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  • Pack your bags, everyone! Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is now offering flights to Wakanda, the fictional home of Black Panther.
  • Latest updates, results, photo galleries and stories from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
  • The oldest captive polar bear in the U.S. has died. The Philadelphia Zoo on Tuesday said that the 37-year-old Coldilocks has been euthanized following a serious decline in her health. The zoo said Coldilocks had a variety of age related medical issues and showed worsening changes in her behavior and appetite before her death. They also said the bear far surpassed the roughly 23-year lifespan of a typical polar bear. Dr. Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer, says Coldilocks brought attention to how climate change affects polar bears. He says she will be greatly missed. Coldilocks was born Dec. 13, 1980 at Seneca Park Zoo in New York and arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo about a year later.
  • A former Texas jail guard still becomes emotional when he thinks about the day several prisoners helped save his life when he suffered a massive heart attack. >> Read more trending news “Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” Gary Grimm told WFAA.  Grimm, 52, was guarding prisoners in a basement holding cell at the Parker County District Courthouse on June 23, 2016, when he suffered the heart attack. “I just slumped and went out,” Grimm told WFAA. “Next thing I remember is looking up at the ceiling in the ER (emergency room).” The incident was captured on a courthouse surveillance video. 'They thought I was kidding,' Grimm told WFAA. 'I wasn't.' Inmates began shouting and banging on the holding cell walls, eventually breaking free from the cell. Their noise was heard by deputies in the courtroom, who called for paramedics after investigating the ruckus. Grimm, who worked for more than 20 years at Texas prisons and jails, retired in December because of his heart condition. He said he always treated most inmates with respect. “I don't care if they're a drug user, hot check writer, or child molester. They're still a human being. I don't have to like what they did, but it's not my position to be the judge and jury,” Grimm told WFAA. Grimm said he will undergo open heart surgery this week and will have a left ventricle assistance device installed. 'I need that for at least six months, and then maybe we can have a transplant,' Grimm said.  He will get the chance for surgery thanks to the inmates that did not take advantage of Grimm’s incapacity. 'I get emotional. If they wished harm for me, all they had to do was sit there and do nothing,” Grimm told WFAA.  Friends have started a GoFundMe page to help the family with extra expenses as  Gary Grimm awaits a possible transplant.
  • For years, Zavier Thompson has followed of Marvel superhero movies. But the 16-year-old student in Albuquerque has always wanted to see a popular film with a black superhero and black themes. Thanks to an Albuquerque educator, the aspiring hip-hop and spoken word artist finally got his wish Thursday when he was given tickets to a private screening of 'Black Panther.' 'It was amazing. The music, the action...everything,' said Thompson, who is black. 'It made me proud to see out culture depicted like that.' 'Black Panther' is about the mythical and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, where T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, inherits the throne but is challenged by a Wakandan exile named Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan. It's the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and based on 50-year-old material created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The movie set a record with its $235 million debut at the top of the U.S. box office over the holiday weekend, becoming a blockbuster but also a cultural phenomenon. It's why some educators, philanthropists, celebrities, and business owners are pulling together their resources to bring children of color to see it. Elementary school students in Detroit, middle school students in Atlanta and students living Los Angeles public housing all have been surprised in recent days with free tickets and transportation to experience a movie that is captivating black communities nationwide. While black leads in TV and film have grown over the years, there is still a lack of positive minority images coming from Hollywood, which is why many are stressing the importance of having young black kids see the movie. 'Something very special is happening here,' said Joycelyn Jackson, director of the Black Student Union for Albuquerque Public Schools, the educator who helped Thompson get into the Albuquerque screening. 'Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen,' said former first lady Michelle Obama in a tweet Monday. 'I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.' The movement began in January after former ESPN 'SportsCenter' host Jemele Hill called out prominent Detroiters to help young children in the city get seats to see 'Black Panther.' 'I wish I had time to do it myself but if there is anyone in Detroit trying to take kids in underserved communities to see 'Black Panther,' holla at me,' the Detroit native wrote on Twitter. In response to Hill's tweet, two Twitter groups announced plans to send the entire student body at University Prep Academy High School in Detroit to see it. Twitter's black employee group known as the Blackbirds and Twitter Detroit took on the costs of tickets and transportation. Also, students of the acclaimed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta were told in a video that went viral they were going to see 'Black Panther.' In the footage, the 5th-grade students are shown cheering and dancing upon hearing the news. Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, the label of Kendrick Lamar, announced that he would pay for around 1,000 South Central Los Angeles children living in public housing to see the movie (Lamar did the film's soundtrack). Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer announced plans to host a screening in Mississippi 'to ensure all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero.' Over the weekend, Serena Williams surprised girls in the club Black Girls Code with a private screening, which she attended. 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett took to Instagram to announce he bought out two screenings in Chicago for elementary students and high school students. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs in various cities to see the movie. 'Black Panther is more than a movie, it's a movement,' Wade said on Instagram. In Detroit, a surprise announcement to students was made Friday during an awards presentation in the gym of University Prep Academy High School whose sports teams, consequently, are called 'The Panthers.' About 520 students will board buses this week as part of a field trip to a Detroit-area theater, school officials said.
  • A 63-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of murder and a hate crime in the fatal shooting of his Lebanese neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Stanley Vernon Majors was convicted earlier this month of gunning down 37-year-old Khalid Jabara outside of his Tulsa home in August 2016. The murder charge carried a life sentence, and the jury recommended that Jabara never get the chance to go free — a recommendation the judge followed Tuesday. According to prosecutors, Majors killed Jabara after bombarding him with racial insults in a feud with Jabara's family that lasted several years. It escalated to the point where the victim's mother, Haifa Jabara, obtained a protective order in 2013 that required Majors to stay 300 yards (275 meters) away and prohibited him from possessing any firearms until 2018. But prosecutors said Majors was undeterred, and that he struck Haifa Jabara with his car in 2015 and drove off. She suffered a broken shoulder, among other injuries. Officers who stopped him later reported that he was intoxicated. While awaiting trial in that case on assault and battery charges, a judge freed Majors from jail on $60,000 bond, overruling strong objections by prosecutors, who called him a substantial risk to the public and pleaded with the court to set a higher bond of $300,000. Authorities said Majors shot Khalid Jabara on his own front porch while out on bond. Defense attorneys argued that Majors showed signs of dementia and appeared to have problems with his long-term memory, and that these conditions interfered with their ability to prepare a defense. In addition to his convictions in Oklahoma, Majors has a 2009 felony conviction in California for threatening a crime with intent to terrorize.