Two University of Notre Dame students were killed over the weekend after being struck by a vehicle just a mile away from their Indiana campus, according to officials.
In a press release, the university confirmed the fatal incident and identified the victims as Valeria Espinel and Olivia Lara Rojas, who were both 19-year-old first-year students.
A third student, who was a sophomore — identified by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office (SJCPO) as 19-year-old Eduardo Jose Elias Calderon — was also struck by the vehicle but is currently hospitalized, according to the university.
"On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, I express our deepest condolences and pray that our students’ families and friends may find God’s grace and solace after so shattering a loss," University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins said in a statement. "We also pray for a full recovery of our student who remains hospitalized as a result of the accident."
According to a press release from the SJCPO, the incident unfolded on Saturday morning just after 4 a.m. local time. Authorities said a Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling southbound on Ironwood Road when it struck three individuals.
According to The South Bend Tribune, the road that the individuals were walking on does not have sidewalks and is near an apartment complex where many Notre Dame upperclassmen and graduate students live.
After hitting the trio, the minivan made a "sharp left," collided with a house on the 54000 block of Ironwood Road and came to a stop against the front of the residence, the SJCPO's press release stated.
The owner of the house told The Tribune that he was sleeping at the time of the crash but felt the car come through his bedroom wall.
"I heard the boom, felt the house shake and heard stuff fall off the wall," said the man, who did not want to disclose his identity, adding that he called 911 and then went outside to see what had occurred.
Meanwhile, as the victims were lying in the roadway, SJCPO authorities said a second vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, was traveling southbound on Ironwood Road and ended up striking Espinel again.
Both female victims — Rojas of Bolivia and Espinel of Ecuador — were pronounced dead at the scene, while Calderon of the Dominican Republic was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he remains in critical condition, according to police.
As for the drivers, the SJCPO said the Sienna was being operated by Justin Cavallo of South Bend. Cavallo, 25, suffered minor injuries but remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
He also had a passenger inside the vehicle, whom police identified as Rafik Tannir of South Bend. Tannir, 24, was uninjured in the incident.
The driver of the Impala, Darlene Holden of South Bend, also did not suffer any injuries. Holden, 54, also remained at the scene of the accident, according to police.
"The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team (FACT) was activated, per protocol, to handle the investigation," the SJCPO wrote. "This remains an active and ongoing investigation, and toxicology results are pending. We will release further information to the public as we are able to do so."
Added the St. Joseph's County Police Department in a Facebook post: "Sheriff and the entire County Police Department send their condolences to the entire University of Notre Dame family and the families of the students involved in this tragedy. We also thank and pray for our SJCPD officers and all the other first responders whom made the scene to help this morning."
In the wake of the tragedy, the University of Notre Dame announced they would be offering counseling and campus ministry support to students, as well as a campus-wide prayer service on Saturday evening.
"Please wear a mask and practice physical distancing as we come together in prayer. A procession to the Grotto will follow the prayer service," the university wrote in an Instagram post. "We also encourage students to utilize the @uccnd and @ndministry as resources during this very difficult time."
The CW has released two first-look images for the “Batwoman” suit redesign based around actress Javicia Leslie’s character, Ryan Wilder.
The outfit will be featured starting in Season 2, episode 3, and is the first original design for the new Batwoman, as Leslie takes over the mantle from Ruby Rose, who led the show during its first season. Leslie is the first Black woman to portray a live-action version of the superhero on TV or film.
“I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment,” Leslie said in a statement. “I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”
The new outfit was conceptualized by Maya Mani and created by Ocean Drive Leather, while Janice Workman crafted the wig and Cory Roberts styled the makeup. Mani said the design is meant to highlight Leslie’s physical athleticism and offer a fresh take for the new character.
The black and red outfit features various new differences, but most notably, a new wig. Gone is the straight red hair, as the new design swaps in curly hair with red streaks. Also new to the character are the red gauntlets and a new belt with the bat logo. The laser-etched suit has other differences as well, visible in the first looks offered by the CW.
