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Trump visits African-American history museum

President Donald Trump will visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture for the first time on Tuesday morning.

Trump's visit to the museum, which opened last September, coincides with Black History Month. Trump first marked the event at the beginning of the month hosting a listening session with what the White House described as African-American leaders.

The attendees did not include leaders from top African-American advocacy groups such as the NAACP or the National Urban League, but instead featured Trump sitting alongside several of his campaign's top black supporters and black members of his administration, including his Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault, a former "Apprentice" contestant and White House staffer.

Last week, Trump again drew questions as he touted his outreach efforts, claiming that Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democratic member of the Congressional Black Caucus, canceled a meeting with Trump because it would be "bad politics."

Cummings said the story was completely false and that the Congressional Black Caucus had tried to set up a meeting with Trump through the White House without success.

Trump also drew criticism when during his news conference last week asked April Ryan, a veteran White House reporter who is black, if she would help set up a meeting with the black caucus, which Ryan is not affiliated with.

Trump is the second member of the first family to attend the months-old museum in just a week. First lady Melania Trump visited the museum last week with Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump made a concerted effort to reach out to African-American voters during the campaign, including through events hosted by his National Diversity Coalition and alongside Carson, the prominent black neurosurgeon who endorsed Trump after dropping out of the GOP primary race.

But Trump's black outreach often came under fierce criticism during the campaign.

With the exception of two visits to predominantly black churches -- one in Michigan and one in Ohio -- Trump largely delivered his message of outreach to African-Americans before overwhelmingly white audiences at political rallies around the country.

His description of African-American life was also often exceedingly dark and broad-brushed, as he equated the lives of poor African-Americans living in inner cities with those of all African-Americans, most of whom do not live in dire straits.

In a frequent refrain, Trump argued that African-Americans lived in conditions worse than those in many foreign war zones and pointedly called on those in the typically Democratic voting bloc to take a risk and support him.

"What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump often asked.

Mom sends son trash in mail after he didn't take it out

One man’s trash… is still that man’s trash, at least according to one mom.

Connor Cox, a student at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, was excited when his mom told him she was sending him some food from their home in Maryland.

When he received the two boxes, he was ecstatic that the first box was filled with his favorite goodies.

“One big box was full of Pringles, Gushers, like anything that you could think of," Cox told InsideEdition.com.

But the second box wasn't quite so sweet.

"The other one was a box full of trash,” he said. “I was digging through it. I didn’t think it was real. I was like ‘what is this?’ and I realized it was trash and then I gave her a call.”

Cox’s mom, Terry, told him that that is “what he got for not taking the trash out before he left.”

“We laughed about it,” Cox said. “I left my house to come back to school and I didn’t take my trash out. I was kind of in a rush. That was her way of saying, ‘You need to take your trash out when you’re home. If I’m paying for your tuition than you have to do some chores around the house,’ which is totally true.”

Thankfully, Cox, 18, finally took his trash out when he received the package.

“It was pretty easy to throw it away,” Cox said.

Large fire breaks out at Tymber Skan condos in Orlando

A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at Tymber Skan, a condemned condo complex in Orange County.

The fire was reported before 8 a.m. near Barkwater Drive and Tymberwood Lane.

No one was injured in the blaze, which burned at least eight units at what appeared to be a vacant building, Orange County fire officials said. 

Video from News 6 helicopter Sky 6 showed flames ripping through the roof of a building and a large plume of black smoke filling the sky.

Firefighters from the Orange County and Orlando fire departments extinguished the flames and white smoke enveloped the area.

[PHOTOS:  Large fire at Tymber Skan condos]

The state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.

No other details are immediately known.

Fires have plagued the troubled complex over the last couple of years, and crime is rampant in the area, authorities told News 6 last year.


 

Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.

 

What's really in your dog's food?

We all love our pets and want what's best for them, and at the most basic level, that comes down to their food.

But what do we really know about what we're giving our dogs and cats to eat?

[WEB EXTRA: What is in Pet Food? I FDA: Pet Food Labels I Pet Food Institute

Dog food commercials used to show such images as puppies running through fields or dogs dancing for their food, but now they focus more on organic and cooked meals for the pups.

Why the switch? Have we been doing it all wrong all these years?

Dr. Richard Hill, an associate professor at the University of Florida, said it's more a reflection of society than anything else.

[Scroll below to read: Understanding common dog food ingredients

"There's very much a trend where people want to feed their dogs like they feed themselves," said Hill. "They really should pay less attention to the ingredients and more attention to the nutrients that are present in the food."

Hill recommends looking for "complete and balanced" on the label, checking that the food meets the nutritional profile by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, or the AAFCO.

"They're a bunch of officials that have looked at the literature and come up with a list of nutrients that the animal needs to have," said Hill. "The food that's in this can says that it fits the formula, so it contains the nutrients the animal needs in the right proportions. If it's complete and balanced, if a dog eats this food, the dog will get all the nutrients it needs and it doesn't need any supplements or anything like that.

You've probably heard words like "by-products" and "meal". Hill said "meal" just means the meat has been cooked and rendered into a dry product and "by-products" just means the rest of the carcass.

[WEB EXTRA: Safe Handling Tips for Pet Foods and Treats I FDA: Complete and Balanced Pet Food 

"What does a cat normally eat? It eats mice, it eats birds, it doesn't just pick up the meat, it doesn't just slice off the breast, and leave the rest, it eats the whole thing," said Hill. "It needs to eat the whole thing because the whole thing contains the nutrients it needs. If it just ate the meat, it wouldn't actually get all the nutrients it needs. Everyone is upset about what they put in here, but they're nutritious things. I can tell you, I eat liver, I eat kidneys, a lot of the world sort of eats these things. These are nutritious things you can eat if you choose to."

He also said one of the biggest myths is that dogs can't eat carbs-- and that foods with them are unhealthy.

"In fact, dogs are able to deal with them quite well," said Hill. "Given the choice, they'll eat about 8 or 10 percent of their calories as carbohydrates."

So what about fancy brands versus your average grocery store ones?

"It's a bit like if you buy different cars. You can buy an expensive car or you can buy a cheap car, they'll both probably get you to Orlando but one might be a better experience," said Hill. "You can buy an expensive car that's a lemon and you can buy a cheap car that does you fine, so it's really a question of seeing how it works with your dog or your cat."

However, Hill said there are some mistakes that most pet owners make. The first, is how you store your animal's food. He recommends storing it in a cool, dry place-- not in your garage. And don't buy larger bags unless your pets will eat it within a month. Otherwise, the food can oxidize and go bad.

Next, most of us are feeding our pets way too much.

"The number one nutrition problem for all dogs and cats is they're getting fat," said Hill. "Cats and dogs are getting so much food. If necessary, just weigh out your food, pick a smaller bowl, it looks better. Make sure your animal stays lean. it will stay healthier, it will live longer, it will do much better and will be much less likely to have problem with it's joints and diabetes."

Finally, Hill said most people give their pets way too many of their calories in treats.

"Probably a third to half of the calories they're getting are coming from treats and that's a problem because most treats are not complete and balanced," said Hill. "Just keep it less than 10 percent of the calories. For a Labrador, that may only be 1,000 calories that it needs in total."

Hill doesn't dispute that there have been scandals in the pet food industry before, but said as long as your pet is doing fine and you're feeding them well, you're doing a good job. 

"People think they're making bad food, it's not in their interest to make bad food," said Hill. "The best person to talk to is your veterinarian or talk to a specialist. The American College of Veterinary Nutrition has a special program, you can talk to any of us there, there are something like 50 or 60 of us across the country and any one of us can give you advice and explain to you what's good and what's bad."


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