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Police Scotland chief ‘approved watchdog press release’

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The Chief Constable of Police Scotland was invited to edit a press release welcoming him back to work by the watchdog responsible for overseeing his behaviour, it has emerged.

Emails released by a Scottish Parliament committee show that Phil Gormley was asked to check a media announcement set to be published by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

This saga serves as yet further proof that the few individuals at the top of the SNP’s centralised, secretive policing structure are all too close for comfort”

Liam McArthur MSP

Scotland’s top police officer has been on special leave since September over bullying allegations, which he denies, with his position being reviewed every four weeks.

The SPA board agreed that he should return to his duties on 10 December, but their decision was reversed after an intervention by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson.

He has since been accused by Mr Gormley’s lawyers of acting “unlawfully” by blocking his reinstatement and was forced to explain himself at Holyrood.

Emails released by the Public Audit Committee show that on 9 November, the SPA had drafted a press statement announcing Mr Gormley’s return to Police Scotland.

This was sent to the Chief Constable’s solicitor David Morgan, who sent it back with a series of changes requested by Mr Gormley which were accepted by the SPA.

Edited

The new press release included a sentence making clear that Mr Gormley welcomed the SPA’s decision and was looking forward to resuming his duties.

The Liberal Democrats said the exchange proved that relations between the most senior officers at Police Scotland and the watchdog were too cosy.

“This saga serves as yet further proof that the few individuals at the top of the SNP’s centralised, secretive policing structure are all too close for comfort,” said the party’s justice spokesman Liam McArthur.

“Power is heavily concentrated in the hands of just a handful of people at the very top and that needs to change.”

The press release – which was never sent out due to Mr Matheson’s intervention – also stated that welfare arrangements had been put in place for Mr Gormley’s accusers.

Kenny MacAskill: Phil Gormley must resign

In his statement to Holyrood last week, the Justice Secretary said one of the reasons he had acted to prevent Mr Gormley’s return was that no such arrangements existed.

“Once again Michael Matheson’s version of events has raised more questions than it answers,” said Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr.

The SPA declined to comment on the emails, but last month its new chair Susan Deacon said she was “increasingly concerned” about the way it had taken decisions in the past.

“As a major national public body it is essential that the SPA operates to the highest standards of public accountability and has rigorous decision making processes in place,” she added.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said that during his meeting with Mr Matheson, the previous SPA chair had been “unable to provide evidence that there was a robust plan in place to protect the wellbeing of officers and staff who raised the complaints” against Mr Gormley.

News Release

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ross J. Beaty, of 1550 – 625 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2T6, announced that on January 15, 2018 he disposed of ownership of 3,000,000 common shares (the “Common Shares”) in the capital of Amerigo Resources Ltd. (“Amerigo”) at a price of CDN$1.25199 per Common Share and aggregate proceeds of CDN$3,755,970  (the “Disposition”).  Amerigo is a company with an office at 1260 – 355 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2G8.

Prior to the Disposition, Mr. Beaty owned, directly or indirectly, or exercised control or direction over 27,298,393 Common Shares. Of these securities, 27,248,393 Common Shares were held by Kestrel Holdings Ltd., a corporation controlled by Mr. Beaty (“Kestrel”), and the rest were owned by Mr. Beaty personally. The 27,298,393 Common Shares represented approximately 15.5% of the total number of issued and outstanding Common Shares of Amerigo immediately before the Disposition.

After completion of the Disposition, Mr. Beaty now owns, directly or indirectly, or exercises control or direction over, 24,298,393 Common Shares. Of these securities, 24,248,393 Common Shares are held by Kestrel and the rest are owned by Mr. Beaty personally. The 24,298,393 Common Shares represent approximately 13.8% of the total number of issued and outstanding Common Shares of Amerigo resulting in a decrease by 6.1% to Mr. Beaty’s holdings since February 11, 2010 (the date of the last early warning report filed by Mr. Beaty in respect of Amerigo).

