Texas teen with autism receives perfect score on standardized math test

Cade Elias was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old and did not speak full sentences until age 4. (iStock)
Cade Elias was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old and did not speak full sentences until age 4.  (iStock)
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A 13-year-old boy from Frisco, Texas, who has autism received a perfect score on the math portion of a state-wide standardized test.

Cabe Elias was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and was unable to speak full sentences until he was 4 years old, WFAA-TV reported. That’s partly why his mother, Renee Elias, was pleasantly surprised to learn that Cade answered every question correctly on the math portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test.

“I was upstairs playing my video games and she yelled ‘oh my gosh.’ And I ran down and said ‘what’s wrong?’” Cade, a seventh-grader, recalled to the news station.

That’s when Elias told him the news.

“She looked at the actual percentage and she almost fell out of her chair,” Cade said, adding that most of the math portion was “easy.”

“I didn’t expect to see that. I really didn’t,” Elias said.

Cade, who goes to school in the Frisco Independent School District, is in the minority of students who received a perfect score, according to WFAA-TV. In total, 4,677 seventh-graders took the math portion of the STAAR test this spring. Out of that amount, however, only 235 — roughly 5 percent — received a perfect score.

“It’s hard for him to even get through the tests sometimes. To be able to maintain that amount of focus for that long and to have the attention to detail, that’s what surprised me,” Elias added.

Nagla Moussa, a board member of the National Autism Association of North Texas, echoed this sentiment.

“For someone like this child who started as non-verbal who went all the way up to acing the STAAR test in seventh grade – gives hope and lets people know our children can move along that spectrum and can start with low-functioning and go up to higher-functioning. It takes a lot of education, a lot of therapy, a lot of hard work on their part, but it’s possible,” Moussa told the WFAA-TV.

“I’m a very proud mom. I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a big accomplishment,” Elias said, adding that Cade is slated to take pre-advanced placement math when he begins eighth grade this fall.

“This is an indication that we’re gonna get there, and he’s gonna be fine,” she added.

Renee Elias was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Fox News on Saturday.

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Indiana man warns locals to ‘beware’ of giant spiders after spotting 6-inch crawler at work

Employees at Godfrey Marine in Elkhart, Indiana, spotted this large spider while building a boat this week. (Jacob Collins)
Employees at Godfrey Marine in Elkhart, Indiana, spotted this large spider while building a boat this week. (Jacob Collins)
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Arachnophobes, beware: A giant spider spotted in the Hoosier State is giving some locals nightmares after an Indiana man shared pictures of the large insect online Tuesday.

A female employee at manufacturer Godfrey Marine in Elkhart, Indiana, was apparently the first to encounter the hairy critter while building a boat. Coworkers helped capture the spider, placing it in a plastic bag so they could relocate it away from their work space.

But first, employee Jacob Collins snapped some unbelievable photos.

“They found this giant beast on a boat at work today. Beware all Elkhart country residents. They are out there and they are real,” Collins warned in a Facebook post, which has since been shared more than 4,460 times. Hundreds commented on the “creepy” critter.

“That would scare me to death!” one Facebook user exclaimed.

“Yikes. I can’t even imagine,” another commented.

“Put a saddle on that bad boy and ride it home,” one man joked.

“I would be moving out of Elkhart really fast, lol. Not a BIG spider fan at all,” a woman added.

Collins told Fox News the 6-inch spider, which many identified as a fishing spider, was not harmed and released back into the wild. Fishing spiders, commonly mistaken for wolf spiders, are known to live near water.

“Fishing spiders are named so because they are partially aquatic and generally live underneath docks, in corners of boats and in other dark, damp places. Because of their large, 3-inch leg span they are able to walk on water,” science website Sciencing explains in a post online.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there are roughly 400 species of spiders in the state, though only two are known to have powerful bites — the poisonous brown recluse and black widow.

However, neither is known to be particularly aggressive and bites from them are “quite rare,” the Indiana DNR said.

“Reactions to bites vary by the amount of venom injected and the patient’s age, health, and individual sensitivity,” the Indiana DNR continued. “Subjects who have been bitten who experience severe pain, trouble breathing, dizziness or nausea should seek medical attention.”

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Alien wasp lays eggs inside caterpillars

This is the parasitic wasp Dolichogenidea xenomorph. Credit: Photo by Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The inspiration for the chestburster creature from “Alien,” a rare subfamily of parasitoid wasps reproduces by literally inserting or injecting its eggs into unsuspecting caterpillars, which leads to the eggs literally eating their way to freedom.

According to research published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research, three new species of Microgastrinae wasps have been named, one of which has been given the name  Dolichogenidea xenomorph, xenomorph being the name of the creature in the 1979 sci-horror movie, “Alien.”

