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  2. This should make the Spice Girls reunion tour even more interesting. Mel "Scary Spice" B revealed she and Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell once had sex. “She is going to hate me for this because she is all posh in a country house but it wasn’t a ‘thing,’" Mel B, 43, told Piers Morgan on "Life Stories" Friday. "it just happened, we just giggled at it and that was it," she said. "We were best friends. It just happened.” Geri Halliwell and Mel B (Ginger Spice and Scary Spice) of the Spice Girls (Getty) Halliwell, 46, seems to have letf her wild days behind her: She married Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner in 2015 and has two kids. Mel lamented that since she revealed the bombshell, "[Halliwell] and her husband are going to kill me." The openly bisexual singer and former "America's Got Talent" judge refused to answer further questions about her sexual escapade with Ginger Spice, including whether or not it was "good," but said it was a "fun thing" and that Halliwell likely wouldn't deny it. Mel B and Geri Halliwell (Scary and Ginger) of the Spice Girls photographed backstage at the Brit Awards in February 1997.(Getty) She also admitted to kissing Mel C (Sporty Spice), but said it was "nothing sexual" and was simply to show off and test out a new tongue piercing. Previously when asked about ever sleeping with her Spice Girl bandmates, Mel reportedly replied, “Do you mean sex, or did we just sleep in a bed together? Sex? Let’s just say I slept in a bed with them all.”
  3. A high school student who survived the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., died Saturday in an apparent suicide a week after another survivor killed herself, police said. Police received a call about a deceased person at a home Saturday night and arrived at the scene to find a juvenile who died in an apparent suicide, a Coral Springs Policespokesman told Fox News on Sunday. The official cause of death has not been released pending the medical examiner’s autopsy. Police confirmed the juvenile was a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, but did not release further details. Authorities were investigating the incident. A student who survived the Parkland school shooting died of an apparent suicide on Saturday, police said. (AP) Sources told the Miami Herald, who first reported the story, that the juvenile was a male student who was a sophomore. News of the death comes a week after Sydney Aiello, who recently graduated from the high school, took her own life. Her mother, Cara Aiello, told CBS Miami that Sydney was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and struggled with "survivor’s guilt" after 17 of her classmates and staff members were gunned down on Feb. 14, 2018. She added her daughter was afraid of being in a classroom and struggled to attend classes in college. Sydney was sad but never asked for help before she killed herself, Aiello said. Sydney was also a close friend to Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 people killed in the school shooting. Ryan Petty, the father of slain student Alaina Petty, told the Miami Herald the student who died Saturday night was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. “The issue of suicide needs to be talked about," Petty said. "This is another tragic example." David Hogg, a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student turned activist, tweeted about the students' deaths on Sunday. “How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything? Rip 17 + 2,” Hogg wrote on Twitter.
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  5. So many Democrats are running for president the race feels like a March Madness bracket. If it were, the No. 1 seeds would be former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Either would be favored to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 finals, according to the latest Fox News Poll. Democratic primary voters were read a list of 20 announced and potential candidates for the 2020 nomination. Biden is the top choice at 31 percent, followed by Sanders at 23 percent. California Sen. Kamala Harris (8 percent) and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (8 percent) make up a second tier. They are followed by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (4 percent), Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (4 percent), and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (2 percent). The other candidates are the political equivalent of a 16th seed -- they receive less than two percent. Eleven percent are unsure of their picks. Men, women, whites, non-whites, college graduates, and non-graduate Democratic primary voters all put Biden first and Sanders second. Sanders has the edge among those under age 45, while Biden is first for those 45 and over. Democratic primary voters are more likely to support a candidate they think can beat Trump (51 percent) than the candidate they like the most (36 percent). While Biden is technically undeclared, he slipped up and said he is entering the 2020 race. An official April announcement is expected. Two-thirds of Democratic primary voters want Biden to run, and he is the top choice among those who prioritize beating Trump, followed by Harris, Sanders, and O’Rourke. Among those who say it is more important to vote for the candidate they like than the one who could win, Sanders is the first choice, followed by Biden. “Democratic primary voters would welcome Biden into the field, should he run,” says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican Daron Shaw. “They prioritize beating Trump, and as of now Biden fares best of the more widely known Democratic candidates against Trump.” The poll also asks Democratic primary voters about policies. Majorities are “very” likely to back a candidate who supports Medicare for all (67 percent) and a 70 percent tax rate on income over $10 million (53 percent). Less than 4 in 10 are very likely to vote for a candidate who supports passing the Green New Deal (37 percent), paying reparations to descendants of slaves (31 percent), and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE (25 percent). The hypothetical head-to-heads among registered voters show support for Trump stays between 40-42 percent against each Democrat tested. He tops both Harris (39-41 percent) and Warren by 2 points (40-42 percent). Sanders has a 3-point edge over the president (44-41 percent), but Biden performs best, topping Trump by 7 points (47-40 percent). The head-to-head matchups between Trump and Sanders, Harris, and Warren are within the poll’s margin of sampling error. Biden’s lead is just outside it. “There is ambivalence at this early stage of the nomination process,” says Shaw. “Democrats want Trump out any way possible, but they also have a set of public policy preferences that would have been considered way outside of the mainstream even 10 years ago. This has major implications for all candidates and especially for Biden. Democrats like him, they want him to run, and are likely to be impressed Biden currently runs well against Trump, but do they think winning the White House depends on him? If not, the rationale for his candidacy is unclear.” Finally, 41 percent of Democratic primary voters would rather Trump be voted out of office in 2020 than impeached. That matches the 41 percent who prefer he be impeached and removed before the election. Now that would be a real bracket-buster. The Fox News poll is based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,002 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide, including 403 Democratic primary voters, and was conducted under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) (formerly named Anderson Robbins Research) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from March 17-20, 2019. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters and plus or minus five percentage points for Democratic primary voters.
