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  • The media only celebrates masculinity when feminized like 'The Rock in a tutu': Dr. Phil guestThe media only celebrates masculinity when feminized like 'The Rock in a tutu': Dr. Phil guest
    Author Rollo Tomassi talked to Dr. Phil on Friday about how an entire generation of young men or "lost boys" are neglected and demonized for being males. Dr. Phil's recent episode titled "The Demise of Guys" discussed how young men in America are facing an existential crisis of what it means to be a man, with many seeking masculine self-help gurus online. Debate raged over what constitutes "toxic masculinity" and what qualifies as demonizing masculinity itself. Dr. Phil asked Tomassi about past statements, "What do you mean when you say media celebrates masculinity as equally acting feminine?" "That’s the only time that the mainstream media will ever celebrate masculinity is when you see The Rock in a tutu," Tomassi responded. "Whenever you see men behaving conventionally feminine, that’s when the media decides to celebrate them. But yet when a guy is acting in a conventionally masculine way, we do not celebrate that, they find some way to demonize that." INGRAHAM: WHERE HAVE ALL THE MEN GONE? Dr. Phil introduced Tomassi as the "godfather of the Manosphere," the Manosphere being a decentralized online community of men over two decades who, as Tomassi described, "compare notes" about how to improve in physical training, financial success and social skills. Tomassi noted, "We have a generation of what we call ‘lost boys’ right now who don’t have a father figure, they don’t have any guidance-whether its masculinity or much else for that matter." The author added further that men are "sedated" by society via escapism through alcohol, pornography, and video games because their lives are so miserable.  Dr. Phil asked about the suicide rate of men compared to women being 3.5-5 times larger. LEFT'S ‘TOXIC MASCULINITY’ LABEL TO BLAME FOR MALE CRISIS?  Tomassi responded that "deaths of despair" have become more common because society has so few mechanisms or institutions that are looking out for the welfare of men as a distinct group.  "We constantly harp on the fact that men don’t have friends, don’t have close friends, don’t have the same networks that women do, and then we put the blame for their mental health back on them by saying ‘its toxic masculinity and if you guys were just more like women, then you would reach out for therapy of some sort,'" he said. He illustrated how society would be radically different if women were encountering these issues.  "If women were killing themselves at 4 times the rate that men are, you would have a dedicated month and the NFL would change their uniforms to pink or something else so that we would have some sort of female suicide prevention month, but we don’t see that right now, because we blame it on toxic masculinity," he said. 
  • Jeffree Star gives new clue about 'NFL boo': 'Plays perfect in the bedroom'Jeffree Star gives new clue about 'NFL boo': 'Plays perfect in the bedroom'
    Beauty guru Jeffree Star gave his fans another clue about his new "NFL boo" in a social media post on Monday after social media was sent into a whirlwind over his tweet last week. Star said in a tweet his new boyfriend was 6-foot-6 and did not make it to the Super Bowl. However, fans who may have thought it was one of the four teams who played Sunday were out of luck as Star’s original post came out two days before Championship Sunday kicked off. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "His team didn’t make it to the #SuperBowl but he’s 6’6 and plays perfect in the bedroom," the tweet read. The man in the photo had his back turned to the mirror in the photo. He was wearing a Louis Vuitton snowsuit and was seen holding hands with Star again. Star tweeted Friday he was off to Casper, Wyoming, from Los Angeles with his new "NFL boo." "Goodbye LA, time to spend time with my #NFL boo in Wyoming," Starr tweeted. PAT MCAFEE RIPS NFL OFFICIATING AFTER QUESTIONABLE NO-CALLS ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY: 'I THINK THE REFS SUCK' Fans of Star and football in general chimed in trying to get all the information they could from the photo he tweeted. Fans noted that the other person was wearing Vans shoes and some specifically focused on the ankle.  Star was in a relationship with Nathan Schwandt until 2020. He has also been linked to Chris Crocker and Andre Marhold. The beauty guru has been in the influencing game for quite a while. Star’s YouTube following includes more than 15.9 million subscribers, which he has amassed in the 12 years he has been on the platform. In 2014, he founded Jeffree Star Cosmetics, a brand that has built a cult following. Star built his following in the early days of social media through MySpace and was consistently one of the most popular pages on the website.
  • Patrick Mahomes' father says son 'wholeheartedly thought' Bears would draft himPatrick Mahomes' father says son 'wholeheartedly thought' Bears would draft him
    The 2017 NFL Draft lives in infamy for Chicago Bears fans after selecting Mitchell Trubisky after trading up to No. 2 overall, while passing on Patrick Mahomes, who has turned into a superstar with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Bears fans have tried to forget that April day, but Patrick Mahomes Sr. brought it back up following his son’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship to return to the Super Bowl for the third time in his career.  Mahomes spoke to 670 The Score about the 23-20, last-second win over Joe Burrow and company, but the conversation changed trajectory when his son's draft was brought up.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Coming out of Texas Tech, NFL evaluators were in love with Mahomes’ arm talent and ability to extend plays, pegging him as a first-round pick. It was just a matter of where he was going.  Mahomes Sr. said his son "wholeheartedly thought" the Bears would select him. NFL HALL OF FAMER BRIAN URLACHER SUES HAIR TRANSPLANT COMPANY FOR USING LIKENESS WITHOUT PERMISSION "They told him they were going to draft him," he said. "We thought he was going to be the third pick overall and go to Chicago. He had a great meeting when he went there and liked all the guys that were doing the stuff there and thought he was going to be a Bear. Then, once they traded up and got Mitch, it kind of hurt him. It really did. He always knew that Kansas City had told him that they were going to come up and get him. They just didn’t know how far they’d have to go. But initially, he thought he was going to be a Chicago Bear." The Chiefs would go on to select Patrick Mahomes 10th overall in the draft, making him the second quarterback off the board. Deshaun Watson would be selected by the Houston Texans two picks later.  Since that day, Mahomes has thrived in the red and yellow. He was the league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, his first year as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, throwing for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.  In 2019, Mahomes captured his first Super Bowl title, with many believing he had a shot to rival Tom Brady in terms of Super Bowl success. However, Brady would defeat Mahomes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 despite the wunderkind’s magician-like efforts to get back in the game. KEVIN WARREN BOLTS BIG TEN TO BECOME NEXT BEARS PRESIDENT AND CEO Mahomes now has another shot for his second ring, while the Bears own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft after playing to a 3-14 record.  However, it does not appear they need a quarterback with that selection. Justin Fields, who they traded up to select in the 2021 Draft, showcased his ability to run and throw in his second NFL season, though the record didn’t say so.  He needs to improve when he is in the pocket, but Fields is dangerous when he is outside it, proving he can carve through defenses with his legs. Fields rushed for 1,143 yards with eight touchdowns, while throwing for 17 to 11 interceptions.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but Bears fans will reminisce yet again about what could have been as Mahomes takes the State Farm Stadium field against the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12 in Super Bowl LVII. 
  • Ex-NBA player on LeBron James' outburst: 'That was one of the crazier reactions'Ex-NBA player on LeBron James' outburst: 'That was one of the crazier reactions'
    Former NBA forward Chandler Parsons was taken aback when he watched Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James flip out at officials on Saturday at the end of regulation of their game against the Boston Celtics. Parsons, a former All-Rookie First Team selection, appeared on FanDuel TV’s "Run It Back" and said there was no way he would ever act the way James acted at that moment. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I could watch my French bulldog get ran over by the mailman right now, and I would not react like that. I swear to God," Parsons said on the show. "That was one of the crazier reactions." Parsons said it was "impressive," however, James would have an outburst like that over a regular-season game. In a 105-105 game with about 4 seconds left, James went to his left and drove down the lane toward the basket. James was surrounded by three Celtics defenders and went up to the basket with his left hand, and it appeared he was hit on the arm by Jayson Tatum. LEBRON JAMES ASTONISHED OVER MISSED FOUL CALL IN LAKERS' LOSS: 'I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE DOING' James missed the layup and there was no foul called on the play. The Lakers superstar was beside himself over the no-call and fell to the floor in disbelief. Patrick Beverley, at one point, came over with a camera to show the referee what he missed. He received a technical foul. "I don't understand. I don't understand what we're doing, and I watch basketball every single day," James said after the game. "I watch games every single day and I don't see it happening to nobody else. It's just weird." The National Basketball Referees Association released a statement on a brutal missed foul call. "Like everyone else, referees make mistakes," the tweet read. "We made one at the end of last night’s game and that is gut-wrenching for us. This play will weigh heavily and cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be."
