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After Only 10 Days Anthony Scaramucci Fired as Trump Communications Director - White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post.
The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his colleagues. Mr Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their posts with his appointment. The decision was made by Mr Trump's new chief of staff, Gen John Kelly, who was sworn in on Monday. The president was also unhappy with Mr Scaramucci's performance, the White House confirmed. Mr Trump's spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said the president thought Mr Scaramucci's comments to the reporter "were inappropriate for a person in that position".
He has not been moved to another White House role, she added. Mr Trump had tweeted in the morning about job and wage figures, and insisted there is "No WH chaos", referring to reports about fighting among White House staff. Who is Anthon…

Boosie Badazz's Brother Arrested For Stealing $361K From The Rapper's Bank Account - Police have tracked down the person who drained $361,000 from Boosie Badazz's Capital One bank account. It turns out that the culprit was the rapper's own brother, Taquari Hatch.

TMZ reports that Taquari used Boosie's stolen driver's license to make more than a dozen wire transfers to different people ... who would then give him cash.

Bank officials caught on after Taquari made the mistake of mentioning that he had a wife on a phone call. Boosie is not married, which sent the fraud department into action.

Taquari was arrested last week and booked for identity theft and fraud charges.

Body Found On Ocean City Beach

OCEAN CITY (AP) -- A body has been found on the beach at a Maryland resort town. Media outlets report that the body was found on the beach near Second Street in Ocean City on Monday morning. Ocean City police spokeswoman Lindsay Richard says police are conducting a death investigation. Officials have not released any details about the deceased.

Source WBAL

Speed Camera Tickets Start Today; Red Light Cameras Go Online - In Baltimore City, motorists can expect red light cameras to go online on today. Also today, the city’s speed cameras which have been issuing warnings for the last month, will begin snapping pictures and issuing $40 tickets for violators. At a news conference last week, City Transportation Director Michelle Porciau told reporters today at City Hall that these cameras are not about making money for the city, but about safety. “We want this to be a safe place. We want complete streets for everyone, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, and so here’s another part of the program,” Porciau said at the news conference with Mayor Catherine Pugh. “We are experiencing over 20,000 crashes per year in Baltimore, so this is no joke.” There are eight red light cameras around the city that will begin issuing warnings for violators for 30 days, before beginning to issue tickets.  The cameras will operate 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Violators caught driving through red light…

Inmate That Escaped Rikers Island Gets Captured - An inmate on Rikers Island was captured after escaping the jail on Thursday night (July 27). The facility was placed on lockdown while officers searched for him on the island. New York City Department of Corrections tells that Naquan Hill, 24 had not returned from his outdoor recreational time at 7:30 pm. The jail staff realized he was gone when the headcount was off by one and the entire facility was sealed off. Eventually, he was recaptured on the island at 2:30 am after the island was placed on red alert, its highest emergency level. NYPD and Port Authority Police joined forces to aid correctional officers during the seven-hour manhunt. Officers searched throughout parts of Queens and the surrounding East River. K-9 Units and helicopters were deployed. The escape resulted in hundreds of visitors being stranded on the island for hours. Passengers reportedly flooded out of five packed buses shortly after 10:45 p.m. according to the New York Daily News. Many …

Five Men Gunned Down In South Chicago Leaving 1 Dead 4 Wounded - Five people were shot on the southeast side of Chicago on Thursday night (July 27) in the South Shore neighborhood. One man was killed while four others were wounded.
Chicago police tell the Chicago Sun-Times that the five victims were standing on a sidewalk at 10:38 pm on the 2000 block of East 71st Street when the shooter fired shots from a tan minivan. An 18-year-old boy was shot in the head and was died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He arrived with a wounded 19-year-old who was shot in his groin and abdomen. Meanwhile, two 21-year-old victims were taken to Jackson Park Hospital where one of them was shot in the left leg while the other suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks. Their conditions are reportedly stabilized. Another 18-year-old boy was shot in his left wrist and was taken to Trinity Hospital where he has also been stabilized. No one has been taken into custody so far as Area Central detectives are still investigating the incident. Source: chicago…

