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Wealthy Columbia University agitator with ‘killer’ past dodges jail time again

A wealthy young woman who avoided prison time for a deadly 2020 crash that killed a Vermont couple was among 114 anti-Israel agitators arrested at Columbia University last week – enraging the victims’ family.

Protests have been rocking the campus in recent days as anti-Israel sympathizers demand the Israeli military stop fighting back after Hamas terrorists launched an attack on the country in October.

Things have gotten so bad that a campus rabbi is urging Jewish students to leave amid concerns for their safety.

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One of the protesters is Isabel Jennifer Seward, now 20, the New York Post revealed, citing arrest records. She was 16 when she allegedly drove over the double yellow lines and plowed into Chet and Connie Hawkins, 73 and 72. Police reports allege she made no effort to avoid the crash.

“She has no remorse, she received no punishment. She’s just prancing around Columbia with her Ivy League privilege,” the couple’s 49-year-old niece, Eve Taylor, told the Post Sunday. “After basically getting away with murder, she’s now promoting murder, with no understanding of what she’s promoting.”

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Seward’s father is UPS executive Bill Seward, according to Taylor, who claimed her father’s wealth got her out of criminal charges. The Sewards could not immediately be reached for comment.

“She should be behind bars,” Taylor told the paper.

The Rutland Herald, a Vermont newspaper, reported in January 2021 that Seward received only a $220 fine as punishment for the deadly collision, even though she allegedly gave police conflicting information and may have been texting before impact and another driver recorded the crash on video.

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Taylor is calling on Vermont State Police to reopen the investigation into her aunt and uncle’s deaths.

A state police spokesman directed questions about the 2020 case to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

State Attorney Sarah George’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

George, described by local media as a progressive Democrat, is currently named in an unrelated Change.org petition calling for her resignation over her “personal ideology.”

Seward was 16 at the time of the crash, and juvenile matters are typically confidential in the state. But some details emerged publicly as the case played out.

The Herald reported Seward’s name was originally redacted in public records related to the deadly crash – only for state police to reveal it in a press release, exposing a dispute between law enforcement and the progressive prosecutor’s office.

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“Unbelievable — why on earth would VSP not have contacted their freakin general counsel BEFORE releasing the name!??!” George wrote to one of her staffers in an email obtained by the paper.

Also arrested during the Columbia protests was Isra Hirsi, the daughter of “Squad” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota.

Trump doesn’t mince words on unprecedented criminal case as opening statements kick off

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Trump goes on social media tirade ahead of opening statements in NY vs Trump trial

Former President Trump complained about his Manhattan trial on social media as he headed to the courthouse to begin the second week of proceedings Monday.

Trump once again dismissed the NY vs. Trump trial as an attempt to kneecap his 2024 presidential campaign.

“Make no mistake about it, this is a Biden Trial, they all are. It’s all about Election Interference. Sad!” he wrote on Truth Social, following up with several other posts.

“WITCH HUNT!” one said. “ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!” read another.

He went on to complain about the lack of a crowd outside the Manhattan courtroom.

“Unlike at Columbia University
where the Radical Left Palestinian Protesters sat on the Front Lawn, practically took over the School, and screamed, “Death to the Jews, Death to Israel, Death to America,” and nothing happened to them, Lower Manhattan surrounding the Courthouse, where I am heading now, is completely CLOSED DOWN. SO UNFAIR!” he wrote.

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NYAG’s bid to invalidate Trump’s $175M bond fails in court

Former President Trump’s $175 million bond judgment stemming from his non-jury civil trial will stand, a New York judge ruled Monday after New York Attorney General Letitia James attempted to invalidate it. 

Lawyers for James on Monday argued that the court should void Trump’s slashed judgment of $175 million in his non-jury civil fraud trial. James questioned whether the company that posted the massive bond, Knight Specialty Insurance, could actually pay the bond if needed. 

The court, however, ruled against James, deciding that the bond will stand.

The court decided the $175 million needs to be in cash — not in mutual funds or securities where the value can fluctuate. The court said Knight Insurance cannot trade or move the money, but said they will retain control of the account. 

The court also ruled that Knight Insurance must provide a monthly financial statement to James showing the $175 million in cash, and decided that the agreement cannot change without approval from the court. 

