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Police: Student, teacher's aide had sex in car at cemetery

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A teacher’s aide was charged Friday after police said she had sex with a student inside her car at a cemetery near Pittsburgh.

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Police allege 45-year-old Tracy Ardeno, a teacher's aide at Washington High School in Washington, Pennsylvania, had sex with a 20-year-old high school senior last month at Washington Cemetery.

Ardeno was charged with institutional sexual assault. She will be sent her charges by summons in the mail.

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  • Who will be competing for the 62nd annual Grammy awards? The nominees were announced Wednesday morning.  >> Read more trending news  Singer/rapper Lizzo leads the pack with eight nominations, including Best Pop Solo Performance, Best R&B Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. She will have some competition since Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are once again nominees in the female-dominated category of Best Pop Solo Performance, The Associated Press reported.  Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X both earned six nominations each, the AP reported. Eilish, who is 17, is the youngest artist to get nominations in the top four categories of Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. See the nominees and their categories below:
  • Santa has his work cut out for him if he plans on making this 10-year-old girl's lavish Christmas dreams come true. >> Read more trending news  According to Fox News and the CBC, a Los Angeles dad known as @A_Johnson412 on Twitter shared a photo of his daughter's wish list last week, saying the girl 'must be out of her mind.' Her requests? 'A real bunny,' clothes for said bunny, Gucci slides, a Chanel purse, $4,000 and 21 other items. The list ends with the surprisingly affordable 'alarm clock.' >> See the list here The post quickly went viral, racking up 128,000 likes, 25,000 retweets and nearly 6,000 replies by Wednesday morning. 'Sneaking in that 4K at the bottom is a rockstar move,' one commenter wrote.  'U have over a month to get every damn thing on this list,' quipped another. 'Nursing homes can get lonely.' But others were more critical. 'Get her that alarm clock sis!' one Twitter user replied, adding that the girl's father should 'tell her it'll wake her up from that dream.' 'Lmao wake her up for a job,' another post read. Read more here or here.
  • With only 75 days until primary voting begins, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will meet onstage in Atlanta Wednesday to try to convince viewers that they are the one who can defeat President Donald Trump and win back the White House. The debate, which is being hosted by The Washington Post and NBC, will likely see candidates grilled on questions about Medicare for all, a 'wealth tax' and the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Here's what to know about the debate. >> Read more trending news  When is it: The debate is set for Wednesday. What time is it on: It is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and last until 11 p.m. Where will it be held: It will be held at Tyler Perry Studios. The complex is near the Atlanta airport. Who is sponsoring the debate: MSNBC along with The Washington Post is sponsoring the debate. Who will be asking the questions: Rachel Maddow, host of 'The Rachel Maddow Show' on MSNBC; Andrea Mitchell, host of 'Andrea Mitchell Reports' on MSNBC and NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News' White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post. How did they qualify: Candidates needed at least 165,000 unique donors (up from 130,000 for the October debate) and at least 3 percent support in four approved polls (up from 2 percent). Who will be there: Ten candidates have qualified for the debate former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. Livestream: Watch the livestream of the debate here beginning at 8 p.m. ET Live updates: Come back here starting at 7 p.m. ET for live updates from the debate.
  • Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, will testify Wednesday morning before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about his part in a plan to get Ukraine officials to promise to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in exchange for the release of millions of dollars of military aid. >> Read more trending news  Sondland will likely be grilled on the reason he testified in a closed-door House hearing that he had not told Ukrainian officials that the military aid was dependent on investigations into the Bidens and election interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sondland revised that testimony earlier this month saying he remembered telling a Ukrainian official that the military aid was 'likely' dependent on the country announcing the investigations. Sondland is set to testify beginning at 9 a.m. ET An afternoon session will be held beginning between 2:30 and 3 p.m. ET. David Hale, the undersecretary of State for political affairs and Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs, will be testifying in the afternoon session. The hearings will be broadcast live on CSPAN, CNN, Fox News and other cable news channels. CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS are also expected to carry the hearings live. Livestream See the livestream below when the hearing starts. Live updates The hearing will begin soon 9 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: The hearing will begin in minutes. Sondland is on Capitol Hill and will be entering the hearing room soon. Not a career diplomat 8:45 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland has not been a diplomat for long. Trump named him EU ambassador after Sondland donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee. Sondland was a hotel entrepreneur. What will Sondland be saying 8:30 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Sondland will be answering questions today about his dealings with Ukrainian officials and why he changed testimony he gave in a closed-door hearing in October. He told members of the Intelligence Committee that he had not told Ukrainian officials that they had to announce the start of an investigation into Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, in exchange for military aid. He later said he may have said investigations should be announced before the military aid was released. Who is testifying this week 8:17 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Eight people will be testifying this week in the House impeachment inquiry. On Tuesday, Alexander Vindman, Jennifer Williams, Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison testified. Today, Sondland, Cooper and Hale appear before the committee. On Thursday, Fiona Hill, who was the top Russia specialist on the National Security Council and David Holmes, a State Department aide who overheard a phone conversation between Sondland and the president on July 26, will testify. Let’s get started 8 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019: Good morning and welcome to live updates from the fourth public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The hearing begins in an hour, at 9 a.m. ET. Testifying first today will be Gordon Sondland, the European Union ambassador. This afternoon, Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department, will appear before the committee, as will David Hale, the undersecretary of State for political affairs.
