“Tinder has lost significant ground and market share to Bumble, a fact that Tinder’s owner, Match, is keenly aware of,” the lawsuit alleges. “This is why Tinder recently announced that it intends to copy Bumble’s core women-make-the-first-move feature.”
This isn’t the first lawsuit involving Bumble, Tinder, and Match Group. Earlier this month, Match Group filed a suit against Bumble, alleging that Bumble had copied core components of Tinder’s design including its double-blind opt in, and swipe right to like and left to dislike functionalities.
To complicate matters more, there’s been reports that Match Group has been hoping to acquire Bumble, and that the lawsuit it filed against Bumble was an alleged attempt to pressure Bumble into selling the company.
Bumble’s 22-page lawsuit against Match Group alludes to the convoluted negotiations between the two companies. “Knowing its lawsuit would immediately kill its negotiations with Bumble, Match deviously asked for, and received, Bumble’s most sensitive competitive information—without disclosing that it was already planning to sue Bumble,” it states.
Criminal Minds season 13 is almost over, but there’s plenty to look forward to in the last three episodes, including learning more about Garcia’s family and another finale cliffhanger.
After the next episode gets personal for Simmons — there’s a hostage situation at the law firm where his wife works — we’re going to see some focus on Garcia. Then the last two episodes will air on the same night as the season finale. Could those also be the last episodes for any of the characters?
Garcia Faces a ‘Difficult Family Issue’
While Criminal Minds doesn’t give us much about the team members’ personal lives, every so often, we get an episode like “The Dance of Love,” which saw Rossi take some time off when his ex-wife was in town, and in the April 11 episode, it’s Garcia’s turn.
According to CBS’ description of “All You Can Eat,” “Garcia visits her stepbrother, Carlos (Sebastian Sozzi), to take care of a difficult family issue.” (As for the case, the BAU is called in by the Centers for Disease Control when they suspect bioterrorism is behind a series of mysterious deaths, so make of that what you will, given the episode’s title.)
We haven’t gotten much about Garcia’s family over these 13 seasons, as Kirsten Vangsness noted in an interview with TVLine. “They took allll those little moments and put it all together and now you get to see all of her sort of tragic past, and you get to see some of her family,” the actress previewed. “You see her going back home and having to negotiate some stuff, so it’s a quieter show.”
Double the UnSubs in a Season Finale Event
CBS is airing the final two episodes of season 13 back-to-back on April 18, starting at 9/8c. First, in “Mixed Signals,” “the BAU is called to Taos, N.M. to investigate an UnSub who is targeting his victims’ temporal lobes.” There’s a slim chance that’s not going to be a painful one.
Then comes the second hour, “Believer,” and the season finale will end with a cliffhanger. Here’s how CBS describes the episode: “When Reid discovers former FBI Special Agent Owen Quinn (James Urbaniak) locked inside a storage unit, the BAU questions the credibility of Quinn’s bizarre accounts of searching for an UnSub that he named ‘The Strangler.'”
According to TVLine, Matthew Gray Gubler called it a “great cliffhanger” and also teased that lives will be in danger.
Given the synopsis and the questionable credibility of the agent, it seems very possible that Quinn could be the one to put team members’ lives in danger, whether because he’s lying about what happened or during the investigation of his accounts.
Season 12 also ended with the lives of multiple members of the team in danger — six of them were in SUVs that were hit by a truck — and that resulted in the death of Stephen Walker. Is it a good idea to have another season finale feature something similar, no matter what leads up to it?
Criminal Minds just wrapped up a storyline (Barnes’ attempting to split up the team and even reassigning most of them to other divisions and forcing Rossi into retirement and Reid into a permanent academic role) that could have been used to write out someone instead of killing off a character. Since that didn’t happen, hopefully this cliffhanger won’t do that by ending in a death.
Are you worried about the future of the BAU? Do you think the team could lose another member with the upcoming finale cliffhanger?
One of Sinaloa capo Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada’s sons was sentenced to prison time in the US this month.
At his trial, Serafin Zambada Ortiz detailed his experiences growing up alongside and within Mexico’s narco culture.
Others in Sinaloa state and throughout Mexico live close to and are shaped by the country’s drug-related violence.
Serafin Zambada Ortiz, the 27-year-old son of Sinaloa cartel chief Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was sentenced to five and half years in a US prison on March 20.
