ABC Orders New Shonda Rhimes Crime Thriller “The Catch”

ABC Orders New Shonda Rhimes Crime Thriller "The Catch"

ABC Orders New Shonda Rhimes Crime Thriller “The Catch” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

ABC has picked up a new drama from Shonda Rhimes, who rules Thursday night television viewing with “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The Catch” from Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers follows a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. Much like the leading ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” the sure-to-be fierce woman at the forefront of the crime thriller is not all she appears to be and has a tumultuous love life. She’s about to get married, but also about to get conned by her fiancé — little does he know, her lies end up colliding with his cons. The pilot will be exec produced by Shonda Rhimes, Beers and Julie Anne Robinson, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson. Robinson is set to direct and Jennifer Schuur will pen the pilot. Source: Variety

Shonda Rhimes has changed the face of Thursday night television viewing. She also publicly dissed Katherine Heigl, a former castmember of “Grey’s Anatomy,” saying “I don’t put up with bullsh*t.”

Bill Cosby Accused of Drugging, Raping Ex-Hollywood Executive Cindra Ladd

Bill Cosby Accused of Drugging, Raping Ex-Hollywood Executive Cindra Ladd

Bill Cosby Accused of Drugging, Raping Ex-Hollywood Executive Cindra Ladd (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Cindra Ladd, the wife of “Blade Runner” producer Alan Ladd Jr., accused actor/comedian Bill Cosby (@Bill Cosby) of drugging and raping her in 1969. Ladd wrote in a Huffington Post blog post, “It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.”

Cindra Ladd is the 30th woman to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and drugging.

Ladd said she met Cosby while he was married and she was single. She said they hung out a lot. She claimed one night Cosby gave her a pill after she complained of having a “terrible headache.”

She wrote, “I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby.”

Cindra Ladd said she didn’t go to the police because “it was a different time.”

NY Times’ Charles Blow “Fuming” Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cop

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

New York Times columnist Charles Blow ranted on Twitter about his son, Tahj, allegedly being stopped at gunpoint by a Yale University cop because he “fit the description” of a suspect they were looking for:

A spokesman for Yale University reportedly confirmed that police stopped a student Saturday but did not disclose the name or address allegations that it was at gunpoint.

According to a university spokesperson, Yale police responded to emergency calls Saturday from undergraduates in Trumbull College. “Several students reported that an individual had just entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone.”

The spokesperson states in an email that students at the College had been victims of a burglary that week and “a person matching the physical description of the individual, as well as the story of “looking for someone” has been seen several times in the college.”

On Saturday night, students called police and described the suspect as a tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat, the spokesperson states.

“This was the description that Yale police used as they converged on Trumbull and attempted to track down the suspect. During the efforts to locate and detain the suspect, a Yale College student, who closely matched the description of the suspect, was briefly detained and released by Yale police.”

The real suspect was apprehended and was charged with multiple felonies.

Reaper 33 Nicholas Irving Enters Fray Amid “American Sniper” Box Office Success

Special Ops Sniper Nicholas Irving Enters Fray Amid "American Sniper" Box Office Success

Special Ops Sniper Nicholas Irving Enters Fray Amid “American Sniper” Box Office Success (Photo Credit: Nicholas Irving Facebook)

REAPER 33:  Sniper Chris Kyle has competition….special ops sniper Nicholas Irving, whose book, “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers,” is making waves. Irving, who is black, claims to have killed 33 Taliban fighters during one deployment. I guess Bill Maher will also brand Irving a “psychopath patriot.” You will recall Ron Paul also weighed in on Chris Kyle’s death as “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.”

Here’s more from the NY Daily News on Nicholas Irving:

Irving’s graphic report of point-blank kills, co-written with Gary Brozek, will be too much to take for some.

When Irving was deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province as Sniper Squad Team Leader in 2009, the first African-American sniper with the Third Ranger Battalion, he didn’t expect to see much action. Though the area was a safe haven for enemy fighters and the hub of the heroin pipeline that funded the Taliban’s war, the Second Battalion reported their tour of duty there to be so quiet they advised incoming guys to bring their Xbox.

Yet barely hours after arrival, Irving was in gear covering Charlie Company First Platoon as they hunted down a High Value Target (HVT), a supplier of bulletproof vests to the Taliban. At an insertion point near Kandahar, Irving cradled “Dirty Diana,” his SR-25, a gun he loved so much he repainted its pattern every two weeks.

