‘Have him die somewhere else,’ Florida homeowners yell at man trying to save neighbor’s life on their lawn

A Florida man was introduced to two very different kinds of neighbors this week. One of them is being hailed a hero for possibly saving his life as he convulsed inside a car — which rolled down into the lawn of a family who, instead of helping, yelled at them to get off their property, authorities said Thursday. “Get off our lawn,” the homeowners reportedly said. “Get the man out of here, have him die somewhere else.” The shocking incident happened Monday as a lawn worker identified only as “Tony” was walking to work in a Palm Beach County community, according to the local sheriff’s office. Th...

Charges dropped against ‘joking’ Queens substitute teacher who told middle school art students he’d shoot them

NEW YORK — A Queens substitute teacher whose “joke” about shooting his art class students landed him in handcuffs walked out of court a free man Thursday, with the charges against him dropped even before he saw a judge. Cops on Wednesday charged Alejandro Rocha, 52, with making a terroristic threat, after he told his middle school class, “If you won’t do as you’re told, I’m going to shoot you — and yes, I have a gun,” cops said. None of the kids complained, but Rocha let his supervisor know what he said, and that put him in police custody. His case was sealed — but Rocha told the New York Dail...

Olympics may still be cancelled, head Tokyo organizer says

The head organizer of the Tokyo Olympics said the Games may still be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Toshiro Muto, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, left the door open on canceling the games the during a press conference Tuesday. “We can’t predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases,” Muto said. “So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases. We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the sit...

Fox News has a vaccine passport program to protect its employees, despite the network’s on-air messaging: reports

NEW YORK – Do as they do, not as they say. Despite its hosts’ hysterical rants about vaccination programs, Fox News reportedly has what is tantamount to a vaccine passport program to protect its own workers. Both The Hill and CNN report that internal emails from the human resources department at Fox Corporation last month informed employees that “a secure, voluntary” method by which workers could “self-attest their vaccination status” was being made available. It’s called the FOX Clear Pass. According to that email, employees who provide the right-wing media empire with information regarding t...

CDC raises COVID-19 warning for UK to highest level, urges Americans to avoid travel

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday raised its coronavirus warning for the United Kingdom to Level 4, the highest on the agency’s scale, and urged Americans not to go there even if fully vaccinated. The advisory comes as the U.K. faces an alarming surge in new COVID-19 infections, largely driven by the highly contagious delta variant, while the government simultaneously lifted nearly all remaining restrictions on public and indoor gatherings. “Because of the current situation in the United Kingdom, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreadi...

Sen. Gillibrand, NYC mayor nominee Adams press for federal bill on gun trafficking

NEW YORK — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said Monday that she will reintroduce legislation to tag gun trafficking as a federal crime, joining Eric Adams, the firearm-focused Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, to press her plan in Brooklyn. The meeting between the Democratic senator and the Brooklyn borough president marked yet another chapter in Gillibrand’s decadelong push to create such a federal crime, and the latest conference on guns for Adams since he won the city’s pivotal Democratic mayoral primary. Gillibrand and Adams strode down the north steps at Brooklyn borough hal...

‘The Wire’ actor accuses NYC journalist of groping him — she says it happened during consensual relationship

An actor from the hit series “The Wire” accused a Brooklyn journalist of sexually abusing him by touching his buttocks on two occasions — but the woman says it was in the context of a consensual relationship, her lawyer said. Gbenga Akinnagbe, 42, who played the murderous Chris Partlow on the HBO show, claims Lola Adesioye, 38, who writes for The Guardian and other publications, touched and grabbed his rear end on May and June 2020, according to a criminal complaint. But Adesioye’s lawyer says his client is the real victim and told a judge she will go to trial if the case is not outright dismi...

Biden vows to tame inflation and boasts of new economic boom: ‘We will remain vigilant’

President Joe Biden vowed Monday to keep an eye on “transitory” price rises while boasting that he is laying the groundwork for a massive economic boom. Playing down fears of inflation, Biden called the price hikes a normal and fleeting side effect of the global rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. “You cannot switch the global lights back on without some (problems),” Biden said. “This is what economists call transitory effects.” “We will remain vigilant,” the president added. Biden pointed out that once-soaring lumber prices have quickly come back to earth even as new car prices continue to sp...

Navy christens USNS John Lewis to honor the ‘warrior for peace and justice’ on first anniversary of his death

The U.S. Navy christened the USNS John Lewis on Saturday, honoring the late congressman on the one-year anniversary of his death. Family and friends of the civil rights icon joined senior lawmakers for the christening ceremony in San Diego. “It’s fitting that we honor John Lewis with this formidable ship, because John Lewis was a warrior. One of the mottos of the Navy is ‘Semper Fortis’ — ‘Always Courageous’ — and John Lewis was indeed always courageous,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., said at the event. “This ship will be a beacon to the world reminding all who see it of the persisten...

Germany Olympic soccer team walks off pitch after alleged racial abuse

Germany’s Olympic soccer players walked off the pitch on Saturday, after one of their players was “racially abused,” the German Football Association (DFB) said. Germany was playing against Honduras in a friendly match in preparation for the Olympics. The game, “a final practice before taking to the big stage,” according to the DFB, was played behind closed doors, and it consisted of three 30-minute periods. Honduras led after the first period, but Germany scored an equalizer during the final third. With five minutes remaining, German players “left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was raciall...

DC shooting leaves 6-year-old girl dead, 5 adults wounded

An intense search was underway in Washington, D.C., for the suspect or suspects behind a shooting that left a 6-year-old girl dead and five other people injured. Police said gunfire erupted in the southern part of the district, on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenues Southeast, just before 11 p.m. on Friday. According to Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict, officers already in the area heard the violence break out and immediately responded to the shooting. When they arrived on the scene, just outside liquor and convenience store in Cong...

Cuomo's campaign paid sex-harassment lawyer; accuser's attorney slams governor ahead of interview

ALBANY, N.Y. — Campaign filings reveal Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his reelection war chest to pay out $284,000 to a high-powered attorney representing him as he faces sexual misconduct allegations. The reveal comes as the embattled governor — who denied last month that donor cash was being used to cover legal costs — is expected to be interviewed this weekend by investigators probing the claims on behalf of Attorney General Letitia James’ office. State Board of Elections filings shows that the governor’s campaign paid attorney Rita Glavin’s firm $173,098 on June 2, the very same day Cuomo claimed ...

Tokyo Olympics to welcome record number of out LGBTQ athletes — more than all previous Summer Games combined

NEW YORK — The Tokyo Olympics are set to break a world record even before the COVID-19-style opening ceremony gets under way at the Japan National Stadium next Friday. At least 142 openly LGBTQ athletes will participate in the world’s largest sports celebration — a huge increase from the last Summer Olympics. Rio 2016 saw a then-record-breaking 56 out-and-proud athletes. In fact, according to Outsports, this year’s massive number of LGBTQ athletes is greater than all of previous Summer Games combined. Some are competing as openly LGBTQ for the first time, after participating in previous events...

Disney’s first gay love ballad debuts on ‘High School Musical’ series

Disney is breaking new ground with a sweet love song in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” While romantic ballads have been part of Disney’s arsenal of television shows, animated features and Oscar-winning films for decades, what makes “In a Heartbeat” different is who’s singing to whom. On Friday’s episode of the GLAAD Media Award-winning show, Carlos (Frankie Rodriguez) sings a love song to his boyfriend Seb (Joe Serafini), in the studio’s first same-sex love song. “When all is said and done/ You’ll always be the one that I keep comin’ back to/ In a heartbeat, I’d choose you/ Ho...

Cuomo to be questioned this weekend in sexual harassment probe

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to get a chance to tell his side of the story. The beleaguered governor is expected to sit down with investigators probing sexual harassment claims against him this weekend, according to a report Thursday. Independent lawyers working under Attorney General Letitia James will interview Cuomo on Saturday as part of a months-long probe, The New York Times first reported. Multiple women, including current and former staffers, have accused the 63-year-old Democrat of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, leading to calls for Cuomo’s resigna...

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