Joe Biden flubs reference to black female senator during Democratic debate

Joe Biden flubs reference to black female senator during Democratic debate

ATLANTA — Joe Biden incorrectly said during the Democratic presidential debate that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate.”

That drew a response from California Sen. Kamala Harris, an African American woman on stage alongside Biden and other hopefuls Wednesday in Atlanta.

Harris interjected by saying that “the other one is here.” Sen. Cory Booker, who is also black, said to Biden: “That’s not true.”

Biden quickly stated: “I said the first.”

Harris’ campaign tweeted moments later: “Proud to be the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.”

Biden was arguing that he has support from black voters, who are critical to a Democratic victory. He says that “they know me.”

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Published at Thu, 21 Nov 2019 04:33:53 +0000

Chicago cop and teen wounded, suspect killed in shootout

Chicago cop and teen wounded, suspect killed in shootout

CHICAGO — Authorities say a suspected bank robber shot a Chicago police officer in the head, badly wounding him, before another officer killed the suspect in a shootout in which a teenage bystander was wounded.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference late Tuesday that the chaotic chain of events began hours earlier when two men robbed a bank in the suburb of Des Plaines.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Police say they arrested one of the suspects after a brief foot chase, but the other stole a car and sped off. Police were waiting for him when he exited a highway on Chicago’s northwest side and he fired on their squad cars, wounding the 46-year-old Chicago officer before fleeing into a nearby music store.

A Des Plaines officer shot and killed the suspect during a shootout in the store. A 15-year-old boy who was getting a music lesson there was wounded and was hospitalized in stable condition. It wasn’t clear who shot the boy.

The wounded officer was in serious but stable condition.

Published at Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:39:00 +0000

‘Truth is, I didn’t handle it well’: Foxx addresses Smollet case in reelection announcement

‘Truth is, I didn’t handle it well’: Foxx addresses Smollet case in reelection announcement

A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection.

In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the Smollett case and the furor over the handling of it. The actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself earlier this year in Chicago while in the city filming the television series “Empire.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

“Truth is, I didn’t handle it well. I own that. I’m making changes in my office to make sure we do better,” Foxx said, without elaborating.

She is the first black woman to lead the office that prosecutes cases in the county, which includes Chicago. She was elected in 2016 after promising to make criminal justice reform a priority.

“Four years ago, I ran for State’s Attorney to change criminal justice in Cook County,” said Foxx, who grew up in Chicago’s crime-ridden Cabrini Green housing project. “I’m running again because we’re only getting started.”

Since being top prosecutor, she has verbally tussled with Chicago’s police union. In July, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham sent her a letter demanding that she turn over to a special prosecutor any cases in which officers are accused of misconduct or are victims of crimes because of a “deep mistrust” between police and Foxx’s office.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Foxx, in her release Tuesday, accused the union of being opposed to change. She also criticized President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly singled out Chicago for its gun violence, and the National Rifle Association.

“Every day, my office is under attack: from a President who uses our city as a punching bag, the NRA hell bent on letting guns flood our streets, and the FOP clinging to the old ways,” she said, adding that they will “do anything to undercut progress.”

Foxx’s opponents include two former prosecutors, Donna More and Bill Conway, and former Cook County Circuit Judge Pat O’Brien.

It remains to be seen how much they will focus on the way Foxx and her office handled the Smollett investigation, but the case will undoubtedly loom over the campaign.

Smollett reported that two men shouted racist and anti-gay slurs at him and physically attacked him in January in downtown Chicago. Foxx was approached by former first lady Michelle Obama’s onetime chief of staff on behalf of Smollett’s family after the attack. Foxx later recused herself from the actor’s case because she said she wanted to avoid “even the perception of a conflict” of interest after communicating with a relative of Smollett.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

She handed the case to a top aide. And just weeks after Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging the attack, Foxx’s office announced it was dropping the case.

