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    IRVING, Texas (AP) — A fun thing to do this season has to been ponder how the College Football Playoff race would have played out if expansion to 12 teams had already happened. The CFP selection committee set the four-team field on Sunday, matching top-seeded Alabama against No. 4 Cincinnati in one semifinal and second-seeded Michigan against No. 3 Georgia in the other. The committee ranks 25 teams to help fill out the lineup for the some of the other marquee bowl games, too. In the 12-team playoff model proposed earlier this year — and still being debated by t he conference commissioners who manage the CFP —- a selection committee would still have a role, but it would be less impactful because it would place more emphasis on winning a conference. Which conferences are emphasized — if any — is one of biggest unresolved issues. The original 12-team proposal included spots for the six highest-ranked conference champions and the next six highest-ranked teams, regardless of conference. In the the last few weeks, the Big Ten and...
    ONE woman was heartbroken when her boyfriend of three years said he couldn't marry her because she didn't make enough money in her job. The woman was in shock as up until this conversation, everything seemed to be going in the right direction for the couple. 2The teacher was with her man three years when he made the revellation Taking to her TikTok account, the woman was answering the question "Tell me about a time when a guy did something, that lowered your self-esteem to the depths of hell." Posting under the domain @MadiMax she said: "So I dated a guy for three years, and at the kinda tail end of that third year, I was like 'where are we going with this." Adding: "We've gone on big major family vacations together, we've done a lot we've talked about marriage, we've talked about our dual income, you've said some really great things to me, I've said obviously amazing things to you." The woman was in complete shock at her boyfriend's response, where he said that due to her being a...
    Apart from technology, it is hard to think of any aspect of daily life which has changed so radically in one generation as the way we eat. For a child growing up in the London suburbs in the 1970s with parents who were open to the new culinary influences from the continent and beyond but in a cash-strapped, unconfident, British way, food was both a comfort and a terror. Twice a day we convened around the oak, gate-leg table in the living room, my siblings and I in a state of anticipation or fear, depending on what was on the menu. Breakfast was safe and predictable. Until I was well into my teens, my mother would get up every morning in time to make bacon, egg, and fried bread, all cooked in lard, for the whole family. I did the math once and worked out that by the time I was 16 I had ingested slightly more than my body weight in animal fat—just from breakfasts alone. It’s hard now to equate the lavishness of those daily fry-ups with...
    Retired Colonel Edward Shames, the last surviving officer from the legendary Easy Company of World War II paratroopers whose exploits were featured in the award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, died at age 99 on Friday.  Shames died 'peacefully at home,' according to an obituary posted by the Holloman-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.  Born to Jewish parents, Shames forged his mother's signature to enlist in the Army in 1942 at just 19, and was one of the officers in charge of the famed Easy Company, part of the US Army's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The book Band of Brothers - chronicling the bravery of Easy Company, or the Screaming Eagles - was written by Stephen Ambrose in 1992.  Shames's death leaves 97-year-old Bradford Freeman as the last surviving member of Easy Company. Freeman, who enlisted and was a mortarman, was a consultant for the Band of Brothers HBO miniseries created by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg in 2001.   Edward Shames (pictured) forged his mother's signature to enlist in the Army in 1942 at just 19 years old, and was...
    Philip Larkin famously wrote that sexual intercourse began in 1963, ‘between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP’. It was also when the intimate foibles of an aristocratic ruling class were first exposed to the glare of the mass media and a public ravenous for details. It was the year of Lord Denning’s scathing report on the Profumo affair, in which His Lordship mused on depravity in high places. And 1963 also saw one of the most sensational divorce trials in legal history, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a three-strand pearl necklace, robbery, a photograph of a ‘headless man’ and a sexual act too shocking to be described in the newspapers of the day. Now the BBC is set to broadcast a major new dramatisation of the case, starring Claire Foy – who has previously portrayed the Queen in the Netflix series, The Crown – as Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. 1963 also saw one of the most sensational divorce trials in legal history, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a three-strand pearl necklace, robbery,...
