In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on Cooking Channel, Oxygen Media, HGTV and WE tv.
Grammy award-winning musician Michael McKean returns to explore and unveil food mysteries surrounding everyday dishes on Cooking Channel’s Food: Fact or Fiction?, premiering Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Themes explored in the upcoming season include McKean tracing the myth if the whoopie pie nearly caused a civil war; wickedly wicked Halloween treats; and game meat myths and the popularity of fish foods like tuna melts.
NBCUniversal-owned true crime net Oxygen Media, meanwhile, will premiere a new season of Criminal Confessions on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
From executive producer Dick Wolf and Shed Media, Criminal Confessions delves into police interrogations around the country with detectives on the hunt for justice. Each standalone episode reveals the strategies and tactics law enforcement use to get to the truth. In the season premiere, an execution-style
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A magician never reveals his tricks — unless he’s compelled to by a court of law.
After a man suffered a dislocated shoulder and brain injury while participating in one of David Copperfield’s magic tricks at the MGM in Las Vegas in 2013, a court says the famed magician must reveal the “magic” behind the trick.
British tourist Gavin Cox, 58 filed a negligence lawsuit against the magician, claiming that he has suffered chronic pain since he participated in Copperfield’s “Lucky #13” trick five years ago.
The secret behind that trick was revealed in court on Tuesday by his executive producer. Here’s the method behind the magic:
During the trick, done regularly by the 61-year-old magician, Copperfield selects 13 participants and puts them in a suspended cage on the stage. A curtain drapes to cover the cage. A few moments later, the curtain is drawn to reveal that the 13 people are no
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A billboard advertising a shooting range in Las Vegas was vandalized overnight on Thursday and changed to a more politically charged — and shocking — message. The original sign “Shoot a .50 Caliber Only $29” was modified to read “Shoot a School Kid Only $29.”
The phone number for the shooting range has been replaced with the word, “Defend Lives Reform Laws.” Just hours after the vandalization, the billboard advertisement was taken down completely, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The billboard company, Lamar has stated that it “immediately removed the billboard at the request of the authorities, and we’re cooperating with law enforcement agencies as they investigate further,” according to CNN.
INDECLINE, a guerrilla artists collective has taken responsibility for the vandalization.
The art collective provided a statement to Oxygen:
“This protest piece is in response to America’s longstanding obsession with gun culture and our government’s inability to honor the victims of mass
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The autopsy results are in for the Las Vegas shooter. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had anti-anxiety medication in his system at the time of death.
Authorities found traces of nordiazepam, oxazepam and temazepam, which are consistent the drug Valium in his urine. The autopsy included toxicology tests and a brain examination. A separate review of his brain done at Stanford University found no neurological abnormalities, such as evidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to finding the anti-anxiety medication, the autopsy confirmed that the 64-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head after he opened fire from his Mandalay Bay suite. The autopsy did not indicate any physical or mental reasons that could explain the mass shooting. “It seems that based on the autopsy reports there were no physical excuses for what Steve did,” said his younger brother Eric Paddock. “We may never understand why Steve did this.”
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Las Vegas police are turning to the public for help in capturing a suspected serial killer who police believe shot four people within several days. Two of the victims have died.
According to ABC News, police believe the shootings are random and target the homeless. Three of the victims were not only homeless, but were also sleeping at the time they were shot, Capt. Robert Plummer of the Las Vegas Police said at a Tuesday news conference. He called the man’s actions cowardly, especially for targeting vulnerable people.
“We must stop this man before he shoots and kills someone else,” Plummer said.
The two men who have died have been identified as 68-year-old James Edgar Lewis and 51-year-old Brian Wayne Clegg, reported the New York Daily News. The shooting spree began on January 29, and the first shooting took place at a grocery store parking lot, said police. Though the victim
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A 97-page deposition obtained by CNN reveals details about the life of Stephen Paddock, the murderer behind the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In the documents, Paddock is revealed to have been a high-stakes gambler with a paranoiac and miserly streak.
The document comes by way of a 2013 deposition pertaining to a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where he slipped and fell on a walkway in 2011. It may be the most comprehensive collection of information available on Paddock.
The deposition reveals that Paddock had no known mental health issues but had been perscribed Valium for “anxiousness.”
“He’s like on retainer, I call it, I guess,” Paddock had said of the doctor who perscribed him the drugs. “It means I pay a fee yearly … I have good access to him.”
Paddock was also revealed to be somewhat of a drifter, living largely at hotel casinos, where he lived for
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Two months ago, the gunman behind Sunday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, booked a room at a Chicago hotel that overlooked the venue for Lollapalooza. A police official confirmed Thursday that Stephen Paddock, 64, booked a room at the Blackstone Hotel the same week the annual music festival was held. His room would have overlooked the the main stage of the fest, where hundreds of thousands gathered to watch live music performances.
However, the official said there was no evidence that Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend, according to the Associated Press. The booking of the hotel room was first reported by TMZ. They revealed that the shooter booked two rooms of the Blackstone Hotel. Paddock requested both rooms be a “view room” facing Grant Park, where Lollapalooza was held, according to TMZ.
According to NBC Chicago, Paddock booked yet another hotel room overlooked yet another
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Hayley Geftman-Gold, a CBS executive who made a controversial social media post about this week’s Las Vegas shooting, has received a series of death threats following the scandal.
According to the New York Daily News, Geftman-Gold worked as a vice president and senior counsel in strategic transactions at CBS before being fired for her insensitive post about the horrific mass killing that occurred earlier in the week.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often republican gun toters,” she reportedly wrote on Facebook.
“Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families,” said CBS in a statement, announcing her firing.
Now, multiple police reports suggest that she has received multiple death
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Police believe that the Las Vegas shooter, who killed at least 58 people and injured over 500 in Sunday night’s shooting spree, organized an escape route. Stephen Paddock, 64, shot rapid fire at country music festival attendees from a smashed out window on the 32nd floor of a hotel.
Now, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo believes Paddock thought he could have escaped after committing the worst mass shooting in modern American history, according to the Business Insider.
“Did you see any evidence that he planned to survive this, or try to escape?” a reporter asked Lombardo during a press conference on Wednesday.
“Yes,” Lombardo replied, not yet revealing details of what what a possible escape plan could have entailed. “He was doing everything possible to see how he could escape at this point.”
Lombardo referenced the cameras Paddock set up in his hotel suite and in the hallway of the hotel.
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Dramatic police radio dispatches from the Las Vegas shooting massacre have been released.
“We can’t worry about more victims,” one officer said in an audio clip. “We have to stop the shooter before he has more victims.”
In another clip, the SWAT team inside the Mandalay Bay hotel talks to a dispatcher about locating the gunman. Stephen Paddock, 64, was shooting rapid fire at country music festival attendees from a smashed out window on the 32nd floor of the hotel. At least 59 people were killed and over 500 injured in what is now proclaimed the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
“Just advising, there are people down on stage left,” police told dispatchers early on in the shooting, according to National Public Radio. “Shots fired from Mandalay Bay. There’s many people down stage left.”
In another audio clip, the SWAT team can be heard discussing with a dispatcher how they were
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