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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera is replacing Robert Lepage’s controversial production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with a new staging by British director Richard Jones. Jones’ version of the four-opera “Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung)” will be a co-production with the English National Opera, which announced Wednesday the cycle will start at the London Coliseum this autumn with “The Valkyrie” for the English-language company. “Rhinegold” will premiere in 2022-23, “Siegfried” in 2024 and “Twilight of the Gods” in 2025. Met general manager Peter Gelb was not ready to say when the production will come to New York other than “this is really quite far down the road for us.” “He’s one of the directors I admire most,” Gelb said. “He’s obviously thought about the Ring throughout his entire professional life, having done productions of it in the past. The fact he’s interested in...
    TED Cruz has been widely mocked for sharing photos of himself handing out bottled water in a "shameless" photo-op just days after he jetted off to Cancun with his family. On Saturday, the Texas senator posted several photos of himself on Twitter delivering water to residents with the hashtag #TexasStrong, as he faces fierce backlash for heading to Cancun, Mexico as Texans froze to death during a devastating winter storm.  17Ted Cruz tweeted "#TexasStrong" with several photos of himself appearing to be a good samaritan.Credit: Twitter 17Cruz attempts to show some compassion.Credit: Twitter 17Huge lines have formed where people are hoping for clean water.Credit: Getty Images - Getty 17Ted Cruz to the rescue.Credit: Twitter In Texas, some 14 million people are now without clean water and a major disaster has been declared. Across Houston and Austin, people have been waiting in long lines in their cars for water. In Cruz's...
    On Saturday February 20, the Spanish will know what the song is with which Blas Cantó will represent us at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. During the gala called ‘Destino Eurovisión’, Cantó will perform the two songs that his team has proposed, called « Memory » and « I’m going to stay. » Now, RTVE has shown the first images of the set and the stage of said gala. This is the scenario of ‘Destination Eurovision’ Prado del Rey Studio 5 will host the ‘Destination Eurovision’ gala. The set has a space of almost 200 square meters, adorned with a « modern and minimalist » design, in the words of public television. The space is composed of two connected platforms: a main one with a square shape and rounded edges and an accessory rectangular structure that, according to the group, will offer breadth and depth to the scene. The set also has three vertical LED screens...
    Months after other major economies, Japan began giving the first coronavirus vaccines to front-line health workers Wednesday. Many are wondering if the campaign will reach enough people, and in time, to save a Summer Olympics already delayed a year by the worst pandemic in a century. Despite recent rising infections, Japan has largely dodged the kind of cataclysm that has battered other wealthy countries' economies, social networks and healthcare systems. But the fate of the Olympics, and the billions of dollars at stake should the Games fail, makes Japan's vaccine campaign crucial. Japanese officials are also well aware that China, which has had success eradicating the virus, will host next year's Winter Olympics, something that heightens the desire to make the Tokyo Games happen. A big problem as the vaccines roll out - first to medical workers, then the elderly and then, possibly in...
    A TikToker is being accused of spraying her hair with Gorilla Glue for 'clout' and 'money' after a Louisiana woman went viral for using the permanent adhesive to set her hairstyle.  Avani Reyes, 20, has claimed that she 'accidentally' sprayed Gorilla Glue in her hair and can't remove it — just days after Tessica Brown, 40, traveled to Los Angeles to have Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng dissolve the adhesive on her head during a $12,500 procedure.  Reyes has posted numerous TikToks about her beauty conundrum, starting with a video of herself trying to comb through her cropped pink hair, which is covered with a thick layer of glue.  Scroll down for video   Not again! Avani Reyes, 20, has claimed that she 'accidentally' sprayed Gorilla Glue in her hair and can't remove it in a series of viral TikToks Not working: In the first clip she shared, she tried running a...
    Two brothers accused of staging a fake stabbing in Montgomery County, Maryland, for a social media video could get more than they bargained for — if convicted on all charges, they face more than five years in jail. The incident involved prop blood, a digital camera placed in a kitchen light and unsuspecting residents of a home turned into “witnesses,” according to a Montgomery County police news release. On Jan. 24 just after 5:45 p.m., police arrived at a chaotic scene at a house on the 12700 block of Laurie Drive in Silver Spring. People were yelling and crying at the home, and Pierre Jean, 19, was standing over his brother Denidson Jean, 21, who was lying on the kitchen floor covered in what appeared to be blood and clutching a T-shirt to his neck. An officer asked Pierre Jean who stabbed his brother, and he said, “I didn’t mean...
    By Sankalp Phartiyal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian social-media app Koo is witnessing a surge in popularity, fuelled by politicians and others flocking to it after U.S. rival Twitter Inc refused to follow a government order to block certain content on its platform. Twitter has locked horns with New Delhi this month over the order to remove more than 1,100 accounts and posts which the government says are spreading misinformation about farmer protests against new agricultural laws. The dispute escalated on Wednesday when Twitter said it did not fully comply with some requests as it believed they were not in line with Indian law. Koo said downloads had surged 10-fold in the past two days to over 3 million. Meanwhile #kooapp was the top Twitter trend in India on Wednesday with nearly 21,000 posts, followed by #BanTwitter. WHAT IS KOO? Koo is a Twitter-like micro-blogging platform which allows users to...
    Astonishing video has emerged from Myanmar showing the moment the military staged a coup against the government - captured in the background of an aerobics workout video. Khing Hnin Wai, a PE teacher from the capital Naypyidaw, recorded the footage outside the country's parliament building on Monday - without realising that the government was being overthrown right behind her. The video shows Wai performing a workout routine to upbeat music, while armoured trucks and soldiers blockade the road behind her and before a convoy of police and military vehicles arrive. Wai continues her routine even as the vehicles pass through the roadblock and then turn down a side-street towards the parliament, as the military seized full control of the government. Khing Hnin Wai, a PE teacher from Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, was recording a workout video in front of the country's parliament on Monday when a coup took place behind her...
    China has sent warplanes almost every day in January to conduct military exercises near Taiwan as preparation for a possible war, reports have claimed. The Chinese military aircraft were spotted entering Taiwanese airspace on a total of 30 different days last month, according to Taiwanese media. Beijing's alleged intrusions were considered as 'preparing to fight the possible war through exercises', warned Chinese nationalist tabloid Global Times. China has sent warplanes almost every day in January to conduct military exercises near Taiwan as preparation for a possible war, reports say. In this file photo on October 1, 2019, Chinese military aircraft fly in formation during a parade in Beijing RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next China assures its citizens they won't waddle 'like penguins'... America vows to 'take action' if Myanmar military coup is... China ignores new trade minister's letter for a MONTH after... ...
    A California sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday for staging a drive-by shooting last January, according to a release from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Deputy Sukhdeep Gill of Santa Clara County claimed he was ambushed by a passing car while stopping on the side of the road to urinate during a routine patrol last year. He alleged he was shot, and soon afterward used the emergency broadcast button to indicate that there had been gunfire. The incident triggered a manhunt for the alleged assailant. At the time of the incident, officers responded from the sheriff’s office and San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy police departments.  Responding officers noted last year that Gill had no serious injuries following the alleged incident. The only damage appeared to be to his body camera, where he claimed he was shot. Gill also stated that he had fired back at a silver sedan that had been there...
