Celebs rally to 'Free Meek,' new allegations against Moore, U.S. is drinking less soda | Morning Newsletter

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Celebs and supporters rally to ‘Free Meek Mill’

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Supporters call for justice for imprisoned rapper Meek Mill during a rally outside the Criminal Justice Center November 13, 2017.

Hundreds of supporters joined a demonstration at the Criminal Justice Center last night, seeking justice for rapper Meek Mill. The Philly native was sentenced to two to four years in a state prison last week following recent probation violations.

At last night’s rally, speakers included Dr. J himself, Sixers legend Julius Erving; Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins; and rappers Rick Ross and Freeway. Erving said Mill’s sentence “was excessive, was cruel, was motivated by unsavory circumstances.” Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the Roots and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted their support, too.

Fans and celebrities like Kevin Hart and Jay-Z have expressed their frustration at Mill’s sentencing. His defense attorneys say they plan to appeal, though Judge Genece Brinkley, who decided the case, has a history of getting similar sentences affirmed on appeal.

New sex assault allegation against Moore emerges

Yesterday another woman accused Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her as a teenager in the late 1970s. Moore, the Republican candidate for an open Alabama Senate seat, denies the allegations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in response, “I believe the women,” in a continued effort to distance himself and the GOP from Moore.

A social media campaign, #MeAt14, kicked off over the weekend in response to Moore’s defenders. Users shared what they were like at 14 years old, the age Moore’s first accuser was when she alleges he initiated a sexual encounter with her.

Breitbart has attempted to undermine the Washington Post’s reporting on the cases and Fox News host Sean Hannity encouraged followers to destroy Keurig machines after the coffee maker company pulled ads from his show following his coverage of the case.

Undercover Gangster: The suspect emerges

Untangling a murder plot, a Philly detective gets a big break. But will he catch his man before someone else gets killed? The second chapter in David Gambacorta’s five-part series “Undercover Gangster” is now available. With illustrations by Amy Junod, it’s like a true crime noir mixed with a graphic novel.

Miss chapter one? The story so far: A detective has to untangle a shocking murder plot, while a key suspect is leading dual lives.

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