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1 NYPD officer killed, 1 severely injured in Harlem shooting



1 NYPD officer killed, 1 severely injured in Harlem shooting

NEW YORK — A New York City police officer was killed and another critically wounded Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, making four officers shot in the city in as many days.

Just three weeks into their jobs, Mayor Eric Adams — a former police captain himself — and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell stood before the media at a Harlem hospital, denouncing the spate of violence against the New York Police Department.

“Countless officers lined this hallway after carrying him in and grieve for their brother while praying with everything they have for the other” officer, Sewell said. “I am struggling to find the words to express the tragedy we are enduring. We’re mourning, and we’re angry.”

Adams said, “This was just not an attack on these brave officers. This was an attack on the city of New York.”

Adams called for federal authorities to do more to round up stolen guns like the one used in Friday’s shooting inside a Harlem apartment.

“There are no gun manufacturers in New York City,” he said. “We don’t make guns here. How are we removing thousands of guns off the street and they still find their way into New York City, in the hands of people who are killers?”

Authorities said the officers, along with a third officer, went to the apartment on 135th Street after a call came in from a woman needing help with her son, identified by police as Lashawn J. McNeil, 47.

Authorities said the officers spoke with the woman and another son, but there was no mention of a weapon. Then two of them walked from the front of the apartment down a narrow, 30-foot (9-meter) hallway.

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said McNeil swung open a bedroom door and opened fire at the officers, striking them.

The officer who was killed was identified as 22-year-old Jason Rivera, who joined the force in November 2020, and the wounded officer as Wilbert Mora, 27, who’s been with the NYPD for four years.

As McNeil tried to flee, a third officer who’d stayed with McNeil’s mother in the front of the apartment shot at McNeil and wounded him in the head and arm, Essig said.

McNeil is alive and hospitalized in critical condition, NYPD spokesperson Lt. John Grimpel said, correcting earlier reports that he had been killed. Sewell and Adams did not take questions at the hospital press conference.

McNeil’s last known address is in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of New York City.

McNeil was on probation for a 2003 drug conviction in New York City. He also had several out of state arrests. In 1998, he was arrested in South Carolina for unlawfully carrying a pistol, but records show the matter was later dismissed. In 2002, he was arrested in Pennsylvania for assaulting a police officer, Essig said.

Police said the gun used in Friday night’s shooting, a .45-caliber Glock with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding up to 40 extra rounds, had been stolen in Baltimore in 2017.

Friday night’s shooting happened in a street-level apartment in a six-story apartment building on a block between two iconic Harlem avenues: Malcolm X Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

It came three nights after an officer was wounded in the leg in the Bronx during a struggle with a teenager who also shot himself. On Thursday, a narcotics detective was shot in the leg on Staten Island.

Under Adams, the NYPD has reinstated a plainclothes anti-crime unit aimed at getting guns off the streets. The unit had been disbanded in 2020 over concerns it accounted for a disproportionate number of shootings and complaints.

The NYPD has also partnered with prosecutors, city and federal agencies in recent months on a task force that meets daily and works to track gun violence, accelerate gun tracing and build cases against shooters and gun traffickers.

Before Friday, the last NYPD officer killed in the line of duty was Anastasios Tsakos, who was struck by a suspected drunken driver in May 2021 while assisting officers at the scene of an earlier crash on a Queens highway.

The last NYPD officer fatally shot in the line of duty, Brian Mulkeen, was hit by friendly fire while struggling with an armed man after chasing and shooting at him in the Bronx in September 2019.

Mulkeen’s death came about seven months after Det. Brian Simonsen was killed by friendly fire while he and other officers were confronting a robbery suspect at a cell phone store in Queens.

In 2017, Officer Miosotis Familia was ambushed by a gunman as she wrote in a notebook in a mobile command post. In 2016, Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was killed in a gunfight with a man who’d broken into his estranged wife’s home.

In 2015, Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed by a man riding a stolen bicycle in Manhattan and Officer Brian Moore died after he was shot by a man in Queens.

The year before, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot by a man who ambushed them as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.


What’s the deal with NFTs? Snoop Dogg is coming to Minneapolis to explain



What’s the deal with NFTs? Snoop Dogg is coming to Minneapolis to explain

A four-day conference exploring digital ownership and the way emerging technologies could interact with art, sports and entertainment has landed at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

VeeCon is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee.

It’s billed as an event “featuring icons of business, sports, music, arts, Web3, and popular culture in conversation to build lasting relationships, share ideas, and connect with the community.”

VeeCon is expected to draw over 10,000 visitors from around world who will hear from 150 speakers, from New Age guru Deepak Chopra to filmmaker Spike Lee and the ubiquitous rapper Snoop Dogg.

