Barack Obama Reportedly In Talks To Produce Netflix Series

(Washington, DC) – Barack Obama may have locked down his next move following his departure from the White House. “The New York Times” reports the former president and his wife, Michelle, are in talks to produce a series of Netflix shows.

One show may reportedly involved Obama moderating conversations about immigration, climate change, voting rights and other topics he tackled during his presidency.

Further details of the production detail have not been confirmed.

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NRA Sues Florida Over New Gun Bill

(Pensacola, FL) – The National Rifle Association is suing the state of Florida to block its new gun laws. The NRA filed suit in federal court in Florida shortly after Governor Scott signed the bill today banning gun sales to anyone under the age of 21.

The NRA argues the bill “prohibits an entire class of law-abiding, responsible citizens from fully exercising the right to keep and bear arms.” It includes a three-day waiting period for any gun purchases and allows specially-trained teachers and school staff to be armed.

Gunman, Hostages Dead In California Veterans Home Standoff

(Yountville, CA) – Four people are dead after a hostage crisis at a veterans home in Northern California. Officials said law enforcement officers entered the building at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville tonight, where they found the bodies of three women and a man.Veterans_Home_Shooting_48432The man is the suspect who apparently killed himself. The names of the dead were not released. The incident began Friday morning around 10:30 local time, when an armed man entered a room at the Pathway House and began shooting. No one was hurt in the initial incident.

The suspects car was also located and checked for explosives. No bombs were found. The suspect is believed to have been discharged from a program at the home dealing with vets experiencing emotional trauma.

Why Is Arsenal Star Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ Mom Homeless?

(London, UK) – He’s one of the Arsenal’s premiere players under a deal in the ballpark of $15-$18 Million residing in a million dollar apartment, but his mother is sleeping in crate.

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When I saw this story, I couldn’t believe it. Trying not to judge, I read article after article trying to figure out what the background/history was between Ainsley and his 38-year old mom Jule. Did she abandoned him when he was a baby.?..NO. Was she a drug addict?…NO. Had she bee abusive towards him or his brother?…NO. It has to be something right? What would push a person to abandon his mother while he lives in luxury? Jule Niles says she’s trying to figure it out too.

Jule said she began living in a box at the Big Yellow Storage Facility three months ago after her relationship broke down with the 20-year old.

‘My son Ainsley could buy me a flat with two weeks or two month’s wages. But the money’s gone to his head and I’m in this position. My son plays for Arsenal and I am homeless and in a storage unit.  It’s not a home. I know what home feels like – to be able to shower, brush your teeth and sit in your room. All that I miss – but most of all I miss my family. It’s horrible. I just want to know what I’ve done wrong.’

Jule says she lives in fear that warehouse staff will realize she is sleeping in the container and turf her out on the streets.nintchdbpict000388969901She said, ‘I wait until everyone has gone home and slip into the unit when it is dark. It is heartbreaking. The area is covered in snow and it’s not been above freezing for days. I heard a homeless man died here overnight on Thursday.’

The Daily Mail reports, Jule told how when the boys were growing up she was sometimes so poor that she went hungry so they could eat and often considered stealing food. Ainsley was spotted by Arsenal scouts and signed for the club’s academy when he was six. All her sacrifices appeared to have paid off when in December 2014 he made his debut for The Gunners aged 17 in the Champions League against Galatasaray.

Four days later he made his Premier League debut in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United. He said, ‘I want to thank my family and God mostly for putting me here.’

Asked what he would do with his match shirt, he said, ‘I think I’ll frame it and give it to my mum.’

reiss-nelson-arsenal-231017Somewhere down the line, something went wrong. It’s reported that Jule was one of those overbearing sports’ moms fighting for her son’s ability to get what he deserved was even arrested once for clashing with the Arsenal’s chief negotiator Dick Law in 2015, but the police took no action.

Reportedly, another incident took place in 2016 when he joined Ipswich on loan. She was accused of leaving an unpleasant message on manager Mick McCarthy’s voicemail after he wouldn’t let Ainsley attend an England kit launch. A claim she denies.

