Fox News legal analyst and Nevada real estate attorney Bob Massi, who gained a legion of fans across the country for explaining real estate and housing markets to ordinary Americans as “The Property Man,” died Wednesday morning at his home in Henderson, Nev., after an extended battle with cancer, his family said. He was 67.
He left behind his wife Lynne, sons Dominic and Robert, his daughter Genna, two brothers, Albert and James, and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.
His show, “Bob Massi Is the Property Man,” was a staple on Fox News and Fox Business. In addition to his colorful commentary, it featured experts breaking down current property trends and pricing deals.
He also appeared frequently on “Fox & Friends” for his segments “Rebuilding Dreams” and “Legal Ease.”
The Fox News fixture would say with pride that he was the second legal analyst hired by Fox News at the very beginning of the channel, in 1996. He appeared often in the early days speaking on legal matters.
Over the years, Massi also provided legal analysis on high-profile trials, such as the Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Unabomber, O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, Warren Jeffs and Casey Anthony cases.
He graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College in New York and St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas.
Massi had been practicing civil litigation since 1980 and launched his television career in Las Vegas in 1985.
Massi ran his own law firm, Robert A. Massi & Associates, in Nevada.
Melinda Smith, 35, and Jason Whitney, 43, were charged Tuesday with eight counts each of sexually abusing a child under the age of 10. They also face a count of possession while armed with a handgun.They appeared in court on Wednesday and entered not guilty pleas.
Smith is also known as Mercedes Carrera, a porn star with an extensive number of credits on IMDB. Police initially said Whitney, a producer and director of several pornographic films, was known as Jay Allan, but detectives later said that while he occasionally uses that alias on social media platforms, he is better known in the adult film industry as “Daemon Cins.”
Detectives from the Rancho Cucamonga police department say they were first notified of sexual acts against a girl under the age of 10 on Jan. 31. The girl was sexually abused repeatedly over four months by Smith and Whitney, according to police.
Last Friday, a search warrant served at their home uncovered evidence corroborating the girl’s statement, including a bedroom set-up where the couple could film and record various pornographic videos or web shows, methamphetamine and two loaded handguns, police said.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims in this case. Anyone with information can contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Detective Bureau at (909) 477-2800. Anonymous tips can be made to 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or at www.wetip.com.
A PORN star and her X-rated director boyfriend sexually abused a young girl over a four-month period, police say.
Melinda Smith - who performs under the name Mercedes Carrera - was charged on Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, California with eight counts of sexual acts against a child under 10.
The 36-year-old was charged alongside partner Jason Whitney, 43 - who goes by the name Daemon Cins in the porn industry.
Smith promotes herself as a "lead MILF" on adult sites and also touts herself as a free speech activist.
The couple's bedroom was set-up so they could film pornographic videos and web shows, police say.
Officers executed a search warrant at their home on Friday after the sex abuse allegations were reported on January 31.
COPS 'FIND GUNS AND DRUGS'
In interviews with the young girl, detectives heard that she had been abused by Smith and Whitney over four months.
Rancho Cucamonga Police said: "The sexual abuse consisted of inappropriate touching, oral copulation and digital penetration".
Officers searching the couple's home also found methamphetamine and two loaded handguns.
Police say they believe the couple may have abused more "victims".
Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 43 points (17-21 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 6-11 FT) while adding six rebounds, four assists and three steals in only 31 minutes during Wednesday's 148-129 win over the Wizards.
Washington was missing two key players in Otto Porter and Markieff Morris, who were traded away in separate deals prior to tipoff, and Antetokounmpo took full advantage of the defensive confusion created by their absence. He's scored at least 30 points in three straight games -- and in a development that's likely to strike fear into hearts all over the league, he's shooting a respectable 34.6 percent (9-for-26) from three-point range over his last 10 games. If Antetokounmpo finally adds a consistent outside shot to his repertoire, the sky's the limit on his fantasy value.
