'Catfish' Host Nev Schulman Rocked Yellow Star of David at VMAs to Put Neo-Nazis On Notice

Nev SchulmanJust So You Know, I’m Jewish …Proud to Show it at VMAs

8/28/2017 2:34 PM PDT

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Nev Schulman said it loud and proud … he’s Jewish, and wore the yellow Star of David to the VMAs to make sure his fans know he’s standing up against white supremacists.

We got the ‘Catfish‘ host Monday at LAX as he was leaving town after the VMAs, and he explained he wore the symbolic emblem specifically as a response to people marching with Nazi flags … in America.

Nev said the Holocaust wasn’t that long ago, and celebs should wear the Star to remind their fans.

He gave a nod to Billy Joel for doing it recently in concert and encouraged others to follow suit.


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Kevin Hart, Chris Brown, pledge thousands to Harvey relief

As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on Texas, celebrities are stepping up to do their part in contributing to relief efforts.

Comedian Kevin Hart attempted to kick off a chain reaction of donations Monday with an Instagram video where he pledged $ 25,000 to the Red Cross and urged others to do the same.

“I think we’ve participated in a lot of challenges on the internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done them,” he said. “At this point, this is a serious matter. I think the people are in bad shape and they need help. I’m going to lead the charge and step up this way.”

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Hart called on his “Jumanji” co-star Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, JAY-Z, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake to make donations of their own and continue his challenge by tagging their other famous friends to keep the donations rolling.

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Hip-hop singer Chris Brown was quick to jump on Hart’s donation train, and pledged $ 100,000 to relief efforts.

“We need to come together. I’m donating $ 100,000,” he said in a Twitter video. “It’s for everybody out there in Texas for the relief in everything. So, I accept the challenge, man, and I implore and encourage everybody else who can change and make a change for this to please donate and help out.”

Brown opted not to give to the Red Cross, as he is “skeptical” of the organization, and instead said that he would send his donation directly “to the people.”

Matching Brown’s whopping sum was country singer Chris Young, who pledged $ 100,000 of his own to a GoFundMe page benefiting the Red Cross.

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“I have friends and family there and I’m almost certain my house down there may have to be torn down as it was in one of the areas that was hardest hit by winds and flooding,” he wrote. “But that’s the least of my concerns. I’m worried about the people there — my friends, family and neighbors — and I want to help.”

Fellow country stars Lady Antebellum stepped up to the plate, too, and revealed that all proceeds from merchandise sales at their Saturday concert in Dallas would go toward hurricane relief.

Houston native Beyoncé said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle that she was working with her team at BeyGOOD to put together a plan of action to help, and rap star Drake wrote on Instagram that he was doing the same, and was working with DJ Future the Prince to “aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway (sic) we can” by helping out local relief groups.

Meanwhile, others like Ellen DeGeneres, “Hamilton” scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda and “The Office” actress Jenna Fischer urged their Twitter followers to donate by sharing links to various charities and organizations.

Harvey has claimed at least 10 lives, and the number is expected to rise as officials begin recovery efforts, according to the Houston Chronicle. Catastrophic flooding is expected to continue over southeast Texas for the next few days.

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Marshawn Lynch: Hey Mom, Gimme a Hug!!!

Marshawn LynchPre-Game Mama Hug!… Awwwwww

8/28/2017 3:21 PM PDT

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Forget Skittles, the one thing Marshawn Lynch needs before a game is big ‘ol squeeze from his mom … and he got it in Dallas!

Mama Lynch was on the field while the Raiders were warming up to play the Cowboys on Saturday … and decided to show a little love to his biggest fan in the world. 

It’s a sweet moment — and the least scary we’ve ever seen him on the football field! 

BTW, good form from Mama Lynch … gotta wrap up! 


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Daily News photo renews drone feud between L.I. teen, Rikers big

Buzz-ted.

The 15-year-old Long Island neighbor of a top city jail official is in trouble with the law — for turning on his drone so a Daily News photographer could take a picture.

Shea Delgado was summoned to a Nassau County police station and given a desk appearance ticket on Monday, after cops accused him of violating a judge’s order to stop flying the device over Shirvahna Gobin’s home.

“I could barely speak when the officers asked me why I was there,” his upset mother, Debbie Delgado, 53, said.

Rikers big probe for using officers in feud with teen neighbor

Gobin, 37, who makes $ 187,000 a year as deputy commissioner of strategic planning and management, is under investigation for ordering up a team of specialized on-duty jail officers to protect her home, according to multiple sources. The day-long security detail last month was immediately yanked when acting Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann discovered it, a department spokesman said.

Michael Mirotznik, the Delgado family’s lawyer, said he was contacted by a Department of Investigation prober on Monday.

