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San Diegans react to Bill Cosby’s release from prison

SAN DIEGO — A lot of passionate opinions are pouring in from San Diegans regarding the news of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction being overturned.

“It is pretty shocking that he is out, I don’t know how to feel about that honestly,” said San Diegan Fernando Munoz.

San Diegans are weighing in on Bill Cosby being freed from prison after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction.

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“His wrongdoings are his wrongdoings, and he did his time, and he got out and that is that,” said Escondido resident Pete Peterson.

Many on Twitter are sounding off on actress Phylicia Rashad for coming to the defense of her longtime Cosby Show co-star with writing, “finally, a terrible wrong is being righted, a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Many Twitter users responded to Rashad with “Bye Phylicia.”

Alana McMains, a San Diego attorney, who represents sexual assault victims for the Pride Law Firm worked in Pennsylvania and calls the Cosby release a big mistake.

“No way did that decision say that Bill Cosby is innocent, there was nothing in that opinion that attacked the veracity of her claim or that attacked the actual truth of the testimony of the women who testified against him,” said McMains, a former federal criminal defense attorney.

McMains hopes attorneys representing other victims pursue cases against Cosby.

“He should spend the rest of his life behind bars. So many other victims were living through the experience of the victim in this case, and so to have that overturned hurts everybody emotionally,” McMains said.

The 83-year-old comedian had been in a state prison outside of Philadelphia, after a jury convicted him in 2018. Following his release, he celebrated with uplifted hands but did not speak.

“Letting him free from jail two hours after the appeal decision comes out and he walks away is really appalling,” McMains said.

McMains said the original prosecutor made an agreement with Bill Cosby without consulting the victim.

“Mr. Cosby is a serial sexual predator who is completely free and at large and has not faced any criminal accountability for his actions other a few years in prison,” McMains said.

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Amazon ‘ready to react’ and launch own crypto as Dogecoin crashes after Elon Musk's plug

Amazon ‘ready to react’ and launch own crypto as Dogecoin crashes after Elon Musk's plug
The Tesla CEO, who calls himself the ‘Dogefather,’ is a huge fan of Dogecoin and regularly tweets about it – which usually causes a surge in its value. The price of Dogecoin was at around $ 0.70 (£0.50) before Mr Musk started hosting the show, but after he mentioned the coin, it dropped by as much as 24 percent to $ 0.49 (£0.35) – and it remains around the same price today. It came after Mr Musk warned his followers about investing in cryptocurrency, amid a surge in interest in digital currency.
And Professor Carol Alexander, from the University of Sussex Business School, told Express.co.uk that we could soon see big companies launching their own coins.

She said: “Facebook started off with Libra, it was going to have its own digital currency to be used for buying and selling things through Facebook.

“It would make it into the new Amazon and I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon then gets involved in digital currencies once Diem gets off to a start.”

Diem, as it is now known, is rumoured to be launching later this year, but will be quite different from what was originally proposed.

Major launch partners pulled support in quick succession last year because of its controversial nature and the regulatory hurdles it faced due to concerns from lawmakers.

Stuart Levey, Diem Association CEO, said in December: “The Diem project will provide a simple platform for FinTech innovation to thrive and enable consumers and businesses to conduct instantaneous, low-cost, highly secure transactions.”

Facebook initially pitched Libra as a mainstream cryptocurrency to make digitally transferring money quicker and easier than it is today, and companies like Facebook would be able to offer financial services around it by adding a digital wallet, called Calibra.

But Prof Alexander explained why it was forced to change, and how its launch could see Amazon fall in line.

She said: “US regulators came after Libra very hard, saying it was a security threat, Libra was slammed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The adverts indicated that the company is in the process of developing a system that lets customers “convert their cash into digital currency”.

The post said: “We are building a tech team to build innovative payment products for customers in emerging markets.”

The adverts were later removed, as reported by Tech Radar at the time and secrecy has surrounded the plans since.

It would not be the company’s only digital coin project as the tech giant has already started working on Amazon Coins – designed to offer users discounts on purchases on Kindles and Fire tablets.

It is not clear if the two projects are linked.

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has previously warned against investing in crypto.

It stated: “If consumers invest, they should be prepared to lose all their money.

“Some investments advertising high returns from crypto assets may not be subject to regulation beyond anti-money laundering.

“Significant price volatility, combined with the difficulties valuing [Bitcoin] reliably, place consumers at a high risk of losses.”

Express.co.uk does not give financial advice. The journalists who worked on this article do not own cryptocurrency.

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Travis Scott fans react to ASTROWORLD's return set for late 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A year after concert tours were put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston-area native Travis Scott has just announced that his popular music festival ASTROWORLD will be coming back for a third round.