“Dolichogenidea xenomorph or alien wasp acts as a parasite in caterpillars in a similar way that the fictional Alien creature does in its human host,” lead researcher Dr. Erinn Fagan-Jeffries of the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences said in a statement.

“This alien wasp is also black and shiny like the alien, and has a couple of weird traits for the genus — so xenomorph, meaning ‘strange form’, fits really well,” Dr. Fagan-Jefferies added.

D. xenomorph is tiny, at just 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) long, but it sports a pair of black antennae that are more than double its body length. Female alien wasp is equipped with an “extremely long” ovipositor, which allows them to inject the eggs into the unsuspecting hosts, the researchers noted.

In addition to the D. xenomorph, the researchers describe two others, Dolichogenidea finchi and Dolichogenidea mediocaudata, but it’s the D. xenomorph that is understandably grabbing the majority of attention.

“This species is named as alien wasp for the fictional creature from the movie franchise ‘Alien,’ which reportedly was inspired by the lifecycle of parasitic wasps,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “The name of the fictional creature comes from the Greek ‘xeno’ (strange) and ‘morphe’ (form) which is also appropriate.”

Researchers believe that there could be as many as 10,000 Microgastrinae wasps across the planet, but only a few thousand have actually been identified, LiveScience reports.

Female D. xenomorph wasps generally insert their eggs into Australian moth caterpillars known as Antipterna euanthes. The female D. xenomorph inserts dozens of tiny eggs into the caterpillars and after they hatch, the begin to eat the host body from the inside. Or in the words of actor Tom Skerrit who played the character Dallas in the movie, “like he exploded from inside.”

Read more: Indiana man warns locals to ‘beware’ of giant spiders after spotting 6-inch crawler at work

Once they’ve gorged on their fair share of blood and there is no additional room inside the moth caterpillar to grow, the larvae chew through the body in the span of a few weeks. From there, they spin a communal cocoon as they begin their next development phase, the researchers added.

Assuming the caterpillar doesn’t die after the xenomorph larvae burst through, it could be a bodyguard for the newly hatched wasps, LiveScience added. Eventually, the caterpillar does die (poor zombie caterpillar) and the cycle repeats, with the newly formed xenomorphs looking for additional hosts.

It’s unclear exactly how widespread the species is (so far, they’ve only been found at southeastern and southwestern coasts of Australia, according to the researchers), but its ferocity is unquestioned.

“At less than 5mm in length, Dolichogenidea xenomorph might seem to lack the punch of its fearsome namesake,” Fagan-Jeffries said. “But size is relative; to a host caterpillar, it’s an awesome predator.”

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Man caught masturbating in Burger King

24-year-old Khaled Khalil was arrested for masturbating in a Burger King in Nebraska. (Lincoln Police Dept)
24-year-old Khaled Khalil was arrested for masturbating in a Burger King in Nebraska. (Lincoln Police Dept)
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A Nebraska man was arrested for masturbating at a Burger King Sunday night.

One of the Lincoln restaurant employees who witnessed the event told police that 24-year-old Khaled Khalil kept entering and exiting the restaurant, and when he’d get inside, he would begin masturbating, 1011 Now reports.

The witness also told police Khalil’s genitals were fully exposed.

When officers arrived on the scene and tried to speak with the suspect, they said he appeared to be intoxicated and wouldn’t speak to them.

Khalil was arrested and taken to jail for indecent exposure. Police reported that the man has no priors and is not a registered sex offender.

A witness said the man kept entering and exiting the Burger King. Once inside, he would masturbate with his genitals exposed. (Google Street View)
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This isn’t the first time someone has performed lewd sexual acts in a fast food restaurant. A man in Florida was arrested in 2015 for playing with his genitals at a Burger King.

Last year, a couple in the U.K. also had to appear in court and face jail time after getting caught on the security camera having sex in a Domino’s.

7 BBQ foods that are actually healthy

Eating healthy at a summer cookout is a breeze with these tasty choices. (iStock)

Eating healthy at a summer cookout is a breeze with these tasty choices. (iStock)

BBQs are a staple of summer but can be a minefield of high-calorie foods. There are healthier and smarter choices—you just need to know what they are.

Zucchini

Available year-round, zucchini is at its best during the summer season, especially if freshly plucked from your own garden. A delicious source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and fiber, it packs a nutritious punch for a mere 27 calories per cup cooked. Registered dietitian Rachael Hartley says summer vegetables like zucchini, simply seasoned with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, are delicious on the grill. “I like to make extra and use leftovers for pasta, salads, and sandwiches during the week,” says Hartley.

