Gift Guide 2020 – Gift Ideas for the Austin-Loving Cinephile in Your Life: From the big and small screens to your giftee – Screens

I Luv Video T-Shirts

I Luv Video was an Austin institution. An integral part of our city’s film culture for nearly 40 years,
the indie movie rental store announced in September that it was closing its doors for good. If you’re like most of us, still broken up over the loss of this wonderful and weird establishment, why not help keep the memory of this special place alive through an I Luv Video T-shirt? Unisex and available in three styles, they’re a perfect gift for all your heartbroken movie-loving friends. May its memory bring us comfort. – Sara Hutchinson

S-4XL, $29-39.

Give A Gift, Get A Gift – Austin Film Society

Looking for a way to support your local Austin film community from the comfort of your own home? Search no further than Austin Film Society’s holiday membership drive – where this year, all gifted memberships will include two bonus months of the program and a physical thank-you gift. While the cinema is closed, all virtual membership benefits this year will include free online sneak previews, virtual events, discounts on the AFS streaming platform [email protected], and access to the AFS Discussion Club – plus, you can choose between an additional free AFS hat or AFS Cinema T-shirt branded with a new unique design. – Naomi Brady


Austin School of Film Gift Box

The nonprofit Austin School of Film has had quite the year. Faced with unprecedented challenges, they’ve hung on with inspiring grit and passion. Pivoting to remote classes and events with their Play at Home series, ASF continues to sustain and build our filmmaking and film-loving community. Cinephiles everywhere can show their support through Austin School of Film’s Holiday Box. The box comes with the best of ASF’s hip gear, including a T-shirt, tote, and bandanna. All proceeds go toward ASF’s community programs. Giving the gift of style while supporting a great cause? That’s a win-win. – S.H.


Mondo Poster Auction

Know a movie superfan, or have someone in your life who loves to collect movie
posters? For the first time ever, eMovie is hosting an online Mondo limited-edition print poster auction, running until December 13. In an effort to help support the Alamo Drafthouse during the pandemic, Alamo founder and Executive Chairman Tim League is selling nearly 2,000 limited-edition Mondo prints from his own personal stash, including out-of-print sets like the Tyler Stout and Olly Moss Star Wars Trilogies and highly coveted film posters by Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, and Shepard Fairey. All proceeds will go toward supporting Alamo Drafthouse employees and COVID-closure expenses. – N.B.

Alright, Alright, Alright

Melissa Maerz gave our city a gift with her new book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. Maerz interviewed dozens of people for the project, including the film’s stars and many longtime Austinites. The book tells the story of the film’s infamous production and release, providing insights into Linklater’s conflict with studio executives, but

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Campus Life & Style Awarded Management of Five Student Housing Properties Totaling 3,436 beds

12/02/2020, New York City, NY // KISSPR //

Austin, TX — Campus Life & Style (CLS), one of the nation’s leading operators of student housing communities, today announced it has been awarded the management of five student housing communities totaling 3,436 beds that are owned by Candlebrook Properties. The assignments include: The Wyatt located in Lexington, Kentucky; The Blake located in Kennesaw, Georgia; The Dillon located in Bloomington, Indiana; The James located in Richmond, Virginia; and The Tyler located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“We are honored that our new client has entrusted us to handle the management of these communities,” stated Jim Sholders, Chief Operating Officer of CLS. Mr. Sholders added, “CLS executes on its owners’ vision to exact standards without compromise, resulting in market leading occupancies and rent growth. We are excited to partner with Candlebrook to create the same value for their assets as we have for ours.”

CLS manages a student housing portfolio consisting of 25,372 beds inclusive of this latest assignment. The CLS team has built a best-in-class operating platform consisting of exceptionally talented personnel dedicated to providing residents with industry-leading customer service. CLS is the only student housing management company in the U.S. to participate in The Forbes Travel Guide’s global training platform focused on five-star hospitality and concierge services. CLS’ select third-party management offering provides clients with an unmatched level of attention, along with unsurpassed talent, knowledge, creativity, and standards of excellence.

The Wyatt, built in 2013, is a 699-bed community catering to students attending University of Kentucky.

The Blake, built in 2013, is a 736-bed property that serves Kennesaw State University students.

The Dillon, built in 2014, is a 635-bed asset located near Indiana University in Bloomington.

The James, built in 2012, is a 691-bed property catering to Virginia Commonwealth University students.

The Tyler, built in 2012, is a 675-bed property that serves students attending IUPUI.

About Campus Life & Style

Founded in 2015, Campus Life & Style is Vesper Holdings’ property management subsidiary based in Austin, Texas. As one of the largest student housing operators in the industry, CLS manages a portfolio consisting of 58 communities that total over 25,000 beds. CLS’ senior leadership team features one of the most experienced and respected line-ups of student housing professionals in the United States. CLC is helmed by industry veteran Jim Sholders. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Sholders served as a top executive at American Campus Communities (ACC) and was responsible for the overall fiscal operations, asset management, leasing, and personnel supervision of ACC’s entire owned portfolio.

For more information about Campus Life & Style, please visit

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Pixar’s Soul Begin Life as an Ocean’s Eleven Style Heist Movie

Pixar has made its name with a series of critically acclaimed family-friendly animated movies. Their latest movie is Soul, which tells the story of a man who passes away before his time and is desperate to get back to Earth with the help of a soul that is about to be born into the world. In an interview with Collider, Kristen Lester, who is the story supervisor for Soul, revealed that the initial drafts for the movie were completely different and in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven.

“All our movies take very different paths and you’d be shocked at what you saw when stuff was early in development to where it ended up being. Sometimes they’re very, very, very different movies and yeah, the first sketch of the movie, it was more of a heist movie that Joe was trying to go back to his life basically through, I can’t remember, doing a bunch of heist-y stuff. And I remember we came to the end of that version of the movie and it just felt like, again, like I talked about, doing honor to the subject matter and the thing that it was exploring, which is what gives life meaning, what is our purpose in life? The questions that Pete was answering. And it felt like that version of the movie wasn’t doing that justice, and so we had to take out… Okay, it’s not Ocean’s Eleven. What can we do to dig deeper into the thing that people really wanted to talk about?”

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While a lot of the plot for Soul takes place on Earth, a huge chunk of the story also takes place in the “spirit world”, which has its own set of rules in terms of the way things function. Naturally, the creative team behind the movie had to think of some way to make the audience familiar with their story’s version of the spiritual plane right from the start. According to story artist Aphton Corbin, jamming lots of exposition into the first thirty minutes of the movie in an entertaining manner was a tricky feat to pull off.

“We were trying to introduce a lot of concepts in a short amount of time, and it was a lot of us finding ways to still make things entertaining while you’re getting exposition and finding ways to… How much do you really not need and just let the audience enjoy how crazy and whimsical things are? And I remember the moment when Pete introduced the idea of having that little You Seminar video and the humor of, “Welcome to the You Seminar,” and that being a huge, Oh, great, okay. There’s some more exposition for free. But then also just letting some stuff just go unexplained. I think that was a new risk for us of Joe just starts falling and there’s all these different lines and colors vibrating and it’s just going to happen and

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Gift ideas for the bluesman or woman in your life

This week, Blues Beat has some gift suggestions and national news items.

Start off the holiday season with Frankie & The Know It Alls, this Friday at Four Seasons by the Lake. Saturday, the Fake ID Full Band is at the Black Duck.

Thursday, at 8 p.m., TOF Productions and GA-20 host an Online Event at .

The TOF Nightclub welcomes GA-20 for their debut at The Tree. GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional blues, R&B, and rock & roll of the late 50s and early 60s.

A gift idea for yourself or a loved one: Join the Connecticut Blues Society; or become a member of the Blues Foundation and vote in selecting the Blues Music Award winners.

The Creamery Station Shop has selected items 25 percent off until New Year’s Day.

