son of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden appealed directly to the working class white voters who have been drawn to Trump’s populism, warning them against falling for false promises and exploitation of Americans’ anxieties.
“This guy doesn’t have a clue about the middle class,” he declared.
Kaine also picked up the traditional attacking role of the presidential ticket’s No. 2. He tore into Trump, mocking his pledges to build a wall along the Mexican border, asking why he has not released his tax returns and slamming his business record, including the now-defunct Trump University.
“Folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth,” Kaine said. “Our nation is too great to put it in the hands of slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting, one-man wrecking crew.”
Liberals, particularly those who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, have grumbled about Kaine being on the ticket, particularly because of his support for “fast track” approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Several delegates held up anti-TPP signs as he spoke.
In a move aimed at broadening Clinton’s appeal, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — an independent who considered launching a third party bid for president — endorsed the Democratic nominee. A billionaire businessman himself, Bloomberg took aim at Trump’s bankruptcies, reliance on foreign factories and other economic experience: “The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”
President Bill Clinton, filling the role of devoted political spouse, joined the crowd packed to the arena rafters in cheering the attacks on Trump.
The core of Clinton’s strategy is putting back together Obama’s winning White House coalition. In both his campaigns, Obama carried more than 90 percent of black voters, the overwhelming majority of Hispanics, and more than half of young people and women.
That coalition was vividly on display in the first two nights of the convention in Philadelphia. Women lawmakers were prominently featured, along with young activists, immigrants, and mothers whose black children were victims of gun violence or killed during encounters with law enforcement.
Gun violence continued as a theme Wednesday night as families of mass shooting victims took the stage. Delegates rose in an emotional standing ovation for the mother of one of the victims in last month’s Orlando nightclub shooting, who asked why “commonsense” gun policies weren’t in place when her son died.
“I never want you to ask that question about your child,” Christine Leinonen said.
Clinton’s convention has been awash in history, with energized delegates celebrating her formal nomination as the first woman to ever lead a major political party in the general election. Some supporters of Sanders, her primary opponent, continued to voice their displeasure.
But Sanders, meeting with New England delegates, said, “As of yesterday, I guess, officially our campaign ended.”
AP writers Kathleen Hennessey and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.
HAMBURG, NY (WIVB) — The Coast Guard is looking for 37-year-old Giuseppe Reinhart of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Niagara Regional Police are investigating it as a missing persons case.
If you live in the area you probably saw the U.S. Coast Guard C-130 methodically flying over the lake, zig-zagging from point to point for hours Wednesday.
The search was sparked after a small, 14-foot boat containing fishing gear and a cooler of fresh fish washed ashore nearby Tuesday around 1:00 p.m.
“As the Coast Guard we search for people on the water, all of the evidence we have from looking at the remains on-board suggest a person in the water and we will aggressively continue our search efforts,” says Commander Tad Drozdowski.
Officials say the boat had indicators that someone was recently in it – but the owner was nowhere to be found.
The missing man’s family was contacted and they told the authorities that Reinhart left to go fishing on Tuesday morning by himself – but has not returned.
Niagara Regional Police believe Reinhart launched his boat from the Crystal Beach boat ramp in Fort Erie around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Police found his truck and trailer in the parking lot.
Reinhart would commonly fish alone, police say, and was not a good swimmer. The Coast Guard says the are searching to find Reinhart alive.
“We did have the information off of the chart plotter that his boat was heading in a southerly direction at a rate of speed so with that information, and with his gear still on board, the vessel we have all reason to believe he’s in the water,” says Commander Drozdowski.
When asked if Reinhart possibly faked his own death, Niagara Regional Police said they were “investigating all options” but could not give specific details. A man named Giuseppe Reinhart previously served time in prison for manslaughter, and local newspapers are reporting that man to be the missing fisherman. Reinhart’s half-brother also said it was him. Police wouldn’t confirm details about his past but said he did have a history with police.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard had spent a cumulative 55 hours searching more than 2,700 square nautical miles in the effort to find Reinhart. They tell News 4 they plan to continue the search overnight and into the morning, when they will reassess the situation.
