Vandalism behind Queens Spectrum cable outage affecting thousands

Tens of thousands of Spectrum customers in Queens were left without cable Monday thanks to what the company said was an act of vandalism.

The outage happened about 2 a.m. and knocked out cable for roughly 60,000 residences in central Queens, the company said.

A spokesman for Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum, said the outage was caused when someone deliberately cut a cable.

“Our crews are on site and working to repair a fiber optic cable damaged by vandalism, which is affecting TV, internet and phone services for Spectrum customers in central Queens,” spokesman John Bonomo said in a statement.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience while we restore service as quickly as possible,” he added.

A report was filed with the NYPD, Bonomo said.

The company is currently embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3.

Roughly 1,800 cable techs walked off the job March 28 after contract talks broke down with Charter.

IBEW Local 3 workers went on strike Tuesday in an ongoing labor dispute with Charter Communications, which owns Spectrum-Time Warner Cable.

IBEW Local 3 workers went on strike Tuesday in an ongoing labor dispute with Charter Communications, which owns Spectrum-Time Warner Cable.

(IBEW Local 3)

The main sticking points were wages, health care and retirement benefits, Local 3 said.

The union couldn’t be reached for comment about the alleged act of vandalism Monday night.

Bonomo didn’t speculate on who might have caused the damage, but noted that crews were working to restore service and some cable was back up by nightfall.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in a tweet criticized Spectrum for keeping customers in the dark until late afternoon.

“Per @Spectrum, at approximately 2AM today, vandals cut fiber at 4 major hubs, cutting service for 60,000 customers in #Queens,” the borough president wrote.

“However, no info from @Spectrum to customers for 12+ hours (since outage began at 2AM) is unacceptable,” she added.

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White House warns Assad against planning another chem attack

The White House accused the President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of plotting another chemical attack, similar to one that killed dozens and sparked a retaliatory U.S. airstrike, officials said Monday.

“The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

Spicer claims that the Syrian government undergoing similar preparations that preceded a deadly April 4 chemical bombing in the Idlib Province. Assad tried blaming Syrian insurgents for the attack, but a French probe in late April identified Sarin samples associated with Syrian laboratories.

The attack, responsible for killing more than 80 people, sparked a whirlwind of global condemnation.

The terse statement issued by the White House followed with a stern warning.

“If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

It’s unclear what prompted the formal threat. President Trump did not address the Press Secretary’s statement in a brief tweet spree in the hour that followed. The President spent two tweets blasting the Russia-Trump probe as a “witch hunt,” citing a Fox News report.

“Great day for America’s future Security and Safety, courtesy of the Supreme Court. I will keep fighting for the American people, & WIN,” Trump added, referencing a SCOTUS ruling that authorized a limited version of Trump’s travel ban.  

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US official vows Russia & Iran ‘are responsible’ if Assad launches chemical weapons attack

Nikki Haley said on Twitter: “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.”

Her comments came as the White House revealed it had identified potential preparations by Assad’s regime for another chemical weapons attack on its people.

The US military believes the preparations are similar to those made before the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria – a claim Assad’s government has repeatedly denied.

The attack – which killed at least 87 people, including 30 children – escalated tensions between Washington and Russia, which has advisers in Syria aiding its close ally Assad.

The White House statement said: “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including children.

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS].

“If, however, Mr Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

Donald Trump blamed Assad for the chemical weapons attack which killed at least 87 people, including 30 children, in the Syria’s northern Idlib province in April.

And in retaliation, the American President launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base – which according to the US Department of Defence destroyed 20 per cent of the nation’s operational aircraft. 

It follows comments by Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat – who served as head of chemical warfare in Syria’s powerful 5th Division until he defected in 2013 – that Assad has hidden hundreds of tonnes of the nation’s chemical arsenal despite the leader saying he had given over their entire supply to the United Nations.

In 2014, Syria was believed to have handed its entire chemical arsenal to the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) after they were criticised for its involvement in sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in September 2013.

