Names and faces

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

■ J.K. Rowl­ing, the au­thor of the Harry Pot­ter se­ries, made some con­tentious tweets dis­ap­pear and apol­o­gized for al­leg­ing that U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­fused to shake the hand of a dis­abled boy. Rowl­ing called Trump “hor­ri­ble” after see­ing footage of the pres­i­dent ap­pear­ing to ig­nore the child’s out­stretched hand last week dur­ing a White House event on re­peal­ing the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act. But the boy’s mother, Mar­jorie Kelly Weer, posted on Face­book: “Trump didn’t snub my son & Monty wasn’t even try­ing to shake his hand.” In the footage, it ap­pears Trump shakes hands with the par­tic­i­pants at the event’s clos­ing but that Monty’s out­stretched palm is not met in kind with Trump’s hand­shake. Rowl­ing took to Twit­ter on Fri­day in re­sponse, call­ing the per­ceived re­buke “stun­ning” and say­ing that Trump “can­not bring him­self to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the Pres­i­dent,” ac­cord­ing to now-deleted tweets quoted by CNN. How­ever, the video Rowl­ing ap­peared to have watched did not show the en­tire in­ter­ac­tion. After an in­tro­duc­tion by Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, Trump en­ters the frame and goes straight to Monty, and he crouches down to say some­thing to the young boy. The video was made avail­able by the White House on July 24, four days be­fore Rowl­ing’s tweets on the sub­ject. Rowl­ing deleted her original tweets and said she “apol­o­gized un­re­servedly.” She tweeted Mon­day that “I very clearly pro­jected my own sen­si­tiv­i­ties around the is­sue of dis­abled peo­ple being over­looked or ig­nored onto the im­ages I saw.”

■ A new­born calf in Texas has strik­ingly sim­i­lar black-and-white fa­cial mark­ings to Kiss front­man Gene Sim­mons, and the rock star likes their shared look. Sim­mons’ on­stage per­sona in­cludes face paint, black leather cloth­ing and wild hair. He tweeted his ad­mi­ra­tion for the calf named Ge­nie, say­ing, “This is real, folks!!!” The fe­male calf was born Fri­day at a ranch near Kerrville, 60 miles north­west of San An­to­nio. Heather Tac­cetta, who lives at the ranch with her fam­ily, said Tues­day that the calf be­longs to her grand­mother. The an­i­mal is named for Sim­mons. Tac­cetta found the calf in a pas­ture. She said Ge­nie is a fam­ily fa­vorite and won’t be sold for slaugh­ter.




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