Day: April 12, 2017
Now that the Oakland Raiders are officially moving to Las Vegas, at least one Nevada business mogul is hoping to score big with a new twist on the world’s oldest profession.
Dennis Hof, the owner of the infamous Bunny Ranch brothel near Carson City, Nev., has announced plans to open a Raiders-themed bordello to cater to sports fanatics near Sin City.
“I’ve had a license for a seventh brothel near Las Vegas for some time now, but I was waiting for the right time to launch another house of debauchery,” Hof explained in a press release. “The Raiders coming to Vegas will mean big business for me, so my next sex den will honor the ‘Men in Black’ and their ‘Raider Nation.’”
The new bordello, which Hof is calling the “Pirate’s Booty Sports Brothel,” will open sometime before the end of the year in Crystal, just over an hour’s drive from the Las Vegas Strip.
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According to the press release, Hof is hoping his “sex palace” will also cater to incoming athletes in addition to as die-hard football fans. He’s already extended a half-off deal for all Raiders players and staff, and he plans to build a VIP suite for their exclusive use.
“Pirate’s Booty will have the magnificent ‘Darrell Russell Hall of Dames,’ named after the late-great Raiders’ defensive tackle and well-known Bunny Ranch patron,” Hof said of the exclusive bedroom. “That VIP suite will be exclusively available to Raiders players and other high-profile athletes.”
A spokesman for Hof told Fox 5 Las Vegas that his boss is currently hard at work trying to fill all the open positions at the Pirate’s Booty Sports Brothel with local workers.
“Dennis is kinda trying to fast-track this,” the spokesman told Fox 5. “Cashiers, managers, cooks, maids, cleaning personnel, drivers — we will hire all local people to come and fill these spots.”
“By the time that everything is done here, it’s really going to be a bit of a theme park,” the spokesman said of the brothel, which features a bar, a pool table, and multiple big-screen TVs. “You might not have even known that sex is being had here,” he later added.
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Hof, however, said there’s one small detail he still hasn’t managed to iron out.
“(We’ll be) staffed with a collection of cheerleader-garbed working girls called either the ‘Wide Receivers’ or ‘Tight Ends,’” said Hof. “I haven’t yet decided.”
Dennis Hof currently operates six legal bordellos in the Las Vegas and Carson City areas.
On Monday night, the San Diego night sky had a mysterious streaking light that has yet to be explained.
Dale Ruetz was inside her East Lake home in Chula Vista broadcasting when the bright flash appeared. “I was absolutely scared because I thought it was coming at me. I thought I was going to die to be honest,” Ruetz told Fox 5 San Diego.
Her friend put the clip on Twitter and it’s become something of a viral sensation.
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More than 260 reports in Los Angeles, Arizona and Nevada had similar sightings according to the American Meteor Society. Another San Diego County couple also has a dashcam video of the event.
Some are suggesting that the bright light could’ve been anything from a piece of rock to a piece of metal.
We don’t know exactly what it was,” San Diego Air and Space Museum employee Francis French said to Fox 5 San Diego. “It could have been a piece of rock, it could have been a piece of metal, but it was something re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. It could have been a piece of an old satellite space junk up. Something coming in at that speed is going flare up and cause a huge fire ball.”
A gray cat went scrambling for cover in the Marlins Park outfield midway through Tuesday night’s game, and no wonder, given the barrage off Marcell Ozuna’s bat.
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Ozuna homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs to help Miami win its home opener against the Atlanta Braves, 8-4.
Announced attendance was 36,519, and that didn’t include a cat that ran onto the field midway through the game. It scurried along the outfield warning track, ran away from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, crawled up the center field wall and then appeared to get stuck in the animatronic home run sculpture .
Marlins president David Samson said if Ozuna had hit a third homer, the sculpture would not have been activated for fear of harming the cat.
“He stayed up there for four innings,” said Ozuna, the Marlins’ left fielder. “Every time I went on defense, I looked up there and the cat was hiding its head. I said, `What are you doing up there?’ In the last inning I didn’t see it. I don’t know where he went.”
Ozuna said he didn’t buy the notion the cat brought good luck.
“I detest cats,” he said.
Ozuna hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, a three-run homer in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth, doubling his season RBI total and hiking his average to .423. The two-homer game was the second of his career.
Ozuna hit 23 homers last year but batted only .209 after the All-Star break, and manager Don Mattingly wants him to stop trying to knock the ball over the fence.
“I’ve talked to him about hitting more doubles and using the gaps,” Mattingly said. “We’ve talked about him hitting 50 doubles, and to me he hits 30 homers by mistake.”
Nick Markakis had a solo homer for the Braves, who fell to 1-6 with their fifth consecutive loss.
“It’s a little bit of pressure on guys,” second baseman Brandon Phillips said. “We might be trying to do too much.”