But according to the former Assad general, the Syrian leader failed to declare large amounts of sarin precursor chemicals and other toxic materials.

Gen Sakat told the Telegraph: “They [the regime] admitted only to 1,300 tonnes, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that. They had at least 2,000 tonnes. At least.”

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Tyson Fury says Conor McGregor will knock out Floyd Mayweather

At least one pro boxer has faith in Conor McGregor.

Tyson Fury, former heavyweight champion and undefeated British boxer, told IFL TV on Monday that McGregor will knock out Floyd Mayweather–quickly, too– in the highly anticipated fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.

“I think McGregor will knock him out inside the first 35 seconds like he did to Jose Aldo, to be honest,” Fury said. “I think McGregor will do him in one round. Come on McGregor!”

Many have considered the fight between McGregor — an MMA fight with no professional boxing experience — and the undefeated Mayweather to be nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Manny Pacquiao: Floyd Mayweather will win Conor McGregor fight

Tyson Fury.

Tyson Fury.

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But Fury, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 before vacating his title a year later due to a failed drug test, believes a McGregor win would be huge for the sport.

“It would be good for boxing if McGregor chinned him,” Fury said. “It would be great for the real people of the world.”

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'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Has a 187-Foot Make Out Session While Rappelling

‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay187-Foot Noisy Make Out Sesh …All While Rappelling

6/26/2017 6:23 PM PDT

Rachel Lindsay is putting herself out there for love on “The Bachelorette” — literally, she’s hanging 187 feet in the air for it … where make out sessions are NOT off limits.

Rachel went rappelling off a super high structure in Oslo, Norway with suave contestant Bryan Abasolo during Monday night’s episode — and on the way down, they took a break to suck a little face … very, very loudly.

Bryan’s built a rep this season as one to smack his lips while kissing Rachel … but as you can see, she’s pretty into it. And into him, for that matter.


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Police chief accused of calling woman a ‘black b—h' resigns

A Texas police chief abruptly resigned Monday following the fallout after the arrest of a black beauty queen in May.

The mayor announced Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews had resigned during a city council meeting where the law firm that conducted the investigation presented its findings, FOX4 reported.

Carmen Ponder, who was crowned Miss Black Texas 2016, accused Crews of calling her a “black b—h” outside a Walmart and for allowing his 14-year-old daughter to drive a vehicle.

The 23-year-old was charged with evading arrest on May 20, but the charge was later dropped.

Ponder claimed she was wrongfully arrested because of her race, but an investigation by the City of Commerce concluded there was “no evidence that the arrest was racially motivated,” a news release states.

Carmen Ponder, who was crowned Miss Black Texas 2016, claimed  she was harassed by Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews in May.

Carmen Ponder, who was crowned Miss Black Texas 2016, claimed she was harassed by Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews in May.

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In a statement ready by the mayor, Crews, who wasn’t present, acknowledged he was wrong. He said he resigned over the stress and burden of the job.

However, he’ll be starting a new one as Commerce city manager.

“This is an exciting time to be in Commerce,” Crews said in the statement, according to the station. “I am excited to continue to be able to contribute to the city in this new role.”

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Three CNN journalists resign after retracted Trump ally story

Three CNN journalists resigned Monday after the cable news network retracted a story on a supposed Senate investigation into a President Trump ally.

The departing employees were identified as writer Thomas Frank, assistant managing editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a CNN spokesman said.

Of the three, Lichtblau won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, alongside James Risen for the New York Times.

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The CNN report claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was turning its probing eye toward Trump campaign adviser Anthony Scaramucci — and that he met with Russian investor Kirill Dmitriev before the January inauguration.

In the disputed story, Scaramucci said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

CNN published the story online Thursday and pulled it the next day, later saying it failed to meet its editorial standards. The network apologized to Scaramucci but did not elaborate on its retraction.

CNN Money reports that the story facts were not disputed during a staff meeting Monday afternoon.

“The story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” one source told Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter.