    Cannabis shops across the San Francisco Bay Area have been thrown into dire straits as gangs of thieves broke into more than 15 shops throughout November during the series of 'smash-and-grab' robberies plaguing California.  Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told reporters that 'hundreds' of vehicles targeted marijuana stores in Oakland last month, firing 175 shots and stealing about $5 million worth of products.  Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of Blunts and Moore, told MJBizDaily that his store lost about $25,000 during a November 22 raid, where more than a dozen burglars ransacked the store.  'I know 25 or so businesses that got hit … and out of all those, the percentage I know that told me that they may not be able to reopen is about 50 percent. That's scary, Blunt said.  'I was safer, and had more money, (selling) on the street, illegally.' A gang of thieves broke into Blunts and Moore on November 22, making off with about $25,000 worth of product as the ransacked the store  Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of the Blunts and Moore cannabis shop, said...
    ONE wife tells how her hubby's mum threw a tantrum when the couple bought a house she felt was too far away from her. To make matters worse, the mother-in-law also placed an offer on a house that was adjacent to her own for the couple...behind their back. 2One wife was furious at her hubby's mum's reactionCredit: Tiktok/@@allsimplyhomemade Taking to her TikTok account, the woman shared her frustration saying that these actions are just one example of how she knows her mother-in-law does not respect her. She said: "I'm gonna tell you guys about the time my mother in law threw a TANTRUM when my husband and I purchased our home because it was 'too far from her' and she put an offer in behind our back for a house that was adjacent to her house. "When my husband and I first met, we were living in two different states, and I did eventually move to the state that he was from because it was closer to family, and we thought it would be more ideal to raise our kids...
    THERE are few things more exciting than going wedding dress shopping as a bride-to-be. But one woman's experience was ruined by a rude comment from her mother-in-law telling her she looked like a "whale". 2A wedding stylist has revealed a bride's savage reply to her mother-in-law calling her a whaleCredit: tiktok @sweetpeaandnoelle However, the bride didn't take the remark lightly, and bit back with a hilariously savage response. The entire encounter was witnessed by a wedding stylist, who took to TikTok to recount the tale and express her admiration for the bride for not holding back with her reply. The Canadian stylist, who goes by the account Sweet Pea and Noelle, wrote in her video: "POV - Stylist witnessing family dynamics." Before recounting the conversation went: "Mother in law to bride - you look like a whale in that dress. "Bride to mother in law - Well call me an orca and get your son some scuba diving gear cause he didn’t seem to mind last night." She then added "payback is a bad bish", and...
    Jets coach Robert Saleh only worked at Central Michigan with Brian Kelly for one year, as a defensive assistant in 2004, and it was not a happy one. Saleh and now-Packers coach Matt LaFleur, the older brother of Jets coordinator Mike LaFleur, were on Kelly’s staff as low-level assistants in their 20s. According to a 2019 ESPN article, they thought they were invited to a party at Kelly’s house, only to realize they were the help. “We shoveled the snow and parked all the cars,” Saleh told ESPN in 2019, when he was still the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. “Then, at the end of the night, we had to go get the cars again.” In an article published in 2020, Kelly did call Saleh “special,” but also seemingly went out of his way to tell an embarrassing story about Saleh passing out from dehydration. It’s the classic high-handed, shameless behavior from Kelly that everyone has gotten to know from him over his rise from the mid-majors to Notre Dame coach. And it’s one of many anecdotes that...
    At 95, film-maker and comedian Mel Brooks has won every award in showbiz, including Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, an Oscar and a Bafta Fellowship. But as he reveals in his autobiography, out later this week, he grew up in the heart of New York’s garment industry and says: ‘Movies saved my life. They rescued my soul.’ Here, he tells how he owes his success to superstars including Peter Sellers and Liza Minnelli . . .  One night, at about two in the morning, I was awakened by pebbles being tossed against my bedroom window. I opened it to see what was going on. When I did, I got hit with a few. There, down on the street, was Dustin Hoffman. Before I could say: ‘What the hell are you doing?’ he shouted: ‘Come down! We have to talk.’ He wasn’t famous yet. He actually lived on my block in Greenwich Village, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. This was 1967, and I’d just signed Dustin to play a demented, Nazi-loving playwright in a musical comedy I planned to call Springtime For Hitler....
