Son of former Red Sox player killed 8-year-old son, then himself, police suspect
Authorities suspect the son of former Boston Red Sox player George Scott killed his 8-year-old son before killing himself Friday.
Police discovered the bodies of George Scott III, 54, and his son, Dante Hazard, in a New Bedford, Massachusetts, home after conducting a wellness check.
The check was requested by a relative who was unable to get in touch with Scott III.
Scott III lived with the boy at the house. Police say Scott likely killed his son with a sharp object before killing himself, according to the Boston Globe.
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Scott III recently was named a “person of interest” in the 2019 disappearance of Lisa Hazard, the mother of the dead child.
Police had investigated the home two weeks earlier because of the case, which remains unsolved.
Scott III played minor league baseball in the 1990s.
His father was among the top defensive first basemen during his playing days, winning eight Gold Glove Awards (including six straight) in a 14-year career with the Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees.
Scott was a three-time All-Star who retired with 1,992 hits, a .268 average and a .767 OPS. He led the National League in home runs (36) and RBIs (109) in 1975.
Pence, Haley and DeSantis slam Trump for congratulating North Korea’s Kim Jung Un
Two top members in former President Donald Trump’s administration who are now rivals to Trump in the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race are heavily criticizing Trump for celebrating North Korea’s appointment to the World Health Organization.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration are taking aim at the former president in interviews in Iowa on Saturday with Fox News. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also took a swipe at Trump over his comments about the North Korean dictator.
“Congratulations to Kim Jung [sic] Un!” Trump wrote in the message on his social media platform Truth Social on Friday afternoon.
“I was surprised to see that,” DeSantis told Fox News Digital Saturday. “I mean I think one, I think Kim Jong Un is a murderous dictator.”
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Trump linked his message to an article from American Greatness about the North Korean official recently elected to the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The North Korean Ministry of Public Health’s Dr. Jong Min Pak has been seated on the WHO’s executive board with a term set to last until 2026.
The communist state’s new position on the board allows them say in determining the organization’s agenda and policy prescriptions.
The decision sparked immediate criticism from the government of neighboring South Korea, which pointed to North Korea’s history of ignoring policies put forward by the WHO and its parent organization, the United Nations.
Pence, who’s expected to launch a 2024 presidential campaign next week in Iowa, told Fox News The World Health Organization let America and the world down during the COVID pandemic. They were literally complicitous in covering up what was happening in China and we held them to account during our administration..”
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“Whether its my former running mate or anyone else, nobody should be praising the dictator in North Korea or praising the leader in Russia, who has launched an unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine,” Pence said. “This is a time when we ought to make it clear to the world that we stand for freedom and we stand with those who stand for freedom.”
Haley, who declared her candidacy for the White House in February, told Fox News that “you don’t congratulate a thug. I mean, let’s keep in mind this. This thug has threatened America. It’s threatened our allies over and over again. This is not something to play with.”
“He’s a terrible individual. He’s terrible to his people. He’s terrible to our allies in the world. And I don’t think he deserves congratulations,” Haley emphasized.
Trump became the first sitting American President to meet with a dictator of North Korea when he shook hands with Kim Jong Un in 2019.
“It started off rough, remember that? I was saying ‘little rocket man’ and he was saying ‘I’ve got a red button on my desk, and I’m willing to use it,'” Trump recalled in an April 2023 interview.
“And then all of a sudden we get a call — they want to meet,” he added. “We would have had that whole situation straightened out shortly after the beginning of my second term.”
Pence and Haley spoke with Fox News on Saturday as they attended Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa’s annual roast and ride, a motorcycle ride that benefits veterans. All of the declared presidential candidates — other than Trump — spoke at the gathering.
Asked for a response, the Trump campaign took aim at DeSantis, which they view as the former president’s top rival for the 2024 GOP nomination.
