Bloglikes - News en-US Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:28:33 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Looking Real Bad For Mark Harris Here’s the latest on the implosion of Mark Harris in the absentee ballot fraud alleged in the NC-09.

[Author: David Kurtz]

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WSJ: Trump Inaugural Officials Sparred With Vendors Over Exorbitant Pricing Federal prosecutors are investigating interactions between vendors and officials at President Trump’s inaugural committee, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Officials at the committee reportedly pushed back against top vendor Hargrove Inc., which purportedly submitted a budget that used “wildly different pricing” from previous inaugurals.

The newspaper also reports that after the Trump D.C. hotel asked for $3.6 million for eight days of catering and space rental, an unnamed inaugural official forwarded the request to other committee members.

“Ummm…” the official reportedly wrote.

Other elements of the inaugural – which took in a record $107 million haul – have attracted interest.

Prosecutors are investigating whether or not inaugural vendors took payments off the books for services provided to the committee, according to news reports.

The WSJ story sheds more light on a phone call between Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and inaugural vendor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, whose company WIS Media Partners was paid $25 million by the committee. A recording of the call was found by federal prosecutors during an April 2018 raid of Cohen’s office, sparking the investigation.

The WSJ reports that Wolkoff expressed concerns on the recording regarding Hargrove, deputy inaugural chair Rick Gates, and the committee’s chairman Tom Barrack.

Manhattan federal prosecutors subpoenaed the committee this month for information regarding the inaugural’s spending, and whether foreign nationals had given money in contravention of federal campaign finance laws.

[Author: Josh Kovensky]

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Police: Jussie Smollett Staged Attack To ‘Promote His Career’ CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career” when he made a false police report about an attack in Chicago, the city’s police superintendent said Thursday.

Smollett also sent a racist and homophobic threatening letter to the Fox studio lot where he works in Chicago before the attack, Supt. Eddie Johnson said. He said Smollett was dissatisfied with his salary.

Smollett turned himself in and was arrested early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.

The whispers about Smollett’s account started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked. Then detectives in a city bristling with surveillance cameras could not find video of the beating. Later, two brothers were taken into custody for questioning but were released after two days, with police saying they were no longer suspects.

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett was charged Wednesday with felony disorder conduct, a charge that could bring up to three years in prison and force the actor, who is black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating.

In less than a month, the 36-year-old changed from being the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime to being accused of fabricating the entire thing.

The felony charge emerged on the same day detectives and the two brothers testified before a grand jury. Smollett’s attorneys met with prosecutors and police, but it was unknown what they discussed or whether Smollett attended the meeting.

In a statement, attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said Smollett “enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.”

The announcement of the charges followed a flurry of activity in recent days, including lengthy police interviews of the brothers, a search of their home and their release after officers cleared them.

Investigators have not said what the brothers told detectives or what evidence detectives collected. But it became increasingly clear that serious questions had arisen about Smollett’s account — something police signaled Friday when they announced a “significant shift in the trajectory” of the probe after the brothers were freed.

Smollett, who plays a gay character on the hit Fox television show “Empire,” said he was attacked Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a downtown Subway sandwich shop. He said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled “This is MAGA country” — an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” — before fleeing.

Earlier Wednesday, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television issued a statement saying Smollett “continues to be a consummate professional on set” and that his character is not being written off the show. The series is shot in Chicago and follows a black family as they navigate the ups and downs of the recording industry.

The studio’s statement followed reports that Smollett’s role was being slashed amid the police investigation.

After reviewing hundreds of hours of video, detectives did find and release images of two people they said they wanted to question and last week picked up the brothers at O’Hare International Airport as they returned from Nigeria. Police questioned the men and searched their apartment.

The brothers, who were identified by their attorney as Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, were held for nearly 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett.

The day after they were released, police said the men provided information that had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” and detectives requested another interviewwith Smollett.

