<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 28 Oct 2016 15:46:39 -0400Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:46:39 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[MLB Commish Says Chief Wahoo Could Go, Casting Hope for Native American Movement]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:01:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_164851660047-cleveland.jpg

The Cleveland Indians could win the World Series and then lose its logo.

Chief Wahoo, the Indians’ controversial mascot who is featured in the team's logo, could be retired after this season. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he was willing to speak to Indians owner Paul Dolan about the possibility of a logo change.

“I know that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” Manfred said at the Hank Aaron Awards news conference on Wednesday.

Manfred acknowledged that the club makes the decisions about its logo, not the commissioner's office. He said he has talked to Dolan in the past about the issue they agreed “away from the World Series at an appropriate time” they will further discuss the matter.

These remarks cast a glimmer of hope for the Native American group that has been fighting for this cause for 46 years. 

“For 46 years now, we’ve been asking the team to change its name,” said Sundance, the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement (AIM). “It’s 46 years overdue, but we’ll gladly accept it.”

He added that with the commissioner’s comments, their fight is now “more than just a pipedream.”

In January 1972, Cleveland AIM sued the Indians for libel and slander in an unsuccessful effort to change the team name and logo. In 1995, the group filed another lawsuit, this time against Gateway Corp, which manages the Indians’ stadium, and the Indians for barring Cleveland AIM’s demonstrations outside the stadium. The lawsuit was settled on the terms that the group can protest four times a month with seven days notice. Cleveland AIM has protested at every opening day of the Indians’ season since 1973.

Sundance has been the executive director for 10 years and has led Cleveland AIM’s protests throughout this season.

“Responses [to our protests] from the public is a broad spectrum,” he said.

He noted that fans are most “hostile, belligerent and vocal” on opening day. He attributed these attitudes to the affluence it takes to attend the opening day game in the middle of a work day, suggesting that wealthier fans are more attached to the Indians mascot and care less about its political implications.

During the season, Sundance said the tone shifts towards more sympathy for Cleveland AIM’s cause, especially from opposing teams. While they are still supporting the Indians by attending games at Progressive Field, he acknowledged the importance of “cultivating allies” when they can.

Sundance expected the World Series protests to be similar to the opening day hostility, but said he was surprised with the support the group received from the majority of spectators.

NBC reached out to the Cleveland Indians front office for comment, but has not yet heard a response.

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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2016 Campaign Trail]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:28:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Michelle+Obama+Hillary+Clinton.jpg The 2016 presidential race has been contentious and full of surprises. Check out scenes from the campaign trail.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Filing Fake Voter Registration Applications]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:58:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Vafalay+Massaquoi.jpg

A former resident of Alexandria, Virginia, is facing up to 40 years in prison after he allegedly used fake names to fill out voter registration applications. 

Vafalay Massaquoi, 30, is facing four felony charges related to allegations of voter registration fraud, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said. Each charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. 

In the spring of 2016, Massaquoi was registering new voters as an employee of the New Virginia Majority, an advocacy group aligned with the Democratic party. According to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Massaquoi fabricated applications and used fake names to fill out the registration forms. 

The New Virginia Majority said Massaquoi was fired in June. 

"Protecting the integrity of our elections so they remain free, fair, and accessible remains New Virginia Majority’s top priority," the New Virginia Majority said in a statement Friday. 

The fake applications were filed with the Alexandria Office of the General Registrar, who reported the issue to Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter.

Porter said while the false applications were filed, no illegal votes were cast in this case. 

"Since the fraudulent applications involved fictitious people, had the fraud not been uncovered the risk of actual fraudulent votes being cast was low," Porter said.

An arrest warrant was filed for Massaquoi in July, but he had already moved out of the area. After a search, Massaquoi was arrested near Philadelphia and extradited to Alexandria Oct. 27. 

Massaquoi appeared in court Friday morning and is being held without bond.

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About a Contested Election]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:44:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-serious.jpg

Recounts and legal challenges can take months to play out in some cases, but not in the election of a president: the Constitution sets strict deadlines, and not just the date for the inauguration.

There have been some long fights for office elsewhere, NBC News reported.

When Norm Coleman of Minnesota ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008, the election night count showed him beating Al Franken by a mere 725 votes. That triggered a process of recounts and court battles that played out for eight months. Al Franken wasn't sworn in until July 2009.

