Westchester County Executive Hopeful Takes Aim At Controversial Gun Show

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was new debate Tuesday, over a controversial gun show that may return to Westchester.

Opponents say using a county building to sell weapons is wrong — especially when the last gun show featured Nazi and confederate memorabilia.

As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, the Westchester County Center in White Plains hosts all kinds of events, from reptile shows to tattoo conventions, but after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun shows were not welcome — that changed last January.

“To own a gun is perfectly legal, but it’s not something I think the county should be involved in helping to promote,” State Sen. George Latimer (D) said.

Latimer is running for Westchester County Executive, and pointed to Nazi literature, books on Hitler, and confederate flag mementos at the last gun show as reasons why the promoter ‘Northeast Gun Shows’ should not be allowed to hold another event at the county center this January, as they have tentatively listed on their website.

“Nazi memorabilia, confederate flags, it’s a whole counter-culture, anti-society, anti-government kind of mindset that comes with the gun show, and I don’t think that’s appropriate,” he said.

County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed a ban on gun shows earlier this year.

“They’re gong to try to make this into something it was not, it was not Charlottesville, please!” he said.

Astorino’s veto came 7 months before the riot that involved neo-Nazis, confederate supporters, and their opponents in Virginia.

Astorino said 8,000 people attended in January, lines have traditionally been out the door, and the latest gun show earned tax payers $50,000, so he won’t stop it because of some controversial memorabilia.

“These are historical in nature, these are not propaganda to join the Nazis and the KKK, this is about World War II, the same books are in high school libraries,” he said.

CBS2 reached out to show organizers to get their side of the story, but has not heard back. People on the street had plenty to say.

“I do not support gun shows with that type of memorabilia, absolutely not,” Papa Adjei said.

“As long as the county center has background checks, and there is police there that enforce whatever they need to do as far as IDs and so on, I support it,” Joseph Robinson said.

“My tolerance for anything involving Nazi memorabilia and confederate memorabilia is zero,” Kevin Dyal added.

“I think that people have the right to show these things, I think we also need to express our condemnation of Nazism, and what the confederacy stood for,” Glenn Berger said.

It’s a debate that will likely continue until the next gun show.

Westchester County officials said no contract has been signed for the January show, but pointed out that the state of New York holds similar shows on its property in Albany.

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East Meadow Parents Unnerved By Pile Of Discarded Drug Paraphernalia

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An abundance of drug vials has been popping up in a new place, and some say it’s evidence of an epidemic extending to new areas.

The drug paraphernalia littering a quiet neighborhood in Nassau County has some parents realizing a dangerous epidemic could be closer to home than they though.

Empty bottles and plastic baggies piled at the curb on 7th Road in East Meadow have been a sobering sight for parents.

“It’s drugs, and stuff like that it looks like. I have two little kids, so no good,” Mike Wood said.

Residents noticed them outside at the corner of Stanley Road last week, but didn’t know what they were looking at.

CBS2 showed images to Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun of the Nassau County Police Department.

“Yes they could be illegal drugs, or it could be legal drugs. Obviously someone placed them there or threw them out of their car,” he said.

He said the paraphernalia was never reported, but parents’ concerns are justified.

“Heroin, it’s fentanyl, it is of epidemic proportions at this time, we’re all parents, we’re all concerned,” LeBrun said.

For the Brusca family, the discovery put a far off threat in plain sight.

“We moved here two years ago, I never seen anything around, ever,” Brusca said.

“We have a lot of kids, kids across the street, kids next door, that whole dead-end right there is all kids, so that’s the sad part,” Vanessa Gomes said.

The block has been cleaned since CBS2’s cameras were there on Monday, but cleaning Nassau County of a growing drug problem is not as easy.

“We want to do our research, we want to rehabilitate, we want to educate, and again we need to enforce the laws and that’s by arrest, and no we can’t arrest our way out of any type of epidemic, we need the other prongs,” LeBrun said.

Nassau County Police advised anyone who believes drug paraphernalia is in their neighborhood to call police immediately, so they can investigate and clean up.

Last year, nearly 500 people died from opioid overdoses on Long Island.

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Airlines Caught Jacking Up The Prices On Flights Out Of Hurricane Irma’s Path!

Seriously, WTF, airlines??

It seems once again, as natural disasters bring out the best in us, they also bring out the worst.

Related: Best Buy Accused Of Price Gouging Water During Hurricane Harvey Floods

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm and appears to be headed straight for Puerto Rico and then Florida. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Miami as Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency.

But some wishing to evacuate over the past couple days have noticed the prices for flights out of Miami SOARING after news of the storm’s path:

So there have been occasions when I have been forced to pay a little bit extra due to poor planning on my part or last minute changes. BUT where the hell does the buck stop?! 1700 for an economy ticket to NYC from miami?!!! That’s straight up highway robbery. We’ve been so distracted by the news cycle these past few weeks and fixated on the governments attempts to disenfranchise or straight up deport hundreds of housands of POC basically for “stealing” from us red blooded Americans. And before you come at me for drawing parallels between two very different issues; my point is that we are being distracted from real issues that affect us in our daily lives with ones that will literally not directly impact you in any meaningful way as to cause harm. Meanwhile you got folks like @americanair over here taking advantage of the ignorance and capitalizing off of what could be a devastating situation for the state I live in. Last week I read numerous articles bemoaning the price gouging at Houston area Best Buy’s and hotels and gas stations. But when it comes to the airports nobody says a thing; it’s just an accepted practice at this point, but ask yourself why? Why during times of emergency do basic services such as travel suddenly experience 50% spikes and higher? And better yet ask yourself why doesn’t the government step in and cap these things? I mean does jet fuel cost that much more than it did last Thursday? Did New York City suddenly move 1000 miles further from Miami? No all that changed was demand, and I’m all for a free market but not when it puts out of reach of thousands the ability to reasonably and fairly evacuate. Maybe it’s something that FEMA could step in and help regulate if its funding wasn’t about to be slashed by nearly a billion dollars.

NCAA Reportedly May Vote to Let Division I Transfers Be Eligible Immediately

The NCAA reportedly may make it easier for all student-athletes to change schools.

247Sports’ Andrew Slater reported the Division I Transfer Working Group is considering a proposal to eliminate the rule forcing student-athletes to sit out a year when they transfer. Student-athletes who transfer would have to meet a GPA requirement in order to be eligible immediately.


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Shaun White Hospitalized After Suffering Injury While Snowboarding

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White suffered an injury over the weekend that required a trip to the hospital. 

Not exactly the birthday I was hoping for,” White wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “I under rotated a double flip that sent me to the hospital. The biggest scare was seeing blood in my urine but after the tests all came back looking good I was released to go home. Life’s going to knock you down…. get up, learn from your mistakes, and you’ll be better for it! see you back on the mountain soon.”

White turned 31 years old on Sunday. 


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Listen to ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast: Alice Cooper

The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

In a deep, hilarious, career-spanning conversation with host Brian Hiatt, Alice Cooper talks about breaking up his original band, touring with Johnny Depp, his friendship with Glen Campbell, and much more – plus, he reviews Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume Channel.

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The Source Talks to Jazzy Amra

Jazzy Amra is an R&B artist from New York City signed to the label Heads Music. The music label partnered with Wyclef Jean to release her music. According to Heads Music, she will be releasing her first project titled “Amra” this fall. On top of current collaborations with Dave East and Wyclef, Amra is currently on tour with Wyclef, but sat down with The Source to talk about her sudden rise in the music industry. 

The Source: Where did the name Jazzy Amra come from? 

Jazzy Amra: My full name is Jazmine, so Jazzy is a nickname.”Amra” means princess in Arabic. When I decided to go full on to pursue a music career, I took that as a chance to reinvent myself. I wanted a positive name that made me feel good. Growing up, I had a hard time finding myself and being comfortable in my own skin, insecurities that stemmed from my upbringing.  Despite those unfortunate events I went through as a child, it didn’t take away from the fact that I am special and that I am royalty. “Amra” was the best name to describe me.

The Source: What was your motivation for getting into music? 

Jazzy Amra: My motivation for getting into music was my mother. When I was about 3-4, I used to live with her and my two siblings at a rehabilitation center. We eventually got out and she still had custody of us, but then relapsed. We were then removed from her care. After that, I hadn’t seen her in years. My only strong memory of her was hearing her sing to Lauryn Hill, Mary J., Toni Braxton, La India and so many different artists. She always used to sing “I Believe I can Fly”to us.. that’s probably the first song I ever learned. Singing always felt good to me. My mom’s passion for music inspired me.

