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Actor Mark Blum, Who Had Roles In “You” And “Succession,” Has Died Of Coronavirus Complications
Mark Blum, an actor who played character roles in dozens of popular television series and film projects over the years, died of complications with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, at the age of 69.
Blum’s first television appearance was a guest role on St. Elsewhere, a medical drama in 1980. Over his career, the actor also showed up in TV classics like The West Wing, Frasier, Roseanne, NYPD Blue, and The Practice. In recent years, Blum even appeared on fan favorites like Succession and The Good Fight.
In 2018, Blum appeared on the hit series You, memorably playing Mr. Mooney, the bookstore owner and Joe Goldberg’s (Penn Badgley) creepy father figure.
Blum’s last-ever role will be a posthumous appearance on the upcoming fifth season of Showtime’s Billions.
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Idris Elba dispels ‘weird myth’ that black people are immune to coronavirus
Actor Idris Elba went live on Twitter to offer updates on his well-being and dispel a “weird myth” he’s noticed since revealing he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Something that’s sort of scaring me when I read the comments and see some of the reactions is: My people — black people, black people — please, please understand that coronavirus ... you can get it, all right?” he said in the first of two lengthy video chats conducted Tuesday afternoon. “There are so many stupid, ridiculous conspiracy theories about black people not being able to get it. That’s dumb, stupid.
“That is the quickest way to get more black people killed. And I’m talking about the whole world. Wherever we are, please understand that you can get it. ... Just know you have to be as vigilant as every other race. This disease does not discriminate. ... As a black person who has contracted the virus, it needs to be said.”
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Homophobic taunting at college basketball game sparks investigation
The president of Monmouth University in New Jersey has launched an investigation after homophobic taunts were directed from the stands at a basketball player from a visiting team.
During a men's basketball game at the West Long Branch campus on Friday night, at least one person in a student section held a large sign that read: "Stick to Grindr."
Grindr bills itself as "the world's largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people."
Other students in that section of the arena held up signs displaying an image of a Siena College player's profile on the dating app Tinder, according to The Asbury Park Press, which first reported the incident.
Fans hold sign taunting high school hockey player to “reveal” her gender & shout slurs
Fans of a high school hockey team shouted slurs at a female hockey player while holding a sign asking her to “reveal” her gender. 17-year-old Alyssa Wruble is the only girl on the Northampton Area High School varsity hockey team.
A group of the opposing team’s fans chanted “she has a penis” and “35 you’re a dude!” at the girl. They also held up a sign that asked “Alyssa gender reveal?” and had pink or blue checkboxes.
An 11-year-old gave birth, Missouri police said. Three of her relatives are facing charges
Three family members are facing charges after an 11-year-old girl gave birth in her suburban St. Louis home, authorities said.
Police charged a 17-year-old with incest, statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child, documents say, after he told investigators he did not know the girl was pregnant.
A man and a woman are each accused of child endangerment, and the woman faces an additional allegation of failing to provide medical care for the birth. The adult male triggered the investigation when he brought an infant, who had a temperature of 90 degrees and was still attached to the umbilical cord, to a hospital for treatment on Feb. 11.
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California high school basketball game ends in ‘racist’ chant: ‘Where’s your passport?’
A California high school basketball game ended with students from one school erupting into a chant of “Where’s your passport?” as the opposing team’s principal angrily confronts them.
The chant erupted at the conclusion of the contest between St. Joseph High School, a private school, and Righetti High, a public school located across the street in Santa Maria, according to the Santa Maria Times.
Supporters from Righetti High, the visiting team who lost 74-57, started the taunt in the final seconds of the game, according to video captured by the paper’s sports editor and posted to Twitter.
Three players on St. Joseph’s are from Puerto Rico — a US territory — and one is from France, the report said.
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CHICAGO STUDENTS PROTEST AFTER TEACHER ALLEGEDLY TELLS HISPANIC GIRL TO 'GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY'
A school called police after a kindergartner with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher.
Charles Barkley: I’m Never Going To Let Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Happen On My Watch
Charles Barkley reflected on his passion for LGBTQ advocacy this week, vowing never “to sit back and let discrimination happen on my watch.”
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, the basketball legend recalled the time he convinced the NBA to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to North Carolina’s passage of House Bill 2.
“I think anytime you’re Black, you’ve got to stand up for other people,” he said. “Black people know what discrimination is like. If you’re in a position of power, you’ve got to always stand up against discrimination. I’ve been blessed.”
Catholic priest bubble-wrapped a teen boy for sexual pleasure. He’s going to jail.
A Catholic priest in Michigan has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for wrapping a teen boy in bubble wrap. Accusers said that the crime was sexual in nature because he would masturbate while they couldn’t move.
Brian Stanley, 57, was arrested last August for a 2013 incident involving a minor in Otsego, Michigan. The boy’s parents wanted Stanley to counsel their son on his addiction issues, calling him a “spiritual adviser” for their son.
But the teen said that Stanley used the counseling sessions to get him into a janitor’s closet at St. Margaret Church and wrap him with bubble wrap and tape, including over his eyes and mouth.
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Sports judge lifts lifetime ban on Olympic figure skating coach, 74, - but says he BELIEVES victims who accuse him of sexually abusing them
Richard Callaghan, 74, has coached the likes of Olympic champion Tara Lipinski and U.S. national champion Todd Eldredge, among others
At least four male skaters who were mentored by Callaghan came forward and accused him of sexual abuse
One of the accusers, Craig Maurizi, has alleged that Callaghan 'groomed' him, provided him with alcohol, and had sex with him starting when he was 15 or 16
Another of Callaghan's former students, Adam Schmidt, filed a lawsuit alleging that his former coach started abusing him when he was just 14 years old
The claims led to an investigation by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which handed down a lifetime ban last August
But last month, an arbitrator reduced the penalty to a three-year suspension, making Callaghan eligible to return to professional figure skating in 2022
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Oregon Man Allegedly Posed As Teen On Snapchat To Sexually Assault Children
Police in Oregon say a 26-year-old man posed as a high school-aged student on Snapchat and Instagram to lure in two young children he's accused of sexually abusing.
Beaverton resident Lafayette Castillo was indicted Friday, January 24 on charges including rape, attempted rape, sexual abuse and sodomy, the Washington County Sheriff's Office announced, according to The Associated Press. Beaverton is a city in Washington County just west of Portland.
Castillo is accused of using the social media platforms Snapchat and Instagram to pose as a teenage student so he could talk with children online, authorities said. He then allegedly arranged to meet two victims — aged 12 and 14 — and sexually assaulted them, Fox 12 Oregon reports.
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Kobe Bryant Takes One Big Leap for the NBA on Gay Slurs
The major sports leagues don't have the best reputation when it comes to gay players in the locker room, or gay slurs on the playing field, or much of anything with gay rights these days, really. But Kobe Bryant, in a sudden reversal for himself and perhaps a growing trend for stars in the notoriously conservative NBA, may have single-handedly changed that. In the early hours of Monday morning, in the shadow of the Grammys on Twitter, as all-star week began to bring the spotlight back to his league, the outspoken Laker chastised two fans for using "you're gay" as an insult in at-replies to the newfound Twitter favorite.
NC Pastor Charged With Over 100 Sex Crimes
A pastor in North Carolina has been charged with over 100 sex crimes involving three children, according to local authorities. Fifty-eight-year-old Rodney Luffman, pastor at Open Arms Outreach Ministries in Elkin, NC, was arrested at his home in Eastern Wilkes County last week, and has since been charged for a decades-long litany of sex offenses against minors that began around 20 years ago.
Time reports that Luffman is accused of abusing three victims, dating back to the late 1990s. At the time of the alleged crimes, the victims were between four and 15 years old. Det. Amanda Boyd with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office told news outlets that the department believes the crimes continued for around 16 years. Luffman currently remains in prison on $1 million bail, and it is unclear whether or not he is represented by council.
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Do transgender athletes have an unfair advantage?
Does “science” show that transgender girls who compete as females in a sport have an unfair advantage?
That’s the claim made earlier this month by a Tennessee state legislator who called for a law inflicting career-ruining sanctions on school officials who let trans-student-athletes compete in accord with their gender identities.
The proposal is neutral on its face: it would apply to both boys and girls. But the specter of trans girls (girls born as boys) gaining an unfair edge on “real” girls animates it and other proposals like it.
Florida Football Coach Uses Slur, Calls Homosexuality 'Disgusting'
A Florida youth football coach called homosexuality “absolutely wrong and mentally disgusting” on Facebook posts this weekend, calling on community leaders to stop a rise in LGBTQ presence.
Johnnie Saunders, founder and coach of the Eustis Junior Panthers and of a 10-and-up football team with the Apopka Raptors, wrote the homophobic posts on Sunday, according to the Daily Commercial.