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Viral ‘chonk’ cat Mr. B is getting adopted, Morris Animal Refuge announces

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Mr. B, the “chonk” cat Morris Animal Refuge rescued and posted on Twitter, is finally getting a home after the feline became an overnight internet sensation.

The Center City animal shelter announced on Saturday night that Beejay, a.k.a. Mr. B, will officially be adopted some time early this week. The shelter said they have narrowed down the potential adopters for the two-year-old, 26-pound cat to a handful of people.


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“We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support of Mr. B and the work we do here at Morris Animal Refuge. We have gotten it narrowed down to a handful of potential adopters that we think can give him the perfect home. His adoption should be finalized early this week,” the non-profit tweeted.

The animal shelter originally posted a picture of the bobcat – er, cat – on Thursday and the feline’s popularity grew overnight. The post has since received over 44,000 likes and over 14,000 retweets. Their site even crashed from all the Mr. B interest. The refuge soon immortalized the cat on a “chonk” shirt in his honor. 

Many people had a lot of things to say about the adorable chonkmonster. (The refuge would like to point out, however, that he’s just big-boned.) 

The Philadelphia Police were even interested in adding Mr. B to their K9 Unit.

But some people believe the cat is hiding its true identity … 


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Doncic’s triple-double To Much For The Pistons In Mexico – CBS Detroit

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Luka Doncic’s Spanish was flawless. His game was pretty good, too.

Doncic scored 41 points and posted his eighth triple-double of the season, Seth Curry added a season-high 30 points off the bench and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Detroit Pistons 122-111 on Thursday night in the opener of the NBA Mexico Games.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after scoring a three-point shot during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Doncic finished with 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who at 17-7 are off to their best 24-game start since posting the same mark at this point of the 2014-15 season.

“He picked us apart,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.

Curry scored 18 points in the second quarter alone for Dallas. The Mavericks trailed by seven late in the first half, then went on a 14-0 run before intermission and eventually led by as many as 24.

Curry became the first Dallas reserve to score 30 off the bench since Jason Terry had 34 against San Antonio on Jan. 29, 2012.

“Even when Detroit was playing zone, our guys were making an effort to drive-and-kick, drive-and-kick and find Seth ultimately for the shot,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Real happy for him. He did everything. He drove it. He shot it. He made a couple good plays on the breaks. He made a couple good passes. He was a huge contributor tonight.”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates with teammates during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Doncic’s eight triple-doubles already match his total from last season. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points for the Mavericks, who outrebounded Detroit 52-34.

“I think we’re getting better and better every day,” Doncic said. “He’s going to get better. I’m going to get better. And with us two, the team is going to get way better.”

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored 19 points, and Markieff Morris added 16 for Detroit, which got 12 from Tony Snell and 10 apiece from Christian Wood and Blake Griffin.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons shots the ball during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

“Back to the drawing board,” Casey said. “Dallas is a great team. Rick’s done a heck of a job with that team. But we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. And then defensively, I thought we missed a lot of rotations.”

It was the 29th game in Mexico since 1992, the most of any country other than the U.S. or Canada in that span and came on a night where the NBA announced that Capitanes — a Mexico City-based team in that country’s top pro league — will be joining the G League starting next season.

“Playing out here was incredible,” Drummond said. “The atmosphere was outstanding.”

Doncic addressed the Mexico City crowd pregame — to their delight — in flawless Spanish, before turning the microphone over to Griffin. “Hola, Mexico,” was the extent of Griffin’s Spanish offering, as he grinned and a very amused Doncic looked on standing a few feet away.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks and Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The night didn’t get much easier for Griffin from there: He shot just 3 for 16, and 1 for 10 from 3-point range.

Doncic, meanwhile, went on to post his second 40-point triple-double of the season. He’s the first player in NBA history to have multiple 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21; he doesn’t celebrate that birthday until Feb. 28.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: It was the third time Dallas played a regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada — the Mavs played Houston in 1997-98 and Phoenix in 2016-17, both in Mexico City. … NBA Commissioner Adam Silver misspoke before the game at a news conference, introducing deputy commissioner Mark Tatum as “Mark Cuban” — the Mavs’ owner.

Pistons: Before Thursday, Detroit’s only other regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada was Jan. 17, 2013 — a loss to New York in London. … This was only Detroit’s second chance at a three-game winning streak so far this season. The Pistons had won two straight before losing to Milwaukee on Dec. 4, and had won two straight again before Thursday.

AVOCADO WOES

Drummond was a game-time decision because the Pistons said he had an allergic reaction to an avocado. He had swelling around his eyes Wednesday, but played as planned.

SECOND GAME

San Antonio plays Phoenix in Mexico City on Saturday. It’ll count as a home game for the Suns. This is the first time that the NBA has brought four teams to the Mexico games.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Miami on Saturday.

Pistons: Visit Houston on Saturday.

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13-Year-Old Boy Confesses In Stabbing Death Of Barnard Student Tessa Majors; 2 Others Sought – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 13-year-old boy has confessed in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors, sources told CBS2.

Police found the 13-year-old while canvassing the area near Morningside Park. The boy was caught in the lobby of a building at Manhattan Avenue and 119th Street at around 4:20 p.m. Thursday. He was wearing clothes that matched the description of the suspect, sources said. Police arrested him for criminal trespass and during a search found he was carrying a knife.

Tessa Majors (credit: Instagram/TessMajors)

He was brought to the precinct on trespassing and weapons charges and then confessed to the murder, sources told CBS2. He told investigators he and two friends tried to rob Majors and they stabbed her, sources said.

The 13-year-old faces murder, robbery and weapons charges.

