Man plants 2,000 tulips to celebrate 45 wedding anniversary

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 9:54 AM



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An Ohio man honored his wedding anniversary with his wife in a special way. 

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Dennis Orr, 69, planted 2,000 tulips in shades of red, pink and yellow to celebrate his 45th anniversary with his wife, Lucille Orr, WKBN reported.

Orr’s garden is in North Jackson, Ohio.

Residents said they look forward to driving by the garden on their daily commute and described the gesture as thoughtful, beautiful and romantic.

“My hubby better get busy,” one Facebook commenter wrote. 

Conspiracy-theory website InfoWars gets White House press pass

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

Alex Jones arrives for a child custody hearing at the Travis County, Texas, Courthouse in March 2017.
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The website owned by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, InfoWars, received a press credential to cover the White House, its man in Washington tweeted Monday.

The pass was apparently a temporary, one-day pass but that did little to tamp down the outrage.

It’s the latest entrée into the mainstream for Jones, a man who turned a show on an Austin, Texas, public access channel into a conspiracy theory-pumping media empire, funded by hawking survivalists products — and who has come under increasing scrutiny as his fame has grown. 

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Jones shot to national prominence after declaring the 2012 shooting deaths of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a government hoax designed to take away gun rights. Connecticut’s U.S. senator, Chris Murphy, took to Twitter to blast InfoWars getting the press credential. 

Beyond the Sandy Hook conspiracy, Jones recently retracted two conspiracy theories he peddled under threat of legal action: One claimed that the basement of a local Washington, D.C., pizza joint served as the nerve-center of a child abuse ring allegedly linked to Hillary Clinton. (For starters, the building has no basement.) The other claimed that Idaho yogurt company Chobani was caught “importing migrant rapists.”

Those retractions came as Jones fought to retain sole custody of his children in a Travis County family court, where his attorneys argued that his show persona was just an act. (Jones’ ex-wife would go on to win joint custody.)

Meanwhile, Jones’ man in Washington, Jerome Corsi has a long and controversial track record as well. In 2011, he authored “Where’s The Birth Certificate?" which was published three weeks after President Barack Obama released his birth certificate to combat the conspiracy theory he was not born in the United States.

That theory was promoted by Jones and made famous by now-President Donald Trump.

Years earlier, in 2004, Corsi was a central figure in the “Swift Boat” attacks on then-Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts that included co-authoring a book questioning Kerry’s war record.

Infowars' Alex Jones apologizes for spreading fake 'Pizzagate' story

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 2:23 AM

In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, the front door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria for spreading the fake story last year that linked the restaurant to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and human trafficking.

Jones, as the Austin, Texas-based host of Infowars.com, has a long history of pushing wild and false conspiracy theories, such as claiming that the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks or the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax.

But in a rare backtracking mea culpa, Jones apologized for his role in promoting the baseless “Pizzagate” story that went viral among right-wing bloggers and media sites during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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The gist of the fake story accused Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, of running a child sex abuse ring through the Comet Ping Pong restaurant owned by James Alefantis. Podesta’s comments about the pizzeria — made in Democratic Party emails exposed by WikiLeaks — became fodder for fake news web portals as well as popular user-generated content sites like Reddit and 4chan.

Jones, in a statement he read aloud for his online audience, tried to put some distance between himself and the fake story and blamed “scores of media outlets,” “third-party accounts of alleged activities” and “accounts of (Infowars) reporters who are no longer with us” for the “incorrect narrative” he discussed several times on his program.

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“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones said.

In language that was clearly sculpted by a legal mind hoping to avoid possible litigation, Jones added: “To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis nor his restaurant Comet Ping Pong, were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the theories about Pizzagate.”

For many people, the Pizzagate conspiracy theory became part of the mainstream political discussion only in December, after 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina reportedly brought a gun into a Comet Ping Pong packed with customers, and pointed it at an employee in hopes of finding proof of “Pizzagate.”

Welch surrendered to police when he found no evidence that children were being harbored there, D.C. police said at the time. He pleaded guilty to weapons and assault charges Friday, CNN reported.

Ivanka Trump reportedly differs with President Trump on Syrian refugees

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

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Ivanka Trump is reportedly disagreeing with her father on the plight of Syrian refugees, saying in an interview Tuesday that the United States might need to open its borders to refugees. Her statement is an unusual public shift away from her father’s positions.

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According to The New York Times, her comments caused a “scramble” at the White House to figure out a way to deal with the first daughter’s obvious and outspoken shift from President Donald Trump’s agenda, including the two very controversial executive orders banning refugees and travelers from seven, then six nations, both of which were ultimately shut down by federal judges.

“I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it,” Ms. Trump said during the interview with NBC.

“That has to be part of the discussion. But that’s not going to be enough in and of itself,” she replied after being asked whether or not the borders should be open to more Syrian refugees.

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Ms. Trump has been seen by many as a moderating voice to President Trump behind closed doors, but she has rarely spoken out publicly against her father’s agenda. Her choice to stay publicly silent as her father implements his controversial agenda has opened her up to criticism from those who saw her as a small glimmer of hope in the White House.

“Saturday Night Live” even created a skit where they showed the first daughter hawking a perfume called “Complicit,” which was an obvious dig at her choice not to speak out against her father.

During an interview on CBS, Gayle King asked Trump if she thought she was complicit, to which she responded, “If being complicit is wanting to, is wanting to be a force of good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.”

Her comments on Syrian refugees, which may be seen as a positive from President Trump’s critics, were met with ire from the right, including one of the president’s biggest cheerleaders, “InfoWars” host Alex Jones.

Jones wrote in a blog post Thursday that “we did not elect her” and that “Ivanka Trump’s policies are sounding a lot like Hillary Clinton, and we didn’t want Clinton in the White House.”

Ex-wife of Alex Jones wins joint custody after bitter trial

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

In a stunning verdict, a Travis County jury has awarded Kelly Jones, the ex-wife of Alex Jones, joint conservatorship of their three children with the power to decide where the children will live.

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The three children, age 9, 12 and 14, who have been living almost exclusively with Alex Jones, will now live with Kelly Jones.

Alex Jones will have visitation, but details have yet to be worked out.

Kelly Jones and her lawyers wanted a period of time in which he would have very limited if any access to the children while she starts the new routine and they make a break from what Kelly Jones’ attorneys considered the “parental alienation” of the children from their mother during the time they lived with their father.

The Joneses divorced in 2015 and Jones pays his ex-wife $43,000 a month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.