Ravens' OL John Urschel Retires at 26 After Recent CTE Brain Report - The NFL and football fans in Baltimore felt the brunt of the recent bombshell report on the link between the game and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) when Ravens star John Urschel suddenly announced his retirement at the ripe young age of 26. In declaring the end of his career on the gridiron, Urschel, who has played a pivotal role on the Ravens' top-10 ranked offensive line over the past three seasons, confirmed that his decision had to do with the Journal of the American Medical Association report's findings. In a statement released via social media, Urschel stated his plans to return to school so that he may pursue a doctorate in mathematics at MIT. Besides having developed into an elite athlete, the 6'3" 300 pound Urschel is also known to be a world class chess player and a promising mathematician. In fact, his cognitive gifts have been recognized in the world of journalism, while writing numerous articles as a guest Advanced Stats Columni…

Senate Rejects Health Plan That Would Only Repeal Obamacare - Yesterday, Republicans cast their votes to move forward with repealing Obamacare. However, there was a decision to make on if they would do “clean repeal” or “repeal-only” health plan which is basically taking away Obamacare with no replacement ready to go. Since then, the Senate has rejected the “repeal-only” plan that would strip very important parts of Obamacare without providing a solid replacement. This is another failed attempt to remove Obamacare by Republicans that places them back in the same spot of trying to find a way to take down the Affordable Care Act.

$1 Million Settlement For Baltimore Family of Man Who Died In Police Custody - Baltimore City police stopped West as he drove through northeast Baltimore on July 18, 2013.

Police said officers spotted a bulge of suspected drugs in his sock and West took off. Officers with Morgan State University police helped city police officers subdue West.

An autopsy commissioned by West's family concluded that the 44-year-old man died from asphyxiation while being restrained. The family filed a federal lawsuit against the city and state in 2014, and all interested parties agreed to a settlement.

"It's a federal constitutional claim, so when you consider the risk to the city, the family's interest, both parties decided that it was the reasonable and wise thing to do," Baltimore City Solicitor David Ralph said.

The city's Board of Estimates will vote on the city's share of the settlement Aug. 9.

The state Board of Public Works unanimously voted Wednesday without discussion to approve a $400,000 settlement with the West family.

City off…

2 Protesters Arrested At Gun Bill In Committee Hearing - A City Council committee on Tuesday weakened the gun bill championed by top city officials, including the city's police commissioner, in a hearing made all the more contentious by a number of the bill's critics. The Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee held a hearing on a bill that would impose a one-year jail sentence for anyone illegally possessing a gun within 300 feet of a school park, public building or church. The committee unanimously approved an amendment that would exempt first-time offenders unless they are committing another crime. The bill later passed the committee, 5-2, and now goes to the full council, where more amendments may await. Mayor Catherine Pugh introduced the bill earlier this month with the support of Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and City Council President Jack Young. Davis testified to the committee Tuesday. Asked how the 100-yard rule would work, he said police are drafting a map. Councilman Ryan Dorsey, an oppone…

Donald Trump Bans Transgender Individuals From U.S. Military - Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the United States military, in a reversal of an Obama-era policy, will no longer "accept or allow" transgender individuals.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender [sic] in the military would entail. Thank you," he wrote in a series of three tweets.


Senator John McCain Is No Longer A Hero! He Is Just A Republican - Today, in Washington DC, a cancer-stricken Senator named John McCain (AZ) risked his life flying across the country, just days a life threatening surgery to help our draft-dodger President Donald Trump take health care from millions? This will be his legacy, aiding rich people rip health care from 25 million Americans. There are people across this country who will be faced with serious medical challenges but this health bill will not allow them to get life or death care.

The ultimate, pathetic irony is some of the people who are gonna get CRUSHED by this Heath Care bill include the very people who supported Donald Trump the most and he could care less.

One of my Twitter friends Mark Ligos summed up John McCain's lasting legacy well when he said.

"Please, don't anyone ever tell me again that John McCain IS a hero. Without question, he WAS a hero. Today, he's just a Republican."

Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Album Certified Double Platinum - Kendrick Lamar's latest album "DAMN." which was released on April has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. K Dot took to Instagram to make the announcement. 

The sales milestone marks the first time the TDE rapper has achieved the feat in his career; he's the first and only artist to be certified double platinum in 2017.
"These murals forever belong to my fans. You've always taken my words above and beyond. Around the world and back again. With trust. I am forever grateful. 2x" the Compton rapper wrote to his supporters. DAMN. was released on April 14 and sold 603,000 units in its first week, marking the highest first-week sales of 2017. It sold another 239,000 units in its second week, and it's projected to sell 170,000 in its third week.

