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  • Chicago area prosecutor Kim Foxx overcomes Jussie Smollett case, wins primary

    03/17/2020 10:20:28 PM PDT · by be-baw · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 18, 2020 | AP
    CHICAGO — Kim Foxx, the Chicago area’s top prosecutor, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday against three challengers who zeroed in on her handling of the Jussie Smollett criminal case. ...
  • Jussie Smollett's Bid To Get Charges Thrown Out RejectedBy Illinois Supreme Court

    03/07/2020 2:18:57 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-7-2020 | Melissa Roberto
    The Illinois Supreme Court rejected former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett's request to throw out charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago. The ruling came Friday, along with the court's decision rejecting the actor's effort to remove the special prosecutor in the case. Smollett’s lawyers argued in an emergency petition that Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin overstepped his authority and misinterpreted the law when he ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor. The court did not explain its decision to reject the arguments by Smollett’s lawyers. Smollett. 37, was initially accused by Cook County prosecutors...
  • Astounding New Finds Suggest Ancient Empire Hiding in Plain Sight

    03/04/2020 6:03:53 PM PST · by wildbill · 44 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 2/27/2020 | Lizzie Wade
    SAN JUAN TEOTIHUACAN, MEXICO—On 16 January 378 C.E., a stranger arrived in Tikal, a large Maya city in what is now northern Guatemala. His name was Sihyaj K’ahk’ (SEE-yah Kak), or Fire is Born, and he was likely a mighty warrior from a distant land. Many archaeologists think he hailed from Teotihuacan, a metropolis of 100,000 people about 1000 kilometers northwest of Tikal, near today’s Mexico City. And he may have come with an army. The stone Maya monuments that record Sihyaj K’ahk’s arrival don’t say why he came or how he was received by Chak Tok Ich’aak, or Jaguar...
  • Why things are about to get a lot worse for Jussie Smollett

    01/14/2020 11:20:49 PM PST · by knighthawk · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 14 2020 | Kyle Smith
    If Jussie Smollett had last year pleaded guilty to some minor charge, done 90 days of community service and paid a substantial fine to reimburse the $130,000 worth of overtime costs rolled up by Chicago police detectives investigating his ludicrous assault claims, he might today be in full rebound mode. Picture it: The tearful, dramatic mea culpa with Robin Roberts. A bold admission — “This is on me” — followed by a deflection of blame to drugs or alcohol or the dark demons of hate we all know are lurking out there, waiting for third-tier television stars to emerge from...
  • Jussie Smollett investigation: Judge orders Google to turn over a full year of the actor’s data as part of special prosecutor probe

    01/08/2020 10:40:12 PM PST · by bitt · 24 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 1/8/2020 | Megan crepeau
    A Cook County judge has ordered Google to turn over Jussie Smollett’s emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the purported attack on the actor. Two sweeping search warrants, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, provide the first public glimpse at the direction of the probe by special prosecutor Dan Webb more than four months into the investigation. The warrants, filed last month in Circuit Court, sought a trove of documentation from Smollett and his manager’s Google accounts — not just emails but also drafted and deleted messages; any...
  • The Decade’s Top 10 Most Spectacular Falls From Grace

    01/01/2020 8:02:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/01/2020 | Paulina Enck
    Anthony Weiner/Carlos Danger (2011, 2013, 2016)Of all the politicians to find themselves in a sexting scandal, it had to be the one whose last name is Weiner. In 2011, Anthony Weiner, the married representative from New York, resigned after being caught sending explicit photos of his genitalia to several young women, some underage.Two years later, he decided that his time in political purgatory was through and pursued a bid to be the mayor of New York. At the same time, a Twitter account of a man calling himself Carlos Danger began sending sexually explicit photos of himself to young...
  • Empire Boss Eyeing Jussie Smollett for Possible Finale Comeback: 'It Would Be Weird to End the Show Without Him'

    12/17/2019 2:15:50 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    TV Line ^ | December 17, 2019 | Michael Ausiello
    Empire may be getting the band back together for one final encore. Showrunner Brett Mahoney tells TVLine that discussions are underway to possibly have embattled former cast member Jussie Smollett return as Jamal before the show wraps its six-season run this spring. “It would be weird in my mind to end this family show and this family drama of which he was such a significant part of without seeing him,” offers Mahoney, before adding, “It’s fair to say it’s being discussed, but there’s no plan as of yet to bring him back. There’s been no decision made.” The fact that...
  • ‘Empire’ Spotlights ‘Beautiful’ Transgender Singer ‘Living Her Truth’

