5-Year-Old Boy Thrown From Third Floor Balcony at Mall of America “Showing Signs of Recovery” As GoFundMe Nears $1 Million

A five-year-old boy thrown from a 3rd-floor balcony at the Mall of America last week is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit, but his family says he is “showing signs of recovery.”

The family gave an update of “miracle child” Landen Hoffmann’s recovery on Good Friday (April. 19). The family said:

“Our miracle child is showing real signs of recovery. New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead. Our faith in God, and our Savior Jesus, is strong, and we are gaining more reason for optimism day by day.

“We continue our appeal for privacy as we focus on our son, and thank you for respecting our wishes. Just know that we absolutely feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support, for they seem to be working. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.”

In just six days, a GoFundMe fundraiser dedicated to helping Landen and his family is on its way to reaching its $1 million goal. As of this reporting, the page had received more than $915,000 in donations by nearly 26,000 people.

“Just know that we all feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support,” the GoFundMe page states. “He is answering our prayers and they ARE working.”

The message continues: “Please continue to pray for Landen and his family, every single prayer is important.”

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, has been charged with attempted murder after admitting he purposefully threw little Landen over the balcony.

Landen fell approximately 39 feet and suffered multiple fractured bones in his arms and legs, was bleeding from his head, and had massive head trauma. He’s being treated at the Children’s Hospital.

Aranda, who has a history of mental illness, says he was at the mall “looking to kill someone.”

He intended to kill an adult one day prior to the senseless attack on Landen. However, he was unable to follow through and returned to the mall the next day and chose a child instead.

Aranda was a complete stranger to Landen and his mother at the time of the attack. The young boy was chosen at random.

Via Fox 5NY.com:

The boy’s mother said she and her son were with a friend and a friend’s child outside the Rainforest Café on the third floor of the mall around 10:15 a.m. when Aranda, whom they did not know, approached them.

Aranda came very close to them, so the boy’s mother asked if they were in the way and should move. Aranda then picked up her son, threw him off the balcony and fled the scene.

Landen’s family is asking for privacy during this matter and are not releasing any photos of him as he recovers.

However, those who want help can donate through the GoFundMe page or send cards and well wishes through a P.O. Box.

Prayers for Landen
P.O. Box 43516
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443-4200

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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

Legendary film director John Singleton has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a stroke recently.

LoveBScott.com reports that the 51-year-old’s “condition is unknown at this time” and “we’ll keep you updated with any significant developments.”

John Singleton’s iconic filmography includes movies such as include “Boyz N the Hood” (1991), “Poetic Justice” (1993), “Higher Learning” (1995), “Baby Boy” (2001).

Singleton is also responsible for a number of other big movies, like “Shaft” (2000), “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003) and “Four Brothers” (2005).

On top of all of that, he recently co-created the FX crime drama Snowfall.

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Adele Announces Split from Husband Simon Konecki After Seven-Year Relationship

Adele is, unfortunately, saying “goodbye” to her husband, Simon Konecki. The couple has split after seven years together.

The separation was announced today (Apr. 19) in a statement released by representatives for Adele.

“Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always, they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

Adele and Konecki, an entrepreneur/philanthropist, have a 6-year-old son together named Angelo.

The couple began dating in 2011, but has pretty much kept their relationship out of the public eye, splitting their private time between London and Beverly Hills.

“The reason her relationship works with Simon is because they are on the same page,” a source told People in 2016. “Their priority is their son, and Adele loves being a mother. Angelo is a very happy little boy.”

In 2017, the 30-year-old singer confirmed that she and Konecki, 44, had married after much speculation due to a ring being spotted on her left hand.

She was photographed without the ring in March 2019 while at a recording studio in New York City.

As news of the split was just announced, there’s no word if the couple has taken any action towards divorce. We wish them well during this time.

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Police Called to Wendy Williams’ Mansion After Cheating Husband Arrives with U-Haul & Private Security

On the same day Kevin Hunter was officially fired from The Wendy Williams Show, cops were called to the estranged couple’s mansion.

Hunter arrived at the Livingston, New Jersey mansion on Thursday (Apr. 18) with a U-Haul minivan, assumingly to remove his belongings from the marital home. He was also accompanied by his own security detail, stationed in an unmarked vehicle.

However, soon after Hunter’s arrival, two police vehicles showed up and gathered around the house. Radar Online exclusively captured the scene.

“Maybe Wendy had him supervised while he was taking stuff out of the house,” an onlooker speculated to Radar at the time.

