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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Establishes New Standards Of Conduct Post-Weinstein Scandal

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has established new standards of conduct for its members after allegations of sexual misconduct have roiled Hollywood in recent months. Academy chief executive officer Dawn Hudson sent a letter to its members Wednesday night, outlining the standards expected to be upheld by the roughly 8,500 members.The industry has been rocked by scandals that has reverberated beyond Hollywood since October when the New York Times and the New Yorker broke stories that included explosive sexual misconduct allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.  ...Read more

LaVar Ball Announces Sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Have Signed With Agent

LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball. The plan is now for both to play on the same team overseas.  Ball said earlier this week that the plan was still for LaMelo to play at UCLA in two years. However, the elder Ball told ESPN that won’t be the case. “He’s not going to play college basketball,” Ball said. ...Read more

Pittsburgh Steelers Announce Linebacker Ryan Shazier Underwent Spinal Surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday night to address his spinal injury suffered this week, the team announced Thursday.  Shazier returned to Pittsburgh and started receiving medical treatment for the injury at a UPMC facility on Wednesday. It was reported Thursday that Shazier’s surgery will necessitate months of recovery before a return to football is considered. ...Read more

Steelers’ Ryan Shazier Transported to Pittsburgh Hospital As Tests And Evaluations Continue

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of a spinal injury suffered in Monday night’s win over the Bengals, the team announced Wednesday.  Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than four minutes into his team’s 23-20 victory over Cincinnati following a tackle that left the 25-year-old writhing on the turf, his legs motionless. He underwent extensive testing overnight, with the team saying Shazier’s injury did not require surgery “at this time.” ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Set New Champions League Scoring Record

Cristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record on Wednesday by scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund and becoming the first player to net in all six group games. Ronaldo leads the scoring charts in the Champions League for the sixth season running with nine goals and is the top marksman in the competition’s history with 114 strikes. ...Read more

Corey Feldman’s Audio Files Naming Alleged Sexual Predators Have Been Found by Police

Audio files of Corey Feldman naming alleged sexual predators in 1993 have been found by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office, according to reports. During an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show last month, Feldman revealed that he had told the police he was sexually assaulted in 1993; however, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office admitted said they didn’t have any record of Feldman’s accusations. 4 years ago, Feldman claimed in his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, that he and his best friend at the time, fellow child actor Corey Haim, had been sexually abused by people in the industry. ...Read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Claims Harvey Weinstein Used Her Name To Lure Women

Gwyneth Paltrow says that Harvey Weinstein’s mistreatment of her went beyond the alleged incident in a Beverly Hills hotel room. The New York Times released a follow-up article about the numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations against the former movie mogul; in it, Paltrow claims that she’s heard that Weinstein used to repeatedly boast about having sex with her to coerce other women into sleeping with him. Paltrow tells the Times that hearing that Weinstein was spreading lies about her was devastating. “He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone,” she says. “But he used the lie as an assault weapon.” ...Read more

Democratic Senators Call For Al Franken To Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Democratic senators called for Sen. Al Franken to resign on Wednesday, in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken lost the support of his Democratic colleagues and faced new pressures to resign over what a fellow senator said was a “clear pattern” of abuse.  Another woman has emerged, saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, bringing to seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety. More than a half dozen female Democratic senators and some men are calling for his resignation. ...Read more

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, a controversial move that critics say may further inflame tensions in the Middle East. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a press conference at the White House.   ...Read more

Rep. John Conyers To Leave Congress After He Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives, resigned from Congress on Tuesday, after facing calls to step down over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female staff members. The 88-year-old civil rights leader announced what he referred to as his “retirement” on Detroit talk radio, while continuing to deny he groped or sexually harassed women who worked for him. He endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him. ...Read more