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

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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
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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

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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