    (CNN)A California sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged on Friday with felony vandalism and falsely reporting a crime for allegedly staging a "shocking ambush," according to the Santa Clara County district attorney's office.A year ago, on January 31, 2020, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sukhdeep Gill reported that "he was shot from a passing car as he stood on a dark rural road," according to a news release from the district attorney's office. When officers responded, no serious injuries were found on Gill and it appeared that he had been shot only once on his body camera, which was destroyed, the release said. Gill's report triggered a manhunt for the alleged shooter, according to the release.Gill told officers that "he had parked on the dirt shoulder to urinate during a routine patrol. While walking back towards the driver side of his patrol car he was shot at by the...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Friday accused the country’s longtime president of staging a “coup” in last week’s election and urged people to protest his loss through nonviolent means. But he suggested he might not go to court to challenge the official results. Calling the Jan. 14 polls “a mockery of democracy,” the opposition lawmaker and popular singer whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu made his first public address since polling day. Speaking while under house arrest, he asserted in an online briefing that Ugandans are being oppressed by ”a small group of gunmen” in charge of the East African country. President Yoweri Museveni “committed a coup against the constitution and against the people of Uganda,” the opposition leader said from his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. Police say they have orders to restrict his movements to protect the public...
    By Sam Richards, Bay City News Foundation MARTINEZ — Cynthia Webster’s daughter would have played high school soccer this year had there not been a raging pandemic going on. She doesn’t think there’s any need for her daughter or any other kids to remain on the sidelines anymore. Friday afternoon, Webster was one of approximately 50 people — all wearing masks, most socially distancing — who lined the sidewalk in front of Alhambra High School in Martinez as part of a “Let Them Play” rally to generate support for letting kids get back to the playing field. That includes everything from high-profile high school football programs to T-ball baseball teams, and artistic pursuits like dance and everything in between to practice, play and perform. “I’m here to support getting these young kids back on campus, just like in other states, safely,” Webster said as she waved a sign that said...
    No. 839 in a series of true experiences in real estate Once we made a cowboy room in a house. The walls were already knotty pine, the floor was fir and there was one swing-open wooden window on the end wall. It just looked “ranchy” to us and so, we and our stager made it more so. A canvas cot was found and a striped woolen blanket. A colorful woven poncho was hung on one wall. My daughter loaned us a couple of toy horses for built-in ledges on the sides of the room. And the owner of the house provided rough-look cowboy boots and a Levi’s denim jacket. The owner, the stager and we loved the look. We stood at the doorway and wondered what else we might add to this cozy room to exaggerate the picture. “What we need is an old cowboy movie,” someone said. “How about...
    Roxanne Fay (L) as Sister Aloysius and Andresia Moseley as Mrs. Muller.Pritchard Photography The artistic visionaries behind our best professional theaters shine a light on how they plan to move forward in 2021 until COVID-19 is in the rear view mirror. Here’s snapshot in alpha order—plus an overdue happy, surprise ending . . . American Stageamericanstage.org In May, when I interviewed Stephanie Gularte in May about how the pandemic affected the region’s oldest, largest theatre. I wanted to know about plans to weather this storm without a foreseeable end, she didn't even hint at the retinal issue that would force her resignation a mere three months later. Her five year tenure has been exemplary—a triumph of both artistic and management acumen. And now her board is doing a national search with a well-respected arts headhunter to fill her shoes by spring. AmStage recently finished a three play virtual series (I...
    THE current Miss France has sparked outrage after staging an autograph signing event in a packed shopping centre in the middle of lockdown despite the country’s Covid-19 crisis.  Miss France 2021 Amandine Petit, 23, signed autographs and met fans in Farebersviller, a commune in the Moselle department in France, with pictures showing hordes of people attending the event and not social distancing. 8The pageant queen can be seen holding a mic whilst addressing her fans in the packed shopping centre amidst the pandemic Credit: @amandinepetitoff/Newsflash After the images emerged on social media on Saturday, netizens, celebrities and French media alike expressed outrage and incredulity of the star. France is currently on strict lockdown, with cinemas, restaurants, and most shops closed and people instructed to stay at home wherever possible. The country is also currently facing criticism for the slower rollout of the vaccine in comparison to their European neighbours.  French...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and outgoing President Donald Trump are all planning to campaign in the southern state of Georgia in the final two days ahead of next Tuesday's crucial Senate runoff elections.  Harris is staging a rally Sunday in the Atlantic coastal city of Savannah for the Democratic contenders, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Baptist minister, who is opposing incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, and Jon Ossoff, a television documentary producer who is running against Republican Senator David Perdue.  Biden and Trump both have announced rallies for Monday, the day before the Tuesday in-person voting.  FILE - Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., speaks as President Donald Trump and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., listen at a campaign rally at Valdosta Regional Airport in Georgia, Dec. 5, 2020.Biden will rally with the two Democrats in Georgia's biggest city, Atlanta, while Trump is stumping for Loeffler and Perdue...
    Chris Kleponis - Pool Via Cnp/CNP via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.I want to share a few recent headlines with you: Pushback on Xi’s Vision for China Spreads Beyond U.S. The broad coalition uniting to try to take down Viktor Orbán Boris Johnson’s Post-Brexit Plan for Britain Remains a Puzzle U.K. prime minister’s policies so far don’t suggest he wants to embark on a Margaret Thatcher-style economic revolution Breaking down President Trump’s final 23 days in office, upcoming Biden administration Fears of military coups to the contrary, Donald Trump is gone. Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is facing a united opposition for the first time. More and more countries are getting fed up with Xi Jinping’s autocratic nationalism. Boris Johnson’s worst impulses seem to have been neutered. For the...
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — With local hospitals overwhelmed by the latest COVID-19 surge, nurses are reaching their breaking point. “This is a national disaster,” one nurse said. “Once the healthcare falls, wiped out, there’s no coming back.” The veteran Orange County emergency room nurse did not want his name to be shared, but he wanted to let people know what it has been like in area hospitals. “I grew up in a war-torn place, and this is the most scared [I’ve been] in my life and in my career,” he said. Since the latest surge began, the nurse said terrified healthcare workers have been working double-time with no breaks and not enough life-saving personal protective equipment. “Those nurses that they have now? They’re gonna start dying,” he said. “We already have two deaths in those hospitals that we work at, and there’s more [that are] gonna die.” And, for the...
    Investors are seeking to overthrow Exxon’s board of directors in an attempt to reign in massive spending plans, according to reports. The push is being led by an investment firm called Engine No. 1, according to CNN Business. Engine No. 1 has reportedly lined up four individuals who have agreed to fill seats on the Exxon Board of Directors “if necessary.” For the first time in modern history, Exxon faces a credible challenge from frustrated investors seeking to overthrow its board of directors.https://t.co/oVTHrwM2wx — CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) December 15, 2020 The investment firm reportedly has support from the Church of England and the California State Teacher’s Retirement System. “Historically Exxon hasn’t had to care too much about shareholders. Now they’ve got people rattling their cage,” said Third Bridge Group Analyst Peter McNally, according to CNN Business. Exxon has reportedly lost $266 billion in market value since 2014. The company...
