Day: April 13, 2017


Eli Manning: Giants QB tried to pass off equipment as 'game-worn' to fool collectors

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was in on a scheme to sell phony game-worn gear — sending an email asking the team’s equipment manager for “helmets that can pass as game used,” according to blockbuster court papers obtained by The Post.

The legal filing also alleges that Big Blue failed to produce the smoking-gun request — sent from Manning’s old-school AOL account to an official NFL account — even though “they claim to have no document destruction policy.”

But Manning turned over the incriminating email last week in connection with a civil racketeering suit that accuses him, his team and others of conspiring to fleece collectors of authentic athletic uniforms worn on the playing field.

Manning’s email is contained in a pair of exchanges that allegedly began when his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, asked Manning to supply “2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys” as per the two-time Super Bowl MVP’s contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports.

Several hours after Zucker sent the request on April 27, 2010, Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba sent Manning an email saying: “Let me know what your [sic] looking for I’ll try to get something down for you…,” court papers say.

“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning allegedly responded from his BlackBerry at 2:08 p.m.

Less than 15 minutes later, at 2:25 p.m., Manning wrote back to Zucker, saying: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”

“Thanks Eli,” Zucker responded.

The emails were filed Tuesday in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court by three memorabilia collectors who are suing the Giants, Manning, Skiba, Steiner and others, including team co-owner and CEO John Mara.

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Judge convicts girl in fatal school bathroom fight

A Delaware judge has convicted a 17-year-old girl of homicide after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

The Family Court judge delivered his ruling Thursday after a week of testimony in the nonjury trial.

An autopsy found that Amy Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, aggravated by physical and emotional stress from the April 2016 fight at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

Her assailant was charged with — and ultimately convicted of — criminally negligent homicide for her role in the fight.

Two other 17-year-olds were charged with misdemeanor conspiracy. All three, who were 16 when the fight happened, were tried as juveniles.

Defense attorneys argued that Joyner-Francis’ death was unforeseeable because she had a rare heart condition undetected by her doctors.

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Chelsea Handler sends voters to polls on wrong day

Hollywood celebrity Chelsea Handler has helped Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff reach record fundraising levels with her contributions, but she doesn’t even know when the election is.

Handler demonstrated this Tuesday when she invited her nearly seven million Twitter followers to get out and vote for Ossoff—even though the election isn’t taking place until next week on April 18. 

The errant message likely didn’t cause too much confusion for southern voters in Georgia, who appear less energized about next week’s election than residents of liberal bastions like Hollywood. Ninety-five percent of contributions to Ossoff’s campaign—including $2,700 from Handler—have come from sources outside of Georgia.

Handler’s sudden interest in the Southern election comes a year after she revealed in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer that she associates racism with “really like dumb … people from the South. 

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Att'y: United doc suffered broken nose, lost teeth – Judge Napolitano: Dragged passenger's lawyer leaves United defenseless – Scorpion stings man aboard United Airlines flight

The Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United Airlines flight on Sunday received a significant concussion and broken nose, and also lost two front teeth, his lawyer revealed Thursday.

Thomas Demetrio, a Chicago aviation attorney, said during a news conference that 69-year-old Dr. David Dao was released from a hospital late Wednesday night and will undergo reconstructive surgery in the coming days.


Dao was pulled from the plane Sunday after he refused to give up his seat on the full flight from Chicago to Louisville.

Demetrio said he “probably” will file a lawsuit on Dao’s behalf, but is doing due diligence to make sure “every word, every proposition in the lawsuit needs to be there.”

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Crystal Dao Pepper, one of the doctor’s children, said the family was “horrified, shocked and sickened” to find out and then watch what happened on the Sunday flight.

“Seeing it on video made those emotions exacerbated,” she said on Thursday. “My dad is a wonderful father. He is a loving grandfather.”

She added: “We are deeply affected by (this incident). Our lives have been interrupted. Our normalcy is not what it was before Sunday morning.”

Pepper said her father and mother were traveling from California to Louisville, and caught a connecting flight at O’Hare.

Demetrio said airlines have “bullied” passengers “for a long time” and have treated passengers as “less than maybe we deserve.”

“If you are going to eject a passenger, it can’t be done with unreasonable force and violence. That is the law,” he said. “We want fairness. We want respect and we want dignity. That’s it.”

He said the treatment of Dao was particularly violent, but “it took something like this to get a conversation going.”

“They have treated us less than maybe we deserve,” Demetrio said. “Are we going to continue to be treated like cattle?”


