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New York Congressman Chris Collins Pleads Not Guilty To Insider Trading Charges

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to federal insider trading charges. The congressman was arrested earlier in the day on charges that he shared non-public information with family and friends related to Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics, on which Collins served as a board member. An indictment released Wednesday alleges that Collins, 68, called his son from the White House lawn and share information with him about a failed drug trial, and that his son and others then sold stock based on that tip before the trial results became public. Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, 25, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky, 66, were also charged, according to the court filing. All three pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and will be released on $500,000 bond. The next court hearing is set for Oct. 11, less than a month before Collins will face reelection.  ...Read more

Ruby Rose To Play Batwoman For CW’s Superhero Universe

“Orange is the New Black” alum Ruby Rose has been cast to play Batwoman in both the annual DC superhero crossover event on the CW network, and in a pilot for possible series consideration. CW has confirmed its version of the character will be an out lesbian with “a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.” She is a “highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.” Rose is best known to American TV audiences as Stella on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” but was a prominent model and host in her native Australian for several years before that. Rose’s casting comes on the heels of CW casting activist Nicole Maines as the first trans superhero, who is set to join the network’s series “Supergirl” next season. ...Read more

HGTV Is The Winning Bidder On ‘The Brady Bunch’ House

It was revealed Tuesday morning that HGTV is the new owner of the iconic house used for the exterior shots of the beloved 1970s series “The Brady Bunch.” David Zaslav, chief executive officer of HGTV’s parent company Discovery, made the announcement during the company’s second-quarter earnings call. Zaslay said: “I’m excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and we’ll restore the home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can.” Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass had taken to social media this week to express his disappointment at losing out on the house; Bass was initially told his offer had been the winning one but later learned it had been rejected for a more lucrative offer from a then-unidentified corporate buyer. However Bass tweeted Tuesday after the news broke saying: “I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else, but how can you be mad at HGTV?? My television is stuck on that channel. Kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again.” The house was listed at a starting price of almost $1.9 million; however the sale price has not been announced yet. ...Read more

Cleveland Indians Unveil 2019 MLB All-Star Game Logo

The Cleveland Indians went the rock ‘n’ roll route with a logo for the 2019 All-Star Game. Inspired by the city’s deep musical roots, the team on Tuesday unveiled its logo for next year’s game; a guitar outlined with red baseball stitches. The Indians are hosting the Midsummer Classic for the sixth time, and next year’s game coincides with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field. Cleveland hosted the 1997 game at its downtown ballpark, just a short drive from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  ...Read more

Browns Rookie Antonio Callaway Cited For Marijuana Possession

Cleveland Browns rookie Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license on Sunday, according to reports.  Callaway was pulled over by Strongsville police at 2:59 a.m. on Sunday after “failing to yield for oncoming traffic,” the report states. “A small amount of suspected marijuana” was located under Callaway’s seat. The wide receiver is scheduled to appear in Court on Thursday morning, according to the report. The Browns promoted Callaway to the starting offense on Monday. Cleveland selected Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft, following a string of off-the-field issues during his college career. Callaway tested positive for a diluted drug test sample at the NFL combine in April. ...Read more

Remains Of Unidentified Young Boy Found At New Mexico Compound

Searchers found the remains of a boy after raiding a makeshift compound last week in search of a missing Georgia child, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were found Monday during a search in Amalia, near the Colorado border; authorities were awaiting positive identification of the remains. The search for Abdul-ghani of Georgia led authorities Friday to the squalid compound where they found Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of the missing boy, along with four other adults and 11 children living in filthy conditions. Wahhaj told the boy’s mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child, who suffered from seizures, because he believed the 3-year-old was possessed by the devil. The mother told police that Wahhaj took the boy for a trip to a park and never returned. Wahhaj was armed with several guns, including a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, when he was taken into custody without incident at the compound, the sheriff said. Children ages 1 to 15 were rescued from the compound that had been under investigation for months. ...Read more

West Hollywood Council Urges Removal Of Donald Trump’s “Walk Of Fame” Star

The West Hollywood City Council voted for the removal of President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this according to the city’s mayor. The neighborhood’s City Council passed the resolution, citing Trump’s “attacks” on “minorities, immigrants” and other groups, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran said. The council does not have any direct authority over the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but did share the resolution with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which does have authority. In a statement, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler said his group would refer the council’s resolution to its executive committee “for consideration at their next meeting. “As of now, there are no plans to remove any stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Gubler said. Trump’s star has been vandalized repeatedly in recent years. Last month, a man with a pickax smashed it to pieces, and in 2016 a man dressed as a construction worker also smashed the star with a pickax and sledgehammer. ...Read more

Robert Redford Announces His Retirement From Acting

After a decades-long career, Robert Redford has confirmed his plan to retire from acting. His upcoming film “The Old Man & the Gun,” will likely be his final role as an actor, he said in a recent interview. “Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21,” the 81-year-old said. But that doesn’t mean he will retire from directing and producing, the indie titan said, “We’ll see about that.” A representative for Redford confirmed the accuracy of the report. ...Read more

Showtime Announces That ‘Homeland’ Will End With Season 8

Showtime announced that “Homeland” will end after it’s eighth season. The news has been expected for a while, but Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins confirmed the news on Monday at the TV Critics Association press tour. The news also comes as executive producer Alex Gansa was said to be “unequivocally done” after this season, as star Clare Danes said earlier this summer. Nevins said Gansa and Danes had talked for a while about ending the show after Season 8, when the show’s most recent three-year renewal was set to end. Showtime programming head Gary Levine: “That show is not limping in the sunset. Last season was one of the best ever.” Showtime said production on the final 12 episodes will begin in early 2019 in a “still-to-be-determined location.”  ...Read more

Facebook, Apple, YouTube And Spotify Remove Conspiracy Therist Alex Jones Podcasts And Other Content

Apple Inc, YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards. Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.  Facebook said it removed the pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.” And Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company “does not tolerate hate speech” and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.  Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted that the take-downs amounted to censorship and were intended to help Democrats in the national election this fall.  ...Read more