Mr. Beaty’s disposition was made for investment purposes.  Mr. Beaty may, in the future, acquire or dispose of ownership and control over additional securities of Amerigo for investment purposes.  The Disposition took place on the following markets: Alpha Exchange, Chi-X2 Exchange, Chi-X Exchange, NEO, NEO Lit, Omega Exchange, Pure Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange and TriAct Exchange.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the subject early warning report, please contact:

Ross J. Beaty
1550 – 625 Howe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2T6

Telephone:  (604) 806-3173
Facsimile: (604) 684-0147

Miller to serve on USA Basketball World Cup committee

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Former Girard resident to help choose women’s team. Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride among 29 players considered.

Former Girard resident Curt Miller will help determine if an Erie County native is chosen for this year’s USA World Cup women’s basketball team.

USA Basketball officials announced Friday that Miller, the coach and general manager of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, was picked to serve on its committee through 2020.

“I was truly humbled when I received the phone call asking me to join this prestigious committee,” Miller said in a USA Basketball news release. “It’s an amazing opportunity and a lifelong dream.”

The committee will determine who comprises the 2018 USA World Cup team’s roster out of a player pool that includes Kayla McBride. The 2010 Villa Maria graduate and two-time PIAA Class 2A champion is one of 29 players up for consideration.

McBride later played for the University of Notre Dame, where she led the Fighting Irish to the 2014 NCAA Division I women’s basketball final. That same year, she was the third overall pick in the 2014 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Stars, a franchise which recently relocated to Las Vegas.

Miller, 48, coached the University of Indiana women’s basketball program before he joined the professional ranks with Connecticut in 2016. Last season, he was voted the league’s coach of the year for leading the Sun to a 21-13 record and a berth in the WNBA playoffs.

Miller and McBride will be at the USA women’s training camp, scheduled the weekend of Feb. 9 at the University of South Carolina. The 12 players who make the cut will represent America in the FIBA World Cup for Women.

That tournament will run Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands.

Should the USA qualify, the team would advance to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Miller is one of five people on a selection committee highlighted by University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma. They’ll decide who plays for USA coach Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

FDA warns 2nd company of ‘significant violations’ in lead tests

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Lead is a naturally occurring element in our environment. Its past and current use in several products mean we can be exposed to it from several sources. Lead is particularly dangerous for children under 6 years old.
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The Food and Drug Administration is accusing a second company of violating federal law in connection with a massive recall of blood-lead test kits for children.

FDA officials issued a warning letter Thursday to Becton Dickinson Co. of Franklin Lakes, N.Y., which makes the plastic tubes that held blood samples in the faulty tests.  

Becton Dickinson (BDX) modified some of its blood tubes without FDA permission, according to an FDA news release. The 120-year-old company also failed to provide medical device reports to the federal agency on time.

“We are continuing to aggressively investigate this issue, including whether the use of BD tubes led to inaccurate lead test results,” Donald St. Pierre, the FDA’s deputy director of new product evaluation, said in a news release. 

► Jan. 11: Recall of faulty lead poisoning test means kids need to be retested
► Sept. 21: Fewer pregnancies, more fetal deaths in Flint after lead in water
► June 17: Environmental group warns of lead in baby food

The FDA recalled 7 million tests from 2014 to early 2017 after a popular lead testing system, manufactured Magellan Diagnostics of North Billerica, Mass., produced an unknown number of falsely low results. The recall triggered a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call to retest some of the millions of children who had taken the tests that used blood drawn from veins rather than pin-pricked capillaries.

No level of lead is considered safe in children.

Those whose blood is shown to have 5 micrograms of lead and higher per deciliter of blood are among 2.5% of children ages 1 to 5 who have been tested across the USA with the highest blood lead levels. They’re advised to be under a doctor’s care to lower those lead levels because even a small amount of lead in the blood affects children’s IQ, attention span and academic achievement.

► June 14: 5 Michigan officials face manslaughter charges over Flint water crisis
► March 28: Judge OKs $87M settlement in Flint water lawsuit

Previous damage cannot be corrected, according to the CDC.

