Suspect Allegedly Steals Backpack with $500,000 in Jewelry Belonging to Ex-NBA Star Allen Iverson

The backpack was taken from the lobby of a Philadelphia hotel

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A suspect who allegedly walked off with a backpack containing about $500,000 worth of jewelry belonging to former NBA superstar Allen Iverson  is wanted by Philadelphia police.

The former player for the city’s 76ers franchise was apparently at the Sofitel Hotel on Monday morning when the unidentified suspect was able to steal the backpack from the hotel’s lobby, police said.

It was unknown whether the suspect knew about the contents of the backpack, or what Iverson was doing at the hotel at the time of the theft.

The call reporting the incident came about 10:30 a.m., according to a news release from police.

Authorities shared an image of the suspect taken from surveillance video, and described him as approximately 20 years old, standing about 6 feet tall with thin build, and last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket, red shirt, dark pants and black-and-white sneakers.

Iverson, 44, was an 11-time NBA All-Star who was voted as the league’s rookie of the year in 1997, and later its most valuable player in 2001. He retired from the NBA during the 2009-10 season after stints with the 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia police at 215-686-8477 or email tips@phillypolice.com.

Kobe Bryant & Mother Pam Bryant Were Not On Speaking Terms

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Kobe Bryant, 41, tragically died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California, on January 26, as reported by TMZ. According to ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, there were eight other people were traveling with the retired NBA star. Nobody on board survived.

While the cause of the crash is under investigation, it’s been confirmed that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not on board. However, one of Kobe and Vanessa’s four daughters, Gianna, 13, was killed in the crash. Kobe’s parents Pamela Cox Bryant and Joe Bryant were not on board.

Pam, who married husband Joe Bryant in 1975, raised Kobe, arguably one of the greatest NBA players of all time, and their two daughters, Sharia and Shaya. While the family was close growing up and through most of Kobe’s career, they had a huge falling out in 2013 after the family tried selling his memorabilia behind his back. Joe and Pam were not present for Kobe’s final NBA game before he retired. They were not invited.

Pam’s relationship with her son remained strained following Kobe’s retirement. It’s unknown if they were able to reconcile prior to Kobe’s tragic death, but things continued to appear incredibly icy between the former Lakers star and his parents.

Kobe and Vanessa were very young when they first met and fell in love. The budding NBA star was 21 when he proposed to Vanessa, 18, a senior at Marina High.

Pam and Joe, along with Sharia and Shaya, were not present at Kobe and Vanessa’s wedding in Dana Point, California, in 2001. According to Nicki Swift, Kobe’s mother opposed the marriage because she thought they were too young to tie the knot. However, after the couple welcomed their first child, Natalia, Kobe and his mother were able to mend their strained relationship, a reconciliation that lasted for over a decade.

Pam & Joe Bryant Had A Huge Falling Out With Their Son After They Tried Selling Memorabilia Behind Kobe’s Back

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Pam and Joe Bryant had three children together, son Kobe and daughters Sharia and Shaya. However, in 2013, the family had a huge falling out. Kobe said in an ESPN interview, “Our relationship is s***. I say [to them], ‘I’m going to buy you a very nice home,’ and the response is ‘That’s not good enough’? Then you’re selling my s***?”

After Bryant sued Goldin Auctions, the brokerage company Joe and Pam used, they came to an agreement a week before his case was set to go to trial in New Jersey.

His parents issued the following statement after trying to sell nearly $500,000 worth of Kobe’s memorabilia: “We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia. We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we may have caused our son and appreciate the financial support that he has provided to us over the years.”

Kobe said of his sisters, whom he decided to cut off financially, “They’re very smart, college-educated [women]. I’m really proud of them. They were able to get their own jobs, get their own lives, take care of themselves. Now they have a better sense of self, of who they are as people, instead of being resentful because they were relying on me

Kobe Wrote In His ‘Letter To My Younger Self’ Not To Give Money To His Family Or Allow His Parents To Be His Managers

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Following his retirement in 2016, Kobe penned a letter published in The Players’ Tribune, warning his 17-year-old self to “invest” in family and friends, but do not “give” to them.