In Washington state, Dino Rossi gave up fighting seven months after it appeared he'd been elected governor in 2004 by a margin of 261 votes, when a third recount declared Christine Gregoire the winner.

One of the important things to know about elections is that, in the event of a close vote, state law determines how recounts work.

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<![CDATA[Russia Gets Hacked; Emails Show Ukraine Involvement ]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/putin-aide.jpg

Ukrainian group Cyber Hunta released hacked emails from the office of one of Putin’s top aides Vladislav Surkov, which reveal Russia’s involvement in the separatist movement in Ukraine, NBC News reported.

The emails detail Russia’s deep involvement in Russian-speaking regions of the Ukraine, which has led to a divided country and Russia’s takeover of Crimea. Surkov has been a close aide Putin for over a decade, serving as deputy prime minister and Putin’s deputy chief of staff. The 2,337 hacked emails from 2014 show his micro-managing of the Ukrainian situation, proving that he managed Russia’s most crucial operations.

A senior U.S. intelligence official denied involvement in the hack. When asked if the material was authentic, the official told NBC News there was “nothing to indicate otherwise.”

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Europe's Migrant Crisis]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:31:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_16300399527722-migrants.jpg Migrants fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have encountered resistance at European borders, where many face danger and an uncertain future. March 15, 2016, marked five years since the start of the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar Assad, and the flow of refugees hasn't abated as violence continues to intensify.

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<![CDATA[Shirtless Climber in Custody After Another GWB Nightmare]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:43:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gwb+intruder.jpg

One man was taken into custody after scaling a tower on the George Washington Bridge Friday morning, shutting down the upper level of the span at the height of rush hour for the second time this week. 

Traffic cameras appeared to show someone climbing one of the towers on the New Jersey side of the bridge shortly after 8:30 a.m. Chopper 4 later showed emergency crews take the man, who was not wearing a shirt, into custody. At least half a dozen law enforcement personnel surrounded the man on a bridge landing as emergency vehicles swarmed the roadway below. 

The NYPD described the man, later identified as Alberto Hernandez, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, as an emotionally disturbed jumper, and tweeted dramatic images of ESU and police officers negotiating him off a ledge to safety. 

The upper levels of the span were shut down for about 40 minutes, the Port Authority said; the lower levels remained open. By 9:30 a.m., at least one or two lanes of traffic appeared to be moving again, creeping by the swarm of emergency vehicles, but delays topped 90 minutes.

Hernandez was charged with interference with transportation, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The delays Friday marked the second time this week an intruder blocked traffic on the upper level of the bridge - one of the region's most important arteries - during rush hour. 

The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights protest Wednesday morning, creating a traffic nightmare at the height of rush hour. Ten people were arrested in that case. 

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<![CDATA[Man Found Hiding Under Little Girl's Bed]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_manunderbed1026_1920x10801.jpg

Florida deputies have arrested a 24-year-old Naples man who allegedly hid under the bed of his 11-year-old neighbor and left her a sexually explicit note.

Authorities took David Hanggigoble into custody for stalking after the girl and her mother explained how Hanggigoble's actions had escalated during recent days.

The victim said she was in the bathroom getting ready for school. When she came out, she saw Hanggigoble hiding under the bed. She ran from her room and called her mother. Her mother then contacted the sheriff's office and came home.

<![CDATA[Chandra Levy's Mom Speaks Out on Condit Interview]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:25:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/levy-memorial.jpg

Chandra Levy's mother said former congressman Gary Condit has not revealed the whole truth about his relationship with her daughter.

Condit sat down with Dr. Phil McGraw Thursday for the first interview in 15 years to promote a book he co-authored about the case to tell his side of the story. At the time of Levy's disappearance in 2001, there was media speculation that the married California Democrat was having an affair with his 24-year-old intern.

"I did not have a romantic involvement with her, and I was not involved in her disappearance in any way,'' Condit told McGraw. Condit has also denied having any type of sexual relationship with Levy. 

In reaction to the interview, Levy’s mother told NBC's "Today" show: “It wasn’t a made up thing, they weren’t just good friends. I know otherwise because I did talk to my daughter and I found out who she was dating, secretively, because I was able to guess it.”

