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SNL Fires Shane Gillis New Cast Member Over Racist Asian Jokes

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Saturday Night Live on Monday announced that it would no longer take Shane Gillis on board for its 45th season as a fresh cast member, after unarthed video showing him making overtly racist jokes.

“We decided after speaking to Shane Gillis not to join SNL. We want SNL to have a range of voices and viewpoints in the series, and we recruited Shane on the strength of his comedian talent and his impressive SNL audition, “the NBC show said in a declaration.

“We were unaware of his previous comments over the previous couple of days. He used an offensive, hurtful, and unacceptable language. We’re sorry that we didn’t see these clips earlier and that our voting process wasn’t up to our standard. “Gillis seemed to be jesting at his early shooting without apologies. “For comedians it feels absurd to make severe government statements, but here we are,” he wrote after Twitter Monday’s news broke. “I’m a funny enough comedian to get SNL. It can’t be removed… Gillis ‘ recruitment was announced last week, along with comedians Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, who will be the first East Asian cast member in the show’s history. Soon after the announcement — and despite Gillis removing all the videos from the YouTube channel of his podcast and all but the internet’s latest episodes— multiple clips and videos emerged from him making racist and sexist remarks.

An episode of “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast,” co-hosted by Gillis with fellow actor Matt McCusker in September 2018, demonstrates the comedian mocking Asians. “Damn, Chinatown’s fucking nuts,” Gillis says in the clip before adding, “Let the fucking chinks live there.” Gillis and McCusker then mock Asian accents and complain about the “fucking trouble” of ordering food from someone who doesn’t speak English well.

Gillis later made a declaration on Twitter about his remarks, writing: “I am a comedian pushing limits. I’m missing sometimes… I am pleased to apologize to anyone who is offended by anything I have said.

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Police: 17-year-old arrested in Amsterdam after burglary and stolen car

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Albany man arrested for drugs, stolen handgun

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, September 27, a 17-year-old was arrested after an investigation into a burglary complaint at a business in Amsterdam. During the incident, the 17-year-old reportedly broke into the building, stole property, then left in a stolen car. The stolen property and vehicle were all recovered.

Charges:

  • Burglary 3rd Degree (Felony)
  • Grand Larceny 4th Degree (Felony)

The 17-year-old male was processed and arraigned in Montgomery County Youth Part Court on the above charges.

The suspect was then released to the custody of his guardian and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Gloversville Police Department, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and District Attorney Lorraine Diamond.

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Homicides up nearly 30% in 2020, biggest 1-year jump ever, FBI says

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Homicides in the U.S. in 2020 increased nearly 30% over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to figures released Monday, September 27 by the agency.

Homicides and non-negligent manslaughters climbed an estimated 29.4% to 21,570, an increase of 4,901 over 2019, FBI data showed. It is the highest estimated total since the early 1990s, when homicides stayed above 23,000 a year as drug wars played out in many places in the U.S.

Violent crimes in 2020 went up by a more moderate 5.6% over the previous year while property crimes continued a nearly two-decade decline, falling 7.8%. Robbery and rape dropped 9.3% and 12% respectively.

James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, said he considered 2020 a “unique situation” and not part of any sort of long-term trend. He attributed the dramatic uptick to a confluence of factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, conflicts over politics and race and people just generally having too much free time.

“I don’t want to minimize what’s happened. I just don’t want people to believe that the sky is falling and that this is a permanent” trend, Fox added. Even with the huge homicide rise, he noted, the number is still far lower than what the country endured during the crack cocaine epidemic 30 years ago.

While the drops in other crime categories are positive news, homicides were the stunning trend — one that has continued this year. A number of communities, rural and metropolitan, have experienced continued increases in homicides. The rising violence has become a political battleground in the year after protests over policing erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Several candidates with law enforcement backgrounds are running or plan to run for various offices around the country.

Gun control groups noted that firearms were the primary driver of the violence.

“This jump in murders is just the latest proof that we are experiencing a gun violence epidemic within the COVID pandemic,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. “This death spiral will continue until we stem the flow of illegal guns and invest in proven intervention programs.”

The Uniform Crime Report program is run by the FBI and collects data annually from law enforcement agencies in a number of categories, among them violent crimes, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as well as property crimes. The data is estimated because not all agencies submit information. The FBI said about 85% of the 18,619 law enforcement agencies eligible submitted data in 2020. As a result, the FBI cautions against using its report to rank cities.

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Pandemic shortages return: Costco limiting purchases

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CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Remember the bad old days of 2020, when toilet paper was selling for $5 a roll-on eBay and grocery store shelves seemed permanently bare of essentials … and baking flour?

Scarcity days are here again, but this time the cause isn’t millions of people suddenly having to flush, eat, cook and amuse themselves at home while on lockdown. The problem is a serious lack of everything from cargo ships to tractor-trailers in the supply chain that brings everything to local stores.

The labor shortage caused by the pandemic hit everywhere, and that includes truckers, ship crews, dockworkers and freight handlers.

Retail giant Costco is limiting customer purchases of toilet paper, bottled water and cleaning supplies to try to forestall the kind of bare shelves it and just about every other major retailer saw during the initial phase of the pandemic.

Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti didn’t give specifics during an earnings call Thursday but made clear that limits would be placed.

Prices for overseas shipping containers have skyrocketed, and even things like Christmas decor are running in short supply. Toy industry experts are advising that you get the kids’ holiday gifts now because what you see in stores today might be all there will be between now and December.

As with every industry, the shipping industry is hiring as fast as it can. However, it takes a good deal longer to train a tractor-trailer driver than a pizza cook, and crane operators on cargo ships need much more practice than servers at your local Irish bar. Wage offerings are up, and hiring bonuses are swelling the ranks of applicants, but it will take time to get relief to U.S. store shelves.

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Power cuts in China may lead to Christmas shopping shortages in the US

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BEIJING (AP) — Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet official energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark.

In the northeastern city of Liaoyang, 23 people were hospitalized with gas poisoning after ventilation in a metal casting factory was shut off following a power outage, according to state broadcaster CCTV. No deaths were reported.

Factories were idled to avoid exceeding limits on energy use imposed by Beijing to promote efficiency. Economists and an environmental group say manufacturers used up this year’s quota faster than planned as export demand rebounded from the coronavirus pandemic.

A components supplier for Apple Inc.’s iPhones said it suspended production at a factory west of Shanghai under orders from local authorities.

The disruption to China’s vast manufacturing industries during one of their busiest seasons reflects the ruling Communist Party’s struggle to balance economic growth with efforts to rein in pollution and emissions of climate-changing gases.

“Beijing’s unprecedented resolve in enforcing energy consumption limits could result in long-term benefits, but the short-term economic costs are substantial,” Nomura economists Ting Lu, Lisheng Wang and Jing Wang said in a report Monday, September 27.

They said the impact might be so severe that they cut their economic growth forecast for China to 4.7% from 5.1% over a year earlier in the current quarter. They cut their outlook for annual growth to 7.7% from 8.2%.

Global financial markets already were on edge about the possible collapse of one of China’s biggest real estate developers, Evergrande Group, which is struggling to avoid a default on billions of dollars of debt.

Manufacturers already face shortages of processor chips, disruptions in shipping and other lingering effects of the global shutdown of travel and trade to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents of China’s northeast, where autumn temperatures are falling, report power cuts and appealed on social media for the government to restore supplies.

The crunch comes as global leaders prepare to attend a U.N. environmental conference by video link on Oct. 12-13 in the southwestern city of Kunming. That increases pressure on President Xi Jinping’s government, as the meeting’s host, to show it is sticking to emissions and energy efficiency targets.

China is one of the world’s biggest emitters of climate-changing industrial gases and consumes more energy per unit of economic output than developed countries.

The ruling party also is preparing for the Winter Olympics in the Chinese capital, Beijing, and the nearby city of Shijiazhuang in February, a period when it will want clear blue skies.

Scores of companies have announced power rationing could force them to delay filling orders and might hurt them financially.

Apple components supplier Eson Precision Engineering Co. Ltd. said Sunday it would halt production at its factory in Kunshan, west of Shanghai, through Thursday “in line with the local government’s power restriction policy.”

Eson said the suspension shouldn’t have a “significant impact” on operations.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a question about the possible impact on iPhone supplies.

China’s energy consumption and industrial emissions have surged as manufacturers rush to fill foreign demand at a time when competitors elsewhere still are hampered by anti-coronavirus controls.

China’s economy is “more driven by exports than any time in the past decade,” but official energy use targets fail to take that into account, economists Larry Hu and Xinyu Ji of Macquarie Group said in a report.

Some provinces used up most of their quotas for energy consumption in the first half of the year and are cutting back to stay under their limits, according to Li Shuo, a climate policy expert at Greenpeace in Beijing.

Utility companies, meanwhile, are being squeezed by soaring coal and gas prices. That discourages them from increasing output because the government limits their ability to pass on costs to customers, said Li.

Prices have risen “past the range of what China’s electricity industry can bear,” Li said.

China has launched repeated campaigns to make its energy-hungry economy more efficient and clean up smog-choked cities.

City skies are visibly clearer, but the abrupt way the campaigns are carried out disrupts supplies of power, coal and gas, leaving families shivering in unheated homes and forcing factories to shut down.

Shopping malls in the northeastern city of Harbin have announced they will close stores earlier than usual to save power.

In Guangdong province in the south, the government told the public to set thermostats on air conditioners higher even as temperatures rose above 34 degrees C (93 degrees F).

State Grid Corp., the world’s biggest power distributor, issued a pledge to ensure adequate supplies.

Meanwhile, state media say local governments have signed long-term coal contracts to ensure adequate suppliers.

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Couple killed in Aurora traffic crash were married for 25 years

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A Montbello couple, married for 25 years, died in an early morning two-vehicle crash in Aurora.

The couple were identified Monday by the Adams County Coroner’s Office as Rosalino Gonzalez-Salinas, 56, and 55-year-old Sandra Tapia-Cisneros.

The crash happened at about 12:35 a.m. Sept. 19 near East 38th Avenue and North Windsor Drive, according to police. They died at the scene.

Gonzalez-Salinas, a metal worker, had picked up his wife, Tapia-Cisneros, from her janitorial job and they were driving home when the crash happened, said Ben Rhoton, a friend of the couple who is dating their middle daughter, 22-year-old Aitza.

“They were the kindest people in the world,” Rhoton said. “They worked hard and did everything they could for their daughters and the community.”

The couple is also survived by daughters Karen, 23, and 16-year-old Adamaris.

Tapia-Cisneros was known in her community for organizing toy drives for children and a turkey drive for families around Thanksgiving, Rhoton said. Gonzalez-Salinas loaned neighbors and friends tools as a way to help out.

“They always had smiles on their faces and were doing everything for everyone,” Rhoton said. “Their daughters were really distraught, it hit them really hard.”

A GoFundMe page has been organized by Rhoton to help the survivors with funeral and memorial expenses. The GFM goal is $50,000. As of Tuesday afternoon about 423 donors had raised just under over $43,000.

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‘It just went south real fast’: bodycam video shows deputies survive ambush

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Two Florida deputies credit their training with surviving a violent ambush during a traffic stop in late August. Brevard County deputies Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman had pulled over a car that had three adults and a 2-month-old baby inside.

Potters was talking to an adult who was sitting in the back seat, and said he’d watch the infant while that adult got out to speak with Thoman. When the adult got out, he had a gun and began firing. Potters had just finished telling the shooter that he, too, had kids, when the shooting began.

