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How queer Asian American rom-com ‘Fire Island’ became summer’s sexiest breakout hit

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How Queer Asian American Rom-Com ‘Fire Island’ Became Summer’s Sexiest Breakout Hit

Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang remember that first trip, years ago, to the beachy New York LGBTQ resort that would inspire the Hulu rom-com, “Fire Island.” Before playing BFFs Noah (Booster) and Howie (Yang) in the film, who find unexpected romances while vacationing at the Long Island party destination, the real-life friends were on a similar getaway, staying 12 deep in a three-bedroom house, “really making it work despite our comedians’ salaries,” said Yang.

“There is a magical energy, an ephemeral thing about it,” Yang said from New York City ahead of the film’s early June release. “You get on the ferry and it’s like a portal into another dimension.” Connected by wooden boardwalks and accessible only by water, idyllic Fire Island offer a place of unique liberation, and one not just free of cars.

“I’ve never felt closer to my friends than when we’re on Fire Island together experiencing the freedom that comes with not being around straight people,” said actor-writer Booster, videochatting from Los Angeles about the acclaimed Searchlight Pictures film, which has a breakout ensemble. “Not having to navigate a heterosexual society for that one single week is so freeing, it really does unlock a lot inside of you.”

There were downsides. On that first visit, Yang was still a few years away from his “Saturday Night Live” stardom and Booster, who came up through Chicago’s underground comedy scene, had yet to land his own TV breakthroughs on “Sunnyside,” “Shrill” and “Big Mouth.” Rereading Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice,” he started noticing parallels between the classic and the interactions he and his friends had among the scene’s predominantly white, wealthy party set.

“When a premium is put on sex and aesthetics, it can be really toxic,” he said. “The things that make it difficult to navigate the world as a person of color or a person who doesn’t maybe have the ‘ideal’ body type or who might not be rich, suddenly all of those problems, like the good stuff, get outsized and blown up and become unavoidable if you don’t go with the right support system.”

Booster channeled it all — the magic, the romance, the sex and social hierarchies, dance parties and Britney Spears karaoke — into “Fire Island,” a fresh spin on Austen’s 19th-century novel. The first major studio rom-com to center gay Asian American leads, it’s also the only movie to earn a special exception to the Bechdel Test following a critique earlier this month by writer Hanna Rosin, who slammed the film’s female representation in a since-deleted viral tweet.

“Okay, I just added a corollary: Two men talking to each other about the female protagonist of an Alice Munro story in a screenplay structured on a Jane Austen novel = pass,” tweeted Alison Bechdel herself, putting the matter swiftly to rest.

Even before the brouhaha, Booster admitted he was too online, reading comments both good and otherwise and bracing for all sorts of reactions. “It’s a really personal story, and it’s hard not to want to protect it and jump in every comment section,” he said. He was still processing that a studio let him not just make a movie starring queer Asian leads, but dive more deeply into complex issues that affected them.

“Those layers are missing from the modern rom-com,” he said. “We love the high jinks and we love knowing that they’re going to get together, but how are they going to get together? I was interested in sitting in the quiet moments of these relationships and exploring the things that are keeping these people apart that aren’t necessarily plot devices, but existential ways of feeling about yourself within a community.”

Informed by his friendship with Yang and the oeuvre of Nora Ephron, Booster plays happily broke and single Noah, who vows to stay celibate on his Fire Island holiday until he can help hopeless romantic Howie (Yang, as the Jane to his Lizzie Bennet) hook up with the man of his dreams. But their lives are drifting apart too, placing more at stake than just summer loving. “I have had to convince Bowen not to leave vacations early,” said Booster. “I’m sure he’d hate me revealing that! Bowen’s called me out on my s— plenty of times too. It is just the way good friends operate.”

When Howie falls for Charlie (James Scully), the cute doctor comes as a package deal with the disdainful Cooper (Nick Adams) and aloof Will (Conrad Ricamora), who strikes an instant love-hate sizzle with Noah. Meanwhile, the Wickham-esque Dex (Zane Phillips) adds to the dramatic entanglements threatening to ruin what could be Howie and Noah’s last getaway with their closest friends.

