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More than 100 inmates took over a section of the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis in the middle of the night, injuring at least one correction officer in the melee.

According to NBC News, the take over began around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the fourth floor of the facility, after an inmate and a guard, scuffled with one another and other inmates jumped the guard, authorities said.

A spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson named Jacob Long confirmed to NBC News that police and firefighters were on the scene and areas surrounding the jail closed off to the public.

KSDK reported that the group of about 115 inmates broke windows and threw items out, and started a small fire inside the jail, Jacob Long said. They also flooded floors and clogged toilets, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officers used tear gas to regain control, and Long confirmed that all the inmates were “back in custody” shortly before 10 a.m. this morning.

Inmates were seen holding signs in protest and chanting from windows. Furniture and other items were scattered across the street, and at least one car was left damaged with a shattered windshield, the outlet reported.

As of Friday, the Justice Center housed 633 inmates throughout the facility. Cops also confirmed to KSDK this morning that all of the inmates in the building are now secured inside.




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AMC Gives It’s CEO $3.75 Million For COVID-19 Response

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The nation’s largest theater chain, AMC Entertainment, awarded its CEO with a $3.75 million bonus for handling the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to CEO Adam Aron receiving $3.75 million, several other execs will also be financially rewarded. Chief financial officer Sean Goodman will receive $507,500, EVP US/Canada operations; John McDonald will receive $194,550; VP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer Elizabeth Frank will walk away with $180,650 and EVP, CMO Stephen Colanero will get a $173,875 bonus.

These “supplemental special incentive cash bonuses” are granted to recognize those within the organization that kept the company from going under during the pandemic. Corporate employees and theatre management will also receive bonuses that will come from the same $8.3 million designated fund for the bonuses.

AMC says that the bonuses are “to recognize the extraordinary efforts of employees to maintain the Company’s business and preserve stockholder value during the COVID-19 pandemic, encourage continued engagement and retention, and incentivize our management and employees during the continuing and unprecedented difficult business conditions.”

During the early days of the pandemic, movie theaters were forced to close their doors. AMC leaders took it upon themselves to have their salary cut by 15% and decrease other compensation over a three-year period. Aron lost $1.6 million as a result of the pay cut. About 30,000 theater employees were furloughed during the lockdowns. However, they have slowly begun returning to work as theaters continue to open across the country.




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Travis Scott Teams Up With Houston To Distribute 50,000 Free Meals

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Travis Scott and his Cactus Jack Foundation have come together with the city of Houston to supply hot meals to residents.

The emergency food program will supply 50,000 hot meals to Houston citizens who have been impacted by Texas’ severe snowstorm earlier this month.

Scott’s foundation, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Houston Health Foundation will join local organizations to distribute the meals. These include The Black Service Chamber, The National Association of Christian Churches, and several restaurant owners.

The free meal program will assist people with disabilities, low-income citizens, unemployed citizens, senior citizens, high-risk and/or homebound adults, and families with children under the age of 18. Residents must live in one of thirty high-priority ZIP codes, which the City of Houston has identified.

Millions of Texas citizens lost power and access to water for days after the snowstorm overwhelmed the state’s electric grid. Several deaths were also reported, with multiple people freezing to death or succumbing to monoxide poisoning when trying to heat their homes using risky alternative methods when the electricity went down.




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Columbus Short Says Britney Spears’ Parents Called Him A Racial Slur During Their Relationship

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Columbus Short was once a backup dance for Britney Spears and apparently a past fling. He recently revealed that during their romantic stint, Spears’ parents called him the N-word.

In his 2020 autobiography, “Short Stories,” he claims that Spears pursued him in 2003 during his time as a dancer and producer for her. He also claims they slept together once while on a trip to Rome.

He also describes the time her parents called him the racial slur. “I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker.” He claims he overheard her parents ask, “Why are you f–king that n—-r?” And that, “Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”

The 38-year-old “Scandal” star told Jazzie Belle on her YouTube show, “Inside Hollywood,” that he wasn’t surprised hearing the racial epithet.

“I wasn’t shocked when it happened. Look where they’re from … they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless, like that’s how they speak. I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here.’” He added, “Because they have black bodyguards doesn’t mean behind closed doors they don’t use that word.”

Adding, “After that, I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can’t imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess. Britney couldn’t go nowhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don’t blame her. She was trying to find her way.” He added, “I love Britney to this day… I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”

According to Page Six, Short didn’t identify which parent said the word, but since then, Spears’ mother Lynne denied his claims to Page Six.

“I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary. I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever.”

A source close to the singer’s dad Jamie, also vehemently denied the allegations, saying, “Jamie was not there, and not involved. In fact, during this time period, Jamie was not involved in Britney’s business at all.”

Short’s autobiography also details the false rumors about the pair sleeping together before their Italy encounter. He says her jealous former choreographers spread those rumors.

He also discussed the time Spears sent her jet to get him and her other dancers two months before she released her2003 album.

“She sent us a jet, and just like that, we were in New York having a wild party for my 21st birthday,” he recalls in the book. Spears and her crew were partying at “Keith Richards’ apartment uptown,” he says, where Spears was allegedly staying, “and we were all in there going crazy.”

He claims that the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” singer was “going even more crazy at the party. “She was on me like white on rice, and would not leave me alone the entire night. Britney had her eyes on the prize and wasn’t about to stop until she got what she wanted.”

He said at that time, he wanted to keep their relationship professional and apparently, “wasn’t attracted to her like that.” Short has just separated from his first wife and was involved with another backup dancer.

Spears pulled him to the side at the party and insisted he go with her to Rome to get ready for her next video.

“I really tried my best, but this girl put on the full-court press,” and, “We ended up being intimate that one time. I never slept with her again after that, though.” And, “This was a dangerous sexual alliance for every reason under the sun, and I think that the worst part of it was that I was making the rumors an actual reality,” he said.

When they got back to the States, Short claims “Brit was still trying to get a repeat of what happened in Rome,” Short writes, “and she started to get suspicious because I continued to curve her.”

As for the pictures taken of them by the paparazzi, he says they made “A simple hug would look like a kiss, a quick store run would look like a date.”

As the media attention grew, Short says the singer’s management team and parents were irked, and the two had a falling out after playing a game of truth or dare. According to Short, Spears admitted that if she could marry one person, it would be him, but he said it would be his girlfriend who he was dating at the time.

“I was fired not too long after that, and Britney changed her number so I couldn’t contact her.” He said that in the end, he learned the lesson, “Don’t s–t where you eat, even if you really have to go.”




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