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Elon Musk deletes tweet which linked article on conspiracy theory over Paul Pelosi attack

On Sunday, new Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted and deleted a link to an article pushing an unfounded conspiracy theory about the attack on Paul Pelosi.  In the since deleted tweet responding to a tweet from Hillary Clinton, Musk wrote: “There is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye,” with a link to a story from the right-wing website Santa Monica Observer — a site that has pushed an anti-LGBT conspiracy theory regarding the attack.

Clinton had tweeted a link to a story in The Los Angeles Times about 42-year-old David Wayne DePape, the man suspected of beating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer inside the Pelosi’s San Francisco home on Friday. Clinton tweeted: “The Republican Party and its mouthpieces now regularly spread hate and deranged conspiracy theories. It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and the actions that follow.”

DePape allegedly broke into the Pelosi’s home on Friday and was immediately apprehended by police and will be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several additional felonies, according to authorities.  A review of suspected social media posts by DePape shows him spreading conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, pedophiles in the government, and claims that Democratic officials run child sex rings.

Musk’s deleted tweet was sent days after the Tesla CEO officially took control of the social media platform earlier this week after purchasing it for $44 billion. The tweet raises concerns about the type of content that will be allowed on the social media site under his control.

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Two American college students among those killed during Halloween crowd surge in Seoul

Two American college students were identified Sunday as being among the 153 people killed in a stampede during Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea. Kennesaw State University student and Georgia native Steven Blesi, 20, was spending the semester studying abroad in the South Korean capital, and Anne Gieske, 20, a student in her third year at the University of Kentucky, died in the crowd surge Saturday night.

President Biden tweeted that he and first lady Jill Biden are “devastated to learn that at least two Americans are among so many who lost their lives in Seoul. Our hearts go out to their loved ones in this time of grief, and we continue to pray for the recovery of all who were injured.”

Bless and Gieske’s schools both issued statements confirming the deaths on Sunday. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said in a letter to the community that Gieske was a nursing student in her junior year from Northern Kentucky, who had been studying abroad in South Korea for the semester.

The crowd surge is one of South Korea’s worst disaster in years. As of Sunday evening, officials put the death toll at 153 and the number of injured people at 133, and the death count could further rise as 37 of the injured people were listed in serious conditions. More than 80% of those killed were in their 20s and 30s, and at least four were teenagers.

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Sports Daypop

49ers Christian McCaffrey becomes first player since 2005 to score TD trifecta

During the 49ers 31-14 victory against the Rams on Sunday, running back Christian McCaffrey became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005 to throw for, run for and catch a touchdown in the same game. McCaffrey, in just his second game with the 49ers, is now the fourth player since the 1970 merger to complete the trifecta, joining a group that consists of Tomlinson (2005), David Patten (2001), and Walter Payton (1979) to complete the hat trick since the 1970 merger.

McCaffrey’s first snagged a backward pass from Jimmy Garoppolo on a second-and-8 play from the Los Angeles 34-yard line in the flat and then uncorked a deep pass from the L.A. 40-yard line to Brandon Aiyuk for the touchdown (making it McCaffrey’s second career passing touchdown).

In the second half, McCaffrey turned upfield toward the end zone as Garoppolo was flushed out to his right and the quarterback passed to McCaffrey, who was able to come down with the touchdown catch.

Lastly, McCaffrey completed the hat trick by capping off a six-play drive as he ran in for the 1-yard score at the goal line. McCaffrey also had 36 of the team’s 58 yards on the drive.

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Kansas City Royals hire Rays’ bench coach Matt Quatraro as new manager

On Sunday, the Kansas City Royals announced the hiring of Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro as manager. Quatraro replaces Mike Matheny, who was fired after the Royals finished 65-97 for their sixth straight losing season.

Royals general manager J.J. Picollo, who took over as head of baseball operations after the firing of longtime front-office executive Dayton Moore, chose Quatraro as the teams new manager. Picollo said in a statement: “We are extremely excited to have Matt leading our club and core of talent. Matt has great experiences throughout his career that have prepared him for this. He thoroughly impressed us all during our interview process and is clearly respected across the industry.”

Quatraro, who interviewed for the Mets and A’s manager jobs last season, will take over as manager of one of the youngest teams in baseball. He said in a statement: “I’m grateful to Mr. Sherman and the ownership group, J.J. and the front office, and everyone else with the Royals for this opportunity. I already knew the talent on the roster and how great the fans in Kansas City are, and the interview process convinced me that the terrific things I’d heard about the organization’s culture are true. I can’t wait to get started, and for my family to get to Kansas City and be part of that community.”

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Country Daypop

Luke Bryan speaks out after backlash for bringing Gov. Ron DeSantis on stage

Luke Bryan is responding backlash he received on social media after bringing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on stage during his Jacksonville concert on Friday, October 28th.  DeSantis joined Bryan on stage as the singer revealed plans to donate proceeds from his upcoming Estero, Florida concert to the Florida Disaster Fund in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Following the show, DeSantis took to social media to thank Bryan for allowing him to share his stage, tweeting:  “Thanks for letting me crash the party last night, @lukebryan!”

