May 19, 2022

‘Tarzan’ Actor and 6 Others Presumed Dead in Plane Crash; Naomi Osaka Fined for $15,000; Ex-porn Star Mia Khalifa Mocks Israel: ‘My wine is older than your apartheid state’; 2 Killed, 2 Injured in a Two-car Crash; 27 Shot, 2 Killed in Chicago Gun Violence

‘Tarzan’ Actor and 6 Others Presumed Dead in Plane Crash Near Nashville

Seven people are presumed to have died in a crash of a Cessna C501 plane into Percy Priest Lake in Tennessee at around 11:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Saturday. The Cessna C501 crashed a few minutes after taking off from the Smyrna airport en route to Palm Beach, officials said.

US actor Joe Lara, 58-year-old, best known for playing Tarzan, is one of the passengers presumed dead, along with his wife, a dietician, and Christian diet guru, Gwen Shamblin Lara. The latter founded a weight-loss church called Remnant Fellowship Church.

Also on board were Gwen Lara’s son-in-law, Brandon Hannah, married couples Jennifer and David Martin, Jessica and Jonathan Walters, said the spokesperson for the Rutherford County government in a news release.

The rescue workers shifted their operations from rescue to recovery as there appeared to be no survivors by Saturday night.

Dive teams had recovered several components of the aircraft and human remains in a debris field about half a mile wide, officials said Sunday.

Joe Lara played the lead role in the 1989 TV movie Tarzan in Manhattan, then in the follow-up TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. He left acting in 2002 and pursued a career in country music.

His wife, Gwen, 66, was the leader of a Christian weight-loss group that she launched in 1986. She also wrote a best-selling faith-based weight-loss book, urging people to “turn away from the love of food and towards the love of God.”  

In a statement to the media, Remnant Fellowship Church paid tribute to those on board the plane.

“The seven Remnant Fellowship leaders lost May 29, 2021, were some of the finest and most loving people that you would ever come across. During this horrible tragedy, our church would greatly appreciate prayers,” the church said.

According to official records of the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the aircraft was registered to JL & GL Productions LP, located in Bradwell, Tennessee. On the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website, JL & GL Productions LP was owned by Gwen Shamblin Lara.

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Fined for $15,000 for Avoiding the Media

Tennis star Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, and the reigning champion at the US Open and the Australian Open, was fined $15,000 for not talking to the media after her straight-set victory at the French Open on Sunday. The announcement was released by Roland Garros in a statement.

Citing mental health reasons, Osaka posted on social media on Wednesday, saying that she will not attend any press conferences during the French Open. She hopes that any fine money she will pay will help fund a mental health program.

“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes’ mental health, and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” Osaka wrote.

“We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds, and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.”

Roland Garros asked Osaka “to reconsider her position and tried unsuccessfully to speak with her to check on her well-being, understand the specifics of her issue and what might be done to address it on site.”

“Following the lack of engagement by Naomi Osaka, the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open jointly wrote to her to check on her well-being and offer support, underline their commitment to all athletes’ well-being and suggest dialog on the issue,” according to the Roland Garros statement. “She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them, and that rules should equally apply to all players.”

Organizers say that repeated violations could lead to stricter sanctions, including default from the tournament.

Osaka had enjoyed a perfect start to her French Open campaign, beating Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig in straight sets on Sunday. She has previously never been past the third round at the clay court major in Paris but looked powerful in her first-round match.

Although her footwork occasionally let her down, the 23-year-old remained calm and composed on a surface that hasn’t always been her best. “I would say it’s a work in progress. Hopefully, the more I play, the better it will get,” Osaka said after her win.

Ex-porn Star Mia Khalifa Continues to Mock Israel: ‘My wine is older than your apartheid state’

One of the most popular porn actresses, former adult-film star Mia Khalifa, had caught the ire of Twitter users over the weekend after she referred to Israel as an “Apartheid” state while mocking on Twitter the state’s young history.

“My wine is older than your apartheid “state,” wrote the Lebanese-American actress and vocal pro-Palestinian supporter, alongside her photo sipping French wine.

The tweet came less than a month after Khalifa called the actress Gal Gadot a “genocide barbie” over her stand on the Israeli-Palestinian violence that reached the most severe escalation of the conflict in almost a decade. 

“You’re drinking wine made in 1943 Nazi-occupied France, while denying thousands of years of Jewish history in our ancestral homeland. Glad you found the perfect pairing for your antisemitism!” Hen Mazzig, a self-described Jew and son of Iraqi refugees, wrote on Twitter.

