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Local Leaders Want Businesses To Help With Earthquake Relief

Chicago (CBS)–Mexican-American elected officials, civic and non-profit leaders are appealing to Chicagoans and corporations to contribute to relief efforts following the earthquake in Mexico. “We are here today with a great sense of sadness and loss,” said Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as he stood with others at a Mexican restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood. 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Muñoz said “we’re begging corporate America. All of you businesses that take our money, we now need you to contribute to this effort.” He added “We don’t need clothes. We don’t need food. We need folks to make a financial contribution to the Red Cross.” Former McPier CEO and businessman Juan Ochoa said he’s not really concerned about donor fatigue with so many donating to hurricane relief.
“I think that Chicagoans have a big heart. I think that any amount of money is important. If you can donate only one dollar, it’s a dollar more than we had.” Chicago is a sister city to Mexico City.

Lin Pictures Hires Tristar’s Lindsey Liberatore as Head of TV

Lin Pictures has hired former Tristar Television executive Lindsey Liberatore as senior vice president of television, the company announced Friday. In her new role, Liberatore will oversee all development and television operations for Lin Pictures. Prior to joining Lin Pictures, Liberatore was vice president of Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar label, which she joined in 2015 as... Read more »

Photographer Claims Urban Outfitters, Macy’s Used Tupac Photos Without Permission

The late Tupac Shakur might no longer have any say over how his image is used, but that doesn’t mean you can use a photograph of the famed rapper without getting permission from the photographer. That’s why both Macy’s and Urban Outfitters find themselves on the receiving end of a federal lawsuit over T-shirts sporting a copyrighted photograph of Tupac. Photographer Chi Modu filed the lawsuit [PDF] Thursday in federal court in California, accusing the retailers, along with merchandising company Bravado International Group, of copyright infringement for creating and then selling apparel that features his photograph of the late rapper. According to the lawsuit, the three companies contributed to the infringement of Modu’s copyrights or engaged in one or more wrongful practices when it comes to using his photographs. Modu — who is a known for “his work depicting prominent figures in the world of hip-hop” — is the sole owner of the photographs used on the shirts and sweatshirts sold at the retailers.
While Modu admits that he and Bravado negotiated an agreement in which the manufacturer would have certain rights in regard to the photos, the agreement expired no later than July 2016. Modu claims that the merchandise in question wasn’t created until after that date, accusing Bravado or its customers — in this case Macy’s and Urban Outfitters — of continuing to use his photos without permission. Bravado then allegedly sold the products to third-parties, such as Macy’s and Urban Outfitters, who in return sold the products to customers. With the lawsuit, Modu is seeking the retailers’ profits from the shirts and unspecified damages.

Not The First Tupac Lawsuit

Modu is not the first photographer to take aim at retailers for allegedly misusing photographs of Tupac. Back in June, Photographer Danny Clinch filed a lawsuit [PDFaccusing a merchandiser, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters of copyright infringement for using his photos of the late rapper without permission. The photos, which were featured in a profile of the rapper in Rolling Stone magazine in 1993 and then again on the magazine’s cover in 1996, were copyrighted by Clinch in 2002, giving him sole discretion on when the picture could be used.

‘I Don’t Believe This!’ Price Is Right Contestants Spin Up $1 Five Times In A Row

CHICAGO (CBS) — The new season of “The Price Is Right” didn’t waste much time handing out big bucks in an improbably exciting way. On Friday, three contestants spun up $1 on the big wheel five times in a row in the Showcase Showdown, winning a combined $80,000 for their amazing luck. Granted, a couple of the contestants needed two spins to add up to $1, but that just makes the odds that all three totaled $1 that much more unlikely. Even host Drew Carey could barely contain his glee.

This season is the first time contestants can win $10,000 for spinning up a total of $1 in one or two chances on the big wheel, and another $25,000 if they get exactly $1 on a bonus spin. The first time around, Wilbur spun 75 cents and then 25 cents, Charlotte hit $1 exactly, and Zachary spun up 85 cents and then 15 cents – winning $10,000 each. Wilbur and Charlotte then both got $1 on their bonus spins, winning another $25,000 each. “Oh my goodness, I don’t believe this,” Carey said. “We gave away $80,000 just on this wheel spin. The hot streak became a social media sensation.