    11/27/2019 1:02:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    mrcNEWSBUSTERS ^ | Nov. 26, 2019 | Lindsay Kornick
    So far, Fox’s Empire has been spending its final season criticizing pro-lifers, supporting abortion, and mocking Christians. With only three episodes to go, the series somehow managed to also squeeze in a transgender storyline to boot. I guess there’s always room for a little more liberal pandering. The November 26 episode “Do You Remember Me” has Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) attempting to rebuild her life after leaving her husband Lucious (Terrence Howard) by returning to her love of producing music. She starts by helping the female company Bossy Media Records and discovers some raw talent in a female backup singer....
  • ‘Empire’ Lectures ‘Nothing Christian’ About ‘Horrors’ of ‘Being Denied’ Abortion

    10/16/2019 1:08:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    mrcNEWSBUSTERS ^ | October 16, 2019 | Lindsay Kornick
    Apparently, Fox’s Empire wasn’t finished lecturing us about abortion. The October 15 episode “Tell the Truth” decides to take everything they said about “pro-life” beliefs and make it worse. This time, Christians and pro-life women are the ones to pay. As you may recall from a couple of weeks earlier, one of Empire Entertainment’s leading performers Tiana (Serayah) was part of a small scandal after posting “All life is precious” on her Instagram account in response to the difficult birth of Andre’s (Trai Byers) son. Somehow, those words were enough to anger her pro-abortion fans. Sadly, this is what constitutes...
  • ‘Empire’ Lectures to ‘Anti-Choice,’ 'Pro-Birth' Pro-Life Crowd

    10/15/2019 6:23:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    mrcNEWSBUSTERS ^ | October 8, 2019 | Lindsay Kornick
    Unfortunately for us, Fox’s Empire seems to have more to say about politics than its hatred for Donald Trump. Even worse, it involves targeting and lecturing the supposedly "anti-choice," "pro-birth" mindset of pro-lifers. With this being the final season, I guess the show doesn’t care who it attacks anymore. The October 8 episode “You Broke Love” features a small scandal surrounding Tiana (Serayah), one of Empire Entertainment’s biggest stars. You see, Empire’s owner Andre (Trai Byers) recently had a harrowing experience where he nearly lost his wife and son during childbirth. By miracle, both survived, and Tiana congratulated the family...
  • Letter: Trump must go

    10/01/2019 9:56:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | October 2, 2019 | Lynn Rudmin Chong
    We escaped King George-rule through the Revolutionary War. We adopted rule-by-law for the best justice. Surely 20 moral and farsighted Republican senators will understand the importance of being rid of the sorry mistake that is Donald J. Trump in our White House, else too much good U.S. progress suffers deep damage. They will join Democrats in impeachment. Our planet doesn’t have time for dithering on this. Our country doesn’t have time for careless economic decisions, those costly Trump tariffs. Our states suffer neglected infrastructure needs this late in Trump’s one term. Our families didn’t get any tax cut unless they...
  • Fox: Jussie Smollett won’t be on final season on ‘Empire’

    08/07/2019 2:09:03 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | AUGUST 07, 2019 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier says Jussie Smollett won't be back on "Empire." ...Prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett in March, but a special prosecutor could charge him again . Asked why Fox had extended Smollett's contract through the sixth and last season despite his legal peril, Collier said the network wanted to properly assess the situation before making a decision about Smollett's future with "Empire."
  • The first global city: High in the Andes, Potosí supplied the world with silver [tr]

    08/01/2019 7:03:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Aeon ^ | July 30, 2019 | Adam W
    In 1678, a Chaldean priest from Baghdad reached the Imperial Villa of Potosí, the world’s richest silver-mining camp and at the time the world’s highest city at more than 4,000 metres (13,100 feet) above sea level. A regional capital in the heart of the Bolivian Andes, Potosí remains – more than three and a half centuries later – a mining city today. Its baroque church towers stand watch as ore trucks rumble into town, hauling zinc and lead ores for export to Asia. Elias al-Mûsili – or Don Elias of Mosul, as he was known – arrived in 17th-century Potosí...
  • Jussie Smollett Loses on Secret Sale in Studio City