“President Trump achieved peace through strength and, as a result, no new wars were started under his presidency. On the other hand, Ron DeSantis is a puppet of the establishment war mongers and doesn’t have the strength, fortitude, or will to stand up against America’s adversaries,” Trump campaign spokesman Steve Cheung told Fox News.
Bear traps itself in California resident’s car, deputies step in: ‘Be bear-aware’
Deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office assisted in freeing a bear after it was found trapped inside a vehicle in South Lake Tahoe, California, according to TMX.
The officers received a call from Lake Tahoe residents after notifying the deputies they had “discovered a bear stuck inside their vehicle,” the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Incline Village, Nevada, told TMX.
A deputy onsite captured the moment he tied a piece of rope to the SUV door handle and, from a safe distance, opened the door.
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The video showed multiple ropes tied together in order to create a large distance between the vehicle with the bear inside and the officer, who was tucked in behind a nearby tree.
Once the officer pulled the rope to open the door, the bear can be seen leaping out of the SUV and running into the woods.
The video shows images of the aftermath following the bear’s entrapment.
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“Spring is an active time for our Tahoe bear population and a good reminder to be bear-aware when enjoying the beautiful outdoors,” the sheriff’s office shared with TMX.
“Be mindful of food wrappers, coolers, and scented items in vehicles. Avoid leaving food in cars. Don’t leave garbage outside, and dispose of trash inside (not next to) bear-proof designated receptacles,” the sheriff’s office told the media organization.
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The Lake Tahoe basin is considered to be “California’s bear capital given that it supports a dense concentration of about 300 black bears,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle (View the video below).
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that “the Lake Tahoe Region has the second highest density of black bears in North America, with several bears per square mile at times.”
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The state’s wildlife department has shared a variety of tips for homeowners who are “living with bears.”
“Keep doors and windows closed and locked when unoccupied. Remove unsecured trash, food, and strongly scented items (e.g., sunscreen) from vehicles and yard,” the wildlife department shared.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka reveals gender of baby with social media post
Tennis star Naomi Osaka revealed Friday she is pregnant with a girl in a social media post.
The four-time Grand Slam winner announced her pregnancy with rapper Cordae in January. The two have been together since 2019.
Her social media post contained a picture of Osaka in front of a sign that said, “A little princess is on the way,” along with purple and pink balloons.
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Osaka withdrew from the Australian Open in January, days before announcing her pregnancy with a photo of her sonogram and a message.
“The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it’s the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun,” Osaka said in a statement. “These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to.
“I realize that life is so short, and I don’t take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure. I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom.,’ haha. 2023 will be a year that’ll be full of lessons for me and I hope I’ll see you guys in the start of the next one cause I’ll be at Aus 2024. Love you all infinitely.
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“Sidenote: I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path to take in life but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions you’ll find your way eventually.”
While Osaka has not competed in 2023, the two-time winner of the Australian Open said she looks forward to playing in front of her child in an interview with TODAY in May.
“I’m most excited about being able to have a kid in the stands watching me play tennis, and them being able to say ‘Hey, that’s my mom on the court,'” Osaka, 25, told TODAY.com via email.
“I think that moment will be surreal, and I really look forward to the day that it actually happens,” Osaka added. “It really does feel like a dream to think of my own child in the stands watching me, and I’m so excited that I’ve got that coming in the not-so-distant future.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report
Tennessee law restricting drag shows ‘unconstitutionally vague,’ federal judge rules
A federal judge ruled late Friday that a Tennessee law that put strict limits on drag shows is “unconstitutionally vague.”
U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker in his ruling said the first-in-the-nation law that banned cabaret performances in a public place or anywhere that children could be present was “overly broad,” encouraged “discriminatory enforcement,” and violated the First Amendment rights of performers.
“There is no question that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. But there is a difference between material that is ‘obscene’ in the vernacular, and material that is ‘obscene’ under the law,” Parker said in his ruling.
