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Why photos of Kobe Bryant’s deceased body were shown at a bar



The deputy who took close-up photos of Kobe Bryant’s body says he “didn’t do anything wrong”

A civil lawsuit is underway into grim photos of the late NBA great, Kobe Bryant, that were reportedly shown in “irrelevant” settings, including a bar.

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is claiming photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband and young daughter, Gianna, were shared outside the investigation by fire and Sheriff’s Department employees.

The fatal helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 took the lives of nine people.

Kobe & Gianna in 2019.

In total, about 25 up-close photos of the crash and human remains from the helicopter crash were documented by firefighters.

According to Deputy Douglas Johnson who took the photos, he was instructed to do so by Deputy Raul Versales at the command post.

Deputy Douglas Johnson
Photo credit: BACKGRID

However, Versales has denied ever making that instruction. Versales says everyone at “command post, including myself, we did not request photographs.”

Vanessa Bryant’s Attorney’s pointed this out to Johnson in front of the jury.

Are you aware that deputy Versales has denied asking you to take photos on January 26, 2020?”

Eric Tuttle, an attorney for Bryant

“I am not,”

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The photos were then reportedly shared in casual settings and were they shown to people outside of the investigation.

A former emergency medical technician, Luella Weireter, has testified to seeing L.A. county firefighter, Tony Imbrenda, circulate photos of Bryant’s remains on his phone at the Golden Mike Awards show. 

The trail is set to last two weeks, with Vanessa Bryant set to face the officials responsible.


Vanessa Bryant leaving court

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall



Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open



A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers



Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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