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Shepard Smith stunned viewers and colleagues on Friday when he announced his resignation from Fox News after 23 years with the network. Smith, 55, addressed his departure at the end of his final show.

"Even in our currently polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist will thrive."

Smith's resignation hit social media like a mini tornado. The news was welcomed by his detractors who despised Smith's left-leaning bias.

Many on Twitter.com celebrated Smith's resignation, including President Trump.

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"I don't know. Is he leaving? That's a shame," Trump joked on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.

"Is he leaving because of bad ratings?" Trump continued. "If he's leaving, I assume he's leaving because he had bad ratings."

Probably no one was happier to see Smith leave than Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Smith lashed out at Carlson after Fox legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano got into it with Carlson and one of his guests during a live broadcast 2 weeks ago.

Smith thought Carlson should have defended the judge.

"Attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments on our air, in our work home, is repugnant," Smith said during his show the next day.

Later that night, Carlson mocked Smith on the air, repeatedly calling Smith a "daytime host" and never addressing him by name. Carlson ended his rant by taking a jab at Smith's sinking ratings: "When you dress up partisanship as news coverage, people tune out."

While some believe Trump's constant criticism of Smith may have intimidated the anchor to leave, others say Smith was upset about the stinging personal attack by Carlson.

Smith reportedly asked Fox to accept his resignation after only 1 year into his $15 million-a-year contract.

Smith's fans wished him well on Twitter and praised him for keeping his boot on Trump's neck over the past two years. But others thought he was too hypercritical of the president.

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A federal appeals court has ordered President Donald Trump to turn over his tax returns to Congress.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that President Trump's accountants must hand over his tax returns. But Trump could still take the case to the full appeals court or even the Supreme Court.

House Democrats, who are desperate to impeach Trump before the 2020 election, are ecstatic over the appeals order.

"Today's ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances, and the rule of law," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the oversight committee, said in a statement.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump's tax records from Trump's accounts, Mazars USA, in April. The subpoena include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president's potential conflicts of interest.

House Democrats are also attempting to impeach Trump over a complaint filed by a CIA whistleblower who asked to remain anonymous.

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A television commercial is causing mass confusion among young people who apparently missed or misunderstood the ad's tagline at the end.

The commercial opens with a pre-teen boy telling his father, "I think I got my period." The next scene shows a man rolling over in bed to reveal a bloodstain on the sheet under him.

The commercial also shows men dealing with their periods in public restrooms and locker rooms. One man asks another man for a Tampon, and a high school boy nervously drops his pantyliners in front of a girl, who asks him if he needs her help.

The commercial caused confusion among young people on social media who questioned how boys and men can menstruate.

Many missed the ad's tagline at the end of the commercial - 'If we all had them, maybe we'd be more comfortable with them.'

But even those who read the tagline were baffled. Since when are we women ashamed of having periods?

Some viewers believe the people behind the commercial are men who assume women are ashamed of having periods.

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Thinx claims to make underwear that absorbs your period.

"We're on a mission to empower every body [sic] with innovative solutions and social change," the company states.

The company's Twitter page promotes their undergarments under the hashtag #IfWeAllHadPeriods.

One YouTube viewer wrote: "I think [the ad is] mostly trying to deconstruct the 'stigma' about periods. I'd personally never heard of period shaming, but apparently some people think its a thing."
 

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A St. Louis, Missouri cop who was arrested for killing his fellow officer during a game of Russian roulette may have forced the woman to participate in the dangerous game.

Nathaniel Hendren is accused of fatally shooting fellow police officer Katlyn Alix in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, according to PEOPLE.

Alix, 24, and Hendren, 29, were allegedly drinking in Hendren's apartment when the gun went off, killing Alix.

According to a probable cause statement obtained by PEOPLE, Hendren emptied the gun before putting "one cartridge back into the cylinder."

The two then took turns pointing the gun at each other and pulling the trigger, the probable cause statement says.

At one point, Hendren pointed the gun at Alix and the gun discharged, striking her in the chest, the report says.

Alix, a patrol officer in her second year on the force, was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital.

Hendren's law enforcement partner, Patrick Riordan, who was also in the apartment that morning, were both on duty when Alix was killed. Alix was off-duty.

Alix's mother Aimee Lynn Wahlers, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court on Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleges that Hendren forced other women to play the deadly game in the past, the AP and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.

The lawsuit also alleges Hendren forced ex-girlfriends to engage in sexual activity that involved firearms, the suit says.

Wahlers says the city should have known that Hendren allegedly had a psychiatric history before hiring him, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hendren, who is free on $100K bond, pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter. He has been suspended from the police force and is currently awaiting trial.

