Sign1News 8.27.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign1News 8.27.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Candace Jones. Here are your top stories for today. Sign1News has been talking with investigators
on both sides of the country to get the latest information on the Grant Whitaker case. Whitaker is the twenty-five-year-old Deaf
Illinois man who’s been missing for about a week. On Saturday a body was found floating in the
San Luis Rey River in Oceanside, California. Rumors started circulating that the body was
Whitaker’s. We spoke with authorities with the Oceanside
police department and they confirmed that the body was not Whitaker’s. They believe the body they found was a transient
who lived in the area. We also spoke with authorities at Lake County
Sheriff’s Department in California. This is the department leading the investigation. They informed us that the man last seen with
Whitaker, twenty-one-year-old Mavrick Fisher, admitted to killing Whitaker and provided
detailed directions to where his body could be found. They located what is believed to be Whitaker’s
remains in a remote area. An autopsy will confirm if it is Whitaker and determine the manner in which he died. Authorities also told us Fisher has been arrested. He is currently in the San Diego County jail
awaiting transport to Lake County to be formally charged in Whitaker’s death. Retired NFL fullback Le’Ron McClain is asking
for help dealing with head and brain troubles. He said they are the result of playing football. He laid out his plea in a series of emotional
and expletive filled tweets. McClain said he hasn’t received the treatment
he needs and called on the NFL to help him. McClain played football at the University
of Alabama then seven seasons in the NFL for three teams. He retired in 2013. Reports show an increasing number of retired
NFL players who have suffered repetitive hits to the head have developed memory and cognitive
issues. They include dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression
and chronic traumatic encephalopath, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease. In 2016, the NFL acknowledged a connection
between football and CTE for the first time. The league has since rolled out initiatives
intended to increase the game’s safety and to prevent and treat head injuries. A state of emergency has been declared in
Puerto Rico. The island is under a tropical storm warning
and hurricane watch. Forecasters say Dorian is expected to hit
the island Wednesday as a tropical storm but could reach hurricane strength between now
and then. Puerto Ricans are scrambling to stock up on
supplies before the storm hits. Other parts of the Caribbean are also making
preparations. In Barbados, anxiety over the storm has motorists
lined up bumper-to-bumper to fill up on gas. And in Florida, FEMA activated two federal
task forces: one headed to Puerto Rico and another to Saint Croix to assist wherever
they are needed. According to the Brazilian president’s communication
office, Brazil will reject $20 million in aid pledged by leaders at the G7 summit. The reason for the rejection: a personal spat
between Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron has been vocal about the need for an
international response to the fires and announced the aid during the G7 summit in Biarritz,
France this weekend. But Bolsonaro is reportedly questioning Macron’s
intentions, accusing Macron of using the fires for his own political gain. He’s also accusing the G7 of treating Brazil
like a colony. Bolsonaro hasn’t yet responded to the offer
personally and said he will only do so if Macron “withdraws his insults.” It’s worth noting: Brazil’s environment minister
said on Monday that the aid was welcome. It seems like CBD oil is everywhere these
days. Laws surrounding marijuana use can be complicated
so you might be wondering what this CBD craze is all about and whether it’s legal. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical in marijuana. It’s now legal across the US as long as it
comes from the hemp plant. A new poll by Gallup says 14 percent of adults
use CBD oil products. On its own, CBD doesn’t give users a high. CBD isn’t regulated so distributors can’t
advertise it or as medicine or a cure-all. CBD comes in different forms like salves,
oils and vapes. And people use it for a variety of reasons. Older users tend to use it for every day aches
and pains, joints and anxiety. Some parents use it on their children with
epilepsy. But if you’re thinking about stopping at your
local grocery store and picking some up, you may want to do a little more research first. Experts suggest finding a trustworthy store
that specializes in CBD and just like any supplement, make sure you ask your doctor
before trying it. An innovative North Carolina teenager used
the current social media “chicken sandwich war” as a way to merge Popeyes and politics. Seventeen-year-old David Ledbetter shared
photos of himself on Instagram registering people to vote while waiting in line for Popeyes
new chicken sandwiches Saturday. He and a group of other youngsters spent the
day talking to voters, handing out sample ballots and registration forms. They say they ran out of pamphlets and voter
forms by the end of the day. Ledbetter brainstormed the idea with an attorney,
Stephanie Sneed, who is running for the local school board. There’s no word, however, on whether Ledbetter
is impressed with Popeyes new chicken sandwiches. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Candace Jones. Thank you for watching Sign1News live. Remember to follow us on all of our social
media platforms and be sure to download our app too. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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