    A FAMILY is mourning after a shooting on Thanksgiving took the life of a five-year-old girl. Khalis Eberhart’s life was cut short after a freak accident caused an unsecured handgun to go off, shooting her in the chest. 4The little girl died after a gun went off after being picked up by another child in the homeCredit: Facebook 4Police are investigating the incident, which took place at The Gardens at Camp Creek Apartment Homes on ThanksgivingCredit: Facebook Another child in the South Fulton, Georgia home picked up that was sitting on a chair near Khalis. Somehow it went off, resulting in tragedy. Khalis was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital after her father ran with her in his arms to paramedics. She would sadly pass away. “Khalis was a very smart girl, she was very outgoing,” said the girl's grandmother, Tracy Towns. “She kept a smile on her face, happy little child.” The family has called the loss “shocking” and “traumatic” but says the shooting was accidental. Khalis had a twin with who she shared a “great bond” according to her...
    An Oakland security guard has died from a bullet wound he suffered after the retired cop was shot while he protected reporters at the scene of an armed robbery in the crime-ravaged Bay Area  Kevin Nishita, a father of two and grandfather of three, was on assignment to guard the KRON4 team as it was reporting on the latest smash-and-grab raid in California on Wednesday when a robber targeted the TV crew for their cameras.  Nishita, a former police officer, confronted one of 12 masked robbers to protect the reporters, and the thief shot him in the lower abdomen. He was rushed to Highland Hospital to undergo surgery, but died on Saturday morning.  KRON4, its parent company Nexstar Media Inc., Nishita's employer Star Protection Agency and the Oakland Police Department have issued a $32,500 reward for information on the suspects.  'We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,' KRON4's Vice President Jim Rose said in a statement. 'This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area.'  The...
    Prof. Wolfgang Preiser, Stellenbosch University; Cathrine Scheepers, University of the Witwatersrand; Jinal Bhiman, National Institute for Communicable Diseases; Marietjie Venter, University of Pretoria, and Tulio de Oliveira, University of KwaZulu-Natal Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread. In late 2020, the network detected a new virus lineage, 501Y.V2, which later became known as the beta variant. Now a new SARS-CoV-2 variant has been identified – B.1.1.529. The World Health Organisation has declared it a variant of concern, and assigned it the name Omicron. To help us understand more, The Conversation Africa’s Ozayr Patel asked scientists to share what they know. What’s the science behind the search?Hunting for variants requires a concerted effort. South Africa and the UK were the first big countries to implement nationwide genomic surveillance efforts for SARS-CoV-2 as early as April 2020. Variant hunting, as exciting as that sounds, is performed through whole genome sequencing of samples that have tested positive...
    Much of what happened to Anna-Louise Bates on the terrible night a careless driver wiped out half of her family remains fragmented. She remembers pushing her daughter, Elizabeth, three, in the stroller as they walked home from a Christmas party.  Her husband, Stuart, and seven-year-old son, Fraser, were ahead. They were in high spirits, crossing the road while singing: 'I will walk 500 miles' from The Proclaimers' hit I'm Gonna Be. There was a bang. Screams. Sirens. Stuart, 43, died at the scene. Fraser, who suffered 'catastrophic injuries', was taken to intensive care at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Cardiff. Anna-Louise fell to her knees when doctors told her he was brain dead. 'You've just taken away my husband. You can't take away my son,' she wept. She recalls the conversation about organ donation. Paperwork. Kissing her son time and again. Anna-Louise Bates (left) lost her son Fraser, 7, when a driver hit her family as they walked home. Fraser's heart was transplanted into Roman Pickering (pictured with mother Zoe) And then, the 'hardest thing ever': leaving Fraser at Bristol Children's...