Becton Dickinson is treating the citations and orders in the warning letter “with the highest sense of urgency,” Richard Byrd, worldwide president of BD Preanalytical Systems, said in a prepared statement.  

“Ensuring the safety and quality of our products is our top priority at BD,” Byrd said in the statement. “We take any potential issue with our products very seriously and are cooperating fully with the FDA on this matter.” 

► December 2016: 4 million Americans could be drinking toxic water
► December 2016: Here’s what EPA says it’s doing about lead in tap water

Becton Dickinson’s stock price rose about 0.8% Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and was trading at $227.71 as the market closed.

If the FDA isn’t satisfied that its warning letter results in prompt corrections, the agency can take additional actions, including seizure, injunction and civil monetary penalties.

The FDA also determined that Becton Dickinson received a complaint from Magellan Diagnostics, makers of the lead testing systems, which had found a link between certain tubes and inaccurate test results. 

► June 2016: Pediatricians: U.S. not doing enough to halt childhood lead poisoning
► March 2016: Excessive lead levels found in almost 2,000 water systems

“We told (BD) we thought it was the problem, and they said it wasn’t their problem,” said President and Chief Executive Jack Kenny of Meridian Bioscience, the Newtown, Ohio-based parent of Magellan. His company informed its LeadCare customers to stop using those blood tubes with the diagnostic device.

“We tried to do what was right,” Kenny said.

However, the FDA also warned Magellan for violating federal laws regarding how to report complaints and make changes to its medical devices.

Follow Carrie Blackmore Smith on Twitter: @CarrieSmithEnq

 

Selena-inspired series in the works by ABC – Corpus Christi Caller

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Selena fans may soon see a series modeled upon her legacy. It’s not about Selena, but the main character, Alex Guerra, is inspired by the late music star.
USA TODAY

Selena fans may soon see a series modeled upon her legacy.

It’s not about Selena, but the main character, Alex Guerra, is inspired by the late tejano star.

ABC has committed to a pilot for a series inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla, according to a news release from Campanario Entertainment.

Selena’s siblings, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga, will produce the series, according to Variety. The series, which is untitled, is written by Miguel Nolla, who is also a co-executive producer for the project. 

“We are excited to come on board as producers on an ABC music driven, Latino family drama that celebrates Selena’s musical legacy with a lead character whose music and career is inspired by Selena,” Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in the news release.

More: Selena gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Nov. 3 proclaimed ‘Selena Day’

Scooter Braun, owner of School Boy Records and Raymond-Braun Media Group, Scott Manson and James Shin, all of  entertainment and media company SB Projects, will executive produce. 

Jamie Davila, Rico Martinez and Sergio Aguero of Los Angeles-based television and digital content production company Campanario Entertainment will also executive produce, according to Variety.

The series is set to focus on Guerra, an award-winning pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years. She returns home to Texas and tries to balance a love triangle, her career and the secrets of her family, Variety states. 

More: Google doodle features Selena, celebrates her legacy

It is unknown if the series will debut on television anytime soon, but it may be possible considering Nolla, who is writing the show, has worked with ABC shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” which have both had multiple seasons. 

“This project gives us all an opportunity to showcase a successful, aspirational Latino family in a way that is not currently represented on television,” Jaime Davila, president of Campanario Entertainment said in the news release. “Sergio, Rico and I are looking forward to creating with the team an original music-driven drama with authentic characters as multifaceted as our own families.”

The pilot comes months after Selena Quintanilla Perez got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3, 2017. A month before, Google also featured a Selena doodle that celebrated her legacy. 

Madame Tussauds also unveiled a $350,000 wax figure of the icon in Hollywood last year. A few months later, MAC Cosmetics released a Selena makeup line. Selena was also inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. 

