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#1 Tech N9ne Mourns Battle Rapper Tech 9

Tech N9ne Mourns Battle Rapper Tech 9

Tech N9ne took to Twitter to express his condolences on March 25 after the death of battle rapper Tech 9, real name Akeem Mickens, whose death caused confusion about which rap guru had passed.

Tech N9ne wants everyone to know he's OK after fellow rapper Tech 9 diesGrace Pateras, Cherry Hill Courier-PostPublished 4:51 p.m. ET March 25, 2019

Tech N9ne (Photo: Provided)

Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne had to assure the hip-hop community – and even his own family – he was still alive Monday after a rapper with a similar name, Tech 9, died over the weekend, provoking widespread confusion.

"This Tech N9ne is going through Customs," tweeted the rapper, whose real name is Aaron Dontez Yates, as he panned his phone camera around to show the scene at an airport following his return from Canada and Europe. "My family's calling my phone wondering if I'm OK." 

Tech N9ne offered his condolences to the family and friends of Tech 9, a Philadelphia-based battle rapper (real name Akeem Mickens), whose death was confirmed to hip-hop magazine XXL by his friend and fellow rapper, Buttah From Da Block.

Tech N9ne@TechN9ne

Condolences to the great Tech 9. #Philly

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“Sadly, it's true. We lost a Philadelphia and battle rap legend and pioneer," he told XXL after initially announcing the news on Facebook. "Unfortunately we haven't fully figured the cause of death. We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body.”

Fans posted tweets expressing relief after learning it wasn't Tech N9ne, a 47-year-old Missouri native best known for the 2015 tracks “Hood Go Crazy” (featuring 2 Chainz & B.o.B) and “Speedom” (featuring Eminem & Krizz Kaliko). Both singles topped Billboard's hip-hop digital song sales charts.

Clayton Howard@therealmrj7

I thought it was #techn9ne at first but rest easy man RIP  #RIP

XXL Magazine@XXL

BREAKING: Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly died https://trib.al/IYrpJmK 

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Tech N9ne@TechN9ne · 7h

Condolences to the great Tech 9. #Philly

Travis Cole@Str8SavageCole

I was freaking out! Saw Tech 9 had passed away and thought it was you. Had to jump on twitter to make sure it wasn’t. Unfortunately I have never heard of the other T9. My condolences to his fans, friends, & family.

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Vibe magazine editor William Ketchum III tried to head off the confusion from the beginning: "Tech 9 (@Therealtech9), a respected battle rapper, passed away. Tech N9ne, founder of Strange Music, is still with us. Hip-hop definitely lost someone dear today. Just want to be clear on who it was.” 

William Ketchum III@WEKetchum

There’s gonna be a lot of confusion this morning.Tech 9 (@Therealtech9), a respected battle rapper, passed away.Tech N9ne, founder of Strange Music, is still with us.Hip-hop definitely lost someone dear today. Just want to be clear on who it was.

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Rapper Lunar C had the same idea: “Just to try to save some unnecessary awkwardness that is already popping up in my mentions.. Tech 9 and Tech n9ne are different ppl Tech 9 was a very well respected Battle Mc / Battle analyst who has just passed away.. pls use google and be respectful.” 

one punch willy@LunarCFT

K Just to try to save some unnecessary awkwardness that is already popping up in my mentions.. Tech 9 and Tech n9ne are different ppl Tech 9 was a very well respected Battle Mc / Battle analyst who has just passed away.. pls use google and be respectful

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Despite the confusion, Tech 9 still received tributes from famous artists like Kendrick Lamar, who quoted his line, "THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK"  and wrote, "Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well." 

Kendrick Lamar@kendricklamar

THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

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Lupe Fiasco called Tech 9 "one of the most entertaining battle rappers."

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Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers.Condolences to his family and friends.May God have mercy on his soul.

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Grace Pateras is a Digital Producer for the USA TODAY Network.