The hearing Monday lasted for approximately an hour. 

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Brook Singman

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Here’s the evidence prosecutors can present if former president testifies

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg can bring up information from cases brought against former President Trump by New York Attorney General Letitia James and E. Jean Carroll in the cross-examination of the 2024 GOP presumptive nominee should he testify in his own defense, the judge presiding over the trial ruled Monday. 

Bragg and prosecutors
in the district attorney’s office filed a motion last week saying they intend to use Trump’s alleged “prior misconduct and criminal acts” to discredit him after he testifies in the criminal trial. 

Trump has never been convicted of a crime. 

Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the criminal trial, decided Monday that Bragg’s office can bring up information from James’ lawsuit against the former president — including New York Judge Arthur Engoron’s decision that found him liable of fraud. 

Trump was required to post a $454 million bond in that case, but an appeals court slashed that judgment in half to $175 million while the former president and his legal team appeal the ruling. 

Engoron made the decision after a monthslong, non-jury civil fraud trial. 

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Brooke Singman

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Judge Merchan delivers jury instructions in in NY vs. Trump case

Judge Juan Merchan instructed jurors on how to handle the case as proceedings got underway in former President Trump’s NY criminal case on Monday.

Merchan spoke with the jurors just before prosecutors made their opening statement. He explained the nature of evidence and how it will be presented to the court, and he emphasized that the indictment against Trump is not evidence of guilt.

He told jurors they are not allowed to ask questions, but they are allowed to take notes throughout the trial.

He also went on to instruct the jurors not to discuss the case with anyone, visit any places where the crime was alleged to have been committed, or read about and research the case outside of the courtroom.

Prosecutors are seeking to establish that Trump’s hush money payment to pornography actress Stormy Daniels was in fact a campaign contribution that went unreported. Trump argues the payment was not directly related to his 2016 campaign.

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Trump claims NY criminal trial is meant to hurt him in November election

Former President Trump blasted President Biden on Monday ahead of opening statements in his New York criminal trial and said he wants the American people to “understand” that his criminal trial is taking place “for the purposes of hurting the opponent of the worst president in the history of our country.” 

Trump arrived in court in Manhattan Monday morning before prosecutors for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office and his defense attorneys deliver their opening statements in the trial. 

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. 

Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He has blasted the trial as pure politics, a “political persecution” and maintains his innocence. The former president, and the first ever to be a defendant in a criminal trial, vowed to “tell the truth” if he takes the stand. 

“I just want to say before we begin — these are all Biden trials,” Trump said before opening statements were delivered Monday. “This is done as election interference. Everybody knows it.” 

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Trial proceedings to end early due to jury member’s toothache, judge says

Judge Juan Merchan announced that proceedings in former President Trump’s NY vs Trump trial will end early on Monday due to a jury member complaining of a toothache.

The proceedings will now end at 12:30 ET rather than 2 p.m., Merchan said. The juror in question, number 6, told the judge that they have a dentist appointment at 1:20.

Another juror, number 9, expressed concern about media attention surrounding the trial and said they were unsure about continuing to serve. Judge Merchan spoke with the juror a separate room along with lawyers for the prosecution and defense before announcing that the person would remain on the jury.

Jury selection concluded late last week after two confirmed jurors were dismissed. They both expressed concern about being identified by the public via press reports.

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Trump before opening statements: ‘These are all Biden trials’

Former President Trump spoke with the press as he entered the Manhattan courtroom to continue his hush money payments trial on Monday.

Trump once again argued that the case against him is a “witch hunt” put together by President Biden’s administration. Monday marks the beginning of the second week of Trump’s trial, and lawyers for the defense and prosecution will offer their opening statements.

“These are all Biden trials,” Trump said of the four indictments against him.

Trump also reacted to a new effort by New York Attorney General Letitia James to void his $175 million bond payment made in relation to the civil fraud case brought against him earlier this year.

Trump put up
the $175 million required in the ruling against him, but James now argues the insurance company involved in the payment may not have enough money to uphold the payment.

Trump argued that the civil fraud case will hurt New York’s economy as well.

“Businesses will be fleeing because people are treated so badly. It’s got to be the most unfriendly place for business, and that’s why businesses are leaving,” he said.

