Archives November 2021

Shawn Porter retires after TKO loss to Terence Crawford

Terence Crawford made a statement by knocking out Shawn Porter. #CrawfordPorter

WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) overcame a fast start by former IBF/WBC 147-lb champion Shawn Porter (31-4-1, 17 KOs) to come back and stop him in the 10th round on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

After a difficult 10th round TKO loss to Terence Crawford, former welterweight champion Shawn Porter is hanging up the gloves.

Porter told media at the post-fight press conference that he is hanging up the gloves after 36 pro fights spread out over 13 years. He indicated that this was going to be his decision regardless of the outcome.

Former Baltimore County police officer sought in armed kidnapping of his daughters

A former Baltimore County police officer is accused of kidnapping his daughters at gunpoint in Pennsylvania.

York Area Regional police said Robert Vicosa held a woman at gunpoint Tuesday in Windsor Township and left with her vehicle and his 6- and 7-year-old daughters.

Police said they found the vehicle in Red Lion borough and that the girls are in extreme danger.

Vicosa was last seen wearing blue pajama pants, a green long-sleeved 3/4 zip-up shirt and muck boots, WBAL-TV’s sister station, WGAL, reported.

Police said the public should not approach Vicosa because he has at least one firearm.

Pennsylvania State Police have issued a missing endangered person advisory for the children.

Baltimore County police said Vicosa was an officer until he was terminated in August.Source: WBAL

Canelo Alvarez Knocks Out Caleb Plant in 11th Round

Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant recently got into a spat during their pre-fight press conference. Alvarez and Plant faced off against one another, and things got heated, resulting in Alvarez shoving Plant. From there, Plant tried to slap Alvarez and missed, which led Alvarez to throw an uppercut. Since then, the two squared up in their boxing match, with Alvarez getting the best of Plant.

The IBF Super Middleweight belt was up for grabs, and Alvarez was seen dominating most of the match before putting Plant down for the count. The blows that put Plant down arrived in the 11th round, with the referee declaring a knockout as a result. Alvarez went on to claim the IBF title.

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Ravens defeat the Vikings 34-31 in overtime nail biter

#RadioOnFire – The Baltimore Ravens were victorious against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday from M&T Bank stadium. The overtime victory was sealed by a 36-yard field goal from Justin Tucker in OT. Lamar Jackson has passed Michael Vick for the most 100-yard rushing games by a QB with 12. (including playoffs)

The Ravens are not only at the top of the AFC North, but are now 2nd overall in the AFC after the Raiders and Bills lost. The only team above them is now the Titans pending the result against the Los Angeles Rams tonight.

Did Democrats misread public on vaccine/mask mandate

RadioOnFire.com – Tuesday’s election results prompted some soul searching among Democrats about whether the party misread the public’s desire for sweeping change.

The introspection has picked up after the party suffered losses up and down the ballot on Tuesday, giving a reason for some to pause and consider if the party’s agenda has anything to do with the losses and is out of step with the wider public.

Republicans are only too glad to say Democrats misread the mandate from President Biden’s victory a year ago over former President Trump. Democrats also retook the Senate majority after victories in a pair of special elections in Georgia in January, though they lost seats in the House a year ago.

“The economy was the big issue with voters, according to exit polls. It’s not rocket science,” said Dan Eberhart, a GOP fundraiser. “Coming out of more than a year of shutdowns and uncertainty, voters are not looking for radical change. And they certainly aren’t looking for the wild spending and social reform the Democrats are pursuing. Voters are open to incremental change but not wholesale change.”

Tuesday was a dismal day for Democrats.

Republican Glenn Youngkin triumphed in the Virginia gubernatorial race, while New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy squeaked out a closer than expected win. Longtime New Jersey state Sen. Stephen Sweeney (D) lost to an opponent who barely spent money on the race. 

Progressive politicians and causes also suffered some losses.

In Buffalo, Democratic Socialist India Walton lost to incumbent Mayor Byron Brown (D) after he mounted a write-in campaign when he lost the Democratic primary to Walton earlier in the year.

And a ballot measure to scrap the Minneapolis Police Department in favor of a revamped public safety agency failed, dealing a blow to “Defund the Police” advocates.

Source: The Hill

‘Stop the show!’ Houston concertgoers describe chaos

Screaming. Suffocating. Panicked. Unconscious.

The concertgoers at a highly anticipated Houston music festival Friday night say they were shocked to witness how the event brewed into pandemonium that left at least eight people dead.

Rapper Travis Scott was the headliner for the sold-out Astroworld Festival in NRG Park, which was attended by an estimated 50,000 people.

Here, some of them describe the chaos they’re still trying to understand.

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Ariel Little of New York was in the middle of the crowd in a prime viewing spot with her husband for only a brief minute before she started to struggle.

It was in trying to escape the increasingly packed venue that the couple realized how dangerous it was becoming.

Little’s voice quivered with emotion as she described how small she felt gasping for air as she was battered by the crowd.

“My chest is in so much pain from people pushing and crushing — literally crushing — my chest and in my lungs. And all I can remember is just screaming for him. ‘I gotta get out! I gotta get out!’ And people weren’t moving,” Little said. “They thought it was a joke but it was like literally people dying.”

Her husband, Shawn, surveyed the scene quickly to find a way out.

“There was a lot of people in my section that were kind of like screaming and having panic attacks just because it felt almost as if you were under an elevator and the elevator was coming down on you and there was nothing you could do about it,” Shawn Little said. “No one in my section at the time was moving because I think everyone was just in shock of how crazy and how panicked that everyone was. There was a lot of fear in people’s eyes.”

Source: AP News

Democrats passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

The House passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Friday, but did not vote on a much larger, sweeping climate and social spending measure as originally planned.

The result was a major step forward for President Joe Biden’s agenda, but a blow to progressives who’ve long pushed for the two bills to be tied together. Progressives were able to extract a commitment from House moderates to vote for the spending measure by November 15, although that pledge came with an important caveat.

The now successful infrastructure bill passed the House on a bipartisan basis, 228-206, with 13 Republicans voting in favor. The legislation was a compromise between a bipartisan group of lawmakers, includes major investments in roads, water quality, bridges, and broadband. It’s known as BIF — the bipartisan infrastructure framework — since members of both parties have backed it. Because it has already passed the Senate, it now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk to become law.

The $1.75 trillion social spending bill, dubbed the Build Back Better Act (BBB), did not receive a vote, however, and won’t be heading to the Senate. It contains historic funding for early childhood education and climate as well as key health care reforms.

The House action followed a chaotic day of back-and-forth over the two votes. Progressives have consistently demanded that votes for the two bills — the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the social spending package — be linked. They feared that moderates, who back BIF, would abandon the spending bill if the infrastructure bill passed first.

To satisfy this demand, Democratic leaders scheduled a vote on both for Friday. This week, however, a group of moderate Democrats including Reps. Kurt Schrader, Stephanie Murphy and Jared Golden, urged a delay for the social spending bill until it received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) laying out how much it would add to the national debt.

In response to these concerns, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to keep the infrastructure vote on the books, and delay the vote on the Build Back Better Act until lawmakers could get more information.

Source: Vox

Prosecutor in Andrew Cuomo’s groping case seeks more time

A prosecutor investigating accusations that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo groped a woman asked a judge for more time to evaluate the evidence, saying the criminal complaint filed last week by the local sheriff was “potentially defective,” according to a letter released Friday.

The request from Albany County District Attorney David Soares throws the high-profile case into further turmoil a week after Cuomo was charged with committing a misdemeanor sex crime. The one-page complaint filed in Albany City Court by a sheriff’s office investigator accuses Cuomo of forcible touching by putting his hand under a woman’s shirt on Dec. 7.

Soares, who has said he was caught off guard by the filing, said in a letter to Judge Holly Trexler on Thursday that his office had been investigating the matter for several months.

“We were in the middle of that investigation when the Sheriff unilaterally and inexplicably filed a complaint in this court,” Soares wrote in the letter. “Unfortunately, the filings in this matter are potentially defective in that the police-officer-complainant failed to include a sworn statement by the victim such that the People could proceed with a prosecution on these papers.”

Source: AP News

More vaccines, fewer mask rules as US keeps fighting COVID

The United States is steadily chipping away at vaccine hesitancy and driving down COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to the point that schools, governments and corporations are lifting mask restrictions yet again.

Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated and the nation’s over-65 population, which bore the brunt of the pandemic when it started nearly two years ago, is enthusiastically embracing vaccines.

Nearly 98% of the over-65 population has received at least one COVID-19 shot and more than 25% of them have gotten boosters, just weeks after they were authorized. The improving metrics could get a boost from President Joe Biden’s workplace mandate unveiled Thursday and the launch of COVID-19 shots in elementary-age students.

Seniors also are playing a role in getting other family members vaccinated. Erin Lipsker plans to get her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son vaccinated as soon as possible so they can see her parents and her 98-year-old grandmother. An added motivation is that Lipsker was treated for cancer two years ago, and her 8-year-old daughter, Kennedy, has asthma.

“The more children and adults are vaccinated, the quicker we will be able to resume a new normal. I want that for my kids. I want that for our planet,” said Lipsker, of Spokane, Washington. “I think I will feel much safer around our family. I have a 98-year-old grandmother that my kids adore. I will feel safer having my kids around her, and my parents.”

But the pandemic has proven hard to control. In the U.S., winter is coming and diseases like COVID-19 often spread easier with people indoors and closer together. The worst surge in the nation happened last winter, before the vaccines were widely available.

Source: AP News

2021 Baltimore Music Awards: See The Full List Of Winners

2021 Baltimore Music Awards Winners

DJ of the Year:

DJ Duke

DJ Lil Jetta – WINNER

DJ Terry Tee

DJ Chuck Spinz


Album of the Year:

MicBroSis – “God Speed”

Bossman – “Target Practice Reloaded”

Roddy Rackzz – “F**k Rap 2.0” – WINNER

Shordie Shordie – “Memory Lane”


Documentary of the Year

Dark City Beneath The Beat – WINNER

23&1 The Terry Hosley Story (Free Smoke Tour)

MCW Breakthrough

Baltimore is Dying | A WBFF News Documentary


Female Artist of the Year

Eva Rhymes

Deetranada – WINNER

Akilah Divine

T Savage


Male Artist of the Year

Shordie Shordie

Roddy Rackzz

OTR Chaz

Yg Teck – WINNER


Inspirational Artist of the Year 

Will Ruck

Naomie B

Gabby Samone – WINNER

Tornado 4:18


Online Radio Station of the Year

Hooligan Express Radio

1500 Radio

DTLR Radio – WINNER

Real Explosion Radioview


Online Radio Show of the Year 

Pregame Radio Show

RTV Radio Show

Sound Vision Radio

April Watts Live – WINNER


Podcast of the Year

Anythangoes Podcast – WINNER

The Gemini Scorpio Podcast

Wheres Buffy Podcast

State of the City (Daren Muhammad)


Producer of the Year

Payso

Dave Os Beatz (Producer Dave O) – WINNER

Mookwitda808s

E Watts


Radio Station of the Year 

92Q Jamz (WERQ) – WINNER

88.9 (WEAA)

101.5 (WBAL)

Magic 95.9 (WWIN)


Radio Show of the Year

The AM Clique (WERQ)

Good Morning Baltimore (WEAA) – WINNER

C4 and Bryan Nehman (WBAL)

Strictly Hip Hop (WEAA)


Comedian of the Year

Vontee

Jess Hilarious – WINNER

Comedian Stiletto

Kleon the Comedian


Web Series of the Year

Baltimore Bikelife (Grapegot Dajuice Tv) – WINNER

Project Heat Baltimore (Showup Films)

Ruthless The Web Series (Sean Morgan)

No Ghostwriter (Mr. Jay Hill)


Music Video of the Year

StarrZ – “The Tainted” Ft. Love Nova

YounG Moose – “The Rules”

Yg Teck – “700” – WINNER

T Savage – “I Got It”