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Fri Jul 21 00:49:22 EDT 2017

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said on Thursday that Justine Damond’s death was “unnecessary” and that it went against her department’s training.

“Justine didn’t have to die,” Harteau said in her first appearance since the Saturday shooting.

The police chief had been on vacation when the shooting occurred, but returned to work on Thursday.

Officer Mohamed Noor allegedly shot Damond near her home after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault.

Harteau also said that the shooting was “one individual’s actions” and did not reflect on the police department, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“Based on the publicly released information from the BCA, this should not have happened,” Harteau said. “On our squad cars, you will find the words, ‘To protect with courage and serve with compassion.’ This did not happen.”

Harteau addressed doubts that Noor was not prepared to be a police officer, saying the Somali-American “absolutely” performed well during training.

“This is about an individual officer’s actions. It is not about race or ethnicity,” she said, referring to former U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann’s comments that his hire was due to affirmative action.

“We have a very robust training and hiring process,” Harteau continued. “This officer completed that training very well, just like every officer. He was very suited to be on the street.”

She maintained that both officers cameras should have been running, but she did explain the program for the body cameras was only eight months old and that it was “not second nature for officers to put those cameras on yet.”

The Star-Tribune reports Damond’s fiancé, Don, spoke to Harteau and conveyed his concern that the shooting would make others feel fear about calling police.

“Although disheartening, I understand the fear and why it exists,” she said. “This has had a negative impact on the community trust we’ve built. Moving forward, we will work toward regaining the trust with everything we do.”

Harrity, who did not shoot his weapon, was interviewed by BCA, while Noor, who allegedly shot his gun from the driver’s side window of their police car, refused to be interviewed by investigators.

Harteau expressed her wish for Noor to reconsider his refusal, saying “there are questions that need to be answered and he is the only one that has those answers.”


Thu Jul 20 22:58:14 EDT 2017

Melanie Brown‘s adorable French bulldog puppies are allegedly home safe and sound after she reported them missing on Instagram earlier in the day.

The America’s Got Talent judge, 42, said she was “devastated” over the missing pups. “Pls pls help our beautiful French bulldog puppies have disappeared from our house.devastated,” the former Spice Girl wrote alongside a video of her daughter training the dogs.

While it’s not clear how Brown’s puppies disappeared, later in the day someone left a comment on the video, writing, “They’ve been found and returned! My boyfriend’s mom found them lost and wandering while she was driving home last night, one I think got stuck in a bush.”

The commenter continued, “No one was stopping to help them but she couldn’t just leave them there. They were bathed, fed, walked, hugged, kissed, loved, and cuddled! They’re very well-behaved puppies and so adorable!”

Brown is not the first star to report missing pets on social media. Recently, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead posted a photo of his dog, Blitz, on Instagram, writing that Blitz was stolen from his home and was being held for ransom. The dog was eventually returned.

“I’ve taken some time to collect my thoughts on this subject matter, and it’s very heartbreaking to say that Blitz has been stolen from my home last Sunday,” Whitehead wrote in the caption. “While out of town, Blitz was being taken care of by a close friend at my house and someone broke in and took him.”

Last week, the rapper ScHoolboy Q tweeted about his missing dog after United Airlines placed his pet on the wrong flight.

 


Thu Jul 20 22:30:28 EDT 2017

Will & Grace alum and Good Luck Charlie star Leigh-Allyn Baker opens up about motherhood and her son’s daily battle with dyspraxia in an exclusive five-part PEOPLE series. (Read part 1 here.)

It’s been four years since Leigh-Allyn Baker‘s son Griffin Samuel was first diagnosed with the developmental disorder dyspraxia. And while occupational, behavioral and educational therapy have done wonders for the 8-year-old, he still gets “frustrated.”

“Can you imagine sitting in school and someone is standing up there talking, asking you to pay attention and do your work, and you’ve got to focus on sitting upright, not falling over. You’re exhausted holding a pencil in your hand while it’s shaking and trying to write. ‘Now what was it she said?’ ” the actress tells PEOPLE in an interview ahead of her August Facebook Live chat with Dyspraxia Foundation USA.

Dyspraxia typically affects coordination, among other things. For Griffin, it also has a co-morbidity of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

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RELATED VIDEO: Will & Grace Alum Leigh-Allyn Baker on Learning Her Son Has Dyspraxia

“His brain has so many things to think about, it bounces around and he loses track of what he was talking about,” shares Baker, 45.

