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Sean Ono Lennon goes to bat for Tulsi Gabbard, asks donors to help her qualify for December debate

A New York man with famous parents posted a message on Twitter on Saturday night, urging people to donate to the 2020 presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.

The request came from Sean Ono Lennon, the 44-year-old son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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“Even if you are skeptical of @TulsiGabbard you can’t say she doesn’t deserve to be part of this race,” Lennon wrote. “She is the primary candidate who is adding to a conversation around ending unnecessary wars. Please donate a dollar. She only needs 3000 more individual donations.”

Lennon’s message came as part of a retweet of a message posted by Gabbard, who is trying to qualify for the Democrats’ Dec. 19 debate in Los Angeles.

“We only need 3,000 more donors to reach the qualifying threshold for the December debate!,” Gabbard wrote. “Please donate what you can.”

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As Democrat Tulsi Gabbard tries to qualify for the Democrats’ December debate, she’s receiving help from musician Sean Ono Lennon.

Aside from serving in Congress, Gabbard, 38, is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard and served in Iraq in 2004-2005. During her presidential run she has called for bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.

“We are in a place in Afghanistan where we have lost so many lives. We’ve spent so much money,” Gabbard said in June, at a Democratic debate in Miami.

“We are in a place in Afghanistan where we have lost so many lives. We’ve spent so much money.”

— U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

Lennon is a member of the psychedelic rock band the Claypool Lennon Delirium, formed with musician Les Claypool.

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But while Lennon supports Gabbard – at least her effort to appear in the debate – he’s apparently not a fan of the far-left politics associated with his parents’ generation, according to messages he posted back in June.

“When I was young the most interesting people were left wing intellectuals. Believe it or not,” he wrote.

“No, we’ve become the church lady … It’s embarrassing. We’re offended by comedy and science. It’s pathetic.”

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Sean Ono Lennon goes to bat for Tulsi Gabbard, asks donors to help her qualify for December debate

A New York man with famous parents posted a message on Twitter on Saturday night, urging people to donate to the 2020 presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.

The request came from Sean Ono Lennon, the 44-year-old son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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“Even if you are skeptical of @TulsiGabbard you can’t say she doesn’t deserve to be part of this race,” Lennon wrote. “She is the primary candidate who is adding to a conversation around ending unnecessary wars. Please donate a dollar. She only needs 3000 more individual donations.”

Lennon’s message came as part of a retweet of a message posted by Gabbard, who is trying to qualify for the Democrats’ Dec. 19 debate in Los Angeles.

“We only need 3,000 more donors to reach the qualifying threshold for the December debate!,” Gabbard wrote. “Please donate what you can.”

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As Democrat Tulsi Gabbard tries to qualify for the Democrats’ December debate, she’s receiving help from musician Sean Ono Lennon.

Aside from serving in Congress, Gabbard, 38, is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard and served in Iraq in 2004-2005. During her presidential run she has called for bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.

“We are in a place in Afghanistan where we have lost so many lives. We’ve spent so much money,” Gabbard said in June, at a Democratic debate in Miami.

“We are in a place in Afghanistan where we have lost so many lives. We’ve spent so much money.”

— U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

Lennon is a member of the psychedelic rock band the Claypool Lennon Delirium, formed with musician Les Claypool.

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But while Lennon supports Gabbard – at least her effort to appear in the debate – he’s apparently not a fan of the far-left politics associated with his parents’ generation, according to messages he posted back in June.

“When I was young the most interesting people were left wing intellectuals. Believe it or not,” he wrote.

“No, we’ve become the church lady … It’s embarrassing. We’re offended by comedy and science. It’s pathetic.”

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People get sick of family after about 4 hours during holidays, report claims

Desperate for a moment of “me” time after a few hours at a family holiday party? You’re not alone, a new report claims.