ABC13 caught up with some of Scott’s top fans at popular Houston resell store ‘The Closet’ to see if they plan on purchasing tickets to the show set for November.Owner Mike Mills said the rapper’s announcement shook him with excitement.

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“We are so excited right now. When we saw Travis posted that for his birthday letting everybody know it’s coming back for round three, we went crazy yesterday,” Mills said. “I can’t wait for number three this year, it’s going to be a movie.”

Mills is going to ASTROWORLD this year not only to show support for Scott, but also to attend his first huge live-music event since the pandemic started.

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“This is one of the first major events since COVID. It’s going to be a two-day event,” Mills said, “We got to go out there not only to rock out, but to get the legendary merchandise.”Other Travis Scott fans like Tyler White said they can’t wait for the music festival.

“I was so hyped. I was so excited. I immediately sent that picture to all my friends,” White said. “We have to go cause everyone’s been hanging at home, being cooped up. Hopefully things go back to normal soon.”

Festival organizers said that they’re aware of the COVID-19 risk, and that fans will have to follow safety protocols at the festival.

The last major event held at NRG Park was the 2020 Houston Rodeo, before it was shut down amid COVID-19 concerns.

Tickets for ASTROWORLD go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m.

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Texas lawmakers, lobby firm react to allegations that a lobbyist gave date rape drug to Capitol aide

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After Chauvin Verdict, Police React With Relief and Some Resentment

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After Chauvin Verdict, Police React With Relief and Some Resentment

MINNEAPOLIS — It was shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and all chatter ceased in the roll-call room for the Fourth Police Precinct in North Minneapolis. Everyone’s attention was glued to the television on the wall.

Then came the verdict: Derek Chauvin was guilty on all counts, including murder, for killing George Floyd last May. The station house stayed silent, the officers processing what the verdict meant after a year of tension and conflict, said Inspector Charles Adams, the precinct’s commanding officer.

“It was just like, wow,” Inspector Adams said.

For him, it was a relief — he felt that Mr. Chauvin had been wrong and that his actions, kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, cast a negative light on policing.

But the verdict did little to end months of upheaval and anxiety in his profession.

“So much is being thrown at us as law enforcement officials,” Inspector Adams said. “We’re unsure how we’re going to police in the future.”

Police chiefs and unions across the country condemned Mr. Chauvin’s actions and applauded the jury’s verdict, but not always with the same zeal or for the same reasons. Some said they hoped it would restore faith in the criminal justice system. Others said it would help keep the peace. And still others indicated that it would clear the way for “honest discussion” about policing.

The feelings of rank-and-file officers were more complicated: a mix of relief, resentment at being vilified alongside Mr. Chauvin and unsettling thoughts of themselves in his shoes.

“They’re thinking, ‘Man, I’ve got to think long and hard before I get out of my car and get into something I don’t have to get into,’” said Jim Pasco, the executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police.

In the Minneapolis station house, Inspector Adams heard of remarks from a few rank-and-file officers who believed the defense’s argument that drugs killed Mr. Floyd and that Mr. Chauvin had followed his training.

“Some just think he got a raw deal,” Inspector Adams said. “But there’s a lot of them who think he was guilty, too.”

The full extent of the fallout for Mr. Chauvin will be known on June 16, when he is scheduled to be sentenced.

He is being held alone in a cell in a maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb. He is allowed out for exercise for only an hour each day. Even then, he is kept away from other inmates. Prison officials said Mr. Chauvin was being kept in solitary for his own safety.

Outside the Twin Cities, in rural communities where “Back the Blue” banners hang in storefronts, Mr. Chauvin’s trial at times seemed a world away. There, largely white police departments patrol largely white communities, and residents are often friends or relatives of law enforcement officers.

In Gilbert, Minn., a community of about 2,000 three hours north of Minneapolis, Ty Techar, the police chief, said he watched only about an hour of the trial and 30 seconds of the body-camera footage. While he said that what Mr. Chauvin did would be unacceptable in his department, he stopped short of saying he agreed with the verdict.

“For me to sit here and make a judgment on whether he got a fair trial, I don’t know all the evidence,” he said. “I haven’t looked at it closely enough.”

He added: “Is it second-degree murder or manslaughter? I don’t know much about the case.”

Police unions historically have been the staunchest defenders of officers, even those accused of wrongdoing. They did not defend Mr. Chauvin, but some used the verdict as an occasion to criticize public figures who have scrutinized the police.

The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said in a statement that it wanted “to reach out to the community and still express our deep remorse for their pain” and that “there are no winners in this case.”

“We need the political pandering to stop and the race-baiting of elected officials to stop,” the statement said. “In addition, we need to stop the divisive comments and we all need to do better to create a Minneapolis we all love.”