It turns out, Hunter, himself, was the one who called the police. The talk show host’s disgraced husband claimed he was being harassed by paparazzi.

The Blast exclusively obtained an audio recording of police responding to the call.

“The resident says there’s a news van outside his home that won’t leave him alone,” says the emergency dispatcher.

An officer responds: “We spoke with the caller as well as the press—both sides—and explained that they can be in the road and on the sidewalk, but not on their property.”

Interestingly, neither a news van nor paparazzi were seen in the photos published by Radar Online. Whether reporters for the site were the ones Hunter claimed was “harassing” him has yet to be revealed.

It’s unclear if Williams was present when police arrived at her home. However, she usually pre-tapes the Friday episodes of her show at the time Hunter and police were mulling around her home on Thursday.

Hours before the police scene unfolded at Williams’ home, Hunter was officially fired as an executive producer of the Wendy show. He will reportedly receive a $10 million payout to exit the show quietly.

Earlier this week, we reported that Williams had given Hunter 48 hours to vacate their shared home after seeing photos of her soon-to-be ex-husband driving his alleged mistress/baby mama around in a Rolls Royce and taking her on expensive dinner dates.

Williams filed for divorce last week, ending her 21-year marriage to Hunter.

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Beyoncé Reveals One of Her Twins’ Heartbeats Stopped During “Extremely Difficult” Pregnancy

On Wednesday (Apr. 17), Beyoncé blessed the world by releasing her highly anticipated Netflix documentary Homecoming, giving fans an incredibly intimate, behind-the-scenes look at her iconic 2018 Coachella performance (rightfully nicknamed Beychella).

But things weren’t as glamorous as they looked on stage though.

Beyoncé got super real about how hard it was preparing for the show, considering she had just given births to twins months prior (following a difficult pregnancy), which took a huge toll on her body.

“I was supposed to do Coachella the year prior, but I got pregnant unexpectedly,” Beyoncé said. “It ended up being twins, which was even more of a surprise. My body went through more than I knew it could.”

According to Beyoncé, prior to birthing the twins, she had “an extremely difficult pregnancy.”

Bey revealed that by the time she gave birth, she was 218 pounds and had suffered from high blood pressure, toxemia, and preeclampsia.

Queen Bey’s complications didn’t stop there either, as giving birth proved to be a daunting task for the second-time mother as well.

“In the womb, one of my babies’ hearts paused a few times so I had to get an emergency C-section,” she said.

After suffering through such a traumatic pregnancy, returning to work wasn’t easy for Beyoncé, especially since most of her routines are so physically intensive.

Coachella marked Bey’s big return to the stage—her “first time back home,” she said (hence the documentary’s title “Homecoming”)—and rehearsing for several hours a day was harder for her than it was in the past because she didn’t feel like herself.

“And you know, a lot of the choreography is about feeling, so it’s not as technical, it’s your own personality that brings it to life,” she said. “That’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself. I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles. It took me a while to feel confident enough to … give my own personality.”

Beyond the physical, Beyoncé also explained how mentally taxing rehearsing was for her because all she wanted to do was spend time with her three children.

“In the beginning, there were so many muscle spasms and just internally, my body was not connected. My mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children,” she said.

“What people don’t see is the sacrifice. I have children, I have a husband, I have to take care of my body,” she added, recalling the days before she had children and could rehearse for 15 hours straight.

She continued: “It’s my first time home, back home on the stage after giving birth. I’m creating my own homecoming, and it’s hard. There were days that I thought I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.”

And Beyoncé was right. She wasn’t the same. She was actually BETTER.

In April 2018, she performed a 27-song set (twice … over two weekends!) that lasted more than 100 minutes, and she didn’t miss a single beat.

Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé is available for streaming via Netflix.

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Kevin Hunter Reportedly Paid $10 Million to Leave “The Wendy Williams Show” For Good

“Hit the road, Jack! And don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more!”

That’s probably the song Wendy Williams sang to her soon-to-be ex-husband Kevin Hunter as he packed up his office and left The Wendy Williams Show for good earlier this week.

A few days ago, we reported that Wendy had fired her husband from her daytime talk show, kicked him out of the home they shared together AND had the brand new gold Ferrari he bought for his alleged mistress (using Wendy’s money) towed.

According to TMZ, Hunter was officially given his walking papers Thursday (Apr. 18).

“Kevin Hunter is no longer an executive producer on ‘The Wendy Williams Show,’” a spokesperson for the show said.

