May 19, 2022

Children Armed with AK-47, Engage in a Shootout with Deputies; Louis Vuitton Faces Backlash for Scarf Design; Ricky Martin Revealed He had “PTSD”; Lollapalooza Headliners: Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters; 2-year-old Boy Found a Gun and Accidentally Shot Himself

Children, 14 and 12, Armed with AK-47, Engage in a Shootout with Deputies

A Florida girl, Nicole Jackson, 14, was recovering at a hospital from gunshot wounds in the abdomen after she and another 12-year old child, Travis O’Brien, broke into a home and found guns they used in a shootout with the deputies. The boy surrendered and was not injured, said Sheriff Mike Chitwood of Volusia County, Florida.

“I don’t know what to say. Where have we gone wrong that a 12-year-old and 14-year-old think it’s OK to take on law enforcement?” Chitwood said.

The two children ran away from Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, a foster home in Volusia County, on Tuesday before breaking into a house, where the pair discovered a handgun, shotgun, an AK-47 rifle, and several rounds of ammunition. 

The deputies were informed of a break-in at a home and arrived to find shattered windows. The deputies did not enter the house but contacted the homeowner who was at the grocery with his daughters, who confirmed that there were three guns and boxes of ammunition inside.

The officers surrounded the house and announced their presence.

“At 8:28, one of my sergeants who was the first to arrive, Sgt. Donnie Maxwell, takes fire multiple times, never returns fire. At 8:31, one of our units reports they’re being fired at by the 12- and the 14-year-old. At 8:33, another call comes out from another group of deputies surrounding the home, saying that shots were fired. At 8:40, the 14-year-old emerges from the property and threatens to kill Sgt. Maxwell. At 8:54, the juvenile male, armed with an AK-47, opens fire on deputies,” Chitwood said.

“We try to de-escalate; we throw a cell phone into the house to try to talk to them. The 14-year-old comes out of the garage with a pump shotgun, levels it at deputies, and despite warnings to drop it, she walks back into the garage. She comes back a second time, and that’s when deputies opened fire,” Chitwood said.

The children are facing felony charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary.

According to the sheriff’s office, eight deputies fired around 60 rounds during the shootout. All eight are placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard following a shooting.

Louis Vuitton Faces Backlash for Scarf Design Inspired by Traditional Palestinian Keffiyeh

A Louis Vuitton scarf inspired by the Palestinian keffiyeh is facing criticism. The blue and white “monogram keffieh stole” scarf is being sold for $705. According to the luxury brand’s website, the scarf was described as “inspired by the classic Keffieh and enriched with House signatures.”

“A jacquard weave technique is used to create the intricate Monogram patterns on its base of blended cotton, wool and silk,” the description on the Louis Vuitton site says. “Soft and lightweight with fringed edges, this timeless accessory creates an easygoing mood.”

Traditionally, the black-and-white keffiyeh, or kufiya, has become a symbol of Palestinian liberation movements. Hirbawi Textile Factory, the Palestinian territories’ last and only keffiyeh factory, called it “the unofficial Palestinian flag.”

Diet Prada, a popular Instagram account seeking to expose mistakes in the fashion industry, called out the Brand on Tuesday in a post shared with its 2.7 million followers.

The post had several photos of the traditional keffiyeh next to a Louis Vuitton stole. “So LVMH’s stance on politics is ‘neutral,’ but they’re still making a $705 logo-emblazoned keffiyeh, which is a traditional Arab headdress that’s become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism,” it said. “Hmmmm…”

Khaled Beydoun, a lawyer and an author, criticized the scarf as disrespectful and exploitative in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

“Let me be clear, companies and designers like @virgilabloh have the right to make whatever they want to make within the bounds of legality,” Beydoun wrote, speaking of Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director.

“I typically champion artistry and the freedom that comes with it,” Beydoun wrote. “But this is patently disrespectful and insensitive, on a myriad of levels.

Beydoun also suggested that color choices of the scarf could have been a tribute to Israel’s flag and taking a political stance.

“The blue and white colors are either tone-deaf or an insidious form of passive political commentary. Or a disastrous attempt at political irony,” he wrote in the post.

LVMH Brand Representatives has not responded to Insider’s request for comment.

Ricky Martin Revealed He had “PTSD” After 2000 Interview with Barbara Walters

During his 2000 interview with Barbara Walters, Ricky Martin says he ‘felt violated’ when she repeatedly questioned him about his sexuality.

Martin was at the peak of his fame due to his hit song “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” but there were also rumors that he was gay. 