Critics, including then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted the decision, and months later a judge appointed a special prosecutor to look into why the office abruptly dismissed the case. Smollett has maintained his innocence.

Ironically, it was another criminal investigation by Foxx’s predecessor that is widely believed to have been a critical factor in Foxx’s election in 2016. At the time Foxx was running, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was under fire for her handling of the investigation into the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Alvarez was harshly criticized because her office did not charge Van Dyke until a dashcam video of the shooting was made public more than a year later.

Foxx defeated Alvarez in the Democratic primary in March 2016 and went on to win the general election.

Published at Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:01:17 +0000

Brian Campbell to Receive ‘One More Shift’ Honor Thursday

Brian Campbell to Receive ‘One More Shift’ Honor Thursday

As part of their ongoing celebration of the 10th anniversary of their 2009-10 Stanley Cup-winning season, the Chicago Blackhawks will honor former defenseman Brian Campbell with “One More Shift” on Thursday night.

Campbell, who signed a free agent deal with the Blackhawks prior to the 2008-09 season, scored seven goals and dished out 31 assists for the team in that championship-winning campaign. He was traded to the Florida Panthers after the 2010-11 season, but returned to the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, his final NHL campaign. 

The former defenseman is currently serving as the Blackhawks’ Player Development Coach. He will skate onto the ice in full gear and will stand with the team on the ice during the playing of the National Anthem.

He is the second member of the 2009-10 squad to receive the “One More Shift” honor this season, joining former center Dave Bolland.

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The first 10,000 fans entering the United Center for Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning will receive a Brent Seabrook bobblehead doll, according to a press release from the team.

Three more games will feature celebrations of the championship-winning squad, including a reunion on March 19 where members of that team will be honored at the United Center. Fans will receive a 2010 replica ring at that game, according to the team.  

Published at Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:58:02 +0000

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And the Grammy Nomination Could Go To…

And the Grammy Nomination Could Go To…

L may typically stand for “loser” but artists like Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X and Lewis Capaldi are likely to score big next week when the Grammy nominations are unveiled, with expected nods in key categories, from album of the year to record and song of the year.

The Associated Press breaks down who might score multiple nominations on Wednesday, including performers whose names don’t start with the letter L.
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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

It’s the year of the newbie. Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, Lil Nas X and Lizzo — though she really doesn’t count here (her debut came out in 2013 people!!!) — should make splashes in big categories, with a 99.9% guarantee for best new artist. Eilish, who has one of the year’s top-selling albums with her debut, is a shoo-in for album of the year, along with song and record of the year for “Bad Guy.” Lizzo should also score bids for the big three with her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You,” and her super-successful two-year-old song “Truth Hurts” — yes, the Grammys let it qualify for its 2020 show (talk about bending the rules).

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Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road” set a record for most weeks at No. 1, making it a strong possibility that the unlikely duo will score nods for record and song of the year. And Capaldi is a perfect candidate for song and record of the year: Not only did his debut ballad, “Someone You Loved,” top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, he’s a big-voiced British singer, and we know the Grammys have a weak spot for those types (see Adele and Sam Smith).

As far as best new artist goes, those likely to join Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Eilish and Capaldi would be four others from this group: Rosalia, Morgan Wallen, Juice WRLD, Megan Thee Stallion, Lauv, Summer Walker, Jimmie Allen or Ari Lennox.
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A STAR IS BORN AGAIN

Though Lady Gaga won two honors for “Shallow” at this year’s Grammys, the soundtrack for “A Star is Born” is in contention for categories like album of the year and best pop vocal album at the 2020 show.

Several songs from the soundtrack were submitted, and could result in nominations in the pop and American Roots fields.

An album of the year win for Gaga — who won an Oscar for “Shallow” — would be her first after competing for the prize three times with 2008’s “The Fame,” 2009’s “The Fame Monster” and 2011’s “Born This Way.”
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THE OBAMAS: GRAMMY FAMILY

Michelle Obama is on task to join her hubby as a fellow Grammy winner.

