Fans to be allowed at World Series, NLCS in Arlington, Texas

Fans can take themselves out to the ball game for the first time this season during the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game. That is about 28% of the 40,518-capacity, retractable-roof stadium of the Texas Rangers, which opened this year adjacent to old Globe Life Park, the team’s open-air home from 1994 through 2019.

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The World Series is being played at a neutral site for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be played at one stadium for the first time since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in 1944.

Some of the seats will be included in presales for Texas Rangers season ticket holders on Friday and subscribers on Monday, and others are set aside for MLB and players.

Tickets are priced at $40-250 for the NLCS and $75-450 for the World Series, and 10,550 seats in the regular sections of the ballpark and 950 in suites will be sold in “pods” of four contiguous seats.

Each pod will be distanced by at least 6 feet and a checkerboard pattern will be used, with alternating rows of seats in the middle or rows and at the ends. Unsold seats will be tied back.

No seats will be sold in the first six rows within 20 feet of the field, dugouts or bullpen. Fans will not be allowed to the lowest level, which is reserved for MLB’s tier one personnel, such as players and managers.

Masks are mandatory for fans except while they are eating or drinking at their ticketed seats. Concessions and parking will be cashless, and the team’s concessionaire, Delaware North, is planning wrapped items.

The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be being played at neutral sites because of the coronavirus .pandemic.

MLB played the entire regular season without fans and also the first round of the playoffs with no fans. For the first time since spring training was interrupted on March 12, club employees and player families were allowed to attend games this week.

While Texas is allowing up to 50% capacity at venues, MLB did not anticipate having government permission for fans to attend postseason games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles or Petco Park in San Diego, where AL playoff games are scheduled.

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Globe Life Field has been the site of more than 50 graduations, but the Rangers played their home games in an empty ballpark.

The Rangers will recommend to MLB that the roof be kept open when possible, executive vice president of business operations Rob Matwick said, but the team understands it will be closed in the event of rain. Matwick said MLB made the decision not to sell seats for the Division Series.

Other than 1944, the only times the World Series was held at one site came in 1921 and 1922, when the New York Giants and Yankees both played home games at the Polo Grounds. Yankee Stadium opened in 1923.

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House Democrats’ stimulus bill includes stimulus checks for illegal immigrants, protections from deportations

A stimulus package proposed by Democrats in the House of Representatives includes a number of items that will benefit illegal immigrants — including an expansion of stimulus checks and protections from deportations for illegal immigrants in certain “essential” jobs.

The $2.2 trillion bill includes language that allows some illegal immigrants — who are “engaged in essential critical infrastructure labor or services in the United States” —  to be placed into “a period of deferred action” and authorized to work if they meet certain conditions.

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It also grants protections to those employers who hire those undocumented immigrants, ordering that “the hiring, employment or continued employment” of the defined group is not in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. That lasts until 90 days after the public health emergency is ended.

A Democratic description of that part of the bill says that “such workers are deemed to be in a period of deferred action and to be authorized for employment, and employers are shielded from certain immigration-related violations for employing such workers.”

It’s language that was included in the first House Democratic stimulus bill proposed back in May — a bill that was ultimately rejected in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Also in the legislation is language that would allow the a second round of stimulus checks, $1,200 per adults and $500 per dependant, to be extended to those without a social security number — including those in the country illegally who file taxes via an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

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The bill also would require the Department of Homeland Security to review the files of those in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and to prioritize those for release if they are not a threat to national security. It also demands migrants have access to free video calls and access to virtual legal assistance from nonprofits.

Those parts of the bill were criticized by immigration hawks like the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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“Once again House Democrats are trying to bailout millions of illegal aliens – and not just financially, but give them de facto amnesty as well,” FAIR’s government relations director RJ Hauman told Fox News. “This would be an unprecedented move and take desperately needed money and jobs away from Americans in the middle of a pandemic. Even though it has absolutely zero chance of becoming law, I hope voters are paying close attention.”

The House was expected to vote on the bill Wednesday evening, but it was later delayed to allow Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin another day to attempt to thrash out a deal.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Virginia Senate race sees underdog GOP challenger confident despite uphill battle

Virginia’s Senate race is between a well-known Democratic incumbent and an underdog Republican political newcomer, but the challenger is confident he can close in down the stretch.

“I’m down 9, so I intend to gain 10,” Daniel Gade, a retired Army officer turned university professor told Fox News Tuesday, referring to the percentage points his campaign’s internal polling shows him behind Sen. Mark Warner.

That polling also shows Gade trailing Warner by a smaller margin than President Trump is lagging behind Democratic 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden – a sign the campaign sees as favorable in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Republican Daniel Gade, who is running against Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., holds a gathering at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond, Va. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Republican Daniel Gade, who is running against Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., holds a gathering at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond, Va. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

“I want the president to win, but if he doesn’t, I still need to win Virginia,” Gade said.

