R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years In Federal Prison

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

R & B Star, R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in federal sex trafficking case in New York.

R & B Star, R. Kelly approaching sentencing on Tuesday Morning [Fox 2 News]

The hearing started with Donnelly reading the sentencing guidelines and then working through disputes between prosecutors and defense lawyers.

After a brief break, the victims gave their statements before the court with their lawyer Gloria Allred.

 “You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” said one unnamed survivor, directly addressing a Kelly who kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast. “Do you remember that?”

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly announced the final decision after the impact statements were heard by his seven unnamed victims.

A jury found Kelly, 55, guilty of racketeering and other counts last year at a trial that was seen as a signature moment in the #MeToo movement.

When the alleged sexual misconduct first came out about R. Kelly, victims and other participants created a docuseries titled Surviving R. Kelly, women and children were given a platform to voice their experiences and traumas following the sex trafficking scandal.

Prosecutors were seeking a minimum 25-year term, while the defense says a sentence of 10 years or less is all he deserves.

The jury convicted the R&B star after hearing about how he used his entourage of managers and other partners to meet girls and keep them “obedient” in what prosecutors are comparing to a criminal enterprise.

Kelly has been jailed without bail since in 2019. He still faces child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges in Chicago, where a trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 15.

CVS and Rite Aid Issue Purchase Limits On Plan B Pills After Demand Spikes

Plan B Pills are being limited to consumers around the world due to spike in demand

Retailers are beginning to place purchase limits on Plan B Pills and similar emergency contraceptives as demand surges.

Plan B Emergency Contraceptives Are Being Sold In Limits at CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart following the overturn of Roe v. Wade
Plan B, the brand name morning-after pill have new purchase limits as demand spikes following the overturn of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constructional right to abortion has led consumers to flee to retailers to purchase emergency contraceptive in large quantities.

On Tuesday morning, CVS and Rite Aid have confirmed to NBC News that purchases have been limited to three-per- person due to the extreme spike in demand.

Limits include Plan B One-Step and Aftera, which are both brand name products of the morning-after pill that include the hormone levonorgestrel. The products are intended to prevent ovulation, block fertilization or keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

CVS told NBC it has “ample supply” of the medications but that the company wants to ensure “equitable access” and a consistent supply.

According to Wall Street Journal, Walmart has also weighed in on the subject allowing purchases of 4-6 per customer, but only on products that will not ship until next month.

Walgreens is reportedly not limiting purchases, though home delivery is not available at this time due to the demand.

Doctors and pharmacies urge consumers to note that the morning-after pill isn’t intended for regular use, and Plan B and similar brands are not abortion-inducing drugs.

Roseville Babysitter Charged With Murder in Death of 1-Year-Old Boy

Kimora Hodges, babysitter charged with murder of 1-year-old Kyrie

Roseville babysitter charged with murder after allegedly abusing a 1-year-old boy she was caring for last week.

Kimora Hodges has been charged with the murder of 1-year-old Kyrie

A Roseville babysitter has been charged with murder after a young boy she was caring for last week died of a severe brain injury.

According to FOX 2 News Detroit, Kimora Hodges was charged on Thursday with one count of open murder in the death of Kyrie who would have been 2-years-old in July.

Hodges is being held without bond and will return to court for another hearing.

According to police, Hodges was caring for her friend’s 1-year-old child while she was at work, and phoned her concerned about the way he was sleeping.

It was around 1:50am when Taylor Starks, Kyrie’s mother, received a call from Hodges and she made it to his side in 15 minutes and immediately dialed 911.

At first Hodges said Kyrie was having an allergic reaction to eating soap and Starks believer her until he was seen by a doctor at Ascension St. John.

“He had blunt force trauma to the head and he was bleeding out his ears and had to have immediate brain surgery,” Starks said. “All I know is she threw my son into the wall and shook him up pretty bad and they said that’s just a bit of what she did to him.”

Starks told reporters at FOX 2 that Hodges was a trusted friend and had watched him multiple times before this incident.

Kyrie, 1-year-old

On Wednesday, around 9a.m. Kyrie passed away from blunt force trauma to the head after experiencing no brain activity after the traumatic event.

“All I know is she threw my son into the wall and shook him up pretty bad and they said that’s just a bit of what she did to him,” Starks said. “Once I made it there my baby was on the ground having seizure, after seizure, after seizure.”

“He had blunt force trauma to the head and he was bleeding out his ears and had to have immediate brain surgery,” Starks said.

Babysitter Kimora Hodges, who has priors for domestic violence, is now facing charges for murder and is being held on a very high $250,000 bond, no 10-percent.  

3-year-old boy found dead in freezer, mother arrested

3-year-old Chase, found dead in freezer on Detroit's west side

The Detroit Police Department was called on scene where they found a 3-year-old boy dead inside freezer at the home.

The Detroit Police Department said a 3-year-old boy, Chase, was found dead inside home on Detroit’s west side early Friday morning after they were called for a welfare check.

According to investigators, the young boy was found dead inside a freezer in the home.

