IT40 News for 01/05/2019

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#1 3 shot dead, 4 injured at Torrance bowling alley

The shooting, which was apparently preceded by a fight, was reported at 11:54 p.m. at Gable House Bowl on Hawthorne Boulevard, near Sepulveda.

Officers arriving at the bowling alley discovered multiple people with gunshot wounds and began life-saving treatment. Three men died at the scene. Two injured males were taken to a hospital, and two others opted to seek medical attention on their own.

Officers were trying to identify the gunman or gunmen. No arrests were reported.
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Torrance police officers investigate a shooting at the Gable House Bowl in Torrance on Jan. 5, 2019. Early reports are that three people have been killed and four others injured in the shooting that followed a fight at the bowling alley.

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#2 Trump digs in on border wall as shutdown enters third week

A partial US government shutdown began at midnight on Dec. 22, 2018,. when a funding agreement between the Congress and President Trump could not be reached.

(Pictured) President Donald Trump attends a Cabinet meeting on day 12 of the partial U.S. government shutdown at the White House in Washington, on Jan. 2.

Tourists look at Statue of Liberty statues as they congregate in lower Manhattan during the holiday week on Dec. 29 in New York City. Despite the government shutdown, the Statue of Liberty and the Museum of the American Indian, two major tourists destinations, have so far remained open.

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President Donald Trump said Saturday that deliberations over funding for increased security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border were continuing this weekend, as a partial government shutdown triggered by partisan debate over his border wall proposal entered its third week.

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#3 Trump freezes raises for Pence and Cabinet amid shutdown

A partial US government shutdown began at midnight on Dec. 22, 2018,. when a funding agreement between the Congress and President Trump could not be reached.

(Pictured) President Donald Trump attends a Cabinet meeting on day 12 of the partial U.S. government shutdown at the White House in Washington, on Jan. 2.

Tourists look at Statue of Liberty statues as they congregate in lower Manhattan during the holiday week on Dec. 29 in New York City. Despite the government shutdown, the Statue of Liberty and the Museum of the American Indian, two major tourists destinations, have so far remained open.

Slideshow by photo servicesThe White House has frozen pay for Vice President Mike Pence and members of President Trump's Cabinet as the 14th day of the government partial shutdown was coming to a close.

Top officials, which included secretaries and deputy secretaries, were set to get salary raises of roughly $10,000 that would begin to take effect Saturday because no legislation was passed to halt a pay cap set to expire Jan. 5. The White House announced Friday that it would freeze the raises shortly after Trump was asked about it by reporters earlier in the day.

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#4 Pelosi, Nielsen clashed during border-security meeting: ‘I reject your facts,’ House speaker said, according to report

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen attends President Trump's press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen got into a tense confrontation this week, with the California Democrat interrupting Nielsen’s presentation on border security and illegal immigration, telling her “I reject your facts.”

The clash between the top House Democrat and a key member of President Trump's Cabinet occurred during a Wednesday meeting in the White House amid the impasse over the government shutdown, with Trump standing firm and demanding $5 billion for the border wall.

At one point during the meeting, according to the Wall Street Journal, Pelosi interrupted Nielsen, who was citing statistics related to the border, including how many criminal illegal immigrants attempted to enter the U.S. last year.


“I reject your facts,” Pelosi told Nielsen.

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#5 Fact check: What’s a ‘national emergency,’ and can Trump declare one to get his wall?

Two weeks into a partial government shutdown triggered by an impasse over the money President Donald Trump demanded for his promised border wall, Trump said he could declare a state of emergency and build his wall without congressional approval.

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"I can do it if I want," he told reporters at the White House on Friday. "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. We can do it. I haven't done it, I may do it."

Is that true? Legal experts said it might not be as simple to bypass Congress — which ultimately controls the federal budget — as Trump suggests, but not necessarily impossible. NBC News reported Friday that lawyers from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon are meeting to discuss whether or not it's doable.

"We're in uncharted territory," said University of Texas School of Law Professor Stephen Vladeck in an interview Friday night.