Corn

New York City-based nutritionist Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD says, “there’s nothing better than sweet summer corn. I like to throw it on an indoor grill in the husks. It gives a nice smoky charred flavor. To make it a little special, top with cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime.” A medium ear of corn offers about 3 grams of fiber, some protein, and potassium. Corn also contains the compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been linked to reduced risk for macular degeneration according to a 2015 article in the Journal of Ophthalmology.

Avocado

“Many people don’t realize that you can grill avocado,” says Rizzo. “Just cut it in half, remove the pit and throw it face-down on the grill. It will get these beautiful grill marks and become warm and creamy.” Avocado is a source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, fiber, vitamin K, and folate. A recent study from Tufts University also found that an avocado a day improved brain function in older adults.

Veggie burgers

Stephanie McKercher, RD, a Colorado-based recipe developer at The Grateful Grazer, recommends a meatless option made from chickpeas— like her moroccan-spiced chickpea burgers. “They’re made with lots of herbs and spices and a hearty mix of chickpeas and whole grains. Even meat-lovers will want to give this one a try!” says McKercher. Chickpeas boast 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per half cup, are rich in folate, and have some calcium and iron.

Grain salad

Ancient grains appear more often at get-togethers these days than the standard pasta salad. A member of the wheat family, farro qualifies as an ancient grain. It has more fiber and protein than brown rice and contains magnesium which, according to Tufts University, may help lower the risk of diabetes. McKercher says “a swoon-worthy salad makes it easy to add a few fruits and veggies to your barbecue plate. I like to serve up farro with seasonal produce and creamy tahini dressing. It’s a crowd-pleasing summer favorite.”

Coleslaw

With a mix of carrots, green, and sometimes red cabbage, coleslaw is typical BBQ fare. Cabbage is rich in vitamin C and K, and also has some folate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Cabbage contains sulforaphane which has been linked with a healthier brain and improvement in neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression, according to a study in the Journal of Molecular Neuropsychiatry. Deli-style and supermarket slaws come with added sugar and regular mayonnaise; you can try to drain off some of the liquid or bring your own version made with nonfat Greek yogurt.

Potato salad (hold the mayo)

Potato salad is a staple of summer picnics and BBQs but there are smarter ways to enjoy this vitamin C-rich tuber that also gives you a healthy dose of potassium and B vitamins. For a good-for-you twist on potato salad, don’t rule out vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes for a summer salad. Culinary nutrition expert Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN recommends ditching the mayo and using Greek yogurt or a vinegar-based dressing instead, such as in her roasted sweet potato salad with honey-lime vinaigrette.

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Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert

Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert
Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert
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MIAMI: Singer Chris Brown was arrested for battery following a concert in Florida, authorities said Friday, the troubled star’s latest brush with the law.

Police seized the R&B star shortly after he left the stage Thursday night in West Palm Beach. He was booked on a charge of felony battery and released after he paid a $2,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.

The Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said that Brown was arrested on a warrant from Tampa but did not give specifics.

The celebrity news site TMZ said the warrant was related to an incident last year when Brown punched an in-house photographer during a paid appearance at a nightclub.

The singer was due to return to Tampa on Friday for a concert as part of an ongoing tour.

Brown, 29, has a long history of violence. In May, a Los Angeles woman said she was lured to the singer’s house and repeatedly raped by him and a rapper.

Prominent lawyer Gloria Allred called it “one of the most horrific cases involving alleged sexual assault that I have ever seen.”

Most notoriously, Brown in 2009 was convicted of beating fellow singer Rihanna, who was then his girlfriend and was forced to miss the Grammy Awards due to her injuries.

In 2016, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a standoff with Los Angeles police, after a woman said he threatened her at his home.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a fan in Washington in 2014 and was accused of violence by a woman in Las Vegas.

Brown was discovered by record label scouts when he was a boy working at his father’s gas station in Virginia. First identified as a rapper, he quickly found success with his rich singing voice but he has been in the news more often in recent years for his legal troubles.

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ECP to reprint ballot papers removing Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s name

ECP to reprint ballot papers removing Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s name
ECP to reprint ballot papers removing Maryam Nawaz, Safdar’s name
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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan will reprint ballot papers to remove the names of Maryam Nawaz and her spouse retired captain Safdar after both were sentenced by an accountability court.

The spokesman for the election commission released a statement after both were declared ineligible to contest the upcoming general elections after the guilty verdict in the Avenfield reference case.

The statement said the a candidate is deemed ineligible to contest after being declared guilty by a court of law, and that ineligibility does not affect the general elections which will be held as scheduled.

He added that new ballot papers will be printed after both were declared ineligible and sentenced by the accountability court.

It may be mentioned that Maryam Nawaz was contesting from NA-127 Lahore, while captain Safdar was contest to NA-14 in Mansehra.

Maryam was sentenced to seven years in the Avenfield reference case, while Safdar was sentenced to one year. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined right million pounds.