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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    Democratic Florida gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum attends a campaign rally where he received the endorsement of three major national, state and South Florida LGBT groups on September 24, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

    Andrew Gillum, the current mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, as well as the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, found himself involved in another hectic schedule on Thursday, but it wasn’t due to campaign stops or any high profile meetings. Instead, Gillum put his campaign on hold as he helped the communities in the Florida panhandle that were ravaged by Hurricane Michael, cleaning up and clearing debris. There is even video of Gillum wielding a chainsaw in an effort to clear a street covered by fallen trees, according to reports by Business Insider.

    Gillum is currently locked in one of the tightest gubernatorial races in the nation, running neck-and-neck with Republican candidate Ron DeSantis. If Gillum were to win come November, he would become Florida’s first black governor as well as the first Democrat in the position in 20 years.

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    A man speaks out against the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by police near the site of the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland on the second day of the convention on July 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland Police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice four years ago, has withdrawn his application to the Bellaire Police Department in Ohio, Police Chief Dick Flanagan told WTOV-TV Wednesday.

    Rice’s death in 2014 caused protests in Cleveland and stirred a national debate about police interactions with African-Americans.

    A Cuyahoga County Grand jury refused to bring criminal charges against Loehmann after the shooting death of the unarmed youth, but Cleveland police fired him in May 2017 for an unrelated matter, according to NBC News.

    Flanagan told WTOV-TV that since it decided to hire Loehmann, the department had been flooded with complaints, so much so that it tied up phone lines and prevented the small department from carrying out work.

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    Drug Dealers In White Coats Charged With Prescribing Millions Of Unnecessary Oxycodone Pills

    Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said Thursday that five doctors have been arrested for prescribing over 8.5 million oxycodone pills unnecessarily. He described the doctors as “drug dealers in white coats” whose motivation was greed.

    Of the five, Dr. Dante Cubangbang wrote 4.6 million oxycodone prescriptions in the last six years, making him the most prolific among them according to NBC News. Cubangbang worked in a Queens pain clinic where three other members of the staff were charged: nurse John Gargan, office manager Michael Kellerman, and “crew chief” Loran Piquant. The clinic wrote prescriptions for 6.2 million oxycodone pills, the equivalent of 180 grams of the drug, over the last six years. Those prescriptions provided $5.7 million in patient fees over the last three years.

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    Crime scene, murder, investigation concept art.

    Four New Jersey residents have been charged in connection with the murder of a youth football coach who was killed in front of his children at a practice in Millville, New Jersey, NJ.com reported Thursday.

    On Aug. 9, Joseph L. Jones, 37, was gunned down at Lakeside Middle School in the parking lot according to authorities. NJ.com wrote that Eugene Cosby, 42, of Malaga, and Will El-Bey, 22, of Vineland, were charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide.

    Genea Hughes-Lee, 34, of Malaga, and Tyrell Hart, 22, of Vineland, were charged with conspiracy to hinder apprehension, hindering apprehension, obstruction, and false reports to law enforcement, NJ.com said.

    Police found what they believed to be the murder weapon at El-Bey’s home, the website stated. Authorities found a Glock 9mm handgun while executing a search warrant at the residence “which is similar to shell casing recovered at the scene of the murder,” according to an affidavit, per NJ.com.

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    don lemon says kanye west put on a minstrel show

    CNN anchor Don Lemon blasted Donald Trump and Kanye West for Thursday’s White House press conference during which the two men put on what Lemon describes as a “minstrel show,” Huffington Post is reporting.

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, West showed up at the White House Thursday, along with Kid Rock, to support the president as he signed the Music Modernization Act, designed to update the way artists are paid in the age of streaming and digital sales.

    The meeting quickly got weird. Kanye, who has long been a vocal supporter of the president, and who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat, gave a long, rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he described himself as “Superman,” referenced the Unabomber, and admitted that he’s been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

    “This hat, it gives me power in a way… I love Hillary. I love everyone… When I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman.”

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    Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller attends a business session with state governors hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House February 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. The National Governors Association is holding its annual winter meeting this week in Washington.

    A teacher who claimed she taught controversial senior Trump administration policy adviser Stephen Miller in third grade told The Hollywood Reporter that Miller ate glue as a kid has reportedly been suspended from her job.

    The teacher, Nikki Fiske, described Miller as “a strange dude,” saying Miller would “pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off, and then eat it.”

    While Fiske didn’t feel that Miller had any problems academically, she noted a few strange habits she noticed in Miller.

    “I remember being concerned about him — not academically. He was OK with that, though I could never read his handwriting. But he had such strange personal habits. He was a loner and isolated and off by himself all the time,” she said.

    “I was always trying to get him to clean up his desk—he always had stuff mashed up in there.” she continued.

