<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usSat, 20 Oct 2018 16:58:59 -0700Sat, 20 Oct 2018 16:58:59 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach Pad Sells for $7.5 Million]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:00:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-warren-buffett-laguna-beach-house.jpg Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach getaway has sold for $7.5 million, making it another good investment for the "Oracle of Omaha."

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<![CDATA[Netflix Braces for Investigation Into Workplace Culture]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:05:50 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Netflix_Logo_DigitalVideo.jpg

Netflix executives have been telling employees to brace for a Wall Street Journal investigation that takes a critical view of the company's corporate culture, people with knowledge of the matter tell NBC News

Executives are expecting the piece to be similar to The New York Times' 2015 investigation into Amazon, which described a hyper-competitive and "bruising" workplace where employees were said to be held to "unreasonably high" standards, said the sources, who spoke on the condition anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly. 

Such a piece threatens to sap morale at a company that has been widely portrayed as the envy of the media industry, given the lucrative six- and seven-figure salaries it offers to employees, to say nothing of the hundreds of millions it offers to showrunners. 

A Netflix spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Spokespeople for The Wall Street Journal did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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<![CDATA[Why You Can't Turn Away From True Crime Stories]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:05:17 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/young-steven-avery-mn-1705_6ed7abe3d2d535b99e853f74c50a543b.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

"Making a Murder." "The Jinx." "Disappeared." "The Keepers." "S-town." "Serial." The list of true crime stories is growing, along with the genre’s popularity. The crimes are the type that send shivers down your spine and tend to keep you up at night. So why do we keep watching?

Perhaps the most straightforward explanation of why we watch and continue watching true crime is the adrenaline factor, NBC News' BETTER reported. It’s a way to experience the fear and rush that thrill-seekers crave — from the safety and comfort of our couch (where we ourselves aren’t in any real, physical danger).

There’s also the need to understand the perpetrator, and make sense of what might make someone do the horrendous things that serial kills do.This understanding of criminal behavior is rooted in the functionalism theory in sociology that everyone in society — even the worst among us — have a purpose.

Another theory is that true crime stories give us information we (potentially subconsciously) register as something that may at some point help us survive (on the off-chance a serial murderer shows up at our front door).

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<![CDATA[The 2018 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Is Here]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:15:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nm-christmas-book-lede.jpg

A sure sign of fall, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled its annual Christmas Book Thursday.

If you have a few thousand dollars laying around you can spurge on one or two, or more, of the 10 2018 Fantasy Gifts; we're listing them here from high to low:

Serenity Solar Yacht - $7,100,000

"Who hasn’t dreamed of exploring the deep blue sea? The world will be your oyster aboard this one-of-a-kind cruiser. Measuring in at 74 feet, it’s the largest solar powered yacht in the world. Also featuring an interior inspired by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, it’s the chicest, too. With three levels and four main cabins it comfortably sleeps up to 12 people, including a crew of four. As bells and whistles go, it boasts a fully functional kitchen, a state-of-the-art music and entertainment system, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and ample closet space – important to note, because this gift includes a Neiman Marcus shopping spree. Created by Serenity Yachts, the leaders in pure electric and hybrid watercrafts, the vessel is fitted with more than 1,100 square feet of solar panels and tops out at 20 knots, with cruising speeds ranging from 6-8 knots (electric) and 10-12 knots (diesel). Should it rain on your parade, there are also two diesel engines, but we’re wishing you nothing but blue skies. Bon voyage!

With the purchase of the Neiman Marcus Edition Serenity Solar Yacht, $50,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one yacht."

India, Nepal, Bhutan and The Maldives - $630,000

"Want to give someone the world? We’ve got just the thing. Spend time exploring India, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives with bespoke travel purveyor Black Tomato. Travel through secret spots in the Taj Mahal, observe tigers in their natural habitat on a private safari, watch the sunrise from Mount Everest Base Camp and so much more. The recipient plus three guests will travel by private jet, staying in luxurious style in award-winning five-star hotels, chic glamping safari tents and secluded luxury lodges constructed just for them. Appealing to wellness gurus and adventure seekers alike, activities include time with yoga masters, naturopathy experts, Hindu priests, and monks, along with breathtaking helicopter tours of the Himalayas and island cruises via yacht. From picturesque snowcapped mountains to the paradise-like Maldives, it’s a corner of the Earth as diverse geographically as it is culturally—and this once-in-a-lifetime experience provides a taste of it all while offering unparalleled access to sites seldom traveled.

