An airline passenger met their untimely death mid-flight aboard an Alaska Airlines plane traveling from Seattle to Nashville Monday.
The unidentified person died at some point during the roughly four-hour trip and their body was removed upon landing at Nashville International Airport at around 3 p.m., according to video footage obtained by the local news station WKRN.
The video, shot by a person inside the airport, shows staffers from the medical examiner’s office carrying a gurney with the passenger’s body out of the plane onto the airport tarmac.
Information on the person’s identity and cause of death have not yet been made public.
“Our hearts are with the family, and out of respect for their privacy we will not be sharing any more details,” an Alaskan Airlines spokesperson told news outlets.
Mid-flight deaths are uncommon, but not completely unheard of. A 2013 study by The New England Journal of Medicine found that 0.3% of about 11,000 airline passengers who experienced medical emergencies from 2008 to 2010 died onboard planes.
In such instances, the International Air Transport Association recommends airline crews to move the body to a seat with few passengers nearby — or if the aircraft is full, back into the person’s assigned seat using a seatbelt to restrain the body. The crew can also move the body into an area not obstructing an aisle or exit, the association advises.
The body should be placed in a body bag or covered with a blanket and not removed until proper authorities arrive at the destination airport to take it.
Here is the difference between this year and past years:
The Mets issued a progress report on Jacob deGrom before the first game of their old-school single-admission doubleheader with the Cardinals Tuesday, and while general manager Billy Eppler said the team was “pleased” with the news, it is clear that whatever the best-case scenario was for deGrom’s return, we are now onto Plan B.
Now, let’s not even dwell on the fact that for an awful lot of seasons one Mets brass’ diagnosis of “pleased” on a Tuesday wound up as near-amputation by Thursday. That’s part of it. But the biggest issue is this:
The Mets are winning — and won again in the opening game Tuesday, topping the Cardinals 3-1, before falling in the nightcap 4-3 (despite their usual ninth-inning dramatics). And when you are winning, people tend to be in good moods. And there are a lot of good moods at Citi Field these days: on the field, in the clubhouse, in the stands, in the front office. And you know what’s easy to have when you’re in a good mood?
Patience is easy to have.
Last year — really, pick your year — the first and, frankly, only reaction among the rank-and-file in Mets Nation would be deflation. That’s actually not a criticism, it was just reality. In those years the Mets drew so much of their oxygen off deGrom, even on days he wasn’t pitching. For now, deGrom is one name on the roster — well, for now, one name on the 60-day IL — so the notion that the new best-case is probably July 1 can be taken in stride.
In past years, the teeth of the pregame statement issued by the team — “Jacob deGrom underwent follow-up imaging [Monday] that revealed continued healing in the scapula” — would have been studied and examined and analyzed inside out and upside down.
Using Mets-ese Rosetta Stone that would translate, at the start, from an unprintable spasm of disappointment that deGrom isn’t throwing off a mound yet to despair that in the interim the Mets are cooked to, at day’s end, arriving at a final verdict: “See you (somewhere) in 2023.”
Instead, common sense prevails. Patience is indeed a virtue. And the present Mets’ brain trust is so tightly ensconced in the fans’ circle of trust that when Eppler says, “Right now it’s just a matter of letting him step back further and throw harder and then treating the patient more than anything else,” his words are taken for what they are. And believed.
It helps, of course, that more often than not the Mets have figured out their rotation to such an extent that Tuesday’s first-game fill-in for Tylor Megill — journeyman righty Trevor Williams — threw four spotless innings, allowing the Mets to chip away at St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas and build a 3-0 lead to hand over to the bullpen.
“I’m happy to contribute,” Williams said. “It’s what my job is, to save he bullpen, and I’m glad I was able to do that.”
“A real shot in the arm,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Last year was an extreme example of how much deGrom has been the sun in the Mets’ solar system since he became the consensus best pitcher in the business in 2018. They were in first place when deGrom threw his last pitch of 2021. They finished in third. Their rotation was a mess. Their confidence was shot.
Now, part of the reason for the new-look Mets is a new outlook that seems to pervade the clubhouse. The Mets have already encountered their share of issues, even discounting deGrom; Starling Marte went to the bereavement list Tuesday and could be gone as long as a week. Brandon Nimmo fouled a ball off his quad and will probably need to miss at least a game or two.
And still they salvaged a split.
“There’ll be something else around the corner, too,” Showalter said. “Guys have to perform … it’s a never-ending proving ground.”
So far, the Mets have checked most of the boxes. That inspires confidence among the constituents, and faith, and maybe even a little bit of patience. Baseball is supposed to be fun, after all. Good moods are allowed.
DENVER — Josh Manson scored 8:02 into overtime, Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves in his return to the net from an eye injury, and the Colorado Avalanche overcame a sluggish start to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Manson sent a shot from near the blue line through a sea of players that went in just over the shoulder of Jordan Binnington.
