Melania Trump plagiarizes Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech
On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump gave a speech that had a remarkable resemblance to a speech given by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. While the speech wasn’t completely verbatim, it did have similar wording, construction and themes. Tuesday morning, Donald Trump’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller issued a statement. “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” Miller said. “Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such success.” On Wednesday, Meredith McIver, a speechwriter working for Trump’s company came forward as the person responsible for Melania’s plagiarized speech and offered her resignation. However, Donald and Melania Trump did not accept her resignation. “She made a mistake … we all make mistakes,” Donald Trump told ABC News.
Garry Marshall dies at 81
Famed director and producer Garry Marshall has died at age 81. Marshall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, confirmed he died Tuesday in a Burbank hospital. Marshall was known for creating some of the most popular TV shows of the 1970’s, including “Mork and Mindy” and “Happy Days.” He also directed hit films like “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries.” Bega said in a statement Tuesday that Marshall passed away from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital. “He loved telling stories, making people laugh, and playing softball, winning numerous championships. Even at age 81, he had a record this year of 6 – 1 pitching for his team,” Bega said.
Realtor finds more than 60 cats, kittens in DC house
A real estate agent found two women, and their 63 cats and kittens, while checking on a property in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday night. The two women were staying in the house in the 800 block of Decatur Street Northwest illegally. The Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League was called to the house and recovered 44 of the cats and kittens. Lisa LaFontaine, president and CEO of WHS-WARL, described the condition of the house as “deplorable.” “This is an extreme case of hoarding and inhumane treatment of animals,” LaFontaine said in a statement. Scott Giacoppo, chief community animal welfare officer at WHS-WARL, says the two women left the property with 20 of the cats, although it’s not clear if they will be permitted to keep them. It is also unclear what charges the two women could face. “It would probably be a neglect case — we’re still looking into it; it’s an active case. We’re working with the owners and we’re evaluating the cats,” Giacoppo said.
Norfolk considers policy for releasing police body camera footage
Norfolk city officials are considering a new police that would release footage from body cameras worn by police. The city’s prosecutor supports the idea, The Virginian Pilot reports. However, it is still unclear as to when police would publicly release the camera footage and how it could impact prosecutions and investigations. The shooting of a mentally ill man by police in June ignited the discussion. Although police say the man lunged at officers with a knife, the city has refused to release the footage. Norfolk police began using body cameras last year. At the time, the police chief said they would hold officers more accountable and increase transparency.
Woman faces possible life sentence for grandma’s slaying
Twenty-one-year-old Hestina Harris from Frederick, Maryland, faces the possibility of life in prison for killing her 67-year-old grandmother. Harris’ sentencing Thursday concludes a case in which there was no clear motive. Harris was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury in March for fatally stabbing her grandmother, Lillie Morris, in December 2014 at their home near Burkittsville. Morris was stabbed 20 times and was found on the front lawn of her home. Harris told a defense psychologist that she had been visited by a demon-like figure and deceased family members. She denied stabbing Morris and told police she saw a masked man running from the residence.
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