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Georgia girl, 5, receives ‘medal of bravery’ for fending off mother’s knife-wielding attacker

A 5-year-old Georgia girl received a “medal of bravery” from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after jumping on the back of a family member who allegedly was stabbing her mother.

“Ariana’s actions likely saved the life of her mother,” Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds wrote on social media Thursday afternoon of Ariana Mills, according to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News.

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Tyler Wayne Holloway pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his stepsister.  (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

TEEN HAILED A HERO AFTER CATCHING TODDLER FALLING FROM SECOND-STORY WINDOW IN TURKEY, VIRAL VIDEO SHOWS

Tyler Wayne Holloway, accused of stabbing his stepsister Carissa Mills in the neck, head and back, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday to aggravated assault charges, the Ledger-News reported.

He fled after the 5-year-old jumped on his back, the report said.

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He could face 31 years in prison with his plea deal, the Ledger-News reported.

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Donald Trump is “losing it mentally” says former White House aide: “There’s no one to check him anymore”

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“He can say that he’s not a racist, and I agree with him, okay?” Scaramucci told the magazine. “And let me explain to you why he’s not a racist, ’cause this is very important. He’s actually worse than a racist. He is so narcissistic, he doesn’t see people as people. He sees them as objects in his field of vision.

I think Scaramucci is a waste of space who should not be put on television, but that statement is actually interesting, coming from him. He’s absolutely right there, and I’m actually somewhat surprised that he’s willing to say that in so many words. Of course, Scaramucci quite apparently was fully aware of this when he decided to work for the Trump administration and when he was tweeting pictures of the Air Force One menus or whatever it was. He’s a slimeball.

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Georgia girl, 5, receives ‘medal of bravery’ for fending off mother’s knife-wielding attacker

A 5-year-old Georgia girl received a “medal of bravery” from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after jumping on the back of a family member who allegedly was stabbing her mother.

“Ariana’s actions likely saved the life of her mother,” Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds wrote on social media Thursday afternoon of Ariana Mills, according to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News.

Westlake Legal Group TYLER Georgia girl, 5, receives 'medal of bravery' for fending off mother's knife-wielding attacker fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/georgia fox-news/us/crime fox news fnc/us fnc eceaa840-b408-5f2f-946f-63a65b59290b Brie Stimson article

Tyler Wayne Holloway pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his stepsister.  (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

TEEN HAILED A HERO AFTER CATCHING TODDLER FALLING FROM SECOND-STORY WINDOW IN TURKEY, VIRAL VIDEO SHOWS

Tyler Wayne Holloway, accused of stabbing his stepsister Carissa Mills in the neck, head and back, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday to aggravated assault charges, the Ledger-News reported.

He fled after the 5-year-old jumped on his back, the report said.

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He could face 31 years in prison with his plea deal, the Ledger-News reported.

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The Semi-Failure of Sentencing Guidelines

Background
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Apparently, less than half the States have adopted a sentencing guidelines system. Admittedly, as I have never practiced anywhere without guidelines, I was surprised by this. I thought it was a “reform” which took the nation by storm in the 80’s and 90’s. I know that the feds adopted them in the late 80’s and Virginia did so in 1995, although back in the day they were very different systems.

In Virginia the guidelines replaced parole and were supposed to reflect the average sentence that a person would have actually received when parole existed (truth in sentencing). The guidelines are a tool used at the discretion of the judge. She can entirely ignore them at her whim, but she has to give a reason in writing on the guidelines paperwork. I think the people who wrote the rules about this thought they’d get insight, but the few times I’ve seen them post sentencing the reasons have looked something like this “Guidelines not appropriate for facts of this case.” Juries, which sentence people they find guilty in Virginia, are not allowed to see or be told of the guidelines, and by statute the guidelines cannot be the grounds of an appeal because they are non-binding.
The federal guidelines were, for a long time, mandatory. In fact, back in the day when you looked at federal criminal appellate cases it seemed like half of them were federal prosecutors appealing because the judge had not sentenced as heavily as called for in some defendant’s guidelines. Then came Blakely et al. and federal guidelines flipped to discretionary.

Theory
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The harm which guidelines were supposed to cure was inconsistent sentencing. Generally, they seem to have accomplished this goal. This is laudable for the federal judicial system where one overarching singular government doesn’t account to localities and the is reflective of the entire country. In Virginia, not so much.

