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Judge rules ‘Justice for Ahmaud’ signs, supporters can stay outside courthouse

A defense motion seeking to limit signs and demonstrations outside the Glynn County Courthouse where three men are on trial in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery was denied Tuesday morning by Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley. Walmsley said to do so would deny those outside the courtroom their First Amendment rights. “I will note when I came in this morning, it has been relatively quiet on the courthouse steps,” Walmsley said. “There have been individuals who’ve come over the last week or so. I checked in with the sheriff a week ago. No problems. No reported arrests. No issues.” Since the trial began last Monday, there have been anywhere from 10 to over 100 people sitting on the lawn -- some holding signs, some chanting, “Justice for Ahmaud.” Kevin Gough, the defense attorney for Wil

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How to clean common Halloween stains off your floors, from fake blood to pumpkin pulp

It’s all fun and games until there’s pumpkin mushed into the carpet (Picture: Getty Images/Image Source)Amid the frights of Halloween, there’s the ever-present terror of knowing you’ve got to clean up afterwards. Particularly if you’ve got kids, there’s the potential for a whole load of mess during spooky season, from slime on sofas to face paint on wall paint. What we don’t want is the state of your carpets scaring you more than the costumers, so we’ve called in the professionals. Flooring Superstore and Henry Paterson, Senior Operations Executive at Housekeep, have collaborated to showy you the best way to clean common stains you might grapple with during this period. Here they reveal how to clean up chocolate, sweets, pumpkin pulp, face paint, and fake blood this Halloween.

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Kim Basinger Says She Was “Chosen By God” To Receive Model Ireland Baldwin, “Stunning Resemblance”

All parents understand, if they are paying attention, that children are the great teachers and that knowledge between a parent and child travels a reciprocal path. The actress Kim Basinger was terrifically articulate in laying this out when she praised her daughter Ireland Baldwin, the model, on her birthday this week. Kim quoted the poet Kahlil Gibran and added, addressing her daughter Ireland, “I am so blessed to have been chosen by God and the universe to have received you…the best teacher I could have ever been paired with…” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kim Basinger (@kim.basinger) Praising Ireland as a “joyful celebrator” and “gifted communicator,” mom Kim wishes the beautiful Ireland a “happy happy happy” birthday in a movin...

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Lee and Romney need to step up for clean air

Greg Libecci, energy and resource manager for the Salt Lake City School District, stands with solar panels on the roof of Mountain View Elementary School in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Clean energy has become less expensive in recent years due to innovations. | Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsThe budget reconciliation bill currently under consideration in Washington contains the most important clean energy legislation in 50 years Opportunities for one person to change the world don’t come around every day. Today is one of those chances … if your name is Mike Lee or Mitt Romney. The budget reconciliation bill currently on the congressional roller coaster in Washington contains the most important clean energy legislation considered in 50 years. The Clean Electricity Performance P

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Mutual aid groups ponder future of community-based help

More than a decade ago, Erin Barnes came across data that drove home the importance of grassroots, volunteer-led groups. The U.S. Forest Service was trying to document all the groups that maintain green space in New York City, of which there were nearly 3,000 in 2007. About three-quarters were led by volunteers, and more than a third had annual budgets of less than $1,000. “They were literally stewarding all the open green space of New York City,” Barnes says. This kind of organizing is a key element of civic participation and how social change happens, Barnes says. “There’s so much about this hyperlocalism and caring for community that’s so critical to a healthy society.” Barnes later co-founded Ioby, a nonprofit that serves very small grassroots groups. Ioby — the name stands for “in our

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Japan’s Princess Mako marries amid criticism that strained her mental health

Japan’s Princess Mako quietly married a commoner on Tuesday, giving up her royal status. She and Kei Komuro will move to New York to start a new life. Mako declined a payment of 140 million yen ($1.23 million) to which she was entitled for leaving the imperial family. She chose to refuse it because of criticism of the marriage, palace officials said. There was no wedding banquet or other marriage rituals for the couple. On Tuesday morning, Mako left the palace wearing a pale blue dress and holding a bouquet. She bowed outside the residence to her parents, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, and her 26-year-old sister, Kako, and then the sisters hugged each other. The couple’s engagement, announced more than four years ago, was followed by a series of small dramas that focused at

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He drums for Sting, Devo and the Vandals. Now Josh Freese made an album of 60-second songs.

Josh Freese has been playing drums since he was 12 years old. Professionally, that is. Freese joined the musicians union before he’d even hit his teens, playing several shows a day at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Terrace in the ’80s. “It was great, playing five sets a day during the school year and we’d play weekends in the summertime,” he said of his years playing the theme park. “Those are some of my fondest memories – and I like to joke that it’s all been downhill ever since. “I look back at it now and I laugh,” he said, but “I wouldn’t change any of that.” By the time he was 15, he was in the studio making records with Dweezil Zappa before joining Huntington Beach-based punk band The Vandals a year later. From there, Freese has gone on to tour with acts like Devo, Sting, Nine Inch Nails a

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Travel to Turn of the Century Japan with this Book

Marc Walter/Photovintage France. Courtesy of TASCHEN.So much of our travel, from museums to historic neighborhoods to reenactments, are an attempt to travel back into the past. The same goes for coffee table books, whether they be photos of Paris by Marville or the Golden Age of Hollywood. That’s why our latest selection for Just Booked, our series on gorgeous travel related coffee table books, is the latest in Taschen’s series on various destinations at the turn of the century—Japan 1900. The extra large book is filled with more than 700 photos from the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th and have been lightly colorized. They capture a Japan as it slowly opens up to the world and becomes a major stop on the steamship routes (so popular that the word globetrotter was created...