  • Pro-life activist Mark Houck details shocking Planned Parenthood encounter following acquittalPro-life activist Mark Houck details shocking Planned Parenthood encounter following acquittal
    Acquitted pro-life activist and father Mark Houck is revealing the shocking details of his encounter with a rowdy Planned Parenthood escort that led to the FBI raiding his home and the Biden administration wanting him to face 11 years in prison.  A jury acquitted the Pennsylvania dad who was accused of pushing a Planned Parenthood escort during an encounter outside an abortion clinic. The Biden administration alleged Houck violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which criminalizes using force with the intent to injure, intimidate and interfere with clinic workers, according to a previous Fox News report. Houck explained how he was defending his son from volunteer Bruce Love.  "He is about a foot away from my son after already having one altercation with him," Houck began to recall the incident to "Hannity." "He's making my son extremely nervous."  When Houck’s son moved behind him, he could tell his boy was "visibly scared" and insults continued to be directed at them. Then, the Catholic dad told Love to go back to where he normally stands.  IT’S TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS TO STAND UP UNAPOLOGETICALLY FOR LIFE  "I walk him there and tell him to stop talking to my son," the activist recalled. "He doesn't have any permission to talk to my son. Next thing I know, he turns around and he's talking to my son again and then you see the push."  Though the pro-lifer experienced many encounters over the years he let flow off of his back, this was the first time the volunteer "overstepped his bounds" and the boy became "bait for him."  A SWAT Team of around 25 people shockingly showed up at Houck’s house pounding on the family’s door.  "They said they were going to break in if he didn't open it," wife Ryan-Marie previously told Catholic News Agency, "and then they had about five guns pointed at my husband, myself and basically at my kids."  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  Now the family’s ordeal is finally put to rest after the jury took about an hour to find him not guilty.  "What we did was win a big victory for the pro-life movement against the Biden administration," Peter Breen, EVP and head of litigation at the Thomas More Society, reflected. "They were trying to scare pro-lifers from coming out on the sidewalks and being active. Biden, that DOJ, sent their best prosecutor, the top guy for face prosecutions from Washington, to help deal with this case in Philly and that jury, once we finally got it seated fully, took about an hour to find Mark not guilty on all charges."  Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Jon Brown, Louis Casiano and Jake Gibson contributed to this report. 
  • Brandi Glanville gives 'unwanted' kisses to married New Jersey 'Housewife' who fled filming: reportBrandi Glanville gives 'unwanted' kisses to married New Jersey 'Housewife' who fled filming: report
    Brandi Glanville and Caroline Manzo have exited "The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip." Glanville reportedly gave Manzo "unwanted" kisses throughout the night filming in Marrakech, Morocco last week, according to People magazine, citing three sources close to the show.  "It was unwanted," a source told the outlet. "And Caroline's distress over the matter did not seem to stop Brandi. Things escalated, and physical boundaries allegedly were crossed that Caroline felt were serious and uncomfortable." The source noted that production reported the incident to higher-ups involved in the show, but the series continued filming that night and into the morning.  Glanville allegedly became aware of Manzo's discomfort and apologized the following morning via text. BRANDI GLANVILLE SAYS SHE AND LEANN RIMES ARE LIKE ‘SISTER WIVES’ AFTER A ‘DECADE OF FIGHTING’ Another source told the outlet that although Glanville was apologetic, she was still asked to leave the show. "Brandi's behavior was inappropriate," the source said. "So she was asked to leave." Meanwhile, Manzo reportedly came to the decision to leave the "Ultimate Girls Trip" on her own. "She needed to process this outside of the reality TV environment," a source said. Vicki Gunvalson, Eva Marcille, Camille Meyer, Phaedra Parks, Alex McCord, Gretchen Rossi and the production team was reportedly supportive of Glanville's exit. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER Glanville did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.  Glanville took to Instagram on Saturday to share an image of a camel from the trip. "Bon Soir Morocco," she wrote, saying "Good Evening" in French. Glanville added red heart emojis and "SHUKRAN" which is the Arabic word for "thank you." In 2015, Glanville left the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" after the show's fifth season. She has returned to the show as a friend over the years and has appeared in other reality television series, including "Celebrity Apprentice" and most recently, "The Traitors." Manzo left "RHONJ" in 2013 following season 5, and subsequently starred in "Manzo'd with Children" until 2016. The release date of "Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip" season four has not been announced. Reps for Glanville and Manzo did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment. 
  • Biden-supporter Stephen Curry moves to block ‘low-income housing’ near his $30 million mansion: reportBiden-supporter Stephen Curry moves to block ‘low-income housing’ near his $30 million mansion: report
    NBA superstar Stephen Curry, who publicly endorsed Joe Biden for president in 2020, is opposing a "low-income" housing development near his $30 million mansion, according to a local news report.  "We hesitate to add to the 'not in our backyard' (literally) rhetoric, but we wanted to send a note before today's meeting. Safety and privacy for us and our kids continues to be our top priority and one of the biggest reasons we chose Atherton as home," Steph and his wife, Ayesha Curry, wrote in a letter to officials in Atherton.  It was an attempt by Steph Curry, who was the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world last year, according to Forbes, to prevent undesirables from crowding the area around his home in Atherton, California.  Atherton is one of the most exclusive communities in the U.S., with Forbes ranking it as the "most expensive" zip code in the country this year. WARRIORS HEAD COACH SAYS RESTING SUPERSTARS IS 'TERRIBLE FOR FANS' AS STEPHEN CURRY, OTHER ALL-STARS SIT OUT The Curry family also petitioned the local government to build fencing and shrubbery around their home to protect the family from watchful eyes if they couldn’t block the new families from joining the neighborhood entirely.  "Should that not be sufficient for the state, we ask that the town commits to investing in considerably taller fencing and landscaping to block sight lines onto our family's property." Council member Rick DeGolia has reportedly said that "it's not possible to build low-income housing in Atherton since land is worth about $8 million per acre." Curry is one of the highest profile Democrats in the country.  In 2020, he brought his family out to endorse Biden for president at the Democratic National Convention, during which Ayesha referenced "social injustices" and "racial inequality." STEPHEN CURRY IS THE 'MODERN MJ,' WARRIORS COACH AND MICHAEL JORDAN'S FORMER TEAMMATE STEVE KERR SAYS This year, Steph Curry did a photo-op with the president, in a picture captioned "Team Captains."  Curry is one of the captains of the NBA team the Golden State Warriors. His team joined him at the White House for a press event on Jan. 17 that became awkward after Biden dropped onto one knee and kneeled in front of the team, eliciting gasps.  BIDEN, HARRIS PHOTO-OP WITH WARRIORS TEAM TAKES AWKWARD TURN: 'I'M NOT DOING THAT' The Warriors had previously declined to visit the White House in 2017 and 2018, when former President Donald Trump was in office.  Fox News Digital has reached out to the board of an Atherton Homeowners Association for additional comment but has yet to hear back.  Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report. 