    (CNN)If you haven't spent time at high-end classic car shows, then you may never have heard of Delage, Hispano-Suiza or De Tomaso. But these long dormant brands have an adoring fan base among wealthy car collectors. And now, new companies are looking to capitalize on that attraction by bringing them back. It's a high-risk endeavor that rarely succeeds. Bugatti is one of the only classic car rebirths that has survived long-term, and that was only on the second try in 1998. Also, most importantly, that second attempt was by Volkswagen Group (VLKPF), the world's largest automaker.But these other classic car brands are being funded by small privately held companies. Each plans to sell its cars in small numbers -- numbers that make Bugattis look mass-produced -- and at very high prices.Delage D12The new Delage D12 is designed to be street-legal but feel like a Formula 1 race car.French car maker...
    RUSSIA has boasted a third successful test of its 6,000mph hypersonic Zircon missile hours after staging nuke war games. The new-age weapon has been identified by Moscow’s state-controlled TV as Vladimir Putin’s "weapon of choice" to wipe out American cities in the event of a full-scale conflict. 9The missile hit a target 217 miles away two minutes after it was launchedCredit: MoD/TV Zvezda 9The missile is said to travel faster than the speed of soundCredit: MoD/TV Zvezda 9The missile was fired from the Admiral Gorshkov in the White SeaCredit: Social media The Kremlin leader has called the Mach 8 Zircon "truly unparalleled… in the world". It is said to travel faster than the speed of sound, making it too quick for US and UK anti-missile systems. Footage released on Friday shows the hypersonic missile being fired from the Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea. The missile hit a target 217 miles away...
    JINGER Duggar's husband Jeremy Vuolo has come under fire from the Counting On star's fans who suggest he's been "staging" their selfies - and having them "vetted" before publication. They became particularly concerned after the dad of two, 33, uploaded a sophisticated black and white shot to his Instagram page. 10Counting On fans have accused Jeremy Vuolo of staging images of wife Jinger and their newborn, Evangeline JoCredit: Instagram It showed Jinger and their newborn, Evangeline Jo, enjoying a tender cuddle while standing beside a window. The silhouette of the Counting On TV star mom, 26, could clearly be seen, with her hair scraped back into a top bun. The outline of little Evangeline, who was born in November, was also visible snuggled to her body. Yet after spotting the sleek shot on the pastor's page, some suggested it had been staged - or pre-approved by an external company. 10The...
    On Monday, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly wrote his favorite Supreme Court justice in an effort to get the entire election in his home state thrown out. And every single day of the week Sidney Powell hasn’t let a line of continuous defeats stop her from making ever more ridiculous claims.  But for some Donald Trump supporters, trying to find a court friendly enough to overrule millions of voters is just not coup-ing hard enough. Maybe it helps to have just been handed a pardon that absolves the bearer of all crimes past, present, and potentially future, because recently blessed, twice-confessed liar Michael Flynn is ready to throw out the voters, the legislatures, and the courts. Instead of the kind of political coup that Trump has been waging via Rudy Giuliani and his ever-changing legal team, Flynn is suggesting that other kind of coup. The one where the military takes over and installs...
    Shane Dawson. Shane Dawson / YouTube After getting "canceled" over the summer, YouTube star Shane Dawson is setting the stage for a sympathetic comeback.  He continues to make appearances on his fiancé Ryland Adams' podcast channel and YouTube. Dawson appears to be targeting his core viewership with new merchandise and snippets of his family life. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The day before Thanksgiving, Shane Dawson finally opened up again to the internet. After months of near radio silence after his devastating "cancellation" — a series of public scandals this summer that pushed him into hiding — the disgraced YouTuber wept openly on his fiancé Ryland Adams' podcast.  But his gut-wrenching video appearance had nothing to do with fan backlash. Rather, Dawson was mourning the loss of his kitten, Mario, who he said died in a freak accident involving the pair's dogs less than a week...
    Tiffany & Co. gift boxes seen in a store window.Alex Tai | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Many Americans are spending their days working from home in leggings and casualwear during the coronavirus pandemic. They have few, if any, parties or gatherings where they dress up — never mind show off a shiny bracelet or a new necklace. Companies including Signet Jewelers, Tiffany & Co. and Kendra Scott will look to overcome those empty social calendars this holiday season and encourage jewelry purchases as a romantic gesture, a Zoom accessory or a way to add sparkle to a very challenging year. "It's going to be up to the retailers to really coax and swoon the gifter to recognize that jewelry is the gift that's going to soothe all of the pain that we've had to endure," said Marshal Cohen, senior chief retail analyst at The NPD Group. "The...
    WHOOPI Goldberg has accused Donald Trump of staging a "coup" and has insisted that he is behaving like a "dictator" as he refuses to admit defeat following the presidential election. The View co-host moderated a discussion about why few Republicans have not publicly urged the president to concede the race to Democratic nominee Joe Biden. 4Whoopi Goldberg, moderator of The View, accused President Trump of staging a 'coup'Credit: The View "This is what dictators do when they want to take a country away from its people," said Whoopi. "Somebody better step up before you suddenly turn around and they have taken the country!" Whoopi, who has moderated the talk show since 2007, made her feelings clear as she invited fellow panelists to contribute in the debate. "Am I crazy? Does it feel a little bit like there's a coup trying to happen? Is it too strong a word,"...
    Faith groups are vital to the social safety net. But volunteers they rely on are aging and their denominations are shrinking. Accused double-murderer Kyle Rittenhouse posts bond, no longer in custody Bitcoin isn’t the only digital currency staging a stunning comeback in 2020 © Jack Taylor/Getty Images CRYPTOS Load Error Bitcoin’s rise and popularity is overshadowing the resurgence of a rival digital asset that some believe might one day surpass its predecessor. Ether coins, which run atop the ethereum blockchain have risen by about 5.7% so far this week, compared against bitcoin’s nearly 13% run-up over the same period. However, a plodding rally for Ether has helped it to post a nearly 292% ascent, set against bitcoin’s roughly 157% gain so far in 2020. Ether broke above $500 on Friday, marking its highest level in over two years and shining a light on the cryptocurrency that...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Students at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School are staging a walkout Friday. The girls are protesting the announcement that their school in Center City will close at the end of the school year. After walking out at 10 a.m., the students will walk across the Parkway, to the archdiocese headquarters and hold a protest. Hallahan was the first all-girls Catholic diocesan high school in the United States. The school opened in 1911. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM ‘Restrictions Are Temporary, But Death Is Permanent’: Philly’s COVID Cases Surge As New Restrictions Set To Take Effect COVID In New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Says State Will Continue To Allow Individual School Districts Decide What’s Best Pennsylvania Republicans OK Election Study Despite House Democrats’ Opposition  
    A Texas brewery owner and financial adviser was busted for allegedly murdering a client — and staging it as a suicide — in an attempt to gain control of his funds, according to cops and reports. Keith Ashley, 48, the owner and founder of Nine Band Brewing Co. in Allen, was arrested Wednesday for the Feb. 19 shooting death of James “Jim” Seegan, Carrollton Police said on Wednesday. A nine-month investigation allegedly revealed that Ashley — Seegan’s friend and financial adviser — incapacitated and killed the 62-year-old, police said. Seegan’s death was initially ruled a suicide after a typed note was discovered next to his body, without any signature — closing with the line, “My last friend Keith Ashley will help you,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning News. A semi-automatic handgun was found in Seegan’s left hand — but his wife Sakida “Dida” Seegan...