Bartolo Colon (0-1) needed 35 pitches to get through the first inning. He allowed six runs in four innings.
“He got a little fat in the strike zone,” manager Brian Snitker said.
Dan Straily (1-1) allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings for his first victory since joining Miami. When he hit former Reds teammate Phillips in the midsection with a fastball in the fifth inning, they shared a laugh.
“I said something like, `I know you still love me,”‘ Straily said. “It’s good when a guy can take it that way.”
Three members of the Marlins’ 1997 World Series championship team threw out the ceremonial first pitch — Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria and Charles Johnson. And then the 2017 Marlins came out swinging, taking a 3-0 lead in the first.
Later came the cat.
“I was hoping it wasn’t black,” Mattingly said.
During a Fox Business Network exclusive interview on Wednesday, President Trump said he has no plans to enter Syria, despite ordering airstrikes on a Syrian military base last week.
Trump ordered the strikes after a deadly chemical attack on the country’s civilians, which U.S. officials blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. “But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons … and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father’s arms, or you see kids gasping for life … when you see that, I immediately called [Secretary of Defense] Gen. Mattis.”
Nigel Farage, a key figure behind Brexit and Fox News contributor, believes that Trump is right to be cautious about getting involved in Syria, particularly in efforts to oust the Assad regime from power.
“We did this in Iraq, we did this in Libya. I just wonder what the alternative is,” Farage said on “Varney & Co.” today.
Farage acknowledged that Assad has undoubtedly done “horrible things” to the Syrian people, but he wondered who would replace him.
He pointed out that ISIS – one of the main belligerents in Syria’s years-long civil war – would certainly be worse than the Syrian dictator.
“I think it’s a real problem in this part of the world trying to pick the good guys and the bad guys,” Farage said. “What happens when Assad is gone?”
He noted that many Western leaders are loudly calling for regime change, but he has yet to hear a “sensible explanation” of who or what would replace Assad.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a hastily arranged meeting in Moscow late Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he worked to ease tensions over Syria and other global crises – even as he and President Trump, from afar, continued to pressure Putin over his alliance with Bashar Assad.
Tillerson, speaking frankly during a press conference in Moscow alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said he told Putin that U.S.-Russia relations have hit a “low point.” He stressed the need to improve ties.
“There is a low level of trust between our two countries. The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship,” Tillerson said.
Those tensions have mounted since Trump ordered a missile strike last week on an airbase controlled by the Assad government, in response to a chemical weapons attack. But Lavrov said Wednesday that the U.S. and Russia have agreed on the need for a United Nations probe of the Syrian chemical attack, a step that could dial down the rhetoric between the two nations for now.
Washington blames Russia’s ally Assad for that attack, while Moscow says Syrian rebels are responsible. That disagreement was on display Wednesday, as Tillerson stood by U.S. claims that the evidence points to Assad – while clarifying the U.S. has no indications of Russian involvement.
Lavrov, speaking through a translator, also said special envoys would be appointed to discuss the “irritants” that have “piled up” mostly under the Obama administration.
Citing the countries’ disagreements, Tillerson said, “We need to attempt to put an end to this steady degradation.”
The news conference came after Putin met the top American diplomat for almost two hours to see if they could rescue relations between the world’s mightiest military powers. Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election also hovered over the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and a Trump administration Cabinet member.
Both Tillerson and Lavrov cited the goal of defeating ISIS as a common objective.
Lavrov also that Putin could restore a military hotline with the U.S. if Washington focuses on fighting the Islamic State and other extremist groups.
Tillerson, the first Trump Cabinet official to visit Russia, traveled to Moscow just days after the Trump administration launched missile strikes on the airbase in Syria.
Tillerson ratcheted up his rhetoric en route to Moscow earlier this week, saying “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end” and challenging Russia to reconsider its alliance with the government in Damascus.
Trump also told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that Putin is backing “an evil person” in Syria, and it’s “very bad for Russia.”
At the same time, Trump made clear he’s pushing for peace in Syria. He said, “we’re not going into Syria,” but said pressure will be on Russia to ensure peace.
“If Russia didn’t go in and back this animal, you wouldn’t have a problem right now,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday, during a forum at The Newseum in Washington, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about what could be on the table at a Putin-Tillerson meeting. He spoke to their common interests.
“I think there is a shared interest in defeating ISIS in the region that we have a national security concern that should align with their national security concern,” he said.
Spicer had tough words for Russia’s alliance with Assad, however.
“Russia right now is an island,” he said. “It’s Russia, North Korea and Iran … Russia is among that group the only non-failed state.” He said Russia is “isolating” itself by standing by Assad.
Lavrov said Wednesday that Syrians should determine their future, and the objective should not be to “eliminate a political leader from the chessboard.”
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Rich Edson contributed to this report.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are expanding their investigation into the so-called “unmasking” controversy, Fox News has learned, to examine whether other candidates or lawmakers beyond President Trump’s associates were affected.
Until now, the investigation focused on how the identities and communications of Trump transition members were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies and then revealed to, and disseminated among, high-ranking members of the Obama administration.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence.
“We will be performing an accounting of all unmasking for political purposes focused on the previous White House administration,” a member of the committee told Fox News. “This is now a full-blown investigation.”
Staffers on the Senate committee told Fox News they also have expanded their investigation into whether presidential candidates were unmasked and information was misused — and what role former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others, played following reports that she requested Trump-affiliated names be unmasked.
For a private U.S. citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare and typically only done if it has some foreign intelligence value. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.
The intelligence reports that Rice and others in the administration reportedly assembled are similar to what a private investigator might piece together, congressional and U.S. intelligence sources said. In some cases, rather than documenting foreign intelligence, the files included salacious personal information that, if released, could be embarrassing or harmful to the person’s reputation, U.S. intelligence and House Intelligence Committee sources said.
These reports were then disseminated to about 20 to 30 people who had classified clearance in the Obama administration hierarchy, these sources said.
Trump, members of his family, and members of his campaign and transition teams, were likely subjects of “incidental electronic surveillance” by U.S. intelligence agencies, Fox News reported.
Sources told Fox News that names were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan — as well as Rice and her former deputy Ben Rhodes, even though the names were supposed to be reported only to the initial requester.
If the names were unmasked in intelligence reports and then leaked to the media for political reasons, it could constitute criminal behavior.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s initial national security adviser, is one known example of a Trump campaign official whose name was unmasked from an intelligence report and leaked to the press. While Rice hasn’t said whether she unmasked Flynn, the leak of his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak where he discussed U.S. sanctions led Flynn to resign three weeks into his term.
Nunes first announced on March 22 that he’d viewed intelligence reports that contained incidental surveillance on members of the Trump team.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page also was monitored by the FBI after the agency obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into possible links between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.
In a statement to Fox News, Page said he has done nothing wrong and was a political target.
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Nine-year-old Mason Tucker’s attends Rockport Elementary school where they have a mother son dance every year.
Mason’s mom is not in the picture so when his school’s annual mother son dance rolled around he really had no interest in going.
His dad, Zack, offered for his grandmother or aunt to take him to the dance but Mason still didn’t want to go.
Then Mason’s principal Ms. Janine Hueter pulled him aside after school and invited him to go with her, and his plans suddenly changed.
“I said hey, would you mind going with me tonight to the dance, if your dad will bring you up I would be more than happy for you to join my boys and me for mother son night,” said Hueter.
Zack said Mason was ecstatic when he got into the car and told him about the invitation.
He said as a single dad that gesture means the world to him and he doesn’t know how to thank Hueter enough.
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A 40-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been deported from the U.S. was arrested Friday in Virginia on sex abuse charges involving a 12-year-old girl.
Oscar Perez-Rangel faces charges including felony aggravated sexual battery. The abuse allegedly occurred between October and December 2016, Fox 5 reported.
The girl was abused while at a daycare center operated by Perez-Rangel’s girlfriend, investigators said.
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Fairfax County police said they did not believe there were other victims.
An immigration detainer has been lodged against Perez-Rangel.
“Perez-Rangel was previously removed from the U.S., and has felony convictions for attempted robbery, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and illegal re-entry after removal,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement to Fox 5.
Last month, a 17-year-old and 18-year-old were charged with rape after investigators said a 14-year-old student was attacked in a high school bathroom in Rockville, Md. Officials said both suspects were in the U.S. illegally. A lawyer for one suspect claimed the sex was consensual.
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Firefighters donate sick days, raise money for dad of 3 battling stage 4 cancer – Family says hospital wouldn't give teen lung transplant over pot
A Connecticut fireman is bracing for a series of trips to Illinois in hopes of finding a treatment that will stop his stage 4 colorectal cancer in its tracks. Scott Johnson, who learned the cancer has already spread to his liver, is gearing up for his battle with the help of his New Britain firemen brothers who have pooled together their sick days and hosted fundraisers in his honor.
“Scott is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with,” Lt. Michael Ortelle told The Hartford Courant. “He has a great attitude toward the people — it’s really heartbreaking that this has happened to him.”
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Johnson, 43, was diagnosed with the cancer in April 2015 and was receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York until the medicine stopped working, according to the report.
“We knew it was going to be a very difficult battle,” Caroline Johnson, his wife, told The Hartford Courant. “His doctor called it for all intents and purposes, ‘an angry mass’ — she knew it was a bad tumor after the colonoscopy; she thinks it was a polyp that went bad fast.”
Johnson, the father of a 9-year-old boy and 5-year-old twin boys, has undergone three surgeries and months of intense radiation and chemotherapy, but has not given up his status in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves as chief petty officer, The Hartford Courant reported.
“You get bad days where you’re sad or feel depressed, and some days it takes a lot of motivation to get up,” he told The Hartford Courant. “Those times I try to give myself a pep talk, or think I’m going to turn off my mind and just do it. And sometimes, you just have to suck it up.”
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The Johnsons’ young sons have pitched in to help raise money for their dad, with the oldest, Zachary, foregoing a birthday party in favor of rerouting those funds to donations for the organization Fight Colorectal Cancer. Zachary’s efforts raised $11,000.
“When you have young kids, it’s hard to explain,” Caroline told The Hartford Courant. “They don’t understand the magnitude of this. They’re not supposed to — they’re kids. They’re not supposed to know why some days their dad can’t get out of bed or play with them.”
Johnson is scheduled to return to full duty at the firehouse in May after spending nearly a year on light duty. His hope lies in a treatment at Block Center in Skokie, Illinois, where doctors will provide time-release chemotherapy with dietary and exercise, the news outlet reported.
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A GoFundMe set up on the family’s behalf has helped raise more than $23,000 to help cover his treatment costs. Family friends have also pooled together frequent-flier miles and scheduled pasta dinner benefits.
“We’ve gotten so much support,” Johnson told The Hartford Courant. “It means so much. It would be so much harder if we didn’t have so many people helping.”
As they prepare for the next step in Johnson’s battle, the family is doing what they can to help others avoid a similar plight.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it comes when it comes,” Caroline told the news outlet. “A lot of younger people are getting this now. The colonoscopy is such a simple procedure. I know nobody likes to prepare for it, but it’s just 24 hours. And I would never want this to happen to someone else — it isn’t pretty.”
Fresno State University said they will fully cooperate with any federal investigation after a professor posted a series of Twitter messages calling for President Trump to be hanged and for Republicans to be executed.
“To save American democracy, Trump must hang,” Professor Lars Maischak wrote on his Twitter account in February. “The sooner and the higher, the better.”
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“Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?” the professor asked in an earlier tweet.
Maischak, who is a history lecturer, also went after Republicans – tweeting, “Justice = The execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant.”
So why all the hullabaloo now over a bunch of tweets written back in February? Well, the tweets apparently went unnoticed and unreported until Breitbart News broke the story over the weekend.
The Secret Service has not commented on whether or not they are investigating the comments.
The university initially launched an investigation to determine that the professor’s statements were made as a private citizen and not as a representative of the school. However, in the face of massive national outrage it appears they are going to revisit the situation.
Fresno State President Joseph Castro said the professor’s comments “warrant further review and consideration.”
“Professor Maischak’s personal views and commentary, with its inclusion of violent and threatening language, is obviously inconsistent with the core values of our University,” Castro wrote on the university’s website.
“The review of these and any other statements will be conducted in the context of rights of free expression, but also for potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law,” he added.
Fresno State will not say whether the professor has tenure or whether or not he is still in the classroom.
Maischak told television station KSEE he was “appalled that the president of the university is allowing himself to be instrumentalized for a right-wing smear campaign.”
“Specifically, the suggestion that I had made ‘potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law’ is unwarranted,” he said. “It constitutes an embrace by the university of the claims made by right-wing propaganda outlets.”
The professor is not a big fan of the “right-wing” media.
“The function of articles like the one produced by Breitbart and affiliates is to whip up a digital lynch-mob of people sending threats and insults to my email and Twitter accounts, with the ultimate goal of silencing dissenters,” he told the Fresno Bee.
He went on to say he does not condone violence even though that’s exactly what he advocated in his Twitter feed.
“From the context of the entirety of my tweets, this should be evident to anyone reading them in good faith (as opposed to malicious intent),” he said.
In other words, he’s taking the “It all depends on what the definition of hang is” defense.
To say the professor is a prolific tweeter might be an understatement. Consider these gems:
“What would you do if your country has been hijacked by a gang of crazed homicidal fanatics? You storm the cockpit #Flight93”
“Mercy towards racists was always the fatal weakness of good Americans. 1865, 1965, they left too many of them alive.”
“If only Mary had had an abortion! We would have been spared this Clerical-Fascist crap. #His Glory my ass!”
“You Fascist Trump-voting white trash scum can wallow in your filthy hell-holes of flyover states. Enjoy.”
Republican students at Fresno State have every right to be deeply concerned about their safety and well-being inside that man’s classroom.
That’s why I believe Professor Maischak should be fired – immediately.
And should Fresno State University decide to retain his services, we should call on the federal government to defund the school. There’s no good reason for our tax dollars to pay the salary of a man who wants to execute the president.
Class dismissed, professor.
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