Video of the Week: Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION — Falling Down

AS soon as there was word there was a nearly finished track by Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, who both died in the past year, the internet was buzzing. XXXTentacion was gunned down in a car- jacking/…During a Broward County court hearing on Thursday, surveillance footage of rapper XXXTentacion’s murder came to light for the first time.

In the footage, X can be seen walking to the motorcycle dealership in Deer field Beach, Florida, where he was killed in June 18, as two suspects follow behind. Later, his BMW is stopped by two suspects with guns. X struggles with the attackers before they fire at him. The suspects then take off with a Louis Vuitton bag, reportedly filled with $50,000 in cash.

This video was played for the discovery and bail hearing for suspect Robert Allen, the third man arrested and charged for XXXTentacion’s murder. Four men have been indicted, charged, and arrested for first degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm.

Prosecutors argue the alleged attack by Allen, Dedrick Devonshay Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome was premeditated. By August, all four suspects had been apprehended and plyed not guilty.

In June, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel called the incident a “tragic shooting,” vowing to “bring those who did it to justice.

“According to police documents, Boat-wright and New-some were both armed when they confronted XXX. Police believe it was Boatwright who ultimately discharged his weapon, killing 20-year-old Jahseh Onfroy. Earlier this month, Boatwright accused prosecutors of violating his 14th amendment rights to due process by withholding documents and information that would help his case.

 

 

 

Possible last witness sought after body found believed to be missing boy with autism.

Body believed to be that of missing boy found in N.Carolina

Search crews have found a body be lieved to be that of Maddox Ritch the 6 -year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday, Gastonia police said Thursday.

The body was found at… Authorities announced a news conference in Gastonia for 4 p.m. Thursday. Maddox Ritch was last seen at mid day Saturday at Rankin Lake Park. The boy, who is autistic and nonverbal with strangers, was with his father and an- other adult at the time.

Ian Ritch the boy’s father, told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he last saw his son running and laughing at the park. Maddox then started running after spotting a jogger on the trial around the lake, Ritch said, and continued out of sight.

Ritch, who said he has foot pain because of diabetes, said he ran after his son but couldn’t find him. “I just want my son home, Ritch said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, according to a Gastonia police news release. “It’s torture.” Earlier Thursday, police said They wanted to speak with a young man who was using the park’s boat ramp near the time Maddox was last seen.

The appeal for that potential witness came as the FBI s Under Water Search and Evidence Response Team searched the lake with sonar and agents trained “to locate even the smallest possible piece of evidence underwater, Gastonia police said in a statement.

North Carolina Emergency Management teams have also arrived to broaden the search into marshlands and the dense woods surrounding the park, the police department said. Police said the potential witness they’re now trying to find had backed his truck to the lake’s boat ramp and appeared to be loading a silver kayak Saturday.

The truck was described as a large, white, newer model with four doors, oversized tires and running boards. The young white man with it was talking on the phone and wore a camouflaged baseball cap. “He may be a valuable witness, the department’s statement said. Police said they’re also looking for a male jogger who was in the area.

Model and Instagram star, 22, is shot dead by gunmen in Iraq

An Iraqi model and Instagram  influencer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Baghdad on Thursday morning.

Tara Fares, 22, who had almost three million followers on the social media site, was killed by shortly before 6am local time in the city’s Kam Sara neighborhood. She was taken to Baghdad’s Sheik Zaid hospital, where doctors told local media she had suffered three bullet wounds.

The Interior Ministry announced it had opened an investigation into the model’s death, according to Kurdistan 24.It is unclear who killed Ms Fares.Her death comes just days after the death of Suad al-ali, an Iraqi human rights activist who was shot and killed in her car in the southern city of Basra

 

These High-Rise Forests Are Causing Waves in Italy Right Now

Standing tall and proud in the middle of the Milan skyline, the two buildings known as ‘The Vertical Forest’ truly are very special indeed. First opened back in 2014, they have since won the extremely prestigious Frankfurt International Highrise Award, as well as the Chicago Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’.