    07/31/2019 6:12:30 AM PDT · by ptsal · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | July 20, 2019 | Mark David
    Jussie Smollett has sold his San Fernando Valley view home in the foothills above Studio City, Calif., to a non-famous couple in a clandestine off-market deal valued at $1.655 million. Unfortunately for the legally beleaguered former “Empire” star, fired in the wake of a controversially dismissed, 16-count felony indictment brought for allegedly staging a fake hate crime with him as the victim, didn’t have much luck on the real estate merry-go-round. Not counting carrying costs, improvement expenses and real estate fees, Smollett took a $30,000 loss on the hillside contemporary bungalow that, as was sussed out by the Blast, he...
  • Stages of decline....devaluation...

    07/11/2019 2:26:25 PM PDT · by GraceG · 53 replies
    First...they devalue the representation of the states / provinces by taking away the right of star governments to be represented on the federal level. Then they devalue the money by basing it off nothing but thin air... Then they devaule citizenship by treating illegal Invaders better than citizens, even counting them to determine apportionment.... Then it all collapses....
  • Judge orders special prosecutor be appointed to look into Jussie Smollett controversy

    06/21/2019 9:12:31 AM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 21, 2019 | MEGAN CREPEAU
    In a surprise move, a Cook County judge ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the controversial decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett. Judge Michael Toomin ruled that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had the right to withdraw from the prosecution but could not legally appoint her top deputy to handle the case in her place. The special prosecutor could end up charging Smollett, Toomin said, and if the investigation uncovers suspicion of wrongdoing by others, additional charges could be brought. Toomin made the decision even though the county’s inspector general’s office is already investigating the...
  • Judge approves special prosecutor to investigate Jussie Smollett case

    06/21/2019 12:06:26 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 33 replies
    National review ^ | June 21, 2091 | Jack Crowe
    A Chicago judge appointed a special prosecutor on Friday to investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s alleged hoax hate crime. Judge Michael Toomin said that Foxx’s unorthodox decision to drop all charges against Smollett absent an admission of guilt was within her authority, but suggested that her decision to hand the case over to her top deputy was improper. The special prosecutor may end up bringing charges against Smollett in connection with the staged hate crime, Toomin said. Former state appellate judge Sheila O’Brien petitioned for the appointment of a special prosecutor...
  • Google Protecting Jussie Smollett From ‘Disparaging’ Searches

    06/11/2019 5:59:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11, 2019 10:10 am | Brent Scher
    News that Chicago police charged Jussie Smollett with staging a brutal attack on himself was covered on every network and in every major newspaper, but Google is hiding searches of it from its platform due to concerns of "potentially disparaging" the liberal actor. A review of Google's autocomplete function on searches of Smollett found no references to anything regarding the hate crime, even though the company's own data show it is the only reason his name was ever searched. The top suggested searches for Smollett included Empire (a show he no longer has a role in), Mighty Ducks (a nearly...
  • Google Protecting Jussie Smollett From ‘Disparaging’ Searches

    06/11/2019 9:24:51 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11 June 2019 | Brent Scher
    News that Chicago police charged Jussie Smollett with staging a brutal attack on himself was covered on every network and in every major newspaper, but Google is hiding searches of it from its platform due to concerns of "potentially disparaging" the liberal actor. A review of Google's autocomplete function on searches of Smollett found no references to anything regarding the hate crime, even though the company's own data show it is the only reason his name was ever searched. The top suggested searches for Smollett included Empire (a show he no longer has a role in), Mighty Ducks (a nearly...
  • 'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels ‘beyond embarrassed’ by the Jussie Smollett scandal

    06/11/2019 6:47:39 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 June 2019 | Mariah Haas
    Daniels opened up to Vulture -- in a new interview published Tuesday -- after he was asked about how Smollett alleged he'd been the victim of a hate crime, a claim Chicago cops later refuted, accusing the "Empire" actor of staging the entire episode to get a pay raise and to drum up publicity for his career. Smollett has maintained his innocence, strongly denying the accusations. . . . "I’m beyond embarrassed," the 59-year-old director and producer, who initially publicly supported Smollett, told the outlet. "I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies....