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Woman Seen on Video Taunting Lion at Bronx Zoo Turns Herself In: Police

Woman Seen on Video Taunting Lion at Bronx Zoo Turns Herself In: Police

The woman captured on viral video going into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo in September has gone out like a lamb.

Myah Autry turned herself in to the NYPD in the Bronx Wednesday night, police said. She now faces two counts of criminal trespass.

According to the Daily News, the outspoken Autry has suddenly turned quiet, not telling police why she performed the strange stunt or why she finally turned herself in.

The woman spoke to reporters for the first time on October 31 after a court appearance for a shoplifting charge in Kearny, New Jersey.

Autry’s wild Halloween interaction with the media — almost as strange as her interaction with the animals at the zoo — began with her bowing to the reporters as she warmly greeted them with “shalom.”

In an often-rambling, 15-minute session outside the courthouse, Autry said her reasoning for jumping into the lion’s den was “a lot more spiritual” and that she was never afraid while she was in there.

“I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you,” Autry said.

She said she would never have been injured by the lion, who eyed her as she seemed to dance while across a moat from the ferocious feline, because she and the animal are one.

“I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man!” she said before complimenting the reporter’s eyes and smile. “Do your history, it’s called reincarnation. I am the lion now.”

Autry refused to address the shoplifting charge, but made it clear she has no ill-will toward the NYPD.

“I love the NYPD. Hi NYPD,” she said into the camera, adding that she participated in a Police Athletic League and the DARE program for years. At the time, she did say she would turn herself in but, “I do know the law.”

“I don’t have no problem with the law. When we get together law, we will have a good time,” she said.

Autry also said she did not mean to disrespect the lion, who appeared more curious than annoyed for most of the video, before witnesses said it roared.

“I love you lion, hope they treating you right in the zoo. Know Myah love you. I didn’t mean to mistreat you or nothing,” she said. “I seen how you came to me. We connected. To the kids, respect your parents please. Your teachers. Authority.”

No word on if she has the same respect for the giraffe she was seen posing for a photo with inside its den. She did not say when she will turn herself in to the NYPD.

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A woman who has known Autry for years previously told NBC New York she is worried about her.

“Myah please get help. I dont know. I don’t know what is wrong with you,” said Eunice Walton. “I feel sad because she is like like my child. She is with my daughter since high school.”


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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Deadpans on ‘Loveless Marriage,’ Kids in Viral Intro Video

'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Deadpans on 'Loveless Marriage,' Kids in Viral Intro Video

Usually, when TV game show contestants are asked to talk about their family, the answer is sugary sweet. But, when a San Diego man competed on “Wheel of Fortune” Monday night, his deadpan response was far from ordinary.

The exchange between contestant Blair Davis, 50, a resident of Cardiff, California, and “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak began innocently enough. Sajak mentioned where Davis lived and that he owned a small trucking business in San Diego County. Davis nodded.

“Talk about your family,” Sajak said.

And then, the small talk suddenly got interesting – and awkward.

“I’ve been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years, to an old battle-axe named Kim,” Davis deadpanned.

Sajak – typically composed – couldn’t hold back the chuckles. The audience started laughing, too.

“She cursed my life with three stepchildren named Star, RJ and Ryan, and I have one rotten grandson,” Davis continued.

The camera panned back to Sajak, who was still laughing.

“Yay!” Sajak said. “No wonder you came here; you just wanted to get away from everybody.”

As the crowd kept giggling, Sajak looked at Davis and clarified: “I know you’re being facetious.”

Davis grinned from ear-to-ear.

“Absolutely. I love them like nobody’s business,” he said.

Sajak continued the banter by asking Davis about his long beard.

And that question was just the ticket.

At that point, Davis softened up and talked about his “rotten” 7-year-old grandson who, evidently, has a whole lot of pull.

“I started growing the beard a couple years back and every time I threaten to shave it off, he gives me a really hard time,” Davis explained.

“So, it’s going to stay,” Sajak stated.

“He’s grown used to it,” Davis added.

“OK, good to have you, don’t get it tangled up in the Wheel, that’s all we ask,” Sajak said, wrapping up the intro.