Another organization is the Music Maker’s Relief Foundation. Their Holiday Gift Guide is online now for all music lovers. Go to:

Turn a Black Friday into Blues Friday by getting the blues from a subscription to Living Blues magazine.

New art is now available in the Blues Foundation’s Online Store. The artwork of Karyn Klinger is featured in the Blues Hall of Fame Museum. She has created limited edition illustrations depicting Blues Hall of Famers on 45 records and wood pieces. The online store has also replenished Blues Foundation face masks.

Tickets for Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021 will go on sale January 15th. Each year Briggs farm plans an epic celebration of life, togetherness & The Blues.

The North Atlantic Blues Festival dates for next year is set for July 10-11, 2021 with the 2020 lineup of artists. Check the webpage for updated information. All ticket holders will get an email from the festival, providing ticket options.

Congratulations to Bobby Rush. The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi® honored this Blues Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® Award Winner during the annual gala, with the Crossroads of American Music Award. It was created to honor artists who have made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. Rush performed solo during the virtual event, which also served as a fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs.

Another congratulations goes out to the 63rd GRAMMY Awards® nominees. The 63rd GRAMMY Awards® show will air on Sunday, January 31, 2021, live on CBS.

The blues area has the following nominees.

Best Traditional Blues Album: All My Dues Are Paid, Frank Bey; You Make Me Feel, Don Bryant; That’s What I Heard, Robert Cray Band; Cypress Grove, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes; Rawer Than Raw, Bobby Rush.

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, Fantastic Negrito; Live At The Paramount, Ruthie Foster Big Band; The Juice, G. Love; Blackbirds, Bettye LaVette; Up And Rolling, North Mississippi Allstars.

Best Americana Album: El Dorado, Marcus King.

Talk A Blues Streak, a documentary produced by Bill Prewitt and hosted

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Celebrate Life and Work Memories With This Unique Holiday Gift for Any Entrepreneur, On Sale for Cyber Monday

This gifting season is an unusual one. Chances are, most of us won’t be able to do the type of large in-person gatherings we’re used to. And with more intimate holiday celebrations, it may make sense to give something a little more thoughtful and personal, too. That’s where Lifekive comes in.

Lifekive is an exclusive concierge service dedicated to celebrating every individual’s essential memories. It’s a complete package that tells someone’s entire life story or helps to commemorate and honor an important milestone.

With Lifekive, you get your own Starter Kit, which includes everything you need to progress through the Lifekive process. There are detailed instructions, pickup scheduling, and protection insurance so the photos and artifacts you provide the service are completely safe. Once you send off the essential items to make your gift, the photos and artifacts you provide are transformed into an incredible collection of keepsakes.

First, there’s an 11×11 hardcover book with 50 to 100 pages that perfectly captures the photos you provide. They’re printed in HD with 4-ink color technology for an ultra-sharp and dynamic finish while professional photographers, editors, and storytellers come together to complete the book.

Then, there’s a professionally edited video montage of the memories you provide, produced in full resolution with custom music, intuitive formatting, personalized tilting, and seamless transitions.

Finally, after all the images are edited, they are loaded onto an 8GB USB in full resolution. They’re also uploaded to a cloud storage provider of your choice for easy access later. And during the proofing process before your book prints, you’ll get a digital copy that you can hang onto and access anytime or share.

In a simple four-step process, you’ll work with Lifekive to give one of the most unique, touching gifts the entrepreneur in your life is likely to ever receive. The Lifekive Signature Package is ordinarily $799, but right now, you can get it all for just $559.20 when you use code CMSAVE20 at checkout.

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Holiday gift guide for the DMV sports fan in your life

With December right around the corner, it’s once again time to take care of all of your holiday shopping. But what to get the local sports fan in your life?

With the coronavirus pandemic still keeping many families virtual, there’s never been a better year to take care of your shopping online, but it can still be tricky sorting through countless options.

To help ease your holiday stresses, use this gift guide for some fun options for fans of teams in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Good luck, and happy holidays!