    If we were confronted in our gardens by a 6ft 4in airman armed with a pistol, most of us would be tempted to turn and run. But when farmer's wife Evelyn Cardwell spotted a German who was parachuting onto her land after his Junkers 88 was shot down by the crew of a Hurricane in the Second World War, she marched towards him and told him to put his hands up. The story of the woman's incredible bravery in July 1940, which saw her rewarded with an MBE by King George VI, is recounted in book Faces of the Home Front 1939-1945, by historians Neil Storey and Fiona Kay.  With her husband away, Mrs Cardwell, 45, who was only 5ft 8in, had at first tried to call the authorities when she saw the German soldier in the sky above her home in the village of Aldborough, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, but then discovered the phone did not work. Instead, she told one of her farmhands to go on his bicycle and alert the police, whilst she plucked up...
    A PREMATURE baby is celebrating her first Thanksgiving at home after being born weighing the same as a soup can at 22 weeks and five days. When Eris unexpectedly entered the world, she weighed 1lb 1oz. 7North Carolina mom Cayce Lee gave welcomed her daughter, Eris, at 22 weeksCredit: Mercury 7Cayce Lee and her husband Dennis with their daughterCredit: Mercury 7Eris unexpectedly entered the world at 22 weeks and five days, weighing at 1lb 1ozCredit: Mercury She was placed straight into a plastic bag to keep her vital organs warm - preventing the risk of hypothermia - while mom Cayce Lee, 37, was under general anesthetic following the emergency c-section in October 2020. Lee, 37, and her husband Dennis, 35, prepared to say goodbye on more than one occasion during the 254 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Lee, from Lewisville, North Carolina, said: “Last year, we didn't even know if Eris would make it to Christmas as she was so small and fragile. "Dennis and I spent Thanksgiving with her in the NICU, she actually got sick a...
    Opinion: It shouldnt have taken all this to convict Ahmaud Arberys killers Prosecutors in the trial of Ahmaud Arberys killers explain why they had faith in the jury Have Excellent Credit? These Cards Are for You Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Experts Urge Americans to Refi Before 2022 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/51 SLIDES © Getty Images What was the greatest year for film? Eighty-one years ago, the still quite young art of motion pictures hit a pinnacle that, to this day, most film buffs consider unequaled. "Gone with the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz, "Mr. Smith...
    In the aftermath of last week's verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, some commentators saw the acquittal of a white Illinois teenager as an indictment of America. 'There's a two-tiered system here, where [black Americans] don't have the right to self-defense, in the same way [as white Americans],' CNN political commentator Van Jones said on Cuomo Prime Time on November 22.  'I don't have a Second Amendment right, in the same way.'  Jones claimed to be giving voice to a 'pain' in the black and progressive communities that apparently believe America's laws are not applied equally. 'There's still pain here about the sense of difference,' continued Jones. 'We don't have the right to self-defense and Second Amendment in the same way that others do.' Over the last six days, there have been three different murder cases that provide data points to help evaluate these concerns over the fair application of self-defense laws in American courtrooms.  3 CASES, 3 DIFFERENT OUTCOMES: (Left) Travis McMichael was found guilty for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. (Center) Andrew Coffee IV was acquitted on felony murder and attempted...
    A DAD was left questioning his marriage after a cruel joke from his wife in the supermarket. The unnamed man, who has been with his partner for three years, took to Reddit to share how the out-of-character comment resulted in him wanting to order a paternity test for his child. 1A man asked Reddit if he was in the wrong for asking his wife to do a paternity test after a joke she made in the supermarketCredit: Getty He said there had been no red flags in his relationship, until his wife brought up his fertility.  His post read: "Am I the a**hole for requesting a paternity test after my wife, joked out of the blue, about our child's paternity? "We've been together three years, been married one year, and have an infant. Relationship has been the best of my life and relatively smooth throughout - no red flags. Our child is healthy and happy.  “We're in a pretty great familial situation currently. We are blessed to really have no real stresses or anxieties. “We were at the grocery store...