The former first lady is likely to earn a nomination for best spoken word album for her book, “Becoming.” Barack Obama won best spoken word album twice — in 2006 for “Dreams from My Father” and in 2008 for “The Audacity of Hope.”

Other winners in that category include Jimmy Carter, Carrie Fisher, Joan Rivers, Betty White, Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who won in 1971 for “Why I Oppose the War In Vietnam.”
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TAYLOR SWIFT: LOVE HER OR NOT?

Taylor Swift made history as the first woman to win album of the year twice with her own albums — but now the question is: Can she even score an album of the year nomination?

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Swift’s newest album, “Lover,” was released a week before the Grammys’ cutoff date, so it’s eligible. But some question if that could happen since her 2017 album, “reputation,” didn’t earn a bid for the top prize, and none of its songs earned nominations. Its sole nomination was for best pop vocal album, but lost to Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener.”

Though two songs from “Lover” reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, the songs haven’t made a splash like singles from her first five albums — so nominations for song and record of the year, or even best pop solo performance, go could either way.

One nomination that is likely: best music video for the LGBTQ-friendly hit “You Need to Calm Down,” a video featuring high-profile celebrities like Billy Porter, Ryan Reynolds, Ellen DeGeneres, RuPaul, Katy Perry, Laverne Cox, and the cast of “Queer Eye.”
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HIP-POP

The Billboard charts may let Lizzo and Lil Nas X call themselves rappers, but the Grammys’ rap committee have said “bye Felicia” to the breakthrough acts. Lizzo and Lil Nas X submitted their major hits — “Truth Hurts” and “Old Town Road” — to the rap categories but they were both pushed to the pop genre. “Truth Hurts” will now compete for best pop solo performance, while Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ song may be nominated for best pop duo/group performance (it didn’t qualify for country either). Lil Nas X’s debut EP, “7,” was also kicked out the rap

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REAL RAP

J. Cole’s “Middle Child” became a Top 5 pop hit this year and could earn nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. It could even compete for record of the year.

Tyler, the Creator, DaBaby, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion and 21 Savage could also earn rap nominations, including best rap album.
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R&BEYONCE

Beyoncé has two albums gunning for Grammy nominations, “Homecoming: The Live Album” and “The Lion King: The Gift.”

She submitted songs to both the R&B and pop categories, and she’ll likely earn a nomination for best traditional R&B performance for “Before I Let Go” and best song written for visual media for “Spirit,” from the “Lion King” film where she voiced the character Nala.

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In other R&B categories, including best R&B song and best R&B performance, it’s hard to say if she’ll be nominated: Sometimes the R&B committee won’t nominate her since she’s won 18 R&B Grammys and they want to make room for others to win.

More likely contenders include Ella Mai, Summer Walker, Ari Lennox and H.E.R.
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CHRIS’ COMEBACK

Well, Chris Brown technically had a comeback when he won best R&B album at the 2012 Grammys — three years after his assault on Rihanna.

But Brown could have another chance at Grammy gold this time around: His hit with Drake, “No Guidance,” has spent five months in the Top 10 on the pop charts and his 30-track album, “Indigo,” is still in the Top 10 of the charts and is streaming extremely well.
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POP PLAYERS

The best pop duo/group performance category will be stacked this year.

The Jonas Brothers marked a major comeback, and will likely be nominated for the No.1 hit, “Sucker.” Another guarantee is Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita,” which could even score nominations like record or song of the year.

Other likely nominees are “Old Town Road,” Swae Lee and Post Malone’s “Sunflower,” Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care,” Sam Smith and Normani’s “Dancing With a Stranger” and a live version of Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes.”
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MUSIC FILMS

Another loaded category will be best music film, with Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” as the front-runner.