In letters to the court, Serafin, a US citizen born in San Diego, outlined his upbringing among some of Mexico’s most powerful drug traffickers, describing his proximity to the violence that surrounds narco life.
Serafin’s mother, Leticia Ortize Hernandez, and his father knew each other from growing up outside of Culiacan, the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state. They encountered each other again in 1988 in Mexicali, a city on the US border in Baja California state, and she fell in love with Zambada, who was 15 years older and already a rising figure in the drug trade.
After Serafin was born, Benjamin Arellano Felix and Amado Carrillo Fuentes, both kingpins, became his godfathers, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. But war soon broke out between the Arellano Felix Organization and the Sinaloa cartel over control of Tijuana.
Serafin and his mother retreated to Culiacan, looking for safety, but the violence followed them.
The day he turned 2 years old, a car bomb detonated outside his birthday party.
“From that day on, our lives were never the same,” his mother said, according to court records seen by The Union-Tribune. “The same men that not long before stood up for our children in church and promised to raise them to be good Catholics were now trying to kill them.”
When Serafin was 9, gunmen stormed a Mazatlan hotel room that he and his mother had recently left, killing his grandparents, uncle, and aunt. Sinaloa cartel rivals eventually killed his mother’s family, and she soon started moving her children from home to home and keeping Serafin out of school. They were accompanied by armed guards sent by his father.
“From 1992 to the year 2000 the days were difficult and bloody and a stupid senseless war where many families were destroyed and with a lot of pain in their hearts,” his mother said, according to The Union-Tribune.
Serafin, his mother, and his sister moved back and forth between Arizona and Sinaloa over the next few years. The war with the Arellano Felix Organization eased in the early 2000s, as the AFO lost ground. But a new conflict emerged in the late 2000s, when the Beltran Leyva Organization broke away and took up arms against its erstwhile Sinaloa allies.
Serafin later attended the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, where, out of the shadow of narco culture, classmates said he took to school and soccer. He took classes in agronomy, but his stint away from the drug trade soon ended.
“Unfortunately, I returned to Culiacán Sinaloa and I say unfortunately because in that city there is nothing more than the drug trade,” Serafin told the judge in a letter.
In 2010, he married a girl from another family involved in trafficking, and they soon had two children. In November 2013, he was picked up on a warrant as he crossed the border into Nagoles, Arizona.
In September 2014, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import more than 100 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana to the US and agreed to forfeit $250,000 in drug profits, which has already been turned over, according to The Union-Tribune.
In letters to the court, Serafin expressed remorse.
“In this drug business one hurts a lot of people and I your honor regret having been the cause of causing so much damage to many people with the drug business,” he wrote. “I have learned here in this place that drugs destroy many lives.”
“I lived in a golden cage with luxuries that were useless,” he said of his childhood. In court, he apologized for his crime and said he wanted to move on and raise his children “in the best way possible.”
It’s not clear why it took so long for Serafin to be sentenced, but the judge cited his “genuine remorse,” the lack of violence in his background, and the outpouring of support from people in his life as reasons for the relatively light term. With the time he has already served, he could be out by September, his lawyer told The Union-Tribune.
‘Life … where you don’t see what’s going on right next door’
Serafin lived in the shadow of Sinaloa’s drug trade, and many others in the state find themselves in inescapable proximity to the narco world and its dangers — though they experience that threat in different ways.
“I think the students that we had were students who do well in school and who have trained themselves not to look and not to see the violence that’s going on all around them, and that’s something I think that people in the US don’t understand,” Everard Meade, a professor at the University of San Diego, told Business Insider in December, describing attendees at an event he held with students from Sinaloa the previous month.
“Sinaloa’s a wealthy state, and it has really strong institutions,” said Meade, who is also the director of USD’s Trans Border Institute and frequently travels to Sinaloa. “So where it ranks 30th out of 30 in the Mexico Peace Index in negative peace, or in violence, if you look at positive peace measures — like the institutions of things that actually work — it ranks 10th, and it ranks 10th because it’s a wealthy state with a lot of resources and strong institutions.”
Such resources give many in Sinaloa — mostly the middle class and up — the opportunity to excel academically and professionally, even as their day-to-day lives play out alongside some of the country’s most intense drug-related violence.
