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  1. I am a social worker, and I would love to get into George Zimmerman's head.
  2. Living the dream being a social worker for 20+ years and still making 30k.
  3. Despite the controversy surrounding Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam dominating the news cycle for days, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon avoided the subject in their monologues on Monday night. On Friday, Northam’s yearbook page from the East Virginia Medical school in 1984 went viral because it included an image of someone in blackface and another in a KKK robe. After apologizing and taking responsibility that night, Northam changed course the following morning, claiming he wasn’t either of the two people in the photo. He did, however, admit to wearing blackface when entering a dance competition as Michael Jackson that same year. While Northam’s racist yearbook page and bizarre press conference led national news and were mocked by several late-night hosts, they were left unmentioned by Jimmy Kimmeland Jimmy Fallon, both who have worn blackface on comedy skits. Kimmel wore blackface on numerous occasions, impersonating NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone as well as former daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey in his Comedy Central series “The Man Show.” Fallon also appeared in blackface during his days on “Saturday Night Live,” impersonating Chris Rock in a sketch. (The sketch was not available on the "SNL" site but some snippets have been used in various related parody sketches like the one below.) Both Kimmel and Fallon focused much of their monologues on Sunday’s lackluster Super Bowl and squeezed in mockery of President Donald Trump. The other comedians, however, had lots of fun at Northam’s expense. “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah referred to the Democratic governor as a “legend” for knowing for certain he didn’t do blackface in the photo because he did blackface another time. He also called Northam a “blackface connoisseur” for his expertise regarding how difficult it is to remove shoe polish off your face. “I can’t believe this guy was about to do the moonwalk in the middle of his blackface apology,” Noah reacted. “That is the wrong time for dance moves!” (The Associated Press) “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert hit the Virginia politician for saying he “finally had a chance” to sit down and look at the photo from the yearbook. “I’m guessing that wearing blackface is one of those things you would remember doing, like skydiving or your first time,” Colbert told his audience. “You hold onto that good woman," Colbert said of Northram. "Between the two of you, you’ve got one brain.” (AP) “Late Night” host Seth Meyers poked fun at Northam for not identifying whether he was the one in blackface or in the KKK hood, calling it a “real lose-lose.” “That’s like being asked whether you’re Erik or Lyle Menendez,” Meyers quipped. “I’m not a professor of political science, but it’s not good when you have to specify whether you’re the one in blackface or the one in the KKK robe. There’s no good option here. Even the curtain in the background of that photo had to hold a press conference to apologize.” All three of them slammed the governor for almost doing the moonwalk at his press conference, which was prevented by his wife. Meyers declared the exchange as “one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent political history.” “Late Night” host Seth Meyers poked fun at Northam for not identifying whether he was the one in blackface or in the KKK hood, calling it a “real lose-lose.” (Getty Images) “I can’t believe this guy was about to do the moonwalk in the middle of his blackface apology,” Noah reacted. “That is the wrong time for dance moves!” “Look at his face! He actually thought about doing it! That is a face looking to see if he has room to moonwalk,” Meyers exclaimed. “I can’t believe anyone has to say this, but you can’t moonwalk your way out of this one.” Colbert had a simple message for Northam. “You hold onto that good woman," Colbert said. "Between the two of you, you’ve got one brain.”
  4. A U.K.-based clothing retailer has yanked one of its pajama sets from sale after complaints of the shirt’s message containing a message that some feel to be insensitive. Boohoo.com was offering a Christmas-themed pajama set with the words “Obsessive Christmas Disorder” printed across the top, complete with the O, C and D highlighted in different lettering. PICS: WORLD'S MOST MODIFIED YOUTH HAS OVER 40 PROCEDURES TO 'STAND OUT' “As someone whose OCD ruins her f----- life on a daily basis, i can and will throw hands with anyone i see wearing an “obsessive christmas disorder” jumper,” one critic wrote on Twitter. “This actually makes me feel sick,” wrote another. View image on Twitter As noted by The Sun, mental-health advocacy group OCD Action also commented on the shop’s pajama set, saying it trivialized a serious condition. “Products which mock or trivialize OCD add to these misconceptions and can stop people who are genuinely affected by the condition seeking help, often due to a fear that they will not be taken seriously,” said the group’s youth service and communications manager, Olivia Bamber. “It’s important that we challenge these trivializing products, even though their intention is not to cause any distress or offense. OCD Action welcomes conversations with organizations and is happy to help educate them about how they can contribute positively to people’s understanding of this debilitating mental health condition.” As of Friday afternoon, the pajama set was no longer available for purchase on Boohoo.com. Other online retailers, meanwhile, continued to offer similar items, including sellers such as Walmart and Etsy.
