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A California news anchor with an adopted Black daughter was suspended after telling his bosses he wanted to discuss "missing white woman syndrome" at the end of his news segment.

Frank Somerville, 63, was suspended from Oakland-based KTVU after he told station executives he wanted to discuss the disparities between missing Black and missing white women who receive more news coverage.

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Somerville is the adoptive father of a Black teenage daughter whom he often posts on social media.

He was reportedly suspended a day after he got into a shouting match with News Director Amber Eikel about Gabby Petito news coverage, according to the Mercury News.

The three-time Emmy winner had planned to piggyback off of the remarks made by MSNBC most Joy Reid who said the news media eagerly covers stories about missing white women like Petito, the 22-year-old Youtuber whose body was found in a Wyoming park on Sept. 19.

Reid said news outlets often ignore missing Black women because they do not look like the daughters and granddaughters of newsroom executives.

Petito was laid to rest in a televised funeral on Sunday. A massive manhunt is underway for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who is considered the prime suspect in her murder.

The term "missing white woman syndrome" was coined by late journalist Gwen Ifill, who became the first Black woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program.

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CBS This Morning viewers are outraged after veteran reporter Anthony Mason, 65, was replaced by ex-NFL player Nate Burleson, 39, because he's a "better fit" with Gayle King, 66.

CBS announced the personnel change on Wednesday, saying Burleson will join King and the anchor team in September.

Mason, joined CBS News in 1986 and previously hosted CBS Evening News.

He will move to a cultural correspondent role, covering music, arts and entertainment, DailyMail.com reports.

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CBS made the switch to bring in younger viewers as the hosts, King and Mason, near retirement age.

A CBS source told DailyMail.com on Thursday that hiring Burleson full-time gives them a "real chance" to compete in the ratings race.

"Anthony is a nice man and an excellent journalist, he just isn't the right fit for the morning. By pairing Nate with Gayle we have a real chance."

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Burleson, who retired from the NFL in 2014, was previously a guest host on the CBS morning show.

He spent his post-NFL career as a sports broadcaster and a host on Extra TV.

Viewers were livid at the change. Some even accused CBS of "racism."

One Twitter user wrote: "Switching to a new morning news program since CBS
is letting Anthony Mason go... Bad decision for CBS."

Another viewer tweeted: "Sorry CBS. No Anthony Mason, no David Gray. Y’all have a good one!"

While a third viewer wrote: "Nate Burleson is going to take Anthony Mason's place on CBS This Morning? I think that's a great choice."
 

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Channel 2 Action News Anchor Jovita Moore has revealed she was diagnosed with brain cancer three months after she was diagnosed with two brain tumors.

Doctors determined the tumors were an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

There is no cure. Chemotherapy treatments can only slow it down.

Moore gave Channel 2 Action News permission to report her diagnosis on Thursday, July 29.

"Our girl is strong. Our girl is a fighter and she's doing great every day," WSB-TV Community and Public Affairs Director Condace Pressley said.

Moore and Pressley have been close friends for more than two decades.
 

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Jovita Moore (center) updated her Instagram page on Mother's Day as she continues to recover at home from brain surgery last month.

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Moore was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April. The beloved Channel 2 Anchor and proud mom shared a family photo with her children and mom.

She captioned the image:

"Happy Mother’s Day from my family to yours! [heart emojis]. Thank you all so much for the well wishes, flowers, cards and prays as I continue my recovery at home."

Moore has said she hopes to return to the anchor desk as soon as she is fully recovered.

If you would like to share your well wishes with Jovita, please click here. If you are interested in supporting her, she asks that you donate to one of the following organizations:

Our House Atlanta

National Brain Tumor Society
 

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Garcelle Beauvais has taken herself off the market after a long, dry spell without a man in her life.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is dating a Miami news anchor -- and he's Black.

The newspaper published Instagram photos that shows Garcelle seated next to Miami's Local 10 anchor Calvin Hughes at a dinner party.

In another photo (swipe left), Garcelle and Calvin are closerthanthis. Their body language checks all of the boxes, and fans are convinced the mom-of-three has found Love after an extended man drought.

Clean cut Calvin is a change of pace for the 54-year-old former model and reality TV star.

Garcelle divorced Daniel Saunders, the father of her eldest son. And she had twin sons with ex-husband Mike Nilon.

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She parted ways with boyfriend Michael Elliot (pictured) after dating several months last year.

Garcelle played Francesca on The Jamie Foxx Show, and Valerie Heywood on NYPD Blue.

She is best known for playing one of Prince Hakeem's three gorgeous rose bearers in Coming to America (1988).

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A CBS anchor went viral for excusing a shoplifter who rode his bike into a San Francisco Walgreens and cleaned the store out.

"CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil went viral on Wednesday morning after he excused a man for stealing a trash bag full of goods and fleeing the store on a bicycle.

"So crime is never justified of course," said Dokoupil. He was interrupted by co-host Anthony Mason, saying, "I will say that I think they could have made a little better effort to stop that bicycle. I mean you could have disrupted that bike."

"Well, I mean, I don't know," Dokoupil said. "You don't need to be a hero over some toothbrushes or whatever it is."

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Dokoupil implied that the Black male shoplifter was "desperate" and probably needed essential items, such as a toothbrush and hair products.