“We tell him to go downstairs and brush his teeth and go to school,” she explains. “By the time he gets downstairs, he has to grab the rail, walk down step by step, don’t fall, and he gets downstairs and he’s like, ‘What was I supposed to be doing?’ As a child, he’s distracted enough as it is.”

Still, the actress – who also shares 4½-year-old Baker James with husband Keith Kauffman – says it was important that Griffin went to a mainstream school. In his Independent Education Plan (IEP), Baker has requested her son sit with accelerated learners, whom he can model throughout the day.

RELATED: Will & Grace Alum Leigh-Allyn Baker on Learning Her Son Has Dyspraxia: “I’ve Never Experienced That Kind of Emotion”

“They almost didn’t want to give him an IEP because they said, ‘He’s not a behavioral problem and he reads well. So we’re done here,’ ” reveals Baker. “And I was like, ‘Oh, but we’re not done here. We’re just getting started.’ ”

With therapy, Griffin has improved his physical coordination, but now struggles more with auditory commands. “So actually, in school now, that is more my concern,” says Baker.

FROM PEN: “Baby Jessica” McClure’s Message to Her Children: “You Can’t Take Life For Granted”

 

RELATED: Meet Leigh-Allyn Baker’s Newborn Son

The mother of two worries that because Griffin is a quiet child, he might not get attention because his problems are not as outwardly obvious.

“They don’t believe me, because he is such a perfect angel at school – he’s kind to people, he’s so sweet and he doesn’t throw any temper tantrums or get upset,” says Baker.

“He saves that for when he gets home because he’s internalized it and kept it in — his frustrations — all day long and tried his hardest all day long. Then when he gets home, he’s exhausted. He’s spent.”

But Griffin has felt better since his parents explained why he struggles in some areas where other children don’t. Recalls Baker, “I had to explain to him what’s going on, and once I did, he just felt so relieved.”



SAN DIEGO (AP) — Comic-Con visitors are getting more than an early look at anticipated movies and shows. They're going inside them with virtual reality.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Goosebumps" creator R.L. Stine got a surprise during his first trip to San Diego Comic-Con: The 73-year-old author received the organization's Inkpot Award, which recognizes contributions to the worlds of comics, fantasy and sci-fi.

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said.

The world watched live as O.J. Simpson convinced a Nevada parole board he should be released after spending nine years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist.

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington: "Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Taron Egerton is no match for Channing Tatum in a fight and Halle Berry can hold her liquor. Those are just a few of the messages Comic-Con audiences got Thursday at the Hall H panel for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" that kicked off the annual fan convention.

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks returned to the scene of an old obsession by casting aside regular daytime programming Thursday to cover O.J.

NEW YORK (AP) — Romeo Santos would rather let his fans figure out what he and Julio Iglesias are singing about in their duet, "El Amigo," included in his new album, "Golden."

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar and Grammy winner Common surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 to help their teachers buy supplies like calculators and science kits.

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime performer of Kermit the Frog says Disney's decision to fire him from the role came as "a complete shock."

LONDON (AP) — A British legislator has told Parliament that Jane Austen — who died two centuries ago — was one of Britain's greatest living authors.

NEW YORK (AP) — At age 35, the Library of America is in transition. Longtime president Cheryl Hurley and longtime editor-in-chief Geoffrey O'Brien are retiring at the end of the year, the publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Seacrest in! Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting "American Idol" when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday's "Live with Kelly and Ryan," which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck plays the ghost in the new David Lowery film, "A Ghost Story." For most of the movie, expanding wide Friday, he's silent and cloaked in a white sheet with eye holes cut out as he returns to his home to look in on his still-living partner played by Rooney Mara.

HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a rowing regatta, visited a cancer research center and made pretzels in the university city of Heidelberg on the second day of their visit to Germany.

NEW YORK (AP) — James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence who has clashed with President Donald Trump, has a book deal.

LONDON (AP) — London Zoo is welcoming a new star attraction this summer: robotic dinosaurs. Visitors will see robotic replicas of Mesozoic-era dinosaurs, including T.

LONDON (AP) — Canada's governor general says he decided to breach royal protocol and touch Queen Elizabeth II to ensure she didn't stumble down slippery steps during an official engagement in London.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned "Despacito" on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song's record-breaking popularity.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series that will follow a undercover special operations squad will begin filming in New Mexico this month.