With the purchase of the Indian Subcontinent experience, up to $45,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Limited number of experiences available."

Tennis Majors as a VIP Guest of Sloane Stephens - $550,000

"Shopping for a tennis aficionado? Give them the ultimate experience. As a VIP guest of Sloane Stephens (2017 U.S. Open champion), the recipient and a guest will get unprecedented access to all four tennis majors. From Paris to London to New York and Melbourne, the purchaser will enjoy a week at each tournament, sitting in a VIP box with close friends and family of Sloane Stephens, staying in player-only hotels, and going behind-the-scenes of each prestigious event. The ace: At each course, they will have the opportunity to get in on the action by going head-tohead with Stephens in a private 45-minute hitting match. And because they’ll be quite friendly at this point, Stephens will close out the experience by gifting her guests with tennis gear and signed memorabilia. It may sound too good to be true, but we assure you this is no racket.

With the purchase of the Tennis Majors experience, $30,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience."

1 Million Pieces of Sugarfina Candy - $325,000

"Who wouldn’t want to feel like a kid in a candy store every single day? Introducing the sweetest gift of them all. The giftee and three lucky guests will travel first-class to the Italian Riviera for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that needs no candy coating at all. After checking into the beautiful Belmond Hotel Splendido, they’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of Cinque Terre before driving to a Sugarfina factory in Genoa, where they’ll spend the day with founders Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick. The guests of honor will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the magic is made, followed by a working session with the creators to craft custom candy flavors. When the time comes to say ciao, know the fun is just getting started. Back home, candy – your bespoke flavors included – will arrive for up to three years, amounting to about one million pieces all together. And because all that candy has to go somewhere, a candy bar will be installed in the recipient’s home and stocked with his or her favorite Sugarfina candies. It’s truly a sweet deal.

With the purchase of each Sugarfina Candy Bar, $10,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one experience."

Fulfill Your Fantasy by Becoming a Secret Agent - $315,000

"Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go undercover? Here’s your chance to find out. As the operatives, four adrenaline junkies will fly to Las Vegas via private jet for a three-day, two-night espionage adventure organized by The Invictus Experience. Upon landing, they’ll be greeted by a mysterious man in a tux, who will hand over an envelope containing their assigned mission profile – and the fun will begin with a team of elite and decorated Special Operations Forces Veterans. Free-fall parachutists, combatant divers, force reconnaissance marines, et al will accompany the group to fulfill all of their secret agent fantasies: jumping out of planes, racing supercars and whatever else is required to complete the mission at hand. When it comes time to refuel and retire for the night, it will be in exceptional style. Covert dinners and unforgettable accommodations at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas are included. Only one question remains: Will you accept this mission?

With the purchase of each Secret Agent experience, $25,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, $5,000 will be donated to Mission Volant and $5,000 will be donated to Warfighter Made. Limited number of experiences available."

Collaborate on an Exclusive Outfit with Colleen Atwood - $300,000

"What could be better than a magical day with four-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood? A custom piece by the designer, perhaps? Fortunately, the lucky recipient of this gift will get both. He or she and a guest will spend the day with Atwood, joining forces to create a one-of-a-kind outfit inspired by the designer’s latest project, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, opening November 16 in theaters. The most fantastic day will include lunch and a collaborative design session with Atwood, a fitting to take comprehensive measurements and a photo opportunity to commemorate the experience. Adding to the fun, the giftee will receive a truly amazing swag bag including an autographed movie poster, a selection of Fantastic Beasts wands from The Noble Collection, and a collection of three HarperCollins Fantastic Beasts movie tie-in books that take you behind the scenes of the series. Pure magic.

With the purchase of the Colleen Atwood experience, $10,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation and $10,000 will be donated to LUMOS, J.K. Rowling’s Foundation which promotes an end to the institutionalization of children worldwide; shipping charges and taxes may apply. Gift limited to one experience."

The Virtue House - $250,000

"What if peace of mind – and peace and quiet – were only a few steps away? They can be now with the Virtue House, a 10’ x 12’ backyard retreat by Studio Shed for those in search of serenity. Less about indulgence and more about introspection – we believe in balance, after all – the Virtue House is a place to feed the soul. Relax with a glass of rosé on the surround deck or recharge with an hour of meditation. From the art to the finishes, Christina Simon of Mark Ashby Design, who once designed yoga studios, creates luxurious, tranquil spaces and doesn’t miss a single detail – including the installation expertise of Studio Shed’s logistical team. Brimming with natural light and rose quartz, this elegant escape features all the accouterments of the good life.

With the purchase of each Vice or Virtue House, $10,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Limited number of gifts available."

The Vice House - $250,000

"Everyone has a vice. What’s yours? Whether it’s fine Cornelius & Anthony cigars with 50-year-old whiskey or marathon gaming sessions with friends, the Vice House is just the place to indulge freely. Built by Studio Shed and curated by Christina Simon, elegant furnishings, deep wood tones, and lighting that sets the mood create a refuge far removed from day-to-day responsibilities. All the “necessities” for a life of leisure are in reach; there’s even a surround deck—should one choose to venture into the great outdoors. Because the whole point of the Vice House is R&R, a logistical team is provided to ensure install is a breeze. So come on in, kick back, and stay awhile. You’ve earned it.

With the purchase of each Vice or Virtue House, $10,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Limited number of gifts available."

Animal Sculpture by Bjorn Okholm Skaarup - $200,000

"What creature would you have cast in bronze? A family pet or your favorite animal, perhaps? Whatever your choice, Danish sculptor, Bjørn Okholm Skaarup will bring it to life. An internationally acclaimed artist, Okholm Skaarup is best known for fanciful animal sculptures; most notably, his more than 15-foot-tall bronze Hippo Ballerina on display in New York City’s Lincoln Center. His work has appeared in some of the world’s finest museums. And now, a custom creation can be the centerpiece of your home or property. You’ll fly to Florence, Italy, to spend time with the sculptor at his foundry, see some of his most famous pieces, and finalize the details of his unique sculpture for you. Envisioning your dog as a 14-foot tap dancer – or something more realistic such as a life-size tribute to your cat? Should you desire an entire carousel of dancing animals for your backyard, it can be done. Your wish is Bjørn’s command.

With the purchase of this Bjørn Okholm Skaarup experience, $10,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one sculpture."

The rest of The Christmas Book features gifts in a variety of price ranges.

More: Neiman Marcus' The Christmas Book | The 2018 Fantasy Gifts

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<![CDATA[Images: The 2018 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Is Here]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:00:47 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nm-christmas-book-lede.jpg A sure sign of fall, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled its annual Christmas Book on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Grounded: Reid Says Dog Dispute Led to Boot From Flight]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:31:55 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/reidx2113.jpg

"Sharknado" actress Tara Reid is telling her side of the story after reports surfaced she was removed from a Delta flight in Los Angeles bound for New York earlier this week for causing a disturbance.

Reid was seen exiting Delta Flight 613 with her 3-month-old emotional support puppy in one arm in footage obtained by TMZ. Reid says the commotion started when when flight attendants asked her to put her dog in the plane’s overhead bin. 

“The flight attendant wanted me to put my dog in its carry and in the overhead bin which was an absurd request considered animals cannot breath in there,” Reid wrote in an statement on her Instagram account.

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Reid says the flight attendant then asked her to put the Yorkshire terrier in the cargo hold, which she also refused. 

Delta did not respond to a request for comment.

Reid also noted other cases where dogs had died after being placed in the overhead storage. A family’s 10-month-old French bulldog died in March after a United Airlines attendant forced its owner to place the dog in an overhead compartment during a three hour flight from Houston to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Reid included a photo of the puppy’s identification as an emotional support to prove she had the proper paperwork to board with her pet.