The suit embodies Ryan’s shift from using the Batwoman persona for personal gain to discovering the importance of the superhero as a symbol to Gotham City, said executive producer Caroline Dries in a press release. As she’s not the same person as Kate Kane (Rose), the woman who donned the suit before her, changes must be made to reflect her own style.
“As Ryan embraces everything that makes her special, she adjusts the suit to fit her physically and figuratively,” said Dries. “This meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed ‘powerful.’”
Take a look at the images of Leslie as Batwoman below.
10 Underrated True-Crime Podcasts That You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of
Editor’s note: This article discusses sensitive topics such as murder, suicide, and eating disorders. It may not be suitable for all readers.
As someone who’s interested in true crime, I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts. But as any true-crime fan knows, not all podcasts are created equal in terms of quality. I prioritize series with responsible storytelling (i.e., reporting the facts rather than sensationalizing the story and relying on gory details), ability to engage listeners, and sensitivity to serious topics. With these criteria in mind, here are 10 underrated podcasts to listen to after you’ve breezed through the big ones like Serial, Crime Junkie, or My Favorite Murder.
Arguably the most important election of our generation so far is upon us. As we continue to grapple with the global coronavirus pandemic and systemic racial injustice, among many other issues, Nov. 3 is a crucial date for us to fulfill our civic duty of voting.
A few weeks ago at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama gave her speech with a gold chain necklace that read, V-O-T-E in letter charms. Earlier this week, Dr. Jill Biden, after voting in the Delaware primary at the state capitol building, stepped out in a pair of fall boots with VOTE on them. These are just a few examples of voluminous voting merchandise available to shop and proudly wear prior to the 2020 election.
If you want to show your pride as a voter, spread awareness and encourage family, friends and your community to vote this year, consider this option: wearing statement-making vote clothing and accessories. Some of our favorite brands have teamed up with voting outreach organizations like When We All Vote, Rock the Vote, Headcount.org and I Am a Voter on special pieces.
Joe and Jill Biden leaving the state building in Wilmington, Delaware after voting in the Delaware primaries.
So for election 2020, cast your vote and wear it well by selecting items below. Be sure to check our 2020 voting guide on what you need to know about registering, important dates, mail-in ballots and more.
Shop ET Style’s best vote merch of the 2020 election ahead, from Michelle Obama’s vote necklace to Jill Biden’s VOTE boots to an embroidered vote shirt by Lingua Franca.
Michelle Obama recently rocked this Vote Necklace from jewelry brand ByChari during her speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention. The necklace, which quickly went viral, is available in 14k yellow, rose or white gold in three different chain lengths (16″, 18″ or 20″) and letter options (small, large or diamond).
After just voting in the Delaware’s primaries, Jill and Joe Biden walked out of their polling place and Jill Biden was seen wearing a pair of “Vote” boots. With a little research, we found out that this was not a custom pair of boots but Stuart Weitzman’s The 5050 Vote Boot.
Rebecca Minkoff partnered with Vote Run Lead to make this tee. For every Limited Edition T-shirt sold, Rebecca Minkoff will make a donation to Vote Run Lead, a non-profit organization that empowers and trains Women to run for office. Connect with Vote Run Lead @VoteRunLead, www.voterunlead.org
Celebrate your voting patriotism with these stud earrings. Crafted in 10K gold, these stud earrings features the letters of the word “VOTE” in a block font.
The Naturalizer Callie does it all! These boots keeps you secure with its lace up system, a full-length zipper for easy entrance and an elevated heel to make this the ultimate bad bootie for voting season (with the word VOTE on the toes).
HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. Their goal is to reach young people and music fans where they already are — at concerts and online — to inform and empower. You can register to vote on Headcount here and check your voter registration here. One hundred percent of proceeds for the Vote Enamel Pin directly supports non-partisan voter registration activity.