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Judge Tammy Kemp was a guest on The Tamron Hall Show on Thursday, Oct. 10. The embattled judge came under fire for hugging former Dallas cop Amber Guyger after she was found guilty of killing 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean in his own apartment.

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In previous interviews Kemp defended her behavior, saying Guyger asked her twice for a hug. Kemp also said she gave Guyger her personal Bible because the 31-year-old promised to return it after she completes her 10-year prison sentence.

Kemp's court bailiff was also criticized for appearing to comfort Guyger by primping her hair in the courtroom.

When Hall asked Kemp to explain the bailiff's actions, Kemp said "Guyger had been found guilty of murder... and we were on a lunch break. However, I couldn't send her to the jail to be frisked. So we asked a female bailiff to stay with her throughout the lunch break. And if you know anything about the jail, you gotta search every part of a person, including their hair."

But critics of the judge and the bailiff say officers never conduct searches for razor blades or other contraband with their bare hands.
 

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A rare predatory fish that breathes fresh air and can survive on land for hours has been discovered in Georgia for the first time.

If you see it on land or in the water, kill it immediately. Wildlife officials don't want the fish to breed and multiply.

The invasive fish species is called "snakehead fish" because its markings resemble a python snake. It was discovered swimming in a pond in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The fish have sharp teeth and are voracious eaters. The can grow to three feet long.

Officials at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division said a fisherman caught the fish and alerted them.

"Thanks to the quick report by an angler, our staff was able to investigate and confirm the presence of this species in this water body," said Matt Thomas, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. "We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this water body and, hopefully, keep it from spreading to other Georgia waters."

Early humans are believed to have evolved from amphibious sea creatures that crawled out of the sea and adapted quickly to land.

Humans were originally herbivores (plant eaters) until they began cooking meat shortly after discovering fire. From then on humans killed, cooked and ate meat, wiping out entire species of animals. Scientists don't want this predatory fish to acclimate to land and wipe out local species.

Officials say the snakehead fish is non-native to Georgia and it affects native species by competing with them for food and habitat.

Officials ask fishermen to immediately kill the fish and freeze it so officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and GDNR officials can retrieve it for research purposes.

If caught do not release it back into the water.

"If possible, take pictures of the fish, including close ups of its mouth, fins and tail (and) note where it was caught," state officials said, adding that it is illegal in Georgia to keep snakehead fish as pets.

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Working moms everywhere can relate to a NBC news correspondent who vent viral on social media after her son interrupted her live report on Syria.

NBC News correspondent Courtney Kube was live on the air reporting on the conflict in Syria on Wednesday when her son wandered over and demanded her attention.

Kube, who covers national security and the Pentagon, was discussing Turkey's incursion into Syria from the NBC News studios in Washington, D.C. when her 4-year-old son interrupted her.

"Excuse me... my Kids are here. Live television," Kube laughed while simultaneously pushing her son away.

Kube later explained that her kids were dropped off in the studio from preschool and, "Breaking news in Syria didn't line up with preschool drop-off, so he and his twin brother were with me."

Hopefully Kube's boss has a good sense of humor.
 

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Judge Tammy Kemp sat down with media outlets to explain why she hugged convicted ex-cop Amber Guyger, and gave her a Bible after her murder trial ended.

The embattled judge didn't just give Guyger any Bible, she went back to her judge's chambers to retrieve her own personal Bible to give the departing killer.

Kemp was criticized by legal experts and the public after she appeared to show bias toward the former Dallas police officer who was convicted of killing 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean in his own apartment last year.

Kemp wiped away tears as she told CNN she thought it would be "rude" not to hug Guyger after she hugged Jean's family members.

She said Guyger asked her, "Do you think God will forgive me?" Kemp said yes and, Guyger added, "'Well, I don't have a Bible. I don't own a Bible, and I don't know where to start.' And I said I will get you a Bible."

“And that's when I went to retrieve my Bible and gave it to her." Kemp also said, "She did tell me she'd bring my Bible back in 10 years."

Kemp said she told Guyger, "Brandt Jean has forgiven you. Please forgive yourself, so you can have a purposeful life. And she asked me, 'Do you think my life can still have a purpose?' And I said, 'I know it can.'"

Kemp said Guyger asked for a hug twice. "I'm embarrassed to say that she had to ask me twice," Kemp told CBSDFW News.

"When I looked at her and saw how she was hurting, of course I agreed to give her a hug."

Kemp responded to the backlash from critics who say she never shows empathy toward Black defendants in court.

