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SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) -- A new teacher who made a music video to welcome his students has become a bit of a star with his fourth-graders.
Dwayne Reed's video was posted on YouTube this week and has already been viewed more than a half-million times and earned him an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."
The 25-year-old Reed just began teaching at Stenson Elementary School in the Chicago suburb of Skokie.
In his video, Reed wears a lab coat and sings, "Welcome to the fourth grade. So happy to meet you. Can't wait till I see you."
Reed says he wants his students to know they are important and loved and that they can be leaders.
He says students love the video and even introduced themselves to him using his lyrics.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board.
Eppley Airfield Police Chief Tim Conahan says an officer spotted the man outside the terminal Thursday evening, screaming that people were trying to kill him. When officers approached, the man ran, climbed a fence into the gate area, undressed and stole an airline pickup. He drove into the plane, which was headed to Denver, as passengers were boarding.
The man is in custody. His name hasn't been released.
Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz said Friday that the plane's nose gear tires were flattened, so another plane flew the 113 passengers to Denver, landing three hours later than originally scheduled.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City subway riders are likely to get bugged over a lot of things - but a recent incident was one for the books.
The New York Post says a woman trying to sell crickets and worms lost her grip on her odd cargo when she got jostled Wednesday evening on a "D'' train.
Rider Chris Calabrese says startled passengers had crickets on their arms; his girlfriend was crying. The worms wriggled on the floor.
Passengers moved to the other end of the subway car. Someone pulled the emergency brake and the train halted on the Manhattan Bridge.
Calabrese says it was "the craziest thing" he'd ever seen on a train.

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Deputies in Florida arrested a shirtless 27-year-old burglary suspect after they say he caught a ride on a school bus.
The Bradenton Herald-Tribune reports that when Erik Hall boarded a school bus without a shirt Tuesday morning, the driver thought he was a student.
Authorities say the driver told Hall to put on a shirt. Hall didn't comply and sat down. Hall later told the driver he wasn't a student and that he just needed a ride.
The driver pulled into a school, waved down an administrator and school resource officers questioned Hall. He was released, but deputies learned later he was a suspect in a burglary that morning.
Deputies tracked him down, and he's now charged with trespassing on school property.
An attortey for him isn't listed on jail records.

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Thieves stole a big rig in Corona loaded with more than $40,000 in Monster Energy drinks, emptying the rig before abandoning it in another city, authorities said Wednesday.
"There was nothing left in there," Corona police Sgt. Paul Mercado told City News Service. "They took it all."
According to police, the tractor-trailer was parked in a dirt lot on Sherborn Street Monday afternoon and left there with cases full of Monster drinks, valued at $42,438, packed inside the locked trailer. When the driver returned to make his runs about 4 a.m. Tuesday, the truck was gone.
Detectives turned to social media to generate tips. The truck cab was located Tuesday night in Jurupa Valley. However, the trailer didn't turn up until hours later in Fontana -- without any of the merchandise inside it, and no sign of suspects, investigators said.
Dennis Cole, the owner of the trucking company, said he was going to lose $10,000 a month because of the theft.
"It's not fair to me, I didn't do anything," he said. "Just a hard working guy trying to make a living in hard times."
Crime technicians have scoured the big rig in search of clues, but police haven't disclosed what if anything was found.
Investigators think the thieves knew exactly what they were doing.
"Given the fact that the trailer contained over 28 plus pallets of energy drinks, you can't just unload that manually," said Det. John Samano of Corona Police Department. "You would require some sort of a equipment, maybe a forklift."
Samano said the thieves will most likely sell the drinks on Craigslist or at a swap meet to make a quick profit.
"These are the items that you, as a consumer, are going to come and say, 'Wow, I'm only going to pay four bucks for a case when normally I would have to pay $25 at the grocery store,'" he said.
Monster, the trucking company's biggest client, has since cancelled its contract, Cole said. Two of his employees are now out of work.
"The thing that these people who steal don't understand is that the people they steal from how bad they hurt them," he said. "It's hard times."

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A retired Army colonel who is running for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature plans to campaign on horseback next month.
Tom Brewer is expected to lead a 500-mile ride across western Nebraska's 43rd legislative district from Sept. 3-22. Brewer is running against incumbent state Sen. Al Davis, a rancher and former volunteer firefighter from Hyannis. Both are Republicans in an officially nonpartisan race.
Brewer and other combat veterans are scheduled to visit 16 towns in the district. Brewer was the top vote-getter in Nebraska's May legislative primary, but will face Davis again in the Nov. 8 general election.
The 43rd district encompasses a vast rural area around the Sandhills, including all of 12 counties and part of Box Butte County.