This Guava Large Pouch with Social Issue Patches is part of the latest collection of limited-edition SCL TAKEOUT styles from Stoney Clover Lane. The Vote inspired grab & go collection features pre-made styles ready to ship within 72 hours.
This limited edition Staud Tommy Bag is available to get the word VOTE monogrammed on it.
This Vote Bracelet honors the fight for women’s suffrage with this trendy and powerful emblem of freedom.
Help slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage voting by wearing this vote mask from Rock the Vote, the nonpartisan nonprofit that combines pop culture, music, art and technology to increase engagement of young people in politics.
This Etsy Your vote is your voice vinyl sticker says it all.
Urban Outfitters Community Cares Ballot Box tee kit in collaboration with I Am a Voter, was created to navigate the 2020 election and inspire everyone to get involved and encourage others to vote. This kit includes a cotton tee printed with this year’s election date and an oval template at the chest, signifying the perfect spot to place the included “I Voted” woven sticker. The tee is finished with a tyvek label at the hemline where voters can use the included marker to detail their voting experience. Every Ballot Box tee kit comes complete in a keepsake box and a sound module that emits a bald eagle call upon opening. Each purchase of a Ballot Box will directly impact organizations that encourage voter registration and voting efforts in communities.
100% of the proceeds for this Michael Kors Vote Cashmere Intarsia Sweater goes to the support of Michael Kors’ YOUR VOICE MATTERS campaign. Michael Kors will donate 100% of the profits from the sale of each sweater to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.
Shop this classic tee, featuring the public awareness campaign’s slogan to encourage civic engagement. You can sign up on the I Am a Voter website to receive important updates about the upcoming election.
This VOTE face mask will remind everyone how important it is to get out there and vote. This stylish cloth face mask will serve as a reminder to all people you see and come in contact with to get out and use their right as an American to get out and vote.
This stylish woven bracelet, handmade in Kenya with glass beads and nylon cord, encourages voting wherever you are in the world. Ubuntu Life is a lifestyle brand that provides mothers of children with special needs with full-time employment in Kenya.
The limited-edition Tory Burch Vote T-Shirt was created to urge all Americans to participate in our democracy and vote in November. Help spread the #ownyourvote message — registering and voting has never been more important than it is now.100% of net proceeds will benefit I am a voter., a nonpartisan initiative that aims to increase voter participation nationwide.
Michael Stars The Gloria Steinem Tee In Vote is part of #TheTeeInVote collection supporting three incredible grassroots organizations (Black Voters Matter, Voto Latino and March On) to help register and get people to the polls. $50,000 in sales will donated to the aforementioned three voter organizations.
Clare V. has teamed up with When We All Vote, a non-profit organization that works to increase voter participation (co-chairs include Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks and Janelle Monae), on this canvas tote that says, “I Vote, You Vote, She Votes, We Vote, They Vote” in French. Ten percent of the purchase price will benefit When We All Vote.
Levi’s is teaming up with Rock the Vote to register as many voters as possible for the fall election. The Levi’s x Vote Hoodie Sweatshirt is part of this collaboration. Use your voice. Vote about it. Wear it proud. If you haven’t checked out the Levi’s voting PSA with Hailey Bieber and Oge Egbuonu it hits the nail right on the head.
Ten percent of all proceeds from this cute “Watch Out I Vote” necklace will be donated to I am a voter.
Brother Vellies has collaborated with When We All Vote and Keds on a lace-up sneaker that features a handwritten message from the fashion label’s creative director, Aurora James. One hundred percent of the purchase price will be donated to the organization. Pair with the coordinating Vote socks.
The set of 10 Anthropologie Voting Postcards serve as a thoughtful reminder to cast your ballot this voting season. Send these to your loved ones to remind them to vote on Nov. 3.
$5 from the purchase of every MOTHER x I AM A VOTER socks sold on motherdenim.com will go towards I am a voter until Dec. 31.
