CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly is a sexual predator who parlayed his fame to abuse minors, a prosecutor said Monday during closing arguments at the R&B star's child pornography and trial-fixing trial. Addressing jurors in a courtroom in Chicago, Kelly’s hometown, Elizabeth Pozolo cited one of Kelly’s accusers who was the government’s star witness at the monthlong trial. Referring to the accuser by a pseudonym, “Jane,” Pozolo said Kelly “took advantage of Jane’s youth. He repeatedly abused her. He performed degrading acts upon her for his own sick pleasure.” She said Kelly and his two co-defendants helped to recover child pornography videos and hid evidence before Kelly's 2008 trail, at which he was acquitted. She said they acted to cover up the fact that “R. Kelly … the R&B superstar … is actually a sexual predator.” Pozolo described in graphic detail the video excerpts jurors saw that she said show Kelly abusing Jane while she calls him “daddy” and refers to herself as … [Read more...] about Prosecutor: R. Kelly a predator using fame to abuse minors
It may be called Nashville hot chicken , but the supremely seasoned meat known to bring tears to your eyes is plenty available here in Houston. Order delivery or pickup now! Grubhub Order Now Made famous by Nashville institutions like Prince's Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B's, the dish has long been synonymous with Tennessee's capital, and for good reason. Eager diners visiting from across the country park themselves in line for hours to get a taste of chicken amped up by fiery spice blends and prized family recipes. And until recently, a visit to Nashville was your best bet on scoring the real thing. Whether it was the raging popularity of the Popeye's spicy fried chicken sandwich when it launched in 2019 , or an increased desire from Houstonians for sweat-inducing eats, the city has had an influx of restaurants and food trucks slinging the saucy dish. So, what's the big attraction? Nashville-style hot chicken packs a punch unlike regular ol' fried … [Read more...] about 9 of the best places in Houston for Nashville hot chicken
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Their spiritual leader is behind bars in California after pleading guilty to sexually abusing minors. Yet legions of followers of Naasón Joaquín García in his home base in Mexico remain fervently loyal to him, viewing his imprisonment as a challenge that will strengthen their church, La Luz del Mundo (The Light of the World), rather than weaken it. His continued hold on his flock was evident recently at the Christian church’s main temple in Guadalajara, as thousands gathered to pray for their absent leader during their Holy Supper, the most sacred festivity for La Luz del Mundo. To gasps of surprise, Joaquín García addressed the congregation by telephone from his Los Angeles prison, where he is serving a 16-year sentence. “I do not see the bars that separate me from you,” he told his followers. “I see your beautiful faces ... because you are the children of God.” Even outside the temple, the sound of his voice stirred emotions among dozens of … [Read more...] about Mexican faith leader jailed for sex abuse; followers stay loyal
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 The day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state's Department of Family and Protective Services to "conduct a prompt and thorough investigation" of families with transgender children, the first case came up, and Morgan Davis's name was on it. Davis was one of four investigators on a Travis County unit tasked with reviewing claims of child abuse. Usually, he and his colleagues took cases on a rotation. Davis was next in line. That evening, a Wednesday in late February, his supervisor called and relayed the basic facts. A mandated reporter - by law, any licensed professional who works directly with children - had turned in a family outside of Austin because they'd allowed their teenager to live as a girl. Under the governor's order, someone had to investigate the family for child abuse. Davis's supervisor told him she knew working the case might feel difficult. … [Read more...] about He came out as trans. Then Texas had him investigate parents of trans kids.
