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)
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.

>> Rachel Lindsay makes history as the first black 'Bachelorette'

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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Body cam footage of officer shooting two dogs released

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:10 PM

Video Shows Officer Shooting Homeowner's Two Dogs

Body camera footage was released Thursday of the Minneapolis Police officer who climbed a fence and shot two dogs while he responded to a false alarm.

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The graphic, point-of-view video shows Officer Michael Mays take aim, then fired at Ciroc hitting the dog in the jaw as it slowly walked toward him during the incident July 8. Another dog, Rocko, then runs into the frame and Mays fires twice striking the dog.

“Hey I’m going to sit there and say sorry about this,” Mays tells Courtney Livingston, who lives at the home, in the video. “I don’t like shooting no dogs. I love dogs so it’s unfortunate.”

Both of the staffordshire terriers survived but require extensive surgery. The department has said they will help pay for the vet bills. A GoFundMe to help the family has raised more than $36,000.

“Rocko is physically at 75 percent,” said homeowner Jennifer LeMay, who said the dogs are service animals for her children. “Emotionally and physically he’s not there.”

LeMay hired an attorney who questioned the police response.

“They need to assume responsibility,” LeMay told WCCO. “They need further training.”

Former police Chief Janee Harteau said they department would look into officer training for interacting with dogs.

Ciroc is one of the staffordshire terriers shot by police Saturday. (Photo courtesy Jennifer LeMay)(7Cgb/i8x/7loJJrFl80EViUiuIxKc5FjVF9cO4zXF/m+E+pxqw+xOwO48BTziY7n16aOWJmH24f9Sg8wKQMhqg==)

“I’ve watched the video, and as someone whose family has included dogs most of my life, I can say that it was difficult to watch. This was an outcome that no one wanted. I’ve asked for an Internal Affairs use of force review. We are reaching out to the family to help them with the veterinary care bills to ensure that both dogs are adequately taken care of,” Harteau said in the statement. “To help us prevent similar outcomes in the future, we will be implementing updated mandatory training specifically for officers identifying effective tools and tactical strategies with police and dog encounters.”

Harteau resigned Friday in the wake of another officer-involved shooting. A woman was fatally shot after she called police to reporting a possible sexual assault in an alley behind her home.

Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

About 30 people protested Saturday CNN coverage of President Donald Trump in front of the news outlet's main headquarters in Atlanta. (Photo: Rhonda Cook/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
About 30 people protested Saturday CNN coverage of President Donald Trump in front of the news outlet's main headquarters in Atlanta. (Photo: Rhonda Cook/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

About 30 people gathered outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters Saturday to protest the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump.

“Beware fake news” and “CNN. Criminal News Network” were some of the messages they delivered to people walking nearby and to fellow political conservatives watching the demonstration via live feed on Breitbart.com.

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The protest was the second recently held outside CNN’s headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

This time it was joined by The Media Equality Project, a group started recently by two former talk show hosts who are friends with conservative commentator Sean Hannity.

One of the organizers -- Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Tea Party activist group Main Street Patriots -- said her group was outside CNN a month ago and would be back in August and September.

“We’re going to keep on holding them accountable,” Dooley said. 

She said the demonstration was not necessarily to show support for Trump but to call attention to what they see as “biased” coverage of the president, the investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s elections and Trump’s policies. 

“We’re here to tell CNN no more fake news,” said another organizer, Melanie Morgan of the Media Equality Project. “They have to know people who are here expect fairness in journalism.”

She had a list of people CNN has allegedly wronged, — including former Trump aide Monica Crowley and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.

Also, they cited stories they think were unfair, like tracking down of the Reddit user who created a wrestling GIF that the President retweeted, and the Russian collusion story that CNN retracted and which resulted in some CNN employees resigning. 

CNN spokeswoman Bridget Leininger declined to comment on the protest.

Woman bit by shark off Florida Keys

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:36 PM

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A 40-year-old woman was bit on her foot by a shark in the Florida Keys and airlifted to the hospital Saturday.

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A good Samaritan reported the shark attack around 12:30 p.m. to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to WTVJ.

The woman, who has not been identified, said it was a small shark. She is in the hospital in good condition.

Police break window to rescue dogs from hot car

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:18 PM

File photo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Boston police officers and firefighters broke into a car Thursday evening to save a couple of dogs trapped inside.

Boston 25 was there when police pulled the dogs from the car and put them into a police cruiser.

A woman told us she was out for a run on Columbia Road in South Boston when she saw the dogs inside the car.

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She said she checked the temperature on her phone and it was 87 degrees outside.

She ran to get police, and officers broke in and took the dogs.

The woman was talking to our crew when the dog's owner returned about two hours after the dogs were found. The man said to us, "There is no problem. What's the problem?"

Alan Borgel, of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, said he often gets a similar reaction.

"People never think they did anything wrong," he said. 

If you see an animal locked in a car, call police. Borgel said people should not break the window or open doors because the laws have changed. 

Owners could be charged with a felony and get jail time for keeping an animal in a hot car.

The owner from Thursday evening was cited for violating the state's tethering law and not vaccinating one of his dogs. He was fined $200. He was given his dogs back, which are in good condition. 

When we checked the temperature inside a car Friday, a heat gun showed 152 degrees Fahrenheit on the dashboard and 91 in the seats.