Washington Capitals

1. Skate-shaped glass

This Capitals-themed hockey skate-shaped pint glass will be sure to get a laugh every time you pull it out for another beer.

2. Stanley Cup puck

This 2018 Stanley Cup crystal puck is filled with actual ice from the Capitals’ Cup-winning Final and is a must-add for any Caps fan.

3. Capitals gloves

Get cold in the arena but still want to support the Caps? Try these Capitals gloves that you can still use your phone through.


Washington Football Team

1. Rivera Strong t-shirt

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by supporting head coach Ron Rivera in his fight against cancer? Rivera has been a steadying force in the organization despite undergoing a personal health battle, and the support of the franchise and its fans is a great way to keep his spirits high.

2. Alex Smith “Attitude is Free” gear

Speaking of supporting inspiring stories, Smith’s improbable comeback from a life-threatening injury is one of the greatest stories of this NFL season. Be sure to check out his entire line of apparel, including hats, t-shirts and more.

3. Terry McLaurin jersey

This one may be obvious, but that doesn’t make it a bad choice. Chances are, most Washington fans in your life have yet to fully restock their apparel since the team’s name change, and McLaurin is the best young rising star.

Don’t overthink this one.

Washington Nationals

1. Nationals bronze wine holder

For the wine fan in your life, consider a bronze holder designed to look like a batter ready to swing your favorite bottle of red.

2. Nationals “Sportula”

Getting the family together next summer (once it’s safe to gather again) to watch the game? Be sure to grill those burgers with a Nationals “sportula.”

3. Greatest plays coaster

These high-quality slate coasters highlight four of the greatest plays in Nationals history, a perfect conversation starter for your next house party.

Washington Wizards

1. Deni Avdija jersey

Support the Wizards’ newest member, first-round draft pick Deni Avdija, in his debut season in the nation’s capital. All Wizards jerseys can be found here.

2. Wizards tree topper

Add a little magic to your Christmas tree this season with a Wizards tree topper that will light up your whole family room.

3. Heritage banner

Honor the Wizards’ long history with a banner celebrating its past retro logos.


Baltimore Ravens

1. Lamar Jackson facemask

Even while social distancing and wearing your mask, you

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John McCoy: Invest in good cold-weather clothing; it could save your life | John McCoy

Winter is coming up fast.

It’s still November, and the highlands of West Virginia have already had their first snows. Deer hunters have had to bundle up to ward off the early-morning chill.

The cold here in the Mountain State is an especially miserable type — a damp, heavy cold that seems to seep into one’s bones. Stay in it long enough, and the risk of hypothermia becomes quite real.

Hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts who venture afield during the West Virginia winter should be aware of that danger. That doesn’t mean, however, that they should fear it; instead, they should prepare for it.

Dressing properly for the cold is a lot easier nowadays than it used to be. Synthetic “technical fabrics,” if layered properly, allow wearers to stay warm even during the nastiest winter conditions.

Such fabrics perform one vital function — they keep wearers’ skin dry.

Physical activity generates sweat. If that sweat lingers on the skin and the cold gets to it, body temperature can drop quickly.

At the very least, such a situation will generate an uncomfortable chill and perhaps some shivering. At worst, it can cause the body’s core temperature to drop and trigger the onset of hypothermia.

I found these things out the hard way. Years ago, I went fishing with a fellow who had a reputation for catching big muskies. We went to Cave Run Lake near Morehead, Kentucky. The weather wasn’t bad for March — chilly and overcast, but pretty tolerable. My host and I fished for several hours, but got only a couple of half-hearted strikes for our effort.

We decided to take the boat out of the lake, put it in the Licking River near the dam, and run downstream a few miles to one of my host’s secret honey holes.

We made the run, put out the trolling motor and eased up into a tributary stream. My host made several casts, then turned and looked at me quizzically.

“Why aren’t you fishing?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I replied. “I think I’ll just sit here a while and watch.”

Without a word, he reached into one of the boat’s compartments and pulled out an insulated coverall. “Put this on,” he ordered. “And don’t argue. You’re hypothermic.”

