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August 14, 2017

A University of Nevada, Reno, student who became a poster boy for white supremacy this weekend when a photo of him wielding a tiki torch and yelling during an alt-right rally appeared online and in newspapers said his life is now "spiraling out of control."

Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, also works in some capacity at the university, and told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Sunday that since the picture of him began making the rounds and he was identified by the Twitter account @yesyoureracist, he's "received death threats," and five of them were severe enough that he's going to report them to the Reno Police Department. He left Reno to attend the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but told the newspaper he won't reveal when he's coming back to Nevada because he's afraid. "I will defend tooth and nail my views as a white nationalist," he said. "I love my culture and will fight for it but never in a violent way."

Cvjetanovic, a history and political science major, said he decided to attend the rally last month, and he was "there legally and committed no acts of violence." A counter-protester, Heather Heyer, died when a car plowed into her, and Cvjetanovic said it was a "tragedy people were killed and injured," but his words ring hollow to the people who signed two petitions on Change.org to have him expelled from UNR and those who retweeted his picture — the image shared by Kurt Eichenwald has been retweeted 170,000 times alone. "I understand the photo has a very negative connotation," he told KTVN. "But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I'm not the angry racist they see in that photo." Catherine Garcia

June 22, 2017
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President Trump didn't entirely stick to the script Wednesday night in Iowa, peppering his hour-long speech with off-the-cuff remarks about witch hunts, his anti-wind turbine views, and how he doesn't want "a poor person" in charge of the economy.

"I love all people," he said. "Rich or poor. But in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense?" Trump was referring to hiring people like former Goldman Sachs CEO Gary Cohn as his chief economic adviser, despite his pledge to "drain the swamp" of insiders. He also claimed there are "phony witch hunts going against me," but it's okay because "all we do is win, win, win," and suggested he was the first pesron to think of putting solar panels on his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. "Pretty good imagination, right?" he asked. "Good? My idea."

In one breath, Trump called Democrats "obstructionists," then flipped the script and said he wanted to work with them, then a beat later said, "but who cares." He had harsh words for wind turbines, saying, "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your house and your factory as the birds fall to the ground," repeatedly mentioned "fake news," and said he had to be careful with his words "because they'll say, 'He lied!'" Catherine Garcia

June 13, 2017
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If you want President Trump to call you in between Cabinet meetings and National Security Council briefings, just go on CNN and say you love him.

That's what the mayor of Tangier Island, Virginia, did last week, and it earned him a phone call on Monday, after the White House was able to track down his home number. The mayor, James "Ooker" Eskridge, told DelmarvaNow he had just come inside after crabbing when he found out Trump was trying to contact him. During his CNN interview, Eskridge said he loved Trump like he was family, and Tangier Island is a "Trump island" that values "the military, and Israel, and religious liberties." When the two finally spoke, Eskridge said Trump told him, "You've got one heck of an island there," adding that after he saw the interview, he had to contact him.

Tangier Island is home to 450 people, and 87 percent of residents voted for Trump. In an interview last year, Eskridge said one of the main concerns in town is erosion; scientists say the island is losing up to 16 feet of land every year. But that's totally fine, Trump told the mayor. "He said not to worry about sea-level rise," Eskridge said. "He said, 'Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.'" Catherine Garcia

January 26, 2016
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The only thing stranger than Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando renting a car and driving across the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is actor Joseph Fiennes portraying Jackson in a made-for-TV movie about the alleged road trip.

The Brit will star alongside Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando in the special for the U.K.'s Sky Arts channel, The Guardian reports. The idea for the program came from a 2011 Vanity Fair piece — as the story goes, Taylor and Brando were invited by Jackson to attend his concert at Madison Square Garden. After the Sept. 11 attacks, when all flights were grounded, the trio decided to rent a car and drive back to California. "They actually got as far as Ohio — all three of them, in a car they drove themselves," a former employee of Jackson told the magazine. One of Taylor's assistants told Vanity Fair the story wasn't true, and that the actress stayed behind in New York, spending time visiting Ground Zero and praying.

Viewers can expect "a fun, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like," Fiennes said. "But also it's rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships." Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2015

Charles Manson is back on the market again, after objecting to his former fiancée's plan to put his body on display once he dies.

Manson was engaged to 27-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, but called it off once he discovered the plot, journalist Daniel Simone told the New York Post. "He's finally realized that he's been played for a fool," Simone said. There's another catch to this plan, as Manson thinks he's immortal. "He feels he will never die," Simone said. "Therefore, he feels it's a stupid idea to begin with."

Burton and a friend, Craig Hammond, came up with the idea to put Manson's corpse in a glass crypt and charge admission to see it, Simone, who is working on a book about Manson, said. Burton's website says that even though the marriage license expired Thursday, they will renew it and "things will move forward in the coming months." Catherine Garcia