  6. Barbra Streisand is under fire for comments she made about two men accusing Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children. The legendary singer and actress said that Wade Robson and James Safechuck — whose allegations against the late King of Pop resurfaced in the recent documentary “Leaving Neverland" — “were thrilled to be there” and that what allegedly happened to them “didn’t kill them." Streisand, 76, made the strange comments to British newspaper The Times in a piece out Friday, in which she also said that Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.” She says she “absolutely” believes the allegations of abuse by Robson and Safechuck, but puts more blame on their parents than The Gloved One. “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has," Streisand told The Times. “You can say ‘molested,' but those children, as you heard say [grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.” Streisand, who crossed paths with Jackson during their careers, added that she feels sorry for both the alleged victims and Jackson. “I feel bad for the children,” she said. “I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?” Dan Reed, the director of “Leaving Neverland,” seemed shocked at Streisand’s comments. “'It didn’t kill them’ @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!,'” Reed tweeted Friday. Others were equally outraged. “As a lifelong fan, I am deeply disappointed about your remarks regarding Michael Jackson,” a Twitter user going by Lisa Bee wrote. “I don’t understand how you could be so dismissive of the abuse that he inflicted and the damage that’s been done. It’s so unsympathetic to ALL victims of sexual abuse.”
  7. Robert Kraft’s powerful legal team is “surprised and disappointed” that prosecutors have denied their request to stop the “sexual and graphic” videos from inside the Asian spa going public. Kraft’s lead attorney William Burck revealed that the West Palm Beach State Attorney has refused to agree to the request for a protective order over the evidence in the case, including the hidden video footage of the men inside the Orchids of Asia Spa. Lawyers for Kraft, 77, and 14 other men charged with soliciting prostitution had filed the motion this week to keep all evidence in the case private. Kraft strongly denies soliciting prostitution. Burck said, “We put in a motion for a protective order of the evidence in this case, a standard request in any case to keep evidence protected until trial – especially since the video evidence supposedly contains private moments between [two or more] people. We’ve been surprised and disappointed that the state attorney did not sign on to the protective order, because it is a standard procedure in a criminal case. They declined to agree to the protective order.” A spokesperson for State Attorney Dave Aronberg did not respond to calls and emails. However Sheriff William Snyder, who oversaw what he announced was a human trafficking investigation says he expects the videos – which he described as “explicit, sexual and graphic” – to go public, “Ultimately they are probably going to get released,” he said Thursday on CNBC, “There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption.” Snyder was not available for further comment. Kraft’s legal team asserts the video surveillance is illegal under privacy laws. Burck said, “We’ve looked at…the law around the warrant for the video surveillance inside the spa, and we think it is a violation of the fourth amendment. We also believe the traffic stop [made by police as the men left the spa] was illegal and a violation of the constitution.” Burck, a former federal prosecutor, continued, “Sheriff Snyder and Jupiter police chief Daniel Kerr from the outset have said this is a human trafficking case, but have produced no evidence [to corroborate that]. They have falsely connected Robert Kraft and other men to human trafficking. Now they should correct the record. I have asked that the record be corrected and there’s been no response. “The state attorney should take a look how the evidence in this case was obtained by the police and explain how this evidence passes constitutional muster, because we don’t see it.” Messages left for Chief Kerr were not immediately returned. Earlier this week the state attorney’s office offered Kraft and 24 other men accused of soliciting prostitution a chance to have the charges dropped if they agree to make a statement about what they new about the “illegal activity” at the Asian spa and agree they would have been found guilty if the case had gone to trial. Kraft – who strongly denies knowing that the spa was a house of prostitution – has not accepted the deal, according to sources. Burck refused to detail his discussions with the state attorney over the deal. Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned on March 28.