  • How TikTok’s ‘hot best friend’ Alix Earle earns lucrative brand deals, causes product sales to skyrocketHow TikTok’s ‘hot best friend’ Alix Earle earns lucrative brand deals, causes product sales to skyrocket
    One of TikTok's newest stars, Alix Earle, is the latest creator to capture the attention of the platform's primarily Gen Z audience, earning millions of loyal fans and lucrative brand deals. Earle has amassed 4.2 million followers on TikTok, making her a desirable creator for brands to partner with and nearly every product she gushes about in her videos typically sells out within minutes. The phenomenon, along with her popularity and relatable personality, has been dubbed the "Alix Earle Effect." The popular influencer is reportedly paid anywhere between $40,000 and $70,000 for a brand partnership and has worked with brands and companies like GrubHub, White Fox Boutique, Tarte and Rare Beauty, which led to a TikTok collaboration with Selena Gomez. HOW GYMNAST OLIVIA DUNNE TURNED TIKTOK INTO A 7-FIGURE INCOME Experts at influencer marketing company Ubiquitous found that just one of Earle's videos can cause searches for a product to skyrocket by 100% on Google Trends, according to data shared with Fox News Digital. Ubiquitous researched every product in Earle's make-up routine, along with other items from her Amazon recommendations, her hair routine, eyelash routine and brand deals and found that of the 33 items surveyed, 10 of them were now sold out and a majority of the remaining products had been sold out sometime after they were featured in one of Earle's videos. In addition, every item on the list had seen search interest spike to over 70 on the Google Trends 100-scale index, with 26 of the 33 items jumping to a staggering 100 at one point.  The 22-year-old, who has been called the internet's "hot best friend," is a senior majoring in marketing at the University of Miami. Her TikTok account has garnered 4.2 million followers in recent months, which is popular for her "Get Ready with Me" (GRWM) videos where she shares tips on makeup, wellness and fashion, while she gets ready for anything ranging from a college night out to a workout to an influencer event.  "Her style of content exemplifies everything that makes influencer marketing work so well," Jeremy Boudinet, the Sr. Director of Growth at Ubiquitous said. "There is a sense of immediacy and non-pretentiousness you get from her content." "One member of our team remarked that it feels like you’re watching a cool big sister get ready on FaceTime and tell you about her day in the process," he added. "This has quickly built a sort of trusting, friendly familiarity with her audience—so when she makes product recommendations, it feels like hearing about something from a friend." Earle's search interest on Google Trends spiked from 0 to 100 almost consistently from December 2022 to January 2023, according to Ubiquitous. The majority of products on the list started with a search interest of 0 to 43, which means that just one of Earle's three-minute videos can increase the Google search for a product to 100 percent in just 24 hours.  ‘NON-BINARY’ SINGER SAM SMITH CLAIMS THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ‘ISN’T USED TO QUEER ARTIS Ubiquitous' research found that in one of Earle's most famous videos, where she details her eyelash routine, each of the three products featured increased to a search volume of 100 only hours after her video went live on December 27th. Her "hot mess" approach to her videos has yielded a trusted following among young women on TikTok who see her content as authentic and relatable, which is likely the secret to her success, according to Ubiquitous. "While other influencers have seen similar rapid periods of growth (such as some of the most-followed TikTok content creators, Charli D’Amelio an Addison Rae) what likely separates Alix is her emphasis on authenticity and her daily beauty-based content and logs,"  COSMETIC BRAND TARTE'S EXPENSIVE DUBAI TRIP IGNITES TIKTOK CONTROVERSY OVER LAVISH INFLUENCER TRIPS "The relatability she creates with her honesty makes her glamorous life feel almost attainable - ‘she struggles just like me,’ they might think—'maybe I can be that beautiful, too,'" he added. "So when she incorporates a product into her daily routine (rather than creating content that feels like an ad) it’s no wonder that her audience rushes out to buy it." Earle is very candid with followers as she recounts her nights out at fraternity parties, her experience with plastic surgery, her struggle with acne, as well as her family dynamic and dating life.  "By creating content focused on her struggles with acne and anxiety and showing off her messy bedroom, her audience gets the sense that she is eminently relatable," Boudinet…
  • Pentagon must ditch ‘woke,’ focus on readiness to deter China from taking Taiwan: top Republican saysPentagon must ditch ‘woke,’ focus on readiness to deter China from taking Taiwan: top Republican says
    EXCLUSIVE: The chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness is warning that it's only a matter of time before China tries to invade Taiwan and that the Department of Defense needs to shift its focus from enacting "woke" policies to ensuring troops are prepared to address this threat and other threats to U.S. national security. "You can debate if 2025 is the right year, but it is a matter of when, not if, anymore," Chairman Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., told Fox News Digital. "And we have to do more with our military readiness to convince China not to make that move." Waltz said he largely agrees with a memo from four-star Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan – the head of Air Mobility Command – which predicted that the U.S. will be at war with China by 2025. Minihan's memo to all air wing commanders and other Air Force operational commanders said that he believes war with China is imminent in the next two years, and he said that "a fortified, ready, integrated, and agile Joint Force Maneuver Team ready to fight and win inside the first island chain" needs to be established to prepare for the fight. AIR FORCE GENERAL PREDICTS WAR WITH CHINA IN 2025: 'I HOPE I AM WRONG' Minihan directed his Air Force commanders to report back by Feb. 28 on steps they will take to prepare for the war against China. Waltz said China's military buildup could peak between 2025 and 2028, and he welcomed Minihan's sober assessment of China's rising power. "It is refreshing to hear a general officer leading, telling his troops to train harder, that we have to deter war, but if we can’t, that we have to win, and here’s how we’re going to get to victory," Waltz told Fox News Digital. "He is focused on standards and victory – not on diversity, equity and inclusion and climate." "I think this memo is spot on," Waltz added. "This is the type of mentality that we need our soldiers to see and that we need the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to see." Waltz, who also sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, said the 2024 U.S. presidential election and the Taiwanese election might have influence on the timing of China’s aggression toward Taiwan. Minihan suggested in his memo that the elections would "distract" the countries, leaving a window for China to make a move. "Taiwan won’t go so far as to say ‘independence’ because they know that is a trigger for the CCP," Waltz said. "But they are having a more and more aggressive stance toward their own national defense and a closer and closer relationship with the United States." DEFENSE SECRETARY AUSTIN 'SERIOUSLY DOUBTS' CHINA INVASION OF TAIWAN IS 'IMMINENT' Meanwhile, Waltz said the Department of Defense’s focus on climate, COVID vaccine mandates and social policies has deterred young adults from joining the military and could hurt United States’ readiness. Waltz said military personnel are "disturbed" that some senior leaders think "climate is the greatest existential threat," and he said they are concerned about the emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. "I think it has affected our readiness, and we’ve had the worst recruiting year in the last year since Vietnam," Waltz said. He said the vaccine mandates have been "deterring young men and women from signing up. People have been leaving the service because of it." Waltz noted that some officials in the Biden administration have said climate change is an "existential threat" to the United States. That's a reference to comments made by the secretary of the Army, who said the United States should "take all of our tanks and fighting vehicles electric within the next couple of decades." "Their obsession is having the least carbon-emitting Army," Waltz said. "And I want the most lethal Army." CHINESE MILITARY AIRCRAFT, VESSELS CROSS INTO TAIWANESE SPACE IN LATEST THREAT OF FORCE "The administration’s China policy is just all over the place, and it’s dangerous," Waltz added. That mirrors an assessment from House China Select Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., who told Fox News Digital that the Biden administration is "divided" on the China threat. Officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines have repeatedly warned that China poses the greatest threat to the national security of the U.S. Other officials, like climate czar John Kerry, are more focused on the threat of climate change. But a…
  • Parent elected to school board leaks science curriculum that states biological sex isn't binaryParent elected to school board leaks science curriculum that states biological sex isn't binary
    An Arizona pro-parent school board member, who was recently elected into office, leaked and alerted parents to a radical science curriculum that is currently being considered in the Peoria Unified School District.  The Arizona school board member, Heather Rooks, spoke with Fox News Digital about the power-switch from being a parent speaking out at the district's meetings to a member of the board.  "Now on the other side. I can go back and ask questions," she said.  PLANNED PARENTHOOD SEX EDUCATOR TEACHES HOW MINORS CAN ACQUIRE 'SPICY TOYS' OR SUBSTITUTE WITH VEGETABLES Within a month of being at the school board, Rooks leaked a proposed textbook that would be used in the district's high school. She said she was alarmed that the science curriculum discounted the reality of biological sex.  "I mean, these are kids we're talking about. It's not adults making adult decisions. These are children. So their minds are… not developed completely yet," Rooks said.  According to a post by Nicole Solas of the Independent Women's Forum, the textbook said, "The biochemical, physiological, and anatomical features associated with 'males' and 'females' are turning out to be more complex than previously realized, with many genes involved in their development. We now know that sex is not a binary state, with just two defined outcomes." "Because of the complexity of the genes and proteins involved in sex determination, many variations exist. Some individuals are born with intermediate sexual characteristics, or even with anatomical features that do not match an individual's sense of their own gender ('transgender individuals'). Sex determination is an active area of research that should yield a more sophisticated understanding in years to come." Rooks blasted the book for pushing an agenda on children, specifically taking aim at the idea of male and female.  "I just don't think it should be in front of the kids," she said.  OBAMA-HONORED SUPERINTENDENT BLASTS WHITE RACE AS ‘PROBLEMANTIC,’ WHO SHOULD FEEL ‘REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE’  There are other examples of science being integrated with radical woke ideas.  An "intersectional climate scientist" with a doctorate degree – Dr. Chandler Puritty – rebutted the idea of objective science, Fox News Digital reported. "I would often be called out for my takeaways and my ideas saying that I am being subjective. When in reality the fact is we are all being subjective. But White men get to ignore the fact that they are being subjective because they are normal, the baseline – because their subjectivity is normalized," she said. A Minnesota science teacher in the Saint Paul Public Schools district lambasted cell biology lessons, particularly on mitochondrion, for containing "capitalist" propaganda, Fox News Digital found.  Jung proceeded to provide the "perfect example" of how "capitalist indoctrination" is expressed in her seventh grade science classes.  "Seventh grade science… [is] the year that you learn that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell and all this cell biology. So at the end of the unit, I have [students] take a test. And one of the questions is ‘A person says the nucleus is the most important organelle in the cell. Do you agree or disagree, and why?" "And almost every child says, ‘Yes, I agree. Because without a boss, the cell would be in total chaos.’" Jung added the students' responses "cracks me up," and went on to claim microscopic bacteria were the "original anarchists." "Bacteria don't have a nucleus, and they are arguably one of the most successful classes of organisms on the planet. Bacteria out here being the original anarchists, right? No nucleus, no master. Seize the means of metabolism. I don't know. It's funny to me," she said.  Additionally, a Colorado professor said astrophysics is steeped in systemic racism and White supremacy. Natalie Gosnell, a professor of physics at Colorado College, wants to take an unorthodox approach to teach physics by interpreting it through the lens of race.  "Both artists and scientists are just observing things about the world, making interpretations about those observations, and then sharing their interpretation," Gosnell told Colorado College News.


