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Olive Garden gives toddler alcohol

Jill Vanheest was at an Olive Garden in Lakeland, Flordia, when her two-year-old unexpectantantly got bloodshot eyes and started getting in and out of his seat, talking louder and louder. Eventually the two-year-old curled up in his mother's lap, that's when the server came and yanked the children's cup from the table claiming their had been a mistake, reported CNN.

Vanheest found that her child was given sangria instead of orange juice and that he was exibiting the signs of being drunk on March 31st.

After almost 30 minutes, the server told the parents of the mix up where they rushed the two-year-old to the hospital who exhibited a blood alcohol content of .10.

"How can you be so disorganized that alcoholic beverages can even get into a kid's cup?" VanHeest asked CBS News.

"It was an extremely regrettable accident," and, "We took swift, appropriate action to deal with this situation," Oliver Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers said in a statement reported by CBS News.

CNN reports that this happened also at a Applebee's in Michigan on April 8th. A child was given magerita mix instead of the ordered kids meal. Both chains have apologized to both parents and children and have since changed procedures on pouring children's drinks.

In order to keep Sangria from being mixed up again for a child's orange juice it won't be make in advance, and instead made from scratch to avoid any further mistakes.

"It will be prepared from scratch when ordered, as is the case with all other alcoholic beverages," Jeffers said.

Christine Matthew's laid over her children in the bathtub of their North Carolina home as it was ripped from its foundation and thrown over 50 yards on Friday reported ABC news.

A powerful storm that spun off twisters starting in Oklahoma and ending in Virgina, spawned almost 100 different twisters, resulting in at least 75 deaths reported the Wall Street Journal.

North Carolina suffered the most damage, as the twisters struck like a freight train and destroyed hundreds of homes and send over 130 people to the hospital.

The storms that started twisters started thursday in Oklahoma and made their way to North Carolina Friday. Over 22 people were killed in North Carolina as many citizens are picking up the pieces of their homes, and cities, according to ABC News.

At least 35 tornados were spotted in NC, they heavily damaged 400 more homes and completely destroyed 60. According to emergency management officials in the state, where Gov. Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency reported the Wall Street Journal.

"Trees, houses--everything just splintered," he said. "You had to see it to believe it. Families were just wiped off the map--you'll see a house and all that is left is a cement slab." Duncan Hughes, Jr., captain of the Colerain Rescue Squad, told Wall Street Journal.

Go Bananas Amusement Park Re-Opens after Death

Go Bananas Amusement Park located outside of Chicago re-opened friday after the roller-coaster death of three-year-old Jayson Dansby. The roller-coaster Python Pitt took its first death on April 2nd, but others have been hurt in the past, according to the Huffington Post.

The Python Pitt remains closed until the investigation is over, but safety concerned many people who went to Go Bananas on Friday.

"We will think about whether or not he should get on that ride or would that be a safe ride for him. It is a safety question," Brandon Jimenez said to ABC news. Jimenez brought his four-year-old nephew to Go Bananas on Friday.

According to the investigation the roller-coaster held up to the standards of safety set out by the state. The owner of Go Bananas released a statement that was reported by ABC news.

"There is no mechanical problems, no mechanical things involving the accident. The investigation also said there was no human error involved. It was just a tragic accident," Gerald Marks, Go Bananas owner, said.

Dansby rode the Python Pitt with his twin brother on Saturday, when he slipped out of his safety harness and then was struck and fell from the roller-coaster. Three-years-ago an 8-year-old girl broke her wrist on the same ride. The mother considers her daughter lucky, according to the Huffington Post.

"I felt real sad for the family and hurt," said Crystal Malone, mother of the girl who broke her wrist on the ride. "That was the same ride my baby was on and it could have been her."

Three more Southwest airplanes found cracks

An airplane that was forced to land in southern Arizona, due to cracks that led to depressurization, and three more Southwest Airline planes have shown similar damage according to a Fox News report on Sunday.

Nineteen other planes have been checked by Southwest Airlines and were deemed safe and put back into use. However, with these safety checks over 600 flights were cancelled over the weekend according to the same Fox News report.

The Boeing models 737-300, the models of the damaged aircrafts, represent roughly 20 percent of Southwest's all-737 fleet according to MSNBC. The 737, globally, is the most popular aircraft used by airlines, not just Southwest.

The cracks that occured in Arizona and the other three planes are pretty common and are linked to age and pressurizations that have occured over the planes lifetime. According to MSNBC the jetliner that was forced to land in AZ had gone through around 39,000 cycles of pressurizing. Pressurization typically occurs during take-offs and landings.

However Southwest Airlines denied knowing about the cracks in the Arizona flight and reiterated it in a statement released to the public.

"What we saw with Flight 812 was a new and unknown issue," Mike Van de Ven, Southwest executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement reported by MSNBC. "Prior to the event... we were in compliance with the FAA-mandated and Boeing-recommended structural inspection requirements for that aircraft."

Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro, the Vice President candidate that ran with Walter Mondale, died Saturday at the age of 75.

In 1984 Geraldine Ferraro was the the first women to ever run as Vice President. According to the Pioneer Press, Ferraro died in Boston after she had complications from being treated for blood cancer.

Ferraro was from Queens, New York, and before running for Vice President she was a congresswoman. She laid out the path for later women who would enter into politics such as Hilary Clinton who ran for President in 2008, and now is Secretary of State. She also laid the groundwork for another woman who ran for Vice President, Sarah Palin.

The Washington Post published a quote from Ferraro from the 1984 democratic convention that spoke to breaking barriers for women in Politics.

"By choosing a woman to run, you send a powerful signal to all Americans: There are no doors we cannot unlock," Mrs. Ferraro said in her acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic convention. "We will place no limits on achievement. If we can do this, we can do anything."

Walter Mondale remembers Ferraro as an amazing woman and person, according to an Associated Press quote which was published in the Washington Post.

"She was a pioneer in our country for justice for women and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it's a better country for what she did," Mr. Mondale told the Associated Press.

P.J. Crowley a spokesperson for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton resigned on Sunday after calling the treatment of WikiLeaks suspect.

Star Tribune reported that Crowley called the treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va, as "stupid."

"Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation" to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to the department of the spokesman as reported by Star Tribune.

Hilary Clinton was then reported to have accepted the resignation with "regret."

The Lake County Sun-News news reports that Crowley often got himself in trouble with his blunt words and hasn't traveled with the Secretary in over a year.

President Obama when asked if the conditions were sufficient for the Manning, and assured everyone that they were, reported the Lake County Sun-News.

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