Jury evaluating charges an ex-NYPD officer allegedly shot unarmed man in face, tried to cover it up: Sources

U.S. NEWS Jury evaluating charges an ex-NYPD officer allegedly shot unarmed man in face, tried to cover it up: Sources https://linewsradio.com/jury-evaluating-charges-an-ex-nypd-officer-allegedly-shot-unarmed-man-in-face-tried-to-cover-it-up-sources/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A New York City man — whose jaw has been wired shut since an off-duty officer allegedly shot him in the face during an argument over a phone charger seven months ago -— testified on Thursday to a grand jury which is evaluating possible charges, sources confirmed to ABC News.

The panel began hearing testimony this week in Brooklyn Supreme Court regarding the Aug. 2, 2018 incident where New York Police Department (NYPD) Sgt. Ritchard Blake allegedly fired two shots at Thavone Santana in East New York, Brooklyn.

“The family is glad this case is finally moving forward, it has been a tumultuous time for them,” said Rev. Kevin McCall, a spiritual adviser for Santana and his family. “Everyday Thavone and his family has been living in fear as this officer is free, walking the streets —- not knowing what he looks like —- it’s a threat to them and a threat to society. They are terrified to go out the house at times.”

Oren Yaniv, a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, declined to comment on the matter. The grand jury’s conclusion on whether to indict Blake could be made next week, sources told ABC News.

Attempts by ABC News to reach Blake over the phone on Thursday were unsuccessful, and an NYPD spokesperson declined to comment on the grand jury proceedings described by sources to ABC News.

In a statement released to ABC News, Blake’s lawyer said that the former police sergeant acted in self-defense, and has not yet decided whether or not he will testify before the sitting grand jury.

“It’s tragic that Mr. Santana was shot and injured, but unfortunately it was this known gang member’s own menacing actions of chasing Mr. Blake in the middle of the night and motioning as if he had a gun in his pocket that caused Mr. Santana to be shot in self-defense,” said Abe George, the attorney for Blake. “Mr. Blake has not yet decided it he will testify in the grand jury.”

McCall refuted the claim that Santana has any gang affiliations.

“He is absolutely not in any gang,” McCall said. “They’re trying to discredit someone when they police thinks they are the victim. This is a clear cut case of a copy gone rouge, that’s it.”

Grand juries proceedings are, by law, secret. They are led by prosecutors, with no judge present, and the defendant does not have a right to present his or her case, or in some cases to be informed of the existence of the panel. The purpose of a grand jury is to help a prosecutor determine whether to file criminal charges or an indictment against a suspect.

The pre-dawn shooting allegedly occurred after Santana, 21, knocked on Blake’s girlfriend apartment door seeking the return of his phone charger, which he claimed in the lawsuit he had lent to the woman earlier in the evening.

“Sgt. Blake opened the door and appeared inebriated,” according to a federal civil lawsuit filed in January against the city, Blake and other unnamed NYPD officers. “He began cursing and screaming at Thavone for knocking on” the door at 4 a.m.”

Santana left the building to purchase another charger from a nearby convenient store as Sgt. Blake followed “within steps” behind him and shouting for Santana to “stay away from his girl,” according to the January lawsuit.

Despite Santana assuring the 41-year-old officer that he “wanted nothing to do” with the cop’s girlfriend and “was just trying to get his charger back,” Blake opened fire, according to the lawsuit.

After the shooting, Blake told his fellow officers that Santana tried to rob him and that he was acting in self defense.

As the ambulance transported Santana to a nearby hospital, police placed him under arrest and handcuffed him to the stretcher, a source familiar with the case told ABC News on Thursday.

The following day, surveillance video near the scene allegedly tells a different story.

As the pair were just feet apart from one another, Blake pulled out a gun and shot Santana, before attempting to “cover up his actions” by taking “knives out of his back pocket and plant[ing] them” on the bleeding Santana’s body, according to the lawsuit and the video footage.

Blake allegedly leaned over to pick back up the object he threw onto Santana and said “I should’ve killed you,” a source told ABC News on Thursday.

According to the lawsuit, Blake has a history of violence.

“Sgt. Blake has a prominent and long history of violence, assaults and was the subject of Internal Affairs investigations of his actions in 2010, 2011 and 2016 and was disciplined for his violations of NYPD Policies.”

Once the surveillance video surfaced, an internal investigation ensued and Blake was fired from the force.

“If the NYPD can fire him, then the district attorney can charge him,” said Rev. McCall. “The family wants this officer behind bars, no community service, no fine to pay, but jail time.”