"That reads also as an act of desperation. I mean, you're not getting rich off what you take from a Walgreens, you're getting probably something you need. I don't know the details of that particular case."

The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of Gough and Fell Streets in very liberal San Francisco.

The police stopped answering shoplifting calls after a 2014 ballot referendum downgraded property theft of less than $950 to a misdemeanor.

Now shoplifting is so routine in San Francisco, that shoplifters often sell their stolen merchandise on the sidewalk around the corner from the store they stole from.

ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez tweeted a video of the shoplifting incident on Monday, and her video went viral.

Pop singer Aubrey O'Day was also criticized for saying shoplifting is justified because Walgreens' CEO earns millions of dollars in bonuses.

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Feven Kay Kiflegiorgis, a news anchor for Fox 5 Las Vegas, was found naked and passed out behind the wheel of a car last month.

The Fox 5 Las Vegas morning weekday anchor made news headlines herself when she was found passed out behind the wheel of her Audi at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kiflegiorgis, known professionally as Feven Kay, told cops she couldn't remember how she got to the location where she was found.

The officer states the nude driver smelt of alcohol and she seemed disoriented. Kiflegiorgis declined to submit to a blood alcohol test, according to the police report.

Kiflegiorgis, a native of East Africa, was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving with a disregard for the safety of a person or property.

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Kiflegiorgis appeared in court on April 21 and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to attend driving school, according to the NY Post.

Kiflegiorgis took a leave of absence before returning to the news desk. She told viewers the incident was a "private matter," but she wanted to be "transparent."

"Many of you noticed I've been off air for a few weeks," Kiflegiorgis said. "To all of you who have reached out, a sincere thank you for your concern.

"Last month, I was arrested by Metro for driving under the influence," she sighed. "At the time of the arrest, I was inside of a parking vehicle in a Las Vegas neighborhood alone. That charge has since been reduced to misdemeanor reckless driving for which I will pay fine and take classes.

"As I move forward, I want you to know I have learned from this and I will continue learning and I truly thank you for your support," she said.
 

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Jovita Moore is resting and recovering ahead of her move to a rehab facility after undergoing brain surgery one week ago.

Channel 2 Action News reports she is expected to remain in the hospital through Friday, April 23, when she will move to a rehab facility to continue her healing process.

Jovita was diagnosed with two small brain tumors after noticing neurological symptoms on April 12.

Just before going on air that day, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling great.

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"I was really concerned about why all of a sudden I was forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself. Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog," Jovita said.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

"It was a blessing in disguise that I almost passed out walking into Publix," Jovita said.

A brain scan revealed the brain tumors.

"It's significant. It's gonna be a lot," Jovita said before the surgery. "We had to start then having a conversation about what that was and what that meant."

"Not sure when I'll be back on air but when I'm able, I will be," she said.

More than 23,000 viewers left messages of support for Jovita on her WSB-TV page.

Cards and flowers for Jovita may be sent to WSB-TV (1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309).

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WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove two small brain tumors on Friday, April 16.

Jovita worked as a news reporter and anchor at Channel 2 Action News for two decades.

Just before going on air Monday, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling well, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

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She was rushed to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed two small brain masses.

"And so we had to start then having a conversation about what that was and what that meant," Jovita said.

Her neurosurgeon Dr. Edjah Nduom is unclear about her prognosis. They will know more after the surgery Friday morning.

Post-surgery recovery will take 8-10 weeks. She is currently surrounded by family and friends.

[Click here to leave your well wishes for Jovita]

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A Washington D.C.-area news anchor was suspended for fat-shaming obese vaccine recipients on Twitter.

Blake McCoy, who works for WTTG, a local Fox affiliate, was suspended after he tweeted his annoyance over obese people getting priority access to vaccines.

Obesity is one of the pre-existing conditions that gives people priority to receive vaccines in many states.

"I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority access before all essential workers," McCoy tweeted Tuesday. "When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk. Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese."

His tweet didn't go over well with many on Twitter who retweeted his post to the attention of his employer.

After clapping back at some of his outraged followers, McCoy apologized and deleted the original tweet.

In response to a follower who noted his deleted tweet, McCoy said, "You're right, I deleted because frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet."

Twitter users called for McCoy to be terminated after he posted photos of maskless men partying at numerous gay clubs in Chicago and other cities.

McCoy, who is openly LGBT+, has engaged in risky behavior, such as hooking up with men he met on the Tinder dating app.

In a tweet dated Feb. 6, McCoy wrote: "Tinder date is arriving now for wine, pizza, and monopoly. We've never met. If I die tonight, I want you to know I had a good run. Stay well everyone."
 

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Friend of the blog, recording artist Evrod Cassimy, performed "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" ahead of the start of the 2020 America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

Evrod is Morning Anchor for WDIV (Channel 4) in Detroit. His holiday EP, A Cassimy Kinda Christmas was released on Nov. 1 on Spotify and Apple Music. The EP can also be downloaded at evrodcassimy.com.

Originally from Chicago, Evrod is an award-winning journalist and three-time Emmy Award nominee. In 2010 he received the Virginia Associated Press Award for "Best Breaking News Coverage."

Listen to Evrod's soulful version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" below or click here.