“It would’ve been great because when I came out in 2010, it just felt amazing. When it comes to my sexuality, when it comes to who I am, I want to talk about what I’m made of, about everything that I am,” Martin said in People magazine’s latest cover story. “Because if you hide it, it’s a life-or-death situation.”

In the 2000 interview, Walters asked Martin multiple times to come out and address the rumors.

“Do they hurt? How do you handle them?” Walters asked Martin, referring to the rumors.

“Sexuality and homosexuality should not be a problem for anybody,” Martin answered. “I think that sexuality is something that each individual should deal with in their own way. And that’s all I have to say about that.”

However, Walters continued on the topic.

“You could stop these rumors,” Walters, who regularly pressed interviewees in televised interviews, said. “You could say, ‘Yes, I am gay or no I’m not.'”

“I just don’t feel like it.” Martin simply answered.

“When she dropped the question, I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out. I was very afraid,” Martin said. “There’s a little PTSD with that.”

Martin confessed that at the time of the interview with Walters, he was still confused about his sexuality and was dating lots of women and also men.

“Sexuality is one complicated thing,” he continued in the magazine. “It’s not black and white. It’s filled with colors. When I was dating women, I was in love with women. It felt right, it felt beautiful. You can’t fake chemistry — the chemistry was there with them. I wasn’t misleading anyone.”

Lollapalooza Headliners: Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Journey, and Megan Thee Stallion

The festival returning to Chicago’s Grant Park for 2021 had announced Wednesday, the much-awaited lineup of performers. The headliners like Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, Foo Fighters, Journey, and Tyler, the Creator, will perform from July 29 to August 1, 2021.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Lollapalooza is hosting more than 165 bands across eight massive stages. The lineup includes an exciting fusion of famous names and newcomers, including DaBaby, Alison Wonderland, Olivia O’Brien, Brittany Howard, Illenium, Omar Apollo, Marshmello, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, LP, Kim Petras, LAUV, Princess Nokia, Ashe, Jacob Banks, Trevor Daniel, and many more.

A four-day general admission ticket will be in limited numbers as well as the four-day platinum tickets. To avail of the tickets and for a complete list of amenities, visit www.lollapalooza.com/tickets. 

Lollapalooza will admit children ten years old and younger free of charge accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. The festival welcomes music fans of all ages. 

In compliance with current local public health guidance, the attendees must be fully vaccinated or bring a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of each festival day attended. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed excitement at the festival’s return, saying, “Here in Chicago, the word ‘Lollapalooza’ has always been synonymous with summer, great music, and four days of unforgettable fun — which made last year’s decision to postpone it all the more difficult.”

The Mayor added, “Now, less than a year later and armed with a vaccine that is safe, effective, and widely available, we are able to bring back one of our city’s most iconic summer music festivals. I want to thank the Lollapalooza team for working closely with the city to create a reopening strategy that prioritizes safety and can’t wait to see festival-goers return to Grant Park this summer.”

Allison Arwady, M.D., commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, appeals to the attendees to stay safe and smart. “If you’re sick, stay home; wash your hands frequently; wear a mask if you’re traveling or using public transit, and most importantly, get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”

Joliet Police Believes 2-year-old Boy Found a Gun and Accidentally Shot Himself

Police are conducting an investigation to uncover the cause of death of a 2-year-old boy who died of a gunshot wound. The toddler found an unsecured gun inside of a television stand and accidentally fired it on Wednesday morning.

Police reports said the boy was at home with his father at the time of the shooting after he found a loaded gun in the living room. His father immediately called 911.

A woman who lives next door to the family told the Police that she heard the shot and witnessed the immediate aftermath.

“When we went in the back, I heard a man screaming inside the house,” she said.

The neighbor believes the man screaming was the father of the boy. She said she sees the father and son frequently taking walks together.

“Every morning he’d be walking with his son and their dog,” she said. “He’s a good daddy. I’ve seen nothing bad.”

Joliet Police Lieutenant Joe Egizio said that the boy’s father was instructed by the 911 dispatch to transfer the child to a hard surface, a standard exercise in emergency protocols.

 “They were both in the living room area he was attending to something that drew the father’s attention away from the infant for a short amount of time,” he said.

Investigators said it was not clear how long the boy had held the gun before it went off. The boy was declared dead at St. Joseph Amita Hospital.

The Police have a reminder to parents to be extra careful of the guns present at home:

“I can attest as a parent, my colleagues up here, things will go bad in a split second you have to be conscious of where you place your firearms if you own them,” he said. “Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen quick. I’m not judging an individual’s decisions. We’re here to do our job, which we have to investigate the unfortunate situation that happened this morning.”