The neighbors’ dispute began in April, when Shea flew his drone, a Christmas present, over Gobin’s house.

Gobin called the police to complain. She also launched a petition to ban drones over personal property and filed a grievance with the FAA and other authorities.

The cops have been called to the Delgado home at least 14 times, according to neighbors.

Shirvahna Gobin, 37, is under investigation for ordering officers to provide security outside her home in Bellmore, L.I.

Shirvahna Gobin, 37, is under investigation for ordering officers to provide security outside her home in Bellmore, L.I.

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The feud escalated on July 19 when Shea and his father were arrested after Gobin complained to officers who ordered the teen to stop flying the drone.

Shea — who has a near-perfect attendance record at school and no criminal past — was charged with damaging Gobin’s security camera by spraying water on it. He was ordered to pay $ 189 for a new camera and to complete 18 hours of community service.

The judge also ordered him to stop flying the drone.

Shea briefly turned it on when describing the ordeal to a photographer for the Daily News on Aug. 17.

Police issued him a desk appearance ticket and he’s now set to appear before the judge on Wednesday.

“Clearly taking a picture for a Daily News photographer shouldn’t violate the spirit of the judge’s order,” said the boy’s lawyer. “This young man had no intention to flout the court’s order.”

Separately, Shea’s father, Ron Delgado, 53, was charged with harassing and stalking Gobin. He strenuously denies the allegations in the pending case.

“This is all so crazy,” said Debbie Delgado. “I can’t wait until she moves out.”

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'Pretty Little Liars' Star Brandon Jones Gets Jail Time for Gun Dispute with Neighbor

‘Pretty Little Liars’ StarGets Jail TimeFor Gun Dispute with Neighbor

8/28/2017 3:44 PM PDT

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Pretty Little Liars” star Brandon Jones will be doing some jail time after all in his gun case, but it won’t be for nearly as long as it could’ve been … TMZ has learned.

The L.A. County DA tells TMZ Brandon pled no contest Monday to one count of misdemeanor assault with a firearm in his gun case from last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

We broke the story … Brandon was originally facing 5 and a half years in prison for allegedly pulling a gun on a neighbor during an argument he got into with the guy.

Brandon was also sentenced to 3 years probation, 30 days of community labor and 26 anger management classes in the plea deal. 

Not even Andrew got it this bad on the show. 


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Kathy Griffin says she ended her friendship with Anderson Cooper

Kathy Griffin revealed that she’s still feeling the after-effects of the infamous image she posted of a fake, bloody Donald Trump head in May — and that her friendship with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is the scandal’s latest casualty.

Griffin and Cooper’s friendship stretches back nearly two decades, and the pair have hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast together since 2007.

But when Griffin found herself in hot water after posting an image of herself holding Trump’s head in her hands, her old pal waited nearly four months before reaching out.

Cooper, like many other celebrities, including Debra Messing and Chelsea Clinton, denounced the photo on Twitter shortly after it went viral.

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“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” he wrote.

For her part, Griffin told The Cut she understood that Cooper was in a difficult position, but that she wishes he had given her a heads up before he tweeted, or had reached out in any capacity — and not waited until Aug. 10 to check in on his friend.

Griffin told the outlet that what hurt her the most was Cooper’s appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” on July 26, when he maintained to the public that he and Griffin were still friends — despite the fact that he still had yet to reach out.

“Yeah, we’re still friends, and look I said what I said about — I didn’t think what she did was appropriate, but I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back,” he told Cohen.

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The “My Life on the D-List” star told The Cut that she told Cooper their friendship was over when he finally did attempt to contact her with a series of text messages.

“(Cooper) was shocked and upset by the photo, and while he was not ready to talk to her personally about it, he still considered her to be a friend, and was publicly supportive when asked about the controversy,” a source told the outlet.

Griffin said Cooper waited until August to reach out, nearly four months after the scandal first broke.

Griffin said Cooper waited until August to reach out, nearly four months after the scandal first broke.

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Cooper’s friendship wasn’t the only thing Griffin lost as a result of the scandal.

The comedian faced intense backlash almost immediately, leading to a loss of sponsors, canceled appearances and, most notably, a statement from CNN that declared she was fired from hosting New Year’s Eve alongside Cooper.

Kathy Griffin says she’s not being investigated for Trump photo

Griffin offered an emotional apology after the photo went viral, and admitted that the photo was “horrible” while refusing to fully back down.

“I’m not laying down for this guy,” she said. “I’m going to keep making jokes about this guy.”

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In-N-Out Sues Smashburger for Playing 'Double-Double' Name Game

In-N-Out Sues SmashburgerWe Got Beef with Your Triple DoubleA Little Familiar, Eh?