He added, “Simply put, no majority of the Supreme Court has held that sexually explicit — but not obscene — speech receives less protection than political, artistic, or scientific speech.”
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LGBTQ theater company Friends of George’s had sued over the law, which it said would hurt their business because they focus on “drag-centric performances, comedy sketches, and plays” with no age restrictions.
The group on Saturday called the ruling a “triumph over hate.”
“Similar to the countless battles the LGBTQ+ community has faced over the last several decades, our collective success relies upon everyone speaking out and taking a stand against bigotry,” Friends of George’s added in their statement.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, called the ruling “perplexing” and said he hopes the attorney general would appeal it.
“Sadly, this ruling is a victory for those who support exposing children to sexual entertainment,” Johnson said.
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Parker, who is a Trump-appointed judge, used the example of a woman dressing as Elvis for a performance, saying she could be in violation of the law because she could be considered a “male impersonator.”
While the word “drag” doesn’t actually appear in the law, Republican lawmakers cited drag performances in their hometowns as impetus for it.
Lawmakers changed the state’s definition of adult cabaret to mean “adult-oriented performances that are harmful to minors,” classifying “male or female impersonators” as adult cabaret performers similar to strippers.
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Gov. Bill Lee signed the law, which went into effect on April 1 but has not yet been enforced because Parker temporarily blocked it in March after the lawsuit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Mike Babcock to make NHL return, Columbus Blue Jackets to him as next head coach: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets appear to have found their next head coach.
The Blue Jackets are set to make Mike Babcock the franchise’s new coach when his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs officially ends later this month, according to a report from Sportnet.
Babcock won the 2008 Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings, but has not coached in the NHL since he was dismissed from the Maple Leafs in 2019.
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Babcock signed an eight-year deal with Toronto prior to his departure. In 2021, Babcock was named the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
After one season at the helm, he stepped down and announced his intention to retire.
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Other NHL teams reportedly had interest in Babcock, including the New York Rangers.
Aside from the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings, the veteran coach also had a stint with the Anaheim Ducks. He has 17 years of NHL coaching experience.
Over the 17 years, Babcock has compiled a 700-418-19-164 career record. He also coached Canada men’s national ice hockey team to two gold medals in the Olympics.
However, everyone was not always found of Babcock — including ex-Red Wings player Johan Franzen. He once said his Babcock was “the worst person I’ve ever met.”
Babcock also drew criticism for telling two-time NHL All-Star Mitch Marner to rank his Leafs teams by their individual work efforts.
Marner was also instructed to reveal the list to the rest of the team.
After a disappointing 2022-23 season, the Blue Jackets and coach Brad Larsen parted way in April.
Columbus finished this season in last place in the Eastern Conference with 59 points. The club has the third-overall selection in this year’s draft.
Elon Musk supports family punished for speaking out against biological male using girls’ locker room
Twitter owner Elon Musk on Saturday voiced support for a Vermont family that was punished by a local school for expressing concerns about a biological male using the daughter’s locker room.
Musk, the outspoken and eccentric billionaire, called the Orange Southwest School District Board’s decision to punish Travis Allen and Blake Allen “incredibly unjust.” He was responding to a tweet from Riley Gaines, a former University of Kentucky swimmer and political activist who’s publicly opposed allowing biological males to compete against girls and women in sports.
“So happy for volleyball player and friend, Blake Allen,” wrote Gaines, who also posted a screenshot of a Daily Signal story on the Allens. “For feeling uneasy undressing next to a boy in her locker room, she was suspended from school and her dad lost his job. They told her she would only be let back in if she publicly apologized for her feelings of discomfort.”
Blake Allen was suspended from school for two days in October following an incident where a transgender student who was born male but identifies as female allegedly watched Blake and her teammates change in a locker room, causing them to feel uncomfortable. Several of Blake’s fellow female students told the Daily Signal that they asked the student to leave, but the student didn’t immediately do so.