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#3 Alan Dershowitz reacts to Michael Avenatti’s arrest

Alan Dershowitz reacts to Michael Avenatti's arrest

Prosecutors have charged Stormy Daniels' former attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud; analysis from Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor emeritus. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, FOXNews.com and the direct-to-consumer streaming service, FOX Nation.

Michael Avenatti, lawyer who challenged President Trump, charged with extorting Nike, embezzlement and fraudBart Jansen, Kevin Johnson and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAYPublished 1:29 p.m. ET March 25, 2019 | Updated 5:25 p.m. ET March 25, 2019

A U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles says lawyer Michael Avenatti, a critic of President Donald Trump, could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on wire and bank fraud charges. (March 25) AP, AP

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors in two states revealed criminal charges Monday against Michael Avenatti, the high-profile lawyer who battled President Donald Trump, accusing him of scheming to extort shoemaker Nike, embezzling money and defrauding a bank.

Avenatti was arrested Monday afternoon in New York outside the office of one of Nike's lawyers.

In the Nike case, federal prosecutors in New York charged Avenatti with four counts of extortion and conspiracy for allegedly threatening to reveal what he claimed was evidence that Nike made improper payments to high school basketball players unless the company paid $1.5 million to one of his clients and $15 million to $25 million for him and an associate to conduct an investigation of Nike.

“Avenatti’s conduct had nothing to do with valid advocacy on behalf of a client or any other kind of legitimate legal work. Instead, Avenatti used illegal and extortionate threats for the purpose of obtaining payments for himself,” said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. “A suit and a tie doesn’t mask what at its core was an old-fashioned shakedown.”

Prosecutors described the effort, which played out largely over the past week, as a "multimillion-dollar extortion scheme." The investigation is continuing, and prosecutors said they have not decided whether to charge Avenatti's associate, who two people familiar with the matter said is Mark Geragos, a celebrity lawyer who represented "Empire" star Jussie Smollett. The people were not authorized to speak publicly.

Minutes before he was arrested, Avenatti posted on Twitter that he was about to disclose a "major high school/college basketball scandal."

Berman said the tweet "was designed for an audience of one. It was Michael Avenatti’s shot across Nike’s bow.”

Nike issued a statement Monday that said the company has cooperated with the government’s NCAA investigation for more than a year and immediately reported Avenatti to prosecutors. The FBI investigation into a corruption scheme involving men's college basketball led to charges against Adidas representatives and others in the fall of 2017.

“Nike will not be extorted or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation,” the company said.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles separately revealed Monday that they charged Avenatti with embezzling a client's money and defrauding a bank by using a fake tax return to obtain loans, a scheme they said had been going on for considerably longer.

Avenatti is charged with embezzling more than $1 million from an unnamed client that he used to pay his own expenses and debts, as well as those of his coffee business and law firm, according  to the 197-page complaint. He is accused of defrauding a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans.

Prosecutors outlined an elaborate scheme in which Avenatti sought three loans from a Mississippi bank in 2014 by allegedly inflating his income by $5.2 million and falsely reporting that he paid $2.8 million in federal taxes to the IRS during the two preceding years. At the time he declared the tax payments to the bank, prosecutors asserted, Avenatti had made no tax payments for those years and owed the IRS about $850,000.

Avenatti is the Los Angeles lawyer who represented pornographic actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit over what she said was a bid by Trump during his presidential campaign to prevent her from speaking about having sex with him. Federal prosecutors in New York determined that the payment had been an illegal contribution from Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, to the president's campaign, creating one of a handful of criminal investigations centered around Trump and his associates.

As his profile rose, Avenatti publicly flirted with the idea of running for president.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she terminated Avenatti's services more than a month ago after he dealt with her "extremely dishonestly."

 

Stormy Daniels@StormyDaniels

My statement regarding my former attorney Mr. Avenatti..

