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The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has voted to tax the sale of marijuana to fund reparations for Black residents.

The council voted 8 to 1 on Nov. 25 to implement a 3% tax on marijuana to fund the reparations plan.

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The city plans to generate $500,000 and $750,000 through marijuana tax revenue each year. The city can also receive outside donations to the reparations fund.

Robin Rue Simmons, a black alderman who represents the city's historically Black Fifth Ward, says the fund will benefit residents affected by the war on drugs.

"Our community was damaged due to the war on drugs and marijuana convictions," she told The Washington Post. "This is a chance to correct that. Our disadvantage and discrimination has continued beyond outlawing Jim Crow and beyond enslavement."

The new reparations fund will allow Black residents to remain in their neighborhood. High property taxes in the wealthy North Shore suburb forced Black residents out of their homes.

Simmons added that the reparations fund will help families with a down payment on a home that they couldn't otherwise afford.

A meeting will be held on Dec. 11 to work out the details.

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If you were hoping Walmart would restock Kentucky Fried Chicken-scented firelogs, you're in luck. The popular fried chicken-scented logs are back in stock at Walmart after selling out last Christmas.

According to People magazine, the firelogs give off an aroma of KFC's signature blend of 11 herbs and spices.

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By popular demand, KFC, in partnership with Enviro-Log, brought back the famous fried chicken-scented firelogs just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The firelogs sold out in three hours last year.

"Since selling out last year, we have received weekly calls from hopeful fans wanting to get their hands on the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog," said Ross McRoy, president and founder of of Enviro-Log, in a press release.

The firelogs are now available exclusively on Walmart.com for $19.

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A Virginia mother wants answers after prison guards strip searched her 8-year-old daughter before she was allowed to visit her inmate father.

The unidentified mom said Diamond Peerman, the girlfriend of the girl's father, drove the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center to visit her dad on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Peerman said guards told the girl to strip after a drug-sniffing dog alerted guards to her.

The little girl hesitated to take her clothes off in front of strangers, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Peerman, who is not the child's guardian, said she told the girl this was the only way she could visit her dad.

"I told her, that means you have to take all of your clothes off or you're not going to be able to see your dad," Peerman told the Virginian-Pilot. "That's when she started crying."

State policy allows strip searches at prisons. If a visitor refuses to be searched, they can be banned from the facility.

"That's outrageous," said Daniel Macallair, executive director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. "It's generally regarded in the criminal justice field that you do not strip search young children."

He called the strip search "an act of child abuse."

DOC Director of Communications Lisa Kinney said the allegation was "deeply troubling" and "represents a breach in protocol."

Kinney said she would take disciplinary action against the guards responsible for the search.

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Harvey Weinstein was dragged into Manhattan Supreme Court today to face a judge after he allegedly violated the terms of his release.

Weinstein, 67, is accused of tampering with his ankle monitor. Prosecutors asked a judge to raise Weinstein's bond from $1 million to $5 million.

Weinstein wore a grey men's tailed suit for his court appearance on Friday. He looked pale and weak and required assistance to walk in and out of the courtroom.

The disgraced Hollywood producer is accused of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping dozens of women. He is currently out of jail on bond.

Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the judge a monitoring service was unable to track Weinstein 56 times, including during an outing in October when he was spotted in a nightclub.

"The bottom line, judge, is this man could fly out on a private jet which he does and go to another country," she said.

In addition to asking the judge to raise Weinstein's bond, she also asked for an additional $10 million insurance company bond or $50 million security bond. She said he sold $60 million in property in the last two years, flies on private jets and is a serious flight risk, according to Fox News.

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Santa Ana, California police are asking the public's help in locating 19-year-old Mylinna Linder who went missing with her 1-year-old son, Montana Rashad Linder.

Police say Mylinna and Montana were last seen with her boyfriend, identified only as Vincent, at Jerome Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The couple may be in the city of San Bernardino. Vincent is believed to be driving a champagne-colored late 1990s four-door Toyota Camry.

According to ABC7, Mylinna is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 150 pounds with jet black hair and brown eyes. Montana has black curly hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Det. Garcia at (714) 245-8408 or email agarcia3@santa-ana.org.

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Former Oakland Raiders running back George Atkinson, III, 27, has died one year after his twin brother Josh Atkinson committed suicide.

George, who also played for the Cleveland Browns, is the son of Super Bowl champion George Atkinson II.

According to People magazine, the Athletic's Pete Sampson tweeted the news late Monday night. No cause of death was reported.

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George's death comes after his twin brother Josh committed suicide last Christmas. George and Josh played football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They also excelled at track & field.

Josh was reportedly depressed after their mother died from complications of Crohn's disease. She was also diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

In an open letter written in October and published by The Unsealed, George opened up about his struggles grieving the loss of his mother and his twin brother.

Titled "How I Turned My Losses Into Lessons", George wrote that his brother felt guilty over their mom's death.

George said he was hospitalized on a mental ward for self-harm after his brother died.