Phenomenal Woman and Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker partnered up to celebrate Equality Day (Aug. 26) — the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage — with this special-edition Votes for Women T-shirt. Purchase of this tee will support Monumental Women’s mission in increasing awareness of women’s history and their unveiling of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument — the first statue of real women in Central Park, featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony.
This supersoft Treasure & Bond Voter tie-dye crewneck sweatshirt will keep you cozy on your trip to the voting booth. When you buy this Treasure & Bond Voter sweatshirt Nordstrom will donate 2.5% of net sales to organizations that work to empower youth.
100% of the proceeds from this Quay x Lizzo Speak Out Face Mask will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Election Protection (a project of Lawyers’ Committee).
This Maison Irem Vote Mantra Bracelet is a friendship bracelet with a message: VOTE!
The ModCloth x I am a voter Tee reminds everyone you come in contact with friends don’t let friends not vote. That’s why Modcloth partnered with I am a voter., a nonpartisan movement that believes democracy works best when we all participate. 50% of the proceeds from this ModCloth-exclusive tee will be donated to I am a voter. to help promote voting and civic engagement.
Be proud to take action in this customized Levi’s hoodie. Watch the denim brand’s PSA directed by Oge Egbuonu and set to Jazmine Williams’ spoken word poem — featuring stars like Hailey Bieber, Jaden Smith and Miguel — on the importance of casting your vote.
Madewell will donate 100% of the purchase price of this graphic tee to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through Nov. 3. Combined with donations from sales of the Vote collection, the brand is donating a minimum of $750,000 to the ACLU, which works to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties — including the right to vote.
Order this chic Lingua Franca cotton shirt, boasting hand embroideries of “Vote” and “2020.” It’s available in blush, white, black and navy.
Gap is proud to donate $25,000 each to When We all Vote and Rock the Vote, two nonpartisan non-profits dedicated to promoting voter registration during the election year.
This cute Etsy Vote T-Shirt reminds every person you see that you need to vote vote vote. This shirt is unisex and sized in men’s sizes. Women should order one size down.
Now is your chance to decorate your Crocs and show remind everyone to vote at the same time with this Crocs vote charm.
Election Day is Nov. 3, 2020 — head to headcount.org to register to vote and to get all the latest information.
Something I highly suggest you do with your free time one day: Battle your friends in TikTok dancing. We alllll know y’all have tried out a few many of the viral dances in the last couple of months and definitely have the confidence level of Charli D’Amelio. So, why not put it to the test? I mean, Latin Music Queens costars Sofía Reyes and Thalía gave it a shot!
For this week’s episode of TikTok Challenge Challenge, we mixed it up. This time, instead of having them each do a practice round and a performance round for every dance, we just had them learn a bunch—seven to be exact—and you guys will choose who was the best out of the two. Oh, and don’t forget they only had 60 seconds to learn each one of these!
Watch the rest to find out and don’t forget to watch Latin Music Queens on Facebook Watch now.
Marvel Studios is rounding out its roster of Disney+ superheroes, as Oscar Isaac is reportedly “in negotiations” to lead the upcoming Moon Knight series, according to multiplereports.
Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a mercenary who may or may not be infused with powers from Khonshu the Moon God after being left for dead in the Egyptian desert. While this would mark Isaac’s official entrée into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he previously starred as the titular big bad in Fox’s X-Men Apocalypse.
Isaac’s casting would complete the title roles for Marvel’s announced Disney+ series, following reports that Tatiana Maslany will headline She-Hulk and newcomer Iman Vellani will star in Ms. Marvel. (Hailee Steinfeld, meanwhile, is rumored to be playing the new Hawkeye.)
The downside to Isaac’s chef’s kiss casting is that Oliver Jackson-Cohen — who was the fan cast-favorite for the role — will not be donning Moon Knight’s cape and cowl. Perhaps he could play Spector’s BFF, Frenchie, instead?
Moon Knight was first announced by Kevin Feige during 2019’s D23 Expo, with the Marvel boss teasing it as “a new action-adventure series” and “something very unique and exciting for us,” while head writer Jeremy Slater (Netflix’s Umbrella Academy) promises “one hell of a ride.”