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Why were two jurors dismissed from Trump’s trial last week?

Two jurors who were initially selected and sworn in on the second day of jury selection in Former President Trump’s trial were excused from their duties late last week.

One female juror, initially known as juror #2, an oncology nurse, said upon returning to court on Thursday that after “sleeping on” the responsibility and giving it further thought, she realized she could no longer be a fair and impartial juror.

She also indicated that her friends and members of her family had guessed her identity as a juror based on media reports, impacting her ability to remain unbiased.

The other juror, initially known as juror #4, a male, was also dismissed Thursday after it was revealed that he had been arrested in Westchester, N.Y., for tearing down right-leaning political posters.

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Supreme Court prepares to debate Trump immunity claim in election interference case

In what may be the most closely watched case this term at the Supreme Court – involving the highest-profile appellant – former President Donald Trump has offered a sweeping argument for why he should not face trial for alleged election interference.

The high court will hold arguments Thursday morning in what could determine the former president’s personal and political future. As the presumptive GOP nominee to retake the White House, Trump is betting that his constitutional assertions will lead to a legal reprieve from the court’s 6-3 conservative majority – with three of its members appointed to the bench by the defendant himself.  

The official question the justices will consider: Whether, and if so, to what extent does a former president enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office?

This is new territory for the Supreme Court and the nation. No current or former president has ever been criminally indicted.

The stakes could not be higher – both for the immediate election prospects, and the long-term effect on the presidency itself and the rule of law. But it will be the second time this term the high court will hear a case directly involving the former president. 

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Shannon Bream and Bill Mears

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What did Judge Juan Merchan say regarding Trump being in court no matter what?

Judge Juan Merchan has said former President Trump must attend every day of his criminal trial in New York City. If he does not attend, he could be arrested.

Merchan, who is presiding over the historic and unprecedented criminal trial stemming from charges brought against Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, has said court will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Court will not convene on Wednesdays.

Trump attorneys argued that the former president should be granted an exemption on April 25 – a Thursday – the same day the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on presidential immunity in relation to charges brought against him by Special Counsel Jack Smith after his months-long investigation into election interference.

Trump pleaded not guilty to those charges. The high court has agreed to expedite the appeal. A decision on the matter is expected by mid-June.

But Merchan rejected Trump’s request.

“Arguing before the Supreme Court is a big deal, and I can certainly appreciate why your client would want to be there, but a trial in New York Supreme Court … is also a big deal,” Merchan said during the first week of the trial. “I will see him here next week.”

Trump also requested to miss court on May 17, the day his youngest son, Barron, graduates from high school. 

Merchan has not yet made a decision on whether Trump can go to his son’s graduation next month, and said he needs to see how the trial will play out.

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Michael Avenatti defends Trump as ‘victim’ in hush money case, says he’s being targete

Michael Avenatti, the one-time “most dangerous enemy” of Donald Trump who liberals hoped would bring down his presidency, thinks the hush money case against him in New York is flawed, politically motivated and part of a wider anti-democratic effort to take 2024 out of the voters’ hands.

And to prove his point, consider the source, Avenatti told Fox News Digital in a phone interview from federal prison.

“I certainly see him as a victim of the system,” he said. “And that’s something that I never thought I would say. So if Michael Avenatti is coming to his defense, and I was one of his staunchest opponents for a very significant period of time, that should tell people something.”

The disgraced former attorney for Stormy Daniels, who once flirted with a White House run himself before his multiple criminal convictions, thinks the four separate criminal cases Trump is facing as he runs for president in 2024 are “absolute overkill” and an effort to keep the American people from having their say between him and President Biden.

“You’ve got a group of individuals in the United States who have decided that they know better as to who should be the next president, and they’ve decided that they don’t want to leave it to quote, the little guy, close quote,” he said of the various cases against Trump. “So they’re going to take matters into their own hands to prevent those people from being heard, and I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by it.”

If you believe in democracy, he says, “this should be settled at the ballot box.” Trump is also facing charges on Georgia election interference, federal election interference and mishandling of classified documents.

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ David Rutz

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Did Trump actually fall asleep in court?

Reports surfaced last week that former President Trump dozed off at the outset of his high-profile trial in New York City related to charges he illegally suppressed information about himself in 2016.

