(SL)– Planned Parenthood says the Trump Administration is taking aim at 62-million American women by rolling back a federal mandate on birth control. The Obamacare rule requires employers to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans.
A new rule would reportedly allow more employers and insurers to exempt themselves for moral and religious reasons. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Foundation of America, called the decision an “unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on.”
Richards said she would not allow President Trump to “roll back the progress women have made over the past century.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed about the move in a briefing today. Her response, “This is a president who supports the first amendment and the freedom of religion. I don’t understand why that should be an issue.”
The National Women’s Law Center has vowed to challenge the new rule in court.
(SL) – Miami based Quynn Lovett is going after Amar’e Stoudemire again. Rumored to have had an affair with the six-time NBA All-Star, Lovett alleges he fathered her daughter year.
Lovett first when after Stoudemire in her home state of Massachusetts last November, though the case was ultimately dismissed in March.
34-year old Stoudemire has four children with his wife of five years, Alexis Welch.
He acknowledges he could be the father of the baby girl named Zoe Renee, and in child supports payments setup since Nov. 1, is paying $4,333 a month in temporary support.
But, in the new suit, 36-year old Lovett is seeking full custody and permanent child-support payments. The New York Post reports, she claims Stoudemire has not been involved in her daughter’s life, nor has he contributed to paying off the $11,000 in hospital bills from the birth.
Though the lawsuit does not disclose the intimate details of Lovett’s relations with Stoudemire, the NBA vet played one season with the Miami Heat after signing with the club in July 2015. He inked a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem last August.
It appears Stoudmeire’s wife is standing by the baller. posted a photo from Rockland, N.Y., on Monday with the caption her “#1.”
(SL) – More tax dollars will be spent as District Attorney Kevin Steele’s will continue to go after Bill Cosby.
Judge Steven O’Neill signed an order Thursday saying all parties must report to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on November 6.
The jury failed to reach a verdict after more than 52 hours of deliberations, leading O’Neill to declare a mistrial on June 17.
During the trial, phone records forced Andrea Constand to admit she lied about the date in which the assault happened. After several phone calls proved there was no way she was unconscious on the night she claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her.
O’Neill, who oversaw the first trial, ordered attorneys to submit jury selection questions and instructions by October 30.
Around 60 women have publicly accused Cosby, 79, of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States. And almost all of those women admit to continuing a relationship with Cosby after the alleged assaults. Some even accepted money, jobs and educations for their children.
Due to the more than four decades that have passed, Constand’s allegations were the only criminal case brought against him and a jury failed to convict him on any of the charges.
HOW THE JURY WAS DEADLOCKED
COUNT 1 – Digital penetration without consent
Guilty – 10
Not guilty – 2
COUNT 2 – Andrea Constand was unconscious or unaware when Cosby was ‘assaulting’ her
Guilty – 1
Not guilty – 11
COUNT 3 – Cosby gave Constand drugs without her knowledge or consent before the ‘attack’
Guilty – 10
Not guilty – 2
Cosby will face the same three counts of aggravated sexual assault.
(SL) – New information about the I-85 Bridge Collapse. Questions were looming following the fiery destruction that collapsed a chunk of I-85 near Piedmont Road, South of the GA-400. How did PCP pipes catch fire? Initial speculation involved a big rig fire, but that was later ruled out and terroristic thoughts formed.
Mayor Kasim Reed was quick to dispel that theory. But, one thing was certain. The pipes didn’t just catch fire by themselves’; And once lit, nothing but problems for these particular pipes can burn for hours.
Now, 3 people believed to be homeless are being charged. Basil Elby who’s no stranger to crime with previous charges including drug possession and battery is being held along with Sophia Brunner and Barry Thomas. Brunner and Thomas are being charged with criminal trespassing.
Authorities think Elby, pictured above in a mug shot from 2014 started the blaze. How or why remains to be discovered. The suspects were allegedly at the scene at the time of the fire. What kind of accelerant hasn’t been disclosed or whether or not the 3 will receive bond.
(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks were hoping to get a win against the Warriors and build some momentum with what could’ve have been a solid defeat over the number 1 team in the West. Poised to make it happen, the Hawks led by Dennis Schroder with 19 1st quarter points kept an impressive lead over Golden State until the second half when things took a turn for the worse.
