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    Elementary School Teacher Allegedly Tried To Hypnotize Students

    A 3rd grade teacher in Hummelstown, Pa. has been charged following inappropriate contact with five female students, reports WNEP 16.

    James William Mentzer, 39, has been charged with institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, and five counts of corruption of minors. The victims were ages 8, 9, and three were 11-years-old at the time of the alleged contact, according to police.

    The investigation began on Feb. 16 2018, when police were notified about suspected contact between Mentzer and the students over a 5 month period, according to the criminal complaint. After reviewing the complaints, it was determined that Mentzer asked each student to come to his classroom from other classes, when those classes were being monitored by substitute teachers. During that time, he reportedly recorded videos of the victims for an unknown project that was not part of any official curriculum, WNEP 16 reports.

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    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Sues Alabama Restaurant That Denies Service To ‘All Black Groups’

    An Alabama restaurant finds itself in legal hot water after declining service to a Black fraternity, the latest in a string of racist incidents nationwide at restaurants.

    Kappa Alpha Psi’s Alabama chapter filed a racial discrimination lawsuit on June 27 against Tuscaloosa’s Cypress Inn, reported. It stems from the restaurant canceling the Kappas’ reservation in February to rent a pavilion after learning that the fraternity is an “all Black group.”

    A restaurant representative returned the fraternity’s $1,500 registration fee after citing security concerns, the lawsuit stated. In response, the fraternity offered to cover expenses for additional security, obtained insurance and showed photos of past fraternity events.

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    Spotify Subscribers Demand Refunds Over Excessive Drake Promotion

    Drake is not the only one “upset” these days.

    The rapper not only filled Spotify with tracks from his double album Scorpion on Friday, he also took over the streaming service’s playlists this weekend, leaving some customers complaining of advertisements on their ad-free accounts.

    Drake fans may have been excited by Spotify’s first-of-its-kind promotional takeover, but it was too much for some subscribers, some of whom asked for refunds.

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    Bitcoin Continues To Tumble – Fourth Price Slide In As Many Days, Down 18 Percent In Seven Days

    It appears Bitcoin’s troubles are far from the over. The number one cryptocurrency has been enduring a difficult few days. BTC has so far declined by almost 18 percent in the last seven days.

    Bitcoin Falls Below $6,500
    BTC slipped further on June 13, falling below the $6,500 mark. This latest pullback follows the significant drop over the weekend that saw it lose 10 percent in a matter of hours on June 10. Bitcoin is currently at its lowest price level since April is trading at $6,450 according to CoinMarketCap. The number cryptocurrency has experienced four sharp price drops within mere hours since June 10. This bear run has seen BTC dip by more than 50 percent since the start of 2018

    Reasons for the Decline
    In the immediate aftermath of the initial price drop on June 10, mainstream media sources claimed the dip was due to the Coinraill hack. The coincidental timing between the price decline and the announcement of the hack on the South Korea-based exchange platform likely led to those conclusions. However, such notions have since been debunked. To begin with, BTC wasn’t stolen in the Coinrail hack. Secondly, the platform doesn’t rank among one of the top exchanges in the market. Thus, it is unlikely that the $42 million hack had much to do with the recent price drop.

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    Obsessive Video Game Playing Now Classified As Mental Health Disorder

    Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.

    In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players.

    WHO said classifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 percent of all gamers believed to be affected.

    Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health and substance abuse, said the agency accepted the proposal that gaming disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, in addition to “the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world.”

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    Detroit Honors Jackson Brothers With Ceremonial Keys To City

    They didn’t get a street named after them, but they did get the keys to the city.

    The Detroit Free Press reports that Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson got a warm reception Friday in the hometown of Motown Records and were given the ceremonial keys to the city by Detroit police Chief James Craig.

    The celebration was initially supposed to have included the renaming of a street after their more famous brother, Michael, but the plan was abandoned after it emerged that the brothers had thought the street would be named after The Jackson 5. A Detroit ordinance prohibits streets from being ceremonially renamed after groups or organizations.

    The remaining members of The Jackson 5 plan to perform Saturday at a free concert in the city. The brothers from Gary, Indiana, signed with Motown Records in 1968 and put out a string of hits.

    Michael Jackson died in 2009 from a prescription drug overdose at age 50.

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    Cardi B Is Back Performing..”The more you move, the easier it will come out” – Cardi B

    We have a really good feeling that this baby is going to be oddly good at music when she’s born.

    Just days after Cardi B put on a stunning, valley-rocking performance at Coachella 2018 in April, she announced that she was taking a break from performing to focus on her pregnancy.

    Well, that apparently didn’t stick. Cardi B was spotted over the weekend hopping on stage to perform “Motorsport” with baby daddy Offset and his hip-hop trio Migos.

    Despite saying she needs to take it easy, the “Be Careful” rapper did say that “moving,” however, is good for you when she appeared on Ellen show back in April.


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    The NFL New Anthem Policy: Stand, Or Stay In The Locker Room

    NFL owners have finally decided on an anthem policy: one that is sure to continue to be polarizing as the league gears up for another season. Without consulting any players or the player’s union, the decision was that players can stay in the locker room while the anthem is being played but should they go onto the field, they must stand.

    Predictably, the reason was mixed.

    The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta.

    In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players. The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.

    The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue — which has reached all the way to the White House.

    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system.

    Other players took up the cause.

    Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea says the NFL’s new national anthem policy is “not really a compromise,” as touted by the league.

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    Smartphone-controlled, color-changing fabric is coming to your clothes and furniture

    Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed the first color-changing fabric that can be controlled with a smartphone.

    Professor Ayman Abouraddy and his team at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, have developed a series of prototypes that includes purses and backpacks. The products change color and pattern through the use of an app or with the click of a built-in button.

    The technology relies on metal micro-wires embedded in each individual thread and a rechargeable battery pack. When activated, an electric current flows through the wires, slightly raising their temperature and causing special pigments in the thread to change color.

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    ASAP Ferg is the first male rapper to act as a spokesman for Tiffany & Co

    When ASAP Ferg was still a teenager in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem, he started making crystal-studded pendants. He would sketch designs of characters like Bart Simpson and Mega Man, then hand the drawings over to Earl Harley (also known as “Harley, the buckle man“). Mr. Harley would create the bases for Ferg, who would then add Swarovski crystals and sell the pendants. They cost him about $200 to make; he sold them for about $700 a piece.

    A decade later, Ferg, born Darold Ferguson Jr., is hawking pricier gems. This month, he became the first male rapper to appear as a spokesman for Tiffany & Co., the luxury jeweler. Ferg, 29, is not yet a megastar nor the most famous artist in the ASAP crew (that would be Rocky). But in collaborating with him, Tiffany has aligned itself with a princeling of Harlem fashion who aims to honor the legacy of his father, the designer Darold Ferguson Sr., by out-accomplishing him.

    During a recent interview at The Blue Box Cafe at the Tiffany flagship store on Fifth Avenue, Ferg was frank about the mutual interest driving the partnership.

    “I feel like we open up doors for each other,” he said of Tiffany. “I show them my world, they show me their world.”

    In working with him, the jewelry brand follows other luxury brands that have sought to reupholster their stuffy brand images by collaborating with luminaries of the hip-hop world.

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