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Harvey Weinstein exposé almost ran in 2004 until Matt Damon and Russell Crowe got involved

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 6:16 PM

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New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman says she had a story prepared about former Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, but the paper gutted her piece in 2004 under pressure from Weinstein himself and other celebrities, she wrote in The Wrap.

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Waxman adds that the story was killed after “intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call [her] directly” to vouch for a Miramax Italy employee who she says oversaw the hiring of women to fulfill Harvey Weinstein’s “needs” while traveling.

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“I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times,” wrote Waxman. “But I had the facts, and this was the Times. Right?”

Not quite. She says the story was “gutted” under pressure and “buried” in the paper’s Culture section once it finally made the light of day. The story’s main thrust, she says, was about the firing of Fabrizio Lombardo of Miramax Italy, the man responsible for handling Weinstein’s “needs” who allegedly drew a salary of around $400,000 per year.

Waxman says she had “multiple” people telling her on-record that Lombardo had “no film experience” but regularly hosted evening gatherings with “Russian escorts.”

Weinstein was fired from the company bearing his name Sunday, the remaining board members of the Weinstein Company announced. Other board members departed before Weinstein was fired but after the New York Times piece was released, according to CNN.

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Watch: Good Samaritans lift car off trapped victims after crash

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:49 AM

Good Samaritans Rescue Car Crash Victims, Lift Vehicle

An amazing feat of strength was caught on camera.

Four people were hurt when they were hit by a car that crashed on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Police said a pickup hit a sedan when it took a turn too wide, WJLA reported. The sedan jumped the curb and ran into pedestrians. 

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But it was the actions of bystanders that is what people are focusing on. They rushed to the car to try to pull the pedestrians from under the wreckage. The group of people actually lifted and moved the car off two people and the entire thing was caught on video, WJLA reported.

WRC reported more than a dozen people rushed to help.

In all four people were hit by the car and were injured in the crash, but police said they were all conscious and breathing, taken to area hospitals, WJLA reported.

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Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:03 PM

Krispy Kreme Offering Lemon-Glazed Doughnuts for One Week Only

Krispy Kreme is offering its signature doughnuts with lemon glaze, but only for a week.

Participating shops of the doughnut chain are offering the flavor from April 23 to April 29. The glaze was one of four options customers could vote for. The others, Food and Wine reported, were caramel, maple and blueberry.

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According to a news release, the #VoteForGlaze campaign pulled in nearly 2 million votes. Maple had 18 percent of the vote, while blueberry had 20 percent and caramel was second with had 26 percent.

Depending on the success of the limited run, Krispy Kreme could sell the lemon-glazed doughnuts seasonally, Food and Wine reported.

“Experimenting with the many flavor profiles lemon presents to create an all-new lemon glaze was a fun, but serious culinary challenge,” Jackie Woodward, Krispy Kreme’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “There has been so much anticipation and zest for the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut, we can’t wait to share the joy with our fans!”

Customers can find out if the Lemon Glaze Doughnut is available at a Krispy Kreme near them at KrispyKreme.com.

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Trump VA nominee Ronny Jackson withdraws name from consideration

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

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Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn his name from consideration, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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President Donald Trump calls in to ‘Fox and Friends’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 24: President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France April 24, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 24: President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France April 24, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)(Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump took to the airwaves, speaking to Fox and Friends via phone Thursday morning. 

The unusual call started with the President mentioning that today was his wife, first lady Melania Trump’s birthday and being asked what he got her. 

He also praised her for her hosting the first couple’s first state dinner and the visit by French president Emmanuel Macron.

Trump telling the Fox News hosts that the meetings accomplished a lot and that Macron is viewing Iran differently than before he walked into the Oval Office. 

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When asked about the withdrawal of Ronny Jackson and his pursuit for nomination to the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump, in a rambling statement, blamed democrats for dragging out the approval for all appointments, targeting Sen. Chuck Schumer specifically that it takes years for the Senate to approve appointees, citing unfilled judicial positions.

Fox hosts hammered back, asking why majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, isn’t keeping Senators in session to  approve appointees, Trump said that McConnell should.

They also asked Trump if obstructionists win when nominees don’t fight back against the allegations against them, and he said yes and no, signaling out Sen. Jon Tester, (D - MT) saying that it was his fault that Jackson dropped out of the nomination process. Trump said that Tester’s allegations against Jackson were false and that Jackson has an unblemished record. Trump said Tester had a “big price to pay” in Montana and that was the reason that Tester targeted Jackson.

Trump then said that he has someone slated to nominate, but refused to say who it was, only saying that it is someone with “political capabilities.”

Check back for more on this developing story.

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