Brokaw Rails Against Accuser

(SL) – Tom Brokaw is firing back against sexual harassment allegations made by former NBC news colleague Linda Vester. In a letter published yesterday, Brokaw described Vester as a “character assassin” with a “grudge against NBC News.”

Vester accused Brokaw, the former anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” of harassing her in the early 1990s. In the letter, first published by “The Hollywood Reporter,” Brokaw compares Vester’s statements to the press to “a drive-by shooting.” Brokaw describes her as a disgruntled employee who was angry over her failed pursuit of stardom. Vester left NBC in 1999 for a job with Fox News. She left the business in the mid-2000s.

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Hearing To Be Set For Alleged Oscar Robber

(Los Angeles, CA) – A preliminary hearing date will be set next week at the L.A. Criminal Courts Building for the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar from her table during the post-Academy Awards Governors Ball.

Terry Bryant pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges and faces up to three years behind bars if convicted. McDormand reportedly doesn’t want to see Bryant prosecuted. However, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences technically owns the statuette and is listed on the police report as the victim. McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

More Migrants At Border, Ready For Asylum Push

(San Diego, CA) – Hundreds of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are getting ready to turn themselves in to Customs agents. A caravan of men, women and children are in Tijuana, Mexico.

They are expected to hit the border crossing at the U.S. late this afternoon hoping to make it into the United States under the asylum law. Lawyers from the U.S. have been setting up shop at shelters where the group has been staying, letting them know what they are in for when they meet Border Agents.

President Trump has told the Department of Homeland Security not to let the people into the country.

Atlanta Man Found Hanging Off Of MLK Bridge In The AUC

(Atlanta, GA) – Mystery surrounds the death of a man found hanging from a bridge near Atlanta’s historical black colleges.

Believed to be in his early to mid 20s, no other details have been released about the young black male found with a chain around his neck other than it is believed the keys to the chain were in his pocket.

Atlanta police were called to the 600 block of MLK Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said the chain was locked in several places. Chafee also said investigators canvassed the area and located one person who said they overheard someone yelling “don’t do it.”

Early speculation points to suicide but a full investigation has not been completed yet.

 

Lawsuit: Woman Eaten Alive By Mites

(Lafayette, GA) – A forensic pathologist says a woman who died at a Georgia nursing home in 2015 was essentially eaten alive. Rebecca Zeni, 93, died after a scabies infestation, small mites that burrow into flesh, lay eggs and feed.

A lawsuit filed by the family says state health officials were notified several times about the scabies problem at Shepherd Hill Nursing Home but never conducted an inspection.

According to the family’s lawyer, attorney Stephen Chance, the staff had been ordered not to attend to Zeni’s skin.

“There was a conversation at this nursing home with a healthcare provider about being careful about touching Ms. Zeni’s hand for fear that it might fall off her body,” Chance said in an interview.

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UK Toddler At Center Of Legal Fight Dies

(Liverpool) – A 23-year-old toddler at the center of a U.K. legal battle over life support is dead. 23-month-old Alfie Evans died Saturday, almost a week after being taken off a ventilator and more than a year of living in a semi-vegetative state.save-alfie-evans-poland-e1524846808994He was diagnosed with a form of cancer that attacks the nervous system and his parents brought legal challenges to keep their son on life support, at one point trying to get the boy moved to a hospital in Italy for more treatment.AlfieEvans_Collage_3They lost every challenge. Pope Francis, who had been following the case, tweeted that he was deeply moved by Alfie’s death. “Today I pray especially for his parents,” the Pontiff wrote, “as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.”

Shaquem Griffin Becomes The First One-Handed Player In The NFL

(Arlington, TX) – The AP reports, Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it.Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds. Griffin, who sat through 100 names being called in the first three rounds, wasn’t in AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Then he was after Seattle spent the 141st overall selection on the Central Florida linebacker who has no left hand.That fifth-round choice, announced in Seattle, drew loud cheers from fans at Jerry’s World.Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was young, has become the feel-good story this year and one of the most popular players in this draft because of his perseverance, outgoing personality and, of course, his talent.
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”I mean that was amazing,” Griffin said. ”To even have an opportunity to come back, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back and do it … I don’t remember seeing too many people who have left and came back.”That was the most amazing experience of my entire life. Me thinking about it, that moment, to be up on that stage and having the crowd go crazy, it was like we had won the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”

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Griffin helped UCF go undefeated last season, then blew through the NFL combine with a 4.38 in the 40, sensational lifting work with his prosthetic, and a can-do attitude.
Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF last year.
”It’s been a really good experience,” Shaquem said. ”I would have been crazy to turn an experience down like this. I’m just glad I was one of the selected few to be here.”Griffin had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen.
”I was using the restroom and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying `answer it, answer it,’ and I looked, and that’s when tears started pouring down,” Griffin explained.”I literally went to use the restroom and that’s when my brother busted in and tackled me. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything.”
Griffin received, by far, the biggest cheers of the day – louder even than when the Cowboys’ selections were announced. And he made a promise: ”Great things are coming to Seattle.”

Manhunt For Deputy’s Killer Ends With Suspect In Custody

(Norridgewock, ME) – The nationwide manhunt for the suspect accused of fatally shooting a Maine sheriff’s deputy has ended. Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said 29-year-old John Daniel Williams is now in custody.

Officers arrested Williams shortly after noon today in a heavily wooded area of Norridgewock ending a four-day manhunt. Authorities say Williams shot and killed Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole on Wednesday.

Williams was found only about a quarter mile away from an area of interest in the search. Corporal Cole’s handcuffs were used to detain the suspect.

Russian Lawyer At Trump Tower Meeting An Informant

(New York, NY) – The Russian lawyer who attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. says she’s an informant for the Russian government.

In an NBC News interview, Natalia Veselnitskaya admitted she was a “source of information” for a top Kremlin official. The disclosure sheds new light on the meeting at Trump Tower that was also attended by then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The meeting turned out to be an attempt by the Russians to lobby the Trump campaign to drop sanctions against Moscow.

Female Journalists Show Support For Brokaw

(New York City, NY) – Tom Brokaw is getting a show of support from a long list of female colleagues after being accused of sexual harassment. “People” magazine says Andrea Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Rachel Maddow are among the journalists on a list of 64 women supporting the veteran news anchor.

A lawyer for the accuser says she stands by her claims that she was sexually harassed by Brokaw twice in the 90s. 64 of his other female colleagues, however, say they know Brokaw to be “a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”