8/28/2017 5:41 PM PDT

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In-N-Out is going all animal (style) on Smashburger for peddling a burger it considers triple the cheese, and double the theft … so In-N-Out’s suing.

In-N-Out just filed suit against its burger rival for allegedly jacking their double-double, triple-triple and quad-quad concepts, and tweaked it with their own version — 3 cheese slices and 2 patties, or as they call it … the Triple Double.

I-N-O acknowledges it didn’t specifically trademark the name Triple Double — although it claims its patrons are known to customize orders with similar terms. But in the suit, it says Smash’s move is causing confusion in the marketplace and screwing with their burger biz.

We’ve reached out to Smash for comment … so far, no word back.


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NYC shoppers thrilled with Whole Foods price cuts

Say good-bye to Whole Paycheck.

Whole Foods reduced the price of a half-gallon of milk 50 cents, ground beef $ 2, and organic avocado a dollar in New York on Monday — among the several discounts coinciding with the first day of Amazon as the new owner of the upscale grocery.

The e-commerce giant, which bought the national chain for $ 13.7 billion, plans to make its $ 99-a-year Amazon Prime the rewards program for Whole Foods shoppers looking for bargains, while some of the grocery’s products will be sold on the Amazon website.

Before the takeover, Whole Foods was derisively labeled “Whole Paycheck” by shoppers frustrated with its high-priced items.

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Now, the store will model itself more like Walmart, which prides itself on lower prices.

On Monday, shoppers were excited about the discounts.

“The ground beef was definitely cheaper,” said Domonique Glover, as she shopped inside the new location in Harlem.

“The price of organic milk was lower,” the public school teacher said. “I hope it’s going to be all lower prices on everything, not just six or seven items.”

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The Harlem location on Lenox Ave. and 125th St. opened its doors last months after five years of planning.

“Healthy food is important,” she added. “I’m glad Whole Foods is in Harlem. There were so few supermarkets before.”

In Chelsea, shoppers were welcomed with a giant sign exclaiming, “We are growing something good Whole Foods + Amazon.”

Josh Baer, 31, said he didn’t notice the discounts.

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“Usually, I get a little produce and granola and it comes to $ 50,” he said. “It’s a mystery what will happen. Whole Foods started out rootsy. Hopefully Amazon will help with the prices. They are probably going to go mainstream.”

Amazon-Whole Foods has 465 physical stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. It is right behind Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Albertsons.

The takeover by the Seattle-based tech giant was questioned by grocery workers.

A union representing food industry staffers was worried the Amazon move would hurt competition. The union asked the Federal Trade Commission to review the deal.

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But the sale was approved in part because Amazon didn’t have a foothold in the grocery industry.

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Art Briles Booted From CFL Job

Art BrilesBooted From CFL Coaching Job

8/28/2017 6:55 PM PDT

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Well, that was quick …

Art Briles‘ stint as an offensive coordinator for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats is already over — after the team and the league decided getting into bed with the disgraced former Baylor coach was a bad idea.

The CFL and Ticats issued a joint statement saying “Art Briles will no longer be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a coach. We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavors.”

Briles oversaw the football program during the biggest scandal in the history of the program — when investigators found that people who accused football players of sexual assault were retaliated against by school officials.

Briles has denied any wrongdoing — but the P.R. hit appeared too much  for the Ticats and  the CFL to stomach.


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Two dead, four wounded after gunman opens fire at N.M. library

Two people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a library in New Mexico, according to authorities.

Six people were wounded fter a shooting around 4 p.m. at the library in Clovis, the city’s assistant manager Claire Burroughs told the Daily News.

The city’s fire chief later said that two of those wounded had died.

Three of the victims were airlifted to Lubbock, Texas, for treatment, Curry County Fire & Safety Director David Kube.

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Jessica Thron, an employee at Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico, is helped into an ambulance after the shooting on Monday.

Jessica Thron, an employee at Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico, is helped into an ambulance after the shooting on Monday.

(Courtesy of the Eastern New Mexico News)

Vanessa Aguirre told the Eastern New Mexico News that she fled the building when a man came into the library with a gun and started to shoot into the air.

“It all happened so fast,” she said.

One suspect has been taken into custody, Burroughs said, with resident Joseph Tapid telling the News that he captured video of the arrest around 4:30.

Tapia added that he saw more than a dozen people fleeing the library, ranging in age from small children to the elderly.

It was not immediately clear how old the people killed and wounded are.

“I’m heartbroken by the horrific events in Clovis tonight. Please join Jill and me in keeping Clovis in your thoughts and prayers,” Democratic New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall posted on Twitter.

Clovis is a small city of about 40,000 people near New Mexico’s border with Texas.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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City officials said one person was taken into custody after a gunman opened fire.

(Courtesy of the Eastern New Mexico News)

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