Reid said the post was in direct response to the TMZ article which said the actress “loudly complained about being given the wrong seat,” causing flight attendants to kick her off Delta Flight 613 from Los Angeles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Reid added in her statement that said she and her puppy Beso were able to get on another flight to New York. She also vehemently denied TMZ’s original story and said the tabloid never contacted her representative for comment.

"I don’t appreciate the false reporting from TMZ adding to false claims about what truly went on,” Reid said. “Furthermore, TMZ was not on the plane, the mere fact that they simply took someone else’s word for it is bad journalism at its core."

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<![CDATA[Shop 76 Percent Off With the Today Show Steals and Deals!]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:00:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Screen+Shot+2018-10-17+at+9.38.56+AM.png

After years of Steals and Deals, we’ve rounded up the most popular items from past segments for an all-star edition! Jill Martin was on the Today show Wednesday morning with the best of the best from Steals and Deals. From American Girl dolls to luggage sets to air fryers, you loved these picks the first time so we brought them back to the plaza at great discounts!

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Now’s the time to act fast, because these in-demand items are sure to sell out fast. To shop the deals, click here.

To sign up for alerts on Steals and Deals segments and get exclusive Today deals daily, send a message with the words “Get Started” to the Shop TODAY on Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Grammy Winner Chaka Khan Named Rose Parade Grand Marshal]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:21:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/10-17-2018-chaka-khan-rose-parade-1.JPG

Grammy award winning R&B soul artist Chaka Khan will be the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade grand marshal.

The musical artist ride through Pasadena in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day and participate in the celebration before the Rose Bowl game. The theme for the 130th Rose Parade is "The Melody of Life," a celebration of music.

"It is so appropriate," Khan said after Wednesday's announcement. "I just don't know where to go with this. I'm so honored."

The parade and Rose Bowl game are scheduled for Jan. 1 in Pasadena.

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<![CDATA[Brothel Owner, GOP Political Candidate Dennis Hof Dies at 72]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:18:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hofdead.jpg

Nevada authorities say a legal pimp who gained popularity for an HBO series about his business and a Republican candidate for the state Legislature has died.

Nye County sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz said an employee at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch brothel outside of Las Vegas summoned authorities a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday after Hof was found unresponsive and not breathing.

Boruchowitz says there is no sign of foul play.

Hof was the Republican nominee this year for a heavily GOP legislative district. Ballots have already been printed in the race and it wasn't immediately clear how elections officials would handle Hof's death.

Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Smith Pays Twitter Follower $200 for Airport Food Delivery]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:50:30 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kevin+smith+veggie+grill.jpg

Never underestimate Kevin Smith’s love for Veggie Grill.

The filmmaker and comedian, perhaps best known for his role as Silent Bob in the film “Clerks” and related spin-offs, asked his Twitter followers Monday for help in getting Veggie Grill, a fast-casual vegan restaurant, during a layover at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

This is how it all went down: 

“Flying back to Vancouver from St Louis in the a.m. I have 95 minute layover in Chicago - where there is a @VeggieGrill by The Loop. Do I risk missing my flight and try to make it from @fly2ohare to #VeggieGrill before my next flight or is that nuts? Thoughts from any Chicagoans?” he wrote.

When Twitter users said no, he put out a call.

“CHICAGO! I’m told my @VeggieGrill Run won’t work. The only way to make it happen is to have someone deliver the food to me at @fly2ohare! So - the VG at 204 North Wells opens at 10:30. My flight lands at 11. Any Chicagoans up for this? I’ll pay $200 and a photo (if you want one),” he wrote.

While it remains unclear if Kevin Smith truly just wanted some delicious vegan cuisine or if this was all a secret marketing strategy, the hilarious saga all played out in real time on social media.

Enter: @Im_Alex_Smith.

“Hey i'm not doing anything right now, i live by a different one and could use the money,” he replied.

And that’s how “the epic Veggie Grill Run” began.

Alex Smith “put on pants” and headed to the Veggie Grill on Wells Street in Chicago’s Loop.

But the journey quickly hit a bump in the road when Kevin Smith’s plane took off from St. Louis and he couldn’t send Alex Smith his order.

