Lenders Seek to Force Fyre Festival Into Bankruptcy

People who lent money to Fyre Festival before it collapsed are now trying to force the company that ran the event into bankruptcy following the arrest of William “Billy” McFarland, the man behind the ill-fated music festival. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Lenders Seek to Force Fyre Festival Into Bankruptcy

People who lent money to Fyre Festival before it collapsed are now trying to force the company that ran the event into bankruptcy following the arrest of William “Billy” McFarland, the man behind the ill-fated music festival. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Venus Williams Car Crash Video Proves She Did Not Break The Law!

Venus Williams may not be as culpable as was initially reported.

Previously, Williams had been found at fault for the car accident on June 9 that claimed the life of 78-year-old Jerome Barson.

Video: Venus Breaks Down In Press Conference After Being Asked About Crash

But on Friday the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department issued a press release, along with security camera footage of the accident, revealing:

“After the initial investigation was conducted, new evidence into the incident was located. Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal.”

Police also confirmed through that the tennis star was, as she had said, going just 5 mph when the two cars collided. In fact, they say they confirmed BOTH drivers’ stories. How??

See the video and get the explanation (below)!

In the video, Venus (in the black SUV) enters the intersection when the light is green, then has to stop abruptly when a car coming the opposite direction turns left in front of her. After that car passes, Venus is already in the intersection, so she starts to go forward again.

The light changes from green to yellow to red during all this. So the other car’s driver, Jerome’s wife Linda Barson, has a green light. She must not see Venus’ car though because she does not appear to slow down at all.

This seems to us to hurt Linda’s wrongful death lawsuit against Venus, but the Barson family attorney has already issued a statement in response, telling TMZ:

“The video released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department continues to support the fact that Ms. Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barson’s right of way. There is nothing that disputes Ms. Williams’ was in the intersection on a red light, and the witnesses clearly confirm the Barsons’ had a green light and lawfully entered the intersection.”

Do YOU still think Venus is at fault?

[Image via Macguyver/WENN/Barson Family/People.]

Jewish Group Outraged At “Anti-Semitic” Lyrics On Jay-Z’s 4:44 Track “The Story Of O.J.”

Jewish Group Outraged At Jay-Z’s Anti-Semitic Lyrics

The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that supposedly keeps its eye on bigotry and racism in the United States and abroad, has publicly stated that it has a problem with a line from “The Story of O.J.” on Jay-Z’s new album.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the track, check it out:

Apparently, Jay’s mention that Jewish people are shrewd investors and property owners read as offensive rather than informative.

‘You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit/ You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.’

The organization believes that Jay’s bars feed into long-standing stereotypes that, while positive in connotation, feed into bigotry. Think “Asians are great at math,” or “Black people run really fast.” As a rep shared with Rolling Stone:

“The idea that Jews ‘own all the property’ in this country and have used credit to financially get ahead are odious and false. Yet, such notions have lingered in society for decades, and we are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish ‘control’ of the banks and finance.”

However, the ADL doesn’t think Jay-Z necessarily meant to say something so stereotypical.

“We do not believe it was Jay-Z’s intent to promote anti-Semitism. On the contrary, we know that Jay-Z is someone who has used his celebrity in the past to speak out responsibly and forcefully against the evils of racism and anti-Semitism.

[But] the lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money.”

All well and good, we guess. But the ADL seems to be missing the fact that the song AIN’T ABOUT JEWISH FOLKS! It’s rapped out advice and observations specifically for us.

Either way, we doubt Jay plans to back down from a single thing he said on the track. What do you think? Is the ADL within their rights with this one, or do they need to chill and let Hov rock while trying to give us a million dollars worth of game for $9.99?

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8-Year-Old NY Girl Headed To Skills Competition At MLB All-Star Game

PHILIPSTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Tae kwon do teaches discipline and hard work. Eight-year-old Jessie Tudor is using those lessons in baseball.

“When I do my punch, it’s kind of like how I throw a baseball,” she said.

And it’s taking her all the way to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities.

Jessie is one of thousands of 7- to 14-year-olds who entered MLB’s skills competition called Pitch, Hit & Run.

“Unbelievable,” said her father, Rodney. “When she started the first competition in Highland Falls, we never dreamed of this.”

Jessie Tudor

Jessie Tudor (credit: CBS2)

“You have to run from second to home,” Jessie explained. “You have to throw six balls at a target. If you hit all six, that’s a lot of points.”

Which competition is her favorite?

“Hitting, because I can hit it really far,” she said.

MORE: 5 Most Memorable MLB All-Star Game Moments

She’ll get points based on how far she hits the ball on the fly.

Jessie helped lead her baseball team to the Philipstown Little League title. Her next stage will be a little bigger.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of the hard work that she puts in,” Rodney Tudor said. “It goes back to the tae kwon do class. They teach a lot of the discipline and self-control.”

Plus during the Home Run Derby, she’ll be one of the kids in the outfield known as “the shaggers.”

“That’s going to be fun because I get to catch real baseball players’ balls,” she said.

“I’m hoping that she’s pretty far out there because Aaron Judge just crushes the ball,” her dad said. “It’s got to come off the bat at like miles per hour. She’s smart enough and good enough to stay out of the way of any ball that’s coming too fast.”

At this year’s Home Run Derby, Judge won’t be New York’s only young phenom.

Even though Jessie comes from a family of Mets fans, she’s a Yankees fan. Her dad says it’s only because her uncle corrupted her.

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LI Teen Celebrates 15th Birthday Thanking Doctors That Saved His Life From Skin Disorder

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A teen returned to Nassau University Medical Center on Friday to thank the staff that saved his life.

Doctors believe a common acne drug may have triggered his disorder.

As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, words don’t come easy for Devin O’Rourke, but his face – actually his skin – tell his remarkable story of recovery.

Just six months ago, it was all eaten away by a severe skin disorder.

His mother, Eileen, said her worst fear would have been burying her son.

“I thank god that we’re not,” she said.

Devin’s nightmare started with sores in his mouth and quickly spiraled. His eyes, nose and mouth were all under attack.

Nasssau University Medical Center’s burn unit specialists diagnosed him with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or toxic epidermal necrolysis.

“He was as sick as a young man could be. He fought for his life,” Dr. Louis Riina said. “The pain that he had to experience is incomprehensible for any of us. He shed the entirety of his skin.”

“There were days we walked in and said, ‘he’s not going to make it.’ But he did, and he fought, and he looks good,” Dr. Peter Ciminera said.

The suspected cause of this very rare disorder was the very common drug tetracycline, which is used to treat acne.

“It was just regular acne, and this is where he got the Stevens-Johnson from,” his mother said.

It was a life threatening allergic reaction.

“There is a huge list of medications that do cause this syndrome,” Dr. Victor Politi said.

From the brink of death, Devin is now celebrating life and giving thanks on his 15th birthday.

“I appreciate them so much for everything they did, saving my life,” he said.

Doctors call this a cautionary tale. All drugs can cause adverse reactions, and skin blistering should be promptly diagnosed.

Devin is still healing but is heading back to high school in Levittown in the fall.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome affects fewer than six people per million.

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