In an interview with CBS Local last week, Drew Carey teased that there would be an “outrageous” moment during premiere week. “We couldn’t believe what was happening, my jaw was hanging down,” Carey said. “It’s going to be our biggest viral moment ever.”

Bat Found With Rabies In Yuba City, 2 Dogs Now Under 6-Month Quarantine

YUBA CITY (CBS13) – Two dogs who were found to have been playing with a bat infected with rabies will have to be under quarantine for six months, officials say. Sutter Animal Services Authority says the dogs were playing with the bat in their backyard near Barrow and Elm Streets back on Sept. 15. One of the dogs even suffered a bite to the mouth from the bat. Animal services personnel managed to catch the bat and it was euthanized. Health officials then tested the bat and found it had rabies. The two dogs will now be under a strict quarantine for six months to see if they suffered any effects. Health officials would like to remind people to never touch bats and to keep pets away from wild animals.

Winter Valley Fire Explodes In Size Overnight

ELK SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire burning in Moffat County has exploded in size. The Winter Valley Fire is now larger than 5,200 acres, growing almost 2,000 acres since Thursday.
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The Winter Valley Fire (credit: BLM)

It’s burning near Elk Springs, which is just south of Dinosaur National Monument. Strong wind gusts of up to 50 mph are hampering firefighting efforts.
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Fire officials say more than two dozen structures are threatened, and the Deerlodge Park Campground has been evacuated. The cause of the fire is unknown, and under investigation. Wildfire Resources – Visit’s Living With Wildfire section. Wildfire Photo Galleries – See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

LONDON (AP) — British police on Friday charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week’s bomb attack on the London subway. Ahmed Hassan was accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station on Sept. 15. The Metropolitan Police force said Hassan is charged with attempting to “murder persons traveling on a District Line train” and of using a chemical compound known as TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life. Hassan, who is originally from Iraq, spoke only to confirm his name and address during a brief court appearance on Friday. Prosecutors allege that he made the bomb from materials he ordered online and left it on the crowded subway train, getting off one stop before it exploded. He was ordered detained until his next hearing on Oct. 13. Hassan was arrested Saturday at the port of Dover, departure point for ferries to France. After his arrest, police searched the suburban home of a couple who had fostered more than 200 children, including refugees from the Middle East. Hassan confirmed in court that he lived at the address. Thirty people were injured when the homemade bomb — hidden in a plastic bucket inside a plastic supermarket bag — partly detonated at the height of the morning rush hour. The attack sparked a huge hunt for the perpetrators and prompted officials to briefly raise the national terrorism threat to the highest level, “critical.” London police chief Cressida Dick said Friday that the “very dangerous” bomb was packed with shrapnel and the carnage could have been much worse. Police have arrested six people in all over the attack. Three — including a 17-year-old — have been released without charge, while two men remain in custody.
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Heat’s Pat Riley Raves About Dwyane Wade But Avoids Contract Talks

