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Cops: Passengers Did Nothing as Philadelphia Woman Was Raped on Train

A woman was raped aboard a Philadelphia train Wednesday night, and police said other passengers saw but failed to stop the attack. The woman was riding the train when a stranger attacked and raped her—in the vicinity of other passengers, surveillance footage showed. An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority noticed the woman appeared shaken and called police, who met the train at the next stop and arrested Fiston Ngoy, 35, on charges of rape and aggravated indecent assault. Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of Upper Darby Police said the “unbelievably strong” woman was recovering and blasted the other passengers on the train. “There was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should have intervened; somebody should have done something,” Bernhardt told the Associated Press. “Who would allow something like that to take place?”
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Upper Darby police investigating rape on SEPTA train; suspect in custody

According to police, the alleged assault happened at about 10 p.m. on a westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line. UPPER DARBY TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Police in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted on board a SEPTA train Wednesday night. According to police, the...
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Beloved NYC Art Patron Is Captive in Manhattan Home, Friends Say

A beloved figure in New York City’s art world is at the center of a bizarre saga in which friends allege she is essentially being held captive in her own Manhattan home by her daughter. Concerns for 88-year-old Marie-Christophe de Menil’s safety were raised in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by a woman who says she worked for years as the philanthropist’s assistant and caregiver only to be falsely accused of trespassing at the home by Menil’s daughter, Taya Thurman, the half-sister of actress Uma Thurman. Alina Morini says her arrest was “planned” by Taya Thurman, who she alleges is subjecting de Menil to a “forced and ongoing isolation,” the New York Post reports. “I get calls from people close to her. They say they are cut off and concerned,” Robert Hantman, an attorney representing Morini, told the Post.

LA County to Kobe’s Widow: Prove You Truly Suffered

Los Angeles County is demanding Kobe Bryant’s widow take a psychiatric exam. The request is in response to a lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant and other relatives of the fatal crash that killed the NBA star last year—one that claims they suffered severe emotional distress due to grisly photos taken by law enforcement officers from the scene. USA Today reports that the county contends the distress derives solely from the crash itself, not the officers’ photos, which were shared internally but not made public. Lawyers for the victims blasted the county, saying psychiatric exams—some for plaintiffs as young as 5—was a “scorched-earth” move. “Apparently, in the County’s estimation, top officials should be shielded from providing any testimony, but the victims should not only withstand the emotional toll of a full-day deposition, but also submit to an eight-hour involuntary psychiatric examination simply because they had the audacity to demand accountability for Defendants’ disrespect of the dead and callous intrusion upon their private grief,” they stated.
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Texas High School Students Stage Walkout After Alleged Rape on Campus

Students at a Denton, Texas, high school staged a walkout Friday after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on campus. A 17-year-old boy has been accused in the alleged attack. The walkout saw more than 100 students and parents protest outside Denton Guyer High School, with some carrying signs with phrases such as, “Blame Rapists for Rape,” and, “We Believe You!” A video from a Denton Record-Chronicle reporter showed students accusing the school’s administration, including Principal Shaun Perry, of not doing enough to prevent the alleged assault on campus, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Perry, for his part, had written a letter to parents Thursday urging students to remain in class. “A key part of Guyer High School’s reputation is built on the accomplishments of our students and staff,” Perry wrote. “How we treat one another, including in person and online, also plays a part in that reputation.”
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Publix Heiress Paid GOP Org to Promote Jan. 6 March: Report

A conservative donor who is the heiress to the Publix Super Market empire appears to have spent more money to support the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riots than was previously known. Julie Jenkins Fancelli gave $150,000 to the non-profit arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, according to records reviewed by The Washington Post, a donation that may have paid for a robocall urging people to march on the U.S. Capitol to force Congress to “stop the steal.” That’s in addition to a $300,000 donation Fancelli made to the event’s organizers.

Drake Worried His ‘Degrassi’ Character’s Wheelchair Made Him Look Weak, Producer Says

Drake worried his wheelchair on Degrassi: The Next Generation made him look soft. In an interview for the show’s 20th anniversary, producer James Hurst said he once received a letter from a law firm in Toronto ostensibly representing Drake, legal name Aubrey Graham. Hurst said, “It was an odd letter that said, ‘Aubrey Graham will not return to Degrassi Season 6 as Jimmy Brooks unless his injury is healed, and he’s out of the wheelchair.’” Hurst called Drake into his office for a conversation, and Drake said he did not know about the letter. Hurst recounted that when he asked Drake how he did feel about the wheelchair, “He’s like, ‘All my friends in the rap game say I’m soft because I’m in a wheelchair.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell your friends in the rap game that you got shot. How much harder can you get? You got shot, and you’re in a wheelchair.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’” Hurst said Drake backed down after their conversation, though the character, Jimmy, did end up walking on crutches by the end of the season.
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NFLPA Chief on Gruden’s Racist Email About Him: Football Must Be Better

