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Mom Accused of Throwing Party Mocking Juneteenth Denies Being Racist, Then Admits to Racist Tweets



Mary Znidarsic-Nicosia and Dr Nicholas Nicosia have come under fire for throwing a party that seemed to mock Juneteenth (Pictures: WHEC TV)

A wealthy white couple held a press conference Tuesday to defend themselves against accusations of racism after they held a party that seemingly mocked Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US.

The wife of the couple, Mary Znidarsic-Nicosia, insisted the event — during which her lawn was decorated with buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hennessy cognac, a large cut-out of Donald Trump and Juneteenth themed party decorations — was to make fun of liberals, not be racist.

The bizarre news conference came after a black firefighter, Jerrod Jones, filed a notice to sue the city of Rochester, where the party took place. Jones claims his boss forced him to attend the party along with several other Rochester firefighters while he was on duty.

Jones said that in addition to the KFC buckets and Juneteenth décor, there were photos of local politicians on stakes in the ground. He also said a female entertainer was there dressed as and portraying a local lawmaker in a sexual manner.

The city of Rochester, located in western New York, has investigated Jones’ claims, but before his boss could be fired, he retired.

Jones says neither the city nor fire department have taken sufficient action following the July event.

Nearly two weeks after Jones’ notice of claim was filed, Znisdarsic-Nicosia and her husband, Dr Nicholas Nicosia, made a bizarre attempt to get a handle on the situation. While the two are not the subject of the lawsuit, they are named in it

Znidarsic-Nicosia told reporters she was trying to defend herself from ‘false claims of racism.’

Oddly, she then said: ‘But before I do that, in full disclosure, I do have a Twitter parody account that operates under a veil of a persona — and I have made blatantly racist comments under that persona.’

The account she alluded to, @HoHoHomeboyRoc, would regularly troll local elected officials, journalists and black people who lived in Rochester.

While she didn’t acknowledge the Twitter account by name, Znidarsic-Nicosia confirmed the photo used as its profile picture, which was a bust of a black caricature, was an item she had on display in her Rochester mansion.

During the news conference, the couple’s attorney Corey Hogan insisted the event was a ‘political party’ and had no racist intent. An invitation to the gathering described it as the ‘First Annual Liberal Smashin Splish Splash Pool Party.’

Hogan presented a slideshow of photos from the couple’s backyard during the party, which he said proved the party was not racist.

While Hogan admitted that Znidarsic’s secret Twitter account was ‘racist, wrong and vile’ he insisted she lived by different standards. He also attributed the fallout, which included Dr. Nicosia losing patients and receiving bad google reviews to cancel culture.

‘They just all dumped them because of how powerful this cancel culture is,’ Hogan said. ‘Now they have to decide, do they live in Rochester anymore or do they move? Can they redeem their character? That’s maybe what the judicial system can do. We shall see.’

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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