John Legend looking for actors for Trump supporter roles in music video

Published: Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 1:22 PM

Springfield native and Grammy Award winning artist John Legend is apparently gearing up for a music video shoot that will tackle some serious social issues. 

According to TMZ, Legend put out a casting call, courtesy of Casting Networks in Los Angeles, for a music video shoot Sept. 9. The listing asks for several groups of performers, including African American males and females to play Black Lives Matter protestors, Caucasian males, ages 18-35 to fill the role of “white male protestors,” and a Caucasian and Hispanic woman to “show that there is no segregation in love” for a kissing scene.

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What’s gotten the bulk of the attention, is what’s listed as protestors who will play “Trump supporters.” The listing calls for Caucasian men and women, ages 35-65 who are “preferably out of shape.”

Legend has been widely critical of Donald Trump, including a candid, yet scathing interview in the New York Times in February.

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 In the interview, Legend said he doesn’t think Trump has ever read a book, or knows what’s in the Constitution. 

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Mayor Of San Francisco Ed Lee Dead At 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the city's first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly Tuesday morning after a heart attack, officials said in a statement. He was 65.

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Atlanta mayoral election: Bottoms declares victory, Norwood asking for recount

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Photo via WSBTV.com)
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Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Photo via WSBTV.com)(WSBTV.com)

12:27 a.m. EST Wednesday: Mary Norwood says she's asking for a recount as Keisha Lance Bottoms declares a victory in the Atlanta mayor's race.

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With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Bottoms leads by just 759 votes. Bottoms, introduced by Mayor Kasim Reed as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, declared victory as she spoke to her supporters, but Norwood said the race isn't over yet.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Today is the day Atlanta will decide which woman will become its next mayor.

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Polls officially opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood spent Monday at City Hall doing the people’s business, but they also did some campaigning before Tuesday’s election. And with the race coming to an end, some people are now deciding whom they plan to endorse.

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Outside City Hall, more endorsements came in for Bottoms. Prominent attorneys and progressives stood with her.

“I have no doubt in my mind that Ms. Bottoms will surround herself with a team of compassionate and thoughtful people with the political savvy to make this city better,” said assistant professor Maurice Hobson.

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But across town, a civil rights activist said he’s endorsing Mary Norwood.

“Dr. King said it best: 'People want to be judged based on their character, not the color of their skin.' That works not just for white people but for African-Americans,” said the Rev. Markel Hutchins. 

Hutchins said he supports Norwood because of her decades of public service.

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“What Atlanta needs now is not just someone who is desiring of the office of mayor but someone who legitimately wants to serve the public,” Hutchins said.

Both candidates were at Monday’s City Council meeting after the Tuesday’s election, and it will be one of their last; one will become mayor and the other will become a private citizen.

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New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 5:04 PM

The quick and dirty information about the largest invasion in history and the beginning of the end of World War 2.

Congress will allow the transfer of old U.S. Army pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program as a part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. 

The 2016 NDAA allowed the release of 10,000 M1911 .45 caliber pistols to be released via a pilot program, but providions in the bill didn’t mandate the transfer of the guns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The new bill, passed by Congress and expected to pass the Senate, would allow the CMP to sell the pistols to civilians.

The surplus pistols are the largest remaining stock of military World War II-era handguns according to Guns.com, which costs the Army 200,000 to store. Guns.com reports they’ve been out of contract production since 1945.

The 1911 is a historic pistol and one of the most popular models made today. Originally designed for the U.S. Military by Colt, the gun continues to be manufactured in various models by dozens of firearm manufacturers. 

The semi-automatic pistol, which fires a .45 caliber round, because the base Army side arm in 1911 before World War I. It was most famous as the gun used by Sergeant Alvin York in World War I at the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, where York killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 by himself, winning him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Some claim the pistol was carried and used by more Medal of Honor winners than any other U.S. military firearm.

York was portrayed by Gary Cooper in the Oscar winning movie Sgt. York in 1941, which won him Best Actor. 

The guns being sold by the Army and the CMP are expected to be well-worn, but still have considerable worth as a collector’s item, an inexpensive shooting gun. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 17: Attendees try out Sig Sauer 1911 model pistols at the Sig Sauer booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 34th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center January 17, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOT Show is the largest annual gathering of shooting professionals with more than 1,600 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees expected. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Who is Danica Roem? Virginia elects first openly transgender state legislator

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 1:33 AM

What You Need To Know About Danica Roem

Many political contenders earned new titles as the results from Election Day rolled in Tuesday, but one Virginia politician also became a history maker as the first openly transgender woman elected and seated in a U.S. state legislature.

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Democrat Danica Roem, a wife and stepmother of one, beat out 25-year, 13-term incumbent Republican Del. Bob Marshall for the House of Delegates position. 

“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” Roem said Tuesday night as the votes were still being counted. “This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias ... where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”

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This is Roem’s first political position. Want to learn more about her? Here are five things you should know:

Roem’s race with Marshall was contentious.

Marshall helped introduce the controversial “bathroom bill," which would restrict the bathrooms transgender individuals would use. While the legislation did not pass, Marshall continued to voice his opinions about the LGBT community. The self-proclaimed “chief homophobe” refused to debate Roem in person and referred to her using male pronouns. He also produced several ads denouncing Roem’s transgender identity. One read, “Danica Roem In His Own Words,” and another stated, “Danica Roem, born male, has made a campaign issue out of transitioning to female.”

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The Democrat raised more money than her Republican opponent.

The Virginia native raised $500,000, according to The Washington Post. Many of the donations came from LGBT advocates and supporters. While District 13 only has 52,471 registered voters, she reportedly knocked on doors more than 75,000 times. Marshall’s campaign said staffers knocked on voters’ doors about 49,000 times. 

She began her physical transformation about four years ago.

The 33-year-old started her transgender transition in 2013. She began hormone replacement therapy and later changed her name from “Dan” to “Danica."

Roem was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

She graduated from St. Bonaventure University in New York with a degree in journalism. For nine years, she worked for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times as a reporter and editor. During her stint as a journalist, she was awarded by the Virginia Press Association seven times. 

She plays in a metal band in her spare time. 

Roem sings in a metal band called Cab Ride Home. She’s the lead vocalist of the five-member ensemble, and they have performed more than 100 shows, including in the U.K., according to their website