Week-ends (03/30/19)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Nina Martinez

Girl Scouts

Naperville girls

Sanitation workers

Lorenzo Cain

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Jake Patterson

Kim Foxx

Michael Avenatti

Ellen Connally

Celebrities

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug [sic] our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING…the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week. If they don’t stop them, we are closing the border. We will close it and keep it closed for a long time. I’m not playing games.”
President Trump

 “If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth.I don’t think getting into a kicking and screaming match with the president does any good. I don’t think anyone can beat the president in a kicking and screaming match. What I am aiming to do is make sure reason prevails, that empathy prevails, that equality prevails, and that we can have a discussion.”
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló blasting President Trump

“So funny that The New York Times & The Washington Post got a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage (100% NEGATIVE and FAKE!) of Collusion with Russia – And there was No Collusion! So, they were either duped or corrupt? In any event, their prizes should be taken away by the Committee!”
President Trump called for the Pulitzer Board to revoke the prizes awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post for coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the links between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

“Well, I read the quotes ‘no obstructive conduct’ so, clearly, they’ve concluded no obstructive conduct. I’ll take that verses ‘Collusion! Collusion! Watergate! Watergate!’ of the last two years. So I sort of like our odds today.”
On the Mueller report, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway responding to a reporter who asked how we know, for a fact, that no obstruction took place

I found my way to the holding room for the speakers, where everyone was chatting, taking photos, and getting ready to speak to the hundreds of voters in the audience. Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction. As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?”

I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it.  Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?” He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.
Lucy Flores writing in thecut.com about her encounter with Joe Biden in 2014 when she was the 35-year-old Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada

“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes. (Biden) believes Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it’s a change for the better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so.”
Biden spokesman Bill Russo

“As Vice President, Biden was relatively non-controversial, but he did make a number of embarrassing gaffes, which added to his reputation as someone who regularly makes cringe worthy comments. Running against Biden will be very easy as his opponents will be able to highlight his long history of bloopers.

“He also has a history of being very touchy with women and young girls at public events. This inappropriate behavior might become a major issue in this #MeToo generation.”
Jeff Crouere is  host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,”  WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station

In the events of September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans died in the largest terrorist attack on US soil and our national response, whether we agree with it or not, was to go to war in one then eventually two countries.  3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Where is our response?”
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the nation’s swift response to terror attacks with its slow reaction to natural disasters

“This case is going to crumble.”
R. Kelly’s Chicago attorney, Steve Greenberg.  Kelly, 52,is being prosecuted by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, in what will be his second round with county prosecutors after being acquitted of child-porn charges in Chicago in 2008.

“Americans don’t respect sleep. As much as 40 percent of us say that we don’t sleep enough, according to Gallup. Perhaps we have too much to do or work more than one job, preventing a normal sleep routine. Whatever our reasons, sleep is often not a high priority. We shouldn’t take it so lightly: there is a growing mountain of compelling evidence that our casual disregard of healthy sleep is downright dangerous.”
Jonathan Fielding, M.D., is a professor of public health and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles

“Broken necks, broken backs, dislocated and open-fractured elbows, shoulders. They’re all catastrophic injuries.”
Don McPherson has coached gymnastics for more than 40 years. Since 2011 he’s been an expert witness in more than 200 plaintiff cases against trampoline parks. He said the injuries they can cause are life-altering. CBS News has confirmed at least six people have died from injuries at trampoline parks.

“What I am doing is opening up the door. The times are different, and it’s gonna be hard but I know someone will be able to do it, and I’ll give enough interviews to tell you what to do.”
Stevie Nicks at Friday’s 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, becoming the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, first with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and this year for her accomplished solo work

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Prosecutors dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Average Americans can’t afford a home in 70 percent of the country

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

No collusion, but what about obstruction?

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Denim underwear

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