    A Texas brewery owner and financial adviser was busted for allegedly murdering a client — and staging it as a suicide — in an attempt to gain control of his funds, according to cops and reports. Keith Ashley, 48, the owner and founder of Nine Band Brewing Co. in Allen, was arrested Wednesday for the Feb. 19 shooting death of James “Jim” Seegan, Carrollton Police said on Wednesday. A nine-month investigation allegedly revealed that Ashley — Seegan’s friend and financial adviser — incapacitated and killed the 62-year-old, police said. Seegan’s death was initially ruled a suicide after a typed note was discovered next to his body, without any signature — closing with the line, “My last friend Keith Ashley will help you,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning News. A semi-automatic handgun was found in Seegan’s left hand — but his wife Sakida “Dida” Seegan told...
    CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Allen business man Keith T. Ashley was charged with murder after allegedly staging his client, James “Jim” Seegan’s suicide. Ashley was taken into federal custody near his home in Allen on Friday, November 13, 2020 on related wire fraud charges. James’ wife, Sakida “Dida” Seegan found him dead in an upstairs office when she returned home from work on Feb. 19, 2020. There was a semi-automatic handgun in the 62-year-old’s left hand, which was resting on his left thigh, according to the arrest warrant. He had an entry gunshot wound on the left side of his head and an exit wound on the right side of his head. Mrs. Seegan told detectives that her husband was right-handed and didn’t own any guns. An apparent suicide note was left on the desk next to James. It was typed, without any handwriting or signature. The last sentence read, “My last...
    People keep asking me whether I believe President Donald Trump is plotting a coup to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. Those fears have arisen, of course, as Trump insists he won, and floods his fans with lies about massive voter fraud. Meantime, he sacks the secretary of defense and packs top Department of Defense posts with partisan cronies. I don’t believe the U.S. president can or will call out the U.S. military to enforce a second term like a copycat Belarusian dictator. But what this president is doing is almost as ugly (although hardly unexpected). He appears bent on undermining our national security during the transition, in pursuit of last minute revenge and domestic civil war. “In a transition period there is already going to be turbulence, and leaders should try to provide stability so enemies don’t take advantage,” I was told this week by H.R. McMaster, who served a rocky year as Trump’s national security adviser. Yet the president...
    SARATOGA — A bookkeeper for a Saratoga investment firm has been arrested after reportedly admitting she staged a fire last year at her workplace, and an assault on herself, to cover up her embezzlement of over half a million dollars from the company, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Janice Carlstrom, 74, of San Jose, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of arson, embezzlement and forgery stemming from the 2019 fire that burned the office of Pollack Investments on Big Basin Way in downtown Saratoga. Carlstrom volunteered to meet with sheriff’s detectives for an interview Thursday in which they presented their evidence against her, Deputy Russell Davis said. The sheriff’s office states that she admitted to the deception, and she was booked at the county jail before being released on $40,000 bail. On the morning Nov. 4, 2019, county firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded to a fire at the...
    The cast of The Matrix 4 have reportedly flouted Berlin's party ban by allegedly staging their own celebration scene for the upcoming movie. According to reports, up to 200 cast and crew took part in a wrap party at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany, under the code name "ice cream team event". In October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Berlin residents to stop going to parties after a spike in coronavirus cases.  On Monday 2 November, Merkel plunged Germany back into 'lockdown lite', ordering all bars and restaurants to close across the country. The Matrix 4 is said to have wrapped filming days later.     According to reports, up to 200 cast and crew from The Matrix 4 took part in a wrap party at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany, under the code name 'ice cream team event' The cast of The Matrix 4 reportedly flouted Berlin's party ban by allegedly staging their...
    Parties are strictly banned under Germany’s current lockdown, but Keanu Reeves and the rest of the cast and crew of “The Matrix 4” threw themselves a rager near Berlin by allegedly staging a party scene for the movie. Perhaps living in their own matrix, nearly 200 workers on the movie enjoyed their wrap party at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam. They were treated to a pyrotechnics and dance performance, a DJ playing on a packed dance floor, tattoo stations inside caravans, several bars serving wine and sake, a sushi and dessert station (sans red or blue pills) and cushioned Bedouin tents, German newspaper Bild reported. Reeves and girlfriend Alexandra Grant were seen at the bash with a bottle of wine on their table. “Matrix” franchise creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski were also reportedly there. One guest told the paper, “The mood was exuberant. There was a rapid [COVID-19] test for...
    Ravens DT Calais Campbell to miss multiple weeks This Faux-Shearling Jacket from Amazon Is ‘Soft, Warm, and Goes with Everything,’ and It’s 30% Off Today Only Wayfair Earnings Skyrocket: Impacts on House Flipping and Staging © Provided by Millionacres Wayfair Earnings Skyrocket: Impacts on House Flipping and Staging If you've been spending a lot more time on your couch this year, you are not the only one. Wayfair (NYSE: W) has profited from the demand for home goods driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. "The home category is seeing broad-based demand as our customers reprioritize their spending on where and how they live and away from other experiences like travel, entertainment, and dining," said CEO Niraj Shah during the third-quarter earnings call. But it's more than a need for home office supplies and decor for Zoom rooms that is driving its recent growth. Shah pointed out that the top five...
    Hysterical celebrities flocked to Twitter in the wee hours of Wednesday morning after President Donald Trump told supporters and members of the press that he believed he had won the 2020 presidential election. In his remarks, Trump also promised to go to the Supreme Court in order to stop counting ballots. What are the details? Comedienne Kathy Griffin wordlessly shared the now-infamous photo of her holding the likeness of a decapitated Trump head. https://t.co/HG3wwVO8hm — Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1604475784.0Actor Josh Gad accused the president of "staging a coup." "Thankfully he is doing it like a Rodeo clown," Gad added. The man is staging a coup. Thankfully he is doing it like a Rodeo clown. https://t.co/sqySIsWvIq — Josh Gad (@Josh Gad)1604476485.0Actor Jeffrey Wright wrote, "Donald Trump came out at 2:30 AM to remind America — from the WH — that he's the biggest criminal a**hole you know." ...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Members of the Massachusetts National Guard are staging in Boston as a precaution ahead of planned post-election demonstrations in the city. Earlier this week, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated 1,000 members of the National Guard in the event there were any large gatherings surrounding Election Day. National Guard members could be seen in the city Wednesday afternoon not far from a planned Count Every Vote rally on Boston Common. National Guard members on standby near Boston Common. (WBZ-TV) Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh both urged any possible demonstrators to act peacefully in Boston and the rest of the state. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and Walsh both said they have no reason to believe there will be violence in the city, but they are prepared for all scenarios.
    Celebrities slammed President Donald Trump’s speech from the White House early Wednesday morning, claiming that he was staging a “coup” by declaring that he had won the election and objecting to the way counting had been stopped. As Breitbart News reported, Trump told supporters and the press in the East Room: “This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner.” He added: “So we will be going to the U.S. Supreme Court.” Actor Josh Gad said “The man is staging a coup. Thankfully he is doing it like a Rodeo clown.” The man is staging a coup. Thankfully he is doing it like a Rodeo clown. https://t.co/sqySIsWvIq — Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 4, 2020 Actress Sophia Bush said “We have sent troops to other nations to stop dictators from doing what Trump just did. This is NOT how our elections...