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    Donald Trump

    As reported by The Inquisitr yesterday, President Donald Trump wrote an op-ed for USA Today that was published on Wednesday in which Trump attacked Democrats proposing a single-payer health care system as socialists looking to destroy Medicare. On Thursday, USA Today issued a fact-checked debunking of many of the claims that Trump made in his piece.

    The first response that USA Today’s editorial staff made to Trump’s piece included embedded hyperlinks to alternate sites that allowed readers to fact-check the article, but later published a full debunking of Trump’s claims by FactCheck.org.

    The evaluation by Fact Check suggested five serious deceptions within the Trump piece.

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    USCIS processes paperwork.

    According to NBC, a new survey has found that most U.S. citizens are unable to answer the multiple-choice questions on the U.S. citizenship test. The poll — administered by Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in conjunction with research firm Lincoln Park Strategies — used a test modeled after one given to immigrants when applying for naturalization.

    The findings of the survey showed that out of the 1,000 Americans polled, only 36 percent of them passed the test — with generations under the age of 45 failing more frequently than those aged 65 and older. Just 19 percent of participants under the age of 45 passed the test, while 74 percent of those over the age of 65 received a passing score.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while flanked by White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump during the annual meeting of President's Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    President Donald Trump spoke through his favored medium of Twitter on Friday in support of his daughter Ivanka’s credentials as a potential replacement for Nikki Haley as the ambassador to the United Nations. While he seemed enthusiastic about his daughter’s ability on the world stage, Trump did add that he knew the appointment would cause “chants of Nepotism,” according to reports from Business Insider.

    In the tweet, Trump wrote, “everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador,” and that “she would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism!”

    Ivanka is already a part of the Trump administration as a senior White House advisor and has become one of the prominent candidates after Haley’s surprise resignation on Tuesday. While Trump has been quite positive about nominating his daughter for the role, Ivanka denying any interest in the role through a tweet on the day of Haley’s resignation.

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    An empty seat for Google is seen during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee set their sights on Google this Friday, after the tech giant failed to disclose its weaknesses prior to the hack that exposed the personal information of users of the social media platform Google+ — which Google plans to shut down soon — according to reports from Business Insider.

    Writing a letter to Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley laid into the company for ignoring requests to participate in previous Senate hearings regarding these risks — while also failing to provide any information about the glitch that led to the hack. In the immediate aftermath of the hack, Google reported that it could affect as many as 500,000 Google+ users.

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    John Stapleton, suspect in the molestation case.

    A 60-year-old homeless man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a six-year-old girl while she and her family were taking shelter from Hurricane Michael, WEAR-TV is reporting.

    John Stapleton, 60, was taken into custody on Thursday. Stapleton was among the unknown number of people who had taken refuge at Davidson Middle School in Crestview — in the Florida Panhandle — as Hurricane Michael raged. A witness saw security footage taken from inside the school and noticed that a man, allegedly Stapleton, was seen on video putting his hands under the clothes of a six-year-old girl “in a lewd manner.”

    According to a post on the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, Stapleton allegedly admitted to touching the victim, and allegedly tried to justify himself by saying that the girl told him that “touching felt good.”

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    Former Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Doty, 60, agreed to a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas this week. Doty was charged earlier in the year with lying to federal investigators about the disappearance of an Uzi submachine gun from the law enforcement agency that he was previously employed with.

    A grand jury indicted Doty in March of this year with three separate counts, reported the Topeka Capital-Journal— one for possession of a stolen firearm, another for illegal possession of a firearm, and the last charge of lying to federal investigators with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    U.S. Attorney for Kansas, Stephen McAllister, and Doty’s legal counsel agreed on a plea deal this week. Doty was sentenced for just one of the charges — of lying to investigators. As part of his plea deal, Doty will serve one year and one day in a federal prison.

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    A marijuana plant is shown during a 420 Day celebration

    There has been a lot of talk in recent months about how the current Trump administration should approach regulating cannabis and one Republican congressman says that the White House will be taking a formal stance soon. Several states have either recently passed new laws regarding cannabis use or have something on the ballot in November, but so far, the federal viewpoint has been rather murky.

    According to Fox Business, the White House will officially reveal their plan for cannabis reform once the midterm elections are over. That is coming from California Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, who says that the Trump administration is committed to tackling marijuana regulation.

    Just what does regulation or reform look like in a Trump administration? During his campaign, Trump talked about how he thought that states should be able to formulate their own policies on marijuana without federal interference.

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    Human skulls and bones on dry grass.

    Archaeologists have made a baffling discovery in an ancient Roman cemetery located in Umbria, Italy. Earlier this year, scientists stumbled upon the tomb of a 10-year-old child which contained evidence of what is known as a “vampire burial.”