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LORIS, S.C. (AP) - It wasn't quite Timmy in the well, but a dog named Tuxx is credited with helping save a South Carolina teen trapped in a collapsing hole.
Local media report it took rescuers five hours Monday night to dig out 17-year-old Jarad Johnson of Loris. He was using excavation equipment on family property when he got off the machine and fell into a 10-foot hole as unstable soil caved in.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that Tuxx, a 2-year-old pit bull mix, sounded the alarm.
Chris Cooper says when he returned from work, Tuxx was barking and fussing at the door. Cooper let the dog out and followed him to the accident site, where he found his younger brother.
Johnson was released from the hospital Wednesday.

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Jordan Spieth was no match for the National Spelling Bee co-champion - with spelling and, ultimately, with putting.
Jairam Hathwar revealed after sharing the Spelling Bee title in May that he loved golf and that Spieth was his favorite player. Spieth invited the 13-year-old to The Barclays this week at Bethpage Black. His corporate sponsor, AT&T, arranged for a spelling contest on the green .
For each word they spelled correctly, they could move the ball closer to the hole. For each word spelled wrong, they moved farther from the hole.
Hathwar got all three of his - borborygmus, succedaneum and drahthaar. Spieth missed his three - zoysia, logorrhea and triskaidekaphobia.
The teen rapped in his short putt. Spieth missed from longer range.
"You won the challenge," Spieth told him. "Shocker, I know."

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - An autographed New England Patriots football helmet stolen from a restaurant near Gillette Stadium has been returned along with an apology.
Foxborough police say the helmet signed by members of the 2014 Super Bowl championship team was delivered to Skipjack's restaurant on Wednesday, almost two weeks after it was stolen.
The package also contained a note that said "sorry for the trouble!" and $70 for the thief's unpaid tab.
Police released surveillance video from the restaurant that shows a man wearing a Tom Brady jersey climb over the bar in the empty restaurant, grab the helmet and wrap it in the jersey before walking out without settling his bill.
Chief Ed O'Leary says his detectives are still trying to track the man, although it's unclear whether he will face charges.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.
Over the past four years, the 31-year-old Florida man has survived a lightning strike, a bite by a venomous spider and - most recently - an attack by a rattlesnake in his backyard in Lakeland, southwest of Orlando.
"I need to get a (protective) bubble," Cook told The Ledger.
His father, Mike Cook, sees it another way. "He's a walking Murphy's law," the elder Cook said. "I walk on the other side of the mall."
On Aug. 11, the younger Cook was almost finished cutting the grass at his family's rented house when he heard a loud rattling sound. First he thought it was the buzzing of cicadas. Then, he thought the push mower might be making the noise so he shut it off. That's when he saw the snake coiled about 3 feet from his right foot. He estimated it was about 5 feet long and had a girth the size of a soda can.
After briefly freezing in fear, Cook said he moved his left foot back and stepped on a stick. The noise apparently provoked the snake, which struck his ankle.
He says it happened fast. "I didn't even see it bite me," Cook said. "I just screamed and ran to my wife."
His wife, Sara, said she washed the wound and called the poison control hotline. She then drove him to the emergency room at a Lakeland hospital.
Cook, a self-professed "bigger guy," said doctors told him the snake's fangs didn't penetrate beyond a layer of fatty tissue.
"They said the tissue saved my life because it didn't allow (the venom) to go into the bloodstream," he said. He said he spent one night in the hospital and received one dose of antivenin.
He's still experiencing soreness and walks with a slight limp.
Reactions to snake bites can vary wildly, according to Dr. Alfred Aleguas, director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa. He said an average of 11 venomous snakebites have been reported to the center in the past five years, including a high of 17 in 2013.
But back to Cook's other tales of survival.
On Aug. 12, 2012, he was driving a sweeper truck for a construction crew. A storm approached, and the truck's sweeper got stuck. He left the cab to free it as lightning struck about 10 feet away. Cook said the electricity moved through a puddle, up the sweeper's metal bristles and reached his left hand. He said he was knocked backward about 6 feet and rendered unconscious for up to a minute.
"It was like Mike Tyson hitting me with a jack hammer in the jaw," he recalled.
Doctors said he had a mild heart attack. He said he still suffers a combination of nerve pain and loss of sensation on his left side.
"Lightning scares me so bad now," he said.
The spider bite happened in April, when he was working as a truck driver. He was sitting on a pallet when a recluse spider bit his left hand.
Not wanting to miss a paycheck, he kept working until his hand swelled and became extremely painful. He went to the hospital and doctors performed surgery to drain the buildup of toxins.
He still has limited use of his hand, and is unemployed because the company fired him due to his absences.
Even before the latest incidents, Cook said he's had many misadventures. He once got bitten by an alligator that he "accidentally" caught while fishing. And he was bitten by his friend's Burmese python, which he was trying to feed.
"It's been a rough four years," he said. "Maybe the higher up ... is trying to get your attention that maybe something is going wrong. Or maybe I've simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time my whole life."

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