  8. One stunning 21-year-old woman says she has sex with her 74-year-old fiance every day — and that he never needs Viagra. Milijana Bogdanovic and her older partner Milojko “Mikan” Bozic have stunned neighbors in their village in Serbia with their unconventional relationship. Bozic is a grandad who underwent heart surgery in December but even that has not stopped the unlikely couple planning for the future. The lovebirds, who have a 53-year age gap, are preparing for a September 7 wedding and hope to start a family. Bozic is a grandad who underwent heart surgery in December but even that has not stopped the unlikely couple planning for the future. (Central European News) "We have sex almost every day, I don't see what is strange with that. But since Mikan had his heart operation, I have to go easy on him in bed,” Bogdanovic said. "But he is like a young man when it comes to sex, he doesn't need Viagra. “Although, I don't know much about younger men, as I've always been with men older than me,” the woman added. Bogdanovic added that she was attracted to her beau for his looks, saying "I don't like young guys, I've liked older men since forever.” "For his years, he looks perfect. I don't care what other people think and say. I've known Mikan all my life, my neighbors and I used to help him when he was sick, that's when our love was born,” the bride-to-be revealed. She said her only sadness was that her parents were disappointed with her choice as she had always enjoyed their support. Bozic has three children, aged 40, 35 and 30, from his first marriage, and two grandchildren, aged 13 and 11. He said his relationship with Bogdanovic had come as a surprise to him as he had never expected to find love again at his age. "I was attracted to her kindness and beauty. Who doesn't like younger?” the man said. "I've known her since she was little, but I hadn't thought of anything like that. When she was growing up we spent time together but nothing more." The couple will have to marry in a registry office as the local church does not marry couples with an age gap of over 15 years.
  9. A suggestive Easter treat sold at British retailer Marks and Spencer has caught the attention of social media users and become victim to rude comments online. The milk chocolate "yoga bunny" is shaped like a small rabbit in the "downward dog" position — downward dog being a yoga position on all fours, with straight arms and legs, and is one of the most widely recognized yoga positions. M&S launched the chocolate product for Easter, which falls on a later date than usual this year — April 21. But sharp-tongued tweeters were quick to call out the mischievous product, which many implied had a sexual nature. An account called Tiny Head posted a snap of the bunny with the caption: “Prayers for those of us who have to try and sell this product with a straight face appreciated. “If you haven't yet seen the 'Yoga Bunny' egg M&S has brought out, unwillingly draw your attention to it…” Meanwhile, another user named Mike wrote: “The M&S Yoga Bunny Easter egg is very ‘door’s on the latch, find me upstairs.” Amberoo replied: “Why do M&S always produce at least one suggestive Easter egg every year? Or is it just my mind ” And Christian wrote: “It seems #JessicaRabbit’s gone a bit suggestive for #Easter!” The official M&S Twitter account later replied to Christian, writing, "Suggestive? It's merely a bunny in the ‘downwards-facing dog’ yoga position, Christian!"
  10. Saturday was National Puppy Day, so singer Miley Cyrus marked the occasion in a way unlikely to surprise those who follow her career: She posted a photo of herself naked with a dog. Actually, Cyrus isn’t totally naked: She’s wearing a yellow floppy hat and a pair of bright green boots that rise above her knees. “Happy national puppy day you filthy animals,” Cyrus captioned the photo. The post on Cyrus’ Instagram account appears to have been taken the same day as a previous nude photo that Cyrus posted March 18, because she seems to be at the same location, on the same beach chair and wearing the same hat. Meanwhile, Cyrus was seen with another pooch Friday night at a bar in West Hollywood. These days Cyrus is said to be working on new music, possibly with rapper Drake, according to a recent E! News report.
  11. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — No one had all six numbers in Saturday’s Powerball drawing. The jackpot soared to $638.8 prior to the draw (from about $550 million.) Because no one won this evening, the jackpot for next Wednesday’s draw is expected to be at least $750 million. Jackpots this high always touch off a buying frenzy. The winning numbers for this Saturday were 24, 25, 52, 60 and 66. The Powerball number was 5. Reminder to people playing for the first time, a ticket that only has 5 as the Powerball wins $3. One number and the Powerball = $5 Two numbers and Powerball = $8 Three numbers, no Powerball = $8 Three numbers and Powerball = $173 Four numbers, no Powerball = $420 Four numbers and Powerball $20,111 Five numbers and no Powerball would have earned you $4,427,373. For more information go to Powerball.com or CaliforniaLottery.com.
  12. In what can only be described as the most life-altering Prince-related news since we realised his favourite colour wasn’t actually purple (“His favourite colour was actually orange,” his sister Tyka Nelson told the Evening Standard), Ava DuVernay has revealed that she’s working with Netflix on a documentary about the late rockstar. While killer Prince merch, traveling exhibits, and previously unreleased intimate photos of the musician have eulogised the superstar – it’s about time a proper documentary came to be. It will reportedly consist of multiple parts and cover the entirety of Prince’s life, with full cooperation from his estate, who will provide interviews, archival footage, and photos. DuVernay is known for her thoughtful work on Selma, Queen Sugar, 13th, and of course, A Wrinkle in Time, and in fact, Prince reached out to her about working together before his death. It’s meant to be. “Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” she told Deadline. “The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honoured to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.” Rumour has it the director is already hard at work on the project, with multiple visits to the iconic, and delightfully dreamy, Paisley Park mansion in Minneapolis.