“We all always call routine traffic stops routine, but obviously, that’s not the case,” Potters said on “Dan Abrams Live” on Monday. “You always try to make small talk with folks, try to get the their opinion on things and what’s going on right there at that point in time, and it just went south real fast.”

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said there were 61 shots fired in the next minute. Potters was hit in the leg, but so was the gunman. Thoman, Potters and the shooter then circled a sheriff’s office vehicle. The attacker hit Potters with the butt of his firearm.

Potters and the shooter wrestled each other to the ground, when Thoman opened fire, killing the shooter.

“I heard Deputy Potters respond verbally to the firearm, which got my attention,” Thoman said. “And at that point, we reverted to our training and that was just to kind of get off the ax and get to cover — respond to the threat.”

Ivey called the shooter a “career criminal” and said he’d faced 40 charges over the years, including convictions on guns and drug charges.

Ivey presented the dashcam footage in a YouTube video. He said he was fine with the number of shots the deputies took at the shooter because “evil can never be dead enough.”

Abrams, whose show premiered Monday on NewsNation Now, said he will regularly highlight police work and some of the incredible — and dangerous — situations officers deal with every day.

Watch “Dan Abrams Live” weeknights at 8/7c on NewsNation.

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Surveillance images released to find suspects in shooting at downtown vigil

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ST. LOUIS– St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released video and images connected to a downtown shooting that killed one person and injured three others last week. The group was gathered for a candlelight vigil for Demetrise Thomas who was shot and killed in the area hours earlier.

Police released the images and video and say they need help identifying the vehicles and the people riding in them.

Police Chief John Hayden said a few dozen people were gathered for the vigil when a dark-colored SUV drove past and someone in the vehicle opened fire at the crowd. Children at the vigil fled at the sound of gunfire and ran to Union Station for safety.

Thirty-four-year-old Cedric Owens died following the shooting. Three other women were injured.

Loved ones say Owens was a dedicated family man who worked hard and lived life ‘the way a man should.’ he worked at ups and was recently given a promotion.  

Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371. Also, anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). 

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Pressed into duty, Broncos rookie safety Caden Sterns proves to be quick study

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Broncos rookie safety Caden Sterns was presented with a new assignment before the regular season: Learn the “dime” position.

Good contingency planning by the coaches.

Sterns didn’t play a defensive snap in the Week 1 win over the New York Giants, but cornerback Ronald Darby’s hamstring injury forced a shuffling of personnel.

Darby was placed on injured reserve. Dime back Pat Surtain II moved to Darby’s starting spot. And Sterns replaced Surtain as the dime player (six-defensive back personnel).

In wins over Jacksonville and the New York Jets, Sterns played 28 snaps (primarily as the dime), making two tackles and intercepting a pass.

“I’m playing with obviously some really good guys who have helped me around,” Sterns said. “I’m still kind of getting used to dime — I started learning it only 2 1/2-3 weeks ago.”

Sterns will play dime for at least one more game (Sunday vs. Baltimore). Darby is eligible to play at Pittsburgh in Week 5, but the way Surtain is playing, the Broncos need to find a way to keep him on the field full-time.

Sterns allowed a third-down completion to the Jets on Sunday in man coverage, but in the final minute, after starting safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson were done for the day, he intercepted quarterback Zach Wilson’s pass after it went through the hands of receiver Braxton Berrios.

Sterns’ takeaways about playing dime? He is lining up closer to the line of scrimmage and things move quicker … a lot quicker.

“Your head has to be on a swivel,” he said. “You need to understand where your help is if you’re playing zone and know how the puzzle pieces fit together so you can react off that.”

Sterns, a fifth-round pick (No. 152 overall), is used to being a quick study.

A five-star high school recruit from Cibolo, Texas, located 25 miles northeast of San Antonio, he originally committed to LSU before changing to Texas.

“It took our entire staff to get him flipped and make him a Longhorn,” said Craig Naivar, who was Texas’ safeties coach during Sterns’ career and now holds the same title at USC.

Sterns was an early enrollee and earned a starting spot as a true freshman in 2018.