The Vertical Forest is stunning and is collecting architectural awards all the time. But what is it about it that’s so remarkable? Well, it’s facia is entirely covered in lush greenery. In fact, there are more than 20,000 plants adorning the outside walls of the two towers.

So popular is the idea that the genius behind the idea, architect Stefano Boeri, is exporting the concept to buildings all across the world. From the Netherlands to China.

Boeri claims that the initial idea came from his love of trees and his obsessive determination to make them into what he calls “an essential component of architecture.”

“I was in Dubai in 2007 and I watched this city growing in the middle of the desert, with more than 200 glass towers multiplying the effect of heat,” he remembers. “I wanted instead to create something that as well as welcoming life, can contribute to reducing pollution, because trees absorb microparticles and CO2”.

Stefano Boeri is the Milanese architect behind the idea.

“For every human being living in the building, there are about two trees, 10 shrubs and 40 plants,” Boeri says. “Cities now produce about 75 percent of the CO2 present in the atmosphere. Bringing more trees into the city means fighting the enemy on the spot.”

“The extraordinary thing that we did not expect was the incredible amount of birds that nested here. We have small hawks on the roofs and swifts that had previously disappeared from Milan.”

“China is now realising it faces the dramatic problem of air pollution, but also of uncontrolled urbanisation, with cities growing out of suburbs, creating megacities. Every year fifteen million peasants abandon the countryside to come to the city, we have to come up with some answers, with new green cities,” Boeri goes on.

The trees on the buildings are a mixture. There are cherry trees, olive trees and even apples trees all over the balconies and walls.

“It’s a unique thing to live here, we’re in direct contact with the plants while being in the city centre and in a super modern skyscraper. The plants have developed a lot over the past three years, and we see them changing with the seasons,” says Simona Pizzi, who lives in a beautiful 14th floor apartment from which she can see the mountains.

It’s certainly a fantastic idea. For not only does The Vertical Forest look amazing, it’s really helping to inspire thought about the nature of climate change.

 

10 Year-Old Violinist Raises Money for Hurricane-Affected Pets at Austin City Limits Festival

Austin, Texas. As tens of thousands of people geared up for this year’s Austin City Limits festival, one kid in particular was more nervous than anyone else. Ten year-old Jackson Wreden was due to play his favorite violin all weekend. But not just because he dreams of becoming a musical maestro. Oh no.

The young fiddler was playing the popular music event in order to raise money. His goal? $1,000. The charity? Austin Pets Alive! A foundation set up to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. The devastating natural disaster displaced a lot of pets and Jackson here really wanted to help.

Hurricane Harvey caused almost unprecedented havoc in the US recently. There were 77 confirmed fatalities and more than $70bn worth of damage done. But while most of the problems have been measured in human terms, Jackson was more interested in the issues that local animals have had to face since the shocking winds blew in.

To get people to put their hands in their pockets, he stationed himself outside the festival entrance with a series of homemade signs and his violin. Then he just started playing!

“I really love pets,” Jackson says, “and I really love animals, and I want to help them out. Now they don’t have their families anymore,” he went on. “And they need new families.”

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is a yearly music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Other kids were raising raising at the festival too. Like the pupils of Austin High School. The school rented out their parking lot for $40 a space. A neat idea that bolstered the school’s music department nicely.

“We think it’s a great deal,” Renee Toy, mother to an AHS senior, said.

Renee has volunteered at the fundraising event every year that her son has attended the school. The money that is raised usually goes towards things like buying instruments, taking on consultants and paying for travel expenses.

“I think every year we raise between $9,000-$10,000,” she continued. “All of that goes straight to the band. Several organizations get to participate. So today is the band fundraiser, last night was theater and next Saturday will be for the football team.”

Jackson hit his target of a thousand bucks and his friends and family could not have been more supportive, pleased or proud of him. His was a truly selfless act and he’s done a lot of good the community and, of course, for the animals. And the youngsters at Austin High School did great too…

Good work, kids!

