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Pumpkin season gets rolling in San Jose this weekend

While it seems like pumpkin spice has been everywhere since the middle of summer, it’s not until we see real pumpkins everywhere that it starts feeling like fall. San Jose gets things rolling on Saturday with the return of its Pumpkins in the Park harvest festival at the Guadalupe River Park’s Discovery Meadow. This family-friendly event stretches back 27 years — not counting a pandemic-forced hiatus in 2020 — and always has been a great way to kick off the season. Admission’s free, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a pumpkin patch, inflatable slides, a costume party and entertainment including San Jose Taiko. Of course, for generations of Santa Clara County families, there’s no better place for pumpkins than Spina Farms in Coyote Valley, south of San Jose. Last year, owners Gary Tog

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‘Pak ‘N Save is f—-d’: Judge throws out 19 attempted murder charges against man accused of trying to blow up everyone in Emeryville grocery store

OAKLAND — An Alameda County judge dismissed a whopping 19 attempted murder charges against a Bay Area man who’d been accused of trying to blow up an Emeryville grocery store and kill everyone inside, court records show. Brian Miller, 28, still faces two counts of arson, as well as a count of resisting an executive officer and another count of possessing a destructive device, court records show. But the mass dismissal means Miller no longer faces the chance of a life sentence if convicted. Prosecutors alleged that Miller made a scene as he was kicked out of a Pak ‘N Save in Emeryville on May 23, 2021. “Pak ‘N Save is f—-d,” he allegedly told an employee as he ate a sandwich outside of the store. “I’m going to burn this place to the ground. You guys just watch.” Hours later, he allegedly ret

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World

Ex-Met officer arrested over ‘racist’ WhatsApp group

Rob Lewis went on to work at the Home Office after serving as a police officer (Picture: Getty)A former Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested after being accused of sharing racist messages in a WhatsApp group. Rob Lewis has also been suspended by the Home Office, where he was employed as an official. The allegations came to light after an investigation by the BBC’s Newsnight programme, which claimed several police officers had been members of the chat group. Comments about Meghan Markle, the deadly floods in Pakistan and the Rwanda deportation programme were allegedly circulated.  The ex-police officer, who is in 60s, has now been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Communications Act and misconduct in a public office.  In a response to allegations made by ...

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Entertainment

William H. Macy: Burt Reynolds Was ‘Clueless’ Making Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights’

William H. Macy revealed Burt Reynolds really didn’t know how to get down with “Boogie Nights.” The Academy Award-nominated Paul Thomas Anderson film about the 1970s porn industry starred Mark Wahlberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, and Macy, with Reynolds appearing in a supporting role. Former co-star Macy told Vulture in an oral history of the film that Reynolds “wasn’t happy” on set and didn’t seem to comprehend the magnitude and tone of the film. “I think Burt was sort of clueless as to what we were doing,” Macy said. “I think all of us very early in the film thought, ‘Holy crap, this is extraordinary,’ and I think Burt was clueless. And he trashed the film after we wrapped — up until the time he got an Academy Award nomination. I’m probably now B

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Politics

Early data indicates Idaho wolf population is holding steady

Idaho's wolf population appears to be holding steady despite recent changes by lawmakers that allow expanded methods and seasons for killing wolves, the state’s top wildlife official said Thursday. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told lawmakers on the Natural Resources Interim Committee that preliminary data on human-caused and natural wolf mortality looks similar to three previous years. He also said the agency is using changes in wolf hunting laws that could lead to killing more wolves in areas with livestock conflicts or where elk herds are below population goals, potentially through a wolf-killing reimbursement program for skilled trappers and hunters. “I think the best way to describe Idaho’s population right now is that it’s fairly stable, and it’s fluctuatin

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Top Putin Ally Threatens ‘Cruel’ Attacks on New Country

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesTop officials in Belarus, a key Russian ally, are growing increasingly on edge this week about that they see as provocations—and warning that they might soon be forced into a harsh response. The head of the border committee of Belarus, Anatoly Lappo, claimed that Poland was acting “provocatively,” and that if any Polish attack takes place against Belarusian border officials, Belarus will not hold back. “[If] there will be at least one bullet in our border guards, the answer will be immediate and cruel,” Lappo said. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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World

Three Isis leaders in Syria ‘killed in US airstrikes and raid’

US forces patrolling in northeaster Syria in December last year (Picture: Getty)The US claims to have killed two top Isis leaders as well as a major smuggler for the terror group in Syria. Airstrikes launched this evening are said to have killed Abu ‘Ala, who was deputy leader of the group in the country and one of the terror group’s top five in command. The bombing also killed Abu Mu’Ad al-Qahtani, who was responsible for prisoner affairs, according to US officials who spoke to media including CNN. They said the strike came after looking at over a thousand hours of intelligence collection to determine the precise location needed, adding that initial assessments showed no civilians had been hurt. It comes after Central Command announced that US forces killed a major smuggler...