Santana was hospitalized for several weeks after the shooting. One of the bullets that struck him in the face remains lodged in his spine.

“Prior to the assault, Thavone assisted his mother in caring for his seven younger sibling, the youngest of which is six-years-old,” according to the lawsuit.

Santana is unable to work, receives therapy, has a home health aide to assist him everyday and has several surgeries scheduled as the pressure from the bullet is pressing against a nerve that causes numbness to his left leg, a source familiar with his condition told ABC News.

“His jaw is wired shut, he still has a trach and feeding tube,” the source said, referring to a tracheostomy — a breathing tube placed through a hole in the neck straight into the windpipe.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

US, Afghan government tensions burst into public over Taliban talks

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department summoned Afghanistan’s national security adviser Thursday after he blasted the U.S. for its direct talks with the Taliban and accused the U.S. negotiator of undermining the Afghan government and seeking power in Kabul.

Tensions have been brewing for months as the Afghan government has been excluded from U.S. talks with the militant group and they burst open with Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib’s comments — a searing indictment of the American peace effort.

Mohib condemned the U.S. talks as the “wrong approach” and for “delegitimizing the Afghan government and weakening it and at the same time elevating the Taliban.”

He accused U.S. special representative Zalmay Khalilzad, in particular, of weakening the government of President Ashraf Ghani so that Khalilzad himself could take over the country as viceroy.

“He is ostracizing and alienating a very trusted ally and partner,” Mohib said of Khalilzad while speaking to reporters in Washington.

Khalilzad is a well-known figure in Washington and Kabul, even helping draft Afghanistan’s constitution in the early 2000’s after the U.S. invasion toppled Taliban rule. He was born and raised in Afghanistan, but studied in the U.S. and has worked in the U.S. government in various positions, including as ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought him back on board in the fall 2018 to take the lead on talks with the Taliban that began that summer.

The U.S. and Taliban reached an agreement “in draft” Tuesday on an American troop withdrawal and Taliban commitment to deny safe haven to terror groups, but talks have been criticized because they don’t include Ghani’s government — something the U.S. says will come once a deal between it and the Taliban is finalized.

After news of Mohib’s comments spread, he was summoned to the State Department to meet with Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, according to the department’s deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino, adding that Hale communicated the “United States government’s displeasure” and rejected Mohib’s categorization.

“Attacks on Ambassador Khalilzad are attacks on the department and only serve to hinder the bilateral relationship and the peace process,” he added.

But Palladino also said Hale “expressed our commitment to the Afghan government’s stability and full participation in the peace process,” a process that they have so far been excluded from.

Critics, now including this senior member of the Afghan government, have said leaving Ghani and his government out of the room has weakened them and shown the Taliban that they don’t have to deal with them. The U.S. has long demanded that any talks be “an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” process, even spending months declining to confirm that Khalilzad or another senior U.S. diplomat Alice Wells was directly meeting with Taliban representatives without the Afghan government.

Still, Palladino defended the U.S. approach, saying Khalilzad has briefed Ghani and others in visits to Kabul “at every available opportunity, often multiples times on a single trip abroad,” although Khahilzad did not fly to Kabul after this most recent round ended this week. Khalilzad and Ghani have also spoken by phone multiple times, Palladino added, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass has had additional in-person meetings.

But it’s clear in Mohib’s comments that this is not enough for at least some members of the Afghan government. Palladino declined to say whether the U.S. believed Mohib was speaking on behalf of the Afghan government, saying only, “We’re confident in our Afghan government partner.”

The Afghan embassy and Mohib did not respond to requests for comment.

Once the “agreement in draft” on a U.S. withdrawal and terror safe havens is finalized, the U.S. has said, an “intra-Afghan” peace process will begin — but pressed this week whether the Taliban agreed to that, Palladino said only, “There’s no agreement until we have a full agreement.”

He wouldn’t say whether the U.S. would condition its withdrawal on those talks happening, but several outside experts have warned any Taliban promises cannot be trusted. The Taliban has said that they believe the U.S. and President Donald Trump, in particular, want out of Afghanistan and analysts have said they will sign anything to get the Americans to leave.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

Butterball recalls nearly 80,000 pounds of ground turkey after 5 people sickened

DebbiSmirnoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Carolina-based poultry producer Butterball, LLC is voluntarily recalling approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may have been contaminated with Salmonella, according to an announcement Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS, along with several public health partners, discovered the possible contamination while investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses involving five patients in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Four of the patients lived in the same Wisconsin residence, where officials collected three Butterball ground turkey samples that tested positive for the bacteria.

