Lucky Calif Mudslide Driver Speaking Out

(Burbank, CA) – The driver of a vehicle caught on camera floating away in Tuesday’s mudslides in Southern California is talking about the frightening experience.

Desionne Franklin says he was evacuating from his Burbank home when a rush of water hit his Prius and it hydroplaned the rest of the way down a hillside.

Local firefighters captured Franklin’s wild ride on video.

Franklin says his girlfriend was screaming with fear, but his faith helped him to stay calm. He described the car’s rumbling over the rocks as “thunder that was below your feet.” Amazingly, no one was hurt and the car suffered only minor damage.

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Hawks vs Nets: Post Game With Coach Mike Budenholzer

(Atlanta, GA) –  Spencer Dinwiddie scored the go-ahead basket with 11 second left as the Nets slipped past the Hawks, 110-105, in Atlanta. Dinwiddie padded the lead late with two free throws as Brooklyn closed the game on a 6-0 run. He finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the win.

Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points off the bench in 12 minutes for Brooklyn. Dennis Schroder keyed Atlanta with 34 points and seven assists in defeat. Kent Bazemore finished with 16 as Atlanta fell to 11-and-31.
Post Game Coach Bud explains what went wrong.

Trump’s Vulgar Comment About Haiti Draws Fire From Both Sides Of The Aisle

(Washington, DC) –  Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are reacting to Trump’s vulgar comment about certain countries. According to the “Washington Post,” Trump made the disparaging remark about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations during immigration negotiations.

Republican Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah is calling on Trump to apologize. Her parents are Haitian immigrants. She said Trump’s comments are “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”

haitian-tps-protest-immigration-ap-imgRepublican Senator Orrin Hatch said part of what makes America special is that it welcomes the best and brightest in the world, no matter what country they come from. Several Democrats have voiced their outrage.

Colorado Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette remarked that Trump’s comment, quote, “proves his ‘America First’ views are rooted in bigotry and xenophobia.” Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said the President should represent all people, not just some selected favorites. Senator Kamala Harris of California said immigrants should be welcomed, not demeaned and insulted.

Director Of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, And Intel Chiefs Testify To Senate Intel Committee On FISA45 made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday, according to US media.

“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” Trump said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.

The ignorance and racism is exhausting. Does 45 not know that Haiti helped us gain our independence, fighting with us in the Revolutionary War?!! Our brother in freedom and independence! Of course he is denying it saying:

Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018

Tonya Harding Admits Knowing Ex-Husband Planned Kerrigan Attack, Mother Calls Her A Liar

(SL) – Former U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding now says she knew her ex-husband was involved in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. In an interview that aired last night on ABC, Harding said shortly after the 1994 U.S. figure skating championships, which she won, she figured out that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and the others had likely been behind the attack.

She said she’d overhead Gillooly and a friend talking before the championships about taking someone out so Harding would be sure to make the Olympic team.

166288Gillooly and three other men were convicted and imprisoned for the attack that injured Kerrigan’s knee and kept her out of the championships. Kerrigan recovered and both she and Harding made the U.S. Winter Olympics team that year. Kerrigan won a Silver Medal at the Games.

A movie based on the attack is receiving decent reviews with Margot Robbie receiving a handful of awards for her portrayal of Harding.  ‘I Tonya is a darkly comic biopic that highlights her horrendous relationship with her mother. tonya-harding-mom-ap-810x610People Magazine reports, Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona “Sandy” Golden did not mince her words when she spoke about Olympian daughter in new interview.

“She’s lied so much she doesn’t know what isn’t a lie anymore,” Golden told ABC’s Amy Robach during the two-hour special “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story” that aired Thursday night.

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James Franco Skips Critics Choice Awards Amid Allegations

(Santa Monica, CA) –  Actor James Franco is laying low amid several sexual misconduct allegations. He’s the latest star to have a number of women come forward accusing him of abusing his power.

08-james-franco-tweets.nocrop.w710.h2147483647Franco skipped the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday where he won Best Actor for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” According to PEOPLE, “he’s in a really bad place” and is “only talking to a select group of people.” The accusations came to light during Franco’s win at the Golden Globes last week. “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy, actress Violet Paley and several students of Franco’s came forward with their stories after he was seen at the Globes wearing a “Times Up” pin.

article-meyers-2-0110He has denied all allegations. But that didn’t stop him getting grilled again on late night television about the allegations.  Franco defended himself on “The Late Show” Tuesday, saying the accusations were “not accurate.” On Wednesday night, he repeated the claim on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” saying the tweets he read were not accurate but that it’s still a conversation that needs to be had. Franco said he has his own side of the story, but added, “I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say.”

How Cute Is This Kid! A Tearful Brooklynn Prince Accepts Best Young Performer At The Critics’ Show Awards

(Santa Monica, CA) – If you don’t know her, get to know pint size actress Brooklynn Prince, one of the star’s of The Florida Project.  The 7-year old stole hearts during her acceptance speech Thursday at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.

Prince won the best young actress award and began to cry as her dad escorted her to the stage. Wise beyond her years, the youngster didn’t forget to encourage others to help other “Moonees” out there. The Florida Project highlights the plight of children and their families who are living below the poverty line.

This year’s big Critic’s Choice Awards winner is “The Shape of Water,” taking home the Best Picture award.

