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Baseball legend Hank Aaron meets Hank the Dog
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Baseball legend Hank Aaron meets Hank the Dog

Baseball legend Hank Aaron meets Hank the Dog
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac
Inductee Joe Torre assists baseball legend and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron as he is intoduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Baseball legend Hank Aaron meets Hank the Dog

Remember Hank the Dog, the mutt that made headlines when he showed up at the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training camp? It was determined that the dog had been hit by a car. He was taken to the veterinarian, where his injuries were treated.

After the team was unable to find Hank’s owner, they adopted him. The team named him Hank, after baseball legend Hank Aaron.

The cuddly mutt has become an unofficial but beloved team mascot, scampering around the field during practice and bringing smiles to players and fans alike. Hank has been living the good life, sporting his own merchandise line and enjoying his own mobile dog house when he travels with the team.

This week, the two amazing Hanks met and posed for an adorable photo. 

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  • Do you ever get that sinking feeling that you forgot something? Despite the fact you’ve employed redundancy measures that would make NASA jealous, you can almost guarantee that you’ve missed some small item needed for your Thanksgiving feast.  Don’t worry. Several grocery store chains across the country will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day. Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow national opening/closing hours. Be sure to check with your local stores for times.  ALDI: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving. AJ's Fine Foods: Open 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.   Albertsons: Stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.   Bashas': Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.   BJ's Wholesale Club: BJ’s is closed Thanksgiving. Costco: All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. Food Lion: Most stores will be open until 3 p.m. (depending on the store). Fresh Market: Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Kroger: Many stores are open 24 hours; check local store for hours. Publix: All stores and pharmacies will be closed on Thanksgiving; regular hours resume on Friday. Safeway: Most stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Locations will return to regular hours on Friday. Sam's Club: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving. Sprouts Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target: Stores open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and close at midnight. Trader Joes: All stores closed on Thanksgiving. Walmart: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving. Wegmans: Stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Whole Foods: Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. If you are simply abandoning the idea of that Martha Stewart Thanksgiving in favor of a good buffet down the street, here is a link to a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving.
  • If the thought of spending hours in the kitchen on Thursday just doesn’t sound like a good use of your time, what with family all around and the prospect of Black Friday shopping beginning at 7 a.m. that day, there are a variety of restaurants that just may have the answer for you. Several chain restaurants and many local ones are open on Thanksgiving, with options ranging from dining in to carrying out to catering the whole affair.  Important note: Not all restaurants listed below will be open on Thanksgiving or offer special deals. Some franchise restaurants of certain chains may be closed. It is important to call the restaurant closest to you to confirm the hours and deals. These restaurants are set to be open on Thanksgiving. Acapulco Restaurant and Cantina will have a special Thanksgiving buffet with a roasted turkey and ham-carving station and a taco al pastor and seafood station. Applebee’s restaurants will be offering a special Thanksgiving meal featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes and green beans.  Bob Evans will have the Farmhouse Feast carryout menu that offers a turkey or ham feast (with all the trimmings) that feed up to four ($49.99) or eight people ($79.99). You can get both turkey and ham for $109.99.  Boston Market will offer a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal. Choose between turkey or rotisserie chicken, with side dishes of mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and vegetable stuffing.   Buca di Beppo will open at 11 a.m., and you can dine in, get catered meals or get a to-go dinner.  Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill will be serving an all-you-can-eat turkey dinner (three-courses) for $21.99. Children 12 and under eat for $9.99.  Chevys Fresh Mex is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal. They are open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Chompie’s is open until 3 p.m., and is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $19.99 per person, with options to dine in or get your meal to-go. Claim Jumper Restaurants will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at most locations.  Country Cookin’ will be offering a “Thanksgiving Day Feast” with turkey or ham and all-you-can-eat holiday salads and sides for $10.99 (kids 10 and under $4.49).   Cracker Barrel will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and will feature a Thanksgiving dinner for $12.99 for dining in ($7.99 for children), a $67.99 to-go meal and a fully catered dinner for $99.   Denny’s has a breakfast and dinner available on Thanksgiving. El Torito will offer an all-day buffet (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) with traditional Mexican dishes, along with a turkey and ham-carving station, traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and a pasta bar. 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  • A missing child alert has been issued for 15-year-old Logan Mott out of Neptune Beach.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Jacksonville Police believe Logan is in the company of his grandmother, 53-year-old Kristina French.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says firearms are missing from a home they are associated with. Our partners at Action News Jax spoke with Logan’s mother who says the home that had the firearms looked like it had been ransacked.  The two are believed to traveling in a 2015 silver Dodge Dart with Florida tag D-L-L-T-4-2.  JSO says with the firearms missing, you should not approach them if you see them. You are asked to call 911. This is a developing story, check back for more updates. 

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