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#7 Russia High-Rise Collapse an Emblem of Hardships in the Hinterlands

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia — A loud bang startled Anna P. Timofeyeva awake. She reached for the light, but the electricity had gone out. In the dark, she and her husband quickly dressed their 2-year-old son and prepared to flee.

“We understood something was wrong,” she said. But when they opened the front door of their apartment they stopped short. From the doorstep of the family’s seventh-floor apartment, she said, they could look directly down on a heap of rubble far below, all that was left of 25 neighboring apartments.

The explosion that collapsed Mrs. Timofeyeva’s high-rise building on Monday in the city of Magnitogorsk in southern Russia killed 39 people and initially stirred fears of terrorism. But the authorities have since blamed an even greater danger to the average Russian: crumbling infrastructure, including Soviet-era apartment blocks.

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For a decade or more, as oil revenues have swelled its coffers, the Kremlin has poured resources into its armed forces, developing new weapons, upgrading its nuclear stockpile and overhauling and professionalizing its army, navy and military intelligence agency.

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#8 Brazil Has an Idea to Fix Rampant Gun Violence: More Guns

SÃO PAULO—Like millions of victims of rampant gun crime in Brazil, Claudio Sotero Júnior is clear about what he wants: his own gun.

His store near São Paulo selling bodybuilding supplements has been robbed at gunpoint six times since he opened it in 2006. Three years ago, the 41-year-old had to give up teaching kickboxing classes to pick up his wife from work every day after gunmen robbed and sexually assaulted her at a bus stop.

If it weren’t for Brazil’s strict firearms legislation, he said, he’d buy a Glock pistol to keep at work, and guns for his wife, sister and parents to defend themselves in what has become the world’s most murderous country.

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Brazil racked up nearly 64,000 homicides in 2017, the highest overall number in the world. Over 70% of those were committed with firearms, widely available to criminals on the black market. Here in São Paulo, a megalopolis of 12 million people, over a quarter of residents say they have been held up at gunpoint at some moment in their lives, according to a study this year by the city’s business school Insper.

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#9 Illegal migration to European Union falls to lowest level in 5 years

The number of people illegally crossing into Europe dropped last year to its lowest level in five years -- but there's been a spike in the number reaching Spain, figures show.

An estimated 150,000 people entered the European Union through irregular crossings in 2018, border and coastguard agency Frontex said Friday. That represents the lowest total since 2013 and is 92% below the peak recorded during the migration crisis in 2015.

The drop was due to a dramatic fall in the number of migrants taking the central Mediterranean route from Libya, Algeria or Tunisia to Italy, Frontex said. A little over 23,000 irregular crossings were detected on this route for the year, an 80% decrease compared to 2017.

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closed the country's ports to migrant boats in June and the populist government has passed new anti-immigrant laws.

Meanwhile, the number of arrivals in Spain via the western Mediterranean route, leaving from Morocco, doubled last year for the second year in a row to 57,000.

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#10 India’s railroads had 63,000 job openings. 19 million people applied.

NEW DELHI —Anil Gujjar arrived in India’s capital from a small village in the northwestern state of Rajasthan carrying nothing except a backpack and hopes of finding a good job.

The odds were not in his favor. In February, India’s railways system announced a national recruitment drive for the most menial positions in its hierarchy — helper, porter, cleaner, gateman, track maintainer, assistant switchman.

It attracted 19 million applicants for 63,000 vacancies.

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Gujjar, the son of a farmer and the first person in his family to attend college, was one of them. At the test center in Delhi where he took a mandatory exam in November, he looked around warily at hundreds of young men like him. Nearly all were college students or graduates. Some even had master’s degrees.

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#11 The President Who Wants to Break Up His Own Country

SARAJEVO—Few national leaders would call their own country an “impossible state.” Fewer still would actively advocate for it to be broken up. Almost none would risk a decades-old peace accord to do so. And then there is Bosnia’s Milorad Dodik.

“I am a Serb ... Bosnia is only my place of employment,” Dodik proclaimed just a day after his inauguration as Bosnia’s head of state. A Serb nationalist, he has publicly called for the statelet he comes from, Republika Srpska, to break away from Bosnia. And, as Bosnian president, he has said he will not use his Bosnian passport for overseas travel. It’s these kinds of outbursts—almost Trumpian in their ability to provoke—for which he has become notorious.