"That's the moment I felt like I lost everything. That's the moment I can't describe," he wrote. "I never want you to feel his pain or my pain."

George said his 2-year-old daughter motivated him and gave him the will to live.

"I knew I had to find a way to keep going and be a role model for her," he wrote. "Without my daughter, I don't know where I would be right now. She gave me that second wind of motivation."

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, left, sparked controversy after she fired Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car.

Lightfoot announced Johnson's termination during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2. Johnson, who was promoted to Superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement.

The harsh action was taken after Johnson reportedly lied to investigators after he was found slumped over the wheel of his car around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. Johnson was not far from home when he fell asleep at a stop sign.

The officer who responded to the scene did not test Johnson for alcohol intoxication. Johnson told the officer that he was on his way home after dining with friends and he pulled over because he felt tired.

Mayor Lightfoot said Johnson later told her that he'd had a "few drinks" at dinner that night and that the alcohol reacted with blood pressure medication he had taken.

The mayor said Johnson lied to her and investigators about where he'd been and what he had been doing. She said surveillance footage proved Johnson had been deliberately "misleading" investigators.

Johnson's supporters were concerned that he might lose his pension and other benefits, but CBS reports he will not lose it unless he is convicted of a felony.

Late Monday night, after the public backlash to Johnson's termination, Lightfoot defended her actions, saying, "It has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable."

She refused to release details, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children, but she said his behavior amounted to conduct that was "unbecoming" of his position.

CBS Boston reported Monday night that the 60-year-old police chief had been drinking with a woman who was not his wife before he was found asleep in his car.

Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured below, 2nd from right) were married in 2017.

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In early November Johnson announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference with the newly-elected mayor and his family at police headquarters.

"Had I known all the facts at the time, I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there," Mayor Lightfoot said.

Photos taken of Lightfoot at Johnson's press conference show her glaring at Johnson and giving him dirty looks.

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Sources say that Lightfoot, a 57-year-old male-identified lesbian, had it in for Johnson and his police department after they investigated openly homosexual Empire actor Jussie Smollet for lying about a racial attack in January 2019. Smollett, 36, was arrested in March for filing a false police report.

Johnson is named personally in a lawsuit filed by Smollett against the city of Chicago last month. Smollett filed the countersuit after the city sued him, indicating it wanted over $390,000 plus "further relief as this Court deems just and equitable" for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies.

 

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Joe Biden has a sordid reputation for inappropriately touching minor children over the years. A video clip of Biden rambling on about children rubbing his hairy legs went viral on the Internet over the weekend.

In the video, Biden addresses a group of Black women and children on the campaign trail in Wilmington, N.C. He discussed the time he worked as a lifeguard at a desegregated swimming pool.

The video clip first made the rounds back in September, according to The Blaze. If the video is taken down before you get a chance to watch it, here is what he said.

"And by the way, you know I sit on the stand and it'd get hot. I got hairy legs that... turn blonde in the sun. The kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again. They'd look at it. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap."

Supporters say the video was taken out of context. The "roach" comment was in reference to something someone said earlier about roaches.

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Former President Barack Obama has made it clear that his former vice president should not be the Democratic nominee.

Watch the Biden video below.
 

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Michelle Obama has invited actress Julia Roberts to join her girls' empowerment trip to Vietnam and Malaysia. Roberts, 52, is best known for her role as a thoughtful hooker in the romantic comedy film Pretty Woman (1990).

The invitation raised eyebrows on Black Twitter where users are still angry that Roberts was being considered to play Harriet Tubman.

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The former First Lady previously teased special guests would join her for the overseas visits.

On Monday, Dec. 2, officials at The Obama Foundation announced that the actress and TV personality Jenna Bush Hager will join Mrs. Obama on the trips, according to WENN.com.

Bosses at the Girls Opportunity Alliance initiative, developed by the Obama Foundation, will join Obama, 55, and the stars when they meet with Vietnamese girls' education organizations beginning on Dec. 9.

Screenplay writer Gregory Allen Howard spent 10 years trying to get a Hollywood studio to green light his script about the famed abolitionist who led thousands of slaves to freedom.

After "Harriet" opened in theaters last month, Howard recalled his first meeting with a Hollywood bigwig about the script in 1994.

"This script is fantastic. Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman," an executive told Howard. But the lone Black producer in the room spoke up, reminding the others that Tubman was Black.

"That was so long ago," the executive responded. "No one is going to know the difference."

Howard did not publicly reveal the name of the studio or the executive.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Chicago Police Dept. Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep in his car. Lightfoot announced Johnson's termination during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2.

Johnson, who was promoted to Superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years.

According to published reports, Johnson was found sleeping at the wheel of his car around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. He told police that he was on his way home after dining with friends and he pulled over because he felt tired.

Lightfoot said he later told her that he'd had a "few drinks" at dinner that night and that the alcohol reacted with medication he had taken.