    An immigration detention center in south Texas has been converted into a staging ground to hold migrant families with children who the Trump administration seeks to expel from the U.S. without a court hearing, asylum interview or consultation with lawyers. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) family detention center in Karnes City, Texas, is being used exclusively to hold migrant parents and children processed under an emergency pandemic-era policy that requires their swift expulsion from U.S. soil, the agency and outside lawyers told CBS News. An ICE spokesperson confirmed the Karnes facility is now only housing "Title 42 family units prior to their expulsion" through deportation flights. The term "Title 42" refers to the process the Trump administration has created to expel border-crossers under public health laws during the pandemic, rather than placing them in deportation proceedings or allowing them to request forms of U.S. humanitarian refuge, like asylum....
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth. A photographer working for The Associated Press witnessed an activist with Team Save America taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground by San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. Team Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it said squelches conservative speech. Members of the group wore red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats and carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and U.S. flags. Philip Anderson, the organizer of the event, posted photos to social media of his bloody mouth with a front tooth missing and another hanging loosely. He said anti-fascist protesters attacked him “for no reason.” Anderson took the stage...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotestors surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth. A photographer working for The Associated Press witnessed an activist with Team Save America taken away in an ambulance and an injured San Francisco police officer on the ground by San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. Team Save America organized the rally to protest Twitter, which it said squelches conservative speech. Members of the group wore red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hats and carried pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags and U.S. flags. Philip Anderson, the organizer of the event, posted photos to social media of his bloody mouth with a front tooth missing and another hanging loosely. He said anti-fascist protesters attacked him “for no reason." Anderson took the stage...
    Wimbledon could be staged behind closed doors next year if spectators are still not allowed in because of the coronavirus pandemic. The grass-court Grand Slam event in southwest London was canceled this year amid the global health pandemic. With cases in the United Kingdom rising and the English capital among the areas to be hit with tighter lockdown restrictions this week, it appears the public will not be allowed to attend sporting events for the foreseeable future. The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) revealed it is considering multiple operational scenarios for the 2021 event, which is scheduled to take place between June 28 and July 11. Staging the tournament with a full capacity, a reduced amount of spectators or none whatsoever could be the outcome, depending on the status of government and public health guidelines. AELTC chief executive Sally Bolton said: “Staging the Championships in 2021 is our No. 1 priority and we are actively engaged in scenario planning...
    In order to beat Cris Cyborg, Arlene Blencowe aims to put some fear in her at Bellator 249 This Is the Absolute Worst Time to Make a Decision, Study Says Wall Street earnings are staging a sharp recovery, but Main Street lags behind Wall Street is getting bulled up on earnings, and that is highlighting the divide it has with Main Street. © Provided by CNBC A pedestrian wearing a protective mask exits from the Wall Street subway station in New York, on Monday, July 20, 2020. Earnings season is two days old, and already Wall Street pundits are optimistic. Load Error Corporate profits "have been more resilient than we expected and we are raising our estimates," UBS chief investment strategist David Lefkowitz wrote in a report to clients. The firm is raising its earnings estimates for the S&P 500 for both the full year 2020, and full-year...
    Areline Martínez. Areline Martínez / Instagram A young woman called Areline Martínez was reportedly shot and killed when a TikTok went wrong.  According to several news outlets, 20-year-old Martínez was staging a kidnapping with several friends when a gun was fired.  Two of the men surrounding Martínez reportedly fled the scene afterwards. The tragic accident happened in Chihuahua, Mexico, where police are investigating. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A woman was shot and killed at the beginning of October while filming a TikTok that went wrong, Mexico News Daily reported, citing Mexican media conglomerate SIPSE. Areline Martínez, 20, was staging a kidnapping with several friends when one of the fake abductors shot her in the head, the outlet reported. The incident happened on Friday, October 2 in Chihuahua, Mexico, where police are investigating. Before the tragedy, Martínez had posted several other videos to her TikTok, where...
    Twitter users are mocking Demi Lovato's ex-fiancé Max Ehrich after the actor was photographed crying on the beach where he proposed this summer. Paparazzi caught the 29-year-old Young and the Restless star sulking in the sand in Malibu not far from where he popped the question to the 28-year-old singer in July, but the snaps hardly garnered sympathy from social media users. Hundreds have taken to Twitter to mock Max for the public display, calling his 'fake crying' 'embarrassing' and accusing him of calling the paparazzi to the scene himself. 
    Chris Cuomo was lampooned for labeling a video of President Trump removing his face mask at the White House 'propaganda,' after he shared a similar video months ago.  The CNN anchor appeared on air shortly after Trump returned from Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to the White House via Marine One on Monday evening. Upon his arrival, an infected Trump walked up the steps of the South Portico, removed his face mask and stared over the balcony as photographers snapped his picture. Trump then disappeared into the White House, where staffers were present, and briefly returned to the balcony. He did not put his face mask back on during this time. CNN reported that Trump's ascent into the White House was for a reshoot as part of a potential campaign video, and Cuomo used this to level criticism at the president. On Trump's stage-produced televised return to the White...
    Getty Donald Trump Jr. at the first presidential debate between President Trump and presidential nominee Joe Biden. Donald Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr., tried to stage an intervention on his father, Vanity Fair reported, but his plan was thwarted by his sister, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, both of whom refused to help. The report cited a source close to the family who was not named who said that Don Jr. had concerns about how his father had been behaving, including going for a ride outside the hospital and the president’s early morning tweeting.Don Jr. & Trump’s Other Children Were Concerned by Their Father’s Tweetstorm: Vanity Fair Virginia Voters! Your Governor wants to obliterate your Second Amendment. I have stopped him. I am the only thing between you and your Second Amendment. Working hard in Virginia. It’s IN PLAY. Better Vote for your favorite President, or wave...
    MARTINEZ — In an astonishing move that calls into question how law enforcement determined a Pittsburg woman found dead in her bathroom had been murdered and not died of suicide, as her family claimed, the Contra Costa District Attorney backed out of the case on the day of trial, agreeing to dismiss all charges against the defendant and his mother. On Monday morning, 35-year-old Vaibhav Bhardwaj walked into the AF Bray Courthouse an accused murderer, facing life. Fifteen minutes later, he walked out of the courthouse without an impending murder trial hanging over his head, as it has for the past four years. In an interview, Bhardwaj’s attorney, Joseph Tully, said his team’s investigation had proved what Bhardwaj maintained for year, that his 23-year-old wife, Sunita Mishra, had hanged herself in the bathroom of the Pittsburg home they shared. His client’s only mistake, Tully said, was altering the scene to...
    THE White House had been accused of editing out a cough from Donald Trump's video and staging photos after viewers spot a "hiccup" and "blank paper." At roughly one minute five seconds into the clip, when the president is talking about "therapeutic," Trump appeared to hiccup. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3The president appeared to cough or hiccupCredit: Instagram Some speculated that a cough had been edited out, while others believed that he was stifling a tickle in his throat. IT developer Eva Poulsen said: "They are not very good at editing, are they? I would think that with their resources they would hire an actual professional to do the job… but then, no professional would want to be remotely linked to this mess show, would they?" Another said: "Good grief! Proof of life / doing well video and they...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Computer thumb drives used to program Philadelphia voting machines were stolen from a city warehouse along with the laptop of an employee from the machines’ manufacturer. The items were stolen from a warehouse in the city’s East Falls section, city election commission spokesman Nick Custodio said in a brief emailed statement, adding: “We are confident that this incident will not in any way compromise the integrity of the election.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, which first reported the theft in the majority Democratic city, said they were stolen this week. The laptop did not hold any “sensitive election-related data” and was not used for election programming, said spokeswoman Katina Granger, of Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Nebraska, the manufacturer. She said ES&S immediately cut it off from the vendor’s network upon learning of the theft. Granger said she was not able to address specifics about the stolen...
