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'Modern Family' star flips out

Ariel Winter wants to set the record straight.

The “Modern Family” star took to Instagram on Wednesday to slam a tabloid rumor insisting she allegedly gives her boyfriend Levi Meaden an allowance.

“Star Magazine is OBVIOUSLY a non-reputable source and a trash magazine, but seriously how dare you make up stuff that you have no idea about?” she wrote. “I have a BOYFRIEND and a PERSONAL ASSISTANT who are NOT the same person.



“I would NEVER pay my boyfriend ANY sort of allowance, nor would he EVER accept it if I offered. He BUYS his own stuff whether it’s for me or for himself, and he more than pulls his weight for our life. I HATE fake news, but I guess that’s what our world has come to.”

The 19-year-old actress was previously criticized for her relationship with the actor, who is 10 years her senior. In her post, she hinted Meaden had an upcoming project in the works that involved zero help from her.

“I don’t support anyone, and I don’t need anyone to support me,” she added. “He’s got a full career (including something huge that’s new) and works hard for it. He’s not just someone’s boyfriend. So if you don’t know us, don’t comment.”

Winter previously told Jimmy Kimmel on May 10 she was living with Meaden.

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Fastest Chevy ever

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE went around the ‘Ring faster than any Ferrari.

All the Corvettes, too.

The new, not-just-a-muscle-car lapped Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:16:04 in the hands of a Chevrolet test driver, making it the 14th fastest production car at the 12.9-mile-long circuit.

Ferrari doesn’t do official laps at the benchmark track, but a 488 GTB run by a German automotive publication did it in 7:21, while the last Corvette to visit, a 2012 ZR1, set a time of 7:19.63. The Camaro’s mark is within spitting distance of such notable track rats as the Porsche 911 GT3 and Dodge Viper ACR.


The ZL1 1LE is the hottest Camaro of all time. It features a 650 hp supercharged V8, an adjustable suspension with racing-style spool valve dampers and an aerodynamic package that includes a giant wing on the back to create downforce, even if the photos of the run include one of it with all four tires off the ground.

Fret not too much, Corvette fans. While the Camaro currently holds the GM bragging rights, a new ultra high-performance version of the Corvette is on the way and a prototype of it has been spotted undergoing testing at the ‘Ring, so it’ll surely be taking the title back soon.


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TODD STARNES: Alabama school bans Reagan, Coulter, Levin summer reading list

The summer reading list for Gene Ponder’s AP Government and Economics class at Spanish Fort High School in Alabama is causing some trouble.

Mr. Ponder filled his list with books authored by conservatives — and libertarians. I know – right? Imagine that – a conservative public school teacher! Sweet mercy, America! Miracles do happen. 

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Mr. Ponder’s summer reading list was a bonus assignment and included writers like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin and Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell.

For the past 10 years, he’s instructed the students to spend a portion of their summer reading just one book on the list.

Mr. Ponder was providing the children with an alternative to the liberal propaganda that has saturated public school textbooks.

It was voluntary, not mandatory.

They could choose from books like “God & Government,” “Black Rednecks and White Liberals,” “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto,” “FairTax: The Truth,” and “48 Liberal Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned in School).”

In other words, Mr. Ponder was providing the children with an alternative to the liberal propaganda that has saturated public school textbooks.

Well, you can probably guess what happened soon after the reading list was posted. The flat-tax hit the fan, as they say.

One local resident actually called the conservative authors “terrifying.”

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Gulf Coast News Today reports critics complained about what they called the “perceived lack of diversity of ideas, as well as whether it met the reading levels required for a 12th grade AP class.”

If those kids were reading Mark Levin books, they were more than likely reading well-above the Advanced Placement requirements.

“The slant on this list is inappropriate and unbalanced,” one person wrote on Facebook – demanding a “more rounded reading list for these developing minds.”

The Baldwin County Board of Education got wind of the controversy and faster than you can say left wing censorship – Mr. Ponder was ordered to pull his reading list and cancel the assignment.

“Mr. Ponder’s reading list that is going around on social media has not been endorsed by the school system,” Supt. Eddie Tyler said in a statement. “The list has been removed by the teacher. Baldwin County Public Schools has a process to vet and approve reading lists so that a variety of sources are used. I expect all employees to follow our processes, procedures and policies.”

Yeah, right.

Why do I get the feeling the controversy surrounding Mr. Ponder’s reading list was more about politics instead of procedures?

Next year Mr. Ponder should have the kids read my book – “The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again.” That ought to give the youngsters a jaw-dropping dose of reality.

I’d recommend memorizing the chapter on how public schools have been transformed into left-wing indoctrination centers or in some cases – reeducation camps.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

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Famed groupie shares secrets

When Pamela Des Barres first released her 1987 memoir “I’m With the Band,” the world was shocked to read about her sexual escapades with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, and Jim Morrison — just to name a few. But the world’s most famous groupie admitted it wasn’t easy to tell all.

“I had to fight for myself. I had no idea I was going have to convince people I was a decent human being,” the now 68-year-old told Fox News. “I was just sharing my story… When people started chastising me, literally calling me names on national TV, I was really stunned. And I quickly became used to it, unfortunately.”