She said surveillance footage proved Johnson had been deliberately misleading with investigators and he lied about where he'd been and what he had been doing.

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The mayor said she would not reveal where he had been to "protect his wife and children." She said his behavior was "unbecoming" of his position. Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured right) were married in 2017.

In early November Johnson announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference with the mayor at police headquarters.

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But sources say Lightfoot, a Democrat who is openly homosexual, had it in for Johnson and his police department after they investigated openly homosexual Empire actor Jussie Smollet for lying about a racial attack.

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President Donald Trump surprised U.S. troops in Afghanistan by serving them dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Trump arrived in Afghanistan after a 13-hour flight on Thursday. It was his first visit to the war torn country.

Trump's secret trip caught most of the news media off guard. Reporters in the press pool were not allowed to announce where they were going. Newsweek magazine erroneously described the President as spending Thanksgiving Day tweeting at his golf course.

After three and a half hours on the ground in Afghanistan, Trump boarded Air Force One for a long flight back to Florida.

The President looked exhausted after landing in Florida. According to published reports, Trump, 73, will spend the rest of the holiday weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach.

"Just returned to the United States after spending a GREAT Thanksgiving with our Courageous American Warriors in Afghanistan!," he tweeted on Friday.

Trump was ridiculed on Twitter.com after he tweeted a meme of his head Photoshopped on Rocky Balboa's body. Rocky Balboa is a beloved fictitious boxing champion played by actor Sylvester Stallone in the 'Rocky' film franchise.

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Trump tweeted the meme after getting a clean bill of health from his personal physician. There was talk that Trump suffered a mild heart attack last weekend, but the rumors were unfounded.

The meme was a hit among pro-democracy protesters who held up copies of Trump's tweet during a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China.

The demonstration was their way of saying thank you to the United States after Trump signed legislation supporting the Hong Kong protesters. The new legislation requires annual reviews of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms.

China expressed disappointment in the new legislation.

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Texas authorities confirmed an attack by a pack of feral hogs killed a 59-year-old woman on her way to work on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Christine Rollins bled to death after she was attacked by feral hogs in the front yard of a home in rural Anahuac, according to the medical examiner and Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne.

The Jefferson County medical examiner's office ruled the cause of death as "exsanguination due to feral hog assault."

"We can kind of tell that from the different sizes of the bites," Hawthorne said during a news conference Monday, according to CBS Houston.

Rollins was one of three caretakers who provided around-the-clock care for an elderly couple who lived in the home near where she was attacked. The 84-year-old homeowner and his 79-year-old wife have severe dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

When she didn't show up to work that morning, the 84-year-old man went outside and found Rollins laying between her vehicle and the home's front door in the 400 block of State Hwy 61. Sheriff Hawthorne called it one of the most horrific scenes he's ever seen.

No one heard the attack on Rollins. Neighbors in the rural area told ABC13 they have complained about the roaming packs of feral hogs, also known as feral pigs, swine, wild boar, razorbacks, or Eurasian wild boar.

"As soon as I seen the news report on that, my heart goes out to the family," said "Cajun Bob" Thornberry, of Sweeny. He said he's used trees to escape from charging packs of hogs.

"If you walk up on a bunch of these hogs, don't try to run because they can outrun you," Thornberry warned. "Try to get close to a tree and if you can't get close to a tree, at least carry a gun with you. Like any wild animal, feral hogs attack when they feel threatened."

Residents say hogs in that rural part of Chambers County are becoming a bigger problem.

"We've got individuals that hunt hogs with dogs. They put Kevlar on these dogs for a purpose because those hogs are vicious," said neighbor David Bennett. "And when they feel threatened, they're coming after you."

Rollins would have turned 60 years old on Christmas Day. She leaves behind one adult daughter and two adult grandchildren.

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Researchers have announced a new breakthrough in male contraceptives. The first male birth control that is injected into the penis will be available in 7 months.

According to the Hindustan Times, a government research agency has successfully completed a clinical trial for an injectable male contraceptive. The drug is awaiting final government approval.

Dr. R.S. Sharma, who worked on the project, said 303 volunteers participated in 3 clinical trials with a 97.3% success rate.

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The drug is injected directly into the two vas deferens ducts that carry sperm from the testicles. A local anesthetic is injected first to numb the pain. The injectable drug works by blocking sperm from leaving the testicles. The birth control effect lasts for 13 years and is not reversible.

Dr. Sharma and other researchers worked on the medication since 1984 and "the final product is ready after exhaustive trials."

Critics argue that the drug will be abused by governments eager to control certain populations.

Dr. Sharma cautioned that the drug can only prevent pregnancy, not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Men should still practice safe sex by wearing condoms.

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An Atlanta man says he and his fiancée are being held captive in a Mexico hospital because they can't afford to pay his $14,000 medical bill.

Stephen Johnson was vacationing with his fiancée, Tori Austin, on a Carnival cruise ship headed to Cancun.