I didn’t argue. My host was a physician. I presumed he knew what he was talking about.

Funny thing was, I thought I was well dressed for the day. I had on thick wool socks, cotton undershorts, blue jeans, a cotton flannel shirt with a cotton t-shirt underneath, and a modestly insulated windbreaker-style jacket.

All that was fine while we were poking around the main lake under trolling-motor power. It didn’t stand a chance, however, against the wind chill generated during our high-speed run down the river.

It taught me a lesson. I’ve since been happy to pay a few extra bucks for long underwear made from materials designed to wick moisture away from my skin; in shirts made from fabrics that

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Minnesota school custodian gets the gift of life from teacher

For years, third-grade teacher Erin Durga and the custodian at her school exchanged small talk whenever he stopped by her classroom.

The encounters often were brief. Patrick Mertens was, after all, a man of few words.

So it wasn’t until he had to leave school early three days a week for dialysis, that Durga and her fellow teachers at Kimball Elementary School learned that the mild-mannered custodian’s kidneys were failing.

To help, they raised money to offset transportation costs to nearby St. Cloud, where Mertens received dialysis treatments. When a Facebook post by his daughter noted that none of his relatives could donate a kidney, Durga stepped up and offered one of hers.

“I knew in my heart that I could do this for someone else,” she said this week. “Pat is a wonderful person and I can’t imagine him not being around.”

Amid the threat of a dire global pandemic, Durga’s gift brought hope.

“She’s an angel,” Mertens said recently after finishing his work in the quiet and largely empty elementary school that recently switched to distance learning because of COVID-19.

Durga, who lives several miles away from this central Minnesota city of 800 people, shrugs off the praise.

“I’m no superhero or angel,” she said. “I’m just a person who did the right thing.”

Across the country, more than 95,000 people a year are waiting for kidney transplants. Only about 9,000 donations are available from deceased donors, which means some in need die before they get transplants, according to national statistics.

Mertens, 64, learned in 2003 that high creatinine levels indicated his kidneys “were bad.” Fourteen years later, his kidneys were failing and a transplant was needed.

The wait for a deceased kidney donor, he learned, would likely be five to seven years.

Dialysis robbed him of time with family and friends, but it kept him feeling OK, he said. He preferred not to dwell on statistics that showed the longer a person is on dialysis, the greater the risk of complications and death.

“Pat was working and quietly suffering,” said Annie Doyle, living donor transplant coordinator at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Doyle encouraged Mertens and his family to share his story. Sometimes people respond, raising money to offset medical costs or helping with transportation and meals, she said. Sometimes, someone offers one of their kidneys.

Living donors, who are medically evaluated and deemed healthy, can lead normal lives because the remaining kidney will increase in size to compensate for the loss of the other.

For a recipient, a donor kidney from someone who is alive usually functions more quickly and works better than one from a deceased donor, Doyle said.

Although there are some altruistic people who will donate to anyone on a waiting list, most living donors give to someone they know, Doyle said. If they end up not being compatible, the donor can participate in a paired exchange program to garner a match.

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Holiday gift ideas for the art lover in your life

Holiday get-togethers won’t be the same this year, but there are still plenty of ways to give artful gifts to the people you love.

While museums are closed until at least Dec. 18, many of their gift shops remain open, and some art galleries are hosting holiday sales. Bazaars have moved outside. Online options abound. Here’s our guide:

Art rager: Gamut Gallery’s ninth annual holiday market, “Raging Art On,” features original art, jewelry and home goods by 40 Minnesota artists Dec. 1-21. Artworks range from $5 to $1,000. Check out Las Ranas’ earrings inspired by astrology, tarot and tropical weather — a dangly delight of golden snakes and purple beads. Green thumbs will love Ray Alicia’s air plants snuggled into chunky wooden pots. (11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 717 S. 10th St., Mpls. Select objects available at Private shopping sessions Sun. by appointment.)