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Prosecutors echoed that contention in the charges they filed in Los Angeles. They alleged that Avenatti negotiated a $1.6 million settlement for an unnamed client, then provided the client a fake settlement agreement that said the money would not come until later, then used it to pay expenses  for his coffee business, Global Baristas US, which operated Tully’s Coffee stores in California and Washington state, as well as for his own expenses.

Avenatti allegedly defrauded a bank in Mississippi by supplying it false tax returns to obtain three loans totaling $4.1 million for his law firm and coffee business in 2014.

“A lawyer has a basic duty not to steal from his client,” Los Angeles U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said. “Mr. Avenatti is facing serious criminal charges alleging he misappropriated client trust funds for his personal use and he defrauded a bank by submitting phony tax returns in order to obtain millions of dollars in loans.”

IRS special agent Ryan Korner characterized Avenatti’s alleged actions as “elaborate schemes that have no purpose other than to mislead others and defraud both their clients and federally insured financial institutions.”

“The criminal complaint unsealed today shows a pattern of selfish behavior that paints Mr. Avenatti as a lawyer who only represents his own self-interests,” Korner said.

If convicted on the charges in Los Angeles, Avenatti could face up to 50 years in federal prison, though few defendants receive the maximum punishment. He faces the threat of an additional 47 years in the New York case.

Avenatti did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After Avenetti’s court appearance on the New York charges, he will be brought to a federal court in Santa Ana to face the California charges.

In the Nike case, prosecutors charged that Avenatti said he represented an unnamed Amateur Athletic Union basketball coach who had evidence the shoemaker made payments to families of several high-school basketball players, according to the court documents. Prosecutors declined to say whether the coach  cooperated with investigators.

Avenatti allegedly threatened to reveal that information publicly, which he said would hurt Nike's market value. The threat came before a Nike quarterly earnings call March 21, according to the documents.

"You guys know enough know now to know you've got a serious problem. And it's worth more in exposure to me to just blow the lid on this thing," Avenatti told Nike, according to a transcript in the court records of the profanity-laced call March 20. "A few million dollars doesn't move the needle for me."

Avenatti had scheduled a meeting with Nike's lawyers Monday to give them a final opportunity to meet his demands, prosecutors said. He was arrested outside the lawyer's office.

Jansen and Johnson reported from Washington. Contributing: A.J. Perez and Aamer Madhani

 

 

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#5 Ex CFB Stars Johnny Manziel & Trent Richardson Battle in the AAF!

Ex CFB Stars Johnny Manziel & Trent Richardson Battle in the AAF!

Johnny Manziel and trent richardson perform well in the Alliance of American Football. Ex NFL busts now find a new home in the aaf. My Music/Vlog Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFLqe8DOrHyq3S1_LlqtNQ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/flemloraps/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/FlemLoRaps

Johnny Manziel isn’t happy Memphis fans were chanting his name during his AAF debutBy CHUCK SCHILKENMAR 25, 2019 | 12:05 PM  

Memphis Express quarterback Johnny Manziel is seen before an AAF football game against the Birmingham Iron on March 24. (Wade Payne / Associated Press)

Memphis Express fans can’t get enough of Johnny Manziel. But the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback seems to have had enough of that.

Manziel was signed by the Express on March 16 and made his Alliance of American Football debut Sunday night. He played three series during the game against the Birmingham Iron, completing three of five passes for 40 yards and rushing twice for 20 yards.

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But Brandon Silvers started and finished at quarterback for Memphis and was the real hero for the team. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns — a seven-yarder to Reece Horn to tie the game late in regulation and a 10-yarder to receiver Dan Williams in overtime — in a 31-25 Express victory.

Nonetheless, it was Manziel that the fans came to see, and they made sure their preference was known throughout the game. They chanted his name, got whipped into a frenzy whenever he’d make a play and booed mercilessly when Silvers reentered the game, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Manziel wasn’t happy about the way Silvers was treated.