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  14. Two people who were convicted in a confrontation at a child’s birthday party that took place in 2015 have been sentenced to a combined 33 years in prison. On the morning of February 27, a judge sentenced Kayle Norton to 15 years in prison, with six to serve and Jose Torres to 20 years in prison, with 13 to serve. According to reports, Norton and Torres paraded through a neighborhood that is populated by mostly black residents with a group called “Respect the Flag,” which flew Confederate flags from their trucks. The group allegedly noticed a black family having a birthday party, and decided to roll up and cause trouble, reportedly telling the party-goers that they would “kill y’all ni**ers.” Video from the incident was shared by the New York Times back in October, 2015. From the Times’ original report: According to the accused, the confrontation started when someone at the party threw an object at one of the trucks, but party attendees’ accusations and video of the incident were enough to charge two people, Kayla Norton and Jose Torres, with violating Georgia’s street-gang terrorism law. “If you drive around town with a Confederate flag, yelling the ‘N’ word, you know how it’s going to be interpreted,” Judge William McClain said at the sentencing. “It’s inexplicable to me that you weren’t arrested by the police that day. Both defendants sobbed openly during the court proceedings. Watch WSB-TV‘s report on the story in the video below:
  15. The lighthearted videos appeared to be scripted, edited and neatly produced, and featured their young stars engaging in wholesome mischief as playful music hummed in the background. It was a recipe that worked for "Fantastic Adventures," a hit YouTube family comedy series created by an Arizona family and shut down this week amid allegations of child abuse off-screen. Before YouTube terminated it, the family's channel had attracted nearly 800,000 subscribers and amassed more than 2 million views — potentially netting upwards of $20,000 per sponsored video. But while some production aspects of the series echoed traditional show business, the criminal charges reveal a worst-case scenario of how a lack of oversight in mom-and-pop-produced videos can play out, child safety advocates say. Mother Machelle Hackney is accused of neglecting and physically abusing the seven adopted children who starred in the videos. When it comes to seemingly harmless videos of young people on its platform, YouTube has no purview over what is happening behind the scenes to those children. "It's the wild, Wild West," said Anne Henry, co-founder of BizParentz Foundation, a nonprofit serving families with children in the professional entertainment industry that has advocated for more oversight of minors who star in YouTube videos. "I hate to say it, but if this family ends up being made an example of that would be great because I think it will save other children from exploitation," Henry added. Family channels on YouTube come in a variety of formats, such as toy reviews, baking how-to shows or the adventures of family vloggers. Some feature children and are designed for a younger audience, while others are meant to educate or inspire discussion. YouTube does not say how many exist; dozens of the biggest family-focused channels attract millions of followers. The video site has made clear that it wants to protect children, and will take down any account that appears to show child abuse, as it did in May 2017 when it removed a family channel called DaddyOFive that involved a couple allegedly abusing and humiliating their children. In a statement this week, YouTube said it works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to arrest and convict anyone whose account depicts harm to children, adding that last year, it terminated and reported 46,000 offender accounts. Arizona YouTube mother accused of horrifying child abuse MARCH 20, 201901:57 Professional child actors working for major production companies are covered by strict legal safeguards. Laws vary by state, but minors are almost always given some form of legal protection over the number of hours they work, where their earnings go and a guarantee that their job will not interfere with their ability to get an education. That might mean, for example, that a child can be on set for eight hours a day, but can only work five of those hours, while the rest of the time is spent resting, eating meals and receiving their education from a tutor. As for payment, many states require 15 percent of a minor actor's earnings to be placed into a trust account, reserved for their use when they reach adulthood, so the money cannot be touched by other family members. "If we had a social worker or health care professional attending every home that puts out YouTube videos, that would be a pretty large task." In some states, parents must be on set at all times to ensure a child's safety. In others, a child's on-set tutor serves as their welfare worker, doubling as an educator and an enforcer of the laws meant to protect the child. Nothing of that sort exists for children who star in popular YouTube videos. And some child safety experts say it would be an impossible request of YouTube to expect them to monitor abuse or neglect happening off-camera. "If we had a social worker or health care professional attending every home that puts out YouTube videos, that would be a pretty large task," said Callahan Walsh, a