In a surprising report, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote that Trump “appeared to nod off a few times, his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest.”

Following the report, the hashtag #SleepyDonald briefly trended on X, formerly Twitter,  while the Biden campaign and several pundits, like “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, took the opportunity to mock the former president.

Trump’s campaign has denied the report, noting the court’s sketch artist, who was present. The campaign said Trump closed his eyes “momentarily.”

“This is fake news from a reporter who wasn’t even in the courtroom,” the campaign told Fox News Digital.

“I’ve heard that report. It’s unlikely. I know him. I sat through trial after trial with him. That never happens. So, President Trump is incredibly focused,” Trump legal spokesperson Alina Habba told Fox News on Tuesday.

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Opening statements to begin as Trump flouts gag order and attorney previews defense

Opening statements in former President Trump’s historic and unprecedented criminal trial are set to begin Monday morning, and the judge is also expected to rule on several motions that could make the trial even more difficult for the former president.

The full jury of 12, plus six alternate jurors, were selected and sworn in on Friday after four days of jury selection. 

Judge Juan Merchan,
who is presiding over the trial, instructed jurors on Friday not to discuss or to research anything relating to the former president’s case over the weekend or while serving on the panel. 

Merchan said opening arguments will be delivered by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team and Trump defense attorneys. 

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. 

Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He has blasted the trial as pure politics, a “political persecution” and maintains his innocence. The former president, and the first ever to be a defendant in a criminal trial, vowed to “tell the truth” if he takes the stand.


This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Brooke Singman

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What is a gag order and did Trump violate it during this trial?

Judge Juan Merchan imposed a gag order on former President Trump, due to his “prior extrajudicial statements.” Merchan said they established “a sufficient risk to the administration of justice.”

Merchan ordered that Trump cannot make or direct others to make public statements about witnesses concerning their potential participation or about counsel in the case – other than District Attorney Alvin Bragg – or about court staff, DA staff or family members of staff.

Merchan also ordered that Trump cannot make or direct others to make public statements about any prospective juror or chosen juror.

Last week, Bragg filed a motion alleging that Trump had violated that gag order three times by posting about possible witnesses on social media. Bragg is urging the judge to hold Trump in contempt and fine him $1,000 per violation.

By Thursday, Bragg had said that Trump has now allegedly violated the gag order seven times. Bragg has urged the judge to warn the former president that future violations could not only result in additional fines, but possible jail time of up to 30 days.  

The judge is expected to rule on Bragg’s motion this week.

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NBA champ blasts CBS News host Gayle King over Caitlin Clark remark

NBA champion Stephen Jackson ripped CBS host Gayle King over her interview with South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley earlier this month.

Staley led the Gamecocks to an undefeated season en route to winning her third championship at the helm of South Carolina. King interviewed Staley on April 7 on CBS and said, “We were all cheering for Iowa, of course, and Caitlin Clark…”

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Jackson, on Saturday, came after King for the remark in an explicit video posted to X. He said King demeaned Staley with the Clark mention.

“So, Gayle King’s supposed to be somebody that’s big in the journalism space, right? And I don’t consider her Black media. Y’all give her all these passes because she’s Oprah’s friend. I don’t give a f— whose friend she is. You don’t do nothing for nobody.

“But you cannot demean Dawn Staley like that. You’re talking to her about winning the championship, about going undefeated. And you have the nerve to get on there and say, ‘We was rooting for Caitlin Clark and you broke everybody’s hearts.’

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“Who is we? Who is we? All the Black people I know was rooting for Dawn Staley. We’re all fans of Caitlin Clark, but the way you put it, that s— was trash. I’m glad it’s a new day in the media space. You don’t even say stuff like that to somebody on an interview. You demeaned her and made it about Caitlin Clark. That’s trash, super trash.”

While Clark went on to be the No.1 pick of the WNBA Draft, South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso was the No. 3 pick for the Chicago Sky.

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The Gamecocks are also built for another run next season. Raven Johnson, Bree Hall, Te-Hina Paopao, MiLaysia Fulwiley and Tessa Johnson are all expected to return for the 2024-25 season.

