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Tom Hanks Calls Out Driver With Many Parking Tickets On Twitter

Tom Hanks has embraced his new real-life role of parking-ticket narc.

The ?Forrest Gump? actor on Saturday ratted out an apparent scofflaw in New York City by tweeting a picture of a car with several tickets crammed onto the windshield. Hollywood screenwriters should take note of his to-the-point message. 

Manhattan is not an uninhabited island like the one where Hanks washed ashore in ?Cast Away,? so word traveled fast. NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald responded. 

Cops located the car on the Upper East Side?s East 79th Street and Park Avenue, and discovered that the tickets had been paid.

?We checked the license plate and there are no outstanding summonses,? a police source told the New York Daily News. ?He probably pays them online but leaves them on his windshield.?

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‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Criticized For Transphobic Reply To Dating Questionnaire

The Bachelorette? doesn?t officially kick off its 13th season until Monday night, but one of the 31 men vying for Rachel Lindsay?s love has already started off on the wrong foot.

ABC posted contestants? bios to its website this week, and Bryce, a 30-year-old firefighter, has been criticized for how he responded to a certain question: What?s your biggest date fear?? 

?The chick is actually a dude,? Bryce responded, per The Wrap

The contestant invited swift backlash from the LGBTQ community, including comments from ?Ru Paul?s Drag Race? alum Sharon Needles and transgender actress Jen Richards. 

ABC provided The Wrap with a statement denouncing Bryce?s answer. ?This comment does not reflect the views of ABC, Warner Horizon or bachelorette Rachel Lindsay,? a representative stated. The network promptly removed the line from its website.

As Refinery29 points out, Bryce wasn?t the only contestant to display uninformed views about transgender people. Lucas, a man who lists his occupation as ?whaboom,? stated that if he could have lunch with any one person, dead or alive, he?d choose Bruce Jenner (?dead?) and Caitlyn Jenner (?alive?). 

?Would be a very interesting convo,? Lucas said.

?Lucas is fetishizing the experience of a trans woman,? Refinery29?s R.A. Farley wrote. ?I?d like to think that Lucas wants to talk to Caitlyn Jenner in an effort to understand the trans experience. But I can?t help but think that?s not the case.?

Those missteps aside, Season 13 of ?The Bachelorette? has been praised for being the series? most progressive yet, with a black bachelorette and a more diverse set of contestants than ever before. The series returns to ABC Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

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We Know Zika Is A Big Problem In Puerto Rico. We Just Don’t Know How Big.

The Zika virus is still a significant threat to Puerto Rico, even though it has all but disappeared from the U.S. news cycle and, state health officials say, mosquitos in Florida.

The climate in Puerto Rico ? a U.S. territory that has been struggling with a budgetary crisis and has had little intervention from state health programs ? is ideal for the aedes aegypti mosquitos that spread infectious diseases. There have been 40,000 confirmed Zika cases among residents. 

All of this could also affect travelers to the island. Little information is coming from Puerto Rico, which could give tourists a misplaced sense of security about the Zika risk there. 

A JAMA pediatrics study published in October 2016 predicted that Puerto Rico would see 110 to 290 Zika-related microcephaly cases between mid-2016 and mid-2017. Microcephaly is a severe birth defect connected to developmental disabilities and babies being born with smaller-than-average heads.

But at last count, Puerto Rican officials had only reported 16 babies born with microcephaly, a staggeringly low figure considering the island has had 3,200 confirmed Zika cases in pregnant women since the beginning of the outbreak.  

These numbers don?t add up, according to some health officials who talked to health news site Stat under the condition of anonymity. They said Puerto Rico might be underreporting its Zika problem for tourism reasons.

The U.S. isn?t keep track of Zika in Puerto Rico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isn?t reporting adverse pregnancy outcomes for U.S. territories ? and according to the agency website, Puerto Rico is using different criteria to report Zika-related birth defects than the United States is. 

It?s also possible that mothers of babies born with birth defects may be unwilling to talk about it publicly. There?s a strong stigma surrounding Zika virus, Dr. Carmen Zorrilla, who runs the Maternal Infant Studies Center at the University of Puerto Rico hospital, told NPR. 

?You have pregnant women with a viral disease that may cause birth defects, which is serious,? Zorrilla said. ?And then you?re blaming them for getting it.?

The U.S. had more than 5,200 reported Zika cases as of May 17, including 218 local mosquito-born transmissions in Florida and six such transmissions in Texas, according to the CDC. There have been 1,845 cases of Zika in pregnant women in the U.S., 64 babies born with Zika-related birth defects and eight cases of Zika-related pregnancy loss.

The CDC awarded Puerto Rico?s health department $9.5 million to set up a Zika tracking system for pregnant women and to identify Zika-affected infants and fetuses. But a deep rift between the CDC and Puerto Rican heath officials means the two groups aren?t collaborating, Stat reports. 

It?s not clear how long it will take for up-to-date, accurate information about Zika and microcephaly in Puerto Rico to come to light.

?I see pregnant women every day,? Zorrilla told Stat. ?What am I to tell them??

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