NYC teacher accused of sending nude photos, videos to teen girl

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 2:19 AM

NYC Teacher Allegedly Sent Nude Photos, Videos to Former Student

A New York City teacher was arrested and accused of sending naked photographs of himself to a teen girl who was a former student — and asking her to do the same, The New York Daily News reported.

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Michael Cognato, 35, who worked at Intermediate School 93 in Queens, allegedly began sending the girl naked pictures of himself over the summer, the News reported.

The girl had been an eighth-grade student in Cognato’s class. Following her graduation, Cognato tutored her and communicated with her via Skype and Facebook messaging, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

During the summer, prosecutors allege, Cognato began sending indecent pictures and videos of himself to the girl and convinced her to send nude photos of herself.

Cognato, of Bethpage, New York, was charged with using a child in a sexual performance, promoting a sexual performance by a child, and acting in a manner injurious to a child after the teen’s mother contacted the police, the News reported.

Education Department officials said Cognato began working as a teacher at IS 93 in 2001, and has no disciplinary history.

Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman said that the alleged actions “are deeply disturbing and have absolutely no place in our schools.”

According to Brown, Cognato sent the girl at least 15 videos of himself masturbating between August and October, and that she sent a similar number of videos of herself to the teacher, the News reported.

“This case should serve as a clear and unmistakable warning that law enforcement is prepared to apprehend and prosecute sexual predators,” Brown said.

Trump denies telling widow of fallen soldier that her husband 'knew what he signed up for'

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

Reports: President Trump to Widow of Fallen Soldier, He Knew "What He Signed Up For"

UPDATE, 7:38 a.m. ET Wednesday: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to deny reports that he told a fallen soldier’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” Trump tweeted.

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The tweet was referring to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who said she heard Trump say the words when he offered his condolences to Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson.

Wilson stood by her remarks. 

"I don't know what kind of proof he's talking about. I'm not the only person that was in the car," Wilson told CNN. "I have proof, too. This man is a sick man and he feels no pity for no one."

ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump reportedly told the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for...” in a call Tuesday afternoon according to WPLG.

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Johnson’s body, one of the four Army servicemen killed in action in Niger on Oct. 4, returned to the United States Tuesday. The flight bearing Johnson’s remains landed at Miami International Airport, according to WPLG.

The plane was met by Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child. Also present was an honor guard and local politicians.

Trump called Johnson to offer his condolences, telling her that her fallen husband “knew what he signed up for,” adding that “when it happens it hurts anyway,” a congresswoman who said she was present for the call said.

That response is generating some controversy, with some saying the president was unnecessarily callous and blunt. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said she heard the call with Trump and couldn’t believe her ears.

“It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it,” she said.

Also killed in action on Oct. 4 were Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and four soldiers from Niger, according to the New York Daily News. Two other Americans were wounded.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Homeowner creates amazing Halloween light show, synced with ‘Feel It Still’

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

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For seven years, Brandon Bullis has combined light and music for an amazing Halloween display and this year is no exception.

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Bullis uses 16,000 lights and computer animation to create “Edwards Landing Lights” almost every night for the Halloween season. This year the show features “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man.

The show goes dark one night, Halloween itself, WRC reported.

The show is a hobby of Bullis’s, but it also serves a purpose. He collects donations for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

And you’d think the nightly lights would cost Bullis a lot when it comes to the electric bill. You’d be wrong. It adds about $25 to $35 to the power bill because he uses energy-efficient LEDs.

Bullis went viral back in 2013 with his light show that danced to Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say).” That show had more than 8 million views on YouTube.

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Two U.S. Navy sailors found dead at same Georgia home days apart

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Two U.S. Navy Sailors Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdoses at Same Ga. Home Days Apart

Kingsland, Georgia, police are investigating after two U.S. Navy sailors were found dead days apart at a Kings Bay home.

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Officials say Brian Jarrell, 25, was reported missing by his family after he disappeared during a trip to Orlando.

His wife told investigators the family was at Disney World on Wednesday for Jarrell's daughter's birthday when he said he wasn't feeling well and left the park.

Jerrell’s wife filed a missing person report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office when she got back to the hotel and couldn't find him.

Jarrell's shipmates began searching for him in Camden County. They found his car outside a friend's home on Spinnaker Circle on Thursday.

They asked their friend Ty Bell if they could look for Jarrell inside the house.

They found Jarrell face down in the back bedroom. He was unconscious and cold to the touch.

Officials arrived at the residence and Jarrell was pronounced dead. He had no known medical issues, according to officials.

Police were called to the home on Spinnaker Circle again Monday after someone reported seeing a person lying inside unresponsive.

Police spoke with a U.S. Navy chief, who said he sent two sailors to their shipmate's house after he didn't report for duty.

Police found Bell lying on his back on the couch, unresponsive, with a white foamy substance coming from his nose.

He did not appear to be breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not released a cause of death for either sailor.

Both were stationed at Kings Bay Submarine Base.

Kevin Smith pledges to give proceeds to ‘Women in Film’

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:41 AM

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Kevin Smith, who is known for his films “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma,” has pledged to donate any future money made on his films that were produced and distributed by Miramax to ‘Women in Film,’ Fox News reported.

Smith made the declaration after fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and allegations of sexual harassment by the movie mogul and founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company.

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Smith made the announcement during the latest podcast episode of “Hollywood Babble-On” in a profanity-filled statement. The comments come in at about 85 minutes of the more than two-hour podcast.

All future residuals from his movies that came out under the Miramax banner will be donated to “Women in Film,” a group that pushes for gender equality in show business.

When the news broke of Weinstein sexually abusing female stars and staffers, the filmmaker took to Twitter to say he was ashamed, Deadline reported.

If The Weinstein Company folds after the fallout from the allegations, Smith pledged to donate $2,000 to the advocacy group every month for the rest of his life, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Weinstein was fired from his company on Oct. 8, Entertainment Weekly reported.

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