He wrote, “Purely giving material things to your siblings and friends may appear to be the right decision. You love them, and they were always there for you growing up, so it’s only right that they should share in your success and all that comes with it. So you buy them a car, a big house, pay all of their bills. You want them to live a beautiful, comfortable life, right?”

Kobe continued, “The most important advice I can give to you is to make sure your parents remain PARENTS and not managers. Before you sign that first contract, figure out the right budget for your parents — one that will allow them to live beautifully while also growing your business and setting people up for long-term success. That way, your children’s kids and their kids will be able to invest in their own futures when the time comes.”

Pam & Joe Bryant Did Not Attend Kobe’s Retirement Ceremony With The Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers retired both of Black Mamba’s career numbers, 8 and 24, in December 2017. Kobe attended with his wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka. However, noticeably absent were Kobe’s mother and father.

During Kobe’s emotional speech, he did not mention or thank either Pam or Joe Bryant. The former NBA star thanked his wife, whom he called “an inspiration,” and the Hall of Famers who came before him.

“I want to say, thank you so much for tonight,” Kobe said. “But it’s not about my jerseys that are hanging up there for me. It’s about the jerseys that were hanging up there before. Without them, I couldn’t be there today. They inspired me to play the game at a high level: Magic [Johnson], Cap [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar], Shaq pushing me every day. [Elgin] Baylor. [Walt] Chamberlain. [Gail] Goodrich. [Jerry] West. [James] Worthy. It goes on and on.”

Kobe Bryant with wife Vanessa Bryant and his daughters. (Getty)

Kobe also thanked his daughters, mentioning that even though they were born into a world of privilege, he will expect them to work hard in life.

You guys know that if you do the work, you work hard enough, your dreams come true. But hopefully, what you get from tonight is the understanding that those times when you get up early and you work hard, those times when you stay up late and you work hard, those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway, that is actually the dream. That’s the dream. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And if you guys can understand that, then what you’ll see is you won’t accomplish your dreams. Your dreams won’t come true. Something greater will, and if you guys can understand that, then I’m doing my job as a father.

Coronavirus ‘whistleblower’ nurse says China has 90,000 sick

 

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The coronavirus now has a whistleblower — a nurse in Wuhan who insists in a shocking online video that close to 90,000 people in China have the disease, far more than the 1,975 reported by officials.

“I am in the area where the coronavirus started,” her video begins. Wuhan is the epicenter of the outbreak.

“I’m here to tell the truth,” the anonymous nurse says in the video, which shows her wearing a full-head face mask.

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“At this moment, Hubei province, including the Wuhan area, even China, 90,000 people have been infected by a coronavirus.”

She does not reveal how she arrived at the sobering statistic.

The video has been viewed on YouTube some 2 million times, the Daily Mail reported.

Other horrifying videos have shown dead bodies covered in sheets lying in hospital hallways.

 

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US and Russian Soldiers Engaged in Fist Fight on Christmas in Syria

Three of the Russian soldiers were beaten so severely that they required urgent medical attention.

(MEMO) — A number of Russian soldiers were badly beaten and airlifted to hospital after a fist fight with American troops in Syria last week, it has been revealed.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the incident occurred on 25 December in the city of Tal Tamr in Al-Hasakah province in north-east Syria.

When US troops arrived to collect information from local residents, the latter reportedly reacted negatively, and accused the Americans of betraying them with the withdrawal of US forces from the area ordered by President Donald Trump in October.

Russian soldiers in the area then confronted the Americans, at which point they argued. This led to a fist fight between the soldiers. No weapons were used, and so no major casualties were reported at first. It was then revealed that three of the Russian soldiers were beaten so severely that they required urgent medical attention.

According to Russian media outlet the Military Review, the Israeli media also drew attention to the incident, although the Russian Defence Ministry has officially denied that it even took place.

“The report of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights about the alleged ‘altercation that turned into a fist fight’ between Russian and American soldiers in north-western Syria is a primitive fake,” insisted the Ministry.

Russian and American troops are stationed in close proximity to each other in the area, despite the US announcement of its withdrawal of troops on the launch of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in early October, following which US forces were spotted returning to some areas that they had left.

In some places, the Russian army has established its presence in those towns previously occupied by the US. One former US-controlled site was taken over by the Russians last month.