Other nominees should include Beyoncé’s “Homecoming,” “Springsteen on Broadway,” “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,” the Clarence Avant doc “The Black Godfather” and Ron Howard’s film on opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
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DYNAMIC DUO: MAREN MORRIS and BUSBEE

Maren Morris, who won album of the year for “GIRL” at the CMA Awards this week, is a likely contender for album of the year at the Grammys.

It would be a sentimental win for Morris, a Grammy favorite, since her longtime producer busbee died in September at age 43 from brain cancer.

Busbee co-produced 11 of the 14 songs on “GIRL,” giving him enough credit to also earn a Grammy nomination for album of the year alongside Morris.

Morris has earned nine Grammy nods throughout her career — winning best country solo performance for her hit “My Church,” which busbee co-wrote and co-produced.
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OTHER ALBUM OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS

Ariana Grande, whose “Thank U, Next” album launched multiple hits, is a likely contender for the top prize. Khalid’s sophomore album, “Free Spirit,” was a streaming juggernaut and could also compete for the show’s biggest honor.
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KANYE’S GOSPEL

Kanye West’s new gospel album won’t qualify for the 2020 Grammys since it was released after eligibility. But the big question is: Will the Grammys let the pop-star-rapper qualify for gospel Grammys in 2021?

Currently, West’s “Jesus Is King” is spending its second week at No. 1 on Billboard’s gospel albums chart, while his 11 of his songs have taken over the Top 11 spots on the gospel songs chart.

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Published at Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:13:33 +0000

Mahan helps C. Florida complete comeback over Illinois St.

Mahan helps C. Florida complete comeback over Illinois St.

NORMAL, Ill. — Brandon Mahan’s put-back layup off an offensive rebound with 25 seconds left helped send Central Florida to a 67-65 win over Illinois State on Sunday.

Mahan’s shot made it 66-65, and following a Redbirds timeout, each team exchanged turnovers. Zach Copeland missed a 3-point attempt for Illinois State and Keith Fisher III fouled Mahan who made 1 of 2 foul shots. Illinois State failed to get a shot off at the end.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Collin Smith led UCF (2-1) with 18 points and Mahan scored 17 with 10 rebounds. Darin Green Jr. scored 13 and Avery Diggs added 10.

Dedric Boyd led Illinois State (2-1) with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Matt Chastain scored 12 and Antonio Reeves 11.

The Knights overcame a 34-25 halftime deficit and trailed most of the second half. Green hit a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left for UCF’s first lead of the half, 64-63. Rey Idowu gave Illinois State it’s last lead with a put-back off his offensive rebound before Mahan’s game winner.

Published at Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:33:00 +0000

‘Days of Our Lives’ Inspires ‘SNL’ Impeachment Trials Parody

‘Days of Our Lives’ Inspires ‘SNL’ Impeachment Trials Parody

Almost the entire “Saturday Night Live” cast reunited in this episode to give a melodramatic rendition of the week’s public impeachment inquiry hearings against President Donald Trump.

In the House’s first public testimonies on Wednesday, State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent discussed their concerns about Trump potentially withholding aid from Ukraine to further his agenda to have Ukrainian prosecutors investigate the Bidens.

On Friday, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified about how she was ousted from her position for what she believes was backlash against her anti-corruption work in Ukraine. David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, also testified Friday about overhearing Trump and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to discuss “the investigations” during a phone call.

The “SNL” Cold Open turned the hearings into a “Days of Our Lives” soap opera spinoff called “Days of Our Impeachment,” where, according to the narrator, “the only thing at stake is a democracy.”

“Some complained the hearings were lacking in ‘pizzazz,’ ‘dull,’ and ‘not the ‘Masked Singer,”” the intro says. “So to make sure people are paying attention, we now present the hearings in a way that underscores how scandalous these revelations really are.”

The soap opera parody is seemingly a tribute to NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” which recently released its entire cast from their contracts and is set to go on an indefinite hiatus amidst a long-time decline in ratings. TVLine first reported the news.