The story of Dodik’s rise is one of a far cannier political operator than his brash public image might suggest. He was once hailed as a “breath of fresh air” by Madeleine Albright; she, like others, hoped he symbolized a clean break from the war criminals who had ruled the territory. Two decades on, though, he is seen as a nationalist enfant terrible threatening a fragile peace. What changed, and how?

In some ways, Dodik’s story is a familiar one, that of a politician changing his stripes when the moment suits, and courting Russia as an ally. But here in Bosnia, the stakes are higher, not just for the people who live here, but for the legacy of a significant American foreign-policy achievement, too. By taking aim at the Bosnian state, Dodik is, in effect, targeting the Dayton Accords, one of the signature peace deals of the 20th century. When signed at an American air base in 1995, the agreement ended what had been Europe’s most devastating conflict since the Second World War, one which had cost more than 100,000 lives. (Unsurprisingly, Dodik’s threats to undermine the accords have earned him U.S. sanctions.)

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#12 Tropical storm crosses south Thailand without major damage

Tropical storm Pabuk is expected to hit Thailand on Jan. 4, forcing airports and ferries to close and bring downpours and massive sea swells.

A wave crashes along the shore during heavy rains ahead of tropical storm Pabuk's arrival in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Jan. 4.

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BANGKOK — Ferry services and airports reopened in southern Thailand on Saturday as a storm moved west into the Andaman Sea after causing disruption and leaving at least one person dead.

Tropical Storm Pabuk barreled across the Gulf of Thailand on Friday but spared world famous beach resorts major damage.

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#13 American detained by Russia was convicted of trying to steal thousands of dollars while deployed to Iraq as a Marine

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The Marine Corps found Paul Whelan, the American citizen detained by Russia on espionage charges, guilty of attempting to steal more than $10,000 worth of currency from the U.S. government while deployed to Iraq in 2006 and bouncing nearly $6,000 worth of checks around the same time, according to records obtained by The Washington Post.

The details of the charges against Whelan from a special court-martial two years later, which resulted in his discharge for bad conduct, add to an increasingly complex picture of the 48-year-old former Marine, whom Russian officials have accused of spying. His case grew more perplexing Friday after Ireland became the fourth nation to acknowledge him as a citizen and seek consular access.

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Since his arrest last week in Moscow, Whelan has rocketed onto the public radar, drawing international attention to his complex journey from the Marine Corps Reserve to a detention cell in the Russian capital’s notorious Lefortovo Prison. People who served alongside Whelan said he was learning Russian and traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg on vacation during the same deployment in which the Marine Corps accused him of attempted larceny.

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#14 U.S. says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's investigation and handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior US official said Friday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will continue to press the Saudis on Khashoggi's murder when he visits Riyadh next week as part of an eight-country tour of the Middle East, the official said.

"He will raise the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and continue to push for accountability and credibility from the Saudi leadership as they move through the legal process that began earlier this week," the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.

"I don't think, from our point of view, that the narrative emerging from the Saudis throughout the legal process has yet hit that threshold of credibility and accountability," the official said.

In a case that shocked the world and created a sharp rift with Washington, Khashoggi was murdered and his corpse dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2.

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#15 World’s Most-Prized Fish Sold for $3.1 Million at Tokyo Auction

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First Tuna Auction of 2019 At Toyosu Fish Market

(Bloomberg) -- One of the world’s most expensive fish just got pricier.

A 278-kilogram bluefin tuna sold for 333.6 million yen ($3.1 million) at a Tokyo fish market Saturday. The record price -- which equates to about $5,000 a pound -- is more than double the previous high set in 2013, according to Masayuki Fukuda, an official in charge of trading operations at the Tokyo market.

The record-topping fish was caught off Oma in northern Japan. It was sold on the first day of auction sales for 2019 at a center close to Tokyo Bay that opened in October following the relocation of the city’s main fish market in Tsukiji, near the upscale shopping area of Ginza.