    Almost every week we learn "new" information about the Trump regime's attempted (and ongoing) coup and other crimes against democracy and the rule of law. These supposed revelations are now barely newsworthy. This new type of normal is the way democracy dies. Donald Trump's underlings, as it turns out, issued detailed instructions to Vice President Mike Pence on how to sabotage the counting of the Electoral College votes last Jan. 6, in order to send the results of the 2020 presidential election back to Republican-controlled state legislatures in "battleground" states. If that failed to change the outcome, the final decision — as specified in the Constitution — would have been made in the House of Representatives, where Trump would presumably have been "elected." It's impossible to know exactly how bad things would have gotten after such an outcome. The United States likely would have seen mass public unrest on a virtually unprecedented scale, perhaps offering Trump an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act, order the military into the streets, and suspend the Constitution. In effect, that manufactured emergency would...
    New York City has cut ties with one of the biggest homeless shelter operators in the city after it was revealed that the CEO collected more than $1million a year in salary while steering millions of dollars in business to other for-profit companies he headed.    Jack A Brown III, the Chief Executive Officer of CORE Services Group, received more than $352million in city funding to operate 15 homeless shelters and hotels around New York. However, a blockbuster investigation found that the 53-year-old Brown hired his unqualified relatives, redirected millions of dollars from his non-profit business towards his for-profit companies and collected a seven-figure salary, The New York Times reported.  Lame-duck Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had made fixing the city's homeless crisis one of his top priorities during his eight years in office, immediately cut ties with CORE. State finance officials confirmed that Brown, the highest-paid shelter operator in New York, showed 'a disturbing pattern of ethical violations'.    New York City has cut ties with CORE's CEO Jack A Brown III (pictured), 53, after it was revealed that he redirected six-figure funds from...
    During the sentencing, the judge threw out another rape conviction, claiming there wasn't evidence of "psychological injury" even while reportedly remarking that what happened to the victim "may be the most traumatic moment of" her life. What has been the response? The lenient sentence, which was announced on Monday, immediately became the subject of harsh criticism from prosecutors. "I'm disappointed in the outcome. I do not believe when you're convicted of second-degree rape that home detention is appropriate and I certainly don't believe only four years on this kind of crime is appropriate," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said, according to the Baltimore Sun. The prosecutor reportedly told WBAL that the sentence was especially "not appropriate" for for a police officer, who "should know as well or better than others the reprehensibility of such an act." Shellenberger also claimed that such a sentence could prevent victims of sexual assault from coming forward in the future, saying, "I fear this could cause rape victims to hesitate to report their crimes if they do...
    Prince Charles' goddaughter India Hicks, 54, has admitted she told her black adopted son to ditch the jeans and hoodies and 'start dressing differently' when travelling with her white children after he was 'always taken to one side'. The granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten, 54, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales, spoke to Sheerluxe, an online lifestyle magazine, about her Bahamian adopted son Wesley Cleare, 25, and the Black Lives Matter movement. She said she noticed that when her sons used to travel to the US, for example, 'it was always Wesley who was taken to one side'. 'After a while, we recommended Wes start dressing differently – travelling in chinos and a blazer as opposed to jeans and a hoodie seemed to help, if you can believe it. It’s very sad when you think about it,' she admitted. Describing him as a 'fixture' in the family the mother-of-five explained that she adopted Wesley from the Bahamas when he was 12-years-old after his birth mother died of breast cancer.  India has become more aware of how...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kyle Rittenhouse said that his case was about self-defense, “shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race,” and that if he had been convicted, “no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers.” Rittenhouse said, [relevant remarks begin around 7:05] “I’ve never seen something so polarizing in my life. When it’s just — it’s obvious self-defense, if you look at the case, you look at the facts, no matter what your opinion is, or where you stand [on] it. This isn’t a — this wasn’t a political case. It shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.” He later added, “[I]t wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense on trial. And if I was convicted, no one would be able — no one would ever...