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is under contract with the Chicago Bulls, meaning other NBA clubs can’t openly talk about possibly signing him until he’s a free agent. As such, Miami Heat president Pat Riley was cautious Friday when asked about Wade’s future. Wade spent his first 13 seasons in Miami before leaving in the summer of 2016 and going to the Bulls, his hometown team. But Chicago appears in full rebuilding mode after trading All-Star forward Jimmy Butler — someone Wade was close with — to Minnesota this offseason. And since Wade is in the last year of a deal that will pay him nearly $24 million this season, buyout speculation has been rampant for months. If Wade gets a buyout, he’d be free to join any team. “I feel great about our relationship that we had over the 13 years,” Riley said. “And anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road, or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that. But right now he’s under contract. He’s under contract with Chicago and I wish him the very best.” Some Heat players, including longtime close friend Udonis Haslem, have made clear that if Wade becomes a free agent they would definitely want him to consider a return. “He knows how I feel,” Haslem said this month. Riley — and every other NBA executive — has to be much more guarded. But Riley made no secret of the affinity he still has for Wade, even raving about his wife, actress Gabrielle Union. “She was stunning at the Emmys,” Riley said. “And to see him sitting in the seat next to her at the Emmys, I said ‘Man, we both have come a long way.'” The Bulls hold their media day Monday, with camp opening Tuesday. Wade spent at least part of this week in Miami, where he kept his home, and worked out at least once at the University of Miami. Bulls President John Paxson told CSN Chicago on Thursday he and general manager Gar Forman sat down with Wade when the season ended, and plan to do so again when he returns to Chicago in the coming days. “We were honest with him. We told him, that we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Paxson said. “At that time we were not shopping Jimmy. But we also said all along that if a deal would come along that would allow us to rebuild, we’d have to look at it. We’ve said that to everybody. So with that said, Dwyane’s under contract. He has been a professional through and through. We want to talk to him when he comes in town, and we will.” Wade is Miami’s franchise leader in several categories, starred on all three of the Heat championship teams and has kept close ties with several people within the organization since his departure. He was the MVP of the 2006 NBA Finals. “Probably one of the greatest series that any player has ever had in a Finals,” Riley said. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Protesters Want ‘Forced Splits’ Principal Reinstated

DENVER (CBS4) – Protesters want East High School’s principal reinstated after he was placed on leave as part of an investigation into cheerleaders forced to do the splits. Andy Mendelberg was one of five school employees placed on leave after videos surfaced last month showing former East High cheerleading coach Ozell Williams pushing cheerleaders down into the extended splits as they cry out in pain.
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Denver Public Schools also suspended the school’s assistant principal, athletic director, cheerleading coach, and assistant cheerleading coach while they conducted an independent investigation.
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Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, supporters of Mendelberg want him to stay. Results of that investigation are expected to be released Friday afternoon.


Another sports weekend is upon us and each Friday on the Lo-Down Damien Barling and I tell you about 5 things to keep your eye on over the next couple of days.  So here we go with another edition of the Friday Five and you can hear this segment Friday’s at 2:00 on Sports 1140 KHTK.

1.The Raiders Get Some Prime Time Love

Two games into this young NFL season and the Raiders are looking sharp.  We had questions about the defense but so far so good.  The offense has been tremendous as expected.  On Sunday they will be showcased on Football Night in America against the Washington Redskins.  Monday Night Football used to be the biggest thing going, but now it is Sunday night.  NBC does a terrific job with their coverage and the Raiders will be on a couple of times this season.  This will be the first offering and let’s see if they can jump out to a (3-0) start.

2.  Should We Be Watching Mississippi State?

The Bulldogs had a 30 point route last week over LSU, that’s right, they beat LSU by 30.  They follow that up with 2 more games in a row against ranked teams.  I am not sure if they are real but this week will tell us more.  Their middle game of 3 straight vs. ranked teams is on the road this weekend at Georgia.  If they get through Georgia and Auburn next week too then they should be on your radar.

3.  Two Teams In the Same Position, Must Wins?

The New York Giants made the playoffs last season and have gotten off to a slow start.  The San Diego Chargers didn’t make it last year and now they are the Los Angeles Chargers.  Both teams are (0-2) and have already lost a division game.  They both try to avoid (0-3) starts this weekend with division games.  The Giants battle the Eagles and a winless start with 2 division losses would be tough to overcome.  For the Chargers it would likely be worse if they lost to the Chiefs to go (0-3) because the division is so good.  It’s only September but it feels like they both have to win this weekend.

4.  Wild Card Races

It is the second to last weekend of the MLB regular season and the divisions are almost all taken care of.  4 of the 6 division leaders are up on their competition by 9 games or more so we have to switch our attention to those chasing the wild card. The American League has 4 teams battling for the final wild card spot while the NL has 3.  All 162 games matter and this weekend will be crucial for those in the chase.

5.  Hoop Junkies the Wait is almost over

With media day on Monday for the Kings but earlier than that for other teams we have made it to basketball.  This is the last weekend without basketball in it for a long time.  Next weekend there will be preseason hoops and the Kings first game in the preseason is October 2nd.  So it is here and the crazy off-season should produce a fun regular season.