Primary Debate Moderators Have Mostly Been White Men: Report

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North Carolina Democrats Successfully Block ‘Born Alive’ Anti-Abortion Bill

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So many great things to choose from in Todd’s Weekend Adventures

For once, it looks like West Michigan’s weather is going to cooperate for some outdoor fun! If hanging in the heat isn’t your friend, don’t worry, a few indoor options, too. Here is a list of just some of the many memories your families can make.

Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids: Friday, June 7-9

Movies on Monroe, Grand Rapids: Friday, June 7

Free Fishing Weekend

Free Kids Flicks, Celebration Woodland, Kentwood: June 7-Aug. 29

Princess Day at John Ball Zoo: Saturday, June 8

Kid’s Night, Berlin Raceway, Marne: Saturday, June 8

JAFAX, Grand Rapids: Friday, June 7-9

Newaygo County Kids’ Day: Saturday, June 8

National Cereal Fest, Battle Creek: Saturday, June 8

Rock the Block, Grand Rapids: Saturday, June 9

KIA Arts Fair, Kalamazoo : Friday June 7-8

Big Braid 7, Grand Rapids: Sunday, June 9

Summer of Brunch, Grand Rapids: Sunday, June 9

Neymar’s rape accuser gives details in TV interview

Brazilians for the first time late on Wednesday heard from the woman who says that football superstar Neymar sexually assaulted her at a Paris hotel.

Extracts of a televised interview with Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza, the alleged victim, aired just one hour before Neymar was about to enter the pitch for a friendly game between Brazil’s national team and Qatar in the capital Brasilia.

“It was aggression together with rape,” said the woman in an interview broadcast on the SBT network. The full interview is scheduled to air on Monday.

Trindade, who says she works as a model, acknowledged that she initially liked Neymar — full name Neymar da Silva Santos Junior — and wanted to have sex with him.

The football megastar paid for a plane ticket to bring her from Brazil and put her up in a Paris hotel.

Things changed dramatically at their first encounter, Trindade said. “He was aggressive, totally different than the boy that I got to know on the messages.

“Since I really wanted to be with him I said, OK, I’m going to try to handle this,” she said.

After some kissing and caressing “he started to hit me … then he began to hurt me a lot, and I asked him to stop because it hurt.”

According to Trindade, Neymar apologized, but then continued hurting her while they had sex.

Separately, the G1 news website reported that police have a video that Trindade recorded of an alleged second encounter between the two. The contents were not made public.

Neymar, who was transferred to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($248.5 million) in 2017, wrote on Instagram that the evening’s game would be the most difficult of his career “due to the circumstances.”

In the end he only lasted 20 minutes in the game, and limped off the field aided by two members of the team’s support staff with an ice pack wrapped around his ankle.

Neymar, who insists on his innocence, published a video stating that he was the victim of entrapment.

In the same video he also posted intimate WhatsApp messages he said he had received from his accuser and photographs of her topless in a bed.

One of the most colorful phrases of the exchange was “Good morning, object of my libido” – which has quickly become an online catchphrase across Brazil.

Brazil’s football chief said on Wednesday that Neymar would play in the Copa America, which kicks off on June 14, despite the rape allegations, although the late Wednesday injury may change those plans.

The scandal caps a troubled season for the player, on and off the field. It has been marred by a recurring injury, two separate suspensions for insulting a referee and hitting a fan, and the loss of Brazil’s captaincy in the Copa.

Neymar’s father has claimed his son was the victim of a blackmail attempt, which the accuser’s former lawyers have rejected.

Adding to Neymar’s woes is a police investigation into the publication of intimate information in his Instagram video without the woman’s permission. Such an offense carries a maximum five-year jail term.

Neymar’s mother Nadine Goncalves posted an emotional message on Instagram on Tuesday urging her son to “forgive that girl” and “return to Jesus”.

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After death of twins, this teen created a car tag to save children’s lives

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Hannah Rhudy knew she had to do something after seeing the news about Chesterfield twins who died in a hot car.

“Hearing about twins dying in my hometown of Chesterfield,” Rhudy said. “That was the story [ in May 2018] that really made me want to start BabyIn BabyOut.”

Chesterfield Police said the four-month old twins were found unresponsive in a SUV after officers believed their father accidentally left them in the vehicle.

Rhudy, a 14-year-old middle school student, wanted to prevent future deaths and injuries of children in hot cars.

“I’ve always had a passion for kids and teaching at my local church,” she explained.

Rhudy came up with the BabyIn BabyOut, which she calls a “community initiative.”

Her idea is a low-tech, no frills multi-colored tag that you hang from your rear view mirror.

“When you’re in the car, you have it facing ‘BabyIn’ and when you and your child get out you flip it to ‘BabyOut,” Rhudy explained.

Rhudy hopes to become a Kindergarten teacher when she graduates college.

“The kids are our future and we just need to make sure that they’re safe,” she stated.

The teen has partnered with nearly every law enforcement agency in the Metro Richmond area to help spread her message and initiative.

Rhudy will send your family a free hang tag through her website BabyIn BabyOut.

Health officials warn of possible measles exposure in Northern Virginia

DULLES, Va. – The Virginia Department of Health is warning the public of a potential measles exposure in Northern Virginia for people who were at various locations during specified time frames.

