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Tom Joyner retiring from radio in 2019

Tom Joyner, the successful syndicated radio morning host, announced this morning he’s going to retire in two years.

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Joyner, who works out of Dallas and is heard in more than 100 cities, has been hosting the show since 1994. If he retires in 2019, that would make a clean 25 years with the show.

The announcement came out of the blue.

“What a surprise,” said Tony Kidd, vice president of programming for Cox Media Group Atlanta, which oversees Kiss 104.1, the Atlanta station on which Joyner’s show is broadcast. “I don’t know what we’ll do yet.”

Joyner’s note on his blog did not clearly explain why he chose this time to leave the airwaves, but he will be 69 in 2019. Since he started his show, he’s faced off against numerous rivals, including Steve Harvey, Russ Parr and Rickey Smiley.

Joyner kept the note upbeat: “We will continue to be reachable, relevant and ready to super serve our audience in true ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show’ fashion. The celebration will be epic as we remember the guests, the laughs, the tears, the bits, the unforgettable moments we’ve shared together ... and, of course we’ll be making new memories along the way.”

And he added: “When we go off the air each morning, I never say goodbye ... and I’m not saying it now! Here’s to much more good radio!”

Fellow Alabama native, “Daily Show” correspondent and radio host Roy Wood Jr. said, “To call him only a radio DJ is a disservice. Radio has only amplified his mouthpiece and mission to encourage and uplift the black race. He doesn’t spin records and chase a paycheck. He figured out a way to use his platform to help people and save lives.”

Joyner, for instance, has raised more than $65 million for historically black colleges and has promoted voter registration for years.

Wood recalls after tornadoes tore through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham in 2011, Joyner showed up.

“Being at point blank range from the man, I couldn’t even get the gumption to tell him thank you for coming to town to raise money,” he said.

Since then, he has talked to Joyner and has nothing but the deepest respect for the man.

“In this world of fake news, I hope it’s a lie,” Wood added. “Jay-Z said he was going to quit three albums ago!”

Former television reporter and radio personality Monica Pearson praised Jonyer, saying, “He’s done an impressive job raising money for hurricane victims.” she said.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hillary Clinton defends NFL players kneeling for the national anthem

While on tour promoting her book “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton defended NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, arguing that they’re neither protesting the anthem nor the flag and calling their display “reverent.”

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That’s what black athletes kneeling was all about,” she said in response to a question about how to resist the Trump White House. “That’s not against our anthem or our flag. Actually, kneeling is a reverent position. It was to demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system.”

Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick sought to protest racial injustice in the United States last season, beginning by sitting on the bench for the national anthem. After speaking with former NFL player and Green Beret Nate Boyer, he decided to simultaneously protest and show respect by kneeling for the song instead.

“We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer said after their meeting. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”

President Donald Trump recently began attacking players who kneel during the anthem, calling them “sons of (expletive)” and imploring team owners to fire players who participate in the protest.

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Giant Jack-O-Lantern Fest Being Held In Kentucky

Giant Jack-O-Lantern Fest Being Held In Kentucky

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.

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Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday.

“I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,” Butler told ET.

“I smacked the car, went flying through the air and did a somersault and landed and it hurt a bit.”

The Scottish heart-throb said was taken to an area hospital after the accident, and described his injuries as “painful.”

“I have five fractures in my right foot alone [and] a bunch of stupid stuff, a torn meniscus, but I’ll be fine,” he said on ET.

>> Related: Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

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His upcoming film “Geostorm” premieres next week and despite the minor injuries, Butler said he’ll be able to promote the film as planned.

Butler is no stranger to risky stunts. 

In 2011 he was rescued after he was pulled underwater while surfing in his film “Of Men and Mavericks.” According to People, he was taken to a hospital, but not seriously injured.

He recently told Seth Meyers on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that he actually enjoys the risky behavior and once had the “worst” allergic reaction from injecting himself with bee venom.

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“I don’t know what I was thinking,” he said. After feeling fine following the initial injection, he got another one. “Basically 23 bee stings,” he said.

Butler also noted that he could have died from the allergic reaction. 

‘God made me do it’: Man calls 911 to report stabbing, suffocating 18-month-old 

A New Orleans man was arrested Tuesday morning after he called 911 to report that he had killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God made him do it.”

Mark Hambrick, 45, was taken into custody outside his home in the Bywater neighborhood. New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters during a morning news conference at the scene that Hambrick was waiting for officers when they responded to his call. 