"Frankly, I don't think I would be getting this criticism if Miss Guyger were a Black woman," Kemp said. "I hate that we limit our compassion to one race."
 

 

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The Dallas woman who filmed Botham Jean's last moments alive fears for her life after the apparent assassination of key trial witness Joshua Brown.

Brown, 28, was gunned down on Friday night by an unknown assailant after he exited his car at his apartment complex, about 6 miles from the South Side Flats apartments where he previously lived across the hall from Jean.

There are growing fears for the woman who filmed Jean dying after he was shot by former Dallas cop Amber Guyger in his own apartment.

Ronnie Babbs, who also goes by "Bunny", was a neighbor of Jean's, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting from a lower staircase. She said she hadn't planned to upload the video to social media, but she changed her mind after seeing news reports that contradicted with what she filmed.

Babbs told the Advise Media Network in January, that she began filming the scene after hearing 2 gunshots and a man's voice saying, "Oh my God. Why did you do that?"

"It was just a lot of crying, a lot of hysterics," Babbs said. "[Guyger] was just pacing back and forth for at least seven minutes, according to my video."

She also captured footage of paramedics rushing Jean down the hall on a gurney.

Babbs said she's received death threats and she was fired from her job at a pharmaceutical company after speaking out about the Jean shooting.

She said her employer accused her of "radical, anti-police" behavior before they "blacklisted" her.

 

She created a GoFundMe account that raised over $65,000 in donations.

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Babbs originally planned to write a book about her experiences. Now she says she is taking classes to own her own pharmacy.

During her testimony in court Babbs dismissed concerns that her GoFundMe donations damaged her credibility.

"There are obviously major red flags any time a witness uses a connection to a legal proceeding as a platform to openly solicit donations," Dallas defense attorney Chris Knox told the Morning News.

Guyger is serving a 10-year prison sentence at the maximum security Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, about 120 miles southwest of Dallas. A new mugshot of the 31-year-old former cop was released by the Texas Department of Corrections on Tuesday.

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NBA superstar James Harden apologized to China on Monday for a tweet his general manager sent out on Friday. Unfortunately, his apology wasn't good enough.

The National Basketball League scrambled to get back on China's good side after the Chinese government blocked live broadcasts of NBA games on Monday. China was offended after Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey tweeted that he chose democracy over Communism.

In the now-deleted tweet, Morey also supported Hong Kong, where pro-democracy demonstrators continue to protest in the streets against the pro-Chinese sector and the Hong Kong Police Force.

The Rockets are in Tokyo, Japan to play 2 pre-season exhibition games against NBA champions Toronto Raptors.

China banned live broadcasts of NBA pre-season games hours after Harden apologized for Morey's tweet.

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Harden, pictured left with teammate Russell Westbrook, said, "We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love," Harden said.

He added: "We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you."

The Chinese government was further disappointed when NBA commissioner Adam Silver insisted he wouldn't gag owners or players from speaking their minds.

"The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way," Silver said in a statement on Tuesday.

Morey's tweet resulted in the NBA losing advertisers and lucrative sponsorships, including Tiffany's jewelry.

The normally very opinionated NBA superstar LeBron James has so far remained silent on the controversy.

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The Dallas judge who hugged Amber Guyger said the former cop asked her for a hug and for help seeking God's forgiveness.

Judge Tammy Kemp was widely criticized by legal experts and the public after she embraced Guyger and gave her a Bible at the end of Guyger's murder trial.

Kemp told The Associated Press that she believed her actions were appropriate since Guyger said she didn't understand how to begin seeking God's forgiveness for killing accountant Botham Jean, 26.

"She asked me if I thought that God could forgive her and I said, 'Yes, God can forgive you and has,'" Kemp said. "If she wanted to start with the Bible, I didn't want her to go back to the jail and to sink into doubt and self-pity and become bitter. Because she still has a lot of life ahead of her following her sentence and I would hope that she could live it purposefully."

Kenneth Williams, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, told The NY Post: "[Kemp] has indicated an affinity or sympathy for the defendant."

And attorney Sherrilyn Ifill tweeted that a judge should remain impartial and unbiased in a court of law.

However, Kemp said she never acknowledged her Christian faith in court previously or provided a defendant with a Bible, but Guyger told her she didn't have a Bible at the end of the trial. Kemp said Guyger asked her for a hug twice.

“Following my own convictions, I could not refuse that woman a hug. I would not," Kemp said defiantly.

She also responded to the anger of Black people who wondered why she didn't show the same empathy for Black defendants.

"I don't understand the anger. And I guess I could say if you profess religious beliefs and you are going to follow them, I would hope that they not be situational and limited to one race only," Kemp said.

