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Ellen DeGeneres reveals her father has died in tribute on her show

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

Ellen DeGeneres has announced on her talk show that her father has died at age 92.
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Ellen DeGeneres has announced on her talk show that her father has died at age 92.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her daytime talk show Thursday that her father, Elliot DeGeneres, has died at age 92

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“I lost my dad this week,” she said. “He had a good, long life, and he lived his life exactly how he wanted. He was Christian science his entire life. He never had medicine his whole life. Never went to a doctor. I never had a vaccination. We never had medicine growing up, and he lived to be 92.

“He was very proud of me. He loved this show, and he was a kind man, a very accepting man. There was not one bone of judgement in his body,” she said. “He was very funny. I think my brother Vance and I got our sense of humor from him.”

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DeGeneres, 59, said that her father’s death was not unexpected. She went on to say that she and her dad, a former insurance salesman, had a special bond and that he was particularly fond of her work in the entertainment business, especially since their family had taken a trip to tour Warner Bros. studio when she was young.

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“We only took one family vacation. When I was a little girl, we came to this lot, to the Warner Bros. lot, and took the tour and went around. And now I work on the Warner Bros. lot and have my own stage with my name on it, so he was really proud of that,” she said. “Before he passed away, I got to talk to him, so I got to say goodbye to him, and I was leaving the building and I looked back and there was a rainbow over the Warner Bros. studio.”

Elliot DeGeneres is survived by Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show host’s brother Vance and their mother, Betty DeGeneres, who divorced Elliot DeGeneres in 1970.

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Dayton is the setting of new Stephen King novel about ‘the mind of evil’

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

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Based on early reports, the Gem City plays an important role in a Stephen King book that dives “into the mind of evil.”

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The author who dazzled a sold-out Victoria Theatre crowd here in August 2016 makes Dayton a key setting of his new book “The Outsider (Scribner, $30),” according to an article from Rob Merrill of the Associated Press. 

The crime/horror at first centers around Detective Ralph Anderson’s arrest of Little League coach Terry Maitland in Flint City, Okla.

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According to Merrill, there is “a mountain of evidence that he (Maitland) murdered — maybe even ate? — an 11-year-old boy in a town park.”

The coach denies committing the crime, and there is evidence that things are not exactly as they seem. 

He was at a conference during the murder and can even be seen on a videotape. 

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Holly Gibney, a character featured in King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy (“Mr. Mercedes,” ″Finders Keepers and ″End of Watch”) makes her way into what Merrill calls the “real heart” of the book that’s said to travel inside the mind of evil. 

Merrrill writes: 

“She (Gibney) gets called in to check out a lead in Dayton, Ohio, and the stage is set for the rest of the novel — a clash between the Skeptics and the Believers. Holly carries the torch for the latter group, having gained some perspective on the matter thanks to the horrific crimes of Brady Hartsfield in that aforementioned trilogy.”

The cultures of Mexico and Texas also play a vital part of the book, according to a New York Times review.  

Color us intrigued and already terrified. 

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"The Outsider" by Stephen King.

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'The Chew' canceled: ABC kills foodie talk show amid Mario Batali allegations

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:53 AM

Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon are co-hosts on ABC’s “The Chew.”
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Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon are co-hosts on ABC’s “The Chew.”(Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)

ABC’s appetite for afternoon talk show “The Chew” is over after seven years.

Instead, a third hour of “Good Morning America” will air at 1 p.m. starting this fall. 

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“The Chew,” currently hosted by Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon, replaced “All My Children” in 2011. Former co-host chef Mario Batali was fired late last year after several women alleged he sexually harassed them at his New York restaurants. Batali is now under criminal investigation by the New York Police Department.

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The chat/food show’s ratings have fallen sharply this season to its lowest levels since its debut.

New episodes of “The Chew” will continue to air through the summer.

Details on who will host this third hour of “GMA” will be released later.

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T.I. arrest: Petition urges police to drop charges against rapper

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3:55 AM

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Days after T.I. was arrested outside his gated community in Henry County, Georgia, an online petition has surfaced urging police to drop the charges against the Atlanta rapper. 

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On Wednesday, the artist, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, but the Care2 petition is calling on police to drop the charges.