Guillermo del Toro won Best Director, and the project also landed Best Production Design and Best Score. “Big Little Lies” also landed four wins, walking away with Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries and Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Movie or Miniseries. Other big honors were Gary Oldman for Best Actor, “Get Out” for Best Original Screenplay, “Coco” for Best Animated Feature and “The Big Sick” for Best Comedy.

First Date Goes Wrong Resulting With Woman Possibly Facing Life In Prison

(Houston, TX) – Prominent Attorney Anthony Buzbee says a court reporter ruined a pair of pricey Andy Warhol paintings in his $9 million dollar mansion on a first date that went left.479728F600000578-5214079-image-a-60_1514343480346Buzbee is a pretty big hitter touting the Governor of Texas and Donald Trump as friends, but when he decided to get together with a court reporter Lindy Lou Layman, he probably should’ve taken her to the down local chop chop.

Buzbee claims Layman became drunk on their date and refused to leave his Houston home. She hid inside the home, he said, adding that repeated attempts to get her in an Uber were not successful.a-woman-allegedly-got-drunk-on-a-first-date-and-d-2-25634-1514502885-6_dblbigLayman, 29, is accused of tearing down several paintings and pouring red wine on artwork. That artwork includes two Warhol paintings valued at $500,000 each. She’s also accused of throwing two $20,000 sculptures across the room and shattering them.

Layman’s attorney Justin Keiter says, “We certainly disagree with Mr. Buzbee’s rendition of the facts when he spoke to the media and we disagree with what was said in probable cause court.” Lindy Lou Layman, accused of destroying Tony Buzbee’s Andy Warhol art, challenges chargesWhen pressed about what took place on Dec. 23, Keiter told the Chronicle: “I’ll save that for the courtroom.”

Lindy Lou Layman appeared in a Houston courtroom Tuesday after being charged with felony criminal mischief for the Dec. 23 incident in the home of attorney Tony Buzbee.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the level of the charge is determined by the price tag for the items destroyed. Layman is accused of a first-degree felony and could face life in prison if convicted.

Buzbee has represented high-profile figures, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an abuse-of-power case.

Oprah Caught In Mudslide That’s Killed 16, Has 24 Missing And 300 Trapped

(Montecito, CA) –  Oprah’s home is one of many that was surrounded by the deadly mudslides in Southern California. The Queen of talk posted a video on Instagram last night, which shows her walking through the backyard of her Montecito residence in Santa Barbara County.

Knee deep in mud, she says, “Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern,” Winfrey wrote on her Instagram page today. “My property is fine. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru.”

In the brief video, Winfrey  further surveys the muddy aftermath near her Montecito home. “Oh god,” she says. “So, there used to be a fence right here. “That’s my neighbor’s house, devastated. And debris is everywhere.”

As the rain moves out of Southern California, the heavy equipment is moving in after deadly mudslides. Bulldozers, tractors and military grade trucks are all being used today to clear the roads to make way for more rescue crews heading to the upscale coastal community of Montecito in Santa Barbara County.

Officials say the tons of trash, trees, rocks and mud that slid off the hillsides and knocked homes off their foundation yesterday has led to the deaths of at least 16 people. Officials believe that number is expected to climb, with dozens of people missing and hundreds still trapped in their homes.

Twenty-five-people were injured and 50 had to be rescued by helicopters when the muddy runoff swept through neighborhoods, knocked homes off foundations and overran the 101-Freeway in some areas. The mudslides were triggered by yesterday’s heavy rainstorm in hillsides left barren by the massive Thomas Fire.

 

Serena Williams Says She Had Health Scare After Baby’s Birth

(Vogue) – Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine’s February issue and posted Wednesday on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September.07-serena-williams-vogue-cover-february-2018According to the article, the tennis superstar ”spent the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.” When Williams originally announced her baby’s arrival, via social media postings in September, she said in a video, ”We had a lot of complications, but look what we’ve got.”

Days after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Williams cut both feet on broken glass while leaving a restaurant, leading to two operations on her right foot. Then she got clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. Those shots led to a pool of blood gathering under her stomach’s skin, requiring another hospital procedure. In all, she was off the tour for about 10 months at the time, returning in 2011.05-serena-williams-vogue-cover-february-2018The 36-year-old Williams, who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January 2017. Williams is skipping this year’s Australian Open, which begins next week.

Williams said in the Vogue story that she has her sights on getting to 25 major titles, which would break the all-time record of 24 held by Margaret Court.

Versace Family Denounces “American Crime Story”

(SL) – The family of fashion designer Gianni Versace is blasting the FX network’s upcoming “American Crime Story” installment on his murder. The family calls the episode a work of fiction, based on a book the family didn’t authorize.

maxresdefault (1)The Versace family has released a statement warning fans that they have nothing to do with the new season of American Crime Story. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, follows the death and investigation regarding the legendary fashion company’s founder, Gianni Versace.

Various members of the family will also be portrayed in the show, including the company’s current chief designer and Vice President, Donatella Versace, who is played by Penelope Cruz. Gianni Versace will be played by Edgar Ramirez, while Gianni’s brother, Santo, will be played by Giovanni Cirfiera.

2-gianni-closet-048-re-01-1515431163The family sent out the following statement regarding the show:

“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”

FX responded with a statement yesterday saying it stands by the reporting of author Maureen Orth, whose book “Vulgar Favors” is the basis for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”

maxresdefault (2)The 9-part series airs January 19th.

Versace was shot to death outside his Miami home in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan. Cunanan killed himself eight days afterwards. Cunanan was later found to have killed at least four other people that year.

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