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Newest addition to Trump’s legal team sidelined in Mar-a-Lago search case

cnn.com – By Kaitlan Collins – The newest addition to former President Donald Trump’s legal team, Chris Kise, has been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation less than a month after he was brought on to represent Trump in the matter, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN.

Kise is expected to remain on Trump’s legal team but is not leading the work related to the federal government’s investigation into how the former President handled 11,000 documents seized from his Florida home in August following a lengthy effort by the government to retrieve them. The reason for the shift in Kise’s role remains unclear and he may instead focus his efforts on the other investigations Trump is facing, which range from his business practices to the January 6 insurrection.

The move is notable given Kise, the former solicitor general for Florida, was brought on to the team after a weeks-long search and struggle to find someone willing to take on the case who was also experienced in Florida law. The legal strategy for fighting the Justice Department following the August seizure of over 100 documents marked as classified was also in disarray.

Kise’s hiring came with an unusual price tag of $3 million, paid for by Trump’s outside spending arm. The retainer fee, paid upfront, raised eyebrows among other lawyers on Trump’s team, given the former President has a developed a reputation for not paying his legal fees.

Texas doctor uses his Rivian truck to power a vasectomy

wglt.org – By Ryan Denham – The young electric automaker Rivian has had a lot of firsts. The first truck to drive off the assembly line. The first accident out on the road. And now – the first vasectomy powered by a Rivian.

It happened Thursday in Texas, when a power outage hit Dr. Christopher Yang’s clinic. The Austin urologist had to cancel and reschedule several planned procedures. The vasectomy would have been one of them – until one of the staffers jokingly suggested doing the procedure using Yang’s 4-month-old Rivian R1T pickup truck as a backup power source.

More… https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2022-09-02/texas-doctor-uses-his-rivian-truck-to-power-a-vasectomy 

Mike Lindell’s ‘Pro-Trump Truth Rally’ Draws As Many Protesters As Attendees

hillreporter.com – By Tara Dublin – Only a few dozen people turned out for a right-wing January 6th “Truth” rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday where controversial MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is currently under an election-related FBI investigation, was the headliner.

Despite promotion on right-wing fringe sites like Gateway Pundit, which described the rally as the “biggest to date,” photos and videos on social media revealed a sparsely attended event, with roughly half as many counter-protesters in attendance as protesters.

Most people in attendance were members of the fringe group the 1776 Restoration Movement, many of whom carried upside-down American flags along with “Let’s Go Brandon” flags and“POW-J6” flags.

Lindell, who appeared on a screen at the rally via Zoom, is at the center of an FBI investigation into a breach of election equipment in Colorado. A district court judge denied Lindell’s request this week for a temporary restraining order to prevent the FBI from searching his phone, which federal agents seized at a Hardee’s drive-through.

Lindell has not yet been charged with a crime, although he is believed to be connected to six people named in a search warrant who allegedly breached the voting machines to prove baseless claims of voter fraud.

More… https://hillreporter.com/mike-lindell-s-pro-trump-truth-rally-draws-as-many-protesters-as-attendees-video 

Beyond Meat executive charged with biting a man’s nose in a fight outside a college football game

chicagotribune.com – By DEE-ANN DURBIN – A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with felony battery after a fight outside a college football game in which he was accused of biting a man’s nose.

Doug Ramsey was also charged with making a terroristic threat after the attack Saturday in a parking garage outside a University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville.

Beyond Meat said Tuesday it has suspended Ramsey indefinitely.

According to a police report, Ramsey was angered when another driver inched in front of him in a traffic lane and made contact with the front passenger wheel on Ramsey’s Ford Bronco SUV.

The police report alleges that Ramsey got out of his vehicle and punched through the back windshield of the other driver’s car. The driver told police he got out of his car and Ramsey pulled him close and began punching him. Ramsey also bit the tip of the other driver’s nose, ripping the flesh, according to the police report.

More… https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-aud-nw-beyond-meat-executive-fight-20220920-c2tahtalgjeojecl7bryctd5za-story.html 

Scientists create matter from nothing in groundbreaking experiment

bgr.com – By By Joshua Hawkins – We’ve probably all heard the phrase you can’t make something from nothing. But in reality, the physics of our universe isn’t that cut and dry. In fact, scientists have spent decades trying to force matter from absolutely nothing. And now, they’ve managed to prove that a theory first shared 70 years ago was correct, and we really can create matter out of absolutely nothing.

More… https://bgr.com/science/scientists-create-matter-from-nothing-in-groundbreaking-experiment/ 

Fred Franzia, creator of ‘Two Buck Chuck’ and champion of affordable wine, has died

boisestatepublicradio.org – By Wynne Davis – Fred Franzia, the man behind the famous “Two Buck Chuck,” died on Tuesday at age 79.  The Franzia family and the Bronco Wine Company announced Franzia’s death on Instagram. Franzia founded the company with one of his brothers and a cousin in 1973. The trio aimed to create “high quality wines at a value for wine consumers.”

