Cher donates thousands of water bottles to Flint, Michigan

Published: Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Monday, January 18, 2016 @ 7:59 PM

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Hundreds of thousands of bottles of clean water are being trucked to Flint, Michigan, after toxic lead poisoned the town’s water supply, sickening residents.

Pop icon Cher is partnering with the water company Icelandic Glacial to make it happen. The water is expected to reach the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan by Wednesday.

In a statement, Icelandic Glacial says it will got directly to community centers, food banks and fire houses focusing on low-income housing areas.

Cher is picking up the majority of the cost. President Barack Obama has declared a federal emergency in the city.

Comedian Leslie Jones tweets The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles is racist

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:21 PM

Leslie Jones told her Twitter followers not to stay at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles after accusing the hotel of racism.
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Leslie Jones isn’t happy with the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, according to her Twitter feed.

After hosting the BET Awards Sunday, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian checked into the luxury hotel franchise but was not happy with the service and said so in a tweet to her 600,000 followers Monday.

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“Wow was such a great night at the BET awards. But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!” she tweeted.

Jones did not specify what made her stay an unhappy one, but the hotel brand responded to the tweet, writing, “We’re very sorry to hear this. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to all. Please DM us & we’ll look into this right away.”

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to the hotel for comment and received the following statement: 

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of The Ritz-Carlton culture and operations. We remain committed to providing an environment where all feel welcome. While we do not comment publicly about individual guests, we take every guest concern seriously and work quickly to resolve issues.”

E! News reported that it is not clear if the issue has been privately resolved.

Trump sounds off after 3 CNN employees resign over retracted Russia story

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday to sound off after three employees on CNN’s new investigative unit resigned Monday over a retracted online story regarding the Senate’s Russia investigation.

"Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign," he wrote. "What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!"

He added later: “Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!”

He continued: “So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!”

Thomas Frank, a veteran reporter who wrote the story; his editor, Eric Lichtblau, who recently came from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, the man who oversaw the CNN Investigates unit and has worked at CNN since 2001, chose to depart Monday. Frank and Lichtblau worked out of the CNN D.C. bureau; Haris was based in New York.

A spokesman for CNN said: “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication.”

The story, which linked Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager close to Trump, to a Russian investment fund allegedly being investigated by a Senate intelligence committee, did not go through the proper fact-checking process, CNN said. The retracted story cited a single anonymous source.

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“The story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” one of the people briefed on the investigation told CNN media writer Brian Stelter.

As The Washington Post noted, this mistake provided right-wing media fodder that feeds into the perception that CNN is improperly going after Trump. Breitbart dubbed the news “Very Fake News” in a headline.

In the past couple of years, CNN has been aggressively beefing up its investigative forces.

“CNN needs to be an organization that breaks news, not just an organization that covers breaking news or talks about breaking news on television,” Andrew Morse, the executive vice president of editorial for CNN/U.S. and general manager of CNN digital worldwide, told NPR in January. “There’s no better way to do that than to invest in investigative reporting.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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‘Little People Big World’s’ Zach Roloff introduces new baby to soccer

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 4:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

'Little People, Big World’ stars Zach and Tori Roloff took their new baby to his first soccer game. Zach is a big soccer fan and even teaches children the game.
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Reality TV stars Zach and Tori Roloff of “Little People, Big World” fame, took their new baby to his first soccer game this week.

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The couple documented much of the family outing for fans on Instagram as they took in a Portland Timbers game. Zach has a serious passion for soccer and has been a youth soccer coach for more than 10 years.

Baby Jackson Roloff was pictured in Zach’s arms wearing sound-blocking headphones and looking up at his dad, who was beaming with pride.
“Ah the way Baby J already looks at his daddy. I choose to think this is a smile. Not just gas. #zandtpartyofthree,” Tori wrote.

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Over the weekend, the new mom soaked up some sun with her baby, but it looked like it lulled Jackson right to sleep.

“I was apparently boring baby J at our pool day today. #zandtpartyofthree,” she captioned the sweet shot.

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Serena Williams fires back at McEnroe for snarky ‘No. 700’ comment

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

Tennis pro Serena Williams responded to former tennis great John McEnroe’s comments to NPR about how she would rank if she played against men.
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Tennis great Serena Williams fired back after former tennis star John McEnroe said Williams would rank "like No. 700 in the world" if she played on the men’s circuit.

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In an interview with NPR on Sunday, McEnroe said Williams is the greatest female player in history, but she wouldn’t be one of the greatest ever.

Williams disagreed.

“Dear John,” Williams wrote in a statement on Twitter on Monday. “I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ no do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”

Even though his comments came off as an insult, McEnroe did not apologize for his comments on CBS This Morning on Tuesday.

“I don't want anything to go wrong with Serena because she's pregnant,” McEnroe said on CBS This Morning. “I don't want to upset her or whatever it was. I think she was doing it tongue-in-cheek as well, and I think that deep down we're talking about something, I can't even believe we're talking about it.”

McEnroe, 58, won seven Grand Slam titles during his career while Williams has, so far, won 23.

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Williams, who is more than seven months pregnant with her first child, is also making news for her nude photo shoot for Vanity Fair’s August cover. 

Wearing little more than a hip chain and nude underwear,  according to Eonline, Williams, 35, showed off her baby bump in a photo strikingly similar to actress Demi Moore’s 1991 nude cover shot for “Vanity Fair.” 

Both photos were shot by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Williams is engaged to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, the baby’s father, and said in the magazine interview that she had been caught off guard by her pregnancy.

The couple is planning to tie the knot sometime this fall.