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Joshua Brown, the Amber Guyger witness who was gunned down on Friday night in Dallas, was set to testify in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Dallas Police Department when he was killed.

Brown, 28, gave key testimony against Guyger, 31, on day 2 of her murder trial for killing Botham Jean, 26. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Brown was shot to death 2 days after Guyger was sentenced.

Jean's mother is suing the city, citing the Dallas Police Department for failure to properly train Guyger.

The attorney for the Jean family, S. Lee Merritt, stopped just short of accusing the police of assassinating Brown.

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"It is a possibility," Merritt said. "I don't have any evidence other than the timing, but I am not ruling anything out. But what I do know is that Joshua was targeted. This was an assassination. He pulled into his parking lot and he was shot. The perpetrators fled. They didn't steal anything from him."

Witnesses reported seeing a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot after the shooting.

"This is a kid who had no gang ties, there was no lover's quarrel," said Merritt. "He was an AirBnB host and roofer. All the usual suspects of crime, drugs and sex are simply not there."

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Botham Jean's neighbor, Joshua Brown, who testified against former Dallas officer Amber Guyger at her murder trial was found shot to death in a Dallas, Texas parking lot on Friday night.

According to the Dallas Morning News, multiple witnesses flagged down police officers on Friday night and reported hearing gunshots at an apartment complex near Dallas' Medical District.

Police found Brown unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Rd.

Brown was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown's apartment was located directly across from Botham Jean's apartment at South Side Flats apartments. Brown testified that he was in the hallway on the night of Sept. 6, 2018, when he heard two voices talking at the same time followed by 2 gunshots.

Guyger had just returned home after working a 13-hour shift when she entered the wrong apartment and shot Jean to death.

Brown broke down and cried when he recalled hearing Jean singing gospel music inside his apartment every morning.

Guyger was convicted of murder on Tuesday and sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

Brown's death sparked rumors of retaliation for testifying against the former Dallas police officer.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who represents the Jean family, said Brown's murder "underscores the reality of the black experience in America."

He said Brown lived in constant fear for his life.

"Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence," Merritt wrote on Facebook. "Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family."
 

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President Donald Trump credited Black people with building America during a speech at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House on Friday, Oct. 4.

"You know, you're just starting to get real credit for that, OK," Trump said. "I don't know if you know that, you're just starting to get — you built the nation. We all built it, but you were such a massive part of it. Bigger than you were given credit for. Does that make sense?"

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"You broke the sound barrier," Trump said, referring to the noise level as the young Black professionals stood and cheered. "I've never heard it quite like that, and I appreciate it. We love you," he told the crowd.

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The president praised conservative commentators Candace Owens and Terrence Williams and White House aide Ja'Ron Smith, inviting them to share the stage with him, Yahoo News reported.

He complimented Owens, saying she is a "star" who is not only "tough" but also "beautiful" - before he caught himself.

"Under the #MeToo generation, we're not allowed to say [beautiful]," Trump said. "So all of you young, brilliant guys, never, ever call a woman beautiful, please. You're not allowed to do it," he joked.

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Owens noted that, 2 years into their first term, every president looks older. "He seems to be the only president that's getting younger!" she said.

Trump took a jab at the Democrats who are desperate to impeach him before the 2020 election.

"While we are fighting every day to build up our nation, the far left only wants to wreck, ruin and destroy our nation,” he said. “And you know better than anybody, for the last three years, Democrat lawmakers, their deep-state cronies, the fake news media, they've been colluding in their effort to overturn the presidential election — 63 million people voted — and to nullify the votes of the American people and many African American people voted for Trump, even then. Now they like me more."

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Then Trump and Vice President Mike Pence bowed their heads, as a young Ethiopian woman prayed for him. Afterwards, the crowd chanted "USA!" and "four more years!"

Watch the emotional video below.
 

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Ukraine's top prosecutor has reopened an investigation into the Burisma gas company that reportedly paid Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $3 million in salary and bonuses.

"We are now reviewing all the cases that were closed or split into several parts or were investigated before," said Ukraine's Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, according to DailyMail.com.

Ukraine's former prosecutor who launched a probe into Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma was reportedly fired under pressure from then-Vice President Joe Biden.

The investigation into possible corruption by Joe and Hunter was reopened hours after U.S. President Trump asked Ukraine for assistance investigating the Bidens, saying the country "should investigate" Joe and Hunter Biden.

Trump is on the hot seat for asking a foreign government to help investigate his political rival.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky for information on the Bidens.

House Democrats are looking into whether Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if the government didn't comply with his wishes.