Another man was convicted in the killing of Levy, but that conviction was tossed out earlier this year.

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<![CDATA[A Quick and Dirty Guide to Polls for the 2016 Election]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/split2-template-new-trump-clinton.jpg

This election, polls have been center stage and often come under fire.

Donald Trump has mentioned online polls, for example, only to have them be contested as falsified, irrelevant, unethical, or out-of-context. But even more respected polls have been all over the map, with most showing a Clinton lead but by vastly different margins.

What explains this variation? How are polls conducted, and what makes for a trustworthy survey? Here's a look into polling during the 2016 election season. 

But first, an introduction.

How Are Polls Conducted?
In 2016, most polls are done either online or over the phone. Pollsters use a sample size — a group meant to represent the larger population — to project how American citizens will vote in November. They come up with unique definitions of their populations: some survey registered voters, others likely voters, and others the adult population. "Likely voters" is an especially tricky category, as pollsters have to define what that means by measuring the enthusiasm of their respondents. 

And low response rates make it difficult for pollsters to get a truly random sample, experts said. 

"No poll is perfect," said Andrew Gelman, political science and statistics professor at Columbia University. "Response rates are typically less than 10 percent. So every poll needs to adjust the sample to match the population in some way."

Because the polls aren’t random, biases based on the sample taint the data.

Polls often differ because their samples vary.

"Who responds to a poll changes from one day to a next," Gelman said. "Different people are home. Different people are likely to respond."

When one of the parties is especially mobilized, its candidate will often experience a bump in the polls that doesn’t necessarily represent a change in public opinion. For example, after the Republican National Convention, Trump saw a perceived increase in support, and Hillary’s lead jumped immediately after the DNC. 

Polling can also prove a self-determining process because if a candidate is thought to be winning, more of his or her followers will take the time to answer a survey, which changes the polling summary.

"Recently, there’s been a big shift towards Hillary Clinton in the polls, and I think that does represent a real shift in public opinion, and I think there are people who have changed their vote intention," Gelman said. "But also, now that the news is looking better for Clinton, I think more Clinton supporters are likely to respond to polls. And now that the news is not looking so good for Trump, I think Trump supporters are less likely to respond." 

Gelman said this year's elections have proved different than those from the past. With Trump’s leaked 2005 video footage about sexual assault and subsequent Republican fall-out, things are becoming increasingly unclear.

"It’s really very hard for me as a political scientist to try to identify how important things like a split of the Republican party would be because historically, when we’ve had these kinds of splits, it’s typically been when the economy was going so strongly that basically everybody wanted to stay with the incumbent," Gelman said. "All sorts of things could happen. Presumably the most likely thing is that Clinton will win by a little bit more than 4 percent, but not a landslide. But it’s just hard to know because this is not something that we’ve really seen before."

And now, a deeper look at 2016 polling data, broken into three types: aggregated predictions, statistically relevant polls and unscientific surveys.

1. Aggregated Predictions 
Aggregated predictions are not polls, but analysis of available polling data to predict who is most likely to win the election.

Example: FiveThirtyEight
How It's Done: Nate Silver aggregates polling data to predict the outcome of the elections based on a model set months before. He forecasts the probability that each candidate will win in November and offers three options to interpret his predictions.

"It’s one way of us telling readers, 'Hey, we don’t have all the answers on this. Here’s a couple of different ways you can do it,'" said Micah Cohen, politics editor at FiveThirtyEight.

As of Oct. 14, all three of FiveThirtyEight's models give Hillary Clinton more than an 80 percent chance of winning the election.

The three forecasts are based on all polling data that the FiveThirtyEight team considers legitimate. They've banned a few pollsters because of "really compelling evidence that they’re faking polls or that they’re doing something else really shady," according to Cohen.

But FiveThirtyEight doesn't treat all polls equally. Silver has rated each poll, and those with higher grades are weighted more in the model. Cohen explained that grades are based on "how accurate… the pollster (has) been in the past" and "how methodologically sound" the pollster is. Silver relies more heavily on state polls because historically they've been right more often. 

The model makes predictions based on likely voters, a category Silver lets the pollsters define for themselves.

Strengths: According to Cohen, "The most basic strength is it does in a systematic and unbiased way what everyone is doing anyway."

