Aggregated stories from KIss 96.9 contributors.

The Feed Archives

Prosecutors Say That Homeless Man And N.J. Couple Concocted Fake Story For GoFundMe Fundraiser

In a story that grabbed national attention, a New Jersey couple raised more than $400,000 to help a homeless good Samaritan. However, prosecutors said on Thursday that the story was built on deception and all three parties involved were in on the scam. The couple — Mark D’Amico, 39, and Kate McClure, 28, and the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 35, — were charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. If found guilty, they could serve up to five to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors allege that in November 2017, D’Amico and McClure concocted a GoFundMe campaign in honor of Bobbitt as a way to deceive donors moved by Bobbitt’s plight, and was allegedly motivated by a get-rich-quick scheme. Scott Coffina, the prosecutor in Burlington County, New Jersey, said at a press conference that “the entire campaign was predicated on a lie.” The couple first ran into Bobbitt at a freeway ramp near a casino in Philadelphia they frequented about a month before McClure supposedly met him. They befriended him with money and coffee, and eventually hatched their plan, Coffina said. However within a few months of the campaign’s creation, all of the money had been spent and when Bobbitt accused D’Amico and McClure of withholding most of the GoFundMe money he was owed, it led authorities to investigate the case, where the original tale then unraveled. D’Amico and McClure surrendered to authorities on Wednesday in Burlington County; police in Philadelphia also arrested Bobbitt on Wednesday in connection with the case. A court date has not been set. ...Read more

L.A. Lakers’ Rajon Rondo To Undergo Surgery On Hand; Expected To Be Out 3-5 Weeks

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that point guard Rajon Rondo will undergo surgery to repair the fractured third metacarpal in his right hand. Rondo broke his shooting hand while making a steal late in L.A.’s win Wednesday night against the Trailblazers. The Lakers expect him to be out three to five weeks. Rondo is expected to have the surgery by Friday. ...Read more

Celine Dion Unveils Gender-Neutral Clothing Line For Children

Céline Dion is launching a gender-neutral children’s clothing line, saying in part that she hopes to “encourage a dialogue of equality and possibility.” Dion unveiled the CELINUNUNU collection with a humorous commercial, in which she’s shown in the maternity ward of a hospital, blowing a handful of sparkling confetti over a group of infants and replacing their traditional pink and blue sleepwear with black and white, non-gender-specific ensembles. Dion says in the clip, “We miss the past. They dream of tomorrow. We may thrust them forward into the future, but the course will always be theirs to choose.”  The CELINUNUNU collection features more than 70 styles for kids aged 0 to 14 years and was created with the children’s boutique brand NUNUNU, which specializes in unisex designs.  ...Read more

LeBron James Passes Wilt Chamberlain For Fifth Place On All-Time NBA Scoring List

LeBron James passed legendary L.A. Laker Wilt Chamberlain to take fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Wednesday night. James scored 44 points against the Portland Trail Blazers to bring his career total to 31,425. James entered the game trailing Chamberlain’s career mark of 31,419 points by 38 of his own. James now sits behind Michael Jordan for fourth on the scoring list. Jordan finished his career with 32,292 points. ...Read more

Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel Leaves Post After Criticism From First Lady

Just one day after the Office of the First Lady released a statement publicly criticizing Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel, the White House on Wednesday announced that she will be leaving her post. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday that Ricardel “departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration.” Sanders did not specify the aide’s new role. On Tuesday, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”  ...Read more

Michael Avenatti, Attorney For Stormy Daniels, Out On Bail After Arrest On Domestic Violence Charges

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, made bail Wednesday evening after his arrest earlier on domestic violence charges. Avenatti appeared before a group of reporters and said he will be “fully exonerated,” denying the accusations and thanking the LAPD.  In his brief statement, Avenatti said: “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I’m not going to be intimidated from stopping what I’m doing. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.” ...Read more

Actress Paz De La Huerta Sues Harvey Weinstein For Assault And Sexual Battery

Actress Paz de la Huerta filed a $60 million lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, seeking damages for alleged assault, sexual battery and emotional distress. The “Boardwalk Empire” actress publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010 in New York City and sexually assaulting her a year later in Los Angeles. After the Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to press charges in December, de la Huerta is suing Weinstein in California superior court. De la Huerta claims in the suit that Weinstein’s actions have caused her “physical injury, severe emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment, mental and emotional distress and anxiety.” The actress also claims that Weinstein derailed her career after she refused his advances during the third incident in Los Angeles. De la Huerta estimates that Weinstein cost her $55 million over the course of her career.  Weinstein lawyer Benjamin Brafman issued a statement in response to the suit, calling de la Huerta “an unstable personality with a vivid imagination.”  ...Read more

YouTuber Lilly Singh Announces She’s Taking A Break To Focus On Mental Health

YouTube star Lilly Singh announced she is taking a break from her popular YouTube channel.  Singh — known to her fans as “Superwoman” — announced in a video on Monday that she’ll be taking a hiatus from the video platform, saying she’s not at her “optimal happiness” and could be “mentally healthier.”  She told her viewers that she’s been making videos for 8 years, and added “I am mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. I think there’s a lot going on up here that I need to address that I’m not able to, constantly pumping out content.” She also added that she hasn’t been happy with “a lot of the content I’ve created” adding, “I’ve always said that happiness is the most important thing that you will ever fight for. Relevance is not.” Singh started making videos on the platform back in 2010, and has been an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. She told Time that she actually discovered YouTube while she was dealing with depression. ...Read more