Des Barres recalled one interview where a disc jokey asked her how it felt to be “the national slut.”


“I still get that,” she said. “Usually from uptight men who probably cannot get laid. There’s a ton of jealously and confusion about the word still… [But] I’m proud of my past and my history.”

Des Barres said she never considered herself to be “queen of the groupies.” That title was first given to her by Bryant Gumbel on the “Today” show when her autobiography came out. Today, she’s the best-selling author of five books chronicling her years in Los Angeles befriending and bedding rock gods. She also teaches writing workshops to aspiring writers, many of them female.

And has Des Barres ever been surprised by the candid stories her students share?

“Shocked me? No. I’ve heard it all,” she said. “But I enjoy them! A lot of the girls have groupie stories. Somehow I created a very safe environment in my writing workshops and they spill. They spill their guts out. They let it bleed.”

Des Barres’ newest book, “Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir,” teaches readers how to embrace their own life stories, even if it doesn’t involve a Rolling Stone. She revealed it’s writing that has always lured her, especially when it came to her famous conquests.

“I always love being in the room when my musician friends and lovers are writing songs or discussing lyrics,” she explained. “It’s been amazing to be in the same room with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, working on Led Zeppelin. I had that experience. Their words are like poetry to me.

“It started with [Bob] Dylan, of course. I think one of my favorite memories was meeting him and spending some time with him. He told me I was a good writer. It was one of the best moments of my life. But when he called me on the phone, I was not home. He didn’t call back. But just getting that acceptance from Dylan? He changed my life in so many good ways.”

While Des Barres claimed she has zero regrets as a groupie, she does wish she could have done some more touring.

“I could have gone on the road with the Stones,” she said. “Mick Jagger was at one point trying to pursue me. And I was involved with other people at the time. I did not go for it… I did get to spend some good quality time with him. But there were several times when I didn’t take him up on some offers that I wish I had.”

And there was also that opportunity with the King.

“I could have met Elvis and spent time with him,” she insisted. “I declined that because I had gotten engaged to Michael [Des Barres], the man I married. I thought I shouldn’t get caught up with Elvis. Also, Jimmy Hendrix hit on me, but I was a teenage virgin, and I just couldn’t go there. Not yet.”

Des Barres claimed it’s not as easy to get close to your heroes anymore, citing how John Lennon’s death in 1980 changed things. The Beatle was shot and killed when he was 40 by a stalker in New York City. Since then, she said, there’s been a lot of protection and security surrounding the stars, leaving little room to merely knock on their door.

“I think that’s one of the reasons I feel kind of interesting to people. Because I actually was there and lived through a time where you can go knock on the backstage door,” she said. “Like I did with The Byrds. I was a young teenager knocking on the backstage door at a club on the Sunset Strip. No one else was doing it. They opened the door, let me in, and I sat with them all day as they tuned up for their show. I wasn’t even old enough to enter this club. You can’t do that anymore.”

Des Barres also added today’s music isn’t comparable to what was created by The Kinks, The Doors, and The Who during the rock ’n’ roll renaissance of the ‘60s.

“At the time, we were just wondering, ‘Wow, what’s next?’” she said. “Every kind of sound was being made for the first time. That’s the fascination for that era. I don’t think that’s ever going to come again, I think. I have hope. I mean, there’s a lot of people I love. But the last life-altering person I think was Kurt Cobain. It’s been a while since we’ve had a massive rock god like that.”

Still, Des Barres gushed that if she was a younger woman, she would definitely try to be in the same room as Jack White, an artist who’s got something “really important and groovy” up his sleeve to come.

But, she said, groupies will always be around to celebrate their idols and enjoy the music. As for “the G-word,” she claimed it’s gotten accepted a little more over the years — and she’s proud of the title.

“I’ve always considered myself to be a feminist,” said Des Barres. “I was a woman doing what I wanted to do. But it was perceived by other women who considered themselves to be feminist as submissive to men. And that was not the case… I think people are finally realizing a groupie is a music-loving person who wants to get to know the band. And so what? Nothing’s wrong with that… I think I had a lot to do with the shift that’s still taking place with that word. It’s not so much of a bad word anymore.”

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'Cake Boss' tragedy

“Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro’s mother has died. Mary Valastro was 69-years-old.

The famous baker announced on Instagram on Thursday that his mother’s “battle with ALS has ended.” He wrote that she is no longer suffering and he hopes that “she’s dancing to ‘I Will Survive’ with my dad.”

“It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I must share the news of my mother’s passing. She left for heaven this morning, surrounded by the family,” he wrote asking for privacy.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurological disorder that affects the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement.

Mary Valastro was born in Italy in 1948 and emigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 6, settling in Hoboken. She married Bartolo Valastro in 1965, shortly after buying Carlo’s Bakery the Hoboken. They had five children.

Buddy Valastro took over the bakery in 1994. It will be closed Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ferguson settles with Michael Brown family for $1.5 million in wrongful death suit

The city attorney in Ferguson, Missouri, says the city’s insurance company paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown.

Attorney Apollo Carey disclosed the amount Friday in in response to an open records request from The Associated Press. The settlement of the federal lawsuit was announced Tuesday, but financial details were not initially released.

Brown was 18, black and unarmed when he was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned in November 2014.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015. They cited a police culture hostile to black residents and claimed Wilson used excessive force.

Ferguson, Jackson and Wilson denied the allegations.

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London high-rise fire caused by faulty freezer; manslaughter charges being considered

Manslaughter charges are being considered in the deadly London fire that was started due to a faulty freezer, killing at least 79 people last week, British police said Friday. 

Prime Minister Theresa May’s office ordered an immediate examination of refrigerator model that sparked the deadly fire. The fridge, a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge-freezer, had not been subject to any product recall, Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said. 

McCormack also said tests showed insulation and tiles recovered from Grenfell Tower in west London failed fire safety tests. Officials have seized documents in the investigation into the fire to look into “every health and safety and fire safety offense.” 

“We are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower,” McCormack told reporters. 


“What we are being told at the moment by the Building Research Establishment is that the cladding and insulation failed all safety tests,” McCormack added. 

The 24-story building was engulfed in flames in less than an hour on June 14. More than 200 firefighters worked to contain the blaze and save residents trapped the inside. Between 400 to 600 people were said to be living in Grenfell Tower. London police said every “complete body” has been removed from the site. 

Tests discovered at least 11 high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels similar to Grenfell Tower, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said. About 600 buildings in the country have “similar cladding,” but the number refers to ones that have all types of cladding. 


The buildings with combustible cladding would not be identified until landlords inform the tenants, the Department for Communities and Local Government said. 

May encouraged the owners of both public and private tower blocks around the country to quickly forward samples of any similar material for testing. The government will work with local authorities to make sure any dangerous material is removed and residents are safe, she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New Hampshire woman who demanded meth injection during labor gets jail time

A New Hampshire woman in labor who demanded that a friend inject her with heroin and methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Police in Concord arrested 29-year-old Felicia Farruggia, of Concord, about six months after her son was born in September. He is in state custody.

WMUR-TV reports Farruggia told the court Wednesday that drug addiction made her lose sight of everything that was important, but she said she’s committed to being a better person.

Farruggia can get out earlier if she completes a drug treatment program.

The case against the woman accused of giving Farruggia the injection is ongoing.

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Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy threaten US southeast with flooding

Remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy is threatening to drench and bring possible flooding to parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia on Friday.

Cindy made landfall as a tropical storm, and was downgraded on Thursday. The storm is responsible for one death — a 10-year-old boy from Missouri on vacation in Fort Morgan, Ala.  He was killed Wednesday after a log, carried in by a large wave, struck him, according to Baldwin County sheriff’s Capt. Stephen Arthur.


The severe weather was arriving on the anniversary of torrential rains and flooding that left 23 people dead in West Virginia last year.

West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee and could all get 2 to 4 inches of rain, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, National Weather Service officials said.

Crews in Memphis, Tenn., worked Thursday to clear storm drains to help prevent street flooding.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management held briefings for emergency managers statewide Thursday, with another scheduled Friday morning, an official said.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a new law on Thursday to coordinate the state’s flood mitigation and response efforts with a new state resiliency office.


A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Ala., damaged some businesses and injured one person on Thursday, while the mayor of the coast Lafitte, La., urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide – two lingering effects of the weakening system that fueled harsh weather across the Southeast.

Meanwhile, the Gulf coast was still suffering from the effects of Cindy that landed ashore early Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas state line. Cindy weakened as it crossed Louisiana toward Arkansas but a broad circulation around the system swept moist Gulf air over the South, fueling severe weather and pushing up coastal tides.

Slow-moving Cindy had formed as a tropical storm on Tuesday in the Gulf, causing widespread coastal highway and street flooding, and several short-lived tornadoes in the Gulf States. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stick foils carjacker

A bumbling carjacker turned into a driving disaster when he failed to steal a vehicle because he couldn’t operate a manual.

Only able to drive an auto, the alleged car thief made off car-less.

The incident happened on Monday in Ashfield, in Sydney’s inner west.

At about 2.45pm, a 47-year-old woman was in her car stopped at a set of traffic lights at the intersection of Norton and Holden streets.

NSW Police allege a man approached the driver’s side of the car and opened her door. He pulled on her arm and demanded she get out of the car.


“As she got out he jumped into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive the car, however, he was unable to drive a manual,” the police said in a statement.

With no hope of successfully taking the vehicle, he reached into the foot-well and grabbed the women’s purse before scarpering.

About 9pm on Monday, Ashfield detectives were contacted by police from Sydney’s CBD telling them that they had arrested a 41-year-old man on unrelated matters.

While searching him they allegedly located the woman’s purse containing her credit cards and identification.

The man was charged with robbery and assault with intent to take/drive vehicle.

He was bail refused and appeared at Central Local Court on Tuesday.


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