PHILADELPHIA — Two days after Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner stirred outrage by insisting the city isn't in the midst of a crime or violence crisis, Mayor Jim Kenney and the city's police commissioner sought Wednesday to gingerly wade into — or away from — the issue. During their scheduled biweekly news conference, one that began this year in direct response to the rising number of shootings, Kenney and Commissioner Danielle Outlaw both said they do believe the city has a gun violence problem. Both also declined to say more about Krasner's comments or the ensuing pushback, includ...
Kyle Rittenhouse requests the return of the weapon he used to shoot 3 protesters so it can be 'properly destroyed'
After being acquitted on multiple criminal charges for shooting three Black Lives Matter supporters (two of them fatally) at an August 2020 rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse was praised as a hero in the right-wing media, while many liberal and progressive pundits on MSNBC and CNN were horrified by the verdict. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller, meanwhile, didn’t agree with either viewpoint, describing Rittenhouse as a foolish, misguided kid who got in way over his head — not someone who should be either praised by the right or vilified by the left. Now, Rittenhouse is asking if the AR-15-style weapon he used in Kenosha can be returned to him in order to be destroyed.
In a document filed in a Kenosha courtroom this week, attorney Mark Richards wrote, “Mr. Rittenhouse further wishes to ensure that the firearm in question is properly destroyed.”
CNN reporters Aya Elamroussi and Joe Sutton explain, “The AR-15 firearm used in the shootings was purchased by Dominick Black, who was dating Rittenhouse’s sister at the time. Rittenhouse was too young to purchase and possess a gun, but he agreed to pay for the firearm, Black testified in November at the trial. Rittenhouse is the lawful owner of the firearm ‘per the verbal contract enacted with Dominick Black,’ Rittenhouse's attorney argues in the court document requesting the release of the gun.”
During his trial, Rittenhouse maintained that he was acting in self-defense when he shot protesters Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz — and the jury, obviously agreeing with his explanation, acquitted Rittenhouse on all charges. Rosenbaum and Huber died, while Grosskreutz was injured but survived.
Richards, according to the CNN reporters, “also requested back several other items, including a 30-round capacity magazine, bullets, an iPhone and some clothing.”
Kenosha was rocked by intense protests during the Summer of 2020 after the police shooting of an African-American man, Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed. The Blake shooting followed the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 — a killing that set off huge protests all over the world.
Former president Donald Trump, portrayed by James Austin Johnson, played Wordle during an appearance on Fox News' The Ingraham Angle in Saturday Night Live's "Cold Open" on Saturday.
"Talk of the 2024 Republican Primary is already heating up, so let's talk to the svelte, muscular, 230-pound gorilla in the room, Donald Trump," host Laura Ingraham, played by Kate McKinnon, said in introducing Trump.
"It's wonderful to be here," Austin's Trump responded. "I'm back, just like Tiger King II. You had fun the first time, and now you're like, 'How are more people from this not in jail yet?'"
"Now, Mr. President, you're out on the trail again creating controversy with your typical whacko stuff and uncharacteristically reasonable takes on booster shots," McKinnon's Ingraham said. "Would you like to give our viewers a taste?"
"I sure would. Let's get today's Wordle. Can we do that please?" Johnson's Trump responded, before launching into a Wordle-salad version of the game.
McKinnon's Ingraham was also joined by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, conservative talk show host Candace Owens, and tennis star Novak Djokovic.
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A Tennessee megachurch pastor is on "sabbatical" after being caught on video having an alleged extramarital affair with an employee of the congregation.
Last month, the video showed Pastor Tavner Smith of Venue Church in Chattanooga kissing the woman in a restaurant, prompting at least eight staff members to resign.
In addition to the video, a group of church volunteers who visited Smith's home in November found him alone with the woman — "she in a towel, he in his boxers," the Daily Beast reports. Smith and the woman reportedly claimed they took off their clothes after getting food on them while making hot dogs and chili.
In fact, Smith still has not publicly admitted the affair, despite announcing his sabbatical earlier this month. His wife accused him of adultery in their ongoing divorce case, and requested that the female employee not be permitted around their three children. The female employee's husband has also filed for divorce, according to the Daily Beast.
After the video surfaced, Smith reportedly called a meeting with his staff and others to address it. One former church member who attended the meeting said he was "evasive and refused to answer questions directly," the Daily Beast reports.
“I think that’s the biggest thing: He has no remorse,” the former church member said. “Somebody told me he sees nothing wrong with the decision because he truly believes that’s what God told them to do."
Smith's divorce case also revealed that he was earning about $200,000 per year, and that he and his wife owned three houses worth a combined $1 million, according to the Daily Beast. That's in addition to the church building, which is worth $4.9 million. Smith frequently stressed the importance of tithing in his sermons.
The Daily Beast reports that nearly all of the church's full-time employees have resigned. Services were briefly suspended in Chattanooga, while a Georgia campus of the church closed entirely.
Employees, members and volunteers "are still struggling to come to terms with the maelstrom that left one of the country’s fastest-growing megachurches in shambles," the Daily Beast reports.
“Everyone used to say, ‘Venue is a cult, Venue is a cult,’ and I was like, ‘No, it’s not,’” said one volunteer who witnessed the chili incident. “And now as I look back I’m like, ‘I don’t think I was in a Godly place.’”
Colt Helton, who volunteered at Venue for more than seven years, said Smith "flaunted his growing wealth over the years through designer duds and new cars," adding that he "stopped recognizing the church he had joined."
“The whole church kinda turned into this kinda shoe and jersey fetish,” Helton said.
Helton alleged that Venue "has taken advantage of vulnerable people to build the church ranks: low-income workers sucked in by the prosperity gospel, lonely people just looking for somewhere to go."
“There were many times people said, ‘We would die for this place,’” he said. “And I was like, ‘Y’all have lost your ever-loving minds.’”
Read more here, and watch the video that surfaced in December below.