 

Life in Jail for Homeless Man That Murdered Good Samaritan Family That Took Him In

They thought they were doing a good deed. When the Wilkinson family took a down-on-his-luck young man off the streets and invited him into their home, it was an act of pure kindness. But it was to be one which was to lead to half of the family being murdered…

Aaron Barley was homeless and desperate. Tracey and Peter Wilkinson, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, England, took pity on him. They wanted to help him out. He moved into their home. They bought him a mobile phone. They gave him money, food, work, shelter and friendship. He would repay them by stabbing Tracey, Peter and 13 year-old Pierce repeatedly with a kitchen knife. Only Peter would survive his wounds.

Speaking to The Sun, Mr Wilkinson said: ‘I always walk the dog at 7am and Tracey always left me a cup of tea on the kitchen counter for when I got back. On that Thursday morning there was no cup there.’

He went on: ‘This is how the evil piece of scum repaid us. I will feel guilty for the rest of my life for letting this man get so close to my family.’

Barley has just been sentenced to thirty years behind bars for his vile crime.

Police investigate the scene of the crime in Stourbridge.

His 19 year-old daughter Lydia, 19, managed to escape the attack because she was away at Bristol University at the time. She told newspapers how she had surprised her mother on Mother’s Day by hiding in the back of her dad’s car just four days before the fateful stabbing.

She also spoke to The Sun, saying: ‘When he got back Dad asked Mum to go outside and open the boot of the Land Rover to get her present but to close her eyes. When she did I jumped out. We fell into each other’s arms and cried tears of joy.’

The presiding judge told Barley on sentencing him that he had ‘abused the victims’ family’s extraordinary kindness and generosity’.

‘You abused your knowledge of the family home, which you had only gained through the Wilkinsons’ extraordinary kindness and generosity to you,’ the judge continued. ‘Mrs Wilkinson and Pierce, only 13, were in bed at home, where they were entitled to feel and should have been safe.’

‘You have shown no remorse – indeed only regret that Mr Wilkinson survived his injuries and at times satisfaction in what you did achieve. You knew that you were destroying the family. It is what you intended. The Wilkinson family, and in particular Mrs Wilkinson, had done nothing but their best to help you. Mr and Mrs Wilkinson were both financially and emotionally generous to you. You betrayed their trust in every way, exploiting the knowledge of their household.’

‘It is difficult to imagine what went through Mrs Wilkinson and Pierce’s minds when you attacked them but they must have been bewildered and terrified. One of them, at least, must have been aware of the stabbing of the other.’

Barley later admitted two counts of murder and one for the attempted murder of Mr Wilkinson. He will now serve a minimum life sentence of thirty years in prison.

 

Jennifer Lopez Donates $1m to Hurricane Relief Effort in Puerto Rico

She may be Jenny from the Block, born and raised in New York City, but Jennifer Lopez is very much in touch with her Puerto Rican heritage. Her family are from the Caribbean island and she is a frequent visitor to the unincorporated US territory. So it’s not surprising that she would feel inclined to want to help out the island – and region – after the devastating natural disaster it’s going through at the moment.

Hurricane Maria has made a huge impact on Puerto Rico and, even a full fortnight after it struck, the place is still experiencing a nightmare. The place was torn to absolute shreds. It needs help and funds in a big way. And actor and musician Lopez has stepped up to the plate. Alongside her ex-husband Marc Anthony – himself a native New Yorker from a Puerto Rican family – are rallying friends and the public to help.

Not only that, but J-Lo herself is throwing more than one million US Dollars into the pot to help those worst affected by the tragic events. And she’s not alone. Latino stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Leguizamo, Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Alex Rodriguez have also joined the effort.

“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts,” Lopez recently said.

J-Lo’s ex Marc Anthony is also set to put his hand in his pocket to help out those affected.

“Hurricane Maria has devastated our island,” Ms. Lopez said during a live-streamed Twitter announcement. “Given the loss and devastation, we need to pay attention and to urgently support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean through donations and contributions.”