For Ricamora, who played Oliver on “How to Get Away with Murder,” and starred in “Soft Power” and “Little Shop of Horrors” off-Broadway, the chance to portray what director Andrew Ahn describes as “our Asian Mr. Darcy” was an unexpected gift. Although written to be played by an actor of color, the character was not explicitly Asian until Ricamora walked in for a chemistry read and left Booster flustered.

When he first got the call, he assumed it was a mistake. “‘They can’t be sending this to another Asian American. They don’t allow this many of us to be in things,’” thought Ricamora, who had never been to Fire Island before the film. “Growing up, I was constantly watching people like me in TV and film being emasculated and being the butt of the joke. To get to be part of reversing that trend feels really great.”

Originally written on spec as a half an hour comedy series and filmed partly on location in the Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove, known as America’s first gay and lesbian town, “Fire Island” boasts an all-queer ensemble and the kinds of romantic lead roles that Booster and Yang never imagined they’d get to play.

“People ask me: Did you ever expect to be on ‘SNL?’ And no, it never dawned on me,” said Yang, who not only flexes dramatic and romantic chops but performs an iconic karaoke rendition of Spears’ shy girl anthem “Sometimes.” “Joel really gave me a gift. It’s surreal. I never thought I would chemistry test with a love interest, these things that you just don’t consider and don’t expect for yourself.”

Both assumed that in Hollywood’s limited, tokenizing fashion they would never get to act in the same project together, let alone star. But in the lead up to finding a home for “Fire Island” (then called “Trip”), Booster starred in his own Comedy Central stand-up special, released his 2018 debut stand-up album, “Model Minority,” and honed his act around deeply personal observations on race, sex and identity. He found power as a storyteller in his experience as a gay man and Korean adoptee raised in a white conservative Christian family in the Midwest.

“For the first half of my life, I wasn’t allowed to talk about what I was feeling, what I was experiencing,” he said. “So as soon as I had the opportunity, as soon as anyone was willing to listen, I just exploded … When I was starting out there was a real hunger for authenticity. And for me, finding that authenticity was just as freeing.”

In the spring of 2020, Quibi gave Booster’s series a greenlight. By December, the upstart micro platform had shuttered. When Searchlight and Hulu revived the project as a feature film in 2021, Booster redeveloped it, knowing that he wanted to find a director to whom he wouldn’t have to explain what being gay and Asian felt like. “And that was Andrew,” said Booster, also an executive producer on the film.

Ahn had two acclaimed films under his belt with his 2016 debut, “Spa Night,” and 2019 drama “Driveways,” and he had interviewed for the project when it was at Quibi but didn’t get the gig. (“Jeffrey Katzenberg didn’t think I was funny enough!” he jokes.) By the time it came back around a year into the pandemic, a big part of his life had shifted when he moved out of the Echo Park house he shared with his closest friends.

“I was sheltering in place, super depressed, and I saw this story in a really different light,” said Ahn. “This was a film about queer Asian American friendship and joy.” Pitching producers and studio executives, he shared photos from the raucous themed parties that he and his housemates would throw. “We had a blacklight party we called ‘Asian Glow,’” said Ahn, laughing. “We have a lot of fun being silly and stupid, not having to worry about, like, representation. I went into the pitch with that attitude.”

That spirit went into casting Noah and Howie’s close-knit family of friends. “It was important to us to find people that meshed and gelled,” said Booster. They cast Rogers, who co-hosts the popular “Las Culturistas” podcast with Yang, as Luke, the impetuous Lydia of the group; Tomás Matos as effervescent Keegan, their Kitty; and Torian Miller as Max, the practical Mary of the bunch. “We lucked out so well. Tomás and Matt were a dream team. Torian is incredible and has such a huge task, being a little curmudgeonly but still funny. Everybody showed up.”