The Minnesota resident was tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella and also reported eating ground turkey, although the brand is unknown, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health.

According to Butterball’s site, the ground turkey in question has a use- or sell-by date of July 26, 2018, and was shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

“Because these products were packaged nine months ago, it is highly unlikely any of the product will be found in retail stores, but it is possible that consumers may have product in their freezers,” Butterball spokesperson Christa Leupen told ABC News.

Health officials are warning anyone who may have Butterball ground turkey in their freezer to check the date and discard any products that may be included in the recall.

The products subject to recall include:

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic-wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

The USDA is calling this a Class I recall, defined on the website as a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Consumption of food containing Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, with symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and lasting four to seven days.

Butterball says that consumers with questions about the recall should call 1-800-288-8372 ext. 4 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

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Summer Zervos’ lawsuit against President Donald Trump can proceed, court rules

U.S. NEWS Summer Zervos' lawsuit against President Donald Trump can proceed, court rules https://linewsradio.com/summer-zervos-lawsuit-against-president-donald-trump-can-proceed-court-rules/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Trump, a New York appellate court ruled Thursday, rejecting the president’s assertion he cannot be sued in state court.

The decision means the president may have to sit for a sworn deposition, which is currently scheduled for June.

The New York State Appellate Division’s First Department turned down Trump’s argument that the case should be halted until he is out of office because, as a sitting president, he was immune from a lawsuit brought in state court.

“We reject defendant President Trump’s argument that the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution prevents a New York State court – and every other state court in the country – from exercising its authority under its state constitution,” the judges wrote. “Instead, we find that the Supremacy Clause was never intended to deprive a state court of its authority to decide cases and controversies under the state’s constitution.”

Zervos was among 19 women who publicly accused Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign of sexual misconduct dating back years earlier. He denied the allegations and called the women liars, which prompted Zervos to sue for defamation.

“We are very pleased that the First Department has affirmed once again that Defendant is not above the law,” Zervos’ attorney Mariann Wang said in a statement. “We look forward to proving to a jury that Ms. Zervos told the truth about Defendant’s unwanted sexual groping and holding him accountable for his malicious lies.”

President Trump’s attorneys have argued his words were opinions and protected speech made during the course of a competitive campaign.

In a statement, one of the president’s attorneys, Marc Kasowitz, said they “respectfully disagree” with the decision.

“We believe that the well-reasoned dissenting opinion by 2 of the 5 justices, citing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Clinton v. Jones case, is correct in concluding that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution bars state courts from hearing cases against the President while he or she is in office,” Kasowitz said in the statement. “We will seek to appeal the majority decision to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, which we expect will agree with the dissent.”

Zervos has said Trump made unwanted sexual advances towards her, which he has denied. The first allegedly occurred in Trump’s office in 2007 when he kissed her.

The second allegedly occurred soon thereafter when Zervos went to meet Trump for dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she said he kissed her “open-mouthed,” “grabbed her shoulder, again kissing her very aggressively, and placed his hand on her breast.”

Zervos filed her defamation lawsuit three days before Trump’s inauguration.

The trial judge has allowed discovery to move forward while the president’s appeal was pending. A deposition has been scheduled for some time before the end of June.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

What to know about William ‘Rick’ Singer, the lynchpin of the college scam case who claimed to help nearly 800 families

U.S. NEWS What to know about William 'Rick' Singer, the lynchpin of the college scam case who claimed to help nearly 800 families https://linewsradio.com/what-to-know-about-william-rick-singer-the-lynchpin-of-the-college-scam-case-who-claimed-to-help-nearly-800-families-2/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

Scott Eisen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The man at the center of the alleged $25 million college admissions cheating scandal seemed like a nice guy to some of his neighbors. But they say one recent move seemed unusual for him.

William “Rick” Singer put his multi-million dollar home, where he had lived for years and where he ran his business, up for sale last month.

“It was just kind of sudden and abrupt,” neighbor Carn Darrow told ABC station KABC.

“I said, ‘I saw you put your house up for sale. We are sorry to see you going.’ He did tell us because of taxes in the state of California and business,” she said about her conversation with Singer.

Singer, 58, has pleaded guilty on charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison.

Singer’s home in Newport Beach, California, was listed for sale on Feb. 20, nearly three weeks before the scandal was made public by authorities on March 12.