Congrats to K Dot and TDE!

Average Ticket for McGregor-Mayweather Fight is $6,256 - Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been building major anticipation for their upcoming fight in August. The two have been going back and forth via social media and even had an explosive exchange during their weigh-in. The weigh-in found Mayweather making it rain on McGregor, while McGregor proclaimed that he is “half-black from the belly button down.” The hype for the spectacle is high, and the average ticket price is upwards of $6,00. CBS Sports previously reported that fight tickets started at $500 and ranged to $10,000. Now reports are noting that the current average price for tickets is currently above $6,000.

For those who don’t want to shell out that amount, Showtime will be airing the fight via Pay-Per-View for $89.95 or $99.95 in HD.


Live Link Inside: Senate Begins Debating Obamacare Repeal!

WASHINGTON — The Senate narrowly voted on Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, taking a pivotal step forward after the dramatic return of Senator John McCain, who cast a crucial vote despite his diagnosis of brain cancer.

Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.

The 51-50 vote came only a week after the Republican effort to dismantle a pillar of former President Barack Obama’s legacy appeared all but doomed. It marked an initial win for President Trump, who pushed, cajoled and threatened senators over the last days to at least begin debating the repeal of the health care law.

But even with that successful step, it is unclear whether Republicans will have the votes they need to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans. The Senate will now begin debating, amending and ultimately voting in the coming days on legislation that would have a profound impact on the American health care system.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tries to End Obamacare - Majority leader on health care vote: "I hope everyone seizes the moment - I certainly will," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said ahead of the vote to move the health care bill forward. If the motion to proceed passes, senators can start to revise and make amendments to the health care bill.

In his opening remarks, McConnell called Obamacare a "failed left-wing experiment."

Today's vote is, essentially, to begin debate. It's unclear if McConnell has the votes to move forward.

McCain's Return, Heavy With Drama For 'Obamacare' Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years. It's a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." McCain himself campaigned heavily on the "Obamacare" repeal issue last year as he won re-election to a sixth and almost certainly final Senate term. And there could be sweet revenge in defying cancer to undo the signature legislation of the man who beat him for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama. The Arizona senator would also deliver a key victory to President Donald Trump, despite emerging as one of the president's most outspoken GOP critics on Capitol Hill. During last year's c…

R Kelly Beefs Up Legal Team by Hiring Bill Cosby's Former Defense Attorney - In wake of new sexual abuse allegations, R Kelly has hired a former defense attorney for Bill Cosby during his recent sexual assault case. Kelly has brought Monique Pressley on board to bolster his defense team to fight this new batch of charges. Pressley is based in Washington D.C. and holds a reputation of outspokenness as was displayed during her time on Cosby's legal team. Pressley specializes in civil litigation, communications, and crisis management. It's clear that Pressley could be an invaluable piece to Kelly's newest legal challenge. Source:

Trump Misspeaks, Claiming '17 years' of ObamaCare - Trump has been pushing hard to pass a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, for some time now. The president and the Senate have had no success so far, and Trump voiced his frustrationsduring a recent White House speech. However, when speaking on the so called “havoc” created by Obamacare, Trump mistakenly said the wrong amount of years that the health care act has been in effect. Trump said, “For the past 17 years, Obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard-working Americans.” For those unaware, Barack Obama only spent eight years in office, in which Obamacare was created and implemented.
Trump went on to deliver a speech that seemed like a plea to Senate Republicans to “do the right thing” by voting to remove Obamacare and replace it with another act. “And for Senate Republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise. Over and over again, they said ‘repeal and replace.’ But they can now keep their promise to the American peo…

Usher's STD Accuser Ups Lawsuit to $20 Million After Testing Positive for Herpes - The Atlanta woman who is suing Usher for $10 million for allegedly exposing her to herpes, has upped the amount she is asking for in damages to $20 million. The unnamed woman, claims that Usher failed to disclose that he had an STD the two times they met up to have sexual intercourse in April. On Saturday, July 22, the results of her pending test were in, and she learned that she had actually contracted the virus and she alleges the singer gave to her. According to the claimant, during her first intimate encounter with Usher in mid-April, they consented to oral sex and intercourse and did so with the protection of a condom. On April 28, she traveled to New Orleans to be with the 38-year-old singer for his appearance at the city's annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, and it was during that trip that they allegedly had unprotected sex.