“There’s a cross section of society in Sinaloa that takes advantage of those institutions and trains their kids how to do the same thing, and if you do well in school and you don’t go off this narrow path, you can get a good job there, you can get opportunities to go abroad,” Meade said.
“You can do all these things where you can define a successful life in ways where you don’t see what’s going on right next door, in the neighborhood right next door or what happens three hours before you pulled into the mall parking lot and at the restaurant across the street.”
“All these things that have to do with the violence in Sinaloa, people are really good at training themselves not to see it, and there’s a class of people — and I’m not just talking about super-rich people. I’m talking about a lot of middle-class people — who really try to train themselves not to see,” he added.
Such separation is not always possible, Meade said, because at a certain level, the violence becomes unavoidable for all.
The state went through such a period in spring 2017, when internal feuding between cartel factions — one led by a former senior cartel member and his son, another by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons and “El Mayo” Zambada — spilled out into the open.
“All of a sudden, everybody was back to reality. ‘Oh my god, this can affect me. Violence has gotten bad enough that I can’t actually turn away from it,'” Meade told Business Insider. “And that definitely happened this spring, and it was this shared sense of anxiety, trepidation, and also uncertainty.”
Periods of such violence in Mexico have been well publicized since 2006, when the Mexican government ramped up its campaign against drugs and organized crime. But, Meade said, the cumulative effect on Mexicans — especially in places like Sinaloa, where drug-related violence has been present for much longer — is often overlooked.
“We have a lot data on places that go through a short-term crisis, and the data shows that people are really resilient … but there’s a couple of important limits on that,” he said. “It can’t go on for more than a few years, and people have to know that there’s an end in sight. And that’s the thing we’ve got with the drug war. Now we’re past 10 years, and people have no idea if there’s an end in sight and what the end would even look like.”
“What we’ve got in Mexico right now is a generation that’s coming of age that can’t remember what it was like before the drug war.”
On the episode “Believer” – When Reid discovers former FBI Special Agent Owen Quinn (James Urbaniak) locked inside a storage unit, the BAU questions the credibility of Quinn’s bizarre accounts of searching for an UnSub that he named “The Strangler,” on the second episode of the double-episode 13th season finale cliffhanger of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.
The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases.
Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood GENIUS whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler, who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as she solves cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise.
As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.<
Roseanne Barr is under fire for appearing to promote a far-right conspiracy theory about the Parkland school shooting activist David Hogg.
In a since-deleted tweet, Barr wrote the words “NAZI SALUTE” in response to a conspiracy theorist’s post that tagged Hogg.
Barr’s tweet seemed to reference a debunked conspiracy that Hogg raised a Nazi salute at a March for Our Lives rally on Saturday.
Roseanne Barr sparked controversy this week for appearing to promote a far-right conspiracy theory about the Parkland shooting student-activist David Hogg.
On Tuesday evening, just before the revival of her ABC sitcom “Roseanne” premiered, Barr tweeted the words “NAZI SALUTE” in response to a Twitter user who tagged Hogg in a tweet. She later deleted her tweet.
ICYMI Roseanne replied to a David Hogg conspiracy theorist who tagged the actual boy, but then ABC made her delete it. Don’t worry, here’s a screenshot: pic.twitter.com/yftDrSdq6b
Barr, a vocal Trump supporter with a history of promoting right-wing conspiracy theories, seemed to be referencing a far-right conspiracy theory that Hogg raised a Nazi salute at a March for Our Lives rally on Saturday.
As Mic noted, a number of Twitter users, including Chrissy Teigen, criticized Barr for the tweet, while some called out ABC for giving Barr a platform with her revived sitcom.
Barr has previously used her Twitter page to promote debunked far-right conspiracies including Pizzagate and the conspiracy of a “cover-up” in the death of former Democratic National Convention staffer Seth Rich.
ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.
Charles Salzberg has always been an interesting crime novelist. He came late to writing fiction, but since publishing Devil in the Hole in 2013, his brilliant psychological study of John Hartman, a desperate Everyman who murdered his entire family and then skipped town, he has been quite prolific. Charles has not only written the entire Henry Swann series (5 volumes) starring his curmudgeonly PI protagonist; he now brings us a new novel Second Story Man, an intriguing in-depth look at Francis Hoyt, America’s most skillful high-end silver thief, and the two detectives — grumpy prematurely retired Charlie Floyd and the ebullient Manny Perez — who are determined to bring him to justice. The story takes the form of a police procedural narrated by three separate first person voices.
Second Story Man was published by Down and Out Books on March 26th.
I have always found Charles Salzberg to be that rarest of crime writers, an author who insists that his books be realistic. This means that in his stories heads do not typically explode “in a savage red rain”, and the fate of the world does not constantly hang in the balance. Rather, Mr. Salzberg presents us with utterly convincing characters who do real things. In Second Story Man, each of his three main characters — not to mention the supporting cast of Francis Hoyt’s girlfriends, as well as two memorably unsavory professional “fences”– ring true.
Along with his penchant for realism, Mr. Salzberg insists on maintaining “freshness” within the genre in which he chooses to work. This, of course, is no easy task. In Second Story Man, he achieves this by presenting the reader with three separate protagonists, each of whom speaks in his own distinctive first person voice.
The bad guy in this story is Francis Hoyt, high-end silver thief par excellence. He is like the mean little guy in middle school who picked fights with innocent children just for the fun of it. Francis had an abusive father who made his childhood hell, which helped him develop what a psychologist would likely term “borderline personality disorder”. In layman’s terms this means “having a very short fuse” and being prone to fits of irrational anger. Francis starts adult life as a second story man. He only gets caught once but that is enough. After that he swears off ladders and concentrates on the bling (only the best bling, you understand) that the kitchens of the elite have to offer.
As part of his overall odious make-up, Francis treats his girlfriends as disposable commodities.
Although Francis is undeniably obnoxious, not to mention cruel and even murderous, readers may gradually find themselves rooting for the little guy as he engages in his cat-and-mouse game with the two obsessed detectives who are doing their best to “breathe down his neck”. Mr. Salzberg cleverly depicts Francis Hoyt as both “underdog” and “untouchable”. In his mind, the detectives have no chance in hell of ever capturing him, and he likes nothing better than leading them on a wild goose chase in which apparent good “leads” vanish like the proverbial will-of-the wisp.
The two detectives who set out in pursuit of him — retired Connecticut homicide detective Charlie Floyd and suspended Miami PD detective Manny Perez — have distinctly different personalities and styles of speech: Floyd is hard-bitten and taciturn and not the kind of guy you want to be cross-examined by. Perez is bubbly and buttoned-down. Proud of his hard won American citizenship, he loves the U.S. and wants to protect it with every ounce of his fiber.
Floyd and Perez are both highly believable characters. Their pursuit of Francis Hoyt is done with verve, patience and creativity. Yet, as a reader, I was never certain whose side I was on: Francis Hoyt’s or that of the stalwart detectives.
The old saying, “there are many slips ‘twixt the cup and the lip” justly describes the detectives’ earnest but perhaps not entirely successful pursuit of Hoyt.
Any reader of crime fiction who enjoys a fresh, realistic psychological crime thriller cum police procedural full of twists and turns but sans gratuitous violence will want to purchase a copy of Second Story Man. This is a book that is likely to fare well in this year’s book award contests.
Charles Salzberg is a former magazine journalist who has now turned to a life of crime. His first novel, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award, and there are three others in the series: Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, which was nominated for two Silver Falchions, and was a Finalist for the Beverly Hills Book Award and the Indie Excellence Award, and Swann’s Way Out. His novel, Devil in the Hole, was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense Magazine, and his novella, “Twist of Fate,” was included in Triple Shot, a collection of three noir crime novellas. He is the author of more than twenty non-fiction books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, an oral history of the NBA, and Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times, with Soupy Sales. He has taught magazine journalist at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and he teaches writing at the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.
Ultimately the client was allowed to plead guilty to criminal mischief, the lowest class of misdemeanor, which carried no possible jail time and was eligible for expungement from his record, Mr. Willey said.
Yet Judge Ewing cut Mr. Willey’s request for $1,320 in pay on the case to $511, citing “excessive out-of-court hours,” according to the lawsuit. After Mr. Willey appealed, another judge approved the full amount.
A 2011 RAND Corporation study of more than 3,000 Philadelphia murder cases found that clients fared better when they were represented by a lawyer from an independent public defender organization than if they had one appointed by a judge: Their conviction rate was 19 percent lower; the chances that they would serve a life sentence were reduced by 62 percent; and their expected sentence length was 24 percent shorter.