After a veteran male actor dropped out, prompting a gender swap, Margaret Cho stepped in to play worldly lesbian den mother Erin. “I can draw a straight line from ‘All-American Girl’ to this movie because I don’t know that I ever had a conception for what was possible for me in this industry before I saw her and that family on television,” Booster said of Cho’s groundbreaking 1994 sitcom. “I think every gay person on set took her aside and had a moment like, ‘I hope you know you’ve changed my life.’”

The actor, comedian and podcaster had offered her support of the film even before taking on the matriarchal role. Lounging poolside on days off, swapping clothes with her co-stars, “it was like being with a bunch of your sisters on vacation,” she said.

Moreover, the film’s Austenesque themes struck a chord. “When you’re gay, you feel like you can’t possibly be discriminatory towards anybody else because you’re oppressed, but in reality that’s not the case,” said Cho. “The most intense experiences of racism, classism, sexism and homophobia happen within the community yet we don’t ever talk about it, because that would negate the idea of pride.”

She especially related to the cautionary lessons Erin tries to give Noah about alienating the people he loves. “It was something that I totally understand because lesbians love to hold a grudge,” said Cho. “There are fights that I’ve had with women that have been going on since the ’80s. But that’s how it is to be gay. You’re gay with the same gays all day, every day, forever, if you’re lucky enough to live that long.”

In the waning days of summer, production moved from New York City to shoot amid local landmarks as Ahn, cinematographer Felipe Vara de Rey and their cast and crew captured Fire Island’s textures and iconography, racing against time and tricky logistics. (One crucial rain scene even left Booster and Ricamora near-hypothermic.) But in the evenings, Ahn remembers, he could hear his actors cackling over “Real Housewives” through the vents in their shared bed-and-breakfast.

“The island brings people together,” he said. “I don’t think we would have that authenticity of friendship and intimacy if we weren’t on a tiny island, shooting during the day and going to the Canteen at night to get chicken fingers and drinks.”

The big summer continues for Booster, who stars in the Maya Rudolph comedy series “Loot” for Apple and just released his new Netflix special, “Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual.” Meanwhile, Rogers appears in Showtime’s “I Love That For You” opposite Vanessa Bayer and Yang will be seen this fall in the Billy Eichner-led Universal rom-com “Bros.”

Before writing “Fire Island,” Booster had never been called in to audition for a romantic lead role. He’s still processing that audiences and the industry can now see him in that light. “I spent 34 years not considering myself a romantic leading man type because of my race or how effeminate I may or may not be, or my sexuality, or how attractive I am or aren’t. So it’s wild to be in this moment.”

And he’s already evolving creatively, examining his own identity-forward comedy and the unexpected burden of representation in the Netflix special “Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual.” “Years ago in college, all I wanted to do was write for ‘The Wire,’” he said. “Hopefully I won’t have to write the next one, but we’ll see. I’m willing to do it if I have to.”



The bathrooms of houses for sale in Canada are… strange. “People do it differently in the north”

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The Bathrooms Of Houses For Sale In Canada Are... Strange. “People Do It Differently In The North”

An estate on the real estate market in Ontario, Canada for $2.29 million will enchant some with its fairytale interior, but others? Well, they’re a little confused.



The lakeside property has a “resort setting,” according to the listing on, and even comes with a dock that’s a “combined boathouse-barge,” sure to appeal to lovers water and outdoor enthusiasts.



While the grounds are attractive, it’s the six bedrooms and four bathrooms inside that might seem playful – or alarming. Especially the bathrooms that look like something straight out of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.



At least some of them do.



The rest of the house carries a charming aesthetic, however.



Features include:



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There’s also what appears to be a swivel bed and a bunk bed that includes a slide.



But it was these bathrooms that caught the attention of fans of Friday Night Zillowa fun Twitter hashtag focused on quirky homes in the real estate market run by Bloomberg congressional reporter Steven Dennis.



“I have questions,” one person quotes-tweeted about the stone shower.



“I am eager to see the toilets“said another.



party shower made of stone!” someone tweeted.



“Their culture is far superior“, one person noted.