Trump on Virginia Gun Dispute: 2nd Amendment ‘Under Very Serious Attack’

The president weighed in before thousands were expected to gather in Virginia’s capital for a gun rights rally.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Days before a planned gun rights rally that has set Virginia’s capital on edge, President Trump warned that state Democrats were threatening Americans’ right to bear arms.

“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. “That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!”

The state legislature, where Democrats recently took control for the first time in a generation, is considering several gun control bills, including measures that would require background checks for people purchasing firearms and give municipalities the authority to ban weapons in public buildings.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Capitol in Richmond on Monday to protest those measures, in a state where hunting is popular and gun ownership is common in rural areas. Several men with ties to right-wing militias who had planned to attend the rally have been arrested in recent days.

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On Saturday, the area around the State Capitol was enclosed by a temporary chain-link fence, barricades and patrolled by groups of law enforcement officers.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned firearms and other weapons on the Capitol grounds this week, further inflaming gun rights activists. The order was challenged in court by the rally’s organizers, the Virginia Citizens Defense League. On Friday evening, the State Supreme Court upheld the ban.

Mr. Trump’s position on gun rights has been difficult to pin down during his time in office. He supported “meaningful background checks” in the weeks after deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio last year, but later walked back that support after meeting with gun rights activists, including the president of the National Rifle Association.

That turnabout mirrored the president’s shift after the 2018 shooting in Parkland, Fla., when he expressed support for stronger gun controls and then backtracked after speaking with N.R.A. officials.

In Virginia, Mr. Northam released a statement on Friday saying that the vast majority of those planning to attend the rally on Monday had no interest in creating disturbances, but that some were bent on stoking violence.

“Over the past few days, the news has confirmed that this rally is attracting extreme individuals and groups — including national hate, neo-Nazi, and white supremacist groups — who are threatening violence and looking to advance a violent agenda.”

Transgender Woman Gashes 79-Year-Old Man’s Head With Stiletto For Preaching On Subway: Report

An allegedly transgender woman reportedly violently attacked a 79-year-old man with a stiletto because the man was preaching on the subway.

The man was preaching and singing gospel songs on a subway train nearing Times Square in New York on Oct. 24 when the attacker hit him with a stiletto, according to CBS New York. Instagram user “f.u.n.m.i.k.e” posted two videos of the incident last week. One video shows a person with long purple hair and a deep voice angrily talking to a smaller, elderly man. Another video shows the man covered in blood, gingerly touching his bleeding head.

Police sources said the attacker approached the man, screamed and cursed at him, and attacked him with a spiked stiletto shoe, CBS reported. The man was taken to NYU Hospital, and it took 30 stitches to close the wound that the attack left, the publication reported.

Police are searching for the attacker, who fled the subway.

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US Army Was Developing A “Gay Bomb” That Would Make Enemy Troops Feel Attracted To Each Other

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OK people, prepare yourselves because this is one of the most weird things you are going to read today.

In the 1990s, the US Air Force (then Wright Laboratory) did a research on a variety of possible non-lethal chemical weapons. The idea was to create various non-lethal chemicals that would disrupt enemy discipline and morale. The proposed ideas were extremely weird though. One of them for example was the “Breath Weapon”, a chemical that would cause “severe and lasting” halitosis so that enemy forces would have noticeably bad breath and therefore, it would be impossible for them to blend in with civilians.

Another one was the “Who? Me?” bomb, a bomb which would simulate… farting in enemy ranks. The most strange of the non-lethal weapons though was the so-called “Gay Bomb.”

The plans for the Gay Bomb called for a bomb with very strong pheromones that, when exploded over the enemy, would make enemy’s forces attracted to each other! Or, as the government papers say, “sexually irresistible” to each other! In this way, enemy troops would want to have sex rather than fight.

The plans cost around $7.5m, but they were never pursued.

In 2007 though, Gay Bomb won Wright Laboratory the Ig Nobel Peace Prize. This award, especially since it was many years after the plans have allegedly been abandoned, made a lot of people speculate that the gay bomb (or other ridiculous non lethal weapons) may be still in produce.

Who knows. One day we may find out the hard way!

 

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