Third quarter starts and what could’ve ended up being a high point game for Dennis switched directions to another trip to the bench and Coach kept him there for the rest of the game after scoring 23 points in the first half. So what happened? Looking at a replay it appears Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder were exchanging words over D. Howard turning the ball over again. Howard who was smashing the boards (19) may have had a problem with Schroder’s pass but unless you were on the court or have bionic ears we’ll never know.
In a great PR display, all Coach Mike Budenholzer would say about the situation is that they need to pay attention and play together as a team the entire 48 minutes. During that on-court discussion Steph Curry was able to slide right to the perimeter and bank a 3 and Coach told Dennis to take his jersey off.
He spent the rest of the game on the wood and Golden State would turn the game around in the 2nd half and talk the W ending their road trip over .500 with the 119-111 win. Didn’t hurt that Vet ANdre Iguodala put up 24 points. Matching Stephen Curry’s effort, Post Game Andre’s says he’s still got it while Steph didn’t care about Dennis being benched one way or the other.
(SL) – Diamond Reynolds became known to the world as she live streamed her boyfriend dying on Facebook after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota last year. Now she’s in the press again, this time, accused of allegedly attacking a woman with a hammer. Authorities say Reynolds and two other women were arrested Thursday after a woman said he attacked her and hit her in the head with a hammer on Tuesday morning.
According to the criminal complaint, Reynolds struck the victim in the head with a hammer, knocking her to the ground. Reynolds continued hitting the woman in the head with the hammer, then smashed the windshield of the victim’s car.
The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries and identified Reynolds and two others as her attackers.
Reynolds, 27, was charged in Ramsey County with two felony counts of assault. Interim bail was set at $90,000. She’s scheduled to make her first appearance in court Monday. She reportedly is unemployed and facing eviction. Her life spiraled downward after she live streamed the murder.
Reynolds’ boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, was shot by a police officer during a July 6 traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Prosecutors say officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department, shot Castile seven times after the elementary school cafeteria worker told him he was armed. Castile had a permit to carry a weapon.
Castile, moaning in pain, said “I wasn’t reaching for it.”
Yanez pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges. His trial is scheduled to begin May 30.
(SL)- Well…what do we have here. I always loved these two as a couple but you could cut the chemistry between Brad and Angie with a knife in the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. So when they connected nobody was surprised.
Bad timing, yes, surprised …no. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were married for five years and were one of the most talked-about couples of Hollywood. That is, until the Troy star broke up with his wife Aniston and started dating Angelina Jolie.
But the couple, after over a decade together split. Brangelina called it quits in 2016 and it doesn’t look like they will be reconciling any time soon. And as they always do, it appears Brad is running back to his ex.
Fans of Brad and Jennifer started the countdown to how long it would take for them to reconnect and it looks like Brad Pitt finally made the first move. Reportedly, he sent Jennifer Anniston a text for her 48th Birthday and Anniston admits that the two are communicating.
We should be happy right? No…It took Jennifer Anniston a few dates to finally bounce back with Justin Theroux and they’ve been married for a little over a year.
So, anything that could effect her marriage is a no-no and besides not to be cruel, but if Brad couldn’t ‘text’ while he was with Angelina it makes you wonder what the real motive is now.
Although it makes for a juicy Hollywood headline, I doubt anything will materialize from their communication. Jennifer looks to be smitten with Justin…but is her heart still with Brad? Time will tell…
(SL)- There have been some pretty lyrical rap battles in the history of music, but none quite like this. Well, I can’t even call it a battle because whatever Nicki allegedly released with Gucci doesn’t directly reference Remy Ma. But Remy Ma isn’t into subliminal jabs or sneak attacks. She’s aiming straight for Barbie’s head and from the first word, Nicki knows she’s coming directly for her and it isn’t pretty.
Nicki also tried to take shots at Remy’s albums sales with Fat Joe and the track All The Way Up. However the song was nominated for a Grammy, so why she posted numbers from a debut week, I will never know. Unless, the post was made months ago. ‘All The Way Up’ clearly blew ….all the way up!
The track is a play on Ether, the famous 2001 diss track by Nas against Jay Z. Remy is dropping a lot of scoop in the track and to be honest I’m not quite sure how Minaj could even try to respond.
