The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day

(CNN)Fear not, Halloween purists: Your beloved holiday will probably remain on October 31. But what’s better than one day of witches and vampires roaming the street? Two days of treats! The association will partner with Party City to launch #ALLoween, a campaign to promote the new holiday that — fittingly — hits stores on Friday, September 13, according to the petition. The association’s campaign to shift Halloween to a Saturday began in 2018. Organizers claimed that the change would make the holiday “safer, longer and stress-free.” After a year languishing on the petition website, it began picking up steam this month. The group didn’t specifically outline just how a Saturday spookfest would make for a better Halloween, but in theory, …

Couple says ‘I do’ minutes before their baby’s delivery

(CNN)A New Jersey couple expecting their first baby had plans to get married in a small civil ceremony two weeks before their child arrived. Their baby, however, had other plans. Gallardo, 45, said they rushed to Morristown Medical Center and were given paperwork to sign listing Gallardo as Margaritondo’s fiance, not her husband. “What really sparked it is when they had brought in the paperwork and said because you weren’t married he wouldn’t be able to be my proxy,” Margaritondo, 44, said.

Here are 5 ways to show your patriotism on Flag Day 2019

(CNN)There are three weeks until the Fourth of July, but if you can’t wait til then to celebrate the Stars and Stripes, we have another patriotic holiday for you. 1. Learn the proper way to display and handle the flag Today is actually part of a larger patriotic celebration — Flag Week — during which police stations, fire departments and schools are urged to display the flag and government buildings are required to. Join in by flying the red, white and blue outside your home. Just be aware that flag etiquette requires that no other flag can be flown higher than the national flag and that the flag cannot touch the ground or any surfaces beneath it. For more guidelines …

How the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is fighting to make the city a safe space

(CNN)When a subway ride in Queens last November became the setting of an anti-gay attack, New York Police turned to a team set up for just such an incident: the Hate Crime Task Force. Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari, the commanding officer of the Hate Crime Task Force, said he has not seen a hate crime incident at a Pride event in New York City. And his team is working with the FBI and the Department of Justice to keep it that way. “As far back as I’ve looked up, I’ve never seen an incident related to Pride Week,” Molinari said. “But as a response unit to an event, we have to be ready to respond.” But their absence at Pride …

This Colorado high school student never thought he would have to decide to rush a gunman

Highlands Ranch, Colorado (CNN)When a gunman walked into his British Literature class at STEM School Highlands Ranch last week, interrupting the movie “The Princess Bride,” Joshua Jones says his instincts kicked in. “Adrenaline and tunnel vision are crazy things,” Jones said, with his parents sitting by his side. “You get what you’re doing done, and then later you realize what’s happened.” And he didn’t think of himself as a hero, he said. “You never expect to make that choice at any point in your life.” He tackled the gunman, then called his mom Jones remembered the gunman entering the classroom, drawing his weapon and yelling “Nobody move!” Kendrick Castillo was the first to move towards the shooter, then Brendan Bialy …

The Colorado school shooting suspects are due in court as mourners honor a student hero

(CNN)On the same day mourners gather to remember a young hero, two schoolmates accused in the mass shooting that killed him are due in court. in the eight days since gunfire erupted in the school, killing one student and wounding eight others, a spate of new information has emerged about one of the suspects, the allegations against the school and the high school senior who lost his life protecting others. Hundreds of Jeeps will arrive for slain hero’s memorial Kentrick Castillo spent his final moments trying to stop the attack, classmates said. He was killed as he lunged toward a gunman, just days before he was supposed to graduate. “Because of what he did, others are alive, and I thank …