Video of the memorable, 50-second exchange was posted on the game show’s Facebook page with the caption: “We appreciate a stark sense of humor.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, the video clip had garnered more than 65,000 views on the social media platform, and dozens of comments.

The sudden, viral fame has kept Davis busy this week. He’s been making his round on media outlets and dropped into the NBC 7 studio in San Diego Wednesday to talk about “Wheel of Fortune” and – most importantly – Kim.

Davis said his wife wasn’t only in on the game show razzing – it was her idea. He said they watch “Wheel of Fortune” together every night and often comment on the squeaky-clean contestant introductions and how some contestants must be embellishing how patient and loving their families are.

“I told my wife, if I ever got to be on ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ I was going to be honest,” Davis told NBC 7. “And I think I went a little bit overboard, but it was on purpose.”

“It wasn’t a surprise to her. She has awesome sense of humor; we have a wonderful relationship – we’re best friends,” he added. “Kim loves it. She was in on it; it was 80% her idea. She’s the brains behind the operation, that’s for sure.”

Davis said he and his wife both often work from home, so they spend a lot of time together. His TV moment, he said, was really just for her.

“I think it’s what makes it so funny,” Davis explained. “The joke isn’t really for everybody else; the joke was for her and I.”

Davis met his wife 15 years ago. He said he knew right away he had met his match.

“The moment I saw her, I knew I was going to marry her,” he recalled. “I told her that night.”

After all this time together, Davis said humor has been a cornerstone of their relationship.

“Nobody takes much very seriously in my house. Something is always being laughed at,” he said.

Davis knows that’s not unique to his marriage. He believes most great unions are likely rooted in at least a little bit of laughter and humor.

Davis said that’s probably why people are relating to his video and sharing it with others online.

“Because it’s so real, because it’s so normal,” he told NBC 7. “It’s just so down to earth. It’s just how most people think, how most people react.”

Davis said he auditioned for “Wheel of Fortune” in July and taped the episode in August. Now, two months later, he’s living in the fast world of internet fame.

It’s a strange world, he admitted, especially since he has “zero social media footprint.” Davis isn’t on Facebook, he doesn’t have a Twitter, he doesn’t use Instagram.

He said he only knew he had gone viral because his daughter told him.

“She’s my social media manager,” he said, laughing.

When asked if the viral fame had made him want to join social media, Davis’ answer was – of course – blunt and honest.

“No, not a bit!” he told NBC 7.

For now, Davis said he will enjoy the ride of his game show moment offline. He’s not worried about what’s next.

After all, Kim is still on his side.

“I had a really good life before this, I’m going to soak it in and take it for what it is, but I’m going to return to my really good life after this,” he said. “I’m super content. I’m super happy.”

In San Diego, “Wheel of Fortune” airs weekdays at 7 p.m. CT on NBC 7. Check local listings for channel and showtimes in your area.


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Gina Rodriguez Apologizes for Using N-word While Singing on Instagram Video

Gina Rodriguez Apologizes for Using N-word While Singing on Instagram Video

Actress Gina Rodriguez has apologized for using the N-word while singing along to “Ready or Not,” a song by The Fugees, in a now-deleted video on Instagram Tuesday.

“I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing The Fugees, to a song that I love, that I grew up on,” Rodriguez said in a subsequent video on her Instagram stories. “I love Lauryn Hill. I really am sorry if I offended anyone.”

A flood of Twitter criticism followed Rodriguez’s initial video and apology.

“Love to end latinx heritage month with gina rodriguez saying the n-word,” the poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva wrote on Twitter.

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“Gina Rodriguez is an example of the bold anti-blackness of non-black people of colour. Black people keep telling ya’ll not to use our reclaimed slurs, & here you go on your IG story mouthing along to a song saying ‘n—-,’ playing all in our faces,” tweeted writer Kinsey Clarke. “Ugly, racist, & disrespectful.”

“Somebody please get gina rodriguez a hobby, literally any hobby i am begging,” wrote Hannah Giorgis, a staff writer at The Atlantic.

