The real-life tale behind Thiessen and Smith’s book

Tiffani Amber Thiessen and husband Brady Smith reveal what inspired their new children’s book, “You’re Missing It.” (May 9)

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Woman sentenced for pushing friend off bridge

A woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her 16-year-old friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver, Washington has been sentenced. Tay’lor Smith will spend two days in jail and 38 days on a county work crew. (March 28)

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ShowBiz Minute: Cosby, Cosby accusers, Smith

(26 Sep 2018) Bill Cosby camp says that once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism; Bill Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved; Will Smith celebrates birthday with bungee jump near Grand Canyon. (Sept. 26)

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Seattle Police Are Taking Guns From Potentially Dangerous People (HBO)

In late May, the Seattle Police Department knocked in the door at Brian Smith’s house and did exactly what many Second Amendment advocates say is their worst fear: they came for his guns.

They were able to do that because of a relatively new Washington State law that allows the government to seize firearms from a person who has been deemed to be a danger to himself or others — even if he is otherwise legally able to own guns. It’s called an extreme risk protection order, or ERPO, and it’s quickly becoming one of the only pieces of gun-control legislation to make it through state legislatures. Earlier this month, Illinois became the 13th state to sign one into law.

In Washington, Second Amendment advocates have so far been relatively quiet about the law. The Seattle Police have seized guns from two dozen people under the legislation so far, and advocates say they are mostly watching to see how the process actually works.

Instead, the strongest notes of concern have come from an unlikely corner: the ACLU, which worries the law will disproportionally affect minorities and the poor, and mental health advocates, who say they worry the law could be used to seize guns from people who are seen as a danger only because of their mental conditions.

In the case of Brian Smith, he has been found to exhibit signs of with alcoholism and delusional disorder. But the police insist their case is based on more than just that. (Smith refutes the mental health evaluation, which came in the form of a court assessment during a separate criminal case.) They first came in contact with him after a neighbor reported that he was recklessly playing with a loaded handgun in his backyard while drinking, and say they have documented other incidents of unsafe behavior. The police eventually seized eight firearms from him.

VICE News was there when they went to court to argue that the ERPO should be extended for the full year, and visited with Smith in his home, to find out what it felt like to be on the receiving end of modern-day gun seizure.

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Emmitt Smith on Super Bowl, national anthem protests, concussions and CTE protocol

Emmitt Smith sees Tom Brady as the best quarterback of all time. And that means a lot, since many regard Smith as the best ever at his position. (Feb. 2)

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ShowBiz Minute: Hamilton, Miss America, Smith

Lin-Manuel Miranda premieres “”Hamilton” in London; talks Puerto Rico production; Miss America Organization loses TV partner over emails; What makes Will Smith’s world “Bright” money, he jokes. (Dec. 22)

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Will Smith: ‘My life is my art’

“Bright” star Will Smith says he no longer worries about releasing a movie, while co-star Joel Edgerton says that while critical acclaim is nice, if no one watches his films, it’s pointless. (Dec. 21)

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Smith feels ‘Bright’ about new movie

At the Los Angeles premiere of new Netflix movie “Bright,” star Will Smith says he’s happy not to have to worry about the opening weekend box office. (Dec. 14)

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MN Lt. Gov Tina Smith Replaces Senator Franken

Minnesota Gov. Dayton names Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Franken seat until November election. Smith will run in that election to complete Franken’s term through 2020. (Dec. 13)

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