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‘The Walking Dead’ fined $104,000 for ‘misusing&rsquo… – Atlanta Journal Constitution

August 15th, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission hasn’t fined a TV show in years regarding obscenities or nudity (think Janet Jackson), but it just went after three shows for “misusing” emergency alert signals including “The Walking Dead,” shot in metro Atlanta. 

The hit AMC show had to shell out $104,000 in fines for airing simulated emergency alert tones during the opening seconds of season 9’s “Omega” episode that aired in February of this year. 

The FCC prohibits use of actual or simulated EAS tones during non-emergencies and outside of proper testing or public service announcements.

“These rules aim to protect the integrity of the alert system by helping to avoid confusion when the tones are used, alert fatigue among listeners, and false activation of the EAS by the operative data elements contained in the alert tones,” the FCC said in a press release. 

“The Walking Dead” was airing an origin story episode for the woman who would become the dangerous enemy named Alpha, played by Samantha Morton. It was the early days of the zombie apocalypse and a radio alert sound is going off while an announcer over the air is trying to tell everyone to stay calm. It’s a set up to show that the world is going to hell and her character goes from quiet and reasonable to vicious and cold. 

“The Jimmy Kimmel Show” on ABC had to pay a hefty $395,000 fine for using a simulated wireless emergency alert (WEA) tone three times during a sketch in 2018. Animal Planet’s “Lone Star Law” accidentally aired an actual WEA tone heard on crew members’ phones while filming and was fined $68,000. Two Los Angeles radio stations KDAY and KDEY-FM simulated an emergency alert signal during a morning show promotion and were fined $67,000. 

This is not the first time a regulator has gone after “The Walking Dead.” When a stuntman died under the watch of “The Walking Dead” in 2017, OSHA in early January hit them with a maximum fine for a single severe violation of just $12,675. It only gives higher fines for flagrant, multiple violations and corporations have been fined millions



The 2004 Janet Jackson Super Bowl nipplegate resulted in a record FCC fine of $550,000 that was later overturned in court. Over 14 years from 1990 to 2004, radio stations were hit with fines of nearly $3 million for indecent material from then-syndicated “The Howard Stern Show.” (He is now on Sirius/XM, outside the purview of FCC compliance.)

Since Donald Trump took office, the FCC has not fined a single broadcaster for indecency. 

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Harris sets record, Nichols leaves with injury as Bombers top Lions – TSN

August 15th, 2019

WINNIPEG — Andrew Harris doesn’t like to focus on his personal accomplishments, but he couldn’t help being affected by his move up in the CFL record book Thursday.

The Blue Bombers running back became the all-time leader among Canadian players for yards from scrimmage and also made it into the league’s top 10 all-time rushing list as Winnipeg remained in first place in the West Division by beating the B.C. Lions 32-16.

However, the victory ended with a question mark after Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols left with an apparent injury to his right throwing arm in the fourth quarter. Head coach Mike O’Shea had no update after the game.

Nichols was sacked by new Lions defensive lineman Shawn Lemon with about nine minutes left in the fourth. He fumbled the ball and right away walked to the dressing room appearing to favour his arm.

“He’s a soldier and he battles so hard and I’m just hoping and praying he’s OK,” Harris said of Nichols.

Harris passed former Montreal receiver Ben Cahoon (13,368 yards) to become the all-time leader among Canadian players for yards from scrimmage. He finished with 73 yards rushing, but had no receiving yards. His career total is 13,377.

The Winnipeg native also moved past Dave Thelen (8,463 yards) into the league’s top 10 all-time rushing list with the 14 carries for 73 yards that gave him 8,477 career yards.

“I was trying to downplay it, but I got pretty emotional when I saw that little video and everyone started congratulating me,” Harris said.

Winnipeg receiver Chris Matthews said Harris’s accolades are deserved.

“He’s a great guy, man,” he said. “He works extremely hard. He deserves everything he’s gotten and will get in the future.”

The Bombers improved their record to 7-2 with their fifth straight victory at IG Field this season in front of 24,914 fans. It also extended a home win streak to eight games since last season, the most victories on home turf since 10 in a row in 1993 and ’94.

The Lions dropped to 1-8 with their fifth straight loss, the first time they’ve started off with that mark since 1996.

