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Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 2:53 AM
HOOVER, Ala. — The attorney and campaign chair for Roy Moore gave a 10-minute press conference Wednesday in which they challenged the authenticity of Moore’s signature in the yearbook that backs up Beverly Young Nelson’s allegations against Moore.
Speaking from Alabama Republican Party headquarters in Hoover, Alabama, attorney Phillip L. Jauregui cited a handwriting expert retained by the campaign as he insisted that the signature inside Nelson’s yearbook was false.
“Look at the sevens,” he said, referring to two sets of the numbers in the note written to Nelson, which said, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House.”
She goes on to say that Moore signed the book, in this image from the New York Times story with her statement: pic.twitter.com/VjRFlj7qrB— WilliamThornton (@billineastala) November 14, 2017
Jauregui and campaign chair Bill Armistead argued that Moore’s signature had actually been forged from court documents. They said Moore’s onetime assistant signed court documents with Moore’s name and her own initials — “D.A.” — to indicate that she’d done it.
At the time that Moore is alleged to have sexually assaulted Nelson, Moore was an assistant district attorney of Etowah County, although Nelson says he identified himself as “the district attorney” to her the night of the alleged incident, the Daily Beast reported.
“I am the district attorney of Etowah County,” Nelson said he told her. “If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.”
Moore also presided over Nelson’s 1999 divorce proceedings, said Jauregui. They say that contradicts her claim that she had neither seen nor had any contact with Moore after the alleged assault.
Moore’s lawyer added that he had never seen Moore “act remotely inappropriate” toward any women.
Moore campaign lawyer: not one time have I seen him act remotely inappropriate towards any women. Says he's seen Moore with thousands of women pic.twitter.com/ww50U0qxiO— Howard Koplowitz (@HowardKoplowitz) November 15, 2017
A number of prominent Republicans have parted ways with Moore since the allegations began to surface, including Vice President Mike Pence. Neither Jauregui nor Armistead took questions from reporters before retreating back inside Alabama GOP headquarters.
Moore, who was rumored to have been banned from a mall, according to a New Yorker piece, on Wednesday tweeted that he represented “everything the Washington Elite hate,” claiming the “Washington Elite” will “do whatever it takes to stop us.”
We believe in God, the Constitution, the Sanctity of Life and the Sanctity of Marriage.— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 15, 2017
We are everything the Washington Elite hate.
They will do whatever it takes to stop us.
We will not quit. #ALSen
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 10:49 PM
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday.
As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners. About 100 donors were expected Saturday night, with their contributions going to the RNC and Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Eric and Lara Trump and McDaniel also spoke to about 100 local Republican activists in West Palm Beach on Saturday morning, urging them to work to preserve the GOP’s imperiled majorities in the House and Senate.
“We’re very, very lucky that we have majorities in the House and Senate. I mean, we’re very, very, very lucky. But let’s not take that for granted as a party because honestly, 2018 will be as important as ever,” Eric Trump told the Republican group at the West Palm Beach Marriott. “His great work is hugely, hugely impeded if we lose that and I’m going to fight every single day between now and those elections to make sure that those majorities are stronger than ever.”
President Trump had planned to visit Mar-a-Lago on Friday for the 12th time since taking office. But he remained in Washington as congressional Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a spending agreement to keep the government running past midnight.
After Friday’s cancellation, the White House left open the possibility of a Trump trip to Palm Beach on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory for an arrival after 2 p.m. Saturday, but rescinded it by mid-afternoon. The latest FAA notification indicated no presidential travel planned to Palm Beach County this weekend.
“No plans to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an email Saturday morning.
Brian Ballard, the Tallahassee lobbyist who was Florida finance chairman for Trump’s 2016 campaign, came to Palm Beach for Saturday’s event and said he understood the president’s choice to remain in Washington.
“I think it was the right decision. I haven’t talked to anyone that’s down here for the event that doesn’t agree,” Ballard said. “We’ll celebrate the one-year anniversary sometime soon.”