Decades before FiveThirtyEight was conceived in 2008, politically active citizens were still trying to combine and decipher polls to predict who would win elections. Silver’s model is impartial, and so it should be more on point than subjective interpretations.

Silver was one of the most accurate pollsters during the 2012 elections, predicting every state in the union correctly.

Weaknesses: Statistical models improve with more data. Because presidential elections only happen every four years, FiveThirtyEight doesn’t have a ton of historical data to determine its model.

"We don’t know that much about how presidential elections work, and so we’re kind of limited by the sample size," Cohen said.

And then there’s the fact that, like many analysts, Silver was blindsided by a Trump Republican nomination. As Gelman said, this isn’t your typical election, and the polling data might not play by the same rules that led to correct FiveThirtyEight predictions in 2008 and 2012. 

Similar resources: The Upshot by The New York Times

2. Statistically Relevant Polls 
The most common polls during election season are conducted by polling organizations, often with a media partner, to predict the outcome of a race. The polls have a stastical basis, and pollsters typically release details on methodology and an expected margin of error. 

Example: Marist Institute for Public Opinion Poll
How It’s Done: Marist conducts both state and national polls, with live callers phoning both mobile phones and land lines. Lee M. Miringoff, the institute’s director, said that his team is in the field nearly every day.

Used by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, the Marist poll earned an "A" on FiveThirtyEight’s pollster rankings, correctly predicting 88 percent of the 146 polls Silver’s team analyzed.

A new poll released on Oct. 10 had Clinton up by 14 points in a two-party race and leading Trump by 11 points when third and fourth party candidates were introduced.

Each poll starts with a sample size of approximately 1,100 adults 18 and older. For national polls, Miringoff determines how many voters to call in each state from the state’s population and relative weight in the election. His probability model is based on likely voters, so first he must find out if the person on the line is registered to vote. Then, he asks a series of questions to gauge how likely they are to cast a ballot. Even if someone is unlikely to vote, they’re included in the model — their vote just weighs less. 

"In polling, not all opinions are created equally," Miringoff said. "The ones who are going to vote are the ones you are most interested in finding out about."

Miringoff can ensure that his data is fitting with the U.S.’ demography by comparing census calculations with his own. He emphasized that the polls represent how the American people feel in the moment. A poll before and after one of the debates might not look the same.

"It’s all about timing. When you’re dealing with an election, it’s a moving target," he said. "This campaign has been one of ups and downs at different times, usually after an important event."

Strengths: By using two different methods — landlines and cellphones — Miringoff offsets bias from both (though not bias from only using calling). Younger people are more likely to pick up their iPhones, whereas older voters might still have a landline, so Marist’s polling takes into account different demographics based on the media they use. The team is also able to take note of how many people own cell phones versus landlines in each state and distribute polling to reflect that — one state may be 80 percent cells and 20 percent landlines, while another is 60 percent and 40 percent.

Weaknesses: The model takes time and costs money. A post-debate poll, for example, might last four days. Meanwhile, some pollsters are releasing data the night of the debate. Miringoff said that those polls will be skewed, as most responses will come from those impassioned to weigh in after 10:30 p.m. on the East Coast. But they’re fast.

Also, refusal rate (which includes people who aren’t home or whose numbers don’t work) is pretty high. These days, it’s hard to get someone to agree to take a survey over the phone. “Clearly it’s become a more difficult process,” Miringoff said.

Similar resources: Quinnipiac University, Gallup, CBS News/New York Times 

Example: UPI/CVoter Poll
How It’s Done: The UPI/CVoter poll is one of two mainstream polls that has often predicted a Trump victory or shown a nearly tied election (the other is the University of Southern California/ Los Angeles Times poll). Both polls use last vote recall, where pollsters ask respondents who they voted for in the last presidential election to gauge how many voters are switching parties or won’t vote at all after participating in the last election. According to Yashwant Deshmukh of CVoter, last vote recall accounts for the Trump lead in his past predictions. However, UPI’s latest data shows Clinton with a comfortable lead

CVoter has a "C+" on Silver’s pollster ratings. 

