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Ricky Martin Wades Into Religious Liberty Debate In Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin weighed in on the fierce debate in Puerto Rico over a bill allowing government employees to avoid serving certain constituents on religious grounds ― and soon after, the island’s governor decided to kill the measure. 

The singer, who was born in Puerto Rico, published an open letter on Thursday denouncing the measure as a “hate bill” that “projects us to the world as a backwards country.” 

“As a defender of human rights and a member of the LGBTT community, I am vehemently opposed to the proposed measure imposed upon us under the guise of religious freedom,” Martin wrote in a statement on his site.

The same day, Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that he was asking legislators to drop the bill, tweeting in Spanish that “instead of reaching a consensus on a basis of mutual respect, it provokes the division of our people.” 

The pop star Ricky Martin was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.



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The pop star Ricky Martin was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives approved the measure, known as House Bill 2069, on Tuesday. The legislation would have established “reasonable accommodations” for government employees who do not want to serve certain constituents if they believed it would clash with their religious convictions. Supporters claimed this protected government employees’ religious freedom. Rosselló initially endorsed the bill.

LGBTQ activists in Puerto Rico and their allies argued that the bill would give government employees a “license to hate.” Island senator Zoe Laboy promised Thursday to submit a “negative report” about the bill to her colleagues.

Three U.S. Democratic presidential candidates — Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — also voiced their disapproval. 

After hearing that Rosselló had dropped his support for the bill, Martin posted a celebratory statement on his website. 

“We will never be an accomplice to policies that alienate our community and violate our rights. Authentic religious freedom aims to unite communities of different backgrounds,” he wrote. 

“We must stay vigilant about assaults on hard-won rights and social gains.”

Anthony Joshua Doesn’t Remember Anything From 3rd Round Of Ruiz Fight

Anthony Joshua No Memory From 3 Rd. Of Ruiz Fight Says Promoter Eddie Hearn

6/7/2019 4:13 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Joshua has zero recollection of the disastrous 3rd rd. of his Andy Ruiz fight … where he was pummeled and knocked down twice — this according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua was a massive favorite in the fight against Ruiz … but was stopped in the 7th round in one of the most shocking upsets in boxing history. 

Hearn sat down on DAZN and opened up about the fight and revealed Joshua legit doesn’t recall the beatdown he took in the 3rd round.

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“He doesn’t remember anything really from the 3rd round. In fact, he’s taken a little positivity that he managed to go 4 rounds after that because he says, ‘ya know, my senses weren’t there.”

Eddie also laid any speculation to rest that the 7th round stoppage was bad … saying he not only agreed with it, but was relieved by the ref’s decision. 

“100% right stoppage. If you actually watch it back, we were watching it last night, and Anthony says ‘yes,’ and goes to walk forward, and the ref just nudges him and he goes back on the ropes, and then the ref stops it, and I’m actually glad he did cause Anthony would’ve kept going all night.”

AJ’s loss threw heavyweight division into a tailspin … and Hearn has activated the mandatory rematch clause — although no date has been set.

The way things went down … maybe it’s best AJ doesn’t remember.

Danielle Bregoli’s Jordan Concert Canceled Over McDonald’s Tweet

Danielle Bregoli Concert in Jordan Canceled … Over McDonald’s Tweet!!!

6/17/2019 3:02 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli has nothin’ but her love of McDonald’s and Twitter to thank for getting her fired from a show she was set to play in the Middle East … but this ain’t even her fault.

Bhad Bhabie responded to a tweet last week that had tagged her in between a bunch of Arabic text, which she playfully answered by saying … “why yes, I do like McDonald’s fries. They be tasting good as f*** sometimes. I appreciate u asking bich. Much love.” 

Standard Bhad Bhabie banter, right? WRONG!!! … according to the Jordanian promoters who canceled her upcoming show there, anyway. They said the Bhad Bhabie concert for July 8 was being axed for her insensitive comment, which they considered a breach of contract. 