Two days into their trip, Johnson fell ill and was diagnosed with diabetes, and infection/inflammation of the pancreas and kidneys.

Ship doctors recommended Johnson seek emergency treatment at a hospital on the mainland. Johnson was rushed to a hospital where he was in intensive care for three days.

Because Johnson and Austin don't have insurance, the hospital demanded payment via cash or credit card on the spot.

Johnson is still too sick to be discharged, but hospital administrators told the couple that, if he is discharged, he can't leave the hospital until he pays.

Austin shared photos of Johnson in a hospital bed with Good American America. "We were physically assaulted by the administrative staff," Austin told GMA from her fiancé's hospital room. "They were physically pushing on him!" she added, before adding that hospital workers "locked the windows".

Austin told GMA that she offered to pay $7,000 in cash upfront and she was willing to work out a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

Johnson told CBS46 that he is in "hell" and that he and Austin have no idea when they will be allowed to leave the premises.

They are pleading for help from the U.S Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.

Update: Tyler Perry has offered to pay the hospital bills for Stephen Johnson. According to Channel 2 Action News, Perry was watching Good Morning America on Friday morning and saw the couple's plight.

Channel 2's Justin Gray had been texting with the couple when he got a call from Perry offering to help. Johnson and his fiancée are on their way home to Sandy Springs, Ga.

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A decorated Navy veteran who was reported missing two years ago was found deceased in his DeSoto, Texas apartment last week. Police say he had been dead in his apartment for three years.

The family of Ronald Wayne White reported him missing three years ago. But police said there was nothing they could do because Mr. White was an adult who traveled extensively.

"My son would call me at least twice a month," his mom Doris Stevens told WFAA. "He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas," she said.

One day three years ago, the calls stopped. His mom said she became suspicious when she couldn't reach him on his birthday in April of 2017.

Stevens said she never heard from her son again.

"All them days, holidays, I just suffered. Because nobody wanted to help find him," Stevens told WFAA.

Then, last week, management at the DeSoto Town Center Apartments on East Pleasant Run Road, checked apartments where the residents were not using water.

Maintenance personnel forced open the door to unit 1320 on the third floor. They found White's skeletal remains on the floor of his kitchen. He was 51 at the time of his death.

The medical examiner determined the time of death was approximately three years ago.

"When the medical examiner told me three years, my knees gave away," Stevens said. "Three years? And that's what I can't get past in my brain. I can't get past three years. My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?"

Police said White's month-to-month lease and his other bills were paid through automatic withdrawals from his Navy retirement bank account. He had set up automatic payments because he traveled a lot.

White's apartment was relatively new construction, well-insulated and all the windows and doors were locked and sealed tight.

Approximately two years ago, a downstairs neighbor complained to management about a putrid liquid seeping through the ceiling.

Police said there was no sign of foul play in the apartment. "The way he was found, the way the apartment was arranged and so forth, there was zero indication of foul play," said Pete Schulte, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department.

White's family said he was a diabetic. Police found diabetic medication in the apartment. White was single, having divorced 20 years ago.

WFAA searched public records but were unable to find a Ronald White at the DeSoto address. Stevens said she didn’t know where White lived.

"It is sadness to see that a veteran, a decorated veteran, had to go out like this," said White's friend and fellow Navy veteran Jerry Hannon.

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Black voters are waking up to the sobering fact that the Democratic Party may not have their best interests at heart.

Presidential hopefuls traveled to Atlanta to take part in the Democratic debate on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Cory Booker, left, and Kamala Harris, right, are mixed race candidates who claim to represent Black Americans. But Black voters say the candidates didn't touch on the issues that concern Black voters.

"I was disappointed at the fact that two of the most controversial issues concerning Georgia – reproductive rights and election integrity – were only discussed in the last 11 minutes of the debate, said Howard student and Atlanta native Keri Felton.

Council member Khalid Kamau was also disappointed in the candidates.

"These candidates and the media came to Atlanta, to the Atlanta University Center, Paschal's restaurant, and told us how important we are. Then they get on TV and barely mention us. It's like dating a f-ckboy," Kamau said.

Activists also point to the rapid gentrification of Atlanta, a formerly majority Black city.

"For working-class ATLiens, it's not working out for us," said Sankara Lumumba. "We've gotten rid of public housing, the city is becoming less Black, the administration of this city doesn't match up to what is being publicly put out there."

Lumumba volunteers with the Community Movement Builders who fight gentrification in Atlanta. Gentrification is a term that describes the takeover of Black and urban neighborhoods by developers and wealthy investors who raise property taxes to force Black homeowners out of their neighborhoods.

Activists blame Black politicians for permitting gentrification in Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace.

"There's a black political elite that's teamed up with the economic elite and they run the city," said Kamau Franklin, the organization’s founder. "They don't run it for working-class or poor black folks. They run it to further capitalist development. It's a whitewash of what the Black Mecca is supposed to be."

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Kim Kardashian-West and rapper A$AP Rocky were name dropped during Wednesday's Trump impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, according to Variety.com.

As you know, the Democrats are attempting to impeach President Donald Trump for using a foreign power to investigate possible corruption by former Obama Vice President Joe Biden.

Gordon Sondland testified during the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. Sondland, the wealthy hotel chain owner who donated at least $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee, was appointed by Trump as U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

According to an earwitness, Sondland called Trump on an unsecured cell phone from the patio of a restaurant to discuss rapper A$AP Rocky's detainment in Sweden.

Sondland was treating foreign service officials to lunch, including David Holmes, who testified in a deposition on Nov. 15 that he overheard Sondland discussing the rapper with President Trump on the phone.

"Ambassador Sondland told the president that the rapper was, quote unquote, kind of eff'd there," said Holmes, who added that Sondland told Trump that Rocky "should have pled guilty."

Holmes added: "He recommended that the President, quote, wait until after the sentencing or it would only make it worse, unquote, adding, the President should, quote, let him get sentenced, play the racism card, and give him a ticker-tape when he comes home."

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Holmes, left, said Sondland, right, also told Trump that, "Sweden should have released him on your word, and "tell the Kardashians you tried."

Testifying before the committee on Wednesday morning, Sondland said he vaguely remembered the conversation about A$AP Rocky. "Yeah, what triggered my memory was someone's reference to A$AP Rocky, which was I believe the primary purpose of the phone call," Sondland said.

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One week earlier, TMZ broke the news that Kim Kardashian-West and her husband, Kanye West, contacted Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, to enlist Trump's aid in securing A$AP Rocky's release from jail.

To date Rocky has never thanked Trump for speaking to the Swedish government on his behalf.

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DNA has confirmed Robert Hunter Biden fathered a baby girl with a 28-year-old woman in Arkansas last year. Hunter is the son of Joe Biden.

Lunden Roberts filed a paternity lawsuit against Hunter last year, after Hunter did not acknowledge paternity or provide child support for the baby girl.

"DNA testing has established with scientific certainty that the defendant is the father of the plaintiff's child," according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE.

Hunter repeatedly denied fathering a baby with Roberts. Her attorney said she did not want to cause a media spectacle or disrupt Joe Biden's campaign for president.

"She just wants this baby to get financial support from the baby's father," said Clint Lancaster.

Roberts told the Democrat-Gazette she met Biden while she was a student and basketball player at George Washington University.

Although he was old enough to be her father, Roberts said they had a sexual relationship and she never doubted he was the father of her baby.

"My client has never doubted the paternity of this child, has never equivocated," Clint tells PEOPLE. "She has never wavered. She has never doubted the results."

The baby is former Vice President Joe Biden's 5th grandchild. Clint says Roberts hopes the Bidens will choose to have a relationship with the child.

Clint said Roberts's next step will be determining the amount of child support Hunter should pay to Roberts.

Hunter Biden reportedly earned over $20 million from a company in the Ukraine and nearly $1.5 billion from China.

The Bidens are accused of using his position with the Obama administration to benefit financially from foreign governments in a practice known as "influence peddling."

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Britain's Prince Andrew has stepped back from his Royal duties after a series of damaging revelations about his close friendship with American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew was accused of being a part of Epstein's child sex ring.

Epstein, who was charged with multiple counts of child molestation and human trafficking, hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell in August.

Prince Andrew's problems began when a photo leaked that showed the Duke of York embracing one of Epstein's young victims. The image was reportedly taken at Epstein's infamous NY townhouse at 9 East 71st Street years ago.

Initially Prince Andrew denied knowing Epstein. Then, after the photo leaked, he claimed the image was Photoshopped and that wasn't his hand around the young lady's waist. But photo experts analyzed the image right down to the pixels - and determined the photo was not Photoshopped.

In a recent interview with the BBC about his friendship with Epstein, Prince Andrew claimed amnesia, saying he didn't recall taking a photo with the young girl.

In the interview, which aired Saturday, Andrew denied having sex with Virginia Giuffre, the girl in the photo.

Giuffre claims she had sex with Andrew three times in 2001 at Epstein's properties.

Prince Andrew announced he was stepping back from public duties for the "foreseeable future."

"It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support," Andrew said in a statement. "Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission."
 

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Girls in one Illinois public school district will now share restrooms and locker rooms with boys who identify as girls.

The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 voted unanimously to give male-to-female transgender students unrestricted access to girls locker rooms and restrooms.

Previously, cross-dressers and male-to-female transgenders had to use the nurse's office or private stalls to change clothes, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

The school board took up the issue after a MTF transgender student, known as "Student A," wanted to use the girls' locker room, but was denied access in 2015.

The federal Office of Civil Rights, under the Obama administration at the time, said denying access to women's restrooms was a violation of non-discrimination law and gave the district 30 days to comply or else jeopardize its Title IX funding.

The district caved and allowed that student to use a private changing stall in the girls' locker room, but that wasn't sufficient. MTF trans and cross-dressers want to observe biological females in female-only spaces.

Using a private restroom defeats that purpose. Which is why there is no push by the LGBT community for private restrooms for trans individuals.

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A wise person once said, "Wherever you go, there you are." Your problems will follow you wherever you go - unless you are willing to make a change.

For busty traffic reporter Demetria Obilor, switching jobs didn't solve her problems. Obilor, 26, was a traffic reporter for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, when one viewer complained on Facebook about her distracting attire.

Obilor favors curve-fitting club dresses, the type that leaves nothing to the imagination. Male viewers thought Obilor's attire was appropriate for work. But her tiny dresses caused a commotion with female viewers.

Obilor has been a traffic reporter for two weeks at WFAA Channel 8 News in Dallas, Texas. She still wears impossibly short dresses with plunging necklines. And female viewers are still commenting on her distracting attire.

"She's a 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and looks ridiculous," said one female viewer in a post on Facebook.com. The viewer threatened to stop watching WFAA if station management doesn't enforce the dress code.

Obilor shared a screenshot of the post on social media. "I'm not a 16/18, but even if I was, for you to try to call out my size like that to hurt me or discriminate against me, I'm not for that," she told NBC News.

Obilor, who is biracial, was attacked at her previous job for wearing her hair natural.

She shared a screenshot of an email from a woman who said her natural hair must be hard to clean and "smell bad."

"Black people on TV; there’s nothing wrong with that," Obilor said. "Naturally, curly hair — I don't care if a black woman wants to wear her hair straight or in braids, you don't get to say what's professional and what's not professional based on your white standard of beauty."

She added: "When you get older and you're in the news people warn you that, 'Hey, you're going to be under a harsh lens. People are going to critique you, people are going to say mean things about you.'"

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Questions surround President Donald Trump's unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Rumors are swirling that Trump, 73, was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pain.

The White House released a statement saying Trump went to the hospital for a routine physical exam. But the report was quickly dismissed by Washington insiders.

"The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine and he didn't go up there for half his physical," tweeted Joe Lockhart, a press secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Insiders whisper that Trump had a mild heart attack, and that he suffers from Angina, chest pain caused by narrowing of the arteries that feeds oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease.

If the president did suffer a heart attack, it was likely caused by the stress of the ongoing impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Last week was tough for the real estate tycoon. Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

And in another setback, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.

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Amanda Seales got the attention of transracial fraud Shaun King when she gave her opinion about convicted murderer Rodney Reed.

In a 9-minute Instagram live video, Seales said she didn't believe convicted rapist Rodney Reed was entirely innocent.

Seales, a 38-year-old comedienne, is best known for performing as part of the duo Floetry. She noted Reed's troublesome habit of leaving his DNA inside multiple rape victims.

"It's very duplicitous, not just his family, but persons who fancy themselves activists, were doing so with the knowledge that this person, Rodney Reed, is not just accused of but has been linked to previous rapes via his DNA being discovered within the victim,” Seales said.

But King, a Caucasian man who claims to be Black, "fact checked" Seales on social media.

"On behalf of the family of Rodney Reed, I have to respond here directly to @AmandaSeales," King wrote.

"We've counted over 20 egregious factual errors in her viral video, but NONE were more inflammatory and damaging than this one.

"Here, she says that Rodney Reed, who she fails to say was a high school student at the time, in Wichita Falls, Texas, raped and killed a woman there. LIES. ALL LIES. I am proud to report that only Amanda, in her rush to get a video out, killed that woman. She is thankfully still alive and well today. She was not murdered by Rodney or anyone else. And a jury voted quickly and unanimously to acquit Rodney on all charges in that case."

He added:

"Do you really think Rodney Reed duped The Innocence Project for the 18 years they’ve been on this case?

Do you think he duped the conservative Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals?

BE SMART, people.

They saw the actual evidence.

WAKE UP!!"

In a second video, Seales apologized for her error, but she doubled down on her belief that Reed is not innocent because of his history of sexual assaults in Texas - beginning when he was in high school.

In 1997, Reed was charged with aggravated sexual assault and capital murder in the April 23, 1996 murder of Stacey Stites.

Stites, 21, was on her way to work at a grocery store on the morning of April 23, when she was murdered and her body dumped on the side of the road in Bastrop, Texas.

According to police, Stites had been beaten, sodomized, and strangled with her own belt in the hours before she died.

Police believe she was attacked in her fiancé's pickup truck, which she drove to work that morning. The truck was discovered abandoned at Bastrop High School at 5:30 a.m.

DNA found in and on Stites was matched to Rodney Reed - who claimed he didn't know Stites. Reed's DNA was in the system from a separate rape investigation.

After investigators told Reed his DNA was linked to saliva on the victim's chest and sperm cells found in the victim's vaginal cavity, he changed his story and claimed he had a consensual sexual relationship with Stites.

Investigators tested the DNA of 15 men, but only Reed's DNA matched the saliva and the sperm found inside the victim.

Reed claimed he lied about knowing the victim because she was "a dead white girl" who dated a cop in the south.

During Reed's trial, his defense attorneys were unable to present any evidence that he knew the victim prior to her murder.

He didn't know her phone number or where she lived. And no witnesses were called who could place them together at the same time in the days or weeks prior to her murder.

Reed's defense was unable to explain how his saliva was found on the victim's chest if they had consensual sex 24 hours earlier. Most people take a bath or a shower before going to work.

Reed's defense claimed Stites was murdered by her fiancé, a former cop who was later arrested and charged with a separate rape.

An all-white jury found Reed guilty on multiple charges of raping and murdering Stites, and he was sentenced to death.

Seales is not the only person who is confident that Reed is not an innocent victim, due to his troubled history of depositing his DNA in previous rape victims.

Legal analysts say the appeals board was correct to delay Reed's execution for 120 days, but Reed is far from an innocent victim.

The appeals court denied Reed's attorneys' request to reduce his death sentence to life in prison - an indication that his own attorneys know Reed will not be acquitted of rape and murder if he is granted a new trial.

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Two New York City jail guards were arrested on Tuesday for failing to check on Jeffrey Epstein the night he took his own life in his jail cell in August.

The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees are suspected of failing to check on Epstein every half-hour, as required when an inmate was recently taken off suicide watch. The jail guards are also suspected of fabricating log entries to say they had checked on the high-profile inmate.

The guards, who were taken into custody early Tuesday morning, are expected to be formally charged in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan later Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Investigators believe the guards failed to check on Epstein for several hours, giving him ample opportunity to fashion a noose and hang himself with it.

Epstein was in jail awaiting a hearing on multiple counts of felony child molestation and human trafficking.

He was placed on suicide watch after he attempted to hang himself on July 23. He was found unconscious on his cell floor with bruises on his neck.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, but guards were still required to check on him every 30 minutes because he was still considered at risk for self harm.

Conspiracy theorists argue that Epstein did not kill himself. They say Epstein was killed to silence him because he was about to reveal the identities of high-profile pedophiles in his inner circle.

A famed forensic pathologist hired by his brother determined that Epstein died by homicidal violence. The pathologist found tiny broken bones in Epstein's neck that are indicative of strangulation.

Forensic experts told the Dailymail.com that the hyoid bone near the Adam's apple can be fractured when a person hangs himself, but a broken hyoid bone is most often found in cases where victims were strangled to death.

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The week is off to a good start for President Donald Trump who suffered political and personal setbacks last week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a NY Lower court order for Trump to release his tax returns to House Democrats in Congress.

Chief Justice John Roberts delayed the release of the tax returns while the Supreme Court considers Trump's appeal. The temporary stay will block the release of Trump's tax returns indefinitely.

The Supreme Court is also considering a separate pending request from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who wants to review Trump’s tax returns over allegations that business records were falsified as part of a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

A lower court in New York had ordered Trump's longtime accounting firm to turn over the president's financial records to the House Democrats who are in the process of impeaching the president.

Democrats have until Thursday, Nov. 21, to file a response to Chief Justice Roberts' order.

Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

Trump had visited the state three times to stump for his candidate, including 48 hours before the gubernatorial election.

Twitter users taunted Trump for tweeting - and deleting - "Louisiana, 3 hours left, get out and vote for @EddieRispone for Governor. Lower taxes and much more!"

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In another setback last week, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.

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A Maryland teacher was arrested and booked into the county jail after she was caught on video fighting a student in her classroom. Vivian Noirie, 36, was charged with child abuse and assaulting the student at Largo High School.

The fight occurred at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, when the student confronted Noirie after she contacted her parents the day before.

Cell phone video shows Noirie repeatedly punching and kicking the student, who fights back. The teacher is wearing a grey top.

To their credit, the other students separated the combatants before two teachers stepped in to stop the altercation.

Police say they are also pursuing assault charges against the 17-year-old female student after reviewing the viral video.

According to Fox5 DC, the school's website says Noirie teaches Spanish at the school.
 

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All roads lead to Atlanta for the next Democratic presidential primary debate to be held at Tyler Perry's Studios on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

If you're not busy on Wednesday, WABE.com has complied a list of the public events that will take place on debate day, kicking off with the Democratic Debate PRO-LIFE Democrat Rally in front of Tyler Perry Studios on Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition to a rally, numerous watch parties will be held throughout the city.

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Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak live during a conference, but the cost of admission is steep.
 

Watch parties around the city

2020 Presidential Debate Watch Party

7 p.m. at a location to be provided after ticket purchase

Host: Democratic Party of Georgia

Cost: $20
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Georgia is a Battleground State Debate Watch Party

7 to 11 p.m. at Georgia Beer Garden

Hosts: NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, Millennials for Progress and Millennials for Abrams

Cost: Free

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Cobb Debate Watch Parties

7 to 11 p.m.

Locations: Three locations in Cobb County
Monticello in East Cobb
Taco Mac in West Cobb
Huey Luey's Mexican Kitchen & Margarita Bar in Acworth

Host: Cobb County Democratic Committee

Cost: $3

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Latinx Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: Latino Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia

501 Pulliam Street, Suite 400

Atlanta, GA 30312

Cost: Free

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Gwinnett Latinx Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: Mariscos Mazatlan, Seafood Bar and Grill

1650 Pleasant Hill Road

Duluth, GA 30096

Cost: Free
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Official Atlanta Presidential Debate "#DumpTrump2020" Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: BQE Restaurant & Lounge

262 Edgewood Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Free

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Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Hosts: Black Youth Vote and Georgia STAND-UP

Location: 55th & Park Restaurant & Lounge

55 Park Place Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Free

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Debate Watch Party

8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Location: Hudson Grille Sandy Springs

6317 Roswell Road Northeast

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Cost: Free

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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Nov. 19 to 22

Location: Georgia World Congress Center.

Obama will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 20.

Cost: $600 in advance or $650 onsite

Source: WABE.com

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The public is outraged over social media images of an inmate savoring a Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich in his jail cell - while everyone else stands in long lines and risks bodily injury or death to buy the coveted sandwich.

According to London's Dailymail.com, the photos were posted by a FACEBOOK user named Frank Gutta and shared across Twitter and other social platforms.

The images show the inmate enjoying the spicy chicken sandwich while sitting on his bunk in a 6x8 jail cell.

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The images are captioned: "TRYING TO SEE WHAT ALL THE HYPE ABOUT" and "THANKS BAE".

The hate was thick on social media, as Twitter users expressed their outraged. "N****s in jail ate the Popeyes chicken sandwich before me IM SICK," wrote one hungry user.

Another user tweeted: "Bruh gotta be busting down a female guard."

But not everyone was mad at the lucky inmate. One Twitter user was happy for the guy.

"Was gonna say this Popeye's sandwich is getting out of hand but the happiness I felt for dude getting that sandwich outweighs it all."

Popeyes franchise restaurants have become crime scenes as hungry consumers brawl and try to kill each other for the coveted sandwiches.

One 28-year-old man was stabbed to death and social media users uploaded videos showing fights and other violent incidents inside and outside the restaurants. But Popeyes was unbothered.

According to Fox News, the corporation asked its customers to "show some patience and love each other as much as it loves the restaurant."

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A Texas family has been ordered to take down their festive Christmas display after neighbors complained it's too early.

The San Antonio police have a lot more to worry about than Christmas decorations, but the homeowners association for Nick Simonis's neighborhood threatened to call the cops when he refused their demands to take the display down.

The Simonis family received notice from the Diamond Association Management & Consulting on Nov. 4, three days after they put up their holiday decorations.

The homeowners association said the elaborate Christmas decorations — including a life-size inflatable snowman - must come down because it's too early for holiday decorations.

Claudia Simonis, who is eight months pregnant, said they put the decorations up now because, after she gives birth, she will be too busy to help put up the decorations later.

"Because probably in two more weeks, I'm not going to be able to build all this," she told WOAI News.

The display includes reindeer and a Santa Claus holding on to a helicopter. But the HOA complaint only mentioned the snowman. The family told WOIA that they refuse to remove their decorations.

"We're not going to do it," said Claudia's husband, Nick. "It's the Christmas spirit. We're not going to be forced by the HOA to take it down."

FYI: Images in this post don't reflect the Simonis' actual Christmas display.

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The lawyer for convicted killer Ray Cromartie ripped the state of Georgia for executing his client last night.

Cromartie, 52, died by lethal injection on Georgia's death row on Wednesday, Nov. 13. He was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia, WSB-TV reports.

Cromartie was sentenced to death in the 1994 murder of store clerk Richard Slysz during an armed robbery of a convenience store in Thomasville, Ga.

Cromartie's attorney, Shawn Nolan, said the state ignored repeated requests for DNA testing that would have proven Cromartie's innocence.

"It is so sad and frankly outrageous that the state of Georgia executed Ray Cromartie tonight after repeatedly denying his requests for DNA testing that would have proven he did not kill Richard Slysz," Nolan said in a statement via WSB-TV. "In this day and age, where DNA testing is routine, it is shocking that Georgia decided to end this man's life without allowing us, his attorneys, access to the materials to do these simple tests."

Cromartie's execution didn't attract the same worldwide media attention as Rodney Reed, the Texas inmate who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20 for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, 19.

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Reed (pictured) was convicted based on his DNA linked to sperm found inside the victim. But he claimed he had consensual sex with Stites the day before she was killed.

Reed's lawyers are trying to overturn his conviction based on the testimony of seven new witnesses who point the finger at Stite's then-fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, a former police officer who was later convicted and sentenced to prison for the rape of another woman.

Reed's attorneys says he had a secret affair with Stites, a white woman who was on her way to work at a convenience store the morning she was raped and murdered.