Ed Sheeran will guest star on 'Game of Thrones' next season

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 3:52 AM

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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is going to guest star on "Game of Thrones" Season 7.

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Yeah, you read that right. And you can think Maisie Williams for it.

“Game of Thrones” showrunners reportedly made the announcement at a South by Southwest panel Sunday. According to showrunner David Benioff, the series' executives made the call as a special surprise to Williams, who is a big fan of the singer.

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“For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it,” Benioff said during the panel, according to Variety. Variety reportedly reached out to HBO for further details, and a spokesperson confirmed Sheeran would be on the show but simply said, “He has a role. No more details.”

Disney workers ask company to fight for 500 Haitian refugees

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

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Union representatives speaking on behalf of 500 Haitian refugees working as Disney cast members in Central Florida are asking CEO Bob Iger to fight for them to stay in the U.S.

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The group is part of 50,000 refugees from the island nation who are living in the U.S. following the earthquake that ravaged the country in 2010.

President Barack Obama gave the Haitian nationals temporary protected status in the U.S.

That status has been extended several times due to repeated catastrophes like cholera, outbreaks and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The refugees’ protected status is scheduled to expire in July, and in a letter obtained by USA Today, members of President Donald Trump’s administration don’t want to see it extended again.

Disney employees, though, are calling for Iger, who sits on Trump’s Presidential Advisory Board, to fight for his employees and keep them from being deported.

If the protection is not extended, the 50,000 Haitian refugees, including the 500 Disney cast members, would be deported.

Facebook Live video leads to suspect in woman's death

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:46 PM


A Facebook Live video led police to a suspect in the December 2016 death of a woman in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, neighborhood. 

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Isaiah Booker, 23, of Homestead, was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide, criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and persons not to possess a firearm. 

The charges stem from the shooting death of 25-year-old Myanne Redman, who was found Dec. 19 in her car on the 2200 block of Wilner Drive. 

Redmen left behind three young children, including a 1-year-old. Booker is the father of the 1-year-old child, police said. 

Investigators said they identified Booker as a suspect after he posted a Facebook Live video nearly two months after Redman was shot to death. Gunshots can be heard in the video and a police officer is heard yelling "Stop."

Attorney discusses friendship between Hernandez and fellow prisoner

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:03 PM

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The final say about whether or not Aaron Hernandez was in a relationship with a fellow prisoner will come from the prisoner himself. 

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"He does want to tell his story, but based on his situation in the jail, that's not a possibility," said attorney Larry Army. "I'm not at liberty to say one way or another if they were."

Kyle Kennedy, a prisoner at Souza-Baranowski, is currently on suicide watch and segregated and therefore not able to make a statement, said Army. During a news conference Wednesday, Army provided evidence that he says proves the relationship between Kyle Kennedy and Aaron Hernandez. Army says Hernandez and Kennedy were "close friends" and spent time together in prison, even requesting to be cellmates. 

"My understanding is because of the size difference between my client and Aaron Hernandez, that the request was terminated," he said. 

Army also had a blown up copy of a letter he said Hernandez wrote to Kennedy's family.

"They are very personal letters and speak candidly of the close friendship and mutual respect that my client and Mr. Hernandez had for each other," said Army. 

Army said that Hernandez had mentioned suicide in a letter to Kennedy about three weeks prior to his death, but Kennedy thought it was a joke. Hernandez wrote, "I think I'm going to hang it up," said Army. 

"Now that has a different meaning," said Army. 

He also said that Hernandez promised an approximately $50,000 watch to Kennedy upon his release in 2018, but they haven't heard about whether or not that will happen due to Hernandez's suicide. They also haven't been able to see the suicide note Hernandez left. Army says based on the information they have, the suicide notes weren't addressed to anyone. 

"My client believes that based upon the closeness of his relationship with Aaron Hernandez, there's nobody else he would have written a third letter to," said Army. 

They knew each other prior to their time in Souza-Baranowski prison, said Army, but didn't go into further details. 

On Tuesday, Hernandez’s attorney said rumors the deceased NFL star wrote letters to a gay lover are “unequivocally” false.

58-acre estate formerly owned by Tyler Perry is eyesore for some

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 10:24 PM

58-acre land is on Old Alabama Road near the Chattahoochee River.

Some neighbors in Johns Creek, Georgia say they are concerned about a piece of land formerly owned by famed media mogul Tyler Perry.

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The 58 acres of land are on Old Alabama Road near the Chattahoochee River.

Most of what made the property incredibly special has been scraped clean.

Neighbors want Johns Creek city leaders to buy the property and turn it into something beautiful in North Fulton County.

The estate once held Perry’s mansion with sprawling gardens along the river, but he sold the land to a property developer who cleared the site for future real estate development.

The subdivision got no takers, and so now it’s back on the market and is virtually not being taken care of.

Irene Sanders lives in an adjacent subdivision. “They’ve turned into bad neighbors,” said Sanders. “It’s turning into an eyesore.”

Sanders showed WSB-TV the overgrown grass, abandoned spec homes and a leak from the pond into a stream that feeds the river.

While Sanders says she’d like to see the city buy the land and repurpose it, Major Mike Bodker said the city has attempted to buy the property about half a dozen times, both from the original owner and from Tyler Perry.

Bodker said both sellers wanted too much.

"We still have a fiscal responsibility to the citizens of Johns Creek. We simply can't bail out a bad deal just because people want us to,” said Bodker.