  5. Manhattan federal prosecutors on Friday said that President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer committed campaign finance crimes “in coordination with and at the direction of Individual 1” — a reference to President Trump. It was the first time the feds directly linked Trump to hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougle, a fact noted by former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti. “Just to make it crystal clear, New York federal prosecutors concluded that the President of the United States committed a felony,” he tweeted. Both women said they had affairs with Trump in 2006, shortly after his third wife, Melania, gave birth to their only child together. The president has called them both liars. The amounts paid, at least $130,000 to each woman, exceed the legal level of donations that can be made to aid a campaign. They also said Cohen should serve “a substantial term of imprisonment despite his cooperation with their investigation.” Cohen’s crimes “were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life,” they said. In a blistering 40-page document filed in Manhattan federal court Friday roughly 15 minutes before a 5 p.m. deadline, prosecutors outlined Cohen’s roles in a variety of fraudulent schemes, including bank fraud. Prosecutors also asked that the judge who will sentence Cohen next week fine him $500,000 and order the forfeiture of assets. The feds noted Cohen’s cooperation but only asked for a “modest” reduction in his sentence. “While the Office agrees that Cohen should receive credit for his assistance in the [special counsel] investigation, that credit should not approximate the credit a traditional cooperating witness would receive, given, among other reasons, Cohen’s affirmative decision not to become one,” they wrote. “For these reasons, the Office respectfully requests that this Court impose a substantial term of imprisonment,” they said, adding that he be granted “a modest downward variance” from the 51 to 63 months in prison he is facing. The documents offered a harsh explanation for Cohen’s crimes, saying he was motivated by greed. “While Cohen – as his own submission makes clear – already enjoyed a privileged life, his desire for even greater wealth and influence precipitated an extensive course of criminal conduct.” The feds also questioned Cohen’s recent statements that he did what he did out of loyalty to Trump. “This was not a blind act of loyalty,” they said of some of his payments to women in violation of campaign finance laws. “His actions suggest that Cohen relished the status of ultimate fixer — a role that he embraced as recently as May 2018. Cohen was driven by a desire to further ingratiate himself with a potential future President — for whose political success Cohen himself claimed credit — and arranged for the payments in an attempt to increase his power and influence.” In a separate filing in federal court in Washington, DC, special counsel Robert Mueller takes a less hardline stance, saying his office doesn’t have a recommendation on how much time Cohen should serve. It also asks that whatever sentence the judge imposes on Cohen for lying to Congress be served concurrently with the sentence for his crimes over the hush-money payments. “The sentence imposed should reflect the fact that lying to federal investigators has real consequences, especially where the defendant lied to investigators about critical facts, in an investigation of national importance,” the prosecutors wrote. Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes in a federal court in New York in August, and last week he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a case brought by Mueller.