According to a survey of 2,000 Americans who are traveling to visit loved ones this holiday season, it takes just 3 hours and 54 minutes of socializing with extended kin for the average person to long for peace and quiet. The study was recently commissioned by Motel 6 and conducted by marketing research company OnePoll.

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It reportedly takes just 3 hours and 54 minutes of socializing with extended kin for the average person to long for peace and quiet. (iStock)

“It’s not just family dynamics causing stress. No matter how you travel, the experience itself can be a source of anxiety for many,” Rob Palleschi, chief executive officer of Motel 6, commented of the findings, per South West News Service (SWNS.)

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In the weeks ahead, respondents said they plan to stay with family for an average of three and a half days during annual festivities, while a whopping 40 percent agreed that coordinating sleeping arrangements is one of the most stressful elements.

The bedlam over beds may be justified, as participants explained that an average of two people will ultimately be forced to sleep on something besides a proper bed during this year’s holiday celebrations.

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In the weeks ahead, respondents said they plan to stay with family for an average of three and a half days during annual festivities. (iStock)

More broadly, opinion was mixed regarding the biggest woes inherent to sleeping over at family members’ homes. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they were anxious about “a lack of privacy,” while 20 percent fretted about family members eventually getting on their “nerves.” In addition, 19 percent of people worried that their presence was “imposing” in the first place, and 18 percent hoped the house wouldn’t be “too loud or busy.”

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To that end, 75 percent of participants said they’d likely hit a breaking point where they would need to “escape” the larger group — and revealed some creative tricks to get away. Thirty-seven percent of respondents admitted that they’ve crafted excuses to leave the house altogether, while 25 percent shared they have “hidden” in a relative’s house in order to steal a moment alone.

For some, absence may truly make the heart grow fonder. Nearly one-third of participants said the holidays would be a smoother affair for their families if not everyone stayed under the same roof, while another 30 percent acknowledged that “some space’ would do everyone good.

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Nevertheless, almost all of the participants agreed that quality time with loved ones is what truly makes the holidays the most wonderful time of the year. And a full 95 percent of those surveyed agreed that it wouldn’t be the holidays if they were not hanging out with their folks.

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Navarro & Amin: Trump administration protects consumers by keeping dangerous counterfeit goods out of US

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American consumers shopping online this holiday season and year-round face a significant risk of purchasing counterfeit goods – from fake watches and lead-laced toys to phony “goose down” duvets stuffed with duck feathers and supposedly high-end ear buds with the low fidelity of tin cans.

In response to this rising e-commerce threat, President Trump signed a Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods on April 3. He thereby initiated a process to stop the flow of such contraband into the United States.

As one part of this process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conceived and launched Operation Mega Flex. It mandates the inspection of thousands of additional packages from countries with a high counterfeiting risk, such as Cambodia, China and Singapore.

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Operation Mega Flex has taken place at seven international mail facilities and four express consignment hubs and initiated over 25,000 additional inspections. The results do indeed confirm the significant dangers to American consumers.

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During an operation, CBP officers seized counterfeit Rolex watches valued at over $1.4 million.  Over the course of four Mega Flex operations between July 16 and Oct. 23, CBP discovered more than a 1,000 parcels containing counterfeit goods, more than 170 parcels containing illicit drugs (including deadly fentanyl or its opioid analogs), three pill presses used to process illicit drugs, and 13 separate parcels with illegal gun-modification parts.

Besides deadly fentanyl, controlled or prohibited substances seized included drugs like LSD, cocaine, DMT, ecstasy, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and poppy pods – as well as steroids and highly addictive painkillers like Tramadol.

In total, an astonishing 14 percent of the parcels inspected violated one or more U.S. laws or regulations.

Counterfeit cancer treatments with ingredients from China may have killed as many as 81 cancer patients.

Annual statistics from CBP regarding seizures at the border provide additional confirmation of the risks facing consumers as they prepare for their online holiday shopping.