Hunter served as an executive producer on the show and was also Wendy’s manager. On top of that, the now estranged couple shared several business ventures, including their production company.

It isn’t clear how they will dissolve their businesses, but one thing’s for sure … Mr. Hunter is no longer about of The Wendy Williams Show in ANY capacity.

In fact, a new report suggests that Hunter was given a handsome payout for his departure (which, apparently, was a “mutual parting” and not a firing as previously reproted).

Bossip reports:

Although other media have reported that Hunter was fired from his position as an executive producer on his wife’s show, a source with knowledge of the situation told BOSSIP it’s more of a mutual parting and he’ll be walking away with an eight-figure settlement.

Hunter will receive around $10 million to go away quietly, according to our source.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Kevin’s departure from Wendy was confirmed today, as his name was noticeably missing from the show’s end credits.

Hunter apologized to Wendy, their son and her fans earlier this week for “his recent actions” and said that he was going to take time out to reflect and “right some wrongs.”

Wendy Williams filed for divorce last week just weeks after Kevin Hunter’s alleged mistress Sharina Hudson gave birth to a baby girl.

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Remy Ma Under Investigation for Allegedly Punching Love & Hip Hop Rival Brittney Taylor in the Face & Giving Her a Black Eye

Things went down (allegedly) between Love & Hip-Hop stars Remy Ma and Brittney Taylor at a benefit concert. Punches were thrown and now, police are investigating Remy, who is still on parole.

According to TMZ, Remy and Taylor were both attending the Petty Lou Benefit Concert on Tuesday (Apr. 16) in New York, where Remy was slated to perform. A verbal argument between the two LHHNY rivals became physical after Remy allegedly clocked Taylor in the face.

Via TMZ:

Brittney claims they “exchanged words” in the greenroom — relating to an attack on Remy’s stepdaughter, Dejanae, that happened a few weeks ago — and Remy threw the punch. Brittney claims Remy accused her of knowing about the attack on Dejanae.

Taylor took to Instagram on Wednesday (Apr. 17) and revealed her black eye to her followers. She was hesitant to bring the situation to social media out of embarrassment, but still called Remy out.

She wrote in part:

“It’s hard to even focus because of what occurred last night…I tried my best to cover it up with make up and move on but that still didn’t work. My Question is @remyma why did you really do this? #WHATHAPPENEDTOWOMANEMPOWERMENT #BlackLove? Smh”

Taylor was treated at a local hospital for her bruised eye and filed a police report the next day.

Though Remy has not been charged with anything, police have confirmed they are investigating the altercation.

Taylor has already retained a lawyer. “She wants Remy Ma prosecuted for what she did to her,” said attorney Sanford Rubenstein.

Taylor and Remy are foes on Love & Hip Hop: New York and have had several disagreements on the VH1 reality series.

Remy is still on parole until August 1st. The rapper served six years in prison for shooting and wounding a woman she accused of stealing $1,000 from her purse. Remy was released in 2014.

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Correctional Officers Face Backlash After Taking Social Media Challenge Too Far: “Feeling Cute, Might Shoot Your Baby Daddy Today”

“Feeling cute, might shoot your baby daddy today…IDK.”

“Feeling cute, might just gas some inmates today, IDK.”

Correctional officers across the country are facing heavy backlash, even getting fired, for threatening to mistreat inmates while trying to be funny and participating in the popular #FeelingCute challenge.

Many of the problematic posts could be found in a now-private Facebook group, “Correctional Officer Life.”

Dozens of officers in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Missouri have been called out by social media and reprimanded by their departments for their not-so-cute meme posts.

According to America’s Police Problem, the unsettling memes range from “officers stating they may shoot people, plant drugs, use force, or leave inmates in the shower for [an] excessive amount of time.”

America’s Police Problem, a site dedicated to police accountability and abuses of power, has compiled nearly 40 instances of correctional officers taking the hashtag to a “dangerous level.”

The site’s post identifies the officers, provides links or screengrabs of offending posts, and in several cases, also includes their workplace or the city in which they patrol/live.

Click to view slideshow.

“Each one of these officers took an oath to honor the constitution, yet their actions on social media either break that oath or borderline break it,” the site states.

On Wednesday (Apr. 17), prison officials in Texas, Georgia, and Oklahoma confirmed to The Washington Post that they were aware of the viral trend and investigating the matter.

Jeremy Desel, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirmed to People that four of its officers were fired due to their #FeelingCute posts and two others had resigned because of outrage over their posts.