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To do that, he would need to overcome Warner, a former governor seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, where he is the top Democrat on the Select Committee on Intelligence.

He won by wide margins in his gubernatorial race and his first Senate election, but beat GOP challenger Ed Gillespie by less than 1 percent in 2014.

FILE - This Wednesday July 25, 2018 file photo shows Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

FILE – This Wednesday July 25, 2018 file photo shows Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

That midterm election year saw a strong showing for Republicans around the country as the party took back control of the Senate.

Gade said his numbers show he is out-performing Gillespie at this stage in the race and he pointed to polls from Roanoke College and Virginia Commonwealth University that show climbing support after being down by more than 20 percent at the start of September.

A spokesperson for Warner’s re-election campaign did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment, but the senator recently told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that while he’s confident in his record, he doesn’t “take anything for granted” and is campaigning hard to once again earn voters’ support.

Still, no Republican candidate has won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009, according to the paper.

And fellow Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election, easily held on to his Senate seat by a 16-point margin in 2018 against GOP challenger Corey Stewart.

Gade, who studied environmental science at West Point, has billed himself as a different kind of candidate. He says he’s a career public servant, as opposed to a politician.

He received two Purple Hearts during Operation Iraqi Freedom and lost his leg to a roadside bomb, resulting in dozens of surgeries. He remained in the Army until he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2017.

Gade also earned a Ph.D. in public administration and policy and served on advisory committees under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, offering insight on issues affecting disabled Americans, prosthetics and veterans, among others.

Daniel Gade and former President George W. Bush (Gade For Virginia)

Daniel Gade and former President George W. Bush (Gade For Virginia)

One of his key campaign issues is his proposed Stop Insider Trading Act, which would require members of Congress, upon taking office, to put their holdings in a blind trust so that they can’t profit off of information that is unavailable to the public – which he said is “appalling.”

After a blockbuster New York Times report on President Trump’s taxes, he said the legislation should also apply to the executive branch, including the president, vice president and cabinet-level officials.

“None of those folks should be profiting on nonpublic information,” he said.

Warner and Gade met last week in their first debate, where one major topic was the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

(Gade For Virginia)

(Gade For Virginia)

Gade, whose injuries in Iraq left him with a preexisting condition, argued that market-friendly changes to the health care system can still include rules that ensure coverage for people with preexisting conditions.

Warner countered that protecting the Obama-era health care law is the best way to guarantee health care for millions of U.S. citizens.

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“The ACA’s not perfect, but 20 million Americans got health care coverage,” Warner said. “It protects three and a half million Virginians, including my daughter, with preexisting conditions.”

They have two more scheduled before Election Day. The next is Oct. 3.

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New York City mother killed by stray bullet that entered apartment window

A New York City mother died Wednesday after being struck by a stray bullet that entered her apartment window – leaving her to be found by her 14-year-old son, police say.

The incident surrounding the death of Bertha Arriaga in the Queens borough is now under investigation and no suspects so far have been publicly identified.

“This is what senseless gun violence does — it destroys families,” New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a tweet.

The apartment building where Bertha Arriaga was struck by a stray bullet. (Google Maps)

The apartment building where Bertha Arriaga was struck by a stray bullet. (Google Maps)

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The 43-year-old mother’s son told police he heard a commotion and loud noises outside the apartment building around 1 a.m. this morning before discovering his mother was shot, according to Fox5 NY.

“He found her breathing, in the blood, on the floor,” Javier Aguilar — whom the New York Post identified as his uncle – said in an interview with the newspaper. “He ran to daddy and say, ‘Mommy is on the floor!’ Daddy tried to do CPR and she was breathing, eyes open, a lot of blood on her head.”

After first responders showed up, Arriaga was pronounced dead at the scene and police told Fox5 NY they had received reports of shots being fired in the area around the time she was hit.

“I couldn’t hear what they said, but they yelled and pushed each other,” a neighbor told the New York Post, describing how they heard a few men arguing in the street before the gunfire erupted.

The newspaper reports that Arriaga’s husband, Jorge Aguilar, was home at the time of the shooting but wasn’t inside the same third-floor room as his wife.

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“She was the best wife, the best mom,” the New York Post quoted him as saying.

Arriaga is reported to leave behind three children, ages 14, 10 and 6.

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Judge rejects Trump campaign lawsuit attempting to block Montana’s mail-in voting

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen rejected an effort by the Trump campaign and GOP groups to block Montana from holding the 2020 election mostly by mail, saying that the president and his supporters could not “point to a single instance of voter fraud in Montana in any election during the last 20 years.”