“Wait to see the soap dispenser,” someone said.



“Could be illegal in many Southern states…,” another joked.



“People do things differently North“, one person tweeted.



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Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

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The all-time highs of cryptocurrencies in 2021 seem like a distant memory as major crypto assets lost value following the 2022 crypto collapse, which ended their historic bullish trend. However, as investors have been steering clear of riskier assets, cryptocurrency has been hammered particularly hard. Additionally, institutions and other major players in the space that made investments close to the market’s peak are under pressure due to the recent crypto crash.

Investing in cryptocurrencies comes with its own risks, just like any other investment. However, we’ve put together three crypto projects worth considering following the bear market. Chiliz (CHZ), Near Protocol (NEAR), and the latest project, Proprivex Token (PPX), have features that make them worthy of consideration.

Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

Chiliz (CHZ) – Bringin Sports Fans Together

Alexandre Dreyfus, the CEO and creator of Socios created Chiliz in 2018 to bring together sports fans and their preferred teams. Socios developed the Chiliz network and Socios platform after raising $66 million in a private placement fundraising round headed by Jump Trading. As part of a significant partnership with Juventus, Socios launched its platform in 2019, enabling users to exchange CHZ for JUV tokens. Since then, Socios has collaborated with several champions league soccer teams, including FC Barcelona.

The Chiliz (CHZ) network is connected to a secondary sidechain or blockchain used by the fan token platform. Sports organizations can decide to put up their sidechain and tailor the number of fan tokens they want to circulate. The Chiliz network charges transaction fees to teams who choose to issue fan tokens. The native cryptocurrency of the Chiliz network is  CHZ, enabling users to buy Fan Tokens on The token was initially released as an Ethereum-based ERC-20 token. Still, after entering into a strategic collaboration with Binance, it also started offering Binance Smart Chain BEP-2 versions of the token.

Near Protocol (NEAR) – The Community-led Token

The NEAR Protocol (NEAR) was designed as a community-run cloud computing platform and featured a public Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain with smart contract functionality. NEAR, created by the NEAR Collective, aims to compete with Ethereum and other top smart contract-enabled blockchains like EOS and Polkadot by being built to host decentralized applications (dApps). The native token of Near Protocol, also known as NEAR, is used to cover transaction and storage costs. Token owners who take part in reaching network consensus by acting as transaction validators may also stake NEAR tokens.

Near Protocol aims to provide a platform that is both user and developer friendly. Near Protocol has included features like enabling new users to connect with dApps and smart contracts without ever needing to create a wallet to fulfill this aim. As well as the option to develop human-readable account names rather than just cryptographic wallet addresses. Mintbase, a non-fungible token(NFT) minting platform, and Flux, a protocol that enables developers to build markets based on assets, commodities, real-world events, and more, are examples of projects based on the Near Protocol.

Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

What Is Proprivex Token (PPX)?

Proprivex Token (PPX) is a platform for trading and managing portfolios focused on digital assets and currencies. Usually, traditional financial assets are managed differently from

digital assets based on laid-down standards. Also, the markets, risks, volatility, and security hazards are all completely different since the bulk of their features varies. The crypto project aims to make it easier for crypto investors to manage multiple portfolios from a single location. Proprivex Token aims to make blockchain accessible to all users with ease and comfort.

Proprivex Token is constructing an intuitive ecosystem to alter public perceptions of blockchain technology and digital assets. Because of the ecosystem’s efficient and safe capabilities, various crypto assets can be traded, staked, managed, and fully secured. Previously, specific self-acclaimed individuals and organizations have promised to help crypto investors manage their portfolios effectively, all to no avail.

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Column: Dylan Cease-Justin Verlander matchup brings us back to a time when ace starters ruled baseball

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Column: Dylan Cease-Justin Verlander Matchup Brings Us Back To A Time When Ace Starters Ruled Baseball

Dylan Cease admitted Monday he sometimes thinks about his chances of winning the American League Cy Young Award during his breakout season.

Chalk it up to the joy of youth?