Blake’s father, Travis Allen, was suspended from his middle school soccer coaching job without pay for publicly defending his daughter and calling the trans student a male, according to the Daily Signal.
After the punishments, the Allens filed a lawsuit against the school district that was recently settled. The settlement reportedly requires the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust to pay $125,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees to the Allen family.
Under the arrangement, the district will also reinstate Travis Allen as middle school soccer coach and scrub any records of discipline against either him or his daughter from school records. The settlement additionally requires the Orange Southwest School District Board and school officials named in the Allens’ lawsuit to remove any content posted online by the school related to the locker room incident as well as from bulletin boards at Randolph Union Middle/High School displaying “love and support” messages to the trans student.
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“The Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust made the decision concerning the payment in order to cap defense expenses in what would otherwise be years of litigation,” Layne Millington, superintendent of the Orange Southwest Supervisory District, told the White River Valley Herald. “The district has made no admission of wrongdoing. Our policies are unchanged and we will continue to comply with our policies and the law.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented the Allen family, described the outcome as a major win.
“The settlement of Blake and Travis Allen’s case is a resounding victory for freedom of speech,” Phil Sechler, senior counsel at the ADF, told the Daily Signal.
“Calling a male a male shouldn’t have cost Travis his job and gotten Blake kicked out of school,” he added. “We are very glad that the school agreed to do the right thing by giving Travis his coaching job back and dropping the discipline against Blake. Everyone has the right to speak freely, and we are grateful that this settlement further protects that right.”
According to the lawsuit filed in October, the Allens were punished “for expressing their view on a matter of profound public concern: whether a teenage male who ‘identifies’ as female should be permitted to change in a girls’ locker room, regardless of the discomfort experienced by the girls in that room.”
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Blake Allen allegedly said that the transgender student who watched the female volleyball players change was “literally a dude” when discussing the incident with fellow students. Her father referred to the same student as a biological male in an online discussion with the student’s mother, who reportedly said the incident was made up.
According to the ADF, Blake had to write a “reflective essay” about the locker room incident and participate in a “restorative circle” as part of her initial punishment, with the school determining whether she had been sincere and done enough.
“We are grateful that the school recognized it was wrong to suspend Blake from school and Travis from his coaching position simply for exercising their freedom of speech,” Sechler told the White River Valley Herald. “No one should lose their job or get suspended from school for voicing their opinion or calling a male a male and we are glad to see this case resolved favorably, not only for Blake and Travis, but for all students and coaches to be able to speak freely and without fear of retaliation.”
Saturday wasn’t the first time this week that Musk waded into a transgender debate. The Daily Wire on Thursday accused Twitter of canceling the company’s popular and controversial documentary “What Is a Woman?” from premiering on the social media platform due to two instances of “misgendering,” or calling a person by their biological sex instead of their preferred gender identity. Musk responded that Twitter made a mistake and encouraged people to watch the film.
“This was a mistake by many people at Twitter. It is definitely allowed,” Musk tweeted. “Whether or not you agree with using someone’s preferred pronouns, not doing so is at most rude and certainly breaks no laws.”
Musk later wrote that “every parent should watch this,” referring to the Daily Wire film.
Freshman Rep. Maxwell Frost screams ‘F— DeSantis! F— fascism!’ onstage at Paramore show
Freshman Congressman Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., sent a explicit message to his home state’s governor while onstage at the recent Paramore concert, screaming “F— Ron DeSantis! F— fascism!”
Frost’s slam of the governor came about a week after Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams uttered her own expletive-laden tear down of the 2024 GOP presidential candidate to a crowd during a previous show.
The young Democratic lawmaker and music lover joined Paramore onstage towards the end of their Washington D.C. set Friday, where he performed one the band’s most famous songs, but not before throwing out some serious political trash talk before rabid fans.