  • Iowa woman faked cancer diagnosis to rake in thousands in donations: policeIowa woman faked cancer diagnosis to rake in thousands in donations: police
    An Iowa woman falsely claimed to have leukemia and pancreatic cancer to bring in tens of thousands of dollars in donations, according to authorities.  Madison Russo, 19, is now charged with theft after purporting to be suffering from "leukemia, stage 2 pancreatic cancer and a tumor, the size of a football, that wrapped around her spine," the Eldridge Police Department said in a news release. Russo shared her "cancer journey" on social media, a GoFundMe page and in a local media interview. Witnesses claiming to have medical experience said they noticed "many medical discrepancies" in Russo’s social media posts and contacted police, The Kansas City Star reported.  Medical professionals observed "terrible life-threatening inaccuracies of her medical equipment placement on her body," according to court documents. Some photos appeared to be taken at Russo’s apartment instead of a medical office. 2 IOWA STUDENTS KILLED, 1 SCHOOL EMPLOYEE INJURED SCHOOL SHOOTING, 2 SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY Court documents also state that she took photos posted by real cancer patients and shared them as her own.  She said in an interview with the North Scott Press on Oct. 18 that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 10, 2022, and with leukemia a few months later. She said doctors gave her a "slim 11% survival rate for five years" before discovering the spinal tumor. Russo said she still attended classes at St. Ambrose University, maintained a high GPA and interned at John Deere despite her claims of medical issues. On a GoFundMe page that has since been removed, Russo raised more than $37,000 from 438 donations, according to the Muscatine Journal. GoFundMe said in a statement to McClatchy News that it has a "zero tolerance policy for misuse of our platform and cooperates with law enforcement investigations of those accused of wrongdoing. All donors have been refunded and we have removed this fundraiser. The beneficiary has also been banned from using the platform for any future fundraisers." Police said in a news release that she was arrested on Jan. 23 and is facing a charge of theft by means of deception after stealing money from donors. Russo also spoke about her "cancer journey" at St. Ambrose University, The National Pancreatic Foundation in Chicago, and a podcast for Project Purple Online, according to police. But the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation said in a news release that it was "inadvertently named." "This is not accurate," the foundation said. "We can confirm the person in question has had no contact with the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and has never spoken at any of our events … We are disheartened to hear that someone would fake a cancer diagnosis." St. Ambrose University has not confirmed if Russo spoke at its institution. MURDER OF 2 IOWA STUDENTS WAS A TARGETED ATTACK, ACCORDING TO POLICE Project Purple told McClatchy News that this "is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved."  "Like those who donated, we had no reason not to believe Maddie’s story and did not have access to privileged medical information to confirm her story," the organization said in a statement, adding that it was cooperating with law enforcement. Russo was booked into Scott County Jail before posting a $10,000 bond. She will be arraigned on March 2.
  • Woman attempted to kill lookalike and steal her identity, but left DNA evidence behind: prosecutorWoman attempted to kill lookalike and steal her identity, but left DNA evidence behind: prosecutor
    A New York woman accused of attempting to kill her doppelganger friend by giving her a poisoned cheesecake before stealing her identity allegedly left evidence behind, the prosecutor said Monday. Viktoria Nasyrova, a Russian native, left DNA evidence all over the cheesecake box and spoke about her alleged crimes in jailhouse interviews, Assistant District Attorney Konstantinos Litourgis told jurors. "The DNA that was on that container belongs to Viktoria Nasyrova," Litourgis said in his opening statements. "So on top of everything you’re going to hear from civilian witnesses, you’re going to learn that there’s a cheesecake container that had [tranquilizer] Phenazepam in it and also had the defendant’s DNA on it." Media interviews Nasyrova gave after her arrest will also be a focus during the trial, the prosecutor said. NEW YORK DRUNK DRIVING CRASH SUSPECT TOLD OF FUTURE FAMILY'S FATE JUST BEFORE COURT APPEARANCE: REPORTS "She was asked this specific question … ‘There is a woman named Olga who looks a lot like you who said that you poisoned her with a piece of cheesecake in order to steal her identity,’" Litourgis said. The alleged victim in the case is Olga Tsvyk. "You know what this defendant did when she was asked that question? She smiled. And you know what her answer was? ‘I can tell you I know this person. I know who you mean. I did not force her to eat the cheesecake.’" Tsvyk, an eyelash stylist, testified Monday that Nasyrova had arrived at her home in Queens in August 2016, claiming she needed an emergency touch-up appointment. "She told me, ‘I’m right now in Brooklyn. I want to bring you some famous cheesecake from a famous bakery.’ I told her, Viktoria, that’s not needed, just come over,'" Tsvyk said. Tsvyk said Nasyrova ate two slices of cheesecake immediately after her arrival before Nasyrova offered her a third slice that prosecutors say was laced with Russian tranquilizer Phenazepan. Tsvyk said she began to feel sick about 20 minutes after eating the cake. "I started to look to lie down on the bed," Tsvyk told the jury. "I started to look for a pillow. I was realizing that I was losing consciousness and I said to her, ‘Vika, I’m feeling really bad.’ I started feeling very nauseous. I wanted to vomit. I started to vomit right by my bed onto the floor." HUSBAND OF MASS. MOM ACCUSED OF STRANGLING 3 YOUNG CHILDREN DETAILS 'SHOCK AND PAIN' "I told her, ‘Vika, I’m going to throw up right now.’ She said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I will clean it up.' I remember she went to the bathroom and came back with Bounty," Tsvyk continued. Prosecutors claim Nasyrova then stole Tsvyk's passport, cash and other belongings, and tried to make the incident look like a suicide attempt by scattering pills around the victim's body. "Everything was done in this case very carefully and very methodically by this defendant … not only did she poison Olga in order to impersonate her … she also staged her bedroom to make it look like suicide," Litourgis told the jury. But Litourgis says she left her DNA on the cheesecake box and that additional evidence also proves she tried to kill Tsvyk. Another witness the prosecution intends to call during the trial is a man who claims Nasyrova drugged him after they met on a Russian dating site in 2016. Litourgis said that man ate fish and veggies Nasyrova had cooked, and that he woke up three days later in a hospital. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "His symptoms almost mirrored that of Olga's," Litourgis said, noting that the man's watch and cash had been stolen. Nasyrova pleaded guilty in a separate case to attempted petit larceny in Brooklyn Supreme Court in 2019, following allegations she drugged and robbed men she met on dating apps. She is also accused of drugging and killing her neighbor in Russia, torching the body and fleeing to New York. But her attorney, Christopher Hoyt, told jurors the current case was not as "open and shut" as prosecutors claim. Nasyrova faces up to 25 years in prison if she is convicted of attempted murder, burglary and other charges.
