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Father and son sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery

The father and son convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were both given an additional sentence of life in prison Monday on federal hate crime charges, while their neighbor was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Travis McMichael, 36, was given the additional life sentence plus 10 years; his father, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, was also given an additional life sentence, while their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Lisa Golbey Wood said during the elder McMichael’s sentencing: “A young man is dead. Ahmaud Arbery will forever be 25. And what happened, a jury found, happened because he’s Black.”  Prosecutors had sought life sentences for all three men but Golbey Wood said she believed it was necessary to distinguish Bryan from the McMichaels, because he did not bring a firearm to the scene, but said he was “still deserving of an awfully long sentence.” The McMichaels asked to be sent to a federal prison — citing concerns about rampant inmate violence in state-run prisons — however, the rejected the requests and ordered that all three men serve their sentences in state prison.
Travis McMichael was convicted of federal hate crimes in February along with his father and Bryan, all of whom are White. Each of the men were convicted in state court and sentenced to life in prison for killing Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020. Bryan and the McMichaels were sentenced to life in prison in state court in January for shooting the 25-year-old Black man to death as he jogged through a neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga. The jury in the federal case found the defendants guilty of violating Arbery’s civil rights by targeting and attempting to kidnap him because he was Black. The younger McMichael, who fired the bullets that killed Arbery, was also found guilty of using a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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Sources say FBI raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home allegedly tied to classified material

Former President Donald Trump said that the FBI “raided” his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, claiming in a written statement that the search — unprecedented in American history — was politically motivated, without providing specifics.

Trump said in a lengthy email statement issued by his Save America political committee: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. They even broke into my safe!”

Sources say that the search was tied to classified information Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his Palm Beach resort in January 2021. In mid-January, the National Archives “arranged for the transport from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives of 15 boxes that contained Presidential records, following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021,” the agency said in a statement. When the National Archives discovered the missing documents, it demanded them of the former president, who eventually turned over 15 boxes of the documents in February.  The National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to examine whether Trump’s handling of White House records violated federal law.

According to a Secret Service official, the FBI notified the Secret Service about the bureau’s plans to execute the warrant just hours before agents searched Trump’s residence on Monday. The Secret Service facilitated access to the property, the official said, but did not participate in any aspect of the search.

Trump is not at Mar-a-Lago, his winter residence. He often spends his summers at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

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Brian Kelley announces Florida residency and ‘epic Halloween night concert’

Brian Kelley announced on social media that he is gearing up for a fall residency in Florida, which will include an “Epic Halloween night concert.”  Kelley is holding the residency in the backyard of his surf shop and music studio, Tribe Kelley Surf Post, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Kelley captioned the announcement on Instagram“Hey all 30A Florida lovers, I’m doing a fall residency in the backyard of my surf shop & music studio [Tribe Kelley Surf Post] – 20 intimate shows starting in September – ending October 31st with an Epic Halloween night concert! Snag your tickets at www.officialbriankelley.com – I’m really looking forward to being home this fall recording another album & special project, and playing shows on the weekends at the beach! BK 🤠🌊🇺🇸

Kelley debuted his first solo EP, BK’s Wave Pack, in 2021, calling the project “a snapshot into my world and the life I’m living – whether it’s a little party on the beach, or a little Sunday service in the sand. And you don’t always have to be on the sand or by the water, you can take the vibe with you wherever you go. ‘Beach Cowboy’ is a way of life and state of mind.”

For information on Kelley’s upcoming concert dates, head here.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73

Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at age 73. Her family wrote in a statement shared on social media: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”  Newton-John was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s; and was in remission for more than 20 years before it returned in 2013. In 2018, she revealed that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

Newton-John’s musical breakthrough came in 1973 with the country  hit “Let Me Be There.” The next year, the singer released one of her signature songs. “I Honestly Love You,” which won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance in 1974. Newton-John rose to international fame in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta’s Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical “Grease.” The two became one of the most beloved couples on film, performing the duets “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” together.  Travolta posted a tribute to her on Instagram, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!  Your Danny, your John!”

In 1980, Newton-John teamed with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller-skating fantasy “Xanadu,” and became a music-video pioneer with her single “Physical” which spent 10 weeks at the top of the charts and won the 1982 Grammy for video of the year. Newton-John sold more than 100 million albums and continued to work until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour.

Newton-John and her ex-husband, actor Matt Lattanzi, welcomed their daughter Chloe in 1986 She later helped establish the “Healthy Child, Healthy World” organization after the daughter of Newton-John’s friend died of a rare form of cancer. During her battle with breast cancer, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for the disease and established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in her hometown of Melbourne in 2012. In 2020, she launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation to fund research for treatments and therapies to cure cancer.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John and her many nieces and nephews.

Olivia Newton-John, Awarded Country Singer and “Grease” Actress Dies At 73

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Panic! at the Disco release their new song ‘Local God’

Panic! At The Disco released their new song “Local God”, the follow-up to the singles “Middle of a Breakup” and “Viva Las Vengeance” off the band’s upcoming seventh LP, Viva Las Vengeance, due out August 19th.

To celebrate the release of Viva Las Vengeance, the group will perform at this year’s MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 28th as well as an outdoor performance in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza for the ‘Citi Summer Concert Series’ on NBC’s Today on August 19th.