Trump supporters, who regularly gather near Southern Boulevard and Flagler Drive to cheer the president’s motorcade as it passes, showed up in Trump’s absence, numbering about 25 at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s the one-year anniversary of President Trump and the mainstream media is ignoring all of his accomplishments. All they want to talk about is the government shutdown over DACA and illegal immigration,” said Lamarre Notargiacomo of Vero Beach, who held an “Eliminate Sanctuary Cities” sign.
Most Senate Democrats voted against a spending bill to keep the government running for four weeks because the legislation did not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields from deportation about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors by their parents.
Another group of Trump supporters gathered a few blocks away near the garishly decorated “Trumpmobile” and other vehicles adorned with pro-Trump messages. That group left for Palm Beach to drive by an anti-Trump demonstration that police said drew 600 to 700 protesters.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
LAS VEGAS — John Coleman, who helped found and develop The Weather Channel, died Saturday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 83.
Coleman, a longtime weatherman, innovated the position when he started at Good Morning America, according to the Washington Post.
Coleman started The Weather Channel in 1981 with Joseph D’Aleo. Coleman left the network and continued forecasting on stations in New York and Chicago. He last worked in San Diego until he retired in 2014, according to the Washington Post.
We are deeply saddened to report that longtime KUSI weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, John Coleman has passed away at age 83.— KUSI News (@KUSINews) January 21, 2018
Full story: https://t.co/Yt3dIOSnkz pic.twitter.com/D11tL14pXV
“Thirty five years ago John Coleman and others founded The Weather Channel to answer a demand for around-the-clock weather information,” the network said in a statement. “We will forever appreciate his vision that we continue to this day as the demand for severe weather coverage and hyper-local forecasting is at an all-time high.”
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:29 AM
NORVELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Adam and Eva were not acting normally.
The labradoodles were pacing like they urgently needed to go out at 4:30 a.m.
"(Adam) never tugged on my clothes before, so I was a cautious about letting them out because I didn't know if there was anything out there," Lonnie Chester told MLive.com.
In the snow and darkness, the dogs found a woman in her late 80s, wearing only a nightgown, who had fallen and was struggling in the frigid cold.
"She looked up at me and said, 'I'm so cold,'" Chester said. "I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified."
When they found the woman on Jan. 13 it was 9 degrees that morning. They called 911, and personnel came to the scene and treated the woman.
Family, who had been looking for the woman, came to the Chester’s house as rescue crews were there and asked if they had seen the woman.
Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 11:09 PM
HARTVILLE, Ohio — Roberta Snider and her husband left their Ohio home to visit Graceland, but she never returned.
Her husband, Philip Snider, told police Roberta Snider, 69, died of natural causes in a hotel parking lot across the street from Elvis Presley’s estate the day they arrived, and then she was taken by an ambulance to a hospital.
However there is no record of her body in Tennessee, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
“At first blush, what happened seemed reasonable,” Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea told the Akron Beacon Journal.
Now investigators are tasked with retracing their 725-mile route to find answers.
“I think (Philip’s) recollection may be suspect,” Dordea said. “It’s a traumatic time for him, a lot of emotional pain. I’m not ready to clearly support any kind of thesis on this now. We have to painstakingly, methodically sift through the evidence.”
Philip Snider, 72, and Roberta Snider, known as Bobby, told their children they were going to the Memphis attraction one last time before she died. They left Jan. 4 and arrived two days later to the parking lot of a Days Inn hotel where Bobby had a medical emergency and died, Philip Snider said.
He found an ambulance parked nearby and rescue workers told Philip they were taking his wife to a Memphis hospital.
Philip did not know the name of the ambulance company or the hospital. He stayed the night then returned to Ohio.
Authorities have searched their condo and investigators are tracking down surveillance video that could have captured footage of the couple during their drive, according to the Canton Repository.
“Whether this is a crime or not, we want to find Mrs. Snider and get her back to family so she can be laid to rest in proper manner,” Dordea said.