“Old guys think about it too,” Justin Verlander said with a laugh. “It’s very natural.”

Cease, the 26-year-old Chicago White Sox ace, faces Verlander, the 39-year-old Cy Young favorite, on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in the second game of a key series between the Sox and Houston Astros.

Monday’s 4-2, come-from-behind Sox victory was an appetizer for the main course, and both starters seemed primed for the showdown.

“Two guys having good years, and it’ll be fun,” Verlander said. “I don’t think you get a lot of moments where you get two guys having great years like this matchup. Things have to align, so it’s very exciting.”

The game has changed so much over the years, with starters getting lifted even after six or seven no-hit innings and front-office executives game-planning the pitching moves with the manager hours before the first pitch.

Whether it’s better or worse for the game is in the eye of the beholder. To some of us dinosaurs, turning the game over to anonymous relievers is never as fun as watching two dominant pitchers trying to outduel each other for nine innings, even if their stuff isn’t quite as good as it was the first time through the order.

But that’s irrelevant now. Baseball never will go back to the days when a starter throwing well wouldn’t give up the ball unless it was pried out of his hand. Analytics have turned managers into drones. “Five and dive” has been replaced with “five and survive.”

All we can do is appreciate the rare occasions when two dominant starters go head-to-head in a regular-season game — and hope the managers understand this is entertainment. Many fans want to see which pitcher comes out on top, not which one gives his team a chance to win with 85 pitches.

Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker are the kind of old-school managers one might think would give their starters a little more leeway in a marquee matchup such as Verlander-Cease. We’ll see.

They’re also new-school thinkers when it comes to ensuring their aces are still healthy and durable come October, so don’t expect a return to the days when pitch counts were thrown out the window.

Still, Baker knows it’s something the game needs.

“I was thinking about it today,” he said. “This is like when I was a kid — (Sandy) Koufax and Juan Marichal, or Don Drysdale and Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and Bob Gibson. These are classic, classic (matchups). I remember when Don Sutton on our team (the Los Angeles Dodgers) was facing Nolan Ryan.

“I’m going to have to really be careful and make sure I don’t spectate and manage. Because if I was at home, I’d get me a bowl of popcorn and some beer and the only time I’d leave would be if there was a commercial or it was between innings because that’s a classic (matchup).”

Baker said the reason there aren’t more classic matchups is there were fewer teams back in the day, and four-man rotations made it likelier that two No. 1s might go head-to-head.

While that’s true, there’s also a lack of star power when it comes to starting pitchers. There are many well-paid starters but few must-see pitchers like Verlander, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.

Cease may be on his way — as evidenced by his record streak of 14 consecutive starts allowing one or no earned runs — but he’ll have to prove himself for a few more years to reach that status.

Can he imagine himself pitching at Verlander’s age?

“I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “It’s hard to fathom, but I guess he and Scherzer are showing that if you take care of yourself, there’s no reason why your (velocity) or anything has to dip. Guys like that are making it easier to picture for sure.”

Cease revealed himself Monday to be the Sox’s poet laureate. He unveiled a poem he wrote about his slider called “O Slider Slide” and had the team distribute T-shirts with the verses on the back. A sampling:

“O slider slide o’ slider slide.

“In the strike zone indeed a win is implied.”

Well, Dylan Thomas had to start somewhere, and he probably couldn’t even throw a slider. You have to give Cease credit for putting himself out there.

Matchup aside, this is a huge series for the Sox, who were taken apart by these same Astros in October in the AL Division Series and have yet to recover.

Baker pointed to the Sox injuries, saying, “It’s not the uniform, it’s the person in the uniform.”

“If I’m playing my first team against your second team, over the long run I’m going to win most of the time and you’re going to lose most of the time,” he said.

The Sox greeted the Astros by playing “Bang the Drum All Day” during the introduction of the Houston lineup, a shot at their sign-stealing past. The Astros responded by hitting Sox starter Johnny Cueto hard in a two-run first inning, aided by a Josh Harrison error.

