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St. Augustine of Hippo

There are a lot of different saints, some of whom are revered by the Catholic Church more than others. Some saints, such as Saint Christopher, is revered by those who aren’t Catholics. But who are the most popular saints and why are they so popular? We’re going to look at this now:

St. Mary the Virgin

St. Mary the Virgin is without a doubt one of the most popular and important saints. The mother of Jesus is known for being humble, and details of her life can be found in the New Testament. Associated with motherhood, St. Mary is thought to be everyone’s spiritual mother from the moment you are born, up until the moment you die.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Considered to be a huge influence on Western Christianity and Philosophy, St. Augustine believed we could all be free if we accepted the grace of Christ. Augustine is recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church along with the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is also recognized by the Anglican Communion. The Works of Saint Augustine are often used as sources of inspiration and influence even to this day.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua is known for helping people to find their lost items and their lost souls. It’s thought that St. Anthony’s voice was so wonderful that it had the power to convert people to Christianity. Even former Catholics who had strayed from the Church found themselves repenting and returning. This earned St. Anthony the nickname the “Hammer of Heretics”.

St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan was born on a farm in France in 1412 and she was a devout Catholic. At 13 years of age, she had her first vision. As she grew older. Joan’s visions became more frequent and when she was 16 she predicted that the local garrison would be defeated in a battle. The military withdrew from the battle because of this. At just 19 years of age, St. Joan was made a martyr. Canonized in 1920, St. Joan was made the patron saint of France, soldiers, captives, prisoners, and the Woman’s Army Corps.

St. Gertrude the Great

Educated in a monastery since the age of 4, St. Gertrude the Great became a lover of the written word. While some of her works have been lost, she wrote spiritual treaties. St. Gertrude was considered to be the 13th Century’s great mystic. Becoming the bride of Christ thanks to her nuptial mysticism, she is the patron Saint of the West Indies. Gertrude is also known for releasing souls that are stuck in purgatory.

There are many well-known saints around the world, however, the above 5 are considered to be some of the most popular saints. Achieving remarkable things during their lifetime, each of these saints is considered special in the Catholic Church. Whether you’re a Catholic or simply an admirer of special people, there’s no doubt about it that they deserve to be revered for their humble actions.

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Man gets 80 years prison in killing of 2, injuring officer in Aurora

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AURORA — A Colorado man has received an 80-year prison sentence in the 2018 killing of two people and attempted murder of an Aurora police officer.

Demarcus Brown-Jones, 31, had been convicted in May on second-degree murder, reckless manslaughter and other charges.

Police were investigating a reported fight in August 2018 near the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus when officers found several hurt people with gunshot wounds, including an 8-year-old boy, KUSA-TV reported.

Later, during an exchange of gunfire with an officer, the officer was shot in a protective vest. The officer was released from the hospital a day later.

Wayne Carter, 19, and Anthoni Readus, 25, died in the shooting.

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NYS Quitline provides resources to help young adults become tobacco-free

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — There are various resources available to help young adults that are addicted to nicotine, as well as inform parents on how to navigate the tough conversation with their children.

A National Youth Tobacco Survey completed by the United States Food and Drug Administration showed that almost 40% of high school e-cigarette users are using them on 20 or more days out of the month and almost a quarter of them use e-cigarettes every day.

The problem is being addressed by various resources that can provide insight on why youth should stop using nicotine products through the New York State Smokers Quitline and its partners. The Quitline’s website provides multiple opportunities to help the youth.

One option is signing up to speak with a “quit coach” any day during the week after 9 a.m. It is the coach’s goal is to empower tobacco users through free, individualized coaching. The website also works to connect NYS residents that are 18 or older with a free starter supply of stop-smoking medication, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or nicotine lozenges.

The Quitline recommends parents and guardians review a new resource through the NYC Department of Health, titled “How to Talk with Your Children About Tobacco and E-Cigarettes: A Coaching Guide.” The guide provides insight on how to prevent their child from starting an addiction and more information.

Another resource available to the public is a YouTube video featuring young adults from NYS who shared information on the benefits of becoming tobacco-free. Many of the panelists are young adults who smoked or vaped as teens but now enjoy improved focus, concentration, breathing, and overall health through tobacco-free living.

The Quitline is also promoting the NYS-specific version of the Truth Initiative’s text-based intervention, “This Is Quitting.” The initiative is a free and anonymous text message program that was created with input from teenagers, college students, and young adults who have attempted to or successfully quit vaping. Residents can receive age-appropriate quitting recommendations by texting “DropTheVape” to 88709 to access the free program.

The Quitline is encouraging everyone throughout NYS to consider the back-to-school season as an opportunity to educate or reeducate oneself and others about the resources available for becoming tobacco-free.

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Patriots K Nick Folk sets franchise record against Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Folk will never be remembered among the greatest kickers in Patriots history.