  6. Clint House said he’s still stunned that his former friend, Casey Anthony, was reportedly in good spirits while her daughter was missing. House has come forward in a new Reelz documentary titled “Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak,” which features interviews with those who knew “America’s most hated mom," as Nancy Grace once described her. Anthony’s attorney did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment concerning the airing of Reelz’s show. Caylee Anthony, 2, was last seen on June 16, 2008, but was first reported missing by her grandmother on July 15. When Anthony was arrested on charges of child neglect, she told police at that time Caylee had disappeared with a babysitter. A utility worker working in a wooded area near the Anthony home in Orlando, Fla., found skeletal remains on Dec. 11 that were later determined to be Caylee’s. Experts would testify that air samples indicated that decaying human remains had been present in Anthony’s trunk. The government, however, failed to establish how Caylee died, and they couldn’t find her mother’s DNA on the duct tape they said was used to suffocate her. After a trial of a month and a half, the jury took less than 11 hours to find Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. Still, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police (though two counts were later dropped) and served about three years in prison while awaiting trial. Today, she lives in the South Florida home of Patrick McKenna, a private detective who was the lead investigator on her defense team. She also works for him, doing online social media searches and other investigative work. Just four days after Caylee was last seen, Anthony was captured in various photos celebrating at Fusion nightclub and participating in a “hot body contest” at a party hosted by House. However, House insisted that no one in Anthony’s circle knew the toddler had vanished. Caylee Anthony (AP) “At that time, none of us knew that Caylee was missing,” he explained. “We couldn’t be surprised. We weren’t surprised until after the fact, until police were talking about it, asking questions. Until the media got ahold of it and things exploded. We were shocked and surprised that she could be out here doing what she had been doing that night, and meanwhile, her child is missing. It came as a big shock once we found out about it. But we just didn’t know.” House claimed the last time he saw Anthony before the trial was in downtown Orlando on July 3. “She just didn’t seem like there was anything wrong,” said House. “She was like, ‘Hey, how’s it going? Good to see you.’ Then we went our separate ways. That’s the hardest part about this whole story, is that she was just completely so normal during the time Caylee was supposedly missing.” House first met Anthony, whom he described at the time as “a fun, bubbly person who liked to have a good time,” in April 2008. She started dating then-boyfriend Anthony Lazzaro, who was living with roommates Cameron Campana, Nathan Lesniewicz and House. Caylee Anthony with her mother Casey. (Reuters) “She just pretty much started staying over on a regular basis,” he said. “She never technically moved in… but pretty much she slowly started… staying a little more often.” House said he met Caylee a few times before she vanished. “She was a very intelligent 2-year-old,” House recalled. “She was going on 3 [years old] before she went missing, but she was probably one of the sweetest little girls. Very articulate for her age. You could understand 90 percent of the words that were coming out of her mouth when she was talking to you. She seemed just so full of life, and she was just a great little girl. She was very well-behaved.” In the documentary, House vividly described that Anthony appeared to be a dedicated parent and took her role seriously. Clint House — Reelz “What we saw in front of us was a very loving, attentive mother,” said House. “I even testified to that in the trial. That is what I saw with my own two eyes. I never saw her get angry at Caylee. I never saw her grab Caylee in any kind of abusive manner. I never saw her have to discipline Caylee because Caylee was such a well-behaved child… She just seemed like a good mom.” House first learned Caylee was missing after an ex-girlfriend called and told him to turn on the news. He was stunned to learn that Caylee had disappeared. “I don’t think you can ever quite prepare yourself for hearing that a little girl you’ve been in contact with within the last couple of months is all of a sudden missing, and she’s been missing for a month,” said House. “There’s nothing you can do to prepare yourself or to hear something like that. It was like a punch in the gut.” House said he was in disbelief by the reports until he had to sit down and speak with investigators. In the documentary, House visited the spot where Caylee’s remains were found and became emotional by what he witnessed. Casey Anthony listens to testimony during her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse on June 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony's defense attorneys argued that she didn't kill her two-year-old daughter Caylee, but that she accidentally drowned. (Getty) “How was it that all the searchers miss this?” he said. “… It was harrowing to be there and see the leftover remains of all the people that had come and put stuffed animals that had started to decompose into the dirt. That was just really hard, knowing that’s where she ended up. She didn’t deserve that at all. She really didn’t.” The Florida Department of Children and Families concluded that Anthony was responsible for her daughter’s death because her “actions or the lack of actions… ultimately resulted or contributed to the death of the child.” In 2017, former Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr., who presided the trial, theorized that Anthony may have killed Caylee accidentally when she was using chloroform to calm her. Many people still believe Anthony got away with murder. In response, Anthony told the Associated Press in 2017, “I don’t give a s—- about what anyone thinks about me, I never will. I’m OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night.” House said Anthony’s actions from over the years speak for themselves. In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Casey Anthony poses for a portrait next to a photo of her daughter, Caylee, in her West Palm Beach, Fla., bedroom. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Anthony claims the last time she saw Caylee she “believed that she was alive and that she was going to be OK.” (AP Photo/Joshua Replogle) (The Associated Press) “She’s lying about everything,” he said. “And that interview, where she says she sleeps pretty good at night, are you kidding me? If I was put on trial for killing my kid, and I was acquitted because I didn’t do it, as soon as I walked out those doors at the courthouse, I would be on a manhunt trying to find out who killed my kid. I wouldn’t sleep again until I found out who killed my kid. That says everything you need to know.” House said he hasn’t heard from Anthony. Several people from over the years have attempted to contact him on Facebook pretending to be her. Today he is a father, which has made him wonder about what really happened to the little girl he once knew. “The people who will see this will learn that not only was Casey a real person but so are the people who were dragged into this,” he said. “We’re all just regular people that got pulled into a very, very tragic story, and it still affects us to this day. It’s been 10 years since the story broke… [but] it didn’t go away… This really happened to real people, and it still affects us to this day.”