The lyrics are too explicit to share the track outright, but here’s a link…take a listen
(Houston, TX)– It took almost 20 years but I think I speak for all dirty birds when I say..’It was worth the wait.’ The Falcons have been consistent all season, redefining their defense and adding to an already beast like offense. A lot of people doubted the authenticity of the Falcons’ talent. But if you are a true fan, then you know that this return has been in the making for quite a while.
It’s been a long week which started for the Falcons on Sunday when they landed in Houston and got ready for the biggest game of their lives. During the walk-through on Saturday, Atlanta felt good. The Patriots arrived on Monday and got to work immediately with a schedule that didn’t hold back and mirrored that of the Falcons. The big question..who would show up on Sunday?
Most of the media tried to shy away from the Brady Scandal that led to him being benched for the first few games this season. And with his return to the Super Bowl, most thought it would be his revenge of sorts. Revenge? Not so sure about that considering the Patriots are a Super Bowl team. They’ve been there done that. Atlanta on the other hand, has had to work. And after rolling through Seattle, Green Bay and at the half of Super Bowl LI, the Patriots, it certainly looks like there’s a new sheriff in town, giving new meaning to the term underdog and clearly marking themselves as the one to fear in the National Football League.
The Falcons jumped out early and that questionable defense that part-time fans like to question stepped up and held the Patriots to just 3 first half points. With a 14-0 lead, Rober Alford intercepted Tom Brady and returned the ball 82-yards for a TD. Atlanta led 21-3 going into the half. Rushing 86 yards in 9 attempts and Passing for 115 yards, New England struggled to stop the Falcons on the ground as well.
Second half, Atlanta seemed to slow down a little bit.. Everything that seemed to be going in the wrong direction for the Patriots, started to change. And then they scored. And after a turnover, a field goal, a TD and a two point conversion, next thing you know it’s 20-28….and the game played on.
Fourth quarter less than 3 minutes to play, you hit the kitchen to re-up on your drink, came back and it was 28-28 with 57 seconds left in the game. What in the entire hell happened? That’s why you love the game. Brady connected with Amendola doubled with a penalty on the Falcons and it’s tied. Atlanta gets the ball, Matt Ryan uses that arm and with 18 seconds left, it’s 3rd down and 6, Ryan is forced to let it loose to no avail. 11 seconds left, Falcons punt and we’re headed into OT.
Patriots win the toss and Tom Brady who had been sacked more than 14 times during the game reset and led a charge that would end up with James White driving and getting his hand in the end zone and New England wins Super Bowl LI 34-28.
Post Game With Tom Brady:
“…It was a hell of a football game. There was a lot at stake tonight. You know, we played our tails off all season to get to this point and it’s hard to win a game in the NFL. And to beat this team and to get down 28-3, it was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re all going to remember this for the rest of our lives.”
Brady has dealt with a little bit of everything this year and as for the adversity, “We’ve done pretty good over the last few years, you know? We were in the AFC Championship last year and won the Super Bowl two years ago, so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots. I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”
As for making that dramatic comeback. “We were just trying to get it in. I mean, I don’t think it was – I mean you’re playing with fire if you’re trying to manage the clock when you’re down eight points. So just get it in however you can and James (White) ran it in. What’d he have, three touchdowns tonight? It was unbelievable. What a hell of a game he played. It was awesome.”
Revenge indeed for Tom Brady and a lot of respect for the Atlanta Falcons. Nobody has won more Super Bowls than Tom Brady and he clearly just redefined momentum.
(SL) – She’s been rumored to be pregnant at least 10 times. But it looks like this time the gossip is true. Beyonce hasn’t been photographed out lately and for me, when the Carters missed President Obama’s last party, I figured something was up. Michelle and Beyonce have formed quite the bond over the past few years. So for her to miss the outgoing celebration meant something big was going on. Blue just celebrated her birthday. I bet she was super excited about this gift!
Beyonce’ took to Instagram to make the announcement with a full belly pic to silence anyone who may have doubt. Queen Bey and Jay have 5-year old daughter Blue Ivy and have spoken candidly about a miscarriage she had in 2011. Now, the singer’s family as she put will grow by two.
“We would like to share our love an happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two and we thank you for our well wishes. – The Carters. “
No word yet on when Bey is due. Congrats a thousand times!