Jim Bouton, ‘Ball Four’ author and former Yankees pitcher, dies at 80

(CNN)Jim Bouton, whose controversial book “Ball Four” exposed the personal lives of his baseball teammates, died Wednesday after a bout with vascular dementia, his wife, Paula Kurman, said. He was 80. “The motive for doing this was not to make money or write something that was going to last a long time,” Bouton told the Los Angeles Times in 2010. “Basically, I just wanted to share the fun of baseball.” But while the book, co-written with Leonard Shecter of the New York Post, was a critical hit, the funny tales angered the baseball establishment and many former teammates. He was already on management’s bad side. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Bouton negotiated a new contract each year …

Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan, where only pride flags are allowed to fly

(CNN)Youtuber Elijah Daniel has pulled a lot of stunts since he started creating content, but his latest act as Mayor of Hell has a lot of people talking. He says that his first act as owner this time was to only allow pride flags after the Trump administration put a ban on embassies flying pride flags. This time it’s not as much of a stunt as his way of making a statement. Daniel says the new purchase is, “Getting my audience involved in politics by doing it in a funny way.” Daniel is from Michigan and says that he always drove past the town growing up. He also grew up “very religious” and was told a lot if you’re gay …

A special delivery, a life-saving offer and a gorgeous view

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week A special delivery This is Floyd Martin, and he’s about to deliver a giant package full of feelings with your name on it. Martin has been a mail carrier in suburban Atlanta for almost 35 years, and when people in the neighborhood he serviced learned he was retiring, they decided to send him off in style. More than 300 people showed up along his route, block-party style, with food and little gifts and words of …

A Utah judge was suspended for six months after he criticized Trump in court and on Facebook

(CNN)A judge in Utah has been suspended without pay for six months after he made critical comments about President Donald Trump in court and on his Facebook page. “Judge Kwan’s behavior denigrates his reputation as an impartial, independent, dignified, and courteous jurist who takes no advantage of the office in which he serves,” said the ruling, authored by Utah Supreme Court Justice John A. Pearce. “And it diminishes the reputation of our entire judiciary.” Kwan’s attorney, Gregory Skordas, told CNN he and his client “were disappointed with the ruling but not necessarily surprised.” Skordas said Kwan acknowledges he made comments about political candidates and elected officials, “but felt that his overriding message was on policies and not candidates.” “He is …

Alleged Colorado gunman bullied others and joked about school shootings, a former friend says

(CNN)One of the suspects in the deadly Colorado school shooting is a bully who joked about shootings and threatened other students for years, a former friend said. One of those alleged shooters was Devon Erickson, 18, who was once a friend of Cole’s.

The UNCC student who died charging a gunman received military honors

(CNN)The University of North Carolina at Charlotte student who died after tackling the gunman in last week’s campus shooting was remembered at a memorial service with military honors on Sunday, where close friends and family recalled a humble young man who loved the outdoors and was kind to everyone he met. “It was not out of character for him,” he said, “and maybe someone in that room is here for a greater purpose, and it was Riley’s destiny to sacrifice himself for them.” Howell’s Celebration of Life service took place in the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, outside of Howell’s hometown of Waynesville, where his body was brought home earlier in the week with a police escort, CNN …

Real-life snow angels, a one-of-a-kind gym and a baby tapir!

(CNN)Here’s a money-saving tip: If you want to have fun and do some good in the world, lend someone a hand. Most of the time, it’s completely free.If you think about it, kindness is kind of its own renewable energy source, and this week was full of people putting their endless stores of kindness on turbo-max mode. We dare you to read on and not feel newly energized yourself. Our favorites this week

How to watch the Super Bowl and actually keep up

(CNN)Hello sports fans, are you ready for the Big Game? The Football Sunday? The Aggressively Trademarked Super Gameroo? First of all, it all goes down at 6:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta (or your living room or local public house of choice). If you’re watching on a plain old television like the Cleavers, you can catch the game on CBS or on its streaming app. However, since this is 2019, people will also be looking to stream the game. According to a Sports Illustrated report, 15% of watchers — and 33% of watchers between the ages of 18 and 24 — will be using some kind of streaming device. Who’s playing? The New England Patriots, of course, because they are constitutionally …

A 5-year-old was teased for looking like a boy. So her teacher chopped off her own hair to show support

(CNN)A Texas teacher came up with a creative way to stop her students from teasing a classmate. She chopped off her hair. So Grimm chopped her waist-length brown hair into a pixie cut, like Prisilla’s. “What better way to show them that you can look any way and still be true to yourself and that you can be whoever you want — it doesn’t matter what you look like — than to cut my own hair?” the teacher said in a Facebook live stream about the episode. Grimm even purchased matching hair bows for her and Prisilla to wear, said the Willis Independent School District north of Houston, where Grimm works. At a school board meeting last week, the little …

These Atlanta neighbors no longer wanted to live on Confederate Avenue. Here’s what they did about it

Atlanta (CNN)Tiffany Friesen is still getting used to her new address. Out of habit, she sometimes says she lives on Confederate Avenue, where she and her husband Atiba Mbiwan have been for years. Fifty years later, Friesen and Mbiwan would get involved in an early effort to change the street’s name after nine black churchgoers were massacred at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “I thought it was time for a change,” Friesen remembered. “I felt like it was indicative of a direction that I hope we’re going in as a nation and as a community.” The couple, who are black, moved into their home on Confederate Avenue after getting married in 2003, despite the name. At first, Mbiwan …

5 things to know for January 23: Shutdown, teachers’ strike, transgender military ban

(CNN)It’s Day 33 of the partial government shutdown, and somefederal workers face the prospect of missing another paycheck. Here are some ways you can help them. And here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) The Senate will vote on a pair of bills tomorrow aimed at reopening the parts of the government that are closed. One bill, backed by the GOP, would fund President Trump’s border wall and offer temporary protections for DACA recipients. The other bill, backed by Democrats, is short-term funding legislation that offers no wall funding. Both are expected …

Seattle slips and slides through unusually heavy snowfall

(CNN)One of the biggest snowstorms in years walloped Seattle on Monday, shutting down schools and businesses, delaying airline fights, and tying up traffic on major highways. Seattle Public Schools first announced that classes would start two hours late for its 53,000 students. “But as the snowfall increased, it was determined that roads were too challenging with ice and snow,” spokesperson Tim Robinson said in an email. Schools shut down entirely for Monday in Seattle and surrounding systems. On Tuesday, Seattle schools will start two hours later than usual, the school system tweeted, adding that conditions will be reassessed early Tuesday morning. Much of the West was pounded by rain, wind and snow, CNN meteorologists said. Blizzard warnings were in effect …

Texas Catholic dioceses reveal names of nearly 300 clergy accused of child abuse

(CNN)Every Catholic diocese in Texas has released the names of all priests, deacons and other clergy members accused of sexually abusing children in the past decades. The lists, published on each diocese’s website, include the names of the clergy members, details about when and where they were ordained and which parishes they were assigned to. Each diocese compiled it’s own list and the details about those accused and the allegations vary. While some dioceses noted that some of the accused are linked to ongoing investigations, it’s unclear whether the release of the names could result in criminal charges. Many of the clergy accused are dead. Leading the number of clergy members accused is the Archdiocese of San Antonio — the …