Tickets were sold in the form of NFTs, which are non-fungible tokens sold on the blockchain, a digital ledger of transactions. Much of the conference will dive into the potential applications for NFTs.

Conference attendee Ami Barzelay, a San Francisco man who has dabbled in the NFT market, described NFT ownership as “digital bragging rights.” An NFT, which could be an image, song or video, can be copied and enjoyed by anyone in the world, but it may have just one owner.

The NFT market, still in its infancy, has seen wild swings in what people are willing to pay for digital assets, which Barzelay has experienced first-hand. He said that for fun, he paid $100 for a video clip of Tiger Woods and later sold it for $5,000.

There is inherent skepticism and fear around buying and selling things that don’t exist in the physical world, which VeeCon aims to address.

During a media luncheon Thursday, Vaynerchuk said it would take education, communication and time to get people more comfortable with the idea of NFTs and the blockchain.

“Many of us remember either us, or especially our parents, being incredibly scared and uncomfortable” using a credit card for an online purchase, he said.

And while there were some early problems with fraud and theft, safeguards eventually were developed. That’ll happen soon enough for the blockchain, he said, predicting that in 20 years that’s how all property sales will be recorded.

“Education and communication solve everything,” he said.

While the conference, which runs through Sunday afternoon, is focused on NFTs, there’s much more to learn about their place in the new world of the blockchain.

“NFTs are really fun for collectability, but it is a tiny part of the consumer blockchain,” Vaynerchuk said. “We will eventually all interact with NFTs because they will be our airline tickets, they will be our receipts, they will be our tickets to U.S. Bank Stadium, they will be our membership cards. Right now, we use plastic, QR codes or email confirmations for many things that I think the blockchain will eat up because it’s better technology for those things. It will just take some time.”

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Tonight’s Chicago White Sox-New York Yankees game is postponed; doubleheader set for Sunday



Tonight’s Chicago White Sox-New York Yankees game is postponed; doubleheader set for Sunday

The Chicago White Sox-New York Yankees game scheduled for Friday evening at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of impending inclement weather.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, with the first game starting at 2:05 p.m. Central time.

This story will be updated.


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What Happened To Ellen DeGeneres Today



What Happened To Ellen DeGeneres Today

Ellen Cancelled?

The audiences have adored Ellen DeGeneres’s TV Show since 2003. Ellen has been the most loving host of the talk show and finally bidding farewell after 18 seasons.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s host, Ellen, said this decision to exit the show took a hard and long year. This announcement was made looking at the turbulent times of the long-running talk show. The ratings for the show have plunged after the negative news surfaced that accused Ellen and others of forming a toxic work atmosphere on set.

On the other hand, Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter that the show doesn’t explore her creativity anymore. She decided ahead of signing a three-year extension contract in 2018. And began this journey with her first sitcom Ellen on ABC, which aired from 1994 to 1998. She began hosting Ellen Degeneres’s show after the cancellation of The Ellen Show in 2002, and since then, she has been the only host of the show.

 Allegation Of Staff Mistreatment

In a BuzzFeed article, the show was getting a bad wave of allegations of bullying and harassment behind the scenes in July 2020. It mentioned a negative workspace from one current and ten former employees. Subsequently, an article was released by BuzzFeed mentioning that 36 anonymous employees alleged “happenings of assault, harassment, sexual misconduct from show’s top producer.” Later an internal investigation was arranged by WarnerBros, and 3 top-level producers were sacked. Ellen also apologized to her staff in an email before addressing the same on 21st September, season 18.

Ellen also said that her desire to leave the show had zero to do with the ongoing conflict. She said that the accusations were sad and hurtful, but she quit the show because she would not return for another season; and also mentioned that what happened should never have happened, and she takes things like these very seriously. She expressed regret and apologized to the individuals impacted by the show.

She also said she understands her position, and with that position comes power and privilege; and she took full responsibility for what happened at her show.

The episode has the highest rating in 4 years, but soon it was followed by the loss of million viewers in less than six months, as reported by the New York Times.

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End Of An Era

Mike Darnell, Warner Bros’ unscripted TV President, lauded the show as an unforgettable piece of television and will be deeply missed.” Ellen started as a small program and became a sensation through the years. Over the years, it showed that it was home to superstars and other heartfelt stories. The show brought peace, joy, laughter, and other countless emotions for 18 years.”

Where To Watch

The soundest way to watch it is to tune in on NBC when her episodes air. You can watch short clips of episodes on her official youtube channel;or watch them on her app, EllenTube or Hulu.

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