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L.A. Angels star Albert Pujols, wife start new cafe concept that helps equip adults from vulnerable situations with vocational training, life skills

COSTA MESA (KABC) — The Los Angeles Angels missed the playoffs this year but Albert Pujols and his wife, Diedre, are keeping busy. The couple launched Open Gate Kitchen, a new cafe concept fueling social good, which equips adults from vulnerable life situations with vocational training and life skills.

Fernando Escobar is now head cook and manager of the restaurant; but a few years ago, he didn’t know where his next meal would come from. Open Gate International helped turn his life around through culinary school.

“My life was in the place of darkness and addicted to meth and alcohol and I ended up in the streets homeless,” said Escobar.

Making food takes Escobar back to days in the kitchen with his mother; Christmas with his family. It now gives him a feeling of empowerment.

“To be a part of something that could possibly help another single parent out there and another single dad to be able to get back on their feet and to provide for their kids is such a humbling experience,” said Escobar.

Diedre Pujols is the founder of the non-profit Open Gate Kitchen. The Costa Mesa restaurant offers life coaching, culinary training and job placement programs to people like Escobar.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Diedre.

The mission is a personal one for Pujols. Her own past struggles with addiction and bad choices help her connect with the students here.

“At 19, I didn’t even want to live anymore and so I feel like there’s a way that I can identify with a lot of these individuals who come in,” said Diedre.

Her husband, L.A. Angels first baseman, Albert Pujols, says he worked hard for his own dreams, and he’s helping his wife do the same for their community.

“Their teachers, they get the best

No adults in house when 11-year-old was shot at Flint home, police chief says

FLINT, MI — Police say there were no adults in the house when an 11-year-old boy was shot and critically injured Tuesday afternoon at a Flint home.



a man and a woman standing in the grass: Flint police investigate after an 11-year-old boy was shot multiple times on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the 600 block of Crawford Street on Flint's south side.


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Flint police investigate after an 11-year-old boy was shot multiple times on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the 600 block of Crawford Street on Flint’s south side.

Officers with the Flint Police Department responded around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the 600 block of Crawford Street, between Euston and Grand Traverse streets, for a report of a shooting.



a group of people in uniform: Flint police investigate after an 11-year-old boy was shot multiple times on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the 600 block of Crawford Street on Flint's south side.


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Flint police investigate after an 11-year-old boy was shot multiple times on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the 600 block of Crawford Street on Flint’s south side.

A neighbor called police after hearing people yelling that someone had been shot.

The boy had been shot multiple times and was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he is in critical condition.

Michigan State Police troopers had taken a 35-year-old man into custody at the Walmart store off East Court Street in Burton as a potential suspect in the matter, Flint Police Chief Terence Green said.



a group of people standing around a fire hydrant in front of a house: Flint police investigate after an 11-year-old boy was shot multiple times on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the 600 block of Crawford Street on Flint's south side.


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Flint police investigate after an 11-year-old boy was shot multiple times on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the 600 block of Crawford Street on Flint’s south side.

The man has since been released from custody after investigators spoke with the children inside the home at the time of the shooting.

“The kids weren’t truthful,” said Green. “He definitely wasn’t the one that fired the shot. We don’t think he was there when it happened.”

There were four children — ages 9 to 14 — at the home when the boy was shot, but