(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.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams still isn’t conceding the governor’s race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The Republican was ahead by just over two percentage points early this morning, or roughly 100-thousand votes.
Abrams took the stage just before 2 a.m. to say she’s waiting for every provisional and absentee ballot to be counted. Kemp said he’s confident victory is near. There’s been a lot of attention on the Georgia race, with Abrams looking to become the nation’s first black female governor.
(Matthews, NC) — It was a fight that broke out early in the morning in a crowded hallway at Butler High School that culminated with one suffering from a gun-shot wound and another in custody. Students say it seemed like a regular altercation and it sounded like someone had been slammed up against a locker.
That ‘sound’ turned out to be something far more worse. It was a gun shot.
The student who was shot died at the hospital and now friends and family of the accused as well as school officials say that the incident stemmed from bullying. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the event started as a bullying event which escalated out of control. And “A young person brought a gun to school to solve the problem.”
Matthews Police Department Captain Stason Tyrell identified the victim as 16-year-old Bobby Mckeithen. The suspect has been identified as 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie.
Cuffie has been taken into custody and is facing first-degree murder charges. Tyrell says an active investigation is still underway.
School will not be held Tuesday to allow students, parents and teachers to process the day’s events. A good samaritan reportedly took the victim’s mother to the hospital after she was spotted crying outside of the school. She said she believed her son was the one that had been shot. Butler High School does not have metal detectors .
(Panama City, FL-AP) — Perhaps the hardest hit by Hurricane Michael was Panama City, Florida. The eyewall came through the town on the Gulf of Mexico a little after noon on Wednesday.People inside a hotel more than six miles from the Gulf watched as the roof began to peel off and pieces of it crashed down on cars and trucks outside. Then they smelled gas, but no one was able to shut off the gas while the storm was going on and first responders could not reach the hotel.
People are sharing photos and videos of the destruction in Panama City on social media. Winds were just below Category Five status at 155 miles per hour when the storm reached land.
There are 12-thousand residents in the small town of Panama City Beach and many of them decided to shelter in place instead of evacuating. Authorities said they’ll have to wait until daybreak to get a full look at the damage caused by the storm.
(Norristown, PA) – Accusations of falsifying evidence are being levied at Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. Bill Cosby’s spokesperson read a statement form Camille Cosby that claims Steele presented doctored audio of a recorded phone conversation between Cosby and the accuser’s mother at trial.
Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in April of 2004. DA Kevin Steel said that Cosby used his acting skills and to take advantage of people and hid behind a fictional character for years. He also maintained that Cosby, who is 81 and legally blind, was still a violent predator. He will not be granted bail pending his appeal.