In Las Vegas, children found caged with signs of harrowing abuse


Important Takeaways:

  • Disturbing video shows police rescuing kids from cages at Las Vegas hotel room after couple believed one had been beaten to death
  • Las Vegas Metro Police arrested 33-year-old Amanda Stamper and 31-year-old Travis Doss on June 11 after she called 911 from a Walgreens store that was near their residence at an extended stay hotel unit.
  • Court documents alleged that Stamper told police Doss had told her that he had kicked one of the children in the head and that he believed the child was dead.
  • The video shows police entering the unit and finding two children in what appear to be dog kennels. Four other children were in the unit. All showed signs of child abuse, and all were aged 11 or under.
  • The two caged children were aged 9 and 11 years old but had trouble walking after they were released, according to police.
  • Vegas police said it was one of the worst cases of abuse they had ever seen.

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An “Unholy” Performance at the Grammys

Romans 1:28 “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Important Takeaways:

  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras Bring Satan, Cages and Whips to Grammys in Fiery ‘Unholy’ Performance
  • Sam Smith just outdid their recent “Saturday Night Live” performance with “Unholy” collaborator Kim Petras in a horror movie-inspired performance of the smash hit. Smith started the song in red leather, surround a fleet of dancers that evoked Samara from “The Ring,” before cutting to Petras dancing in a cage, flanked by some dominatrices wearing satanic headgear. Smith also donned a satanic top hat, as huge flames heated up the stage.
  • Smith and Petras won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance earlier in the evening, and Petras gave an emotional speech.
  • “Sam graciously wanted me to accept this award because I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” she said, to cheers and many of the musicians in the crowd giving her a standing ovation. “I just want to thank all of the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open before me so I could be here tonight. Sophie, my friend who passed away two years ago, who told me this would happen and always believed in me. Thank you so much for you inspiration, Sophie. I adore you, and your inspiration will forever be in my music.”
  • When asked about the fiery performance backstage, Petras said it was inspired by not feeling accepted by religion.

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Colosseum’s visitors finally stand among the ghosts of lions and gladiators

By Giulia Segreti and Francesca Piscioneri

ROME (Reuters) – “The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the Senate, it’s the sand of the Colosseum,” the Roman senator Gracchus said in the 2000 Oscar-winning movie “Gladiator”.

The towering 2,000-year-old stone amphitheater, the biggest in the Roman empire, is Italy’s most popular tourist attraction, drawing 7.6 million visitors in 2019.

But its own beating heart, the underground passages, cages and rooms where prisoners, animals and gladiators waited to pass through trapdoors to enter the arena above their heads – itself long gone – only opened to the paying public on Friday after lengthy renovations.

More than 80 archaeologists, architects and engineers worked on the 15,000 square meter “hypogeum” for two years to “bring back to the center of the attention a monument that the whole world loves,” according to Diego della Valle, chairman of Tod’s, the Italian fashion group that funded the work.

The circular balconies, long accessible to tourists, used to accommodate up to 70,000 spectators to watch gladiator fights, executions and animal hunts. The arena could also – before the hypogeum was built – be filled with water to re-enact sea battles.

Now a new 160 meter (525 ft) walkway reveals a part of the monument that has not been accessible to visitors.

It is the second part of a three-stage process that started eight years ago, with Tod’s pledging 25 million euros ($30 million) to pay for the project — one of a number of restorations of Italian landmarks funded by luxury goods firms.

“It is … important for relevant companies to make themselves available to the country, understanding what they can do for the country,” Della Valle said.

“This is about important pieces for Italy, monuments that are well-known all over the world, and tourism, which is not only entertainment but an important business in Italy which, if cared for properly, has no rival anywhere in the world.”

The first phase of the makeover, including a cleanup of the façade, was unveiled in 2016. The final phase involves renewing the galleries and the lighting system and creating a new visitor center. The project is set to be completed in about three years.

Separately, the government has decided to provide the ancient Roman landmark with new hi-tech flooring, which is expected to be in place by 2023.

Della Valle, who also helps fund Milan’s La Scala opera house, called on fellow entrepreneurs to “take a monument each, restore it, let’s be quick!”.($1 = 0.8383 euros)

(Editing by Crispian Balmer and Kevin Liffey)