Kiyomura Corp., which runs the Sushizanmai restaurant chain across Japan, made the winning bid, the Nikkei newspaper reported. The high-priced tuna will be served at regular prices at a Sushizanmai outlet in Tsukiji later on Saturday, the report said, estimating that the fish may cost an average of more than $200 per serving.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tsuyoshi Inajima in Tokyo at [email protected]

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#16 China’s Xi calls on army to be battle-ready

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.

China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States over issues ranging from trade to the status of Taiwan.

The official Xinhua news agency said Xi told a meeting of the top military authority that China faced increasing risks and challenges, and the armed forces must work to secure its security and development needs.

Xi, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the armed forces must devise strategies for the new era and take on responsibilities for preparing and waging war.

"The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development," he was quoted as saying.

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#17 US positioning troops in Gabon to potentially respond to violent protests in Congo

The US has deployed approximately 80 troops to Gabon to potentially assist US citizens, personnel and diplomatic facilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo if violent protests over elections threaten their security, President Donald Trump told Congress in a letter Friday.

Most voters in Congo went to the polls Sunday -- after more than two years of delays and countless protests -- to elect the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 18 years. But the election's credibility has come under suspicion after ongoing delays in reporting the results.

"The first of these personnel arrived in Gabon on January 2, 2019, with appropriate combat equipment and supported by military aircraft," Trump's letter to Congress read. "Additional forces may deploy to Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or the Republic of the Congo, if necessary for these purposes."

"These deployed personnel will remain in the region until the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed," the letter continued.

Trump said he sent the letter to inform Congress in order to be consistent with the War Powers Resolution. The move marks the first major deployment of US troops in a potential contingency operation under acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

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#19 Leonardo DiCaprio Gives Grand Jury Testimony in Malaysian Corruption Probe (Report)

Leonardo DiCaprio has given secret testimony to a Washington, D.C. grand jury over his role in a multibillion-dollar Malaysian corruption scandal that ensnared the Hollywood star, his film The Wolf of Wall Street and its production company Red Granite Pictures, according to a report Friday in The Washington Post.

DiCaprio's reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson offered no comment on the press report.

Grand jury testimony is given behind closed doors, so there's no indication of what DiCaprio may have said. A spokesperson for DiCaprio in 2016 told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor supported "all efforts to assure that justice is done" after the DoJ first connected DiCaprio and his environmental charity to the Malaysian corruption scandal.

The DoJ probe is understood to have investigated alleged ties between the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and a Malaysian embezzlement scheme where more than $3 billion was withdrawn from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund called 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB).

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#20 Hulk Hogan set to return to WWE Raw for the first time in years to honor the late announcer ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is gearing up for a big tribute to late great announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund on Monday Night Raw.

And the WWE extravaganza will also mark the return of fighter Hulk Hogan.

The 65-year-old wrestling legend (real name Terry Gene Bollea) was confirmed to return to Raw on the WWE website, 'to honor his longtime friend' on January 7.

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Hulk returns to Raw: Hulk Hogan will return to WWE's Monday Night Raw to honor the late great 'Mean' Gene Okerlund

Details about Hogan's tribute to Okerlund were not given, but their friendship spanned several decades.

Both Hogan and interviewer Okerlund joined WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the early 1980s.

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#21 Lindsay Lohan Reunites With ‘Mean Girls’ Co-Star Jonathan Bennett for New ‘Beach Club’ After-Show

Cady Heron and Aaron Samuels together again! 

Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club is bringing the actress together with Jonathan Bennett -- for the first time since Mean Girls wrapped in 2004. Bennett will host the after-show to Lohan's new MTV reality series and a pic of the pair from filming shows them cozying up like no time has passed at all. 

Bennett will host Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club: After the Show, a 30-minute program which debuts directly after the premiere of Lohan's new series on Tuesday. The actress will join Bennett for the after-show in a studio packed with her biggest fans, as she answers questions about her journey abroad and growing business empire. The after-show will also include sneak peeks of Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club. 

Alongside the after-show news, MTV debuted a new clip from Beach Club, showing just what sort of shenanigans we can expect from the show. In the video, Lohan and her business partner, Panos Spentzos, get to know the staff of her Mykonos luxury club -- and realize they're a little more into partying than they initially thought. Watch below. 

Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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#22 Don Lemon Shares Emotional Message to Kevin Hart: “This Is the Time to Hear Other People Out”

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In an emotional segment on CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon shared his thoughts on the uproar surrounding Kevin Hart and the Oscars.

Lemon, who is openly gay, addressed Hart directly, saying, "Kevin, if anything this is the time to hear other people out, to hear why they might have been offended. I don’t see any meaningful outreach to the community…. and now you want the conversation to end." Lemon added that, for many people, the apologies Hart has given have fallen flat. "To many they seem insincere, and that he has somehow turned himself into a victim instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia."

"Walking away right now, that is your choice, but many of us need to keep the conversation going," he added. "It’s life or death. Someone like Kevin Hart can be a leader — the ultimate change agent — he can help change homophobia in the black community."

His comments came after Hart was interviewed by fellow comedian and former Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, during which she defended his position and suggested he has apologized enough for the anti-gay tweets that caused mass controversy and resulted in Hart stepping down from the hosting role.

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#23 Backstreet Boys Share Intimate Look at Home Life in Heartwarming ‘No Place’ Music Video

Nothing brings the Backstreet Boys more joy than being with their families.

The boy band -- composed of Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell -- released their new song, "No Place," and its accompanying music video on Friday. The heartwarming track talks about how the performers have been all over the world, but there is no place like being home with their wives and children.

In the sentimental video, McLean dances with daughters Eva and Lyric, Carter swims in the pool with his son, Odin, Richardson roasts marshmallows with sons Mason and Maxwell, Littrell cooks with son Bailee, and Dorough is at the playground with sons James and Holden.

"No Place" is the third single off of BSB's forthcoming tenth studio album, DNA, set for release on Jan. 25. The quintet will return to Las Vegas in February for their Larger Than Life residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, before embarking on their DNA World Tour in May.

2019 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for the group, who just celebrated 25 years together. At the end of last year, they also received their first GRAMMY nomination in 17 years for their song "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

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#24 Oscars Open to Kevin Hart Return – If Comedian Says the Word (EXCLUSIVE)

Key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host, one insider close to the event told Variety, following an alternately contrite and defiant appearance on “The Ellen Show” on Thursday.

Leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC, the network that broadcasts the telecast, are open to Hart resuming his role as emcee if he signals that he wants the job. That message could come through a spokesperson or on social media, where Hart maintains an active presence on Instagram and Twitter, the individual added.

The about face is extraordinary because Hart’s appointment as host stirred up so much controversy. Past homophobic jokes that Hart had made resurfaced on Twitter and other social media platforms within hours of the announcement that he would emcee the broadcast. The comic was initially dismissive, saying he had previously addressed those remarks. He later offered a more full-throated apology after announcing he was declining the Academy’s offer. In the ensuing weeks, Oscar producers have struggled to find a replacement.

The Academy hoped Hart would have a meaningful conversation about his past tweets in the aftermath of his December exit, another insider close to the show’s well-documented troubles said. It’s unclear if Hart’s apologies on “Ellen” were sufficient, and if he demonstrated an understanding of the effect of his old tweets.  While Hart still sits atop a wish list of marquee hosts within the Academy, show producer Donna Gigliotti and her team have been working “non-stop” on living without him, the insider said. This includes options like a cameo-heavy, hostless show, which Variety exclusively reported last month.

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#25 Twitter Explodes Over Shocking R. Kelly Doc: ‘About Time’ Many Say as Others Defend Singer

The revelations in Lifetime’s shocking R. Kelly documentary are sending the Twitterverse into an uproar.

The first part of the six-part series aired on Thursday night and features wide-ranging interviews with R. Kelly’s family members, former friends and colleagues, but most notably, women who claim that for decades the hit-making singer and producer used his power and influence to sexually and physically abuse women and young girls.

Most of the praise for the documentary is rooted in the idea that the music community knew about the 51-year-old’s alleged behavior and continued to cover up for him.

Others also criticized some viewers’ argument that the girls and women involved should’ve known better.

And praised the network for taking a stand:

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#26 What Will ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Be Called?