The dates, times, and locations listed below are potential exposure sites associated with the confirmed case of measles:

  • Dulles International Airport in Terminal A and Baggage Claim level on Sunday, June 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center, 15225 Heathcote Boulevard, Haymarket, VA in the emergency department on Sunday, June 2 at 11 p.m. through early Monday, June 3 at 4:30 a.m.
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, 3600 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax, VA in the emergency department, including the waiting area, on Tuesday, June 4 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

“Northern Virginia area health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed,” the department wrote.

Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases in existence, spreading through coughing and sneezing, and can linger in the air for up to two hours. If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the CDC.

Once a person has measles, about 90% of close contacts who are susceptible to it will develop the disease. Early on, measles can be confused for other viral illnesses such as the flu. But the red blotchy rash that comes with it may help set it apart.

What should you do if you were at one of the above locations at the time specified?

  • If you have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine (either the measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine or a measles only vaccine which is available in other countries) you are protected and do not need to take any action.
  • If you have received only one dose of a measles containing vaccine, you are very likely to be protected and your risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures is very low. However, to achieve complete immunity, contact your health care provider about getting a second vaccine dose.
  • If you have never received a measles containing vaccine nor had a documented case of measles, you may be at risk of getting measles from this exposure. Contact your local health department or health care provider for advice on possible intervention to decrease your risk of becoming infected or other precautions you need to take.  If you notice the symptoms of measles, stay home and away from others and immediately call your primary health care provider or health department to discuss further care. Call ahead before going to the office or the emergency room and tell them that you were exposed to measles.

The number of cases of measles in the United States this year has surpassed 1,000, the US Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday. The agency said there have been 1,001 cases so far this year.

This year, which is barely half over, has the greatest number of cases in a single year in nearly three decades.

The cases in the Unites States have been imported from international travel. Local outbreaks begin when the highly contagious illness spreads to those who are not immune to the virus due to a lack of vaccination. With the busy summer travel season just about to get underway there’s concern about continued importation of measles among vacationers.

Cases have been reported in more than half of US states. New York has been the largest contributor to this year’s unfortunate milestone with nearly 700 cases of measles reported this year in the state.

Virginia residents with additional questions about this measles investigation can call 571-233-7314. For more information on measles, click here.

The CNN Wire contributed to this article. 

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Beto O’Rourke Wants To Increase Voter Registration. But Can It Work?

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To 11 New Sexual Assault Charges

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Hermione Cronje’s team to take over NPA’s Bosasa case

New NPA Investigative Directorate head advocate Hermione Cronje speaks at a press conference, 24 May 2019, in Pretoria. Picture: Michel Bega

New NPA Investigative Directorate head advocate Hermione Cronje speaks at a press conference, 24 May 2019, in Pretoria. Picture: Michel Bega

Less than a month after her appointment as head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Advocate Hermione Cronje has been tasked with taking over the prosecuting body’s Bosasa case.

Speaking to News24 National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson for the Gauteng region Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that the Bosasa case will finally get the attention of NPA top brass, nearly a decade after their office was first tasked with looking into allegations of Bosasa bosses paying bribes for tenders.

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The Asset Forfeiture Unit, now headed by advocate Willie Hofmeyr, was also taking a look at the evidence in the docket, Mjonondwane told the publication.

The company, which is now known as African Global Operations, is currently under investigation by six law enforcement and investigative bodies.

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Rica laws can’t be changed to accommodate journalists, court hears

A senior counsel representing the State Security Agency on Thursday told the High Court in Pretoria that journalists were not entitled to dictate how the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) should be implemented in order to accommodate them.

Advocate Vuyani Ngalwana made his submissions after amaBhungane brought an application to declare some of the sections on Rica unconstitutional and invalid.

Ngalwana was representing the Minister of State Security, Office of the Interception Centre (OIC) and the National Communication Centre (NCC).

The application was launched when amaBhungane learned that one of their investigating journalists, Sam Sole, had been the target of state surveillance under Rica, while investigating the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority to drop corruption charges against former President Jacob Zuma.

amaBhungane argued that Rica lacks necessary safeguards to protect the public’s right to privacy, saying the current regulations lack protection for journalists and their sources.

They also put it before the court that if a subject has been placed under surveillance, they should be notified once the surveillance has been concluded, thereby safeguarding the principle of open justice.

Ngalwana disputed this argument and said journalists could not be given preferential treatment, risk national security or when it comes to terrorism threats.

He argued that he did not see the feasibility of post-surveillance notification, saying it served no purpose and would only compromise the intelligence agencies and national security.

“Courts are not there to dance to the tune of the media for brownie points. In any event it is impermissible for the court to enter into the fray of powers of a legislative nature,” he said.

He said journalists should raise their concerns during public consultation periods.

“They cannot opt out of that process and come to court and seek to force their own version of what the law should say, when they are not accountable for the high crime rate, politicians are.”

In his closing statement, Ngalwana said amaBhungane should be ordered to pay costs because they knew as early as June 2017 that there is was a bill in process to amend Rica.

Advocate Steve Budlender, for amaBhungane, asked the court to dismiss this completely.

“The supplementary affidavit submitted by counsel this morning for the Minister of Justice does not even provide a Bill, only a proposed timeline, he said.

Budlender said the notion and position advanced by Ngalwana is reminiscent of the apartheid era and should not be considered.

Judgment has been reserved in the matter.

African News Agency (ANA)

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