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A Tennessee YouTuber was shot and killed while filming a “prank” video that went horribly wrong.

According to Nashville police, Timothy Wilks, 20, was shot and killed when he approached a group of people in the parking lot of Urban Air indoor trampoline park on Friday.

When officers arrived at the scene, David Starnes Jr., 23, told them he shot Wilks in self-defense because Wilks was armed with a butcher knife.

A friend who was with Wilks told police they were filming a “prank” robbery video for their YouTube channel, the New York Post reported.

According to witnesses, Wilks and his friend ran at them while wielding butcher knives. They said Starnes shot Wilks to defend himself and his friends.

Police said an investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

A lawyer told WZTV, “I’m sure the people involved would like to characterize this as a prank. But it certainly seems to be a prank that went seriously awry.” The lawyer said Wilks’ friend could potentially face charges.

Popular YouTube pranksters typically stage prank videos with willing participants to avoid liability if something goes wrong.

According to YouTube policies, YouTune does not allow creators to post content “that encourages dangerous or illegal pranks” that can lead people to fear for their safety or “cause serious physical harm or death.”

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Mr. Potato Head Is Now Gender Neutral

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Don’t call it “Mister” anymore!

Hasbro, the company that makes the iconic potato-shaped plastic toy, announced earlier today that it is giving the spud a gender-neutral new name: “Potato Head.”

Toymakers are updating their classic brands to reflect the changing world and appeal to today’s kids.

Hasbro contends that Mr. Potato Head, a toy staple for about 70 years, needed the makeover. The gender-neutral change will begin appearing on boxes this year.

Hasbro is following in the footsteps of other major toy makers like Mattel, whose iconic blonde, blue-eyed Barbie image has now transformed into a multi-skin toned and body-shaped doll for everyone. Even American Girl now offers a male doll.

Hasbro also announced the launch of a “Create Your Potato Head Family” kit with two potato parents and a potato baby. In the video, the company said the kit was for “modern families” and featured various family makeups, including those with same-sex potato parents.

On their website, the company said, “Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion.”




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The popular social media platform Twitter is planning on doubling its revenue by the year 2023. The company announced a new feature today called “Super Follow” that will give users the option of providing exclusive content to their followers for a price.

This new feature will very closely copy subscription platforms like Patreon and Onlyfans. Super Follow will allow subscriptions that run for $4.99 per month, offering users a “cancel anytime” option. Some of the highlights of the feature include giving users a supporter badge, access to subscriber-exclusive newsletters, and exclusive media content of varying forms.

Social media experts believe the new “Super Follow” feature will be a highly impactful tool for content creators like sex workers, independent journalists, writers, and other public figures who could use the feature as a paywall for their exclusive content.

 




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Manhattan DA Finally Receives Donald Trump’s Long-Sought Tax Records

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The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has finally obtained Donald Trump’s tax records. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s protection from investigators’ subpoena that requested the long-sought documents.

Danny Frost, a spokesman for DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., confirmed the retrieval of the documents. Apparently, prosecutors took possession of the documents on Monday, which was the same day the nation’s highest court rejected Trump’s last effort to block prosecutors from getting them.

Trump has fought hard for years to keep his financial history private and claimed prosecutors were pursuing a politically motivated “fishing expedition” following the Supreme Court’s decision, CBS News reported.

In 2018, the Manhattan DA launched an investigation into the former celebrity-in-chief’s business dealings. Their initial focus was on hush-money payouts made to women who spoke out about their romantic affairs with Trump. But court documents now show the investigation has expanded to include potential tax and business fraud involving the Trump Organization’s valuation of its properties.

Mazars USA—an accounting firm subpoenaed by the DA’s office—said they will fulfill “all of our professional and legal obligations” following the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling.

Court filings show that prosecutors want to look into the wide disparities in how Trump’s company valued properties in its portfolio, including Trump’s valuation of the Seven Springs estate in suburban New York, which ranged between $25 million and $50 million to $261 and $291 million in the past decade.

Other subpoenas suggest investigators are also looking into an expansive 200-acre property that straddles the affluent New York towns of Bedford, New Castle, and North Castle. Ralph Mastromonaco—an engineer who worked on the Seven Springs estate property for Trump, told the news outlet that he received a subpoena on February 11 regarding his past labor.

He also said he complied by turning over maps of the property and other documents he produced for the Trump Organization close to ten years ago.

CBS News also obtained a grand jury subpoena sent to Bedford’s town clerk that requested documents regarding Seven Springs valuations and tax assessments, tax appeals, and conservation easements.




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