Rodriguez, who is Puerto Rican, has touted her efforts to expand opportunities for people of color. In 2017, she created her own production company, “I Can and I Will” to promote underrepresented communities off and on-camera.

But the actress has been at the center of criticism over previous comments that have been pointed out as anti-black or insensitive to the black community.


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‘SNL’ Rescinds Cast Invitation to Shane Gillis Over Racist YouTube video

'SNL' Rescinds Cast Invitation to Shane Gillis Over Racist YouTube video

“Saturday Night Live” has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

A show representative said Monday that the language Shane Gillis used was “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable,” and the show was not aware of the past remarks that have drawn criticism.

“Saturday Night Live” apologized, saying its vetting process, “was not up to our standard.”

In a tweet, Gillis said he respected the show’s decision and is “honestly grateful for the opportunity.” He said he had hoped to have the opportunity to prove himself, but “I understand it would be too much of a distraction.” He ended with a slight swipe at the show, mentioning that he was always a “Mad TV” guy anyway.

In the clip of video apparently posted in 2018, Gillis refers to an unidentified city’s Chinatown as being “nuts” and used a derogatory word for Chinese people. He also complained about “hearing an Asian trying to learn English.”

The “Saturday Night Live” representative said the show hired Gillis “on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.”

The clip of Gillis re-emerged last week just hours after NBC said that he and two others, including the show’s only Asian American performer, were joining the cast as featured players.

“Saturday Night Live” has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts.

Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry. Among hosts, the long history of “SNL” includes a short list of Asian or Asian Americans, with Awkwafina, Aziz Ansari and Jackie Chan among them.

Gillis responded to the firing on social media soon after termination was reported.


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VIDEO: Tesla Driver Asleep Behind Wheel on Mass. Turnpike

VIDEO: Tesla Driver Asleep Behind Wheel on Mass. Turnpike

A driver on the Massachusetts Turnpike saw a motorist in the lane next to him asleep behind the wheel Sunday.

Dakota Randall says he was driving on Interstate 90 when he noticed a Tesla with its driver and passenger both asleep around 3 p.m. near Exit 17 in Newton.

“I kind of looked over and saw what I thought was somebody asleep at the wheel and I was like that can’t be right, so I did a double take, looked over and sure enough this guy was just, head between his legs completely asleep,” Randall told NBC10 Boston. “It seemed like he had his cruise control on around like 55-60 miles per hour.”

Randall sat stunned before pulling out his phone to record. He tried honking to wake the driver and passenger up but says “it didn’t work at all.” 

Randall estimates he drove next to the Tesla for about 45 seconds to a minute before speeding up and leaving the sleeping driver behind.

He later shared the video on Twitter, writing, “Some guy literally asleep at the wheel on the Mass Pike (great place for it). Teslas are sick, I guess?”

It’s not clear how long the Tesla driver and his passenger were asleep for or when they woke up.

Randall says the uncertainty of how the situation unfolded is even scarier than seeing an inattentive driver. He now has a new perspective on how he’ll drive around self-driving cars.

“I’m never going to look at one the same,” he said. “I’m always going to look to see if somebody’s asleep.”

The Tesla Autopilot feature is designed to actively guide cars from on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits. However, Tesla says on its website that the feature is intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.

Randall did not contact police after taking the video. State police tell NBC10 Boston they are aware of the incident from media reports but they were not contacted by anyone nor were they sent the video.


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Colin Kaepernick Video Aims to Remind NFL: He’s Still Ready to Play Football

Colin Kaepernick Video Aims to Remind NFL: He's Still Ready to Play Football

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is pumped and still ready to play football.

The player — best known for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against systemic racism — on Wednesday posted video of himself working out, declaring “5 am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready,” in a not-so-subtle reminder to NFL teams that he’s available.

Kaepernick’s tweet received more than 26,000 re-tweets by Thursday afternoon and his Instagram footage had been played more than 411,000 times.

“Denied work for 889 days,” the social media posts said. That figure stretches back to early March 2017, when Kaepernick officially became a free agent.

Kaepernick last played football in the 2016 season. The 49ers won just two of 16 games that season, but that disastrous campaign was far from entirely his fault.