    According to Science Daily, the child’s skull was found with a stone inserted into the mouth, pointing at a funeral ritual meant to prevent the occupant of the tomb from returning from the grave.

    The puzzling sepulcher dates back to the fifth century, a time when Umbria was devastated by a malaria epidemic. While the skeleton has yet to undergo DNA testing, archaeologists are fairly convinced that the child may have been one of the many victims of this terrible disease. The scientists base their assumption on the fact that the skeleton had an abscessed tooth — a known side effect of malaria.

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    Donald Trump's Twitter Page

    More than 60 percent of President Donald Trump’s 55,1 million Twitter followers may actually be fake, according to Quartz.

    Citing a SparkToro– Moz-affiliated software company which aims to “help people do better marketing by making the publications, people, and sources that influence any audience more transparent” – analysis, Quartz reports that 33 million of Trump’s 55.1 million Twitter followers can be considered fake.

    In order to determine whether a Twitter account is fake or not, SparkToro’s software runs the accounts through a through a machine-learning based tool. This tool picks up signals that an account might be inactive, spam, or propaganda. If a Twitter account racks up seven to 10 signals or more, the software deems it fake.

    According to SparkToro’s analysis, many of President Donald Trump’s Twitter followers display spam signals.

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    Nicolle Wallace

    MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace has gone on record to reveal that she once told Jeb Bush he should have swung on Donald Trump for insulting his family. In hindsight, Wallace says it would have been worth it, even if it meant sacrificing his chances to advance towards the presidency at the time.

    During the taping of her show, “Deadline: White House,” on Thursday, October 11, Wallace recalled the moment she personally pitched her two cents about the way she thought Bush should have handled the disrespect Trump showed while campaigning for the Oval Office. Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele was in the middle of imparting analysis on why Trump was able to get away with making the 2015-16 GOP primaries personal when Wallace cut in to share what she remembers telling her onetime political affiliate.

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    Mother Snatched By Crocodile And Eaten While Fishing With Her Children

    A mother was snatched by a crocodile and eaten while fishing with her children in Australia, a horrific death that has garnered worldwide headlines.

    The incident took place in Australia’s remote Northern Territory, where police say the woman and her family were fishing and collecting mussels by the shore of a lake. As the New York Post reported, the woman’s family noticed after some time that she had gone missing and the bucket she was carrying was dropped nearby.

    The family called for help, but the area of Australia is so sparsely populated that it took police three hours to reach the lake. By that time, the woman had disappeared. It took the search party more than seven hours after she first went missing to find the woman’s body, nearly half a mile away from the lake.

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    Guinness Book Official

    In today’s world, there really shouldn’t be much of anything that surprises people anymore, but the shock and awe factor is still there. An article has started making the social media rounds lately, and it has a lot of people up in arms over its absurdity. The story states that a pro-choice activist has set a world record by having her 27th abortion, and she has been celebrating the accomplishment with a great big smile.

    While being pro-choice is something that many people elect to be, this woman is not celebrating a world record for abortions, as the story is completely false.

    The story is from the World News Daily Report, known sometimes by the acronym “WNDR.” It tells the story of a 34-year-old woman named Elena Travis who had a “historic operation” at the Sacramento Street Health Center; it was supposedly her 27th abortion, which was said to be a world record.

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    Imprisoned Pennsylvanians now have to pay $150 to read behind bars

    There is no doubt that reading is one of the most constructive activities that prison inmates can undertake. According to a 2016 report from Quartz, research shows that reading provides prisoners with emotional and mental relief, and also helps reduce negative thinking that can lead to recidivism. To this end, correctional facilities allow non-profit organizations and family members to send books and other reading materials directly to inmates because reading is very important for their rehabilitation.

    In Pennsylvania, however, it seems like incarcerated persons will have a tougher time rehabilitating because of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC)’s recent decision to replace hard copies of books and other reading materials with e-books.

    According to the new decision, “books and publications, including legal primers and prison newsletters, cannot be sent directly to incarcerated Pennsylvanians,” per an article by the Washington Post.

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    Harvard Law Review Sued For Discriminating Against White Men

    Harvard Law Review has been targeted in a federal lawsuit that claims the scholarly journal discriminates against white men when selecting articles for publication.

    The lawsuit against the Harvard Law Review is nearly identical to one filed last week against the New York University Law Journal, the Associated Press reported.

    An activist group called the Faculty, Alumni and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences filed both federal lawsuits, which claim the law journals give undue preference to women and racial minorities when selecting papers for publication — even in instances where their content was not the highest quality.

    “Until recently, membership on the Law Review was an academic honor reserved to students who were selected on account of their first-year grades and their performance on a writing competition,” the group said in its complaint against Harvard. “In recent years, however, the Harvard Law Review has been using race and sex preferences to select its members.”

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