After using a phone model in 2012, CVoter has moved online for 2016, experimenting with multiple platforms (like SurveyMonkey, Google, etc.) to garner about 250 responses per day. Internet users are incentivized to answer. Boosters focus on specific demographics — for example, one survey is in Spanish, exclusively targeting Latino voters. 

CVoter measures likely voters by simply asking, "How likely are you to vote?" Its cut-off model removes unlikely and undecided voters from the equation. Like Marist, CVoter polls nationally based on population per state. 

Strengths: It’s fast. UPI can update predictions with the data from 250 responses every day.

Weaknesses: Because the poll is online and compensated in some way, it’s tainted with participation bias — tendencies that skew the data.

"It is not a random probability sample," Deshmukh said. "Nobody claims that."

Deshmukh conceded that he’s "not a big fan of online samples," and if possible, he would have chosen a calling model with both landlines and mobiles. However, using automated dialers to call cells is illegal in the United States, and hand-dialing each number would make the process too expensive, he said. 

Also, there’s a reason why most pollsters don’t use last vote recall — it relies on people remembering actions from four years ago, and respondents may misreport.

Deshmukh did not directly address his company's "C+" rating on FiveThirtyEight.

Similar resources: YouGov, Reuters/Ipsos, Google Consumer Surveys

3. Unscientific Surveys
Unscientific surveys are Internet-based polls that ask the user - anyone who comes to the site - to indicate their preference. They can quickly get feedback on a real-time event, such as a debate or a political convention. 

Example: The First Debate

The day after the first 2016 presidential debate, Trump tweeted out that his "movement" had won the night before. He included an image with 10 polls all showing him as the victor. However, national polls conducted during the week following the debate implied a bump in Clinton's overall popularity. 

So why did 10 polls indicate that she had lost the debate?

Websites like Drudge Report and CNBC launched surveys to try to monitor how each candidate performed. They were unscientific, in that they didn't use any controls. Forget categories like "likely" or "registered" voters -- anyone from around the world could respond, and if someone used proxies, the user could get into the survey multiple times. Also, as Miringoff noted, the East Coast respondents would only be those who were fired up and and would not be representative of national opinion. 

Strengths: Unscientific polls yield nearly immediate results. As Gelman said, “People want to click every day, so you have to have something new."

Weaknesses: There is absolutely no evidence that they're believable.  

What It All Means
According to Cohen, data from the last 15 presidential campaigns indicate that polls don't move much between October and Election Day. So based on current polls, the U.S. is is more likely to elect its first female president on Nov. 8. 

But the final tally will probably be close, Gelman said. In the end, what matters is which "likely voters" turn up to the voting booths. 

“There is evidence that there’s higher turnout in close elections," Gelman said.

And polls are subject to human error and can be wrong, as Cohen pointed out. 

“These are tools built by very fallible people,” he said. 

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<![CDATA[Top News Photos of the Week]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:26:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618711112-news.jpg View daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[76ers Apologize for Kicking Out 'We Matter' Anthem Singer]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sevyn.jpg

The Philadelphia 76ers publicly apologized Friday to the singer who wasn't allowed to sing the national anthem at the team's home opener this week because of her "We Matter" jersey.

The team said in a statement that they hope singer Sevyn Streeter will come back and sing at the Wells Fargo Center before another game this season. Streeter was supposed to sing Wednesday evening before the Sixers' nationally-televised opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The team's statement released Friday afternoon read:

“We are sorry that this happened.  After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing.  We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back.”

The controversy began minutes after she was replaced by a Sixers cheerleader for the pre-game ceremony. Streeter posted a short video on Instagram saying she had been told she could not perform because of her attire.

"I'd say two minutes before we were about to walk out ... the organization told me that I could not wear my shirt while singing the national anthem at their game," the R&B singer later told the Associated Press. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."

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The Sixers initially would not say what caused the franchise to keep Streeter from singing.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in an initial statement.

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<![CDATA[Young Fan Knocked Out During World Series Game Gets Tickets]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:36:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wallach+world+series+thumb.jpg

The Cleveland Indians have given a young Cubs fans who was accidentally knocked out by an Indians fan at the start of Game 1 tickets to see Game 3 of the World Series, the boy's family said. 

David Wallach said the Indians called his family Thursday and offered his 7-year-old son Johnny two tickets to Friday's game at Wrigley Field. 