The real estate listing for the five bedroom home describes it as being “located on one of the most sought after blocks in the desirable enclave of Newport Heights.”

The listing on real estate site RedFin reports that the home was bought for $1.5 million in 2012 and is now on the market for $2. 6 million.

That amounts to a fraction of the money that Singer is accused of accepting from parents during his time running a criminal college admission scheme.

Singer allegedly handled bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 “to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools,” said Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts who is involved in the investigation.

One of Singer’s close friends, Ron McKenna, told ABC News that he was “dumbfounded” by the charges.

“Greed never entered my mind when I thought of him, it was all about giving, not getting for him,” McKenna told ABC News.

Investigators allege that Singer had parents contribute to a charity that he ran and he would then, among other things, arrange to either have someone take their children’s SATs or ACTs for them or have their children’s exams corrected in order to get higher scores. Singer also reportedly had deals with certain college coaches, who would allocate spots for the students at the prestigious schools.

In addition to allegedly using the money towards bribing officials, two schools – DePaul University in Illinois and Chapman University in California — have since come forward to acknowledge that while they are not tied to the misdeeds of the cheating scheme, they did accept donations from Key Worldwide Foundation, Singer’s charity.

DePaul University released a statement saying they “among the many universities that received gifts from the foundation at the center of the admissions fraud case.”

“We have confirmed receiving gifts totaling $150,000 from Key Worldwide Foundation, managed by William Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network and the father of a DePaul student who graduated in 2017,” they said in their statement, noting that the contributions were made when Singer’s son was a student at the school.

“To date, our review has not revealed any reason to believe these donations are connected to recent indictments,” the statement reads.

Chapman University said in a statement that they are “currently cooperating with the Department of Justice in their investigation.”

“Chapman University like all great institutions routinely receives funds from foundations and any irregularities in the gifts from the Key Worldwide Foundation, should they exist, were and are totally unknown to us. We take this matter very seriously and intend to review this relationship in depth to assure ourselves that our principles have not in any way been compromised,” the school’s statement reads.

Rebekah Hendershot co-wrote a book about getting into college with Singer in 2014 and worked with him to help students prepare their college application essays. She told USA Today that she felt pressure from parents to write their children’s essays but “I wouldn’t do that.”

A 2005 Sacramento Business Journal profile detailed how, at that time, Singer ran a company called The CollegeSource and charged between $1,500 to $2,500 to help coach high schoolers to get into college. At the time, the company served 724 students and generated more than $1 million in revenue in 2004, according to the article.

One parent quoted in the 2005 article who hired him for the counseling service said that he had “instant credibility.”

“And he has credibility with the kids. They liked him and trusted him immediately, not because he is a pushover — he takes them to task. I don’t know how, but he gets buy-in from them,” the parent said.

On Tuesday, Lelling described how parents agreed to pay Singer to help bolster their children’s applications.

“Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids including fake athletic credentials or honors or fake participation in elite club teams. In many instances, Singer helped parents take staged photographs of their children engaged in particular sports,” Lelling said.

Singer claimed he “successfully engaged in the same scheme with nearly 800 other families,” according to court documents.

Carn Darrow’s husband, Brian Darrow, said that Singer would often come over to their backyard and “help the boys with basketball and always encourage them.”

“He’s a very generous guy, was very cordial, seemed very happy, athletic, seemed very successful,” Brian Darrow told KABC. “We really liked him.”

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

Lori Loughlin dropped by Hallmark Channel; daughter Olivia Jade dropped by Sephora

Entertainment News  Lori Loughlin dropped by Hallmark Channel; daughter Olivia Jade dropped by Sephora https://linewsradio.com/lori-loughlin-dropped-by-hallmark-channel-daughter-olivia-jade-dropped-by-sephora/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Facing charges in the wake of the massive college admissions bribery investigation known as Operation Varsity Blues, actress Lori Loughlin has now been dropped by the Hallmark Channel.

In a statement, Hallmark’s parent company Crown Media says, “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin, including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”

Loughlin had starred on the network’s show When Calls the Heart, as well as in several holiday movies.

Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade is also feeling the effects of the scandal. The popular YouTube star and beauty influencer had a line of makeup with Sephora, but the cosmetics retailer is now ending that partnership.

“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” Sephora says in a statement.

Loughlin was released on one million dollars bond Wednesday after appearing in a Los Angeles court on charges that she and her husband paid half a million dollars to get their two daughters, Olivia and Isabella, into the University of Southern California under false pretenses.

Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, appeared in court Tuesday and was also ordered to pay a separate $1 million bond.

They, along with Felicity Huffman, are among 33 parents charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the nationwide scam to get their children into elite colleges.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

DNA links Navy classmate to 1984 cold case murder of 25-year-old Pamela Cahanes: Officialsc

U.S. NEWS DNA links Navy classmate to 1984 cold case murder of 25-year-old Pamela Cahanes: Officialsc https://linewsradio.com/dna-links-navy-classmate-to-1984-cold-case-murder-of-25-year-old-pamela-cahanes-officialsc/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office(ORLANDO, Fla.) — DNA and genetic genealogy have linked a Navy man to the 1984 murder of his classmate, 25-year-old Pamela Cahanes, authorities announced Thursday.

Two days after graduating from U.S. Navy basic training — which was held in the Orlando area at the time — Cahanes was found beaten and strangled to death, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told reporters Thursday.

Cahanes’ mostly nude body was discovered the morning of Aug. 5, 1984, near a vacant home in unincorporated Sanford, Florida, Lemma said.

Thomas Lewis Garner, who was Cahanes’ classmate at the Navy’s training center, was arrested Wednesday for her first-degree premeditated murder, sheriff’s office spokesman Bob Kealing told ABC News.

The two were known to each other, Kealing said.

The sheriff’s office said it’s unclear how long Garner, 59, served in the Navy. A Navy spokesman did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Though Lemma said DNA has definitively linked him to the scene, Garner, of Jacksonville, has denied involvement, according to the sheriff.

Investigators used genetic genealogy to build a family tree that matched Garner to DNA found on Cahanes, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said.

Genetic genealogy takes the DNA an unknown killer left behind at a crime scene and identifies the suspect through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to genealogy databases. This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using DNA submissions to law enforcement databases, in which an exact match to the suspect is needed in most states, according to CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon NanoLabs, which she says has worked on the majority of the cases, including Cahanes’.

The first public arrest through genetic genealogy was the April 2018 identification of the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Since then, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than three dozen suspects in violent crimes, said Moore.

Cahanes is survived by many siblings but her mother died before the arrest was made and “never had the opportunity to see this,” Lemma said.

Officials at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) “never lost sight of the fact that the family of Recruit Pamela Cohanes needed to know as much as possible about what happened to her,” NCIS Special Agent in Charge Matthew Lascell said in a statement Thursday.

“It’s gratifying to have been part of discovering the truth,” Lascell said.

Garner is set to appear in court Friday, Kealing said. He has not entered a plea and is being held on no bond, Kealing said.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

Danai will not be denied! After fan outcry, Marvel adds Danai Gurira’s name to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ poster

Entertainment News  Danai will not be denied! After fan outcry, Marvel adds Danai Gurira's name to 'Avengers: Endgame' poster https://linewsradio.com/danai-will-not-be-denied-after-fan-outcry-marvel-adds-danai-guriras-name-to-avengers-endgame-poster/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — “She should have been up there all this time.” That was the response from Marvel Studios, after it sent out a revised poster for Avengers: Endgame on Thursday afternoon.

The mea culpa tweet is a paraphrase of a line from Avengers: Infinity War, uttered by none other than Danai Gurira’s character Okoye — fitting, seeing as the disclusion of Gurira’s name from the top of the original poster caused static among fans earlier in the day.

A new Marvel Avengers: Endgame trailer and poster were released early this morning to much fanfare, but for many fans, Marvel’s new imaging of the forthcoming film missed one major and important detail. Although Okoye was featured prominently on the new poster, her name was noticeably missing from a list of the other stars’ names on the top of it.

Instead, the Dora Milaje general got a minor mention at the bottom of the poster, along with the film’s credits.

Not surprisingly, fans were quick to notice and blast the shade on the name of the baddest woman in the MCU.

“HOLD the friggin’ phone here … WHY is Danai Gurira name NOT on this poster???,” one fan wrote. “She’s pictured, put her name up there w/ the rest of them! And don’t give me that crap that there wasn’t enough room! CHANGE THE FONT SIZE…or list them all BELOW the movie title.”

Another reminded Marvel of the Walking Dead star, “She is the only black woman on that poster, the highest profile post-snappening wakandan, a firm fan favorite, and freaking actual DANAI GURIRA to boot. put some respect on her name, damn.”

Another pointed out that a talking raccoon even got more Marvel love.

“I mean, they’ve got Bradley Cooper’s name in there and he’s just the VOICE of Rocket,” the fan wrote. “Danai Gurira is the ONLY person on the poster not to be listed by name.”