  • Massachusetts Clancy killings: Mothers’ murders ‘unlike any other type of homicide,’ Andrea Yates’ lawyer saysMassachusetts Clancy killings: Mothers’ murders ‘unlike any other type of homicide,’ Andrea Yates’ lawyer says
    If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. One week since Lindsay Clancy allegedly strangled her three young children before jumping from a window of her family’s Massachusetts home, the former labor and delivery nurse remained hospitalized as of late Monday. The 32-year-old Duxbury woman is recovering from an alleged attempt to take her own life as she faces at least eight criminal counts – two for murder, three for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and three more for strangulation – as questions about the Jan. 24 incident linger. On Saturday, Patrick Clancy issued a statement via a GoFundMe page created to support him. He not only wrote about how his family "was the best thing that ever happened" to him, but he also shared kind words about each of his children. HUSBAND OF MASS. MOM ACCUSED OF STRANGLING 3 YOUNG CHILDREN DETAILS 'SHOCK AND PAIN' "I took so much pride in being Lindsay’s husband and a dad to Cora, Dawson, and Callan. I always reminded myself that each day with them was a new gift," he wrote. "They gave me purpose and I never took it for granted. There is now a massive void where that purpose once was." MASSACHUSETTS MOM LINDSAY CLANCY ARREST WARRANT REVEALS EIGHT COUNTS FOR ALLEGEDLY STRANGLING KIDS Clancy further described how his marriage with Lindsay was "wonderful and diametrically grew stronger as her condition rapidly worsened." "I took as much pride in being her husband as I did in being a father and felt persistently lucky to have her in my life," he said. "We mutually understood the reality that people can have bad days, but we stuck to the rule that when one of us got lost, the other was always there to bring them home, always. She loved being a nurse, but nothing matched her intense love for our kids and dedication to being a mother. It was all she ever wanted." He asked the public to forgive Lindsay as he had, he wrote. "The real Lindsay was generously loving and caring towards everyone – me, our kids, family, friends, and her patients," he wrote. "The very fibers of her soul are loving. All I wish for her now is that she can somehow find peace." TWO CHILDREN FOUND DEAD IN MASSACHUSETTS HOME, WOMAN AND INFANT HOSPITALIZED Lindsay Clancy appeared to have a picture-perfect life on social media, where she frequently shared photographs of her smiling family – Patrick, her husband, and their three children, 5-year-old Cora, 3-year-old Dawson and 7-month-old Callan. "So unbelievably thankful for this family and life," she captioned a photo illustration shared in November 2020. "I feel like the luckiest mama in the whole wide world," she wrote just days before Christmas in 2019. But in other posts, not publicly available on Clancy’s Facebook page as of Monday, she described her battle with postpartum anxiety and her efforts to overcome the mental struggle, the Boston Globe reported. Patrick Clancy called police around 6:10 p.m. on Jan. 24, after his wife jumped from the window of the family’s Summer Street home in Duxbury, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said. Rescuers arrived to find the three children inside the home "unconscious with obvious signs of trauma," officials have said. Dawson and Cora were pronounced dead. Callan, the youngest of the three kids, was rushed to a local hospital but ultimately could not be saved. MASSACHUSETTS MOM ALLEGEDLY KILLED TWO OF HER KIDS, INJURED BABY BEFORE JUMPING OUT WINDOW A spokesperson for the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office said Monday the charges against Clancy remained the same, though it was not immediately clear if she would soon be facing an additional count for murder. An arraignment date had not been scheduled as of Monday, the spokesperson said. Officials would not comment last week when asked about a motive for the murders, and documents related to Clancy’s criminal charges are under seal. Already the case, though only in its infancy, bears a resemblance to Andrea Yates' slayings from decades earlier. Yates confessed to killing her five kids in 2001, when investigators said she drowned them in a bathtub inside their Houston home. A jury in 2006 found her not guilty by reason of insanity. Yates’ lead attorney, George Parnham, told Fox News Digital on Monday that mothers who are experiencing psychotic episodes, much like in his client’s case, can make decisions at that moment for any range…
  • Greg Abbott announces Texas' first Border Czar amid surge of illegal migrant crossingsGreg Abbott announces Texas' first Border Czar amid surge of illegal migrant crossings
    Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced the state's first-ever Border Czar to address the influx of migrants coming through the Southern Border. Abbott tapped veteran Border Patrol agent Mike Banks to serve as Special Advisor on Border Matters to the Governor in response to the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis. "For nearly two years, the State of Texas has taken unprecedented, historic action under Operation Lone Star in response to the Biden Administration's refusal to secure the border," Abbott said at a press conference on a border wall construction site in San Benito, Texas. "To continue doing what no other state in the history of our country has done to secure the border, I hired Mike Banks as the State of Texas' first-ever Border Czar."  "As an award-winning Border Patrol Agent, with decades of federal law enforcement and border security experience, Mike is the perfect choice to oversee Texas' fight against the surge of illegal immigration, lethal drugs, and deadly weapons flowing into our state and nation," the governor continued. "I have no doubt that Mike's strong record of leadership and wealth of experience will provide Texans —and Americans — the level of border security expertise they deserve from a proper Border Czar."  AMID 2022'S MASSIVE MIGRANT SURGE, NUMBERS IN ICE DETENTION REMAIN LOW Banks, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and Texas Military Department Major General Thomas Suelzer were present for Abbott's announcement. "I am humbled to be selected by Governor Abbott for this opportunity," Banks said. "Protecting our nation’s border is something I have dedicated the last 23 years of my life to, and I am very passionate about it. I look forward to strengthening our relationships with law enforcement partners and the community, leveraging all that we can to further protect our great state of Texas and the United States." NEARLY 300,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SLIPPED PAST BORDER AGENTS IN LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS: SOURCES The new Texas Border Czar will collaborate daily with DPS, TMD and other state agencies, local officials, and Texas landowners to deter and prevent migrants from entering Texas illegally through the Southern Border. He will also advise Abbott on situations and strategies at the border, including plans to address migrant surges. He will be based out of Weslaco and travel along the border when necessary. Banks has more than 30 years of federal law enforcement leadership experience, including 23 years in border security operations and administration along the Southern Border. Abbott has been highly critical of the Biden administration for its handling of the border, which has seen record numbers of illegal crossings since the president took office in January 2021.  In response to the federal government's inaction on border security, the governor has launched several initiatives aimed at addressing the border crisis, including sending buses of migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C. and New York City, allocating $4 billion in funding for Texas' border security efforts and deploying thousands of Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers. "No Governor has dedicated more time, energy, and effort in terms of public safety, homeland security, and border security than Governor Abbott," McCraw said at Monday's press conference.
  • New York drunk driving crash suspect told of future family's fate just before court appearance: reportsNew York drunk driving crash suspect told of future family's fate just before court appearance: reports
    A Staten Island, New York, man facing manslaughter charges after crashing his car so violently into a pole that the vehicle split into three, his pregnant fiancé tossed from the vehicle and unborn baby ripped from the mother’s womb, found out just minutes before court on Monday that both had died, according to reports. The New York Post reported that Adem Nikeziq, 30, appeared before a judge for the first time on Monday, crying uncontrollably after his attorney, Mark Fonte, broke the news to him about his fiancé, 23-year-old Adriana Sylmetaj, and unborn daughter. "No one told him that his fiancé and baby had passed," Fonte told The Post. "He found out minutes ago, just before he came out [into the courtroom]. When I told him, he broke down crying, sobbing. He was at first completely in disbelief." NEW YORK PREGNANT WOMAN DIES AFTER CAR DRIVEN BY BEAU SLAMS INTO ELECTRICAL POLE: POLICE New York City Police said on Sunday that Nikeziq was charged with manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide, vehicular assault, assault, DWI, reckless endangerment, and driving while ability impaired by alcohol in a fatal wreck. In court, he reportedly was wheeled in on a wheelchair while wearing a hospital gown. ‘GRUESOME' UPSTATE NEW YORK CRASH BETWEEN TRUCK, BUS LEAVES AT LEAST 6 DEAD Police said officers responded to a 911 call of a single-car crash on Hylan Boulevard. A preliminary investigation found Nikeziq was driving the challenger southbound on Hylan Boulevard when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle came to a final stop after it struck a wooden utility pole and splitting into three parts, police said. NEW MEXICO SCHOOL BUS FAILED TO YIELD BEFORE COLLISION  Nikeziq suffered minor injuries, police added, and was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Staten Island University Hospital by EMS, listed in stable condition. Sylmetaj was pronounced dead at the scene. "She was found at the intersection," Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Agostino, The Post reported, told Judge Raja Rajeswari. "Her severed leg was found 20 feet past her body. Her unborn child, ripped from her body, was found 20 feet past her leg." Prosecutors also said the crash happened after a night of drinking, and Nikeziq was allegedly speeding in and out of traffic on Hylan Boulevard before losing control of the Dodge Challenger and smashing into a wall. Rajeswari ordered Nikeziq be held on $400,000 cash bail or $700,000 bond. He is due back in court in Staten Island on Thursday.
  • Chicago homeowner shoots intruder in chest during struggle, police sayChicago homeowner shoots intruder in chest during struggle, police say
    An 80-year-old Chicago man was hospitalized Monday following a home invasion Monday morning in which he shot an intruder. The unidentified man responded to a knock on his door around 10:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of West Catherine Avenue, the Chicago Police Department reported.  1 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN CHICAGO HIGH-RISE FIRE When he opened the door, a man and woman allegedly forced their way into the home. The man began fighting with the male suspect.  "The victim was battered and sustained several injuries throughout the body and was transported to Resurrection Hospital in critical condition," the department said.  At some point during the struggle, the man, who holds an Illinois Firearms Owner's Identification (FOID) card shot the suspect in the chest, police said. Both suspects fled the home.  The male suspect went to a hospital in critical condition. The female was not injured. Both have been arrested. Those possessing a FOID card are legally allowed to possess firearms and ammunition in Illinois. 
