Jussie Smollett, former actor in the TV series “Empire,” is making another attempt to get the city lawsuit against him thrown out of federal court before trial. Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times learned exclusively on Tuesday night that Smollett’s attorneys filed a motion in response to the city’s claim that Smollett should pay the city more than $130,000 to cover police overtime and other costs.

According to Sneed, “The city claims the costs were incurred in connection with an investigation into a report he filed claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in River North. Police later charged Smollett with staging the attack.”

Sneed outlines the argument of Smollett’s attorneys: ““My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion…

But the latest court filing contends even if Smollett did make a false report, there is no way the city can assert he would have known the city would investigate — and investigate it to the extent cops did.

“We contend the city is wrong,” Quinlan said of the city’s assertion that Smollett should have known the city would spend nearly 2,000 hours investigating. “ … The mere fact somebody filed a police report doesn’t presume the investigation will be done and certainly not to the extent of what the city is claiming.””

To summarize, if Smollett falsely reported a hate crime and staged an attack, he does not believe he is responsible for the costs of the investigation. Obviously, this does not make any sense. Assuming Smollett falsely reported a hate crime and staged the attack, he should be solely and fully responsible for the costs of the investigation, since the investigation would not have happened without his dishonest fabrication of events.

A village in the north suburbs of Chicago is trying to force a couple to remove a memorial to the September 11th attacks from their property.

Leigh Gardella-Wood and her husband bought the Spring Bluff Elementary School property in Winthrop Harbor, which had been closed, in 2011; where they now live with their family. The property included a memorial boulder. As NBC Chicago reported, “In June 2012, Girl Scout Kasha Strathman took the 9/11 memorial on as her Gold Award project, raising money for the plaque that now sits on the boulder, reading ‘We Shall Never Forget’ above a dedication to ‘those who serve.'”

On Monday, Gardella-Wood said that last week the village board told her the sign on the memorial was “obsolete” and she had ten days to remove it or else she could be fined as much as $500 per day. She responded, “I have never heard of a plaque being an issue. There are people who have plaques in their yard all over the place— it is not gaudy, it is not hurting anybody.” She continued. “I think this is needed. We have a lot of people who are veterans. By the village wanting it gone, it hurts. People come here and reflect or to get away.”

She concluded, “I don’t know what to think because I don’t understand what they are thinking. I don’t understand how a community that is so close, that they would find a plaque or memorial obsolete. People worked really hard to have that put there. People died on 9/11. It’s not something we can just forget. It is coming up – how do you forget that?”

Gardella-Wood is exactly right, the village’s attempt to suppress her freedom of speech alone is already horrible, but the idea that a sign saying “We Shall Never Forget,” over the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, is “obsolete” is idiotic and anti-American.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot weighed-in on the out-of-control gun violence sweeping her city Monday night; blaming “coward Republicans” from neighboring states for the recent spike in shootings.

“Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates. Let’s protect our citizens,” posted Cruz on social media.

Lightfoot fired-back moments later.

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth,” posted Lightfoot.

Lightfoot made similar comments earlier this year, claiming her city’s gun crisis was possible due to Indiana’s firearms laws.

“Previously we had a law enforcement first and only strategy and it wasn’t working. It’s not working when you talk about neighborhoods where the unemployment rate is 25% or higher. It’s not working when you think about the fact that in many communities, 90% or more of residents are depending on public assistance and where neighborhoods haven’t been invested in, where there’s no real legitimate economic activity,” said Lightfoot.

“The fact that you can cross the border, go into Indiana and purchase military-grade weapons at any number with no background check is a terrible thing, not only for a city but look at the devastation that gun violence is wreaking every single day in our community,” she added.

Jean-Luc Brunel, the founder of a modeling agency, thought by authorities to possess key information about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, ‘has disappeared like a ghost without a trace.’

According to The Daily Mail, “Investigators are making enquiries in Brazil, the US and Europe and French prosecutors are also pursuing claims relating to the financier, who died aged 66 before he could face the latest allegations.”

Virginia Roberts, who is one of Epstein’s victims, claims to have slept with Brunel “many times” between the ages of 16 to 19. Many of Epstein’s victims are believed to have been sourced in Paris.

Epstein owned a £7million apartment in Paris, where Brunel also lived. The modeling agency boss was searching for new talent in Brazil until the start of this summer. Brunel is considered “uncontactable” because he has no address or social media.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a U.S. government agency that created the network that evolved into the internet, announced it needed an underground lair within a day’s notice.

DARPA’s need of an underground lair follows their characteristic mysteriousness. They are known for their famous projects, including neural implants for U.S. soldiers. They announced their need for an underground lair through the government’s favorite medium: Twitter.

“Attention, city dwellers! We’re interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels & facilities able to host research & experimentation,” they tweeted, adding, “It’s short notice, we’re asking for responses by Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM ET.”

This may seem extremely odd, probably because it is, but Jared Adams, DARPA’s chief of communication, told Fox News in an email:

“Per the announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the RFI is intended solely for information and planning purposes, and does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals. Complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response.”

Nope, nothing strange going on here (yeah right). Just good ole DARPA doing their spooky, secretive things that they do. I mean, what could possibly go wrong, right???