Valeri Nichushkin and Samuel Girard also scored for an Avalanche team that had a weeklong layoff after sweeping Nashville. It showed early on, too, before they found their stride. They outshot the Blues by a 54-25 margin, including 13-0 in OT. The Avalanche also hit three posts and two crossbars.
Ryan O’Reilly had a first-period goal and Jordan Kyrou tied it late for St. Louis. Binnington kept the Blues close with one sprawling save after another. He stopped 51 shots.
Game 2 is Thursday.
Kuemper suffered a scary eye mishap in Game 3 of the Predators series when a stick blade went through his mask and caught him around his eyelid. It took a few days for the swelling to subside.
Kyrou scored on the power play to tie the game with 3:14 remaining. The Blues have been potent on the power play, going 9 for 27 during the playoffs.
Girard staked Colorado a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on a shot that went through Binnington’s pads. Defenseman Erik Johnson nearly had another moments earlier with a wide-open net, but couldn’t get anything on his shot. Binnington reached out with his glove while on the ground to stop the rolling puck.
O’Reilly took advantage of a Cale Makar turnover to score early in the first period. O’Reilly has a goal in five straight playoff games, matching the longest playoff goal streak in Blues history. He tied the mark held by Phil Roberto (1972) and Joe Mullen (1982), according to NHL Stats.
The Avalanche didn’t look sharp in the opening 20 minutes. Artturi Lehkonen hit the post, while Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen had shots clang off the crossbar.
Leading into the game, Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog, who’s coming off late-season knee surgery, wasn’t buying the rust argument.
“Everybody wants to make that into a thing,” Landeskog said. “Having that rest in the bank will be good.”
Incumbent Idaho Gov. Brad Little held off seven challengers — including his own Trump-endorsed lieutenant governor — to secure victory in the Republican primary Tuesday and become the odds-on favorite to win a second four-year term.
The race was called with 23% of precincts reporting and Little receiving 64.1% of the vote, while Lt. Gov Janice McGeachin had 23.4%.
The two spectacularly fell out last May after McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates while Little was attending a Republican Governors Association meeting in Tennessee.
Little, who never issued a statewide mandate and had left decisions on masking to local officials, quickly rescinded the order and decried her actions as an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt.”
A few months later, with Little out of state again, McGeachin issued an executive order expanding on a directive that no Idaho government department could require vaccine passports. The lieutenant governor sought to add K-12 schools and universities to the ban and accused Little of rejecting conservative principles, writing on Twitter that “protecting individual liberty means fighting against tyranny at ALL levels of government.”
McGeachin is no stranger to controversy. A group of retired Idaho county sheriffs and police recently formed a political action committee to oppose her due to her courting of antigovernment and anti-law enforcement groups such as the Three Percenters militia group. Earlier this year, she delivered a taped speech to the America First Political Action Conference, a white nationalist gathering.
Trump had endorsed McGeachin in November, calling her a “true supporter of MAGA since the very beginning.”
Little will face Democrat Stephen Heidt in the November election. No Democrat has held the Idaho governor’s office since 1995, nor has any party member held statewide office since 2007.
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Residents and patients are mourning Dr. John Cheng outside of his office in Aliso Viejo, California, with flowers and hand-written letters commemorating the compassion and selflessness he embodied throughout his life, which was cut short by a May 15 mass shooting at a church in the neighboring city of Laguna Woods.
“What inspired me to get involved in medicine in the first place is I come from a family of physicians, and I saw the care that my father viewed upon his patients in a small community in East Texas,” Dr. John Cheng said in a 2012 video introducing his medical practice. “It’s those small-town values that were engrained in me when I was younger that really help create this sense of community, and in this modern society in these modern times, we miss a lot of that….
It’s official, Elon Musk is done voting for Democrats. Thanks to the party’s embrace of destructive policies and authoritarian ideologies, the long-time registered Independent announced his intentions to vote Republican for the first time.
In an interview on the “All-In Podcast” on Monday, Musk explained that he views himself as “neither a Republican nor a Democrat,” and would describe himself as more “moderate,” however, he has always pulled the lever for the left, which won’t be the case this time around.
“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like, I’m not sure. I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear.
Musk also slammed the incompetence of the Biden administration, especially in comparison to the previous four years under Trump.
“This administration doesn’t seem to get a lot done,” Musk continued. “The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in the administration who were effective at getting things done.”
Musk’s announcement came during the same interview where he blasted Biden for being a puppet President that is being controlled by whoever’s behind the teleprompter.
The US set a new record for gas prices this week when the average cost at the pumps topped $4 a gallon in all 50 states for the first time ever.
The milestone was met Tuesday after Georgia, Kansas and Oklahoma became the last three states to surpass the $4 per gallon mark, according to a new report from AAA auto club.
The national average reached $4.52 a gallon, up 44 cents from a month ago and nearly $1.50 from a year ago. The most expensive prices are at California gas stations, which sell regular gas at a whopping $6.02 a gallon on average, according to AAA data.