In 2018, counterfeit apparel and accessories such as athletic jerseys, designer sunglasses, brand name footwear, watches, jewelry, and handbags accounted for 56 percent of all seizures. Consumer electronics made up an additional 10 percent.

Fake pharmaceuticals and personal care items like cosmetics accounted for a relatively low 7 percent of total seizures. However, many of the products in these categories pose significant dangers to the consumer.

Fake prescription opioids are often laced with deadly fentanyl made in China. The musician Prince reportedly died from fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl. Counterfeit cancer treatments with ingredients from China may have killed as many as 81 cancer patients. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports seizing counterfeit Adderall that was actually methamphetamine in pill form.

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Fake personal care items such as cosmetics have been found to contain everything from harmful bacteria to human waste. Between 2017 and 2018, CBP seized over $31 million in fake perfumes from China. In April 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department seized $700,000 in fake cosmetics found to contain both bacteria and human waste.

In the coming months, and in fulfillment of a requirement of President Trump’s presidential memorandum, the Department of Homeland Security will deliver a full report to the president on how to effectively combat the trafficking of counterfeit goods.

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In the meantime, online buyers should beware of counterfeits, buy online directly from trusted brand websites rather than e-commerce platforms and third-party marketplaces, and shop only from reputable sources.

CBP will continue to serve at the frontline for the U.S. government’s enforcement of intellectual property rights and defend American consumers from the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods.

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Vishal Amin is intellectual property enforcement coordinator for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

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New York man in military gear, 28, surrenders after 7-hour standoff with police

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A New York man wearing military gear who barricaded himself inside a home after a dispute with his wife – and then posted updates on social media – surrendered Saturday night after a seven-hour standoff, authorities said.

Comments from Instagram followers only made the situation worse, police said, according to News 12 in Westchester County, north of New York City.

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“This is a person in crisis, having mental illness, having issues and he didn’t need the people on social media telling him that his rights are being violated,” Chief Michael Cazzari of the Carmel Police Department told the station. “He needed help. Medical help.”

Police were called to the scene in Mahopac, part of Carmel, in Putnam County, around 2 p.m., WNBC-TV of New York City reported. Sources told the station the suspect suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though it was unclear whether he had served overseas.

Negotiators were aware of the suspect’s mental condition as they tried to convince him to surrender, according to the station.

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The suspect ultimately surrendered peacefully around 9:30 p.m., News 12 reported.

Separately, a state trooper was grazed by a bullet during an unrelated seven-hour standoff in September with a man in Wappinger, Putnam County. That incident also was sparked by a domestic dispute, the Putnam Daily Voice reported.

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‘Sopranos’ convention in New Jersey brings tracksuits, old cast members and a tribute to James Gandolfini

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At least 10,000 fans of “The Sopranos” packed the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., on Saturday for the first SopranosCon celebrating the 20th anniversary of the iconic HBO show.

The fans, many dressed in tracksuits and bathrobes, were greeted by more than 54 actors from the 1999-2007 show, including Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts); Vincent Pastore (Big P—-); and Kathrine Narducci, (Charmaine Bucco), NorthJersey.com reported.

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A large mural of series star James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) hung over the convention and his widow, Deborah Lin, came to pay tribute to her late husband who died of a heart attack at age 51 in 2013.

“It’s overwhelming,” Lin told NJ.com. “We’re really touched. The fans are so generous. They say it’s a community. It’s nice to see that everyone cares about and is passionate about something they recognize. Hopefully, it will live on for another 20 years.”

Gandolfini’s son, Michael, is set to star as a younger Tony Soprano in a prequel movie scheduled for next September, titled “The Many Saints of Newark.”

“It’s not about the whacking, not about the hitting, not about the Mafiosi, not the card games. It’s about when Tony comes home and A.J. had a bad report card. It’s about the day in, day out of everything,” gold tracksuit-wearing fan Drew Jones who flew in from Chicago for the convention told NorthJersey.com. “It’s about the banal of life.”