Nic Demski caught a five-yard touchdown pass for Winnipeg, Nichols ran one yard into the end zone and defensive back Marcus Sayles blocked a Josh Bartel punt and ran nine yards for a TD.

Nichols completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 179 yards with one TD and one interception. Lions pivot Mike Reilly, who was sacked seven times, was 16-of-28 for 177 yards with one TD and one pick.

“I feel disappointed in how I played and how we played as an offence and how we played as a team,” said Reilly, who’s been sacked 36 times this season. “Outside of that, physically I’m fine.”

Bombers kicker Justin Medlock booted field goals of 25, 37 and 53 yards and hit the left upright on a 45-yard attempt. His three converts increased his streak to 90 consecutive from 32 yards out.

B.C. running back John White rushed for a four-yard touchdown. Sergio Castillo hit field goals from 35, 50 and 47 yards and made one convert. The Lions also conceded a safety.

The Bombers led 10-0 after the first quarter, 12-6 at halftime and 29-13 after three quarters, although the Lions did grab a 13-12 lead early in the third.

Demski’s TD catch at 4:47 of the first quarter was aided by B.C. penalties for pass interference and illegal contact on a receiver.

After Nichols connected with Matthews for a 51-yard reception, the Bombers settled for Medlock’s 25-yarder to up the score 10-0 at 9:22.

Nichols also completed a 53-yard pass to Demski, but the drive was snuffed out with an interception when receiver Drew Wolitarsky bobbled the ball and Lions linebacker Maleki Harris grabbed it. B.C. used the turnover for Castillo’s 35-yarder at 6:24.

Bombers backup pivot Chris Streveler was also intercepted by Junior Luke. That turnover led to Castillo’s 50-yarder to make it 10-6 at 9:47. The Lions conceded a safety with 21 seconds left in the first half.

B.C. opened the third quarter with a trick play. Receiver Duron Carter threw a 56-yard pass to Lamar Durant, igniting a drive that ended with White’s TD run at 2:04 and a convert that gave B.C. its only lead of the game.

“We’ve got to get it together,” Carter said. “No ifs, ands or buts about it. There’s no excuses.”

Medlock made a 37-yarder and Winnipeg regained a 15-13 lead. Defensive end Willie Jefferson then intercepted Reilly and the turnover was capped off with Nichols’s one-yard TD run at 10:44, the convert and a 22-13 Winnipeg lead.

Sayles’ blocked punt for a TD at 12:33 widened the gap 29-13. Medlock and Castillo traded field goals in the fourth quarter.

B.C. receiver Bryan Burnham moved his reception streak to 73 games after four catches for 46 yards.

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Most residents allowed to return home after 100 homes evacuated, seven injured in London house explosion – Toronto Star

August 15th, 2019

LONDON, ONT.—All but 12 of the more than 100 homes evacuated after a house explosion in London have been cleared for residents to return, the city said Thursday evening.

Seven people were injured after a house explosion caused a massive fire late Wednesday night.

The blast was caused by a vehicle slamming into a home and hitting a gas line just before 11 p.m., police said. The ensuing fire spread to several residences overnight, with crews still on scene Thursday morning, authorities said.

Acting deputy fire chief, Jack Burt, said the blast had completely destroyed the home that was hit by the vehicle. He noted that the residence was empty at the time.

“There’s a hole in the ground,” he said. “This was a significant explosion.”

Four firefighters, two police officers and one civilian were taken to hospital, authorities said. One firefighter was in serious condition, while the others had minor injuries and were released, they said.

Daniella Alexandra Leis, 23, of Kitchener, was charged with impaired driving in connection with the incident.

Those 12 homes not cleared for residents to return were in the area “most significantly impacted.” Ten were on Woodman St. and two on Charlotte St., the city said.


Hydro and water were restored to all except the 12 homes where residents were not cleared to return. The city said they will continue to provide support and accomodation to residents unable to return to their homes.

Seven homes were “severely impacted” by the fire, a city spokeswoman said. The blaze was largely put out by Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Brian Magee, who lives a few doors down from where the blast occurred, was among several residents who gathered near the scene Thursday. He said he had gone outside with his son just before 11 p.m. the night before after seeing first responders in the area.

“All of a sudden ‘boom’ — that’s when the gas line blew,” he said, adding that the force of the blast caused the windows of his home and other nearby residences to shatter.