Giannis, Bucks drop 148 points on Wizards for 40th win
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 1:09 am | Updated: 1:41 am, Thu Feb 7, 2019.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
The Bucks shot 60 percent (56 for 93) from the field and placed six players in double figures while becoming the first NBA team with 40 victories. Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points, and Khris Middleton finished with 16.
Washington trailed by as many as 25 in the first half, but closed to 120-113 on Chasson Randle's layup with 10:22 left.
Bledsoe helped finish off the Wizards with 10 points in a quick scoring flurry, including a dunk off a missed free throw by Antetokounmpo. He made a 3-pointer with 7:07 remaining to make it 138-118.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 30 points, and Thomas Bryant had 26. Jeff Green finished with 22 points for his fourth straight game with 20 or more.
WARRIORS 141, SPURS 102
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Golden State ran away from San Antonio in the second and third quarters.
The two-time defending champions scored 49 points on 16 assists in the third quarter alone, making 5 of 7 3-pointers. They made 24 of 25 field goals in one blistering stretch spanning halftime — including 14 straight shots at one point.
Klay Thompson scored 26 points for Golden State, and Stephen Curry finished with 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Patty Mills scored 16 points with four 3s for San Antonio in the first game of a back-to-back. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan got the night off.
MAVERICKS 99, HORNETS 93
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and new-look Dallas made another move by trading Harrison Barnes while beating Charlotte.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his Dallas debut after the blockbuster deal that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks.
Barnes played into the third quarter before reports of a trade with Sacramento surfaced. He was on the bench but didn't play in the fourth quarter. Barnes scored seven of his 10 points in the third.
Kemba Walker had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.
NETS 135, NUGGETS 130
NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 27 points and 11 assists, and Brooklyn surpassed last season's win total by beating Denver.
Russell made six of the Nets' 19 3-pointers, one game after they made only five as a team in their poorest shooting performance of the season.
DeMarre Carroll added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Brooklyn (29-27), which got two key injured players back and led by 21 points in ending a three-game skid. Joe Harris scored 17 points and Treveon Graham had 16, with four 3-pointers.
Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season for the Nuggets, who have lost two straight games to fall out of a tie for the Western Conference lead.
PELICANS 125, BULLS 120
CHICAGO (AP) — Julius Randle scored 31 points, and New Orleans beat struggling Chicago with All-Star Anthony Davis watching from the bench.
Davis was healthy enough to return from a sprained left index finger that has sidelined him since Jan. 18. But the Pelicans opted to hold him out with Thursday's trade deadline approaching.
The six-time All-Star has made it known he wants out of New Orleans.
Randle scored 19 in a blistering fourth quarter and finished six points shy of his season high.
Jrue Holiday and Cheick Diallo each scored 18, and Chicago product Jahlil Okafor finished with 13 points.
Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 28, and Kris Dunn added 18 points and eight assists.
ROCKETS 127, KINGS 101
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — James Harden made eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Houston beat Sacramento.
The Rockets won their third straight game, and they appeared to be on the verge of adding Iman Shumpert to their array of talented shooters. Gerald Green matched his season high with 25 points, and Eric Gordon scored 20 points.
Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland were working on a trade that will most notably send Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets.
Buddy Hield had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings.
JAZZ 116, SUNS 88
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Joe Ingles had a career-high 11 assists, leading Utah past Phoenix.
Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 12 rebounds as Utah won for the fifth time in seven games. Ingles and reserve Royce O'Neale each finished with 15 points.
Phoenix committed 22 turnovers in its 12th straight loss. Josh Jackson matched his season high with 27 points, and DeAndre Ayton had 20 points and nine rebounds.
Jill Abramson during a taping of "The Story with Martha MacCallum" at Fox News Channel Studios on Wednesday.Jason Mendez / Getty Images
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, "Merchants of Truth." Abramson and her publisher are promising to investigate.