Many, if not most, States have some mechanism which is meant to make what happens in a courtroom reflective of the will of those living in a locality (city, county, etc.). In a lot of States this was supposed to have been accomplished by voting for judges.

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London Stock Exchange Delays Opening After Technical Problem

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LONDON — Traders who have been frantically following market swerves, tied to the ongoing trade war and a broad economic slowdown, had an unexpected respite on Friday.

The London Stock Exchange did not move. For about an hour and 40 minutes.

One of the world’s oldest exchanges was unable to handle trades at its scheduled open time and administrators scrabbled to reassure investors. Trading should have started at 8 a.m. but it was not fully operational until 9:40 a.m. because of a “technical software issue,” the exchange said in a statement.

The company said it could not provide a comprehensive list of securities that were affected, but added that trading was delayed on two important indexes, the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250, as well as some other securities. Shares in the London Stock Exchange Group were up 1.5 percent by late morning.

On its system notice board, the exchange offered advice that will be familiar — or perhaps maddening — to anyone who has suffered from I.T. issues before: log out and log back in again.

Problems like this are not unknown. Several exchanges, including London’s, had outages blamed on technical glitches last year.

Still, the timing was unfortunate. The London Stock Exchange group’s parent company is in the process of broadening its remit from stock exchanges to financial data. Two weeks ago, the London Stock Exchange Group agreed to buy Refinitiv, a provider of financial data, for about $27 billion, including debt. The acquisition is aimed at putting the group in competition with data giants like Bloomberg.

The trading problem on Friday also occurred during a turbulent week for global markets, which have whipsawed in reaction to the trade war between the United States and China. Stocks were up and down on Thursday as China sent conflicting signs about how it would respond to threats of tariffs from President Trump.

The prospect of weaker global growth has also weighed on stocks, prompting investors to flee toward safer government debt, pushing down yields on Treasuries.

After a day of nervous trading, markets in the United States closed with modest gains on Thursday and looked set to open higher on Friday.

Across Europe on Friday, markets looked relatively calm after the volatility of the day before. The FTSE 100 in London was up 0.7 percent by late morning. The Dax in Germany was up 0.8 percent midmorning and the CAC 40 in France was up about 0.9 percent.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 closed slightly higher, up 0.06 percent, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 0.9 percent.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell photographed at California burger joint: report

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Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious, alleged madam surfaced Thursday at a California In-N-Out Burger, where a photographer snapped her reading a spy novel while scarfing down a burger and fries.

Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, allegedly provided Epstein with underage sex slaves. Court documents allege Maxwell, who is the daughter of the late, disgraced publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, also participated in threesomes with Epstein and underage girls, according to multiple women who have come forward in the case.

EPSTEIN ACCUSER’S LAWYER: GHISLAINE MAXWELL WAS A ‘PRINCIPAL CONSPIRATOR’ IN ALLEGED SEX-TRAFFICKING RING

On Wednesday, one of Epstein’s alleged victims sued Maxwell and three other unidentified female staff members for allegedly conspiring to allow her to be raped, the New York Post reported.

Jennifer Araoz alleged in an op-ed for the New York Times that Maxwell and the other defendants helped Epstein lure her to his mansion when she was a 15-year-old high school freshman under the guise that he would help her career and family. Epstein allegedly forcibly raped her when she refused to have sex with him.

Araoz was first to file a lawsuit after New York’s Child Victims Act went into effect Wednesday. The new law removed a statute of limitations and permits victims to file lawsuits against those who sexually assaulted them as children until they turn 55-years-old.

The elusive former associate of Epstein could face criminal prosecution, and is believed to have valuable information about Epstein’s illicit activities. Epstein was found dead in his prison cell early Saturday. Authorities said it appeared he committed suicide, but an autopsy has raised questions about his cause of death.

Maxwell was photographed sitting alone in the outside patio area of a Los Angeles In-N-Out Burger restaurant Thursday. She is seen reading an opened book with a burger and fries on the table in front of her, the Post reported.

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The front cover of the book, which was not visible in the photograph, featured the title “The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives.” The best-selling work of investigative reporting written by Ted Gup uncovered the untold stories of CIA agents who died anonymously serving the country.