Marvel’s Disney+ universe will kick off with WandaVision later this year, followed by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki in 2021.
EXCLUSIVE: Glass Entertainment Group, the Emmy-winning production company behind such programs as Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History, has secured rights to bestselling author Adam Cohen’s book Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s 50-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, to adapt into a television docuseries.
Per the book’s synopsis, Supreme Inequality surveys the most significant Supreme Court rulings since the Nixon era and exposes how rarely the Court has veered away from its agenda of promoting inequality. Many of the greatest successes of the Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s, in areas such as school desegregation, voting rights, and protecting workers, have been abandoned in favor of rulings that protect corporations and privileged Americans, who tend to be white, wealthy, and powerful. As the nation comes to grips with new Trump-appointed justices, Cohen proves that the modern Court has been one of the leading forces behind the nation’s soaring level of economic inequality, and that an institution revered as a source of fairness has been systematically making America less fair.
The television adaptation will closely follow the narrative course of the book, which is based on Cohen’s years of research.
GEG’s Nancy Glass and Eric Neuhaus will executive produce, along with Cohen.
“The work of Adam Cohen is timely, relevant and essential at this moment in history,” said Nancy Glass, CEO of GEG. “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring this important book to life.”
“Americans have been badly misled about the Supreme Court,” added Cohen. “For the past 50 years, it has not been a champion of the disadvantaged – it has consistently ruled in favor of corporations and rich people, and against the poor and the working class. This myth-busting documentary is badly needed – particularly now that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court’s most prominent champion of the disadvantaged, is gone. Americans are entitled to the truth about one of the nation’s most important – and, at times, dangerous – institutions.”
Cohen is a leading authority on the Supreme Court, having covered the topic for The New York Times editorial page for eight years, and before that for Time magazine. His book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, is being adapted into a film starring and executive produced by Dakota Johnson. Cohen is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.
The acquisition is part of a strategy of developing unique IP for GEG, which also is behind the upcoming Lincoln: An American President on CNN. Most recently, the company launched Balthazar Entertainment with executive producer and TV personality Brian Balthazar (Flip or Flop) as well as the hit Apple podcast Dating Diaries: Quarantine Confessions. GEG also producing series including The Vet Life (Animal Planet), Heartland Vets: DVM (NatGeo Wild), Queen of Stylz (snapchat), Frozen in Time (HGTV), as well as unannounced projects for HGTV, Oxygen, MTV, Magnolia, and HLN.
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A new accuser has stepped forward and filed a complaint against convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein.
According to the Daily News, a 61-year-old woman filed a complaint with the NYPD Special Victims Division alleging that in 1995 or 1996, while at a Manhattan nightclub with Weinstein, he forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Detectives are now investigating the accusation, according to sources. The alleged assault is considered a first-degree criminal sexual act and has no statute of limitations on prosecution. A rep for Weinstein did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in New York for his conviction on third-degree rape and forcible sexual assault of two women. He was sentenced in February and is in the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., east of Buffalo.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN REACHES $18.8M SETTLEMENT WITH ACCUSERS IN NEW YORK
On Oct. 2, the disgraced movie producer was hit with six new counts of forcible sexual assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced at the time.
The new charges stem from alleged incidents involving two women and adds three felony counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation, the District Attorney's Office said.
Harvey Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Two of the counts include an alleged incident between September 2004 and September 2005 in which Weinstein allegedly raped a woman at a hotel in Beverly Hills, according to the amended case file.
The amended criminal complaint also accuses Weinstein of allegedly raping another woman on two separate occasions in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills.
Weinstein now stands charged with four counts of rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint, and one count of sexual penetration by use of force. The counts involve five women and stem from crimes that allegedly spanned from 2004 to 2013, the District Attorney's Office said in the amended case file.
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If convicted as charged, the 68-year-old faces up to 140 years in prison.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual assault.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.