“Core to his vision was a belief that wine should be enjoyed and consumed on every American Table,” the company said. “When asked how Bronco Wine Company can sell wine less expensive than a bottle of water, Fred T. Franzia famously countered, ‘They’re overcharging for the water — don’t you get it?'”

More… https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/2022-09-15/fred-franzia-creator-of-two-buck-chuck-and-champion-of-affordable-wine-has-died 

How we mapped illegal cannabis farms in California

patabook.com – By 2013, illegal cannabis grows were such a destructive environmental force in California that state water regulators decided it time to go beyond their complaint-driven, piecemeal approach at enforcement.

That required knowing how much cannabis there was statewide, and where.

Nearly a decade later, the answer still eludes California.

So the Los Angeles Times embarked on its own effort to map illegally grown cannabis, one that depended on a view from space.

Cannabis operations are easy to spot in satellite imagery. Plastic-covered hoop houses and plots of individual dark-green plants are distinctive and hard to miss, even more so in clear-cut tracts of forest or vast expanses of desert.

The Times obtained 2021 satellite imagery from a mix of public and private sources to canvass nearly 3,000 square miles of land in parts of six counties: Siskiyou, Trinity, Mendocino, Shasta, Butte and San Bernardino.

More… https://patabook.com/news/2022/09/08/how-we-mapped-illegal-cannabis-farms-in-california/ 

Melania Trump pushes NFT business while avoiding questions about Mar-a-Lago

nftpro.com – After the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this month, former President Donald Trump lashed out on social media, saying that the agents looked through his wife’s clothes and personal items.

“Just learned that agents went through the First Lady’s closets and rummaged through her clothing and personal items. Surprisingly, left area in a relative mess. Wow!” Trump made a post on Truth Social.

Five people who talked to CNN about Melania Trump’s recent actions on the condition of anonymity to protect personal and professional ties said that he was a lot more angry than she was. They used an exclamation point to emphasize this.
Someone who knew what the former first lady said said, “She cared, but not as much as he did.”
Another person who was there at the time of the search said, “It made her feel bad. She was worried about her privacy being invaded, not about the question that led to the search or what it meant or could mean legally for her husband in the future.”
The fact that federal agents were in her bathroom, closets, and bedroom almost felt like an invasion of her privacy. But the former first lady hasn’t been upset enough to talk about the search or the results in public. Instead, since she left Washington, she has mostly used her Twitter account to talk about NFTs, which are obviously her biggest passion.

NOTE: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/NFT 

More… https://nftnewspro.com/melania-trump-pushes-nft-business-while-avoiding-questions-about-mar-a-lago/ 

Dr. Oz distances himself from his campaign’s jab at John Fetterman’s stroke

wfin.com – (WASHINGTON) — Mehmet Oz, the Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, on Tuesday tried to distance himself from an aide’s comment last week that appeared to mock the stroke suffered by Oz’s opponent, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

“The campaign has been saying lots of things,” Oz told KDKA, a Pittsburgh radio station. “My position — and I can only speak to what I’m saying — is that John Fetterman should be allowed to recover fully and I will support his ability, as someone who’s gone through a difficult time, to get ready.”

Oz was responding to a question about a comment attributed to Rachel Tripp, his communications adviser, who was quoted saying that if Fetterman “had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, then maybe he wouldn’t have had a major stroke and wouldn’t be in the position of having to lie about it constantly.”

Tripp’s comment was first reported by Insider on Aug. 23.

Amid near-instant condemnation, including from pro-Fetterman doctors and Fetterman himself, Oz’s campaigni nitially doubled down, calling the comment “good health advice” from a former cardiothoracic surgeon.

more… https://wfin.com/abc-politics/dr-oz-distances-himself-from-his-campaigns-jab-at-john-fettermans-stroke/ 

Nookie in the Nosebleeds: police investigate couple’s apparent sex act in the stands at Oakland A’s game

ktla.com – by: Alex Baker – The Oakland Police Department has launched an investigation into an incident in which a couple allegedly engaged in a sex act in the stands of an Oakland Athletics game on Sunday. The incident, first reported by TMZ, was seemingly captured on camera by a social media user at the game and posted to Twitter.

In the footage, an isolated couple is seen alone near the top of section 334 engaging in what appears to be a sex act. KRON4 reached out to OPD, which confirmed it was looking into it.

more… https://ktla.com/news/police-investigate-couples-apparent-sex-act-in-the-stands-at-oakland-as-game/