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Liberal comedian Rapaport’s reality check for anti-Israel mob: You’re helping Trump

Far-left comedian and actor Michael Rapaport delivered a stern message to anti-Israel college protesters in a social media post on Monday, warning they would help deliver former President Trump the November election.

In a video posted to X, the staunch Trump critic boldly predicted that Trump would win the election because of the anti-Israel protests that took over Yale and Columbia University campuses over the past week.

“You know what’s going to be great?” Rapaport sarcastically remarked. “When d— stained Donald Trump gets elected — and I ain’t saying I’m voting for him — but when he does win, and he’s going to win, the screaming and yelling that you f—— p—- a– blow— miserable mother f—— on college campuses are doing now, the screaming that you are doing at Jews about, ‘Free Palestine,’ the screaming you are doing at Zionists is nothing compared to the screaming you are going to be doing come November, when d— stained Donald Trump wins presidency because of you. Because of you.”

Dozens of students were arrested and suspended at Yale and Columbia after anti-Israel protesters set up encampments on campus in the past week.

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Protesters have called for an intifada and the death of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One Jewish Columbia University student was told to “kill yourself” and repeatedly kicked in the stomach during the protests, while a Jewish Yale student was reportedly stabbed in the eye with a Palestinian flag.

The demonstrations highlight the growing problem of antisemitism on campus since the October 7 terror attacks and the frustration many younger voters feel towards the Biden administration over its support for Israel.

Rapaport, who has spent years attacking Trump in expletive-laden rants, said he would put up with the former president getting re-elected if it meant angering anti-Israel activists. 

“It would be worth the screaming, the crying and the yelling. I can’t wait to see those f—— protests come November when d— stained Donald Trump wins because of you f—— little blow jobs,” he said, before laughing maniacally. 

“I can’t wait!” he added.

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Rapaport, who is Jewish himself and a staunch Israel supporter, has previously warned parents to stop “wasting” their money sending their kids to college because of anti-Israel sentiments on campuses.

He has also threatened to vote for Trump in the next election on more than one occasion because of far-left policies souring his views of the Democratic Party.

Last November on an episode of his podcast, Rapaport railed against anti-Jewish hatred in the U.S., warning President Biden to get these protests “under control” or he could lose his vote.

“I’ve had conversations with some of my – if it comes down to pig d— Donald Trump and Smokin’ Joe Biden, I’m sorry. I am sorry. Voting for pig d— Donald Trump is on the table. I’m sorry!” he remarked at the time.

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He also suggested he was open to voting for Trump because of New York City’s soft-on-crime policies after illegal immigrants were initially released after beating up NYPD officers earlier this year.

Fox News’ Gabriel Hays and Greg Wehner contributed to this report.

Planet Fitness faces seismic shift following uproar over trans locker scandal

Planet Fitness, which plummeted $400 million in value in March after gym-goers boycotted the franchise over a transgender policy, announced it was hiring a new CEO Tuesday who has a history of pushing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Colleen Keating headed FirstKey Homes for the past four years, where she signed onto the “CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge,” which promises to “continually strive to diversify our workforce, hiring through a DE&I lens to find talent in multiple locations and backgrounds,” according to The New York Post.

In LinkedIn post from two years ago she said she signed the CEO DEI pledge “to crystallize my unwavering commitment to advancing #diversity, #equity and #inclusion in the workplace and the communities we serve.”

“I was proud to be a part of this critical conversation with my peers who are equally committed to making our workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion, implement and expand unconscious bias education, share best practices (and lessons learned!), and create and share strategic inclusion and diversity plans,” the post added.

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In a 2022 interview with Triple Pundit, Keating said ensuring the corporate DEI push isn’t just a flash in the pan but “starts with DEI being embedded in a company’s culture and clearly demonstrated in words and actions across the organization. When we stop thinking about DEI as a ‘program’ and recognize it as an imperative that’s woven into the very fabric of our company then DEI can’t be a half-measure or a failure.”

When reached for comment, Planet Fitness pointed to its press release announcing Keating’s hiring. 

“Colleen’s deep operational knowledge, strategic mindset and understanding of large-scale franchise operations and consumer-facing brands made her stand out among the candidates considered,” Planet Fitness board chairman Stephen Spinelli Jr. said in the release. “She also has a proven track record of building results-oriented teams and instilling cultures that put a premium on operational excellence and rigor, which we believe will be additive to Planet Fitness. We are confident that Colleen is an exceptional leader with the desired skills, experience and culture-first mindset necessary to accelerate Planet Fitness’s next phase of growth.”

