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BOLT ENDS GLITTERING CAREER IN DISASTER AT LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Usain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday.

Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third, but halfway down his leg the towering sprinter pulled up clutching his left thigh, eventually doing a forward roll to the ground, to gasps from the 60 000 sell-out London Stadium.

The British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold in 37.47 seconds, with the Justin Gatlin-led US four taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan a surprise bronze (38.04).

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Bolt missed out on his bid to retain his 100m title earlier in the week, losing out to Gatlin and silver medallist Christian Coleman, who ran relay anchor for the Americans on Saturday.

But hopes were high for Bolt’s final competitive race, with Jamaica also boasting newly-crowned 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, Julian Forte and Yohan Blake in their line-up.

Jamaica were afforded a rousing welcome from the crowd, Bolt applauding the stands, with pictures of him constantly shown on the stadium’s big screens.

Gatlin and the US team also including another convicted doping cheat, Mike Rodgers, and Jaylen Bacon were booed when introduced although the jeering was less than for the individual 100m event.

A close first three legs saw Britain, the United States and Jamaica level-pegged for the final leg.

But there was to be drama as a visibly swearing Bolt pulled up, allowing the Japanese quartet to nip in for third.

The result means Bolt, 100 and 200m world record holder, finishes his career with 14 world medals to go with eight Olympic golds.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN VIRGINIA, USA AS WHITE NATIONALISTS’ RALLY TURNS VIOLENT

Fights erupted Saturday morning and at least two people were hurt as white nationalists and counter-protesters violently clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia, where local police and the governor declared a state of emergency.

Supporters of the “Unite the Right” rally descended again on the city’s downtown in opposition to clergy members and other groups, who stood in a line singing “This Little Light of Mine” to drown out the profanity and slurs.

“Love has already won. We have already won,” the counter-protesters responded.

But as the violence intensified with shoving and punching, demonstrators covered their mouths after tear gas was apparently released into the crowd.

The city and Albemarle County both issued a “declaration of local emergency” for the two jurisdictions to request additional resources. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also declared a state of emergency to allow for a response to quell the violence.

Terry McAuliffe 

@GovernorVAGovernor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville

“Local officials continue to closely monitor the situation,” Charlottesville police said on Facebook.

Two people were also treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries near Emancipation Park, the city of Charlottesville tweeted, as tensions flared with back-and-forth shouting and physical posturing.

A large group of counter-protesters wore black shirts and masks and carried shields, yelling to the white nationalists: “We have replaced you. Strong, united, interracial crew.”

The rally follows a night of torch-wielding white supremacists clashing with counter-protesters at the University of Virginia.
Chants of “You will not replace us!” and “Blood and soil!” were met with shouts of “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”

The shouting grew when demonstrators arrived at a statue of former President Thomas Jefferson, the university’s founder, reported NBC affiliate WVIR.

At least one person was arrested and several others treated for minor injuries, according to local newspaper The Daily Progress. Both sides reported being hit with pepper spray, the newspaper added.

Reuters and a number of local reports put the number of protesters in the hundreds. The Washington Post reported that the march lasted between 15 and 20 minutes.

University and local police did not respond to numerous requests for information on the incident.

The demonstration came on the eve of Saturday’s far-right march of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the so-called alt-right movement. Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned the event in response to Charlottesville’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.

Image: White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of VirginiaWhite nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville on Friday. STRINGER / Reuters

Rep. Don Beyer, D.-Va., tweeted Saturday morning that “white supremacists chanting Nazi slogans aren’t Virginia or America. They are weak, ignorant, fearful people with citronella tiki torches.”

According to The Daily Progress, city police estimate between 2,000 and 6,000 people were expected to attend the “Unite the Right” rally. The controversial event is seeking to unify the far-right wing and “affirm the right of Southerners and white people to organize for their interests,” according to its Facebook page.

McAuliffe earlier warned that “there have been communications from extremist groups, many of which are located outside of Virginia, who may seek to commit acts of violence against rally participants or law enforcement officials.”

The governor also put the Virginia National Guard on alert.

In videos posted to social media from Friday night, the white supremacists can be seen goading their opposition with shouts of “Jews will not replace us” and “white lives matter.”

The display drew condemnation from local and university officials.

“I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior displayed by torch-bearing protesters that marched on our grounds this evening,” University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement. “I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including university personnel who were attempting to maintain order.”

Image: A man is helped after being hit in the face with pepper spray during a clash between counter protesters and Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacist groups after marching through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville.A man is helped after being hit in the face with pepper spray during a clash between counter protesters and Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacist groups after they marched through the University of Virginia Campus on Aug. 11, 2017. Samuel Corum / Getty Images

“The violence displayed on the grounds is intolerable and is entirely inconsistent with the university’s values,” Sullivan added.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the demonstration a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance.”

He added: “Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: Not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”

The King Center, founded by civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, tweeted that “racism never left America.”

Racism never left America. It remained as a violent, systemic evil, and has recently become even more overt. 2017, 2007, 1997, 1987… https://twitter.com/joeheim/status/896189337271971841 

R&B STAR USHER SUED BY FANS FOR EXPOSING THEM TO HERPES

Ouch!

Usher is being sued by three people who accuse the singer of failing to tell them he had herpes before engaging in sexual intercourse.