Police said one of the men had worked on “Empire,” and Smollett’s attorneys said one of the men is the actor’s personal trainer, whom he hired to help get him physically ready for a music video. The actor released his debut album, “Sum of My Music,” last year.

Smollett was charged by prosecutors, not the grand jury. The police spokesman said the brothers appeared before the panel to “lock in their testimony.”

Speaking outside the courthouse where the grand jury met, the brothers’ attorney said the two men testified for about two and a half hours.

“There was a point where this story needed to be told, and they manned up and they said we’re going to correct this,” Gloria Schmidt said.

She said her clients did not care about a plea deal or immunity. “You don’t need immunity when you have the truth,” she said.

She also said her clients received money from Smollett, but she did not elaborate.

Smollett has been active in LBGTQ issues, and initial reports of the assault drew outrage and support for him on social media, including from Sen. Kamala Harris of California and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Referring to a published account of the attack, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that “it doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.”

But several hours after Smollett was declared a suspect and the charges announced, there was little reaction from celebrities online.

Former Cook County prosecutor Andrew Weisberg said judges rarely throw defendants in prison for making false reports, opting instead to place them on probation, particularly if they have no prior criminal record.

Smollett has a record — one that concerns giving false information to police when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to records, he was also charged with false impersonation and driving without a license. He later pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and took an alcohol education and treatment program.

Another prospective problem is the bill someone might receive after falsely reporting a crime that prompted a nearly monthlong investigation, including the collection and review of hundreds of hours of surveillance video.

The size of the tab is anyone’s guess, but given how much time the police have invested, the cost could be huge.

Weisberg recently represented a client who was charged with making a false report after surveillance video discredited her account of being robbed by three men at O’Hare Airport.

For an investigation that took a single day, his client had to split restitution of $8,400, Weisberg said. In Smollett’s case, “I can imagine that this would be easily into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

[Author: Summer Concepcion]

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More Bad News For Harris: His Lawyers Are Accused Of Burying Damaging Docs Before Mark Harris even took the stand Thursday in a hearing to determine the way forward in the disputed North Carolina 9th District House election, the Republican candidate’s campaign lawyers were accused of trying to bury damaging documents about his interest in a controversial political operative.

Mark Harris’ son, John Harris, testified Wednesday and essentially provided a paper trail showing that he warned his father about the unsavory and potentially illegal tactics of political operative McCrae Dowless, and that his father hired him anyway.

Things got even worse for the Republican candidate Thursday morning, as it came to light that attorneys representing his campaign committee presented damning documents to the courtroom a mere 15 minutes before John Harris took the stand Wednesday, creating at least the impression that they intended to bury the information until testimony forced them to produce it.

Josh Lawson, the attorney for the Board of Elections, told the courtroom about the documents Thursday morning, wanting to draw attention to and distribute copies of the records while there was time to take a recess so all the attorneys could review the information and it could be entered into evidence. On Wednesday, time was limited due to the impending (and ultimately critical) testimony of John Harris.

The documents included an email from Mark Harris to a local judge in which Harris inquires about connecting with “key people” who could help him win the 9th District race, including “the guy whose absentee ballot project for Johnson could have put me in the US House this term.”

One of the documents is a message from Mark Harris to Judge Marion Warren, who is known to be one of the people to vouch for McCrae Dowless.

Harris wrote to Warren about McCrae “The guy whose absentee ballot project for Johnson could have put me in the US House this term.” #NC09

— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) February 21, 2019

For context: Dowless seems to have tampered with absentee ballots during the 2016 Republican primary, rigging it for candidate Todd Johnson in one county.

John Branch, the attorney for the Mark Harris campaign, called the omission his own oversight. “I’m up here to own that,” he said.

Mark Elias, the attorney for Democratic candidate Dan McCready, was hopping mad and requested an adverse inference over the “explosive” documents. He also said he’d want to re-call witnesses and expand the witness list to take the new information into account.

Elias also found out that Harris’ campaign manager’s records, along with those of other campaign operatives, were not mined and wants those people subpoenaed.