But on Sunday, Folk achieved a feat none of Adam Vinatieri, Stephen Gostkowski or Gino Cappelletti managed in a Pats uniform.

By hitting a 32-yarder in the third quarter of Sunday’s game at the Jets, Folk set a franchise record with 32 consecutive made field goals. Earlier in the day, Folk nailed kicks from 46 and 49 yards away. He broke Gostkowski’s mark set in 2015.

The Patriots elevated Folk from the practice squad on Saturday, the second straight week they chose to promote the 36-year-old veteran. It’s expected Folk will sign to the active roster soon, with an open spot available after undrafted rookie kicker Quinn Nordin was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

The Pats originally signed Folk in 2019 as an injury replacement for Gostkowski, before he enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in New England in 2020.

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New Yorkers encouraged to take advantage of ‘Free Fishing Day’

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — Fishermen across New York State are encouraged to cast their line on the annual Free Fishing Day on September 25.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York’s fifth Free Fishing Day of the year will take place on Saturday, September 25 across the state. The day was scheduled to coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is celebrated annually to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and target shooting.

New York provides anglers with six Free Fishing Days each year, September 25 will be the fifth day this year with the final day taking place on November 11. On any other day, residents that are 16 years of age or older must have a current New York State fishing license to legally fish.

Governor Hochul stressed the importance of the day and getting outdoors in a press release on Saturday.

“I encourage new and experienced anglers alike to take advantage of the upcoming Free Fishing Day, which gives everyone the chance to try the sport at no cost and introduce family and friends to a new hobby,” Governor Hochul said. “Getting outside to cast a line is a perfect way to experience the outdoors and recharge at one of New York’s many world-class fishing destinations. Fishing in New York State provides both recreational enjoyments and serves as a vital economic generator, supporting local economies statewide.”

Those interested in taking advantage of the day can find a list of places to fish on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website. Those participating are reminded that, although the requirement for a fishing license is waived, all other fishing regulations will remain in effect.

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Governor Hochul announces state actions to address school bus driver shortage

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NEW YORK, (WETM) – Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a multi-agency plan to address the school bus driver shortage affecting schools across the state.

The plan includes short-term steps to remove barriers and recruit traditional and non-traditional Commercial Driver’s License holders, expand CDL testing opportunities, and enhance processes all designed to get more drivers into school buses.  

Additionally, New York State is launching outreach to more than 550,000 CDL license holders in New York State.

“Our schools and public health officials have moved mountains to ensure our children receive an in-person education this year, and we are leaving no stone unturned to make sure schools have adequate bus service to bring students to school and back,” Governor Hochul said.

She directed state agencies to utilize a multi-organizational recruitment effort to persuade CDL drivers to become school bus drivers. Interested drivers will be surveyed and their information then shared with local school districts that are seeking drivers.

“While the shortage of school bus drivers is not unique to New York State, I have directed state agencies to utilize creative approaches and use every tool at their disposal to help districts affected by the bus driver shortage, so we can bring in as many qualified bus drivers as possible as quickly as possible,” Hochul said.

 The state will also work with partners in law enforcement, firefighters, military, and other organizations that have trained drivers in order to find more individuals interested in becoming school bus drivers. 

Additionally, DMV is enhancing and expediting the process for CDL completion by removing the 14-day waiting period between the permit test and the road tests. Through enhanced cooperation with county-run DMVs, the state will also help to increase capacity to administer written exams and road tests. 

The State encourages schools to pursue creative and innovative ways to offer a wide array of benefits for school bus drivers that were previously not considered. This includes signing and retention bonuses, expansion of benefits to the drivers, and other options to recruit drivers in a nationally competitive market.

Those who are interested in obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License can find information here.

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WATCH: Broncos’ Teddy Bridgewater connects with Courtland Sutton for 55-yard pass against Jaguars

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Have a day, Courtland Sutton.

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Governor Hochul provides Sunday coronavirus update 9/19

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — Governor Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating COVID-19 on Sunday.

“COVID-19 remains a threat to New Yorkers across the state, and it’s critical that we take decisive action to vaccinate more people and slow the spread,” Governor Hochul said. “We continue to implement important masking requirements to protect children and families, but getting shots in arms is the key to a safe and healthy future. Vaccines are available for free at convenient sites and millions of people have taken them, so I urge all New Yorkers who haven’t to get vaccinated immediately.”

