Comedian King Keraun to Joel Osteen … Helping Houston Ain't About the Money

Comedian King KeraunC’mon, Joel OsteenHouston Gives You Money, You Should Give Back

8/28/2017 6:05 PM PDT

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Comedian King Keraun‘s not buying Joel Osteen‘s explanation for closing his megachurch’s doors in Houston’s time of need … especially because Houston puts so much in his offering plates.

Osteen’s Lakewood Church says flooded roads have made the church — which could shelter nearly 17,000 people — inaccessible. But Keraun, who says he’s helped 12 people escape flooding on his own, says this disaster will prove who’s really down for his hometown … and, in his book, the early scorecard doesn’t look good for Rev. O.

Keraun had some intense moments around Houston Monday, and told us he’s desperately trying to get to trapped family members. If Osteen, or anyone else, has a boat … Keraun’s in the market.


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Westchester dad in murder-suicide was entangled in legal troubles

A wealthy Westchester property manager who gunned down his wife and daughter before killing himself was locked in litigation when he pulled the trigger.

Steven Dym also wasn’t any stranger to lawsuits and unhappy clients — and even an aggrieved elevator business — over the years, the Daily News has learned.

Court papers show Dym, 56, was fending off a lawsuit claiming he mishandled client money when he carried out the grisly murder-suicide Friday at his Pound Ridge home. Dym blasted his wife, Loretta, 50, and daughter Caroline, 18, with a 12-gauge shotgun. He then shot himself in the head, authorities said.

The murders happened in a house the Dyms recently put on the market for $ 1.7 million. One local resident said the home had sold the day before the crimes.

Dad kills wife, daughter before taking own life in Westchester

Dym led Gabriel Management Corp., a property management company in Bayside, Queens. Last August, former clients sued Dym and his company.

Robert Walsh, a lawyer for the property owners, told The News at least $ 180,000 in tenant payments to Dym’s company wasn’t reflected in management reports.

Steven Dym was battling lawsuits and unhappy clients — and even an aggrieved elevator business — when he killed his wife and daughter in a murder-suicide.

Steven Dym was battling lawsuits and unhappy clients — and even an aggrieved elevator business — when he killed his wife and daughter in a murder-suicide.

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Walsh said Dym also “refused to turn over the books and records because he claimed he was owed some management fees for the last month of management.”

Walsh said his clients got tired of what they felt was Dym giving them the runaround.

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“First he claimed he couldn’t find them, then he claimed he knew where they were but he had to go look for them, then he claimed he couldn’t find them again. So we brought a lawsuit,” Walsh said.

Dym’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

His legal problems didn’t stop there. According to attorney Barbara Matarazzo, around 2013, Dym was improperly cutting $ 85,000 in checks to himself from a SoHo co-op he was supposed to be managing. Matarazzo said the co-op collected its $ 50,000 insurance policy limit about a year later to right Dym’s wrongs.

Caroline Dym, 18, was found dead in her home in Pound Ridge in Westchester, N.Y.

Caroline Dym, 18, was found dead in her home in Pound Ridge in Westchester, N.Y.

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The co-op made a police report, she said. The NYPD said it has no arrest record for Dym.

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In 2014, Dym also got hauled into Manhattan Supreme Court by a property owner who claimed Dym’s management businesses botched job duties, including failing to collect tenant security deposits. That case settled last year.

Additionally, Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp., which installs and maintains elevators, sued Gabriel Management in 2010. The elevator giant said the company wasn’t paying its invoices. The case settled in 2011.

Trooper A.J. Hicks, a public information officer for the New York State Police, declined to comment on the murder investigation or whether there was any connection to Dym’s litigation.

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Miss BumBum Contestants Bound to Trees … for the Amazon, Of Course

Miss BumBumSave the Rear Forest!

8/28/2017 4:25 PM PDT

Here are the Miss BumBum Brazil 2017 contestants gagged and bound to trees — but it’s for a good cause … and not the one running around your head.

The models posed to raise Amazon awareness on the heels of Brazil’s President giving mining companies access to a nature reserve in the rain forest.

This seems like a peaceful protest we can all get behind.

Sexy, cultural and totally relevant for the times. The ladies of Miss BumBum … always making their country proud. Rope burn be damned! 