A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan lists several examples of passages in "Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts" that closely resemble material in The New Yorker, Time Out and other publications. Released this week and praised by Walter Isaacson and Gay Talese among others, "Merchants of Truth" is a critique of the news business focused on two long-running newspapers, the Times and the Washington Post, along with Vice and fellow digital company BuzzFeed.
"I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question," Abramson tweeted Wednesday night. "I endeavored to accurately and properly give attribution to the hundreds of sources that were part of my research." She has previously been criticized for alleged factual errors, with reporters at Vice and PBS among those faulting her. On Wednesday, she responded that some criticisms arose from Vice's unhappiness with "Merchants of Truth" and its portrait of hypocrisy and sexism. Abramson tweeted that her book offered "a balanced portrayal."
In a separate statement, Simon & Schuster wrote that Abramson's book had given "an extraordinary degree of transparency toward its subjects; each of the four news organizations covered in the book was given ample time and opportunity to comment on the content, and where appropriate the author made changes and corrections. If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions."
Appearing Wednesday night on Fox News, Abramson disputed the allegations, saying: "All I can tell you is I certainly didn't plagiarize in my book and there's 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information." Writers are generally expected to credit their sources directly in the body of the text if the material is similar.
For her book, Abramson was assisted by John Stillman, whom she credits with helping her with research, reporting and writing. Stillman, a freelance journalist who has written for Gothamist and The Awl among others, declined comment when reached by telephone Wednesday night.
Abramson wrote for the Times and the Wall Street Journal among others before becoming the Times' first female executive editor in 2011, one of journalism's most prestigious and influential positions. She was fired three years later after frequently clashing with fellow staff members, and currently teaches creative writing at Harvard University.
Her previous works include "Strange Justice," a book about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that was co-written by Jane Mayer.
Former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson on Wednesday denied allegations that she plagiarized portions of her new book, "Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts."
Abramson was confronted about the allegations - which are outlined in a Twitter thread by Vice News' Michael Moynihan - during an appearance on Fox News. When asked by host Martha MacCallum if she had any comment on the numerous similarities detailed by Moynihan, Abramson replied, "I really don't."
"All I can tell you is I certainly didn't plagiarize in my book and there's 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information," Abramson said.
Moynihan's tweets went viral Wednesday and brought a lot of attention to Abramson's book, which was mired in controversy even before it was published this month. The thread, which focuses on three chapters Abramson wrote on the media company Vice, highlights paragraphs containing language that appears to be lifted from material published in Time Out, the New Yorker and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Moynihan wrote in the Wednesday night thread that there are "plenty more" examples of "enormous factual errors, other cribbed passages, single or unsourced claims."
"Many people from Vice have been taking issue with the book," she said. "I think they don't like the portrayal of Vice although I think it's a very balanced portrait and I have a lot of praise for some of their journalists and some of their stories. I like their fresh approach to news."
Ian Frisch, author of "Magic is Dead" and freelance journalist, said after reviewing Moynihan's thread he did some digging of his own. He compared what Abramson had written in her book about Vice's Thomas Morton, who Frisch profiled in 2014 for a magazine he founded, called "Relapse."
"The whole situation is quite troubling, especially from someone who looked up to Jill and people like her as sort of the institutional leaders," Frisch said. "I came up with, and I still do read the New York Times every single day. To go through those passages and to see how similar they were to my own writing - for her to attribute a quote to Thomas as if he was speaking to her, when he was speaking, to me - it's just very disheartening."
Cary Goldstein, executive vice president of publicity at Simon & Schuster, which published Merchants of Truth, said in a statement it was "an exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced book."
"It has been published with an extraordinary degree of transparency toward its subjects; each of the four news organizations covered in the book was given ample time and opportunity to comment on the content, and where appropriate the author made changes and corrections," Goldstein said in the emailed statement. "If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions."
The Washington Post reviewed endnotes in the back of Abramson's book, which refer to pages where she used material that was not her own. There is no indication in the main text of the book showing which passages require attribution.