child advocate with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "When the abuse isn't as blatant, it's much more difficult for authorities to step in because no boundaries have been crossed." But, Walsh added, child abuse is "rampant" — nearly 700,000 children in America are abused every year, according to the National Children's Alliance — and this case is an example of how important it is to look for red flags, such as bruises or children acting withdrawn, particularly around a particular adult. Hackney, the Arizona mother, is accused of withholding food and water and bathroom access from her children when they failed to follow directions for their videos, according to the Maricopa Police Department. She is also accused of beating and pepper-spraying them from head to toe, and taking them out of school to make videos. Police did not provide the age of her seven adopted children. The Arizona Department of Child Safety said all potential foster and adoptive parents "undergo a thorough vetting process," including quarterly home visits from licensing agencies in addition to monthly visits from the Department of Child Safety, before adoptions are finalized, and said it had removed the children from the home upon learning about the allegations. Ryan Hanlon, vice president for the Washington-based National Council for Adoption and a former practitioner who used to vet adoptive families, said the screening process is so rigorous that it's uncommon for children to be placed into unsafe homes. He said that parents with any sort of criminal history or background with child protective services are disqualified, and a thorough home study is done beforehand. Psychological assessments are sometimes conducted on every member of the family. References are also checked. YouTube has taken down a channel called 'Fantastic Adventures' after allegations of child abuse against the performers' mother.via YouTube "When this happens, it is surprising. Was there something in their past that was missed, or something that started later?" Hanlon said. Carrie Goldman, a social media expert who used her own experience as an adoptive mom to also become an adoption advocate, said she feared that the complex emotions that come with being adopted may have made an already terrible situation even worse for the Arizona children. "Adoptive children, in particular, are already more vulnerable to feeling like they have to earn their keep or to feeling like if they don't perform, that they'll be given back or given away," Goldman said. "I think with any kid who is a social media presence or star, it's healthy to regularly check back in with the child to make sure that they don't feel that their world and love is conditional on their performance." The allegations stunned other YouTube stars. Tawny and Zeb Schnorr, who have a channel called "Extreme Toys TV," briefly collaborated with a couple of Hackney's children and noticed nothing suspicious. "That's what hurts me the most is that I didn't see it," Zeb Schnorr said. Signs of abuse are not always obvious. But oftentimes, trained professionals can spot red flags that would have gone unnoticed by the general public. "YouTube is not in a position where they can anticipate what happens, so that's what an advisory committee could do." Lynn Schofield Clark, author of "The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age" and professor and chair of media, film and journalism studies at the University of Denver, said she wondered if there is a need for some kind of independent agency that could serve as a watchdog for social networks — an idea recently floated in the United Kingdom by the London School of Economics and Political Science as a way to reduce the spread of misinformation online. "A Band-aid solution would be to tell YouTube, 'you need to hire people with expertise in child abuse,' because I think someone would be able to flag this early on," she said. "But I think the larger issue is YouTube is not in a position where they can anticipate what happens, so that's what an advisory committee could do. They could think about the type of people who could be violated and will be violated in the future, and advise YouTube on who should be hired or what should be monitored." The video platform has become a lucrative source of income for some users known as "influencers," who promote brands to a massive amount of followers in exchange for free products or money. Stephanie Stabulis, senior strategy director for HireInfluence, an influencer marketing agency for Fortune 1000 brands that has never worked with the "Fantastic Adventures" family, said the amount of money a channel makes is typically based off of channel reach, engagement and views. With the "Fantastic Adventures" videos averaging 1 million to 2 million or more views each and some reaching more than 6 million in recent months, "brands could be paying at least $10,000 to $20,000 per sponsored video based on fair market rates for this kind of video performance," Stabulis said, adding that family channels tend to price toward the higher end of that range due to demand from brands. Henry, of BizParents Foundation, said social media has made it all too easy for people to skirt traditional production rules for protecting children — as their less costlier videos earn views and profits. "If you have no money, but you have a cellphone, you can be monetizing from your home," she said. "And who's to say what you're doing in your house?"