[Author: Kate Riga]

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CNN Vows To DNC That Sarah Isgur Won’t Participate In Primary Debates The Democratic National Committee extracted a promise from CNN that Sarah Isgur, the network’s new hire who previously worked as Jeff Sessions’ primary spokeswoman, would not work on Democratic primary debates in any way, The Daily Beast reported.

DNC officials were perplexed by the hire, given Isgur’s alleged involvement in a right wing conspiracy theory about the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich.

CNN hired Isgur, who has no journalism background, as a political editor who will coordinate coverage of the 2020 campaigns. Journalists both inside and outside CNN were appalled by the hire, citing her lack of experience and political ties.

DNC officials were equally confused by CNN’s decision. One source on the inside said officials were in “disbelief.” A senior aide told The Daily Beast that the talks between CNN and the DNC about how the hire “impacts 2020” coverage are ongoing.

[Author: Kate Riga]

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Illegal Lego builds I'm fascinated by this PDF, by Bram Lambrecht, describing the difference (with examples) between legal and illegal Lego builds. [via MeFi]

In it, Lambrecht describes "the model that forever changed LEGO," an Audi TT that was difficult to put together, required the user to deform components for them to fit, and came with no instructions.

As a direct result of this set, all models now produced by the LEGO Group must go through the Design Department. This ensures that nothing gets released without first being approved by a Model Committee. Sometimes lasting up to 2 or 3 days, this review allows representatives from building instructions, senior designers, engineers and the designer sit down together and build the model. The goal is to maintain an ‘only the best is good enough’ approach to our design process. A final heat test then highlights further weaknesses that must be changed before the set can be launched out onto the market.

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Wisconsin’s Evers argues for order blocking lame-duck law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has joined a coalition of labor unions in asking a judge to suspend a lame-duck law passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature that limits his powers, filing an affidavit calling for an injunction to block the measure. Evers filed the affidavit Tuesday in Madison. He contends in […]]]>
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Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest
MOSCOW (AP) — Building a snowman isn’t always just a way to while away a long winter. For some in Russia and Ukraine, it’s a way to possibly earn some significant money. The YouTube channel SlivkiShow, popular among Russian-speakers with more than 12 million subscribers, launched some serious construction efforts last month by announcing a […]]]>
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Miami Dolphins will have multiple defensive looks according to Graham Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:03:49 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Miami Dolphins Graham Brian Flores Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim Hits And Kills Man On Highway, Police Say Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:02:57 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Jim Boeheim Syracuse Basketball AP interview: Moldova president says country needs Russia
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova’s president says the former Soviet republic needs good relations with Russia, amid uncertainty about the future of the European Union. President Igor Dodon told the Associated Press Thursday that Moldova depends on Moscow for energy, exports and to solve a frozen conflict in its pro-Russian breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester. While […]]]>
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Samsung Partnering With Valve For Galaxy S10 Steam Streaming (Rumor) ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:00:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Samsung San Francisco Steam Valve Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Valve Ex-‘Idol’ contestant to live with parents before drug trial
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” contestant who was arrested last year in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of fentanyl will be allowed to live with her parents in New Jersey while awaiting trial. The Virginian-Pilot reports 32-year-old Antonella Barba will be released Thursday after she’s fitted with […]]]>
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Barcelona struggling in attack entering decisive stretch
MADRID (AP) — Suddenly, scoring has become a problem for Barcelona’s prolific attack. And it’s happening at a bad time, with the team entering the decisive stretch of the season. Luis Suarez is going through a slump, Ousmane Dembele hasn’t proven himself as a starter, and even Lionel Messi has struggled recently. Barcelona has scored […]]]>
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Khloe Kardashian Steps Out After Cheating Scandal, Posts About Betrayal Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:56:55 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Khloe Kardashian Tristan Thompson Duke’s Zion Williamson Got Hurt Playing A Game That’s Rigged Against Him Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:56:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Nba Ncaa Duke Zion Williamson "Conch island" formed by fishermen discarding shells

Posted on YouTube without description, via Reddit, where commenter VikingMart identifies the location as Anegada in the British Virgin Islands.