“Puerto Ricans are American citizens and today Puerto Rico needs our help,” Lopez went on.

Lopez is hardly strapped for cash, either. She’s had a fabulously successful career to date, starring in many big Hollywood movies like Anaconda, Maid in Manhattan, U-Turn and Out of Sight. She’s also sold millions of records and is currently performing what is now the seventh leg of her hugely popular Las Vegas residency, All I Have, which started back in January 2016. All I Have was easily the most successful Vegas residency of 2016 and the shows have raked in over $50m to date.

Puerto Rican singer-rapper Daddy Yankee has also dug deep. He donated $100,000 to the Red Cross during a recent telethon on Telemundo, a figure matched by the show’s host Don Francisco.

“I still live in Puerto Rico so I know the struggle that we’re going through right now,” Yankee told CNN host Alisyn Camerota.

Daddy Yankee’s Despacito collaborator Luis Fonsi is also helping to raise funds for the clean up operation over in Puerto Rico.

We wish everyone the best of luck and hope they raise as much as possible to assist those that need it most.

 

Teenager jailed for 13 years after pimping out young girls for sex

A teenage girl in California has been jailed for trafficking underage girls for sex. Callous 17 year-old Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario, from Fresno, has been sentenced to serve 13 years in jail after her part in luring and forcing a group of underage girls to work as prostitutes.

Almario was just 16 years of age when she committed the crimes and has, by all accounts, shown absolutely no remorse for her crimes.

One of the charges related to her use of verbal threats against the girls which is technically ‘making terrorist threats’ in US law.

Almario would post photographs of girls, who were often as young as 14 or 15, onto well-known prostitution websites, arrange meets with men and then take them to specific motels where the girls would then be raped.

Sadly, it’s not an uncommon story. Girls are tricked and forced into prostitution all across America and the world. But California has a particular problem. A few hours north of Fresno – in the relatively rural area of Humboldt County – an innocent young girl named Elle Snow tells her own troubling story of finding herself in deep trouble after meeting the wrong man one evening.

“I met my trafficker the same way a lot of us do. I didn’t realize that I had been marked. The next morning, I woke up and this man was standing in front of me. He had these 6 inch heels which I’ve never worn heels in my life being 6 feet tall and this little pink skirt. I’ve never worn pink in my life. And he wanted me to put these on and told me I had to get to work.”

“There was no way to get out of this situation. He took my clothes, my shoes, my keys, my phone, and eventually he started saying he is not who he said he was, that he’s actually a pimp, and this is how prostitutes are made.”

“The next thing I know was being taken to a brothel. The purchasers really want new products all the time. The sex traffickers like to move their victims frequently so they can’t get to know anyone and it’s harder for law enforcement to track them.”

Elle has since set up her own organization to combat underage sex trafficking called ‘Game Over’. She works tirelessly to help stop these dangerous offenders and help undo the damage that people like them and Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario do to young girls.

Here’s more on Elle’s really quite shocking story:

Hamburg Prepares For HUGE Protests As ‘Zombies’ Descend On The City

Hamburg, Germany. It may look like a scene from the popular AMC TV show The Walking Dead, but it’s anything but. In fact, this horde of shuffling zombies are actually part of widespread protests that threaten to spill into violence.

The reason for the unrest and disobedience? Well, Hamburg is hosting the G20 summits this week. A huge meeting of heads of state, the summits usually attract protests against various leaders and their controversial policies. Often, protesters are unhappy at their own country’s indifference to perceived issues in policy.

But this protest has something a little different. That’s right… Zombies. It’s a performance piece set up by ‘The 1,000 Gestalten’ (or ‘The 1,000 figures’), a collective who organized a thousand actors to descend upon city center at once on Wednesday. All covered in clay.

A 1,000 Gestalten spokesman said the following in a statement released to the press:

“We cannot wait until change happens from the world’s most powerful, we have to show political and social responsibility – all of us – now! Our campaign is a further symbol for the fact that many people do not want to put up with the destructive impact of capitalism any longer. What will save us in the end is not our account balance but someone who will offer their holding hand.”