  • Illinois school district worker accused of taking $1.5 million in chicken wings: reportIllinois school district worker accused of taking $1.5 million in chicken wings: report
    An official at a Chicago, Illinois-area school district was arrested for stealing $1.5 million worth of food – mainly chicken wings – from the district during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports. The Associated Press reported that Vera Liddell, 66, was held in the Cook County Jail on $150,000 bond, according to WGN-TV out of Chicago. Liddell was employed by the Harvey School District as the food service director. CHICAGO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM BURNED HIGH-RISE The television station reviewed court documents that showed over 11,000 cases of chicken wings were ordered and picked up in a district cargo van during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, students were learning remotely, yet the district continued serving meals that parents could pick up. District funds were used to purchase the food, prosecutors said, but the food was never provided to the students. 1 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN CHICAGO HIGH-RISE FIRE When an audit was conducted mid-year, school officials discovered the district was $300,000 over its annual food service budget. The district’s business manager discovered signed invoices for "massive quantities of chicken wings, an item that was never served to students because they contain bones," prosecutors said. The Associated Press reported that of the 1,600 students in the district, more than 80% qualify as low-income. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Philadelphia would-be carjacker shot at by licensed gun owner while attempting to steal car: policePhiladelphia would-be carjacker shot at by licensed gun owner while attempting to steal car: police
    An attempted carjacking in Philadelphia was thwarted by a licensed gun owner who fired back at the would-be thief, police said.  The confrontation occurred just after 11 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Mascher Street. 26th District Officers responded to a person with a gun report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers met two men, ages 26 and 29, who said a Black male of a thin build wearing a black ski mask and all-black clothing opened a car door and pointed a gun at them.  One of the men retrieved his gun and fired three shots at the offender. The offender fled the scene southbound on Mascher Street.  IOWA YOUTH PROGRAM LEADER INJURED IN SCHOOL SHOOTING RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL Police later found a male – 17 years of age – on the highway at 1700 Frankford Ave., suffering from gunshot wounds on his shoulder and chest. The 17-year-old was transported to Temple University Hospital where he is listed in stable condition, police said. Police said the individual who fired upon the suspect has a permit to carry.  No additional details were released. The investigation is ongoing with the Shooting Investigation Group. 
  • Unlicensed North Dakota daycare operator charged with murder in baby's deathUnlicensed North Dakota daycare operator charged with murder in baby's death
    A 48-year-old woman was charged Monday with murder in the death of a 5-month-old boy at her unlicensed daycare in western North Dakota. The Foster County State Attorney’s office said Patricia Wick, of Carrington, was also charged with child abuse involving another boy at her in-home daycare, and operating a daycare without a license. Emergency responders found the boy unresponsive at Wick's home on Sept. 26. The baby was flown to Sanford Hospital in Fargo but died Sept. 28. CASE AGAINST KANSAS DAY CARE WORKER ACCUSED OF KILLING 9-MONTH-OLD BOY DROPPED An autopsy found that the child's suffered a traumatic head injury and a cardiac arrest, KVLY reported. His death was ruled a homicide, according to court records. Wick told investigators she might have put the boy down too hard on a blanket that day because she was "frustrated" with him, according to court documents. PHILADELPHIA WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR 2019 DEATH OF INFANT AT UNLICENSED DAY CARE She said she called the boy's mother and 911 when the child started vomiting a few minutes later. Wick also told investigators another child had broken his arm while in her care two weeks before the infant was injured. The child's parents said their 6-year-old broke his arm while on Wick's swing set, court documents say. Wick represented herself Monday during a first court appearance via video. Bail was set at $500,000.
  • Attorney for 2 Denver officers push for dismissal in shooting of stranded manAttorney for 2 Denver officers push for dismissal in shooting of stranded man
    An attorney for one of two law enforcement officers indicted in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man who was stranded along a road in a small mountain town and having a "mental health crisis" last year is trying to have the charges thrown out against him. Attorney Christopher T. Brousseau, representing Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kyle Gould, told a judge in court Monday that there weren't grounds to charge Gould with a crime. He said Gould was not among the officers who responded to help Christian Glass after his vehicle got stuck in the former mining town of Silver Plume in June. Brousseau said Gould only gave advice to the other officer accused of shooting Glass, Andrew Buen, based on the information provided to him. Gould was off-duty and at home at the time, Brousseau said, echoing arguments he made in a motion to dismiss the charges filed last week. Prosecutors did not respond to the argument during the hearing in Idaho Springs. Judge Catherine Cheroutes said she would give the district attorney's office until Feb. 14 to respond to Brousseau's arguments in writing. DENVER’S TOP COP CALLS FOR POLICIES ADDRESSING ‘CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR’ AS EXPERTS WARN OF ‘RUNAWAY CRIME TSUNAMI’ Gould was indicted for reckless endangerment and criminally negligent homicide in Glass' death, which drew national attention and prompted calls for police reforms focused on crisis intervention. Glass, who called police to help get his Honda Pilot unstuck, appeared to be "paranoid" and having a "mental health crisis," according to the indictment. After authorities broke a window in his vehicle, Glass then brandished a knife in "a state of complete panic and self defense," and Buen fired five times at Glass, according to the indictment. Gould gave permission for officers to break a vehicle window as a last resort, but he could not have foreseen a series of events that preceded the shooting, including Glass holding a knife and another officer getting too close to Glass, Brousseau said in last week's filing.


  • Ukraine receiving 60 Bradley fighting vehicles after fleet departs South CarolinaUkraine receiving 60 Bradley fighting vehicles after fleet departs South Carolina
    A load of more than 60 Bradley fighting vehicles departed South Carolina for Ukraine last week as part of the latest $2.5 billion package in military aid that the Biden administration announced earlier this month. The armored vehicle, named after World War II Gen. Omar Bradley, is operated by three crew members and can transport up to seven infantry around the battlefield.  It's outfitted with a 25mm automatic cannon, as well as a 7.62 Coaxial Machine Gun and an anti-tank missile launcher.  "The Bradley is a very powerful vehicle that we are providing to the Ukrainians," Army Lt. Col. Rebecca D’Angelo, the 841st Transportation Battalion commander who is overseeing the transport, said on Monday.  "This is going to hopefully enhance their capabilities to provide forward advancement in the battlefield and regain lost grounds, by having equipment that matches or exceeds what the Russians have." UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: GERMANY AGREES TO SEND 2 BATTALIONS OF LEOPARD 2 TANKS AFTER HEAVY PRESSURE After months of resistance, the Biden administration agreed to send 31 Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine last week.  Germany, the United Kingdom, and other allied partners also announced they'd be sending their own tanks to help fend off Russia's invasion.  The U.S. has also sent 90 Stryker combat vehicles, about 1,700 Humvees, dozens of mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, and other armored vehicles.  Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, renewed calls last week for the U.S. and Germany to send fighter jets to Ukraine.  Russia, meanwhile, is growing increasingly wary of support for Ukraine by the U.S. and Europe.  "There are constant statements from European capitals and Washington that the sending of various weapons systems to Ukraine, including tanks, in no way signifies the involvement of these countries or the alliance in hostilities in Ukraine," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said last week, according to Reuters.  "We categorically disagree with this, and in Moscow, everything that the alliance and the capitals I mentioned are doing is seen as direct involvement in the conflict." Fox News' Caitlin McFall contributed to this report. 