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Drag Race UK fans cringe over ‘awkward timing’ of Ella Henderson lip sync after Tory conference controversy

The singer performed at the conference as a guest of TikTok and UK Music (Picture: Stephanie Meek – CameraSport via Getty Images)RuPaul’s Drag Race UK fans couldn’t believe what they were witnessing on tonight’s episode, when the lip sync song was revealed to be a track by Ella Henderson. Several astounded viewers pointed out the ‘inopportune timing’ of the performance, considering the singer recently became embroiled in controversy after performing at a Conservative Party conference. On episode three of Drag Race UK season four, Black Peppa and Copper Topp ended up in the bottom two for the week, meaning they had to lip sync to try and convince head judge RuPaul to keep them in the competition. The pair took their places on stage as This Is Real, a song performed by Jax Jones and

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Kanye West appears to admit ‘crush’ on Kylie Jenner’s best friend Stassie Karanikolaou: ‘The whole world knows’

It’s been an eventful week for Kanye (Picture: Getty Images)Kanye West has given his social media followers whiplash after appearing to reveal he has a major crush on the best friend of his ex-wife’s sister.  It’s been a bumpy week for the Can’t Tell Me Nothing rapper who started it off by wearing a White Lives Matter top at the Paris fashion presentation for his latest Yeezy collection.  The controversial move has sparked outrage among supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, with the organisation itself branding the T-shirt ‘harmful’ to those campaigning for social injustice issues.  Gigi Hadid, Jaden Smith and Jodie Turner-Smith are among the celebrities who have slammed Kanye since, while sportswear brand Adidas has announced the musician’s Yeezy partnership is ‘under ...

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Business

Outdoor Jacksonville music festival to honor members of Lynyrd Skynyrd

A music festival plans to remember and honor the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who lost their lives over four decades ago in a tragic plane crash. Oct. 20 will mark 45 years since the crash of the band’s charter airplane. Six people died and 20 more were injured in the crash. RELATED: NTSB report on crash of Skynyrd’s plane | DOCUMENTARY: ‘Need all my friends’ | NEWS4JAX REPORT: Remembering a tragedy; honoring a legacy The “Roots of Southern Rock” festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 22 in the grass field at WW Motocross Park, located at 1445 Otis Road. It’s $20 per person and parking is $20 per vehicle. The event is family-friendly and features a guest appearance by Gene Odom, a survivor of the crash and friend of Ronnie Van Zant, who published the book “Lynyrd Skynyrd: I’ll Never Forget...

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Third queen is eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 episode 3 after duo fashion challenge: ‘This show saved my life’

There are now nine queens left in the competition (Picture: BBC)Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 episode 3. This week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK had it all, from tears to laughter, sartorial spectacles to fashion faux pas. After a tough battle among the queens in the cast to escape the bottom two, in the end Black Peppa and Copper Topp wound up having to do the lip sync for their lives, in a bid to impress head judge RuPaul alongside fellow judges Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and extra guest star, model Leomie Anderson. The decision was made after Black Peppa and Copper poured their souls out performing to This Is Real by Jax Jones featuring Ella Henderson – but in the end, Copper was the one who was told to sashay away. Before the elimination, t

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Business

SpaceX delivers Russian, Native American women to station

A Russian cosmonaut who caught a U.S. lift to the International Space Station arrived at her new home Thursday for a five-month stay, accompanied by a Japanese astronaut and two from NASA, including the first Native American woman in space. The SpaceX capsule pulled up to the station a day after launching into orbit. The linkup occurred 260 miles (420 kilometers) above the Atlantic, just off the west coast of Africa. It was the first time in 20 years that a Russian hitched a ride from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the result of a new agreement reached despite friction over the war in Ukraine. Cosmonaut Anna Kikina joins two Russians already at the orbiting outpost. She’ll live and work on the Russian side until March, before returning to Earth in the same SpaceX capsule. Riding along with...

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Bears top CB Jaylon Johnson remains out as Vikings WR Justin Jefferson looms

Johnson has been the Bears’ best cornerback each of the last two seasons.AP Photos Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams likened the job of trying to manage Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook to having “a full plate.” “Not to diminish the other guys on the team, but those are two dynamic players,” Williams said. “That’s really what creates the problem: They can beat you in two ways. So you have to pick and choose ... where you put guys and what you focus on.” Imagine if he doesn’t have his best cornerback. Jaylon Johnson missed practice again Thursday, adding doubt to the likelihood of him being available to tangle with Jefferson on Sunday. He has been out since hurting his quad muscle in practice Sept. 22. That leaves the Bears with unproven ro...

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Riot plea: Proud Boys member admits to seditious conspiracy

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting with other members of the far-right Proud Boys to violently stop the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election, making him the first member of the extremist group to plead guilty to a seditious conspiracy charge. Jeremy Joseph Bertino, 43, has agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department's investigation of the role that Proud Boys leaders played in the mob's attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a federal prosecutor said. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly agreed to release Bertino pending a sentencing hearing, which wasn't immediately scheduled. Bertino also pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully possessing firearms in March 2022 in Belmont, North Carolina. Kelly accepted his guilty plea to both charges during a br

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Entertainment

‘A Friend of the Family’ Deconstructs a Sensational True Story to Make It Even More Unsettling

This opening is usually where a disclaimer goes. For a series like “A Friend of the Family,” one that dramatizes the events behind a story that came to public attention through an acclaimed (or at least widely-seen) documentary, it’s almost second nature now to start off any discussion with a acknowledgment that many of the details are an open matter. Anyone who wants to know the story beforehand (particularly those who might want to avoid certain subject matter the story addresses) can easily find a concise summary with a few clicks. Creators will go to great lengths to try to preserve a certain kind of viewing experience, one with twists unspoiled and jarring turns hidden. Amidst a sea of real-life stories of manipulation and grief and predation being turned into TV series, “A Friend of

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