Desel said in a statement:

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is aware of the so-called ‘feeling cute challenge’ currently on social media impacting dozens of corrections and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“Currently six of the more than 25,000 correctional officers employed by this agency are under investigation for on and off-duty conduct violations as a result of the alleged posting of inappropriate photographs on social media.

“These officers in no way represent the thousands of TDCJ employees who go to work every day taking public safety seriously in all ways.”

A spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed they were investigating a corrections officer after they wrote: “Feeling cute. Might take your homeboy to the hole later.” The “hole” refers to solitary confinement.

The #FeelingCute hashtag being used by correctional officers is a take on the viral “feeling cute, might delete later” hashtag.

It was first adapted as workplace meme by UPS employee Courtney Muse, who wrote “Feeling cute, might deliver your package later, idk” on March 30th.

Outrage over these posts that have taken an innocuous hashtag too far comes on the heels of extreme mistreatment of inmates.

Inmates in a Brooklyn prison were left without power and little heat for over a week in February. And last year, Milwaukee officers were charged after a mentally ill inmate died after allegedly being denied water for one week.

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You Big Dummy! A Man Tried to Sneak a Gun on a Plane By Wrapping It in Foil & Hiding It Inside a DVD Player

A man from Queens, New York was arrested at JFK Airport last Saturday (Apr. 13) after he was caught trying to sneak a gun on the plane in possibly the dumbest way ever.

For the record, attempting to sneak a firearm on a plane is already dumb, but the way this guy did it is just plain ridiculous.

According to Transportation Security Administration Officers, the man, whose identity wasn’t revealed, tried to hide the gun by wrapping it in aluminum foil and placing it inside a DVD player he put in his checked luggage.

Here’s how he got caught:

When his checked bag was put through a metal detector, an alarm sounded, prompting a thorough search by TSA agents.

Officials found a DVD player after searching the luggage, and upon further inspection, they discovered that there was an unloaded 9mm handgun inside the DVD player wrapped in aluminum foil.

After TSA Officers got in touch with Port Authority Police and alerted them of their findings, the gun’s presumed owner was found waiting at the gate for his flight to Mexico.

“Instead of catching his flight, the man was arrested and charged with weapons violations,” the TSA said in an official statement about the incident.

For those who are unaware, here are the TSA’ official guidelines on traveling with (LEGAL) firearms:

Firearms carried in checked bags must be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. Check with your airline to see if they allow firearms in checked bags. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms.

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

And PLEASE, for the love of God, don’t try to sneak a gun on an airplane by wrapping it in ALUMINUM FOIL.

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George Zimmerman Got Kicked Off Tinder After He Was Caught Catfishing Under the Name “Carter”

George Zimmerman’s reputation is so bad that he’s resorted to Catfishing in order to hook up with women.

The dishonorable former neighborhood watchman was recently kicked off Tinder after he was caught using a fake profile to try and get dates.

Roughly six years after being acquitted of all charges in the murder of Trayvon Martin, George was out here portraying himself on the popular dating app as a self-employed consultant and a Virginia’s Liberty University Graduate looking for “carefree fun” under the false name Carter.

In one picture (he used his own pics btw), Zimmerman is seen with a big smile as he poses with a dog, and in another, he’s shown wearing a cap and gown.

According to screengrabs (via Creative Loafing), another photo shows him shirtless while holding a phone, exposing a tattoo on his chest.

“Carter’s” ‘profile stated: “I love the outdoors, fishing, camping and hiking. I love adventure [but] not into huge crowds. I’m also down for a quiet night with Longhorn [Steakhouse] take out.”

Most successful Catfishers use fake pictures in addition to fake names, but whatever.

Regardless… Tinder’s Community Guidelines strictly prohibit “impersonation” and it also warns users not to “pretend to be someone else.”

A spokesperson from Tinder confirmed that Zimmerman’s fake profile has since been removed for clearly violating their guidelines.

“At Tinder, we take our users’ safety very seriously and our team has removed this profile from our platform,” the company said in a statement.

“We utilize a network of industry-leading automated and manual moderation and review tools, systems and processes — and spend millions of dollars annually — to prevent, monitor and remove bad actors who have violated our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use from our app.”

How embarrassing! Even more embarrassing is the fact that this isn’t the first time George Zimmerman has been booted from an online dating platform.

He was also removed from Bumble back in February after he was caught trolling for dates, marking the second time he was removed from that particular app since December, a spokesperson said.

“We have blocked and banned him again after we were informed by our users that he had created a new unverified profile,” the Bumble spokesperson stated.

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