Maggee said he rushed to shield his son from the debris that was scattered across the neighbourhood.


“I just grabbed my son and put him down like a little turtle so it could hit me,” he said, adding that he and his family had to leave their home as the fire spread.

“I’m upset. My kids are upset,” he said, adding that the family cat has gone missing.

Keara-Lynn Douglas, who also lives in the neighbourhood, said she felt her house shake when the blast occurred. She said she went outside and saw an orange glow a few blocks away, which prompted her to drive to the scene.

“There was just debris everywhere,” she said. “It was insane.”

Local councillor Jesse Helmer, who is also an area resident, said he initially thought a tree fell on his house.

“I went outside and saw a huge plume of smoke and fire going up into the sky,” he said.

A community centre was opened for displaced residents and other residents have dropped off food and water, he said.

“It’s important that we get together as a community,” Helmer said. “Everyone is really coming together to put up some donations and things that people will need because some of these people have lost everything.”

Fire Chief Lori Hamer said her crews would be assessing structural damage to the homes to determine when residents could return. The city said some of those displaced by the incident have been put up in hotels.

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Former NASCAR driver Earnhardt Jr. safe after plane crash in Tennessee – Global News

August 15th, 2019

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway.

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The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the crash in east Tennessee. Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a dog and two pilots.

“We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident,” NBC Sports said in a statement. “After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family.

“We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington.”

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Federal Aviation Administration officials said a Cessna Citation rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 3:40 p.m. Thursday. FAA officials said the preliminary indication is that two pilots and three passengers were aboard the jet.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it’s sending two representatives to Elizabethton to begin investigating the crash.

Carter County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Thomas Gray confirmed Earnhardt was aboard but said he wasn’t one of the pilots.

Earnhardt retired as a full-time driver in 2017 and has been working as an analyst for NBC. He is part of the scheduled broadcast team for Saturday night’s Cup Series event in Bristol, Tennessee.

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This incident comes 26 years after former driver and 1992 Cup champion Alan Kulwicki died in a plane crash while on his way to the spring race at Bristol from a promotional appearance in Knoxville, Tennessee. That crash at Tri-City Regional Airport in Blountville, Tennessee, killed a total of four people.

Earnhardt was part of Rick Hendrick’s racing team in 2011 when Hendrick broke a rib and a collarbone while on a small jet that lost its brakes and crash-landed in an airport at Key West, Florida. Hendrick’s son, brother and twin nieces were among 10 people killed in a 2004 crash of a plane travelling to a race in Virginia.

This isn’t the first fiery crash for Earnhardt. He still has a burn scar on his neck from a crash at Sonoma in 2004 during warmups for an American Le Mans Series race that left him with second-degree burns.

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Earnhardt has a history of concussions that plagued him over his final years as a driver.

He won NASCAR’s most popular driver award a record 15 times with 26 career Cup victories.

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Apple’s iPhone 11 event will probably happen on September 10 – news –

August 15th, 2019

Apple released the seventh iOS 13 beta to registered developers today, and buried within the code is a huge clue as to when we should expect to see the next iPhones unveiled.

An asset within the iOS 13 code is the image below, showing an iOS screenshot with the date of Tuesday, September 10. The asset’s name is “HoldForRelease”, which sort of cements the suspicion that this is the day when Apple will schedule its next big unveiling. Last year, the date on this asset was September 12, and guess when Apple held its iPhone event?

Apple's iPhone 11 event will probably happen on September 10

A launch of the new iPhones on September 10 would follow precedents set by Apple in years prior. If the company uses the same timeline as before, then expect pre-orders for the three new devices to start on September 13. As for the release date, it should be September 20 for the countries in the first wave, and September 27 for those in the second wave. The same asset shows September 23 on older iPhones and iPads, so maybe that’s when the final release of iOS 13 will be rolling out.

Obviously these bits are all speculation, and Apple may just be playing with us by including that asset in the latest iOS 13 beta. On the other hand, the company could have anticipated this getting out, and if so is probably just looking to up the hype for the iPhone 11 series.

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Spoiler-Free Tips and Guides For Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Everything You Need To Know – GameSpot

August 15th, 2019

Photos: Remnants of plane that crashed carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and family in Elizabethon – Knoxville News Sentinel

August 15th, 2019
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19-year-old critically injured in Hwy. 407 crash – CityNews Toronto

August 15th, 2019

A 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital with critical injuries after a crash on Highway 407 on Thursday evening.