    Actor Eddie Redmayne has expressed regret about his Oscar-nominated role in The Danish Girl, saying that playing a transgender character was a “mistake.” Eddie Redmayne won acclaim for playing artist Lili Elbe — a Danish man who underwent a sex-change operation to become a woman — in the 2015 movie. But he said in a recent interview with Britain’s The Sunday Times that he wouldn’t accept the role today. “No, I wouldn’t take it on now,” Redmayne told the newspaper. “I made that film with the best intentions but I think it was a mistake.” Watch below: Redmayne said transgender actors deserve to be considered for trans characters. “The bigger discussions about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table,” he added. “There must be a levelling, otherwise, we are going to carry on having these debates.” Eddie Redmayne stars in The Danish Girl. (Agatha A. Nitecka/©Focus Features) Redmayne’s renunciation of The Danish Girl comes amid growing pressure from woke, left-wing activists for Hollywood to embrace so-called “authentic” casting that would require actors to...
    A WOMAN shared a video explaining how her ex-boyfriend was subscribed to his girl best mate’s OnlyFans - and his horrendous justification for it. Tiktok user Ems left thousands of viewers shocked and horrified when she told her story. 2Ems revealed the shocking story on TiktokCredit: @userewm4i0rxg8/Tiktok 2Her followers couldn't believe the audacity of her exCredit: @userewm4i0rxg8/Tiktok She explained that her boyfriend was subscribed to his friend’s OnlyFans, but when she confronted him about it, he said he only subscribed to support her as a friend. To make matters much worse, however, he confessed that he had masturbated to the videos. But, he claimed, he had only done it “once”. Ems shared the story alongside an audio with the lyrics: “That made me want to die.” Ems specified: “I didn’t care about her, I was like: ‘That’s her job, she’s getting money.’ But I was only mad because obviously he was with me.” “I was constantly being compared to her”, she said. Most read in LifestyleAIR MARE Meghan & Harry DITCH private jet & 'copy' humble Kate's commercial flightDOC FURY...
    On the morning that Irina Izmestieva was found dead on the sofa at her palatial West London home, her oil tycoon husband Igor was waking in his dingy prison cell, 3,000 miles away in the Russian Urals. Irina, a glamorous 52-year-old former Moscow TV presenter and film-maker, was discovered ten days ago in mysterious circumstances after concerned friends summoned police to her £15 million house. Just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, Irina had been enjoying a life far removed from the dismal existence of Igor, the multi-millionaire father of her two daughters and, latterly, enemy of Vladimir Putin. Russian socialite Irina Izmestieva was found dead in her London mansion earlier this month and friends are demanding MI5 investigate The White Swan penal colony, where her 55-year-old husband is incarcerated in a cell with two others, is one of Russia’s toughest prisons. It is home to serial killers and cannibals, as well as Izmestiev, a former Moscow senator and oil dealer who has been locked up there since 2010 for crimes including murder and tax evasion — although his supporters...
    WOMEN REALLY do have each other's backs, and one way we do it is by getting other girls to test our guys. At least, that is what is happening on TikTok at the moment, women are asking others to do 'honey traps' on their partners online to catch them cheating. 2Emma shared the story on TikTok as she was so shocked by the outcomeCredit: TikTok / em_mac11 Emma Mac, 18, from Canada, uses her TikTok account, em_mac11, for that exact reason and women message her every day to get her to flirt with their partners and see if they take the bait. Although Emma often does loyalty tests, this one in particular really shocked Emma. She said the boy's girlfriend messaged her and asked for a loyalty test to be done as he was acting very secretive with his phone and they only meet up at her place now and she is suspecting he is cheating on her. Emma set to work and messaged the boyfriend on Instagram: "Hey I saw you on my suggestion you look so cute." His...