The NFL players union chief who was the subject of a racist remark made by now former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden has issued a classy response to the revelations that derailed Gruden’s career. On Sunday, a bombshell Wall Street Journal story exposed a racist comment that Gruden made in a 2011 email about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. That was followed up by a string of other stories about Gruben’s use of misogynistic and homophobic language, and the Raiders coach announced his resignation Monday night. Smith has responded with a Twitter thread, writing: “The email from Jon Gruden—and some of the reaction to it—confirms that the fight against racism, racist tropes and intolerance is not over,” Smith tweeted. “This is not about an email as much as it is about a pervasive belief by some that people who look like me can be treated as less.” He added that “football itself has to be better,” and confirmed that Gruden had reached out to him since the remark was made public. Smith said they would “connect soon.”
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Amodio’s Record-Breaking ‘Jeopardy!’ Run Ends With $1.5M in Prize Money

The #AmodioRodeo had to come to a close at some point. After 38 straight wins and $1.5 million earned in prize money, Matt Amodio, 30, was beaten on Jeopardy! by another player, Jonathan Fisher. Amodio, a Yale Ph.D. student, missed out on both the game’s Daily Doubles, which were snatched up by Fisher, and answered Final Jeopardy! incorrectly. The mistakes cost Amodio, leaving him trailing in last place behind Fisher and contestant Jessica Stephens, who came in second.
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Lego Says It’s Completely Ditching Gender Bias in Toys

Lego toys will no longer be targeted at boys or girls after the brick-making behemoth carried out startling research that showed more than two-thirds of boys worried they’d be made fun of it they played with the “wrong” toys. The move, first reported by The Guardian, means the world’s biggest toymaker will no longer label products “for girls” or “for boys,” and testing for new products won’t have a gender focus either. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media conducted research that showed 71 percent of boys feared being ridiculed if they played with what researchers described as “girls’ toys,” and parents also shared that fear. “Parents are more worried that their sons will be teased than their daughters for playing with toys associated with the other gender,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chief executive of the Geena Davis Institute. Julia Goldin, the chief product and marketing officer at the Lego Group, said: “We’re working hard to make Lego more inclusive... Our job now is to encourage boys and girls who want to play with sets that may have traditionally been seen as ‘not for them.’”
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Interpreter Who Helped Rescue Biden Finally Escapes Afghanistan

After weeks spent in hiding, an interpreter who helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden in 2008 was successfully evacuated from Afghanistan with his family, reports The Wall Street Journal. Aman Khalili was a member of a rescue team sent to assist two helicopters carrying Biden, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) after they were forced to make an emergency landing in an area of Afghanistan susceptible to a Taliban attack. During the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Khalili made a personal plea to Biden to help him and his family escape, and the White House vowed to assist with his evacuation. After six weeks of obstacles, Khalili and his family were able to cross the border into Pakistan thanks to a rescue operation coordinated with the nonprofit Human First Coalition. “After 144 hours of driving day and night and getting through so many checkpoints my family was so scared, but right now this is a kind of heaven,” Khalili told the Journal. “Hell was in Afghanistan.” Groups working to help other families flee the country estimate there are over 75,000 people left.
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Wendy Williams Won’t Return for Her Show’s Premiere

The Wendy Williams Show might have to shorten its name. The titular host won’t be returning for the talk show’s 13th season, including the Oct. 18 premiere, until she’s in better health, with producers citing “serious complications” from her Graves’ disease and ongoing thyroid problems. The producers said in a statement Tuesday that she was “making progress,” but “Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis… It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.” They did not specify a return date but promised an “exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels” to take Williams’ place. Williams previously pushed back the show’s return date after struggling with a breakthrough case of COVID-19. She was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation last month.
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Parents Sneaking CO2 Monitors Into Schools to Check Ventilation

In what some might see as extreme paranoia and others as COVID-era pragmatism, some U.S. parents are sending their kids to school with carbon dioxide monitors to ensure proper ventilation, according to The New York Times. Some of the people interviewed by the Times said that many classrooms show low levels of CO2, which means proper ventilation could keep kids safe from COVID, while high traffic areas like lunch rooms fare far worse. The move to patrol CO2 levels in schools even has its own hashtag #CovidCO2 where parents can share tips on how to check up on whether schools are following the rules. The Centers for Disease Controls recommends that indoor CO2 levels stay below 800 p.p.m.

‘Ex on the Beach’ Contestant Chris Pearson Dead at 25 from Stabbing

Chris Pearson, one of the first players on the MTV show “Ex on the Beach,” died this weekend from a stab wound, according to TMZ. The 25-year-old was in Los Angeles when he got into an altercation with someone who ended up stabbing him. Paramedics immediately took Pearson to the hospital, but he died around 3:30 AM from the injuries. Friends of the professional DJ set up a GoFundMe page for his family in Colorado. “Chris was the one person who loved with his whole heart,” reads the page, describing the incident as a “tragic encounter.” Police allegedly have leads in their investigation and have called it a “solvable case.”
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Kanye West and Michael Cohen Are Coffee Buddies Now

Do you ever get an uneasy feeling when two of your old friends start hanging out? One imagines Donald Trump might be feeling the pangs of such disease this very moment, because it seems that Kanye West and Michael Cohen are now coffee buddies—or at least, they got coffee together one time. Wonder what they talked about!
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