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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

Star Witness Rick Gates Testifies He And Paul Manafort Conspired To Commit Fraud

Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud. Manafort, facing charges of bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Gates is considered a star witness against Manafort, and struck a plea deal with prosecutors to cooperate in the case against his former business partner.  During his testimony, Gates read out loud the language from his indictment charging him with conspiracy and making false statements to the government. Gates testified that he and Manafort under-reported income an d failed to file Foreign Bank Account Report forms. He also testified that he lied to Manafort’s bookkeeper and accountants. Manafort served as chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign during the summer of 2016, and was forced out in August of that year amid news stories about his ties to then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. ...Read more

Former Boston Celtics Greg Monroe To Sign With Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal with former Boston Celtics player Greg Monroe. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of one year, $2.2 million. Monroe last played for the Boston Celtics after getting traded from the Phoenix Suns, getting sparse minutes off the bench in the playoffs. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. Monore has career averages of 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.  Monroe will more then likely come off the bench and play a role similar to the one he had on the Celtics, as the Raptors still have Jonas Valanciunas as their starting center. ...Read more

NASCAR CEO Brian France To Take Leave Of Absence After DUI And Drug Charges

Nascar chairman and CEO Brian France announced Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence, this coming a day after his arrest in New York’s Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit, smelled of alcohol and slurred his words after he was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag Harbor on Sunday, police said. “I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” France said in a statement Monday. “Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.” France has been NASCAR’s chairman and CEO since 2003. His uncle, Jim France, a vice chairman and executive vice president, will take over those roles on an interim basis. France, 56, was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court after spending the night in jail. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept 14. ...Read more