The Trump campaign filed the suit, along with the Republican National Committee, the Republican Senatorial Committee and the Montana Republican State Central Committee, in an attempt to block Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s Aug. 6 directive allowing counties to conduct the general election in part by mail-in ballot.

“Central to some of the Plaintiffs’ claims is the contention that the upcoming election, both nationally and in Montana, will fall prey to widespread voter fraud,” Christensen wrote. “The evidence suggests, however, that this allegation, specifically in Montana, is a fiction.”

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Christensen noted Montana’s successful use of mail-in ballots during the recent primary election, and pointed out that “Montana has a long history of absentee voting by as many as 73% of its electorate,” which means the state’s election administrators are experienced with the mail-in voting process.

“Thus, there is no record of election fraud in Montana’s recent history, and it is highly unlikely that fraud will occur during the Nov. 3, 2020 general election,” Christensen wrote.

The Republicans also argued that only the Legislature has the authority to set the time, date, and logistics of elections, but Christensen said Bullock acted within his legal authority.

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“The critical question becomes whether the Montana Legislature has, in its laws governing the manner in which federal elections are administered, permitted Governor Bullock to authorize counties to conduct such elections, in part, by mail ballot,” Christensen wrote. “The Court is convinced it has.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bullock praised the ruling Wednesday, saying “there is nothing more sacred in our democracy than the right to vote.”

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“I’m pleased that today’s decision will enable hundreds of thousands of Montanans to vote safely – in person or by mail – this coming election,” Bullock wrote on Facebook. “Montanans can rest assured that our local election administrators will preserve the security and integrity of the election process.”

The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits to block mail-in voting in New Jersey and Nevada. The New Jersey case is pending, while a federal judge in Nevada threw out that state’s suit last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Celebrity chef José Andrés to serve food at voting polls, feed voters and poll workers

Chef José Andrés doesn’t want anyone to have to skip a meal in order to vote on Election Day.

The celebrity chef announced that the nonprofit group he founded, World Central Kitchen, will serve hot meals at voting sites on Election Day as part of its “chefs for the polls” initiative. They’ll feed voters and poll workers, “no questions asked.”

“Even while waiting in long lines, people across the country will not need to worry about where their meal is coming from,” Andrés said in a video he shared on Twitter.

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World Central Kitchen will target polling locations that have historically had long lines, where large turnouts are expected or that have limited facilities.

Andrés said he was concerned long lines at polls could make it hard for working parents, seniors or others to “make their voices heard.”

“To preserve the DNA of this country, we must all be able to vote and not to see any obstacles in the process,” he said.

Chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen to tackle hunger and poverty. (Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen to tackle hunger and poverty. (Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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To serve all those meals, the group said it would partner with food trucks and restaurants, helping keep small businesses open amid the continuing difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The nonpartisan effort will feed anyone, regardless of political party or beliefs, according to World Central Kitchen.

The Michelin-starred chef and World Central Kitchen have been busy during the pandemic. Back in February, the group served meals to passengers and crew quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. Since then, Andrés has advocated for legislation to support the beleaguered restaurant industry and transformed his own restaurants into soup kitchens for people who lost their jobs or otherwise were under financial stress.

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Andrés, who was born in Spain and later emigrated to the U.S., said it’s “an honor to be able to cast my ballot in the United States of America.” He encouraged people to register to vote.

“Each of us has the most amazing civic responsibility to cast our vote,” he said.

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Hilary Duff says she had ‘big frustrations’ over being typecast after ‘Lizzie McGuire’

Like many actors that played iconic characters on television, Hilary Duff had trouble escaping the shadow of her titular character in “Lizzie McGuire.”

The show ran from 2001 to 2004 on Disney Channel and a 2003 film followed the character as well.

Since then, the 33-year-old actress has found steady work, but the roles she were initially offered usually asked her to play a similar character.

“I definitely went through big frustrations of being like, ‘Why can I not get a shot at being someone else?” Duff recently said to Cosmopolitan. “Not that I want to dog every casting director out there, but there’s a very small handful of people who are character actors and can be hired for roles that are truly different from one another. From age 21 to 25, before I became a mom, there was a lot of frustration.”

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(From left) Adam Lamberg as David Gordo, Lalaine as Miranda Sanchez and Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire.

(From left) Adam Lamberg as David Gordo, Lalaine as Miranda Sanchez and Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire. (Disney)

The star remembers making it well into the casting process when execs would say something along the lines of “She’s so great and she gave us the best reading and blah blah blah, but she’s Hilary Duff…”

In fact, Duff was hesitant to sign on to join a reboot of the show, which filmed the first two episodes with an intention of ending up on Disney+ before the project came to a standstill to “allow time for some creative redevelopment.”

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The “Younger” star said that after turning down reboot offers for years, she finally felt “ready” to take up the mantle of Lizzie McGuire once more.