The organizers called the charges “ridiculous” and said T.I. deserves an apology. They also said the security guards involved were “racist.”

“A simple check would have proven who he was and the situation could have resolved there. But instead they decided to involve the police which used the opportunity, not to aid the citizen in need, but support security who were in the wrong,” they wrote on the site

They are asking for 12,000 signatures. As of Saturday afternoon, they had garnered more than 11,700 supporters. 

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Via a live Instagram video, T.I. labeled the arrest “nonsense” and “small potatoes,” adding that God will take care of it. And his attorney, Steve Sadow, said his client “was wrongfully arrested.”

The incident occurred after T.I. arrived at the gate outside his community to find the security guard sleeping. While the guard initially refused to let the rapper in, he eventually admitted him, according to an incident report from Henry County police.

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T.I. then walked from his home back to the guard booth — a distance of more than a half-mile — and began to argue again with the guard, who called police.

He was released from the Henry County Jail about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond.

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T.I. rails against Houston's restaurant after actresses' arrests from bathroom

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:41 AM

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Renewed criticism is emerging for Houston’s restaurant in Atlanta as three actresses say they were wrongfully arrested and attacked at the Peachtree Road restaurant after using the restroom.

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The Atlanta Police Department is investigating whether an off-duty officer working security at the restaurant used excessive force, the agency told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday

Gerald Griggs, an attorney representing the women, said they asked for and were given permission to use the restroom. They were in the process of leaving when the officer escalated the situation, Griggs said.

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The incident is the latest in recent months to lead to accusations of mistreatment of black people at the restaurant chain. The allegations led to calls for a boycott, including from Atlanta rapper T.I., who eventually met with the company and announced that he approved of a plan to address the concerns.

“Absolutely unacceptable behavior!!!!,” he wrote Tuesday on Instagram, renewing his complaints about the chain.

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The restaurant said in a statement that it is cooperating with Atlanta police on the investigation. The statement also said the women were asked multiple times to leave by employees because the restaurant was closed.

Griggs told the AJC that the women’s displeasure is with the restaurant as well as the off-duty officer. 

Brittany Lucio, Asia'h Epperson and Erica Walker, who described themselves as actresses, went to the restaurant on May 13, Mother’s Day, after attending an event nearby. 

What happened next is in dispute.

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The police report, which Griggs believes contains inaccuracies, said they went into the restroom at 10:26 p.m. and twice refused to leave before an employee asked Officer Jose Guzman to intervene. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m.

At 10:39 p.m., Guzman had a female employee open the door in case the women were using the toilet, the report said. He asked them to leave multiple times, but they ignored him.

The officer had a worker open the restaurant’s back door. Guzman said he grabbed Lucio’s wrist and said, “Let’s go,” but she told him not to touch her and still refused to leave.

Walker walked out of the restaurant.

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Guzman said Lucio punched him in the head. Once outside, he held Lucio and Walker to the ground while Epperson filmed with her phone before more police arrived and the women were arrested.

Griggs said the video and his clients’ statements don’t fit with the officer’s report.

First, the attorney emphasized, that despite the stated hours, the restaurant was not closed when the women arrived; it was a “full house.” 

They had been in the restroom 10 minutes or less when staff asked them to leave. The women said they would finish up in the restroom and leave.

“Next thing they know the police officer comes in,” Griggs said.

While the officer complained in the report of small lacerations on his face, Griggs said Lucio and Walker had markings on their bodies to prove they were attacked by the officer. 

The women were each charged with trespassing, and Lucio was also accused of obstruction. 

Griggs said he’s contacted the offices of the district attorney and solicitor to request that the charges be dismissed. He called for the officer to be placed on unpaid leave while the police department investigates the situation.

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The police department said it will review “all aspects” of the incident.

“The Atlanta Police Department is aware of the excessive force accusations made by the arrestees and the Office of Professional Standards has opened an investigation into entire incident for appropriate action and whether proper procedures were followed, the agency said in a statement.

Griggs has been in touch with the legal team at Houston’s in hopes of setting up new meetings to discuss what he said appears to be a “climate” of racial mistreatment at the restaurant.

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