“I don’t go out and round people up and say, ‘Will you guys go out and chant, “We want Johnny” all day?’” said Manziel, who was released by the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes last month. “To put that pressure on him and him have to go out there and deal with that and handle it the way he did was top-notch. I’m kind of sick of that a little bit. Let it play out.”

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Silvers was a good sport about the situation.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been booed on the field, but maybe in a home game,” said Silvers, a former standout at Troy making his first start for the Express. “But you kind of expect that. You kind of got to. Johnny Manziel is a Heisman winner. He’s well-accomplished. If he was on another team, I’d be looking in to watch him play.”

The fans aren’t entirely to blame. The team helped fuel the mania by giving away Manziel T-shirts for anyone who spent $30 on tickets, and replicas of the backup QB’s jersey for anyone who spent $90.

But coach Mike Singletary said that "unless something really crazy happens," Silvers will remain the team’s starter.

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#6 Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead of apparent suicide

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead of apparent suicide

The father of one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was found dead of an apparent suicide inside a Newtown municipal building, authorities confirmed Monday. Police say 49-year-old Jeremy Richman, the father of Avielle Richman, took his own life at Edmond Town Hall, located on Main Street in Newtown, where he reportedly had an office.

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead in apparent suicide, police sayJeremy Richman, father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Avielle Richman, addresses the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Nov. 14 in Newtown, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP)By Lindsey BeverMarch 25 at 3:00 PM

The father of a first-grade girl killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was discovered dead in an apparent suicide Monday morning at a town hall in Connecticut, police said.

Authorities said the body of Jeremy Richman, 49, was found at about 7 a.m. at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, a Connecticut community that has been scarred by the tragic school shooting that left 20 students and six staff members dead. The victims included Richman’s daughter, 6-year-old Avielle Richman.

Richman, a neuroscientist who founded the Avielle Foundation in his daughter’s name, studied the brain and violence. The foundation had an office at the town hall.

Police did not say how Richman died or what may have led to his death. But Lt. Aaron Bahamonde, a spokesman for the Newtown Police Department, told The Washington Post that Richman’s death “puts Newtown back into the spotlight again.”

“We certainly recognize the heartbreak that this is causing,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s a difficult situation that we’re all dealing with here and it’s a sad situation.”

[Parkland community ‘shocked’ after student’s suicide — the second in a week, officials say]

Following reports that Richman had died, government officials and friends expressed their grief and offered condolences to the family.

Gov. Ned Lamont@GovNedLamont

Annie and I are heartbroken for the Richman family. Thoughts and prayers just don't feel like enough in times like these. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.

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Chris Murphy@ChrisMurphyCT

My god. This is awful, horrible, devastating news. Jeremy was a good friend and an unceasing advocate for better research into the brain’s violence triggers. He was with me in my office two weeks ago, excited as could be about the Avielle Foundation’s latest amazing work.

Daniela Altimari@capitolwatch

Heartbreaking: Jeremy Richman, whose daughter Avielle was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, found dead at the town hall in Newton. Police said it appears he committed suicide.

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Newtown First Selectman Daniel Rosenthal said there were “no words to describe the tragic weight of today’s news.”

“Jeremy Richman was a loving husband, father and friend to many. I am proud to say he was my friend,” Rosenthal said in a statement Monday to the Hartford Courant. “I don’t want to speculate as to why Jeremy took his life, except to say none of us can fathom the enormity of loss he carried with him after the death of his beautiful daughter, Avielle.”

More than 1,300 miles away in Parkland, Fla., two teenagers have died by apparent suicide in the past week in a town still grieving from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Authorities have not drawn a connection to the apparent suicide in Newtown. One former student who died was apparently dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from the shooting, but circumstances surrounding the second student’s death remain unclear.