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Trump mixes up two blond reporters during press conference

President Trump found himself in a coif conundrum Monday after he mixed up two blond, Finnish journalists during a press conference with the Nordic country’s president.

President Sauli Niinistö was taking questions alongside Trump when he called on a member of his press pool.

President Trump mixed up two blond reporters during a press conference with Finnish Presdient Sauli Niinistö.

President Trump mixed up two blond reporters during a press conference with Finnish Presdient Sauli Niinistö.

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Trump quickly chimed in, asking, “Again? You’re going to give her the same one?”

“No, she is not the same lady,” Niinistö responded, to laughter from the audience. “They are sitting side by side.”

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The reporter seemed to laugh off the slip-up, too.

“We have a lot of blond women in Finland,” she quipped, to a chuckle from the president.

PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins managed to track down the journalists at the center of the mix-up after the press conference, and shared a photo to Twitter of Maria Annala and her similarly coiffed counterpart, Paula Vilen.

“THIS. The Finnish journalists @potus had trouble telling apart. They are def. 2 diff. people. So glad I met @maria_annala + @vilenpaula,” she wrote.

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Chris Paul Donates $75,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Chris Paul Donates $ 75,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief

8/28/2017 4:10 PM PDT

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Chris Paul is putting his money where his mouth is — writing $ 75,000 in checks to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

The NBA star — who was just traded to the Houston Rockets — heeded charity calls from both J.J. Watt and Kevin Hart

Watt confirmed CP3 donated $ 50k to theHouston Flood Relief Fund — putting the NFL star over his initial fundraising goal of $ 500,000. 

Kevin Hart had also challenged celebs to donate to the American Red Cross — and Paul stepped up with a $ 25,000 donation. 

Together, J.J. and Kev have raised more than $ 850k toward flood relief. 

Good work, fellas. 


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North Korea launches missile over Japan

North Korea launched another missile, this time over Japan Tuesday, South Korea’s military said.

The ballistic missile from Pyongyang was fired into the Japan’s East Sea around 5:57 a.m. local time, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

South Korea didn’t say where the missile landed or how far it traveled.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile was an “unprecedented grave threat” to Japan.

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The launch comes as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea intensify.

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Japanese state media tweeted urging people to evacuate to nearby buildings or find shelter underground.

The launch comes days after North Korea set off three short-range missiles into Japan’s sea Saturday despite President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning. 

North Korea has also threatened to attack the American-territory of Guam amid tensions of nuclear war between the U.S. and Kim Jong-un’s regime. 

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Joel Osteen's Houston Megachurch Can't Open Because of Flood Waters

Joel OsteenFires Back at Critics …Biblical Flood Shut Down My Church

8/28/2017 3:02 PM PDT

Joel Osteen‘s 17,000-seat Lakewood Church in Houston isn’t opening its doors for rescue efforts because floodwaters just won’t allow it … according to the church.

The mega-televangelist is catching flak for tweeting about his hometown flood, but not doing anything to help out — especially because his megachurch could shelter thousands of people displaced by the rising water. 

Church officials say this one’s out of Joel’s hands though — and point out the streets surrounding the church are already so flooded … Lakewood is inaccessible.

The church used to be the Compaq Center sports arena, and sits along a highway … part of which is currently under water. The floodwater wasn’t clear in a photo tweeted Monday morning.


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De Blasio signs bill to hike cigarette pack price to $13 minimum

Declaring Big Tobacco “public enemy number one,” Mayor de Blasio signed legislation to cut down on the number of places to buy cigarettes and hike the minimum price to $ 13 a pack Monday — with a goal of 160,000 fewer smokers by 2020.

“It’s very cynical. It’s all about greed,” de Blasio said at Kings County Hospital, where he signed the bills. “We have these major international corporations that clearly know better but to make a buck they’re looking to hook a whole new generation of young people on tobacco products and we have to stop them.”

The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes will jump from $ 10.50 to $ 13, the highest price floor for cigarettes in the nation, de Blasio said. While many retailers already charge that much or more for a pack, the average price in the city is $ 11.24, according to the health department. With brands forced to charge at least $ 13 for the cheapest pack, the department expects prices to raise for premium brands as well to maintain separation from lower-tier smokes, the department has said.

And tobacco products other than cigarettes will also jump in price thanks to a 10% tax that will go to public housing.

