2 dead, at least 7 wounded in city gun violence since Friday evening
Two people are dead, and at least seven others were wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who flagged down police and said him and his brother were just shot on Doty Avenue where officers found his sibling shot in the neck and lying in the street.chicagotribune.com
Black juror: Smollett's reaction to noose makes no sense
The lone Black juror on the panel that convicted Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police about what authorities say was a staged hate crime says he cannot get past how the actor put a noose around his neck when officers were coming to interview him.
Black juror: Smollett's reaction to noose makes no sense
If others saw the noose as Smollett's clumsy effort to portray his attackers as racist, Andre Hope saw much more. “As an African American person, I'm not putting that noose back on at all, " Andre Hope told WLS-TV. At trial, Smollett testified that after the attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019, he returned home and put the rope back around his neck so police who came to his apartment soon after could see it. In an interview with NewsNation Now after Smollett was found guilty last Thursday, Eddie Johnson — who was Chicago police superintendent in January 2019 when Smollett said he was attacked — said virtually the same thing.news.yahoo.com
Tina Knowles-Lawson questions whether Smollett will be treated the same as Amy Cooper
In an Instagram post this weekend, Tina Knowles-Lawson questioned if actor Jussie Smollett would receive “the same compassion” shown to […] The post Tina Knowles-Lawson questions whether Smollett will be treated the same as Amy Cooper appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Rescue and recovery efforts underway after deadly tornadoes
Recovery efforts are just beginning after the lives and homes of countless families were destroyed by a historic run of December tornadoes. CBS News anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell is in Mayfield, Kentucky, and joined CBSN to talk more about the devastation on the ground and the search for survivors.news.yahoo.com
Minister in Mayfield, Kentucky, says he took shelter in basement closet to survive catastrophic tornado
Reverend Joey Reed of the Mayfield First United Methodist Church joined "CBS Mornings" to share his story of survival during the tornado that ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky. He said he emerged from the basement closet where he took shelter with his wife to see much of the church had crumpled around him.news.yahoo.com
Meteorologist explains rare December tornadoes across heartland
Meteorologist Evelyn Taft of CBS Los Angeles stations KCBS-TV and KCAL joined "CBS Mornings" to talk about the historic tornado outbreak that formed in December and touched down for more than 220 miles, devastating multiple U.S. states.news.yahoo.com
Julian Assange ordered EXTRADITED to US, liberals wrestle with hypocrisy and principle
Ryan Grim and Robby Soave react to a British court's decision to overturn a lower court ruling that had blocked Julian Assange's extradition. They also discuss Steven Donziger being released to home confinement for the rest of his sentence.news.yahoo.com
Colombian mariachis react to the death of musician Vicente Fernández
"Today is a very sad day for us, the mariachi, because the father has just left," says Alfredo Zarate, a Colombian Mariachi in Bogota as famous Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez - also known as Chente - died at the age of 81 after being hospitalised for almost five months after a fall at his ranch.news.yahoo.com
Vienna's Christmas market opens as lockdown ends
A Christmas market in Vienna opens as a lockdown, in place since last month due to soaring Covid cases, comes to an end. However, only the vaccinated will be able to regain their freedoms, those who have not received the required doses will have to remain at home.news.yahoo.com
Illinois Governor on collapsed Amazon facility
Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker visited Edwardsville, Illinois where a tornado struck an active Amazon warehouse Friday night. Officials say six people were killed in the collapse and one injured worker was airlifted to a hospital. (December 12)news.yahoo.com
Biden administration prepared to aid in tornado recovery
President Biden on Saturday said the federal government will provide any help that states affected by Friday’s tornadoes ask for. Mr. Biden also said he plans to visit damaged areas when his presence would not impact recovery efforts. Christina Ruffini has more.news.yahoo.com
Deadly tornadoes rip through Midwest, leaving historic levels of damage
A series of tornadoes battered at least six states across the Midwest on Friday night, killing more than 70 people and leaving behind historic levels of damage. David Begnaud reports from Mayfield, Kentucky, one of the hardest hit areas.news.yahoo.com
How a taxidermist restores a damaged dog
Kelly Brong, also known as OurDeerlyDeparted, is a taxidermist who creates and restores taxidermy animals. She shows us how she restores Cutty, a taxidermy dog that was made in the '90s. The process includes replacing her eyes, fixing her broken ear, and airbrushing her fur. For more, visit: www.tiktok.com/@ourdeerlydeparted www.instagram.com/ourdeerlydeparted /www.youtube.com/channel/UCdzLPKZKQw3Yh5xWCeYDHoQnews.yahoo.com
At least 6 killed after Amazon warehouse in Illinois collapses during powerful storms
Powerful storms toppled an Amazon warehouse in Illinois on Friday night, killing at least six people, Governor Pritzker said Saturday. Forty-five people were rescued from the site, and officials are now working to recover an unknown number of missing. Watch the governor's remarks here.news.yahoo.com
Biden pledges federal aid after tornadoes devastate central U.S.