“It just doesn’t annoy me anymore when people refer to me as Lizzie McGuire or say that was my biggest role, because it paved the way for all the other roads I’ve been able to take,” she said.

Hilary Duff starred in the 'Lizzie McGuire' from 2001 to 2004. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Hilary Duff starred in the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ from 2001 to 2004. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Furthermore, she told the outlet: “I’m at such a different place in my life now, being a mother and a wife – it doesn’t weigh on me anymore. I don’t feel like people only see me that way, but [even] when they do, I feel appreciative of it because she was very impactful on so many people’s lives.”

The reboot’s pause was considered somewhat of a surprise as the streamer was developing original content.

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One option championed by Duff herself was relocating the show to Hulu, just as Disney had done with the “Love, Simon”-inspired “Love, Victor.”

The star said in an Instagram post in February that she hoped to break free of the original show’s PG-tone, as the reboot was set to follow a 30-year-old Lizzie.

“I’d be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30 year old’s journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating,” she wrote, adding that she hoped her character’s experiences could remain “relatable.”

It seems not all hope is lost just yet, as Duff told the outlet that producers are “pretty confident that” they can make a show that will please both its star and Disney, while keeping the property at Disney+.

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“I really want to do right by 30-year-olds who grew up with Lizzie and still have that 12-year- old voice inside of them, cheering them on but also making them feel like an idiot at times,” she insisted. “But, you know, 30-year-olds have sexual experiences and drink alcohol so I think they’re just trying to wrap their heads around what that looks like, on that platform. I don’t want to do it unless I can speak to the people I care about, and [Lizzie] can be there for those people again.”

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Woman arrested for using 6 children steal Trump campaign signs, authorities say

A woman in upstate New York was arrested Sunday for allegedly using six children to steal Trump campaign signs from people’s homes, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deana Algarin, 45, is charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, marijuana possession, as well as two citations for seatbelt violations involving children less than 15 years old.

Deana Algarin was pulled over after dispatchers were able to locate her car.  

Deana Algarin was pulled over after dispatchers were able to locate her car.   (Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Algarin’s arrest followed an investigation into stolen Trump campaign signs from locations in Montgomery and Schenectady County.

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A New York State police officer pulled over Algarin on Highway 103 after Montgomery County Dispatchers were able to locate her vehicle. The campaign signs were located inside her vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

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Algarin must appear in court in the towns of Amsterdam, Glen, and Glenville at later dates.

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Florida Mayor’s right-hand man caught seeking political activist protesters to disrupt DeSantis event

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s right-hand man reportedly sent out a Facebook message last week asking for political activists to show up and disrupt an event being held by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Governor apparently coming to St Pete around noon at Birchwood to cause trouble if you feel like secretly getting a group together,” Kevin King wrote to Susan McGrath, former chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Party, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“Could use some Wear a Mask signs,” King continued.

His title is chief of policy and public engagement and he is considered an integral part of the daily operations of the Mayor’s office, according to the city’s official website. The website also states that he “directs the day-to-day activities.”

DeSantis appeared in St. Petersburg on Friday to announce he was moving the state into phase three of it’s planned reopening, following the coronavirus outbreak.

Kriseman, a Democrat, has been publicly critical of DeSantis’ policies when it comes to COVID-19.

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The news about King’s social media messages was first reported by Politico and later referenced by the Times.

“We mobilize advocates for causes all the time,” King told Politico. “We wanted people to remind the governor it’s important to wear a mask.”

“It was policy-focused,” he added. “We would never encourage political activity from city hall.”

Mayor Kriseman spoke with the Times and did not say if there would be any disciplinary action taken against King, but would only say he has been “counseled” and will behave differently going forward.

“It was not an official message representing the city, and he’s been counseled accordingly,” Kriseman said. “We’ve had a discussion about that, and it’s made very clear that that’s not to happen.”

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This news comes after DeSantis proposed a bill last Monday that would dole out harsher punishments for those who partake in violent protests.

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VOTE: Who Was This Month’s Best Dressed Celeb??

How has another month already passed?? We blame quarantine!!

While the days have continued to blend together, it seems celebs haven’t even noticed as they continue about their lives as normal! Don’t expect to see their outfits of the day consisting of yesterday’s PJs…

Kylie Jenner‘s white mini dress was a highlight of September, as was Demi Lovato‘s floral pink number just weeks ahead of her surprise split from Max Ehrich. She can definitely show him what he’s missing!

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And of course, there was Rebel Wilson at the Venice Film Festival, who proudly flaunted her gorgeous curves in a shimmering iridescent gown.

There was plenty more fashion to come out over the past 30 days, just take a look (below)! Be sure to up and downvote your faves, though to find out who comes out on top!

[Image via Demi Lovato/Kylie Jenner/Elizabeth Stewart/Instagram]

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