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Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Berman's wife

Connecticut officials say they have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.

The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether 67-year-old Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash. Officials announced Thursday that no violations were found.

Restaurant owner Carole Peck said the cafe was closed on the day of the accident.

State police and liquor control officials are still investigating the crash.

Katherine Berman, of Cheshire, was killed when her vehicle hit the rear of an SUV and flipped over in Woodbury. The 87-year-old SUV driver also died.

The results of toxicology tests on Katherine Berman have not been released.

Spotify pulls white supremacist music from the service

Spotify pulled more than three dozen artists and bands from the streaming music service after they were identified as supporting ideas of white supremacy in a post on a music news site.

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The post, published Monday on DigitalMusicNews.com, identified dozens of musicians and groups on the streaming music platform that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had named “hate bands” in a 2014 list.

According to Digital Music News, the SPLC compiled the list in an effort to urge Apple to remove the bands’ music from its platform.

The music news site found at least eight other related bands on Spotify with help from its algorithm for recommended music and artists.

“In the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville and an increasingly vocal, post-Trump white supremacy voice, the presence of white supremacy music on Spotify takes on a different light,” Digital Music News writer Paul Resnikoff wrote in an effort to call attention to Spotify’s musical offering.

Less than 24 hours after the article was published, Spotify scrapped the music from its platform.

“Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us,” a Spotify spokesperson said. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content and have already removed many of the bands identified ... whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”

According to CNN, Spotify uses government lists of offensive music and bands to help police its platform. 

The streaming service said it would review any content “that is in clear violation of (Spotify’s) internal guidelines which includes content that clearly incites hatred or violence,” CNN reported.

Read more at DigitalMusicNews.comCNN and Billboard.

LeToya Luckett engaged a year after divorce

Former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett has a lot to celebrate.

A year after ending her marriage to relationship expert Rob Hill Sr., she is engaged to a new man she has quietly been dating.

Essence reported that, according to photos and videos posted on Instagram, the original member of Destiny’s Child became engaged to Dallas entrepreneur Tommicus Walker after throwing him a surprise birthday party.

Luckett confirmed the news on her own Instagram page early Thursday.

“I said , ‘Yes yeeeesssss’ on his Burfday!” she captioned the photo.

In August 2016, TMZ reported that the “In the Name of Love” singer quietly got  a divorce after getting married in January “but split after just 2 months and change.”

Ebony reported that Luckett’s brother, Gavin Luckett, posted a video of the proposal on his Instagram page hours after Luckett confirmed the news.

From the video, it’s clear Luckett got a hefty-looking sparkler that she was happy to show off. 

Congrats to the couple!

Taylor Swift Makes “Generous” Donation to to Mariska Hargitay’s Charity Aiding Sexual Assault Survivors

Taylor Swift took a win in court on Monday against former Colorado DJ, David Mueller.  On Monday evening, the Grammy-winning singer announced in a statement that she’d be donating some of her fortune to charities that aid the survivors of sexual assault. This morning, Taylor kept her promise, making an undisclosed bu generous donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation, which the organization confirmed. “Joyful Heart is honored to be recognized by Taylor Swift for our work on behalf of and in service to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.”  “The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light.” On Monday night, the 27-year-old released a statement after her big win in court. “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” she said. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves,” the chart-topping songstress added.  The singer has been a long time admirer of the foundation’s president & founder,  Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unitstar  Mariska Hargitay, who plays NYPD sex crimes unit detective Olivia Benson on the longstanding NBC show.  Swift even named her cat after Hargiaty’s character on the show.  Mariska’s mom,  Jayne Mansfield, has even made a cameo on stage during one of Taylor’s 1989 Tour shows. It seems quite fitting that Swift would make one of her first donations to Emmy winner’s charity. “Inspired by my role on  Law & Order: SVU, I founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization with the mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever,” Hargitay tells E! News in a statement. “The experience of sexual assault and domestic violence can be extremely isolating. One of the most important points we make to survivors is this: you are not alone. I hope that Taylor’s very public experience—and her decision to speak out—not only helps empower other victims to speak up and take action, but offers them solidarity. I’m honored by her dedication and commitment to these issues, and I’m deeply grateful for her support of the Joyful Heart Foundation.” The foundation was founded in 2004 by Hargitay after countless survivors wrote to the actress about their personal stories of sexual violence. As a result, Hargitay formed the foundation to help victims in the hope to “end this violence forever,” according to the foundation’s website. Hargitay reacted to the donation digitally, tweeting, “For sharing your story, your resources, your time, your voice: @taylorswift13 you are a force. #grateful for you.” Taylor’s hope in her donations is that victims won’t feel alone.

 

Who Is Justin Bieber’s “Friends” About?

  bieberJustin Bieber is infamous for putting cryptic messages in his songs, or at least we think so.  Despite cancelling his tour, Justin has released a new single- “Friends”, & we can’t help but wonder who he’s talking about!  “Can we still be friends?” Bieber asks on his latest track to an ex who he swears he’s over but doesn’t want to quit completely. Considering the tumultuous past between he & Selena Gomez, we always just assume it’s about her- & it’s really hard not to! THey broke up in 2014 after being on & off for 3 years & Selena has made it crystal clear that she’s moved on, which is natural considering they dated when they were like 16, but she also revealed to Vogue Australia that she can’t completely get rid of him.  “For a while my private life was the most talked about thing,” Gomez said.”Nobody really knows everything and they can only assume. You want to do what you love but all this other stuff overshadows it so it makes it a little harder for people to take me seriously.” Anyway… Whoever this “Friends” song is about- Bieber clearly isn’t over yet.  “Girl, you wonderin’ why I’ve been callin’?/Like I’ve got ulterior motives,” he sings. “No, we didn’t end this so good/But you know we had something so good.”  It’s cleat he’s trying to get this chick back! Now, Bieber never mentions anyone by name, leaving us in limbo. For all we know, it could be Sofia Richie! The track that’s co- written by Julia Michaels & Justin Tranter also mentions his ex’s mom- & we know how close Selena is to her mama! “I was wonderin’ ’bout your mama. Did she get that job she wanted? So that car that gave her problems I’m just curious ’bout her, honest.” Bieber’s mom is a fan of Selena’s, tweeting her in the past to send her some b-day love. And we can’t forget Justin’s #TBT on social media of his & Selena captioning it with 1 word- “Perfect.” He admitted to Access Hollywood last year that most of his Purpose album was about Selena, calling her his “first love.”  “It was really tough. I don’t know if I’m over it yet,” Bieber said then. “I think that I’m definitely in another place and I think we’ve definitely went our separate ways. I love her and I want her to be awesome, but there are things that remind me of her.” Either way- Justin will most likely never admit who the song is about, so we’ll just have to make our own judgement.

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HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts

HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company.

The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO's Twitter accounts, including ones for "Game of Thrones" and John Oliver's show. The group posted that "we are just testing your security" and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade.

HBO said in a statement Thursday that "the infringement on our social media accounts was recognized and rectified quickly." It declined further comment.

OurMine has a history of similar hacks showing companies' security vulnerabilities.

It caused far less damage and appeared unrelated to another group of hackers who broke into HBO's computer network and have been doling out stolen information and unaired episodes for several weeks.

Britney Spears Bites Back!

So many artists have some deal with controversy. Whether that’s a product of the media, something another artist says about them or something the artist actually might be responsible for, how often have you heard one fight back? A lot of times they won’t even address the issues! Check out lovable Britney dealing with them and biting back! Here’s  a medley of videos from over her amazing career!

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