Maxwell has not been photographed in public since 2016, the Post reported. It was reported Wednesday that Maxwell was hiding out in her boyfriend Scott Borgerson’s home in Massachusetts.

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Ewan McGregor Reportedly In Talks To Return As Obi-Wan Kenobi

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The actor “is in talks” to revive his role as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney+ series, Deadline “confirmed.”

Details are scant and Deadline didn’t identify its source, but the outlet did write that the idea for the big-budget series grew out of plans for a Kenobi-focused movie.

McGregor, 48, portrayed the younger version of the “Star Wars” hero in “The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002) and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005). He also had a voice cameo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015).

The untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi show would mark the third “Star Wars” series for the new Disney+ streaming platform, The Hollywood Reporter reported. “The Mandalorian,” whose story is set following events in “Return of the Jedi,” is the first of them and is set to premiere in the fall.

A rep for McGregor did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment.

Time to fire up that light saber, Ewan!

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Donald Trump is “losing it mentally” says former White House aide: “There’s no one to check him anymore”

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“He can say that he’s not a racist, and I agree with him, okay?” Scaramucci told the magazine. “And let me explain to you why he’s not a racist, ’cause this is very important. He’s actually worse than a racist. He is so narcissistic, he doesn’t see people as people. He sees them as objects in his field of vision.

I think Scaramucci is a waste of space who should not be put on television, but that statement is actually interesting, coming from him. He’s absolutely right there, and I’m actually somewhat surprised that he’s willing to say that in so many words. Of course, Scaramucci quite apparently was fully aware of this when he decided to work for the Trump administration and when he was tweeting pictures of the Air Force One menus or whatever it was. He’s a slimeball.

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‘Blinded By The Light’ Is So Much More Than An Ode To Bruce Springsteen

New Jersey is a metaphor. It exists defiantly, sandwiched between two rebelliously distinct metropolises (New York City and Philadelphia). It welcomes mostly anyone — the bad, the good, the very good. It boasts a smattering of ecosystems, too, from beaches to cities to cranberry bogs to mountains. Its identity is strong but ever-changing. You’ll always move around there — a vessel of highways and boulevards in which New Jerseyans are free to always go. There’s a reason so many natives ask new Garden State friends “What exit do you live off of?” 

But what happens when New Jersey becomes a state of mind? You get a damn good Bruce Springsteen song — and the film “Blinded by the Light.”

Directed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham,” “Bride and Prejudice”) and based on the 2007 memoir “Greetings From Bury Park” by Sarfraz Manzoor, the coming-of-age film tells the story of a British Pakistani Muslim teen named Javed growing up in the late 1980s who discovers himself through the songs and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen. Through Springsteen’s music, Javed explores identity, romance and his relationship to his parents — all while white supremacy and economic stress infiltrate his town.

The soundtrack, of course, delivers the hits and everything in between that any Springsteen fan would want, including a beautiful reimagining of “Jungleland” — Chadha told HuffPost his music is very important to her and like an “old friend.” Beyond the film’s heart, “Blinded By The Light” shows characters oft not prioritized in Hollywood. Seeing their stories unfold feels as euphoric as a saxophone hitting a high note. 

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Warner Bros Javed, played by Viveik Kalra, writes poetry in his room while inspired by Bruce Springsteen. 

Javed, played by brilliant newcomer Viveik Kalra, longs to escape the industrial working-class town of Luton, which sits less than 50 miles outside of London. He writes poems about such dreams. As Springsteen’s stomping grounds in Asbury Park, New Jersey, are “in the shadow of Manhattan,” Chadha told HuffPost, “Luton is always in the shadow of London.” 

While Luton and Asbury Park could be kindred spirits of sorts, “Blinded by the Light” really succeeds in outlining the blistering underbelly of white supremacy in the U.K. during the time. The film shows several instances in which members of the the National Front, a fascist British political party, terrorize immigrant families. Javed is followed by a skinhead at one point. The audience also sees townspeople defile a local mosque with a pig’s head. There’s a chilling scene in which young white children urinate on the door of a Pakistani immigrant’s home. It happens so frequently, the occupant admits to Javed and his father, that they had to put plastic down by the entryway inside. 

The grips of white supremacy come to a frightening crescendo in a scene in which the National Front march through Luton, causing chaos and violence.

