(San Diego, CA) — California Governor Gavin Newsom is furious over abortion restrictions in Missouri and Alabama.
“Spare me your indignity about the unborn. This is about control. That’s what this is about, it’s about CONTROL. It’s about going back to a time we don’t want to go back to.”
He told an audience near San Diego over the weekend the new measures were about the patriarchy and going back in time.
Newsom promised California would defend women’s rights with ten-million dollars in his proposed budget for abortion. He is hoping to get California into a single-payer system.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — The attorney for the man accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle is quitting. Christopher Darden is a former Los Angeles County prosecutor and was on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He announced his decision today on Facebook.
He says he and his family have been getting threats since taking the job. Prosecutors say Eric Holder shot and killed Hussle outside his clothing store in March.
(Paris, AP) – More than 700-million dollars in donations are pouring in today to help restore the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Donors from around the world and some of France’s richest families pledged to help a day after fire devastated the 12th century landmark.
In a televised speech, French President Emmanuel Macron called for unity and set a five-year goal to rebuild the iconic cathedral. Much of the roof collapsed, but the stone foundation survived along with the cathedral’s famous twin bell towers. American offers of help include Apple CEO Tim Cook pledging that his company will donate to rebuilding efforts.
The mayor of Paris says several relics from Notre Dame Cathedral are safe as a fire destroyed much of the iconic landmark. Mayor Anne Hidalgo said firefighters and police saved part of the crown of thorns said to be worn by Jesus during his crucifixion, as well as the tunic of Saint Louis and other major pieces.
The 850-year-old cathedral went up in flames yesterday, destroying the iconic spire and causing the roof to collapse. Officials hope to have the historical holy site rebuilt within five years.
(Houston, TX-AP) — Houston’s police chief says they’ll no long serve “no knock” search warrants after a married couple was killed in a botched raid. Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a town hall meeting Monday that no-knock warrants are “going to go away,” and will not be used to nab people suspected of using a small amount of drugs.
An informant had reportedly told police the couple’s house was being used for heroin dealing. Police found only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine during the late January raid. The couple was killed in the raid, and five officers were wounded
(New York, NY-AP) — We’re learning more about Miranda Lambert’s new husband. It turns out Brendan McLoughlin is from Staten Island and is a New York City police officer, assigned to Midtown South where he apprehended a bank robbery suspect last year.
Now, he’s the husband to country music princess Miranda Lambert who called the 27-year-old the love of her life in announcing their secret wedding on Instagram over the weekend. In marrying McLoughlin, the 35-year-old Lambert also becomes a stepmother to her husband’s baby who born last November.
This is the White Liar singer’s second marriage. She was hitched to fellow country star Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015.
(Atlanta, GA) – It looks like a few days off was all the Hawks needed to get their chemistry back together and their energy back up. Coach Lloyd Pierce said he might have to give them a few more days off if that’s what it takes to get them to play the way they did against the Lakers.
Granted LeBron James and his purple and gold squad are still trying to marry a mix of players that will put them in good standing for a playoff run but as of right now it doesn’t look like anyone is interested in advancing post regular season.
A Lonzo Ball-less Lakers couldn’t find their way out of trouble against the Hawks, even with Lebron dishing up his usual triple double with 28 pts 16 ast and 11 rbs. The defense collapsed early allowing the Hawks to go 10-17 from the arc in the 1st quarter alone and L.A. gave up 100 pts in just 3 qtrs.
For the Hawks, they had 6 players in double digits including veteran Vince Carter who was also responsible for a couple of those 3s in the 1st quarter. Led by Trae Young, who had 22 pts and 14 asts, the Hawks were able to break-down the Lakers’ defense early and unlike past outings was able to hold onto a 5pt lead going into the 4th quarter which saw both teams struggle.
For the Lakers, the loss was their fourth out five forcing them under .500 at 28-29. The Hawks are 19-38. They’ll host the Knicks tomorrow night while the Lakers are off until after the All-Star break.
(Atlanta, GA) -The Hawks broke down the Lakers’ defense tonight at State Farm Arena. Post Game with Vince Carter, he talks about those 10 3s in the 1st quarter, the high points and the future….that is….Trae Young a.k.a Ice Trae.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — An Alabama man on death row scheduled to be executed tonight is getting a few more days to live. An emergency stay was granted after arguing his religious rights are being violated. Domineque Ray filed a federal lawsuit after the Alabama Department of Corrections said it would not allow his Muslim imam to be present in the execution chamber when he was put to death.
Ray argued that ADOC has set a precedent by allowing a Christian chaplain to be present during executions, and said his religious freedoms were being violated since a leader of his faith could not be there. ADOC contends that the chaplain is an employee. Attorney General Steve Marshall plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. Ray was sentenced to death for the 1995 rape and fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl.
(AP) – A stricter gun bill is being pushed forward in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill would require background checks for every firearm sold. At an event today which included survivors of the Marjory Stonemen Douglas High School shooting in Florida, Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson of California spoke in favor of the bill. On the opposite side, Republican congressmen Peter King of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania also spoke in favor of the bill, calling it a common sense piece of legislation.
Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler of New York said the bill will be marked up on February 13th, which is a day before the one-year anniversary of the Parkland massacre. Marking up a bill is a step in the process of refining the legislation before it comes up for a vote.
(AP) – A few Democratic senators are making Cardi B’s rant about President Trump’s government shutdown go viral. The rapper said in an Instagram video yesterday that she feels that the country is in a “hellhole” just because of a wall. She also said she feels bad for all of the government workers who are on furlough.
Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz wrote on Twitter that he was deciding whether or not to retweet the video, and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy wrote back that he was having the same argument. Schatz encouraged him to share it, but to specify that retweets do not equal endorsements. New York Senator Chuck Schumer then chimed in to ask whether they were going to retweet the video or not. Afterward, Cardi B sent out a tweet asking why she was trending.
Over 5 million people have watched the video.