Handmade art: The Weisman Art Museum is closed, but its gift shop is open for business. Find jewelry, cards, toys, gifts for home, ceramics and other handmade items by local artists. Don’t miss Wood + Feather Designs’ earrings, made of wood, leather, feathers, stone and metal, and inspired by the elements and colors of Lake Superior. You can see some items on the shop’s Instagram (@wamshop). For personalized recommendations, call the store at 612-625-9495 or e-mail [email protected] Curbside pickup and shipping options are available. University of Minnesota students and staff get 20% off Dec. 3-6. (Noon-5 p.m. Thu.-Sun., 333 East River Road, Mpls.

Ceramic goodness: More than 1,000 pots by artists from across the country are on sale at Northern Clay Center’s holiday exhibition. Thematically, the pieces range from weird to serene. Ashley Bevington’s mucus-green-colored face on a vase has a grill for teeth, and burgers and drumsticks for hair, while Kevin Caufield’s smooth bluish-green colored cups look like the ocean. Ceramic jewelry is also for sale. Contactless curbside pickup or shipping available. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2424 E. Franklin Av., 612-339-8007 or

BLM merch: Minneapolis North Side nonprofit Juxtaposition Arts celebrates the season with new Black Lives Matter merchandise, ceramics, textiles and bandannas made in-house by youth apprentices. Check out the black T-shirts and sweaters with “Black Lives Matter” in white text, from JXTA’s Textile & Screen Printing Lab, while the ceramics lab has made bowls and mugs covered in sharp red, black and blue geometric slices of paint. (

Go for glögg: The American Swedish Institute’s gift shop is full of divine Icelandic chocolate, handmade imported art, blankets, ceramics and plenty of Swedish fish. Find a handcrafted miniature manger scene from Sweden or a small lundi (puffin) from Iceland with a magnetic head. Supersoft blankets and a huge selection of socks are some of the warm items available for purchase. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sun., 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4907 or

Local artists: SooVAC is not doing its annual holiday sale, but the gallery is spotlighting artists such as Amina Harper, Jennifer Davis, Paula McCartney, Suyao Tian, and Elaine Rutherford and John

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Here’s how a Christmas gift helped New Orleans police officer save a girl’s life | Crime/Police

Last Christmas, Daniel McCreary’s wife gave him an unusual gift, a little black bag of first aid supplies.

On Tuesday afternoon, the New Orleans police officer used it to save the life of a 7-year-old girl, shot along with a 15-year-old boy in a crossfire of gun violence in the 2500 block of North Prieur Street.

Lying face down in the street, the girl had been struck in the back, face and neck. She looked at McCreary. 

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“I thought the worst when I first got there because of the amount of blood, but she started to talk to me,” said McCreary, who is assigned to the 5th District. “She asked me if she was going to die. … I told her, ‘No,’ that it wasn’t that bad and she was going to be OK.”

But deep down he knew, from his eight years of active duty in the Army and deployment around the world, that she was bleeding out and one of her lungs was collapsing.

His combat training kicked in. He took gauze from the first aid kit and a plastic wrapper and improvised, making a chest seal so air would not escape.

Two children shot in St. Roch; New Orleans police officer saves 7-year-old girl

Officer places chest seal on 7-year-old girl, holding it until ambulance arrives

“So I just tried to keep her as calm as I could while I was holding pressure on her wound until EMS got there.”

What lasted for a few minutes felt like hours. Sure, training moves one to action, but afterward the reality of what police officers see can also move their souls.

“I’ve got four kids, and one’s 7 years old as well, so I don’t think you can really prepare for that,” McCreary said.

While waiting for the Emergency Medical Services ambulance, McCreary kept the girl motivated to hang on by exchanging names and birthdates.

Later, he heard that she made it out of surgery and into the hospital recovery room. He hopes the family he saw in hysterical agony over their child will one day let him meet her.

“I hope that she’s flooded with support and love and everything that she deserves,” McCreary said.

The two children were wounded when two males opened fire on a group of people, witnesses told police. The investigation continues.

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