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Chadha admits that it was the most emotionally challenging scene to film. When the extras walked around set donning Nazi apparel and brandishing signs with swastikas, the director said, it felt “really, terribly sad.”

“It brought all of that terror back that you somehow pocketed, put away, from the ’80s,” Chadha said. “When we did the first take, everybody who was over 35 sort of just stopped in their tracks because it was so harrowing. It brought it all back.”

Even the extras felt disturbed by their roles. At one point Chadha told HuffPost that an assistant director ushered her to the actors, who were upset after several takes of the NF march. Chadha spoke with them to assure them and ultimately rile them up to finish production of the scene. 

Chadha, who says she’s been listening to Springsteen all of her life, also revealed that she was given special permission from The Boss to use his 1975 song “Jungleland” during the NF march scene. 

“I just heard Clarence’s saxophone playing over those marches as a way of subverting the hate. I couldn’t do it without asking Bruce. So I came to New York and after [his] Broadway show, I met him.”

After she asked for his permission –– just to use Clarence Clemons’ crooning saxophone from the song –– Bruce agreed it was a good idea.

“He said, ‘I think Clarence would really love that.’ That whole scene is even more special to me because of the way he said that Clarence would love that. I personally thought it was very spiritual,” Chadha said. 

Beyond the Springsteen adoration, the film serves as a refreshing and necessary source of representation. Through Manzoor’s storytelling and Chadha’s lens, viewers witness real obstacles South Asian immigrants faced when coming to a country then led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. There are several highs, too. Every character in “Blinded by the Light” gets loving character development, from Javed’s parents played by the scene-stealing actors Kulvinder Ghir and Meera Ganatra, to Roops, portrayed by the charming Aaron Phagura, Javed’s Sikh friend who hands him his first Springsteen cassette tapes. You’ll laugh with them, cry with them and root for them.

At the end of the film, Javed recites his piece “My American Dream in Luton” to his class. He declares that Springsteen represents “not only American values, but the best of human values.” He recognizes that his desire to leave Luton does not mean he should or will reject the life his family worked tirelessly to cultivate.

“I know that having dreams doesn’t make me a bad son,” he says. “I also know that everything I am is because of the sacrifices my mom and dad made.” 

Bruce and Javed have different backgrounds, sure, but they cling to hope tirelessly and fiercely. Whether it’s walking down the streets of Luton or hopping on a New Jersey Transit bus to Asbury Park, “Blinded by the Light” encapsulates everything you might feel while wearing a proper jean jacket, cranking “Dancing in the Dark” in your headphones and running into your freeing, terrifying future. 

“Blinded by the Light” opens nationwide on Aug. 16.

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EARLIER: Israel Says It Will Allow Rashida Tlaib Entry, Still Bars Ilhan Omar

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UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. ― Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has said she won’t travel to see her grandmother under the conditions Israel has set forth. 

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Israel has decided to allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to enter the country and visit with her family in the West Bank “on humanitarian grounds.” 

On Thursday, Israeli officials said Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) were barred from entry over their support of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The decision drew criticism from the Jewish community and U.S. lawmakers.

Tlaib had sent a letter to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri requesting entry so she could visit her grandmother, “who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa,” a CNN reporter tweeted: 

Earlier Thursday, President Donald Trump said in a tweet that Israel would show “great weakness” if it allowed the congresswomen to visit because they “hate Israel & all Jewish people.” 

The issue of whether the American lawmakers would be allowed to visit Israel has been diplomatically contentious. They have been vocal critics of Israel and have expressed support for the BDS movement, which seeks to put economic pressure on Israel to give equal rights to Arab-Palestinian citizens and withdraw from occupied territories. Supporters of the movement can be denied entry under Israeli law, and its critics see it as anti-Semitic.  

In July, it seemed like Tlaib and Omar would be allowed to visit for a trip to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians. Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said that any member of Congress wouldn’t be denied entry out of respect for the countries’ alliance.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the ban in a Facebook post on Thursday, saying “the itinerary of the two Congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.”

He also said that the interior minister would consider a request from Tlaib on humanitarian grounds if she “pledges not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit.”

American-born Tlaib has often spoken about her roots in the West Bank, saying her family members, particularly her grandmother, were proud of her election win. 

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