    By FRANK BAJAK and CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Computer thumb drives used to program Philadelphia voting machines were stolen from a city warehouse along with the laptop of an employee from the machines’ manufacturer. The items were stolen from a warehouse in the city’s East Falls section, city election commission spokesman Nick Custodio said in a brief emailed statement, adding: “We are confident that this incident will not in any way compromise the integrity of the election.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, which first reported the theft in the majority Democratic city, said they were stolen this week. The laptop did not hold any “sensitive election-related data” and was not used for election programming, said spokeswoman Katina Granger, of Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Nebraska, the manufacturer. She said ES&S immediately cut it off from the vendor’s network upon learning of the theft. Granger said she was not...
    In a new viral trend, high school and college students staging Zoom kidnappings during virtual class meetings to get out of lectures, tests, and quizzes. Hide The pranks organized by students and their friends often cause startled reactions from instructors who witness their students seemingly taken hostage in front of the class. Various versions of the stunt have been captured by fellow classmates and later shared online. Hide Lmfaooo apparently there’s a trend where when you’re in a zoom call for class and your roommates come in and “kidnap” you to see if your professor sees it??— hentai honey (@malaynap) September 15, 2020 In one viral Zoom kidnapping that has been viewed nearly 3 million times on Twitter, a student named Tyler is seen being dragged out of his room by two men in grey and black hoodies as the professor discusses class readings. Hide They staged a...
    By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” This season was to have started this week, but the company announced June 1 it had pushed back opening night until Dec. 31. In all, 218 performances of 23 operas were lost, raising total cancellations to 276 since the 2019-20 season was cut short by the novel coronavirus on March 12. The orchestra’s international tour next June also was wiped out. Met General Manager Peter Gelb said additional losses projected at $54 million raise the total for the company to $154 million since the pandemic started. “I think that all of the performing arts in New York...
    NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” This season was to have started this week, but the company announced June 1 it had pushed back opening night until Dec. 31. In all, 218 performances of 23 operas were lost, raising total cancellations to 276 since the 2019-20 season was cut short by the novel coronavirus on March 12. The orchestra’s international tour next June also was wiped out. Met General Manager Peter Gelb said additional losses projected at $54 million raise the total for the company to $154 million since the pandemic started. “I think that all of the performing arts in New York are in the same boat,” he...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” This season was to have started this week, but the company announced June 1 it had pushed back opening night until Dec. 31. In all, 218 performances of 23 operas were lost, raising total cancellations to 276 since the 2019-20 season was cut short by the novel coronavirus on March 12. The orchestra’s international tour next June also was wiped out. Met General Manager Peter Gelb said additional losses projected at $54 million raise the total for the company to $154 million since the pandemic started. “I think that all of the performing arts in New York are in the same boat,”...
    A screaming 'Karen' was filmed attacking a group of Native Americans opposing the Mexico border wall construction.  She then mocks the when they refuse to fight back and start praying to their ancestors.   Video footage shows the woman pushing and shoving the Southern California Native Americans, who are part of a group called Defend Kumeyaay Land.  They had gathered at the site of the wall in San Diego County, California, to peacefully protest against the construction of the Mexico border wall. The maskless woman shouts at the group, telling them to 'get the f*** out of here' and saying they are 'disturbing the job She hurls xenophobic remarks at them, telling them the land is hers and not theirs, but the protesters refuse to engage in a fight with her 'You're being recorded,' one of the group members tells the irate woman in the video The maskless woman shouts...
    Two news stories story that almost speak for themselves without the need for commentary. First, the 4-3 conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court has made a bizarre, nonsensical ruling that will throw Wisconsin’s entire election into disarray for no good reason. Then the Wisconsin Supreme Court stepped in. On Thursday afternoon, by a 4–3 vote divided along partisan lines, the court issued a strange, cryptic order that could throw the election into chaos. The conservative majority directed the Wisconsin Elections Commission to turn over a massive amount of information it did not actually have. These justices then halted the mailing of more absentee ballots while they consider nullifying every ballot that has been printed or mailed and forcing the state to start over. Their stunning eleventh-hour intervention could force election officials into an impossible position: either comply with the court’s order or violate both state and federal law. Essentially, the...
    Viewing Picks for September 9, 2020 How to know if youre buying too much insurance Why Real Estate Investors Should Use Virtual Staging to Sell or Rent Properties © Provided by Millionacres Why Real Estate Investors Should Use Virtual Staging to Sell or Rent Properties Are you tempted to skip out on staging a property because of the cost and time involved? Then it's time for you to consider virtual staging. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, 40% of buyers' agents said a staged property was effective in helping potential buyers envision themselves in the space. What's more is that one in four agents surveyed said a staged home resulted in a 1% to 5% increase in the sales price. Actual staging can be pricey, though there are ways to stage a home on a budget. But aside from the money, traditional staging can also...
    The worst of days says Binotto as Ferrari lick their wounds History of women in the workplace Here’s exactly how much home staging costs — and when it’s worth it If you're selling your home, you know it should be clean and clutter-free, along with photogenic. © Breadmaker/Shutterstock A master bedrooom with view outdoors Home staging can help accomplish this, and has been proven to bring in more interested buyers and sell your home quicker and for more money. In fact, 85 percent of staged homes sell for 5 percent-23 percent over list price, and a staged home can stay on the market for just 23 days, according to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA). Load Error How much does home staging cost?The cost to stage a home ranges widely, anywhere from $1,000 to $8,600, with the national average running from $2,300 to $3,200, according to FixR, a...
    Another Hawthorne match, another loss, another Alastair Clarkson Sook. If he’s not an opposition player, referees or cries badly about the national draft, he’s There is a crack in an old mate. St. Guilda coach Brett Rotten, who has worked under Clarkson for seven seasons, had a job yesterday – Beat the Hawks to maintain speed In a final campaign. No matter how that success came about, Clarkson knows better than anyone. “They were playing an interesting game, it’s a game,” Clarkson said, his fifth consecutive defeat since losing to the Hawthorne Saints, and the 10th defeat from the last 11 games. “Especially in the second quarter, I think they got 42 points and kicked a goal. They could have escaped it against us, but I don’t think this time is going to give them credit for kicking a lot of goals.” If Clarkson could bring himself to grace himself...
    KYLE WALKER has admitted to being a bad role model due to his lockdown madness. The Manchester City defender apologised to boss Gareth Southgate for breaking rules by staging a sex party with prostitutes at the height of the coronavirius crisis. 2Kyle Walker is preparing for the Nations League game against Switzerland He then broke lockdown rules three more times inside 24 hours in May. Walker, back in the England frame for the first time in 15 months, said: "Me and the boss spoke after the lockdown incidents and, you know, he assured me that we all make mistakes. "Obviously, mine was on a bigger scale and gets magnified with me being in the public eye and a role model to young children growing up, so I have to take full responsibility for my actions, which I have done. "I reflect on, you know, my decision making. They were...
    People staging violence in the nations cities need to be charged with the "highest possible crime" because "you have to break the fever" that makes them think they can act in the way they do, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday.  "[They] have come to believe that they have the right, as they just did in Portland where they killed a [President Donald] Trump supporter," Gingrich said on Fox News "Fox and Friends." "I watched the mayor last night, Mayor [Ted] Wheeler, and frankly it was so pathetic," said Gingrich. "For 45 minutes, he said there were 94 days of violence, and his answer to it was to plead with people to not be violent and to blame Trump which by the way Joe Biden did …[its a] totally dishonest analysis." The cities that are being afflicted, such as New York, St. Louis, and Chicago, he added, are "left-wing cities with left-wing mayors,"...
    Sen. Rand Paul, the morning after he and his wife were surrounded by protesters as they headed back to their hotel from President Donald Trumps acceptance speech at the White House, said he thinks there is "interstate criminal traffic" going across state lines to stage violent incidents in the nations cities.  "My feeling is that there is interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines, but you wont know it unless you arrest them," the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News "Fox and Friends." "Theres something going on here. The FBI needs [to be] involved." Paul said he does not feel threatened in his home state, "as people are so friendly," but he does not think some of the people who attacked him and his wife were from Washington, D.C.  "If youre inciting a riot, thats a crime, but if youre paying someone to incite a riot, that person needs...
    (CNN)It's set to be a Tour de France like no other.Watched on television by millions across the world, the annual race is deeply embedded in French culture as it weaves its way across stunning countryside and vertiginous mountains, as well as through picturesque towns and cities before concluding on Paris' Champs-Elysées.The Tour is normally held during July, but the global pandemic put paid to that idea, hence the August 29 start. The pandemic and a recent spike in new infections in France has also left organizers with a real logistical challenge in how best to stage the 23-day race.Adding to organizers' worries, the Alpes-Maritimes region -- the site of the opening stages of the race -- has been declared a red zone because of a recent rise in Covid-19 cases.In red zones, the authorities are able to make masks compulsory outdoors and close bar. But with the French government ready...
    Ashley Landis/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.The players of the Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA team headquartered only an hour’s drive from Kenosha, Wisconsin, staged what by all rights was a strike today over the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police. The players of five other teams soon joined them, meaning that all three of tonight’s playoff games had to be postponed. ESPN and others have called it a boycott, but that’s not right. Workers came together to withdraw their labor power. It’s a strike. Specifically, it’s a wildcat strike: a work stoppage without union approval. This was something new in America, or something old in newer form—a radical expression of solidarity among predominantly Black workers that seemed to spread by the minute beyond their workplace. Sterling Brown and George Hill make a statement for the @Bucks without taking questions. pic.twitter.com/iuxOhu6Ge0...
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans late last week indicted 11 individuals in connection with a scam to create crashes between cars and 18-wheelers and cash in on insurance payments. The indictment, handed down by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Peter Strasser is for alleged “staged” accidents with tractor-trailers going back to 2017. The indictment alleges seven counts of mail fraud against each of the individuals because the funds used to pay them were sent via the U.S. Postal Service. The latest indictments follow a guilty plea by Damian Labeaud earlier this month to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Press coverage in New Orleans at the time of Labeaud’s guilty plea made several references to the prospect that he had agreed to plead guilty to only one charge because he was cooperating with prosecutors in identifying other individuals involved. The Labeaud guilty plea...
    A TikTok user who posts videos of people—many of them dubbed “Karens”—having meltdowns over mask-wearing policies was accused of staging the clips. The user behind the account, Joe Samaan, told the Daily Dot that he does, in fact, play “roles” for the videos. Hide Samaan, who goes by Joegotti on TikTok and Instagram, has posted numerous videos fitting the “Karen” mold. People in the videos verbally attack the person behind the camera, often Samaan himself, for asking them to wear masks in public places. Hide Other videos on his account show that he is the one not wearing a mask while people around him ask him to wear one.  One TikTok video that stirred controversy was posted July but resurfaced on Reddit on Thursday with many commenting that Samaan stages the videos.  In the video, Samaan is seen holding a pack of beer, with the text, “I was doing a skit...
    Pinterest employees are staging a walkout following discrimination allegations
    Twin YouTube stars Alan and Alex Stokes face criminal charges in connection with staging two fake bank robberies in Irvine, one of which involved an Uber driver who was not in on the prank. Orange County prosecutors Wednesday charged Alan and Alex Stokes, 23-year-old residents of Irvine, with one felony count each of false imprisonment involving violence, menace, fraud or deceit, and one misdemeanor count each of falsely reporting an emergency in relation to the October 2019 incidents. Prosecutors allege that on Oct. 15 about 2:30 p.m., the brothers — dressed in all black, wearing ski masks and carrying duffel bags filled with cash — pretended that they had robbed a bank while being filmed by their videographer. They then ordered an Uber and got inside the car. Their Uber driver, unaware of the prank, refused to drive them, and a bystander who had witnessed the encounter thought that the...
    Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said he expects the economy to continue to recover through the year and likely return to its pre-pandemic level by the end of the 2021. In an interview with Steve Liesman on CNBC's "Squawk Box," the central bank's director of bank supervision said he hasn't changed his forecast despite a swell in Covid-19 cases that has caused a general slowing in resumption of activities. "The economy took a huge hit in the spring," Clarida  said. "My own personal forecast is that we'll see a rebound in economic activity in the third-quarter data. The course of the economy is going to depend on the course of the virus, and it's a complex picture." Clarida spoke just minutes after ADP reported a sharp slowdown in private payroll growth for July. Companies added just 167,000 positions for the month after a surge of 4.3 million in June....
    Thomas Markle ‘lied to Meghan’ about collaborating with a paparazzi photographer, the new book claims. Shortly before his daughter’s wedding, he was pictured getting fitted for a suit and flicking through a book about British history at a coffee shop. Other images showed the 76-year-old reading about his daughter and Harry on a computer at an internet cafe near his home in Rosarito, Mexico. But a week before he was due to walk his daughter down the aisle, the Mail on Sunday revealed Mr Markle had secretly worked with a paparazzi photographer for the pictures. Shortly before his daughter’s wedding, Thomas Markle was pictured getting fitted for a suit According to Finding Freedom, Meghan called her father when she found out the paper was planning to run the story. The book claims she told her father: ‘Dad, we need to know if this is true or not, because my...
    The United States of America is leading the global chart for coronavirus positive cases. The country has so far recorded over 3.2 million COVID-19 infections. More than 135,800 people have died because of the deadly virus. And the numbers are rising every day. More importantly, New York is America’s COVID-19 epicenter. Despite the threats, the US Open has decided to stage the tournament in August this year. Athletes are concerned about their health. But it seems that the US Open believes there’s no danger at all. US Open will be back Recently, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the CNN TV show, “The Situation Room”. The video was uploaded on Twitter. Speaking about the cancellation of large events and gatherings until September, he said, “Well, it’s all about health and safety first. The data is telling us it is not the time for large gatherings. It means...
    SAN FRANCISCO — It’s been nearly a week since the San Francisco Giants held their first full-squad summer workout at Oracle Park, but the club has yet to schedule its first in-person team meeting. For decades, major league clubhouses have played host to casual conversations, motivational speeches and even verbal altercations that shape a team’s season. During the coronavirus pandemic, the new normal looks nothing like the past. “I think to a certain extent we’ll continue to be creative and you won’t see a full-fledged 30 people sitting in the clubhouse with a staff,” Giants bench coach Kai Correa said. “With keeping the health and safety of players at the forefront, we’ll continue to pursue things with the scoreboard, talks outside in the bleachers and group texts and video conferences and iPad video sharing as ways to circumvent that and help us be not only efficient but safe.”...