Cueto settled down and didn’t give up another run through the eighth, allowing the Sox to rally with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Maybe the scoreboard guys should’ve played “Golden Slumbers” for the Sox, who have been asleep at the wheel much of the season. The Astros, meanwhile, haven’t had any problems getting up for games, even with a sizable lead in the AL West.

“We expect guys to be their best version of themselves, and we all hold each other accountable,” Verlander said.

Baker said not to count the Sox out.

“They’re in a good division to be where they are,” he said. “I remember when Tony La Russa won 83 games and won the World Series (with the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals).”

So does La Russa.

“I know he does,” Baker said. “You just want to get in the dance. Our job is to stop them from getting in the dance.”


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Florida judge to hold hearing Tuesday on request to unseal Mar-A-Lago affidavit – Tampa Bay Now

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Florida Judge To Hold Hearing Tuesday On Request To Unseal Mar-A-Lago Affidavit - Tampa Bay Now

PALM BEACH, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – The federal magistrate judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant will hold a hearing Thursday in Florida court to discuss requests to unseale the affidavit of cause probable investigators, who the Department of Justice opposed his release.

A federal judge on Friday unsealed the search warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida, a decision backed by the Justice Department, but On Monday, the DOJ said it opposed the release of the affidavit specifically in an effort to protect witnesses and keep grand jury proceedings confidential.

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“Disclosure of the government affidavit at this stage would also likely impede future cooperation of witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations,” wrote the Department of Justice. “The fact that this investigation involves highly classified documents further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential harm if information is released to the public prematurely or inappropriately.”

Media organizations, including CNN, had demanded that the affidavit be unsealed after the search last week at Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., club and residence.

Thursday’s hearing announcement came hours before two people briefed on the matter told CNN that the FBI interviewed former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and his former deputy Patrick Philbin earlier this year. as part of the investigation into federal records brought to Trump’s home in Palm Beach. .

The two are the most senior Trump officials questioned in what is now a criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified information and obstruction. The couple are among a group of former Trump aides the FBI interviewed after the criminal investigation began this spring, those briefed on the matter said.

The DOJ gave details in the affidavit that lay out the argument investigators made to Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart explaining probable cause that he had to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last week. The search, documents say, was an evidence-gathering step in a national security investigation into presidential records at Mar-a-Lago. Trump owns the sprawling estate, and it is his primary residence as well as a members-only club and resort.

The FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents during its search, including some documents marked as “top secret/SCI” – one of the highest classification levels, according to search warrant documents released on Friday .

The FBI returned three passports to Trump’s lawyers after they were inadvertently seized during the search last week. The FBI said Monday night in response to questions about passports that it follows established procedures authorized by the courts and returns items not needed for law enforcement purposes.

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The statement came after comments from Trump on his social media platform that the FBI had “stolen” three of his passports during the search of his Mar-a-Lago property.

Trump’s social media post came hours after the Justice Department informed its attorneys that an FBI team had seized the passports and they were being returned, according to an email posted to social media. by a Trump spokesperson.

“In executing search warrants, the FBI follows court-ordered search and seizure procedures and then releases items that do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes” , the FBI said in a statement.

During an appearance on Fox Monday night, Trump’s attorney, Lindsey Halligan, just said investigators have already returned the passports. “They gave them to his lawyers today, so he’ll have them soon,” Halligan told Fox’s Sean Hannity.

The DOJ screening team – which works to sort confidential attorney-client communications and other highly personal information from evidence during an investigation – had collected two expired passports and Trump’s active diplomatic passport during research, according to an email from Trump spokesman Jay Budowich. public on Monday evening. Trump’s legal team had received this email from the lead prosecutor in the investigation.

The communication makes it clear that the seizure of the passport was a standard part of the search which was resolved quickly, and not a punitive action taken by the Department of Justice.

This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.

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New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison sees corrections captain stabbed in the neck by suspected gang gunman

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New York'S Notorious Rikers Island Prison Sees Corrections Captain Stabbed In The Neck By Suspected Gang Gunman

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An accused gangbanger imprisoned at Rikers Island for fatally shooting an innocent bystander allegedly stabbed a corrections captain in the neck in the infamous New York dungeon.

