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Tennessee TV station fires reporter of 34 years after she is named as witness in age discrimination suit

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Tennessee television station WSMV, an NBC affiliate, came under fire this week after it fired longtime anchor Demetria Kalodimos, who had been named as a witness in an age discrimination suit against the station.

The Tennessean reported that WSMV notified Kalodimos that she had been fired by placing a letter on her desk.

In a statement, Kalodimos said that it was “quite sad to end a nearly 34 year career the way this company chose to end it.”

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She explained that the station chose to end her career “with a letter left on a desk, no conversation, no face to face meeting, no thanks.”

Kalodimos said that WSMV also made no real offer to extend her contract, which expired on Dec. 31. But she reported that she was invited to stay on two more weeks “so that the station could create the illusion that I retired.”

Kalodimos’ ousting comes after the station was accused in a lawsuit of “many acts of age-based discrimination and hostility” against her and two other reporters.

And although Kalodimos is only a witness in the age-discrimination lawsuit, which was filed by other employees, her firing is expected to fuel allegations against WSMV.

“Longtime and loyal viewers need no explanation of what’s been happening at WSMV, a once lauded ‘legacy’ television station,” Kalodimos said in her statement.

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1218264289225728000

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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