Detroit’s Police Chief James White said the young boy had been decomposing when he was found and applauded the first responders for following their instinct to check the home thoroughly.

“The discovery would not be possible without the officers’ intuition. They recognized there was something not right in the way the occupant was communicating with them,” White said in a press conference Friday.

Chase, 3-year-old young boy found dead in freezer in basement

According to neighbors, Chase was blind and had other disabilities.

A family relative said the mother couldn’t deal with the disabilities and refused to give guardianship to family who asked.

Family members also told FOX 2’s Jessica Dunpack that CPS had been called to the home at least 13 times this year, and each time they were not allowed inside the home.

White says the young boy’s body was found decomposing inside a freezer, in the basement of the home and was expected to have been there for several months.

Neighbors said the young child was not seen since at least March.

The 30-year-old mother, who was not identified, was arrested and in police custody.

Roe v. Wade overturned by Supreme Court; States can ban abortion

Nearly 50 years of federal abortion rights were overturned today by the Supreme Court, removing women’s right to abortion.

The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021 Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court on Friday declared in a 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,  the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. in 1973.

The court’s controversial ruling gives power back to individual states, giving them the final say on whether or not abortion will be permitted during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

The ruling came more than a month after the leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito. It indicated the court was prepared to take this momentous step in throwing out Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. These cases made in a 1992 Supreme Court decision were in favor of abortion rights.

According to CBNC, almost half the states are expected to implement strict abortion laws or rule it out completely.

The laws are expected to affect millions of people across the country who may need to cross their own state lines to seek reproductive health care.

Alito, in the final opinion issued on Friday, wrote that Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were wrong the day they were decided and must be overturned.

“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Alito wrote.

“That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ’implicit in the concept of ordered liberty,” he added. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

According to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, they say more than 90% of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and more than half are now done with pills, not surgery.

The Biden Administration and other defenders of abortion rights warned that this decision to overturn Roe would also threaten other court decisions in favor of gay rights and even potentially, contraception.

The decision now, to uphold or restrict abortion rights, is at the state level.

5-year-old Texas boy dies in hot car as mom prepared for sibling’s birthday party

5-year-old boy dies in hot car

A young boy tragically died after being stuck in a hot car for hours with temperatures over 100 degrees, report says.

A 5-year-old boy dies in Texas on Monday after being left in a sweltering hot car as his family prepared for his sibling’s birthday party, authorities said.

According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez the child, who was not identified, was buckled into his seat for two to three hours where he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Before the accident, the 5-year-old child and his 8-year-old sibling went shopping with their mother to prepare for the party. When they returned home, the mother and daughter exited the vehicle and went inside the home, while the young boy remained buckled into his seat belt for hours before the family realized he was not inside.

5-Year-Old Boy Dies After Mom Accidentally Left in Him in Hot Car for At Least 2 Hours While Preparing Party; [Credit: KPRC 2 Click2Houston/YouTube]

According to family, the 5-year-old typically knows how to undo the seatbelt of their family vehicle, but they were in a loaner car, Gonzalez said.

After two or three hours, Gonzalez says, the boy’s mother realized he was missing and ran out to the vehicle where he was found still strapped into his safety seat.

According to the weather channel, Texas faced some of the hottest temperatures this year on Monday, with record highs over 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

A representative with the Sheriff’s office says the investigation is ongoing and investigators will meet with prosecutors to present results.

Sunscreens You Should Avoid: J&J Neutrogena, Coppertone, And More

If you’re thinking about reusing your left over sunscreen from last year, think again.

Last spring, at least 15 brands and 25 million sunscreen and after-sun care products were recalled for containing low levels of a known carcinogen, benzene.

Benzene is considered to be a highly flammable chemical that is typically found in crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke. It can also be traced when manufacturing plastics, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, as well as pesticides.

Long term exposure at high levels can increase cancer risk, cause damage to the immune system, and prevent cells from functioning properly according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the shorter term, breathing in the carcinogen can cause dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms.

Before dabbling in last year’s leftover supply, recheck your labels for lot numbers to discard of any previously recalled items.

Recent Sunscreen Recalled List

Among the list of 78 sunscreens that tested positive for low levels of benzene, Johnson & Johnson recalled five of it’s products including:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

and Coppertone also recalled several of its products including:

  • Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50, 
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50
  • Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF 50
  • Travel-size Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 50

While these brands removed their products from shelves temporarily, Johnson & Johnson said in a statement, “use of these products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences” and were recalled “out of an abundance of caution.”

Woman putting on sunscreen
Woman applying sunscreen [Shutterstock]

Consumer Reports tested aerosol products for benzene in this year’s sunscreen ratings and test results came back negative for the carcinogen.

It’s important to note that benzene isn’t an active ingredient listed in the products, so label checking isn’t sufficient.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement, “This contamination may be related to inactive ingredients such as carbomers (thickening agents), isobutane (a spray propellant), or other drug components made from hydrocarbons,” according to Consumer Reports.