The Western New England University graduate is set to replace Chris Rondeau as CEO of the “judgment free zone” gym on June 10. The Post reports Planet Fitness shares fell by an additional 1.7% earlier this week.

The decline started with the story of Patricia Silva, a Planet Fitness regular in Fairbanks, Alaska, who sparked outrage on social media by recounting her experience of seeing “a man with a penis” shaving in the women’s locker room in front of what appeared to be a 12-year-old girl.

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“Planet Fitness is defending the man in the women’s locker room, the man with a penis, rather than the child sitting in the corner with a towel wrapped around her,” the 67-year-old said in a video posted on X.

The gym revoked Silva’s membership, saying photographing another gym-goer is against Planet Fitness policy.

However, Silva’s experience wasn’t the first encounter of its kind that the international gym franchise has run into.

On April 4, 38-year-old Christopher Miller was arrested and charged by North Carolina police for indecent exposure in the women’s locker room at a Planet Fitness for allegedly stripping naked and asking a teen to shower together, all while declaring he identified as a woman.

The Post found that Miller gave no indication that he was transgender prior to barging into the changing room. He was held at Gaston County jail on a$25,000 bond.

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In the fall, a 25-year-old man allegedly exposed himself in front of a 15-year-old girl at a Planet Fitness in Georgia, and 45-year-old Layton Kessler of North Dakota was arrested for installing devices to record women at another one of the gym’s locations.

Earlier this winter, Fox 2 reported that in Michigan, local police arrested 30-year-old Jeremiah Wiltfong for masturbating in his vehicle at a Planet Fitness parking lot as he reportedly recorded women walking by.

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The health club lets members use the locker room of their “self-reported gender,” and says the following on its website: “Planet Fitness locker room facilities and programs based on their self-reported gender identity; these facilities include bathrooms, showers, and all other facilities separated by sex.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Keating but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story said Planet Fitness revenue had decreased 1.7 percent; it was actually its shares that had.

Jon Bon Jovi says he’s leaving career in God’s hands as he gets blunt about surgery

Jon Bon Jovi is leaving his health to God, as he is two years into his recovery from an intense vocal cord surgery.

In an interview with Fox News Digital ahead of the “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story” docuseries release, the rock band’s frontman bluntly explained that recovering from vocal cord surgery “sucks.”

“It sucks,” Bon Jovi said. “But, if I put it into comparison to athletes, and when Kobe and the achilles, or Michael Strahan and the pec, Tom Brady with the knee, Tiger Woods preparing for yet another Masters. It doesn’t get any easier for any of those guys.” 

He continued, “And I know their work ethic and mine are very similar. No one anticipates injury like that. And it’s up to God to fix it or not, but I’m certainly right next to the Lord himself working on it.”

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Bon Jovi, whose full name is John Francis Bongiovi Jr., paused his live singing career in 2022 and underwent throat surgery after suffering an atrophied vocal cord. 

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The band Bon Jovi celebrates their 40th anniversary as a band this year. To mark the historical accomplishment, the band teamed up with Hulu to create a four-part docuseries, “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story.”

Two years ago, Bon Jovi realized that the band’s anniversary was coming up and decided to “archive everything that I had,” he told Fox News Digital. 

“And then [I] asked the band to contribute what they had. I thought about how we are going to mark this anniversary because you only get one 40th anniversary and who knows where we’ll be at 50,” he continued. “So, it was an opportune time to discuss it.”

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Jon Bon Jovi was joined by “Tico” Torres during his interview with Fox News Digital. Torres, born Hector Samuel Juan Tico Torres, explained that he’s thrilled to still be creating music 40 years into his career. 

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Bon Jovi’s 16th studio album, “Forever,” will be released June 7.

“We’re still here, you know, think about it,” Torres said. “We get to create music and, like this new record, it was exciting to do, and the fact that we can reinvent ourselves and say what we have to say from inside together is amazing to be able to do that.” 