Richman’s daughter Avielle and 19 of her classmates were killed Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Soon after, Richman and Avielle’s mother, Jennifer Hensel, both scientists, founded the Avielle Foundation: Preventing Violence & Building Compassion, a nonprofit that aims to prevent violence through brain research.

The foundation said in a statement Monday that Richman’s death "speaks to how insidious and formidable a challenge brain health can be and how critical it is for all of us to seek help for ourselves, our loved ones and anyone who we suspect may be in need.”

According to his biography on the organization’s website, Richman was a neuropharmacologist, studying how drugs influence the brain and nervous system.

It states:

While his roots are in neuroscience, his research experience has spanned the range from neuroscience to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. Jeremy is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives and is dedicated to engaging and educating youth, believing that our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest in his teaching martial arts, biology, neuroscience, and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years. Most importantly, he believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. Following the murder of his six year old daughter, Avielle, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Murders, Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community engagement, and education.

Richman told WTNH that the pain never ended.

“Losing Avielle hurt then and hurts now,” Richman told WTNH. “There’s no words that really describe the loss and the feeling of emptiness and missing her profoundly that never goes away and is there every waking moment.”

Police have not released details about his death.

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text a crisis counselor by messaging 741741.

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#7 RIP Scott Walker – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

RIP Scott Walker - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

RIP Scott Walker of The Walker Brothers. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Thank you for the music

Scott Walker, experimental pop hero, dies aged 76

Death announced by label 4AD, who said he had ‘enriched the lives of thousands’

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 Scott Walker in 1966. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Scott Walker, one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the 20th century, has died aged 76.

The news was announced by his label, 4AD. “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands,” a statement read. The cause of death has not been announced.

Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, was among those paying tribute, calling him “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words.”

Walker first came to fame in the mid-1960s in the group the Walker Brothers, before creating a string of acclaimed solo albums – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 – that are regarded as some of the most adventurous and boundary-pushing pop albums of the era.

He then moved further out to the periphery of the music scene, with an increasingly experimental run of albums, including 1995’s Tilt and 2006’s The Drift, which reflected on Mussolini’s mistress, the Srebrenica massacre, and 9/11.

His most recent work was music composed for the Natalie Portman movie Vox Lux.

Walker was born Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio in 1943, and grew up in California. In 1964, he teamed up with John Maus – who was naming himself John Walker – and became the duo the Walker Brothers. Their drummer Gary Leeds was a veteran from the nascent “swinging London” pop music scene, and persuaded them to relocate to London, where Walker has been based ever since.

They scored two No 1 hits with Make It Easy on Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, and their dapper, hirsute image earned them heart-throb status – their fanclub once had more members than that of the Beatles. “We would be on stage sometimes for a minute, and this whole gig would be over”, Walker once said of the screaming mania that surrounded them.

While their chart-topping hits were cover versions, Walker was also writing his own material, the pressure of which partly prompted the breakup of the group. “Everyone relied on me, and it just got on top of me. I think I just got irritated with it all,” he said – they disbanded in 1967.

“Initially, it was fantastic, and I learned so much,” he said of the era in an interview with the Guardian in 2018. “I got to work with huge orchestras and good budgets. But after a while, the formula – they still wanted the same thing. I had to figure out how we were going to get a song that’s going to do the same thing. And it wore itself out.”

Walker went solo, and continued to make symphonic 1960s pop, albeit with an epic, psychedelic, high-minded tone – The Seventh Seal, from Scott 4, reflected on the existential fantasies in Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name.

 Scott Walker in recent years

In the 1970s, he reverted to cover versions for a string of albums, but then reunited with the Walker Brothers. Their albums included the highly regarded Nite Flights (1978), which featured four Walker-penned songs, with their shadowy moods and the use of electronics: it was to foreshadow the work he would do in the latter part of his career, where he used the same thoughtful, crooning voice of his Walker Brothers hits to darken and subvert pop.