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“The Life of/ La Vida de Selena” is a bilingual biography that teaches little ones how Selena Quintanilla Perez got her start on the road to fame and offers fun facts about the Tejano star.
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US women’s Winter Olympics bobsled team heads to Pyeongchang without Lolo Jones

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With only two sleds qualified for the Pyeongchang Olympics, the always competitive spots for U.S. brakemen got tighter.

Olympic medalist Aja Evans and Lauren Gibbs were named to the team on Saturday. Gibbs, who made her first Olympic team, will push Elana Meyers Taylor’s sled, while Evans will again push Jamie Greubel Poser’s sled after the pair won bronze in Sochi in their Olympic debut.

Briauna Jones was named as a replacement athlete. The team announcement came after the U.S. concluded World Cup competition in St. Moritz on Saturday.

The selections and lack of a third sled meant that Lolo Jones, a controversial pick for the team in Sochi, will not compete.

“Six push athletes have been battling it out week after week and winning medals on the World Cup circuit this year, but we only have two spots for the Games,” said USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele. “We don’t take this decision light-heartedly. The selection committee chose the athletes they think have the best chance of bringing home hardware from Korea for Team USA.”

More: Shaun White earns fourth Olympics berth after notching perfect 100 at U.S. Grand Prix

More: Tonya Harding, mother give differing accounts of abuse, drinking

 

Since the 2016-17 season, Evans has seven world cup medals and pushed Greubel Poser to bronze at last year’s world championship.

Gibbs, meanwhile, has 11 World Cup medals in her four seasons in the sport and pushed Meyers Taylor’s sled to bronze at the 2016 world championships.

Meyers Taylor is seeking her third Olympic medal after winning silver with Lauryn Williams in Sochi. As a brakeman for Erin Pac, Meyers Taylor won bronze in Vancouver.

Both U.S. sleds are favored to medal but will have to knock off two-time defending gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Canada. At the test event in Pyeongchang, Greubel Poser got the win while Meyers Taylor was second.

Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones took gold for the pilot’s first world cup win of the season on Saturday. Jones later tweeted her congratulations and best wishes to the team.

The United States had been hoping to qualify three sleds, but narrowly missed that on Saturday. Needing to finish higher than the third Canadian team to qualify a third sled for Pyeongchang, Brittany Reinbolt finished in 15th, putting her one spot and 0.16 seconds behind Canada’s Christine de Bruin.

“I’m feeling such a mixture of emotions right now,” Meyers Taylor said in a press release. “I feel gutted. Brittany was one of my recruits. It’s bittersweet because I’ve been working all season to get a race win and I knew I could win here. I knew with the depth of brakemen we have that we could do it, we could have a great push and win, but, geez, I’m just gutted for Brittany and our brakemen. That’s sport though.”

Lolo Jones was named to the Sochi team amid criticism from fellow U.S. athletes Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo, who said USA Bobsled made the choice based more on Jones’ popularity and marketability than skill.

Jones pushed Jazmine Fenlator’s USA-3 sled to an 11th-place finish in Sochi. She told USA TODAY Sports in November that while another Summer Olympics would be a possibility, Jones would not try for another Winter Olympics.

 

Emblem Announces $50 Million Bought Deal

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan. 12, 2018) –

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES

Emblem Corp. (TSX VENTURE:EMC)(TSX VENTURE:EMC.WT) (“Emblem” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of engagement with Eight Capital pursuant to which Eight Capital has agreed to purchase 12,195,123 units (the “Units“) and 25,000 convertible unsecured debentures (the “Convertible Debentures“) of the Company (together, the “Offered Securities“), on a “bought deal” basis pursuant to a short form prospectus to be filed, subject to all required regulatory approvals, at a price per Unit of $2.05 (the “Unit Issue Price“) for gross proceeds of $25,000,002 and a price per Convertible Debenture of $1,000.00 for gross proceeds of $25,000,000, for total gross proceeds of $50,000,002 (the “Offering“). Prior to closing the Offering, Eight Capital and the Company may agree to form a syndicate of underwriters.