Alex Moffat plays House Intelligence Committee Chairman and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Mikey Day plays Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Cecily Strong plays Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch; and “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm makes a special guest appearance as acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. Kyle Mooney plays a Sondland who claims he’s recovering from amnesia, a common soap opera trope.

The parody also mentions an actual moment from the hearings, where Schiff read a Trump tweet attacking Yovanovitch in real-time as she testified. Some have called the tweet witness intimidation, to which the White House responded: “The tweet was not witness intimidation, it was simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to.”

“If the president wanted to intimidate you, he’d shoot you in the face on Fifth Avenue,” Day’s Jordan says in the “SNL” parody. The comment is a double reference that’s more recently tied to an argument made by Trump’s lawyers about the limits of the presidency’s legal protections. Trump himself claimed he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” at a campaign event in Iowa in January 2016.

The “SNL” version was also complete with Heidi Gardner playing a constantly fainting woman who repeats certain phrases for emphasis, a must on any soap or telenovela.

Of course, the show took some additional creative liberties by including faces that haven’t appeared at the public hearings.

Kate McKinnon reprises her role as Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Beck Bennett appears as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Pete Davidson also makes a rare Cold Open appearance as celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against the president.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., (Melissa Villaseñor) appears with cued wind blowing through her hair to start an unexpected romance with Taylor.

Kenan Thompson also participates in the skit as Myles Garrett, the Cleveland Browns player who was suspended this week after attacking a rival with helmet during a game.

Harry Styles, a former One Direction member gone artist, devoted his first “SNL” host’s monologue ever to proving that he is, in fact, a “serious musician.”

“I’m not in a boy band anymore,” Styles reminded the audience. “I’m in a man band now.”

He also teases all the former Directioners — a name for One Direction fans — in the audience by wondering how crazy it would be if his former bandmates were with him during his monologue. “But they’re not,” he said.

Although audience members could only guess if Styles was actually playing the piano — which continued playing as he took a sip of a Martini with a garnish of three olives — there’s one thing they could be sure of.

“I just want to make it clear to you all that my priority is the music.” Styles said. “It goes music, then fantastic hair, then comedy, then family, then friends.”

The “Weekend Update” segment returned to Trump’s twitter tirade against Yovanovitch Friday, with Colin Jost pointing out that even a Fox News host said the comment made the president look like “a big dumb baby.”

“And that’s what they’re saying on his favorite channel,” Jost followed.

Michael Che begrudgingly admitted he didn’t watch the hearings, but Che got even more honest about his feelings on the impeachment inquiry.

“I don’t think I care if Donald Trump is actually guilty,” Che said. “I just want something to happen to him. Hypothetically, if you found out for a fact that Donald Trump was actually innocent, but they were sending him to jail anyway, would you mind?”

Che and Jost also discussed topics less related to Trump, like the world’s largest Starbucks opening in Chicago on Friday.

Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) shows the “Weekend Update” desk and audience his latest campaign ads for his bid for U.S. senator of Alabama. Jost and Che can’t help but notice that Sessions seems to be working a little too hard to mend his relationship with the president.

“Vote for Jeff Sessions because I will bend over backwards for you Alabama, and bend over forwards for Mr. Trump.”

President of Distribution Scooter Rineholdt, president of distribution at a dairy milk producer company, defends his love of cow’s milk and reads the latest “news” on what’s happened to people who stop drinking it.

For his first set, Styles performed “Lights Up” while wearing a black glittery bodysuit with a deep V-neck and lightly padded shoulders which contrasted with the stage’s sharp white background.

Styles then took to the stage for a second time with single, “Watermelon Sugar,” while donning a watermelon-inspired outfit. He released the song just hours before his performance for the “SNL” audience.

Both songs are from Styles’ upcoming album “Fine Line,” which is expected to drop December 2019.

Published at Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:14:42 +0000