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A viral video shows a Tallahassee woman being dragged by her hair out of a prominent local Cuban restaurant. But today, new details revealed more information about the moments that led up to it.
The original incident was reported over the weekend by WCTV.
"The incident happened on Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Pensacola Street location. Latoya Woolfolk is the woman seen in the video that had at least 47,000 Facebook views before being removed," said the report. "Woolfolk said the incident started with a verbal argument between her and other customers, and they were all told to leave. 'Once I got outside on the porch, I looked over and I saw the security guard choking my girlfriend,' said Woolfolk. After that, she said one of her friends spat at the security guard, and that’s when he came to Woolfolk. 'At that point, he grabbed me by my hair,' said Woolfolk. 'He slammed me on the ground and that’s why I have the bruise on my elbow and on my knee.'" The person who grabbed her has been identified as cook Trenton Peterson, who was arrested and released on $500 bond.
New details, however, complicate the picture of what happened in the leadup to the physical altercation caught on film, according to a follow-up WCTV report on Monday.
"The man in the video, Trenton Peterson, reached out to WCTV after the story aired on Friday with the surveillance video. He also told WCTV reporter Staci Inez he wanted to clear his name," said the report. "[Woolfolk] is seen in the surveillance video throwing a chair and other items inside the restaurant. Peterson said this took place after Woolfolk and her friends were told to leave. Surveillance video shows them coming back inside the restaurant at one point. The surveillance video also shows an exchange between Peterson and Woolfolk’s friends as they are leaving the restaurant for the second time."
Altercations at restaurants frequently make headlines. In 2016, an argument over Donald Trump in a Mexican restaurant in Connecticut led to a fistfight on the second floor of the establishment.
It remains to be seen whether the emotional episode will do for Ronstadt what "Stranger Things" did for Bush (and to a lesser extent, Metallica, whose banger "Master of Puppets" also played during a climactic moment), but searches for Ronstadt skyrocketed after the episode aired. Her name trended on Twitter, and U.S. streams of the song increased by a stunning 4,900% in one hour alone, according to Spotify.
What's the song, why was this one chosen for the show and what happened to Ronstadt, often called the "First Lady of Rock"?
Born into an Arizona ranching family, Ronstadt became the lead singer of a folk-rock group, the Stone Poneys, in the 1960s. Her first album as a solo artist, 1969's "Hand Sewn . . . Hand Grown" is commonly referred to as the first alt-country release by a woman artist. She released her second album only a year later. That album, "Silk Purse" contains the track used by "The Last of Us."
"Long, Long Time" was a song Ronstadt allegedly had to persuade her record company to include.
"Long, Long Time" is the first song on the album's B-side. Written by Gary White, a Texas artist whom Ronstadt duets with on another song on the album, "Louise," "Long, Long Time" was a song Ronstadt allegedly had to persuade her record company to include. It would end up being the first charting hit for her solo career.
The lyrics of "Long, Long Time" paint the picture of a love that didn't work out but will forever burn in the singer's heart: "And I think I'm gonna love you for a long, long time." In the context of the episode, in which two older men find love near the end of their lives — a story, rare on television, that deserves to be told – lyrics like "Wait for the day / You'll go away / Knowing that you warned me of the price I'd have to pay," take on even deeper resonance.
The single of "Long, Long Time" stayed on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks, though it never reached the top spot. It was also responsible for Ronstadt's first Grammy nomination; in 1971 she was nominated for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance for "Long, Long Time." (Her first Grammy win would come five years later.)
Bill stops him — "not that song" — takes over the piano and plays it soulfully, with obvious deep love and experience.
"The Last of Us" co-creator Craig Mazin told IndieWire he knew there would be a song in the episode that two characters would play: one badly and one surprisingly well and true. The song needed "to be this incredibly sad song about yearning for love, and never getting love, and just making your peace with the fact that you will always be alone." Mazin sought the help of a friend, Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky, whose first and only suggestion was "Long, Long Time." Mazin said, "The whole idea was to hit the highlights of moments in your life where love means something different."
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In "The Last of Us," the song first plays in an amateur version. In flashbacks, we see the beginning of the outbreak that will devastate and alter the world of the show. Bill, who describes himself as a survivalist, is holed up in his fortified house and escapes detection by soldiers. Frank falls into one of Bill's booby-traps after years of Bill living a safe — and totally solitary — life. When Bill reluctantly feeds the stranger, and feeds him well, Frank attempts to repay the hospitality by playing a song on Bill's baby grand piano. He chooses a songbook by Ronstadt from the piano bench storage, correctly assuming the book is Bill's. Frank tries an awkward and off-key version of "Long, Long Time."
Bill stops him — "not that song" — takes over the piano and plays it soulfully, with obvious deep love and experience of the heartache the song describes so well. The song doesn't play again, its real, recorded version until the very end of the episode, when main characters Joel and Ellie drive off into the sunset, literally. Ellie, while not understanding airplanes, cars or seat belts, somehow figures out a cassette tape deck and pushes play. Ronstadt's resonant voice fills the car, the deserted road. Curtains from the house's open window move in the breeze to its bittersweet lyrics.
Like Bush (for whom "Running Up That Hill" was unbelievably her only No. 1 hit song), Ronstadt went on to a long and stellar career. After a dozens of Grammys and albums that sold over 100 million copies, she announced her retirement in 2011 for health reasons.
Ronstadt was first diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease but that diagnosis was later changed to progressive supranuclear palsy, a Parkinson's-like disorder caused by the deterioration of brain cells controlling thinking, movement and coordination. It's a rare condition and one which impacts her ability to sing out loud. She told USA Today in 2022, "I can sing in my brain."
Meanwhile the world, and perhaps new listeners drawn by the show, will love her voice for a long, long time.
Former President Donald Trump boasted about his new lawsuit against veteran reporter Bob Woodward in a statement released on Monday evening.
"I am continuing my fight against the corrupt, dishonest, and deranged Fake News Media by filing this lawsuit against a man whose image is far different from the fact, Bob Woodward, his publisher Simon & Schuster, and their parent company, Paramount Global, for misappropriating, manipulating, and wrongfully profiting from my Voice," said Trump.
"Woodward and his corporate bosses not only tried to profiteer from doctoring tapes, which were only to be used for the 'written word,' namely help in accuracy for his book," Trump continued. "This was an open and blatant attempt to make me look as bad as possible. They have instead been exposed for the liars and forgers that they are. I will always champion TRUTH and battle against the evil forces of disinformation and Fake News!"
Trump's lawsuit, reported earlier in the day, seeks $50 million over releasing audio of the interviews Woodward held with him, alleging that they were only to be used in a curated form for the purpose of writing his book and that Simon & Schuster and Paramount are illegally profiting from the tapes.
The interviews first began in 2016, when Trump was still a candidate for president.
This comes shortly after Trump was forced to withdraw a $250 million suit against New York Attorney General Letitia James to shield his revocable trust from her fraud suit against his business practices.