Another fan demanded an immediate correction. “@MarvelStudios, this isn’t difficult. Fix this.”

Marvel Studios did.

Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

Blizzard Cripples Plains, Severe weather including possible tornadoes hit midwest as powerful storm moves out

U.S. NEWS Blizzard Cripples Plains, Severe weather including possible tornadoes hit midwest as powerful storm moves out https://linewsradio.com/blizzard-cripples-plains-severe-weather-including-possible-tornadoes-hit-midwest-as-powerful-storm-moves-out/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A massive storm crippled the Rockies and northern Plains with a powerful blizzard, dropping more than a foot of snow, closing interstates and stranding drivers.

As poor driving conditions overwhelmed Colorado roads, Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Daniel Groves was struck and killed by a car, officials said.

As the storm moved east Thursday, at least three tornadoes were reported: two in western Kentucky and one in southern Indiana.

Nearly 80 million Americans are still at the mercy of this powerful storm Thursday as it brings dangerous blizzard conditions to the Rockies and Midwest, strong storms to Mississippi and Tennessee, and damaging winds to Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Here is the latest forecast:

Severe thunderstorms will continue to impact parts of the South and the Midwest through Thursday evening before the threat passes. These severe thunderstorms can bring powerful, damaging winds gusts, large hail and tornadoes.

Wind advisories are in effect for cites including Kansas City, Missouri, and Cleveland, Ohio.

Flood watches are also in place in the upper Midwest, including in Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

While this storm didn’t bring huge rainfall totals, the heavy rain that did fall had nowhere to go, so already elevated river levels in the region quickly rose above flood stage.

At least one tornado was also reported in Paducah, Kentucky, Thursday morning.

Winds over 50 mph are possible Thursday across much of the central U.S., from the Dakotas to Indianapolis to Chicago to St. Louis. Downed trees, power outages and property damage are possible.

No significant severe weather is expected for most of the East Coast. There could be some strong wind gusts across parts of the Great Lakes into Thursday night; however, calmer and quieter weather should overtake much of the Northeast by Friday with only a couple of showers.

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019

Engaged couple sets their sights on gold at Special Olympics World Games

Sports News Engaged couple sets their sights on gold at Special Olympics World Games https://linewsradio.com/engaged-couple-sets-their-sights-on-gold-at-special-olympics-world-games/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Mixed doubles tennis pair Brittany Tagliareni and Ryan Smith are ready for the competition.

The dynamic duo from Florida will be competing at the Special Olympics World Games being held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Tagliareni and Smith are also a couple off the court — and are now engaged after meeting through the Special Olympics in 2013.

Together, they are ready to bring home the gold. The two spoke with “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts to discuss their road to the games just days before the big event.

For the couple, it’s all about the support from their families, coaches and especially each other — a unique experience as they represent Special Olympics USA.

“I support him on the court by telling him ‘good job’ and ‘you can do this,'” Tagliareni told “GMA.”

Diagnosed with autism, Tagliareni was nonverbal as a child and deals with sensory and visual issues and has since found her voice as a Special Olympics athlete.

“It has helped me make new friends [and] compete all over the world,” she said. “My coach and teammates are very nice. I just have fun doing it.”

Smith, who was also diagnosed with autism, has been involved with the Special Olympics for several years, winning two tennis gold medals during the Special Olympics’ 2018 USA National Summer Games.

In preparation for the World Games, Tagliareni practiced up to five hours six days a week.

Together, Tagliareni and Smith hope to step onto the winners’ podium before their walk down the aisle.

“I would like to accomplish being the best that I can be,” Tagliareni said. And her dream in Abu Dhabi? She told Roberts, “To win the world title.”

The historic Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi officially kicked today in the United Arab Emirates. It’s the first time in the organization’s 50-plus-year history that the games are being hosted in the Middle East.

The Special Olympics USA athletes come from 45 states across the country and will compete against teams from about 190 others around world, with more than 7,500 athletes expected to compete over the next week in 24 different sports.

“It’s overwhelming, the energy, the countries are wonderful, the positivity — we are so very blessed to be part of this,” said Tagliareni’s mother Catherine.

“Special Olympics has not only changed Brittany’s life but has given Brittany a life,” she added. “Brittany was nonverbal and now because of Special Olympics, she’s not only confident, she’s becoming independent and she’s loving life, and we are forever grateful. And oh, by the way, can talk a lot now.”

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Posted On 14 Mar 2019