Venezuelan TV mogul's Rolls-Royce at center of dispute with Miami federal prosecutors
MIAMI — Whenever Venezuelan media mogul Raúl Gorrín flew to Miami — before he was accused by the feds of stealing billions from his own government — he would stay at his waterfront estate in Cocoplum and tool around town in his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe.Now federal prosecutors want to take both from him — the 6,000-square-foot home, which had been on the market for $8 million, and the $200,000 Rolls convertible — along with 20 other real estate properties worth tens of millions of dollars in the Miami area and Manhattan.While a criminal case seeking to forfeit Gorrín’s vast real estat...
Editorial: Ad boycott won't give Facebook the comeuppance it deserves
As much as Facebook deserves a comeuppance for its years of egregious behavior, the social media company probably won’t suffer long-term from the July ad boycott.Nor change its shameful ways.It’s disgraceful that CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s company divides America, threatens our democracy and gives the tech industry a black eye. His unrepentant behavior may lead to undesirable regulation by Congress, a body filled with politicians who don’t understand the innovation economy.Meanwhile, Zuckerberg continues to rake in his billions.Despite the boycott, the price of the company’s stock, whic...
The Mercury News
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive for COVID-19
ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to an announcement she posted on Twitter late Monday.“COVID-19 has literally hit home,” the mayor wrote at 5:45 p.m. “I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.”The day before Bottoms made the announcement on social media, she hosted a news conference filled with a room full of police, two Atlanta City Council members, media and family members of 8-year-old shooting victim Secoriea Turner.She wore a mask, but removed it to make lengthy remarks about Turner’s death, which occurred Saturday n...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trump just attacked NASCAR and Bubba Wallace. These TV ratings prove he's wrong
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR and politics tend to overlap.President Donald Trump attended this year’s Daytona 500 in February and served as the grand marshal for the event that opened the 2020 season. And Monday, the president offered an opinion on a recent incident involving NASCAR and driver Bubba Wallace, who is Black.Two weeks after NASCAR announced that a noose was found in the garage stall of Wallace’s No. 43 team at Talladega Superspeedway, and a subsequent FBI investigation determined that the act was not a hate crime, Trump tweeted: “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASC...
The Charlotte Observer
In upcoming book, the president's niece says he practices 'cheating as a way of life'
A forthcoming book by President Donald Trump’s estranged niece describes him as a “toxic” bully who practices “cheating as a way of life,” values money above anything and belittles his own family members, according to a Monday press release.In addition to those damning details, the press release from publisher Simon & Schuster says Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” will now be released July 14, two weeks earlier than planned — even though the president’s brother is trying to block the tell-all in court.The publisher said it’s ...
New York Daily News
To 'Father Brown''s Mark Williams, the actor's life is a leap of faith
Although he’s done 90 TV episodes dressed in a Catholic cassock and a black saturno, Mark Williams is no believer.The British actor, who stars as the indefatigable title character in “Father Brown,” admits he’s not a man of faith, nor is he celibate like his television counterpart.But he does champion the fictional father’s values.“I was brought up in the Church of England, so that’s part of my culture,” he says. “But I don’t practice my religion. Father Brown believes in redemption, and he believes that we’re all God’s children, and he’s a man of faith, so I respect him.”In his own way Willia...
Tribune News Service
Leaked emails and passwords were from 'third-party data breaches,' University of Michigan says
DETROIT — Thousands of University of Michigan students got a scare Friday night: warnings circulating on social media about an apparent data breach leaking their U-M email addresses and passwords.On Saturday, the University of Michigan released a statement saying the information was from older “third-party data breaches, such as Chegg, Zynga, LinkedIn” where users used their student emails to sign up register.The release emphasized there was no data leak from the university’s end, and stressed students should not use the same passwords outside of U-M services. The university’s Information and ...
Detroit Free Press
A moment became a movement as Georgians answered the calls for justice
ATLANTA — A few weeks ago, the downtown streets of Atlanta roiled in anger. Thousands marched to protest the death of yet another Black man at the hands of police 1,100 miles away in Minneapolis, many answering the social media post of a 19-year-old Atlanta woman who’d never organized anything before.Amid a worldwide pandemic, many marchers wore masks and kept their distance. The masks covered their faces, but did not silence their voices. They chanted the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, pleaded for an end to the killing of Black Americans, and demanded policing change...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Social media policy banning term 'Black Lives Matter' prompts Minneapolis ad agency to walk out
MINNEAPOLIS — Periscope ad agency’s parent company changed a rule forbidding employees from using “Black Lives Matter” in social media posts after 179 Minneapolis workers walked off the job on Thursday.Employees said they wanted to use the term to show solidarity with Black and racial justice protesters in the wake of the George Floyd killing, but were repeatedly told no by Wisconsin-based parent company, Quad.After the walkout, Quad agreed to give Periscope editorial independence over its social media posts and promised to release employment data by race and sex. Leaders also said they would ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Television Q&A: Is 'Council of Dads' returning this fall?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Will the phenomenal show “Council of Dads” return this fall?A: No. NBC has dropped the show after a single season. While it seemed designed to draw the “This Is Us” audience, ratings were reportedly low.Q: I believe Barbara Stanwyck had a son, Stephen. What happened to him?A: From what I can find, the acclaimed actress Stanwyck had only an adopted son, Dion Anthony Fay, from her marriage to actor Frank Fay. (The marriage ended in divorce, as did a later one to actor Robert Taylor.) Mother and son did not have a happy time. Stanwyck’s obituary in the N...
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