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The tickets follow a dream-turned-nightmare for the father and son, who traveled from a Chicago suburb to Cleveland to see their favorite team in their first World Series game in 71 years. 

Sitting in the bleachers before Game 1 in Cleveland, things couldn’t have started better for the pair, who was celebrating Johnny's upcoming 8th birthday. 

“There was no way to describe how amazing it was,” said David Wallach, of Northfield. “It was everything you could ever dream of. Everything I’ve ever dreamed of was coming true.”

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The father-son duo was stunned by the history they were witnessing — their beloved team in a World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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“It was really cool,” Wallach said. “The game started, it was electric and it was insane and we were having a blast.”

But things quickly took a turn for the worse – just as the Indians scored their first home run of the game.

Indians fans were quick to celebrate, and one of them elbowed Johnny in the head while cheering, knocking the young boy out for about 30 seconds.

“He spun around and I caught him, he was crying hysterically,” Wallach said. “That’s when things kind of went off the rails. Things went from being a dream to a nightmare so quickly.”

With no help in sight, David Wallach took his son out of the stands before flagging down a police officer. The officer started bringing them into a tunnel when Johnny’s knees buckled and the young boy could no longer walk.

“Fans were heckling him,” Wallach said. “Here I am on the ground with my 7-year-old son and they’re shouting, ‘Cubs suck.’”

Eventually, paramedics arrived and decided Johnny needed to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

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Meanwhile, Wallach’s wife was calling the field to see if they could retrieve the family’s belongings, which they left at their seats as they searched for help. 

No answer, they said.

“There was no one that ever showed up to help us,” Wallach said.

When they were finally discharged from the hospital at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Wallach said, he and his son were stranded, unsure of where they were or how to get back to their car. And still, no word from officials at the field. 

“It was scary and confusing and awful and I felt like we were just hung out to dry,” he said. “You don’t see that in Chicago. I would never expect that in Chicago in a million years.”

Johnny was left with a concussion and a birthday gift wasted on a World Series he didn’t even get to see.

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“The best thing about it is, he said, ‘Dad I still had a great time and I forgive the man who hit me,’” Wallach said. “From a little boy, that’s a great lesson for all of us.”

Wallach said he was later contacted by StubHub, which agreed to refund 50 percent of their ticket purchase. He also said the Cubs contacted the family and offered them support and sent Johnny a gift. 

“I think I’m just used to the way Chicago fans act,” Wallach said. “Just kind of shocking.”

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A spokesperson for the Indians did later call the family to apologize, Wallach said, and offered them tickets to a game in Cleveland.

The team is expected to hold a press conference with Johnny Wallach at 4 p.m. CT Friday at Wrigley Field, the family says. 

A spokesman for the Cleveland Indians confirmed the team provided the tickets but would not confirm the team's plans for a press conference.

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<![CDATA[Bill Cosby's Lawyers Say He Registered as 'Legally Blind']]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:27:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/billcosby2.jpg

Bill Cosby’s attorneys say he is “legally blind” and has officially registered with a state commission for the blind, NBC News reported.

Cosby’s eyesight will have an effect on the cases of sexual abuse filed against him because he will be unable to recognize his accusers, lawyers said. They also mentioned that a doctor’s report will be provided that the pretrial that is scheduled to begin Tuesday. In Massachusetts, where Cosby registered, legal blindness is defined as 20/200 or less while wearing glasses.

"No 79-year-old blind man could possibly defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago," his attorneys wrote in a court document.

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<![CDATA[Biden Said to Be Considered for Sec. of State if Clinton Win]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ClintonBiden-AP_16228679390421.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden is under consideration for secretary of state if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, a trusted source confirmed to NBC News Thursday night.

Politico first reported that Biden is "at the top of the internal short list" of the Clinton's transition team's list for the post.

Biden, a senator for 36 years who has served as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before becoming vice president, has hammered Donald Trump over his cozy statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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<![CDATA[Dakota Access Pipeline: 141 Activists Arrested]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DAKOTA_AP_16301812947655.jpg

Authorities had arrested 141 people who were protesting a controversial North Dakota oil pipeline early on Friday, NBC News reported.

