PHILADELPHIA — A Delaware County man made threatening and lewd phone calls to Democratic U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania after she spoke out against the January attack at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Monday. Stephen Cilurso, 68, has been charged with two counts of harassment for making 19 calls to Dean’s office in February, according to court records. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail. There was no indication he had hired an attorney. Cilurso, of Aldan, admitted to detectives he made the calls, saying that when he “gets into drinking he has a dirty mouth.” He told them h...
During his final year as president, Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing a "National Garden of American Heroes."
Trump's move was a reaction to calls to take down statues honoring disgraced historical figures like Confederate generals.
Evangelical preacher Billy Graham and former President Ronald Reagan were to be honored at Trump's sculpture garden.
On Friday, Biden revoked Trump's executive order, CNN's Kevin Liptak reported.
Biden just officially revoked the executive order for the "National Garden of American Heroes" that Trump signed last year— Kevin Liptak (@Kevin Liptak)1621021274.0
‘Going to be stomp a [N-word] night’: Four white men arrested in Pennsylvania for violent assault of Black man
Four white men from Pennsylvania are facing charges after they attacked a Black at a bar in the town of Sharon, the Sharon Herald reports.
Thomas L. Boyer II, 48, and Casey Thomas Boyer, 27, both of 245 Byers Road, Harrisville; John Michael Fortuna, 41, of 90 Shenango Park, Lot 64, Pymatuning Township; and Papillon Keeler, 46, of 42 North St., West Middlesex, were charged on Friday with ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, riot and reckless endangerment. As additional charged was given to Boyer for allegedly stealing the man's watch.
Evidence, which includes witness testimony and security video, indicates that the four men initiated the attack against the victim, according to the Sharon Herald.
The victim sustained numerous injuries and could not remember details such as his address and social security number. He told police that one of the men blocked his path when he tried to use the restroom, leading to an altercation where he was knocked to the ground. The four men then started kicking the victim.
Witnesses say they heard the men use racial slurs during the beating. "Looks like it's going to be stomp a n***** night," one of the men said, according to a witness.
Larry Flynt, who was 78 when he died on February 10, is not only remembered for founding Hustler Magazine and building one of the United States' largest adult entertainment companies — he is also remembered for his politics and his battles with the Christian Right. The FBI had a 322-page file on Flynt, and Vice Magazine's Irving Alpert describes some of its highlights in an article published on May 13.
Alpert explains, "To the FBI, he was a person of interest. His 322-page FBI file, obtained by Vice News through a Freedom of Information Act request, contains a wild litany of events involving the Hustler honcho…. His FBI file focuses mainly on his activities in the 1980s, when his behavior was at its most erratic, but also, when many of his important 1st Amendment battles came to a head."
Flynt not only published porn. The late Kentucky native also published non-pornographic music magazines, from heavy metal to hip-hop to country, during the 1980s and 1990s. Full-disclosure: this journalist freelanced for some of those music publications in the past.
According to Alpert, one of the things the FBI file on Flynt describes is the attempt on his life in 1978. Flynt was shot by White supremacist Joseph Paul Franklin in Georgia, leaving him paralyzed. And the FBI file describes people who made false confessions to the crime. The FBI file also addresses the many death threats Flynt received after 1978.
"In the years after Larry Flynt was shot, he continually received death threats," Alpert explains. "Some were the rantings of the unhinged; some contained vague threats to burn the magazine's offices down; and others threatened, 'This time, we will finish the job.' As a matter of course, Hustler forwarded the letters to the FBI. In each instance included in the file, the Bureau declined to investigate, usually because the letters were unsigned."
The FBI file shows that Flynt gave U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor a free subscription to Hustler, which she didn't request — and when an assistant asked Flynt to remove O'Connor from his subscription list, he responded by also giving her free subscriptions to some of his other publications.
Flynt had an intense disdain for the Christian Right, and he famously got into a legal battle with the Moral Majority's Rev. Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Albert notes, "Over the decades, Flynt took on America's morality police or anyone he felt to be hypocritical on matters of sex, engaging in what the Washington Post once referred to as 'dirtbag journalism.' This involved offering millions to anyone who could prove an extramarital affair with a high-ranking government official, such as in 1998, when he took down then-House speaker designate and staunch Clinton impeachment backer Bob Livingston. In 2017, Flynt offered $10 million for information leading to Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office."
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