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The remains of a missing 17-year-old teenager have been located and recovered after she disappeared seven years ago.

Alexis Tiara Murphy went missing on August 3, 2013, when she left her Shipman home to visit Lynchburg. She was seen in a Lovingston gas station’s surveillance footage, which was also the last time she was seen alive.

According to ABC17 News, local, state, and federal authorities conducted numerous searches after she went missing.

Murphy’s remains were found on December 3 on a private property located in Lovingston. They were then sent to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Richmond for identification. It was on February 5 that the remains were identified as the missing Virginia teen.

To give the family time to grieve and make proper arrangements, authorities delayed announcing the news to the public.

“While we have been grieving the loss of Alexis since 2013, we remained hopeful that she would be found alive and well. Alexis was the fashionista, athlete and joker of our family; we were blessed to have loved her for 17 years and her memory will continue to live on through us all,” her family said in a statement.

The gas station footage also showed Randy Taylor, 48. He was later convicted in the teenager’s murder and sentenced to two life terms. His appeal to overturn the conviction was denied.

“With the comprehensive investigation, successful prosecution by the Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the recovery of Alexis, this case is now no longer active,” the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said.




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Rudy Giuliani Suspended AGAIN From YouTube For Election Fraud Claims

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For the second time in two months, YouTube has suspended Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal counsel, for wrongly alleging the 2020 election was rigged.

Bloomberg News announced that the former mayor of New York, who led Trump’s attempts to reverse November’s outcome, would be barred from posting new videos for two weeks.

The suspension was also attributed to Giuliani’s promotion of nicotine, according to the video-sharing giant.

A YouTube rep told Bloomberg in a statement, “We removed content from the Rudy W. Giuliani channel for violating our sale of regulated goods policy, which prohibits content facilitating the use of nicotine, and our presidential election integrity policy.” Adding, “Additionally, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, we issued a strike against the Rudy W. Giuliani channel, which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming.”

If a user violates YouTube’s content policies for the second time in a 90-day span, their uploading privileges are suspended for two weeks.

Rudy Giuliani has been barred from profiting from videos on YouTube. Bloomberg announced that if Giuliani violates the site’s rules a third time in the same period, his channel will be permanently shut down.

Giuliani, 76, was removed from YouTube’s Partner Network for at least 30 days in January, stopping him from profiting from advertisements that appear on his posts. For a week, he was even banned from posting videos.

At the time, YouTube accused Giuliani of consistently breaching its rules by spreading allegations of election fraud.

“American Votes Counted in Foreign Countries” and “68% ERROR Rate In Votes PROVES Deliberate Fraud” were among the videos on Giuliani’s site, which has more than 580,000 subscribers.

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against the former mayor, arguing that the voting machine corporation corrupted the presidential election.

 




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Dr. Seuss Enterprises Will Stop Publishing Six Books Due To Racist Images

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After months of debate, Dr. Seuss Enterprises will stop publishing six of its beloved books due to insensitive and racist imagery.

The company announced on Tuesday. The news came on the late author’s birthday, known as “Read Across America Day.” The books that will be pulled are “The Cat’s Quizzer,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!.”

In a statement to the Associated Press, the company explained, “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” They went on to add, “ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publishing and licensing the texts last year after reviewing claims about its books. The company says that it listened to readers, teachers, and other specialists’ feedback as part of its review process. They also consulted with experts to review the titles within their lineup of children’s publications.

In recent years, Dr. Seuss’s books have come under fire for problematic imagery. Several school districts across the U.S. no longer promote Dr. Seuss’s books on “Read Across America Day.” This includes Loudon County, Virginia district. They said that “research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss.”

President Joe Biden refrained from mentioning Dr. Seuss during his “Read Across America Day” proclamation, steering away from the late author who many presidents have mentioned on the day promoting literature.




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RIP: Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dead at 73

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away from natural causes in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, March 2, his manager, Maxine Stowe, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer newspaper. He was 73.

The musician struggled with speech impediments following his first minor stroke in 2018. He suffered his second stroke in July 2020.

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Born Neville O’Riley Livingston in Kingston, Bunny (in black tee) is best known as an original member of The Wailers, along with his childhood pal Bob Marley (in green jacket) and Peter Tosh (not pictured), in the early 1960s.

He sang on tracks like “Reincarnated Souls”, “Burnin'”, “Pass it On”, and “Hallelujah Time.” He went solo in 1973, following the success of the band’s major-label debut album Catch a Fire.

Bunny released singles including “Dreamland”, “Dancing Shoes”, “Searching For Love”, “Life Line” and “Bide Up”, while he also reworked a string of The Wailers’ hits for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers.

Bunny won three Grammy Awards (Best Reggae Album) for 1991’s Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997’s Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary.

Bunny was considered a national treasure in his native Jamaica, and was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2012, and the Order of Merit in 2017.
 

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