Releases became more intermittent, but were often landmark works. Climate of Hunter (1984) saw him update his sound to match the digital pop of the decade, creating atmospheric soft rock; Tilt (1995) featured sweeping, experimental balladry. The Drift (2006) – which infamously featured the sound of meat being punched – began a late surge of work, including a 2014 collaboration with avant-metal band Sunn O))), Soused.

He also wrote a number of scores, including two recent films by Brady Corbet, The Childhood of a Leader and Vox Lux. In 2006, a documentary, 30 Century Man, was made about Walker – it was executive produced by David Bowie, and featured him alongside testimonies from Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and Brian Eno. “Who knows anything about Scott Walker?”, Bowie wondered during the documentary, a reference to Walker’s relatively reclusive lifestyle.

Walker, for his part, felt that he was continually honing his work. “I can rate them, the albums, as I go along,” he told the Guardian in 2018. “Not the early ones, because I’ve no idea any more, but I can say the success rate of, say, Tilt, was about – from what I wanted to get – 65%. And then the next album was 75%, and on and on until I hit Soused, which was pretty perfect.”

Other artists have paid tribute. Cosey Fanni Tutti said it was “unbelievably sad”, Midge Ure described him as “the man with the mahogany voice”, while producer Nigel Godrich tweeted that he was “truly one of the greats”.

nigel godrich@nigelgod

So very sad to hear about Scott Walker.... truly one of the greats.. so unique and a real artist. On my way to work on the first day of recording OK Computer I passed him riding his bike on Chiswick High Street.. and when I got to the studio Thom was holding a copy of Scott 4..

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4AD’s statement continued: “From teen idol to cultural icon, Scott leaves to future generations a legacy of extraordinary music; a brilliant lyricist with a haunting singing voice, he has been one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music, whose influence on many artists has been freely acknowledged.”

Marc Almond wrote on Instagram that he was “absolutely saddened shocked” by the news. “He was enigmatic, mysterious and with some of his latter recordings, to me, infuriating. An absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of the Walker Brothers.”

Walker is survived by his partner Beverly, his daughter Lee, and his granddaughter Emmi-Lee.

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#9 Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev Finally Confirm They’re Dating

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev Finally Confirm They're Dating

Nikki and Artem confirm they're dating on the season 4 finale of 'Total Bellas.' More from Entertainment Tonight: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdtXPiqI2cLorKaPrfpKc4g?sub_confirmation=1 Exclusives from #ETonline : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQwITQ__CeH2Y_7g2xeiNDa0vQsROQQgv

Nikki Bella announces retirement from WWE: 'I just feel like I'm too old'By Jessica Napoli | Fox News

Nikki Bella attends the WWE Superstars Surprise Make-A-Wish Families at One World Observatory (Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Nikki Bella is ready to take her career in a new direction.

The wrestling star announced her retirement from the WWE on the season finale of "Total Bellas."

The 35-year-old was at dinner with her family on the reality TV series when she began to explain how she came to this decision. She said that being a part of WWE European's intense schedule helped her realize she's ready to hang up her jersey.

“The [European] tour was good but I feel like I’m too old for the travel, the travel was really rough,” Bella explained. “I was like, 'Why am I doing this? I don’t feel good.' The girls are doing amazing things over there. I really am ready to hang up the jersey, I can say it fully.”

“Being on the European tour, I’ve had a lot of time to think. Just how my body feels, being away from my company, how time consuming this is,” she added. “It’s making me realize I am ready to fold the jersey and put it away. I’m ready to put the kicks aside and I’m ready to take Nikki Bella into a different direction.”

Bella has been in the ring for 12 years. She made her WWE debut back in 2007, her SmackDown debut in 2008 with her twin sister, Brie Bella, and has won the Divas Championship twice.

The pro athlete is going to focus on her other businesses: a clothing line, wine label and a new podcast with sister Brie.