Demetrio said Dao didn’t remember what exactly occurred when he was removed from the flight, including getting back on the plane, because of the concussion he suffered.

He said he didn’t believe race played any role in the incident, adding that Dao told him that getting dragged down the aisle was “more horrifying” that leaving Vietnam in 1975 after the fall of Saigon.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has said he was “ashamed” when he saw the video and that the airline is reviewing its policies. Munoz said law enforcement won’t be involved in removing passengers in the future.

The airlines has also said it would compensate customers who were on the flight when the man was removed.

Demetrio said Dao’s family accepted the airline’s apology but called it insincere and “staged.” He said it was done because the airline was taking a public relations “beating.”

“We accept the apology but they are not off the hook,” he said.

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Boy falls through gap between train and platform – Girl, 4, dodges bullet at barbershop on video

Shocking CCTV footage shows the youngster, who appeared to be travelling with his sister and grandparents, disappearing underneath the train as he tried to board it at Cronulla railway station in Sydney.

As the boy steps onto the train, his foot slips and unable to gain his balance, he plunges into the gap and out of sight.

His panicked grandparents, who watch on in horror, start shouting for help in a bid to stop the train driver from pulling away.

But the boy’s quick-thinking grandfather gets down on his knees and reaches down to pull the child to safety.

Train staff eventually rush to the scene to check on boy’s welfare.

The young lad appears to be unharmed from the ordeal.

The incident happened last year, but the footage has recently emerged to highlight the dangers of children falling beneath train stations.

Figures revealed show 223 children fell beneath trains at Sydney stations last year, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The incidents have prompted a warning to all parents to pay attention to their kids while boarding or stepping off trains.

Australian Transport Minister Andrew Constance told Daily Telegraph: “The rise in the number of injuries suffered by kids slipping through the gap on station platforms is a concern.

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ASSAD'S INSTASCAM Critics: Syria's 1st lady has social media ruse

The Instagram account of Bashar Assad’s wife is adorned with tender snapshots: Asma Assad reading to Syrian children; holding an infant inside a maternity hospital in Damascus; embracing the family of a Syrian who was killed in the nation’s civil war – all with the affectionate hashtag #WeLoveYouAsma.

It’s a stark contrast to the photos flooding news channels showing Syrian children lying dead in the streets after choking on poison gas that the U.S. and its allies said was unleashed by her dictator husband.

“She is part of the regime’s normalization campaign,” said Syrian expert Andrew Tabler, an American scholar who knew and worked with Asma while living in Syria between 2001 and 2008.

“It shows indifference and insensitivity at the highest level,” said Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute who once served as a media consultant for charities under Asma’s patronage.

“I think she’s fully aware of what’s going on,” he told Fox News. “And it makes your stomach churn.”

The child of a cardiologist father and a diplomat mother, Asma Assad, 41, is a British-Syrian dual citizen who grew up in London and graduated from King’s College with degrees in computer science and French literature. Her parents are both Sunni Muslims from Homs, the Syrian city located near the air base President Trump hit with missiles on April 6 in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

After college, Asma worked as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank Group as an economics analyst and then J.P. Morgan as an investment banker, based in New York and London. She reportedly turned down an MBA degree at Harvard to marry Assad shortly after he assumed leadership of Syria in 2000 following his father’s death.

In March 2011, Vogue magazine published a profile on Asma, calling her a “Rose in the Desert” and “the very freshest and most magnetic of first ladies.” The article, which described the Assads as “wildly democratic” and portrayed them as progressive and intelligent, was based on an interview conducted in late 2010. It was pulled from the internet weeks after its publication, as Assad’s bloody crackdown on Syrian dissidents was well under way.

“Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, said at the time.

More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in Syria’s civil war, which is now in its seventh year, and nearly 12 million — half the country’s pre-war population — have been displaced from their homes.

The Assad regime currently controls approximately one third of the country, including Damascus, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo, which was recently taken back from rebel groups. The Islamic State controls Deir al-Zour and Raqqa, while Syrian opposition groups maintain authority over Idlib, Dabiq and Al-Bab.

On April 4, warplanes dropped a chemical nerve agent over the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing at least 80 people, according to U.S. intelligence. Shocking footage of the aftermath shows civilians — many of them children — convulsing and foaming at the mouth from what U.S. authorities said was exposure to sarin gas.

Two days later, the U.S. carried out its first direct military action against the regime, launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat airfield base from which U.S. officials believe the chemical attack had been launched.

