Jonathan Majors’ Attorney Claims Victim Has Recanted Assault Allegations

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An attorney for Jonathan Majors has claimed the woman who accused him of assaulting her on Friday night has withdrawn her allegations—and submitted statements to prove it.

“Jonathan Majors is completely innocent and is provably the victim of an altercation with a woman he knows,” attorney Priya Chaudhry said in a statement on Sunday. “We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently. This evidence includes video footage from the vehicle where this episode took place, witness testimony from the driver and others who both saw and heard the episode, and most importantly, two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations. All the evidence proves that Mr. Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever.”

Chaudhry also claimed the incident happened because the victim had an “emotional crisis” that eventually required hospitalization.

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Dad and His Baby Girl Die as Tornado Decimates ‘Sweet Family’


The tornado that ripped through the Deep South on Friday night, razing entire communities and sending semi-trailers flying into neighbors’ homes, killed a father and his baby daughter as the rest of his family landed in a hospital with horrific injuries.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley confirmed 34-year-old Ethan Herndon and his 1-year-old daughter Riley Herndon died at their home on Herndon Lane in the northeastern Mississippi town of Wren.

According to a GoFundMe set up by the family, Ethan’s wife and Riley’s mom, Elizabeth, suffered multiple injuries including a broken arm, a broken leg, and a dislocated hip. Their eldest child, Brantley, was airlifted to a hospital with several broken bones, a lacerated liver, and a punctured lung. Their middle child, Aubrey, was hospitalized with a broken elbow, a possible broken ankle, and lacerations.

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Florida Lawyer Vanishes on Office Bathroom Break


A Florida lawyer has vanished under chilling circumstances: blood reportedly found in the office bathroom where he was last headed.

Steve Cozzi seems to have disappeared from his workplace, Blanchard Law in Largo, on March 21, leaving behind his phone, wallet, and keys.

“As a family, we are frantic with worry and numb with fear over Steven’s disappearance,” Cozzi’s mother Lois said in statement to WFLA .

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Prince Andrew Wants to Write ‘Spare 2.0’ Reveal-All Memoir

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Andrew plans to tell all

Prince Andrew is talking to American authors about getting some help to write his autobiography, with sources telling the Mail on Sunday to expect “Spare 2.0”—a reference to Prince Harry ’s dish-filled tell-all. Andrew apparently wants to “set the record straight” after the fallout of his association with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein left him with no public royal role and an appalling reputation.

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Are You Sure You Don’t Want Kids? What If We Bribed You?

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There have been some recent news stories about conservative lawmakers ’ borderline wacky schemes to get the birth rate up. I call the schemes wacky because they do not seem like they were cooked up with the input of anybody who is on the fence about wanting kids (or wanting more of them).

Scheme One originates (where else?) in Texas, where conservative lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would give massive property tax breaks to straight couples who owned property and had many, many children. H.B. 2889 would give heterosexual couples with four children a 40 percent break on their property taxes, and all the way up to a 100 percent property tax break for families with ten or more children, provided the parents were married.

I’m no tax expert, but it seems like that sort of law, in addition to being homophobic and creepy, would make it so that a theoretical school district containing only families with ten or more children within it would have a property tax base of zero dollars with which to operate its respective public school. Conservatives have made no effort to hide their hatred for public education, but until some pretty seismic shifts in the legal system occur, public schools still must exist. Again, I’m not an accountant, but it seems like a bad idea!

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Netanyahu Ally Turns on Explosive Plan to Reshape Judiciary

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Saturday that the explosive effort to reshape and weaken the judiciary poses a threat to the country’s security—the first major crack in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ’s coalition government.

“The deepening split is seeping into the military and defense institutions. This is a clear, immediate and real danger to Israel’s security,” Gallant said in a televised speech.

“For the sake of Israel’s security, for the sake of our sons and daughters, the legislative process must be stopped at this time.”

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