De Blasio backs raising minimum price of cigarettes to $ 13 a pack

Pharmacies — including local shops as well as ubiquitous city chains like Duane Reade — will have to pull cigarettes off the shelf as the city bans the sale of smokes there.

The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes will jump from $  10.50 to $  13, the highest price floor for cigarettes in the nation, de Blasio said.

The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes will jump from $ 10.50 to $ 13, the highest price floor for cigarettes in the nation, de Blasio said.

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“A place where you go for healthcare should not be selling you deadly products,” de Blasio said.

Over the next decade, New Yorkers can also expect that smokes will become harder to find in corner stores and bodegas, too — the legislation cuts in half the number of retailers licensed to sell tobacco, currently 9,000, over 10 years through attrition. The city currently has almost 30 tobacco retailers per square mile, Deputy Mayor Herminia Palacio said — meaning there are more places to buy tobacco in the city than there are Starbucks and pizzerias combined, de Blasio said.

The minimum price hike goes into effect June 1, 2018, and the pharmacy ban on January 1, 2019.

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Some critics of the legislation — including a handful of council members who voted against it — have argued the burden will fall most hard on lower-income people, who are more likely to smoke and will be hit harder from the price increase. De Blasio deemed that a “painful reality,” but noted help quitting is available for free by calling 1-888-NYQUITS.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the new legislation on Monday. 

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“Our first job in public service is to protect human life and right now, cynically a lot of folks are being attracted to tobacco products by millions and millions of dollars in advertising, and it’s causing a profound danger to their lives,” he said.

The price hike and other regulations also raise the question of whether more people will try to skirt the law by either selling below the minimum price or by selling untaxed cigarettes. New York City Sherriff Joseph Fucito said sellers who try that will face stiff penalties. Each carton of untaxed cigarettes will earn a seller a $ 100 civil penalty, and if it goes unpaid, sheriffs can take the cash from the register, Fucito said, adding there will also be audits to ensure the minimum price law is followed.

“It’s going to be very difficult and very painful to traffic in this type of tobacco and these kinds of things without paying the tax,” Fucito said.

City Council raises cigarette pack price to $ 13 minimum

Enforcement around untaxed cigarettes is a fraught political issue — it was selling loosies that led to Eric Garner’s fatal encounter with police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him. But de Blasio said he didn’t expect to see that kind of enforcement increase.

“Our focus is not on the little guy out on the street selling loosies, our focus is on the people who are providing the supply and also the stores that are very cynically selling these illegal cigarettes,” he said.

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NFL's Adolphus Washington Found Not Guilty in Concealed Gun Case

NFL’s Adolphus WashingtonFound Not GuiltyIn Concealed Gun Case

8/28/2017 2:10 PM PDT

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The gun nightmare is officially over for Buffalo Bills lineman Adolphus Washington  who was found not guilty of improperly carrying a concealed handgun stemming from a incident at a water park. 

As we previously reported, cops drew their weapons and stormed Washington’s car when they saw him handling his gun while leaving a party at the Cincinnati-area waterpark on July 9. 

Washington claimed he was innocently trying to put the gun away — and wasn’t trying to brandish it. 

He was arrested and charged — and Monday, the case went to a non-jury trial where he was found NOT GUILTY. 

He’s off the hook with the law — but could still face discipline from the NFL. 


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‘Real Housewives’ star Tamra Judge reveals melanoma battle

A star on “Real Housewives of Orange County” revealed she’s battling melanoma after discovering a cancerous growth on her backside.

Tamra Judge, 49, shared an image of the mole on her left butt cheek to Instagram and told her followers that her plans to compete in a bodybuilding competition this November are now in flux.

“Im showing you this picture because this is what melanoma looks like,” she captioned the picture. “I don’t want sympathy, I want you to save YOUR ass and get your skin checked . This was just a small black flat freckle…. I had no idea!”

Judge then preached her confidence that she’ll recover well from the skin cancer since she discovered it early on.

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“I’ve been a little sad , worried and pissed off,” she wrote. “But we caught it early and that makes me happy.”

The reality star has previously had three basil cell skin cancer blemishes removed from her body, as well as one squamous cell skin cancer spot, according to People.

Those types of skin cancer can usually be easily removed if discovered early on.

Judge, who has four kids, has been a regular cast member on “Real Housewives of Orange County” for nine seasons after joining in Season 3.

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