He continued, “I mean, there are few bands in the world that do it, but it’s nice to be part of that genre where you can keep going and keep creating. We grew up together. We’re guys from Jersey and we’re family. You know what else we got to do?”

Jon chimed in and shared why he thinks Bon Jovi has been able to withstand the test of time. 

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“Well, first of all, it’s a love of music,” he began. “I think that we all innately love music, and we also love each other’s company. So, there’s no one else I’d rather create with than the group of guys that I create with, and I think that really is the easiest answer. I love that we get to do this together.”

WATCH: Jon Bon Jovi says there was ‘never anything malicious’ with Richie Sambora’s exit from the band

The upcoming docuseries touches on Richie Sambora’s infamous exit from Bon Jovi. He served as the lead guitarist in the band from 1983 to 2013.

When Jon and Torres were asked if they would do anything different looking back on Sambora’s exit, Jon said, “Yeah. If I can accept the blame for working too hard, then I will.”

Jon continued, “It was never anything malicious, and we never had a fight, and there was never any animus. Richie had issues that he has now addressed publicly and privately with substance abuse and some anxieties and being a single dad.” 

The band’s frontman struggled with his bandmate’s exit, but noted that “we had to continue to do what we do, and he chose not to want to do it any longer. Unfortunately for him and for us.”

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“Being in a rock band is not a life sentence, and he chose not to want to do it any longer,” he concluded.

As far as a future reunion with Sambora, Torres called the moment when Bon Jovi reconnected with Sambora and the late Alec John Such at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 “something special.” Such, who was a founding member and bassist in the band, died in 2022.

“Alec, [who is] no longer with us, he’s up there watching us, but he was the catalyst of putting the band together – introducing me and Richie, Jon,” Torres said.

“There’s a lot of, you know, back to Richie. It’s a situation where it’s hard to go on without a brother,” he continued. “It wasn’t our decision. It was his decision in that sense and you got to respect that.”

WATCH: Jon Bon Jovi says upcoming ‘Thank You, Goodnight’ docuseries has been in the works for two years

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“Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story” premieres on Hulu on April 26.

Student repeatedly slaps teacher in face while cursing at her: ‘Ain’t nobody even coming’

A North Carolina high schooler has been charged with assault after allegedly being caught on camera slapping a teacher during a profanity-filled exchange.

The incident involving the unidentified juvenile occurred at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem on April 15, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) said on Facebook. Video posted online shows the student standing over a teacher who is seated before striking her in the face. 

“Do you think that affected me in any way?” the teacher can be heard asking.

“Want me to hit you again?” the student says, while stepping up and repeating the question.

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“I don’t want it,” the teacher says, before she is struck again. The hit is so hard that her glasses fly off her face while the teenager continues his profanity-filled rant. 

“Ain’t nobody even coming. You got slapped,” the student says. “B—-, go back to teaching.”

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The school’s principal, Noel Keener, told parents in a message that the student would face disciplinary action in addition to criminal charges for “inappropriate and unsettling” behavior, according to local TV station WGHP.

Neither the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools spokesperson nor the superintendent responded to a Fox News Digital inquiry about what happened, but Superintendent Tricia McManus told WGHP that the student’s “behavior will not be tolerated” and her focus was on making sure the “teacher is taken care of and has the support needed to navigate through the lasting effects of this incident.” 

The superintendent also plans to recommend expulsion from the school district in a hearing separate from the legal ones.

“All of us should be outraged when those who educate us can be assaulted,” FCSO Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. said in his department’s release. “We are praying for wholeness for those students who witnessed this and the educator involved.”

The student faces one charge of communicating threats and two charges of misdemeanor assault. The sheriff’s office says no additional information will be released since he is a juvenile.

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Former teachers at the school told WFMY-TV they were not surprised after seeing the now-viral video of the assault circulating online, adding that behavioral problems at the school took a turn for the worse when students returned to the classroom following COVID-19 closures. 

Israel’s top spy chief sends shockwaves through top brass with announcement

The head of Israel’s military intelligence directorate has resigned, the Israel Defense Forces said on Monday.

Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva announced his resignation after he failed to prevent Hamas’ unprecedented Oct. 7 attack, the deadliest terror attack in Israel’s history, the military said.