The Company has agreed to grant Eight Capital an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Units at the Unit Issue Price, exercisable in whole or in part, at any time on or prior to the date that is 30 days following the closing of the Offering. If this option is exercised in full, an additional $3,750,001 will be raised pursuant to the Offering and the aggregate proceeds of the Offering will be $53,750,003.

Each Unit will be comprised of one common share of the Company (a “Common Share“) and one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant“). Each Warrant shall entitle the holder thereof to purchase one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $2.70, for a period of 24 months following the closing of the Offering.

The Convertible Debentures shall bear interest at a rate of 8.0% per annum from the date of issue, payable semi-annually in arrears on June 30 and December 31 of each year. The Convertible Debentures will have a maturity date of 36 months from the closing date of the Offering (the “Maturity Date“).

The Convertible Debentures will be convertible at the option of the holder into common shares of the Company (the “Conversion Shares“) at any time prior to the close of business on the Maturity Date at a conversion price of $2.30 per share (the “Conversion Price“). Beginning on the date following the closing date, the Company may force the conversion of all of the principal amount of the then outstanding Convertible Debentures at the Conversion Price on 30 days prior written notice should the daily volume weighted average trading price of the Conversion Shares be greater than $3.45, for any 10 consecutive trading days.

Upon a change of control of the Company, holders of the Convertible Debentures will have the right to require the Company to repurchase their Convertible Debentures, in whole or in part, on the date that is 30 days following the change of control, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Convertible Debentures then outstanding plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon (the “Offer Price“). If 90% or more of the principal amount of the Convertible Debentures outstanding on the date of the notice of the change of control have been tendered for redemption, the Company will have the right to redeem all of the remaining Convertible Debentures at the Offer Price.

As consideration for its services, Eight Capital and a syndicate of underwriters to be formed in connection with the Offering will receive a cash commission equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering, other than in respect of Offered Securities sold to the Company’s president’s list for which the a cash commission equal to 3.0% will be paid. The Company will also issue non-transferrable compensation warrants to the underwriters in an amount equal to 3.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering divided by the Unit Issue Price. Each compensation warrant will be exercisable into one Unit at the Unit Issue Price for a period of 24 months following the closing of the Offering.

The Company intends to use the proceeds of the Offering to fund strategic growth opportunities and for general and corporate purposes.

The closing date of the Offering is scheduled to be on or about February 2, 2018 and is subject to certain customary conditions, including the receipt of all necessary approvals, the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and the approval of applicable securities regulatory authorities.

The Offered Securities will be offered by way of a short form prospectus to be filed in all of the provinces of Canada, except Quebec, pursuant to National Instrument 44-101 – Short Form Prospectus Distributions. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities being offered have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable state securities laws.

About Emblem

Emblem is licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the “ACMPR“) to cultivate and sell medical marihuana. Emblem carries out its principal activities producing marihuana from its facilities in Paris, Ontario pursuant to the provisions of the ACMPR and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) and its regulations.

Forward-looking statements

This news release may contain “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All information contained herein that is not clearly historical in nature may constitute forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that may cause actual financial results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the estimated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements and the forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. This news release contains information obtained by the Company from third parties and believes such information to be accurate but has not independently verified such information.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Secret Shopper Bandit Press Release

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The Lakewood Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are investigating the following robberies of numerous King Soopers stores:

  • King Soopers
    1545 South Kipling St.
    Lakewood, Colorado
    07/18/17, 6:05 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    1927 South Wadsworth
    Lakewood, Colorado
    11/05/17, 5:43 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    1927 South Wadsworth
    Lakewood, Colorado
    07/21/17, 7:10 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    1545 South Kipling
    Lakewood, Colorado
    12/16/17, 4:31 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    1927 South Wadsworth
    Lakewood, Colorado
    09/05/17, 7:40 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    1927 South Wadsworth
    Lakewood, Colorado
    12/29/17, 5:03 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    1927 South Wadsworth
    Lakewood, Colorado
    10/25/17, 7:21 p.m.
  • King Soopers
    9820 West Belleview Ave.
    Littleton, Colorado
    01/07/18, 4:50 p.m.