  16. Consider the options: One year in jail, community service, or a potential life sentence on the internet if a video goes public of you getting an illicit massage. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is trying to avoid all these scenarios since being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. Authorities say Kraft was recorded on surveillance footage paying for and receiving sex acts at a day spa in Jupiter, Florida. Kraft pleaded not guilty to the charges and a spokesman denied that he engaged "in any illegal activity." Kraft is arguably the case's most high-profile defendant, generating speculation over the possible consequences the 77-year-old billionaire could face if the allegations prove true. Lawyers say jail seems unlikely for a first-time offender of Kraft's stature. Already, Florida prosecutors offered to drop misdemeanor charges against him in exchange for fines, community service and an admission that he would be found guilty if he went to trial. But a source familiar with the case told CNN that Kraft will not accept the deal. How police spent months taking down a spa where Robert Kraft is accused of paying for sex Meanwhile, Kraft and other defendants are trying to prevent the surveillance footage from being released, underscoring what experts consider the real threat to his livelihood. "It's really all about reputation, and when it comes to reputation it's all about the video," said Rich Matta, the CEO of ReputationDefender, which specializes in online reputation management. It's one thing to hear or read about allegations of criminal activity, said Antonio Williams, an associate professor at Indiana University's School of Public Health who specializes in brand management in sports. But seeing is believing, he said. If the footage shows what prosecutors and police claim it shows, it will be difficult for Kraft to deny engaging in illegal activity, and even harder for the NFL to minimize his alleged behavior when weighing possible sanctions, Williams said. Matta surmised that Kraft's wealth, privilege and social capital will likely shield him from life-altering consequences, no matter the case's outcome. But the humiliation of such an alleged video in the public domain is no small matter for a public figure like Kraft, Matta said. "This is mostly just about personal embarrassment," Matta said. "It's already been a big embarrassment for him. The video's release or a leak of the video would just make it worse." Where the situation stands with the tapes So far, the footage has not been released, and Kraft and other defendants want to keep it that way. On Wednesday, Kraft and 14 of the other men charged filed a motion seeking to prevent the videos and other evidence from being released. The request for a protective order said the evidence is part of an ongoing investigation and should not be disclosed. Kraft's lawyer, Jack Goldberger, did not return CNN's request for comment. A group of unnamed defendants pursued similar action on different grounds. A complaint filed February 25 alleges that the footage was illegally obtained in violation of the plaintiffs' right to privacy. The complaint -- filed on behalf of plaintiffs who are described as people arrested in the case and spa patrons who were not arrested but may appear in the footage -- says releasing the footage would cause "irreparable harm and further public humiliation, shame, ridicule." Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to soliciting prostitution Because the footage was obtained through a warrant, it's likely to be upheld as legal, said CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara, an attorney based in Florida. What's in the defendants' best interest, he said, is ensuring the footage doesn't become public record. They can do that by keeping it out of the court file, he said, and the way to keep the footage out of the court file is to not request it from prosecutors as part of the pretrial exchange of evidence known as discovery. In the motion filed Wednesday, lawyers for Kraft and the other plaintiffs echoed this notion, saying the evidence was confidential and exempt from disclosure because none of it had been produced in discovery. Also, if Kraft's lawyers don't have the footage, they can't give it to the NFL if the league asks for it, O'Mara said. How do you punish a billionaire? Even if Kraft is absolved of wrongdoing, the videos could become subject to a public record request after the case is over, O'Mara said. What happens then depends on what they show, he said. Regardless of what happens to the footage, the NFL is likely to open an investigation under its personal conduct policy, said lawyer Marissa Pollick, a lecturer in sport management at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. The policy applies to "everyone who is part of the league," including owners, Pollick pointed out. In fact, it warns that owners "have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline" when violations occur. The policy also says criminal charges are not necessary for the league to conduct its own investigation, Pollick said. Given the nature of the allegations and the pressure the league is under to crack down on bad behavior, "I would think the NFL would not want to be perceived as rendering special treatment" to Kraft by forgoing an investigation, Pollick said. Trafficking probe that ensnared Robert Kraft began when inspector saw signs women lived at spa But sport management experts and journalists said it's hard to predict what kind of consequences one of the most powerful men in American football might face, especially since the circumstances of his case are so unique. Among the last owners to face serious disciplinary action for detrimental conduct was Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts. After pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in 2014, he was suspended for six season games and fined $500,000. Former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson sold the team he founded amid allegations of workplace sexual harassment in 2018. He was never criminally charged and an NFL investigation resulted in a $2.75 million fine. The most serious consequence, it seems, is that Kraft could lose the team, but there's no precedent for that, said Diana Moskovitz, a senior editor for sports website Deadspin. Or, the league could dock him draft picks, but that would punish the team just as much as him, she said. "For better or worse, he has such immense wealth and power it's really hard to punish him," she said. "He'll still probably own the team. He'll still have Tom Brady as his quarterback. Bill Belichick still gets to be his coach." The hit to Kraft's public stature could be as bad as it gets, "and I don't discount that," Moskovitz said. But short of new allegations showing a pattern of criminal activity, she's skeptical that his current case will have a lasting impact. "As long as he owns the New England Patriots -- especially if they keep winning -- he may have to dial down his profile for a little, but he'll probably do what other famous people have done: You go away for a while and you wait for people to forget."
  17. PANAMA CITY — Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill-domestic violence. In his filing, White also waived his arraignment and appearance during future court dates. His case will next go before a judge on June 17. White was arrested Sunday but did not have his first appearance until Tuesday after spending two nights at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. He is accused of twice pointing a gun at his wife during an argument late Saturday night and attempting to shove her out of the camper they have been living in since Hurricane Michael. White also allegedly pointed the gun at himself. Despite his wife and his attorney, Waylon Graham, requesting no monetary bond and conditional release, White’s bond was set at $3,000 and a no-contact order was issued. White also is prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol, and must submit to random urinalysis. It was not immediately clear Thursday whether he had been released from jail. In Florida, the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated assault involving a firearm is three years in prison if convicted. White has been suspended with pay from his position as city manager while the city and the courts carry out their investigations. He also has been trespassed from city property. In his absence, Deputy City Clerk Vickie Gainer is handling some of the city’s daily operations.