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Before performing “Misery Business,” from the Paramore’s 2007 album, “Riot!,” social media clips showed Frost being introduced to the crowd by Williams. The singer put her microphone up to his face, and asked “Do you want to say anything to these beautiful people?”
Pointing out into the crowd, the congressman yelled into the mic, “F— Ron DeSantis! F—fascism!” The crowd went wild in response as Frost walked away from Williams, who playfully shrugged.
Later footage showed that Williams and the band gave Frost the mic for their play through of “Misery Business,” with the lawmaker belting the lyrics into the mic and dancing wildly onstage alongside the frontwoman.
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After the show, Frost addressed his controversial statement on Twitter. In one tweet, he declared, “I said what I said.” And in response to a conservative account sharing the clip, he replied, “lol they’re so mad.”
In response to video of him performing, Frost wrote, “Very grateful for this moment. I’ve been practicing in the shower for YEARS.”
Frost’s anti-DeSantis remarks mirrored those of Williams, who last week blasted any DeSantis 2024 supporters in the audience at the Paramore show in New Jersey.
Just days after DeSantis announced his run for the presidency, Williams told the Atlantic City crowd, “I’ll be happy to tell you I’m very f—ing comfortable talking politics. And if you vote for Ron DeSantis, you’re f—ing dead to me.”
She then asked the audience, “So, is that comfortable enough for anyone?”
Aunt of missing woman slams former Red Sox star’s son as a ‘beast’ after murder-suicide involving 8-year-old: ‘I’m just devastated’
Lisa Hazard’s aunt branded George Scott III a “beast” for allegedly murdering her neice’s son before killing himself in a social media post after news of the muder-suicide broke.
Cuba Gooding Jr. rape trial: Judge rules 3 women can testify in sexual assault case
A New York judge ruled three women who accused Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual abuse can testify at a federal civil trial next week.
The three women are supporting a plaintiff identified as Jane Doe who alleges the actor raped her in his Manhattan hotel room after they met in a bar in 2013.
Judge Paul A. Crotty noted in a separate order that the woman will have to reveal her true name at the trial.
Jane Doe is seeking $6 million in damages against the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star.
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Crotty said the claims by the three women who can testify “are sufficiently similar” to the claims at issue in the trial because “all involve sudden sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults” allegedly involving Gooding Jr.
Gooding Jr. allegedly raped the women in social settings such as festivals, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, according to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital.
His lawyers claimed one of the women had consensual sex with Gooding Jr. after they met in the VIP lounge of a Greenwich Village restaurant.
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She allegedly joined him at a nearby hotel bar, agreeing to proceed to his hotel room so the actor could change clothes.
Once in the room, he was “completely naked” and “forcibly and without consent” put one hand in her top while placing another hand up her dress. “Jane Doe” claimed to repeatedly tell Gooding Jr. “no,” but he did not stop his advances and then raped her.
After Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty last year, another woman named Kelsey Harbert broke down in tears and said she never got her day in court. Harbert noted it was “more disappointing than words can say.”
In 2019, Harbert reported Gooding Jr. to the police and detailed an alleged rape case.
She told authorities Gooding Jr. fondled her without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Manhattan.
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The judge disallowed the testimony of a fourth woman on the grounds her proposed testimony that Gooding Jr. groped her breast without her consent in 2011 was so similar to Harbert’s expected testimony that it would be “needlessly cumulative” and would increase the chance of improper bias. The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday.
The “Boyz n the Hood” star recently completed the terms of a no-jail plea deal in a separate sex abuse case from a 2018 incident at a nightclub in which he allegedly kissed a woman against her will.
Initially filed as a misdemeanor plea, the charge was downgraded to second-degree harassment. Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty to a harassment violation after completing six months of alcohol and behavior modification counseling.
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Had he not agreed to the plea deal, Gooding Jr. could have spent one year in jail.
At one point, Gooding Jr. was accused of sexual misconduct by more than seven women.
Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright and the Associated Press contributed to this report.