3 Stories You Should Read 7/11/2019: Christopher Cukor, Tropical Storm Barry, Jeffrey Epstein
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In the category of: Crime and Punishment
Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein proposed a bail package on Thursday that would allow the multimillionaire alleged sex trafficker to remain out of jail pending trial and live instead in home detention at his Upper East Side mansion, one of the largest residences in Manhattan and valued at $77 million, according to court documents.
The defense proposal also would put Epstein under electronic monitoring by GPS, post a “substantial” personal recognizance bond secured by his Manhattan home, and deregister and ground his private jet.
Prosecutors have asked that Epstein be detained without bail until his trial. His bail hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Epstein is in custody in New York at the Metropolitan Correctional Center after pleading not guilty Monday to federal charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy.
In the category of: When it rains…
A dangerous cyclone spinning toward the Gulf Coast intensified Thursday to become Tropical Storm Barry.
It’s the first tropical storm to threaten the US this year. But before Barry makes landfall — possibly Saturday in Louisiana — it’ll likely be a full-blown hurricane, meaning winds will top 74 mph.
But it’s not the wind that makes this storm so treacherous. It’s the colossal rainfall and massive storm surges.
Streets in New Orleans have already turned into lakes after getting pummeled with up to 9 inches of rain Wednesday, three days before the center of the storm is expected to reach land.
In the category of: Daddy, stop!
None of us know Christopher Cukor well enough to make cuckold jokes, but trust me, I know we all want to.
Cukor was thrust into the African-American zeitgeist the way that most white people throughout history have thrust themselves into African-American history: by minding other people’s business.
Here’s how The Root Senior Writer Michael Harriot described the event that made Cukor’s iconic white stance of holding a cellphone to his ear to call the police on a black man existing in the same space a part of the black lexicon:
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