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Five Teens Charged in Kidnapping of 89-Year Old Margaret Smith

It was on March 18th in Milford, Delaware, when 89-year-old Margaret Smith stopped at an convenience store for ice cream, was approached by two teens, who asked Smith for a ride. The two teens were later identified as 15 year old, Jackeline Perez and 14 year old, Junia McDonald. At first Smith was apprehensive but said, “Well,…

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It was on March 18th in Milford, Delaware, when 89-year-old Margaret Smith stopped at an convenience store for ice cream, was approached by two teens, who asked Smith for a ride. The two teens were later identified as 15 year old, Jackeline Perez and 14 year old, Junia McDonald.

At first Smith was apprehensive but said, “Well, a good deed.” Smith told police after she drove for a while, the suspects grabbed her car keys and then pushed her in the trunk of her car, “They opened the door and shoved me in the trunk and locked it.”

Perez and McDonald locked in Smith in her trunk for 2 days, without her medication, food and water. “I just had to pray about and hope that I’d be found. I was very tired, cold, hungry, scared. I didn’t know what to expect,” Smith said the girls only opened the car trunk when they stole the cash she was carrying.

“I was crawling through the cemetery on hands and knees,” Smith said after the teenagers ditched her in a cemetery and stolen her car. Smith continued, “Nothing but a pair of stockings on, no jacket. Finally somebody found me, I don’t know who.” A Gold Alert was issued when Smith’s family grew concerned and contacted police. Smith was taken to a local hospital, where her family, who had reported her missing, received a call that she was safe.

According to the official police statement, “When they arrived at a residence, the two girls demanded the victim’s keys and a struggle ensued between the victim and the girls when Ms. Smith refused to hand them over. Once in possession of the keys, the girls then ordered Ms. Smith out of the car and forced her into the trunk of the car before driving off with her inside.  At one point during the kidnapping, the two girls demanded money from the victim before removing more than $500.00 from her coat pocket.”

A couple days later, The Delaware Police found her car occupied with five teenagers, aging from 14 to 17.  They were arrested and charged, all are believed to be involved. The other suspects are 15 year old Deniaya Smith and 17 year olds, Rondaiges Harper and Phillip Brewer. While Brewer, Harper, and Deniaya Smith face multiple other charges, McDonald and Perez are each being charged with the robbery, carjacking and kidnapping of Margaret Smith, along with conspiracy.

And her message to her captives—“You got to be kind to other people if you want somebody to be kind to you.”
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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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