President Biden said the federal government will "provide whatever is needed" to the communities impacted by the powerful and deadly tornadoes that touched down in the central U.S. overnight Friday. Watch his remakrs here.news.yahoo.com
Juror Explains What Sealed Jussie Smollett’s Fate for Them
Nuccio DiNuzzo/GettyA juror in the Jussie Smollett trial has explained several reasons why the jury felt there was no way they could acquit the star actor in his bombshell trial for staging a fake hate crime attack on himself. The female juror, who declined to be named, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the jury of six women and six men didn’t have any major disagreements but they took nine hours to deliberate because they wanted to properly consider all the evidence. Some doubted that prosecutorsnews.yahoo.com
Jussie Smollett's Subway sandwich was key to case, ex-Chicago police superintendent says
Actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty last week after he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime in 2019 and, of all things, a Subway sandwich was a key piece of evidence in the case against him, the former Chicago police Superintendent said, according to reports.news.yahoo.com
Psaki grilled on Biden, Harris tweets about Smollett; says 'lessons learned' for 'everyone who commented'
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday was pressed on President Biden and Vice President Harris' initial support for actor Jussie Smollett's hate crime claims, but noted that Biden and Harris weren't alone in initially believing Smollett.news.yahoo.com
In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career
As Jussie Smollett fights criminal charges that he lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his supporters are also working on a broader strategy: Ensuring the 39-year-old emerges from the scandal with his reputation and career intact, whatever the outcome of the trial.
Hunt still on for suspects in ransacking of Chicago stores
FILE In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, Kajal Dalal walks through the her family's food and liquor store after it was vandalized in downtown Chicago. A Chicago police task force that was formed after crowds swarmed into downtown and smashed their way into hundreds of stores in August is still investigating and making arrests four months later. They keep adding to the nearly 100 video clips they've posted online in the hopes someone might identify suspects. “The message (to suspects) is the task force isn’t quitting ... and you will eventually be found and arrested,” Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said. Just as detectives stitched together videos to follow two men who allegedly participated in the attack on Smollett, Looting Task Force detectives followed suspects as they moved from store to store.
Review cites 'operational failures' in Smollett prosecution
“There were not thousands of (or, arguably any) similar cases” resolved by Foxx's office the way they resolved Smollett’s case, Webb said. And Smollett, Webb noted, was able to walk away without admitting any wrongdoing. Webb said Foxx began speaking to her before suspicions were raised that Jussie Smollett may have staged the attack on himself. “State’s Attorney Foxx then made false statements to the media claiming she ceased all communications with Ms. Smollett,” Webb concluded. The alleged false statements started to pile up.
Foxx touts record as Smollett case engulfs Illinois primary
“The Jussie Smollett case was a pebble in the giant boulder of her career. She isn’t getting a fair shake.”Foxx is counting on more voters like Smith as she seeks a second term against three Democratic primary challengers who've seized on the Smollett case and a fractured relationship with police. Things worsened when the Smollett charges were dropped. Still, the Smollett case does resonate with some. Chicagoan Demetrius Williams, 35, voted for Foxx before but thinks Smollett got off easy and will support Conway.
Vivica A. Fox Hints at a Potential Jussie Smollett Cameo on the Final Season of 'Empire'
Could Jussie Smollett be making his return to Empire? Fox, who stars as Candace on the series, stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Sunday and opened up about Smollett's exit from Empire ahead of its sixth and final season. "That was tough," Fox admitted of creator Lee Daniels' decision to cut Smollett from the Fox series. Despite that drama, Fox said that "of course" she's still in touch with Smollett, adding, "I love him. RELATED CONTENT: 'Empire': Serayah Reacts to Jussie Smollett Not Returning for Season 6 (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartTerrence Howard Says He Misses Jussie Smollett on 'Empire': 'He Was the Heart of Our Show'How 'Empire' Addressed Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final SeasonFox Boss Reveals How 'Empire' Will Address Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final Season
Judge refuses to dismiss Chicago lawsuit against Jussie Smollett
(CNN) - A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago against actor Jussie Smollett, court documents show. A legal battle is being fought in federal court as Chicago seeks to recover more than $130,000 to cover police overtime during the investigation of Smollett's report of a hate crime attack in January. After police investigated the case for weeks, they said investigators believed Smollett staged the attack to bolster his profile and career. Tuesday, US District Judge Virginia Kendall denied Smollett's request to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed to the discovery phase. Chicago's Department of Law filed the lawsuit in state court in April but the case was later moved to federal court.
Terrence Howard Says He Misses Jussie Smollett on 'Empire': 'He Was the Heart of Our
Terrence Howard is standing by Jussie Smollett even now that he's off Empire. "And then, out of nowhere, you know, he's snatched away from us," he continued. Jamal's absence in the sixth and final season has simply been explained by his mother, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), saying he left for London to escape the Lyon drama. When Empire does air its final episode, Howard plans to walk away from acting, something he said he's "dead serious" about. RELATED CONTENT:Terrence Howard Expresses Support for Jussie Smollett After Felony Charge: 'We Love the Hell Outta You'How 'Empire' Addressed Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final SeasonFox Boss Reveals How 'Empire' Will Address Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final Season
How 'Empire' Addressed Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final Season
Warning: Spoilers below from Tuesday's final season premiere of Empire. Empire kicked off its sixth and final season without former star Jussie Smollett, but how did Fox's hip-hop drama explain his absence? In August, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier hinted at how producers planned on addressing Smollett's abrupt absence in the show's final run, saying Jamal would be spending it in post-wedded bliss. "I'm running away [from acting] as quickly as possible to get to where I'm supposed to be. RELATED CONTENT:'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Says He's 'Running Away From Acting' After Final Season (Exclusive)Fox Boss Reveals How 'Empire' Will Address Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final SeasonEmmys 2019: 10 Moments You Didn't See on TV
Judge rules on motions in Smollett case
CHICAGO - A Chicago judge Wednesday denied a request by Jussie Smollett's lawyers that a replacement judge be assigned in the former "Empire" actor's special prosecutor case, in addition to rejecting other motions put forward by Smollett's team. Judge Michael Toomin also denied a motion asking that Smollett's lawyers be allowed to intervene and argue other motions during the court appearance. Smollett's lawyers had hoped to use the brothers' testimony to reveal inconsistencies in their stories, as they are the only two witnesses in the case. Bodycam footage yields new detailsNo timeline has been provided for when Toomin will select a special prosecutor. In the case of a formal recusal, Toomin wrote, the court would have been responsible for appointing a special prosecutor.
Jussie Smollett Shows Cops Noose Around His Neck in Newly Released Video
Police just released nearly 70 hours of footage in the Jussie Smollett case, including video of him showing police the noose that was allegedly put around his neck. In the video, police arrive at Smolletts apartment after he called 911 and the noose can be seen around his neck. In the footage, he tells investigators two men shouted homophobic slurs at him and put the noose around his neck. In another newly released video, the brothers can be seen in hazmat suits inside a taxi. Chris Rock Wonders 'What the Hell' Jussie Smollett Was ThinkingJussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Counts by Grand Jury