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Cuomo Impeachment Probe Nears Its End as NY Lawmakers Give Final Call for Evidence

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NY, NJ and CT require travelers from states with high coronavirus rates to quarantine for two weeks

The New York lawmakers’ request comes after a detailed report accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexually harassing multiple women.

What We Know:

  • Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi declared Cuomo would work with the state Assembly committee as they complete their impeachment probe. On August 5, Assembly Judiciary Committee lawyers told Cuomo’s attorneys he must provide the panel with evidence by August 13.  Azzopardi stated that Gov. Cuomo “appreciates the opportunity” and would cooperate.
  • The Judiciary Committee began its impeachment investigation in March after more allegations came out. In addition, Committee staff members also looked into other accusations made against Cuomo, such as whether his staff hid or altered data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes and if he misused state resources to promote his book. Cuomo and his staff deny these claims.
  • The impeachment probe was conducted alongside New York Attorney General Letitia James‘ investigation into the sexual harassment allegations. In her findings, James discovered Cuomo abused at least 11 women, including former and current employees. James also revealed that Cuomo tried to retaliate against at least one woman who reported his misconduct. The report announced Cuomo inappropriately kissed and touched the women and also made several lewd comments towards them.
  • After the document’s release, Cuomo faced several calls for his resignation, one of them coming from President Joe Biden. However, Cuomo quickly issued a statement in which he assured the public he does not intend on resigning. Furthermore, he rejected the notion that he sexually harassed any of the women.
  • Under New York’s Constitution, the Assembly can impeach the governor and try him before the Senate. After this, the Senate would decide whether to convict or remove him from office.

An impeachment resolution requires a simple majority in the 150-member Assembly.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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