Sunday’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 207,697
  • Total Positive – 5,275
  • Percent Positive – 2.54%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 2.99%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,295 (-87)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 285
  • Patients in ICU – 545 (-12)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 320 (+8)
  • Total Discharges – 197,959 (+330)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 31
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 44,165
  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 56,184
  • Total vaccine doses administered – 24,671,208
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 49,338
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 362,240
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 80.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 72.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 82.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 74.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 67.7%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 60.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 69.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 62.4%

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region Thursday, September 16, 2021 Friday, September 17, 2021 Saturday, September 18, 2021
Capital Region 4.21% 4.12% 3.99%
Central New York 5.03% 4.99% 4.84%
Finger Lakes 4.94% 4.93% 4.95%
Long Island 3.97% 3.92% 3.85%
Mid-Hudson 3.41% 3.36% 3.07%
Mohawk Valley 4.64% 4.55% 4.27%
New York City 2.06% 2.07% 2.00%
North Country 5.80% 5.85% 5.93%
Southern Tier 3.20% 3.33% 3.41%
Western New York 4.96% 4.75% 4.89%
Statewide 3.09% 3.07% 2.99%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough in NYC Thursday, September 16, 2021 Friday, September 17, 2021 Saturday, September 18, 2021
Bronx 2.16% 2.03% 1.94%
Kings 2.32% 2.36% 2.18%
New York 1.55% 1.55% 1.55%
Queens 2.15% 2.16% 2.16%
Richmond 2.58% 2.62% 2.59%

Yesterday, 5,275 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,355,168. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 28,239 75
Allegany 3,981 14
Broome 21,557 71
Cattaraugus 6,675 30
Cayuga 7,828 46
Chautauqua 10,796 122
Chemung 8,956 67
Chenango 4,148 15
Clinton 5,585 56
Columbia 4,608 28
Cortland 4,783 38
Delaware 3,017 12
Dutchess 33,589 73
Erie 98,475 266
Essex 1,929 7
Franklin 3,444 25
Fulton 5,232 16
Genesee 6,017 34
Greene 3,919 22
Hamilton 407 0
Herkimer 5,937 13
Jefferson 7,370 44
Lewis 3,159 28
Livingston 5,140 23
Madison 5,338 20
Monroe 77,583 219
Montgomery 5,023 10
Nassau 205,748 357
Niagara 22,005 73
NYC 1,050,368 1,755
Oneida 25,527 87
Onondaga 45,436 207
Ontario 8,464 36
Orange 54,237 90
Orleans 3,589 12
Oswego 9,496 58
Otsego 4,130 8
Putnam 11,765 23
Rensselaer 13,180 54
Rockland 50,600 103
Saratoga 18,312 58
Schenectady 15,162 39
Schoharie 2,054 4
Schuyler 1,264 9
Seneca 2,444 12
St. Lawrence 8,774 59
Steuben 8,285 52
Suffolk 226,321 444
Sullivan 7,765 25
Tioga 4,368 8
Tompkins 5,889 48
Ulster 16,239 44
Warren 4,646 21
Washington 3,870 16
Wayne 6,868 32
Westchester 140,362 158
Wyoming 3,884 7
Yates 1,381 2

Yesterday, 31 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 44,165. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County New Deaths
Bronx 1
Broome 2
Chemung 2
Chenango 1
Erie 3
Greene 1
Herkimer 1
Kings 3
Livingston 2
Madison 1
Manhattan 1
Oneida 2
Onondaga 1
Ontario 1
Queens 2
Rockland 1
Saratoga 1
Seneca 1
Suffolk 3
Ulster 1

Yesterday, 25,971 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 24,785 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:

People with at least one vaccine dose:

Region Cumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region 740,599 624
Central New York 578,794 495
Finger Lakes 750,483 753
Long Island 1,831,667 3,877
Mid-Hudson 1,428,909 2,049
Mohawk Valley 288,739 360
New York City 6,470,872 16,020
North Country 268,371 222
Southern Tier 384,436 331
Western New York 819,349 1,240
Statewide 13,562,219 25,971

People with complete vaccine series:

Region Cumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region 680,824 636
Central New York 537,008 641
Finger Lakes 699,073 726
Long Island 1,621,423 4,159
Mid-Hudson 1,267,030 2,089
Mohawk Valley 267,101 338
New York City 5,728,370 14,372
North Country 241,995 234
Southern Tier 354,916 402
Western New York 752,479 1,188
Statewide 12,150,219 24,785
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Colorado to open four new mass COVID-19 vaccination sites

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Colorado on Monday will open four new mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in an attempt to meet potential increased demand as employer vaccine mandates kick in this fall, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks active against Cardinals

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Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks a surprising practice absence

After being listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was active for the game at State Farm Stadium. He missed practice earlier this week with a quad injury.

The fact that Kendricks suited up wasn’t too surprising considering coach Mike Zimmer’s comments after Friday’s walkthrough. He said the Vikings were being cautious with Kendricks throughout the week and hinted that he would be ready for the game

Aside from Kendricks, the Vikings were also without linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), defensive end Everson Griffen (concussion), left tackle Christian Darrisaw (groin), cornerback Harrison Hand (hamstring) due to injuries.

Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Kellen Mond was a healthy scratch, and veteran quarterback Sean Mannion was elevated from the practice squad to be the backup. In addition to Mond, rookie linebacker Chazz Surratt and defensive James Lynch were also healthy scratches.

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