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The convention was started by three fans: Joe Fama, Danny Trader and Michael Mota.

“This event will be an experience no true fan will want to miss,” Fama told WBOC-TV of Salisbury, Md., in August. “We have spent years designing sets, exhibits, and more for this event. There will certainly be something for everyone.”

The convention concludes Sunday.

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Tennessee students stage walkout over N-word assignment after teacher placed on leave

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A teacher in Tennessee who was recently placed on leave over an assignment about the use of a racial epithet received some support Friday from a group of students.

The students at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch staged a walkout, saying their English teacher was “being persecuted for trying to prepare us for the real world.”

Photos and videos posted online showed students rallying outside the school, with some holding placards with messages of support for the teacher.

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The assignment in question came as part of a class discussion of the play “Fences,” about a black man struggling to provide for his family. The play includes several mentions of the N-word, and the school assignment was designed to examine the racism behind the word and the ways people have used it, Nashville’s WTVF-TV reported.

Students were also asked to write a short essay about the word.

The written instructions had included the n-word fully spelled out, according to a copy provided to WTVF.

Some parents found the assignment to be inappropriate for their children, prompting school officials to place the teacher on leave, according to the station.

One student then launched an online petition in support of the teacher, and other supportive students staged a walkout Friday.

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The teacher has been with Metro Nashville Public Schools since 2015 and had no prior history of being disciplined, WTVF reported.

The teacher’s administrative leave ended Thursday but the employee will be required to undergo training by the school system’s Diversity and Equity team, the report said.

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Alabama sheriff shot, killed at convenience store: reports

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A county sheriff in Alabama who served in the U.S. Marine Corps was fatally shot Saturday night after responding to a call at a local convenience store, according to reports.

The death of Sheriff John Williams of Lowndes County occurred around 8:15 p.m. in Hayneville, about 24 miles southwest of Montgomery, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

A heavy law enforcement presence was seen at the store following the shooting, WSFA-TV of Montgomery reported.

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Agents from the state Bureau of Investigations were headed to the scene, the newspaper reported. There was no immediate word about suspects, arrests or the circumstances of the shooting.

Williams was first elected sheriff in 2010 and has held the job ever since, the Advertiser reported.

He “always wanted to make a difference in his community and felt there was no better way to help his community than to protect and serve them in law enforcement,” a statement from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the Advertiser.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey posted a Twitter message in reaction to the sheriff’s death.

“I’m saddened to hear about Sheriff Big John Williams, who was tragically killed this evening in the line of duty,” Ivey wrote. “Through his service to our country in the @USMC and his many years working in law enforcement, he dedicated his life to keeping other people safe.

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“He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community,” Ivey continued. “I offer my prayers and deepest sympathies to his family and to the men and women of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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New Jersey woman convicted of vehicular homicide for texting while driving

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For the first time in New Jersey, a Monmouth County jury on Friday found a woman guilty of vehicular homicide for texting while driving.

Prosecutors said Alexandra Mansonet, 50, was distracted by a text about dinner plans when she rear-ended another car, causing it to strike 39-year-old Yuwen Wang as she was crossing the street in September 2016. Wang died five days later.

Mansonet’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 31 and she’ll remain free until then. She faces up to 10 years in prison and will have to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

Mansonet said that she’d read the text about dinner plans before turning on her vehicle. She said she was looking down to turn on her rear defogger when she stuck the other car. But prosecutors said the text was marked as “read” a little more than a minute before the crash and though unanswered, the letters “M” and “e” were typed.

Investigators said Mansonet received a text from her sister-in-law asking what kind of food she wanted for dinner.

“Cuban, American or Mexican. Pick one,” the text said.

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Prosecutors argued the “Me” response was the beginning of a longer answer.

Defense attorney Steven Altman said he was disappointed with the verdict, according to the Asbury Park Press.

