Just about everybody in the acting community and beyond was stunned that Chadwick Boseman didn’t win the best actor Oscar for his part in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” – except his family. The late actor’s brother said Monday that the family did not consider Boseman snubbed by the Academy as many had claimed, and they lauded Sir Anthony Hopkins’ win for his portrayal of a man suffering from memory loss in “The Father.” Hopkins was as surprised as anybody, and the 83-year-old actor said as much in accepting his award from his native Wales, giving his fellow nominee a shout-out in a videotaped mess...
Sgt. Aquilino Gonell laid the blame for the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection squarely on the twice-impeached shoulder of former president Donald Trump.
The U.S. Capitol police officer testified before the a House select committee hearing on the assault, and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) asked what he thought when he heard the former president describe the rioters as a "loving crowd" -- and Gonell unloaded.
"It's upsetting," he said. "It's a pathetic excuse for his behavior, for something that he himself helped to create, this monstrosity. I'm still recovering from those 'hugs and kisses' that day that he claimed that so many rioters, terrorists, were assaulting us that day. If that was hugs and kisses, we should all go to his house and do the same thing to him. To me, it's insulting, it's demoralizing, because everything that we did was to prevent everyone in the Capitol from getting hurt. What he was doing, instead of sending the military, instead of sending the support or telling his people, his supporters to stop this nonsense, he egged them to continue fighting."
The rioters were clearly Trump supporters, despite what the ex-president and some of his allies say.
"I was on the lower west terrace fighting alongside these officers," Gonell said. "All of them, all of them were telling us. It was not Antifa, it was not Black Lives Matter, it was not the FBI. It was his supporters that he sent over to the Capitol that day. He could have done a lot of things. One is to tell them to stop."
"He talks about sacrifices," Gonell added. "The only thing he has sacrificed is the institutions of the country and the country only for his ego, because he wants the job, but he doesn't want to do the job. That's a shame on him himself."
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Americans maintained their relatively upbeat attitude in July, according to a survey released Tuesday, bucking expectations for a decline as the US economy recovers from the Covid-19 crisis.
The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 129.1 this month from 128.9 in June, despite expectations among analysts that it would decline by about five points.
That was the highest level for the index since February, fueled by positive views of the current economic situation. while consumers also maintained their relatively optimistic outlook for the future, according to the report.
"Consumers' appraisal of present-day conditions held steady, suggesting economic growth in (the third quarter) is off to a strong start," Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a statement.
"Consumers' optimism about the short-term outlook didn't waver, and they continued to expect that business conditions, jobs, and personal financial prospects will improve."
The data showed the present situations index climbing less than a point to 160.3, while the expectations index measuring views for the next six months about income, business and labor market conditions was basically unchanged.
Despite surging prices in many parts of the economy, expectations for average inflation 12 months in the future dipped to 6.6 percent, indicating consumers may believe the increases have reached their peak.
However, consumers have in the past reacted to the spread of Covid-19, and some states are now dealing with fresh outbreaks.
Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics said the data "show no sign that people are much concerned by the upsurge in Covid cases, though that could easily change if the severe outbreaks in several southern states become more widespread."
Respondents' views of business conditions improved, with 26.4 percent saying business conditions are "good," while the share characterizing them as "bad" was relatively flat.
Labor market views were mostly unchanged from June, with 54.9 percent of people describing jobs as "plentiful," and 10.5 percent saying they were "hard to get."
WATCH: Woman insist she is ‘not belligerent’ before attacking Asian store owners in shockingly violent rampage
Police are looking for a Black woman who brutally assaulted an Asian couple inside their beauty supply store in Cleveland this week, after the woman's prepaid debit card was declined.
The violent attack at Chic Plus Beauty Supply on Friday, captured on cell phone and surveillance video, is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to Cleveland's Fox affiliate.
The horrifying video shows the suspect leaping behind the counter, before savagely beating the couple, destroying displays, and dragging the woman across the floor by her hair, leaving her unconscious.
"May I please have my items please. I will leave and get out of your hair," the suspect says in a cell-phone video taken by the owners. "You will never see me in your store again. All I'm trying to do is get my items, that's it. I'm not being belligerent."
The owners respond, "We cannot give you anything because it's not cleared," adding that her prepaid card is "empty."
After the suspect raises her voice and begins cursing, the female co-owner tells her husband to call the police — setting off the woman's violent attack.
David Jo, the store owners' son, told the station: "Watching them be so helpless and beaten so brutally was tough to watch. Just because they're so weak and helpless, she decided it would be OK to attack them, which is unbelievable to me, over an $11 purchase.
"I just saw my mom today and she's all bruised up, her hair's been pulled out, she has bruises all over her body. My dad's mouth was all bloodied up," Jo added.
Jo described his parents as "proud people" who are both in their 60s, and have operated the store for five years.
"All they want to do is work hard and make it here, as any immigrants do, when they come in and try to make a better life for their children," he said. "I need to find this person and make sure she's held accountable for the damages she's caused."
Despite their injuries, his parents went back to work on Monday to clean up the store, Jo said.
Police say the woman is wanted for felonious assault and vandalism — adding that hate crime charges are also possible.
Watch the station's report below.
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