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JOE BIDEN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday and offered himself to the nation as a leader who “seeks not to divide, but to unify” a country gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

“I sought this office to restore the soul of America,” Biden said in a prime-time victory speech not far from his Delaware home, “and to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home.”

Biden crossed the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed processing.

Trump refused to concede, threatening further legal action on ballot counting. But Biden used his acceptance speech as an olive branch to those who did not vote for him, telling Trump voters that he understood their disappointment but adding, “Let’s give each other a chance.”

“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, to lower the temperature, to see each other again, to listen to each other again, to make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy,” he said. “We are not enemies. We are Americans.”

Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanizing a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy. The strategy, as well as an appeal to Americans fatigued by Trump’s disruptions and wanting a return to a more traditional presidency, proved effective and resulted in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, onetime Democratic bastions that had flipped to Trump in 2016.

Biden’s victory was a repudiation of Trump’s divisive leadership and the president-elect now inherits a deeply polarized nation grappling with foundational questions of racial justice and economic fairness while in the grips of a virus that has killed more than 236,000 Americans and reshaped the norms of everyday life.

Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the U.S. faces a reckoning on racial justice. The California senator, who is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government, four years after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

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TMZ: TRUMP SUPPORTERS TRY TO STOP MAIL-IN BALLOT COUNT IN DETROIT!

See video of protest below!

A group of Donald Trump supporters are up in arms about the mail-in ballot counting process in Detroit … and they’re trying like hell to disrupt it.

A frenzy’s been whipped up by several Republican vote challengers at the TCF Convention Center, where workers are trying to tally thousands of absentee votes for Detroiters while having to deal with the madness.

Cops are keeping many of the aggressive challengers at bay due to the counting area being at capacity, but that’s not stopping them from banging on the windows and chanting, “STOP THE COUNT! STOP THE COUNT!”

The pro-Trump challengers are apparently claiming they are being kept out, but Democratic challengers are as well. Under the state’s election rules … each group is allowed to have 134 challenges.

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NEW NUMBERS JUST RELEASED FROM ARIZONA!

These latest numbers were released by Arizona’s Secretary of State at 8 pm central time!

The numbers released from Maricopa County are:

Joe Biden – 887,457 – 52%

Donald Trump – 802,160 – 47%

There are still an estimated 515,000 uncounted votes in Arizona. Those votes are mainly from areas where former Vice President Biden has a lead.

More news from Arizona:

Arizona voted for Joe Biden, giving the Democratic presidential candidate its 11 electoral votes. Mark Kelly is the state’s new U.S. senator. But other races and winners are still being sorted out this Wednesday, the day after. 

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden held onto his Arizona lead over President Donald Trump in a new batch of results posted Wednesday evening. 
  • Right-wing social-media personality Mike Cernovich will hold a “voter rights rally” at the Arizona Capitol at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Arizona voters who are worried their vote wasn’t counted because the state’s election site showed their mail ballot as “canceled,” in most cases, should not be alarmed.
  • The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is investigating voter concerns about voting with Sharpie markers. Election officials say ballots will be counted regardless of what kind of pen voters used. 
  • First-time candidate Mark Kelly carries metro areas, says he’s ready to get to work.

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MAN IN KKK SHEETS WINS CONTEST… He and Bar Apologize!

A guy in Montana thought it’d be a great idea to war a Ku Klux Klan outfit for Halloween — and, apparently, so did the people at the bar who voted him as having the best costume.

This happened in Glasgow, MT Saturday night, where witnesses say this guy was bar hopping around town and stopped at a joint called Sam & Jeff’s. Patrons there loved his homage to hatred and awarded him the grand prize for the bar’s costume contest.

Lots of people took photos of him, naturally and it’s stirred outrage in the community. Many people are calling out Sam & Jeff’s, and another bar, Dink’s, which allowed him to wear the KKK getup.

The backlash had an impact. The man under the hood has identified himself as Luke Morehouse, and he apologized on Facebook … as did the owner of Sam & Jeff’s.

The bar owner, Sam Knodel, says he’s deeply sorry for the “distasteful and offensive actions” that went down at his place of business. He adds that although Halloween’s full of offensive costumes, this one crossed the line … and should not have infiltrated the bar on their watch.

As for the contest, Knodel explains that the bar flies were the ones who deemed him the winner … and that in no way reflects the views of himself or his partners.

Morehouse also apologized — albeit somewhat in an ass-backward way. He admits his costume was offensive and disgusting, and didn’t think of the repercussions. While saying sorry to those he offended, he also says in the same breath, “What started as an innocent costume escalated and there are no excuses for it and I can not take that back.”

Not so sure about the “innocent” part, but there ya have it.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 7810 Hammerly Boulevard!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 7810 Hammerly Boulevard about 1 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 31).