“The intelligence directorate under my command did not live up to the task we were entrusted with. I carry that black day with me ever since, day after day, night after night. I will carry the horrible pain of the war with me forever,” Haliva wrote in his resignation letter, according to a translation by the Associated Press.

Haliva is the first senior figure to step down after Hamas terrorists invaded Israel nearly six and a half months ago and rampaged through Israeli communities, killing 1,200 people – mostly civilians – and taking roughly 250 hostages back into Gaza.

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The decision to resign was made with the approval of Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant. The military chief of staff accepted Haliva’s request to resign and thanked him for his 38 years of service, the IDF said.

Haliva’s resignation could set the stage for additional fallout from Israel’s top security brass over Hamas’ attack, which triggered a war in Gaza between the Jewish state and Hamas. The war will cross its 200th day this week.

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Shortly after the war was initiated, Haliva said publicly that he shouldered blame as the head of the military department for not preventing the assault.

Other military and security leaders are also reportedly expected to resign in response to intelligence failures that did not catch the impending Oct. 7 attack.

The timing of these resignations, however, has been unclear as Israel remains in a war with Hamas, while battling the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria.

Tensions in the region remain high after Israel traded direct attacks with Iran last week, leading some military experts to say Israeli resignations are irresponsible while the military is fighting on multiple fronts, according to the Associated Press.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not among those expected to resign and has indicated that he will not step down, despite growing protests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Actress says she turned to hard drug in the ’80s as a weight loss method

Delta Burke gave more insight into her mental and physical struggles after facing scrutiny as a rising star.

The “Designing Women” actress, who publicly battled criticism over her appearance, once turned to crystal meth for weight loss. Burke explained on the “Glamorous Trash” podcast that she started taking prescription pills while studying in London, and upon arriving back in the states, discovered her pills were deemed illegal.

Once on a set, she found someone to get her more “Black Beauties,” and would take the pill “in the morning so you won’t eat.”

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“They were like medicine to me,” she told host Chelsea Devantez. Eventually, the pills became less effective as she built up a tolerance, and Burke was offered crystal meth as a substitute.

“Nobody knew about crystal meth at the time,” she said. Burke was told to “snort” the drug, but felt uncomfortable, so instead she put the drugs in “cranberry juice.”

The “Women of the House” star would drink a glass before going to work, where she was starring in “Filthy Rich” at the time, and then “wouldn’t eat for five days.”

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“And they were still saying, ‘Your butt’s too big. Your legs are too big,'” Burke recalled. “And I now look back at those pictures and go, ‘I was a freaking goddess.'”

Burke is best known for her character on “Designing Women,” Suzanne Sugarbaker – a flashy, materialistic former beauty queen. Suzanne was the silly counterpart to her serious sister Julia, played by Dixie Carter. Delta was nominated for two Emmys for the role.

The scrutiny Burke faced over her weight contributed to her exit from the show. She said she was “emotionally too fragile” to handle how “incredibly ugly” narratives became, and remembered people constantly asking her if she was pregnant. One time, a fan pulled her coat open and said, “Let’s see, how fat are ya?”

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“I thought I was stronger. I tried very hard to defend myself against lies and all the ugliness that was there, and I wasn’t gonna win. I’m just an actress, you know. I don’t have any power,” she said. “I remember on the set, when it got to be really bad, and I wasn’t handling it well with a smiling face, my whole body language changed. I would kind of hunch over … I just tried to disappear.”

She added, “Hollywood will mess your head up. And I had always thought, ‘I want to be a famous actress.’ I thought that meant that you would be a famous and well-respected actress, but that’s not what it meant. And the moment I became famous, it was like, ‘Oh no, no, no. This is not what I had in mind at all. I don’t think I want to be this anymore.’ But then it’s too late.”

Burke said she “loved” watching how her character “evolved” throughout the course of five seasons, and by remaining on the sitcom, she received “an amazing character to get to play, grow older and fatter with.”

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Despite that, Burke remembered that “it got ugly and very sad,” she told Devantez of how her dream role on television slowly turned into a nightmare. “We do ‘Designing Women’ and I’m so happy to be there. I love everything. But then things started to change which I won’t go into. But that, combined with becoming famous, that I simply couldn’t cope with.”

She added,” And I wanted to leave, and I wasn’t allowed to leave.”