09.12.2022

Teen whom Biden befriended as fellow stutterer has book deal

Brayden Harrington’s picture story “Brayden Speaks Up” will be released Aug. 10, HarperCollins Children’s Books announced Tuesday.

Brayden Harrington the teenager whom President-elect Joe Biden befriended as a fellow stutterer — and will be part of a primetime inaugural special — has a book coming out this summer.

Harrington, 13, is a New Hampshire resident who met Biden in February while the Democratic candidate was at a town hall event in Concord. They later spoke backstage and Harrington, who has praised Biden for giving him confidence, addressed the Democratic National Convention last August in a video that was viewed millions of times.

“When I learned I had the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention, I was so nervous!” Harrington said in a statement. “What got me through and helped motivate me was knowing I could be a voice for other children who stutter as well as anyone else who has faced challenges. I only hope my story provides a little extra support and motivation for those that need it,”

Harrington, whose first book will be illustrated by Betty C. Tang, has a middle-grade novel scheduled for 2022. He will be among the featured guests Wednesday night during a 90 minute “Celebrating America” program that will help mark Biden’s inauguration as president.

Police search family home of ‘prime suspect’ Paul Flores in 1996 cold case

Police have named a “prime suspect” 25 years after teenager Kristin Smart went missing from her California university campus in 1996.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced that it served a search warrant at the home of Ruben Flores, the father of Ms Smart’s former classmate Paul Flores.

The Sherrif’s office called Mr Flores a “prime suspect” in the disappearance after previously considering him a longtime person-of-interest.

“The Sheriff’s Office has been authorized to utilize cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar during the course of the search,” a spokesman said in a statement.

“This process could potentially take one to two days to complete.”

While the sealed search warrant precludes any further information from being disclosed, Ms Smart’s family said in a statement they looked forward to more developments.

“We are encouraged by the news of today’s search of Ruben Flores’ property,” the Smart family said in a statement, according to ABC News local affiliate KEYT-TV. “We appreciate the vigilance and professionalism of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and his department and our family looks forward to learning more in the hours and days ahead.”

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