Hambrick told dispatchers in the call, which came in around 7 a.m., that he had stabbed his daughter and then, “to put the child out of its misery,” suffocated her, Harrison said during the news conference, recorded and shared by NOLA.com. He gave them a description of himself and the toddler and told them where he and the child would be when officers arrived. 

Officers who responded to the scene handcuffed Hambrick and went into the house, where they found the child lying dead on a bed. She had multiple stab wounds.

Harrison said an autopsy will determine if the baby was also suffocated. The knife used in the slaying was found near the girl’s body. 

Dispatchers who questioned Hambrick asked why he killed the baby, Harrison said.

“He gave us some details, but simply put, he told us over the phone that God made him do it,” the police superintendent said. 

Investigators are looking at the man’s background to determine if mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse may have played a part in the slaying. When asked about it on the phone, Hambrick denied having a history of mental illness.  

Hambrick’s wife, the mother of the child, was at work when the slaying took place, Harrison said. The woman, who the superintendent said “has now lost a baby and now has lost a husband,” has been in touch with detectives. 

“This is certainly a gruesome scene. It’s extremely tragic,” Harrison said. 

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The toddler’s death is the second time a father has been accused of killing his small child in Louisiana since the weekend. 

Fabian Miguel Smith, 33, of Zachary, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the death of his 11-month-old son, Jericho Smith, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Zachary police Chief David McDavid said during a Sunday news conference that the baby suffered stab wounds to his forehead and had signs of blunt force trauma to the back of his head. 

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark confirmed during the infant’s autopsy that he also suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the Advocate reported

Smith is accused of locking the baby’s older siblings, ages 9 and 5, out of the house as he killed the boy. When the children went back in the house, they found their brother unresponsive.

The children ran for help at a neighbor’s home. When the neighbor went to check on Jericho, he found the infant lying on the floor in a pool of blood, McDavid said. 

Smith reportedly told the neighbor, “Call 911, I done messed up.”

Jericho’s mother, Iesha Tolbert, told reporters on Monday that her son was a happy baby who seldom cried. 

His favorite word was “Dada,” Tolbert said

Tolbert, who was working when her son died, said she is trying to wrap her mind around what happened. When she received word that Jericho was dead, she said she assumed he had died in an accident. 

She never imagined that Smith would have killed their son.

“The hardest part is knowing it was his own dad that took his life,” Tolbert told reporters, according to the Advocate. “Not only did I lose my baby, I also lost my husband at the same time.”

Court records showed that Smith does not have a record of violent crime, the Advocate reported. Tolbert’s mother, Theresa Tolbert, told reporters that he was never violent.

“He was a loving parent, a great provider,” Theresa Tolbert said of her son-in-law. 

Anthony Scaramucci’s media company asks Twitter to vote on number of Jews killed in the Holocaust

Anthony Scaramucci’s media organization has drawn fire from social media outlets after it tweeted a poll asking “How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?”

The organization, The Scaramucci Post, backed by the former White House communications director, removed the tweet as the backlash grew Tuesday morning.

While it is generally accepted that 6 million Jews were systematically killed in concentration camps during World War II, the poll asked readers to say how many Jews they believed were killed – less than 1 million, between 1-2 million, between 2-3 million, or, more than 5 million.

The majority of those responding before poll was pulled from Twitter (about 90 minutes after it was posted) chose “more than 5 million.” In second place was “less than 1 million.”

The Scaramucci Post is run by Lance Laifer, a hedge fund manager, according to the profile of the page on Twitter. 

Laifer apologized for the tweet saying it was posted “… to highlight ignorance of the basic facts of the Holocaust.”

Laifer also said he was responsible for the poll and that Scaramucci had nothing to do with it.

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

>> Related: Actress Debbie Reynolds dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher

She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

>> Related: Alyssa Milano inspires others to share sexual harassment and assault stories with #MeToo

The Reason For The Red Sun And Yellow Skies In London

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Woman accused of slapping boyfriend with pack of bacon

A North Carolina woman is accused of slapping her boyfriend in the face with an uncooked pack of bacon during an argument over the weekend, according to multiple reports.

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A 38-year-old man told police that he was arguing with his 33-year-old girlfriend on Sunday when she hit him with the bacon, WRAL reported, citing a police report. The attack happened at their shared apartment in Goldsboro, according to WTVD.

It was not clear what led to the argument.

Goldsboro police told WRAL that the victim declined to press charges.

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