In a melee that erupted around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, inmate Malik Facey is accused of stabbing a Rikers Island captain in the neck inside the George R. Vierno Center, the NY Daily News reported. , citing the New York City Department of Correction.

The captain was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens in stable condition, while corrections “continue the re-arrest” of Facey.

“This was a heinous assault on a captain who was just doing his job,” New York Corrections Commissioner Louis Molina said in a statement. “Violence against staff is never tolerated.”


A general view shows the Rikers Island facility on June 6, 2022.
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Facey is being held at the prison complex in connection with the July 13, 2019 murder of James Weeks, 25, who was shot in the face by a stray bullet on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, according to the newspaper.

In this neighborhood, rival Up the Hill and Down the Hill gangs have engaged in an ongoing violent war exasperated in May by the robbery of 23-year-old nail salon owner Nikki Huang.

Huang complained to her friends in the Up the Hill gang about being whipped with a gun and being robbed of her expensive Louis Vuitton bag.

In retaliation, the buddies allegedly murdered 21-year-old Brandon Atkinson, whose brother is believed to be a superior in the Down the Hill gang. Another shooting erupted about an hour later, injuring a 22-year-old Down the Hill member and a 19-year-old bystander.

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Criminal justice activists demand that the Rikers Island prison and the system they claim discriminate against the poor by demanding bail before the end of the trial, February 28, 2022, at the gate of Rikers Island in Queens, New York .
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Members of the Furious Down the Hill gang then allegedly kidnapped Huang and his former college basketball player friend Jesse Parrilla, 22, whose bodies were found burned beyond recognition inside the Honda Accord charred from Parrilla’s mother near a golf course in the Bronx.

The first arrest in this dispute came on August 9, when 18-year-old Zymir Humphrey was extradited from West Virginia to New York to face murder and weapons possession charges in Atkinson’s death. .


The NYPD is still looking for Jahmel Sanders, 30, and Steven Santiago, 34, both wanted for questioning in connection with the gruesome killings of Huang and Parrilla.


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Dodge plans to retire Challenger as parent company Stellantis eyes electrified future

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Dodge Plans To Retire Challenger As Parent Company Stellantis Eyes Electrified Future

LOS ANGELES– For more than a dozen years, the Challenger has been Dodge’s modern muscle car, delivering old-school power and retro-inspired looks.

But the Challenger is heading into retirement, as the brand embarks on an electrified future.

They promise an electric muscle car to replace it as part of an overall corporate plan; join other major automakers in this promise.

Dodge is one of many brands inherited in the United States from the former Chrysler Corporation, now under the umbrella of Stellantis, a global company focused on a greener future.

Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo will begin an electric transition in the coming years.

The global head of Stellantis did not hesitate to do so.

“The customer is always at the heart of Stellantis and our commitment with this investment plan of more than 30 billion (euros) is to offer iconic vehicles that have the performance, the capabilities, the style, the comfort and the electric range that fit perfectly into their daily lives,” said CEO Carlos Tavares.

We’re already seeing it in the popular Jeep brand, with two plug-in hybrid models hitting showrooms now, and an all-electric compact Jeep coming soon.

Alfa Romeo is the company’s most premium car brand in North America, not counting Ferrari. This new small SUV called Tonale will see the light of day next year, offered as a plug-in hybrid.

Future models could be fully battery powered.

On the truck side, Ram has announced that there will be an electric-only pickup in two years, following rivals Detroit Ford and GM.

Chrysler was actually the first of the “heritage” brands to start using electric power, with the Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

It won’t be the last.

Here’s a look at what’s coming from the Chrysler brand in the electric future – it’s a concept car called Airflow. A modern EV, with a name borrowed from Chrysler’s distant past.

Some welcome these changes with open arms, but others are not so sure. If you’re in the latter group and like your old-school rides, well, as the saying goes, better buy one while you can!

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