  7. Snagging 19 million viewers on the Comcast-owned network, the late starting Eagles winning kickoff game fell 13% in broadcast audience from last year’s NFL opener with the New England Patriots and the victorious Kansas City Chiefs. That’s another year of straight double digit decline for the NFL and NBC. With last years opener holding the previous record, the 2018 battle in Philly is also the worst any kickoff game has done since 2009. In fast affiliates, the season opener drew a 6.6/27 among adults 18-49. A drop of 14% from the final demo numbers of the September 7, 2017 game. When you factor in rising streaming and digital viewership, last night’s audience for current Super Bowl champs the Eagles v. the Falcons drew 19.5 million. In a rare state of affairs, but maybe not unexpected due to the more than one hour late start of the game because of weather, the match-up peaked very early. About 21.7 million were watching in the 9:30 – 9:45 PM ET slot during the first quarter of what was then a pretty slow game. It was, of course, a pretty slow night on the non-NFL portion of primetime with CBS’ Big Brother (1.4/6) and ABC’s Match Game (0.6/3) up a tenth each from that respective last originals. The Disney-owned net’s Take Two (0.4/2) was unchanged from last week – not something the NFL gets to say from a year ago. PREVIOUSLY, 6:47 AM: The Heavens did not seem well disposed to the official beginning of the NFL season last night, as rain and possible lightning in the City of Brotherly Love pushed back the start of the Philadelphia Eagles gridiron battle against the Atlanta Falcons. With only Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett taking to the bench in protest during the national anthem, when things finally did kick off on NBC just after 9 PM ET, it certainly didn’t seem to be the most inspiring game. At one point, tell-it-like-it-is Philly fans were booing the current Super Bowl champs on live TV for their lame efforts on the field. Then, as it looked like Atlanta would be grinding out a win, the action really started right near the end as the Eagles dusted off a variation of their Super Bowl move the Philly Special. With some quick moves, QB Nick Foles snagged a 15-yard pass from teammate Nelson Agholor on a reverse to seal an 18-12 victory for the Eagles and some respect from the more than just the fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Sadly, that glory did not translate into the ratings With a 13.4/5 in the metered markets, the post-midnight ending game is down 8% from last year’s kickoff of September 7, 2017. In one of the lowest season openers ratingswise and facing portions of a cable news-covered rally by a very NFL critical President Donald Trump, last night’s game is not only down from last year, but 2016, 2015 and 2014 – all of which saw successive declines. To add more injury to that, the 2017 8:42 PM ET-starting season opener between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots ended up with a weak 7.7/29 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.8 million viewers. That was a double digit decline from 2016 and the worst total audience an opening game had since 2009. Even in a TV landscape where ratings and viewership are noticeably dipping, unless you are This Is Us or Game Of Thrones, those results have to worry the NFL and the broadcasters, especially the still Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox with its pricey Thursday Night Footballdebuting this year We’ll update with more NFL kickoff numbers and other ratings like Big Brother, which was on too last night, as we get them later today. In the meantime, here are a couple more NFL nuggets. One, last night’s game peaked with a 14.8/25 in the 9:30 – 9:45 PM ET period during the first quarter, which says a lot about viewership patterns. Secondly, here are the top ten local markets for last night’s match-up, with, of course, the Eagles’ hometown way up at the top: 1. Philadelphia 32.9/54 2. New Orleans 24.6/35 3. Atlanta 19.8/36 4. Denver 17.5/33 5. Milwaukee 17.3/29 6. Richmond 17.0/28 7. Norfolk 16.6/29 8. Dallas 15.8/29 9. Greensboro 15.2/26 10. Oklahoma City 14.7/25 tied with Albuquerque 14.7/24 Sunday Night Football hits the field for the 2018/2019 season on September 9 with the Green Bay Packers v. the Chicago Bears.
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