The skyrocketing prices — which are expected to get worse as the summer approaches — are due primarily to the high cost of crude oil, which is hovering near $110 a barrel, according to the AAA report.
“The high cost of oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, is driving these high pump prices for consumers,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said. “Even the annual seasonal demand dip for gasoline during the lull between spring break and Memorial Day, which would normally help lower prices, is having no effect this year.”
Inflation paired with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its economic fallout have slammed global energy markets, costing car owners at the pumps.
Dr. Mehmet Oz was in an extremely tight race with David McCormick in Pennsylvania’s Republican US Senate primary late Tuesday night in one of the most closely watched nominating contests of this election cycle.
With about 94% of the vote counted, McCormick led by a razor thin margin with 31.4% compared to Oz’s 31.1% at around 11:30 p.m. Insurgent candidate Kathy Barnette was in third place with 24.5% of the vote.
A final tally with the leader ahead by less than 0.5% would trigger an automatic recount.
Oz, who has Donald Trump’s endorsement, would be the nation’s first Muslim senator, while Barnette would be Pennsylvania’s first black senator. McCormick, who earned $22 million last year, would be one of Congress’s richest members.
Trump visited Pennsylvania to stump for Oz in the final stretch of the campaign, but journalists noted that some crowd members jeered Oz, whose participation in Turkish elections and p.r. work for Turkish Airlines emerged as campaign issues.
On the Democratic side, left-wing Lt. Gov. John Fetterman easily defeated US Rep. Conor Lamb and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, despite undergoing surgery on primary day to install a pacemaker and a defibrillator after suffering a stroke late last week.
McCormick, until this year the CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, garnered support from Trump West Wing advisers Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A super PAC backing McCormick’s candidacy reportedly spent more than $17 million, versus about $3 million by a similar group backing Oz.
Trump passed over McCormick, who is married to former Trump deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, despite aggressive lobbying from fellow Republicans.
McCormick’s campaign had been buffeted by criticism of Bridgewater’s decision to raise $1.25 billion last year for new investments in China — making the firm one of the top foreign investors in China. His allies denied that he offshored jobs to India at a different company.
In the race for Pennsylvania governor, state Sen. Doug Mastriano was projected to win the Republican primary in a big win for Trump, who opted to back him.
The endorsement from Trump came as Mastriano was already leading in the polls, over former Rep. Lou Barletta — a longtime supporter — and former Philadelphia US Attorney William McSwain.
The only drama in the Democratic primary for governor came when Josh Shapiro, the state attorney general who sought the nomination unopposed, announced Tuesday that he had contracted a mild case of COVID-19 that was forcing him from the campaign trail.
Some Keystone State Republicans, however, fear Mastriano is too radical to win the November general election against Shapiro.
“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more, or fought harder, for election integrity than state Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump said in his endorsement announcement Saturday. “He has revealed the deceit, corruption and outright theft of the 2020 presidential election, and will do something about it.”
Mastriano organized bus trips to Washington for Trump supporters to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally that precipitated the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, and was spotted in video footage walking with his wife through breached barricades.
During the campaign, Mastriano has pledged to require voters to “re-register” to vote — even though that’s barred by the National Voter Registration Act and likely violates protections under federal and possibly state law.
Gov. Tom Wolfe, a Democrat elected in 2014, is unable to run for reelection due to term limits.
A Tennessee woman is back behind bars after allegedly firing a gun into a crowd and striking a 12-year-old boy a day after she was released on bond on separate charges.
Latroya Lemons, 35, was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly opened fire from a vehicle at a Memphis home where the child had been playing last Wednesday, hitting him in the leg, Fox 13 reported.
Memphis police had taken Lemons into custody earlier in the week for harassment charges after she allegedly threatened to kill her ex-boyfriend. She was locked up and released on bond on those charges the day before the 12-year-old was shot, records show.
Police said she pulled up on the home to find her ex-boyfriend and opened fire. Witnesses identified Lemons as the shooter who fired five shots from a gray Cadillac, according to Fox 13.
She faces numerous new charges, including six counts of aggravated assault, six counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and four counts of violating bail conditions. Her bond has been set at $500,000, the outlet reported.
A Tennessee Chick-fil-A is offering free food for a year to anyone that returns a sign that’s gone missing.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the operators of the Chick-fil-A located in Alcoa, TN., said whoever returns it would be awarded Chick-fil-A for a year through digital gift cards.
“We need your help! Our sign has disappeared and we need help to find it! Whoever turns it in will be asked no questions,” the location wrote on Facebook. “We are awarding our finder Chick-fil-A for a year (52 digital offer cards) when the sign is returned.”
A worker at the fast-food spot told The Post Tuesday night the sign has not yet been returned.
Several commenters below the post on Facebook said they believe it might have flown off during a recent storm in the area.
Alcoa, where the Chick-fil-A is located, is a city south of Knoxville with a population of more than 10,000.