Bryan took to Twitter on Sunday , Oct. 30 to issue a statement after many expressed their displeasure that Bryan associated himself with the polarizing politician, who has been outspoken about anti-LGBTQ+ policies anti-abortion, and more. Bryan said he doesn’t “typically respond to stuff when I’m getting run down on a social platform” but issued this response:  “Here’s the deal. I understand Governor Desantis is a very polarizing figure. I grew up in a country where if a governor asks you if they can come and raise awareness to help victims of a natural disaster you help. I’ve generally stayed out of politics throughout my career.  I knew people would chatter about this but for me the more important piece was: If I am going to come back there a few weeks after a large portion of people have been affected by a natural disaster in a state where people have been good to me, this felt right. Raise awareness, have a little fun between the GA and FL college fans before the game and do what I love on stage.”  Bryan then concluded his statement, saying, “this is all I am saying about this. I’ll be outdoors with my boys. Enjoy your Sunday. Love y’all #GoDawgs.”  He also included information on how to donate to the fund via text message (text disaster to 20222).

Hurricane Ian postponed three of Bryan’s Raised Up Right Tour dates. The country superstar’s rescheduled shows will now take place this week: Nov. 2 in Estero, Nov. 4 in West Palm Beach, and Nov. 5 in Tampa.

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HARDY and Caleigh Ryan are married in Nashville

Country singer-songwriter HARDY (real name Michael Hardy) married his longtime girlfriend, Caleigh Ryan, at Diamond Creek Farms in Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The couple of nearly four years said “I do” in front of 350 guests at a celebration filled with nods to Nashville and HARDY’s home state of Mississippi.  The couple stuck with a Southern-themed buffet, and later into the night they served a second meal of Nashville hot chicken. Guests including fellow country artists Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Ell, Travis Denning, RaeLynn, ERNEST, Renee Blair, Jameson Rodgers and Morgan Wallen danced to a Mississippi-based cover band named Mustache the Band.

The couple first started dating in April 2018 after meeting on social media. After three years together, Hardy popped the question in Aug. 2021, getting down on one knee at the spot they first met, The Lyric theater in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Entertainment Daypop

Liam Hemsworth to replace Henry Cavill in Season 4 of “The Witcher”

“The Witcher” has been renewed for a fourth season by Netflix, but will take place without leading star Henry Cavill, who will exit the production after the upcoming third season debuts.  Liam Hemsworth set to take over the lead role of Geralt of Rivia.  Netflix announced the renewal and casting news on Saturday afternoon, with both Hemsworth and Cavill releasing statements on social media.

Cavill has starred as the monster hunter Geralt on “The Witcher” since the Netflix series debuted in Dec. 2019. The show’s upcoming third season, set to be released Summer 2023, will be the actor’s last with the series.  Cavill wrote on Instagram:  “My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4. In my stead, the fantastic Mr. Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.”

Hemswoth’s statement read“As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honoured that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”

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New teaser trailer for Season 4 of HBO’s ‘Succession’ shares premiere date

HBO’s ‘Succession’ shared its Season 4 teaser trailer, and revealed that the show’s new season will arrive in spring 2023.

In the new clip, patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) says “Everything I try to do, people turn against me. I’m 100 feet tall. These people are pygmies.”  The series also stars Alexander Skarsgård (Lukas Matsson), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall), Kieran Culkin (Roman) and Sarah Snook (Shiv).

Succession Season 4 premieres spring 2023. Check out the teaser trailer – here.

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Rock Daypop

Green Day and Eddie Vedder to headline fifth annual ‘Innings Festival’ in Arizona

Green Day and Eddie Vedder will headline the fifth annual Innings Festival, taking place at Arizona’s Tempe Beach and Tempe Arts Park, February 25-26, 2023. The two-day event will feature 18 bands on two stages, including performances from Weezer, Marcus Mumford, The Black Crowes, The Revivalists, The Offspring, Mt. Joy, The Pretty Reckless, The Head and the Heart and more, as well as curated food vendors and interactive baseball related activities.

Attendees can also look forward to appearances by Major League Baseball greats Randy Johnson, Jake Peavy, Dontrelle Willis, Grady Sizemore, Kevin Mitchell, Vince Coleman, Bret Boone, Vinny Castilla, Matt Williams, Edgar Martinez, Mike Cameron and more.

Single day and two day general admission, GA+, VIP and Platinum Tickets are on sale now at the Innings Festival website.

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Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro dies at 63

Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro has passed away at 63 years old after a fall at his home. Peligro drummed for Dead Kennedys between 1981 and 1986, 2001 and 2008, and then 2009 to present day.

The news was confirmed by the band who issued a statement revealing that the musician fell after suffering a trauma to the head after an accidental fall. The band’s statement on the matter reads as follows: “Dead Kennedys’ drummer D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley) passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday, October 28th. Police on the scene stated that he died from trauma to the head caused by an accidental fall. Arrangements are pending and will be announced in the coming days. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. Thank you for your thoughts and words of comfort.”

Peligro joined the band in 1981, making his debut on the In God We Trust EP. He then remained with the band for their next three albums, Plastic Surgery Disasters, Frankenchrist and Bedtime for Democracy.  Peligro would briefly join Red Hot Chili Peppers after Dead Kennedy’s split in 1986, taking over after the exit of drummer Jack Irons.  Peligro returned to Dead Kennedys upon their 2001 reunion, taking a brief hiatus in 2008 before resuming with the band again one year later.

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