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BREAKING: Syrian government 'preparing IMMINENT chemical weapons attack', US claims

The US military believes the preparations are similar to those made before the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria – a claim Assad’s government has repeatedly denied.

Donald Trump’s administration has said that if Assad conducts another attack using chemical weapons, “he and his military will pay a heavy price”.

The White House statement said: “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including children.

“As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS].

“If, however, Mr Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added on Twitter: “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.”

The White House blamed Assad for the chemical weapons attack which killed at least 87 people, including 30 children, in the Syria’s northern Idlib province in April.

Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat – who served as head of chemical warfare in Syria’s powerful 5th Division until he defected in 2013 – had claimed earlier that Assad had hidden hundreds of tonnes of the nation’s chemical arsenal despite the leader saying he had given over their entire supply to the United Nations. 

In 2014, Syria was believed to have handed its entire chemical arsenal to the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) after they were criticised for its involvement in sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in September 2013.

But according to the former Assad general, the Syrian leader failed to declare large amounts of sarin precursor chemicals and other toxic materials.

Gen Sakat told the Telegraph: “They [the regime] admitted only to 1,300 tonnes, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that. They had at least 2,000 tonnes. At least.”

And in retaliation, President Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base – which according to the US Department of Defence destroyed 20 per cent of the nation’s operational aircraft.

According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the decision to authorise the air strike aligned with the President’s America-first policy because the potential use of chemical weapons in Syria is classified as a national security threat.

Mr Spicer said: “I think if you recognise the threat that our country and our people face if there is a growth of use or spread of chemical weapons of mass destruction, those, the proliferation of those, the spread to other groups, is a clear danger to our country and to our people.”

He added: “The President’s gonna be very clear that he’s gonna keep his cards close to the vest. But make no mistake: He will act.”

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VIDEO: LaVar Ball appears on WWE Raw, takes shirt off in ring

It was only a matter of time before the sports world’s biggest heel stepped into the wrestling ring.

LaVar Ball, the NBA dad who was made for the WWE, appeared on Monday Night Raw at the Staples Center and did not disappoint.

The father of Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball entered the arena while wearing his “BBB” Big Baller Brand T-shirt and was accompanied by his 15-year-old son LaMelo, who was wearing a “Stay in Yo Lane” shirt, also from Big Baller Brand.

As LaVar received a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd he bolted toward the ring and dove under the rope before kicking his feet in the air while laying on his back.

LaVar Ball again huge jerk after stealing Lonzo’s moment at draft

That was just the intro.

While in the ring, LaVar and wrestler The Miz went back-and-forth as Lonzo and LaMelo sat there with mannequins repping Big Baller Brand shirts.

Soon, The Miz removed his outfit, leading LaVar to one-up him.

Things get heated with LaVar Ball on WWE Monday Night Raw.

Things get heated with LaVar Ball on WWE Monday Night Raw.

(WWE via Twitter)

“Put your clothes back on, butt man,” LaVar shouted.

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons rip LaVar Ball after Lonzo is drafted

LaVar then removed his shirt to a chorus of cheer as his sons, Lonzo and LaMelo, sat in the ring laughing.

Something tells us this won’t be LaVar’s last WWE appearance.

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LaVar Ball Takes His Shirt Off at WWE Raw Against The Miz

LaVar BallThe Shirt Comes All The Way Off at WWE

6/26/2017 6:55 PM PDT

LaVar Ballgot really into his appearance at WWE Raw … seeing how he took off his shirt and flexed for all of America Monday night.

LaVar was facing off against The Miz in the ring, and as soon as the wrestler mentioned he was Michael Jordan of WWE … LaVar was up and shouting. Nothing like a little MJ talk to get the Mr. Ball rolling.

At first, he tries to get his son, LaMelo, to handle the situation — but Miz gets right in his face for some classic trash talk. Then Miz loses his shirt … and LaVar does the same. 

It’s sure to go down in WWE history … just check out those pecs. 


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