The suit was filed in a Los Angeles court on Monday, accusing the R&B star – who has not yet responded to a request for comment – of sexual battery, fraud, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

Two of the three accusers have chosen to remain anonymous, while Quantasia Sharpton chose to go public at a press conference in New York on Monday.

Ms Sharpton claimed Usher had failed to warn her about STDs when she was “selected to go backstage after the show”.

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“It was my birthday so I was wearing a birthday crown,” she said.

“That is why I was selected to go backstage after the show. Later, a security guard picked me up and asked me for my number. He told me Usher had seen me backstage and was interested in me.”

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Ms Sharpton claimed Usher called her on her cellphone and went to visit her in her hotel room.

“When I first heard he had herpes I couldn’t believe it. I would have never consented if I had known,” she said.

In Monday’s case, only one of the three accusers tested positive for herpes. Ms Sharpton did not.

“We hope the reports are not true,” her lawyer said.

“We hope that Mr Raymond (Usher) tests negative for herpes, and that this can all be cleared up quickly,” she added.

“We hope that he has not knowingly endangered his sex partners, fans who revered him and who were thrilled to receive his personal attention.”

FORMER FBI DIRECTOR TO WRITE A BOOK ON LEADERSHIP AND PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD ANECDOTES FROM HIS LONG CAREER

Former FBI Director James Comey is writing a book on leadership, featuring “yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career,” his publisher announced in a statement on Wednesday.

Flatiron Books says the volume will “explore what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.”

The news comes three months after President Donald Trump fired Comey, a dismissal that caused shockwaves in Washington and around the world. Comey has long drawn praise (and, more recently, criticism) from both sides of the aisle, serving as Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush before becoming FBI director in the Obama Administration.

“From prosecuting the mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change Bush administration policies on torture and electronic surveillance to overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Flatiron wrote in a release, “Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.”

The as-yet untitled book is slated for publication in Spring 2018.

This article originally appeared on Time.com

80s RAPPER KIDD CREOLE ARRESTED IN NEW YORK FOR MURDER OF HOMELESS MAN

Rapper The Kidd Creole was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a homeless man in New York City, according to multiple reports.

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Police say the 57-year-old (real name Nathaniel Glover) allegedly stabbed the victim, 55, multiple times in the torso area, according to the Associated Press. The incident took place late Monday evening in the Midtown area of Manhattan.

An NYPD spokesman told PIX11 Glover and the man argued before Glover allegedly pulled out an object and stabbed him twice in the chest and one time in the stomach. The man was found on the sidewalk and later died in the hospital.

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Sources told WNBC in New York that Glover confessed to police.

Glover made his name in the 1970s as part of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, one of the most influential rap groups of all time.


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OHIO MAN AND HIS LOVER MOVE INTO DEAD GIRLFRIEND’S FLAT AFTER STORING HER DEAD BODY IN FREEZER

A man stored his former girlfriend’s dead body in a freezer, setting up home in her flat with another woman who assumed her identity, a prosecutor in Ohio has said.

Katrina Layton and Arturo Novoa allegedly moved into the home of Shannon Graves, who had been missing since Christmas.
Layton allegedly used her credit cards and cared for her dog at the flat.

The couple was arrested and remanded in custody on “corpse abuse charges” after the Shannon’s body was found in her flat in Campbell, near Youngstown, Ohio.

They were given a bond set at $1m (£756,000).

Ms Graves, who was 28, was last seen on Christmas Day in 2016, according to the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons records.

Police say Novoa asked a friend to keep the padlocked freezer in his basement.

However, after becoming suspicious, the friend broke open the freezer and allegedly discovered the body.

The cause of death is yet to be established.

TRUMP FIRES NEW PRESS SECRETARY SCARAMUCCI JUST 10 DAYS INTO THE JOB

President Donald Trump has dismissed Anthony Scaramucci from the White House communications director post only 10 days after he was appointed.

It comes days after Scaramucci, 53, unloaded on former chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in an expletive-laden rant to a New Yorker reporter.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”

In a later press briefing Monday, Sanders said Scaramucci has “no role at this time in the Trump administration.”

Kelly, who was sworn in just Monday morning as the president’s chief of staff, requested Scaramucci’s removal, according to The New York Times, which first reported the move. The newspaper said that Scaramucci, who was an investment manager before taking the White House job, “boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff.”

Sanders said she would not “get into the process” of what led to Scaramucci’s removal. She then described it as a “mutually agreed conversation that took place between several people.”

It marks the first major personnel change under Kelly in an administration that has already seen significant turnover in just more than six months. Just Monday morning, Trump hit back against reports that his White House was in turmoil, proclaiming “no WH chaos!

A previous White House communications director, Mike Dubke, resigned in late May. Sean Spicer, who resigned as press secretary after Trump appointed Scaramucci, also held the job after Dubke left.

It was not immediately clear who Trump would appoint next. Sanders said she was “not aware” of any changes in Spicer’s status.

Scaramucci was not officially set to start as communications director until Aug. 15 at the time when Trump appointed him. He made a variety of media appearances since his appointment, repeatedly pledging to crack down on leaks to media outlets and going after Priebus.

Before Trump picked him for communications director, Scaramucci had served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank.

Scaramucci had reached a deal to sell his firm, SkyBridge Capital, but it was not complete when Trump appointed him. It is unclear if he plans to return to the firm.

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