“I’m about to just order one of everything, unless someone knows his order,” Alex Smith tweeted.

Thankfully, the general manager at Veggie Grill knew some of Kevin Smith’s favorites.

“I saw a video a couple weeks ago of him kind of talking about how much he loves Veggie Grill,” said the general manager of the Wells Street Veggie Grill, Alexandra Neal. “I know a little bit about what he likes. I know he likes the buffalo wings.”

After some research and with Neal’s help, Alex Smith ordered buffalo wings, a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, crispy cauliflower, tempura green beans and a Beyond Burger.

The total? $48.05.

But wait, then there were the nachos.

“Finishing up the order and i'll be on the way. I guessed mostly and got it right, just needing to get the nachos,” Alex Smith wrote just before 11 a.m.

The suspense had many fans on social media on the edge of their seats.

“This is the most excited I’ve ever been about food I’m not going to eat,” one user wrote.

“This is potentially the most exciting and spiritually uplifting thing that could happen to me all day,” another user tweeted.

Just after noon, Kevin Smith shared a video of their success.

“WE DID IT! @Im_Alex_Smith made the @VeggieGrill Run from The Loop to @fly2ohare in time for me to enjoy a little piece of home right here in Chicago’s airport!” he wrote. “Many thanks for being The Bandit, sir! It was an adventurous, delicious layover!”

Delicious and expensive. Alex Smith confirmed to NBC 5 that Kevin Smith did pay the $200 for the food "even though I was hesitant to accept it." 

“This is all very silly. And very wild,” he wrote. 

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<![CDATA[Melania Spokeswoman Slams T.I. for Lookalike Stripper Video]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:46:00 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/timelania.jpg

A spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump is calling for a boycott of T.I. after the rapper released a teaser video depicting a woman strongly resembling the first lady performing a striptease in the Oval Office.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, tweeted Friday, “Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye” before sharing the video, which shows a woman who looks like Melania Trump entering the Oval Office wearing only high heels and a green jacket that reads “I really don’t care. Do you?” In June, Trump made headlines wearing a similar jacket to the Texas border to visit immigrant children separated from their parents. 

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Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, slammed the minute-long trailer as "disgusting."

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The video has racked up over 1.5 million views on T.I.'s Twitter account.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper to Make Announcement at Chicago's City Hall, Prompting Speculation of Mayoral Run]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:56:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chance+the+rapper+GettyImages-844427050.png

UPDATE: Chance the Rapper has endorsed Amara Enyia for mayor of Chicago, he announced Tuesday. Click here for more. 


Could Chance the Rapper be running for mayor? That's what many fans are thinking after the rapper posted plans for a press conference at Chicago’s City Hall “regarding Chicago Mayoral Election."

“City Hall pull up,” he wrote on Twitter Monday.

The announcement was set for 10 a.m. and although Chance did not specify which day, it was expected to take place Tuesday. 

Hours earlier the 25-year-old Chicago icon tweeted “Im thinkin maybe I should,” prompting speculation from many that the rapper would be announcing a run for mayor. In his song "Somewhere in Paradise," the rapper sings, "They screaming Chano for mayor, I'm thinking maybe I should." 

Still, the announcement could be instead to throw his support behind a current candidate. Multiple sources tied to the mayoral race said they believed Chance was planning to endorse Amara Enyia, an attorney and community activist with a doctorate in education policy. 

When asked if he'd be announcing his support for Enyia, who also ran for Chicago mayor in 2015, her campaign replied, "we'll see." 

Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, comes from a family with a political background and has spent millions of dollars of his own money to help Chicago Public Schools and the area's mental health services. He has long been critical of the city's politics, particularly funding for education and the city's response to the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. 

Chance's father Ken Bennett served as deputy chief of staff and director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office of Public Engagement. The elder Bennett worked for former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and President Barack Obama as well. 

This time around, Ken Bennett is backing Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for mayor, and was by her side as she announced her campaign last month.

Another candidate for mayor, Ja'Mal Green, has ties to the rapper's family, saying he joined the race when he was unable to convince Ken Bennett himself to run. 