“It’s going to be very difficult for her to deal with the fact that at sentencing, she could possibly be incarcerated for something we are all guilty of on a daily basis,” Altman said, referring to texting and driving and appearing to contradict Mansonet’s claim that she was turning on her defogger.

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Wang, who had gone for a walk while on a break from her job, flew into the air after she was hit. Her head bounced off the pavement “like a basketball,” witness Joseph Matich testified at the trial. She suffered severe brain trauma and died on Oct. 3, 2016.

The case was the first in New Jersey to go to trial since New Jersey went “hands free” in 2012, saying that the use of a handheld phone while driving is a reckless act that can form the basis for a vehicular homicide prosecution. Others have been charged under the law, but they’ve resolved their cases with guilty pleas.

Wang’s widower, Steven Qiu, said the guilty verdict brings “a lot of comfort” to him and his family. He said he hopes New Jersey does more to prevent motorists from texting while driving so that his wife did not die in vain.

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“I hope more people can realize the consequences of texting and driving,” Qiu said, adding that he and his wife were hoping to start a family, and now those dreams have been crushed.

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New York dog walker caught on camera stealing from client’s home, victim left ‘utterly violated’

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A New York woman is seeking retribution after a dog walker she hired from a popular dog-walking app was captured on video stealing from her home.

The homeowner, Shayna Bryan, posted a series of tweets on Thursday that contained security footage of an unidentified dog walker seen filling her bag with items from around the house as the woman’s dogs watched helplessly.

“The bag, the jewelry, the makeup, that was probably anywhere between $700 and $800 in total,” Bryan told CBS New York.

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The bandit, whom she hired from the pet care company Wag!, even attempted to snag a large winter coat allegedly worth thousands of dollars before Bryan — who had been watching live on her video camera — remotely sounded the alarm.

“I immediately sounded my alarm and demanded she take my handbag out of her bag, which she ignored and quickly left the apartment,” Bryan wrote on Twitter.

Following the incident, Bryan said she tried to contact Wag! three times before turning to the police, adding that no one from the company acted on the theft until her Facebook post went viral, according to the news outlet.

Wag! publicizes its walker vetting process on its website, which they told People magazine includes a criminal background check, Social Security number trace and facial recognition analysis.

The company said it is working with police during the investigation and they deactivated the walker’s account, according to CBS.

Bryan was refunded for the walk, but she said the walker also failed to buckle her dog’s harnesses, which she says, along with everything else, left her “utterly violated.”

“To add fuel to the fire, I subsequently discovered that the dog walker neglected to buckle the harnesses around my dogs’ necks, leaving them vulnerable to running off, getting hurt or worse,” Bryan wrote on Facebook. “She completely compromised their safety. I cannot stop thinking about all of the worst-case scenarios that may have manifested.”

While Wag! does have an intensive vetting process, she hopes others will be careful when hiring people from the app.

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“What concerns me is the thought that other families and dogs will experience what I have due to negligence on your part. In fact, my fears have been corroborated by several articles written as recently as last month regarding incidents of dog abuse and/or death as a result of poorly executed background checks,” Bryan said.

“I hope that you can appreciate my deep frustration and expect that you will respond expeditiously to further this investigation,” she added.

Wag!’s Vice President of Trust and Safety and Corporate Affairs, Heather Rothenberg, issued a statement to People and said: “Every service on the Wag! platform is insured and backed by the full support of our Trust and Safety team, which means in the rare case of an incident, we work directly with the pet parent and the appropriate authorities to address the situation.”

“In this case, our Trust and Safety team reached out to the pet parent to offer support as soon as Wag! was informed of the incident,” she said. “We continue to work directly with the local authorities on the investigation. Additionally, the walk has been refunded and the walker, an independent contractor, has been removed from the Wag! platform.”

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“Every walker must pass a vetting process and a background check before being allowed to join the Wag platform,” she added. “Every applicant must pass an online test covering dog safety, equipment and handling knowledge before we allow them on the Wag! platform to care for your dog.”

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