Twitter suggested CBS' Criminal Minds to many…who follow ESPN's Rachel Nichols, who is not the actress who was … – Awful Announcing

The Twitter algorithms sometimes produce some strange suggestions, and one Wednesday night was particularly noticed by the sports audience. Browsing through the search tab on the mobile Twitter app led to a lot of people getting “Criminal Minds airing on CBS” promoted to them, but with an extremely odd reason (as seen above): “Because you follow Rachel Nichols.” Nichols, host of ESPN’s daily NBA show The Jump, does not appear on Criminal Minds, does not work for CBS, and does not appear to have ever tweeted about the show. But it turns out that there’s another Rachel Nichols, an actress most recently seen in Taken (the NBC series) and The Librarians (the TNT series), and she was on Criminal Minds in 2010-11 before being dropped. Here’s a look at the two of them, with ESPN’s Nichols on the left and actress Nichols (during her Criminal Minds stint) on the right:

Rachel Nichols squared.

Why Twitter would try to promote Criminal Minds with an actress who hasn’t been on it since 2011 is a good question in its own right, but it seems like something in their algorithm must have correlated “Rachel Nichols” to “Criminal Minds” and then picked the ESPN host (Twitter handle @Rachel__Nichols, 1.01 million followers) instead of the actress (Twitter handle @RachelNichols1, 74,200 followers). And this affected a whole lot of people, many of whom tweeted at Nichols, leading to her sending this response:

Fellow ESPN host Nolan had a pretty good response:

Here are some of the other tweets, showing how widespread this was:

Anyway, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols is not the actress Rachel Nichols, no matter how much Twitter tries to tell you so. (And this isn’t their first shenanigans around Criminal Minds; the show has previously shown up in the search column with “Because you follow Criminal Minds,” even to people who don’t follow the official account, and it’s shown up at the top of other Twitter areas (as seen in Nolan’s photo above.) But hey, maybe they can get ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to guest star at some point. If Stephen A. Smith can have a recurring role on General Hospital, anything is possible.

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El Chapo's trial sees 27 jurors dismissed — some for the most bizarre reasons

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  • 27 out of 60 potential jurors screened to be on drug-kingpin El Chapo’s case were dismissed, and some for bizarre reasons. 
  • El Chapo’s indictment lists 17 counts, and he pleaded not guilty to them all in January 2017. Opening statements will be read on Tuesday.
  • El Chapo is the leader of the Mexican “Sinaloa Cartel,” and was extradited to the United States from Mexico in January, 2017.
  • Frome eating Chapo-themed bagels to impersonating Michael Jackson, truly unusual circumstances have held back jurors from serving on the case. 

A 12-person jury has been confirmed for the trial of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman — but 27 out of the 60 potential jurors had to be dismissed, some for bizarre reasons.

US District Judge Brian Cogan is overseeing jury selection, and made public why people had been dismissed during selection which lasted from Monday to Wednesday. 

One man, who reportedly asked the court clerk to help him get El Chapo’s autograph, was dismissed on Monday because he admitted: “I’m a bit of a fan.”

Just before he was sent packing, El Chapo’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, asked prosecutors to let the man join the jury, regardless of wanting an autograph, Reuters said.

Lichtman’s justification was: “I have the autograph of Charles Manson, and the two leaders of Hamas, and obviously I’m not a big fan of them,” the news agency reported. el chapo

Another man up for selection was sent home as he told the court he often ordered a bagel sandwich called the “El Chapo” at his local deli, CNN reported.

Read more: El Chapo’s sons are reportedly running his drug empire as the kingpin’s trial kicks off.

Another of the 27 potential jurors dismissed was let go because he was a Michael Jackson impersonator, Reuters reported, which Judge Cogan though may allow people to identify him.

Several people were rejected for more serious reasons, because they were scared, CNN said. 

This included one woman, who read a news report saying El Chapo had promised not to kill jurors and it had made her anxious about being on the jury, according to Reuters. 

A Justice Department summary document about the case, calls El Chapo: “The most notorious drug trafficker in the world.”

The seven women and five men on the jury are to remain anonymous throughout the case, which could last four months, Associated Press reported.

Read more: The Brooklyn Bridge is stuck in a traffic nightmare because of infamous drug kingpin El Chapo.

Nearly all the jurors who were ultimately selected said they knew who Guzman was, but could still make impartial decisions, CNN reported. 

El Chapo is the leader of the Mexican “Sinaloa Cartel,” and was extradited to the United States from Mexico on January 19, 2017, after he busted out of two Mexican prisons, and was captured again.

He faces 17 counts in his indictment, including “participating in an international conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.”

He pleaded not guilty in January 2017. Opening statements will be read on Monday.

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