  • The Democratic showdown arrives in Atlanta on Wednesday with the race for president as fluid as ever. Impeachment proceedings have distracted attention from the contest, even as two new candidates have either launched a campaign or threatened a run. Moderate contenders are enjoying rising poll numbers after months of focus on the party’s more liberal wing. And Georgia Democrats, long hungry for a chance to showcase the state before a national audience, are eager for their moment in the sun. Related: From protests to watch parties: Debate events happening in Atlanta Related: The major issues in Georgia Related: Where to find the White House hopefuls in Georgia this week Into this mix enters 10 top candidates, who will have a bit more room on the stage at Tyler Perry Studios but less time to make their point. The debate features two fewer contenders than last month’s meetup in Ohio — and will stretch two hours instead of three. Here are a few key things to watch about Wednesday’s debate: How will Georgia make its presence known?  White House hopefuls have hardly talked about voting rights during their first four Democratic debates, but that could change as the event lands in the heart of the political battle over ballot access. “It must be asked,” U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said. “They need to hear what’s happening around the country, when you’ve got people waiting for hours and hours at polling places, when you have laws being passed that are not meant to make it easier to vote but make it harder to vote.” The same could be said about a string of other Georgia-centric issues, such as the battle this year over the state’s new abortion restrictions and an ongoing fight at the statehouse over Medicaid expansion. “We just passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, and Georgia is like the New Hollywood of the South,” said state Sen. Nikema Williams, the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. “I hope that that is elevated because it has not gotten enough attention in the first four presidential debates.” Throughout the week, the candidates have tried to appeal to African American voters by rolling out platforms on ballot access and college affordability, and staging events at historically black colleges. A debate on Tyler Perry’s turf seems a good opportunity to sharpen their approaches. AJC Poll: Georgia voters on the candidates and issues Related: Voting struggles put spotlight on major elections in Georgia Related: Georgia anti-abortion law could drive discussion at Democratic debate “Most of the candidates are courting the black vote with events before and after the debate,” said Fred Hicks, a veteran Democratic strategist. “The question is, how will they court the black vote during the debate?” Will the debate continue a moderate moment?  The forces of moderation have claimed a string of victories in the runup to the debate. Centrist Democrats picked up major victories in off-year elections this month in Kentucky and Louisiana, despite President Donald Trump’s best efforts to defeat them. Recent polls show more mainstream candidates, such as Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and former Vice President Joe Biden, gaining ground at the expense of their more liberal rivals. Another moderate, ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, just joined the race, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is poised to run as a centrist. And recent polls in Georgia and other battleground states suggest most voters prefer a health care option that isn’t Medicare for All. But the challenge for the moderate candidates on Wednesday’s stage is to make sure the moment isn’t fleeting. Staked to a clear lead in The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll, Buttigieg is likely to come under fresh attacks from rivals who question his political experience or magnify his struggles with African American voters. Biden, too, faces a decision about whether to sharpen his attacks against Buttigieg, who threatens to slice off some of his support, or keep his focus on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is trailing close behind him in some recent national surveys. Is this a “last stand” for some struggling candidates?  The same question has been asked about every debate, but pressure is mounting as the first round of 2020 votes approaches and standards for qualifying for debates tighten up. Klobuchar and two other U.S. Senate colleagues — Cory Booker and Kamala Harris — are locked in the single digits in most polls and face a challenge to transcend viral moments and do something more significant that fundamentally boosts their chances. A half-dozen other candidates are below them in surveys, struggling to gain any sort of traction. Some Democrats have seen enough. “I sure hope the field is whittled down,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Biden supporter. “It’s an embarrassment of riches. We have so many talented people who are willing to serve. But as we get into caucus and primary season, hopefully your numbers will begin to go down.” Hicks, the strategist, put a finer point on it: “If they cannot make a move in this debate, there’s no reason to stay in the race.” Washington correspondent Tia Mitchell contributed to this article.
  • Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard has tried to make the story of Harriet Tubman for more than two decades. Recently, Howard shared a story of how a studio executive had an idea who should play the iconic woman, a slave turned abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom throughout the Civil War -- Julia Roberts, Entertainment Weekly and CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  Howard had started working on the movie in 1994, Entertainment Weekly reported. 'I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman's life, which I'd studied in college, into an action-adventure movie. The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different back then,' Howard said, according to CNN. 'I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, 'This script is fantastic. Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriett Tubman.' Howard did not say who the executive was in the Q&A session published by Focus Features, the studio that released the movie 'Harriet' this month, but he said the person fired back when someone said that Roberts couldn't be cast as Tubman, 'It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference,' CNN reported. Howard's screenplay was eventually turned into the movie 'Harriet' which is in theaters now and stars Cynthia Erivo as the freedom fighter, along side Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Jennifer Nettles, Joe Alwyn and Clark Peters.  Click here to read Howard's complete interview.