  18. PANAMA CITY — Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill-domestic violence. In his filing, White also waived his arraignment and appearance during future court dates. His case will next go before a judge on June 17. White was arrested Sunday but did not have his first appearance until Tuesday after spending two nights at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. He is accused of twice pointing a gun at his wife during an argument late Saturday night and attempting to shove her out of the camper they have been living in since Hurricane Michael. White also allegedly pointed the gun at himself. Despite his wife and his attorney, Waylon Graham, requesting no monetary bond and conditional release, White’s bond was set at $3,000 and a no-contact order was issued. White also is prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol, and must submit to random urinalysis. It was not immediately clear Thursday whether he had been released from jail. In Florida, the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated assault involving a firearm is three years in prison if convicted. White has been suspended with pay from his position as city manager while the city and the courts carry out their investigations. He also has been trespassed from city property. In his absence, Deputy City Clerk Vickie Gainer is handling some of the city’s daily operations.
  19. "Forbes" took a lot of heat for anointing KYLIE JENNER the youngest "self-made" billionaire . . . for obvious reasons. But Kylie is defending that title. She says, quote, "There's really no other word to use other than 'self-made,' because that's the truth. That's the category that I fall under." She does add, quote, "Although, I'm a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. "I didn't get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100% of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited . . . and I'm very proud of that." (Yes, that's the technicality that "Forbes" used to defend it. Kylie was at least present, to some degree, for the generation of all that money. It was not a gift, or passed down in her family. The money was made on her watch.) (But you could definitely argue that she inherited her celebrity status . . . which was collateral fame, piggy-backing on her sister's sex tape notoriety, which itself sort-of piggy-backed on HER father's notoriety from the O.J. Simpson trial.) (Kylie was 10 years old when she started appearing on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". She didn't earn her spot in the cast . . . she was just there. She, well, INHERITED it.) (So Kylie started her career on third base. People bought her lip-kits or whatever because of WHO she was, not because of what the PRODUCT was.) (It all boils down to this . . .) (Kylie Cosmetics made $900 million in four years. If she was an unknown teenager in Nebraska, she could've invented HUMAN TELEPORTATION and not made $900 million in four years.)
  20. When the NFL settled the collusion grievances filed by COLIN KAEPERNICK and ERIC REID, there was talkthat they were shelling out between $80 million and $100 million. But that might NOT be the case. The "Wall Street Journal" says the league got off cheap, and paid out less than $10 million combined to settle both grievances. Which would be surprising. Initially, the NFL's willingness to SETTLE seemed to suggest that they thought Kaepernick had a winning case . . . otherwise they would've fought it in court. But now, it's unclear why it went down like it did, because the "Journal" claims Kaepernick's market value alone could've earned him $90 million, IF his grievance had made it to court and he won. Officially, the terms of the settlement are still confidential . . . so even if these numbers are accurate, it's possible that there was more to the deal than just a pay-out. But it's unclear what that might be. To put Kaepernick's split of the $10 million in perspective, his base salary in 2016 alone was nearly $12 million. The report doesn't say how the money will be split and how much the players will net after legal fees.
  21. If this doesn't make you want to get up and DO something with your time here on Earth, maybe nothing will . . . A new study found the average American will spend almost half of their life in BED. On average, we sleep about 7 hours a night. And if you add up all the time you spend trying to fall asleep . . . watching TV . . . reading in bed . . . and getting FRISKY, it's an extra 4 hours a day. So, that's 11 hours total. If that seems high, just remember we're talking about the "average person" here . . . That means you have to factor in college kids or older people who might spend MORE than 11 hours a day in their bedroom. Life expectancy in the U.S. is just over 78 years. So if you do the math, that means the average American will spend a total of 36 YEARS of their life in bed . . . just under half their life.