Experts say consumers should continue to use safe sunscreen options, as it helps avoid skin cancer and other sun-related damage.

Students Served Floor Sealant Instead Of Milk At Alaska School

A dozen students and two adults at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, were served floor sealant instead of milk at the school after containers were apparently mixed up, the superintendent said Wednesday.

Children at an Alaskan school were mistakenly served floor sealant instead of milk, school officials said.

Students at a summer care program at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱-Glacier Valley Elementary School were mistakenly served floor sealant instead of milk. [Ben Hohenstatt / The Juneau Empire via AP]

An investigation is underway at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Alaska, after a dozen students and two teachers were served floor sealant instead of milk, school officials said.

According to USA Today, The children at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau complained of burning sensations in their mouths and throats and said the milk tasted bad after being served on Tuesday, the school district said in a statement.

The investigation found that an outside contractor with the NANA management service (NMS) was responsible for making breakfast at the RALLY summer care program. When they ran out of milk, staff was sent to get more from their school warehouse where extra food is stored.

After the children alerted staff of the bad tasting milk, school officials say the staff “immediately smelled and tasted the ‘milk’ and looked at the container labels.”

Once RALLY staff and the outside contractor from NANA management service realized the mistake, they immediately called poison control, the district said. “Staff immediately directed students to stop consuming the substance and removed it.”

Parents were not immediately notified of the mistake and instead found out about the mistake from other people. Despite delayed communication, parents were able to contact medical care providers to get their children evaluated as quickly as possible.

As of Wednesday evening, all students were reported to be recovering from nausea and headache and some had made a full recovery.

“The Juneau School District Board of Education was appalled to learn of the food service error that occurred earlier this week,” the district said in a statement. “Our immediate priority is with the students impacted by the incident and ensuring their recovery and continued safety.”

The investigation as to how the boxes of sealant were mixed up with food storage is still ongoing and the board has stated they will continue to work with the school district, City and Borough of Juneau, NMS, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Juneau Police Department to make sure proper protocols are put in place to ensure the safety of their students.

What the district is doing?

According to reports, all sealant has been accounted for and stored in its proper place away from food service areas.

“On Wednesday, the facility and operations were inspected by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Food Safety and Sanitation Office. DEC Food Safety approved the facility for continuing operations,” the district statement said.

DEC is also conducting in internal investigation and is expected to follow up with recommendations and protocols to prevent this from reoccurring.

The district is also taking accountability for the delayed response to parents and working to enhance their alert systems to create quicker communication protocols for parents.

“There was a delay in parent notification which was longer than it should have been. This caused families to learn about the situation from other people, which is not best practice,” the district statement said.

The Juneau School District Board of Education will hold a special public meeting on Friday, June which representatives of NMS will attend, it said.

Biden Administration Lifts Testing Requirement For International Travel

Travel Requirements To The United States Are Changing

The Biden Administration has lifted the requirement for travelers to receive a negative Covid-19 test before boarding international flights to the United States.

Travel Requirements To The United States Are Changing
Biden Administration Has Lifted Negative Covid-19 Test For International Travel Into The United States [shuttershock]

WASHINGTON – The Biden Administration announces the end its requirement for international travelers to have a negative covid-19 test within one day of their flight while traveling into the United States, lifting one of the final mandates in efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday June 10, 2022 that the requirement will end early Sunday morning. The CDC feels the requirement is no longer necessary and the health agency will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic every 90 days to determine if reconsideration will be needed if the situation changes.

“This step is possible because of the progress we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19,” said U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra.

The initial mandate allowed those who were fully vaccinated to show proof of a negative test within three days of travel, while unvaccinated people had to present a test taken within one day of travel.

In mid-April, the Biden administration removed the mask mandate for all travel including in airports, travel by trains, buses and public transportation. The felt America was moving in the right direction with containing the spread of the virus and ruled that it was up to travelers to wear masks or not.

While domestic U.S. travel has returned nearly to pre-pandemic levels, international travel — which is very lucrative for the airlines — has continued to lag. In May, U.S. international air travel remained 24% below 2019 levels, with declines among both U.S. and foreign citizens, according to trade group Airlines for America.

Many other countries already began lifting and removing their international travel testing requirements as a means to increase tourism. “The whole industry has been waiting for this announcement,” said Martin Ferguson, a spokesman for American Express Global Business Travel, which advises companies on travel policy. 

Despite ending the testing requirement, the CDC said it still recommends COVID-19 testing prior to air travel of any kind as a safety precaution.

Tidal Just Announced Beyoncé’s Upcoming Album Release Date

Beyonce

In true Bey Fashion, an announcement surrounding her latest project just released.

Beyonce
Beyoncé [Instagram]

Tidal took to twitter to announce Beyoncé’s upcoming album, titled Renaissance.

According to Tidal, the album is set to release on July 29, 2022.

Earlier this month, social media users took to twitter and Instagram to share that Beyoncé had removed her social media profile pic from all platforms.

It was suspected that a new album was dropping. Beyoncé’s IG bio confirms the news.

Are you ready for this Beyhive?

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