Anyone with information should contact the 2 District Niagara Falls detective office at 905-688-4111 ext 2200.
A weak cool front moving in from Canada will stall just north of WNY. This may bring a very spotty shower to parts of Niagara and Orleans counties tonight, but most if not all spots remain rain-free. As a disturbance moves in, expect more clouds Thursday with increasing humidity. This may lead to a pop-up thundershower in the afternoon, but nothing widespread. Friday remains mostly cloudy with a spotty shower or thunderstorm
Overall, there should be plenty of dry time over the weekend with partly sunny skies. A disturbance moving south of the region will produce a better chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the Southern Tier Saturday, and there maybe a slightly greater chance of a few isolated or widely scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region Sunday. Not enough to cancel outdoor plans, but will have to keep an eye on the radar. We get back into a dry, sunny, warm pattern for the first half of next week.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — News 4 has obtained depositions from four people who filed complaints against Sabres winger Evander Kane following an early morning incident at Bottoms Up on W. Chippewa St.
On June 24, Kane and a friend were escorted from the bar. Later on, four people, including three women, filed complaints against Kane. The women claimed that Kane harassed them by either forcibly grabbing their neck, hair or arms.
The fourth complaint was issued by a bouncer who had asked Kane to leave. Kane allegedly did not comply, leading the bouncer to file a trespassing complaint.
News 4 obtained video of Kane in the bar from June 24. It can be seen below.
Kane turned himself in to police last week and was charged with criminal trespassing and four non-criminal harassment charges.
See the complainants’ depositions below. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
News 4 confirmed Tuesday that Bottoms Up was under investigation by the New York State Liquor Authority.
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- It was the morning for the Colebecks; Amanda Colebeck had just gone into labor and the Amherst couple was excited to welcome their newest addition.
But a detour in the road and a little one very anxious to join the world, landed them on the side of the road preparing for birth.
The plan was to go to the Buffalo Birthing Center about 25 minutes away, but shortly after getting in the car, Amanda told her husband that was no longer an option.
“He said do I have to pull over. And I said you have to because I can feel her head,” Amanda told News 4.
Matthew Colebeck pulled over in front of a home on Park Club Lane.
“When she told me she could feel the head that’s when I was like oh God, how did it get to this point.”
Little did he know what would happen next.
“Your body is just doing what it has do and this baby is coming out. It doesn’t care where you are right now, you know,” Amanda said.
“You’re just in that moment of like, this baby is being born right now and I don’t really have any time to think about what body parts I’m showing to the world.”
As fate would have it, a Good Samaritan was driving by and pulled over to help.
“I was coming down the street and I saw this woman standing naked in the road. So I slowed down to ask if she was okay and I saw the baby was coming out,” Kathy Barnes told News 4.
They’d already called 911, but Barnes stayed close by.
“I said I’ve got some blankets and towels and I grabbed them, and as all this is taking place little Paige was born,” Barnes chuckled.
Paige is happy, healthy, and now just 5-days-old. But the mellow little girl made quite an entrance.
Once Amanda could feel Paige’s head, it was up to Matthew to deliver.
“Amanda pushed and that’s when her head came out,” Matthew said.
But Paige didn’t breath right away.
Matthew, a teacher, started to panic.
“My heart just dropped. And I’m just thinking in my head, my God, please don’t let this baby die right here.”
Moments later though, Paige’s first breath, and a big sigh of relief for mom and dad.
“I wrapped up the baby and I wrapped up mom and just kind of hugged her and held her,” Barnes told News 4.
Aside from their little bundled blessing, the Colebecks are grateful for the community members who helped, including the Snyder Fire Department and Twin City Ambulance, who arrived shortly after Paige’s birth.
Words, Amanda said, just aren’t enough.
“I need to like hug people. I know it’s their job, but just how much their service in that time meant to us,” she said.
“Just them coming to our aid so quickly. Giving us so much dignity in a moment that could have felt like I was very exposed.”
Barnes had a chance to formally meet little Paige after her birth.
The reunion took place right where it all started, in front of the same house on Park Club Lane.