Vanarin Kuch grew up in his family’s bakeries in Houston, Texas, watching old episodes of Iron Chef for inspiration. “Being of Cambodian immigrants, my entire family, even to this day, has always owned a doughnut shop — so I’ve kind of always been in the industry, totally illegally working at 13 and 14 frying doughnuts,” he jokes. Kuch went to culinary school and later worked in some of Houston’s best restaurants, including the city’s outpost of Jean-Georges and later at the acclaimed Tiny Boxwoods , where he served for three years as the pastry chef. His work led to a nomination for Food & Wine ’s Best New Pastry Chef, and he also appeared on Top Chef: Just Desserts . A move to New York City led to jobs at fine-dining restaurants Gotham Bar and Grill and Boulud Sud. “Then an opportunity came, and it was pretty much my mom’s scheming way of giving me back to Houston,” he said. “She’s like, ‘I found a really great place. It would be a really good bakery.’ It’s next … [Read more...] about This “Top Chef” Star Is Serving Houston’s Most Playful Pastries
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s lead attorney told jurors during her closing argument Tuesday that federal prosecutors' case accusing the singer of producing child pornography, enticing minors for sex and rigging his 2008 child porn trial largely rests on the testimony of perjurers and blackmailers. Standing at a podium a few feet in front of jurors, Jennifer Bonjean noted that many key government witnesses, including some of the women who accused Kelly of sexually abusing them, testified with immunity to ensure they wouldn't be charged with previously lying to authorities. Bonjean said they hadn't come to the courthouse in Chicago, Kelly's hometown, to tell the unvarnished truth. “They came in here," she said, “to tell the government's version of the truth." Among others, she cited Kelly ex-girlfriend Lisa Van Allen, who testified about how she stole a sex tape from a Kelly gym bag in the early 2000s. Bonjean also pointed to the testimony of Kelly's former merchandizing agent … [Read more...] about R. Kelly lawyer: Prosecution case relies on ‘perjurers’
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 DENVER - They have gathered for David Byrne's funeral, sitting in a bright room facing a coffin that's been customized to also serve as a piano. A childhood photo of the deceased rests on a stand nearby. A guest book, too. But before anyone can tear up, the coffin lid opens and up pops David Byrne. Except it's not the wiry singer of "Psycho Killer" but a 6-foot-2 Black actor named donnie l. betts who peppers the assembled with questions: "Am I still dead? Am I still me? Am I alive again? Am I still David?" A few rows back the real David Byrne, the white-haired singer who did indeed once front a rock band called Talking Heads, rolls into a chortle. He has seen this coffin thing many times. It still gets him. "It's just funny to have the actor come out of a coffin that looks like a piano," he says. "I don't think of it as being myself." Byrne is here … [Read more...] about David Byrne is always onto the next adventure
For the past few months, viewers of "This Week" - ABC's Sunday-morning public-affairs program - have watched anchors Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl roam far beyond the studio, doing interviews with newsmakers in places like Lviv, Ukraine, and Arizona's border with Mexico. Remote broadcasts are hardly a new concept in TV news, but they're unusual for Sunday morning panel shows - a genre built around the concept of a cozy Washington-insiders conclave. These on-the-road segments reflect a bit of rethinking and tweaking after years of drift and decline. For decades, Sunday morning's Big Four - NBC's "Meet the Press," CBS's "Face the Nation," ABC's "This Week" and "Fox News Sunday" - were an integral part of the Beltway news ecosystem. Leading political figures, hungry for the big soapbox and establishment cred the shows conveyed, clamored for bookings and sometimes made agenda-setting news. The conventional wisdom was that no pol could launch a viable presidential campaign … [Read more...] about Can the Sunday morning talk show be saved?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 38 MILAN (AP) — Pre-pandemic fashion delirium is back. After several COVID-induced calm seasons, Milan Fashion Week is back to its pre-pandemic splendor: with crowded seating, gridlocked streets and sidewalks packed with fashion fans wanting a glimpse of stars and influencers. After a lot of pandemic talk of how the fashion system needed to change -- that is, slow down — few have been able to resist returning to the world as they knew it, no matter how much traffic and hustle it produces. This week’s runway shows will close with the return of another Milan tradition: the Green Carpet Awards to recognize advances in sustainability. Here are some highlights from Thursday's … [Read more...] about Prada, Max Mara back to pre-pandemic splendor in Milan