The campus, located just blocks from where the 18-year-old freshman was killed, remains in shock.

Police said Majors was stabbed repeatedly shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday near a set of stairs in Morningside Park.

She collapsed at a college security booth after the attack, and the guard on duty immediately called 911.

“The public safety officer assigned to 116th Street and Morningside Drive was at his post last night when the victim emerged from the park, and he came to her aid immediately upon recognizing that she was injured,” Columbia University said in a statement Thursday. “Reports to the contrary are inaccurate. Officers stationed at this location do not make rounds that cause them to leave their post.”

“I was devastated. First, like, knowing it was someone on my floor. That was hard enough. Then knowing it was someone I had actually seen and knew,” a first-year student named Julia told CBS2’s Christina Fan.

Julia and Gabrielle lived in the same dorm as Majors.

“She was really kind and really good at guitar. She was always a nice face to see in the hallway,” Gabrielle said.

“It’s just really hard to hear for me. I think I’m still processing,” another student said.

“The whole campus is at a loss and it’s been silent all day,” Victoria Dam said.

In a interview, Majors talked about moving to New York from her native Virginia.

“I’m going to Barnard in New York City, across the street from Columbia. It’s an all-girls school. I’m really excited about that,” she said.

Those who knew Majors growing up in Virginia said she liked journalism and was close to her family, including her father, Inman Majors, a professor at James Madison University and well known author. Her family released a statement saying; “Tess shone bright in this world, and our hearts will never be the same.”

Her friend, Chris Graham, said she was a reporter for the local paper.

“She was someone I had great expectations for. She was a talented musician, and that was her first love,” Graham said.

This isn’t the first time the area has seen violent attacks. There have been nearly two dozen incidents in the park since October 2018, including many robberies and one felony assault.

Back in April, police said a group of teens between the ages of 12-15 attacked three women on three separate occasions near the park.

“I’m going to be sure to walk my younger kids home after school. I’m not going to meet them. It’s just not worth the risk,” Morningside Heights resident Kathleen Dames said.

“You hear all these stories and think this can’t happen to me and then this happens 15 minutes after I walk by and I can’t take any classes,” Jane Caron added.

There was a significant number of police officers in the park Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter to promise students and faculty an immediate increase in police presence.

“The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now. We’ve lost a young woman full of potential in a senseless act of violence,” he tweeted, adding, “I want every student and every member of faculty to know your city will be with you in the days ahead.”

Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock sent a message to students, writing, “Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life. We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community.”

“With broken hearts, we share tragic news about the death of one of our students. Earlier this evening, Tessa Majors, a first year student at Barnard, was fatally injured during an armed robbery that occurred off campus in Morningside Park.

Dean Grinage and I have spoken to her parents and Tessa’s family is en route to NYC. We are also in close touch with the New York Police Department as they conduct this on-going investigation and seek to identify the assailant in this horrible attack.

Tessa was just beginning her journey at Barnard and in life. We mourn this devastating murder of an extraordinary young woman and member of our community.

This is an unthinkable tragedy that has shaken us to our core. Please know that we are all grieving together and I am thinking of you as we process this awful news as a community.

In these difficult circumstances, it is important for us to take care of each other. The Furman Counseling Center will be open all night tonight and throughout the day tomorrow. We encourage anyone in need of support to come… In the days ahead, please know that all of our campus resources are available for you as we mourn this heartbreaking loss together. I encourage you to reach out to the following additional on-campus resources as needed… We will provide you with updates as they become available to us. Barnard and Columbia Public Safety are coordinating closely with the NYPD. We remind all students that public safety provides 24/7 escort services and students are free to reach out with any questions or concerns (212-854-6666).

To our entire Barnard community, I am in mourning with you and am here for you. Tonight and in the days ahead, please hold Tessa and her family in your hearts and keep each other close.”

Community resource groups gathered near the site Thursday with candles in hand – calling for change.

“That’s our ask, greater lighting, more patrols in the park so that we feel safer,” Iesha Sekou of Street Corner Resources said.

As part of the investigation, officers in scuba gear searched a pond for evidence inside the park. In the surrounding neighborhood and near the Barnard and Columbia campus reward fliers were posted in plain sight.

The school said counseling services will be available.

  • Furman Counseling Center: 100 Hewitt Hall, (212) 854-2092
  • Dean of Studies Office: 105 Milbank Hall, (212) 854-2024
  • After-hours psychological emergency line: (855) 622-1903
  • International SOS for students who are abroad: +1-215-942-8478

NYPD Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the investigation. Anyone with information about the deadly stabbing is asked to call its hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting 274637.



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Sunshine on Friday but snow is on the way

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After a mostly sunny day on Friday, snow is expected to fall over the metro area most of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a 20 percent chance of snow beginning on Friday night and continuing on Saturday. But accumulation will be minimal, said Greg Hanson, a meteorologist at the NWS in Boulder.

There is a 50 percent chance of snow on Sunday that could leave a few inches on the ground, Hanson said.

But snow is expected to impact travel in the mountains this weekend.

Mountain areas were already seeing serious snowfall at 6 a.m. on Friday and in a tweet the Colorado Department of Transportation warned travelers to check cotrip.org prior to leaving home if they are heading for the high country.

Between Friday and Sunday night, a foot of snow could fall on Copper Mountain and other ski areas.

The metro area’s skies will be mostly sunny on Friday with a high near 49 degrees and an overnight low around 23. Wind gusts as high as 31 miles-per-hour are expected.

Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 41 degrees. There is 40 percent chance of snow with less than one-half inch possible. The overnight low is expected to be around 21 degrees.



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