The suspect, Angelita Trevino (H/f, 18), is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court for her role in the killing of Sergio Mejia, 29.  A booking photo of Trevino is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Barrow and J. Caten reported:

Officers learned a shooting occurred following an altercation outside the sports bar at the above address.  Mr. Mejia was struck one time in the chest and then transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  The suspect, described as a Hispanic female, fled the scene on foot. 

Further investigation identified Trevino as the suspect in the shooting and she was arrested on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 1) without incident.

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UPDATE: Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 10819 Sharpview Drive!

Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a juvenile female and the wounding of one adult male and one adult female that occurred at 10819 Sharpview Drive about 2:40 p.m. on October 26.

The suspect, Kenny Charles Garrett (b/m, 24), is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 263rd State District Court.  He is not in custody.  A 2019 booking photo of Garrett is attached to this news release.

The deceased juvenile female is identified as Mareja Pratt, 16.  The other female victim, Dekambrie Pratt, 20, and the male, Anthony Thornabar, 32, suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to area hospitals.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants B. Smith and T. Hollohazy reported:

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the above address and found the three victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  Witnesses stated a black male suspect was observed exiting a red Chrysler 200 and shooting multiple times at the victims.  The male suspect, along with three females, then got into the vehicle and fled the scene in an unknown direction.  

Responding Houston Fire Department paramedics pronounced the juvenile deceased at the scene.  Ms. Pratt and Mr. Thornabar both suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Further investigation identified Garrett as the suspect in this case and he was subsequently charged.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kenny Garrett is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 9550 Long Point Road!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a juvenile female at 9550 Long Point Road about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 31).

The suspect, Adrian Liggins (b/m, 39), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member in the 338th State District Court.  A booking photo of Liggins is attached to this news release.  

The victim, 12, was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers H. Martinez and Z. Brumley reported:

Liggins was showing a gun to a minor inside an apartment at the above address and accidently discharged it, striking another juvenile (victim) inside the apartment.  Officers arrived and detained Liggins in the parking lot of the apartment complex.  Paramedics transported the female victim to an area hospital. 

Liggins was arrested and subsequently charged.

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VOTING PROBLEMS IN FORT BEND COUNTY!

If you found yourself stuck in line waiting to vote in Fort Bend Court this morning, the problem has now been fixed.

State Representative Ron Reynolds says the voting machines were programmed to begin operating next Tuesday and not today.

Reynolds says the county didn’t take into consideration the Governor’s order that extended early voting to this week.

He says the glitch has been fixed and you should be able to vote now. 

Some voters say they have been in line since 6:30 am and have not been able to vote.

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A RENTAL BLESSING FROM A CITY LEADER!

Elaine Canizales with Dr. Carolyn Evans Shabazz

A big shout out and thank you to Houston City Councilmember Dr. Carolyn Evans Shabazz. 

It was just last week when Elaine Canizales, a single mother, reached out to me on Tuesday saying she was evicted. Canizales said she and her family would soon be on the streets. I felt bad and had no idea what to tell her.

But #LookAtGod… The very next day Pastor James Nash called me and said Dr. Shabazz was looking to help someone who lives in her district who may need rental assistance. It just so happens Elaine lives in Dr. Shabazz’s city council district. I got them together and as of this morning Elaine’s back rent has been paid along with next month by Bishop James Dixon. 

I’m so glad things worked out.  Unfortunately, those were the only funds available and I know thousands of others need help.  But for now at least this family isn’t on the streets. #WontHeDoIt

(This is the photo from last weekend when Canizales was presented a check by Dr. Shabazz)

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BILL O’BRIEN FIRED FROM THE HOUSTON TEXANS!

The Texans have fired head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien and have named associate head coach Romeo Crennel the team’s interim head coach.

The McNair family fired O’Brien after the Texans fell to 0-4 on Sunday, losing to the previously winless Vikings.

Earlier on Monday, O’Brien was asked if he was concerned about his job status. He said that is something he doesn’t have control over.

“All I can control is what I can control, and I’ve got to do a better job with the team,” O’Brien said. “That’s obvious, and we’re going to work hard to do that.”

O’Brien was hired by the McNair family in 2014 after he spent two years at Penn State. In seven seasons in Houston, O’Brien went 52-48 and won four division titles.

After the Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine in 2017, O’Brien was given more power in personnel, but was not named general manager. Later that year, O’Brien traded 2014 No.1 pick Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks. That same day, O’Brien traded two first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills.

This offseason, O’Brien made one of his most controversial moves: trading wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick.

The Texans started this season with what the Football Power Index said was the toughest schedule in the league against the Kansas City ChiefsBaltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers before losing on Sunday to the Vikings. The 1992 Chargers are the only team in NFL history to make the playoffs after an 0-4 start.

Defensive end J.J. Watt, who called the start “terrible, “brutal” and “depressing,” said something has to change for the Texans to turn it around.

“We obviously have to do something different,” Watt said. “We are 0-4. Whatever we’re doing is not working. Something needs to change. Something needs to be different.”