In another breakdown of Secret Service protocol, a security contractor who was carrying a gun and had a criminal record was allowed to ride in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the CDC in Atlanta Sept. 16. Reportedly, the man—who was with a private firm providing security at the CDC—refused to stop recording Obama with his cell phone camera, which prompted a few agents to stay behind to question him and check his background. As it turned out, the man had three convictions of assault and battery. And, to the agents’ surprise, when a supervisor from his firm showed up, the man turned in the gun he had been carrying.
No one with a weapon or a criminal history is supposed to be allowed in close proximity to the president, which has members of congress wondering how the man came so close to the president without undergoing a background check. The incident came to light after the Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, spoke before a House subcommittee Tuesday about two security breaches at the White House, one of which happened on Sept. 19, three days after the incident in Atlanta. Pierson told the committee that the Sept. 19 incident was the only breach of security that she had briefed the president on so far in 2014 ... Discuss
Aretha Franklin may be 72 years old, but she’s still the queen of soul—and she’s proving as much with a new album called Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. It’s exactly what it sounds like, with Franklin taking on everything from Etta James’ “At Last” to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” to Alicia Keys’ “No One.” The album is being produced by Babyface and Outkast’s André 3000 among others and will release Oct. 21. In the meantime, Franklin’s starting to make the rounds to promote the album. She visited the Late Show With David Letterman Monday night and performed Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”—with a mashup of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” coming in toward the end—and proved she’s still got it ...
Greendale is losing another one of its favorite alum. According to TV Guide, Yvette Nicole Brown—who plays one of our favorite characters on TV, Shirley—will not appear in the upcoming season of Community so that she can spend time with her father, who is sick. She told the magazine, “It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad." With the departure of Donald Glover and now Brown, the show is in the process of casting two new characters for sixth season ... Discuss