Police were called to the collision in a westbound lane of the highway, just past Pine Valley shortly after 7 p.m.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says a sedan was travelling westbound when it broke down in a live lane of traffic. Soon after, it was rear ended by another vehicle, pushing it forward and critically injuring the driver.

He was taken to a trauma centre where he remains in life-threatening condition.

The male driver of the other vehicle was uninjured and remained on scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has dash cam footage of the incident is asked to contact police.

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At least 1.5% of online passwords are compromised, Google has found – TechRadar

August 15th, 2019

A “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Promo Included 30-Cent Gas And People In LA Almost Sold Their First Born – BuzzFeed News

August 15th, 2019

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, Los Angeles flashed back to the marvelous year 1959.

Movies cost 51 cents, women could do what they wanted without men telling them how to do it better, people weren’t racist…erm, well…at least you could get a killer hairdo for $3 and champagne was only $2!!

To promote its beloved, popular show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon created #MaiselDay, where nearly 30 businesses donned pink drapery and dropped prices to 1950s-levels.

We’re talking 99-cent corned beef sandwiches, fancy cupcakes for a quarter, and a burger, fries, and a milkshake at a diner for a little over $1.

Folks it’s #maiselday in Los Angeles and everything is 1950s prices. I’m getting my makeup done for $2.50 and haircut for $3. I know Jews don’t believe in heaven but…

03:10 PM – 15 Aug 2019

Heaven, right? Well, this is 2019, so things, obviously, went a little awry.

In case you haven’t heard, people in LA drive a lot. Like, a lot a lot. We drive everywhere. We drive to the gym a mile away to go run on the treadmill and then drive home. Many of us drive hours to get to work, or to take our kids to school. We drive 25 minutes to go check out a new coffee shop while complaining about how far said coffee shop is. The Whole Foods. 7 miles away? Driving. We eat dinner in our cars. Meditate in our cars. We live, literally, in our cars. I have changed my outfit three times in a day with clothes I have found in my car.

As a result, there’s always traffic. All the time. 2:00 p.m. on a Wednesday on the 405? RIP your soul. Trying to take the 10 downtown? Lol. The 101 at 4:00 p.m.? 👇👇👇👇

Also, in case you didn’t know, Los Angeles has some of the most expensive gas in the country. A few months ago, prices averaged about $4 per gallon for the first time since 2015. Right now, we’re hitting about $3.58 per gallon — way, way higher than basically every other state.

SO, when Angelenos heard that the #MaiselDay promotion included cheap AF gas at ONE station, we’re talking 30-cent per gallon gas, shit got a bit crazy.

People and news stations were sharing stories, photos, and videos of long lines, cars blocking business entrances, police directing traffic, rumors police shut down the whole thing, tales of chaos, and stories of perseverance.

ABC7 captured the start of the swarm Wednesday morning.

Ben here, for example, showed up bright and early to fill up. He got stuck in such a log jam that he probably changed his address to that very spot and made plans to grow old and die there.

#maiselday chevron gas was a mistake. I showed up at 830 to get in line. Was told to move my car and then got stuck in a log jam that prevented me from leaving or any car moving. Yikes!

09:12 PM – 15 Aug 2019

A few hours later, this Twitter user says she drove 40 minutes (see what I mean) to get that 30-cent gas but it was no more. “Smh. I hate liars!!”

Drove 40 minutes to Santa Monica to get 30 cent gas for #MaiselDay, only for them to tell me it’s shut down. That was at 1:30p, but it was supposed to run until 5p. Smh. I hate liars!!

10:40 PM – 15 Aug 2019

This guy apparently woke up at 6:00 a.m. and waited in traffic for two hours and got turned right back around.

Me at the office after I woke up at 6 only to drive two hours in traiffc for .30 cent gas and get turned away #maiselday

05:47 PM – 15 Aug 2019

This person tried to come at the Chevron from “2 diff angles,” before parking and running in to try and find out how to get the golden gas. A guy named Frank felt so bad he gave her a gift card.