    By Sam Hoober A jury in Wisconsin did the right thing and acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse. While a person could point out that he put himself in the situation to begin with (totally true; he could have stayed home) the video evidence is incontrovertible. He defended himself. Period. To pretend otherwise is to be disingenuous on purpose or to delude one’s self. However, if you’re an armed citizen, this is what should scare the hell out of you: the only thing that kept this young man out of prison was the gun charge getting tossed. While the jury came back with the right decision, the margins for victory were slimmer than you might think. Wisconsin law, as was discussed plenty in the news cycle concerning the trial, abrogates the ability of a defendant to claim self-defense if the act occurred during the commission of a crime. If Rittenhouse was deemed to illegally possess the rifle, that would be a crime in and of itself and he couldn’t claim self-defense, and it’s likely he would have been convicted of at least one...
    A MAN who lost 27 family members in the Jonestown massacre has recounted how he narrowly escaped the same fate after his mother ousted him from the People's Temple before the 'Kool-Aid' mass suicide. Ed Norwood, 51, the author of 'Be A Giant Killer', was around five years old when his grandmother first took him to a service at 1859 Geary Street, in San Francisco, to hear Reverend Jim Jones speak. 24Ed Norwood (pictured with his wife) lost 27 family members in JonestownCredit: Courtesy 24He was taken to the People's Temple to hear Jim Jones speak when he was just five 24His grandmother, seven of his closest cousins, and a number of other family members died in what's known today as the Jonestown massacreCredit: Getty - Contributor Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Ed said he grew up an only child in the Bay Area but was incredibly close with his seven youngest cousins - Karen, Lisa, Berry, Freddie, Adrian, Cassandra, and Alicia - whom he deemed to be siblings. With his father out of the picture and his mother, Jynona...
    (CNN)We come from countries thousands of miles apart, but we share one thing in common: In spite of the grave consequences we have faced, we still dare to speak the truth. Alexander Vindman Andrei SannikovAlexander is a whistleblower. He sacrificed his military career when he reported former President Donald Trump's threats to withhold support from Ukraine if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not help him dig up dirt on the Bidens.Andrei is a dissident. He resigned from the Belarusian government in 1996 in protest the rising authoritarianism of President Alexander Lukashenko. In 2010, he dared to run against Lukashenko for President of Belarus. From our experiences, we have learned that when coming to democracy's defense, whistleblowers may pay with their careers, but dissidents often pay with their lives. Read MoreIn Alexander's case, independent media sought out the truth and Congress called on him to testify. While he suffered professional consequences, the government never imprisoned or threatened his life. In Andrei's case, Lukashenko had him detained and tortured. He was beaten, refused medical care and pressured to kill himself. Andrei was...
    A young woman who was 17-years-old when she escaped her home and called the cops on her abusive parents describes the 911 call that freed her 12 siblings from captivity in a trailer for an upcoming interview.  'Um hello? I just ran away from home because I live in a family of 15. OK? Can you hear me? And we have abusing parents. Did you hear that?' Jordan Turpin tells a dispatcher. The 2018 call and its aftermath will be the subject of an ABC 20/20 interview set to air Friday. Turpin's parents, David and Louise, pled guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse and were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 2019. Jordan Turpin, 21, was just 17 years old when she crawled through a window and called the police on her parents in January 2018 Jordan was one of 13 siblings who were abused by David and Louise Thurpin, center, in their Southern California home David (left) and Louise Turpin (right) pleaded guilty to 14 counts of torture and other abuse in 2019...
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was known for crazy anti-vaccine views even before the pandemic, downplayed covid-19 in an interview Monday with Tucker Carlson. For years Kennedy has pushed the flat-out false assertion that vaccines can cause autism, and he has fear-mongered about vaccines on many occasions. In 2019 several of his family members penned an op-ed calling out his dangerous misinformation. On Monday night Carlson queued up a clip of his interview with Kennedy by describing him to viewers as “one of the smartest and most articulate chroniclers of the erosion of our civil liberties.” They spoke for Carlson’s Fox Nation series Tucker Carlson Today, where Kennedy spread nonsense about the covid-19 vaccines. In comments appearing to reference Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kennedy said, “It was just a doctor who has never treated a covid patient saying one week masks don’t work and a month later, everybody putting them on, and not citing one study to justify that change.” He claimed that last year the U.S. “literally got rid of every amendment of the Constitution except the Second Amendment.” And...