Meanwhile, there are reports surfacing that Usher may face additional lawsuits in the coming weeks, with celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom …

Trae Tha Truth Gave Away 75 Scholarships at Trae Day Celebration - Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth celebrated the tenth annual "Trae Day" in his hometown by giving away 75 scholarships for higher education to local students.
Things kicked off on Friday (July 21) night when Trae gave away over 600 free tickets to the Children's Museum, followed by a block party on Saturday with special celebrity guests, including Nick Cannon, Simone Biles, and Drake. Sunday was the scholarship giveaway, which was put on in partnership with the Houston Public Library.

Mayor Sylvester Turner shared photos from "Trae Day" on Twitter, which you can check out in the above slide. Source: Twitter/Chron

The-Dream has His 8th Child on the Way - R&B singer and songwriter, The-Dream, is expecting his 8th child! The 39-year-old, whose real name is Terius Nash, revealed his wife LaLonne Nash was expecting his eighth child by sharing a picture on Instagram of him grabbing her bottom while a large bump is seen under her dress. His caption read, “When everyone knows what you been doing.” LaLonne also posted a similar throwback photo from 10 weeks ago when she was just 26 weeks pregnant and her baby bump was just beginning to show.

Nash and LaLonne married in 2014. The couple have two sons, Heir and Lord. LaLonne is said to be 35 weeks pregnant. Nash has three children with his first wife Nivea; daughter Navy, 12, and twin sons London and Christian, 11. He also has a seven-year-old daughter with his second wife, singer Christina Milian, while former girlfriend Lydia Nam gave birth to a boy in 2013. Source:

16-Year-Old Wins $5 Million Lottery But is Denied Payday for Being Underage - One 16-year-old in California got lucky and bought a scratch-off from a gas station that ended up winning $5 million. However, the California Lottery Commission ended up denying the winning scratch-off because it was purchased by a minor. Now, Ward Thomas—the 16-year-old’s father is suing the Commission and gas station clerk. Thomas’ claim says that he sent his son to the gas station to exchange winning scratch-offs for new ones. He also noted that the clerk never ID’d his son when the teenager went to purchase the tickets. Along with that, he claims the clerk never stated that you needed to be 18 or older to play. After realizing he won, Thomas went to get the ticket verified in two different locations, with one of the locations being the commission’s Santa Ana district office. Since being hit with the lawsuit, the lottery commission has not issued a statement to press.

9 Die In Immigrant-Smuggling Attempt In Sweltering Truck

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what authorities said on Sunday was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said. "We're looking at a human-trafficking crime," said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, calling it "a horrific tragedy." Authorities were called to the San Antonio parking lot late Saturday or early Sunday and found eight people dead inside the truck. A ninth victim died at the hospital, said Liz Johnson, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The victims "were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water," San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Authorities would…

Usher May Face STD-Related Lawsuits According to Blac Chyna's Lawyer - After a second woman came forward and filed a lawsuit against Usher, with the claim that he had exposed her to herpes without disclosing his infected status, many began to suspect that one accuser coming out within 48 hours of another might be the tip of the iceberg. Afterall, while the R&B star is indeed married, he has an admitted history of infidelity, thus the potential for groupies to come out of the woodwork with accounts of unprotected sex, whether valid or not, could threaten to sink his reputation. 

And as it turns out, those prospects, according to celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom, have already begun to manifest, with more than one alleged victim having approached her since the original story broke.

O.J. Given Protection for His Final Stretch In Prison After Fear of Inmates - With this week's parole hearing in Nevada, O.J. Simpson returned to the public eye for the first time in close to a decade. The occasion was streamed live on a number of networks and has consumed much of the headlines in the news cycle since Thursday, July 20. And now that Simpson returns to Lovelock Correctional Facility to serve out the final three months of his shortened sentence, some of the inmates who saw just how much attention he received just might have gotten it in their minds that they could get a piece of the spotlight if they could get a piece of the NFL Hall of Famer, authorities believe. In light of the unpredictable prospects that come with being an inmate of Simpson's stature, it has been learned that the state has ordered Lovelock to take precautions that would ensure the protection of the former football star. Simpson is expected to be released in October, which is enough time, they believe, for someone behind bars with him to make a name f…