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O.J. Simpson granted parole after serving minimum sentence

He served just nine years out of a maximum of 33.Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson enters for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. CREDIT: Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, PoolOn Thursday, O.J. Simpson was granted parole after serving nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. His freedom, unanimously … [Read more...]

In ‘The Sisters Chase,’ a pathological liar makes a run for it

Do readers have an appetite for another master manipulator?Art by Adam PeckIs it possible to enjoy a book about a pathological liar in 2017? Or are readers too exhausted by the unending barrage of alternative facts spewing from so many screens to root for someone who treats the truth like something she’s better off without?Mary is the antiheroine of The Sisters Chase; she is a pathological liar, a … [Read more...]

Kesha’s new single sounds like the rallying cry of a valiant survivor

But she’s a long way from being able to claim a legal victory.Kesha performs on Day 3 of the 2017 Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Dover, Del. CREDIT: Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/APThe spoken-word intro is a risky move, especially when you mean it — when it isn’t the kitschy, oh my God, Becky of “Baby Got Back,” or the come-to-Jesus girl talk that Janet … [Read more...]

Cosby trial juror reveals details on the deadlock

A juror reveals behind-the-scenes details about the deliberations.Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt RourkeA juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case has revealed the votes, and behind-the-scenes … [Read more...]

What’s next for Bill Cosby?

All your questions, answered.Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt RourkeOn Saturday, the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby — thus far, the only criminal case against the man who has been … [Read more...]

Thousands take to the streets to protest Philando Castile shooting verdict

The officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last summer was acquitted.Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. CREDIT: … [Read more...]

Remake of classic ’90s ad explains: ‘This is your brain on drug policy.’

Rachael Leigh Cook returns to talk about racism in the war on drugs.Rachael Leigh Cook in “This Is Your Brain on Drug Policy.” CREDIT: Screenshot/YouTubeReaders of a certain generation may remember one of the anti-drug awareness movements catchiest PSAs: “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.” It’s right up there with “Only you can prevent forest fires!” as one of the more memorable … [Read more...]

Chilling HBO documentary takes on the Slenderman stabbing

When fake news leads to real violence.On May 31, 2014, a slumber party that started at Skateland ended in a stabbing. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both twelve years old, lured their friend Payton into David’s Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After a game of hide and seek — a ruse — and some encouragement from Anissa, Morgan pulled out a knife she’d swiped from the kitchen that morning and stabbed … [Read more...]

Rockettes refuse to fall in line for Trump’s inauguration

What does it mean for the all-American dancers to refuse to perform at Trump’s inauguration?Members of the Radio City Rockettes wear their Christmas costumes Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at The Wang Theatre in Boston. CREDIT: AP Photo/Josh ReynoldsThe poetry is perfect: Donald J. Trump, alleged sexual predator and coiner of the catchphrase “grab ’em by the pussy,” forcing the Rockettes, paragons of … [Read more...]

Explosive Bill Cosby deposition to be allowed in criminal case

In the 2005 deposition, Cosby admitted to getting drugs for women he “wanted to have sex with.”Bill Cosby leaves after a hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. on November 1, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mel Evans, FileOn Monday, a judge ruled that the 2005 deposition of Bill Cosby — in which Cosby admits, on the record, to obtaining drugs with the … [Read more...]

Jason Steed Doesn’t Think Trump Was ‘Just Joking’

CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciDon’t worry: Donald Trump didn’t really tell a bunch of people at a campaign rally to assassinate Hillary Clinton. Everything is fine!Recall on Tuesday, at a campaign event in Wilmington, N.C., Trump said:Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment … [Read more...]

We Know Who Mr. Robot Is. What Happens Now?

Does everything appear to be normal? The post We Know Who Mr. Robot Is. What Happens Now? appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

For The First Time, A Broadway Show Will Be Streamed Live

It will be the first time ever that a Broadway show is streamed for home viewing. The post For The First Time, A Broadway Show Will Be Streamed Live appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

More Details Emerge In The Only Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby

"I want to say that there was an element of fear." The post More Details Emerge In The Only Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

Nicki Minaj And Beyoncé’s New Song Is A Cocky, Sex-Positive Soundtrack To The Future

CREDIT: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP This is what it’s like to be Nicki Minaj: you answer the call from Beyoncé to do a remix of “***Flawless,” and while you’re there, you ask Mrs. Carter to return the favor and appear on your upcoming album. We mere mortals, far from these queens, get to enjoy the spoils of this mutual-appreciation-fest. Today, Minaj released “Feeling … [Read more...]