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Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report.

That figure includes 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders.

In 2017, the company said 2,936 sexual assaults were reported. Uber bases its numbers on reports from riders and drivers — meaning the actual numbers could be much higher. Sexual assaults commonly go unreported... Read More

Costume designer for Mister Rogers movie chose Northampton store for yarn

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – There were two things that were always guaranteed with Mister Rogers– a friendly smile and a cozy knit sweater.

Tom Hanks brings both to the screen of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” in which he plays the late television icon. What you might be surprised to find out is that the yarn used to make Hanks’ sweaters for the film was purchased right here in our neighborhood of western Massachusetts.

Costume designer Yasemin Esmek told the New York Post she was dissatisfied with the yarn she bought back home in New Jersey, so she traveled to WEBS in Northampton to get what she needed for the iconic sweaters... Read More

‘Network issue’ affecting Fifth Third Bank customers

(WCMH) — Fifth Third bank says a ‘network issue’ is affecting some of its customers ability to access their money.

We are experiencing an issue with our network. We are working as quickly as possible to restore service for our affected customers, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

— Fifth Third Bank (@FifthThird) December 6, 2019

The bank says it is working as quickly as possible to restore service for affected customers.

Many have taken to Twitter to complain about the issue, saying their bank cards have been declined at grocery stores, malls and gas stations. Some have said they were able to withdraw cash at an ATM.

@FifthThird oh fun, I'm stranded and can't pay for gas. Cool. Thanks... Read More

Board approves 1 step in moving Ole Miss Confederate statue

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate statue would be moved from a central spot on the University of Mississippi’s campus to a less prominent Confederate cemetery, under a proposal approved Friday by a state board.

The cemetery is still on campus, but it’s in a place few people walk or drive.

The vote Friday was by Mississippi Department of Archives and History trustees, who said the university’s architectural and engineering plans meet U.S. Department of Interior standards for treatment of historical monuments. A separate board that governs Mississippi’s eight public universities must also approve the plan to move the monument. That board’s next meeting is Jan. 16.

For now, the marble soldier will continue to salute silently from the same prominent site where it has stood since 1906, near the university’s white-columned main administration building... Read More

Chef Marc Marrone creates special menu for public cannabis dinner on Paiute tribal lands

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Chef Marc Marrone has created quite the menu for what’s believed to be the first public cannabis dinner in Nevada. The delectable lineup was crafted especially for Lowell Herb Co.’s Pop-Up Cafe, which will be located on Paiute tribal lands.

The four-course dinner will take place during the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, with two seatings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you’d like to take part in the festivities, tickets are $150 apiece.

“While I don’t see myself pursuing the role of ‘cannabis chef’ or anything like it, I think it’s an opportunity to show that good food belongs in all settings,” said Chef Marrone. “It’s an honor to take part in something historic.”

The menu is subject to change, but here’s a little preview of what’s to come: ... Read More

Father indicted for murder of son

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A father was indicted Friday on murder charges stemming from an incident last month. 58-year-old Glenn Harris has been charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon when police say he shot and killed his son — 30-year-old Erik Harris.

The incident happened at a home on Burnt Hills Drive, near Jones and Lone Mountain.

According to an arrest report for Glenn Harris, obtained by 8 News Now, Harris shot his son Erik in the stomach, then put the gun under Erik’s chin and fired a second time. The report also states Harris quote — “had enough of Erik and his threats to the family.”

Prior to this, Glenn Harris had no criminal history. He has lived in Las Vegas for 25 years and worked as a mechanic.

One neighbor told 8 News Now Erik had been violent toward his parents.

“He got beat up and he hit her,” the neighbor said. “I’ve seen Glenn with like bandages on his head and a black eye and things like that.” ... Read More

Let everything go at the FREE Poo-Pourri Giant Poo Experience at Lyft Art Park

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Downtown Las Vegas is big on poop this weekend but in a good way! This Friday, Dec. 6, Poo-Pourri’s 30-ft.-tall inflatable Giant Poo experience was set up at the Lyft Art Park. Everyone’s favorite before-you-go toilet spray and its founder Suzy Batizoffer hope the giant poop emoji looking inflatable will offer an experience of release.

With a clever hashtag of #LetThatGo, it’s easy to understand what the brand is hoping people will gain from the experience.

A statement said:... Read More