Top 5 things people are talking about on Thursday, January 11

Search after California mudslides remains ongoing; 17 dead

The devastation from the mudslides in Montecito, California continue to add up, with now 17 confirmed deaths.

In addition to the 17 people who died, 17 others are still reported missing as the search remains ongoing. Helicopters are being used to rescue surviving victims while many workers found dead bodies buried in the mud.

Ryan Shazier attends practice in wheelchair

Ryan Shazier returned to Steelers, but this time arriving to practice in a wheelchair.

I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. Ive been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress. Taking it day-by-day, but I’m far from done. The Lord has not finished his work yet. I want to say thank you to the fans and Steelers Nation for the prayers. If it wasn’t for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn’t be were I am now. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health. #Shalieve#Steelers#prayfor50

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Dramatic video shows teacher escorted, handcuffed at school board meeting

A Louisiana teacher who spoke out about teacher pay at a school board meeting was handcuffed by a law officer as she screamed on the floor.

In dramatic video posted by KATC-TV, the teacher yells at the officer that he’d just pushed her to the ground. The officer orders her to “stop resisting” as he tries to gain control of her in a brief struggle.

REPORT: Pirates trading Cole to Astros not a done deal

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole will most likely be headed to the Houston Astros, but not quite yet.

Jon Morosi, an MLB Network reporter, tweeted the Cole was headed to the Astros Wednesday afternoon.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix awarded for ‘outstanding economic impact’

An impressive amount of car lovers flocked to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix last summer to see a wide variety of unique vehicles from around the world, and now, the event is receiving recognition for bringing in millions of dollars to the city.

Sports Destination Management has awarded the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix with a Champion of Economic Impact award for “outstanding and quantifiable economic impact, media recognition for the city and an overall exceptional experience for all involved,” according to a press release from SportsPITTSBURGH and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

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