He had a passer rating of 90.7 that season, which was middle of the pack for starting QBs. He was statistically ahead of several highly paid quarterbacks, still in the league today — such as Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco.

Kaepernick filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL before it was settled out of court earlier this year.


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Watch a Stunning, 360-Degree Video From the Launch Site of Philadelphia’s Fireworks Show

Watch a Stunning, 360-Degree Video From the Launch Site of Philadelphia's Fireworks Show

An incredible amount of work goes into making the sky light up with red, white and blue for America’s birthday celebration.

NBC10 captured Monday’s annual Wawa Welcome America festival in Philadelphia from right in the middle of the action. Control where you’re looking in a special, 360-degree video below (Mobile users: watch the video on YouTube’s app): 

A team of 10 skilled pyrotechnicians from firework display company Pyrotecnico put on the dazzling display in the Delaware River. Pyrotecnico puts on three firework shows during Wawa Welcome America — two on the Philadelphia waterfront and a special display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Fourth of July. They also produce fireworks shows for the Phillies and Eagles as well as other displays around the country all year long.

Nearly 11,000lbs of explosives were loaded on to a barge at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and stuffed into computer-controlled launching equipment for Monday night’s fireworks display at Penn’s Landing.

The crew, with the help of a tug boat, positioned the barge in the middle of the Delaware River just south of Chestnut Street.

Right on cue to the music, each effect is executed and launches towards the sky. 

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how it all worked:


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Disturbing Undercover Video Shows Animal Abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana

Disturbing Undercover Video Shows Animal Abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana

A northwest Indiana dairy farm has fired four employees seen in a graphic undercover video released Tuesday by an animal welfare organization showing animals being abused.

The Animal Recovery Mission called it the “largest undercover dairy investigation in history” and said the video documents “systemic and illegal abuse” at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana.

“In our 10 years of being undercover, we have never seen such consistent, constant abuse to a newborn baby animal,” ARM Founder Richard Couto says in the video. ARM describes itself online as a “non profit investigative organization dedicated to eliminating severe animal cruelty operations.

(Video can be seen here. WARNING: the footage is graphic and may be disturbing for viewers)

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ARM said an investigator spent three months undercover at the Prairies Edge North Barn after being hired as a calf care employee. The group noted that Fair Oaks Farms North Barn was not targeted, but rather the barn was the first farm to hire the investigator, who had applied to multiple dairy farms in Jasper and Newton Counties in Indiana.

“Employees were observed slapping, kicking, punching, pushing, throwing and slamming calves,” ARM said in a statement. “Calves were stabbed and beaten with steel rebars, hit in the mouth and face with hard plastic milking bottles, kneed in the spine, burned in the face with hot branding irons, subjected to extreme temperatures, provided with improper nutrition, and denied medical attention.”

The footage was released on social media (warning: footage is graphic) Tuesday, where it has since garnered more than 100,000 views on Facebook and more than 1 million views on Vimeo.

Fair Oaks Farms said in a statement that it was made aware of the undercover investigation a couple months ago and has since reviewed the footage, which they said showed “five individuals committing multiple instances of animal cruelty and despicable judgement.”

The farm said four of the five people seen in the video were employees and one was a third-party truck driver who was picking up calves. Three of the four employees were terminated before the farm was made aware of the investigation after co-workers reported abusive behavior to management, the farm said.

“Unfortunately, the fourth employee’s animal abuse was not caught at that same time,” Dr. Mike McCloskey, co-owner of Fair Oaks Farms, said in a statement.

The fourth employee has since been fired and Fair Oaks plans to report the truck driver to the company he works for, saying “he will not be allowed on our farms again.”

“I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage, as it goes against everything that we stand for in regards to responsible cow care and comfort,” McCloskey said in a statement. “The employees featured in the video exercised a complete and total disregard for the documented training that all employees go through to ensure the comfort, safety and well-being of our animals. It is a shock and an eye-opener for us to discover that under our watch, we had employees who showed disregard for our animals, our processes and for the rule of law. This ARM video shines a light on an area that – despite our thorough training, employee on-boarding procedures and overall commitment to animal welfare – needs improvement.”

