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Chip Gaines Asks Fans to Be Kind and Spread Kindness a ‘Tough Couple of Weeks’

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Chip Gaines Asks Fans to Be Kind and Spread Kindness a ‘Tough Couple of Weeks’

Chip Gaines is making a plea to his fans; please be kind of one another.

On his and Joanna Gaines’ website “Magnolia,” Chip wrote a blog post titled, “We Believe in Human Kindness.” He began by saying, he’s been “thinking a lot about kindness lately.”

He explained:

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately, about where it starts and what keeps it moving from one person to the next. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for a lot of people in our country, and I can’t help but wonder, how did we get here?

It’s unclear exactly what Chip was referring to, but it can be assumed that the former HGTV star was talking about the recent mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio.

Chip wrote that he believes that all people are “made in likeness,” and because of that, people’s “hearts are naturally drawn toward one another.” Nonetheless, Chip makes an important point:

…The thing about kindness is, it’s a choice. It’s something that we should give freely with the hopeful expectation that it might one day be given freely to us.

He continued:

And I’m not necessarily talking about kindness that takes shape as grand gestures, or niceties that are offered up on special occasions. I’m talking more in the day-to-day, in kindness that abounds in equal measure for a loved one as it does a stranger on the street. The way I see it, how we choose to interact with our neighbors, our coworkers, the people online, the check-out clerk at the grocery store, and even the person who mindlessly cuts us off in traffic has a profound effect on how others will choose to interact with us.

Because as Chip writes, he believes kindness is contagious.

Chip then talked about the “Magnolia Manifesto” that they came up with when building their Magnolia empire. He said the manifesto acts as their lighthouse, and one of the lines of the manifesto has been ringing in his ears most recently.

The line reads, “We believe in human kindness, knowing we are made better when we work together.”

Chip said that it then dawned on him that there is “no better time than now for our company to act on the things that we stand for.” That’s when he shared a series of downloadable flyers that encourage various types of acts of kindness.

In short, the flyers act as a “To-do list” of sorts. Each flyer contains eight tabs, and each tab suggests an act of kindness. Once you complete that act, you can rip the tab off and move on with your day.

Chip encouraged his followers to print off the flyers and post them around their towns, their schools, offices, and more. He then created the hashtag, “makeKINDNESSloud” for people to use on social media.

The father of five concluded, “Kindness is contagious, but the spark has to start somewhere. Why don’t we start here? And why don’t we start now?”

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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