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Cops drag man out of school board meeting for refusing to wear a mask

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A video that surfaced on Facebook on Monday shows a man being forcibly removed from a school board meeting in Mitchell, South Dakota, after he refused wear a mask. The anti-masker was reportedly asked to either wear one or leave.

The video begins as the man is being approached by two officers who look to be asking the man to stand up and leave the meeting.

Mitchell Police officers removed Reed Bender after he refused to wear a face mask at the Mitchell School Board meeting. School district policy requires masks be worn in school buildings. He was escorted out of the building. No arrest was made.

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“I know you don’t want to do it, but unfortunately, you have to follow these fool’s rules, right?” the man says. “Force me out. You’re going to have to drag me out.”

He continues, “You are sowing discord in our communities at every level. It’s disgusting.”

After the man repeats that he won’t leave and that the cops will have to drag him out, the officers move to lift him out of his seat. The man fights back, causing a struggle for the officers until one officer pulls out a stun gun and threatens to use it.

After struggling to get away from the officers a while longer, the man is eventually escorted from the library where the meeting was held.

At that point, one woman whose mask is sitting below her face stands up and says, “He just wants to have a say in what’s going on. We pay school taxes.”

She continues, seemingly calling out the enforcement of mask ordinances in the district, saying, “This is an embarrassment and we all should be embarrassed.

“Let’s all get in a huddle like we did on Friday night at the football game. How many people are on the football team?” she says. “We put them on a pedestal and we let them get into a group and chant. I get that sports are important but how is that more important than every other student, chorus, and all the other activities that go on.”

According to Newsweek, the Mitchell School District issued a mask mandate in July, which requires anyone entering the school building to wear a mask.

“Never in my entire career as a superintendent have I had that happen before,” Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves told the Mitchell Republic after the meeting. “We gave the gentleman fair warning of that and offered him a mask. He refused, so the board had to enforce the mandate.”

Police say that they are investigating the incident from the video, however, no charges have been filed against the anti-masker.


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*First Published: Sep 15, 2020, 4:50 pm

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Taylor Swift’s Folklore Just Netted The Artist Her Latest Career Milestone

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Earlier this year, Taylor Swift reached a big milestone with her surprise eighth album, Folklore, when she became the first artist in history to debut at the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Billboard 200 album chart. And the accolades keep coming.

On Sunday (September 27), Billboard reported that Folklore has once again become the No. 1 album in the country, replacing YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s Top. In once again assuming the top spot, Folklore celebrates its seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 — and Swift herself has bypassed Whitney Houston to become the female artist with the most cumulative weeks at No. 1, across all of her albums. Swift has now spent 47 weeks at the top of the chart.

Billboard notes how Swift’s strategy of sending signing CD copies of Folklore to smaller, independent record shops — as well as her offering them through her own online store — has paid off. She’s also kept busy promoting Folklore even during a time when the live-music industry is effectively shut down; she performed “Betty” at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards on September 16 and has released “chapters” of songs from the album on social platforms, creating another kind of listening experience.

Swift’s first No. 1 album was 2008’s Fearless, and each subsequent LP she released hit No. 1 as well. Her new running total of 47 weeks at No. 1 across her discography beats Houston’s previous record of 46, which she had held since 1987.

Billboard points out that Adele is right behind at 34 weeks — and even despite fans’ hopes that a new Adele LP might be in the cards for 2020, the singer shared on Instagram in August that she had “no idea” when her next album might drop.

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Andy Cohen Responds to Tamra Judge’s ‘Ageist’ Claim, Answers Brandi Glanville’s Sons Pleas to Bring Her Back to ‘RHOBH’

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Flipping their roles! Brandi Glanville put Andy Cohen in the hot seat during a candid conversation about the Housewives on her podcast.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills personality, 47, first asked Cohen, 52, about Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge’s exits from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

“I felt like [Vicki and Tamra] told their entire stories and they both said that [you are] an ageist,” Glanville said on a recent episode of her “Brandi Glanville Unfiltered” podcast. “They said you were going against them because they got too old.” (Back in June, Judge, 53, claimed Bravo wants “younger Housewives” on the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast.)

The Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host, however, was quick to point out that Real Housewives of New York City’s Ramona Singer, who is 63, is older than Gunvalson, 58.

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“If you look at the women on our shows, there are a lot of women that are really thriving in their 50s and late 50s. Yeah, no. I don’t care for that [remark],” he responded, noting that Gunvalson “to this day makes me absolutely laugh.”

He continued: “We just felt that the show needed some new air. We needed to air it out and see where it went. These two women were so identifiable with it and will always be. I hope they will someday be back in some capacity.”

Cohen went on to tease season 15 of RHOC, the first without Gunvalson. (Judge, for her part, joined during season 3.)

“COVID kind of hit us but what I think people will see when the show begins is there’s something about Orange County. They are women dealing with some real serious stuff in their lives,” he said. “When the season starts, there is something that really grounds it to the core of what Orange County always was about.”

Glanville also asked Cohen about RHONY alum Carole Radziwill, who he was friendly with before she joined the cast in 2011.

“We were in each other’s circle for years,” he said about the former journalist, who left the show after six seasons in 2018. “We didn’t talk on the phone. We didn’t email but I think we had genuine [love] for each other.”

Radziwill, 57, and Cohen got heated during her final reunion, with the What Remains author accusing the host of being “scared” of Bethenny Frankel.

“I think she’s angry toward the show and me and she felt like I was up Bethenny’s ass,” Cohen told Glanville.

The Drinking and Tweeting author, who was last a full-time cast member on RHOBH during season 5, went on to ask Cohen about her potential return to the show. The producer noted that Glanville, who has made guest appearances on the franchise during seasons 6, 9 and 10, is “as close to being back” as she’s been “in a long time,” but wouldn’t commit to an answer.

“You’re not exactly friends with any of the women,” Cohen said after telling Glanville she isn’t “on an island” like she once was.

After Glanville noted that she’s friends with Kyle and Kim Richards, she enlisted her sons Mason, 17, and Jake, 13, whom she shares with ex Eddie Cibrian, to help her get her diamond back.

“I was wondering if you would do the right thing and give my mom her job back like you said you would because she was like the main focus of the whole season,” Jake said in a video to Cohen, referring to Glanville’s season 10 claims that she had an affair with Denise Richards. “And like get her money back so we can move out of this place and get her what she deserves.”

Glanville’s eldest son, meanwhile, joined the episode to reveal that Cibrian, 47, would let them film the show this time around.

“You kind of milked her for everything this season and she hasn’t gotten half as much as the other Housewives. … I mean she’s the best woman I’ve ever met,” Mason added.

Cohen, who was certainly intrigued by Glanville’s kids being allowed to film the series, concluded, “That’s a discussion!”

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Gwyneth Paltrow Turns 48… in Her Birthday Suit!

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Gwyneth Paltrow turned 48 Sunday, and she did it with naked enthusiasm for her new age!

Paltrow playfully posed tastefully nude in an image she posted to Instagram, writing, “In nothing but my birthday suit today… thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and thank you to @goop ‘s insanely amazing brand new body butter for making me think I can still get my kit off. 💙 #goopgenes”

The star of Netflix’s “The Politician” was celebrated on her special day by hubby Brad Falchuk, who posted a less nude shot of Paltrow relaxing on a sofa, writing of her, “This badass is 48 today. She makes pizza from scratch, is never late for cocktail hour, makes looking good annoyingly easy and never skips an opportunity to put an asshole in his place. She makes friends feel like family and family feel like friends. Trust me, she’s the best. Happy, happy, happy birthday, Beauty. I love you.”

Falchuk, who tied the knot with Paltrow two years ago this month, also used the occasion to implore everyone to vote on November 3.

Among other celebs wishing Gwyneth well on her special day was Matthew Morrison, who chimed in with, “So happy you were born! What an inspired life you’ve made for yourself. And the GP train keeps going! Love ya, chica!”

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