The suspect, who has been dubbed the “Secret Shopper Bandit”, will approach the service desk and wait for the cashier to be alone. Once he has approached the cashier, he passes the cashier a bag with a note demanding money. To date the suspect has not displayed any weapons.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years of age, approximately 6′ tall, with a medium build, and facial hair.

If anyone has any information regarding the business robberies above, or any bank or business robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to five thousand dollars ($3,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Selena-inspired series in the works for ABC – Corpus Christi Caller

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“The Life of/ La Vida de Selena” is a bilingual biography that teaches little ones how Selena Quintanilla Perez got her start on the road to fame and offers fun facts about the Tejano star.
Wochit

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Selena fans may soon be able to watch a TV series based on her legacy.

ABC has committed to a pilot for program inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla, according to a news release from Campanario Entertainment.

The show won’t be about Selena herself, but the main character, Alex Guerra, is inspired by the late Tejano star, who was shot and killed by an employee in 1995.

Selena’s siblings, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga, will produce the series, according to Variety. The series, which is untitled, will be written by Miguel Nolla, who is also a co-executive producer for the project. 

Nolla has worked on successful ABC shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, which both have aired multiple seasons. 

More: Selena Quintanilla: Google Doodle honors singer on 28th anniversary of debut album

More: Selena honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

“We are excited to come on board as producers on an ABC music driven, Latino family drama that celebrates Selena’s musical legacy with a lead character whose music and career is inspired by Selena,” Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in the news release.

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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez released her first studio album, ‘Selena,’ on Oct. 17, 1989. Google marked the anniversary by releasing a Doodle in her honor. Here are some other memorable milestones from the Tejano music icon’s short, but storied life.
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The series will focus on the fictitious Guerra, an award-winning pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years. She returns home to Texas and tries to balance a love triangle, her career and the secrets of her family, Variety states. 

“This project gives us all an opportunity to showcase a successful, aspirational Latino family in a way that is not currently represented on television,” Jaime Davila, president of Campanario Entertainment said in the news release. “Sergio, Rico and I are looking forward to creating with the team an original music-driven drama with authentic characters as multifaceted as our own families.”

It is unknown when the series might debut.

Scooter Braun, owner of School Boy Records and Raymond-Braun Media Group, Scott Manson and James Shin, of entertainment and media company SB Projects, will executive produce. 

Jamie Davila, Rico Martinez and Sergio Aguero of Los Angeles-based television and digital content production company Campanario Entertainment will also executive produce, according to Variety.

The pilot comes months after Selena Quintanilla Perez got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3, 2017. Previous to that Google featured a Selena doodle celebrating her musical legacy. 

Madame Tussauds unveiled a $350,000 wax figure of the icon in Hollywood last year. A few months later, MAC Cosmetics released a Selena makeup line. Selena also has been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Follow Alexandria Rodriguez on Twitter: @Caller_AR

Raw cookie dough store opens at Destiny USA

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Dough Life serves the cookie dough chilled and scooped like ice cream into cones and dishes. 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The raw cookie dough that you eat like ice cream is now open at Destiny USA in Syracuse.

Dough Life, operated by Dough Boyz, is on the second floor in the Macy’s wing across from the Apple Store. Dough Boyz was started at Walden Galleria Mall near Buffalo.

Dough Life features several flavors, including chocolate chip, s’mores and red velvet – all made with treated flour and excluding eggs, making the dough safe to eat without baking. Dough Life serves the cookie dough chilled and scooped like ice cream into cones and dishes.

Dough Life is working on gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan recipes, as well.

“Cookie dough fans have been pleading for the addition of a Destiny USA location,” Destiny’s Director of Marketing Aiden McGuire said in a news release. “We’re excited to finally bring this sweet treat to all of our guests at Destiny USA.”