Came at the Chevron from 2 diff angles before parking &amp; running over to ask how to get in &amp; finding out I’d need timing &amp; dumb luck. I asked to be looked out for as I approached a 3rd time &amp; while I didn’t make it thru, I WAS given a 40$ gas gift card! TYSM Frank⛽️🙏 #MaiselDay

09:32 PM – 15 Aug 2019

At one point, ABC7 reported Santa Monica Police came and shut the whole thing down.

Santa Monica Police suspend an Amazon Prime promotion offering gas for 30 cents a gallon. Traffic issues are the big concern. Details coming up at 11am on ABC7. #maiselday

05:00 PM – 15 Aug 2019

Amazon told the Los Angeles Times that officers were actually “counting the number of cars to ensure there aren’t too many in line before they bring more in.”

However, about an hour later, police did pull the plug on the whole thing because it was such a mess. People started calling almost immediately when the promo began, quickly drawing officers to the scene, the Times reported.

The area became such a shit show that police decided to end the promo at 1:30 p.m., nearly four hours early, Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, a spokesperson with the department, confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

However, they let it run an hour more because people were almost selling their first-born child to fill up their tanks for $4.

“We did not shut it down until 2:30 so that as many people could take advantage of the promotion,” Cobarrubias said.

Because of #gasgate, this Santa Monica art complex said it lost an “ENTIRE DAY” of business after police closed the street, blocking people from accessing the shops and galleries.

The show took to Twitter several times throughout the day to apologize. Oy!

When we brought LA prices from 1959, we didn’t know they would come with Manhattan traffic. Oy! Thanks @SantaMonicaPD for helping our traffic flow! Our #MaiselDay deal at Chevron Santa Monica is over, but you can still enjoy more specials from #MrsMaisel.

11:00 PM – 15 Aug 2019

Aside from the hellscape that was that Santa Monica gas station, other Angelenos reported waiting in crazy lines to try and snag $40 hotel rooms, $2.50 makeovers, and fancy 50-cent croissants.

This dedicated #MaiselDay adventurer hit up several establishments trying to get sandwiches and coffee before finally, “after a long wait,” securing a coveted French Laduree macaron. 👏

The line to get a $40 room night at the @hwood_roosevelt today. If they smart they will reward the girls who dressed in super cute 50s dresses way in back of the line. #maiselday

04:32 PM – 15 Aug 2019

But it wasn’t all bad news bears. Many people had a marvelous time cashing in their quarters for pie, fries, milkshakes, pastrami sandwiches, chocolates, and cupcakes.

Not to mention, those who got in line at the right time even scored $2 manicures and blowouts.

(I would also like to point out that these are pretty solid portions, imho).

Had a marvelous Melburger with cheese, fries, and an apple pie slice at the West Hollywood #MelsDriveIn for #MaiselDay! Loved the Maisel greeters too! @MaiselTV @PrimeVideo

07:19 PM – 15 Aug 2019

@SterlingKBrown Art’s Deli! Pastrami on rye! 99 cents for a $20 sandwich! A STEAL!!!!! #maiselday

11:19 PM – 15 Aug 2019

Got a strawberry malted milkshake at @Cafe50sWLA, which is celebrating their 30th anniversary, for #MaiselDay! @MaiselTV @PrimeVideo

06:16 PM – 15 Aug 2019

What kind of person would willingly wake up at 6:30am just to be the first person in line for a #MaiselDay haircut at #StarringByTedGibson? Me. I am that kind of person.

03:50 PM – 15 Aug 2019

How adorable were these @pinkshotdogs ladies with their hot dog phone cases and purses?! @MaiselTV #MaiselDay

07:40 PM – 15 Aug 2019

Unsurprisingly, though, people in New York were pissed that LA got all the attention and amazing deals.

Why does LA get #MaiselDay when New Yorkers are *actually* the ones inconvenienced by filming, they asked.

And nothing for New Yorkers that are inconvenienced by traffic being rerouted and blocks being closed? People cannot leave their houses or go in and out of businesses while they’re filming a scene. 50’s prices would have been a nice Thank You! #MaiselDay

08:13 PM – 15 Aug 2019

I am not going to get into why Amazon most likely chose LA over NYC because I have better things to do like finding myself, sitting in my car in traffic, and then calling my friends to tell them about how I am sitting in traffic and listen to them talk about traffic.

But I will say that everyone can agree with Marissa here that 30-cent milkshakes are nice and all but can we live: