Ex-inmate Johnny “Crusher” Jackson sends thank you to judge, touts clothing line whose name is said to refer to Gangster Disciples

Johnny “Crusher” Jackson took the unusual step of writing to a federal judge recently to thank him for releasing him from prison.

Jackson, who was once in the inner circle of Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover, told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber he’s making the most of his freedom. He said he and his wife have a construction business, a nonprofit organization to help the underprivileged and a clothing line.

But it appears Jackson hasn’t completely turned his back on his past. The brand name for his sweatshirts and T-shirts — Gentlemen of Distinguished Nature — stands for Gangster Disciples Nation, according to prison officials.

Jackson was freed in November under the First Step Act. His thank-you note to the judge was filed into the court record Monday.

“I have worked tirelessly to make good on the promises I made to my wife, pastor and numerous others who are counting

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‘Trump Defeats COVID’ Coin Goes on Sale at Unofficial White House Gift Shop

Commemorative coins marking President Donald Trump “defeating” COVID-19 have been released for pre-order on an online gift shop as the commander-in-chief continues to be treated for his infection.

Donald Trump sitting at a table using a laptop: In this handout provided by The White House, President Donald J. Trump works in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.

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In this handout provided by The White House, President Donald J. Trump works in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on October 3, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The merchandise is up for sale on the website of The White House Gift Shop, which is no longer affiliated with the actual White House, and due to be shipped later in the year.

There is no image of the coin on the website as yet, with a “photo coming soon” message as a placeholder, It is listed for sale at the price of $100.

The coin is part of a series that “chronicles historic moments

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P&G’s Secret highlights how women bear outsized burden of pandemic in new ads

The campaign also will feature regional and national newspaper ads that include Mans’ poem plus content from the #RaiseItUp social challenge, which includes actress and vocal artist Gabrielle Union and WNBA players including Wilson and Swin Cash posting content to their social accounts today. Citizen Relations is handling PR.

“The 2020 pandemic has exacerbated many of the things women already face, and they have been shouldering the weight of the challenges brought on this year,” said P&G Senior Brand Director Sara Saunders in a statement. “Through our #RaiseItUp initiative, we aim to not only celebrate the strength and resilience of women but also take meaningful action to support them in the areas of their life that mean the most.”

Secret is pledging $1 million to support equality programs and working with YWCA USA to establish a “Secret Missions” fund backing direct assistance to women that includes childcare and career development.

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Pittance Chamber Music Presents MODERN BEAUTY

The programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes.

Pittance Chamber Music Presents MODERN BEAUTY

Pittance Chamber Music, which presents the extraordinary musicians who perform in the pit at the Los Angeles Opera, presents Modern Beauty with special guest GRAMMY and EMMY-winning pianist Gloria Cheng.

Recorded during the pandemic, the programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes, and will include artist and composer interviews with special tributes to Steven Stucky. One of today’s most respected and revered interpreters of contemporary repertoire, Cheng has been lauded in the Washington Post, New York Times and LA Weekly for her “breathtaking”, “exhilarating” and “broadly expressive” performances.

For this program she joins colleagues from the LA Opera Orchestra, bassoonist Judith Farmer, clarinetist Donald Foster and oboist Jennifer Cullinan, in a program of favorite chamber music pieces by composers with whom Cheng has collaborated – among them Billy Childs, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Harbison, Steven Stucky and Gernot Wolfgang,

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Princeton Seeks Donors for Holiday Gift Drive

PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton’s Human Services Department said on Monday they were seeking donors for its 22nd Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

Every year, the department, municipal employees, local businesses, and private donors providing gifts to Princeton children. With many losing their jobs due to COVID, the department thinks it’s even more important to spread some Holiday cheer among children.

“With these hard economic times during the pandemic, we understand the need is still great. That is why this year more than previous years your generosity is needed” said the Human Services Department in a statement.

Last year the department received over 300 applications. This year too they are expecting to receive just as many, if not more applications.

Applications are received for children up to age 12, which includes 1-2 gifts they would like for the holidays, which are not to exceed $75 dollars.

In addition to sponsoring a child’s

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Women Bikers Are Breaking Out Of The Back Seat

The motorcycle industry is revving up for a sea change as women gain confidence as riders and travelers thumbing the throttle cable of trikes.

The asphalt ribbon at Deals Gap snakes its way through the Tennessee-North Carolina border, skirting the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park through 11 miles of harrowing, hairpin turns. For unwary motorists, the short stretch of U.S. Highway 129 can be a nerve-splitting maze. But for bikers, it’s a paradise.

Motorcycle riders have flocked to Deals Gap for decades to test their skills on two wheels. And all of that traffic has earned the place a more familiar nickname— The Dragon. This summer, as Americans flocked to the nation’s highways to stretch their legs amidst a global pandemic, Brittany Morrow found herself drifting

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Robert Downey Jr. Planning Sherlock Holmes Cinematic Universe


In two Sherlock Holmes films, Robert Downey Jr. turned the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective into a particularly brutish intellectual; a man who can pivot from deductive reasonings to bare-knuckle boxing; less Benedict Cumberbatch, more Doctor Strange. And now Downey, having run the slow-motion calculations on his Marvel Cinematic Universe films, is ready for more. A lot more. In fact, per Fast Company, the actor-producer wants to turn Sherlock Holmes into a cinematic universe of its own.

“Why do a third movie if you’re not going to be able to spin off into some real gems of diversity and other times and elements?” said Downey, speaking to a panel about the possibility (and irrelevance) of simply making a third Sherlock Holmes film. “At this point, we really feel that there is not a mystery-verse built out anywhere, and Conan Doyle is the definitive voice in that arena, I think,

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Model & Skateboarder Evan Mock Joins HBO Max Series Reboot

EXCLUSIVE: We can tell you first that model and skateboarder Evan Mock has been cast as a series regular in HBO Max’s upcoming reimagination of Gossip Girl.

For multi-hyphenate Mock, it’s his first acting role, which is being kept under wraps.

Mock joins the Gossip Girl click which currently counts leads Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith and Jason Gotay as well as Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Savannah Smith and Zion Moreno.

Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Joshua Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens is introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has

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Thom Browne Hosts Digital Paris Fashion Week Show at L.A. Landmark

Like almost everything else in 2020, Paris Fashion Week looks very different this year. Since the event kicked off on September 28, there have been some in-person shows with masked audiences, but many designers, including Thom Browne, have opted to go digital.

To showcase his spring 2021 collection (which includes both menswear and womenswear), Browne created a short film that transports the viewer far, far away from 2020 Paris. The collection of white sporty blazers, pleated skits, chunky knits, and beekeeper-esque hats “was really based on the early 1920s Olympics,” Browne tells AD. It is fitting, then, that the massive stairs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (which opened in 1923 and hosted the Olympic games in 1932 and 1984) served as the runway, and Olympic athletes (who would have competed in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo had it not been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) as the

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Study: Women more likely than men to follow COVID-19 guidelines

Oct. 5 (UPI) — Women are more likely to adhere to guidelines from medical experts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic than men, according to a study by researchers at Yale University and New York University.

Among the guidelines women followed more, were maintaining 6 feet social distance, handwashing and mask wearing in public, according to the study, published this week in Behavioral Science and Policy.

In previous findings, women have also been more likely to follow preventative practices, researchers noted.

“Previous research before the pandemic shows that women had been visiting doctors more frequently in their daily lives and following their recommendations more so than men,” lead author Irmak Olcaysoy Okten said in a press release.

“They also pay more attention to the health-related needs of others. So it’s not surprising that these tendencies would translate into greater efforts on behalf of women to prevent the spread

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