“He kept showing up and making plays,” Naivar said in a phone interview this summer. “When he saw something and read something, he would react immediately. He played fast because of his instincts and eye discipline.

“We felt he was a guy that was mature for his age and the moment wasn’t too big for him.”

Sterns was a freshman star for the Longhorns, starting 13 games and totaling 62 tackles and four interceptions. The way Sterns was deployed by defensive coordinator Todd Orlando — safeties were interchangeable — would end up helping him with the Broncos. On some plays, he would line up at free safety, but rotate down to cover the slot receiver, much as he could be asked to do against Baltimore.

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St. Louis celebrity Meghan King is dating President Biden’s nephew

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – We finally know who Meghan King’s new boyfriend is. The former Real Housewife of Orange County now lives in St. Louis. Page 6 reports that she is now dating President Joe Biden’s nephew, Cuffe Biden Owens.

King posted a pic of them together to Instagram over the weekend with the caption, “Trying my best to avoid any cheesy introductions like “my main squeeze”… so just meet my man. ❤️”

Cuffe Biden Owens, 42, is an attorney who lives in Los Angeles County. He has largely avoided the spotlight. But, his mother is involved with the president’s political career.

Former St. Louis Cardinals player Jim Edmonds and his ex-wife Meghan King finalized their divorce in May after splitting in October 2019. The former Real Housewife of Orange County moved with Edmonds to St. Louis County where they broke ground on a new home in 2018. They have three children together.

King and Edmonds split after a lewd text exchange was published in a tabloid. Explicit texts between Edmonds and the anonymous woman were sent when King was pregnant with twins.

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Lisa Vanderpump Says Kyle Richards Spread Erika Rumors as RHOBH Alum Slams Erika as “Obnoxious”

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Lisa Vanderpump Confirms It's Kyle Richards Who Spread Rumors About Erika Jayne as RHOBH Alum Slams Erika for "Obnoxious" Behavior With Money

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Lisa Vanderpump claims it was Kyle Richards who spread rumors regarding Erika Jayne and Thomas Girardi‘s money troubles at Andy Cohen‘s baby shower.

After Camille Grammer said on Twitter that “one of the Housewives mentioned it” at the January 2019 event, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum admitted that it was Kyle who told Camille the information about her supposed friend before taking aim at Erika’s behavior with her money.

“I had heard from Camille, she’d been told that there were definitely problems way back in [2019] when I left [RHOBH],” Lisa recalled to the Daily Mail on September 27.

Although Lisa, who announced her exit from RHOBH in June 2019, didn’t immediately give up Kyle’s name as the culprit, first saying that she “can’t say,” she eventually shared more after the host suggested it was someone who once got kicked out of her kitchen.

“I think it could be that person. Yes, it could be the person that [Ken Todd] kicked out of my house,” Lisa confirmed, giving a nod to the season nine moment in which her friendship with Kyle came to an end.

As fans will recall, Lisa’s husband threw Kyle out of their Beverly Hills home after Kyle suggested Lisa was lying about selling a negative story about Dorit Kemsley.

“But it didn’t surprise me when Camille told me it was Kyle that had told her the gossip about her supposed friend Erika Jayne. That’s how Kyle works,” Lisa continued.

Kyle’s name being dropped makes sense as Bethenny Frankel recently admitted she told Kyle and Lisa Rinna about the rumors of Erika and Tom having money issues four years ago after her then-boyfriend, Dennis Shields, told her Tom allegedly owed him $500,000.

Also during the interview, Lisa took aim at her former castmate, Erika, who is currently facing a $25 million lawsuit and claims of having embezzled millions from Thomas’ former clients, stating that the performer was never nice to her and behaved horribly with her finances.

“Erika Jayne was never nice to me, you know, even prior to this whole thing,” Lisa revealed. “I thought it was kind of obnoxious the way she behaved with money, even when I thought it was her own.”

“You know what? I had doubts,” she added.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.

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