When Ainsley’s career took off he initially paid the rent so he, Jule and  brother Cordi could live in a three-bedroom home near Arsenal’s training center in Hertfordshire. Ainsley sent his mom on a holiday to Australia in 2016, but she says when she returned she could tell everything was different. Both of her sons were acting strange and they moved out of the house in the middle of the night leaving her alone and giving her 6 months to move. That was probably why he sent her on vacation.

Whether he has been instructed to distance himself from his mom or not, who knows but to leave her homeless isn’t right. A friend of Ainsley’s says he was unaware of his mom’s living condition. Jule doesn’t deny that he offered to send her money, but she says she needs him to help her get a place to live by signing on as the guarantor. Jule, a childcare worker, said she could not find anywhere to rent because she is on a zero-hours contract and her income is irregular.

Her son hasn’t commented yet.

 

 

 

 

WV Teachers’ Strike To Continue

(Charleston, WV) – The West Virginia teachers’ strike looks like it will continue Monday after the state Senate decreased a teacher raise from five percent to four percent. The teachers’ union had reached an agreement earlier for a five percent raise with Republican Governor Jim Justice.

The senate instead approved a four percent raise Saturday. The president of the West Virginia Education Association said the Senate broke the agreement and as of now, schools will remain closed Monday.

The union called for teachers to return to the state capitol.

Former Obama Chief Of Staff: McConnell Watered Down 2016 Russia Warning

(Washington, DC) – A September 2016 warning about Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election was “watered down” by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

That’s the claim by former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who worked the job throughout former President Obama’s second term. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” McDonough said the letter was written to the National Association of State Election Directors and signed by McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The letter told states to make sure their network is secure from an attack. McDonough explained it took over three weeks to get the statement worked out. He added the lack of urgency from Republican leadership in 2016 is still being seen today.

CT Senator: Trump Sending Mixed Messages On Gun Control

(Washington, DC) – President Trump is trying to have it both ways on gun control legislation. That’s what Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said on ABC’s “This Week.”

The Democrat says Trump knows the mood of the country has shifted such that he and the Republican Party are going to pay a huge price in the polls this year and in 2020 if they don’t support things like universal background checks.

At the same time, Murphy said the NRA was one of Trump’s earliest supporters as he moved to the party’s nomination in 2016, so the President is trying to keep them happy as well.

Murphy adds if Trump and his fellow Republicans don’t start showing some movement on gun control after the high school shooting in South Florida, there aren’t going to be as many Republicans around for him come 2019. He warns that’s not good news for Trump’s entire agenda or his political salvation.

Girl Dies After Mirror Falls On Her At Payless Shoe Store

(Riverdale, GA) – A family is grieving the loss of their child, who was killed in a Payless Shoe Store in suburban Atlanta. Family members say their two-year-old daughter was killed Friday night when a large mirror fell on top of her at the store.

The girl was taken to a hospital in Riverdale, where she later died. Police say while their investigation is continuing, the death is accidental. The family believes the mirror wasn’t secured when it fell.

In a statement issued last night, Payless said, “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family during this time of incredible loss. We are devastated by this tragic event and are cooperating with authorities.

Oscars Taking Place Sunday

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Oscars take place tonight at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will honor the best film achievements of 2017. The front runners are “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape of Water,” leading with the most nominations.

The films will go head-to-head with seven others for the show’s most coveted award, Best Picture. Other projects vying for a win are “Dunkirk,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Post” and “Lady Bird.” Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the show for the second year in a row.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are also expected to return to present the Best Picture award after last year’s infamous envelope mix-up.

‘Black Panther’ Passes The Billion Dollar Mark, Still No. 1 In North America

(Los Angeles, CA) — “Black Panther” continues to be the top film in the United States and Canada. The Disney-Marvel superhero picture is on track to sell nearly 66-million-dollars’ worth of tickets this weekend. The movie has earned just over a half-billion dollars in North America since its release three weeks ago. Its worldwide sales figure is an estimated 898-million bucks. Coming in second is the new 20th Century Fox spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” which made 17-million dollars in its debut weekend. Rounding out the Top Five are “Death Wish,” “Game Night” and “Peter Rabbit.”

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