It didn't appear as though Green would be earning Chance's endorsement Tuesday, as the 23-year-old community activist tweeted in response, "Politics = no permanent friends, no permanent enemies. #MovingInSilence."

Chance's press conference was slated to take place weeks after Emanuel announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. 

Fans began tweeting things like "Chano for mayor" following the latest series of tweets - not the first time fans have called for such a move.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities in the Stands: Dodgers Edition]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 06:41:45 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1052328654.jpg Hollywood celebrities show off their Dodger blue.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Goes Undercover as Lyft Driver in Chicago]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:47:12 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chance+Lyft+-+00033326_34047101.jpg

It was a “chance” ride that left some Chicagoans stunned.

New video released by Lyft Monday showed footage of Chance the Rapper going undercover as a driver in the city, much to the surprise of the unsuspecting riders he picked up.

The “Undercover Lyft” episode shows Chance picking up riders and talking to them about music and the importance of giving back, all while dropping subtle hints at his real identity. 

“When we saw the first cut of the footage it was funnier and more real than anything we had expected,” David Katcher, Lyft’s Midwest general manager, said in a statement. 

Chance, who told riders his name was John, even offered up a few rhymes for one rider -- but not the kind you’d expect from a music icon.

“I was just like this guy thinks he knows how to rap because I was being very nice,” said rider Imani Abernathy. “I was like, ‘Oh, you know, yeah…keep going. Maybe stick to your day job.’”

The experience was intended to promote a partnership between the rideshare company and the rapper’s non-profit SocialWorks. Under a new program, Lyft riders can round up their fares and donate the difference to a cause of their choice, including SocialWorks’ “New Chance” campaign to benefit CPS.

“I hope this video encourages even more folks to give back just by taking a Lyft,” Chance the Rapper said in a statement. 

“It makes me want to be able to donate as much as he does and give back,” Abernathy said. “He’s not forgetting where he’s from.”

For more on how to donate click here

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<![CDATA[Rescued Thai Soccer Team Sits Down With Ellen]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:01:59 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thaisoccoerteam.jpg

The Wild Boars soccer team from Chiang Rai, Thailand, sits down for their first group interview since their extraordinary rescue on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Monday, Oct. 15.

The team recounts their harrowing experience being trapped in a flooded Thai cave for 18 days. Members of the group explain how they remained calm and positive with prayer and meditation until their successful rescue, which captured the world’s attention.

Each individual rescue took around eight hours, but most don’t have much recollection because they were sedated during the effort. The boys also share that four of their teammates spent their birthdays inside the cave; however, they did not celebrate.

DeGeneres surprises the team with Ellen-ized soccer jerseys and brings out international soccer star, LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimović, who praises them as the best team in the world. 

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<![CDATA['SNL' Opens With Kanye West WH Visit; Meyers Returns as Host]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 04:51:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snlScreen-Shot-2018-10-14-at-2.23.17-AM.jpg

Rapper Kanye West's bizarre White House meeting with President Donald Trump and former NFL player Jim Brown was the subject of many parts of this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," including the cold open.

"Thank you all for joining us today for this important discussion," Alec Baldwin's Trump said at the start. "It's in no way a publicity stunt. This is a serious, private conversation between three friends plus 50 reporters with pens."

He then welcomed West, played by Chris Redd, with a series of nicknames: "Yeezus" and "Yandhi," among others. 

"Yeah, that's right. I flew here using the power of this hat," Redd's West said, motioning toward his bright red "Make America Great Again" hat. 

And that was just the beginning of a string of rambling rants by Redd, who mocked West's monologues on social policy, inner-city crime and jobs during his White House visit Thursday. 

"First, let me begin with the idea that time is a myth," Redd's West said while pointing at his watch and talking about the idea of "infinite amounts of universe." 

"And I'm a prisoner in a different dimension. Have I lost anyone so far?" he continued, before going on to call the 13th amendment a "trap door." 

The real West caught flack recently for saying the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States, should be abolished. 

As he ranted, the thoughts of Baldwin's Trump could be heard. 