The Washington Post could not review all of the citations, but found some citations that appear to refer to Frisch's work, as well as examples, pointed out by Moynihan. The citations are not referenced in the passages where the sourced material was used, and instead are listed with page numbers and organized by chapter. They key to specific quotes or terms in the passages and refer to articles, websites and books.
"I've been shown that small snippets of my story have been credited in the endnotes, but the endnotes do not go into the depth of how much this section about Thomas relied on my article," Frisch later wrote on Twitter. "She quotes Thomas as if he's speaking to her directly. This would not fly for a mag article."
Speaking with The Washington Post, he added, "I worked so hard to stick to the foundation of journalism which is truth and accuracy, and it's difficult for me to see such brazen similarities in Jill's work and my own."
Abramson responded to the allegations again late Wednesday night, writing "I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question."
She did not immediately return a request for comment.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the inevitable his-and-hers Voguecover.
The baby carriage won’t come for at least a couple of years, the newly minted Hailey Bieber says of her marriage to pop star Justin Bieber. The couple, who tied the knot in a Manhattan courthouse last September, are coming clean about their relationship — warts and all — for the March issue of Vogue.“The thing is, marriage is very hard,” the 22-year-old model, who wears a very bridal ivory Prada dress on the cover alongside her new husband, tells writer Rob Haskell. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
The former Hailey Baldwin can thank her famous uncle Alec for connecting her to Bieber; he gave her tickets to the 2009 Today appearance where they first crossed paths. While Hailey denies being a “superfan” of the singer, he eventually became her “best guy friend” when they reconnected through the Hillsong church a few years later. Things briefly turned romantic about three years ago — “negative things happened that we still need to talk about and work through,” she says of the short-lived fling — but it wasn’t until running into each other at a church conference last June that things got serious.
While the couple are in the midst of planning a larger wedding celebration, they tell the magazine that they’re also working through the kinks in their relationship.
“We’re two young people who are learning as we go,” she says. “I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice. You don’t feel it every single day. You don’t wake up every day saying, ‘I’m absolutely so in love and you are perfect.’ That’s not what being married is. But there’s something beautiful about it anyway — about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone.”
While Bieber admits to being “emotionally unstable” and having trust issues, he credits her with bringing “security” to his life. He also sees their rekindled romance as a reward for the yearlong pledge of celibacy he undertook as a way to avoid what he saw as the toxic trappings of sex.
“I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul,” Bieber says, noting that he had a “legitimate problem” with sex prior to his relationship. “And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior.”
And they say romance is dead.
Bieber, 24, said in a Vogue interview published Thursday that he had been celibate for more than a year when he ran into Baldwin at a conference in Miami. The “Sorry” singer opened up about his sex addiction, saying abstaining from sex helped him feel closer to God.
“He [God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber told Vogue. “He’s like, 'I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain.' I think sex can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that."
“I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior,” Bieber added.
The singer said running into his now-wife in June made him realized how much he loved Baldwin despite their previous rough breakup.
“When I saw her last June, I just forgot how much I loved her and how much I missed her and how much of a positive impact she made on my life,” Bieber recalled. “I was like, 'Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for.'”
Bieber and Baldwin, who said they saved themselves for their wedding day, tied the knot in a New York City courthouse in September after 12 weeks of dating. Bieber admitted that sex was one reason for the quick marriage, but the couple is still planning their wedding party.
Baldwin, 22, said the “common denominator” between she and Bieber was “always church.” She admitted she was lonely the first few weeks after becoming the singer’s wife because of the nasty comments about her relationship being posted on social media.
“I prayed to feel peace about the decision [to get married], and that’s where I landed,” she said. “I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time.”
Baldwin said she’s committed to her marriage with Bieber.
“We’re really young, and that’s a scary aspect. We’re going to change a lot. But we’re committed to growing together and supporting each other in those changes,” the model said. “That’s how I look at it. At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”