The local fishermen that dive conch throw away their shells here most of the time. With the amounts that they dive and have dived up, its probably a good idea since having a bunch of conch shells scattered around everywhere could be an eyesore.

These shells aren't as pretty as you probably think they are. Most of of them are defaced. This is because in order to get the conch meat out, fishermen usually make a hole by the "nose" of the shell. This is to reach and loosen the snail muscle (with a screwdriver or knife), and then pull it out. This leaves these conch shells defaced and one would probably have a hard time selling them.

Based on VikingMart's description, I think I found it on Google Maps:

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Netflix Original Content Outscores HBO, Hulu, Amazon on Customer-Satisfaction Survey ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:50:50 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Hbo News Netflix Hulu Amazon Prime Video HBO Hulu Amazon Indians, reliever Clippard agree to terms on minor contract
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians and two-time All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard have agreed to terms on a minor league contract. Clippard, who spent last season with Toronto, will try to earn a spot in Cleveland’s revamped bullpen. The deal is pending the 34-year-old passing medical tests and may not be completed for several […]]]>
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Ronaldo’s opponents triumphant in his return to Madrid
MILAN (AP) — In Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid, it was his opponents that turned out to be triumphant. Juventus not only lost on the field against Atletico Madrid, but the club also took a hit on the Italian Stock Exchange with its share price dropping more than 9 percent on Thursday morning. That same […]]]>
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Jussie Smollett Mugshot Released by Chicago Police ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:48:46 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Chicago Chicago Police Jussie Smollett Smollett Authorities arrest man in 1995 death of Idaho teen
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man in the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in a southern Idaho river more than two decades ago. The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Gilberto Flores Rodriguez, of Burley, was arrested Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the death […]]]>
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Porch thief breaks leg running off with packages

I shalln't call it instant justice but it does serve to remind us that criminality is best performed calmly, like you're supposed to be there, the way the rich do it. Justice was served the proper way: 58 days in jail.

Alicia Treat had pleaded guilty to the thefts in January with alleged accomplice Brian Devere. The maximum prison sentence was 60 days. ... Treat, 37, is homeless, on disability, and has three kids. Devere, 39, has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for identity theft, burglary, and auto theft.

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THC found in food sample from school where students fell ill
ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators say THC has been found in a food sample taken from an Atlanta-area middle school where students were sent to the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Thursday that tests showed THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, was found in one of […]]]>
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27 of 28 firefighters in Maine town quit over safety issues
THORNDIKE, Maine (AP) — Nearly all of a Maine town’s firefighters have quit following a heated meeting with local officials. The Bangor Daily News reports all but one of the 28 members in the volunteer department in Thorndike resigned after the town Select Board meeting Wednesday. The firefighters say in a letter that they are […]]]>
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Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can't Come Back, Trump Says

Hoda Muthana was 20 when she moved to Syria and started posting ISIS propaganda online. She says she has renounced the group and wants to return home, but the Trump Administration refuses to allow it.

(Image credit: Chris O'Meara/AP)

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Former Dolphins TE Charles Clay signs with Cardinals after getting cut by Bills Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:45:22 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Arizona Cardinals Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins Cardinals Charles Clay Stocks head lower, threatening to break a winning streak
U.S. stocks headed lower in early trading Thursday, putting the S&P 500 index on pace for just its fourth decline this month. The losses were widespread, with health care, communications and technology companies accounting for much of the decline. A mixed batch of reports on the U.S. economy helped keep markets in check, and investors […]]]>
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Alesha MacPhail murder: Boy, 16, found guilty Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:44:39 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs UK News Alesha MacPhail Theresa May reaches out to Remainer rebels amid quit rumours Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:44:22 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs UK News Theresa May Justine Greening