“Judges have incentives to appoint counsel who file fewer pretrial motions, ask fewer questions during voir dire, raise fewer objections, and present fewer witnesses,” the study said.
And, experts say, that gives lawyers reason to push for a fast resolution, skipping thorough investigations or motions that might slow the docket or displease the judge. Some defense lawyers also fear that if they object too strenuously, their clients will be penalized.
“Public defense providers internalize, and try to figure out what it takes to get the next contract,” said David Carroll, executive director of the Sixth Amendment Center, a nonpartisan group that provides technical assistance on criminal justice matters to state and local policymakers. “A judge doesn’t actually have to say, ‘Don’t file any motions in my courtroom.’”
In a survey commissioned by the Texas bar in 2000, nearly half of the criminal court judges in Texas said that a lawyer’s “reputation for moving cases, regardless of the quality of defense” was sometimes or usually a factor in appointment decisions made by their peers.
David Schwartz, the attorney representing Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, suggested that Trump wasn’t involved in the alleged nondisclosure agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Schwartz also deflected the suggestion that the agreement had “some sort of sexual nature.”
A formal federal prosecutor argued Schwartz’s assertion would mean “there was no contract between Trump and Daniels,” and that she would not be required to keep silent about her alleged affair with Trump.
The attorney representing Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, made an admission that could have resounding implications for the ongoing legal fight with porn actress Stormy Daniels.
On Wednesday, Cohen’s attorney, David Schwartz, suggested that Trump was not aware of the nondisclosure agreement that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, signed in October 2016. The agreement was meant to prevent Clifford from commenting on her alleged affair with Trump, in exchange for a $130,000 payment.
Schwartz suggested that, in orchestrating the agreement, Cohen had acted independently in the matter.
“Because he’s that close to him, he had great latitude to handle these matters,” Schwartz said of Cohen in a CNN interview.
“Michael was the ‘fixer,'” Schwartz said. “It could be anything. There were a ton of matters that took place that Michael fixed. And Donald Trump wasn’t involved in every single matter.”
But Schwartz said that Trump leaned on Cohen for many things.
“It could be any business problem,” Schwartz said. “And believe me, Michael Cohen got calls at three in the morning, Michael and I would be at dinner, the boss would be calling him all the time. So there were always problems. In any business there’s always a problem.”
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti scrutinized Schwartz’s argument on Twitter after the CNN segment aired, saying the attorney’s claim that Trump was unaware of the Stormy Daniels agreement could actually be good news for the actress.
It would mean that “there was no contract between Trump and Daniels, and Daniels can release the materials,” Mariotti argued on Twitter.
“Why would he admit this on national television,” Mariotti asked.
Cohen’s lawyer also addressed a line on the “hush agreement,” that listed the initials, “DD,” which stood for “David Dennison,” Trump’s alleged pseudonym. The line was left blank.
“That’s evidence in of itself that he didn’t go to Donald Trump,” Schwartz said of Cohen. “Because the line was blank. He left the line blank.”
Mariotti disagreed with that assessment: “Under the terms of the agreement itself, only ‘DD’ can enforce it,” he said in another tweet. “If Cohen’s position is that Trump is not DD, then unless someone else comes forward as ‘DD,’ it is unenforceable and Stormy Daniels can release the materials.”
He went on: “It appears that Michael Cohen managed to hire a lawyer who is even more incompetent than himself. Cohen’s lawyer is a complete train wreck in this interview.”
Cliffords is suing Trump to toss the nondisclosure agreement that prevented her from publicly talking about the alleged affair in detail. Both Cohen and the White House have denied her accusations.
Is Criminal Minds coming back or not? Recently, executive producer Harry Bring suggested the CBS TV series has been renewed for a 14th season.
The long-running crime drama follows the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) out of Quantico, Virginia. The cast includes Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, and Aisha Tyler.
Although CBS has not announced a season 14 renewal for Criminal Minds, EP Harry Bring wrote on Twitter that a new season will begin filming in July. Although ratings have dropped for the crime procedural in recent seasons, it’s very likely CBS will bring the show back for another season.
Check out Bring’s tweet below:
Today is the last day of Production on Criminal Minds for S13. Today is day #171. Long hiatus coming, before returning to filming on 7/11/18. This season went fast as will our hiatus.