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Fans of 0-16 Cleveland Browns brave cold for 'Perfect Season Parade'

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — It was a “perfect” season for the 0-16 Cleveland Browns and on Saturday, die-hard fans braved frigid temperatures to express their frustration with the winless season.

The “Perfect Season Parade” took place outside First Energy Stadium at 12 p.m. and Cleveland Police estimated there were 2,500 to 3,200 people in attendance at its peak.

Fans were encouraged to donate food to charity and according to parade organizer Chris McNeil, about $14,000 would be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Critics said the idea of the parade mocked the team. Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah called it a “joke” on Twitter.

“That parade is a joke don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!” he tweeted.

But Cleveland fans who attended, some of them season-ticket holders, said they weren’t protesting the team, but protesting the organization.

McNeil told ABC affiliate WEWS-TV, “This is about having a fun afternoon while also protesting what’s going with the Cleveland Browns. Protesting what is going on in the front office.”

The Cleveland Browns released a statement on the parade and said they “greatly appreciate” the fans and “understand their frustration,” according to WEWS-TV.

“We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season. We certainly hear them and understand their frustration. Obviously, we want the same thing as our fans; winning results. We are committed to doing everything we can to improve and build them the type of team they most certainly deserve.”

There were plans for a “Perfect Season Parade” last year, but the Browns avoided a winless season by defeating the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve in 2016.

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After uproar over kids' enduring a city's cold schools, fundraising and repairs underway

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@ComedianKhairy/Twitter(BALTIMORE) — After photos circulated widely on social media this week of Baltimore schoolchildren huddled in coats in cold schools, a college student started a fundraising campaign that has far exceeded its goal and the district is making emergency repairs.

Among those posting this week about the problem of inadequately-heated schools was former NFL player Aaron Maybin, a Baltimore native who now works at a city elementary school.

“This.Is.Unacceptable,” Maybin wrote on in a tweet with a video of young children at a school. “It’s really ridiculous the kind of environment we place our children into and expect them to get an education. I got two classes in one room, kids are freezing, Lights are off. No computers. We’re doing our best but our kids don’t deserve this.”

The heating problems also got the attention of college student Samierra Jones, who says on her GoFundMe page that she is a graduate of Baltimore’s public schools.

“How can you teach a child in these conditions?” Jones wrote, setting a goal Wednesday of raising $20,000. By Saturday afternoon, she had raised over $66,000, more than triple her goal.

Teachers also formally protested the conditions.

In a Wednesday letter to Baltimore schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises, the city’s teachers union president said teachers were “forced to endure teaching in classrooms with dangerously low temperatures, instructing students who have been forced to try to learn bundled up in coats, hats and gloves.”

The union president, Marietta English, said the “expectation that our members and the children that they teach endure bursting boilers, drafty windows, frigid temperatures in classrooms, and risk getting sick in these ‘less than ideal’ conditions, is utterly ridiculous.”

A school district spokesperson, Edie House Foster, said in a statement this week, “Over the winter break, facilities staff monitored schools to check on heating systems, plumbing, and electricity. Numerous problems were identified and resolved. Unfortunately, with the extreme temperatures, new problems can emerge quickly.”

“We have many schools with leaky windows and outdated heating systems that have a hard time keeping up,” Foster said. “With extreme temperatures, we have the added challenge of freezing pipes and water main breaks.”

Some schools were closed on Wednesday though others remained open.

All schools were then shuttered on Thursday due to snow, and they stayed closed Friday while the district assessed the infrastructure problems, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Friday called the conditions “unacceptable” and said in a letter to the City Council president that she ordered city engineers to help the schools and expedite repairs.

“We are working around the clock to connect essential resources, identify additional contractors and importantly, get our children back into the classroom as soon as possible,” Pugh said.

On Twitter Saturday morning Pugh said emergency maintenance is underway and Baltimore schools thanked those getting them ready for Monday.

Pugh also wrote in the Friday letter that “according to [Public Schools CEO] Dr. Santelises, there are many more problems than they are able to fix.”

Pugh said $17 million has been allocated for maintenance issues for this year and that amount has been increased to $19 million for next year.

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Nesbitt Library Foundation gets input on expansion plans

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COLUMBUS–Approximately 30 people gathered Saturday in the Nesbitt Memorial Library Community Room to hear expansion plans for the library proposed by the Nesbitt Memorial Library Foundation, and to g …read more

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Philadelphia firefighter dies after he's trapped inside home for 30 minutes

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@BobBrooks6abc/Twitter(PHILADELPHIA) — An 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department died in the line of duty after the interior of a home collapsed this morning, pinning him under debris, officials said.

Lt. Matt LeTourneau was trapped for 30 minutes until firefighters were able to remove him, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said at a news conference. LeTourneau, 42, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Our hearts are breaking,” Thiel said in a statement. “And we are without words.”

A resident at the north Philadelphia row home was also found dead inside the building, officials said, and two other firefighters were injured.

The fire was deemed under control after about 2 hours, officials said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, the fire department said.

Condolences swiftly poured in for the fallen firefighter, who had been promoted to lieutenant in 2015.

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Astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon twice, dies

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Bettmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Legendary astronaut John Young died Saturday. He was 87.

Young was the first astronaut to command the Space Shuttle. He flew to the moon twice.

News of his death prompted tributes, including from fellow astronauts who called him a “hero” and “astronauts’ astronaut,” and from former President George H. W. Bush.

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A former Navy test pilot, Young became an astronaut in 1962. He walked on the moon in 1972 and piloted the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981.

Young was also the first person to go into space six times — seven, if you count his lunar liftoff.

ABC News last interviewed Young in 2003, after the Space Shuttle Columbia accident that killed seven people.

Young showed a reporter the Space Shuttle trainer where astronauts learn how to fly the orbiter. When one of the flight instructors objected to media going in with a camera, Young stopped, looked at the instructor and said, “I flew this, I wrote the manual, and that’s that.”

Not many people argued with John Young.

NASA Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa said, “It would be hard to overstate the impact that John Young had on human space flight. Beyond his well-known and groundbreaking missions through three programs, he worked tirelessly for decades to understand and mitigate the risks that NASA astronauts face. He had our backs.“

Fellow astronaut Terry Virts tweeted that Young’s “passion for space will be missed.”

Former President George H.W. Bush said he hopes the memory of Young inspires future generations.

“John was more than a good friend,” Bush said in a statement. “He was a fearless patriot whose courage and commitment to duty helped our nation push back the horizon of discovery at a critical time.”

“To us, he represented the best in the American spirit — always looking forward, always reaching higher. John leaves a tremendous legacy of accomplishment, in addition to his wonderful family,” Bush said. “May his memory serve to inspire future generations of explorers to dare greatly, act boldly and serve selflessly.”

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