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Cuomo Top Aide Melissa DeRosa Resigns

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Melissa DeRosa resigned on Sunday, less than a week after a detailed report announced Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

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  • Regarding her resignation, DeRosa claimed it was the greatest honor of her life to serving New Yorkers for the past 10 years. She declared that New York’s “resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times” inspired her daily. Despite stating the past two years affected her mentally and emotionally, she expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work with talented and committed colleagues. However, she did not mention Cuomo.
  • DeRosa’s name appeared several times throughout New York Attorney General Letitia James‘ investigation report on Cuomo. The document detailed DeRosa’s role in the attempt to discredit Lindsey Boylan, an accuser. DeRosa apparently leaked personnel records and partook in an effort to write and release a letter defaming Boylan’s character. The aide has not publicly responded to James’ report or any accusations regarding her position.
  • In addition to the new information, DeRosa came under scrutiny in February for her role in the Cuomo administration’s under-reporting of nursing home deaths due to COVID-19. During a conversation with lawmakers, she said the administration did not provide them with the information requested months earlier because the team became more concerned with an inquiry from former Pres. Donald Trump’s Department of Justice.
  • Currently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a potential impeachment trial due to the sexual harassment allegations. James’ document explains Cuomo took advantage of current and former state employees by kissing, groping, and touching them inappropriately. He also made multiple ill-suited remarks towards the women. Many political figures, including President Joe Biden, are calling for the removal of the three-term governor.

Regardless of the evidence and criticism from prominent leaders, Cuomo denies everything. He also publicly announced he would not step down from his position.

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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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