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#11 McCarthy calls on Schiff to apologize to the American public

McCarthy calls on Schiff to apologize to the American public

There's no place in Congress for Adam Schiff to chair the House Intelligence Committee, says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, FOXNews.com and the direct-to-consumer streaming service, FOX Nation.

Adam Schiff 'ought to resign today' for 'peddling a lie' about Trump and Russia: Kellyanne ConwayBy Greg Norman | Fox News

  • Kellyanne Conway: After 2 years wasted on the Russia probe, Democrats are running out of time for 2020

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “ought to resign today” for “peddling a lie, day after day after day, unchallenged and not under oath” that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said.

    Conway ripped the California Democrat and longtime critic of the president on ‘Fox & Friends’ Monday following the release of a letter from Attorney General Bill Barr stating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia.”

    “He ought to resign today,” Conway said about Schiff. “He’s been on every TV show 50 times a day for practically the last two years, promising Americans that this president would either be impeached or indicted.”

    “Adam Schiff should resign. He has no right as somebody who has been peddling a lie, day after day after day, unchallenged and not under oath,” she added. “Somebody should have put him under oath and said ‘you have evidence, where is it’?

    “Because Bob Mueller already ran the fair and the full investigation and any partisan and politicized investigation from here on in will never have the credibility of the Mueller investigation and the credibility of Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, what they did here,” she continued.

    Schiff earlier this month said he thinks a 2016 offer for dirt on Hillary Clinton by a Russian lawyer to members of the Trump campaign and the subsequent meeting is “direct evidence” of collusion on the part of the president’s team.

    Last night, Schiff said he believes there is still “significant evidence of collusion” linking the Russian government with President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, despite reports out of the Justice Department that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not be recommending any further indictments in his investigation.

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    Conway, in her ‘Fox & Friends’ interview Monday, also said those who pushed the unsubstantiated Trump collusion narrative should apologize.

    “Those who let this lie fly for two years, haranguing and harassing and trying to embarrass and worse, those of us connected to the 2016 campaign, beginning with the president and his own family really do owe people -- owe America an apology,” she said.

    She also poured cold water on a Washington Post report this morning suggesting Trump plans to call for firings of media personalities and former government officials “who he believes made false accusations about him.”

    And despite the large scale of Mueller’s investigation, which included interviews with around 500 witnesses, more than 2,800 subpoenas and 13 requests for foreign governments for evidence, Conway says, Trump’s critics fell short.

    “You came up with nothing -- no obstructive conduct, no collusion. No more indictments,” Conway said. “And by the way, nobody named Trump or Kushner indicted, folks. And people would whisper in our ears ‘look out, don’t be in a meeting with them, everybody has got to duck!’ I mean what a bunch of nonsense.

    “You wouldn’t let the 2016 election go and now you are running up against 2020 and you got a big, ol’ nothing,” she concluded.

    Fox News' Andrew O'Reilly contributed to this report.

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Actress Jameela Jamil speaks out about street harassment

Women shared their own experiences after the actress tweeted that a man had ‘threatened’ her when she refused to take his phone number.

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Jameela Jamil (Dave Thompson/Route One Photography/PA)

By Emily Chudy, Press Association

March 25 2019 11:18 AM

Actress and presenter Jameela Jamil has triggered a conversation involving hundreds of women after she spoke about her experience of street harassment on Twitter.

The Good Place star wrote about the need to “teach children about rejection” after a man “threatened” her when she refused to take his phone number.

In a tweet that has been liked more than 20,000 times, Jamil said the man threatened her career and called her “low class” after approaching her in the street when she was with a friend.

She said: “I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him.”

Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil

Was out at the shops with my friend. Man ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him. And then Shouts at me that I’m low class...

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Responses to the tweet include several women sharing their own stories about feeling threatened after rejecting unwanted advances, with many explaining the lengths they go to in keeping themselves safe.

One Twitter user said that when she told a man she was married after he asked for her number, he claimed he did not believe her.