We’re a little less than a year away from the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, the final installment of the sequel trilogy. Although it may be a little too early for some, the most hardcore fans are counting down the weeks until the Dec. 20 release, and it’s certainly permissible to start expecting some news from the halls of Lucasfilm, not least of all the title of Episode IX. The official title for The Last Jedi was announced on Jan. 23, 2017, so expecting a similar marketing trajectory we should have our title in just a few short weeks. Typical of both Star Wars films and director J.J. Abrams, the next chapter in the saga of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren is shrouded in mystery. The title will give us our first indication of what’s in store for our characters, though as we learned from The Last Jedi, it may not go the way we expect.

While the titles for the George Lucas-directed and scripted Star Wars films were lovingly pulpy, the sequel trilogy has opted for more direct titles that hone in on a central issue. The Force Awakens was pulled directly from Snoke’s line within the film, “there has been an awakening, have you felt it?,” while The Last Jedi is taken from The Force Awakens’ opening crawl. With that in mind, it seems safe to assume that the title for Episode IX won’t seem out of left-field, a la Attack of the Clones, and instead be taken from the opening crawl of the two prior films or a line of dialogue. After mining The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi for clues, these are the titles we think the force is strong with.

The Knights of Ren

One of the biggest hanging question marks over the sequel trilogy is the identity of the mysterious Knights of Ren. When Kylo Ren is sent after his father Han Solo in The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke says, “Even the Knights of Ren have never faced such a test.” We see flashes of figures who may be the Knights of Ren in Rey’s first force vision, in which she sees Kylo among similarly dressed figures. Based on the context, it seems likely the Knights are a group of dark side warriors working for Snoke, but what happened to them? Is it possible that Snoke broke the Sith tradition of master and apprentice and employed several apprentices other than Kylo Ren? And if so, where have they been all this time? It’s clear that Ben Solo’s new name, Kylo Ren, suggests his membership among the Knights. But who is Ren, and is it just a coincidence that it’s one letter off from Rey? Abrams has shown a penchant for hiding mysteries right under our noses. Perhaps it’s possible that Snoke, who we’ll hopefully learn more about despite his demise, was Ren at one time. Furthermore, the term knights draws an immediate association with Jedi Knights. Perhaps Snoke’s Knights of Ren are a new breed of dark side users that are able to stand against the Jedi better than the Sith ever could.

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Hello Again and Thanks for reading it is I David "IT40" Ellenberger with an update on the status of my lawsuit against Alphabet inc case # 4:20-CV-04877-SBA  and the website and life in general. By now if you regularly visit you may have read this section "author info" or Bio. So I am adding to it with more bio and more info. I originally liked the idea of voting on the internet 20-25 years ago when I first got online with WebTV (does anyone remember that?).

The technology at that time was not advanced enough to easily be able to vote online or watch videos or much else for that matter but I was hooked and look at what we can do now with videos, IOT, and everything else, but I digress. I started about 5 years ago and the user base has been going up steadily ever since. I wanted to be another Facebook, with music and voting and that is all coming together slowly but surely. BTW if you want to help or have any interest please feel free to email me anytime.

Now in my previous Author Info or bio page I made it clear or at least I thought I made it clear, I am personally suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud. I have evidence to prove they are not counting all the pageviews, among other things and defrauding myself and probably millions of other website owners and content creators out of Billions of dollars. So if I wasn't clear or you didn't know it's true I am suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud the case was recently moved from my state of Kentucky to N. California to make it easier for Alphabet inc. to steam roll me or so they think. Needless to say if you are interested and I hope you are you can look the case up online under my name "David Russell Ellenberger" or the case # which is 4:20-CV-04877-SBA.

Now, I want to make it clear to you and everyone that I am not suing Alphabet inc. aka Google for fraud just because I want a million dollars for nothing. I am suing Google for fraud because I think they are committing  a serious crime with worldwide and societal ramifications, it is a  very serious problem.  I am suing Google for fraud because to put it simply the analytics numbers don't add up at least not in my favor or yours, there is something very fishy going on with the Google analytics numbers. Of course Google has an excuse for every one of them but I have reasons and the actual numbers and they don't add up, more about the numbers later.

Companies like Google are making Billions of dollars a year in profits telling us data is the most valuable thing and misleading us and misdirecting the media and the world every chance they can.  Now data is valuable and they are making billions in profits seemingly like magic but there is no magic to it just corruption and lies. One thing Alphabet inc. aka Google is really making their money from and that is advertising dollars and they are putting all of this advertising on the websites other people have created.

Websites that I have created and  websites you have created and websites millions of others around the world have created websites or content. For example Just writing a text is creating content and that's where Google puts the billions in advertising they receive and keeping most of it for themselves. Yes content others have created and yet somehow they are keeping almost all of these billions for themselves and not distributing it equitably to the real workers the true content creators who actually deserve the advertising monies. Google has made it's billions on the backs of you and me. Think about that for a minute, how can they continue to justify this? They Can't, it has to change.

For example if I were to prevail in the current lawsuit just half of the monies or $20 billion put into a basic account and compounded at 5% annually we could realistically employ over 80,000 people at $24,000 a year, indefinitely.  Sounds unbelievable but its true and if we only employed 40,000 people we could pay them approx. $48,000 a year indefinitely. Its all true. Its simply a matter of having the money and the will to do it. Now is 40,000 people a lot well yes it would be a lot of employees but with more money simply put into a trust account we could employ more people

I David Russell Ellenberger through my website am suing Google to try to help right a wrong. A wrong committed by Google that has simply gotten out of hand. Most people may think they can't do anything about it. Nothing can stop Google, the politicians don't care they use all of Googles data to further their own campaigns and line their own pockets while the rest of us keep on creating the content for Google, nothing can be done, this however is not the case, we can do something.

The politicians and Alphabet inc. aka Google have done nothing to help society at large other than organize it so they can keep more money in secret and pay off all their buddies with their fraudulently obtained money. It's gotten so bad that the politicians and others in control won't even talk about it, they ignore it and hope it goes away, they won't even try to stop google because it is helping them too much and maybe they are scared of Google or who knows what they may be thinking. But it looks like fraud and it's coming to an end.

I'm telling you we can do something and I David Russell Ellenberger an average citizen Content Creator am saying to you, I'm not scared of Google because I have nothing left to loose.  I David Russell Ellenberger am telling you there is something you too can do, if nothing else, tell all your friends to come to aka IT40, believe these words and Create your Content.

Further I promise to you and all who read this if we do prevail in the lawsuit against Alphabet Inc. We will use half of any monies we may receive to pay "content creators" a living wage. I pledge to anyone who is reading this, we will use half of any monies we may receive to help those who really do want to work on the internet and create content and tell us what they think. We will use half of any money so you can Get Paid, we want you to get paid for the content you create and get paid everyday and Get Paid to Vote create data and to be able to do this work online and from your home or anywhere in the world you care to be. Because in the words of an ancient scholar Y-O-U are the business Y-O-U are creating all the data, Y-O-U are the content creators and Y-O-U are all that matters.

Now the main thing I want you to take away form this and to know, Alphabet inc. is and has been committing fraud against you, me and everyone who uses the internet. I don't think Google started out to defraud the world it has just degenerated into this endless morass of corruption and fraud and no one seems to care, Well I care and I know you care too.  Sadly Google has been doing this with impunity for years and it is only getting worse. Please don't let them fool you with their lies and obfuscation. Do some research create some content build a website and research the analytics numbers you will find I am right. Google owes you, me and everyone online thousands if not 10's of thousands of dollars for all the data and advertising dollars they have co-opted from you and the rest of the world. So join with me don't use any Google products or file your own lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet inc. I will be glad to help you any way I can and show you how to do it if need be. It will take a sincere effort on your part but it will definitely help your self esteem, society and the world.

Now that's about all I have to say on this subject for now.  I will tell you this if you want more information or you have questions or comments for me, my email is [email protected] Thank you for reading looking and listening and believing in Please tell all your friends about us and don't forget to vote Thumbs up or down and refresh your page when your done. One last Thing, I need all the help I can get I am only 1 person but together and with todays technology we can move mountains and reframe society and our world the way we want it to be. One final note let me tell you about a new website coming to the world called Thank you ttyl



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