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Safety guard who punched MAGA mother claims self-defense

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The black safety guard caught punching a pro-Trump rioter exterior the US Capitol — who was then publicly shamed by her teen daughter — stated she’s been charged with assault over the caught-on-camera slug.

Ashanti Smith, 28, opened up about final Wednesday’s fracas, when MAGA fans descended on the nation’s capital, saying she punched Therese Duke within the face out of self-defense.

“I feared for my life. I’m listening to, ‘Grasp her, we’ll kill her, she deserves to die,’” Smith informed WHUR radio station on Thursday.

Viral video from Jan. 6 confirmed Smith, wearing her safety guard uniform and carrying a masks, surrounded by a crowd of rowdy protesters — and Duke reaching out to seize Smith’s telephone.

That’s when Smith clocks Duke, who’s white, proper within the face.

“She stored making an attempt to take my telephone and take my masks off as a result of I stored asking them to keep away from me, cease following me, and cease being so shut in my private space,” Smith stated, including that many within the maskless crowd have been calling her the N-word and accusing her of being Antifa.

Security guard Ashanti Smith said she’s been charged with assault over the caught-on-camera slug.
Safety guard Ashanti Smith stated she’s been charged with assault over the caught-on-camera slug.
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Smith, who was on break on the time, stated she additionally believed the mob was making an attempt to rob her, claiming a girl who was with Duke was making an attempt to rummage by way of her pockets.

After the slug, the group could possibly be seen shoving Smith towards a wall of law enforcement officials — prompting chaos to interrupt out and officers to deploy pepper spray on the group.

Later that night time, Smith stated she was arrested and charged with assault — regardless of claiming a police officer informed her that she was the sufferer of a hate crime.

She was additionally suspended with out pay from her job because it investigates the incident.

The Washington, DC area-resident has launched a GoFundMe to assist pay for authorized charges and different bills whereas she’s out of labor. It’s reached greater than $170,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

Theresa Duke seen after being punched during a pro-trump rally in Washington DC on January 5, 2021.
Theresa Duke seen after being punched throughout a pro-trump rally in Washington DC on January 5, 2021.
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Duke’s 18-year-old daughter, in the meantime, mocked her mom over the beatdown — tweeting the video a day later with the caption, “hello mother keep in mind the time you informed me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they might get violent…this you?”

The teenager followed up with images of her mom — together with one in every of her bleeding closely from the face — “for people who don’t consider it’s my mom.”

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Scenes from Inauguration Day 2021

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A supporter waves a “Biden for President 2020” flag on the inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC.

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A girl in Washington, DC, wears a masks that includes President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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Individuals celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden in downtown Washington, DC.

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Individuals celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden in downtown Washington, DC.

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McKenzie Levi, of Columbus, Ohio, was detained at a checkpoint and finally launched for dressing up as a crusader through the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

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Individuals celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden in downtown Washington, DC.

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Individuals watch the Inauguration Day ceremony exterior of Penn Quarter Sports activities Tavern in Washington, DC.

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Individuals celebrating the inauguration of President Joe Biden in downtown Washington, DC.

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A person being interviewed at Senate Plaza in downtown Washington, DC.

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Members of the Nationwide Guard patrol downtown Washington, DC.

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Marine one leaves Washington, DC, on Monday morning.

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Individuals watch President Joe Biden’s inauguration from the road whereas ordering meals in Washington, DC.

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Individuals collect in Washington, DC’s Decrease Senate Park prematurely of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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Police guard the scene close to Washington, DC’s Decrease Senate Park prematurely of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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Cardboard cutouts of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in a Washington, DC, memento store.

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A phase of the YouTube present “All Fuel No Brakes” being filmed in Washington, DC.

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A boarded-up Wells Fargo financial institution in Washington, DC.

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A line of troops deployed to Washington, DC, prematurely of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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Successful $730M Powerball ticket offered in Maryland

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DES MOINES, Iowa — There was a jackpot winner within the $730 million Powerball, the primary to get the highest prize in months. 

Due to math and dangerous luck, lottery gamers had one other shot at a large jackpot Wednesday evening with a $730 million Powerball prize was on the road. The successful ticket was offered in Maryland, pushing the brand new jackpot to an estimated $20 million for the subsequent drawing Saturday. 

The Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest ever, and it got here solely a day after no one received the even-larger Mega Thousands and thousands prize, which now stands at $970 million. 

Successful numbers for Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing had been: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.

It was the primary time each lottery jackpots topped $700 million. The largest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot received by three individuals in 2016.

Nobody had received both of the jackpots since mid-September, permitting the prizes to develop steadily for months. Such an extended stretch with no winner is uncommon but additionally displays the extremely small odds of successful — 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball and 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Thousands and thousands.

Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry mentioned Tuesday evening’s Mega Thousands and thousands drawing noticed $260 million in gross sales, leading to 36% of all doable quantity mixtures being lined.

The prizes listed are for winners who select an annuity possibility, paid over 30 years. Most winners go for money prizes, which for Mega Thousands and thousands could be $716.three million and $546 million for Wednesday’s Powerball. After the Powerball win, the brand new jackpot has a $15 million money worth. 

These prizes additionally could be topic to federal taxes, and most states would take a lower as nicely.

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half of Britain’s oldest set of twins lifeless at 96

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Lilian Doris

Considered one of Britain’s oldest equivalent twins died of COVID-19 problems earlier this month, simply days after each she and her sister examined constructive for the virus.

Doris Hobday and her sister, Lilian Hobday, have been rushed to a hospital in early January after coming down with the lethal sickness, the place they have been positioned on ventilators and given a mix of medication, in accordance with a report from the BBC.

Doris died Jan. 5 on the age of 96, whereas Lilian was discharged Monday.

“Lil has fought so exhausting and I’m happy to tell everybody that she was discharged from hospital on Monday, she was solely informed then of Doris’s demise as soon as she was sturdy sufficient to take the information,” the household wrote in a Fb submit.

“She is now being comforted by household and staying along with her daughter Vivien whereas she totally regains her power.”

Hobday’s household added that they have been “completely heartbroken to lose Doris on this manner.”

The so-called “Tipton Twins” did all the pieces collectively, from working in the identical ale manufacturing unit to residing facet by facet on the identical road after they have been married. The twins have been additionally recognized for his or her wit.

In an interview with ITV’s “Good Morning,” each sisters credited “no intercourse and loads of Guinness” as the key to their longevity.

The Guardian stories that only a few days after Doris’ demise, each sisters obtained a letter explaining that they have been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The household is now asking everybody who’s eligible to get the shot.

“Doris was only some weeks away from being secure! Along with her vaccine letter arriving two days after her demise … in case you are provided the vaccine please take it, don’t refuse it … Doris didn’t get this alternative!”

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