Survivors: Russians Tortured Us With Twisted Sexual Abuse Technique Named After Biden

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Kherson was the first major city to fall to Russian forces in the days after President Vladimir Putin’s full-scale operation in Ukraine began. Few people had time to flee before the city fell to the Russians , including members of Kherson’s government, who remained trapped under occupation with a target on their backs.

Now, Kherson is once again a frontline town where attacks happen most days. With no new aid from the U.S. and a low supply of weapons, the authorities who remain fear that there might be fighting on their streets again, and the trauma of Russian occupation is omnipresent in their minds.

One man who asked to be referred to as “Ihor” told The Daily Beast that many people in Kherson resisted Russian soldiers by protests, working in underground networks, or sending information to Ukraine’s military when the city was occupied two years ago. Ihor and his wife had been attending anti-occupation protests for months and consuming Ukrainian news on their hidden cell phone.

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Organized Noize Producer Rico Wade Dead at 52

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Music producer Rico Wade, a pioneering member of the legendary Organized Noize production team, has died at the age of 52. A representative from Wade’s team confirmed his passing to AllHipHop , but did not say when or where he died, or give a cause of death.

As a part of Organized Noize, Wade worked closely with The Dungeon Family, an Atlanta-based hip hop music collective known for crafting the funky sound of Southern hip hop. The big-name group included both members of Outkast, CeeLo Green, Janelle Monae, to name a few.

With Organized Noize, Wade co-wrote and produced TLC’s iconic R&B anthem “Waterfalls.” He also helped to produce En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go,” and Ludacris’ “Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!).”

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O.J. Simpson’s Estate Wants to Make Sure the Goldmans Get ‘Nothing’

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Attorney Malcolm LaVergne has no idea how he came to be the executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate, but he wants everyone to know that he takes the job “very seriously.” On Friday, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that one of his top priorities is making sure that the family of Ron Goldman doesn’t get a penny.

“It’s my hope that the Goldmans get zero, nothing,” LaVergne told the Review-Journal. “Them specifically. And I will do everything in my capacity as the executor or personal representative to try and ensure that they get nothing.”

In 1994, Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson , and her friend, Ron Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in 1995, but in 1997, the Review-Journal notes, he was found liable in a civil wrongful death suit and ordered to pay the pair’s families $33.5 million. LaVergne maintains that there was never an official order forcing Simpson to pay the families.

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Is Drake’s Kendrick Lamar Diss Track Real, or Is It AI?

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Friends, I regret to announce that we’ve reached a new, uniquely annoying era when it comes to celebrity beef. Either Drake just fired back at Kendrick Lamar with a new diss track, or AI has gotten so good that we’ll never be able to bask in a leaked song again without wondering if it’s actually real.

It all started with Lamar’s guest verse on “Like That, ” from Future and Metron Boomin’s March album We Don’t Trust You. Lamar’s bars took aim at both Drake and J. Cole—whose 2023 song collaboration “First Person Shooter” declared that they and Lamar are the biggest names in hip-hop right now.

While Cole rapped that “We the big three like we started a league, but right now, I feel like Muhammad Ali ,” Lamar’s March verse countered, “It’s just big me. …What? I’m really like that/ And your best work is a light pack.”

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The New Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai Is Already A Go-To Vacation Spot For Celebs

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When I got the invite to the opening weekend of Mexico’s newest luxury resort, The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai in Playa del Carmen, I couldn’t RSVP fast enough. It wasn’t the first time I’d frequented an EDITION property (which is Marriott’s luxury lifestyle brand). In fact, I find myself at the Sunset Boulevard location almost weekly, as it’s a popular venue for industry events in Los Angeles. While the newest property is a far cry from bustling city life, there are a few common minimalist design details—a soothing all-white color palette, lots of limestone, and flattering lighting everywhere you go—across all of the Ian Schrager -designed properties (this time in collaboration with architecture and design firm Rockwell Group ). Add in a few local elements like lush greenery and a scenic Caribbean coastline, and it’s easy to see why standard rooms are not cheap, starting at $799 a night.

My three-night stay commenced during the grand opening weekend and truly felt like adult summer camp, except instead of crafts and campfires, there were penthouse get-togethers, late-night beach concerts with sets by Mia Moretti and DJ Ruckus , and plenty of celeb sitings. After a quick 40-minute drive from the Cancun airport, we pulled up just in time for sunset. The open-air lobby immediately captured my attention with sky-high ceilings decked with green plants everywhere in sight and a quaint infinity pond that perfectly reflected the fiery sunset.

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Bill Maher Says Black People Celebrated O.J. Acquittal as ‘Payback’

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Bill Maher , master of shallow provocation, is back at it again.

On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, in light of O.J. Simpson’s recent cancer death , Maher and fellow luminary Piers Morgan discussed the moment in 1995 when the former football player was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The conversation was about as enlightening as one might expect.

Morgan expressed his fascination with how many people “were prepared to accept that [Simpson] probably got away with it but thought it was one in the eye back in the justice system.” He called the acquittal a “travesty of justice.”

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Trump Claims He’ll Testify in Stormy Daniels Hush Money Case

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As the curtain rises on Donald Trump’s hush money trial, set to begin Monday, the former president says that he plans to testify in his own defense. Trump denies having a sexual encounter with adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2006, as well as the allegation that he later falsified business records while trying to buy her silence for $130,000 ahead of the 2016 election.

Trump took questions on Friday at Mar-a-Lago , from outlets including The New York Times and Politico . He called the trial a “witch hunt” that’s “very bad for the judicial system in New York.” He also claimed that he will speak on his own behalf—a promise he’s made and reneged on before. As the Times notes, testifying during a criminal trial could be an even more dangerous move.

Nevertheless, he persisted.

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Seven Dead After Stabbing Spree at Sydney Shopping Mall

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Seven people were killed, and multiple others injured in a mass stabbing incident on Saturday at a shopping mall in Sydney , Australia .

Witnesses at the Westfield Bondi Junction mall described “pandemonium” on Saturday afternoon as a man in a green shirt appeared to indiscriminately stab shoppers, sending people running in search of safety. Shops locked their doors, and many of the shoppers struggled to find cover.

“It was just carnage,” one witness told ABC .

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