The arrests came after a more than six-hour standoff over the stretch of private land lying in pipeline's path, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Demonstrators blockaded roads and bridges by setting fire to bales of hay and construction equipment. The sheriff's department said at least seven protesters used "sleeping dragon" devices, which typically involve PVC or other pipe, to physically latch themselves onto vehicles and large concrete. According to police, some protesters threw rocks and improvised fire bombs as law enforcement officers closed in.

Police forces responded by using pepper spray and firing bean bags on protesters.

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<![CDATA[Safe Pumpkin Carving Techniques for Halloween Weekend]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:23:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PumpkinSafety1027_MP4-147765593219300001.jpg With Halloween upon us, here are some tips for avoiding pumpkin-carving injuries, from orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Gregory Sobol. ]]> <![CDATA[Children's Riding Vehicles Recalled]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:01:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/peg-perego-recall.jpg

About 3,000 Peg Perego children's riding vehicles have been recalled due to fire and burn hazards.

Peg Perego recalled the battery-operated Polaris Sportsman vehicle after reports that a circuit board can fail and cause the motor to overheat and ignite, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company said it has received three reports of overheating, including one report of a burn.

The ATV-style vehicles were intended for children ages 5 to 7 years old. They were sold online at Amazon.com, Cabelas.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com and Walmart.com from October 2014 through May 2015 for $500 and $600 and came in silver, red and black.

Recalled vehicles have date codes 651016, 651017, 651020, 651021, 651022, 651023, 651024, 651027, 651028, 651029, 651030, 660304, 660305, 661123, 661124, 661125 and 661130. The date code is found underneath the seat.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Peg Perego for a free replacement circuit board with instructions. For more information, call 877-737-3464 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, email 850recall@pegperego.com or visit us.pegperego.com.

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<![CDATA[Military Official: ISIS Fight Will Get More Deadly ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:02:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosulAP_16301520741582.jpg

A senior U.S. military official warns that ISIS fighters in Mosul are likely to resort to even more extreme actions as they face more military pressure on the city.

"Unfortunately, ISIS will likely grow more oppressive to the population in areas they control," the official said, adding, "they will either leave or they will be more oppressive and force folks to fight that shouldn't fight."

"I imagine we will see some of that as we get closer to Mosul," the official said, "ISIS comes down and comes down hard."

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, the commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, warned that ending an ISIS reign over the city of Mosul will not end its presence in the country.

"Mosul, while it's absolutely essential to complete that operation successfully, it will not mean the end of the Islamic State in Iraq," Votel said.

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<![CDATA[Putin Praises Trump, Denies Meddling in US Election]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/putin3.jpg

Russian President Vladimir Putin, while continuing to deny the Kremlin has sought to meddle in the United States election, praised Donald Trump on Thursday for energizing American voters "tired of the elites," NBC News reported.

"Is America some sort of banana republic? America is a great power. Please correct me if I'm wrong," Putin said at the Valdai Club, an annual gathering of world policy experts. "Does anyone really think that Russia can influence the choice of the American people in any way?"

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accused the Russian government of hacking the email servers of the Democratic National Committee. Putin denied Russia's involvement. 

Trump has also spoken positively of Putin and indicated his willingness to work with him as president. On Thursday, the Associated Press reported, Trump criticized rival Hillary Clinton at a rally in Ohio for speaking "very badly of Putin, and I don't think that's smart."

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<![CDATA[Science Explains Why Fear Can Be Fun]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/NC_fear1027_1920x1080.jpg Every year around Halloween, millions of people all across the country pay to have other people scare the living daylights out of them, leading us to ask one very important question: Why?

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<![CDATA[Gymnast Claims Karolyis Turned 'Blind Eye' to Sex Abuse]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:30:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_080618045969.jpg

America's most famed gymnastic coaches were accused in a lawsuit Thursday of "turning a blind eye" to sexual abuse at their training center in Texas.

The suit filed in California by an unidentified athlete is the first time Bela and Marta Karolyi have been named in the scandal roiling USA Gymnastics.

The Karolyis, who have served as national team coordinators and coached many champions and Olympic medalists, did not respond to a recent call and an email to their gym seeking comment, NBC News reported.

The gymnast, once a member of the U.S. national team, alleges she was abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar — who is being investigated by the FBI and the Michigan Attorney General — at the so-called Karolyi Ranch.

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