South by Southwest Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at South by Southwest, a collection of music, film and interactive conferences and festivals held annually in Austin, Texas. It is nicknamed “South by” and abbreviated SXSW. The purpose of SXSW is to create an opportunity for “creative people to develop their careers by bringing together people from around the globe to meet, learn and share ideas.” SXSW Inc. also hosts SXSWedu, started in 2011 to focus on teaching and education. Statistics There were 700 attendees in 1987, the first year of the conference. In 2019, there were more than to 280,000 attendees. The economic impact on the Austin economy from SXSW in 2019 was $355.9 million. Timeline 1986 – Louis Jay Meyers and Roland Swenson …

Rudy Giuliani Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City. Birth name: Rudolph William Louis Giuliani Father: Harold Giuliani, a tavern owner Mother: Helen (D’Avanzo) Giuliani, a secretary Marriages: Judith “Judi” Nathan (May 24, 2003-present, Judith filed for divorce in 2018); Donna Hanover (April 15, 1984-July 10, 2002, divorced); Regina Peruggi (October 26, 1968-1982, annulled) Children: with Donna Hanover: Caroline, August 22, 1989; Andrew, January 30, 1986 Education: Manhattan College, B.A., 1965; New York University Law School, J.D., 1968 (magna cum laude) Religion: Roman Catholic Other Facts Widely credited with New York’s revitalization during the 1990s, when crime dropped significantly and the economy boomed. As mayor, Giuliani was pro-gay rights, pro-gun control and pro-abortion …

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will be sentenced today on racketeering, firearms and drug charges

(CNN)Tekashi 6ix9ine, the flamboyant Brooklyn rapper who pleaded guilty to racketeering and testified against several members of his Bloods gang, is set to be sentenced in federal court on Wednesday morning. Two victims of an April 2018 armed robbery filed victim impact statements to the court saying that the attack, orchestrated by 6ix9ine, had caused severe stress and left them in constant fear for their lives. “Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?” one victim, an unnamed 33-year-old man, wrote in court filings. The sentencing is a concluding chapter in the startling rise and dramatic fall of 6ix9ine. The 23-year-old burst onto the rap scene with “GUMMO” in October 2017, and …

Milwaukee resident accused of throwing acid in a man’s face is charged with a hate crime

(CNN)Clifton Blackwell, the Milwaukee man accused of throwing acid last week on a US citizen born in Peru, is being charged in Wisconsin circuit court with a hate crime, according to a criminal complaint. It is unclear whether Blackwell has an attorney. Online jail records show a bail of $20,000 has been set and indicate Blackwell was in custody as of Wednesday evening. CNN affiliate WTMJ reported Blackwell made an initial appearance Wednesday. Mahud Villalaz, who came to America in 2001 and became a US citizen in 2013, suffered second-degree burns after a man threw acid on him. Villalaz told police his attacker accused him of invading the United States. Villalaz, 42, said at a Wednesday news conference that he …