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Quadruplets honor late mom

Quadruplet 18-year-old sisters are doing their best to honor the legacy of their late mother. Casey, Kelly, Rachel and Erin Murphy are working toward careers in medicine like their mother, Toni, Philly.com reported. The OB-GYN nurse died in 2001 from complications from an infection when the sisters were almost 2. The Swedesboro siblings were raised by their father, Michael, with the help of their older sister, Lyn. Casey, Kelly and Rachel are freshman nursing majors at Rutgers School of Nursing in Camden. Erin is studying animal science at Oklahoma State University as she works to become a veterinarian. "I always told them stories about their mom," Michael said. "I'm very proud that they are doing this." The quadruplets are just as competitive as they were when they were elementary students playing on intramural sports teams. However, each sister's drive doesn't get in the way of their collective goal. As Casey noted: "We can help each other out."


Black man beaten at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces felony charge

The black man beaten in a Charlottesville parking garage by white supremacists after a "Unite the Right" rally has been charged with a felony in connection with the incident, even as police continue searching for some of the people who pummeled him with wooden sticks and a board. A local magistrate issued an arrest warrant Monday for DeAndre Harris on a charge of unlawful wounding after a man, identified by Harris' attorney as Harold Ray Crews, reported he was injured by the 20-year-old. Crews, who describes himself as a "Southern Nationalist" and a lawyer online, did not return calls seeking comment. The magistrate's charge against Harris — who suffered a spinal injury and a head laceration that required 10 stitches — came less than 48 hours after a second rally by white supremacists and white nationalists in Charlottesville and caught the city's police department by surprise. Alleged crime victims can go to magistrates for warrants after they've filed police reports. Harris' attorney, S. Lee Merritt, denounced the charge and said it was orchestrated by the League of the South, an organization labeled by the SPLC as a hate group. Crews, who runs the North Carolina chapter, was not injured "in any way" by Harris, Merritt said. The brutal attack on Harris — in a garage next to police headquarters — was captured in a video that went viral. The confrontation has come to symbolize the racial hatred that was unleashed in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, when white supremacists, Klan members and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotesters. The violence left one counterprotester, Heather Heyer, dead. Just two of Harris' six attackers have been arrested: Daniel Borden, 18, of Ohio, and Alex Michael Ramos, 33, of Georgia. Both have been charged with malicious wounding, a felony. Once the warrant is served on Harris — likely this week — the decision of whether to prosecute the case falls to Commonwealth's Attorney Warner Chapman.


Warrant issued for ex of slain Pitt student

Police have issued an arrest warrant for the ex-boyfriend of a slain University of Pittsburgh student. Matthew Darby was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide in the death of Alina Sheykhet. Darby's attorney read a statement from the 21-year-old man's parents earlier Tuesday begging him to surrender. Sheykhet was found dead Sunday by her father at her off-campus home. The 20-year-old recently had filed and been granted a protection from abuse order against Darby, who is facing rape charges in an unrelated case. Police say Sheykhet died of head trauma.


Devastation in wine country

In neighborhood after neighborhood, all that remains are the smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke from a day of utter devastation. Newly homeless residents of California wine country took stock of their shattered lives Tuesday, a day after wildfires killed at least 15 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses. Hundreds more firefighters joined the battle against the blazes, which were still completely uncontained. Authorities also began to identify the dead, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who died at home. The only recognizable remnants at many homes were charred washing machines and dryers. Officials hoped cooler weather and lighter winds would help crews get a handle on 17 separate fires, which are among the deadliest in California history.


Rapist's custody put on hold

A judge on Tuesday put an order on hold that granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12. A hearing was set for Oct. 17. Prosecutors said the case started when the mother, now 21, requested state assistance this summer for her 8-year-old son. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services required her to cooperate with pursuing paternity and child support, prosecutors said. A ruling last month granted the woman sole physical custody of the boy but also granted joint legal custody to Christopher Mirasolo, 27, who was ordered to pay child support. The woman's attorney later objected. Mirasolo went to prison after pleading guilty to attempted criminal sexual conduct in the woman's 2008 case and for a 2010 criminal sexual conduct conviction. It's unclear whether prosecutors handling the state assistance and paternity case knew. Prosecutors stressed the order didn't require the mother to share custody.


Paltrow, Jolie add to allegations against disgraced Weinstein

An avalanche of allegations poured out Tuesday against Harvey Weinstein in on-the-record reports that detailed claims of sexual abuse and included testimonies from actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Three women accused Weinstein of raping them in a story by the New Yorker, including the Italian actress Asia Argento and a woman who was an aspiring actress in college when she caught Weinstein's eye. A representative for the mogul vehemently denied the allegations in a statement. In a follow-up to its earlier expose, the New York Times also reported Tuesday many other actresses added to the chorus of accusations surrounding Weinstein. Paltrow described Weinstein's attempt to lure her, then 22, into giving him a massage in a hotel room. The incident prompted her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt to confront him. Both reports significantly ratcheted up the unfolding scandal surrounding Weinstein, who was fired Sunday from the Weinstein Co. They not only describe a mounting number of alleged incidents, but thoroughly document the systematic harassment, abuse and intimidation of women — almost always young actresses trying to succeed in movies. Lucia Evans, then a senior at Middlebury College, said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 at the Miramax offices in Tribeca. She had been brought in for a casting meeting. Argento, an actress and director, said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. A third woman spoke anonymously. Adding to public figures denoucing Weinstein, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she was "shocked and appalled" by the revelations, while former President Barack Obama said he and former first lady Michelle were "disgusted." Both statements noted the importance of supporting women and shaping a culture that stops sexual harassment. — tbt* wires

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