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Ashley Judd accuses Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:58 PM

(Left Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic | Right photo by Tim Boxer/Getty Images)
(Left Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic | Right photo by Tim Boxer/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Hollywood producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein will be suspended from The Weinstein Co. pending an investigation of sex harassment claims, The Associated Press reported Friday. Weinstein had already announced he was taking a leave of absence.

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Weinstein made unwanted sexual advances on actress Ashley Judd decades ago, according to her recent bombshell, on-the-record interview with The New York Times.

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According to Judd, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel 20 years ago for what Judd thought was a professional breakfast meeting. But the Hollywood mogul sent her up to his room instead and when she got there, he was wearing a bathrobe. He offered her a massage and asked her if she wanted to watch him take a shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd, who was filming “Kiss the Girls” at the time, said she remembers thinking. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”

Judd escaped the room by joking that she would have to win an Oscar in one of Weinstein’s films first if he wanted to touch her. She said she felt “panicky, trapped” during the incident and detailed it in 2015 without revealing Weinstein’s name, saying, “I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses … He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me.”

“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” Judd said. The report included interviews with several other woman, ranging from their early 20s to late 40s, all of whom recounted similar interactions with Weinstein over multiple decades.

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Teens who laughed, recorded man drowning won’t face criminal charges 

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:41 PM

Teens Accused of Laughing, Recording Drowning Man Won't Face Criminal Charges

Four teenagers and one adult who recorded a man’s drowning and laughed as it happened will not be criminally charged, the State Attorney’s Office announced Friday. 

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Jamal Dunn, 31, of Cocoa, Florida, died in July 2017.

A passerby found Dunn’s body in a pond at Bracco Pond Park days after he died, investigators said.

 

In the two-and-a-half-minute video, the teenage boys can be heard yelling, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”

>> Related: Teens record, taunt drowning man in Cocoa; no charges filed, police say

There is no Florida law that requires a person to provide emergency assistance.

Prosecutors had considered charging the group with failing to notify a medical examiner of a death, but said they could not appropriately apply it in Dunn’s case without new legislation. 

At the time the video was taken, the group ranged in age from 14 to 18.

>> Related: Florida authorities recommend charges against teens who taunted drowning man, police say

After the incident, a Florida state legislator crafted a good Samaritan bill that would have made it a crime not to assist someone in need, but lawmakers rejected it.

“I know that everyone was sickened by the callous disregard for human life exhibited by these young people. We can only hope that this was an isolated and rare circumstance that will never happen again,” State Attorney Phil Archer said. 

“Unfortunately, Florida law does not address this behavior and we are ethically restrained from pursuing criminal charges without a reasonable belief of proving a crime beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”

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Swimmers find rattlesnakes living in pool noodles

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:33 AM

Rattlesnakes - Fast Facts

With temperatures consistently reaching over 100 degrees, snakes in Arizona may try to find respite from the heat in any way possible. A family in Buckeye, Arizona are now warning pool users to check their noodles before jumping into the water.

According to the Buckeye Fire Department, the unidentified family left two noodles against a wall and found rattlesnakes inside them. The fire department posted the warning over the weekend on Facebook, but did not say when the homeowners found the snakes.

But they said that it is not uncommon. They have found other reports of snakes that lay eggs, depositing the eggs in pool noodles that have been left outside.

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A snake expert told KNXV that the snakes are looking for a hiding place because of the high summer temperatures and the best way not to be surprised by a snake in pool toys is to not leave them out.

“Anything that a snake or a rodent can hide under, try to eliminate it,” Greyson Getty, a snake relocater told KNXV. “Try to keep everything neat and tidy.”

He added that snakes are looking for dark areas, so keep pool toys in a container that can close or on a shelf, KNXV reported.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked out of Red Hen restaurant in Virginia on ‘moral’ grounds

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

Sarah Sanders Kicked Out of Virginia Restaurant

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night.

TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.” 

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A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave.

 

Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter.

“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

 

Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.”

 

The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides.

While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.”

This comes after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen bolted from a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant after protesters confronted her at her table -- with the blessing of the manager.

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Couple has celebrated each wedding anniversary at Burger King for 50 years

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:48 PM

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A couple celebrated their golden anniversary, as they have 49 others, at Burger King. 

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Lloyd and Sandy Howard’s tradition started innocuously. The couple was running late for a movie in New York on their first wedding anniversary and stopped at the restaurant for something quick to eat -- a couple of flame-broiled Whoppers, according to WPIX.

“And we decided that, every year afterwards, no matter where we were, we were going to go to a Burger King, even if it meant just having a drink or an ice cream, just to say that we went to Burger King,” Sandy Howard told WPIX

The couple, who wed on June 22, 1968, celebrated their 50th anniversary with their children and grandchildren at a Matawan Burger King. 

And their plans for their 51st anniversary? 

“Probably the same thing,” Sandy said. “Go to Burger King.”

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