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Ohio Wedding Boutique Closed Following Reports That Ebola-Stricken Nurse May Have Been Symptomatic When Trying On Gowns

Amber Vinson, the second nurse to have contracted Ebola while providing care for Thomas Duncan, the Liberian patient who died in a Dallas hospital earlier this month, may have "been experiencing symptoms" of the disease while visiting family in Cleveland, Ohio last weekend. Even after she called to report a high temperature bordering on fever, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) cleared her to travel, via commercial plane, both to and from Cleveland. So before we go any further, let's please not victim shame here.


Vinson had traveled to Cleveland to visit family — and to undertake some planning for her wedding (via Gawker). During the weekend, she went to try on bridal gowns, as brides-to-be often do. Now, upon her return to Dallas, she immediately checked herself into hospital; initial reports were that only people who flew on her same return flight* needed to monitor for potential symptoms of their own. (A special helpline has been set up to this effect, and Frontier Airlines has placed the flight's crew on paid leave.) However, the CDC now says they have received "more information" suggesting she may have been symptomatic as early as her flight out, potentially placing all the people she came into contact with both on her way to and in Cleveland at risk — note that Ebola is only transmissable via bodily fluids, and only contagious when a person is experiencing symptoms.

In particular, this includes her trip to the Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal boutique in Tallmadge, Ohio last Saturday (at present, this is believed to be the only occasion when Vinson wasn't just around family and close friends) . Local news station WCPO9 spoke with the boutique's ownerThursday, who described Vinson and her friends as "like any eager group" visiting the store. "What are we supposed to do?" she told the station. "The lady was here. So either tell us everything's fine, have somebody come out here and investigate maybe. I feel like they don't know yet what to do." The boutique is currently closed as a precaution, and being cleaned by local health inspectors. Folks also present on Saturday afternoon are also being urged to check in with the CDC.

Vinson is currently being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Her family have released a statement saying they have been "overwhelmed" with love and support, but also asking for privacy while her case is ongoing. Fellow nurse Nina Pham, who also caught Ebola while caring for Duncan, is now described as "quite stable," and will reportedly be released when she is well enough.

Oh, and another medical worker who may have come into contact with Thomas Duncan's "Ebola specimens" is currently self-quarantined WHILE ON A CRUISE SHIP.*The Daily Mail spoke with two male strippers also on the flight, returning from a romance novel convention in Canton, Ohio. They believe Vinson was sat "in front or behind" them (because that's how planes work), and have reportedly been told she was merely "three feet away." They are both self-quarantining themselves until early November (the recommended quarantine time is three weeks, which is considered the longest time it takes Ebola symptoms to manifest), and have bleached their inevitably G-string filled luggage.


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Working toward a wedding? Lakeshore Bridal Expo to return to Muskegon Country Club

Few occasions are more of a cause for celebration than a wedding, but before the rehearsals and cake, church bells and saying "I do," the so-called "big day" takes plenty of planning.

Prospective brides in the Muskegon area will have a chance to take care of all their wedding needs when the 5th annual Lakeshore Bridal Expo is held at the Muskegon Country Club from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 19.


"It's just a way to get the ball rolling for brides who are looking to plan their wedding day," said Lakeshore Bridal Expo Director Nik Tong. "It's a chance for them to get going early in the game ahead of weddings that may take place in the summer."

The free event will feature 32 wedding professionals that will be offering their products and assistance. A multitude of wedding-related services, including the expo sponsor Miphotobooth, photographers, catering, bakeries, event center representatives, jewelry, makeup and hairstylists will be on hand.

Several door prizes, including rounds of golf, free dinners and vendor gift certificates will be given away. This year's grand prize is a $500 travel certificate from Airport Tour and Travel. The first 25 brides to arrive will receive a free gift bag.

Tong said an average of 120 brides and 350 people total have attended the expo over its first four years. Most of the attendees are made up of family of the bride and bridesmaids, but every once in a while grooms will be heading up the wedding plans.

"There's a handful," he said. "There are some that are really involved, but a lot of times they just come along to keep the peace, so to speak."


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Capt. Steve Walters gets an escort from Legion Riders to wedding reception

Army Capt. Steve Walters received the hero’s welcome home he deserved Sunday, with his blushing bride at his side.

The 25-year-veteran, who served multiple combat tours during the first Gulf War, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, was escorted with wife, Michele, on their wedding day on Sunday by his fellow members of the American Legion Riders Post 234. Walters is set to retire from the army next year.

The large procession into the parking lot of Family Heritage Restaurant in Franconia for the wedding reception was quite a memorable site. Members of the Telford and Souderton Fire Companies parked two fire trucks facing each other and used the trucks’ ladders to hang a 30 by 40 foot American flag into the air, in order for the procession of motorcycles and cars to travel underneath. A band of bikers then pulled into the lot, playing patriotic music, followed by the newlyweds inside their purple Dodge Challenger, a few more bikers and the rest of the wedding party bringing up the rear.

“I’ll tell you what,” the 45-year-old Walters began, after the procession ended, “what our local fire fighters, what our Legion Riders have done here, the support that we have gotten has been absolutely amazing. We could not ask for a better day all the way around.”


The couple, who’ve been together for almost five years said this was an incredible way to celebrate one of the most important dates in their lives.

“I had no idea,” Michele said. “So I got a little teary eyed because it’s very awesome to see our flag anywhere, but that size on our special day is just awesome.”

While Walters admitted to helping plan the escort with the Legion Riders, he didn’t expect the overwhelming show of support they received.

“I had asked for a four to six man detail,” Walters said. “We had 60 riders. It was absolutely amazing. And their chief, they said to us, ‘we have something a little extra planned for you.’ So what we have here is that something little extra with this tremendous flag and all the support you could ever ask for.”

American Legion Rider member Nancy Buck, who helped organize the event, said the escort was about celebrating the special day and honoring Walters for his service.

“That’s his career. He’s military. He’s been awarded the silver star,” she said. “And he’s been with this woman for a long time and they finally got married. And he is a member of our post, so we’re definitely going to honor him. That’s why we did this.”

Walter said his service began during Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm in 1991 before beginning tours again in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

“I went back again in ‘06/’07 for another tour in Iraq,” he said. “And then went back again for another tour in 2009/2010. I [went to] Afghanistan in 2011/2012 and for the majority of 2013 for another tour. This is what we do. I’m proud to serve. As you can see the support that we have not just from my fellow service members, but from the community all around us, many of these guys are veterans and I don’t think we show them enough appreciation. They’re around us everyday. They don’t ask for much, just a shake and a thank you.”

Hopefully he got the send-off he deserved.


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