    Former Republican Sen. Judd Gregg suggested "socialist" forces are attempting to convince presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick a far-left candidate as his running mate and then use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office once elected. "Biden has made it clear that a woman will be his running mate," Gregg wrote in an op-ed for the Hill on Monday. "What is becoming equally apparent is that he may be cornered into choosing a socialist or progressive as that person." The three-term senator from New Hampshire listed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and other "lesser-known advocates for the far left" as Biden's potential running mates. "It is of course ironic that figures such as Ulysses S. Grant, Francis Scott Key and even those who make up the faces of Mount Rushmore — Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt — are...
    (Reuters) - Maung Saung Kha, a prominent Myanmar poet and activist, appeared in court on Tuesday to face accusations that he helped stage an unlawful protest demanding an end to internet blackouts imposed on two of the country's poorest states. Since June last year, authorities have shut the internet in Rakhine and neighbouring Chin states - home to about a million people. Justified on emergency grounds amid a growing insurgency, it is the longest internet blackout in the world, rights groups say. "People are in a difficult situation because the internet is being shut down and so activists are doing their duty and organizing protests," Maung Saung Kha told reporters at the end of the hearing in a court in the city of Yangon. The free-speech activist is accused of putting up a protest banner and faces a police lawsuit filed under part of a Peaceful Assembly Law, which outlaws...
    Two white employees at a Jimmy John's store in Georgia have been fired after they filmed themselves staging a mock lynching with a noose made out of bread dough.    A Snapchat video of the incident, which reportedly took place at the sandwich chain's Woodstock location, went viral over the weekend after being shared on Twitter.   In the 16-second clip a young male employee is seen placing the makeshift noose over the head of a coworker and yanking it upward as if to hang him.   A third employee, who is also white, is seen laughing and recording the stunt on his phone.    Scroll down for video  Two white employees at a Jimmy John's store in Woodstock, Georgia, have been fired after they were filmed staging a mock lynching with a noose made out of bread dough In the 16-second clip a young male employee is seen placing the...
    Independence Day celebrations will be noticeably different this year – from parades turned into car caravans to virtual fireworks displays, as fears of a resurgent novel coronavirus outbreak has resulted in local governments reimposing restrictions to limit public gatherings. Although Huntington Beach, California, will keep its beaches open, it will reduce its Fourth of July parade, held annually since 1904 with marching bands and floats, to two caravans of cars snaking through the city, The Wall Street Journal reported. "We decided that despite the challenges we have with COVID, there must be a way to continue that tradition and keep the spirit alive," Huntington Beach community services manager Chris Cole said. Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and adopted in 1776, has been staging online events since last weekend that will climax Saturday with a streamed concert and videos depicting historical re-enactments. The altered...
    Counties where American dream is dead Mount Rainier: Body of missing man found If 2020 Werent Strange Enough, Printers Are Staging a Comeback The Covid-19 pandemic is creating a deeper appreciation for things such as one’s health, getting together with friends, the great outdoors — and printers. Yes, home printers, those clunky deskside contraptions of a bygone era, are suddenly making a comeback, and it may outlast this crisis. © Bloomberg Do You Have a Printer? As a recent Deloitte report put it, when the virus hit, hundreds of millions of people “brought their laptops home in a bag … but left their printers behind!” And oh, how we’ve missed them — not for the whir of the machine grabbing a sheet, nor the whoosh of the paper hitting its landing (though plenty of ASMR printer recordings do exist). Rather, it’s because we still print a lot more than we probably realized. One example: During regional Covid-19 lockdowns, consumers turned to online shopping,...
    The Knicks’ hope of staging mandatory OTAs this summer has been dashed, according to industry sources. The eight teams not involved in the Orlando restart were pushing for mandatory Organized Team Activities to make up for missing out on the Orlando restart. But the NBA and its players association won’t allow any of it to be mandatory, according to sources. Some teams — not the Knicks — lobbied to have a one-site summer-league tournament with the eight teams, but the massive COVID-19 protocols in Orlando are too complex to implement for random teams, sources say. NBPA director Michele Roberts hinted at concerns over OTAs for the “Delete 8’’ during Friday’s conference call, but didn’t rule it out. “Candidly, while I appreciate that there will be a bit of a layoff, I think there are some things these teams can do to get the guys that are not playing some [benefit]...
    MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA) — A class of local high school seniors has sparked outrage after staging a graduation march in Manhattan Beach — without face coverings or required physical distancing. Mira Costa High School grads are under fire after photos of a large-scale graduation walk were posted to social media. (Credit: Easy Reader) The march was meant to be a celebration with photos showing hundreds of Mira Costa High School students gathered in caps and gowns. “I presented them to Manhattan Beach, and they flipped their tassels and tossed their caps,” Deborah Hofreiter, retiring Mira Costa Vice Principal, said. But the event, meant to mark the end of a very different school year, has since gathered national attention. “We didn’t know that they were not going to respect the COVID directions,” Hofreiter said. “But, you know, they’re kids.” The parent- and student-organized walk that started at Hermosa Pier and ended...
    A journalist was fired for posting online a staged picture of herself with a power drill, appearing to help rebuild a store in Los Angeles, after a weekend of civil unrest related to the George Floyd death. Up until this week, Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin had worked for The Washington Examiner, a conservative newspaper. However, after the news of the deception was made public, the 15-year-old paper terminated her. READ MORE: Man who pointed bow and arrow at protests now behind bars Footage emerged of Moriarty-McLaughlin faking as she was helping a worker to repair or board up a building destroyed by looters was posted on social media. The video dispels the notion that she was actually engaged in the noble act of community service. This lady stopped someone boarding up a store in Santa Monica so she could hold the drill for a picture, then drove away. Please...
    Hundreds of surfers in California paid tribute to George Floyd as protests continue across the nation. They gathered at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas Wednesday in a special ceremony typically reserved for the death of a member of the surfing community, the Evening Standard reports. GEORGE FLOYD GOFUNDME SURPASSES $13 MILLION, BREAKS DONATION RECORD Surfers spelled out "unity" with their boards after holding a moment of silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time a white police officer in Minneapolis had his knee on Floyd's neck before he died. Hundreds of surfers gather in support of Black Lives Matter, following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, as they spell "UNITY" with their boards before participating in a paddle out for unity at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Calif., June 3. Tyler Transki/Handout via REUTERS   "We need to remember who we are, we need to remember, united...
    A bishop criticized President Donald Trump for making an appearance in front of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church, without even stopping to pray. Mr. Trump held a Bible and took photos outside the church Monday after authorities used tear gas to clear the yard of protesters.  Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, who oversees the church and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., told "CBS This Morning" Tuesday that she wasn't informed in advance that the president would visit. She called Mr. Trump's photo-op a "symbolic misuse of the most sacred texts of our tradition."  "After speaking so harshly and with militaristic overtones to the nation, he had the park of peaceful protesters cleared with tear gas and officers in riot gear to make a symbolic gesture, holding a Bible as if to spiritually condone a message and a posture that is antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything as...
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