Trump reportedly fired the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine after Rudy Giuliani complained she would not launch an investigation into the Bidens.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, President Zelensky denied he was pressured by Trump to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

Asked by The Associated Press about Trump's comment Thursday that the U.S. has an "absolute right" to ask foreign leaders to investigate corruption cases, Zelensky said that Ukraine is "open" and that all the cases under investigation are "transparent."

The Bidens are accused of influence peddling by using Joe's position as Barack Obama's vice president to enrich himself and his son.

Hunter reportedly received $1.5 billion from the Chinese government, in addition to $3 million from Burisma gas company and untold millions from other foreign governments while Joe was VP.

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The domestic battery case against actress Stacey Dash has been dropped and she will not face charges in court, The Blast reports.

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Dash's ordeal began on Sunday night when an argument she had with husband Jeffrey Marty and his three children at their Port St. Richey, Florida home escalated to violence.

Dash, 52, called 911 to report Marty put her in a chokehold, but officers arrested her and charged her with domestic battery against Marty.

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The Clueless star cooled her heels in a Pasco County jail for 12 hours. She was released on Monday morning after Marty paid her $500 bond.

After springing Dash from jail, Marty pinned a tweet showing him and Dash kissing. Text superimposed over the photograph shows a biblical phrase from the Old Testament which reads: "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Marty, 44, is Dash's fourth husband.

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According to court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Dash demanded a speedy trial in three days. She also filed for indigent status, saying she could not afford an attorney.

But now her charge has been dropped and she is a free woman, according to The Blast.
 

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An ethics complaint has been filed against a Dallas, Texas judge who hugged former cop Amber Guyger and gave her a Bible following her guilty verdict on Wednesday.

Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was relaxing in his own apartment when Guyger barged in.

Judge Tammy Kemp fueled outrage when she embraced Guyger in court and handed her a Bible after Guyger was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The judge's actions prompted many to question why Black defendants aren't treated the same way.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an ethics complaint against the judge with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Thursday.

The FFRF group said Kemp went too far by embracing the former cop in court and praying with her before Guyger was shipped off to prison.

The FFRF called Judge Kemp's behavior inappropriate and unconstitutional.

After a victim impact statement by Jean's brother, Brandt Jean, he told Guyger he loved her and embraced her.

Then Kemp embraced Guyger and spoke with her before leaving the courtroom and returning with her personal Bible.

She turned the pages to John 3:16 and told Guyger, "This is where you start." She continued, saying, "He has a purpose for you," referring to God.

In the complaint, the FFRF said Judge Kemp, "Handled a difficult trial with grace" but that she "signaled to everyone watching... that she is partial to Christian reform and Christian notions of forgiveness."

Legal experts have noted that the hug and the Bible could cause a conflict if Guyger files an appeal, which her attorneys have stated she will.

Other legal experts weighed in, saying Kemp's actions bordered on judicial misconduct.

"I did not see why the judge did what she did," said C. Victor Lander, a former municipal judge who spent 27 years behind the bench.

"Once there's an appearance that the judges are not impartial, we lose our entire criminal justice system," Lander said.
 

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This news might be unsettling for some of you. Visitors to Disqus-enabled blogs may have noticed a few changes on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The most significant changes are Disqus brings back down voting, and the comments counts have vanished on most blogs, including Sandrarose.com.

Additionally, most Disqus users report the total upvotes and comments totals on their profiles are gone.

Understandably Disqus users and blog publishers are irate over the changes, particularly blog visitors who believe down votes encourages online bullying.

Disqus has been working for the past 24 hours to fix the bug that crashed the comments counter, as well as restoring the cumulative upvote totals.

The loss of comments counts and upvotes may be due to a bug, but the downvotes are here to stay according to a post on Disqus.com.

In a blog post dated Oct. 2, Disqus writes:

"Previously, we hid how many downvotes a comment received and only displayed the total upvotes, but we believe that liking and disliking something is a big part of how we engage with content and communicate with each other."

Disqus explained that the goal in bringing back down votes is to encourage more dialogue "between people with different opinions to have more constructive interactions."

Some Disqus users are pulling out their hair over the concept of receiving even a single down vote.

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Another Disqus user wrote:

"If you're going to downvote, STAND BY IT. If you show names by upvotes, show names by downvotes. Otherwise, you're just enabling the trolls."

Question: Why do you down vote?

  • The comment does not contribute to the discussion
  • You disagree with the comment
  • You don’t like the user
  • You think the comment should appear lower in the discussion thread
  • Will you comment less if you receive down votes?