Police and union officials have argued that the consistent pressure some community members and elected leaders place on law enforcement can be a detriment.

In Minneapolis, there are several efforts to significantly downsize the Police Department and create a new public safety division. The governor of Minnesota has come out in support of a bill to limit police traffic stops for minor infractions. The Justice Department on Wednesday announced a broad civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

Inspector Adams said that several officers were now hesitant to perform even some of the most basic duties like traffic stops, worrying that such situations might escalate and get them in trouble.

In New York, a union leader seemed to play on such anxieties.

“It is hard to imagine a tougher time to be a member of the law enforcement profession,” Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, wrote in a letter after the verdict was announced. He warned members that their every action was being recorded and that “scores of attorneys” were eager to sue them.

“Our elected officials are complicit in perpetuating the myth that we are the enemy,” he added.

Attitudes like that, activists said, speak to the resistance of law enforcement to be held accountable and allow police abuses to continue.

Some police officials said the backlash to Mr. Chauvin’s actions actually provided an opportunity to improve.

“I think it takes us a step closer toward reform,” said Michael S. Harrison, Baltimore’s police commissioner. “It doesn’t make it harder to do our jobs. It makes it where we have to train better, and use best practices and we have to do our job the right way.”

The guilty verdict was a significant reminder for officers to stay within their training, said Rick Smith, the police chief in Kansas City, Mo.

“I think officers understand that going outside the norms leads to potential issues,” he said. “And this one highlighted that in the hundredth degree across the nation.”

Inspector Adams said he believed that the judicial process ultimately helped the profession regain some of its credibility. Nine current and retired members of the Minneapolis Police Department testified against Mr. Chauvin at trial, including the police chief.

That testimony, Inspector Adams said, showed the public that Mr. Chauvin was not representative of the Minneapolis police. The prosecution’s assertion during closing arguments that its case was against Mr. Chauvin, not the police, also helped, he said.

After Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that Mr. Chauvin acted outside of department policy, Inspector Adams said he texted him to say he was proud to belong to his staff.

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Eric Killelea contributed reporting from Minneapolis. Kim Barker and Ali Watkins also contributed reporting.

‘How about the Washington WhoGivesASh*ts?’: NFL fans react as ‘Demon Cats’ floated as new name for Washington Football Team

‘How about the Washington WhoGivesASh*ts?’: NFL fans react as ‘Demon Cats’ floated as new name for Washington Football Team

The team formerly known as the Washington Redskins have provoked howls of derision from NFL fans after they released a shortlist of potential new names which include ‘Icons’, ‘Renegades’ and more bizarrely, the ‘Demon Cats’.

The Washington franchise has been operating under the magnificently uninventive ‘Washington Football Team’ moniker since dropping their decades-old Redskins name after it was deemed racially insensitive before the start of last season, as the NFL seemingly embraced cancel culture with open arms.
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The term ‘Redskin’ was considered as a derogatory term towards Native Americans but the franchise had long resisted any calls for a more ‘woke’ nickname until the wave of ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests last term prompted one of the team’s primary sponsors, FedEx Corp, to pile pressure on team ownership to make a change.

The team soon announced that they would compete under the vanilla ‘Football Team’ name for at least one season, but it seems that the winds of change are in the air in Washington after they distributed a list of potential new team names to season-ticket holders in a bid to generate feedback – and one of those in particular has caused quite a kerfuffle amongst the fanbase.

Yes, the Demon Cats. What exactly is a Demon Cat? Frankly, we have no idea other than to say that it is certainly not a wild animal native to the rolling hills of Washington DC. 

But while some of the other suggestions have an air of respectability about them – ‘Aces’, ‘Guardians’ and ‘Royals’ among them – the potential of a their being a professional team of Demon Cats out on the gridiron next season has set some fans’ pulses racing.

If I’m not rooting for the Washington Demon Cats by this time next year something has gone terribly wrong,” argued one commenter, while another summed up the entire name change drama as such: “How about Washington WhoGivesASh*ts?

Please be the Demon Cats because it’s so stupid,” said another, giving their blessing to the unconventional nickname. 

As for how ‘Demon Cats’ even became a possibility, it is almost certainly down to someone in the Washington team’s marketing department trying to come up with the most impressive sounding words to tie in with the ‘DC’ in Washington DC, but if they wanted to maintain the link with the city after which they are named there might be a few more possibiliities.

The Washington Presidents, perhaps? Or maybe even the Washington Bureaucrats?

But if they really wanted to embrace the controversial, there is really one one option: The Washington Capitol Rioters.
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'Kinda scary': Bastrop residents react to Saturday's 100-acre wildfire

'Kinda scary': Bastrop residents react to Saturday's 100-acre wildfire

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A wildfire in northeastern Bastrop County expanded across approximately 100 acres, causing nearby residents to evacuate from their homes for several hours Saturday night.