  • Religious freedom summit brings together politicians from both sides of aisle for global eventReligious freedom summit brings together politicians from both sides of aisle for global event
    The International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit officially starts Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The event will have a range of discussions to increase public awareness and political strength for the international religious freedom movement. The summit kicked off its pre-event activities with Congressional Advocacy Day to bring together lawmakers, ambassadors and survivors of persecution on Monday. Advocates held more than 200 hundred meetings on Capitol Hill with both Republican and Democrat lawmakers, representing a various range of faith communities. "We were tapping into the very best of what America has to offer … undeniable religious freedom for everyone, everywhere. We've seen that the U.S. has led in many respects on this in the human rights arms of both the Senate and the House in a bipartisan way," Congressional Advocacy Day Co-chair Amjad Khan told Fox Digital. FORMER NBA STAR CALLS OUT PERSECUTION AT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SUMMIT Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, says he was proud that last year Congress reauthorized the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom to continue to shine a light on persecution around the world. The commission was created in 1998 under the International Religious Freedom Act to independently assess and confront threats to religious freedom. The Foreign Affairs Committee chairman is an honorary House congressional co-chair for the summit and told Fox News Digital, "Pope Francis said it best when he said, ‘Religious freedom is a fundamental human right.’ Unfortunately, religious freedoms are increasingly under assault around the world." According to a Pew Research Center report, Christianity followed by Islam and Judaism are the three most restricted (persecuted) faiths. CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION RISING AROUND THE WORLD AMID JIHADISM, TOTALITARIANISM: REPORT Khan says Congress can do more for religious freedoms by shining a spotlight on prisoners of conscience. "I don't think that the House has adopted any prisoners of conscience [legislation] yet in the new session. That's not right. We have so many prisoners of conscience who are suffering right now in jail just for believing in their faith. People need to know their stories, share their stories, because that's how we can be an advocate for them," he added. DOZENS OF CHRISTIAN GRAVES TOPPLED, DEFACED IN HISTORIC JERUSALEM CEMETERY: 'CLEAR HATE CRIME' More than 1,000 religious freedom advocates are expected to meet Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for the start of the International Religious Freedom Summit.
  • Russian business magnate accused of hacking, insider tradingRussian business magnate accused of hacking, insider trading
    A wealthy Russian businessman and associates made tens of millions of dollars by cheating the stock market in an elaborate scheme that involved hacking into U.S. computer networks to steal insider information about companies such as Microsoft and Tesla, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday. Vladislav Klyushin, the owner a Moscow-based information technology company with ties to the upper levels of the Russian government, is standing in trial in a Boston federal court nearly two years after he was arrested after landing in Switzerland on a private jet for a skiing trip. He's the only Russian national charged in the nearly $90 million scheme who has been arrested and extradited to the U.S.; four accused co-conspirators — including a Russian military intelligence officer who’s also been charged with meddling in the 2016 presidential election — remain at large. RUSSIAN OLIGARCH'S YACHT RAIDED IN GERMANY Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank told jurors that the hack-to-trade scheme netted Klyushin and his associates the kind of returns "actual money managers couldn't even dream about." Using stolen information about the performance of a company that would dictate its stock price, Klyushin personally turned a $2 million investment into nearly $21 million, and together, the group turned about $9 million into nearly $90 million, Frank said. "It wasn't luck. And it wasn't because of careful financial research either. The defendant cheated," Frank said. Klyushin's attorney told jurors that the government’s case is filled with "gaping holes" and "inferences." He said his client was financially successful long before he began trading stocks and he continued trading in many of the same companies even after access to the alleged insider information was shut off because the hacks were discovered. "There’s nothing illegal about being Russian, about having wealth, about having an IT company that contracts with the government," attorney Maksim Nemtsev said, referring to contracts with the Kremlin. Klyushin has close ties to a Russian military officer who was one of 12 Russians charged in 2018 with hacking into the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and publishing its emails in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. Prosecutors say Ivan Ermakov, who worked with Klyushin at the IT company, was a hacker in the alleged insider trading scheme. U.S. prosecutors have not alleged that Klyushin was involved in the election interference. Klyushin and Ermakov were close friends, according to the prosecutor, who showed jurors photos of the men together and said Klyushin even bought Ermakov an apartment to live in. Klyushin, who wore headphones to listen to an interpreter as the lawyers spoke, has remained behind bars in the U.S. since he was extradited in December 2021. He was arrested months earlier in Switzerland minutes after he arrived on a private jet and just before he and his party were about to board a private helicopter to whisk them to a nearby ski resort. He fought extradition to the U.S., with one appeal reaching Switzerland’s highest court. Kluyshin faces charges including conspiring to obtain unauthorized access to computers and to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. The trial is expected to last a few weeks. FEDS MOVE TO SEIZE RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE'S $90 MILLION PRIVATE AIRPLANE Klyushin ran M-13, a Moscow-based information technology company that purported to provide services to detect vulnerabilities in computer systems and counted among its clients the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other government entities, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors allege that the hackers deployed malware to gather employees’ usernames and passwords for two U.S.-based vendors that publicly traded companies use to make filings through the Securities and Exchange Commission. They then broke into the vendors' computer systems to get financial disclosures for hundreds of companies — including Microsoft, Tesla and Kohls, Ulta Beauty and Sketchers — before the were filed to the SEC and became public, prosecutors say. By getting a company’s financial information ahead of time, the defendants were able to make trades using brokerage accounts, sometimes in their own names, based on whether a company’s shares would likely rise or fall following the public disclosure of the information, prosecutors said. The scheme unraveled after the SEC reported suspicious trading in the brokerage accounts of several Russian nationals to the FBI in late 2019 and the vendors later discovered they had been hacked.
  • South African tiger on the loose successfully capturedSouth African tiger on the loose successfully captured
    South African animal welfare officials on Monday successfully sedated and captured a tiger that was spotted roaming a residential area to the east of the capital Johannesburg. Guards monitoring security cameras on an office building in the Johannesburg suburb of Edenvale say they spotted the big cat early Monday and took part in its capture during which officials used darts containing sedative. Residents were warned to remain alert and keep all their animals indoors. It is the second incident of a tiger on the loose in South Africa in as many weeks. CAUGHT ON CAMERA: VIRAL ANIMAL MOMENTS FROM 2022 It is not known where the latest tiger came from or when but authorities believe it to be an escaped pet. Two weeks ago another escaped tiger was euthanized after being on the loose for about four days in Walkerville, to the south of Johannesburg. The death of Sheba, the Walkerville tiger, has sparked calls by animal welfare groups for the government to ban citizens from being allowed to keep wild animals as pets. A man who was attacked by the tiger survived his injuries, while two dogs were killed. "Keeping wild animals in captivity undeniably places people at risk of an attack as well. Due to basic legislation and no inspections by authorities, it has become far too easy for laypeople to own and breed dangerous and exotic wild animals," the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
  • Brazil's former President Bolsonaro applies for U.S. tourist visa: reportsBrazil's former President Bolsonaro applies for U.S. tourist visa: reports
    Jair Bolsonaro, former president of Brazil, is looking to remain in the U.S. after applying for a six-month tourist visa, according to reports. Reuters reported that Bolsonaro’s attorney confirmed that the visa was being sought, as a growing number of Democrats in Washington called to have him extradited to Brazil, where he faces accusations of inciting a capitol attack reminiscent of what took place in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. Bolsonaro was originally scheduled to return to Brazil in late January, but the attack on the Brazilian capitol by thousands of his supporters appears to have changed his plans – he originally planned to leave the U.S. sooner than later, crediting the possibility of his hospitalization in early January for complications related to his 2018 stabbing. BOLSONARO MAY LEAVE FLORIDA FOR BRAZIL EARLY AS PRESSURE TO EXTRADITE HIM GROWS Bolsonaro’s attorney, Felipe Alexandre, told Reuters the U.S. received his client’s application on Friday, adding that his client will remain here until a decision is made on his application. "He would like to take some time off, clear his head, and enjoy being a tourist in the United States for a few months before deciding what his next step will be," Alexandre told Reuters. "Whether or not he will use the full six months will be up to him and whatever strategy we agree to embark on based on his plans as they develop." Brazilian authorities detained over 1,500 rioters who participated in an attack on the country’s Congress, Presidential Palace and Supreme court on Jan. 8, 2023. GEORGE SANTOS FACES REVIVED FRAUD CASE IN BRAZIL AMID TURMOIL IN WASHINGTON That day, thousands of Bolsonaro’s supporters participated in the riot, though the former president denied any involvement in inciting them. Democrats compared the attack to the pro-Trump storming of the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, and like former President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro refused to concede to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and did not attend his inauguration.  Brazilian President Lula da Silva has named him personally responsible for the attack, though no formal investigation or charges have been made. "He didn’t just provoke this or encourage this—he’s still encouraging this via social media," Da Silva said following the attacks.