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Keanu Reeves Gifted Custom Rolexes to ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Stunt Team

(Left: Lionsgate, Right: Rolex)Keanu Reeves gave his John Wick: Chapter 4 stunt crew an iconic luxury watch sendoff while celebrating the end of production at a Paris restaurant. Though he plays an icy-veined assassin in the neo-noir hitman series, Reeves showed a warm, generous side in gifting stuntmen Bruce Lee Concepcion, Jeremy Marinas, Dave Camarillo and Li Qiang four custom Rolex Submariners while dining at Paris’ Bistrot Paul Bert. View this post on Instagram A post shared by WATCHMANIA (@watchmania) Photos posted on social media show personalized casebacks. Marinas’ reads, “The John Wick Five – Jeremy – Thank You – Keanu,” as well as the insciprtion “JW4 2021” to mark the occasion. “Best wrap gift ever,” said on Instagram, while Conc...

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US consumer confidence rebounds in October after 3 declines

U.S. consumer confidence rose in October after three straight declines as the public's anxiety about the delta variant of the coronavirus appear to have abated. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to a reading of 113.8 in October, up from 109.8 in September. Consumer spending makes up about 70% of all economic activity in the U.S., so economists pay close attention to the numbers for a better idea of what’s to come for the national economy. Consumers' view about both the present situation and future expectations both rebounded in October. In addition to the delta variant, consumer concerns about inflation had dragged confidence lower. Earlier this month, the Labor Department reported another jump in consumer prices in September that sent inflatio...

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Sevyn Stuns In Bikini Bubble Bath, Sizzles In Lingerie, “Sevyn You Look Amazing”

Rising superstar singer and songwriter Sevyn recently dropped the Drunken Wordz Sober Thougthz album, an R&B beauty that, as she boasts, has NO SKIPZ. Even NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal put out word that Sevyn’s new tracks had hit, and she’s been making noise, audio and visual, since the moment. Today Sevyn wants to remind people never to waste a rainy day, even if most people can’t quite enjoy it in the style she chooses — taking some bikini-strewn me time in the a big bubble bath, with some bubbly in the flute too! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sevyn Streeter (@sevyn) But even if it’s not raining, Sevyn doesn’t appear to waste much time. She’s getting her SavageXFenty on in some gram action below, and it’s, well, savage. And sh...

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Trial of white nationalists behind deadly Unite the Right rally set to begin

Jury selection in the civil lawsuit against organizers and participants of the Unite the Right rally in 2017 began Monday (Picture: Getty Images)Four years after the Unite the Right rally turned deadly, jury selection began in the federal civil trial that hopes to hold those responsible for the violence accountable. Jury selection started Monday in the civil lawsuit against organizers and participants of the rally, which ended catastrophically when an alleged neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd — killing one and injuring more than 30 others. Nine people injured during the two-day march in 2017 claim in the lawsuit that rally participants conspired to violate the rights of peaceful counter-protesters, and commit racially motivated violence against non-white and Jewish people. T...

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Weather warnings issued across UK as hours of heavy rain and flooding predicted

Umbrellas at the ready (Picture: PA)Coastal and northern parts of Britain are in for a few days of ‘persistent’ rain, forecasters have predicted. The Met Office has issued a series of weather warnings, beginning at midnight in southern Scotland. From 6am Cumbria in the north west will be covered by a warning which says some communities could become cut off due to flooded roads. Road closures may be needed if flooding creates hazardous driving conditions and public transport including bus and trains face delays or cancellations. The Met Office adds: ‘There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.’ Despite the dampness, meterologist Luke Miall said it’s ‘exceptionally’ mild for the time of year because of warm air pushing up the south....

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Peter Andre ‘calls in lawyers’ after Katie Prices claims about him in her new book

Peter Andre has reportedly called in his lawyers after extracts of Katie Price’s book were revealed (Picture: Rex)Peter Andre has reportedly contacted his lawyers regarding claims Katie Price made about him in her latest book, Harvey and Me. The former glamour model, 43, had claimed in the book that Peter had ‘no interest’ in seeing her son Harvey, 19, whose father is Dwight Yorke, after they split up. According to reports from The Sun, Peter’s solicitors ‘sent legal letters and evidence’ disputing claims he didn’t try and stay in contact with Harvey. Sources told the paper: ‘Pete is a great dad – he was devastated to be blocked from seeing Harvey and begged to see him more and more. ‘He’s tried on hundreds of occasions to see him. Pete is sick of Katie’s lies and being dragged

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“Buy it when you see it.” Retailers dread holiday shortages

The Perfect Pigg, a gift shop owned by Ginger Pigg, is the go-to place for residents of Cumming, Georgia, to pick up gift items like kids toys and home goods. But this year, store shelves might be a little sparse. Because of bottlenecks in the global supply chain, many stores like Pigg’s are scrambling to try to get all the inventory they can ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season. “I’m a little stressed,” said Pigg, who has about 60% of the Christmas inventory she usually has at this time. Some stock she ordered in July hasn’t arrived yet. “I feel like I’ve done everything I could do,” she said. “I’m hoping and praying it all comes in.” The global supply chain has been buffeted by a multitude of problems, from factories having to close due to COVID-19 surges, a lack of containers

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