"Oh, this guy might be cuckoo," he says to himself. "I mean, I've been in the room with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, and they made a lot more sense than him!"

Redd's West spoke about Chicago's murder rate, which the real West touched on during the meeting. 

"Pretty soon, it's gonna be a negative murder rate," Redd's West said. "We're gonna be digging bodies out of the ground." 

"And I don't wanna brag, bro, I don't wanna brag," Redd's West later added. "But I really have a high IQ. I'm a stable genius. I got a big brain and I got the best words." 

"Oh my God, he's black me," Baldwin's Trump thought to himself. 

In the midst of the chaos, the camera turned to Brown, played by Kenan Thompson, who thought to himself, "Oh my lord. What have I gotten myself into? I played football with a leather helmet and my brain is still working better than his," as he listened to Redd's West talk. 

"So in conclusion, 13th Amendment, Chi-Raq, trap doors lead to the uni-bomber, male energy, Trump is my dad, Hillary's a woman and the media need to start making this president look good," Redd's West said. 

Then, he turned to Thompson's Brown to ask if he had anything to add. 

"The only thing I did really wanna point out is that mental health in the black community is apparently an even bigger issue than I thought," Thompson's Brown said. "I mean, I've been on coalitions with Bill Cosby and O.J. Simpson and this is the first time I'm having regrets." 

The real meeting between West and Trump in the Oval Office raised eyebrows, as West passionately ranted about a number of issues in front of cameras. The musician has been outspoken about his support for Trump, tweeting about the president and even launching into a passionate, off-camera rant about Trump when he was a guest on "SNL" two weeks ago. 

On "Weekend Update," Michael Che and Colin Jost touched on the United Nation's somber report on climate change this week. 

"That's right. Scientists basically published an obituary for the Earth this week and people were like, 'Yeah, but like, what does Taylor Swift think about it?'" Jost said. 

Che said he tried to get himself to care about the report, but he just couldn't do it — despite stressing over it. 

"This whole episode should be like a telethon or something, but it's not," Che said. "I think it's because they keep telling us we're gonna lose everything and nobody cares about everything. People only care about some things."

Che said if Fox News reported that in 2030 climate change would take away all flags and Confederate statues, "There'd be recycling bins outside of every Cracker Barrel and Dick's Sporting Goods."

They also spoke about first lady Melania Trump's interview on ABC, in which she said she wore the "I really don't care, do u?" jacket this summer before visiting a facility for migrant children as a message to the media.

They touched on Swift's apparent effect on voter registration this week after coming out in support for Democrats, too.  

Seth Meyers also returned to the "Weekend Update" desk for a segment of "Really!?!" — a skit he used to perform with Amy Poehler on the show — about West's Oval Office meeting. 

Meyers, a former head writer and performer on the show, headed back to Studio 8-H Saturday night to host "SNL." During his monologue, he discussed his time at the show and the many reasons he misses it. He also touched on West's support for Trump.  

Paul Simon was the musical guest this week, performing "Can't Run But." 

Photo Credit: SNL
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<![CDATA['What's Happening!!' Co-Star Danielle Spencer Ailing]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:37:24 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_18284760015621.jpg

Danielle Spencer, who played the tattletale little sister Dee Thomas on the 1970s TV series "What's Happening!!," is home in Virginia recuperating from emergency brain surgery after a series of health setbacks.

Spencer, who had been working as a veterinarian, was released from a hospital Oct. 4 after surgery for a bleeding hematoma, a result of a 1977 car accident that killed her stepfather, Tim Pelt, as he shielded her from harm. She can speak just slightly and must use crutches to walk, said a spokesman, Jason Hardy.

The 53-year-old Spencer began suffering symptoms in 2004, when she was confined to a wheelchair and did a long stint in rehab to learn how to walk again. In 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, Hardy said.

The ABC sitcom, which aired from 1976 to 1979, followed the lives of three working-class teens in the Los Angeles neighborhood Watts. Spencer played the sister of one, Roger "Raj" Thomas. She also appeared in a sequel, "What's Happening Now!!"

Friends of Spencer, who lives in Richmond, have begun an appeal for financial assistance on her behalf at GoFundMe.com.

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