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Court TV: Hollywood Heat-Superstar's Bondsman

As seen on Hollywood Heat on November 18, 2004. Josh Herman Bail Bonds 3rd generation bondsman to Hollywood elite. See a day in the life of Josh Herman. When celebrities go to jail, who bails them out? Meet Josh Herman, whose grandmother started this family business. He’s put up the money to get stars such as Robert Downey, Jr and several rap artists out of the slammer.

Newsweek Magazine

Photo by Michael Grecco - Sygma
Friends in low places:Herman at L.A. city hall

Bringing the Loot 24/7
He's the bail bondsman of choice for jailed rap stars
By Tara Weingarten and Sarah Van Boven Newsweek Magazine Dec 1, 1997

ASK JOSH HERMAN IF HE CAN remember the moment he realized he was a success, and the burly 26-year-old doesn't hesitate. It was Feb 21 1996 the night he attended his client Snoop Doggy Dogg's party at Monty's restaurant in Los Angeles, a celebration of Snoop's acquittal on murder charges. Handed a bottle of Cristal champagne as he entered the rooftop eatery, the white boy straight outta middle-class West L.A. strolled over to chat with rapper Tupac Shakur and producer Suge Knight. Surveying the many rap stars munching on filet mignon and lobster, Herman realized, as he tells the tale, that "everyone in there was out on one of my bail bonds."

Among the cast of thousands of agents, attorneys, personal assistants and other staffers who keep L.A. celebrities in the money and out of trouble, Herman has created a lucrative role: bail bondsman to the hiphop stars. Even though rappers are less than half of his prosperous bond business, Herman has made more than $500,000 over the past few years springing the big names from jail, bundling them into his Mercedes (license plate; BAIL 4 u) and driving them straight to the studio or video set. He estimates he's posted bond for rap artists "at least 100 times," promising to pay the full bail if a client skips town--and pocketing 10 percent of that amount as his fee. Herman says he made $50,000 in commissions from Tupac alone; Shakur was out on one of Herman's bonds when he was kilied last year in Las Vegas.

How did Herman land such an odd gig? Pure nepotism cut with street smarts. His grandmother started the family bail-bond business in the 1940s; father Mark Herman spent the '7Os and `80s rescuing stars like Ike Tinner from the slammer. In 1990, when record-industry attorney David Kenner called Mark Herman to go rescue rapper Eazy-E, Dad decided 19-year-old Josh was ready to drive on down to the jail. Josh even got a little bonus; on Eazy-E's next album, one track had lyrics about being freed from a Compton jail by a bondsman. "He didn't mention me by name," Herman says modestly. But the reference certainly made for a good reference.

Kenner, who represents Death Row Records and supplies Herman with many of his celebrity clients, is impressed with Herman's work ethic. "He's there when you need him," says Kenner. Herman knows he has to be available 24/7: "If I'm at dinner and I get beeped, I'm leaving. If I'm out of the country, I'm coming home." And neither Josh nor his father sees any downside to spending so much time around accused felons. "I don't really worry too much about him," says Dad. "He's got a license to carry a concealed gun."

Besides, says Herman, having famous a customers gives him an advantage. While other bondsmen wait for calls from cons flipping through the Yellow Pages, Herman is beeped by record-company lawyers. And the best part (besides the parties) is that he doesn't have to worry about a client like Dr. Dre's fleeing the country and forfeiting Herman's bail money. For one thing, he says, "Where are they going to go and not be recognized?" Plus, "Snoop is probably worth $100 million to Death Row," he says. "That record company is going to make sure he's in that courtroom."

Los Angeles Times

Stars' Bail Bondsman Is Soul of Discretion; Celebrity: Josh Herman has gained fame through clients like Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. But he won't divulge names of most of his high-profile clients.:[Bulldog Edition]
DEBORAH HASTINGS. The Los Angeles Times. (Record edition). Los Angeles, Calif.: Feb 8, 1998. pg. 35

Josh Herman, bail bondsman to the stars, is barreling down the Santa Monica Freeway in his big green truck to meet a man named Bubba. Bubba. Not rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. Not one of Herman's other celebrity clients whose names he safeguards like a family secret.
"You don't want to mess with Bubba," says Herman, who has the unnerving ability to drive, bark into a cell phone and read court documents all at once. Charles "Bub" Flowers, according to his business card, is an investigator. He's a nice guy. But if you skip on a Herman bail bond, Bubba is the man who comes after you. And Herman is looking for a missing client. Bubba is big. He has a gun. And he isn't always nice. In Herman's universe, musclemen, bounty hunters and career felons coexist with hip-hop artists, Hollywood producers and movie stars.
Until recently, Herman lived in obscurity, which is the way he and his well-known clients liked it. Then Newsweek ran a little story about "the bail bondsman of choice for jailed rap stars." Now Herman has a Hollywood manager to handle callers professing interest in book, TV and film deals. That's Hollywood. "Jackie Brown," Quentin Tarantino's new movie featuring a bail bondsman, is hot. So, by the logic of show biz, Herman is hot. His manager envisions a TV series. Fast cars and fetching women? "Yeah," says Herman, who is 6 feet 3 and tops 200 pounds.
"But Bubba and I couldn't both fit in a Ferrari."
Herman says he finds the hype surreal and silly. That doesn't explain why someone who claims to hate hype hires a manager to stir it up.
"I don't know why," he says. Then he laughs. Perhaps he is just used to peculiar characters. This is a man who gets people out of jail for a living and counts some as friends.
"There's nothing wrong with them. They've just been to jail," he says. In his eight-year career, Herman has written thousands of bonds pledging to pay the entire bail if a defendant fails to appear in court. His fee is 10% of the bail amount. He has built a client list--mostly from referrals of criminal attorneys and record company lawyers--that is about 70% celebrities, he says.
A middle-class white guy from West Los Angeles, Herman, 26, learned the business from his father, Mark, and grandmother, Flo. Mark bailed out Black Panther leaders and musician Ike Turner. "My grandmother was tough," says Josh Herman. "And she didn't drive. She'd say 'You need a bond? Come get me.'
" Now father and son work together. Their toll free number: 1-800-7Get-Me-Out. Josh Herman won't say how much he earns. He has a Beverly Hills office but never uses it. He works out of his truck or his Mercedes-Benz, driving from court to court, jail to jail, constantly answering his beeper and cell phone. He is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He divulges the identities of rapper clients Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre, he says, because they don't mind talking about their well-publicized brushes with the law.
"Look," Herman says, "I do a lot of famous people, not just the rappers. Movie people, TV people, you name it. But I can't talk about those people. I'd lose my business." Beverly Hills attorney Jeffrey Brodey handles wealthy clients and high-profile murder cases. He uses the Hermans to bail out his clients. They are "very different," Brodey says, from "scummier" bondsmen.
"I'm looking for somebody who's going to be there right away, who treats my clients with a velvet glove," Brodey says, seated behind a marble desk in his high-rise office. "Josh will pick up somebody from jail and bring them home. That's just unheard of." Tupac Shakur is one other client Herman will discuss. The rapper and film star died in 1996, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas Strip. His killer hasn't been caught. "Tupac was a good friend, and a good guy,"
says Herman. Dead at 25, Shakur lived a scarred life of fighting, shootings and prison sentences that filled his gangsta rap lyrics. Many of Herman's bonds involve assault and drug charges.
"If they're rappers, they're beating somebody up," Herman says. "If they're rock stars, it's heroin." Famous people rarely skip bail. It isn't that easy for them to fade into the woodwork or blend into a crowd. About 3% of the others do, Herman said. That's when he calls Bubba. Herman often goes with him, taking the .40-caliber Glock handgun he is licensed to carry. Bondsmen and their agents have broad arrest powers. They don't need warrants. A person who signs a bail bond contract agrees he is subject to seizure if he fails to appear in court. If the job is big--say, the fugitive has well-armed friends--Herman calls in his bounty hunter, who assembles his own well-armed friends. "Look," says Herman,
"This is all I know. I'm my own boss. There is action. I like action." PHOTO: Bail bondsman Josh Herman, 26, walks his talk in a corridor of the Beverly Hills Municipal Court.; PHOTOGRAPHER: REED SAXON / Associated Press
Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Miami Herald