Bastrop County Fire Chief Josh Gill says the fire is 50% contained and all evacuations have been lifted as of 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Previously, KXAN reported that 15 structures were threatened by the blaze, forcing 24 to evacuate.

“They had five minutes to pick up the pets, pick up the computer, that’s it. I didn’t have time to get my RV. If we need a home, our second home is gone,” one man who evacuated said.

A Facebook post from Bastrop County ESD 2 says 50 firefighters were on scene and were able to fight the fire around every home, and none have been lost so far.

The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management says Timberline Fellowship[2] was open as a cooling center for residents, which is located at 1199 TX-21 in Paige[3].

“I’m just thinking about how my house might be burned up and all of the people I know that live in the area,” one man, who says his home is close to the fire, said.

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Fans react as former world No1 golfer Jordan Spieth

Fans react as former world No1 golfer Jordan Spieth

Anyone who has ever spent time on a golf course will know the feeling of seeing a drive swerve away from its intended direction – but golf star Jordan Spieth has proved that even the sport’s top pros aren’t immune to errant shots.

27-year-old Texan Spieth was in command in his opening match with Matt Fitzpatrick at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, leading his opponent by three shots with six holes to play when he decided to go all out on the short par-4 13th hole.

The former world number one ranked – who, like noted golf hulk Bryson DeChambeau, has added some considerable muscle to his frame in attempt to bolster his tee shots – miscalculated sending his drive to the right towards the grandstand.

Spieth’s shot landed on a cart track before bouncing directly onto the 15th green – just as a confused Patrick Cantlay was putting for a birdie.

Incredibly, despite Spieth’s misplaced drive, he still salvaged the hole and soon rubber-stamped a 3&1 win against England’s Fitzpatrick.

When he was told the identity of the golfer whose drive ended up on the green he was putting from, an incredulous Cantlay said that he would have to take it up with Spieth later.

Was it? I’ll give him crap about it,” quipped Cantlay.

I think it landed on the cart path and then just shot over,” said Spieth of his unconventional approach on the 13th.

To that back-left pin it’s a no-brainer: you hit driver up there and you have a 50 or 60-yard pitch right up the green, and that wedge shot is just so difficult to the back-left pin.

When it hit the cart path it just makes it look crazier, but in reality you’re going to drop in the same place, no matter where you hit it. I don’t see that strategy changing for me. It was just kind of annoying to have to walk an extra 50 yards to get my ball.”

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Reacting to the viral clip, golf babe Paige Spiranac called Spieth “all of us off the tee” – a sentiment that was shared by several other golf enthusiasts who could apparently relate to the feeling of seeing a drive arc away from its intended direction.

One of us,” wrote one fan, while another said that they were “still impressed” by the shot despite it veering wildly off course.

This is me, every shot,” another fan agreed.

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‘Absurd’: Football fans react as Brazil’s legendary Maracana football stadium looks set to be renamed in tribute to icon Pele

‘Absurd’: Football fans react as Brazil’s legendary Maracana football stadium looks set to be renamed in tribute to icon Pele

Brazilian officials have moved to rename the legendary Maracana as the ‘King Pele’ stadium in a bid to honor the country’s most famous footballer – but some fans aren’t exactly endorsing the move.

The Rio de Janeiro state legislature voted on Tuesday to change the official name of the 78,000 capacity stadium to the Edson Arantes do Nascimento – Rei Pele stadium in tribute to 80-year-old Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

Pele played on several occasions at the stadium, which was the scene of the all-time great’s 1,000th career goal, scored for Santos against Vasco de Gama in 1969.

It is a worthy homage to a man who is recognized the world over for his legacy in Brazilian football and for the corresponding services rendered to our country,” a project leader said.

The stadium – which hosted the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals and the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games – has previously been named after journalist Mario Filho, who was central to the stadium’s construction in the 1940s.

However, most Brazilians refer to it simply as the Maracana after the local neighborhood in which it is located.

The move will not be made official until the Rio state governor grants his blessing, but there has already been some opposition from football fans to the switch – some of whom maintain that Filho should be retained as the inspiration for the stadium’s moniker.

Others say that Pele should be ineligible for the honor due to the fact that he doesn’t hail from Rio but lived most of his life in Sao Paulo.

Absurd! Long live Mario Filho, the greatest enthusiast of Maracana,” one fan wrote online.

The king deserves all the homage, right! But Mario Filho has more history in Maracana than Pele – changing the name would spit in the history of the stadium and be an affront mainly to Mario Filho,” another said via translation.

Another wrote online that the move serves little purpose than to disrespect both Filho and Pele.
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