She said: “This reminds me of a time I was bartending and some dude asked for my number. I declined and said I was married he then follows up with ‘Are you really married because a lot of girls wear fake rings just to get out of handing out their numbers’.”

*Sade* (say it Shar-Day)@Kat13Sade

This reminds me of a time I was bartending and some dude asked for my number. I declined and said I was married he then follows up with, "Are you really married bc alot of girls wear fake rings just to get out of handing out their numbers."

Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil

Was out at the shops with my friend. Man ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him. And then Shouts at me that I’m low class...

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Another person warned that unwanted attention can become dangerous, saying she had been followed home after her eye contact was misunderstood.

She said: “I once had something in my eye while driving and used the rear view mirror to get it out. The guy in the car behind me thought I was winking at him and followed me all the way home. I was terrified.”

Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil · 23h

I once said no thank you to man when I was 19 and didn’t have an excuse... and he punched me in the face. After that whether or not I have a boyfriend, I say I do. Being a woman is truly, constantly scary. It’s like existing on thin ice.

deepnhearttx@deepnhearttx

I once had something in my eye while driving and used the rear view mirror to get it out. The guy in the car behind me thought I was winking at him AND FOLLOWED ME ALL THE WAY HOME. I was terrified. I had no idea someone was following me.

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One Twitter user said that when speaking out about sexual assault, often the victim is not believed, sharing that her friends had asked what she was wearing after she was attacked.

She said: “Women, who I considered friends, say it is still the woman’s fault proves how far we have to come.”

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Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil · 23h

I once said no thank you to man when I was 19 and didn’t have an excuse... and he punched me in the face. After that whether or not I have a boyfriend, I say I do. Being a woman is truly, constantly scary. It’s like existing on thin ice.

kelly ann@see_kel

A few nights ago, I was sexually assaulted during a date. Rather than hearing me out, my own friends went “well why did you wear a dress?” So the fact that women, who I considered friends, say it is still the woman’s fault proves how far we have to come. #metoo

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Jamil, who has previously spoken out about body-shaming and airbrushing in the media, then made a further point about rejection of street harassment with a terrifying anecdote.

When a Twitter user pointed out that the actress should not have had to “mention that you were already taken by another man”, Jamil said she tells people she is in a relationship due to the fear of being assaulted if she has no “excuse” to reject somebody.

She said: “I once said ‘No, thank you’ to a man when I was 19 and didn’t have an excuse … and he punched me in the face. After that whether or not I have a boyfriend, I say I do.”

Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil

I once said no thank you to man when I was 19 and didn’t have an excuse... and he punched me in the face. After that whether or not I have a boyfriend, I say I do. Being a woman is truly, constantly scary. It’s like existing on thin ice.

Nicky’s  Twin@SnarkyTwinReplying to @jameelajamil

It’s gross that you had to mention that you were already taken by another man (we’ve probably all done this) to try to “let a man down easy” in order to stay safe and that didn’t even ducking work

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Jamil highlighted the need to teach children about romantic rejection, and “de-stigmatise” the act so that women will feel more empowered to say no.

She said: “We need to teach children about rejection, so that we can change the way we see rejection as a society.

“We need to de-stigmatise it, so that it doesn’t feel like the ground is swallowing you up when someone says no, however nicely.

“This would lessen their need to lash out.”

Jameela Jamil@jameelajamil

We need to teach children about rejection, so that we can change the way we see rejection as a society. We need to de stigmatize it, so that it doesn’t feel like the ground is swallowing you up when someone says no, however nicely. This would lessen their need to lash out.

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A 2016 YouGov study showed that 64% of women have experienced sexual harassment in public, rising to 85% of women aged 18 to 24.

The same study reported that 63% of women surveyed said they felt unsafe in public spaces due to the fear of harassment.

Jamil said: “Being a woman is truly, constantly scary. It’s like existing on thin ice.”

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