In less than 30 seconds of engagement, he shot two Taliban. Back at base, he had only eight hours to recuperate before he was sent into an enemy compound where he brought down a suicide bomber just as he was reaching to detonate his vest.

The Reaper 33 may be on to something, since “American Sniper” is trouncing competition at the box office, with a total haul of $200.14 million.

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain’s Anti-Muslim Op-Ed

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain's Anti-Muslim Op-Ed

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain’s Anti-Muslim Op-Ed (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain sparked outrage among some students after she published an anti-Muslim op-ed in The Tennessean, entitled, “Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam.”

Swain wrote, “Islam is not like other religions in the United States, that it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration.”

Civic education and other indicators of assimilation should be a prerequisite for remaining and advancing in this nation. We must be willing to recognize the dangers of the burka (head-to-toe garb worn by women in some Islamic sects), which allows individuals to completely conceal their identities.

If Muslims are to thrive in America, and if we are to be safe, then we must have ground rules that protect the people from those who disdain the freedoms that most of the world covets. Source: The Tennessean

Carol Swain wrote in a Facebook post, “I received worldwide support for my op-ed on Islam, including support from Muslims and individuals who have lived in Muslim lands.”

She also wrote, “someone mailed an obscene gift of a fake body part belonging to a male to my law school office. The gift speaks volumes about the morals and level of intelligence of my critics.”

President Obama Issues Statement on Death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

President Obama Lauds Saudi King Abdullah's Search for Peace in Middle East

President Obama Lauds Saudi King Abdullah’s Search for Peace in Middle East

President Obama issues a statement on the death of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz:

“King Abdullah’s life spanned from before the birth of modern Saudi Arabia through its emergence as a critical force within the global economy and a leader among Arab and Islamic nations.  He took bold steps in advancing the Arab Peace Initiative, an endeavor that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region.  At home, King Abdullah’s vision was dedicated to the education of his people and to greater engagement with the world.

As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship.  As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.  One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.  The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.”

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration?

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration?

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was M.I.A. from a commemoration for Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Deal “skipped town over the weekend for an economic development trip. Just where he went is being treated like a state secret,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

“His office won’t disclose where the state’s top elected official journeyed or whom he visited. His public schedule is blank. His name was on the agenda for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration but he wasn’t there.”

Corbin Wiederholt ID’d as Baby Killed by 5-Year-Old Brother in Elmo MO

Corbin Wiederholt ID'd as Baby Killed by 5-Year-Old Brother in Elmo MO

Corbin Wiederholt ID’d as Baby Killed by 5-Year-Old Brother in Elmo MO

Nine-month-old Corbin Wiederholt was fatally shot by his five-year-old brother, while in his playpen at his grandfather’s home in Elmo, Mo.

The five-year-old found the .22 caliber Magnum revolver his grandfather, William Porter’s bedroom. Sheriff White told Fox4 the gun was kept on a shelf built on the headboard in the master bedroom. The playpen was reportedly in the same room.

 

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Student Protesters at Lang’ata School

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale (Photo Credit: Twitter via CapitalFM_Kenya)

Kenyan authorities apologized after police used tear gas on students protesting the sale of the playground at Lang’ata school in Nairobi to a developer.

Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery apologized after meeting with students at the school on Tuesday. He confirmed that the playground belonged to the school.

BBC News reports the students had returned to school after a “two-week teachers’ strike to find the playground fenced off.”

Teachers and activists joined the students in trying to “push down the barriers” before the police intervened, using tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Steve Jobs’ Widow Laurene Powell Vacations With Ex-DC Mayor Adrian Fenty

Steve Jobs Widow Laurene Powell Vacations With Ex-DC Mayor Adrian Fenty

Steve Jobs Widow Laurene Powell Vacations With Ex-DC Mayor Adrian Fenty (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell, has moved on. She was seen vacationing on a luxury yacht with ex-DC mayor Adrian Fenty.

Adrian Fenty, 44, and his wife, Michelle, split in 2013 and he and Powell, 51, were rumored to have started dating later that year.

Powell and Jobs have three children together. She is also step-mom to Jobs’ daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Fenty, who served as Washington D.C. mayor between 2007 and 2011, was married to Michelle for 15 years before they separated in January 2013. They also have three children.

Check out the Daily Mail’s photos of Laurene Powell and Adrian Fenty.