Panic! At The Disco will also be hitting the road for the The Viva Las Vengeance Tour kicking off September 8th in Austin, TX.  Special guests include Marina and Jake Wesley Rogers with Beach Bunny will join the band on select dates in North America.  For every ticket sold on their upcoming Viva Las Vengeance Tour the band is donating $1 to their Highest Hopes Foundation. In addition, Live Nation will also be matching the donation from the entire tour, dollar for dollar.

Take a listen to Local Godhere.

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Beyoncé earns her 7th No. 1 album with ‘Renaissance’

Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance has landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

According to Billboard, its first week Renaissance earned 332,000 equivalent album units and sold 190,000 physical copies. Renaissance is Beyoncé’s seventh solo album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart; she’s the first female artist to have her first seven solo albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2022 thus far, the only album with a bigger debut week on the Billboard 200 charts than Renaissance was Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, which racked up 521,500 total units.

Renaissance, released on July 29, 2022, is billed as “Act I”—the first of a “three act project” that Bey recorded during the pandemic.Ahead of the release, Beyoncé wrote on her website: “My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgement. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking.” 

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More human remains are discovered as waters recede due to drought at Lake Mead

The National Park Service said that more human remains were recovered from the receding waters of Lake Mead for the fifth time this year.

The National Park Service said in a statement that rangers received an emergency call reporting the discovery of human skeletal remains at Swim Beach in the Leake Mead National Recreation Area at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday: “Park rangers responded and set a perimeter to recover the remains with support from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s dive team.” The Clark County Medical Examiner was contacted to determine a cause of death and an investigation is ongoing.

At least four other sets of human remains have been found this year as Lake Mead experiences historically low water levels. The drop in water levels has been cited as a reason for the discovery of a 50-gallon barrel containing the body of a man police believe was the victim of a murder in the mid-1970s or early 1980s. Last August, the federal government declared a water shortage in the Colorado River Basin for the first time, stating that the water level in Lake Mead, which is the largest reservoir in the United States by volume, had fallen to 1,067 feet above sea level and was at 35% capacity.

In July, a set of human remains was found in Swim Lake and the body 22-year-old Lily Kristine Hatcher was found near the Boulder Islands where she went missing on June 30.

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Police search for 2 suspects after 9 are injured in downtown Cincinnati mass shooting

Police are still searching for two suspects after nine people were injured in a mass shooting near downtown Cincinnati early Sunday morning. Eight men and one woman ranging in ages from 23-47 were hospitalized; all nine had been released from University of Cincinnati Medical Center as of 10:30 a.m.

Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Mike John said that the shooting took place following an altercation between two groups of people shortly before 2 a.m. outside Mr. Pitiful’s bar in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine district, estimating that 15-20 shots were fired in the shooting.

According to Lt. Col. John, as the shooter was actively firing, Officer Joe Shook – who has been with the Cincinnati Police Department since 2016 –  fired a shot. It was unknown whether the bullet struck the shooter, adding that the shooter fled. At a second news conference on Sunday, John said that more shots were fired after the shooter fled, leading police to believe there were at least two shooters.

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said the shooting was “unacceptable” while praising officers for their response:  “The gun violence we are seeing is not the gun violence of the past that was concentrated around the drug trad. We need community support, the citizens of Cincinnati to realize this is a devastating trend and to work with us to resolve the differences without gunfire.”

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Brett Eldredge to play first-ever Ryman residency with 3 holiday shows

Brett Eldredge is making his comeback as “Mr. Christmas” as he spreads holiday cheer with an upcoming series of shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eldredge’s team announced the performances on Twitter “Brett will be playing three shows in Nashville to kick off Christmas this year! Catch him at The Ryman Auditorium November 25-27. Members of The Locals fan club will have first access to presale tickets starting tomorrow, 8/2. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, 8/5!”

The Ryman Auditorium also announced the return of Eldredge’s Glow Live TourBREAKING! @bretteldredge‘s Glow Live Tour is back and bigger than ever! This year, catch Brett at the Ryman for THREE nights, November 25-27, for his first ever #RymanResidency!”

For tickes, head to www. ryman.com.

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Take a look at Reba McEntire in the Season 3 trailer of ‘Big Sky’

ABC has shared the first trailer for Season 3 of ‘Big Sky,’ with new cast member Reba McEntire narrating the 30-second spot. McEntire says in the clip: “Welcome to Montana, a place where the horizon never ends, full of friendly folk just trying to do right. But in the untamed wilderness, you never know what’s going to be coming around the bend. One thing’s for certain, once you set foot in this place, you may never want to go home again… and you might not.”

Season 3 focuses on a new mystery, with McEntire starring as Sunny Barnes, whose backcountry trip does not go as planned. Private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury), undersheriff Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), and Sheriff Beau Arlen (Jensen Ackles) team up to solve a mystery linked to Barnes’ travelers.

Created by David E. Kelley, ‘Big Sky’ is based on C.J. Box’s ‘The Highway’ novels. The first season saw Dewell, Hoyt, and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe) team up to find two sisters kidnapped by a truck driver. In Season 2, Hoyt rejoins the county sheriff’s office and investigates local drug dealers and a cartel. The third season will include a cast of mostly new characters, played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, J. Anthony Pena, Henry Ian Cusick, Luke Mitchell, Seth Gabel, Anirudh Pisharody, and Madalyn Horcher.

Check out the trailer for Season 3 of ‘Big Sky’ – here.

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