Was the first black 'Bachelorette' disrespected on the 'Bachelor' finale?

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 2:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

            THE BACHELOR – “Episode 2111 – The Women Tell All” – Tempers flare and there are plenty of fireworks, as 19 of the most memorable women this season are back to confront Nick and tell their side of the story. (ABC/Michael Yada)

Imagine you’re the last of a large family to get married, and everyone at your sister’s wedding is excited about your upcoming one, which is sure to be as lavish and over-the-top as everyone else’s. So in between “The Electric Slide’ and “The Cupid Shuffle,” your dad grabs the mic and says “Surprise! Your dream wedding starts NOW!”

All of a sudden they’re slapping a fake veil on your head, and you’re still wearing the bridesmaid’s dress from your sister’s shindig. They’ve even propped you up against a cardboard cutout of the Mexican resort you wanted to go to and expect you to be excited about it. And even though you smile and wave and hug Grandma, all the while you’re thinking “Daggone! Can’t a girl get her own thing?”

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This, more or less, is the fate that befell Rachel Lindsay, who was recently named the first black lead in ABC’s “The Bachelor/The Bachelorette” franchise.

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On Monday night’s season finale of “The Bachelor,” Nick Viall proposed to the woman of his choice, and Lindsay was greeted with enthusiastic applause and a lot of questions from host Chris Harrison about how excited she is to start her season. And then Harrison announced a surprise, one he’d been promising all evening -- Rachel’s season was about to start now. That moment. In a studio, tacked on to the engagement of the dude who dumped her.


And just like that, Lindsay was meeting four of her future suitors, driven onto the set in a limo, literally against a backdrop of the Bachelor mansion. A backdrop, y’all, like the fake Old West saloons you get goofy photos taken in front of at the fair. She didn’t even get the fancy dress or the silly, melodramatic voiceovers where that year’s Bachelor or Bachelorette looks soulfully into the ocean and talks about their hopes and dreams. She got no preparation to meet a group that, Harrison breathlessly reminded her, could include her future husband, like a white guy who actually told a “Once you go black, you never go back” joke. This should have immediately gotten him run over with the limo.

Did I mention the dude who dumped her was still in the building? It was cute and all, and she handled it like a champ, but I swear I saw in Lindsay’s eyes the slightest hint of “I don’t even get a real building?”

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15-year-old girl had sex with multiple partners in high school bathroom, police say

Published: Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 8:25 PM
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 8:25 PM

A shocking incident occurred in a Fort Myers, Florida, bathroom after school hours Tuesday.

A 15-year-old girl is believed to have had sex with multiple male students at  South Fort Myers High School.

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News-Press.com reported that the school principal, Melissa Layner, reported the incident the next morning to Jarrod Cantrell, the school police deputy who works with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a police report, 25 male students were seen on hallway surveillance video  entering and exiting the bathroom.

"A bunch of football players went into a room with a girl and had sex with her, and a bunch of the football players were suspended," student Alex Bailey told WBBH about what she heard. "So we might not have a football team this year."

Layner spoke with the girl, who "confirmed that she had sex with a number of willing males," according to the police report.

Detectives took sworn statements from some of the male students involved and a student's cellphone, with parents' permission.

Layner sent a message to parents Friday saying that discipline was "dealt quickly."

A police spokesperson for Lee County told People charges were unlikely.

Several students at South Fort Myers High School were disciplined for "inappropriate activity" in a girls' bathroom.

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Woman charged after boyfriend accused of raping, killing her 4-year-old son

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:58 AM

Keith Lambing and Kristen Herold-Lambing (Photo via Butler County Prison)

A mother was charged Thursday in connection with the death of her 4-year-old son in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

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MacKenzie Peters was charged with felony child endangerment in connection with Bentley Miller’s death.

Peters' boyfriend, 20-year-old Keith Lambing, is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated indecent assault in connection with the boy's death. 

According to a criminal complaint obtained by WPXI, Miller suffered abuse several days before he died. Police found a burn mark on the boy's hand, which police believe was from an iron. Investigators said Peters knew about the burn, but did not seek medical treatment.

The district attorney said he has no proof that Peters abused the child, but is not ruling out that she knew about past physical injuries. The complaint also said that investigators found drug paraphernalia in the motel room where Peters, Lambing, Miller and Peters' 4-year-old child had been staying.

Lambing’s mother, 43-year-old Kristen Lee Herold, faces charges of child endangerment.

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The district attorney said Lambing had been watching the boy for a few hours at the Super 8 Motel in Butler while Peters was at work. According to court papers, Bentley suffered substantial injuries to his body, including cuts and bruises, and was sexually assaulted.

Investigators said Lambing called his mother, Herold, because the boy was in need of medical attention.

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Police said Herold was taking Bentley to his father's house -- not to a hospital, as initially reported -- when the boy stopped breathing.

Herold pulled into the parking lot of a credit union on Hanson and called 911, stating the boy was bleeding and unresponsive, police said.  

Police said that when the boy was taken by ambulance, Herold allegedly went back to the motel to alert her son and to help him escape. Police later confirmed that the boy died of severe blood loss due to forced sodomy.

Police said they found Herold and Lambing hiding in an attic in a home in Butler on Wednesday.

"It's unthinkable, what happened to this little boy," District Attorney Richard Goldinger said Monday. "We're just going to try to get justice for him and his family.”

221-pound gold coin worth $4.5 million stolen from Berlin museum 

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

This gold coin called 'Big Maple Leaf'  and weighing 221-pounds was on display at the Bode Museum in Berlin until it was stolen early Monday morning. 
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A huge gold coin with an estimated value of $4.5 million was stolen from a museum in Berlin, Germany, early this week.

The giant coin, weighing 221-pounds and more than an inch thick, was taken from the Bode Museum early Monday morning.

It’s called the Big Maple Leaf and was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, the museum said in a statement.

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The monster coin features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other side.

The coin was taken from a bullet-proof glass case that was “violently” smashed to gain access to the coin, officials said.

“We are all shocked that the burglars have overcome our security systems, which have been successfully protecting our objects for many years,” museum director Michael Eissenhauer said.

“We hope the perpetrators will be caught and the precious coin returned undamaged to the Coin Cabinet of the Bode Museum,” Eissenhauer said.

There were other valuable, much smaller coins on display that were not taken.

Police are still trying to figure out how the thieves got it out of the building, although they did find a ladder to a second-floor window behind the building, the museum said.

The coin was in the Guinness Book of World Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity, Reuters reported.

Local Congressman Jordan responds to political threat from President Trump

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

President Donald Trump

Days after conservative Freedom Caucus members including local Reps. Jim Jordan and Warren Davidson stopped President Donald Trump’s health care plan, the president issued a threat to the group.

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“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” Trump posted on Twitter Thursday morning.

Congressman Jordan says “The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington,” Jordan said Thursday morning on Fox News.

“We’re trying to help the president,” Jordan said. 

Jordan says he is not looking to future political challenges in 2018. He says the group fought Trump’s health care plan because “it’s not what we promised we would do.”

Jordan says “we need to take a little bit more time” to get health care right.

Davidson, R-Troy, the newest member of Ohio’s congressional delegation said he is concerned about the tone.

“I am concerned because I think the status quo in politics is to do power politics and blame. I don’t know that when it becomes personalized that people get helpful and problem solving. It tends to harden everyone’s position,” Davidson said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans have to keep working together to find a solution on health care.

“I understand the president’s frustration,” Ryan said at a press conference Thursday.


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