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    Legal experts are weighing in on the behavior of a Dallas, Texas judge after a former cop was convicted of shooting her unarmed neighbor in his own apartment.

    Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was relaxing in his own apartment when Guyger barged in.

    Legal experts say Judge Tammy Kemp, who is Black, demonstrated poor judgment and inappropriate behavior when she left the bench to embrace Guyger and hand her a Bible after the guilty verdict was announced on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

    According to The Washington Post, legal experts says a judge hugging a defendant and giving her a Bible was "not only rare but inappropriate."

    Kenneth Williams, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, told The Post: "[Kemp] has indicated an affinity or sympathy for the defendant."

    Other legal experts noted that the hug and the Bible could cause a conflict if Guyger files an appeal, which her attorneys have stated she will.

    President and Director-Counsel of LDF (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational) Sherrilyn Ifill tweeted that a judge should remain impartial and unbiased in a court of law.

    "A judge is not an average citizen. She is not the victim... She must, especially in a case that arouses passion and conflict like this one, stand for impartial justice. She may speak words from the bench. This is too much."

    Others noted that Judge Kemp allowed Guyger's defense to use the Castle Doctrine defense, which is usually reserved for homeowners who stand their ground. The Castle Doctrine justifies deadly force when an intruder enters an occupied home.

    Kemp also instructed the jurors to consider a "sudden passion" defense while determining Guyger's punishment. The sudden passion defense reduced the sentencing range from 2 to 20 years.
     

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    Cheating men in North Carolina should be worried after a judge handed down another expensive "alienation of affections" law ruling.

    Jilted men have legal recourse after their wives run off with another man. They can sue the men for depriving them of their wives' affections.

    Kevin Howard sued his ex-wife's lover for ruining his marriage by cheating with her.

    A judge agreed with Howard's claim that his ex-wife's lover "purposefully interfered with a marriage" and the man was ordered to pay Howard $750,000, according to WITN.

    The controversial "alienation of affections" law is only recognized in a handful of states in the U.S. North Carolina is one of those states that punishes gigolos for creeping with someone else's spouse.

    The unnamed man was found guilty of stealing Howard's ex-wife, who was the man's co-worker.

    "He was a colleague of hers from work," Howard told reporters from CNN after the verdict.

    Howard said his ex-wife and her lover defiled his marital bed.

    "He ate dinner with us several times, we spent time together ... I thought this was a friend."

    Howard's lawyer says she currently has five alienation of affections cases in court. One man was ordered to pay $8.8 million for stealing another man's wife.

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    Black Twitter didn't know what to think after Botham Jean's brother hugged the former Dallas cop who took Jean's life in a deadly case of mistaken identity.

    On Tuesday a jury convicted Amber Guyger of murder in the fatal shooting of her upstairs neighbor. She claimed she mistook his apartment for her own after working a 13-hour shift on Sept. 6, 2018.

    Prosecutors showed the jury racist text messages and racially offensive memes on Guyger's social media accounts.

    Guyger, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

    During his victim impact testimony, Jean's brother, Brandt Jean told Guyger, who is white, that he forgives her and didn't want her to go to prison. "I love you as a person, and I don't wish anything bad on you," Brandt said.

    After his testimony, Brandt gave Guyger an emotional embrace that stunned social media.

    There was more odd behavior in the courtroom. A Black bailiff was seen stroking and primping Guyger's hair after her guilty verdict was announced.

    Guyger spent her first night in prison on Wednesday.
     

     

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    Former Dallas cop Amber Guyger will spend the next 10 years behind bars for fatally shooting her upstairs neighbor Botham Jean, 26.

    Guyger, 31, was found guilty of murder on Tuesday, Oct. 1, for fatally shooting Jean in his own apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. The jury didn't buy her claim that she believed he was an intruder in her apartment.

    The sentencing phase of Guyger's murder trial began on Tuesday afternoon.

    Prosecutors showed jurors racist text messages and social media memes by Guyger.

    One text message was in reference to the Jan. 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday parade in Dallas, according to ABC affiliate WFAA 8 News.

    "When does this end lol," a fellow cop texted Guyger.

    "When MLK is dead… oh wait…" she responded.

    "Just push them… or spray your pepper spray in that general area," she wrote, referring to the majority Black crowd at the parade.

    Prosecutors had asked jurors to sentence Guyger to at least 28 years — symbolic because Jean would have turned 28 last Sunday, according to NBC News.

    Guyger did not testify during the sentencing phase.

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    Officials at Britain's the Mail On Sunday newspaper vowed to "vigorously defend" themselves against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's lawsuit.