  22. Facebook Inc. FB 0.39% left a gruesome video of shootings at a New Zealand mosque up on its site for half an hour after a user brought it to the company’s attention, a previously unreported delay that highlights the social media giant’s difficulty in controlling violent content on its platform. The timetable, based on times supplied overnight by Facebook and the New Zealand police, means the video showing men, women and children being gunned down at a mosque in Christchurch was available on Facebook’s site for an hour from the time it started rolling to the time it was ultimately removed. The live-streaming video was taken by the shooter as he began a rampage that left 50 people dead Friday afternoon. The broadcast began on Facebook at around 1:33 p.m. and ended 17 minutes later at approximately 1:50 p.m. A Facebook user flagged the post to the company 12 minutes after that, Facebook said. The social media team of the New Zealand police alerted Facebook to the video at 2:29 p.m., police told the Journal. Facebook said it took the video down within minutes thereafter. New Zealand police said the timeline was approximately correct. Facebook declined to comment. The delay was the result of a string of gaps in systems Facebook has set up to stop violent videos and other objectionable content from appearing and remaining on its platform. Artificial intelligence programs the company relies upon to block bad content failed to catch the video during its live broadcast and afterward. Then the alert from the user, who flagged the video after the broadcast ended, wasn’t fast-tracked, because Facebook prioritizes warnings about suicide attempts in such cases. By the time the video was taken down, it had been viewed 4,000 times on the site, Facebook said. It was copied millions of times on Facebook and other sites beyond Facebook’s control. Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, said the company for years focused on expanding aggressively and unleashing potent new products without putting the necessary protections in place beforehand. “The problem is that there are just no safeguards,” Mr. Farid said. “The company can’t say these are unintended or unforeseen consequences. These were foreseeable.” Facebook has said it is doing more to moderate the large numbers of posts that go online. It has doubled down on AI as a solution, in addition to using some 15,000 human content reviewers. In a post on the company’s website Wednesday, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for integrity, acknowledged limitations in the company’s handling of live broadcasts and said the company’s artificial intelligence tools hadn’t been able to catch the video. New Zealand to Impose Broad Ban on Guns After Massacre In response to the massacre of 50 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques by a single shooter, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday that New Zealand will ban military-style semiautomatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. Photo: Getty Images “We recognize that the immediacy of Facebook Live brings unique challenges,” he wrote in his post on the company’s website. The killings last week left New Zealand reeling. Police have charged Australian Brenton Tarrant with murder in the case, saying he mowed down worshipers who had gathered for Friday prayers at two mosques. He hasn’t entered a plea. The social media giant has come under fire in many parts of the world—from Myanmar to Sri Lanka—for failing to take sufficient action against hate speech, fake news and misinformation on its site. The problems are amplified with Facebook Live, the video broadcast tool it introduced in 2016. Facebook said users post millions of live videos a day. In the past, they have included live beatings and murders. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked over the weekend whether Facebook should be allowed to offer services such as live videos if it can’t control them. Some critics have called on the site to impose a time delay during which videos could be checked. Mr. Rosen said a delay would be swamped by the high volume of live videos broadcast daily. He also said it would slow reports by users that could enable authorities to provide help on the ground. Facebook has touted the success of its technical tools in tackling some kinds of terrorist content. The company said last year that Facebook itself—not its users—was identifying nearly all of the material related to Islamic State and al Qaeda that it removed. But the platform, accessed each month by some 2 billion users posting in more than 80 languages, hasn’t had that success with other kinds of extremist content. In his post, Mr. Rosen said artificial intelligence has worked well to identify nudity and terrorist propaganda, because there are lots of examples of such content to train the machines. But the AI didn’t have enough material to learn to recognize content like the mosque massacre, he said, because “these events are thankfully rare.” Once the video was flagged by a user, it appeared to get stuck in queue to be reviewed. Mr. Rosen said the social media site accelerates its review of all live videos that are flagged by users while they are still being broadcast. The policy also applies to videos that have recently ended, but only in the case of suicide reports. The Christchurch video wasn’t reported as a suicide and as a result wasn’t prioritized. The company will re-examine its procedures and expand the categories for accelerated review, Mr. Rosen said. Mr. Farid, the Dartmouth professor, said the delay in taking the video down even after it was flagged by a user shows Facebook’s legions of content checkers aren’t enough for a platform of Facebook’s size. Artificial intelligence, meanwhile, isn’t good at tackling content it isn’t already familiar with. And if even a seemingly small percentage of content slips through its system, that could amount to a large number of harmful posts given Facebook’s volumes. “AI is actually pretty dumb,” Mr. Farid said. “You feed it lots of things and it starts to identify patterns, but it doesn’t understand terrorism or hate speech per se. Anything new or different is a problem.” Some of New Zealand’s largest advertisers, including ASB Bank, suspended advertising on Facebook and Google after the shooter’s video was posted. Lindsay Mouat, the CEO of the Association of New Zealand Advertisers, said New Zealand corporations “are just appalled with the way that live video streaming of what happened could actually get up and occur in Facebook Live without any moderation.” Facebook’s systems caught 1.2 million videos of the attack as they were being uploaded in the first 24 hours; another 300,000 made it to the site and were removed afterward. But users were able to make copies of the video on other sites to keep it alive. Mr. Rosen said a user of the website 8chan, which is often home to white supremacist and anti-Muslim content, posted a link to a copy of the video on a file-sharing site from where it spread more broadly. Facebook struggled to keep the video from reappearing on its own site, he said, because a “core community of bad actors” worked to continually re-upload edited versions to defeat the company’s detection tools. Facebook found and blocked more than 800 variants of the video that were circulating, he said.
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