The Source: According to your biography, you grew up in the Bronx. What part of the Bronx are you from? 

Jazzy Amra: I’m from Kingsbridge Road.

The Source: There are many layers to R&B music. How would you classify your specific style of R&B? 

Jazzy Amra: I would say I’m hip-hop & R&B with that soul to it.

The Source: Who were the some of the artists (R&B and otherwise) you looked up to musically growing up? 

Jazzy Amra: Growing up I loved Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mya, R.Kelly, 112, the whole Bad Boy family, Boyz II Men, Usher, The Fugees, the list goes on and on. I was adopted by my aunt at the age of 5 and her son, Andy would always blast music around the house and those were the artists he would play.

The Source: Who are some of the current (R&B and otherwise) artists you like? 

Jazzy Amra: I really like H.E.R .. H.E.R music is just a vibe.. it puts me in the zone.  I’m also listening to a lot of Jhene Aiko, Nicki Minaj, Drake, A-Boogie, Rihanna, Tory Lanez and many other artists.

The Source: I read before you signed with Wyclef that you used to attend BET’s 106 & Park when it was on television and sing to the crowd during the commercial breaks. That is pretty creative marketing and a great way to practice becoming a singer. How did that idea come about? 

Jazzy Amra: I was a freshman/sophomore in high school at the time. I would attend 106 & Park for the experience of being around cameras and for the opportunity to see my favorite celebs. When they would ask, “who has talent in the crowd?” I would be so shy to raise my hand, but I saw it as a chance to break out of my shell and face my fear of singing in front of people.. I know it sounds crazy, but I used to be so afraid of singing in front of people. If people wanted to hear me sing, I would make them turn around or close their eyes. 

The Source: How has your experience been working with a musical legend like Wyclef been?

Jazzy Amra: Working with a legend like Wyclef reassured me that this was really written for me. 10 years ago, if somebody would have told me I was going to work with Wyclef Jean, I wouldn’t have believed them. Working with Wyclef really kicked off everything. He introduced me to traveling and performing in front of big crowds. My first time on an airplane was in January 2015 when I went to Las Vegas to perform with him. He’s definitely my mentor and I got my confidence up working with him.

The Source: You and Dave East seem collaborate often. What’s the reason if any behind the musical connection? 

Jazzy Amra: Working with East is always a great experience. He’s super talented. I remember one of the first times I had a studio session with him… I saw him write his verse in 5 mins. I was like, “whoa… he’s different.” But, he’s home team, so I just feel like it’s only right that we create together.

The Source: Can you talk about your upcoming mixtape “Amra” that is slated to come out soon? 

Jazzy Amra: “Amra” will my first solo body of work ever. It’s currently set to be released in the fall. “Amra” will be an introduction to who I am, my story and my music.

The Source: In the past R&B artists would never release mixtapes. Currently, that has changed to where R&B artists releasing their own mixtapes is normal. From your point of view, why has this practice become normal among R&B artists? 

Jazzy Amra: I think mixtapes give us R&B artists more creative freedom and helps us work a little smarter. It’s basically a stepping stone. If you’re an upcoming artist, the smart thing to do would be to put together a mixtape and put it out there see what the people are feeling from you, as opposed to just making an album. I feel like that’s something you work your way up to.

The Source: Any last words for people who want to keep up with Jazzy Amra and things they should look out for in the future?

Jazzy Amra: If you want to keep up with me, follow me on social media @JazzyAmra and just stay tuned. I’m really active on social media, so I’ll be posting about what’s to come.

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Ashley Tisdale & Her Husband Have INTENSE Eye Coitus Performing A Stripped Down Cover Of Zedd’s Stay

A couple that covers Stay together, stays together!

Ashley Tisdale always invites special guests to sing with her on her YouTube series Music Sessions, and this latest jam sesh was no exception!

In the new clip, the High School Musical alum was joined by her husband Christopher French to perform a stripped down version of Zedd and Alessia Cara‘s Stay.

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Unsurprisingly, the acoustics didn’t fail to bring out some intense energy between the two, who exchanged knowing glances as Chris strummed along on his guitar while Ash cooed out the vocals.

Watch the romantic rendition (above)!