On Thursday, Assad called the April 4 chemical attack in Syria a “fabrication” by the U.S. and its western allies. His comments to French news agency AFP came a week after his wife issued a statement of her own:

“The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects a short-sightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality, and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign that fueled the regime’s arrogance,” she wrote in Arabic on her Instagram account.

Many have questioned how Assad’s British-born wife and a mother of three has stood firmly behind a dictator accused of dropping barrel bombs and gassing his own people. 

In a rare interview with Russia’s state-sponsored Channel 24 last October, Asma said she has stood by her husband during the conflict “because my conviction didn’t tell me otherwise.” She praised Assad as a “very giving man” who takes his role as a father “very, very seriously.”

“It is something of an axiom that artificial realities are often constructed around authoritarian leaders that distort their view of the world,” said David Lesch, a professor of history at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of a book called “Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad.”

“It seems to me that Asma has assimilated into that alternate reality. How could she not?” asked Lesch. “She has been part and parcel of the same environment as her husband, and therefore it is not a surprise that she has bought into that perspective.”

Asma’s Instagram posts — which have drawn ire over social media — are an important part of the “alternate reality” the Assads have sought to construct, according to Lesch.

On the same day her husband is believed to have dropped sarin gas on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Asma posted a photo of herself wearing a chic polka-dotted dress, seemingly deep in thought and smiling.

“How can you post this ridiculous photo of yourself, when there are atrocities inflicted on your own people? Are you that dense? Or evil?” asks one user.

“Your husband is a baby killer,” says another.

Some, meanwhile, have questioned the authenticity of the account, which has 119,000 followers. 

“How stupid are the people who think the First Lady posted this picture of herself, or that this is actually her account,” wrote one user.

Both Tabler and Lesch, however, say the account — whether run by Asma or the regime — is part of a public relations campaign launched by the Assads from the beginning of the civil war. 

“They want to project normality and stability,” Lesch told Fox News. “It’s important from their perspective to portray a system that is still functioning.”

Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaCorbin. 

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Trump sheds nationalist coat, as Bannon wing chastened – FOX NEWS HALFTIME REPORT: Will Trump's late honeymoon last?

Candidate Donald Trump was going to fire Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, bench the Export-Import Bank, diminish NATO, stay out of the Middle East – and, of course, take on China, which he called “the No. 1 abuser of this country.”

President Trump has read from a different script.

The hard-line, populist tenor that dominated Trump’s insurgent candidacy has given way to a more centrist governing philosophy and, as Trump nears the end of his first 100 days looking to rack up accomplishments, he’s edging away from some of the nationalist stances that endeared him to his base.

Trump, in a series of tweets, on Wednesday disputed the notion he’s veered from the course he set on the campaign trail.

“One by one we are keeping our promises – on the border, on energy, on jobs, on regulations. Big changes are happening!” Trump wrote. “Jobs are returning, illegal immigration is plummeting, law, order and justice are being restored. We are truly making America great again!” 

Trump’s administration indeed continues to focus foremost on the economy and immigration enforcement. But he’s also moved to build, not burn, bridges on the global stage. 

Just on Wednesday, Trump embraced NATO, backed down from calling China a currency manipulator, said he supported the Ex-Im bank and spoke highly of Yellen.

He praised NATO after meeting Wednesday with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, backing off his pre-inauguration criticism of the defense alliance. “I said [NATO] was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete,” he said.   

And in a Wall Street Journal interview, Trump said he would no longer label China a currency manipulator, after meeting last week with President Xi Jinping. In the same interview, he spoke of filling vacancies on the Ex-Im Bank, which gives loans to foreign firms to buy U.S. products, among other services — and which Trump slammed during the campaign. 

Trump and his supporters contend that while he’s flexible, he’s only modulating his position because he’s getting what he truly wants. He suggested Wednesday he’s warming to NATO because allies are cooperating more on fighting terror. 

But as Trump also moved last week to bomb the Syrian military — shifting focus overseas after failing to get a vote on an ObamaCare replacement — the changes and other factors are seen as a setback for the Steve Bannon branch of the White House. 

Bannon, Trump’s controversial chief strategist, has been repeatedly undermined in recent days, first by his boss in interviews with The New York Post and Wall Street Journal and then, Thursday morning, with anonymously-sourced articles in The New York Times and Washington Post asserting Bannon’s influence is waning and his days at Trump’s side may be numbered.

Bannon, who previously led fiery, right-wing Breitbart News, is seen by many as the keeper of the populist flame inside the West Wing. But as Bannon-favored agenda items have been blunted in the early going – the stalling of the ObamaCare replacement bill, the travel ban fiasco – Trump appears to have turned for now toward more conventional policy favored by so-called Washington insiders whom he railed about on the campaign trail. 