Protesters are making their point in Hamburg in a vary unusual way.

“The main issue is that the summit is again, after Brisbane, in a democracy,” said Wolfgang Schmidt, a politician from the city who has been heavily involved in preparations for the summit.

“You want to make sure that protest and dissenting views are heard, but you also need to maintain security, and with 42 highly protected heads of state and finance and foreign ministers, it’s a challenge.”

Many fear that the German authorities will react to protests in an overly strict manner, but there’s no escaping that security needs to be very tight, given the names on the guest list. Protesters have every right to make their point and have their voices heard, but given the threat of terrorism around the summit, those who take their protests too far will surely find themselves at odds with the riot squad.

Climate change, war, freedom of speech, a free press, human rights… These are all topics that the protesters take issue with. And with figures like US President Donald Trump and President Erdogan from Turkey at the G20, it’s not surprising that people have taken to the streets.

“No demonstrator can decide whether or where heads of state and government meet in Germany on the chancellor’s invitation,” Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister said yesterday.

But the German government’s words and appeals for calm can only go so far. Will the protests continue at a sensible level? Or is Hamburg facing a disastrous few days of rioting and violence? Only time will tell.

Man wanted after acid attack on two people in East London

A victim of a horrible acid attack has alleged he and his cousin aged 21 were targets of a hate crime.

Jameel Muhktar, 37, and Resham Khan were inside a vehicle in Beckon, east London, when acid was tossed through the window by a man.

Cops are still looking for John Tomlin, 24, in connection with the assault, and released his photo to the public.

Police are looking for John Tomlin over the attack

The two affected people, who were celebrating Resham’s 21st birthday attempted to drive off, chased by the suspect on foot, before crashing their car into a fence.

Both Resham and Jameel were left with ‘life-changing’ injuries when the corrosive substance was thrown at them and cops have stated there is ‘nothing to indicate the assault was religiously or racially motivated.

However, Jameel described the assault and stated the trainers and the car seat were burning, and his cousin’s skin was peeling.

He also added that he believed that the incident was a ‘hate crime’ and may be associated with ‘Islamophobia.’

The public assisted Resham and her cousin after the attack, which took place at 9.15am. Both were rushed to an east London hospital before the cops arrived.

Resham and Jameel were driving through Beckton East London when they were stopped at a red traffic light.

The car’s windows were down and were playing music, while in a celebratory mood after not having seen one another since Resham came back from an exchange year in Cyprus.

As they were waiting for the lights to change, someone hurled a corrosive substance through the open window and into the face of Resham, before going round to the side of the driver and hurling more acid at Jameel.

Resham, a Business Management student, stated she saw her clothes burn away as she struggled with the unbearable she pain.

Miss Khan stated she and Jameel attempted to drive away from their assailant but crashed the vehicle when the ‘pain became unbearable over.’ Both were forced to remove their clothes as they begged onlookers for water to help relieve the pain.

They were rushed to hospital by a kind stranger where Jameel was placed into an induced coma while Resham got a skin graft.

The Metropolitan Police are doing an investigation, but no arrests have yet been made. Police confirmed that there is no latest information to suggest that this assault was religiously or racially motivated.

As the two recuperate from their terrible ordeal, Resham bravely boldly shared her story on social media.

She explained that she had a skin graft; however, doesn’t yet know what her face will appear like. Resham’s sight has been damaged and has burned across her body.

Jameel was more horribly burnt by the acid and so was placed into an induced coma by medics, which he has currently woken up from.

Resham is at present bed-bound so has not been able to visit her cousin.

Fellow student Daniel Mann has created a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise £8,000 for his friend Resham and her cousin.

Daniel states the money raised will go towards his friend’s laser eye treatment, therapy sessions and accommodation to a location where the duo ‘feel secure’ as they recuperate from the shocking attack.