Month: June 2020

Broadway star buys home he says was built by slaves, promises to ‘fill it with love’

Broadway star Robert Hartwell shared the historical significance of his latest purchase, a home that was built by slaves in 1820.

Hartwell, who starred in “Hello Dolly!” and “Motown the Musical,” posted a photo on Instagram of himself smiling in front of his new home and opened up about what it means to him.

“3 weeks ago I found this house online. I said, ‘this is my house.’ I called the seller and was told it was a cash only offer and that ‘I’m sure that takes you off the table,'” he wrote. “Don’t you ever underestimate a hard working black man.”

When Hartwell toured the home last week, he said it confirmed his hunch that it was the perfect place for him to call home.

Hartwell didn’t disclose the location of the home, but shared some insight into its history.

“The house was built in 1820 for the Russell

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Myka Stauffer says she was ‘foolish’ to adopt after placing son with new family

YouTuber Myka Stauffer is taking to social media to apologize one month after news broke that her adopted son Huxley Stauffer is living with a new family.

In the spring, many fans started to question why Huxley was no longer appearing in her videos. In an emotional video that has since been made private, Stauffer and her husband, James Stauffer, explained that Huxley, who has autism and a sensory processing disorder, is living with a “new mommy” in a “forever home.”

Soon after the news broke, the Stauffers began facing swift backlash, with many fans accusing the couple of being irresponsible parents and also of monetizing Huxley by selling advertising on online content about him. Playtex Baby, Danimals and other brands severed ties with the parenting and lifestyle influencers. Adoption advocates and experts spoke out as well, explaining that experiences like this can be extremely detrimental to the child’s well-being.

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Teen dies after group home staff sat on him for throwing bread, Michigan report says

A teen who died after employees of a Michigan group home sat on him for throwing sandwich bread was improperly restrained, and staff failed to quickly provide medical help, state officials say.

An investigation report about the death of Cornelius Fredericks — a 16-year-old boy who lived at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan — says staff members restrained the teen for 12 minutes as he struggled to breathe while other employees stood by without correcting them. Fredericks, who suffered cardiac arrest, died two days later on May 1, officials say.

“Throwing bread is not a demonstration of imminent threat of harm to self or others and did not warrant physical management,” according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services report obtained by McClatchy News.

On Monday, Jonathan Marko, an attorney for Fredericks’ estate, filed a lawsuit against Lakeside Academy and Sequel Youth and Family Services, the

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Fans may be able to help make crowd noise for Orlando restart broadcasts

There will be crowd noise on the broadcast of games from HP Field House and The Arena when the NBA restarted in Orlando — but that noise may be of cheering fans at home.

As opposed to using pre-recorded crowd noise from other games being added to the broadcast — as has been done with European soccer, including the English Premier League — the NBA is looking into ways to use the sound of fans cheering at home and pushed through an app into the broadcast, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Steve Serby of the New York Post.

But there will be a lot of technology we will be experimenting with to try to introduce noise and make the event more entertaining for players and TV viewers. We have been having a lot of fun with apps that allow fans to push noise they make at home into the

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California orders residents to wear masks outside the home

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California on Thursday ordered residents to wear masks at nearly all times outside the home, saying the strict new rule was necessary because too many Californians were failing or refusing to cover their faces during the coronavirus pandemic.

The mandate is one of the broadest of any U.S. state, requiring Californians to wear masks any time they leave their homes, with exceptions made for people eating and drinking in restaurants or exercising outdoors, as long as they maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered, putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” Governor Gavin Newsom said.

Newsom did not say how the state intended to enforce the order, which recommends masks even for people driving alone in their cars.

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health,

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Why Connected Devices in Americans’ Homes Are Expected to Nearly Double in Five Years

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While the average connected household in the U.S. currently has 12 connected devices, that number is expected to double to 25 by 2025. That’s according to new numbers released this week by the research firm Parks Associates.

In conjunction with the release of the numbers, Parks and Irdeto are planning to cohost a webinar, on “Value-added Services: Secure & Complete Home Wi-Fi Management.”

“The number of connected devices in the home is increasing just as people are adding strain to the home network with more work-at-home and video streaming activities,” Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates, said as part of the announcement.

“Consumers regularly deal with frustrating Wi-Fi experiences and also have widespread concern about their vulnerability to data security and privacy threats. Even as household spending starts to shrink, consumers recognize the need to secure and optimize their

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