The undercover investigators also reported animals being transported to veal farms and captured footage of drug use and marijuana cultivation by employees, ARM said.

“The statement that we grow and sell drugs on our farms is false,” McCloskey’s statement read. “The plants featured in the video are an invasive perennial species that is rampant on farms all over the midwest. With that said, I am disappointed to learn of potential drug use on our properties. Months ago, the individual seen smoking by the barn and doing drugs in a truck was turned in by his co-workers to one of our managers. That manager notified local law enforcement about the drug use and, accordingly, a police report is on file.”

The Newton County Sheriff’s office said it has requested the names of the employees terminated for animal cruelty as well as the identity of the witness who “failed to report this activity for some time.” 

“We acknowledge the need for humane treatment of animals and the need to hold individuals that have gone beyond an acceptable farm management practice accountable for their actions,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. 

It added that it plans to work with the prosecutor’s office to file charges for “any criminal activity the indpendent investigation revealed.” 

The farm said a full investigation is ongoing “during and after which disciplinary action will be taken, including termination and criminal prosecution, of any and all employees and managers who have violated either our animal care practices or the law or both.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I prepare this statement today. As a veterinarian whose life and work is dedicated to the care, comfort and safety of all animals, this has affected me deeply,” McCloskey said. “I am disappointed for not being aware of this kind of awful treatment occurring and I take full responsibility for what has happened. I also take full responsibility to correct and ensure that every employee understands, embraces and practices the core values on which our organization stands.”


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Video: Dodgers Players Crack Eggs on Each Other’s Heads in Crack Cancer Challenge

Video: Dodgers Players Crack Eggs on Each Other's Heads in Crack Cancer Challenge

You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet.

Los Angeles Dodgers players Justin Turner, Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger, Russell Martin, Kiké Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, Alex Verdugo, and Matt Beaty all participated in the Crack Cancer challenge on Wednesday.

In the video posted by on Turner and Buehler’s social media accounts on Thursday, the players took turns cracking eggs over each other’s heads in what appears to be the showers of Tropicana Field’s visiting clubhouse where the team just finished up a two-game series with the Rays.

The Dodgers Twitter account which has over 2.12 million followers, also posted the video as well.

As part of the challenge, each player had to nominate someone else to particapte, so each player took turns challenging former teammates or family members on other clubs.

Buehler challenged his college roommate at Vanderbilt, and No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves.

Turner nominated former teammate Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres.

Bellinger nominated his little brother, Cole Bellinger, who is a pitcher in the Padres organization.

Martin, who was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays over the offseason, nominated his former batterymate Marcus Stroman.

Hernandez nominated former Dodger catcher Kyle Farmer, who was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in December along with Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood.

Pederson, a Palo Alto native, nominated friend and fellow Northern California resident, Brandon Crawford, who plays shortstop for the rival San Francisco Giants.

Ryu nominated fellow Korean, Jung-Ho Kang, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Hill and Verdugo also nominated former Dodger teammates in Brian Dozier of the Washington Nationals and Wllie Calhoun of the Texas Rangers.

Similar to the ALS ice bucket challenge that swept through social media in the Summer of 2014, the Crack Cancer challenge encourages people to crack eggs over their heads, or other’s heads in order to help raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer.

The intent of the challenge is the same as the ALS ice bucket challenge: video yourself cracking the eggs over your own or other’s heads, and then nominate someone else to do it in the hopes the awareness spreads and goes viral.

The challenge has adopted the catch phrase, “one small crack can make a difference,” and is currently trending on social media with the hashtag, #CrackCancer.

All proceeds and donations from the challenge go to the Willie Strong Foundation. Which is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Claire Hughes in honor of her son, Will Hughes, a 12-year-old boy who died of pediatric glioblastoma last June. The foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund an endowment that focuses specifically on pediatric glioblastoma and other aggressive forms of pediatric brain cancer at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The challenge coincides with brain cancer awareness month which takes place in the month of May.

The Dodgers are no strangers to these viral challenges, as players such as Turner and Ryu have participated in past challenges like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the NEGU challenge.

Now that’s one way to go through a dozen eggs.


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