“Your” wine is actually the wine of Western geniuses who created it before scumbags like you were even imagined living amongst civilized peoples,” Raheem Kassam responded. “Then you came along, took your clothes off, convinced barbarians to pay you for it, and bought a product of Western civ. Great dunk!”

“Your sh—y group of terrorists has never won a war in the entire time that bottle of wine existed,” Townhall contributor Kurt Schlichter reacted.

“These viral ‘my gran is older than Israel’ type tweets are rather amusing,” wrote Investigative journalist David Collier. “A sneeze may only exist for a second – but this is still a second longer than any Palestinian state has ever been in existence.”

“Mia should try drinking wine (or any of the other things she enjoys doing) in Gaza for 5 minutes and see how that goes,” another user responded. “As @billmaher correctly notes, “Bella Hadid and her friends would run screaming to Tel Aviv if they had to live in Gaza for one day.”

Khalifa went viral after filming a scene wearing a hijab in 2014. Her choice of headwear led to death threats from ISIS, she said at the time.

Khalifa left the business in 2015 after only three months but continues to be popular with over 24.1 million Instagram followers and Twitter followers of 3.7 million.

27 Shot, 2 Killed in Chicago Gun Violence over the Weekend

The shootings across the City of Chicago between 5 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday resulted in 27 people wounded and two fatally shot. 

A man, 29, died in a shooting on the Northwest Side on Saturday night. According to Chicago Police, the man was on the sidewalk when someone got out of a vehicle in West McLean Avenue and began shooting.

A 26-year-old man was fatally shot hours earlier while driving on the West Side at around 2:15 p.m. The man was hit in the face and chest and brought to Mt. Sinai Hospital, pronounced dead.

Two men were wounded in a shooting in Belmont Cragin on the Northwest Side in nonfatal attacks on Monday.

The pair was standing along West Grand Avenue at about 3:45 a.m. when a male approached them and asked what gang they were with. The suspect then pulled out a gun and fired shots before fleeing the scene.

One man, 33, was shot in the arm and torso and in critical condition. The other victim, 31, was shot in the leg but in good condition.

A 20-year-old man was shot on Lake Shore Drive early Sunday near the South Side. He was driving south around 12:30 a.m. when he heard shots and felt pain in his face.

A boy, 12, was grazed by a bullet early Saturday in the South Side. He was with a group of people about 1 a.m. when someone in a black Dodge Charger fired shots. The bullet grazed his leg and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital. 

On Friday, a 42-year-old ride-share driver was grazed in the abdomen by a bullet when a gun discharged during a struggle with a person who tried to rob him. The driver was on South Wabash Avenue when the suspect got into the car’s back seat, pulled a gun, and demanded the driver to get out of the vehicle. 

2 Killed, 2 Injured in a Two-car Crash Involving a Deer on Interstate 90

Illinois State Police were called to respond to a two-unit crash at about 1:45 a.m. on Interstate 90 near Milepost 59. The collision of the two vehicles left two people killed and two others injured in the impact of the crash that happened in the area of Hoffman Estates on Monday morning, according to the official statement of the police. 

The deadly two-car crash was inadvertently caused by a deer crossing the Interstate highway in the darkness of the night, which caught the vehicles by surprise.

Police shared the preliminary investigation findings showing two cars were traveling westbound on Interstate 90 very early in the morning of Monday. A vehicle occupied by three people traveling in the right lane near Milepost 59 struck a deer in the roadway. It abruptly slowed down while moving to the right shoulder.

The front end of the second vehicle struck the rear end of the first vehicle, and the car overturned upon the devastating impact.

The driver of the second vehicle had suffered severe bodily injuries and was immediately transported to the hospital by the paramedics, who responded to the emergency. The driver of the first vehicle was also brought to a local hospital with less serious injuries sustained.

The passengers on board the cars involved in the collision were not so lucky. One passenger in the first vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries and was declared dead at the scene of the accident after several unsuccessful attempts to revive the victim. The second passenger in the first vehicle was still responsive despite the severe injuries and was quickly transported to a local hospital but eventually succumbed to the serious nature of the injuries.

The westbound lanes and ramps to Route 59 were closed for the investigation at approximately 2 a.m., and all lanes were reopened to traffic at around 6 a.m. The police are yet to release further information on the results of their investigation.