    On Tuesday, Prince Harry released a rare statement, revealing he and Meghan have filed a lawsuit against the Mail over misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, claimed the publication published false information in the "intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by the Duchess of Sussex", to her estranged father Thomas Markle.

    The royals claim parts of the letter were edited and redacted, but representatives for the Mail on Sunday insist they stand by the initial story, and intend to fight the lawsuit.

    In a lengthy statement on his personal website, Prince Harry wrote,

    "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son."

    He added:

    "My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

    In an editorial for the Daily Mail Online, Piers Morgan said Harry is "playing the victim card."

    "Oh please. Give me a bloody break, your royal highness!" Morgan said.

    "The old Prince Harry, the courageous soldier and fun-loving party boy, would never have spewed such sanctimonious guff," Morgan wrote.

    Morgan added that Harry has been "Meghan-ed" by his wife, who is pulling his strings.

    "Sadly, he's been Meghan-ed and that means when he's not pontificating piously about progressive woke issues, he's playing the victim card."

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    Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan visited the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday, October 2.

    Royal watchers were delighted to see the Duchess wearing another of her favorite oversized shirt dresses.

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    Bernie Sanders, independent candidate of Vermont, was rushed into surgery for a blocked coronary artery after he experienced chest pains during a campaign event on Tuesday.

    Sanders, who is one of the leading candidates to challenge President Trump in 2020, underwent emergency surgery to have two stents inserted into one of his coronary arteries that feeds blood to the external muscle of the heart.

    Sanders' spokesperson released a statement on Wednesday:

    "During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing, he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted."

    The Spokesperson noted that Sanders is awake and talking to staff. All campaign events have been canceled until further notice.

    "Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates."

    A blockage is caused by a buildup of plaque inside the artery walls. Plaque builds up over time and is usually not diagnosed until the blockage causes symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath or death.

    The blockage causes narrowing in the artery that interrupts the flow of blood to the heart muscle, leading to death of the heart muscle.

    Below is an illustration of the front of a human heart. The illustration shows the positions of the left and right coronary arteries on the external wall of the heart.

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    Former Dallas cop Amber Guyger was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her neighbor, Botham Jean, in his own home.

    A new mugshot was taken when Guyger was booked into the Dallas County Jail on Tuesday, following her conviction.

    She will be held in jail until her sentencing hearing. She will then be transported to prison. The former cop was not allowed to post bond while her attorneys appeal her conviction.

    The sentencing phase of Guyger's murder trial began on Tuesday afternoon.

    Jurors heard from Jean's still-grieving mother and sister, who talked about his good character, his strong religious upbringing, and his life of service to others.

    Prosecutors showed jurors racist text messages and social media posts written by Guyger, 31.

    One text message was in reference to the Jan. 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday parade in Dallas, according to ABC affiliate WFAA 8 News.

    "When does this end lol," a fellow cop texted Guyger.

    "When MLK is dead… oh wait…" she responded.

    "Just push them… or spray your pepper spray in that general area," she wrote, referring to the majority Black crowd at the parade.

    In another text exchange, dated Sept. 4, 2018, someone texted Guyger about adopting a German Shepherd.

    "Although she may be racist," the dog’s owner messaged Guyger.

    "It's okay.. I'm the same," Guyger responded.

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    The jury will take Guyger's racist texts into consideration when deciding her punishment. Jurors will consider whether her racism was a factor when she shot Jean in cold blood in his apartment on Sept. 6, 2018.

    Guyger faces a maximum of 99 years behind bars.

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    In an unprecedented rebuke of the British media by a royal, Prince Harry launched an emotional attack against the British press, saying he fears his wife Meghan Markle is falling victim to the same powerful forces that did in his mother, Princess Diana.

    In a now infamous video clip, Princess Diana is seen running from a pack of British paparazzi. One of them caught up to her and rudely shoved her because she didn't want her photo taken outside the apartment of her lover, Dr Hasnat Khan.

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    The paparazzi assaulted the Princess of Wales in full view of cameras because she cheated on the future king of England, Prince Charles.

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    Queen Elizabeth, pictured with Diana in 1987, removed Diana's security detail and snatched away her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

    Princess Diana was thrown to the wolves, bullied by the British press, and treated like a commoner until the day she died.

    Prince Harry does not want the same to happen to his wife.

    In a lengthy personal statement on his and Meghan's official website, Harry said his "deepest fear" was his "wife falling victim to the same powerful forces" that his mother faced before she died in a tragic car accident while being pursued by the paparazzi in 1997.

    "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son," Harry wrote.

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    "There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.

    "Because in today's digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day's coverage is no longer tomorrow's chip-paper."

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    Prince Harry, pictured with his mom on May 7, 1995, wrote:

    "My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I've seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces."

    Harry and Meghan announced they are suing The Mail On Sunday newspaper for publishing a letter to Meghan's estranged father Thomas Markle.

    Meghan has retained a powerful law firm and is paying the legal fees out of her and Harry's personal coffers.

    She is suing for misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.

    If she wins her case, the proceeds will be donated to an anti-bullying charity.

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    Liberal media outlets erased racism from their headlines after a 12-year-old girl admitted she lied about a hate crime incident at her private school.

    Amari Allen, who is Black, claimed three white boys held her down and sheared off her dreadlocks at their $12,000-a-year Christian school in Virginia.

    The story went viral because Vice President Mike Pence's wife Karen is a part-time teacher at the school.

    The story prompted outrage and indignation on social media, as celebrities and lawmakers lashed out at the school.

    A Gofundme page quickly raised thousands of dollars for the schoolgirl who still had a head full of hair when she tearfully told her story to a news reporter.

    But on Monday, Allen's parents released a statement admitting she lied for attention.

    News media outlets that loudly reported racism in their headlines have since removed any mention of race from their updates.

    In one report, a New York Times headline read "Black Virginia Girl Says White Classmates Cut Her Dreadlocks on Playground".

    But in the update to the story on Monday, race was gone from the NY Times headline: "Virginia Girl Recants Story of Boys Cutting Off Her Dreadlocks".

    Critics point to the Times story has another example of liberal media outlets manipulating headlines to fit their liberal agendas.

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    A Florida church is ministering to the unwashed masses - one strip club at a time. The Newsound Church, which currently worships out of West Palm Beach high school on Sundays, purchased the old Double Dee's Ranch strip club to house its congregation.

    Parishioners are well aware of the sinful behaviors that went on inside the Double Dee's Ranch, but their motto is, "Let the sinless amongst you cast the first stone."

    "I don't mind being in a building that was a strip club any more than I mind somebody walking in our doors that had at one time in their life been a stripper," Pastor Josh Mauney told CBS Miami. "We believe we can bring hope and healing to any location, that's what we're trying to do."

    Mauney says he expects the new church to open its doors next year. He also expects to welcome some of the strip club's former customers into his flock.

    According to the NY Daily News, the new church will hold 600 to 700 worshipers once they remove the stripper poles.

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    Kamala Harris is calling on Twitter bosses to suspend President Donald Trump's Twitter account, saying his sometimes brutal Twitter posts could put people in danger.

    Trump is on the hot seat for asking the Ukraine president to investigate corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially declared an impeachment inquiry, which sent social media into a frenzy last week.

    But the California senator, who is a long shot for the Democratic nomination, wants Trump silenced for good on the social media platform.

    "The president's tweets and his behaviors about this are just further evidence of the fact that he uses his power in a way that is designed to beat people down instead of lift people up,' Harris told Anderson Cooper on CNN Monday night.

    Harris pointed to one of Trump's tweets in which he demanded to meet with the CIA whistleblower who leaked the contents of his phone call with the Ukrainian president.

    "Frankly, when you look at what he's been tweeting today directed at the whistle-blower, directed at so many people, you know, I, frankly, think that based on this and all we've seen him do before, including attacking members of Congress, that he, frankly, should be - his Twitter account should be suspended,' she added.

    She followed up her interview by tweeting, "Look let's be honest, @realDonaldTrump's Twitter account should be suspended."

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    Grammy-winning opera singer Jessye Norman has died at age 74. Once considered the world's number one soprano singer, Jessye Norman won four Grammy Awards, including a Grammy lifetime achievement award, and the National Medal of Arts for her legendary talents.

    Ms. Norman's death was announced by her family. She died in New York on Monday from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015, according to the statement.

    "We are so proud of Jessye's musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy," the statement from her family reads. "We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education."

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    Ms. Norman is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She began singing in the Mount Calvary Baptist Church at age four. Her mother, Janie King-Norman, a schoolteacher, insisted she start piano lessons at age 5.

    She earned a scholarship to the historically black college Howard University in Washington, D.C. to study music. She also studied at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Michigan.

    Ms. Norman made her operatic debut in 1969 in Berlin, and has thrilled audiences in Milan, London and New York.

    The Rachel Longstreet Foundation and Norman partnered to open the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, a tuition-free performing arts after-school program for economically disadvantaged students in Augusta.

    She is best known for her roles in the operas of Richard Wagner, such as Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Tristan and Isolde.

    Norman was never married and had no children.