BAIL BONDSMAN OF CHOICE FOR STARS \ HYPE TURNS PROFESSIONAL INTO HOLLYWOOD COMMODITY
DEBORAH HASTINGS Associated Press

Josh Herman, bail bondsman to the stars, is barreling down the Santa Monica Freeway in his green truck to meet a man named Bubba. Bubba. Not rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. Not one of Herman's other celebrity clients whose names he safeguards like a family secret.
You don't want to mess with Bubba, says Herman, who has the unnerving ability to read court documents, bark into a cell phone and drive -- all at once. Charles Bub Flowers, according to his business card, is an investigator. He's a nice guy. But if you skip on a Herman bail bond, Bubba is the man who comes after you. And Herman is looking for a missing client.
Bubba is big. He has a gun. And he isn't always nice.
In Herman's universe, musclemen, bounty hunters and career felons co-exist with hip-hop artists, Hollywood producers and movie stars. Lived in the shadows
Until recently, Herman lived in obscurity, which is how he and his well-known clients liked it. Then Newsweek ran a little story about the bail bondsman of choice for jailed rap stars. Now Herman has a Hollywood manager to handle callers professing interest in book, TV and film deals.
That's Hollywood. Jackie Brown, Quintin Tarantino's newest movie featuring a bail bondsman, is hot. So by the logic of show biz, Herman is hot. His manager envisions a TV series. Fast cars and fetching women? Yeah, says Herman, who is 6-feet-3 and tops 200 pounds.
But Bubba and I couldn't both fit in a Ferrari.
Herman says he finds the hype surreal and silly. That doesn't explain why someone who claims to hate hype hires a manager to stir it up.
I don't know why, he says. Then he laughs. Perhaps he is just used to peculiar characters. This is a man who gets people out of jail for a living and counts some as friends.
There's nothing wrong with them. They've just been to jail, he says. In his eight-year career, Herman has written thousands of bonds pledging to pay the entire bail if a defendant fails to appear in court. His fee is 10 percent of the bail amount. 70 percent celebrities
He has built a client list -- mostly from referrals of criminal attorneys and record company lawyers -- that is about 70 percent celebrities, he says. A middle-class guy from West Los Angeles, Herman, 26, learned the business from his father, Mark, and grandmother, Flo. Mark bailed out Black Panther leaders and musician Ike Turner.
My grandmother was tough, says Josh Herman. And she didn't drive. She'd say `You need a bond? Come get me.'
Now father and son work together. Their toll-free number: 1 (800) 7Get-Me-Out.
Josh Herman won't say how much he earns. He has a Beverly Hills office but never uses it. He works out of his truck, or his Mercedes-Benz, driving from court to court, jail to jail, constantly answering his beeper and cell phone. He is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He divulges the identities of rapper clients Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre, he says, because they don't mind talking about their well-publicized brushes with the law. Look, Herman says, I do a lot of famous people, not just the rappers. Movie people, TV people, you name it. But I can't talk about those people. I'd lose my business. `Velvet gloves'
Beverly Hills attorney Jeffrey Brodey handles very wealthy clients and high-profile murder cases. He uses the Hermans to bail out his clients. They are very different, Brodey says, from scummier bondsmen. I'm looking for somebody who's going to be there right away, who treats my clients with a velvet glove, Brodey says, seated behind a marble desk in his high-rise office. Josh will pick up somebody from jail and bring them home. That's just unheard of. Tupac Shakur is one other client Herman will discuss. The rapper and film star died in 1996, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas Strip. His killer hasn't been caught. Tupac was a good friend, and a good guy, says Herman. Dead at 25, Shakur lived a scarred life of fighting, shootings and prison sentences that filled his gangsta rap lyrics. Many of Herman's bonds involve assault and drug charges. If they're rappers, they're beating somebody up, Herman says. If they're rock stars, it's heroin. Calling Bubba
Famous people rarely skip bail. It isn't that easy for them to fade into the woodwork or blend into a crowd. About three percent of the others do, Herman said. That's when he calls Bubba. Herman often goes with him, taking the .40-caliber Glock handgun he is licensed to carry. Bondsmen and their agents have broad arrest powers. They don't need warrants. A person who signs a bail-bond contract agrees he is subject to seizure if he fails to appear in court. If the job is big -- say the fugitive has well-armed friends -- Herman calls in his bounty hunter, who assembles his own well-armed friends.
Look, says Herman, This is all I know. I'm my own boss. There is action. I like action. Illustration: photo: Josh Herman talking with Charles `Bub' Flowers (BAILBOND)

London Sunday Times

London Sunday Times Feb 15, 1998
Cell mate;Interview;Josh Herman CHRIS GOODWIN FEATURES

When Hollywood's finest get into trouble, they call Josh Herman, bondsman to the stars. But woe betide those who skip bail, as CHRIS GOODWIN reports. Josh Hermanis not the kind of guy to make moral judgments about his Hollywood clients - he wouldn't have much work if he did - but there is one thing he stipulates before he'll do business with anyone: they must be in the slammer.
Not on some two-bit drink- driving charge - Herman won't even get out of bed for that - but for murder, assault with a deadly weapon, rape or a serious drugs charge, especially if they're a celebrity. Then Herman will drop whatever he's doing, wherever he happens to be. Josh Herman is bail bondsman to the stars. Here's the deal. You're a well-known movie star and you've just been caught on Santa Monica Boulevard with a gun, 2oz of Bolivian marching powder and a transvestite hooker. After the cops charge you, the court agrees to release you on bail of, say, $100,000. Perhaps you just don't have that kind of cash lying around at home on a wet Saturday night in February. Perhaps you don't feel comfortable asking the wife to come and bail you out when it's the nanny's night off. So you call Josh Herman, a beefy 26-year-old who packs a .40-calibre Glock handgun, and talks like the dialogue coach on a Quentin Tarantino movie. If he agrees to be your bail bondsman, Herman stumps up 10% of that $100,000
bail to the court on your behalf and, before you can say "O J Simpson", you're a free man. There are just two catches: Herman charges you 10% of whatever he puts up and, if you're dumb enough to leave town or fail to turn up for your court appearance, he forfeits the whole $100,000. Which could mean trouble for you. "If you skip on me I will do every f***ing thing I can to find you," says Herman quietly. "You are not going to get away from me. That's just the reality. I am going to find you and I am going to drag your ass back to jail." If the "skip" is someone Herman knows, he goes after them himself. "They're gonna see me at the door with handcuffs, that's for sure," he says. "It's a little personal to me." If he doesn't know the person, Herman sends his muscle, Bubba. "Bubba is huge," says Herman, "and mean-looking. If I ask him to do something for me he'll do it."
These days, 70% of Herman's work involves celebrities. "If we bail out someone famous," says Herman, "it's a done deal, it's easy. Where they gonna go? You tell me." He's right. Not only are celebrities just too recognisable to skip, but they're worth far too much money to their record companies, studios, lawyers and agents to be allowed to. Herman's confidentiality agreements prevent him from naming most of his clients, who include some of Hollywood's best- known figures, but he will hint. "I've dealt with the biggest actor in Hollywood, I mean the biggest, and nobody knows he went to jail," Herman discloses. "It was kept out of the papers. When I got to the jail, he was sitting there with a coat over his head. Even my file doesn't have his real name on it." Herman has a special fondness for rap stars. You can understand why. They are great business for him. His toll-free number, 1-800-7GET-ME-OUT, is on the cell-phone speed dial of every rap artist in Los Angeles. He is virtually the in-house bail bondsman for Death Row records, the leading rap label, and counts the late Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and former Death Row chairman Suge Knight not just as clients, but as friends. Despite their reputations, they are, he insists, good people. What of Shakur, who served time for rape and gun possession, and died in a hail of bullets in Las Vegas in 1996? "As friendly as could be." And Knight, now serving eight years for assault with a baseball bat? "Suge never does anything but nice things for me, my family and a million other families out there, including giving away turkeys on Thanksgiving." But then Herman was brought up with a soft spot for those who prefer to live by their own rather than society's rules. It started with his grandmother, Flo, who began the family's bail-bond business in the 1940s, getting mafia men out of jail.
"She was 5ft tall, weighed 70lb, was wafer thin, and smoked like a chimney," Herman remembers fondly. "And she was mean." Every Friday night Flo would have a card game. "She'd have cat burglars and armed robbers playing with her," he recalls. "I'd be sitting there watching TV and the biggest fence in LA would be there, mafia guys, just about everybody. It was a different time. People were friendly, they were happy, and at night they would go out and rob people. That's just the way it was."
During the 1960s Herman's father became a bondsman too, doing a lot of business with the marijuana cartels then operating in California, the Black Panthers, and some rock and soul stars, including Ike Turner. So it was only natural that Herman went into the business when he was 19. On his first day he had to pick up a heroin dealer in east LA. Soon after that his dad sent him off to bail out rapper Eazy-E, which is how he got into the celebrity game.
"You learn how to determine what type of person somebody is in 30 seconds on the phone," he says. "I'm not saying that there are people out there who are not strange or dangerous, but I make my own choices." Following the release of Tarantino's Jackie Brown, in which Robert Forster plays a bail bondsman, Hollywood is now sniffing round him to see if his life story could make a movie. Herman, however, remains steadfastly unimpressed by their approaches.
"You might think I deal with some slimy people in my business," he says, "but I'll tell you this: these Hollywood people are a whole lot worse than the guys I deal with. A whole lot worse."

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    Total solar eclipse 2017: When is it, why is it happening and how can I see it in the UK?What's happening? On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will witness an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the moment will see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned in a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we won't see a perfect alignment in the UK, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). 10 amazing places in America to watch the 2017 solar eclipse Who will see it? Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe - including the UK - will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes. More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.  Where and when to see the eclipse What causes an eclipse? The diameter of the Sun is 400 times that of the Moon but it lies 400 times further away - which means if you are in exactly the right alignment on the surface of the Earth at the right time, you will see the two celestial bodies overlap exactly. What creates a total solar eclipse Where can I see the eclipse in the UK? Sadly Brits won't get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching.  It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 - but make sure you're in a spot where there's no cloud.  UK eclipse circumstances for August 21 2017 What areas will see total blackout? Anyone within the path of totality will see the sky become dark for several minutes as the moon completely covers the sun. The path is relatively thin, around 70 miles wide, and stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It will first be seen at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 PDT, with totality beginning at 10:16 PDT. Over the next 90 minutes, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and end near Charleston, South Carolina at 14:28 EDT. The lunar shadow will leave the US at 04:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. What time can I see the total eclipse? Here are the mid-eclipse times for some of the major towns and cities along the path of totality, according to Nasa. All times are local.  Where to see it | The Great American solar eclipse Will there be a live stream? Yes - Nasa will host an Eclipse Megacast for four hours during the eclipse which will be picked up by local, national and international TV stations. You can also follow all the action via the Telegraph. How can I see it safely? Never look directly at the Sun, even through sunglasses or dark material such as a bin liner or photographic negative. Makeshift filters may not screen out the harmful infrared radiation that can burn the retina of the eye risking permanent eye damage and blindness. Also, viewers must never use binoculars or a telescope. Wear special eclipse viewing glasses - not ordinary sunglasses - or construct a simple pinhole camera which projects an image of the Sun onto a blank piece of paper. Solar eclipse: how to watch the eclipse safely When will Britain next see a solar eclipse? There was a pretty spectacular eclipse in Britain in March 2015, but the last total eclipse in the UK was in August 1999. You might be waiting a while for the next decent one too - it won't take place until August 12, 2026. On that date up to 95 per cent of the Sun will be obscured. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090. How we watched the 1999 solar eclipse - in 90 seconds 01:42 Total solar eclipses in history Eclipses have both fascinated and terrified civilisations for centuries. When King Henry I of England, the son of William the Conqueror, died in 1133, his death happened to coincide with a total solar eclipse plummeting the nation into darkness for four minutes and 38 seconds. Historian William of Malmesbury wrote in 1140 that "the darkness was so great that people at first thought the world was ending."


    'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after CharlottesvilleMitt Romney said Trump’s comments after violence in Charlottesville had caused ‘the vast heart of America to mourn’. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an “unraveling of our national fabric” on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally. Nearly a week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


    Children in conflict zones vulnerable to killing, rape: UN draftChildren are particularly vulnerable in the conflicts raging around the globe, according to a draft UN report that specifically pointed the finger of blame in Yemen at the Saudi-led coalition. The draft of an annual UN report on the impact of armed conflict on children lists the countries and entities accused of recruiting child soldiers and using children as weapons of war. "I am highly concerned by the scale and severity of the grave violations that were committed against children in 2016, which included alarming levels of killing and maiming, recruitment and use and denial of humanitarian access," Secretary General Antonio Guterres says in the draft seen by AFP.


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    Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian borderBy Tom Perry and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery and helicopters, a Lebanese security source said.


    Girl, 11, makes incredible recovery after friend poured boiling water over her during sleepoverAn 11-year-old girl has made an incredible recovery after a friend poured boiling water over her face at a sleepover. Jamoneisha “Jamoni” Merritt was rushed to hospital with horrific burns after Aniya Grant Stuart, 12, splashed scalding water onto her while she slept at a house in the Bronx, New York, on 7 August. Aniya was charged with felony assault after the incident, which was said to be a "prank" gone horribly wrong.


    Glitch Or Promo? Amazon Echo Dot Is Free Right NowThe Amazon Echo Dot is free on Amazon at checkout thanks to an apparently unlisted "Audible Promo" offer.


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    Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new homeMIDWAY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Vernon Poling was 44 years old when he finally got a home of his own.


    Twitter Blasts Ex-Google Employee Who Says Being Conservative Is Like Being Gay In The '50sEx-Google employee James Damore made quite a disturbing false equivalency when he compared being a conservative at the tech company to being gay in the 1950s.


    The storm around America's statues isn't about history. It's about whiteness | Eddie S Glaude, JrConfederate statues are part of a politics that trades on white fears and cultural wars that scapegoat black and brown people. During his infamous press conference this Tuesday, as he vehemently defended his claim that both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump declared “many of these people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E Lee. “Not all of those people were white supremacists,” he said.


    State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, was buried with full state honours on Saturday, in an unprecedented service for a foreign Christian in the Muslim-majority country. Pfau, who died at the age of 87 on August 10 was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain attended the state funeral service at St Patrick's Cathedral in the city, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.


    Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder chargesTwo employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren, 56, from Northern California, where they surrendered peacefully on Aug. 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday. They could appear in court as early as Sunday. The men are accused of killing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who had been living in Chicago, last month in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo. Chicago police have said Cornell-Duranleau suffered more than 40 stab wounds, including "mutilations," to his upper body. Authorities say the attack was so violent the blade of the knife they believe was used was broken. They found Cornell-Duranleau's body July 27 after the building's front desk received an anonymous call that a crime had occurred on the 10th floor. He had been dead more than 12 hours. By then, authorities say Lathem and Warren had fled the city. According to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office, Cornell-Duranleau had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Wyndham Lathem Credit: Chicago Police Department/PA Police say Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area about a year ago, had a personal relationship, though they have not described the nature of it or a motive for the attack. It's unclear what the relationship was between Lathem, Cornell-Duranleau and Warren, who's British. He arrived in the U.S. three days before the killing, after being reported missing in Great Britain. Lathem, a microbiologist who's been on Northwestern's faculty since 2007 but was not teaching at the time of the attack, was terminated by the university for fleeing from police when there was an arrest warrant out for him. Investigators said the day after the crime was committed Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. One of the men made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau's name. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name. Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau Credit: Facebook At another point after the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life." The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself. Lathem and Warren both appeared in court in California last week, where they agreed to return to Illinois to face charges. An attorney for Lathem, Kenneth H. Wine, called him a "gentle soul" and said "what he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life." Wine said Lathem intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Warren was represented by a public defender during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court. She said he is "presumed innocent," but declined to comment further. 


    The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemeteryDALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):


    Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardensRoberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem. Altamirano is one of just 20 or so fishermen who remain in the floating gardens of Xochimilco, an idyllic network of lakes, canals and artificial islands improbably tucked into the urban sprawl of Mexico City.


    Bob Lutz on Why Ford Ousted Mark FieldsHow could Ford's Mark Fields compete with Elon Musk's tunnels and spaceships?


    How to watch the eclipse without eclipse glassesWith the solar eclipse just days away, everyone is trying to get their hands on a last-minute pair of eclipse glasses. But what if you don't have $250 to spend on a pair because you spent too much money on pizza the night before? In a new video, Pizza Hut demonstrates how to use last night's pizza box to make your own  eclipse viewer, so you can enjoy the event without burning your eyes. All you need is a cardboard pizza box, foil, scissors, pen, tape and a sheet of white paper — all which would probably cost you less than 20 bucks. According to Business Insider, the finished product becomes a pinhole camera, which harnesses a property of light called diffraction to bend and magnify light. In this case, that's the sun as it eclipses. It won't allow you to look directly at the eclipse, but it's definitely better than hurting your eyes trying to look at the event without glasses. Sorry Pizza Hut, you could do this with any pizza box/cardboard, but kudos for trying to keep people from burning their eyes out. 


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    The Clever Way High School Boys Protested Their School's Sexist Dress CodeStudents from San Benito High School in Hollister, California, are protesting their school’s sexist dress code in a pretty awesome way.


    Steve Bannon out: Trump 'decides to fire chief strategist'Donald Trump has told aides he has decided to remove Steve Bannon from his post as chief White House advisor after seven contentious months in the West Wing. It is unclear when Mr Bannon will leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, however. Mr Bannon initially joined Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign one year ago, and gained notoriety - deservedly, or not - for his high profile role at the tail end of a campaign that ultimately shocked analysts with Mr Trump's surprise electoral win.


    What's a total solar eclipse and why this one is so unusualCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes Monday's eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.


    Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalatesBy Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.


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