The visibility of other key White House conservatives, such as senior adviser Stephen Miller, also has been noticeably reduced. Meanwhile, Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner, a longtime Democrat, has been ascendant in the administration. Trump’s more moderate daughter, Ivanka, has also been a key voice.

David Bossie, a former Trump deputy campaign manager and a Fox News contributor, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday the divisions within the Trump team are overblown. 

“What all these folks are doing is working toward what they believe is the president’s agenda, not their own,” Bossie said. Fox News reported earlier this week that Bannon and Kushner have been working in recent days to make peace. 

And Trump, to his point on Twitter, has certainly not abandoned some of the most significant positions that won him the White House.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Bannon ally, recently visited the U.S.-Mexico border to announce a series of tough actions aimed at curbing illegal immigration and imposing tougher penalties on those who harbor illegal immigrants in America. In doing so, he invoked the name of the man who still vows to build a “big, beautiful” border wall and, in some fashion, make Mexico foot the bill.

“This is a new era,” Sessions said Tuesday. “This is the Trump era.”

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Former beauty queen Alicia Machado bares all for PETA's campaign against fur

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado is baring it all for PETA Latino’s anti-fur campaign, vowing that she would “rather go naked than wear fur” in a new ad.

The 40-year-old Venezuelan-born beauty made headlines again last year during the presidential campaign, when she called then candidate Donald Trump “misogynist.”


She said Trump, her one-time beauty pageant boss, allegedly scolded her for having gained “a massive amount of weight.” Machado said he labeled her with a sexist nickname — “Miss Piggy” — that caused her shame and humiliation.

Now Machado is showing off her curves to urge the public to stop buying garments made with furs.


“When an animal is bred to be killed, to make clothing, it is monstrous,” Machado said.

She described fur as “terribly cruel.”

“I think it is the biggest example of the frivolity and superficiality that human beings are capable of,” the former beauty queen said.

EFE contributed to this report.

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Man accused of beating wife, setting her on fire

An Arkansas man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating his wife, dousing lighter fluid on her and setting her on fire, police said.


Alrick Powell, 39, was arrested by U.S. Marshals around 4:15 p.m. in North Little Rock, according to police. 

Police came to the couple’s house in Conway after a neighbor called 911 about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, saying that a woman was screaming that her husband just set her on fire. 


The woman, identified as Powell’s wife, said she was arguing with her husband when he started beating her, police said. Powell allegedly pulled a belt around her neck, doused lighter fluid on her and set her on fire. 

The woman was able to get into the shower to put the flames out before running to her neighbor’s home, according to police.

Officers arrived and found the woman “badly injured with smoke coming from her body.” Powell had already fled the home. 

The couple’s handicapped 22-year-old daughter was sleeping in her bedroom during the altercation, according to police. 

The woman was taken to the hospital for burn treatment, police said. 

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San Bernardino elementary school shooting: GoFundMe page for murdered boy raises more than $100G

The GoFundMe page for the 8-year-old victim of this week’s San Bernardino school shooting raised more than $120,000 by Thursday morning, far surpassing the family’s original $10,000 goal.


A cousin of the late Jonathan Martinez launched the GoFundMe campaign on Monday, titled “Johnathan Our Family Angel”, aiming to collect $10,000 in donations for funeral expenses and meals for the young boy’s relatives.

“We honestly can’t thank everyone enough. We appreciate everyone’s sweet words, and we are very speechless,” Brianna Lopez, the cousin, wrote in an update on the page. “Thank you for coming together. We will keep everyone updated on any further news. My family truly appreciates everything from the bottom of our hearts.”


Martinez died in the hospital on Monday night from gunshot wounds after a murder-suicide in his special needs classroom at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino. Martinez and another student were standing near their teacher, Karen Elaine Smith, when her husband, Cedric Anderson, allegedly entered and opened fire.

Smith and Anderson died at the scene. The other student, a 9-year-old boy, was in critical condition.

Martinez had Williams syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause learning disabilities and cardiovascular problems.

“By all accounts, Jonathan Martinez was a happy child,” San Bernardino City Unified Superintendent Dale Marsden told reporters at a news conference. “The family wants, in memory of Jonathan, for our nation to be conscious and aware of what is Williams syndrome.”

A spokeswoman for GoFundMe told the San Bernardino Sun that the crowdfunding website was in communication with Lopez to ensure that the Martinez family received the donations. 

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