    As a senior at Stanford, Michael Tubbs undertook a most unusual extracurricular activity: Tubbs, the child of a teenage mother and an incarcerated father, decided to run for office, not for a student council position, but for the city council in his hometown of Stockton. He won, too, becoming one of the country’s youngest elected officials. Four years later, Tubbs, still just 26, was elected Stockton’s mayor. Along with a high profile that led to an HBO documentary, his goals were ambitious and idealistic: He started programs for guaranteed income and college scholarships and advocated for other systemic changes. This sparked pushback, which Tubbs says was fueled by racism and a disinformation campaign on social media, that led to his loss in his re-election campaign last year.  Now Tubbs has written “The Deeper The Roots,” which is both a personal memoir and a book of his policy beliefs. He spoke about politics and writing recently via Zoom. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q. The obvious first question for anyone with a political memoir is, What office...
    Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz took aim at veteran journalist Dan Rather on Saturday, sending out a caustic message after the newsman lambasted a federal court for holding up a stay on President Joe Biden's sweeping vaccine order. It was just hours after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the president's mandate for private businesses employing 100 or more people was 'staggeringly overbroad' and upheld an emergency order halting its implementation. Former CBS News anchor Rather shared a Washington Post article on Twitter titled 'Federal appeals court halts Biden administration’s vaccine requirement, delivering policy a major blow.' 'Hey. Let me fix that headline for you,' Rather wrote.  He suggested instead: 'Federal appeals court halts important public health measure delivering the safety and welfare of the nation a major blow.' The next day Cruz, who often uses his Twitter to call out political opponents with searing jabs, replied to Rather's tweet with, 'Hey. Let me fix that headline for you.'  'Federal appeals court upholds the rule of law. Leftist news anchor who was fired for chronic lying laments that...
    Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that as far as he knows, “no one in the West Wing” knew what was going to happen on January 6 in advance. Meadows appeared on Newsmax Friday night hours after defying the January 6 select committee, which is almost certainly going to get him a criminal contempt referral from Congress. Hours after Meadows failed to show up for his deposition, Steve Bannon was indicted for defying the committee weeks earlier. “These are complex legal matters,” Meadows told Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt. “We’ve got a president in President Trump that is saying he wants to claim executive privilege. There’s case law that would suggest that that’s appropriate.” “Part of this is that Congress has gotten so hyper-partisan, and candidly this committee is more interested in politics than they are at really solving real problems,” he added. Schmitt asked about the argument from critics that they must have something to hide if they’re refusing to cooperate. “Obviously that’s not the case,” Meadows insisted. I’ve told them that to my knowledge no one in...
    (ViacomCBS) – The Challenge: All Stars returns for its second season on Paramount+ this Thursday, November 11th. As its name suggests, this version of The Challenge will pit the best of the best against each other in a brutal competition for $500,000. CBS‘ Matt Weiss spoke to Tyler Duckworth about his preparation for the game, growing up on TV and reuniting with his old Real World: Key West castmates. READ MORE: Police Searching For Suspect In Armed Robbery At Mini-Mart In KnoxvilleMW- Tyler, good to see you. The Challenge: All Stars season two comes to Paramount+ on Thursday, November 11th. How does it feel to dust off those challenge boots and get back out there? TD- Oh, man, it’s when I say it’s nerve racking, that’s an understatement, it was terrifying. Mainly because the las two times I was on I won back to back. I figured, alright there’s no better way to go than winning twice in a row. So to come back after 11 years, you’re like, um, am I really doing this? But at the same time, it...