Turns out, the tweeter was a prominent Palestinian marathon runner who was actually saying that would-be ticketholders in Jordan should boycott BB ’cause he believes she supports Israel. Unclear what he was basing that on, but that’s what he tweeted.

Now, sources close to Danielle tell TMZ the whole thing is a major overreaction on the part of the promoters, because the kid didn’t even know what the hell she was reading.

We’re told Danielle hasn’t taken a stance on, or pledged allegiance to either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

To that point, she has a Tel Aviv gig scheduled for the day after her now-canceled Jordan show. 

We’re told her team doesn’t really get why she was accused of being pro-Israel, or why the promoters felt her jokey tweet was anything but that — since it seems pretty clear she had no clue what the initial tweet meant.

MH370 bombshell: Why security expert called for investigation into ‘strong possibility’

MH370 mysteriously vanished on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. Captain Zaharie Shah was in charge of the Boeing 777 and the 239 people on board when it last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am. However, moments later, the plane vanished from civilian radar screens following a routine handover from Malaysian to Vietnamese channels.

In 2015, on the first anniversary of the disappearance, the Malaysian government released a 600-page report put together by an international team of investigators. 

Within it, the documents shockingly revealed the batteries used on the flight data recorder – sometimes referred to as the black box – had gone flat some 15 months before the aircraft took off.

They also revealed how a crucial system in the cockpit “malfunctioned minutes before takeoff” and he 12-year-old Boeing 777 had been involved in an accident on the ground at Shanghai airport 19 months earlier.

However, their report has been heavily criticised for failing to pay due attention to other theories behind the plane’s disappearance.

Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International and visiting professor of aviation security at Coventry University told the Independent in 2018: “No officials seem to want to even contemplate the possibility of a stowaway being on board.”

He speculates that one or more individuals could have got on board the aircraft while it was at Kuala Lumpur Airport, and hidden in the underfloor avionics bay just behind the flight deck.

This area is known as the E/E (electronics and engineering) bay, and has access from a “hinged, self-closing access panel” according to Boeing’s technical information.

There is also an external access door at the bottom of the fuselage.

Mr Baum added: “I think a stowaway is a strong possibility, especially as no officials seem to want to even contemplate the possibility,”

His magazine reports that 123 stowaway attempts have been reported internationally on 107 different flights. 

Many conceal themselves in the wheel wells, risking freezing to death or falling when the undercarriage is deployed. 

However, some have managed to boarded planes disguised as cleaners or airport officials and concealed themselves.

There have been countless claims over what happened to MH370, though.

Meghan McCain Unintentionally Cracks Up Whoopi Goldberg With Reality Show Woe

Meghan McCain made Whoopi Goldberg laugh up a storm on Wednesday’s episode of “The View” without realizing what was causing the giggles.

It all started while McCain was discussing the newest cast member on her favorite reality show, “Real Housewives of New York,” and the possibility that Deidre Ball, wife of former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, might join the cast.

McCain wasn’t happy with that news because she is happy with the show as it stands.

“It is a perfect cast. I don’t want any new people joining. I’m totally fine, and I don’t think we should be rewarding bad behavior,” she said.

McCain also wasn’t pleased that Scaramucci might have joined the Trump administration just to further his TV ambitions.

“Anthony Scaramucci joined our government to only be on TV,” McCain said. “If this is someone using the White House to be on reality television, I don’t support it. I don’t like it.”

That last comment amused her co-hosts to no end, especially Goldberg, who couldn’t stop chuckling.

McCain didn’t get the joke.

“Did I say something funny?” she asked.

Goldberg responded, “People using reality TV to get on the White House,” which further amused co-host Sunny Hostin.

McCain was still lost but barreled on with her reality show hot take.

“I love reality TV,” McCain said. “I’m a ‘Housewife’ fanatic. I would like to keep the separation of reality TV and government.”

At that point, Goldberg said, “Too late.”

Co-host Joy Behar then stepped in to explain things clearly to McCain: “This whole administration is one big reality show.”.

“That’s what made me laugh,” Goldberg said. “We’re talking about the biggest bonehead on reality TV — we’re in it.”

Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper’s Mom, Dead at 95 After Cancer Battle

Gloria Vanderbilt Anderson Cooper’s Mom Dead at 95

6/17/2019 7:25 AM PDT

Breaking News

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune and creator of the wildly popular Vanderbilt jeans, has died.

It appears she died of stomach cancer, which was so advanced she was taken to the hospital earlier this month.

Gloria, the mother of Anderson Cooper, was a woman of many trades, including model, fashion designer and actress. She was also one of the biggest socialites in New York City.

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During the ’70s, Gloria launched a line of designer jeans with her signature, designer swan. One of her slogans is “My bottoms are tops.”

Gloria was married 4 times … one of her husband’s was famed director Sidney Lumet. She was linked over the years to a number of famous men, including Howard Hughes, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

Her life was not without tragedy. Gloria’s oldest son with Wyatt Cooper, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide at age 23 back in 1988 by jumping out of the family’s 14th floor window.

She was also embroiled in a famous custody battle. Her dad died when she was a baby and her mom and aunt fought over who should raise her. The custody trial became the basis for the 1980 book and subsequent miniseries, “Little Gloria … Happy at Last.” It was nominated for 6 Emmys.

She was super close to Anderson. In 1995, Gloria sold her mansion and moved in with Anderson to write her book, “A Mother’s Story” … which dealt with coping with Carter’s suicide. In 2016, the two also released a book and a documentary on HBO together titled ‘Nothing Left Unsaid.’

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Anderson just gave a tribute to his mom, saying, “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her own terms.  What an extraordinary life.  What an extraordinary mom.  What an incredible woman.”

Gloria was 95. RIP.  

Cardi B Performs in Bathrobe at Bonnaroo After Outfit Splits

Cardi B Doesn’t Crack After Suit Does … Bathrobe Mode at Bonnaroo

6/17/2019 6:59 AM PDT

Cardi B‘s rainbow-colored jumpsuit couldn’t take the pressure of a full concert worth o’ booty shaking, but she made sure the show went on … slightly more covered up.

The rapper had just taken the stage Sunday night at the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival when — a couple songs into her set — she suffered a wardrobe malfunction … a split right down the middle of her ass.

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Cardi left for a few minutes after announcing her outfit had ripped, but after the crowd entertained themselves by singing “Old Town Road” … she reemerged in a white bathrobe and declared, “We gonna keep it moving, baby.”

Even with her setback, Cardi’s set was a super quick 45 minutes, but was jam-packed with all of her hits … including “I Like It,” “Money” and “Bodak Yellow” to close it out. She also vowed to “keep it sexy” and managed to do so … even in a robe.

As we reported, Cardi’s had to cancel some shows lately due to complications with her recovery from cosmetic surgery — lipo and a boob job.

Good to see her back on the road — but we know Dr. Terry Dubrow‘s concerned with how long it’s taken Cardi to bounce back.

North Carolina Officials Want Citizens To Be Aware Of ‘Zombie Snakes’

You’ve heard of the Walking Dead, but North Carolina officials are warning locals about the crawling undead.

The state’s Department of Parks and Recreation has posted a photo on its Facebook page of a “zombie snake,” a reptile known for defending itself by lying on its back and pretending to be dead.

The eastern hognose, also known as a puff adder, is found as far south as Florida and Texas and as far north as Minnesota, according to ABC News.

Although some have claimed the snake can shoot venom as far as 25 feet, experts tell the network that’s completely false and there’s little to fear. 

Although the “zombie snake” nickname sounds scary, officials at North Carolina State Parks and Recreation told CBS News the eastern hognose is “a mostly harmless snake that rarely ever bites humans.”

″[The snake] puts on quite a dramatic display to deter predators, including puffing up its head to look more like a cobra or pretending to be dead briefly. Nevertheless, they are NOT aggressive and rarely bite people.”

Department spokeswoman Katie Hall was quick to defend the snakes to USA Today. 

“We love hognose snakes,” she said. “They put on this really dramatic display, but it’s kind of adorable.”