  • Ukraine to invest $550 million in drones, defense minister saysUkraine to invest $550 million in drones, defense minister says
    Ukraine’s military is planning to invest nearly $550 million in drones as the country mulls its next moves in its ongoing fight against Russia, according to a Monday report.  Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine is increasing the procurement of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for reconnaissance and assault purposes this year and plans to allocate around $547.05 million for this segment.  In the 11 months of fighting, Ukraine has received significant supplies of UAVS from its partners, including missile-equipped Bayraktar TB2’s from Turkey and a Black Hornet reconnaissance drone from Norway.  Now, Kyiv is seeking to boost domestic production to build what some officials have framed as an "army of drones," Reuters reported.  AUSTRALIA, FRANCE ANNOUNCE PLANS TO JOINTLY SEND SEVERAL THOUSAND ARTILLERY SHELLS TO UKRAINE "The independence of the military-industrial complex is one of the factors of the country’s defense capability," Reznikov wrote on Facebook.  The Ukrainian military said last week it would begin creating assault drone companies within its armed forces. Reznikov said the Defense Ministry had received applications proposing 75 different Ukrainian-made drones.  "After consultations with the General Staff of the Armed Forces, after tests, the Ministry of Dense has already concluded 16 state contracts with Ukrainian UAV manufacturers," Reznikov said.  Reznikov’s update comes after Kyiv won promises last week of tanks from the United States and Germany.  BORIS JOHNSON SAYS PUTIN THREATENED TO ‘HURT’ HIM WITH MISSILE STRIKE AFTER VISITING UKRAINE Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday hinted at the prospect of more upcoming pledges, saying that "any activity aimed at strengthening Ukraine's defense powers is under consultation with our NATO partners." Military analysts say more aid is crucial if Ukraine is to block an expected Russian spring offensive and launch its own effort to push back Russian forces. "The pattern of delivery of Western aid has powerfully shaped the pattern of this conflict," the Institute for the Study of War, a U.S.-based think tank, said late Sunday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said keeping up the pace of allies' support is crucial. "The speed of supply has been, and will be, one of the key factors in this war. Russia hopes to drag out the war, to exhaust our forces. So we have to make time our weapon," he said Sunday in his nightly video address. "We must speed up the events, speed up the supply and opening of new necessary weaponry options for Ukraine." The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
  • Mexican rural confrontation leaves 2 officers, 3 civilians deadMexican rural confrontation leaves 2 officers, 3 civilians dead
    It's not clear how the violence happened, but civilians in southern Mexico took action over the weekend to make sure the government heard their complaints, surrounding a group of officers and leading them to a crime scene where two officers and three civilians were found dead. The government of the southern state of Guerrero gave a confused account of the events late Sunday. Guerrero has often seen confrontations between drug gangs, police and local vigilante forces, but it is not clear who carried out the killings. State prosecutors said several dozen local residents seized 32 state police who responded Sunday to the confrontation in the township of Tecpan and the neighboring community of Petatlan. The residents complained of police abuses, saying state police "entered their homes with search warrants, beating witnesses." MEXICO CITY SAYS EXTORTION GANG RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING ATTACK ON REPORTER Residents then led officials to a police patrol vehicle where the five bodies were found. It is not clear how the bodies got there. A state official convinced the local residents to release the state police, and promised to investigate their complaints. Vigilante groups and police have persistently traded accusations of protecting the drug gangs that are active in the region. The towns are located near the Pacific coast, between the resorts of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.
  • Christmas, Easter removed from London School of Economics academic calendar: 'Church of woke' has taken overChristmas, Easter removed from London School of Economics academic calendar: 'Church of woke' has taken over
    The London School of Economics in the U.K. is removing historical Christian terms from its academic calendar in an attempt to better reflect its "international" character. LSE is stripping Michaelmas, Christmas, Lent and Easter as the names for its terms and breaks, which are being renamed next year as "autumn term," "winter break," "winter term" and "spring break," respectively, according to The Telegraph. "These new names use more accessible and widely-recognized terminology, and better reflect the international nature of our community and our broader global engagement," the school said in a statement. Many British universities have traditionally named their academic terms after Christian holidays. ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UK RUSHED OUT OF LSE AMID TENSE PROTEST OVER HER APPEARANCE Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, blasted LSE for its decision, according to LBC. "If this was an effort to secularize the LSE I’d be sympathetic," he said. "But in reality, it reflects the fact that the LSE, like most British universities, is in thrall to a new religious cult — the church of woke — that is far more dogmatic than Christianity." CHRISTIANITY DWINDLES TO MINORITY RELIGION IN ENGLAND, WALES FOR FIRST TIME ON RECORD: ‘NOT A GREAT SURPRISE’ Simon Calvert, who serves as deputy director at The Christian Institute, echoed Young, telling The Telegraph: "We have been warning for years that Christians are being pushed from the public square, yet the problem is getting worse." "Christians and those with traditional views often find themselves silenced or bullied. It’s particularly ironic when this happens at institutions that were originally founded on Christian principles and with endowments from Christian benefactors." "So, this ludicrous decision by the LSE to rebrand traditional academic terms, by scrapping references to the calendar of the established Church, is more virtue-signaling nonsense that creates exclusion in the name of inclusivity," Calvert added. CHURCH OF ENGLAND ISSUES FORMAL APOLOGY TO LGBTQ MEMBERS AMID SPAT OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Calvin Robinson, an Anglican deacon in the separatist Free Church of England who has claimed his ordination in the Church of England was "snatched away" because of his conservative theological views, also condemned LSE's move as an attempt at "whitewashing Christ from the calendar." "We truly live in a post-Christian Britain and it is ugly," Robinson tweeted in part. LSE did not respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment by time of publication. The number of Christians in England and Wales has dipped below half of the population for the first time in census history, according to government statistics released in November.
  • Man recieves pre-trial imprisonment for killing church officer, injuring 4 during Algeciras attackMan recieves pre-trial imprisonment for killing church officer, injuring 4 during Algeciras attack
    Spain's National Court on Monday ordered pre-trial imprisonment of a man suspected of killing a Catholic Church officer and injuring four more during a machete attack last week in the southern city of Algeciras. Investigating Judge Joaquín Gadea agreed to the public prosecutor's request for prison without bail for Yassin Kanjaa. After the 25-year-old Moroccan testified for over an hour in a court in central Madrid, the judge ruled that he should be tried for manslaughter and terrorism charges. The judge said Kanjaa carried out a jihadi attack, though he said the suspect was not linked to any specific terrorist organization. MANNEQUIN WEARING BLACK PLAYER'S JERSEY FOUND HANGING FROM BRIDGE IN SPAIN; POLICE PROBE POSSIBLE HATE CRIME "The judge understands that the evidence gathered supports that the activity carried out by Yassin Kanjaa can be classified as a directed jihadi attack," a press statement issue by the High court said. Kanjaa's flatmates told police that the suspect drank alcohol and smoked hashish until a radical change about a month ago, when he began listening very frequently to Quran audio recordings on his phone. Police on Friday raided the suspect’s home, where they found electronic devices, documents and the scabbard for the machete used in the attack. The judge said there should be no bail for Kanjaa because of the flight risk that he posed, as well as the risk of him hiding evidence or committing more crimes while waiting for the investigation to conclude. A trial could take months. Police investigating the case have said that early evidence shows that the suspect was psychologically unstable and had no prior police records. The attack took place Wednesday evening, when Kanjaa allegedly jumped on the altar of the Church of Nuestra Senora de La Palma, wielding a machete. He attacked a church official tasked with preparing Mass inside the church, and chased him into a town square before killing him. A priest he had wounded at another nearby church after an argument was released from the hospital on Friday. Spain's Interior Ministry said that Kanjaa had been under a deportation order since June last year because of his unauthorized migrant status in Spain.
  • Three sloth bears die in freezing temperatures after plane grounded at Belgium airport: reportThree sloth bears die in freezing temperatures after plane grounded at Belgium airport: report
    Three sloth bears reportedly have died in Belgium after the cargo plane they were being transported in was grounded during a winter storm.  The incident happened at Liege Airport over the weekend of Jan. 21-22, when aircraft that landed had trouble navigating taxiways because of snow and ice, according to the Belgium news website  Three of the of nine sloth bears traveling on the plane from Peru, which was en route to Qatar, died in the cold after being left onboard, Reuters reported, citing the SudInfo newspaper.  "We are going to look at what are the responsibilities and what sanctions should be taken in light of that," Céline Tellier, the regional minister for animal welfare, reportedly told Bel-RTL radio.  COUGAR STUDIED BY CALIFORNIA BIOLOGISTS FOUND DEAD LIKELY DUE TO VEHICLE COLLISION  Temperatures in the area that weekend were around 30 degrees.  BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DELAYS PROTECTIONS FOR IMPERILED BAT, PRAIRIE CHICKEN  The container carrying the bears on the plane was opened after about 24 hours because the aircraft became blocked on the taxiway and couldn’t be reached safely due to the wintry conditions, reports.  The website added that sloth bears are used to being in temperatures of 68 to 77 degrees. 

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